29 May

The Difference in Cost of Heating and Cooling

The amount of heating and cooling changes depending on location

Every location is going to have different energy cost usages over the months, but usually the summer months cost more than the winter months in terms of energy usage (assuming the home has both AC and heating units).  The obvious answer is that it takes more energy to cool a room than to heat a room, but this begs the question of why? Here is a short explanation of why heating and cooling use such different amounts of energy.

Heating: this hot part of the heating and cooling equation is simple, because heating can simply turn energy into heat. Whether it is a space heater, furnace, or any other source of energy, these units are 100% efficient. A system’s efficiency is based on how much energy is used compared to how much is lost to heat, so when a system’s goal is to create heat then all energy lost in process is still turned into heat. Thus, why heating a room is energy-efficient.

Cooling: To make a room cool the energy within the room must be removed. This means the heat in a system must be evacuated from the system. Energy must be used to do this, so the outside world is heated twice as much when AC is used (from both the heat being moved, and the heat used to move the heat). That is why cooling a room is so energy inefficient. This is also why leaving your freezer open will increase the total room temperature.

The amount of heating and cooling changes depending on location, but due to the laws of thermodynamics the energy cost to raise a room by 1 degree is significantly less than decreasing the rooms temperature by 1 degree. This is in turn why the cost of running an air conditioner is much greater than the cost of running a heater.

29 May

4 Things Your Plumber Wants You to Know

When a plumber needs to get into the walls to fix a pipe

The ins and outs of a plumber’s career are something that they are aware of, but the average person will not know. Since people deal with plumbers so rarely, there are many things that your plumber thinks are common knowledge that you may not know. Here are a few things that your plumber knows that they would also like you to know.

  1. Plumbers Don’t Fix Their Messes: When a plumber needs to get into the walls to fix a pipe, they will not fix that. Were a wall to need to come down for them to fix the plumbing they will not fix it. Make sure you ask what sort of damage will be done before the plumber starts so you can be ready to fix it once they leave.
  2. Turn Off Your Spouts in the Winter: Any faucets outside need to be turned off during the winter to avoid pipes freezing. Your plumber wishes you would always turn off your outside faucets to avoid any risk of your pipes bursting due to ice.
  3. Running Toilets: Many toilet issues from needing new handles to continuously running are easy fixes. Many things that can go wrong with a toilet can be fixed almost instantly and do not require a plumber to be called.
  4. Spending Now Saves Later: Putting off a job now could lead to much greater and urgent repair costs in the future. Much like how not paying for an oil change can lead to needing a new engine later, so cannot repairing your plumbing system lead to it breaking even worse in the future.

While some of this may be considered common knowledge by a plumber, not everyone is aware of these things. There are many more things that plumbers wish you knew, but this list is a decent start.

29 May

Granite Kitchen Countertops and Other Options for Your Home

Granite kitchen countertops are very popular

New kitchen countertops are a great way to update your kitchen.  It is amazing how changing your countertops will completely transform your kitchen and make it look brand new.  Kitchen countertops also allow you to add a different style element to your kitchen without replacing every feature.

There are many different options for kitchen countertops that you can choose from. Granite kitchen countertops are very popular, and they have an elegant and timeless look. Plus, they will never go out of style. You can choose from different finishes, like polished granite and honed granite. Granite kitchen countertops are stain and heat-resistant and provides you with a very durable work surface.

Quartz kitchen countertops are also very popular. Quartz is an engineered stone, so it can come in almost any color. Quartz is very low maintenance and very durable. It is heat-resistant, scratch-resistant, and stain-resistant.

Recycled glass countertops are also a wonderful choice and they will really make your kitchen look beautiful. Recycled glass countertops are made with pieces of recycled glass and other materials bound together with a polymer. Recycled glass countertops come in a wide variety of textures and colors, so you can add a totally unique design element to your kitchen countertops that is very eco-friendly.

There are several options available to give your kitchen a new look. Most homeowners prefer granite kitchen countertops because of the reasons mentioned above. Your local home builder or contractor should be able to give you advise on which type of countertop is best suited for your style and needs.

24 May

Why Proper Collision Repair is Important

make sure to go to a collision repair shop after any accident

If you get into a minor accident you may think it is safe to drive away and live with the damage on your vehicle. In fact, many people are driving cars that have been in an accident and have not had proper collision repair. While this saves money, there are many reasons to have collision repair done on your vehicle post-crash. Here are a few of those reasons.

  1. Misalignment: While body panels of the car may be misaligned, the wheels might be messed up as well. Having a wheel being misaligned by a few degrees can ruin the tread of the tire and even make the vehicle unsafe in handling, braking, and accelerating.
  2. Resale Value: A crashed car that has had collision repairs may be worth less than if it were never crashed, but the value lost when a car still has damage is large. A car with a huge dent or gash in it is worth very little in cash value, and you should consider repairing the car soon after the accident to maintain the value of the car.
  3. Frame Damage: Most cars are a unibody design, which means a small crash on the body can lead to the car having reduced structural integrity. This can lead to the car not driving properly or being especially unsafe during an accident.
  4. Damaged Components: A small fender bender may seem like something you can live with, but the radiator may disagree. A small hit can seriously damage the drivetrain components of your car which in turn can damage itself more if you continue to drive it.

For the sake of your own safety and the safety of your car’s life, make sure to go to a collision repair shop after any accident. While the accident may seem minor and something you can live with it is better to be safe rather than sorry.

24 May

A Quick History of Eavestroughs

modern society of aluminum and steel eavestroughs

So long as rain has fallen on human construction, so too have eavestroughs existed. While the idea of gutters was invented thousands of years ago, the design has not changed very much leading into our modern day. The basic shapes and designs of them have stayed the same, but the efficiency and materials used have improved as improvements in technology have changed throughout history.

The first known gutters were found within the Harappan civilization and were made of brick or other similar materials. They were used to link drains. This was in modern day Pakistan and was around 5000 years ago. The next well-known instance of eavestroughs was during the Roman Empire. They used eavestroughs to prevent flooding by routing the water away from the center and into gutters. These roads were made from various layers of stone, and so were the eavestroughs.

Many centuries later, the industrial revolution began, and things can be mass produced like never before. This meant that metal-lined wooded eavestroughs could be put on buildings at a much lower cost. As metal working became cheaper and easier, eavestroughs began to be made entirely out of thinner metal. Cast iron eavestroughs allowed building to have much more seamless integration of water run-off systems into their styling.

As metal machining continued to improve, we are led into our modern society of aluminum and steel eavestroughs. Aluminum can be easily machined into thin and seamless eavestroughs that are incredibly strong, durable, and lightweight.

Eavestroughs have come a long way in terms of material usage and implementation, but they are fundamentally the same as they were 5000 years ago.

24 May

Why You Should Hire Professionals for Your New Veterinary Clinic Setup

It has always been your dream of opening your own new veterinary clinic setup

It has always been your dream of opening your own new veterinary clinic setup, but it can be hard to know where to start. There is so much equipment and layout required to start a new clinic that it can be overwhelming. Not only that but knowing how to use the equipment as well as setting up efficient working systems can be equally difficult. Hiring professional new veterinary clinic setup services can help with all these worries. Here are a few reasons why professional new veterinary clinic setups services can save the startup of your clinic.

  1. Equipment Knowledge: Knowing which equipment is suitable for your clinic’s budget, needs, and patients can be quite difficult, especially if you don’t have prior experience. Instead of extensively researching this yourself you can be in contact with a professional consultant regarding what equipment to buy. This means your new veterinary clinic setup will have the best equipment for its needs.
  2. Training: A new veterinary clinic setup will require a lot of training and education of new equipment. The professionals involved will help teach you and your crew how to use the equipment. This will help you know how to operate, maintain, and efficiently use the equipment.
  3. Systems: Placing the equipment in proper places will help decide what systems will be used in day to day operations. The professionals involved in the new veterinary clinic setup will help determine what the most efficient systems for operating will be.

Hiring professionals to help with your new veterinary clinic setup will be greatly beneficial in the long run. You can save yourself a lot of stress and frustration and by hiring professionals for your new veterinary clinic setup.

24 May

3 Amazing Reasons Why You Should Consider Recycling Concrete

Recycled concrete is also generally lightweight and much easier to transport

It is no secret that concrete, besides water, is one of the most used resources on the construction site. Regardless of the size of the project, concrete is costly. Recycling this precious resource will go a long way in keeping the operational cost to a minimum. Here are other benefits of recycling concrete:

  1. Environmentally Friendly

So many acres of space in form of landfills are set aside mainly to discard excess concrete from construction sites. If this waste is recycled, this space will be put into much better use.

The pollution that is brought about by transporting concrete to and from the construction site will go down significantly. Mining for the gravel used in the manufacture of concrete will be at a minimum.

  1. Financial Reprieve

When it comes to setting up a foundation underground for utilities such as piping, and foundations of pavements in alleys and street walkways, recycled concrete is the best bet.

Most of it is suitable for use as an aggregate and it serves the same function as virgin aggregate, but its cost is significantly lower.

  1. Lightweight

Recycled concrete is also generally lightweight and much easier to transport. Among other notable benefits, these are just some of the few.

While the market for this product is still relatively new, more reputable companies are starting to offer recycling services for concrete. If you are planning a construction project, soon, call your construction company to ask if they do. You will be glad you did.

24 May

Qualities of a Good Auto Insurance Company

right to be covered by a reputable auto insurance company

The road is a dangerous place to be for a car owner with no auto insurance. An accident in which you or a loved one are involved can happen that will change the course of your life. You never know.

It is therefore right to be covered by a reputable auto insurance company to cushion you against the bumpy aftermath of repairs and bills. The following are the qualities of a good auto insurance company:

  1. Timely Compensation Record

If you get involved in an auto accident, your auto insurance company should not hesitate to compensate you when you make your claim.

  1. Affordable Premiums

While many will argue that quality services are usually highly priced, a good auto insurance company does not have to overprice its insurance covers to convince customers that they will get their money’s worth if they take them.

Premiums in an insurance policy have to be reasonably priced while still offering top of the range service to insurance holders.

  1. Excellent Customer Care Services

The speed at which a company responds to its customers will go a long way in communicating how much they value their customers.

Consider an insurance company that is always available to talk to you at any time of day in case of an emergency and to hear out your grievances. A reputable company will give you a rough idea of how they will handle your situation when you come to make your claims so that you can be compensated.

24 May

Everything You Need to Know about High-Risk Auto Insurance

Insurance companies that offer high-risk auto insurance

The average driver has been given a ticket for an offence at least once in their life. At some point, they may have been found guilty of DWI/DUI.

That is an automatic qualification of a high-risk driver and has the potential of putting lives on the road at risk. A driver needs the right kind of insurance to cover this eventuality. Here is some information on high-risk auto insurance:

  1. Premiums Are Higher

Insurance companies that offer high-risk auto insurance set higher premiums for this type of insurance. This is because it will be a significant risk to insure these drivers, as they are likely to be the cause of an accident.

  1. Is Not Easy to Find

Very few insurance companies are ready to insure drivers with a history of DWI/DUI offences. Other qualifications for high risk-auto insurance include: old age (70+), Teenage driver, residence in an area deemed to be high-risk, a driver with no previous auto insurance cover, multiple involvements in numerous car accidents and traffic codes violations, and a driver that just got his license.

  1. It Is Required to Restore Driving Privileges

DWI/DUI usually leads to suspension of a driver’s license. For one to be allowed back into the road as a driver, you will need to fill out a form known as SR-22. Filling out this form is proof that your vehicle is insured with appropriate auto insurance; ideally a high-risk auto insurance cover.

21 May

How to Choose a Commercial Plumber for Your Business

professional plumbers are experienced and trained

As a business owner, it is essential to have a commercial plumber you can trust to handle any plumbing issues that your business may encounter. Plumbing repairs, installation, and maintenance are all important to the overall function of your business because a plumbing system that is not working properly can affect you, your employees, and your customers. That’s why you need a trustworthy and reliable plumber.

Needless to say, it can be very inconvenient to deal with plumbing problems while running a business, so your chosen plumber should be dedicated to making the process of plumbing repairs or maintenance go as smoothly as possible. With his help, you can continue to focus on the day-to-day operations of your business while he takes care of the plumbing issues. You shouldn’t have to handle running a business and also worry about who is taking care of your plumbing, and you won’t have to when you hire a professional and experienced commercial plumber for your business.

In addition to being reliable, professional plumbers are experienced and trained for all plumbing jobs. They work hard to complete each repair or installation efficiently and with great attention to detail. You can always expect a professional plumber to provide quality plumbing services whenever you need them. If you can, ask around the neighborhood for recommendations on plumbers before you settle on one. You can also ask the prospect plumbers for a free estimate of the repairs that are needed to be done. You can try calling a few plumbers so you can compare their prices. Remember that the lowest price isn’t necessarily the best. Sometimes the lowest price means a compromise on the quality of the service or products, so make sure you are well-informed before you select a commercial plumber for your business.