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Is your air conditioner struggling to cool your home? According to Energy Star – a U.S Environmental Protection Agency voluntary program, most modern HVAC systems or air conditioners are built to last an average of 15 years, completely dependent on make & model, as well as your climate, how often you run the system, and how often your air conditioner is maintained.

Your air conditioner is something most of us take for granted, and never really give any consideration to until it breaks down & leaves us vulnerable to the elements. When this happens, you’ll rush to find an HVAC company to come to your home, and hope they provide a quick & easy fix. However, sometimes these “quick & easy fixes” can’t actually be completed easily, quickly, or even cheaply.

When this happens, you have a pretty big decision to make: repair or replace your existing air conditioner system? How can you know what the best decision is for you, your home, & your wallet?


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November 27, 2014

Ways You Can Minimize Toxins in Your Home

Ways You Can Minimize Toxins in Your HomeToxins in the home are a concern for many families as they can have a detrimental affect on health. Therefore, homeowners may wish to look for ways to minimize toxins in their home. Surprisingly, there are some very simple steps you can take to minimize some of the typical toxins in your home.

Typical Toxins

There are many toxins in your home that you may not even realize are potentially damaging your health. Some of the most common are as follows:

  • Coal tar driveway sealant – contains toxins that enter your drinking water when rain washes residue into your local supply.
  • Antibacterial soap – not only does this affect thyroid function, it may also encourage bacteria that is resistant to antibiotics. It enters your home through waste water. Instead, choose regular soap and warm water.
  • Cleaning products – cleaning can actually contaminate your home with toxins. Asthma, allergic reactions and burns are common consequences of the toxins in cleaning products. An alternative is to opt for eco-friendly cleaning products or those made from natural ingredients.
  • Synthetic pesticides – these are linked to some very serious illnesses including some cancers and brain damage. Try using organic and chemical-free pesticides instead.
  • Synthetic fragrances – these are present in many household products and are known to disrupt endocrines as well as being reproductive toxicants and carcinogens. Opt for fragrance-free.

Other Ways to Minimize Toxins

There are further steps you can take to reduce toxin levels in your home. Some simple suggestions are:

  • Dust regularly – dust is made from many components including dead skin, dust mites and toxins. Dusting and hoovering will go a long way to getting rid of toxins from around your home.
  • Air purifier – another simple tip is to invest in an air purifier. These act as a filter to remove particles from the air in your home.
  • Decorate safely – choose products that do not contain lead. This is especially important if you are pregnant or have children.

For more information and advice about minimizing toxins from your home, contact us at Paschal Heat, Air & Geothermal today.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Springdale, Arkansas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about toxins in your home and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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