Air Filters Hunter – Luxury Air Purifiers

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Hunter Fan Co. Introduces a Vertical Unit Series to the Home Comfort Line

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (October 1, 2004) – Hunter Fan Co. introduces a line of space-saving vertical air purifiers as the latest addition in technology and innovation to the Hunter family of home comfort products. The vertical series includes the Ionizer+™ Permanent Filtration air purifier, QuietFlo® Ultra HEPA Ionizing air purifier and HEPAtech® Plus Ionizing air purifier. Inspired by the contoured shape of a tulip, Hunter’s vertical air purifiers require a minimal footprint and have an ergonomic control panel with an elegant amber NiteGlo™ display.

“The quality and performance of the new vertical air purifiers resemble a luxury automobile,” said Art Massey, vice president of Hunter’s Home Comfort division. “They offer true performance from zero to sixty.” The units are ultra quiet and combine the best in media filtration and ionization to achieve 99.97 percent air cleaning effectiveness, while reducing household odors 30 percent better than competitive units. Hunter’s vertical air purifier series releases clean purified air back into the room from the top of the unit to avoid stirring up settled particles and offers the industry’s highest performance per dollar value.

The Ionizer +™ Permanent Filtration air purifier (Model 30755) features a PermaLife ä allergen filter and an Advanced Activated Carbon Pre-Filter, which reduces cooking, tobacco and pet odors 30 percent better than competitive units. The permanent filtration system is designed to clean medium to large rooms with an allergen filter that can be cleaned and used time and time again, without significant loss of efficiency. The ionizing technology allows negative ions to be distributed throughout the room to enhance the cleaning process while refreshing the air.

The QuietFlo® Ultra HEPA Ionizing air purifier (Model 30735) features HEPA filtration and 30 percent better odor reduction. The high-performance filter captures 99.97 percent of airborne allergens that pass through the filter.

The HEPAtech® Plus Ionizing air purifier (Model 30715) is constructed with the permanently charged HEPAtech ® Electret Filter, effectively capturing 99.97 percent of particles as small as 0.1 micron in size, and the famous whisper-quiet, 3-speed Hunter ® fan, which draws air into the unit without the noise associated with many competitive models.

The unique Hunter technology provides optimum certified air cleaning performance or Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR), the industry-standard rating system set by the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM). AHAM independently tests and certifies air purifier performance and effectiveness by measuring the amount of clean air that the unit delivers into a room. All reputable air purifier manufacturers display the AHAM certification seal on their packaging, which includes the unit’s CADR and suggested room size. CADR is the single most important piece of information needed to make a head-to-head comparison of an air cleaner’s performance.

The units initially will be sold in Lowe’s ® Home Improvement Warehouse stores across the nation, with a suggested retail price of $199 to $249, and are backed by a five-year limited warranty.

Founded in 1886 and headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., Hunter Fan Co. is the world’s original ceiling fan manufacturer. Today, the company also manufactures high-performance air purifiers, low-maintenance humidifiers, portable fans and energy-saving thermostats. Hunter fans and other product lines are available in retail showrooms, home centers, and discount stores nationwide. For more information, consumers may call 1-800-4HUNTER or visit www.hunterfan.com.

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Solar Panels – Uses, Installation and Advantages

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Installing solar panels in your home

Solar panels are devices that take the light of the sun and convert it into energy suitable for use in your home. They’re usually placed on the roof of your house and connected to your heating system.

What are the uses of solar panels?

The two main uses of solar panels in the home are to heat your water and produce electricity. Solar panels designed to heat water are also known as thermal solar systems, while electricity-producing panels are sometimes called photovoltaic systems.

How do solar panels work?

Panels work in different ways depending on what they’re used for. If you have a solar water heating system, this usually contains a “collector”, to absorb solar radiation and turn it into heat. Then a heat-conducting liquid carries the heat from the collector to the hot water tank.

In an electricity-producing system, a positively charged layer of silicon is placed against a negatively charged layer of silicon, forming a field for electrical charges to pass through. Sunlight creates this electric charge when it shines on the panel. Then a conductive metal concentrates the charge into an electric current which can power household appliances.

What are the advantages of solar panels?

Many of us worry about our fuel bills and the environmental impact of our fuel consumption, while a free and clean source of energy is shining down on us all day. In one minute, the sun gives the earth enough energy to meet the earth’s power needs for a year. If you install a solar panel in your house, you are tapping into this massive source of free energy, and slashing your fuel bills. There are also great environmental benefits to solar energy, as it produces no pollution.

Will a solar panel in my home save me money?

You will save money in the long-term, but the financial benefits of installing a solar panel are not immediate. Cost savings depend on several factors:

  • How much sun there is where you live. This is measured in peak hours, i.e. the number of hours during the day that your solar panel is working to full capacity.
  • How much electricity you currently use
  • The capacity and cost of the panels you purchase. For example, a new solar panel producing 120 watts costs around $700. Used panels are cheaper, but usually only about 90 per cent as efficient as new ones.
  • The price of other forms of energy. If other forms of fuel are at a premium, then solar panels represent greater savings. For example, during 2000-2001, average Americans spent 4.6 per cent of their income on energy. However, such prices fluctuate depending on many factors, and it’s impossible to predict what will happen to fuel prices over the next few years.

As a general rule, it will take at least five years before your solar panel pays for itself. This represents an excellent investment if you’re planning to stay in your home for a long period. If you’re planning to move out of your home in the next few years, you need to think about whether the solar panel will add a sufficient amount to the value of your property. Some potential buyers find the appearance of solar panels unattractive, but others will see dollar signs when they hear the words “free electricity”.

Can I get a grant to install a solar panel?

Many states offer financial incentives for installing solar panels in your home. The Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy (DSIRE) gives information on its website (www.dsireusa.org). For example, Wyoming residents get $3000 or half the cost of the system, whichever is less.

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Care for Central Air Conditioner Systems

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High Velocity Models and the Duct System Explained

Central air conditioners using ductwork normally utilize the ducts in existing air handling systems that have already been built into the house, such as a forced air furnace.

They tend to be split systems with the evaporator coil and air handler inside the building and the compressor and condensing unit outside. These are connected by refrigerant tubing and the ductwork circulates the cool air around the building or house. The indoor unit is usually installed in the attic or another small and out-of-the-way space. Many modern central air conditioners are small enough to fit into any number of small spaces, such as closets.

Central air conditioners using a duct system can easily be installed into houses that already use a ducted furnace for heating. This is because the ductwork is already in place and the air conditioner simply uses the existing ducts to circulate the cool air.

Houses that are heated with baseboard heating, radiant heat or steam radiators may not have any existing ductwork. In cases like this ducts would have to be installed along with the central air conditioner making it a very difficult, expensive and in some cases an impossible, job. A more practical solution would be to opt for a ductless or mini-split air conditioner.

The ductless air conditioner system uses tiny refrigerant lines that go through a small three inch hole in the wall which connect the outside condenser unit to the inside air handling unit. These refrigerant lines circulate refrigerant into the house from the outside unit to the indoor air handling units where it used to cool the air. The cooled air is then released into the building while the refrigerant carries the excess heat back to the outside unit for disposal. These systems do require good drainage otherwise condensate may stain concrete and other building materials.

Another option would also be the flexible tubing ductwork known as high-velocity or ‘mini-duct’ air conditioners. These tubes are the pliant equivalent of the more conventional metal ductwork normally used but which only take up about one tenth of the space.

They perform the same functions as the metal ductwork the difference being that they can weave behind walls, ceilings and floors without causing any damage to building materials. It is a far cheaper and less intrusive installation and means central air conditioners can be installed in just about any building, old or new.

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Outdoor Sauna Dry Saunas – A Comparison

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Dry Sauna vs Steam Sauna

The debate is on! To Dry Sauna or to steam is the question on the minds of health and fitness devotees around the world and opinions are heated to say the least. Sauna enthusiasts will be quick to claim that a steam room session is the equivalent to wallowing on the bacteria ridden set of ‘Gorillas in the Mist’, while steam room fans will advocate that dry saunas lead to dehydrated skin and broken capillaries.

The truth of the matter is that both have their advantages and ultimately it is personal preference that should be the deciding factor more than anything else.

The Benefits of Dry Saunas

The main advantage to dry saunas lies in the fact that due to the fact that they can be set to such high temperatures. Due to low humidity levels in the air, temperatures in dry saunas often exceed 70 degrees Celsius. The benefit? – This extreme heat induces sweating and causes heart rates to rise substantially. This is believed to send metabolic levels into overdrive, thereby promoting both detoxification and weight loss. Dry saunas are particular popular in the Scandinavian countries where they are often followed by a plunge into an ice cold lake or a cold shower.

While taking a sauna borders on being a national pass time in countries like Sweden and Finland, other population groups such as the Turks advocate that ‘steaming’ beats ‘baking’ any day! Many people simply find the extreme heat of dry saunas too much to bear and thus prefer the lower temperatures which are typical of steam rooms. Steam baths are also believed to be more beneficial to those suffering from respiratory ailments. While the intense heat of a dry sauna may irritate the membranes of the nose and lungs, a short steam room session by comparison will aid in the loosening of chest muscles and mucous, thereby alleviating symptoms of respiratory conditions such as asthma and bronchitis.

Possibly the greatest advantage to steam rooms is the fact that the humidity levels in the air ensure that skin remains supple and hydrated throughout the steam session. In addition, beads of moisture coat the skin almost instantaneously and prevent the body from losing heat through the process of evaporation. This is thought to accelerate the detoxification and healing processes which take place within the body when body temperature rises.

Steam Room Let Downs

On the down side, the typical steam room environment provides the perfect breeding ground for germs and bacteria which thrive in the warm, moist conditions. Provided the correct precautions are taken this should however never really become a problem. It is advisable to make sure that the steam room you are using has been properly cleaned and disinfected. In addition, it is worthwhile to shower both before and after entering a steam room so as to ensure that skin is thoroughly clean. Health spas and resorts often place essential oils in the steam generators of their steam rooms. In addition to adding a pleasant odor to the air and aiding in decongestion, many of the oils that are used also have an antiseptic property which makes the whole steaming process more hygienic.

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Canvas Tents: Specifications, uses and top brands

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Canvas Tents

For many, canvas tents bring back memories of outdoor adventures at Girl Guide camps and scout jamborees, where the tent leaked like a sieve if you touched it during the night. While canvas may have been overtaken by synthetic fabrics such as nylon and polyester, it is still used extensively in cabin tents and wall tents (which are also known as outfitter tents).

Wall tents are designed for extended stays in the back country and they’re ideal for campers who want plenty of room to store lots of equipment or home comforts. They come with a strong metal or wooden frame which usually allows even tall people to stand up inside. The straight sides also utilize space well, making the tent very roomy and comfortable which is ideal when you’re forced inside during wet conditions.

Canvas wall tents also boast the added bonus of being able to have indoor heat some have the ability to be set up with a portable wood burning stove inside. These stoves can produce a consistent flow of heat, making the tent warm and cosy in cold and miserable conditions. These tents are usually extremely durable and designed for four season use. They perform equally well in summer as they do in the winter months. However, outfitters are not suited for backpacking or for those who campground hop regularly as the strong canvas and poles usually makes them extremely heavy and bulky to transport.

If you’re looking at buying a canvas tent for camping it helps to understand a little bit about tent fabric terminology, before making a purchase. The term fill, refers to the weave of the fabric, double fill is considered to be the highest quality canvas made. This is when two threads are weaved together to make a single stronger, more durable thread. Army duck double fill, is when the threads are woven both length wise and cross wise.

Check to make sure you canvas has been treated, as an untreated canvas can shrink by up to 10%, which may result in you having to cut your tent poles so they still fit the tent. An untreated canvas tent can be okay if you plan to camp in only the summer months.

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BBQ Grills – Gas Grill Advantages

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Gas Barbeque Grills – Advantages of Gas

We discuss charcoal vs gas

Gas grills have been around for over twenty years, but they are only just becoming a necessity. Many people have held on to the belief that charcoal grills are the original and best. Whilst they certainly were the original popular grills, charcoal barbeques can no longer be thought of as the ultimate outdoor grill.

Some say that using charcoal enhances the flavor of the food. However, it is actually the food juices sizzling on a hot surface that causes the wonderful smoky flavor, and it doesn’t matter whether that surface be charcoal or the lava rocks of a gas grill.

In fact, even the barbecue connoisseurs among us are opting for gas grills in their droves. This is primarily because of the versatility that gas barbecues offer. It is common to have temperature controls and heat vents that stretch the entire length of the grill. This means that you have control over where the heat is dispersed, and you can arrange the food so that some is over a high heat for searing, whilst the rest cooks slowly over a medium heat.

There’s a huge range of gas barbeques available on the market, ranging in price from $100 up to quite a few thousand. Your best bet is to consider what you need from your grill before you buy. Can you control areas of heat separately? Is it easy to move? Do you need additional storage space? There are a lot of accessories to be bought which you can add on to your barbeque, like rotisseries, smokers, warming racks, and thermometers. Consider if you want any of these initially, if at all, and whether they could be added to your grill at a later date.

You no longer have to get the barbeque going for hours before you plan to eat to give the charcoal time to heat up. With gas grills, you can literally turn them on and start cooking. This convenience means that you will end up using your gas grill far more frequently, and enjoying barbecued meals throughout the year. The precise control you’ll hold over a gas barbeque’s temperature also makes for clean and consistent cooking results. Clearing away afterwards has also been redefined with the gas grill. They are far easier to clean, and have drip trays to collect the fat.

Gas barbeques may be pricier than the average charcoal grill. However, the fuel is far more cost effective as a single cylinder of gas can last for up to eight hours. You are likely to be using your grill more frequently than before, so it is worth spending the extra, and they will cost less to operate over time. In addition, gas grills are sold with significantly longer warranty periods than charcoal grills.

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Make Indoor Water Fountain

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Make your own Indoor Water Fountain

Homemade water fountains: materials and construction

If you fancy trying your hand at some exotic DIY and are a fan of water features you could attempt to make your own indoor water fountain. It’s a low cost, high reward project to undertake and can help reduce stress and embellish your room.

The first thing you need to do is to decide what your homemade water fountain should look like. Look for ideas at garden stores, home improvement shops and online. Once you’ve decided you’ll need to assemble all the materials you’ll need.

Gathering materials for your own indoor fountain

Look for a small pump at a garden center and either collect well smoothed stones and pebbles or buy some at the center. Also buy some rubber tubing to attach to the pump and redirect the flow of water. If you’re using decorative figurines or plants make sure they’re in the right proportion to the other materials you’ve gathered. Finally get a container that’s large enough to hold the pump, rocks and plants you want to use.

Putting it all together

Clear a space to work and assemble all the items you’ve acquired to make your own indoor water fountain. Place the pump in the container and attach the rubber tubing to the outlet. Then use your largest stones to hide the pump. If you’re adding plants you can place them on something to raise them a little and then cover the large rocks and the plant support with smaller pebbles that look more decorative. Don’t forget to feed the tubing through the rocks and pebbles to your desired location.

Fill the bottom of the container with water so that the pump is submerged and then turn it on. At this point you can adjust the flow by moving the rocks and the tubing until the water trickles over the pebbles rather than splashing over your furniture. It’s also a good idea to get a piece of plexiglass to fit under and around your table top water fountain to protect your furniture.

Once you’re happy with the flow of water cut the tubing to size and hide the end between the pebbles. Fill the plant pots with flowing, water-loving plants and place one to hide the cord going over the back of the container to the power supply, add a few decorative figurines and you’re done.

It’s so simple to make your own indoor water fountain that you can even get the kids involved, and each time you clean the fountain you can rearrange all the elements to make it slightly different. So what are you waiting for?

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Roof Repair For the Novice

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Roof repairs are vital for a healthy house. Keeping your roof in a good state will reap dividends – you save money on heating or air-conditioning, your attic becomes less damp and your house looks more attractive from the outside.

Proper roof repairs are also essential if you want to sell your property, as they tick two important boxes for your potential buyers; kerb appeal and peace of mind. A roof with cracked slates or tiles gives the whole house an air of disrepair, and a “drive-by” buyer may not even get as far as ringing your doorbell.

It’s also a great positive selling point to be able to say “This roof was completely replaced just last year.” It sends out a signal to buyers that you’ve been taking care of the important stuff as well as the cosmetic appearance of your house.

When do you know that roof repairs are necessary?

There are many signs that your roof needs repairing. Some of these signs are obvious. For example, it doesn’t take a genius to work out that water leaks in the attic are a sign that things are wrong. So check for leaks, cracked tiles and dislodges slates regularly. However, some of the signs are more subtle. For example, high heating bills could be a sign that your roof needs repair. If you’re paying over the odds for fuel, it’s probably a sign that there’s a problem with your attic ventilation, as a badly ventilated attic may contain moisture that drips on the insulation and reduces its effectiveness. However, it may also be a sign that roof tiles are cracked or missing, letting the cold air in. Mold on the walls is also a possible sign that your roof needs repairs, because it could mean that your roof is letting in water.

Of course, you’ll also need to look at the outside of the roof for signs that repairs are needed. Are there any missing tiles or shingles? Is there mold or algae on the roof? Some forms of plant or fungal growth can push their way between tiles and cause damage to your roof. However, some are completely harmless apart from spoiling the look of your roof.

Can you do your own roof repairs?

Roof repairs can be dangerous unless you know what you’re doing and know exactly how your roof is constructed. Even if you’re experienced in roof repairs, it’s still possible to fall foul of surprises such as slippery mold on slates or tiles. If you’re at all unsure of how to go about your roof repairs safely, call in a professional.

Sometimes you can do some important “roof” repairs without even leaving the house. Many people assume that they have a problem with their roof, when the real problem is with the attic. For example, asphalt shingles can overheat if your attic doesn’t have soffit ventilation. This overheating causes premature ageing of your asphalt, as it loses the oils that keep it flexible. Cracks appear, and repairs become necessary. It’s possible to do these repairs without replacing the shingles, but it’s better to sort out the problem with your attic ventilation rather than repairing the roof over and over. See our page on attic remodeling for more information about ventilation and insulation.

Repairs for different kinds of roof

There are many different kinds of roofing material, and they all have different needs. For example, newer cedar roofs are at risk of rotting, because many of them contain sap wood shingles interlaced with felt (which increases the drying time of the roof). Asphalt shingles aren’t at risk of rotting, but they are at risk of overheating and cracking. It’s not always the case that the older materials are more reliable; often newer materials necessitate fewer repairs. If you really want the traditional look of a wooden roof, consider look-alike options such as imitation wood.

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Care AC Roof Top

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Roof top air conditioners cool more than half of America’s small commercial buildings, from schools and retail stores to hospitals, restaurants and office buildings. They range from 65,000 to 135,000 BTUs/hr of cooling capacity and are usually split system central air conditioners providing cooling through ductwork.

The outdoor unit consists of the compressor and the condenser and is installed onto the roof top. This is due to a number of reasons, most notably because of the large amount of space on the roof, but also because it is well out of the way and doesn’t cause unattractive obstructions to the building.

Roof-top air conditioners can also come as a packaged unit where all the mechanics are enclosed in one unit. These tend to be used for larger commercial buildings where the distance between the indoor air handling units and outdoor cooling units is too great causing problems with lubrication in the ductwork and making it unmanageable. These are usually known as chilled water systems.

This type of roof top air conditioner uses refrigerant to cool the water which is then pumped throughout the building via ducts and on to the air handling units. This cooled water is then used to chill the air as needed. There is no limit on the length of ductwork on these systems as there is no issue with lubrication all that is required is that they are sufficiently insulated. These types of roof top air conditioners would also be ideal for use in arid climates as the water would add moisture to the air as it cools.

Roof mount air conditioners are central systems that are used to cool entire buildings but the main problem with their position on the roof is that they are exposed to direct sunlight. This means they can get very hot during the day which reduces efficiency. Wherever possible these units should be installed in an area that gets the least sunlight, especially during mid-day.

Many roof mount ACs in use today are not as energy efficient as they could be simply because many buyers opt for the cheaper units without realizing that the cost of operating a lower efficiency model will be more expensive in the long run. More expensive variations that meet Energy Star standards may be more expensive to purchase but will almost certainly be more cost effective in the long term.

Many commercial buildings, such as those mentioned above, will have built-in ductwork as part of a ventilation or heating system, whilst others will have been built with an air conditioner system in mind. Some older buildings may not have been built with any ductwork included. In some cases it would still be possible to install a central air conditioner with a mini-duct or mini-split system. These systems have been designed specially for buildings where installing ducts would be impossible.

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Energy Savings with a Home Demand Manager

For years residents of Maricopa County have been searching for a way to lower their monthly SRP Bills. We have searched and found a simple addition to your home that will shave 30-40 percent off your electric bill.

Now there are several different ways you can reduce your energy bills. But managing them can sometimes be time-consuming and ultimately does not save you a significant amount every month.

Adding a demand manager to your home can save you money, but the best thing about a demand manager is you get to lower the thermostat in your home to 72 degrees and run it at that temperature all day.

Yes, the demand manager gets you savings while you are comfortably enjoying the indoors.

Stop with shade screens, window tints, blinds, digital thermostats, and all the other gimmicks. Get your demand manager today.

We are currently serving the cities of Queen Creek, Gilbert, Mesa, Chandler, Tempe, San Tan Valley. Reach out to us at 480-933-5850 and leave a message if you are interested.

And BTW if you think this is a gimmick give us a chance to show you our strong recommendations and results.

 

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