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Are you considering a new cooling and heating system for your home?

 

Every year millions of homeowners find themselves wondering if it’s time to replace their current unit. Unfortunately, most homeowners don’t have their unit replaced when they start having problems. Instead, most of them have it repaired multiple times before replacing it. If you’ve found yourself in this situation, it’s a good idea to take a look at the advantages and disadvantages of replacing your heating and cooling unit, instead of having it repaired again.

 

One advantage of replacing your cooling and heating unit instead of having it repaired is that you would likely see a drop in your heating and cooling bill. This is especially true if your current unit is more than 15 years old because new units are much more energy efficient


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Horizon How-To: Refresh Sour Summer TowelsHorizon How-To: Refresh Sour Summer Towels

Horizon How-To:
Refresh Sour Summer Towels

Throw smelly beach towels into your washing machine and fill with hot water, add 1 cup of vinegar and run the load through the entire wash cycle. Once complete, add ½ cup of baking soda and run a complete cycle again with hot water. The vinegar will break up any water mineral deposits on the fabric that may lead to mildew and the baking soda will neutralize any additional odors and stains.

Every homeowner loves knowing that their heating, ventilation and air conditioning system is able to keep the house at a comfortable temperature. In addition to making sure, their system receives regular maintenance, it is important for homeowners to also make sure the filters are replaced in a timely manner either 30 or 90 days depending on the manufacturer. Here are a few of the reasons why filter replacement is something that shouldn’t be overlooked.

Controlling Airborne Contaminants in the Home

Choosing to go with timely Filter Replacement means that the quality of the air in the home is higher. Many people do not realize how many contaminants are pushed through the vents and into each room. The filters on the system help to reduce those irritants by catching many of the contaminants and preventing them from circulating freely. Getting rid of the old filter and replacing


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Horizon How-To: Gum Be Gone

Horizon How-To:
Gum Be Gone

Remove sticky chewing gum from the sole of your shoe by placing your shoe into a plastic bag and pressing the plastic firmly against the gum. Make sure the gum has adhered to the plastic and place the bagged shoe into your freezer. Let your shoe chill out for 2-3 hours and when you remove it, the frozen gum should stick to the plastic leaving your sole clean. If there is any gum residue remaining, use WD-40 to loosen and remove it.

2015 NAECA Water Heater Efficiency Standards

As part of the National Appliance and Energy Conservation Act (NAECA), the Department of Energy (DOE) will make its new energy efficiency mandates effective on April 16, 2015. The new plan will impact all household appliances manufactured for sale in the United States. This includes products such as refrigerators, dishwashers, clothes dryers, clothes washers, and residential water heaters.

The NAECA’s new standards will require nearly all electric, oil, and gas water heaters to carry higher Energy Factor (EF) ratings. The new regulation does not preclude the installation of non-compliant water heaters that are manufactured before April 16, 2015.

The New Energy Factor Standards For Water Heaters

In order to reduce


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