Top Plants for Removing Indoor Air Toxins

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Most spend the majority of their day inside, so indoor air quality is really important for your health. More than just a decoration, house plants can be used to help make the indoor air quality of your home better.

If you are looking to improve the quality of the air in your home, consider getting some of these plants. The plants listed are ranked as some of the best for getting rid of carbon monoxide, benzene, and formaldehyde from the air in your home.

Rubber Plant

Perfect for growing inside because it does not need any sunlight; however, while the plant is growing, make sure you water frequently.

While there are many subspecies of rubber plant, each one will have similar benefits. Oxygen production of a rubber plant is greater than most other indoor plants, allowing it to purify more air in less time.

Bamboo Palm

With its capability to remove toxins such as benzene and trichloroethylene, this is one of the best plants to have in your home. If you continue to re-pot them, they can get big enough to fill up some unused space in your house as well.

If you live in a place with harsh winters, bamboo palm will help to restore some of the moisture that tends to dry up due to indoor heating.

Spider Plant

A common choice for an indoor plant, spider plants remove formaldehyde along with xylene and toluene from the home. Spider plants are easy to care for and do just fine inside.

Moth Orchid

Moth Orchids are particularly good at taking care of xylene and toluene. These two chemicals usually get into the home because a large number of household items contain them.

These orchids are one of the pickier indoor plants, only needing watering once a week.

Peace Lily

Another popular choice for an indoor plant, not only are they visibly appealing, but peace lilies can help keep your air free of ammonia, formaldehyde, benzene trichloroethylene, xylene, and toluene.

Peace lilies can flourish without constant watering and little sunlight. This and its ability to rid so many toxins make it one of the most comprehensive indoor plants you can choose.

Even though many plants can help increase the air quality in your home or office, it is important to have your air filters changed and HVAC system checked regularly by HVAC professionals.

HVAC Myths You Shouldn’t Believe

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Pretty much every home in Utah has an HVAC system—either a furnace, an air conditioner, or in most cases, both—but that doesn’t mean everyone in Salt Lake City is an expert on these systems. Some of you may have heard about these myths regarding your air conditioner and/or furnace from those less-than-experienced friends and family members, and while they may mean well when they tell you these things, it’s often better to listen to the experts and understand your system.

Fans Can Keep Rooms Cooler

Ceiling fans are a popular way for many people to cool their homes, but the problem is that ceiling fans don’t actually provide any cooling at all. They only move around the existing air in the room, and while moving air often does feel slightly cooler than stagnant air, it’s not the same as actually cooling your home with an air conditioner. Unfortunately if you’re buying into this myth, you’re spending more on your electricity bill every month without making the air any cooler.

There’s No Need for A/C and Furnace Inspections

This is a common myth, and while we know most people aren’t thinking about their A/C and furnace when it’s working properly, that’s actually the most important time that you should be thinking about it. Getting regular inspections from an HVAC expert means you can catch problems early and get them repaired before they become significantly more costly or difficult to fix.

Adjusting the Temperature Doesn’t Matter

There are actually myths and misunderstandings on both sides of the “temperature adjustment” debate—that is, adjusting the temperature down in the winter and up in the summer if you are going to be out of the house or asleep. Some believe that you won’t achieve enough in savings for it to matter and leave the temperature the same all the time, while others believe that you should turn it way down or way up to maximize savings.

The truth is that both extremes can be costly. Adjusting the temperature up in the summer and down in the winter when you’re not at home can help reduce energy used to cool or heat your home (and since you’re not there, you don’t need the house to be a comfortable temperature). However, adjusting it to one extreme or another—for example, setting your thermostat all the way down to 40 degrees in the winter or all the way up to 90 degrees in the summer—could actually end up costing you a lot more. While you will have some savings from not running the A/C or the furnace much during those times, your HVAC system will have to work much harder to get it back to a normal temperature when you do get home and that can erase any savings. Plus you run the risk of having your pipes freeze if your home is too cold in the winter, and if those pipes burst and flood your home it will be a lot more expensive than just keeping your home’s temperatures a little higher.

The best way to avoid falling into the traps of some common furnace and air conditioner myths is to talk to an expert HVAC company in Salt Lake City. Whenever you have questions about your system, call All Hours Plumbing to speak to someone who can help.

4 Reasons You Need an Emergency Plumber

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We prepare for all kinds of contingencies in life, but few people are prepared for that moment when something goes wrong with their plumbing and they need emergency repairs. Here are four scenarios when you are likely to need an emergency plumber, and some ways you can be ready when it happens.

Kitchen Drain Clogs

The drain in your kitchen goes through a lot of work every day, and many people put things down the drain that shouldn’t be there. The end result of all those oils, grease, and food scraps could easily be a clogged drain. It’s not only a potentially expensive problem, but it’s a pain because you’ll have to remember not to use the clogged sink until you’re able to get an emergency plumber to the house. To avoid kitchen sink clogs, make sure you are only putting items down the disposal that won’t cause damage, and have the number of a reliable emergency plumber in Salt Lake City ready at all times.

Frozen Pipes

There are very few plumbing disasters that will require a response as immediate as frozen pipes. When temperatures dip, the water in pipes that are on or near the outside of your home is more likely to freeze, which causes it to expand and eventually it will burst the pipe that’s holding it in. If you’re worried that you might have pipes that will freeze, call a plumber in advance; if they’ve already frozen you can call an emergency plumber for repairs.

Water Damage & Flooding

Another plumbing emergency that you might encounter is water damage from flooding. Usually these are the result of a burst pipe, clogged sink or toilet, or a similar plumbing problem, and while an emergency repair won’t necessarily be able to erase initial damage, it will fix the problem so it is less likely to happen again.

Water Heater Problems

Few people want to take cold showers, but that’s exactly what you might be doing if you have an issue with your water heater. When it does happen, calling an emergency plumber will help you quickly get back the hot water you need for everything from comfortable showers to dishwashers and washing machines.

Modern plumbing is one of the greatest conveniences that we enjoy, but even this convenience comes with occasional headaches when something goes wrong. The key is to have the number of an emergency plumber in Salt Lake City ready when you do need help so you can quickly get your home’s water and plumbing system back to normal.

Preparing Your Plumbing for Fall & Winter Weather

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Cold weather can present some significant challenges for your home, but one of the areas where you need to keep a close watch is on your plumbing. When the temperatures dip, if your plumbing is not prepared for the winter weather, the end result can be clogged drains, damaged pipes, and even flooding.

Prepare Your Pipes

The pipes in your home are designed for normal temperatures, and while pipes today are capable of making up for some cooler temperatures, once the weather dips below freezing (especially at night), there is a risk that the pipes could rupture. The average cost for repairs following a burst pipe, according to State Farm Insurance, is around $15,000, and that doesn’t take into account the inconvenience and work that you’ll have to go through for a flooded home.

The most common areas where pipes burst are on the exterior of the home. As the weather cools down, turn off any water that goes to exterior pipes such as a hose, and if you have interior plumbing pipes near the exterior of your home or in an area that gets cold, such as an unfinished basement, you can cover them with insulation to prevent freezing. Keep an eye on the weather forecast as well, and if you are going to be out of town when it’s particularly cold or you know the temperatures are going to dip to an extreme level, it’s advisable to leave your water on at a slow trickle to keep water flowing.

Check Your Water Heater

Another part of your plumbing that is essential for the winter weather is your water heater—after all, a cold shower might not ever be ideal, but it’s particularly chilling in the middle of winter. Have a plumber in Salt Lake City come and check your water heat to ensure it’s running optimally, checking the tank for any repairs or replacement parts needed to ensure you have a steady flow of warm water during the cold weather. You may also be considering turning up the temperature of the water heater when it’s cold, but keep it at or below 125 degrees Fahrenheit to prevent energy waste and avoid getting scalded when you turn on the warm water.

Heading South for the Winter

If you prefer to spend your winters in a place without those freezing temperatures, it’s even more important that you get your plumbing checked before you head south. Even a minor leak or problem with your pipes could turn into an expensive disaster if it goes unnoticed for months before you return home. Call a professional plumber in Salt Lake City to discuss what you need to do to—including potentially shutting off the water, draining your pipes, or insulating areas that are prone to freeze.

Nobody wants to end up with damaged plumbing from frozen pipes, and fortunately some quick preventive maintenance from a plumber in Salt Lake City today can help keep pipes from having trouble as the winter season arrives.

It’s Time for a Furnace Tune-Up

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Now that the kids have gone back to school, football season is in full swing, and the nights have started to get a little cooler, you know fall (and winter) are around the corner. While you might not necessarily be cheering the end of long, warm days, the cooler weather is inevitable in Utah. To avoid any cold nights with a broken furnace, now is the time to get a tune-up.

Prolong the Life of Your Furnace

A furnace, like any other appliance in your home, wears out over time as you use it. For most people the furnace is an afterthought, which means you only notice that there is a problem when your home’s thermostat matches the temperature outside. In that case you will likely need significant repairs or perhaps even a furnace replacement, but a quick tune-up before the season could have identified potential problems and made some smaller repairs to prevent it from happening in the first place. Much like your car, avoiding preventive maintenance can end up costing you a lot in repairs when things do (inevitably) break down.

Save Money with an Efficient Furnace

Another benefit of getting tune-ups before the cold season arrives is money—that is, the more efficiently your furnace is running, the less it will cost you to run that furnace throughout the season. An inefficient furnace requires more energy to heat up your home because it has to work harder, so it’s worth your time and money now to get a furnace repair company to check it out this fall.

If you’re worried about the cost of a furnace inspection, many HVAC companies in Salt Lake City have specials this time of year because they’re not as busy. Generally it will cost you less than $100 and could save you hundreds—or even thousands—throughout the winter months.

Promote Better Health for Your Family

When you think about improving your health, you might not think about HVAC inspections and tune-ups, but the truth is that your furnace could actually be harmful to you and your family if it’s not working properly. A furnace left unrepaired and unchecked could be pumping dust and other allergens throughout your home, and in extreme cases could even have severe health risks such as carbon monoxide leaks. This colorless, odorless gas is impossible to detect (which is why you should have a CO detector in your home), but a quick check of your furnace might reveal a problem that you can repair.

Don’t wait until your furnace breaks. Call an HVAC repair company in Salt Lake City to come for a quick tune-up today and prepare for a happy, healthy winter.

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