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2016 | VEH Brothers - Part 4

Indoor Air Quality

     We waited out another winter for this time of year; a little more sunshine, a little warmer temperature and . . .  a new allergy season. You may be surprised to find that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency studies have shown that your indoor air quality (IAQ) can be up to 100 times more polluted than outside sir – even in smoggy, urban areas.

     Few things are as important as the air you breathe. Air is essential for life. Breathing is so automatic we usually don’t think about what’s lingering in the air – especially at home.

     Treating indoor air quality – in your entire home – should be #1 on your list of home improvements. Indoor air quality (IAQ) refers to the condition of the air in your home. Poor IAQ can cause discomfort and health problems for your family as well as damage to your home and belongings.

     Even if your allergies are seasonal, their severity could be linked to recent global warming trends. According to U.S.A. Today, scientists believe increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is warming the Earth, causing plants to grow more and release more pollen into the air. Warmer temperatures also mean pollen season is extended, causing symptoms in allergy sufferers for more months of the year.

     While climate change is one factor that may be increasing allergy rates, there are others as well. Whatever the causes, allergists agree they are seeing more patients with seasonal sniffles and respiratory issues. The worst times of the year are generally in the spring when the trees bloom, and again in late summer when ragweed pollen takes to the air. Regardless of the allergy, remedies are similar since the actual symptoms are caused by the body’s immune system and not the pollen itself.

     Tips For Surviving a Brutal Spring:

     When the immune response strikes, some folks suffer from itchy eyes, while others have a runny nose or even skin issues. There are essentially three ways to deal with allergies: avoidance, symptom management, and antihistamines.

     Antihistamines: These drugs are available “over the counter” and through a doctor. They suppress chemicals in your body called “histamines”, which cause allergy symptoms like itching, runny noses and watery eyes. While they don’t cure your allergy, they prevent it from causing any symptoms- at least in the short term. Most people find if they skip a pill, their symptoms return quickly. The medicines may also have some mild side-effects, such as drowsiness.

     Symptom Management: People who don’t want to use an antihistamine can manage their symptoms in other ways – often with natural remedies. A Neti pot or hot shower, for example, can help clear out nasal congestion. Many supposed “folk remedies” exist for treating or preventing allergies, but it’s best to consult a doctor if you’re serious about managing your symptoms.

     Avoidance: People can also work to avoid contact with the triggers that cause their symptoms. However, even indoors, pet dander, pollen and mold spores can wreak havoc on your family’s comfort. One way to avoid allergens in the home is with the use of a high capacity, whole-home air cleaner that traps these tiny particles before they aggravate allergies and asthma.

     Aprilaire has been a brand leader in IAQ for more than 60 years. They deliver a wide range of whole home systems that improve comfort, health and energy efficiency.

     More info about Aprilaire can be found here: Air Purifiers from Aprilaire.

 

Getting Out Of Hot Water By Saving Money

     Let’s find ways to shrink your water bill rather than the water bill shrinking your wallet.

     The hot water heater accounts for about 18% of your home’s energy use. Reducing your hot water use, employing energy-savings strategies, and choosing an energy efficient water heater for your home can help you to reduce your monthly water heating bills.

     Simple approaches like lowering the heating temperature on your hot water tank, insulating the hot water lines and even adding additional insulation to your hot water tank can have noticeable effects.

     One basic and very important thing to remember: If your hot water tank leaks, you need a hot water heater!

     One water drip per second wastes 1,661 gallons of water per year and can cost you up to $35 per year.

     Showerheads:

     Install low-flow fixtures. Federal regulations mandate that new showerhead flow rates can’t exceed more than 2.5 gallons per minute (gpm) at a water pressure of 80 pounds per square inch (psi). New faucet flow rates can’t exceed 2.5 gpm at 80 psi or 2.2 gpm at 60 psi. You should be able to purchase some decent low-flow fixtures for under $20.00 a piece and achieve a water savings of 25%-60%.

     There are two different types of low-flow showerheads: aerating and laminar flow. Aerating showerheads mix air with water, forming a misty spray. Laminar-flow showerheads form individual streams of water. If you live in a humid climate, you might want to use a laminar-flow showerhead because it won’t create as much steam and moisture as an aerating one.

     Before 1992, some showerheads had flow rates of 5.5 gpm. Therefore, if you have fixtures that pre-date 1992, you might want to replace them if you’re not sure of their flow rates. here’s a quick test to determine whether you should replace the showerhead:

1. Place a bucket – marked in gallon increments – under your showerhead.

2. Turn on the shower at the normal water pressure you use.

3. Time how many seconds it takes to fill the bucket to the 1-gallon mark.

     If it takes less than 20 seconds to reach the 1-gallon mark, you could benefit from a low-flow showerhead.

     Faucets:

     The aerator – the screw-on tip of the faucet- ultimately determines the maximum flow rate of a faucet. Typically, new kitchen faucets come equipped with aerators that restrict flow rates to 2.2 gpm, while new bathroom faucets have ones that restrict flow rates from 1.5 to 0.5 gpm.

     Aerators are inexpensive to replace and they can be one of the most cost-effective water conservation measures. For maximum water efficiency, purchase aerators that have flow rates of no more than 1.0 gpm. Some aerators even come with shut-off valves that allow you to stop the flow of water without affecting the temperature. When replacing the aerator, bring the one you’re replacing to the store with you to ensure a proper fit.

     Dishwashers:

     It’s commonly assumed that washing dishes by hand saves hot water. However, washing dishes by hand several times a day can be more expensive than operating an energy-efficient dishwasher. You can consume less energy with an energy efficient dishwasher when properly used and when only operating it with full loads.

     When purchasing a new dishwasher, check the EnergyGuide label to see how much energy it uses. Dishwashers fall into one of two categories: compact capacity and standard capacity. Although compact capacity dishwashers may appear to be more energy efficient on the EnergyGuide label, they hold fewer dishes, which may force you to use it more frequently. In this case, your energy costs could be higher than with a standard capacity dishwasher.

     One feature that makes a dishwasher more energy efficient is a booster heater. a booster heater increases the temperature of the water entering the dishwasher to the 140°F recommended for cleaning. Some dishwashers have built-in boosters, while others require manual selection before the wash cycle begins. Some also only activate the booster during the heavy-duty cycle. Dishwashers with booster heaters typically cost more, but they pay for themselves with energy savings in about 1 year if you also lower the water temperature on your water heater.

     Another dishwasher feature that reduces hot water use is the availability of cycle selections. Shorter cycles require less water, thereby reducing energy cost.

     If you want to ensure that your new dishwasher is energy efficient, purchase one with an ENERGY STAR® label.

     Clothes Washers:

     Unlike dishwashers, clothes washers don’t require a minimum temperature for optimum cleaning, therefore, to reduce energy costs, you can use either cold or warm water for most laundry loads. Cold water is always sufficient for rinsing.

     Inefficient clothes washers can cost three times as much to operate than energy-efficient ones. Select a new machine that allows you to adjust the water temperature and levels for different loads. Efficient clothes washers spin-dry your clothes more effectively too, saving energy when drying as well. Also, front loading machines use less water and, consequently, less energy than top loaders.

     Small capacity clothes washers often have better EnergyGuide label ratings. However, a reduced capacity might increase the number of loads you need to run, with could increase your energy costs.

     If you want to ensure that your new clothes washer is energy efficient, purchase one with an ENERGY STAR® label.

 

The SEER In Your Wallet

     When someone says the word “SEER” the first thing that comes to mind is probably a Seer of the future – a fortune teller with implied mystical powers that can divine what lies ahead in your life, what are the best choices and what obstacles may be put down in your path. A cynical person may observe that a Seer sees directly into your pocket and the only motive is to tell you exactly what you want to hear in order to be financially compensated.

     But there’s a different type of SEER that can impact your wallet in a positive way. That’s the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio that rates your air conditioning unit. A higher SEER rating translates into higher efficiency, which in turn allows you to run your system at a savings. They are also quieter running units.

     Today’s best air conditioners use 30% to 50% less energy to produce the same amount of cooling as air conditioners made in the mid 1970’s. Even if your air conditioner is only 10 years old, you may save 20% to 40% of your cooling energy costs by replacing it with a newer, more efficient model.

     The “lifespan” of a central air conditioner is typically 14-17 years. Manufacturers typically continue to support existing equipment by making replacement parts available through the manufacturing run and honoring a warranty. Generally, however, the older the unit, the more expensive the replacement parts due to availability. Eventually, replacement parts become unobtainable and investing in the repair does is not the best value.

     Key factors to keep in mind:

  • The performance of your heating and cooling system is determined in a large part by your HVAC equipment’s operating efficiency.
  • Each “matched system” – an outdoor compressor bearing unit that matches with an indoor unit – is tested an awarded an Energy Efficiency Rating, sort of like a miles per gallon (MPG) rating for your car.
  • The more a heating/cooling system puts out for each unit of energy it consumes, the higher the rating it will receive. The higher the efficiency rating of your system, the less energy it will consume. . . that means lower utility bills and less of an impact on the environment.
  • Often, utility companies will have rebate programs in place for people who select equipment with qualifying SEER ratings. Also worth checking into are any tax credits the Federal government is offering.

     While purchasing an air conditioning system with a high SEER rating is a greater upfront investment, the operating costs will be significantly lower. People who choose to spend dollars towards a greener and healthier environment should also consider an average air-conditioned home consumes more than 2,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year, causing power plants to emit about 3,500 pounds of carbon dioxide and 31 pounds of sulfur dioxide.

     To see if a SEER with a high rating is in your future, contact Verne & Ellsworth Hann at 216-932-9755 to schedule a consultation. We may not be able to see into the future, but we can try to put future dollars back into your pocket.

 

                                       Carbon Monoxide in Your Home: The Silent Killer

     With the return of chilly temperatures, you should be aware of carbon monoxide (CO) dangers. Of course having a least one CO detector is a good first step. Having two or three is even better. In some states the installation of CO detectors is mandatory. We’ll go into depth on that later in this article, but for know we’ll concentrate on CO and your heating equipment, in particular with your furnace. Similar caution should be exercised if you own a steam or hot water boiler.

     The Basics:

     Carbon Monoxide is produced whenever a fuel (such as wood, gasoline, coal, natural gas or kerosene) is burning. If your furnace, water heater or boiler malfunctions, or the vent becomes blocked, carbon monoxide can leak into your home. CO poisoning can occur in any situation where a person is exposed to an incomplete burning of fossil fuel, and it can be fatal.

     The Effects:

     Carbon monoxide prevents oxygen from being used in your body and can harm the central nervous system, and even your heart. Everyone is at risk of being poisoned when exposed to the gas but individuals with existing health problems such as heart disease or lung problems are at risk of succumbing faster. Infants, children and pregnant women are at higher risk.

     The Cause:

     The most common cause for a natural gas furnace to leak CO is from a crack in the heat exchanger. The heat exchanger is the metal wall or tubing that is heated up when the burners are ignited. The inside of the heat exchanger allows the toxic flue gases produced from the burners to exhaust out through the furnace flue. The outside of the heat exchanger is where the cold air passes over, becomes warmed, and is blown throughout the ductwork of the home. The heat exchanger is the only wall separating the toxic flue gases from the air supply. If a crack develops in the heat exchanger, there is a potential for carbon monoxide gas to leak over to the supply side and be blown throughout your rooms. Since carbon monoxide gas is odorless, the human senses will not detect its presence.

     The Cause Part 2:

    If there is a crack in the heat exchanger there may not be carbon monoxide present right away. A very dangerous misconception is that if there is a crack in the heat exchanger but no carbon monoxide present at the time of the check up, the furnace is still safe to run. In fact, at any time during the use of the furnace, carbon monoxide may suddenly and without warning appear. As the furnace runs it begins to burn dirtier which can create the gas. A crack in the heat exchanger is a pathway for the gas to escape through, and leak out into the home. As the gas goes through the crack, and the metal continues to heat up, the hole can grow larger quickly! What may have been only 1 or 2 parts per million, can rapidly become 300 parts per million or higher! Any HVAC Professional telling you that a unit in this condition is safe to run is putting everyone in your home at risk!

     The Importance of Furnace Maintenance:

     Gas forced air furnaces last approximately 15 years, some more, some less, depending on how well maintained the units are. Several factors play into the demise or shortened life span of your unit. We won’t go into every contributing factor here, but it is not uncommon to find a crack in a heat exchanger much sooner than the 15 years. Since a heat exchanger is made of metal and it is constantly being heated up repeatedly, the heat exchanger will eventually fail. To prevent an emergency, a furnace tune-up and heat exchanger inspection should be performed annually by a licensed HVAC Professional.

     Your HVAC Company Expectations:

     Not all heating companies are created equal. At Verne & Ellsworth Hann we hold ourselves to the highest standards and take your safety very seriously. To ensure the safety in your home, ask the company you choose questions about their carbon monoxide policies, tools used during the tune-up or inspection and whether or not a heat exchanger inspection is included with their tune-up price?

Q: What does your company consider as a safe level of carbon monoxide indoors?

A: NONE, or zero parts per million.

Q: Do they scope the heat exchangers during their tune-ups or inspections?

A: Companies that are truly concerned about safety will include a heat exchanger inspection at no         additional cost.

     The Final Analysis:

     There is no agreed upon safe level of carbon monoxide indoors. According the United States Environmental Protection Agency; no standards for CO have been agreed upon for indoor air quality. The U.S. National Ambient air quality standards for outdoor air are 9 parts per million for 8 hours.

     At Verne & Ellsworth Hann, we have a zero tolerance policy towards carbon monoxide.

     Don’t allow the Silent Killer refuge in your home!

     To schedule a heat exchanger inspection and test for carbon monoxide, please call us at 216-932-975.

 

The Fuji Mini-Split Cooling Alternative

The Mini-Split Alternative

      For those of you looking into adding cooling to your older home you may have come to the conclusion that a rapidly rising new solution on the scene is the mini-split system. A favorite among centuries old European homes because there is a void when it comes to retrofitting an old home or building for modern cooling, this alternative is rapidly gaining favor in The United States.

     The Fujitsu Halcyon mini-split system is capable of providing individual room temperatures. If opting for a heat pump unit, you could have this unit provide both heating and cooling. Systems allow for a peaceful inside environment because components like compressors and motors are installed outdoors.

     Mini  splits use a process called inverter technology. This technology is like cruise control for your heating or cooling system. Compressors run only as fast as they need in order to handle the heating or cooling demand. They can handle greater extremes in temperature, are smoother and more stable in operation, and reach the desired temperature more quickly than conventional air conditioners.

     Another huge benefit to the mini-split is their efficiency. And efficiency translates directly into money savings. Some utility companies offer rebates on these types of systems because of their efficiency. Contact your utility company, or go to www.ujitsugeneral.com/utility-rebates.htm

     Mini-splits are Energy Star rated.

     As much as half of the energy used in your home goes to heating and cooling. Choosing the right cooling approach can have a big effect on your utility bills — and your comfort.

     The Fujitsu Mini-Splits is a Green Choice:

     -Dehumidifier: Dry mode helps reduce humidity levels when cooling requirements are low.

     -Cruise Control: Compressors only run as fast as they need to handle the cooling or heating demand.

     -Clean Air: High performance filters remove dust, odor and improve indoor air quality.

     -Timer: a 24-hour programmable timer allows for on/off cycle control of system.

     -Earth Friendly: Low Ozone depleting potential (ODP) refrigerant R410a used in all models.

     -Oscillating Fan: Auto Louver redirects airflow with up/down and left/right motion.

     -Savings: High energy efficiencies slash utility bills by up to 25%.

     -Rebates: Most utility companies offer rebates for installing mini-split systems.

     If you think a mini-split system might be the right solution for your cooling needs, please contact Verne & Ellsworth Hann at 216-932-9755 to schedule a consultation.

 

AC for old houses without harming architectural integrity.

The UNICO Solution

     The UNICO system is used to add modern central air conditioning to older homes without using unsightly metal ductwork or soffits. It’s been a proven reliable method used in over 500,000 homes. The UNICO system provides quiet, draft free central air (with an optional heating component). It fits into older homes where conventional heating and cooling units can’t. Its modular air handlers install easily into attics, crawl spaces or closets. The small flexible supply ducts route simply above ceilings, below floors or through wall cavities. And by eliminating the need for unsightly metal ductwork, the UNICO system fits beautifully with your homes aesthetics.

     Most commonly this system is retrofitted into existing homes. These homes can be 50 to 100-years-old and are worthy of qualifying for placement on the National Historic Home registry. So, a low-profile, non-invasive approach to cooling the home is often preferred. The flexible small ducts weave through tight paces-ceilings, walls, even floors, so there is no need for costly, messy renovation. Despite the design of your home, the UNICO system brings the possibility of air conditioning without compromising the architectural integrity of your home.

     This small duct approach outperforms conventional cooling systems by utilizing a patented high velocity stream of air. This air is delivered quietly and seamlessly using 2” outlets. The system design also achieves the removal of more than 30% relative humidity over conventional systems due to the efficient cooling coils.

     For more information about the UNICO system or other air conditioning options, call Verne & Ellsworth Hann at 216-932-9755 to schedule a consultation.

 

Lead and Other Contaminants in Your drinking Water

Part 3

     In this final installment of our 3-part series on finding the best water filter to suit your needs, we will zero in on the filter that is a quality choice benefiting your family’s health while providing great tasting water.

     The purpose behind adding water filtration to your home is because water is absolutely necessary for optimizing energy production and detoxification abilities within the body. The ideal source of water is as pure and unadulterated as possible from a natural spring. Unfortunately, our water supply is loaded with toxic contaminants.

     While several factors must be taken into consideration, we will make a recommendation based upon the most likely home water circumstance. Water contaminated by toxic elements beyond the usual water contaminates will require a higher level of filtration or multiple filters.

     For the sake of discussion, we will focus on urban supplied water (sometimes known as “city water”) as opposed to well water. Well water and “city water” each have their own merits and disadvantages. One of the disadvantages to urban supplied water is your geographical location. Was the region you now live once upon a time an industrialized or big agricultural area that may have lingering toxic elements affecting the water supply?

     Let’s take a look at the top 10 states with the most toxic water.

            1.) California

            2.) Wisconsin

            3.) North Carolina

            4.) Florida

            5.) Texas

            6.) New York

            7.) Nevada

            8.) Pennsylvania

            9.) Ohio

            10.) New Mexico

     Despite all of the hidden evils in our drinking supply the fact is there are beneficial minerals in the drinking water that are essential for good health. Among those beneficial minerals are: calcium carbonates, magnesium carbonate  and trace minerals.

     The good news is that the reverse osmosis water filters add these minerals back into your drinking water while at the same time filtering out the toxic elements.

     For these reasons one of the best reverse osmosis filters on the market today is the Aqua-Pure 3MFF100 by 3M.                                         

     From a toxicity filtration standpoint the 3MFF100 will reduce Chlorine Taste and Odor (CTO), sediment, lead and 99.95%  of filterable parasitic protozoan cysts from your cold water supply delivered right to the sink. Additionally, this unit will filter out select VOC’s such as Benzene, P-Dichlorobenzene and Toxaphene. All of this is accomplished with a pharmaceutical grade membrane

     That’s a workhorse filtration system that’s easy to install, has easy to replace cartridges which are able to filter 6,000 gallons (approximately a 12 month period). It offers up a 2.5 gallon per minute flow rate while supporting a 0.5 nominal micron rating.  As you may recall from Part One in this series, most accreditation agencies require a filtration rating of 1 micron. A parasitic  protozoan cyst is between 5-15 microns. An E. Coli Bacterium is 0.65 micron wide by 1.7 micron long.

     All of this comes in a unit that easily fits under most kitchen sink cabinets. The overall height is 16″ with a 4″ diameter. It weighs roughly 4 pounds. The end cost result is filtered water will cost six cents per gallon compared to bottled water of at least $1.20 per gallon. It will replace more than 45,000 16.9 oz water bottles which may end up in landfills.

     In conclusion we think the choice is as clear as filtered water. Contact the service department of Verne & Ellsworth Hann at 216-932-9755 to schedule an installation of the remarkable Aqua-Pure 3MFF100 water filter.

 

 

Lead and Other Contaminants in Your drinking Water

Part 2

     In our second post, we will explore why reverse osmosis water filters would be the most practical option for home water filtration.

     How they work:

     Reverse osmosis filters force water through a semi-permeable membrane under pressure, leaving contaminants behind. Reverse osmosis units use as much as three times  as they treat but they are effective in eliminating all disease causing organisms and most chemical contaminants.

     The practical downsides to these types of filters, whether installed as a whole house solution or point of use (under the kitchen sink, typically) is a reduction in water pressure. If you have poor water pressure in the house, you may want to consider a point of use filter. Another issue is the ease of changing the filter and its longevity. Most manufacturers are making improvements on both of these fronts. While we will make our recommendations in part three of this series, we encourage you to read all reviews carefully before making your decision.

     Not all reverse osmosis filtration systems filter out everything. Let’s explore what might be filtered out. This will help in determining your expectations.

     What they filter:

     Giardia and Cryptosporidium:

            -Distillation, reverse osmosis, absolute one micron filters, ultraviolet light and filters certified for cyst removal.

     Bacteria and viruses:

            -Distillation, reverse osmosis, ultraviolet light,  and disinfection.

     Arsenic:

            -Absorptive media.

     Disinfection Byproducts:

            -Point-of-entry adsorptive media systems distillation, aeration, carbon filtration and reverse osmosis.

     Lead:

               -Distillation, reverse osmosis and some carbon filters.

     Nitrates:

                  -Distillation,  reverse osmosis or ion exchange.

     Pesticides:

                  -Some carbon filters.

     Radium:

                 -Ion exchange,  distillation or reverse osmosis.

     Radon:

                 -Activated carbon filter,  and aeration.

            As we can see here, there is not one filter that can do everything, particularly in the form of a whole house filtration system. The common theme is reverse osmosis. This is the type of filter most often installed by the plumbing department of Verne & Ellsworth Hann.

            A few thoughts about the certification of filters:

            1.) Make sure the unit you intend to purchase can address your concerns.

            2.) There are three different certifications to look for on the label.

            3.) These organizations can also assist you in selecting a device that meets your needs.

            If a home water treatment isn’t certified by one of these organizations,  contact the manufacturer directly and ask for proof of the manufactures’ claims.

            Three organizations are accredited by the National Standards Institute (ANSI), and they each certify units (filters) using ANSI/NSF standards. Each ANSI/NSF standards requires certification of contaminant reduction performance claims, an evaluation of the unit, including its materials and structural integrity, and a review of the product labels and sales literature.

            Each certifies that home water treatment units perform to meet or exceed ANSI/NSF and EPA drinking standards. ANSI/NSF are issued in two different sets, one for health concerns (such as removal of specific contaminants) and one for aesthetic concerns (such as improving taste or appearance of the water). Certification from these organizations will be ties to one or both of these specific standards.

     The three notable certification organizations are:

            NSF International. (877) 867-3435 www.nfs.org

            Underwriters Laboratories. (877) 854-3577 www.UL.com/water

            Water Quality association. (630) 505-0160 info@mail.wqa.org

            In our final installment of this three-part series, we will make some recommendations on which filter is a practical choice for your home based on water quality, serviceability and price. To schedule an appointment to have a water filter system installed, call our service department at Verne & Ellsworth Hann at 216-932-9755.

           

           

 

Lead and Other Contaminants in Your drinking Water

Part 1

     While lead in our drinking water is at the forefront of our national conversation, it remains a fact that over 2 million people a year die from water borne diseases and over 1 billion people are without access to clean running water.

     Exposure to lead causes a variety of health effects and is in particular damaging to children. Lead is a metal with no known biological benefits to humans. Too much lead can damage various systems in the body including nervous and reproductive systems and the kidneys. It can cause high blood pressure and anemia. Lead is especially harmful to the developing brains of fetuses and young children and to pregnant women. The consequences may be irreversible.  At very high levels it can cause convulsions, coma and death.

     The most common and effective method of removing most of the lead from your drinking water is with a reverse osmosis filtration system installed as a whole house filtration or a direct to the sink faucet filter. This is the most common filter installed by our plumbing department here at Verne & Ellsworth Hann.

     Another common water borne contaminant is Cryptosporidium. This is a microscopic parasite that lives in the intestine of infected animals and humans. It passes in the stool in its dormant oocyst form. The oocyst is protected by an outer shell that allows it to survive outside the body for long periods of time and makes it resistant to chlorine-based disinfectants. It occurs mainly in surface water sources such as lakes, streams and rivers. In healthy adults, Cryptosporidium can cause illness. But for people with weakened immune systems, it can cause severe illness and even death.

     For those who wish to take extra measures to avoid water borne Cryptosporidium can bring their drinking water to a full boil for a full minute. Boiling water is the most effective way of killing Cryptosporidium.

     As an alternative to boiling water, many people rely on the reverse osmosis filters. These filters can be installed by the plumbing department of Verne & Ellsworth Hann. You can use point-of-use filters, personal filters at end-of-tap, under sink filters or whole house filtration systems. These filters remove particles one micrometer or less.

     Filters that use reverse osmosis, those labeled as “absolute one micron filters” or those labeled as certified by an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accredited organization to ANSI/NSF Standard 53 for “Cyst Removal” provide the greatest assurance of removing Cryptosporidium. As with all filters, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for use and replacement.

     For installation or in-home consultation, call Verne & Ellsworth Hann at 216-932-9755 to schedule an appointment with our service department.

 

 

The Importance Of A Yearly Check-Up

               Having your heating and air conditioning equipment cleaned and checked on an annual basis is  more than just preventative maintenance. In the fall and winter months you’re getting a skilled set of eyes to look at your boiler or furnace. There could be signs of equipment fatigue or even the telltale signs of impending failure. It’s better to be forewarned and be proactive with a bad boiler or furnace part rather than dealing with it during a cold winter’s night. Our technicians also perform a carbon monoxide test during every clean and check. This test is not only a good indicator of a poorly performing heating cycle but our technicians also check for any carbon monoxide leaking into the vents and living space. Even though a technician’s findings may show acceptable limits of carbon monoxide in the flue and chimney, it is always prudent to have multiple carbon monoxide detectors in your home, especially in the sleeping areas.

               Our technicians not only have expert visual and diagnostic skills, but they have an acute sense of hearing when it comes to the sounds of motors and draft inducers. Often, “something doesn’t sound right” can lead to a timely repair that would otherwise leave you scrambling for service on a  weekend when replacement parts are more difficult to obtain.

               In the summertime, air conditioning maintenance can be another wise preventative investment. Is the system leaking refrigerant into the atmosphere? Have animals be eating at the control wires out to the condenser? Are the coils free of debris that may hinder the cooling cycle? Are the condensate drains running smoothly? All of these and a lot more can lead to a cool and comfortable summer rather than suffering through sweltering down time.

               Even newly installed equipment can benefit from an annual clean and check on both the heating and cooling equipment in your home. While new equipment comes backed by a warranty, increasingly manufacturers are requiring homeowners to provide a track record of maintenance. If, in the eyes of the manufacturer, you have been neglectful on the upkeep of your heating or cooling equipment, they may be reluctant to back their own warranty.

               Be prepared.

               Be preventative.

               Breathe easy.

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