Home And AC System Maintenance

Maintaining Your Home Heating and AC System Working from home provides a lot of opportunities, like having more quality time with the family and gaining the ability to set your own hours. Another bonus is the chance to get things done around the house that you may not have time for with a traditional 9 - 5 occupation. Big things can still be left to professionals if you lack the skills or the equipment. However, small things like home maintenance and repairs are easier and quicker than you think, and they rarely require specialized knowledge. One important chore is making sure that your home heating and cooling systems are running the way they should. Cleaning and big repairs should be left to a professional, but seasonal inspections and regular filter changes will help keep major problems to a minimum. Here's a handy checklist of things you can due to ensure that everything's in order. These apply to both forced-air systems, which are mainly electrical and heat and cool through a series of ducts and vents, and hydronic systems, which are radiant heat systems that are mostly powered by oil or gas. - Do a spot-check for leaks, a buildup of debris and things like frayed wiring twice a year, at mid-Fall and mid-Spring. - Before the beginning of each season, you should also check your thermostat by turning it to the highest setting. If you hear the furnace or heat pump kick on, and it stays running, it's working properly. If it…

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9 Politicians Who Give to Charity

9 Politicians Who Give to Charity Despite the prevalence of "stingy government" jokes in the media, the truth is that many politicians are frequent contributors to charity. From anti-poverty foundations to refugee assistance, here are nine politicians and the charities they help. 1. Al Gore Al Gore is known for speaking out about global warming, but were you aware that he also puts his money where his mouth is? When he won the Nobel Prize for his climate change awareness efforts in 2007, he donated all $800,000 of the reward to the Alliance for Climate Protection. 2. Barack Obama The POTUS has used his platform to help a wide variety of causes. According to his tax returns, he gives anywhere from 10-20 percent of his annual income to charitable organizations every year. These range from the Fisher House Foundation to the United Negro College Fund. 3. Eliot Spitzer Most of Mr. Spitzer's giving goes to Children for Children, a child-focused volunteer organization founded by his wife. However, he also gives to the Columbia County Land Conservancy in New York and the nationwide Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, spreading his wealth to all four corners of the country. 4. Mike Crapo Crapo has spent a lifetime giving to the little guys. His social media networks are filled with pictures of his team at homeless shelters, animal shelters and Boy Scout events, and he's outspoken about his efforts to bring change in companies and communities. He credits his faith with his dedication to charitable giving. 5.…

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A Behind-The-Scenes Look at Your Local Movie Theater

For many people, the highlight of their weekend is being able to get together with a group of friends and see a movie. It seems like in recent years movie producers have gone the extra mile in making movies that are full of stunning visual effects and that tell a story that really captivates an audience. The whole idea of going to a movie theater, being able to sit down in a dark place, and totally get lost in the story is appealing. Everything from the design of the theater to the design of the seats is made to accomplish that goal. There are a lot of things that happen behind the scenes at a movie theater that most people know nothing about. For example, when you walk into a movie theater, what is the first thing that hits you? Isn’t it the unbelievably powerful smell of the popcorn? But you have no doubt noticed that when you make popcorn at home, it smells nothing like what it does at the movie theater. There’s a reason for that. Movie theater popcorn has an additive that is designed to make the popcorn smell fill the entire theater. Remember, the goal of the theater is to immerse you in the movie viewing process. This includes getting you to purchase a large bucket of buttery popcorn. Talking about buying popcorn, have you ever wondered why it costs seven dollars for a bucket of popcorn that you could pop at home for just a few cents?…

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