Welcome to the August “Dog Days of Summer” edition of Village News Magazine. August is one of those months with no real national holidays to be celebrated. It does however have some strange events. For example: The 1st is National Girlfriend Day. The 2nd is International Beer Day. Records of beer date back to 4000 BC, making it one of the oldest alcoholic beverages in the world. Well that deserves a pint or two right? On the 3rd, it’s National Watermelon Day. I pause here to recognize two loves of my life that are crazy about Watermelon. My wife and my dog. When I cut one up, she feeds him right off her fork. They both love it so much I can hardly keep it on hand. The 10th is National Lazy Day. Sounds like my kind of celebration. Get up in the morning, have coffee and a bagel then go take a nap. Nice! The 13th is International Left Hander’s Day. Being left handed along with my son brings a smile to my face. When I was in elementary school, the teachers would make me use my right hand to write however, when she turned her head I would switch hands. So my text would lean two different ways. Drove her nuts. :) The 16th is National Tell A Joke Day. Ok, here it comes! Knock knock. Who’s there? Cow says. Cow says who? No, a cow says mooooo! LOL. I tried. The 26th is National Dog Day. I love dogs! And lastly the 31st is Overdose Awareness Day. So many lives lost to a terrible problem. At whatever you do this month, stay as cool as you can. If you need help with your air conditioning please call my friends at MSCO. They are the best at HVAC and can have you fixed in no time. For a shameless plug call them at 427-0016. You’ll be glad you did. Enjoy this month’s read of Village News Magazine.
Golf Tips 5 Golf Tips: Too hot to play? Nah!
Education Education 4 Fashion Trends 6/7 AMIC911: Is your house making a 9/11 call? 8 Your August Horoscope 9 Real Estate: Air Filters 10 VBSPCA: Puttin’ For Paws 15 Tales from the grill 12 Computer Mandate
Neighborhood Neighborhood News News 11 Natural Virginia Beach Eastern Bluebirds
15 Gourmet SELECTS: Wood Grilled Oysters
13 COCKTAILS On The House: Pina Coladas
Humor 12 Golf Humor Please view this publication online www.VillageNewsVA.Com
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The runways have spoken, and the '90s are back. So are the '70s. And the '80s. And so are some trends that can't be traced back to any particular decade. Confusing, I know, but designers like Chanel, Gucci, and more declared everything from power shoulders to micromicro bags to weird hats a thing, and we can't wait to join in.
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As summer nears and spring comes to a close we are all aware of the blistering heat that comes with it. Although it may be enjoyable when you are catching waves or jet skiing on the lake, it can put a damper on a full round of golf. Rather than resorting to jumping in the unsanitary lake on the 15th hole, here are some tips to help keep you cool on the course. Bring extra towels or a specially designed cooling towel Currently we are offering the RealXGear cooling towel for only $8.99! That is a 72% savings. This towel is perfect for summer and keeps you 20 degrees cooler. Just soak it in water, place it on your neck and let it do the rest. Not only does it retain water, but it remains dry to the touch so that a waterfall isn’t cascading over your shirt collar while you are using it. If you missed our deal on the RealXGear towel, bring some extra towels of your own. Simply dampen them with cold water and keep them nearby for relief from the suns blistering rays.
Drink water before you get thirsty People often wait until they are thirsty or dehydrated to drink water. This not a good idea and it won’t be fun trying to catch up. Drink a bottle of cold water before you even get to the course. Having the cold water in your system will keep your body cooler as you begin to play. Continue to drink throughout the round and if you choose to have a beer or two, make sure to drink water as well. Alcohol or caffeinated sugary drinks can dehydrate you even quicker. Bring extra gloves When your hands start to perspire your game can slip quickly. Throw in a backup glove or two to help keep your grip from becoming too loose. As you trade each one out, hang the extra glove on the outside of your bag or in your cart where it can air dry.
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Is Your House Making a 911 Call? When you notice signs of foundation damage, either cracks in your foundation walls, or doors and windows sticking upstairs, the next step you take is critical to the long-term health of your home and your wallet. Because foundation damage usually happens in stages, the stage at which you address it will determine the extent and cost of the repairs you’ll need. Foundation problems that aren’t directly tied to poor construction, drought, or building on poor soil the wrong land, typically begin with too much water directed around the foundation. At the beginning stages of foundation problems, redirecting the water may be all you need to stop further damage. However, if the water has been oversaturating your foundation for a while or the damage is now more advanced, you’ll need to both manage the water and repair the foundation. When calling on multiple contractors to repair the issue, don’t be surprised if each opinion differs greatly. One contractor might address only the symptoms while another also identifies and treats the root cause. So how can you figure out if you’re being recommended a band-aid or a true long-term cure? Below are some things that can help you decide. 1. Proper Diagnosis – A quality foundation repair estimate should be based on information collected during a comprehensive review of your property. The estimator should have discussed with you the problem’s history, performed a close visual inspection of the current state of the problem, and when required used instruments to accurately measure and determine the extent of the damage. 2. Unquestionable Methods – The repairs outlined in the estimate should involve a quality repair that goes beyond nonspecialty DIY materials found at your typical “Big Box Stores”. It should be using heavy-duty commercial grade materials installed liberally along the structure to be repaired. In broad terms, if a company is recommending a nail, you should find a company who will routinely use screws or bolts instead.
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3. Price – Foundation repairs can be expensive when done correctly. Your foundation is no place to cut corners because it’s keeping the rest of your house standing. If the repair you choose doesn’t fix everything the first time, you will be the one paying the price a second time to
have it repaired correctly. 4. Complete Solutions – Make sure the professional you’re talking to about repairs explains what is happening to your foundation, why it’s happening, and exactly what measures are going to be taken to correct the current damage and the source that’s causing it. Don’t let a contractor leave you with unanswered questions. 5. References – Repairing foundations properly, especially ones that have become unstable, requires a lot of experience. Look for a company that can provide references of people they’ve helped with similar problems to yours and is well respected in the industry and by their vendors. 6. A Clear Contract – Your foundation repair estimate should provide clear details as to what will and will not be done as part of your project. Make sure to read and understand all the details as to what is and isn’t covered, as well as the General Conditions. 7. Complete Warranty – Some warranties promise to repair or replace the materials used to fix the foundation, but say nothing about protecting the foundation from further damage. The better warranties protect the results. Remember a warranty is only as valuable as your ability to get it enforced. Foundation repairs are serious business and you should hire only the true expert. At AMC911 Foundation & Waterproofing Repair Systems, we treat every customer’s project as if we were doing it at our own house. Please make the best call and call us! We will be glad to prove you right
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Good health for men often depends on wellness awareness and early screenings The statistics for men's health are alarming. For men, life expectancy is 76.3 years; for women, it's 81.2 years. The Kaiser Family Foundation points out that nearly 71 percent of men are at risk of being overweight or obese, compared to 59 percent for women. Far more women than men are likely to go to a physician office visit, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
health and mood. Nutrition: Another important priority is nutrition. Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables every day, and limit foods and drinks high in sugar, salt, saturated fat and alcohol. He points out other important reminders for men: Sunscreen: Don't overlook the importance of using sunscreen. Skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in the United States.
These statistics may be worrisome for men and their loved ones, but many of the health risks men face can be prevented by adopting a healthy lifestyle and getting recommended and timely preventive health screenings.
Prescriptions: All patients need to work with their doctors to get a full understanding of the purpose and side effects of the prescriptions, over-the-counter drugs and supplements they take.
"It's important for men to take charge of their health," said Dr. Chad E. Bittner, a chief medical officer of OptumCare. "And there are a number of things men can do to get and stay healthy."
Depression: It's important for men and those close to them to be aware of the warning signs for depression.
Bittner offers the following tips to help men improve their health and well-being: Physical activity: Regardless of gender, Bittner said he gives people the same general health advice, although men often need more reminders. One focus area for patients is physical activity. Regular physical activity can control weight, reduce risks of developing heart disease and some cancers, and can improve overall mental
If you or the men in your life are not making positive health choices, now is the perfect time to take charge of your health. More information is available at optumcare.com/menshealth.
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Your air conditioner’s air filter isn’t just there to help keep the air that comes out clean. In fact, it plays an essential role in the proper operation of your system. Changing or cleaning the air filter is one of the most important steps you can take to maintain your air conditioner, as it heads off all these potential issues, improves energy efficiency and helps you avoid spending money on air conditioning repairs. Here’s what can happen if you let air filter replacements fall by the wayside. 1. Short-Cycling: Your air conditioner is supposed to cycle on and off occasionally throughout the day, but a dirty air filter can cause those cycles to become more frequent than they need to be. Besides the noise pollution that comes with cycling, that means wasted energy and uncomfortable temperature changes. 2. Freezing Up: A good, clean air filter allows air to flow freely out of your unit. A dirty air filter restricts the flow of cold air, causing it to build up inside the air conditioner and lower the internal temperature. Given enough time, that buildup of cold air can eventually cause ice to form on the coils. Even if it’s not enough to cause freezing, that restricted airflow isn’t good for your air conditioner’s cooling power. You’ll notice uneven cooling with hot and cold spots, and that means lower comfort levels at a higher cost. 4. Allergen Buildup: If anyone in your home suffers from asthma or respiratory allergies, it’s especially important to keep the air filters clean. A dirty filter can cause allergens to build up in your duct system, and they’ll linger there for months. Whenever you have a forced-air system running, those allergens will be released into the air you breathe. You might even end up with a mold problem in the ducts.
A dirty filter means the unit’s components will get dirty causing additional wear and tear which can lead to costly HVAC cleaning expenses or a need to replace your HVAC unit or components sooner than expected. 6. Reduced System Efficiency: An A/C unit with a dirty filter will use much more power to cool your home, and you’ll end up paying more on your utility bill. Fortunately, the solution to these issues is simple. Depending on the type of filter, you’ll just need to replace or clean it monthly. Air filters are a sliver of the cost compared to the cost of repairing or replacing your home’s heating and cooling system. Regular filter replacement is a small price to pay to extend the life of one the biggest financial investments in your home. Please call me at 757-632-3237 if you need recommendations for reliable heating and air conditioning contractors or if you or anyone you know needs assistance buying, selling or investing in real estate.
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5. General Wear and Tear: Air conditioners last longest when they’re maintained properly. A clean air filter helps to stop dust and dirt from building up on the unit’s internal components. 9
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E a s t e r n B l ue b Ea bii r d s This time of year, I am focused on providing nesting boxes for Eastern Bluebirds. We have a year round population of them in Virginia Beach, so I have my boxes clean and ready by the New Year. I have 2 personal boxes; one just behind my home which faces the Signature golf course, and has been in place for 9 years, and one in the front, in a flowerbed, close to the house, in place for two years. They are out of sight of each other as I have learned that Bluebirds prefer it that way. Both boxes are handmade from wood, with specific features that Bluebirds prefer, like a round entrance hole that is 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Only one of my boxes is currently active. I also have 6 additional boxes on the Signature at West Neck golf course that are monitored by neighborhood volunteers, members of the Backyard Bird Watchers and Nature Lovers of West Neck. This is the “Signature Bluebird Trail.” Additionally, some West Neck residents are also a part of the Signature Bluebird Trail. Together, we are all doing our part for Eastern Bluebird conservation, having successfully fledged over 300 baby Eastern Bluebirds to date. So, if you have seen Bluebirds in West Neck or even in the southern section of Virginia Beach, here’s one possible reason!
and some mealworms. I began with live mealworms, available locally, but eventually switched to freeze dried, available locally and online. The Bluebirds frequenting my yard didn’t mind the switch, but I have heard some are rather picky. Bluebirds eat mainly insects, but they will eat berries in the cooler months when insects are scarce. I have American beauty berry growing in my yard, a Virginia native plant, that I planted especially for birds. If you have seen Bluebirds already and you want to get involved with a nest box, please do some research and buy a nest box designed especially for them. I purchased mine from VA Beach Audubon Society years ago. I have also had Chickadees and Tree Swallows nest in my boxes, but I loved watching the different species feed and raise their families. Eastern Bluebirds are very tolerant of human activity and I inspected this season’s box once a day for 12 days after the eggs hatched to document their development. As the number 13 is bad luck, I stopped peeking then and on day 17 after hatching, the ones this year fledged the nest. Since they can actually have 3 broods, I am still hopeful, as I write this, of another nest. This is a great way to help Eastern Bluebirds. I hope you will join in and join thousands of folks who are involved in Bluebird conservation. The birds will thank you!
If you want to attract Bluebirds to your yard, I first suggest purchasing a mealworm feeder
The Computer Mandate www.ExecTechVA.net Dear Village News Readers, Here we are again. The “Dog Days of Summer.” After leaving your car during most days for no more than 30 minutes, you return to an oven hot enough to back a cake. That same type of heat happens to your computer when you are running with a dust filled unit and a dirty (on its last leg) cooling fan. If your computer hasn’t been cleaned in a year or more (yes you have to clean it or have us do it for you), the dust in your home collects where it is drawn in the most. Your CPU. Once your computer heats up, it begins to crawl through the motions of optimum speed and eventually, when the fan stops running, so will your computer. If you feel it’s not the right time to buy a new computer, then call us for a cleaning. While we’re making it like
During this month and next, the heat in our area will be oppressive and this is not good for small children, babies and seniors. As a public service announcement (PSA) from Village News Magazine, we encourage you to check on your neighbors and friends. This month is a dangerous month for anyone that should lose their air conditioning. If that should happen to you, please contact your local police department and tell a neighbor. If you need to cool down, drive or ask someone to drive you to the grocery store or the local mall. Their backup systems keep their air conditioning working well.. all the time. Taking care of friends and neighbors is the right thing to do! 12
new inside, we’ll also check for updates to your software, install protections and back your unit up to the cloud. Yes we will explain what the cloud is and where it is located. So it’s up to you. As the famous saying from a commercial goes, “You can pay me now or pay me later.” Much cheaper to do a clean up now than buy a new computer later. But if it’s time to buy a new one, we can make recommendations based on your use and needs.
David always say: We're always available to Village News readers for a quick analysis of your equipment. Just give us a call at 497-1620. Remember our motto: David “Can-Do!”
PiĂąa Coladas Ingredients 2 cups flaked sweetened coconut 1 (12-ounce) can evaporated fat-free milk 2 cups cubed fresh pineapple 2 1/2 cups ice cubes 3/4 cup gold rum (such as Bacardi Gold) 1/4 cup pineapple juice 2 tablespoons light agave nectar 8 fresh pineapple slices Combine 2 cups coconut and evaporated milk in a medium saucepan over medium heat, and cook until tiny bubbles form around edge (do not boil), about 7 minutes. Remove from heat. Cover and chill at least 4 hours or up to overnight. Arrange pineapple in a single layer on a baking sheet; freeze at least 1 hour or until firm. Strain coconut mixture through a sieve over a medium bowl, pressing coconut with the back of a spoon to remove as much milk as possible. Discard solids. Combine pineapple, ice cubes, rum, juice, and agave nectar in a blender; process mixture until smooth. Add milk mixture, and process until smooth. Serve with pineapple slices.
In a world where everyone is constantly on-the-go, getting a good night's sleep can be a daunting challenge. If you're having trouble sleeping, remedy the situation by using your own senses right in your bedroom! Here are three easy and effective tips for using your senses to help contribute to a better night's sleep and, in turn, bolster your overall well-being: Scent sense: Sprinkle a few drops of lavender oil on your pillow. Lavender is associated with lower blood pressure, heart rate and skin temperature - all relaxing ingredients for a good night's sleep. And, as an extra perk, lavender has been shown to reduce anxiety, making it a great essential oil to put on your pillow for those nights when concerns of the day are keeping you awake. Touchy feely: Make sure that you have cozy, quality bedding, which will permeate your sense of touch throughout the night. In a U.S.-based survey conducted by the American Down and Feather Council (ADFC), 70 percent of consumers surveyed who use down and feather products agreed they get a better night's sleep with down and feather bedding. Furthermore, 55 percent agreed there are health benefits to sleeping with down and feather products, because they:
* Provide proper support - Down and feather pillows conform to the body more naturally than many synthetic fibers or foam pillows. * Offer the sleepinducing benefits of warmth without weight - Down is nature's best insulator! Soothing sounds: Try using a white noise machine to mask background sounds, thereby creating a more serene environment. When used to promote healthy sleep, white noise helps to drown out sounds that might otherwise prevent you from falling asleep or wake you up while asleep. So, if you're having trouble sleeping, try listening to your senses to help contribute to a better night's sleep - and see what a difference the quality of your bedding can make!
* Regulate your body temperature - Down and feather is a natural material that wicks away moisture and perspiration, allowing it to quickly evaporate rather than trapping it. 13
Dinner & Dessert Good Enough to EAT!
Chipotle Vinaigrette 3 tablespoons sherry vinegar 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 canned chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, very finely chopped 2 tablespoons adobo sauce from the can 1/2 teaspoon salt 2/3 cup olive oil Freshly ground black pepper to taste 36 oysters, shucked, on the half shell 1 cup hickory or mesquite chips soaked in water for 1 hour for a charcoal grill, or 1/2 cup dry wood chips in a smoker box or an aluminum foil packet poked with holes for a gas grill
Remember you eat with your eyes first You should enjoy the food you eat.
1. Prepare a hot fire in a grill. 2. To make the vinaigrette, whisk all the ingredients in a small bowl until well blended. Set aside. (Vinaigrette can be made up to 4 days ahead of time and stored, covered, in the refrigerator.) 3. Arrange the oysters in their half shells on a large baking sheet. Spoon about 1 teaspoon vinaigrette over each oyster and bring out to the grill. Add the wood chips to the coals or place the smoker box or packet close to a gas jet on a gas grill. When you see the first wisp of smoke, quickly arrange the oysters on the grill grate. Close the lid and grill for 3 to 5 minutes or until the edges of the oysters have begun to curl. 4. Arrange the oysters on plates or a platter and serve, passing extra vinaigrette at the table.
GELÉE 1 1/2 cups off-dry Riesling 1/4 cup sugar 1 1/4 teaspoons unflavored powdered gelatin STRAWBERRY CONSERVE 1 pint strawberries, cut into 1/4-inch dice 1 tablespoon honey 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest 1 tablespoon off-dry Riesling Step 1 Make the gelée In a small saucepan, combine the Riesling and sugar and bring to a low simmer over moderate heat, swirling gently until the sugar is dissolved, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool. Step 2 Sprinkle the gelatin over the cooled syrup and let soften for 5 minutes. Warm the syrup over moderate heat and stir to dissolve the gelatin, about 1 minute; let cool slightly. Pour the gelée into 4 wine glasses. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. Step 3 In a small bowl, gently stir the strawberries with the honey, sugar, lemon zest and Riesling. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Step 4 Spoon the strawberry conserve over the gelée and serve. 15
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For the past quarter-century, Jonnie, 57, has kept a booth at the Antique Depot in Skiatook, Oklahoma. The job allows her a flexible enough schedule to take care of her elderly mother, who lives next door. Holding estate sales and dealing in used merchandise has also made her an expert on spotting a bargain. According to a recent Kiplinger article, switching to generic drugs from the brand-name version is a smart way to save money in your health care budget: "Generics can cost up to 85 percent less than brand-name drugs, and some plans have a $0 co-pay for 'preferred' generics. Your pharmacist can generally switch to a generic at the counter without asking your doctor. If your drug doesn't have a generic, ask your doctor or pharmacist if one is likely soon." Jonnie couldn't agree more. "If it weren't for these generic medications, I don't know where my life would be," she said. "I can afford things." Jonnie manages her heart condition with Metoprolol ER, the generic form of the brand-name drug Toprol XL. According to GoodRx, Metoprolol costs around $6, which is 81 percent less than the average retail price of $33.10 for the brand.
The generic drug industry supplies the vast majority of drugs prescribed in the U.S. Generic cardiac drugs, for example, help patients live longer, fuller lives, saving $47 billion in 2017, while savings for the past 10 years total $492 billion. Jonnie also takes Rabeprazole for acid reflux. GoodRx reports that the generic form of medicine costs around $19.60 - 92 percent less than the average retail price of $250.41 for the brand. Americans in every state are saving money by taking safe, effective, FDA-approved generic drugs. According to the latest data, generics saved patients in the U.S. a total of $265 billion in 2017, including $83 billion and $41 billion for those with Medicare and Medicaid coverage, respectively. Think about the prescription drugs that you and your family take. Are you getting the most for your money? You can take the quiz, "What's Your Generic Drugs IQ?" at https://accessiblemeds.org/.
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Summer is here, which means that more children will be in and around water areas such as pools, lakes and oceans. Like many parents, you worry about your children's safety around water, no matter how old they are. According to the CDC, drowning is the leading cause of injury death among children aged 1-4, and the third leading cause of unintentional injury death in children and adolescents aged 5-19. Two children die every day due to drowning, and according to a study from the National SAFE KIDS Campaign, 88 percent of children who drown do so while under adult supervision. Many don't realize that drowning can occur quietly, with no overt signs that the child is in trouble. The good news is that you can follow safety tips - and teach your children skills - to help keep them safe while enjoying water activities. Supervising children vigilantly and creating barriers to accessing water unexpectedly are the first steps in averting a tragedy. Teaching children how to be safe in and around water is one of the most important life skills parents can give their children. In fact, research shows that participation in formal water safety and swim lessons can reduce the risk of drowning among children 1 to 4 years of age. Lindsay Mondick, Senior Manager of Aquatics at YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) offers important safety tips to protect your children from harm around water, whether it's in the bathtub, at the beach or in a pool. Never swim alone. Nobody should swim by themselves, in case of accident. Teach your children that they should never enter the water anywhere without a lifeguard and/or responsible caregiver attending them. Stay attentive and watch without distraction. If you're with a large group, or even if a lifeguard is present, designate one person to watch the child or children at all times. If children are in a pool or near a body of water, a caregiver needs to be close, paying full attention and not distracted by a phone or other diversions. Wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets. Children and adolescents must wear appropriately sized and weighted life jackets in or around watercraft. It's important to understand that not all life jackets are Coast Guard approved. Adults can check this feature by looking at the tag on the inside of the jacket. Nonswimmers and small children should always wear life jackets when near water and while swimming. Adults should also wear them to model safe behavior.
Don't practice holding your breath under water. Children should not have breath-holding contests or participate in underwater swimming challenges that could risk their lives. Learn CPR. When seconds count, bystanders may be the first to help, so learning CPR may save a life. If you were CPR certified years ago, take a refresher course. CPR classes are available at community centers, hospitals and the American Red Cross. Teach basic swim skills early. Not only do most children enjoy swimming lessons, but taking formal lessons can save their lives. Many free or reduced-cost options for classes are available at your local YMCA for children from 6 months old through adults. Learning basic water safety and swimming skills at an early age helps children cope with potential dangers. In Safety Around Water classes at the Y, adults and children learn what to do if they find themselves in water unexpectedly. Participants practice basic skills like how to float and tread water; learning how to push off the bottom of the pool as they are submerging to get back to the surface can help a child find and grab the side of the pool for safety. Each year, the Y teaches over a million children and teens how to swim, providing lessons about water safety in a fun, safe environment. There are classes available to meet every family's needs and schedules. Water safety not only saves lives but also builds confidence. Learning to enjoy activities in and around the water nurtures children's social-emotional, cognitive and physical development. Water safety and swimming lessons promote a lifelong enjoyment of swimming while encouraging healthy living. For more information visit www.ymca.net.
HVAC Myths Busted
These days, it can be hard to tell what is real and what is not. Information can be suspect, or even outright fiction. Today, we’re busting some common HVAC myths in hopes that it will help you in your quest for the truth about your home comfort system. Myth #1: You can ignore your system’s filter. Your filters are like the lungs of your heating and cooling system. It’s vitally important to keep your filter clean and clear. A clean filter insures your HVAC system is able to operate properly. Change your filter often enough. Neglecting your filter can actually cost you a lot in the long-run while the upfront cost of buying a new filter is pretty low and absolutely worth it.
Myth #2: You don’t need regular maintenance. Just suffer through repairs when your HVAC system breaks down. We certainly hope you don’t believe this one. Have you heard the quote “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”? We fully believe this is applicable to your HVAC system. Having consistent maintenance performed on your HVAC system routinely (twice a year) will keep your system operating at peak performance and help prevent expensive repairs and having to prematurely invest in an entirely new system before you are ready.
Myth #3: The bigger the HVAC system, the better. We’ve heard it all before: bigger is better. Well, not in the case of your heating and cooling system. Get a system that’s too big and it will run hard, then shut off, and continue in this cycle of never-ending fluctuating temperatures, excessive humidity, and potentially a premature breakdown of your system. A system that’s too small will constantly be running at maximum capacity, resulting in higher energy bills. Reputable HVAC contractors will perform a load calculation to precisely match the proper size system to your home.
Myth #4: Constantly tweaking your thermostat is a good thing. Please don’t do this. There seems to be a common misconception floating around that cranking down your AC to a much lower temperature will cool the house down faster. In reality, turning your system up or down in stages, gradually is the best way to save energy. If you are constantly turning your system on and off, it can waste energy and drive up costs. The constant stopping and starting can put undue wear and tear on the system. We highly recommend that you consider a programmable thermostat that will do all the work for you; you can set it to react properly when you’re out of the house and regulate your desired temperature before you return.
Myth #5: An energy-efficient HVAC system is the only way to reduce my energy costs. We love our state of the art high-efficiency HVAC systems. Representing one of the most significant investments in your home, the energy savings can be enormous. While this is a great start, there are so many other ways to increase energy efficiency while also lowering your energy bill. Purchasing Energy Star rated appliances, unplugging things you don’t use often, even unplugging chargers when you are done with them can help save you money and reduce your energy usage.
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Welcome to the August edition of Village News Magazine