Thursday, December 16, 2010

Home Air Conditioning During Hot Summer Months

In some areas of the country, the temperature can get up to 120 degrees during the summer. At these high temperatures, the heat can cause the body to experience dehydration or fever. This is the main reason why air conditioning for home is necessary when summer weather comes in. Once you understand how important home cooling is it's easy to see why people learn HVAC to become a HVAC technician.

Effect of Heat on Infants
As the baby absorbs more heat, their body becomes hotter and they can eventually have a heat stroke. 

Effects of Heat on the Elderly.
Extreme heat can make them pass out or experience disorientation. 

Heat Stroke
The brain can only properly function in certain temperatures so if the body becomes unable to cool itself off, the body's temperature will sky rocket. An air conditioner allows cool air to circulate in the room as opposed to a fan that only blows room temperature air.

Air Filtering Process
Air conditioners have special air filters that prevent foreign air particles from entering the air that comes out of the AC. Using the Sun and Heat to Help Power AC Units
Though excessive heat can cause a number of problems, the decreasing cost of photovoltaic (PV) panels is making home solar paneling an attractive option.
What many people don't know is that the United States government offers tax credits for consumer energy efficiency.

A tax credit from the federal government can offer real consumer savings. Currently, tax credits are available under the Energy Policy Act of 2005. 

What Types Of Tax Credits Are Available?
Consumers are offered tax credits in the following categories:
  • Fuel Cells
  • Home Improvements
  • Solar Energy Systems
Home builders, appliance manufacturers and commercial building owners also qualify for their own unique federal tax credits. If you find yourself in any of these categories you should reference the Energy Star Federal Tax Credit information page:


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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Zonkey at the state fair

I couldn't remember the last time that I went to the state fair. Honestly, it was probably during college because I went to the state school and it was so close that me and my college girlfriend skipped class one day to go to it. But now that I have kids and a grown up job, my kids are begging me to take them so I thought that it was about time to give the fair another try.

As I was looking online for info about taking them to the fair, I found and read through it. I made a point to bookmark the site since my wife and I have been discussing gettting internet service.
One of my coworkers told me that I needed to show my kids the zonkey at the fair, which is a cross between a zebra and a donkey. I thought he was joking and made it up, but it ends up that he was completely right! The kids loved it and we even learned somethign there.
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Monday, October 25, 2010

Shisha Tobacco and Shisha Pipe

When you are starting out with smoking hookah, you should purchase the shisha in smaller sized packages and try a lot of different brands. Each different brand of Shisha Tobacco will be different, and the quality can be a huge difference.

One orange flavor from one brand will taste good, and then another orange flavor from a different brand can taste horrible.

There are hundreds of different flavors of shisha to choose from. It is a good idea to buy smaller sized containers of shisha. The best kinds of hookah coals to get are all natural.

Pipes also differ in size from large to miniature, with each one being more appropriate for different purposes – from parties, to small groups of friends, to private use. Pipes are also made from various materials nowadays, some of which are less durable than others. Certain materials can also have adverse health effects for smokers.

Most shisha pipe merchants sell three main sizes, a small, medium and large version which vary both in height and weight. If it will be mostly for personal use, there's no need to buy a gigantic pipe.

Again, if your pipe will be primarily for personal use, one hose will be fine. Most nargila pipe merchants sell one, two, three and four-hose pipes.

Other well-known brand names that you may come across if you're in the market for a pipe are Nammor and Mya Saray (a popular Chinese brand). The Egyptian pipes, while they are higher quality, also tend to be quite pricey.

Many Chinese pipes, for example, are made of inferior materials that may not be entirely safe to smoke through. There's some speculation that smoking through a copper pipe can be poisonous to humans, although no solid scientific studies have proven the exact effects. But it's probably better to be on the safe side and pay a little more for a quality pipe made of reliable materials by a respected brand.
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