Clean, Healthy Water
Perhaps the greatest benefit of purifying your water is that all of your family members can drink straight from the tap, instead of relying on an old Brita filter that can add new bacteria into the water.
A major problem with chlorine in your home’s water is that when chlorine mixes with any kind of organic matter, it produces disinfection by-products (DBPs). One dangerous DPB is trihalomethanes (THMs). Chlorine and THMs have been linked to liver and kidney damage, immune and nervous system disorders, hardening of the arteries, birth defects, and various forms of cancer.
Less Scaling, Sediment, and Mineral Deposits
While hard water is not necessarily harmful to you — the minerals can actually be nutritious — it can significantly damage your home’s plumbing and appliances. Heavy metals and sediment can substantially shorten the life of your water heater, increase your energy bills and cause wear to your clothes washer, dishwasher, refrigerator, showerheads, faucets, and spouts.
As the water passes through your pipes, it leaves mineral deposits that can accumulate over time and create hard deposits on the inside of your piping. This can impede water flow and cause water pressure problems. Water softeners uses sodium to remove the hardness of water, and this can alleviate many of the plumbing problems associated with high levels of minerals.
Surprisingly, 85% of Americans have hard water in their water supply. Yet, only 30% of those with hard water use a water softener.
Peace of Mind from Municipal and Groundwater Contamination
Look no further than the Flint, Michigan water crisis to see the dangers of relying on municipal water treatment for clean and safe water. Even a temporary public warning of harmful water or sanitation work near your home can send contaminants into your home’s water.
The air conditioner in your Delaware home works hard to keep you comfortable throughout the cooling season, and summer heat buildup resulting from the sun beating down on your home plays a major role in the overtime your air conditioner puts in to keep your home cool. These tips will help you combat heat gain and take some of the load off of your air conditioner while considerably improving your home’s energy efficiency and your comfort level.
Paint your home
When it’s time to paint the exterior of your house, opt for lighter colors. Dark exteriors absorb up to 90 percent of the sun’s radiant energy, and some of that energy enters your home, heating up its interior and making your air conditioner work harder to keep it cool.
Treat your roof
Nearly one-third of the heat that builds up in your home comes through the roof, regardless of how light or dark your roofing material is. Apply a reflective coating to your roof to ward off much of this heat gain and give your A/C a break. Reflective roof coating is available at your local home improvement store and is applied with a paint roller. Depending on your roofing material, choose either a white latex coating or an asphalt-based coating.
Paint your walls
The color of the inside walls of your home’s outer envelope can affect how much heat enters your home. Light-colored walls reduce heat gain and will help preserve the siding on your east-, west- and south-facing walls.
Cover your windows
Windows account for about 40 percent of the heat gain in your home. Apply reflective window coatings to reduce heat gain and prevent your upholstery and carpeting from fading. In our region, a combination film works best to control heat gain in the summer and take advantage of it in the winter.
For more expert advice about preventing summer heat buildup, please contact us at Sobieski Services, Inc. Our goal is to help educate our customers in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC and plumbing systems).