Sparkler Safety for your family on the 4th of July!
When I was a child, I loved watching and setting off fireworks. Of course, when I was really young, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on sparklers. There is something about the bright sparks flying everywhere in the darkness of the night. As a child, you don’t realize the danger that is hanging from your little fingertips.
Did you know that sparklers can burn at 2000°F? This is as hot as a blow torch! 16% of all consumer fireworks injuries are caused by sparklers burning hands and legs. Most of the documented injuries have to young children. These injuries could have been prevented if some basic safety steps would have been prevented.
(Safety tips follow the graphic below)
When used correctly, sparklers are safe. I cannot imagine not celebrating the 4th of July or New Year’s without sparklers. They are so much fun!
So here are some safety tips when using sparklers…
Children under the age of 12, should use sparklers under VERY CLOSE adult supervision.
Do not sit down while using sparklers. Always remain standing.
Only hold one sparkler at a time. Remember, these little sticks get as hot as a blow torch!
Always wear appropriate footwear. Closed toe shoes should always be worn when using sparklers. Being barefooted and using sparklers can be a very painful combination.
Drop the spent sparklers directly into a bucket of water. The wire/stick remain very hot after the flame has been extinguished.
Never hand a lit sparkler to another person. The best practice is to hand a person the unlit sparkler, then light it.
Stand 6 feet apart from another person.
NEVER throw sparklers.
Hold sparklers away from your body at arm’s length. Children must be shown how to correctly do this.
(This one is tough) – Teach children not to wave or run with sparklers.
Even though the 4th is a holiday, we do have technician on call.
We hope that you have a very safe, relaxing 4th of July.
We would like to say “Thank You” for all of the positive feedback that we have received recently!
Yelp.com is a great way to post positive (and negative) comments for companies that you have dealt (with). This is a FREE place to leave those comments, and it is a great way to check out a company that you are planning to do business.
Here are some of those comments:
This has been the most honest company we have dealt with. Always on time, they go out of the way to help us out. Very nice dealing with all of them. Nice and honest a great combination. –Rhonda M., Hanahan SC
Our church (which has many HVAC needs) has used Arctic Air for several years.Compared to other companies we have used in the past this company has given us above average customer service without fail and their prices are very competitive. We’re keeping them! –Frank C., Charleston SC
Always courteous, always follows through when they’re supposed to be there. Very quick to respond when there’s an emergency. Stacy is awesome at keeping everybody on track, including myself in getting my routine AC checks scheduled. I highly recommend them! Carolyn B., Charleston SC
I noticed that Arctic Air receives all 5 stars in it’s ratings here. There’s a reason for that…..they do an excellent job and they actually CARE about the people they help. In today’s society you can’t pay someone enough money to truly care about customers. Their professionalism and integrity make Arctic Air the only HVAC company I ever use or recommend and one of THE BEST companies in the tri-county area. Family owned business for 20 years! Thank you for always taking care of me and my real estate clients!! Dianne R., Summerville SC
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What happened to spring? Summer is in full effect!
I cannot remember the day (this week) that this video was taken, however, the “light show” was fantastic! Staci had just taken the dogs out. She came back in and said that I had to see this. I got out of the recliner, and I didn’t notice anything different at the front of the house. She then directed me to the back of our home. I have seen “heat lightning” before, but this was special. The lightning was behind some really dark clouds. Take a look at this video.
I think this went on for about an hour… maybe more! What an amazing light show!
Now, on with the Energy Savings tips … part 5.
I guess you could say that the main gist of these tips is to avoid heating your home with lighting and appliances. Here is how you can unintentionally heat up your home without realizing it.
Try to not use the oven on hot days. When you are ready to cook, use the stove top, use a microwave, or (my favorite) break out the grill!
Install those weird looking bulbs in your lighting fixtures. Those bulbs, in most cases, use less electricity and produce less heat! Energy efficient bulbs also use about 10 – 15% of the electricity that incandescent (regular) bulbs use.
Use the daylight instead of artificial lighting. Just be sure to avoid the direct sunlight.
When washing clothing and dishes, only wash full loads. Air drying both will help reduce heat and save on your electric bill.
Try to minimize activities that produce heat. For example, using computers, burning candles (or other open flame items), running the dishwasher, clothes dryer, hair dryer, or curling irons. Televisions and stereos can also add to the heat load of your home.
TGIF! The weekend is here. Father’s Day is Sunday… I cannot wait to have my dad and father-in-law over for a feast. I hope those whose father have passed on, can look back with fond memories and remember the good things about your dads!
Overpaying the Electric and Gas Company is like burning your money.
Has your air conditioning and heating unit been struggling to keep up? Have you noticed that your electric bill keeps getting higher and higher, but you are still uncomfortably hot or cold? Were you told that you have small leaks in your coil? If so, it may be time to consider replacing your a/c.
Here are some things to think about before calling a air conditioning / heating contractor to your home. The answers to the following questions will help your contractor give you recommendations about the right comfort products for your home.
What air conditioning and heating products do you currently use in your home? An air conditioner? A Heat Pump? A Gas Furnace? A Dehumidifier?
Are you experiencing any issues with air quality? For example, do you have any issues with dust, asthma, allergies, etc?
Are you satisfied with the comfort level in your home during the winter and summer months?
How long do you plan to live in your home?
Do you spend a lot of time away from your home?
Is finding an air conditioning and heating unit that maximizes your energy savings important to you?
How does a replacement ac / heating unit pay you back?
Because of the technological advancements that are made every year, manufacturers are improving energy efficiencies as much as 7% per year. If your heat pump, air conditioner or furnace is more than 10 years old, it might be a wise decision to replace your unit.
Our highest efficiency YORK units can cut your heating and cooling bills in half, depending on the efficiency of your old unit.
In summary, if you are experiencing high electric bills, you have a unit that is needing constant repairs, or your air conditioning and heating unit is over 10 years old, it may be time to consider a new unit.
Call today at 843-821-0937 to have a consultant help you decide which unit is the right fit for you and your family.
Another Arctic Blast is heading for Charleston. The storm from a couple of weeks ago did slow things down here in the greater Charleston area, but everyone managed to get through it. Though there were some hiccups with the bridges and roadways, I believe that the South Carolina Department of Transportation did a great job of keeps the roads safe. I see what happened in Atlanta, GA, and I was very thankful that we didn’t have to go through that.
The weather guru’s are saying that an ice storm warning remains in effect from midnight tonight to 10am EST Thursday. It looks like the main problem that we are going to have, is the ice that is going to form because of all the rain. The forecasts that I have seen are saying the the ice could be between 1/4″ to 1/2″ thick. This is especially dangerous on the roads and bridges.
So this is going to be a repeat of what was mentioned in the posts before that storm. Be sure to “BE PREPARED”… you know… the Boy Scout’s Motto!
Here is a quick list of things to check…
Insulate all water pipes from cold moving air and keep them dry.
Use either heater tapes wrapped around the pipes or a heated reflector lamp in a dry enclosed space.
If electric power is unavailable or is lost, let the water run no faster than a slow constant drip; this is cheaper than repairing it.
Remember to insulate and heat the drain lines in crawl spaces and cold basements.
To thaw a frozen pipe, first check the pipe in the area of the freeze.
It is far better to heat the area around the frozen part with an electric space heater, a hand-held hair dryer, or a heat lamp in a reflector to prevent a fire.
Always disconnect your water hose from your outdoor spigot in the winter, or before the temperature in your area drops below freezing.
Use a temperature-controlled thermal convection powered hot water recirculation valve (which does not require electricity to operate) to continuously circulate warm water throughout your hot and cold waterlines anytime the temperature is below the user chosen set point 77F-140F.
Use a product called ICE LOC which prevents pipes from rupturing by taking up the expansion of the frozen water.
Use a RedyTemp, a device which utilizes an internal water contacting temperature probe to monitor the temperature of the water inside the pipes.
(8, 9 and 10 are overkill for the Charleston SC area, but you get the idea)
As always, if you have problems with your heating, or plumbing, feel free to contact Arctic Air at 843-821-0937 or submit a service request online. We offer 24/7 Emergency Service!
Well, February is now here. Time definitely flies! I just wanted to send out a friendly reminder….
Time to Change Your Air Filters.
I am hoping that you read this before you head out today. If you don’t have filters on hand, be sure to pick some up at your local home improvements store.
While you are there, take a look at the different options that you have, and the different price ranges. I tend to be cheap when it comes to disposable items, but I have now learned that “cheaper isn’t always better!” The same is true with air filters.
The air filter on your a/c-heater is a very important part of the system. These filters help limit dust and debris from entering your duct work, and eventually, coming in contact with the internal parts of your unit. These particles can potentially rob your unit of efficiency and cause an expensive breakdown. This breakdown could result in a repair so expensive that it is cheaper to replace your system, resulting in an expense of thousands of dollars.
Let’s get back to the filters. There are a few different types of filters on the market. Here are basically 2 types of filters that I am going to talk about ( there are more but let’s keep this simple).
These filters are rated in the industry by MERV levels. The higher the MERV rating, the better the filter is at trapping dirt, dust, allergens and debris. I will do a post on MERV ratings in the future.
The first is your basic “Inexpensive” Filter. They usually are in a cardboard frame, blue or white in color. These filters are make of something that looks like a heavy concentration of spider webs… and, you can see through them. This is not one of my favorite filters because it let’s too many of the particles through… and hence, a very low MERV rating. Change these EVERY month without fail!
The second is a pleated filter. These filters are usually made out of a thicker white material. These filters usually have a higher MERV rating that the basic “Inexpensive” filter. Staci and I have been using these in our home for as long as I can remember. These filters are a little more expensive, but provide better trapping of those contaminants. Pleated filters can usually last a little longer than the “Inexpensive” filter, so I would recommend checking these at 45 days. If they don’t look terrible, keep them in for a little longer.
In the pleated category, I have found what I call a “MacDaddy” filter. There are two filters that I found at the local home improvement store that I shop at that I really like. The first is made by 3M, the second is made by Purolator.
3M makes the Filtrete line of air filters. Basically, the higher the number the more allergens are trapped. The Filtrete 1900 is a 3 month filter. They also have two higher levels which are the Filtrete 2200 and 2400.
Purolator makes the Purofied line of air filters. The Purofied filter is a 6 month filter.
Please note with both of these filters, I recommend checking them each month just to be sure they are not clogged. If they are getting dirty and clogged, change them more frequently. If the air flow is not good, it can make your energy efficiency go way down, and potentially harm your system (ie, the compressor).
The reason I like this type of filter is because I suffer from allergies. So, any extra contaminants that I can check at the filter, helps me. How? I don’t have to breath in as much of the irritants that cause me issues. These filters are NOT cheap. However, these filters do last longer, and the reduction of dust is amazing.
The second reason that I like these filters is because, I don’t like to dust! I am all for less frequent dusting. How about you? Our glass tables used to get a good coat of dust on them in days. Now, it takes a couple of weeks to get the same accumulation. (Note: this was a scientific test, just a personal test and observation.)
So, whatever filter you choose to use, check them today. If they are dirty, change them. This little bit of maintenance is far less expensive than potentially having to replace your entire system.
Heater not working? Water lines broke? We can help…Call Now!
If you are having trouble with your heating, we are here to help! We have technicians standing by. We should be able to get to you today. Give us a call at 843-821-0937 or submit a service request online!
Well, we were hoping for more snow than ice. This morning when we got up, it looked like there was snow everywhere. I got the dogs up and going, prepared their food, then headed out for the morning walk.
Raisin (the fawn pug) and Mingus (the black pug) are not fond of bad weather. They dislike the rain, and they hate the ice covered grass. It was quite a site to see!
Of course, I love when people make the most out of a bad situation. When the dogs and I were walking, we found that there was a group of people having a blast on the hill near our pool. People were coming out with boogie boards, and pool floats! Mom’s and Dad’s out with their kids, just having fun. Take a look at this short video that I took.
Arctic Air has technicians on call, however, each call is going to be on a case by case basis. Bridges and roads are still closed as of 12:30pm today. Please be patient. We want to be able to help as many people as possible, but we also believe in keeping our staff safe. Thank you for your understanding!
I can remember when Hurricane Hugo hit Charleston. I remember all of the “hoop-la” about getting ready and being prepared. I thought that this was all media hype. Looking back, I was just not wise (I would venture to say, dumb!)
Well, here we are. We have a winter storm (supposedly) coming that is going to make the roadways icy. The report that we just got was that they may have between a quarter to a half an inch of ice. Tonight the low is going to be around 37°F tonight, and tomorrow the high is supposed to be 37°F. Tomorrow night there is a prediction of freezing weather (sleet and possibly snow).
Doctor’s offices, our payroll office and others have already said that they are closing early tomorrow and closing on Wednesday because of the weather.
Of course, I am saying to myself…”this is crazy… it is not going to be that bad”. What is all this “hoop-la” about. Well, look back to the first paragraph. I didn’t think Hugo was going to be a big deal either.
All of that to say this… over the past few weeks, we have had a few days that have been very cold, freezing cold. I have a friend that has a Water Damage and Restoration business, and he has ALL of his equipment out right now. He is working on 6 water damage jobs, and turning others away.
About a year and a half ago, my wife and I had two water damage claims within one month. The first was a ac drain pipe that was not secured properly (our AC was NOT put in by Arctic Air, which is another blog post that I will do). Anyway, this was not a big deal, but it disrupted our lives. We had to have an upstairs and downstairs wall dried out. It was miserable. Our house was extremely hot due to this process in the middle of summer. We were miserable.
We have had a few customers that have had water damage issues due to frozen pipes. These water damage problems have to be properly dried or else it is possible to get mold growing inside your walls. This causes a lot of health issues, and costs a lot of money.
Please prepare for this cold weather. Insulate your pipes. Let water drip so that it doesn’t freeze. Here is a post that I did a few weeks ago. It is definitely worth reviewing.