Design Comfort Blog: Archive for October, 2016

Your Plumbing’s Worst Enemy: Store-Bought Drain Cleaner

Monday, October 31st, 2016

What is your first instinct when your sink or bathtub has a clog? Perhaps it is to grab a plunger. If that doesn’t work though, you’re likely to try store-bought chemical drain cleaner. After all, it’s a quick and inexpensive way to remove a clog, right? While we agree that these cleaners work quickly and inexpensively, we do not recommend using them.

The reason for this is because the chemical makeup of these cleaners has an adverse effect on plumbing systems—which defeats the purpose! Keep reading to learn more about why we do not encourage the use of these cleaners, and why “quick and inexpensive” is not always the better choice.

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Time For You to Get a New Boiler?

Monday, October 24th, 2016

When living in Utah, there’s a very good chance that you, like many other homeowners throughout the country, rely on a boiler to keep you warm during the winter. If this is the case, then you have a heating system that can do its job very efficiently, and will last a long time to boot as long as you schedule preventive maintenance on a regular basis.

However, there will eventually come a time that your boiler will need replacement. No heating system lasts forever, after all. But how do you know when that time has come? Keep reading to learn about some of the signs that it’s time for you to get a new boiler.

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One Leading Method to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

Monday, October 17th, 2016

No matter what time of year it is, it’s only natural that you want to be as comfortable as possible inside your own home. When you think of home comfort, you most likely think about the temperature of your indoor air. And this is key to your comfort, however not the only factor you should consider.

In order to maintain a truly comfortable environment within your home, you’ll want to think also about how well it is ventilated, and how you can achieve ventilation without wasting energy. Your solution lies in an energy recovery ventilator, or an ERV.

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Three Reasons You Can’t Live Without This Water Treatment Product

Monday, October 10th, 2016

There are a number of water treatment products and services on the market today to improve the quality of your drinking and bathing water. Although hard water isn’t one of the unhealthy water quality issues, it’s certainly inconvenient and can cause a number of problems with your plumbing system, among other home components.

Hard water is water that has a higher-than-normal mineral content, consisting of calcium and magnesium that your body can absorb safely. However, hard water causes considerable issues with your quality of life. Its impact may be subtle, but that doesn’t mean it’s not damaging to your household. The solution lies with a water softener system—a water treatment product you can’t live without, but why?

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Watch for These Signs You Need Furnace Repairs

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

It likely goes without saying that winter is the time of year that is most stressful for your furnace. Wear and tear is increases, and the possibility of a serious problem occurring goes up dramatically. Even if you’ve had your furnace professionally maintained already—and hopefully you have—you should still remain aware of what problems can crop up, particularly if you have an aging system. Keep reading for some of the common furnace problems that you’ll want to keep an eye out for this winter.

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