Preparing Your Furnace for the Winter

Preparing Your Furnace for the Winter

Austin and surrounding areas, it’s almost winter. We know it may not feel like it, but its around the corner, we promise. The oncoming winter means preparing your home and yourself for the change in temperature. The heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) unit inside your space should be at the forefront of your preparation. And during the colder months, maintenance and consistent checks of your unit’s furnace is essential. The furnace of any HVAC unit provides warm air flowing, keeping us nice and toasty while indoors. Heating repair and maintenance is very important. Keeping your furnace happy and efficient, ensures your own happiness and efficiency during the colder months ahead. Here are a few tips from us at Alamo Austin Air Conditioning & Heating:
1. Change those dirty filters once a month. Clogged filters can restrict air flow, both warm and cold – thus damaging your unit and reducing efficiency.
2. Set your thermostat. It may sound foolish, but you’d be surprised. Adjusting the settings of your thermostat could reduce your monthly bill and ensure a more efficient warmth.
3. Check your heating vents. Debris surrounding your heating vents obstructs the flow and circulation of warm air indoors. It also increases the risk of fire.
4. Inspect your burners. Ensure that your burners are clean and the surrounding is clear. A blockage of a burner can become quite dangerous, as it leads to an increase of carbon monoxide during start up.

 

Preparing Your Furnace for the Winter
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Gas Installation Companies Keep You Warm for Less

Gas Installation Companies Keep You Warm for Less

Many American homeowners with older homes are switching their heating fuel from oil to natural gas. Natural gas burns cleaner than oil and is a cheaper fuel. When looking at gas installation companies in Canton, GA, homeowners can expect them all to have the same procedures.

Source of the Gas

 

The most important thing for a homeowner to do is determine if natural gas is available in their community. Many urban areas may have the supply lines and depots installed to provide natural gas to homeowners, but that does not mean every neighborhood is hooked into the grid. Rural areas are too spread out to have gas available to everyone. Freestanding tanks are a second option for homes that can’t be connected. The gas company will periodically fill the tank with fuel for the home.

Call a Few Companies

The next thing homeowners will do is schedule a few of the companies to come to their homes and talk about their specific needs. A technician will walk through the house with them. The technician will offer suggestions for different appliances and the connections each will require. Then they will develop an estimate for the cost of the work. The homeowners can then compare the estimates and the companies to find the right fit.

Pipe It In

Many people are not aware that installing and maintaining gas lines is a plumber’s job. Gases and liquids follow many of the same physical laws and the same materials can be used for the pipes. Copper pipes are used to carry the natural gas into the house as well as to each appliance. Many homeowners use gas as a fuel for their stove and water heater because it heats more quickly than electricity. Some will add a gas fireplace that lights up with the flick of a switch.

When hiring gas installation companies in Canton, GA, homeowners need to be involved in the whole process. Most importantly, they need to be the ones to decide if they want to add natural gas to their home.

Review: Dennis Hopper as remembered by his right hand man in “Along for the Ride”

Review: Dennis Hopper as remembered by his right hand man in “Along for the Ride”

Actor-director Dennis Hopper and his friend-assistant, Satya de la Manitou, as seen in the new documentary “Along for the Ride.” SIGNIFICANT PRODUCTIONS / HAT & BEARD FILMS

He outlived James Dean, held his own against John Wayne, and with Jack Nicholson created the pinnacle of the 1960s independent film, “Easy Rider.” Dennis Hopper was a maverick, a multi-hyphenate of a most illustrious sort: actor-writer-director-photographer-carouser.

Following “Easy Rider,” he could write his own ticket in Hollywood, and did so, grabbing $ 1 million and final cut from Universal to movie “The Last Movie” in the mountains of Peru. The resulting film may have been art, and the studio was determined it was not commerce, and buried it.

Dennis Hopper filming “The Last Movie.” UNIVERSAL PICTURES
Blacklisted by the studios, Hopper becomes a pariah, though a legendary one. He maintained a bohemian existence in Taos, NM, in the years before he overcame his alcoholism and revived his career with the movie “Apocalypse Now,” “Out of the Blue,” “Blue Velvet,” “Hoosiers” (for which he earned his sole acting Oscar nomination), and “Speed.”

Instrumental to Hopper’s survival was his right-hand man, Satya de la Manitou, whom he met at the time of “Last Movie” and whose friendship and service over decades helped maintain the allure, and the life, of the star, not least of which when he shanghaied the actor off to rehab.

De la Manitou provides wistful narration in the new documentary “Along for the Ride” (opening Friday), in which he basks in the memory of his friend (who died in 2010), and in the special place he held as the adjutant of a genius. [As such, “Along for the Ride” is a pair with another recent documentary, “Filmworker,” in which Leon Vitali recalls the life of he lived at the beck-and-call of another genius, Stanley Kubrick.]

Directed by Nick Ebeling, the documentary features invigorating remembrances from many who were pulled into Hopper’s orbit during the 1970s and ’80s, including Wim directors Wenders and David Lynch, actors Dean Stockwell, Russ Tamblyn and Linda Manz, exec studio Michael Medavoy, musician Dwight Yoakam, architect Frank Gehry, and artists Ed Ruscha and Tony Shafrazi.

Dennis Hopper: 1936-2010
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Dennis Hopper: 1936-2010
De la Manitou binds it together, rummaging through storage units and scrapbooks, the bleakly beautiful landscape of Taos, and the Peruvian locations of “The Last Movie,” which refused to change from how they looked almost five decades ago, when Hopper brought the artifice of cinema for a story about the artifice of cinema.

The movie’s soundtrack is smothered at times by a score from Gemma Thompson (of Savages), but the crisp, black-and-white cinematography by Ebeling, Danny Reams and Randy Wedick, rare photographs, and snippets of Super 8mm footage taken on the locations of the two movies and soirees, pull you right into the period.

The film is a black-and-white contact sheet of a movie – nostalgic fragments in time lovingly preserved and highlighted by grease pencils, used to illuminate a portrait that is nonetheless too big to be contained in any single account, no matter how devotional .

The essential Ta-Nehisi Coates

The essential Ta-Nehisi Coates

Bestselling author Ta-Nehisi Coates pulls no punches in his writings about race relations in America. This morning, he discusses the fine print with our Martha Teichner:

It’s not all that often that a guy who writes about race can sell out a 3,000-seat theater … on a weeknight, especially. But Ta-Nehisi Coates routinely has fans — as many white as black — lined up around the block for tough talk some Americans might be uncomfortable hearing.

“If you are attempting to study American history and you don’t understand the force of white supremacy, you fundamentally misunderstand America,” he told an audience last month at the Metropolitan AME Church in Washington, D.C.

Teichner asked Coates, “Who is your audience?”

“Well, first of all I’m talking to myself,” he laughed. “Secondly, it’s probably young African-American kids who came up like me.”

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“But whole bunches of white people buy your books in large numbers.”

“Yeah, I know, and I don’t know why it is!”

“Are you surprised?”

“Yes. I mean, I’m not surprised anymore, but initially I was very surprised.”

His latest book, “We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy” by Ta-Nehisi Coates (One World), an expanded version of essays he wrote for The Atlantic since 2008, was an instant bestseller. His last, a letter to his son about the hazards of being a black male in America (“Between the World and Me”), spent 80 weeks on The New York Times list. It won the National Book Award in 2015, the same year Ta-Nehisi Coates received a so-called MacArthur “genius grant.”

“To be black in the Baltimore of my youth was to be naked before the elements of the world, before all the guns, fists, knives, crack, rape, and disease. The nakedness is not an error, nor pathology. The nakedness is the correct and intended result of policy, the predictable upshot of people forced for centuries to live under fear.”

Coates said, “I try to write in such a way that it makes people feel things. I don’t want them to read what I’m writing and just say, ‘I think that’s right’ and agree with me. I want them to read something and then walk away and be haunted by it.”

Forty-two now, Coates grew up in Baltimore surrounded by violence … and books. His father, Paul Coates, a one-time Black Panther, published forgotten African-American writers in his basement, and worked for years as a research librarian at historically black Howard University, in Washington, D.C.

Author and essayist Ta-Nehisi Coates with correspondent Martha Teichner. CBS NEWS
Touring the university’s library, where Ta-Nehisi would come as a child with his father, Paul Coates said, “Much of this collection is older than the university. It’s older than 150 years; it goes back to the abolitionist period. I feel that energy when I enter this space.

“I wanted [Ta-Nehisi] to be connected to his community,” Paul said. “I wanted him to give back and understand that he was not separate from his community, that his successes could only be the successes of his community, and that his community was actually his lifeblood.”

Later, as a Howard student in the mid-’90s, Coates practically lived in this library. “You literally could go through that card catalog back there and in my recollection, it was almost anything I wanted to read written by a black author, I could just go get. I felt liberated in here.”

Ta-Nehisi Coates on the writing process
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Ta-Nehisi Coates on the writing process
Howard, for him, was an awakening — less about his classes, more about self-education, experiencing a whole world in a small space: “You would meet students from Africa here, students from the Caribbean,” he said.

Although he didn’t graduate, it was at Howard that he began to write, and where he made friends with another student, Prince Jones, whose killing by police in 2000 as he drove to his fiance’s home, galvanized Coates’ rage, and made him the writer he is now.

“I had somebody who I knew, a living person whose life had value, and it was taken through no fault of his own,” Coates said. “I write what I write in the way that I write it. I’m not being abstract, you know. I’m talking about something that, you know, is a part of my life.”

A national correspondent for The Atlantic, his June 2014 cover story, “The Case for Reparations,” was his controversial ticket to prominence. His argument: that the wealth gap (“For every nickel of wealth that the average black family has, a white family has a dollar”) is the result of a long history of discriminatory housing policies, and must be redressed.

To Coates, “the very idea of uplift is the thing that is most threatening.”

Suddenly, he was the nation’s lightning rod on race.

 

An excerpt from the new book, published recently in The Atlantic, contends that Donald Trump couldn’t have been elected had his predecessor not been Barack Obama.

Keep Your Mind Comfortable with the Journal of Stress

Keep Your Mind Comfortable with the Journal of Stress

At first, feeling stressed may seem pretty normal.

After all, who’s not stressed in Britain these days? However, it can be dangerous if left untreated.

According to statistics from the Labor Force Survey, pressure is a factor in 37% of all occupational health related cases from 2015-2016. It also accounts for 45% of all lost working days.

Some people use aromatherapy, copper, and other tools to cope with stress. However, many are still struggling with it. You need a proactive way to fight stress.

Use the Journal of Stress
Stress journals are a simple way for you to manage your stressful feelings in a healthy and proactive way. Think of it as a one-person therapy session you can get at anytime.

Using a stress journal is simple. All you have to do is write down your stress feelings. Eventually, you will identify patterns in your stress. In this way, you can find ways to reduce stress behaviors.Keep Your Mind Comfortable with the Journal of Stress

You may never keep a diary, but keeping a journal can be the key to controlling your stress. It’s not about the quality of your writing, it’s about putting your feelings on paper.

Articulation Feelings

Have you ever had problems explaining to people why you are stressed out?

Verbal communication may not work best for you, but the journal gives you a way out for complicated feelings.

If you have difficulty expressing and voicing your feelings, writing down those feelings can help you to better recognize your feelings. Imagine finally being able to show your stressful feelings.

It will do wonders to improve your mood!

Emotion Process Keep Your Mind Comfortable with the Journal of Stress

Have you ever had difficulty dealing with your feelings? Everyone has different ways of coping with stress.

Some smoke or buy cigarettes online UK, while others are massaged. Once you find the appropriate stress relief method for you, why not try expanding your armory? Having a variety of ways to cope with your stress ensures you will always be in touch with your emotions – and your methods remain effective.

If you are stressed and upset, finding a way to process difficult feelings can be difficult. The stress journal will give you time to reflect on your feelings.

Having a bad client call or a fight with your spouse may seem awful, but this is not the end of the world.

Take the time to write down your feelings and be able to reflect on them is very important to manage stress. It can also help you to put your problem into perspective.

Identification of Stressor

When you are stressed, it is easy to associate frustrations and feelings with the wrong cause. Keeping a journal can help you make the breakthrough to find exactly why you feel so depressed.

You may think that meeting with your boss stresses you. But after seeing a few entries for a few weeks, you find that talking to a particular co-worker before the meeting leaves you more stressed than just talking to our boss.

Dealing with stress is important. However, finding the cause of stress is just as important. As you sort through your journal, you may feel your stress is caused by something you never even thought about.

Journal of Stress: Wrapping Up
How do you cope with stress?

Do you have a way to deal with the stress that has helped you in the past? Tell our readers about it in the comments section!

Bed Bug Heat Treating Equipment

Bed Bug Heat Treating Equipment

Bed bugs can be more than just a nuisance – they are a serious health hazard for many Americans. Like mosquitoes and lice, bed bugs are parasitic insects that feed on human blood and other animals. This can cause severe itching and rashes throughout the body. Finding and killing them can be very difficult because they love to hide in the darker areas of the house, not just between the mattresses. One of the best treatments is to use hot bed bug treatments at St. Louis.

Remove Everyone Bed Bug Heat Treating Equipment

Bed bugs can not live in hot conditions above 122 °. Pest control technicians will raise the interior temperature of the house to a range between 135 ° and 145 ° to enter the walls and floors where sleeping insects want to build their colony. High temperatures can also kill insects that stay in bed or other difficult places to find a place. High temperatures can also affect not only domestic pets and humans, but also softer plastic or vinyl items. The pest control technician will have any list at home that can be exposed to high temperatures. All of these need to be removed and treated separately. Bed Bug Heat Treating Equipment

Safety first

One of the biggest reasons to hire a technician who has been trained in heat treatment is safety. They control the giant heater that can damage the house and they must understand how the heat will affect it. Bricks and concrete react differently to heat than wood or metal. Bricks and concrete will thrive and move, undermining the support they provide. The metal will also widen but it can soften and bend and everyone knows what happens with the heated wood. Technicians also need to know how the heat will affect the various safety features in the house. Heat can not only turn off the fire detection system, but it can melt the burglar alarm panel.

Monitor Temperature

The first thing a technician will do is find the volume of the house and determine how much heating is needed. They may use one heater that is moved from one room to another in a smaller house. This makes one room a hot spot and potentially damaged. Larger rooms may require several heating units to prevent insects from escaping into the cold zone. No matter how many units are used, temperature sensors are placed in every room to make sure they are hot enough.

Follow

While heat treatment is the most effective method of dealing with sleep-bug problems, there is no action to prevent future infestations. That is why a comprehensive plan should be developed before bed bugs are detected. Regular checks for different types of bugs can detect them early and make control easier. Preventive chemical action can be implemented in high-risk areas to prevent insects from entering the house. Once the colony is killed, the chemicals can be used to treat their favorite nesting areas in order to be less desirable of the new generation.

4 Important Questions to Ask When Looking at New Houses for Sale

4 Important Questions to Ask When Looking at New Houses for Sale

No one wants to buy a new house, go in and suddenly realize that he has made a mistake. At this point, it’s too late. This is why people need a long time to make a home buying decision. There are so many questions you should ask, including the four listed below. Otherwise, you may find yourself in a 30 year mortgage that you really want to get out of when you buy one of the new homes for sale at Lemont.
1. Does Everyone Get Their Own Room or Him?

 

Space is the main reason people move, and most of the time it needs to be more places. Either way, ask yourself if everyone needs his own room. You want to buy a new house big enough to accommodate your entire family, so it’s time to give all the children their own places, or do they continue to share? What about the future? Are you planning to move old parents in the near future? How many bedrooms do you need?

2. Do Extra Space Require?

Another question you should ask when looking at a new home for sale at Lemont is whether you need additional rooms. This is not a dining room, family room, etc. This office, game room, sunroom and so on. Do you need additional rooms to ensure you will be happy in your home for a long time? If so, be sure to add it to your room count so you can find a place to stay that has everything you need.

3. What about the bathroom?

The bathroom is the room most fought for at home, so there may be time to get that extra. Do you think it’s crazy to have a house with more bathrooms than a bedroom? Do you have teenage daughters? Yep – not at all crazy. Keep your peace and sanity by counting how many bathrooms you need and then adding that extra to the tally. You never know when you have a guest.

4. House or Property? Which is more important? 4 Important Questions to Ask When Looking at New Houses for Sale

Finally, what you want to be bigger, your home or your property. Some people are fine with smaller homes provided they have lots of land; Others do not care if they are practically on top of their neighbors during their big house. Talk with your family and think about the importance of both. You may find that people may still share the room as long as they spend

Special Needs Planning-What You Should Know

Special Needs Planning-What You Should Know

As their children age, parents begin to emphasize how they will pay their children’s tuition, but if you are the parent of a child with special needs, you face a more difficult and frightening task. These parents need not worry about college education. They need to ensure that they will be able to provide financial support and care for their child’s special needs after their death. This can be a tricky question because no one can predict their child’s future medical needs and also do not know how long they will live. To get help ensuring their child is protected in the future parents should make an appointment with an attorney specializing in Red Bank’s special needs planning. Lawyers can help parents of children with special needs ensure that the child will be taken care of after their death. Special Needs Planning-What You Should Know

Letters of instruction

It is also called a “letter of intent” and describes the child’s situation. It will also provide guidance to the caregiver after the death of the parent or the inability to care for the child. This will explain what you are, as a parent, the vision for the child’s life, how it is, and the things that affect the child. This could include how they communicate with you if they are non-verbal, what kind of food they like and that they do not like, etc. This is not a legal document but sometimes parents need help to arrange it so this is where special needs planning Toms River can help. Another letter to the draft is to family members, asking them not to pass the funds directly to the child. If the child is inherited the money, they could lose the eligibility for Medicaid because they can not have more than two thousand dollars on his behalf.

A special need of trust

Not all of their needs are covered in public benefits such as Supplemental Security and Medicaid Income so having confidence will ensure that money is available for additional costs. This trust will not jeopardize their eligibility for federal programs. When you talk to the Special Needs to plan a Red Bank lawyer they can help prepare one of two special needs trusts.

• First party trust – trust is funded by money received by a child, such as an inheritance. If the recipient of this trust dies the country may request a Medicaid reimbursement of a trust fund.
• Third party trust – this is funded by life insurance from family or family members and does not require reimbursement.

These are just two of the many things that special planning that the Toms River can help do. Special Needs Planning-What You Should Know

Tips on buying the perfect costume for a themed party

Tips on buying the perfect costume for a themed party

Themed parties are certainly great fun, giving you the opportunity to use your imagination and perform with the most original costumes. Having the possibility of being a character for tonight is certainly exciting, but to really get yourself noticed amongst the crowd, the costume you will wear should be chosen with great care. Once you start surfing the web for options, you’ll notice that there’s an unlimited set of costumes you can choose, but how do you know you’re picking the right one? To collect the perfect look for themed parties, you should consider the following costume purchase tips.
All you have to do is think about the theme of the party. Maybe the event will be a medieval event, for example, so we recommend choosing a costume that fits perfectly with that theme. Look for inspiration on the internet and then find an online store that gives you the opportunity to buy all the elements needed to collect the look you want. With so many disfresses, you can be tempted to choose something that might not be at all in line with the nature of the party, so when you look around the offer, always choose something that you know will be appropriate.

Tips on buying the perfect costume for a themed party

The quality of the material from which the costume is designed is also very important. When buying online, it will be a bit difficult for you to pay attention to how qualitative the costumes really are, so reading the product descriptions carefully should be one of the things Ou make before ordering. As soon as you select something from different types of original documents, check the details of the fabric. Even if the costume design may look good, if it does not have quality, this aspect will be easy to notice, and will have an unpleasant visual effect.

Last but not least, be sure to check the size chart carefully. Regardless of how great the costumes are at first, if not to your liking, your overall look will be ruined. This type of dress is too big or too small for you will not loot at all so easy to avoid this error. Take your measurements, check out the costume charts, and buy the clothes that suit you perfectly. Also, because you are buying online, to avoid inconvenience, check the shipping and return policies of the store first.

If you want to impress everyone at the themed party you will attend, putting together the perfect look is of course necessary, and that means buying the right costumes. Even though the market night gives you enough buying opportunities, not all the costume choices that you will get will offer an equally good appearance for the party. As long as you remember some of the above purchase considerations, you will manage to buy the right costume for your needs.

How to Recognize Gas Leakage

How to Recognize Gas Leakage

Natural gas is very harmful to the human body. That’s why it’s important for everyone of all ages to recognize signs of gas leakage. Once you recognize a gas leak, you should immediately leave the premises and contact an expert to repair a safe natural gas line in Canton, GA. This is the best way to recognize leaks in your home or business.

Smell How to Recognize Gas Leakage

 

Natural gas does not smell at all. Thankfully, the gas company is required to add a sulfur smell, “rotten egg” to the gas so you can recognize the leak. Because gas is not visible, you can not rely on your visual ability to recognize leaks and act accordingly. Thankfully, you can trust your nose. If you smell gas, leave the building immediately. It is rare that individuals can not smell so strong. For these people, there are other ways to recognize leaks.

Sound How to Recognize Gas Leakage

The gas device will make a sizzling sound when there is a leak. Believe in your ear if you hear a sizzling sound, especially near the stove and other gas-dependent devices. The sound may also resemble a high whistle. If a large pipe leaks gas, its sound will be more like a low roar. Gas appliances like stoves usually emit a hissing sound so you know when they are on and remember to turn them off.

Look

Gas leakage can often be very smooth and small so it does not pose a danger. This is very common for outer channels. If you see thick fog, water bubbling, unusual dry spots, or dead plants along the gas line, there may be leaks in the area.

Additional Safety Notes

If you believe there is a gas leak in the building, beware everyone in the place and leave immediately. Do not drink alcohol or smoke near gas equipment and do not use your phone in case of leakage. When you first find one of the gas leak indicators above, call 911 as soon as you exit the building. Make sure your second call is an improved natural gas line in Canton, GA.