Designing Heating and Cooling Systems in Large Buildings
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Designing Heating and Cooling Systems in Large Buildings

Have you ever wondered what goes into a heating or air conditioning system for a large office building or another large building like a mall or a school? My name is Evelyn, and I am an HVAC architect. I design heating and air conditioning systems for large, corporate buildings. Making sure that a large building with many rooms or offices is efficiently heated and cooled is a very large job and is much more complicated than simply heating or cooling a home. This blog will educate the reader on how heating and cooling jobs this large are designed and completed.

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4 Easy-Peasy Tips for First-Time Homeowners

Nicole Jacobs

Have you just stepped away from renting to buy your first home? You may be completely thrilled to have a home of your own that is solely your responsibility, but this home will come with responsibilities you may not think of right off, especially when it comes to plumbing. Check out these four easy-peasy tips for first-time homeowners. 

1. Keep plumbing connections tight. Invest in a pair of pliers and a good set of wrenches; you're going to need these tools to keep the plumbing connections in your home tight and secure. A few connections to check upon moving in and subsequently thereafter include the following: 

  • Water hose connections leading to your washing machine, refrigerator, dishwasher, and so on 
  • Water line connections on the underside of the toilet 
  • Water pipe connections under the sinks 

2. Learn how to maintain your water heater. No matter what type of water heater your new house has in it, it will need a little attention on occasion. For example, regular tank water heaters should be flushed about once a year to remove sediment in the tank and keep the water running through the system clean and clear. Your water heater is going to be one of the most expensive water-related elements in the house, so you will want to keep it functional for the long term. 

3. Invest in drain strainers immediately. If you're lucky, the drains in your new house will already have straining mechanisms integrated to catch hair and debris. But, if you are one of the unlucky homeowners, you will need to go out and get these to add on to the drains. Don't wait to do this; get them right away. Nothing clogs drains more than hair, and dealing with drainage issues can be a huge ordeal. 

4. Find your water shutoff valves right away. If a plumbing line bursts, you have a major leak, or you have to shut off all water to the house for other reasons, you need to know where to find the shutoff valves in the house and on the property right away. Most homes have one primary shutoff valve that will interrupt all water flow to the house. Some houses have multiple shutoff valves to isolate water flow to certain parts of the house. Find out where your shutoff valves are hiding out and make a mental note so you know in the event of an emergency plumbing situation. 

Call a plumbing repair professional for more information about any of these things and more.


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