It seems like only yesterday that we were bemoaning the bitter cold of our last winter season in New Orleans. Would it ever end? We were even looking forward to hot summer days spent grilling out and soaking in some rays.
Summer lasts a little longer here in the Crescent City, and that means our HVAC units get a little more wear and tear each year.
If you live in southern Louisiana, there’s no doubt that you need a standby generator. Between an aging power grid and a steady onslaught of extreme weather events from floods to hurricanes, power outages are a fact of life.
America received a D+ on its 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure.
High humidity is a fact of life during a New Orleans summer. You can’t go outside without feeling the sauna-like blast of heat and moisture that greets you. The old joke “Yes, but it’s a dry heat” has considerable merit. Higher humidity equals more discomfort almost without exception.
If you’ve noticed that your utility bills keep climbing through the summer, you may want to take a look at how you use your air conditioner’s thermostat. Sure, it’s hot. That doesn’t necessarily mean you have to keep the AC cranked up all day.
Fran’s New Orleans home has been in her family for a long time, and she loves its historic charm. She doesn’t love the ancient heating and cooling though. Ceiling fans and window units struggle to cool the spacious rooms during the summer months, and they don’t do much for humidity. Old gas furnaces crank out a dry heat during the winter, and it costs a pretty penny to keep the rooms toasty.
Have you ever noticed that clean scent that follows a thunderstorm?
In our last post, we talked about the cause of indoor air pollution, and we promised we’d give you some tips to help reduce these allergens. We’re nothing if not true to our word, so let’s take a look at two things you can do to improve your home’s air quality.Change your air filterChanging your air filter may seem like a no brainer, but many people forget to do this. Let’s face it: you’re busy. In general, most of us don’t think about maintenance until something’s gone wrong. Take a look at these tips for pre-emptive air filter maintenance.
If your solution for sinus irritation and allergies is to stay indoors during ragweed season, you may be setting yourself up for more - not fewer - sniffles, coughs, and wheezes. At least 15% of homeowners in the United States are allergic to their own homes. You read that right. Just to drive home the point: studies show that indoor air pollution is more than twice as high as outdoor pollution!