The term “Good Samaritan” is often used to refer to a person who performs a kind gesture for a stranger.
It’s actually a reference to a story told by Jesus in the Bible. In the story, a Jewish man is beaten and lies near death on the side of the road. Two of the Jews’ highest regarded peoples pass by and ignore him, while a Samaritan, a hated neighbor of the Jews, stops and lends aid.
This story of the “Good Samaritan” has become our example for doing the right thing when others won’t.
Such a situation occurred on Friday, June 7th 2019.
Two of Precision Temperature’s installers, Kyle and Anthony, were returning from a job in Jamul when they came across a devastating accident.
ABC 10 News reporter Mackenzie Maynard visited with us to get the full story. Check out the video that aired on Friday, June 14th:
Where most cars drove right on past, Kyle and Anthony pulled over and ran to lend aid where he could.
Discovering that one of the cars was on fire while a driver was trapped inside, Kyle ran and grabbed the truck’s fire extinguisher and didn’t hesitate to jump into the fray.
When directly questioned about the event, Kyle deflected praise stating he only did what he hoped someone else would do for him.
Kyle and Anthony have demonstrated integrity and excellence time and again, not only in their work, but also in their personal lives as well.
Here at Precision Temperature, we’re proud to call them part of our family.
Summer is nearly upon us and so is the heat. That means people across the country will be cranking their ACs. Despite the hot and sticky outdoors, air conditioners dry out the inside of your home.
That’s why it’s good to concurrently run a humidifier. But what is a humidifier and how do you use one?
You’re probably familiar with dehumidifiers, but what exactly does a plain old humidifier do. Well, it does what you’d expect it to.
Whereas a dehumidifier removes moisture from the air, a humidifier adds to it.
A humidifier is a device used in and around the home that produces water vapor and increases the relative humidity level within your home.
If you plan to use a humidifier in your home, you need to be aware that the ideal humidity level within your home is around 40%.
In order to measure this, you should purchase a digital hygrometer or be sure to get a humidifier that has one built in.
You may be asking: Why would I want a humidifier in the first place?
In fact, having and running a humidifier could potentially cause more problems than they solve if not run properly. But for others, a humidifier may very well mean the difference between agitation and relaxation around your home.
If you’ve ever found yourself experiencing allergy-like symptoms inside your home, then a humidifier might be right for you. Those itchy eyes or sore throat might be the side effects of dry air in your home.
By learning how to use a humidifier, you can alleviate and quite possibly eliminate these problems altogether.
The issue is mostly present in the winter, but if you live in a dry climate such as here in San Diego, it’s possible to experience these symptoms all year.
Even if you live in a very wet place, if it’s hot you’re probably running your air conditioner. That’s a sure way to dry out your home. Running a humidifier will help fight dry, itchy skin, even in the summer.
Plus, did you know it can save you money?
Think about it.
Running a humidifier in tandem with your air conditioner means that your AC is cooling wet air. You know those ridiculously overpriced fan/spray bottles sold at amusement parks? It’s the same principle.
Cooler air inside your home means you can raise the temperature on your AC. This in turns cuts your electric bill.
Stop allergies and save money. It’s a win-win.
There are a variety of humidifiers on the market and understanding the different types will help you choose which one is right for you.
As you can see, buying a humidifier is not as simple as it sounds. Once you’ve settled on the right one, running it is pretty simple.
Make sure that your humidifier is in a waterproof location out of the reach of children. Certain types of humidifiers can get hot, and you don’t want your little one to get hurt.
Humidifiers also create a lot of condensation in and around them. If you’re setting your device on a wood surface, be sure to place a tray or piece of plastic beneath.
You’ll also want to point it so that the vapor shoots away from any electrical outlets.
Have you ever noticed a thin layer of black flecks at the bottom of your humidifier after you’ve run it? Or maybe you’ve noticed a white crusty layer forming on it?
These come from minerals in the water, and there are more minerals in hot water than in cold. Cutting back on minerals means that less bacteria will form in your humidifier, thus extending it’s life.
Humidifiers are great for helping alleviate allergy symptoms or battling dryness caused by air conditioners. But running it too much can cause mold or mildew to form in your home if you aren’t paying attention to humidity levels.
This takes us straight into some common humidifier mistakes that need to be avoided.
As previously mentioned, the ideal humidity level in your home is 40%. Anything, and you could experience allergy symptoms. Any more, and you’ll start seeing condensation on the walls.
There is a range, of course. Some people recommend between 30-50%, but it’s better to aim for 35-45%.
40% is the magical number, so being within a few percents of it is perfectly fine.
Mineral buildup can cause more problems than just an increased level of bacteria. It can also clog the pathways within the device itself, which can lead to overheating.
Overheating, then, can mean electrical problems, device failure, and, in worst case scenarios, a fire in your home.
As with any electrical device, maintenance is a must.
Most of these mistakes all stem back to those pesky minerals that are found naturally in our water.
Using tap water means that minerals will be present. But you can avoid minerals altogether by using only distilled or purified water in your humidifier.
Failing to completely empty your tank and wash it out before each use is one of the leading causes of bacteria buildup. Stagnant water is a breeding ground for the stuff.
Adding new water to a mostly empty tank doesn’t kill the bacteria. It just gives it more room to grow.
You wouldn’t put a wet towel back in the closet, and you shouldn’t put a wet humidifier back in the box.
Doing so traps in the moisture, giving it nowhere to escape. Wash your humidifier out, and then let it dry completely before storing it.
Do you have a humidifier? What type did you get?
Have you seen a noticeable difference in your air quality while using it?
We want to hear from you. Drop us a note in the comments below.
If you have any questions or are interested in getting a whole-house humidifier installed, don’t hesitate to reach out. Our agents are ready and willing to assist you.
Carbon monoxide poisoning results from a build-up of carbon monoxide, a colorless, odorless gas, and can be fatal. The typical sources of excess carbon monoxide (CO) are very common during the winter, so it’s especially important to be on the lookout for symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning and take steps to avoid it in your home. Learn about the sources of excess carbon monoxide, the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, and how it can be avoided in this blog.
Carbon monoxide is found in the fumes created from burning fuel in cars or trucks, small engines, gas stoves, lanterns, grills, fireplaces, gas ranges, or furnaces. When trapped indoors, CO can build up and poison people and animals who breathe it.
Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
The symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are often described as “flu-like.” They frequently include dizziness, weakness, headache, chest pain, confusion, upset stomach, and vomiting. Prolonged inhalation of CO can cause you to lose consciousness or even die. People who are drunk or sleeping can die from carbon monoxide poisoning even before showing symptoms.
Everyone is at risk from carbon monoxide poisoning, but infants, the elderly, and people with heart disease, breathing problems, or anemia are more likely to be affected by CO.
Avoiding Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in Your Home
An important part of preventing carbon monoxide poisoning in your home is keeping any fuel-burning (gas, oil, or coal) equipment and appliances well-maintained. Your fuel-burning heating system and water heater should be serviced by a professional once a year – before the heavy use of the cooler winter months is a good time to do this.
You should also install a battery-operated CO detector in your home in a location where it will wake you if it sounds while you’re asleep. Check the batteries at least twice a year and replace them as needed. If the carbon monoxide detector alarm sounds, you and your family should leave your home immediately and call 911.
Other ways to prevent a potentially deadly build-up of carbon monoxide include: not using portable heaters or generators indoors; making sure fuel-burning appliances are vented properly; and checking your chimney is clear and cleaning it if necessary.
If you suspect you or a family member has carbon monoxide poisoning, seek medical attention right away. For help making sure your home heating equipment is not releasing excess carbon monoxide, contact Precision Temperature, your San Diego HVAC experts! Call (610) 588-5321 or use our online contact form.