Statistics from the National Council on Aging confirm that today’s seniors are a busy group who aren’t planning to move from their existing houses anytime soon. Many are still working part-time or full-time for all kinds of reasons: earning money, being productive, or simply uninterested in traditional retirement. Nine of 10 seniors plan to stay in their homes as they age.
Stinky house? Then this classic rock lyric hits you where you live: Ooh, that smell, can’t you smell that smell? Many of us wrestle with unpleasant household odors at one time or another from pets, smoking, cooking and more. We combat them with scented candles, spray cleaners, air freshener, dryer sheets and fans. While these methods clear the air temporarily or mask the odor, identifying and treating the source is the best long-term solution. Snuffle your way through our list below to clear the air.
If your family took five-minute showers with low-flow showerheads – a pipe dream, say those with teenagers – they’d still use 10 gallons each. Add a load of laundry at 20 to 30 gallons and a dishwasher cycle that consumes 6 to 10 gallons. Figure in the many times you turn on the hot tap and it’s easy to see how average households use 80 to 120 gallons of hot water per day. Our hot water habits aren’t cheap either: water heaters typically consume 15 to 20 percent of a home’s energy.
Loose furniture joints, out of tune pianos, warped wood flooring, nail pops in drywall, malfunctioning electronics – these are all signs that the humidity level in your home may be too high. Ideal humidity levels are 35 to 50 percent, but particularly in Florida, indoor humidity levels can quickly rise to 60 percent or even much higher. Not only is the outdoor environment very humid, a home’s water vapor level rises from cooking, washing, bathing, exercising, and even just living: exhaled air is nearly completely saturated with water. Indoor humidity is quickly absorbed by home materials like wood, drywall, plaster, carpeting and upholstered furnishings.
Take a peek into your laundry room. The sleek, shiny machines look so innocent, but let’s be frank: the washer and dryer are two of the biggest risks to your home and safety. Clogged dryer vents spark more than 15,000 residential fires a year, 35 million dollars in property damage and 100 injuries annually. Washing machines, on the other hand, wreak havoc by spewing water where they shouldn’t with disappointing frequency. The average cost of repairs for water damage per incident rings up at more than $5,000!
Pollen, mold, dust mites, pet dander, dirt, fabric fibers, skin cells, bacteria, wood particles –household dust looks plain and gray, but peek under a microscope and it’s teeming with different particles. And we mean teeming: under magnification, it’s easy to watch live dust mites, which thrive in warm and humid conditions, busily chomping on dead skin cells. You need a more powerful tool to see the dust particles that flew in from outer space. That’s right, your house hosts some of the five to 300 tons – estimates vary widely - of cosmic dust from meteorites and comets that falls to earth every day.
Raise your hand if you’re happy your oven has a self-cleaning feature. That’s almost all of you, right? Except for those harboring a nostalgic yen for Easy-Off? Boy, do manufacturers know this. Most consumers simply won’t purchase a new oven without that nifty self-cleaning feature. Here’s what else manufacturers know: in practice, people aren’t so fond of the lengthy cycles, high heat and strong odors. This uneasy relationship has spurred new alternatives that employ steam cleaning and low heat, but these upstarts aren’t nudging out traditional high-heat self-cleaning options quite yet. They’re still not widely available and, at least so far, wimp out on tough stains during testing.
We don’t spend much time thinking about the handy electrical outlets – also known as receptacles - that dot our walls and floors. Instead, we grab their power mindlessly and bend them to our will. We expand two receptacles into six by purchasing inexpensive multi-plugs or extension cords. We don’t notice that outlets wiggle a little bit when we plug in our devices. If a plug falls out – a common occurrence with older wall outlets – we put them back in without a second thought.
If you could examine the internal components your A/C system, you’d be surprised how wet they are. And mold absolutely loves damp environments – especially in Florida, where mold often grows lushly. The Florida Department of Health recently stated that it expects most, if not all, A/C systems in the state to experience mold problems at some point. Here’s why that’s important.
Three of four people in the United States have smartphones, and each of those phones boasts more computing power than all of NASA had in 1969 when it was landing people on the moon. These amazing, incredibly powerful yet compact devices have become ‘can’t-live-without tools’ for all of us. Which is why Service America is so pleased to announce the launch of our new Service America Mobile App! Now scheduling service under your Service America Home Service Plan is a snap. You can request service in just minutes, anytime you need us!