Articles for March 2015

Tips for your AC

Spring is here and summer is on the way and that means you will want to keep nice and cool, right? Well if you are in the market for a new AC just know that buying a bigger AC doesn’t always mean you will be cooler. Getting a large AC to cool a smaller area won’t do it as efficiently as a smaller AC designed for the smaller areas. The reason for this is the larger AC will cool to the thermostat’s set point before the dehumidification can occur. Central AC units need to be sized by a professional.

Cooling tips:

  • Set your thermostat as high as comfortably possible. The smaller the difference between the indoor temperature and the outdoor temperature the less your energy bill will be.
  • Try not to set the temperature lower than normal, it will not cool faster it will only work harder and cause unnecessary energy usage.
  • If you are using a window AC unit, consider a fan to go along with it to help circulate the cool air.
  • Avoid placing things that produce heat near AC units
  • If you are using an old AC unit consider replacing it with a more efficient Energy Star certified one, they can be up to 15% more efficient than other models.

Ten Spring Fun Facts

  1. spring timeThe first day of the spring season is called the vernal equinox, which is Latin for “equal night.”
  2. The idea that the first day of spring (the vernal equinox) is 12 hours of night and day rarely works, usually it happens before the vernal equinox.
  3. Benjamin Franklin proposed daylight savings back in 1784.
  4. The United States begins saving daylight on the second Sunday in March. The practice started in 2005.
  5. Spring fever is not just a saying, experts believe the body’s diet and hormone production change.
  6. If you stood on the equator you would see the sun pass directly overhead which happens only twice a year (during spring and again in autumn).
  7. Can you really stand an egg on its end today? Yes, but you can also do that any other day of the year if you have the patience.
  8. The first spring flowers are typically dandelions, lilies, tulips, lilacs, iris, and daffodils. (There are many more than that of course).
  9. The earth’s axis tilts toward the sun during the spring causing more daylight.
  10. The first day of spring in the southern hemisphere is the date of the autumnal equinox in the northern hemisphere, usually in September.

Happy Spring from The Cool Dude!

That Fresh Smell of Rain

Ever wonder why it smells fresh after it rains? Back in 1964, two Australian scientists, Isabel Joy Bear and R. G. Thomas, began to study on this scent that is produced by the rain. They coined the term petrichor which is a pair of Greek root words for stone and the blood of the gods to explain the aroma. They determined that the scent is mainly caused by a blend of oils produced by plants during arid periods. When a storm comes after a drought the oils that have accumulated over time in the rocks are mixed and dispersed into the air. These oils mix with compounds in the air and produce the fresh smell of rain scent!smell of rain

March Home Maintenance Checklist

  • devon-inventories-exeterReview the contents of your medicine cabinets and throw away dated prescriptions and
    over-the-counter medicines. Be sure all medicines are out of the reach of children or
    contained in a cabinet equipped with childproof locks.
  • Celebrate spring by cleaning the garage. Hold a yard sale, or organize a community
    yard sale with neighbors. Dispose of paint thinners, household cleaners and pesticides
    properly. Contact your city’s department of public works to find out the next scheduled
    collection of hazardous materials.
  • Clean the refrigerator, inside and out, with mild detergent. Remove all trays and
    shelves, wash, and allow to dry thoroughly before replacing them. Remove old ice from
    ice-making tray.
  • After heavy rains, inspect your basement walls for signs of moisture. If you detect
    wetness, run a portable dehumidifier. If condition persists, consult a waterproofing
    contractor. Check to make sure your sump pump works properly by pouring water into
    the pump silo to raise the float and activate the motor.
  • Test the pressure and temperature relief valve on your water heater by opening it and
    allowing some water to flow out. If little or no water flows out or it doesn’t shut off,
    replace it. Bad valves can cause explosions.
  • Spring is a good time to build a doghouse. Make sure to provide adequate roof
    ventilation to allow hot air to escape. And don’t use pressure-treated wood in any area
    where your dog might chew it.
  • Daylight Savings Time begins. Honor the occasion by replacing batteries in smoke and
    carbon monoxide detectors.

Houston March Weather Facts

It is March again so don’t forget to wear a pinch proof color St.Patrick’s Day!

Temperatures in March average 74 degrees for the high and 55 degrees for the low.images

Houston’s record high for March is 96 degrees set in 1946 and the record low is degrees 22 set in 1943.

The average humidity for Houston in March is about 62%.

You can expect an average of 3.36 inches of rain this month.

Fun Fact: March is named after Mars, the Roman god of war because the Roman battle season began in spring.