Envirotech Air Quality Services Blog : Archive for the ‘News & PR’ Category

Flooded Home? Consider Your Mold Risks

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

consider-mold-risks-flooded-homeWhen you have a plumbing emergency in your home, your risk for mold is probably the last thing on your mind. Instead, you might first be scrambling to find a professional plumber to fix the problem. Then, you are likely wondering how much it’s going to cost to clean or replace your water-soaked carpet, reduce the risk of electrical shock if the water was near any appliances, and frankly—just get your home back in order.

Below, we’ve discussed just how to clean up water damage in your home, whether it’s the result of burst pipes or if your home was flooded during a weather-related event. If you’re reading this after you’ve cleaned your home up and dried out your carpet though, what you may actually need is a professional Lake Worth, FL mold assessment appointment. In the meantime, keep reading for preventive measures to take should you ever experience an emergency like this in the future.

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Don’t Miss Envirotech Air Quality Services on The Vanilla Ice Project!

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

While we usually do not advocate for DIY projects when it comes to HVAC and IAQ services around the house, Envirotech Air Quality Services is proud to announce that we are entering our 3rd season as the HVAC contractor on The Vanilla Ice Project, which airs on the DIY Network! Building a new home or remodeling an existing one? Call EAQ for all of your HVAC and clean air needs at 561-686-8926. If you’ve not kept up with Vanilla Ice, AKA Rob Van Winkle over the years, this may sound a bit confusing to you. Just tune in to The Vanilla Ice Project this season to see what he’s been up to. Watch Rob and The Vanilla Ice Project‘s crew revamping and revitalizing properties throughout the South Florida area.

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Some of the Unusual Movies Released for Valentine’s Day

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

Hollywood has always tried to match movies up to the seasons to draw droves of viewers to the theaters: October is packed with fright-offerings, while the winter holidays skew toward warm and pleasing family films (as well as Oscar hopefuls). Valentine’s Day falls in an odd spot when it comes to the movie release calendar, however, since February tends to be a slower time for the film industry. The studios are as likely to slot strange movies that don’t fit anywhere else in their annual schedules into the Valentine’s Day weekend as they are films with powerful romantic appeal.

So, while the second weekend of February has featured hugely successful romantic comedies like Hitch, The Wedding Singer, and (of course) Valentine’s Day, some truly weird choices have debuted in this weekend as well. And a few have even gone on to tremendous success despite the bizarre match with the holiday. Here are a couple of the odder Valentine’s Day movie releases:

  • Dracula (1931): Yes, this Halloween perennial and the start of Universal Studio’s Classic Monsters actually came out on Valentine’s Day! But perhaps this makes some sense, as the Dracula legend has often received a “doomed lover” approach in the many years since Bela Lugosi made the aristocratic vampire a screen icon.
  • The Silence of the Lambs (1991): Does any film seem less appropriate for Valentine’s Day than this unnerving and sometimes very violent psychological thriller? What’s even more astonishing than the film’s release date is that The Silence of the Lambs eventually nabbed the Oscar for Best Picture, an almost unheard of occurrence for a movie released so early in the year.
  • Daredevil (2003): This Marvel comic adaptation featuring Ben Affleck as a blind superhero does contain a romantic subplot, but the stronger connection to Valentine’s Day may just be that Daredevil wears a bright red costume.
  • A Good Day to Die Hard (2013): The least successful of the Die Hard film franchise, this is an excellent example of a studio dropping a film into a weekend where it doesn’t fit in the hopes that it works as counter-programming. (It didn’t.)
  • Wayne’s World (1992): Now here is an example of counter-programming that clicked with audiences. This comedy based on a Saturday Night Live sketch turned into one of that year’s biggest hits and spawned a sequel.

Whether you celebrate Valentine’s Day with a trip to the movie theater, or you have your own special plans, everyone here at Envirotech Air hopes you and your loved ones have a wonderful weekend.

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How Your Thermostat Affects Your Air Conditioning

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Here in West Palm Beach, FL, air conditioning season starts early. Almost as soon as we’ve shut down our heaters at the end of winter, the temperatures rise and it’s time to turn on the AC again. A number of different factors can impact your air conditioner, including your thermostat, which lets you control when the AC turns on and off. Here’s how your thermostat affects you air conditioning in West Palm Beach.

Problems with the thermostat tend to result in one of three different outcomes. Either your air conditioner doesn’t turn on when you need it to, it shuts off before it has adequately cooled the air, or it refuses to shut off when it should. If the thermostat is to blame, it could be suffering from a number of possible issues. For example, it may be misreading the temperature, causing it to turn on and off when it shouldn’t. Or its trigger switch may be malfunctioning, meaning that it can’t activate the air conditioner when it should. Circuitry shorts can cause it to simply shut off, or to turn the air conditioner on and off at random times.

Those issues involve something wrong with the thermostat unit itself. In some cases, however, the unit itself may be functioning properly. It just hasn’t been placed in an area that accurately reflects the temperature. Drafts, cold spots and similar quirks in your home can wreak havoc with a misplaced thermostat and render your air conditioning system all but useless in the bargain.

An air conditioning expert can usually fix the problem for you. In the simplest cases, he or she can simply replace a malfunctioning thermostat, though it may be possible to repair an existing unit depending upon the circumstances. A service technician can also reposition your thermostat to a spot in the home that more accurately reflects the temperature.

If you need West Palm Beach, FL air conditioning repair services, call Envirotech Air Quality Services. We understand how your thermostat affects your air conditioning in West Palm Beach and we’re ready to implement whatever solutions you need. Give us a call today!

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Ways You May Be Wasting Money on Your Heating Bills

Monday, January 20th, 2014

When it comes to heating, Lake Worth FL residents usually don’t pay it whole lot of attention.  We worry more about our summers than our winters here in Florida, and air conditioning bills tend to concern us more than heating bills. That may lead some homeowners to pay less attention to their heating systems than they should. If you’re not careful, those heating bills can creep up higher than necessary, a situation you can rectify with a little foresight. There are a few obvious steps, such as lowering the thermostat by a few degrees and dressing warmly when you’re at home.

Here are some more subtle ways you may be wasting money on heating in Lake Worth, FL:

  • Turning the heat way up. Some people make the erroneous assumption that setting the temperature higher than you need will cause the house to warm up more quickly. This isn’t true. With most systems, the fan blows at the same speed regardless of the temperature, and setting the temperature too high just wastes energy.
  • Air leaks. Cracks around your doors and windows can leak hot air, and an overall lack of insulation could hurt you a great deal. Add more insulation if you can and seal cracks around your doors with weather stripping.
  • General inefficiency. Heaters that accrue dust and debris, and/or have lose or worn fittings won’t function as efficiently as they should. Components will rattle in their housing, friction will increase on moving parts, and the system as a whole will need to spend more energy doing its job. A regular maintenance visit will help cut down on all of that: allowing the technician to clean up those little problems and lower your heating bills as a result.

If you recognize these ways you may be wasting money on heating in Lake Worth, FL, call on the experts at Envirotech Air Quality Services to help.  Pick up the phone and give us a call today!

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The Ball in Times Square

Monday, December 30th, 2013

New Year’s is a time for parties, fun and great traditions, some of which go back more than a century. Among them is the famous “dropping of the ball” in Times Square, an event which is broadcast to millions of people every New Year’s Eve. With 2014 nearly upon us, we thought we’d take the opportunity to look at the history of this popular New Year’s Eve festivity.

The idea began in 1907 at what was then the New York Times building at One Times Square. The newspaper’s owner, Adolph Ochs, had been celebrating the New Year with fireworks since 1903. He wanted make the event even more remarkable, and added the ball in December of 1907 to welcome in the New Year. The first ball was designed by Artkraft Strauss, who made it out of iron, wood, and light bulbs. It took six men to hoist the ball up the building’s flag pole; once midnight struck, the tremendous ball was carefully lowered, and all were allowed to marvel at it.

Since then, the ball has undergone many changes in materials and design, and even the New York Times has moved to another building. But the tradition remains and the ball has dropped over One Times Square ever since. Today, the ball is electronically controlled, and uses LED lamps for its construction: designed by Waterford Crystal and weighing in at over 1,200 pounds.

A number of television broadcasts have helped carry the event over the years, but by far the most famous is “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve,” which first ran in 1972. The show was created and hosted by Dick Clark, who became a staple of the event as much as the ball itself. Clark hosted the show every New Year’s Eve from 1972 until his death in 2012. Since then, it has been hosted by Ryan Seacrest, who shared hosting duties with Clark starting in 2005.

Whether you’re watching the ball drop on TV or have some other New Year’s Eve plan in mind, we here at Envirotech Air Quality Services wish you nothing but the best for 2014. Have a safe and happy New Year!

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