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Real Estate Guide 2018

The full version of the 2018 Real Estate Guide special section in FlipBook format. Read and enjoy online or download the section to read as a PDF! CLICK THE THUMBNAIL BELOW TO VIEW THE FULL FLIPBOOK VERSION!

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Spring Home 2018

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Fall Home 2017

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Furnace maintenance 101: Check your filter

BY Matt DeYoung [email protected] Cooler weather is just around the corner, and that means many families across West Michigan will be flipping the switch on their thermostat from “Cool” to “Heat.” Phil Zwier, service manager at Carmichael Heating and Air Conditioning, has some simple advice for those about to turn up the heat: Check your filter. “Of course, the No. 1 thing is always to check or change your filter,” Zwier said. “It’s always recommended that you should look at it once a month. If there’s a lot of dust or dirt build-up on your filter, you should change it. “For what they cost, that’s the No. 1 thing a homeowner can do to maintain their equipment.” Zwier explained that your heating system sucks cold air into your furnace, where it’s heated up before being blown into your home. “When you restrict that filter, you’re increasing the internal temperature of your furnace,” he said. “There is a safety on that, but you can wear out your safety, it costs more money, and you’re going to end up with a repair replacing a limit switch because you didn’t change your filter. “It also makes your system work a lot harder, which ...

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Cleaning floors

3 ways to improve indoor air quality all year long

As winter wears on, it’s not uncommon for people living in cold weather climates to experience some cabin fever. Winter weather confines many people to their homes, making many antsy to get out once the first signs of spring begin to appear. In addition to contributing to cabin fever, winter weather can have a negative impact on indoor air quality. While air pollution is something most often associated with densely populated cities, the air inside homes is not immune to pollution, especially during long winters when windows are often closed for months at a time. Though open windows in spring and summer can vastly improve indoor air quality, there are ways to ensure that air stays fresh and healthy regardless of which season it happens to be. 1. Clean the floors.  Dirty floors are one of the chief contributors to poor indoor air quality. Dust, dirt, pollen, and pet dander can accumulate on floors, leading to poor air quality and potentially aggravating respiratory conditions such as asthma. When vacuuming, use a vacuum with a HEPA filter, which is a uniquely designed mechanical air filter that traps harmful particles such as pollen, pet dander and dust mites. When you finish vacuuming, ...

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