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We Can Help You Take Care of Your Skin This Winter

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Take Care of Your Skin

Winter weather in Lubbock, Texas, can wreak havoc on your skin. The air loses most of its moisture, and without this natural moisturizer your skin can turn into a scaly, alligator-like condition. But don’t fear. You have plenty of options when it comes to making your skin as healthy as possible during the colder months. With proper home humidity, skin care, and hydrating, you can avoid itchy, scratchy, uncomfortable skin.

Proper Home Humidity

Although outdoor humidity can fall to levels that can impact your skin, you have full control of it indoors. According to the EPA, indoor relative humidity should range between 30 and 50 percent. However, you can’t keep the humidity at this level without a bit of help. With products like the Performance Fan-Powered Humidifier or the Performance Steam Humidifier, you can keep your humidity levels at the optimal levels without a second thought.

Hydrate

When the weather gets cold in Lubbock, you don’t often think about reaching for a glass of water like you would during summer. However, without proper hydration, your skin can dry out quickly. If you’re cold, a cup of hot water with lemon and honey should warm you from the inside, while also keeping you hydrated and improving your skin.

You can also carry over this hydration to your diet. Many fruits and vegetables such as watermelon, cantaloupe, kiwis, cucumbers, and carrots are full of water and vitamins, giving your skin just what it needs to stay healthy.

Moisturize

Moisturizing is second nature to many people, but when winter comes, you have to take your regimen to the next level. The best time to put on some lotion or moisturizer is right when you hop out of the shower, which helps seal in the dampness. In addition, you may want to moisturize overnight, which helps retain moisture, especially in dryer areas like the knees, elbows, and face.

You can do many things to improve your skin during the winter, but without the right home humidity, it’s an uphill battle. For home humidifier installation and other indoor air quality considerations, call BTAC today at 806-589-1014.

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Backflow Prevention: What You Need to Know

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Need to Know

It’s all too easy to ignore your plumbing system, but things can and do go wrong. To keep the plumbing in your Ransom Canyon, Texas, commercial building in top shape, pay attention to possible issues. Some problems are obvious, but others are invisible and can cause serious damage. Backflow is an issue that commercial building owners should be aware of because it will contaminate your potable water supply.

What Is Backflow?

Backflow occurs when the contents of a pipe or plumbing system start flowing in the wrong direction. It is caused by a cross-connection between the fresh water supply and wastewater or other sources of contamination. Along with being inconvenient and downright gross, backflow can cause contamination of potable water by sewage or harmful chemicals.

Backflow is one of the most serious issues that can affect a plumbing system, and it must be remedied immediately. It’s dangerous for everyone working in the building, and it can cause serious damage to the building and the plumbing system.

How Backflow Happens and How to Prevent It

The cause of backflow is a difference between the pressure in your plumbing system and the pressure in the water supply system. If the pressure in your plumbing system exceeds the pressure of the system that delivers fresh water to your building, then the contents of your system will flow the wrong way for the duration of the pressure.

Protect your commercial building with backflow prevention devices, like air gaps and specialized valve assemblies. Having the right kind of backflow prevention device installed will ensure that your commercial building’s plumbing is protected from backflow. Don’t try to deal with backflow yourself. Hiring a qualified plumber is the best way to rectify the problem and install preventative devices.

BTAC is your plumbing resource for commercial buildings. Call us at 806-589-1014 so that we can examine your system and install the right backflow devices. We’re on call 24/7, so if you’re already experiencing a problem, we can get a plumber out to you quickly.

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2 Innovative Heating Options for the Home

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Innovative Heating

Homeowners across America have historically relied on the traditional furnace to keep them toasty-warm all winter, but there are other, more innovative heating options for the home. Even if you don’t have a furnace or live in a milder climate like that of Lubbock, Texas, it’s good to learn about some of the latest heating options out there.

Dual-Fuel Heat Pump

The dual-fuel heat pump concept essentially combines the gas-powered furnace with a heat pump to maximize comfort. Traditional heat pumps do not use fuel to operate, but the dual-fuel heat pump system does. During the winter months, the heat pump can draw on gas heat as needed, but electricity takes over when the temperature exceeds 35 degrees.

In regions with harsher winters, this type of system can potentially save homeowners thousands of dollars over the life of the system. In areas like Lubbock, where winters are milder, you can probably get by with a simple heat pump.

Geothermal Heat Pumps

One innovative option that’s already available in most of the country is the geothermal heat pump. While it’s a major investment in terms of up-front costs, a geothermal heat pump is super-efficient and can save you a huge chunk of money over its lifetime.

Geothermal heat pumps are also the greenest heating option on the market because they use the energy from the earth to heat homes. Long loops of pipes underground store liquid that’s warmed by the heat stored in the ground. Not only are geothermal heat pumps clean, safe, and quiet, but they are also reliable and have a longer lifespan than traditional furnaces.

Whether you’re looking to go green, save money on energy, or maximize your home’s comfort, Bruce Thornton Air Conditioning can help. Call BTAC at 806-589-1014 to discuss your current HVAC options. With over 45 years of experience in the industry, we’re the Lubbock area’s leading comfort specialists, and we have the expertise you’re looking for in an HVAC company.

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Tips to Manage Fall Allergies

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Manage Fall Allergies

When you’re suffering from fall allergies in Anton, Texas, you might experience unpleasant symptoms that cause discomfort. Certain types of trees, plants, and grass bloom during the fall season, which can cause these allergies to flare up in many local residents. Reduce allergy symptoms this fall by keeping up on regular maintenance in your home.

Keep it Clean

Allergies often worsen at night when you go to sleep. If you’re constantly waking up with symptoms like congestion, a sore throat, or itchy eyes, you may need to make some changes in your bedroom. Use allergy-proof pillow cases and bedding covers to limit dust mites, pollen, and other allergens from getting into your linens. If you have curtains, consider replacing them with blinds that won’t accumulate as much dust, or regularly take them down to clean them. Dust often and avoid keeping knick-knacks or piles of clutter in your bedroom.

Get an Air Purifier

Using an air purifier in your home can also help reduce indoor allergy symptoms. There are several kinds of air purifiers, but most pull air through a filter to catch dust and other allergens. You can purchase small air purifiers for use in specific rooms, like the bedroom or living room. You can also opt for a whole-home purifier that works with your HVAC system, improving the air quality throughout every room.

Regular Maintenance and Duct Cleaning 

Another common cause of allergic symptoms is poor indoor air quality. It’s easy to tell if your symptoms are caused by indoor air. Simply leave the house for a few hours to see if you start to feel better. Keep up on regular HVAC maintenance, including duct cleaning, to keep allergy symptoms under control.

Duct cleaning performed at least once a year can reduce contaminants in the air you breathe, lessening symptoms throughout the changing seasons. During a duct cleaning service, your technician will use a high-powered vacuum to remove dust, dirt, and debris from the ducts.

Contact BTAC (Bruce Thornton Air Conditioning) to schedule maintenance and duct cleaning at 806-589-1014.

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3 Top Appliances for an Energy-Efficient Home

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Appliances for an Energy-Efficient Home

Looking for ways to reduce energy waste in your Lubbock, Texas, home often starts with a review of how often you leave lights on and appliances running. However, poor efficiency can lead to substantially more waste than forgetting to turn the light off when you leave for the day. Outdated appliances are a common culprit when it comes to energy waste, so check out these efficient options and upgrade your home to improve efficiency.

Washer and Dryer

Newer washers and dryers use substantially less energy than older models. You can also choose high-efficiency units, available from the top brands in the industry, to reduce water waste when you’re washing your clothes. If you opt for an Energy Star certified model, you’ll save as much as 25 percent of energy and 45 percent of water compared to non-certified washers.

Refrigerator

If you’re still using the same refrigerator that you’ve had for 10 years or more, you’re probably wasting a lot of energy. Replacing your outdated fridge with an Energy Star certified option can reduce waste drastically. A standard 18 cubic foot refrigerator with the freezer on top can improve efficiency by up to 40 percent, helping you to save on your monthly bills. You can also shop for efficient models in other styles, such as side-by-side, freezer on the bottom, or options with French doors.

HVAC Equipment

Your HVAC system uses more energy than any other item within the home, so efficiency is important in this area. Most HVAC equipment is designed to last for 10-15 years, so if yours is nearing this age, start planning and budgeting to replace it. Energy Star-certified air conditioners and furnaces are available to improve the efficiency of central HVAC sytems. However, there are several other options that can provide much more efficiency compared to the central system. They may cost more initially, but will save you money in the long run.

If you’re ready to upgrade your HVAC equipment and take advantage of improved efficiency and lower bills, call BTAC (Bruce Thornton Air Conditioning) at 806-589-1014.

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