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4 Tips to Prevent Mold -- Turn on Your Air Conditioner is #1

Posted by Dale Blasingame

So happy to have a guest blogger for your education and enjoyment!  Dale Blasingame is the social media manager for Champion AC, an air conditioning and heating company based in San Antonio, Texas.  Let's give Dale a warm welcome!

Here in Texas, we don’t see rain all that often. But you know that old cliché, “When it rains, it pours?” That perfectly describes our weather patterns. Just last week, some parts of south Texas saw 20 inches of rain in 48 hours! When you combine the summer heat, humidity and precipitation, your home and office are at a higher risk for developing mold and mildew.

But whether you live in Texas or Virginia, receive 20 inches of rain in two days or 20 inches in a year, there are steps you can take to prevent a full fungus invasion. If the health concerns surrounding mold don’t kick you into high gear, at the very least, that awful smell should.

Four tips for preventing mold from developing in your home and office.

  1. Run Your AC.  Mold thrives in damp, humid spaces.  A little known fact about air conditioners is that they were designed to dehumidify rooms. (The first one was installed in a printing plant to keep paper straight and help ink dry.)  So, while those showers may bring cool breezes, don’t let them entice you into leaving your windows open. This allows the humidity (and opportunity for leaks) to skyrocket.

  2. Identify and Stop Leaks.  If you’re already aware of leaks in your home or office, the summer rainy season should be good motivation to get them taken care of.  Letting water seep into your ceilings, walls and floors can cause serious problems.  Trust us on this - you’d much rather pay to fix a leak than to repair extensive water damage.

  3. Airflow and Ventilation.  Mold loves stale air.  By making sure that all of the corners and crevices in your home or office have proper airflow and ventilation, you can prevent its growth.  You can do this by leaving space between bigger furniture, exterior walls and running the exhaust fans in your kitchen, bathrooms and laundry rooms.

  4. Care for your Carpeting.  If your home or office is mostly carpeted, take care to avoid moisture from soggy shoes and pets.  Once damaged by water, carpeting must be cleaned and thoroughly dried in 24-48 hours.  After that time, replacement is your best option to avoid mold growth.

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Topics: HVAC Industry, Air Conditioning, Mold Prevention

History of Air Conditioning and Spot Cooling [Infographic]

Posted by Tina Behnke

Have to admit, I'm a history geek.  Actually, I'm a story lover.  I find the "story" of just about anything -- countries, cultures, and yes, even air conditioning and spot cooling to be facinating. No matter how familiar I am with a subject, I always learn something new!

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Topics: Portable Air Conditioners, HVAC Industry, Air Conditioning, Spot Cooling

Tiffany & Co Turns 175! What the Temporary HVAC Industry Can Learn from T&Co

Posted by Tina Behnke

I know what you're thinking.  What can the temporary HVAC and spot cooling industry possibly learn from the iconic Tiffany & Company brand? 

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Topics: Portable Air Conditioners, HVAC Industry

Carrier's Rational Psychrometric Formulae - the Basis for Air Conditioning and Spot Cooling

Posted by Tina Behnke

Rational Psychrometric Formulae??  Say what?!  You may not be able to say it or even know what it is but the Rational Psychrometric Formulae, the cornerstone of all calculations in the air conditioning industry, impacts your comfort each day.  Deemed the Magna Carta of Psychrometrics, this document helps determine the precise correlation between temperature and humidity to create a comfortable environment year-round.

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Topics: HVAC Industry, Air Conditioning, Spot Cooling

2012 HVAC Industry Outlook Optimistic - Ditto for Spot Coolers

Posted by Tina Behnke

Don't know about you but I'm not superstitious and don't put much stock in fortunetelling.  One thing I know for sure is that we'll be seeing all kinds of predictions and forecasts for 2012 as the year draws to a close.  The AHR Expo folks conducted a survey of more than 1000 exhibitors worldwide and a whopping 72% or respondents expect improvement in 2012.  Pretty impressive!

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Topics: HVAC Industry, Spot Coolers

Google's Data Center Cooling Determined by Geography and Climate

Posted by Tina Behnke

I have to admit, when it comes to computers and technology, I'm really not much of a nuts and bolts kind of person.  I like the end product, the big picture view -- the application software, not the programming.  But the recent news about Google's venture into data center cooling with sea water has me fascinated!  Just look at the photo of the "guts" of the cooling system, as featured in DataCenterDynamics.

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Topics: Data Center, HVAC Industry, Data Center Cooling

How Cold Will My Spot Cooler Get?

Posted by Tina Behnke

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Topics: Spot Cooler Rental, HVAC Industry, Spot Coolers

10 Highlights from ARA in Addition to Buying Portable AC, of course!

Posted by Tina Behnke

The ARA show -- suitably dubbed THE RENTAL SHOW is just wrapping up in Las Vegas.  And what a show it has been!

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Topics: AC Rentals, Portable Air Conditioners, HVAC Industry

10 Scary Server Room Cooling Acronyms Defined

Posted by Tina Behnke

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Topics: Server Room Cooling, Data Center, HVAC Industry

2010 HVAC Review & Outlook REPORT -- you asked for it!

Posted by Tina Behnke

Thanks for the many emails I received from those who read my HVAC Growth Predicted post from September 10th.  I just weighed in with my two cents on the review written by ACHR News & Legislative editor, Kimberly Schwartz.  Gotta admit, I love it when something I've done, said, written prompts response.  Especially when you want MORE.

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Topics: Spot Cooler Rental, HVAC Industry, Portable Spot Cooler