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Creating A Fun, Safe Garden For Your Children

As the mum of five young children, I know how important it is to have access to a safe outdoor space for your children to play. Being cooped up in the house all day isn't good for the kids or the parents, but you also can't let young kids play in a space that's hazardous. When we bought our new family home, there was a lot of work to do in the garden to make it childproof, and we also wanted to make it a fun place for the kids to play. We erected a new fence, fitted a combination lock on the garden gate, had poisonous plants removed, cordoned off the pool and created a play area complete with swings, a slide and outdoor games. I started this blog to share my DIY gardening tips, and I hope you find it interesting and useful.



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How To Properly Maintain Your Air Conditioning Ductwork

by Darlene Jenkins

Maintaining your air conditioning system's duct work can allow the system to operate more efficiently, as well as save you money. When the ducting is clear from dust and debris, the quality of air you and your family breathe in is also improved. Although there is a lot of debate regarding whether or not you should pay to have your ducting cleaned – or simply replaced – it is acknowledged that good measures will prevent the ducting from becoming too clogged in the first place. Take a look at how to effectively prevent dust and dirt from entering the ducting in the first place, as well as advice and tips on how to prevent the ducting from becoming wet.

Dust And Debris

You should start by regularly inspecting the filters of the air conditioning system. If you find that the filters are becoming clogged, you should consider replacing the filters on a more regular basis. You should also inspect the system initially to ensure that no air filters are missing. Once you have done this, regularly inspect the ducting system at the vent collars to ensure that no air is able to get around (or bypass) the filters at the connecting points.

When cleaning your home, you can switch to using a HEPA endorsed vacuum to thoroughly remove all of the dust as you clean. As you vacuum, you disturb dust which is present, and if you do not use a good enough vacuum, the dust can potentially find its way into the ducting. Be sure to vacuum regularly.

If you are renovating or carrying out DIY projects within your property, make sure you take measures to seal the return registers before you start any work which may result in dust becoming airborne. Do not turn the air conditioning system back on until you have cleaned and removed all of the dust resulting from the renovation work. Lastly, when having work carried out on your air conditioning system by a licensed technician, make sure you ask them to clean the draining pans and the cooling coils.

Damp Or Wet Duct

Having damp or wet ducts can encourage the presence and growth of certain fungus in the ducting. It is important that moisture is prevented from being in the ducts. Although it can sometimes be difficult to prevent moisture from becoming present in the ducts, there are some things you can do to help prevent this.

  • Confirm that all connecting ducting is secure and properly sealed.
  • Always repair any tears or holes in the ducting as soon as you can.
  • When replacing sections of ducting, ensure that the ducting is the correct size for your system.
  • The cooling coils are there to remove moisture from the air; inspect them and make sure that they are working properly and that the draining pans are able to drain properly.

Developing a program which involves regular inspection of your system can help to prolong the working life of all parts of the system. For more information, contact a company such as Clark Air Conditioning Refrigeration.