Many of us would agree that houseplants beautify a home. But science has proven that houseplants also can protect human health because of their unique organic ability to continually clean the air we breathe. The United Nations has calculated that two million people in developed countries die each year because they spend up to 90 percent of their time indoors, breathing toxic air.
Frozen pipes can cause tremendous damage; just one small crack can leak 250 gallons of water per day. According to State Farm, a quarter of a million homes are ruined annually due to leaks caused by frozen pipes. The good news is that the recent harsh winter is behind us, though that's not to say we won't get any more early-spring cold snaps. We shouldn't put anything past the winter of 2013-14.
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As winter months approach, you'll want to include a bit of off-season maintenance for your outside A/C condensing unit. Though you may be tempted to let the condenser sit uncovered through the winter, a little preventative maintenance will provide some basic protection for the unit.
Putting your cooling system on the must-do list as you make your vacation plans will lead to greater peace of mind when you leave your home. Leaving your air conditioner on when you're away is a good idea, especially if you're leaving plants or a pet behind. When the outdoor condenser runs, it makes noise, which creates the impression that you're at home, deterring an intruder from entering your home.