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Get your home ready for spring
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Spring is almost here (cheer cheer), so its time to get your home ready for warmer weather.
Area heating and air condi-tioning specialists suggest hav-ing a certified technician give your AC a check-up and your heater before winter annually to ensure efficiency.
The main thing is to keep the filter changed and have your AC and furnace serviced and cleaned at least once a year, said Randy Mass, owner of RJ Nelson Company, Heating and Air Conditioning. It keeps air flowing well. If your coils or filter are dirty, air doesnt flow prop-erly and could cause efficiency problems that cut down on the life-expectancy of equipment.
Travis Waldstein, owner of Aire Serv Heating & AC of Southwest Iowa, agreed.
Coming into spring time, itll be good to have someone out to do preventative maintenance, said Waldstein. Make sure everythings in tip top shape.
There are some things home-owners can do in advance of hav-ing a professional come out.
Phil Brainard with Phils Comfort Zone said homeowners should go outside to remove any sticks, leaves or debris from their air conditioner. He also noted residents should turn off their humidifiers when they switch
from their heater to AC.In the winter time, you want
to add humidity, but in sum-mer you want to pull it off, he said. Most units, if hooked up correctly, wont come on in the summer anyway. Dont want to add humidity to the house. But I have run across that before where people had a humidifier and the AC running.
Consumer website Angies List offered a few other tips, including:
1. Open the vents under your house if it has a pier and beam foundation.
2. Wash the exterior con-denser unit off with a hose, removing dirt and debris from the fin area.
3. Using a mild solution of soap and water can help remove stuck-on grime.
4. Do not bend the fins with the water or any hard object.
5. Change your system filter at least once each month.
6. Inspect duct work or have it inspected by an AC company.
Waldstein noted that preven-tative maintenance is especially important this year. He noted air conditioning units that run on R-22, better known by the brand name Freon, could be in trouble.
The coolant is being phased out as part of the Montreal Protocol, a 1987 environmen-tal treaty. The Environmental Protection Agency has set the amount of R-22 manufacturers can produce at 40 percent lower than allowable levels two years ago, driving up the price of the refrigerant and causing fears of a shortage.
For homeowners with older systems, that means a leak could cost a lot more.
This is a big issue coming up this spring, Waldstein said. You dont necessarily have to replace it, but preventive maintenance is important. Preventive mainte-
nance is key.You need to make sure you
dont have any leaks. If youve had leaks in the past its more important than ever to get it looked it.
Newer systems and any older systems that have been upgraded likely use R-410A, a coolant in adequate supply.
For more information on Aire Serv, go to swiowa.aireserv.com. Waldstein noted the company offers service 24 hours per day, doesnt charge overtime and youll know the price before we do repairs.
For more information on Phils Comfort Zone, go to philscomfortzone.com. Started in 2009, the company features a technician with 25 years in the industry.
And for more information on RJ Nelson, go to rjnelsonco.com. Mass said the company offers a variety of services and features employees with a combined 90 years of experience.
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RJ Nelson Company, Heat-ing and Air Conditioning employee Jeff Maguire prepares ducting for an air conditioning unit inside the basement of a Council Bluffs home Tuesday. The owner of the company, Randy Mass, suggests having your AC and furnace serviced and cleaned at least once a year to ensure efficiency. Below, Aire Serv AC owner Travis Waldstein holds a new air conditioner filter, left, and an old filter for comparison outside East-side Christian Church in Council Bluffs Tuesday. Aire Serv AC installs and maintains heating and air conditioning units.
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When it comes to home renovation, the retro look is coming back.
A lot of people are going back to black or dark wood stains, said local Realtor Michelle Heirs.
She was referring darker woods used for kitchen cabinets, trims, even floor plans. The look was popular in the 1970s.
People are getting away from traditional golden oak look. Retro is coming back.
More and more people are renovating their homes, Heirs said.Indeed they are. In 2012, there were 2,708 permits issued
through the citys Building Division for some sort of home reno-vation or alteration. While necessary repairs from the 2011 flood may have been a reason, the total number of these permits far surpassed the 108 permits issued for new single-family home construction.
There are a lot of people putting money into their homes, Heirs said. Economy has played a role. Submitted photo
Open floor plans have the kitchen being open to the living room area, as opposed to having walls and doors separating the two. An open look is ideal for those who entertain or have frequent family or large gathering events.TRENDS/See Page 7F
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Submitted photoDr. Ty Dworak opened Bluffs Family Chiropractic in 2011. Dworak said unlike conventional medicine, which focuses on attempting to treat disease once it occurs, the chiroprac-tic care offered at Bluffs Family Chiropractic emphasizes the importance of improving your health in an effort to reduce the risk of pain and illness in the first place.
Chiropractic care on display at Home Show
Whether you suffer from back pain, neck pain, headaches, or even just plain old muscular tightness and tension, you might want to stop and see the Bluffs Family Chiropractic booth at the upcoming 11th Annual Council Bluffs Home Improvement and Landscaping Show.
For people not sure exactly what chiropractors can do to help tune the body, the Home Show will provide an opportu-nity to see it up close.
Dr. Ty Dworak opened Bluffs Family Chiropractic in 2011. A magna cum laude doctorate of chiropractic graduate of the Logan College of Chiropractic, Dworak is board certified by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners in both Chiroprac-
tic and Physiotherapy and is a member of the Iowa Chiroprac-tic Society and the American Chiropractic Association.
Dworak said unlike conven-tional medicine, which focuses on attempting to treat disease once it occurs, the chiropractic care offered at Bluffs Family Chiropractic emphasizes the importance of improving your health in an effort to reduce the risk of pain and illness in the first place.
Given the option, most people would prefer to be healthy and avoid illness if possible, and chi-ropractic care can help those people achieve their health and wellness goals.
For those patients who may already be in pain, chiropractic
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Mobilis: Making homes more accessible since 2002
You probably know Mobi-lis Home Medical Equipment offers devices to help ensure personal mobility, but you might not know that the busi-ness also removes barriers to provide accessibility in individ-uals homes.
Mobilis, 2701 W. Broadway, will have a booth at this years Home Show.
This is our second year at this home show, said Colleen Brabec, office manager. We had a great show last year.
The booth will feature stair lifts, walk-in tubs, ramps and other products, she said.
Mobilis is just as busy pro-viding services as it is selling equipment, Brabec said.
We generally are doing home modifications for more accessibility, she said.
We do a full home assess-ment and look at their needs and what theyre trying to do and find the best way to restore their home accessibility.
That usually involves install-ing walk-in tubs and ramps and widening doorways, among other things, Brabec said.
The locally owned and oper-
ated store sells personal mobil-ity devices ranging from canes and walkers to wheelchairs and power chairs, she said. It also handles lift chairs, stair lifts and vehicle lifts and services mobility equipment. Financing is available for items not cov-ered by Medicare, Medicaid or insurance.
Everything we sell, we ser-vice, she said.
Mobilis was founded in 2002, primarily as a repair and ser-vice center for the Western Iowa and Nebraska Veterans Home, a history on the firms website states. The business expanded in August 2006 to serve Medi-care, Medicaid and insured cli-ents. In November 2007, Mobi-lis was accredited by the Joint
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Mobilis still does a lot of business with the VA, Brabec said.
We issue all of their medi-cal equipment power chairs, wheelchairs, vehicle lifts, home modifications, she said.
Some of it goes to the VA facility, and some goes to the private homes of individual vet-erans, Brabec said.
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