DIY

What does MERV have to do with filters?

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Most filters are labeled with a MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) rating, which measures its ability to trap particles. This number is associated with a test method designed by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).  The idea is to help consumers easily compare filters. Residential MERV ratings are typically 1 […]

DIY

Is it Time to Change Your Filter?

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Changing your furnace filter on a ‘regular’ basis is some what “common knowledge”.  What’s not exactly common knowledge is what a regular basis actually looks like.  If your home is surrounded by construction regular could mean once a week while if you live in a well established neighborhood with mature trees and toward the top […]

Faith

Sweet or Salty Lemon Zest

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Visiting my great grandmother was always so much fun. It seemed like each visit was filled with laughter, food, a sprinkling of lending a helping hand and a healthy dose of waste not want not. She is how I learned to use every bit of a lemon – even if my recipe only called for juice. She would loving grate the peel by hand singing or humming a joyful tune. My Sweet or Salty Lemon Zest is my modern interpretation of her recipe, which she got from her mother.