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Ideal Appliance Parts

Ideal Appliance Parts

Ideal Appliance Parts, Inc. began more than 50 years ago and now is proudly known as one of the oldest and most successful parts and appliance distributors in the southeastern United States.

Ideal Appliance Parts

(504) 888-4232

Benfatti A/C & Heating

Benfatti A/C & Heating

Heating and Cooling design and installation for existing and new homes and commercial buildings. CONTACT: Jude Benfatti

Benfatti A/C & Heating

985-646-0540

Beau’s AC and Heating

Beau’s AC and Heating

Since 2001, Beau’s AC & Heating is been committed to total customer satisfaction providing the Northshore with cooling, heating, & indoor air quality needs. Repair & maintenance, dehumidification, geothermal heating/cooling. CONTACT: Toni Beau

Beau's AC and Heating

(985) 641-3963

Brister-Stephens, Inc

Brister-Stephens, Inc

Brister Stephens is a qualified HVAC contractor who has been servicing greater New Orleans and it’s surrounding communities for over 45 years. CONTACT: Kenny Stephens

Brister-Stephens, Inc

(985) 893-1110

Berner A/C & Heat

Berner A/C & Heat

Heating and Cooling design and installation for existing and new homes and commercial buildings. CONTACT: Tom Berner

Berner A/C & Heat

(985) 727-2302

Waguespack Home Services

Providing the best handyman services in St. Tammany Parish and care for your home like it is our own. With years of experience in many home improvement areas, our mission is to help you maintain the value of your home while bringing your ideas to life.

Waguespack Home Services

985-900-4340

[email protected]

Clesi Foundations

Professional foundation repair and Helical Piers in the New Orleans region. With more than 40 years of experience elevating homes and shoring industrial foundations such as universities, hospitals and museums. CONTACT: Gerald Clesi

Clesi Foundations

(504) 236-9910

Blog

Recycling Heat

If you own or work at an office with computers or servers, it’s likely you’ve realized how much heat they give off. In fact, most computers are equipped with a small fan which helps to dissipate the intense heat so as not to burn the house or office down. Thinking back to your ninth grade physical science class, you may recall that heat is just another form of energy….energy we waste a lot of when it comes to computers.

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How do I know if I am hiring a good contractor or subcontractor?

Don’t skip these important steps when hiring someone to work on your home:

When hiring a professional subcontractor, make sure to ask for references.
Check out other jobs that the contractor has completed and speak with past customers to see if they were satisfied with the contractor’s work, if they showed up when they said they would, and if they made promises to the customers that they failed to fulfill.

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More Thoughts on Mold

Here is some more great information from Dr. Claudette Reichel of the LSU Ag Center Louisiana House Resource Center about how to get rid of mold growth in your home. LaGrange Consulting can also answer any questions you may have about moisture damage and can perform infrared and moisture scans with specialized equipment if you feel you might have a problem.

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Leaky Ducts….what’s it costing you?

According to the national Department of Energy, “Typical duct systems lose 25 to 40 percent of the heating or cooling energy put out by the central furnace, heat pump, or air conditioner. Homes with ducts in a protected area such as a basement or dropped ceilings may lose somewhat less than this, while some other types of systems (such as ducts in attics or underneath raised homes in our hot, humid climates) often lose more.”

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Domestic Water Heater Maintenance

Performing regular maintenance on your storage tank water heater can increase the useful life and efficiency of a water heater. The high operating temperature of water heaters encourages the precipitation of calcium carbonate, which settles and builds in the bottom of the tank.

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Solar Guide by LSU AgCenter

Are you thinking about adding a solar energy system to your home to generate electricity? If so, this consumer guide will help you explore various options, ask important questions and make a well-informed decision.

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Get your Bi-Annual Check-Up (HVAC Maintenance Checklist)

This article comes directly from the Energy Star website, but is an invaluable tool in making sure your HVAC service company is making the most of their service visits and that you are doing all you can to maintain the units in your home. Take a look…

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What do I do if my metal door begins to rust?

It’s best to address the rust now before it gets too deteriorated. First, purchase a rust neutralizer and good quality exterior paint of a matching color. Follow the manufacturer’s directions and neutralize the rust, and then apply two coats of paint, allowing each coat to completely dry before applying the subsequent layer.

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Insulating Raised Floors in Hot, Humid Climates

Do you live in south Louisiana and have a raised home?

LSU AgCenter offers the summary of a study of the subfloor moisture levels of south Louisiana, raised-foundation homes with six different insulation systems includes the resulting recommendations – all intended to help homeowners, builders, architects, insulation contractors, home inspectors and others balance energy efficiency, comfort and durability issues.

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Thermostat ON or AUTO?

Ever walked into your home and it feels like someone just took a shower? The air is heavy and muggy…

If so, then you know the first thing you do is quickly google the number of your local AC repair company. Of course, your next thought, “Please don’t let this be an major expensive fix”.

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Bleach does NOT kill MOLD!

A well-known expert in our area, when interviewed on a local New Orleans radio station, recently said, “When you have a mold problem, simply wash down the affected area with diluted bleach.”

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Insulation for Walls & Attic

The best insulation to use for hot humid climates is open cell spray-in foam insulation. This foam seals all air leaks and insulates very well in the walls and at the roofline.

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Thermostat ON or AUTO?

Ever walked into your home and it feels like someone just took a shower? The air is heavy and muggy…

If so, then you know the first thing you do is quickly google the number of your local AC repair company. Of course, your next thought, “Please don’t let this be an major expensive fix”.

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Bleach does NOT kill MOLD!

A well-known expert in our area, when interviewed on a local New Orleans radio station, recently said, “When you have a mold problem, simply wash down the affected area with diluted bleach.”

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Insulation for Walls & Attic

The best insulation to use for hot humid climates is open cell spray-in foam insulation. This foam seals all air leaks and insulates very well in the walls and at the roofline.

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Chimney Safety and Building a Fire Tips

Building a fire properly keeps your chimney “healthy” by reducing the amount of creosote buildup. It also ensures that your marshmallows come out “toasted” instead of “hickory flavored” – a good fire has minimum smoke and maximum warmth. Here are some recommendations on how to get that done:

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Keeping It Real…I mean WARM!

As we begin heading into the colder season of the year, it is a great time to review the list of things to be done to get your heating system ready to perform at its best. A few tips to stay safe and get the most out of your heating system:

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Tankless Water Heater

You have a new tankless on-demand water heater and you love the fact that it provides endless amounts of hot water (which is nice when you have a teenager in the house). Then the thought hits you… “How do I maintain this water heater? It doesn’t have a tank to flush out. It’s doesn’t have an anode rod. Is this going to require a call to the plumber?”

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NORMI FLOOD RESOURCES

Doug Hoffman, Executive Director of NORMI, offers important advice, tips and guidance for those affected by flooding.

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Well Water Safety

What Private Water Well Owners Should Know to Protect Their Families: Private Well Water FACTS

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) has developed a brochure which includes information on how to prevent the contamination of your private well, and the importance of getting your well inspected, tested for bacteria or chemicals that can cause disease, and disinfected after major hurricanes and floods.

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What about cabinets? Should they be removed?

Unfortunately, this is a question that is hard for people. I say, “ALL lower cabinets need to go”. If someone says different, you are more than welcome to take your chances. Sheetrock wicks moisture, and in doing so it gets between the Rock and the back of the cabinet as well as below the cabinet.

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NORMI Letter of Clearance/Documentation

This program is designed specifically for HOMEOWNERS or PROPERTY OWNERS who choose to do any or all of the work themselves. You may utilize the services of professionals and it will not affect the value of this document. This document verifies that the following work has been completed in accordance with the clearance requirements.

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Flood Damaged Fireplaces and Log Sets

Depending on the age of your home there is a high likelihood that if you have a fireplace it’s a pre-fabricated metal fireplace box. If not the metal box then it has to be a masonry fireplace.

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FLOODING: Vapor Barriers and Mold

My in-laws took approximately 12 inches of water in their single story 3,200 square foot home. The home was gutted as soon as possible. Unfortunately, we only recently noticed, more than two weeks later, that we did not think to remove the vapor barrier strip located on the inside base of all exterior walls.

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Q&A: Moisture Content in Insulation

We were impacted by the recent flooding, but the water did not get into our house. It appears that the water got high enough to “wick” into the insulation under the house. In most of the places we’ve checked the insulation, the insulation is damp on the bottom, but it’s dry on the top portion of the insulation.

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Q&A: Water Damaged Celotex

Does water damaged Celotex have to be removed after flood? I have tried to do research and finding conflicting information. My home in Louisiana flooded several days ago and I received about 28-30 inches of water.

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DRYING WOOD

Drying wood is just as much an art form as it is a science. Drying takes lots of adjusting, monitoring, and usually takes a very long time.

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Sweaty Window Woes

Winter has reached Louisiana at last! The mornings are nice and frosty and our windows have started sweating again. So where did all of the “indoor rain” come from? In a word – dewpoint.

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Buying a Replacement AC System

I am looking for opinions and guidance; I am rebuilding my home after the August floods and trying to make it much tighter, and more energy efficient.

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Unvented Crawlspace

Many homes here in the gulf south have foundations that are raised and have semi-enclosed crawlspaces.

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Home Automation – Comfort

These days, home automation is the most popular upgrade that people are implementing in their homes. From automatic doorbells with cameras to apps that turn all your lights out before bedtime, the possibilities are endless. However, what if we could automate comfort,...

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Easter Eggs and Renewable Energy

Easter is fast approaching. If you’re anything like me, you’ve already consumed a small child’s weight in Cadbury mini eggs. I really should stick to the high protein chicken version, but theCadbury ones are just irresistible. However, scientists in Japan have found a...

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Insulate Underneath the Subfloor

According to an LSU AgCenter subfloor study, Insulating Raised Floors in Hot, Humid Climates, the most effective subfloor insulation in our hot, humid climate is rigid poly-iso foam board with all seams and penetrations sealed and polyurathane closed cell sprayfoam.

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