Russell & Abbott Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Townsend’

Spring Has Sprung: What You Need to Know about Allergies and Air Filters

Monday, March 27th, 2017

pleated-air-filterIt’s spring time! We have officially moved from the winter to the spring. The temperatures may not reflect it all the time, but we’re on the upward slope toward warmer weather.

And we’re also in allergy season. Sorry, but there is a downside to spring arriving! As plants start to bloom with the warmer temperatures, the pollen count in the air rises—and this is bad news for people who suffer from allergies. And with the unseasonably warm temperatures we’ve experienced recently, a lot of blossoms are already putting pollen into the East Tennessee air.

I know quite a bit about allergies because there are people who are allergic to me. Spring allergies are a bit different than dog-dander allergies, but the effect on people is similar: wheezing, congestion, eye and nose irritation, headaches, and generally feeling “icky” (a medical term I looked up). And making it worse is that we live in the allergy capital of the South! That’s not something you’ll find on the town website, but it’s true.

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It’s That Time of Year… What Leftovers NOT to Feed Your Pet at Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

I both love and dread writing this post each year about being cautious with leftovers and your pets during Thanksgiving. On the one hand, I love that it can do a lot of good for people and animals. It feels great to know that I, an HVAC professional dog, might help save a few pets’ lives. But I also kind of dread it because I get… so… hungry writing it! And I know that I can’t have most of this food because… well, I’m about to get into that.

I didn’t come up with these Thanksgiving “no-nos” myself, however. This is information coming from the vet-authored and vet-approved site PetMD. With their assistance, I’ve listed some of the leftover items you shouldn’t give to your pet if she comes a’begging during the holidays:

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Here’s My Best Advice for Setting Your Thermostat This Winter

Monday, January 4th, 2016

Hello everyone, and welcome to 2016! I know you’ve probably already made your resolutions (I resolved to destroy my chew toys a bit slower this year) but I’d love to add one to your list at this late date. Don’t worry, it’s not a tough one to keep! It’s a resolution that you’ll pay special attention to how you set your home’s thermostat during the winter. Smart thermostat use means energy savings and lower heating bills… without needing to sacrifice comfort.

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You Need to Include Your HVAC System in Your Fall “Cleaning”!

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

I’m not certain why people put so much attachment to the idea that spring cleaning is the most important cleaning that you do all year. I think that fall cleaning is just as important… I mean, look at all the leaves all over the ground! Those definitely need to be swept up (after I’ve jumped around in them).

But it’s not just leaves: I found some lists that people have written about all the fall cleaning that you should do for your home: dust hard surfaces, steam-clean area rugs, clear out the freezer, clean outdoor furniture, and plenty more.

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