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How Does a Water Softener System Work?

Many homes in Wichita, KS, have hard water. Not only do the minerals make water taste and smell bad, but they can wreak havoc on your plumbing system, fixtures, dishes, clothing, and more. If you’re thinking about purchasing and installing a water softener, you might wonder how exactly one of these devices works. Here’s what … Continue reading “How Does a Water Softener System Work?”

How To Prevent Electrical Fires

Electricity has become an essential part of modern life. We use it in almost everything, including lighting, heating, cooling, and cooking. However, electrical appliances are often subjected to various types of faults while in operation. Electrical malfunction or failures could lead to hazardous fires that can damage your property and endanger your family’s lives. The … Continue reading “How To Prevent Electrical Fires”

Can Humidity Cause Electrical Problems Inside Homes?

Humidity can cause major electrical issues inside your house. High moisture content affects electrical equipment and wiring as well. Humidity emanates from typical activities, such as cooking, drying clothes, and washing dishes. When taking a shower, indoor moisture increases massively. Additionally, heating and cooling appliances are behind the high humidity levels in your residence. Leaking … Continue reading “Can Humidity Cause Electrical Problems Inside Homes?”

What are the best plants for indoor air quality?

With their ability to absorb airborne toxins and expel fresh oxygen, plants do a lot to keep the air clean and fresh. Though the average homeowner cannot grow enough plants to completely purify their indoor air, even a few houseplants have a helpful impact. The best houseplants for air quality tend to be ones that … Continue reading “What are the best plants for indoor air quality?”

Troubleshooting Your Heating System

Winters in Kansas can be brutal, and you depend on your heating system to be working properly. Most of the time, you can turn it on, and it works without any problem. However, this time something did not work correctly, and you are looking for answers. To understand what may be happening with your heating … Continue reading “Troubleshooting Your Heating System”

8 Advantages of Installing USB Outlets in Your Home

For years, people had to plug their phones into converter devices before connecting them to a traditional outlet. Times have changed. Thanks to the advancement in smartphone technology, almost all charging devices work with USB power ports. Although many other charging options still work efficiently, USB outlets are gaining more popularity than ever before. Known … Continue reading “8 Advantages of Installing USB Outlets in Your Home”

The EPA’s Indoor Air Quality Guidelines

The average American spends 90% of their time indoors. With this in mind, it’s important to remember that pollution concentration is generally two to five times higher indoors than outside. Indoor pollution leads to a wide range of short-term and long-term health issues. Furthermore, the problem is getting worse due to energy-efficient construction methods that … Continue reading “The EPA’s Indoor Air Quality Guidelines”

HVAC and Airborne Viruses: Separating Fact from Fiction

Many residents of Wichita, KS, are concerned about the spread of airborne viruses in their homes. Influenza, COVID-19, and the common cold are just a few of the infections that can be spread through the air. Read on to learn what’s true and what’s false about how your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system is … Continue reading “HVAC and Airborne Viruses: Separating Fact from Fiction”

7 Cooling Myths Debunked

People talk about myths as easily as they do opinions or news. Although well-intentioned as advice, myths are not only untrue, but they are also misleading. In fact, they can be costly and self-defeating for people who want to improve their lives. Many myths even seem intuitive, which is part of their appeal. Those about … Continue reading “7 Cooling Myths Debunked”

Keeping Our Customers and Employees Safe During COVID-19

At Fahnestock, customer and employee health and safety is our highest priority. We have been closely monitoring the updates and recommendations by our local and federal government agencies regarding the impact of COVID-19 to our community and business operations. Many people are being asked to work and stay at home to prevent the spread of … Continue reading “Keeping Our Customers and Employees Safe During COVID-19”