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Day: November 14, 2019

What You Don’t Know About Your Air Filter Could Cost You Money

What You Don’t Know About Your Air Filter Could Cost You Money

While most may notice right away if their HVAC unit has quit working altogether, not everyone notices when it isn’t working quite as well as it could. Even though many may not think about maintaining their unit until they have to, taking a little time to do some preventative maintenance for it could not only save you time, but also money in the long run. Here are a few reasons why taking care of your HVAC air filter housing can be important.

Lengthen the Life of Your Unit

While changing your air filter regularly may not seem like it would make a big difference, it could potentially lengthen the overall lifespan of your HVAC unit. This is in part because having a dirty or old filter may cause your unit to have to work harder to move air through your home, which could lead to it overworking itself and burning out prematurely. Besides this, it might also cause it to break down more frequently, which could cost you additional time and effort.

Save Money and Time

In addition to potentially lengthening the life of your unit, replacing your air filters may save you money over time. One way it could do this is by helping your unit to function its best and helping to prevent costly breakdowns. Another way is that when your unit has a clean air filter, it can work more efficiently. When your unit is working efficiently, it uses less energy and can therefore potentially save you money on your heat and energy bills.

The Bottom Line

Even though changing your air filter regularly may seem like a small thing, it can potentially have a big impact not only on your HVAC unit, but on your bills as well.

So, whether you’re looking to save some money or simply want to keep your unit going for as long as you can, taking a little extra time to maintain it properly may help you to do just that.…

Taking Care of Your Gas Station

Taking Care of Your Gas Station

Pumping gas may be fairly straightforward, but actually maintaining a gas station is a little more complicated, especially when it doubles as a convenience store. If you run or own a gas station, there are a couple of things you should incorporate into your maintenance routine.

Check Your Gas Pumps Daily

Are the O-Rings of your nozzles worn out? Are there tears in the hoses? Are the pump displays working properly? Check your fuel dispensers daily, inside and out. If you see any problems, contact a gas station pump repair service as soon as possible.

Clean the Fuel Dispenser Area Regularly

Fuel spills, oil leaks, grime from the road… it’s no secret that things can get pretty dirty near the pumps. On top of that, dozens to hundreds of hands end up touching the nozzles, buttons and touchscreens of each individual gas pump, leaving behind all kinds of germs. Use a wet towel to wipe down the top of pumps—cleaning products also help—and hose down the bottom half (do not do the reverse!). Also hose down the sidewalks, unless there are gas spills, in which case an absorbent, e.g. baking soda and even kitty litter, is ideal.

Stay on Top of Your Inventory

It’s not uncommon for people visiting a gas station to want a little something extra, e.g. some snacks or a drink. Make an Excel document or find a customized system that allows you to take stock on all your items on a regular basis. That way, you’ll be sure to rarely run out of product.

Keep the Bathrooms Clean and Stocked

Though perhaps easily overlooked, it’s important to have your restrooms in good hygienic condition. Check every one or two hours to see if any cleaning needs to be done, or if toilet paper and paper towels need to be replaced.

Like most businesses, gas station management has many different components to keep track of. Sticking to a checklist like this one, however, can make keeping track of everything a breeze.…