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Back to New Heating and Cooling in Citrus County can perform an energy audit on your whole home to pinpoint areas where heat is leaking out (and in summer where heat is leaking in).

Moisture-resistant insulationPart of efficient Heating and Cooling (as well as maintaining indoor air purity) is keeping a home both insulated and leak free. If you don’t want to call Back to New Heating & Cooling you can also perform an energy audit yourself using an infrared gun or spot thermometer which will show you where to patch up sections of your home or business with insulation yourself.

Most older homes which are still leaking heat the most severely (or allow heat to leak in during summer) have single pane glass installed. Double-paned glass works best, and in days when double-paned glass didn’t exist a home made DIY trick consisted of attaching clear plastic sheeting over the outside of windows during winter. A company called Frost King sells a 9 window shrink film Window Insulation Kit that does the same thing, and that works with your blow dryer to install it on each window.

Removable Storm Windows were also quite common in the old days, which were essentially just custom cut sized insert-able window frames that fit over existing windows. Today there isn’t only double pane glass but triple pane as well, and also double pane glass windows with argon between the glass. The panes themselves aren’t the only area where heat leaks out during winter, but the trim area as well. Good caulking (in older window frames) and good insulation around the window frames is important as well. Most modern windows have either aluminum or steel trim framing. Unfortunately these metals conduct heat directly through them and radiate it out into the cold in winter… and radiate heat from outdoors directly through to the interior of your home or business during summer.

Another old trick which goes way back is to simply place a rolled up towel at the base of any door where there’s a draft. Some people make special decorative barriers out of cloth on their sewing machines for just this purpose. While such an idea may not be appealing to you for the long run, when it’s cold and all you want to do is keep warmer and keep your energy bill down, it will work.
Use solar heating.
No, by solar we don’t mean solar panels on your roof, but old school standard smart use of the sun’s heat during the day to warm the interior of the home by opening up your drapes and blinds during the bright warmer hours of the day and letting the sun heat up the interior. After the sun leaves, close up those drapes or blinds help ever so slightly to add a layer of insulation. While not very effective at insulating, that’s better than nothing, but the main thing is to allow the sun in during the day.

Of course caulking and weatherstripping are also important, relatively easy even for the do it yourselfer, and inexpensive, but there’s one other area of concern, and this one Back to New Heating & Cooling can definitely help you out with while we’re there performing an energy audit on your home or business – and that’s testing your duct system for leaks and fixing them. Not only will this save you money but you’ll be better protected from whatever dust, pollutants and mold might be leaking in from out of doors.

So give us a call at Back to New Heating & Cooling before you start your insulation project so you’ll know just where the problem areas are, and so we can take care of your leaky duct work and get that properly checked and sealed up just right too.

Call us at: 866-963-9247

In the Villages: 352-753-1212 / Elsewhere in Central Florida: 352-628-5700 or our Corporate Office at 866-963-9247

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Hernando County, The Villages, Marion County, Levy County and beyond in West Central Florida

Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus: MRSA

According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, Airborne MRSA may play a role in MRSA colonization in the nasal cavity or in respiratory tract MRSA infections. The National Center for Biotechnology Information says that measures should be taken to prevent the spread of airborne MRSA to control nosocomial MRSA infection. Here is a link to a study in the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health which demonstrates the spread of MRSA through the air in a hospital environment. “About 20% of the MRSA particles were within a respirable range of less than 4 microm. …An epidemiological study demonstrated that clinical isolates of MRSA in our ward were of one origin and that the isolates from the air and from inanimate environments were identical to the MRSA strains that caused infection or colonization in the inpatients.”

In other words, the study showed that MRSA isolates were taken from the air as well as surfaces, meaning that even without touching any surfaces MRSA was in the air as well.

What are the symptoms of MRSA infection?

Staph infections, including MRSA, generally start as small red bumps that resemble pimples, boils or spider bites. These can quickly turn into deep, painful abscesses that require surgical draining. Sometimes the bacteria remain confined to the skin but they can also burrow deep into the body, causing potentially life-threatening infections in bones, joints, surgical wounds, the bloodstream, heart valves and lungs.

How Do I Know If I Have MRSA Infection?
What are the symptoms of MRSA?

The simplest way to acquire MRSA staph infection is through physical contact with an object or a person who has MRSA, but as the above hospital study shows, it is not the only way, and once infected the symptoms of MRSA will arise. Recently a husband and wife in Hernando were faced with MRSA. First the wife came down with a bump on her chin which looked like a spider bite. She saw her doctor and was told to keep a warm compress on it so she could return in a few days and have it lanced. After lancing, he treated it with a series of antibiotics and it finally began to recover.

All was well… or was it?

Within a week her husband also experienced a weird “bite” on his abdomen. He began feeling ill immediately, lost his appetite, developed a fever, and a hardened growth appeared under his skin which swelled and grew to about six inches in size, and what’s worse, as the growth moved to a location that wasn’t the precise area of the “bite” itself, it appeared very near a major artery. Within a day he was hospitalized and immediately placed on two different antibiotics. By midnight he was receiving a third. And by morning his doctors were giving him five different antibiotics while growing a culture to determine which combination of antibiotics were necessary to kill this particular MRSA strain.  Later that evening he underwent surgery.

His wife was told by the doctor that these cases are becoming very frequent and several operations take place on a daily basis to deal with MRSA related infections.

At first, MRSA looks like a seemingly-harmless skin infection characterized by  small, reddish pimple-like bumps and boils. As the infection progresses, they become painful, pus-filled abscesses.

If the infection goes further into your body and invades your lungs, MRSA symptoms become more aggravated, and may include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Cough

As was seen in the case of the Hernando husband, the symptoms of MRSA worsened quickly, and could easily have infected other parts of the body being so close to the artery, and might have easily caused death because an infection can enter the bloodstream causing sepsis and 25% of patients with sepsis die. MRSA may also enter the bone marrow causing osteomyelitis which destroys hearts valves causing endocaritis. MRSA can also cause urinary tract infections (UTI) and toxic shock.

The story doesn’t end here. While the husband was in the hospital undergoing treatment, the wife was home bleaching every surface possible. Floors, counter tops, bleaching all bedding and cleaning well everything and anything that couldn’t be bleached, or throwing it away, including covering the mattress twice and planning to replace it as well as plans to immediately tear out and replace the carpet.

So how does this relate to the IQAir Perfect 16 and the IQAir Health Pro Plus?

Re-read the portion of the hospital study regarding airborne MRSA:

About 20% of the MRSA particles were within a respirable range of less than 4 microm. …An epidemiological study demonstrated that clinical isolates of MRSA in our ward were of one origin and that the isolates from the air and from inanimate environments were identical to the MRSA strains that caused infection or colonization in the inpatients.” The IQAir Micron Chart shows the size of MRSA is 0.3 Microns in size right on top. IQAir Perfect 16 Whole House Air Filtration Scrubs Indoor Air Down to .03 Microns – that’s means it removes airborne viruses TEN TIMES SMALLER than MRSA! With a dangerous Methicillin-resistant superbug like MRSA, which is only becoming more resistant day by day, and where bleaching and cleaning infected surfaces alone isn’t enough – why take the chance when the IQAir Perfect 16 is already available and affordable?

For all of your indoor Air Purification needs in the west central Florida and the Tampa Bay area call Back to New Heating & Cooling and speak to Sales head of sales and marketing at: 866-963-9247

Natural Gas Buildup | Methane – An Explosive Killer

December 28, 2015

Methane, when uncontrolled, can become a deadly killer. Methane is the key component in natural gas, and it is highly explosive. So while natural gas is an important fuel for both heating and cooling in more than half of all American homes, there are deadly dangers people should be aware of. The year: 2014. The […]

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EPA Chief Gina McCarthy Wants The World to Stop Using Air Conditioners

December 27, 2015

EPA Chief Gina McCarthy wants the world to stop using hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which means all currently designed Air Conditioners and other consumers products as part of President Barack Obama’s plan to fight global warming. …Only Global Warming is now Global Cooling. Oh my.   Climate change shock: Burning fossil fuels ‘COOLS planet’, says NASA   […]

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Carbon Monoxide – The Deadly Killer

December 1, 2015

CO. One atom of Carbon, one atom of Oxygen. Carbon Monoxide… and it’s poison. Carbon Monoxide attaches more readily to the blood of mammals than oxygen, and it doesn’t let go. In a room of mostly air blood will still steadily bind with small amounts of carbon monoxide over time. Here’s a true story about a […]

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The Shilo Harris Story – Iraq Veteran & Wounded Warrior

October 30, 2015

The Harris Family: A Home Fit For a Hero. EXTREME MAKEOVER EDITION – SHILO HARRIS – IRAQ WAR VETERAN & IQAIR U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Shilo Harris was on patrol in Iraq in 2007 when an improvised explosive device (IED) struck the vehicle in which he was traveling. His face and more than 40% of […]

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Flu Sympton Severity Linked to Air Pollution Levels

October 28, 2015

Both the Likelihood of your Getting the Flu and The Severity of Your Flu Increase With Outdoor and Indoor Air Pollution Levels Air pollution affects both the likelihood and severity of flu. Based on a recent article by IQAir, as many as twenty percent of adults become sick with the flu in America each year. Just under a quarter […]

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IQAir Can Remove The Following Viruses/Bacteria

October 15, 2015

IQAir Digital Laser Particle Scanner Reads Down to .3 Microns. A Single Piece of Human Hair is approx. 70 Microns so it reads down 233 X smaller than human hair! IQAir Perfect 16 Whole House Air Purification System Scrubs Indoor Air Down to .03 Microns or 2,333 X smaller than a human hair! and can  […]

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IQAir Perfect 16

October 15, 2015

IQAir Perfect 16 – Whole-House Air Cleaning System   The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lists poor indoor air quality as one of the top health risks today. What is even more frightening is that the EPA tells us the air in our homes is often two to five times more polluted than outdoor air. We […]

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Doctors Optimistic Daniel Fells Won’t Lose Foot From MRSA Infection

October 13, 2015

Doctors treating New York Giants tight end Daniel Fells for MRSA are more optimistic than they were a few days ago that Fells won’t lose his foot, sources close to the situation said Tuesday, reports ESPN Staff Writer Dan Graziano. Fells remains in a New York hospital for the foreseeable future as he and his doctors […]

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Minimize Exposure to Pesticides and Live a Longer and Healthier Life

October 13, 2015

Three out of four homes use pesticides to kill bugs, rodents, spiders and other pests. But studies clearly show that exposure to pesticides over time can cause a variety of health problems including birth defects, nerve damage and cancer, among others. Acute exposures can be even more serious and lead to seizures, coma or even […]

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Another Completely Satisfied Client

October 5, 2015

Review Date: September 30, 2015 Member: PB Beverly Hills, FL 34465 Category: Heating & A/C Services Performed: Yes * More Weight is given to a review where work has been completed. Work Completed Date: September 30, 2015 Hire Again: Yes Approximate Cost: $350.00 Description Of Work: Repaired our central air conditioning system. Member Comments: We called […]

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New research: Traffic pollution is a cause of asthma

September 30, 2015

Traffic pollution has been found to be a cause of asthma A growing number of scientists now believe that traffic-related air pollution is a cause, not just a trigger, of asthma. Recent research confirms that traffic pollution plays a role in the development of the lung disorder that goes beyond just acting as a trigger […]

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Air Quality Issues Impact Older Homes

September 29, 2015

Air quality issues that impact older homes Air Quality News from IQAir Older homes are charming. Many older homes feature architectural elements and details rarely found in newer homes. But older homes can also have unique air quality challenges that, left alone, offset their charm. Insulation may contain asbestos. Walls may be covered with leadbased […]

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Clean Indoor Air For Residents of High Truck Traffic Area

September 29, 2015

Hernando Residents Concerned About Mining in Brooksville May Have a New Option For Fighting Air Contamination There’s a group of citizens in Hernando County called the Neighbors Against Mining. The silicates from the existing mine are heavy enough to coat cars white, and cause residents near the mines to not be able to open windows […]

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Pet Anemia – Contaminated Indoor Air and a Dying Dog

September 29, 2015

There’s a type of autoimmune disease known as immune mediated hemolytic anemia (IMHA) from which both humans and pets suffer. At about the same time her father died, a tennis teacher named Amelia Larkin picked up a dog at an animal shelter. She named it Sawyer. By the time it was two years old Sawyer […]

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Central Florida Home Heating – Is Your System Ready?

September 24, 2015

Is My Heating System in the Tampa Bay Area Ready For Winter? With summer vacation already a memory kids are back at school. Even though the days are still warm, the nights are cooling down. Soon you will start pulling out the sweaters, raking up leaves, stop using air conditioning and start turning on the […]

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Evaluation Of IQAir Filtration System

September 22, 2015

From The Desk of Connie Davis, ARNP,BC, Family Practice 03/04/2014 (ARNP, BC stands for Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified) IQAir Owner Since March 01, 2011 Purchased from Back To New Heating & Cooling Evaluation of the IQAir Filtration System As a medical professional, I treat many people every day for colds, allergies, sensitivity to second-hand […]

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Removing Pet Smells Inside The House

September 21, 2015

Removing Indoor Pet Smells Pet smells in your home can be a real embarrassment if you don’t have enough time to prepare your home for visitors. Getting rid of pet smell in your home can be a problem for a variety of reasons. A homeowner will often bathe, clip and groom pets, clean up around […]

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September 21, 2015

Controlling pet odors Air Quality News from IQAir Most pet owners deal with odors in their home at one time or another. Sometimes, the pet itself is the source of the odor. Other times it’s soiled carpets, cages or beds that are the problem. Even if you don’t own a pet, odors from the pet […]

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