Are You Unsure About What You Need To Know About HVAC Help? Read This Article!

Posted July 17th, 2014 by
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Your home is only enjoyable when it’s comfortable. Since this is the case, it’s good to keep the HVAC system in a home working well. If you’re not able to take care of it, things will cost a lot to fix and it will be hard to live with it all. Below are many helpful tips that show you how to keep your HVAC humming along in proper working order.

Before calling anyone to repair your system, know what system you have. Write down the make, model, and any maintenance history. This will enable you to give your chosen contractor any information they might need.

Be sure to regularly clean debris from external condenser units. Debris can pile up after a storm, bringing potential damage with it. Debris like this can cause it to overheat, which could be detrimental to your system.

Cover your unit when you are mowing the lawn. Aim your grass cuttings in a direction away from your unit. The same goes for blowing leaves, so always be careful if you are moving debris near your HVAC devices.

During the fall, leaves can gather around your HVAC. The grill on the fan can become cluttered with debris, which will cause a serious operating deficiency. An obstruction, such as a leaf, prevents the maximum amount of cool air from entering the system.

Put your outdoor unit in places with shade. Your air conditioner won’t have to work so hard if the air is sucks in is already cool.

If you are a homeowner, or if you can get permission from your landlord, install double-paned windows in place of any single panes in your home. In warmer months, these windows will help to maintain the cooler inside temperature. This will also help you keep in heat when it gets cold.

Two ways to save some money with A/C is by having a programmable thermostat installed and have the cheapest energy company. These can save you around 10 percent on your heating and cooling costs by just turning it back 10 percent to 15 percent for around eight hours each day. Some newer programmable thermostats have computerized controls you can access from your personal computer, laptop or mobile media device.

Regularly having your HVAC system serviced can help keep your heating and cooling bills down. During your service visit, the serviceman will inspect the unit’s motor, oil the unit’s moving parts and ensure the unit has proper freon levels. This will help keep your system performing at maximum efficiency.

To help lower cooling costs when not at home, make sure the air conditioner is turned off. The house will heat up, but not too much. The longer the unit stays on, the more it ends up costing you in energy bills.

Now you’re better educated when it comes to maintaining your home’s HVAC system. Do not allow it to fail on you when you do not pay attention to maintaining it regularly. Use the suggestions given above so you don’t find one day that your home is either too cold or too hot.

Trial, Error, and Revision in the Sculpting Process

Posted July 21st, 2013 by
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If you are like most people who work with clay or other materials used in sculpting, then you won’t get the desired result on the first try. Sculpting is a process that takes trial and error. You can begin with an idea, and when you reach that idea, you might see that it is not what you envisioned. If you want to make a bowl out of clay, then you might see that it is not deep enough or it is not round enough on the bottom to sit on Read the rest of this post »

Street Art: Views of Sculpture as a Public Art Movement

Posted May 21st, 2013 by
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Street Art – Viewed as the Public Art Movement
Sometimes, the only way to interest the non-interested in art is to locate it where they can’t miss viewing it. Other times, the public viewing of art has to be brought down to a very elementary, intrinsically whimsical level to be enjoyed by the average person on the street. Sculptures are a mechanism to aid in the public art movement. In New York City, for example, there are Read the rest of this post »

Implying Motion and Expression in Sculptures

Posted March 21st, 2013 by
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Sculpture is a unique art form that requires the artist to see an object in motion and freeze it in time. Successful sculptures do more than just freeze their subject, however, they capture a moment. By doing this they inspire their audience to see the implied motion and the expression even in something as concrete and solid as stone, wood, or other mediums.

When a true artist implies motion in a sculpture he or she is taking the art up a level. Read the rest of this post »

Strange Sculptures from All Over the World

Posted January 30th, 2012 by
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There is something breathtaking and quite remarkable about sculptures and if you get your internet through places like and do some real browsing, then you know what we mean. Some of these sculptures are inspiring, some are scary and some are downright strange – but they make us think and they dazzle us with both their creativity and imagination. Below, you will find a short list of some of the most strange and awe-inspiring sculptures from all over the world.

1. The Giant Tap (Tecnopark Wintertur, Switzerland)
It may look, to you, like a bronze tap is just hovering in midair as a torrent of water pours from it down into the ground. However, upon closer inspection, one can see that the shaft of water is, in fact, solid and suspending the tap in the air creating a marvelous illusion.

2. Vomiting Fountain Sculpture (London, UK)
This odd construction features a stone vaguely shaped like a man with a sculpted human head attached. The mouth on the head is open and water issues forth creating the illusion that the sculpture is constantly vomiting water endlessly.

3. Skeletons In Love (Nong Khai, N.E. Thailand)
Perhaps the most shocking of the three sculptures on this list; it features two skeletons sitting together on a bench, enjoying an embrace. One can’t help but think back to the remains of those discovered at Pompeii – a sculpture embodying both love and a tragic sense of finality.

Travel for Sculpture

Posted January 24th, 2012 by
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Whether you’ve got a big or a limited budget there’s no reason you can’t use your connection to plan a sculpture trip for you and your family. There are great examples of sculpture on display all over the world and here are a few of our favorites:

New York City: If you haven’t been to the Metropolitan Museum of Art yet you’re missing out. It’s got a sculpture garden running its length and with the natural light from the skylights you’ll get to appreciate Read the rest of this post »

The Process and Stages of Creating a Ceramic Sculpture

Posted August 12th, 2011 by
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There are several businesses that produce all kinds of ceramic sculptures such as dishes, and small figurines. You can purchase them for a dollar in stores across the country. Those type of ceramic products are mass produced and lack details of color and technique. The quality is simply not a priority of those businesses that sell ceramic products in bulk to make money.

Then there are the artists that use their creative ability to hand mold and design ceramic sculptures.Check out this link here. Beginning with the initial ingredients, these artists take care to mix them Read the rest of this post »

The Importance of George Segal in Modern Sculpting

Posted August 9th, 2011 by
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Segal is important for pioneering the use of plaster bandages as a sculptural medium. His technique involved placing wet plaster bandages on different body parts. The strips were then removed from the model’s body and reassembled with the aid of more plaster. Segal would leave the life size shells hollow instead of filling them with more plaster. His sculptural technique soon earned him close association with other Pop artist in the Pop Art Movement. Over the years, his sculptures evolved in Read the rest of this post »

Ways to Introduce Sculpting to Children

Posted August 8th, 2011 by
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Sculpting a great activity that can be done as a group. Children love things that they can do with their hands so that they see the effect their motions have on something. By spending a little time introducing the concept to them, the children will be geared up and ready to start.

Introduce things simply at first. There’s no need for a potter’s wheel, and you should obviously keep them far away from the oven or kiln that will be used to cure the pottery. An easy first project for a child is Read the rest of this post »

Sculpting Tips for the Neophyte Artist

Posted August 5th, 2011 by
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If you’re a frustrated sculptor and don’t know what to do next I can tell you. Relax. Getting frustrated and sticking to it may be a great work ethic but it may not be better for you or the sculpture.
If you’re ready to pull your hair out, stand up and walk away for a bit. It may not be a lack of skill on your part at all but the medium you’re using. If using clay it may have gotten too warm so the slightest touch distorts Read the rest of this post »