Uncategorized For the Love of Cool

For the Love of Cool

For the love of cool! Heat can actually be more dangerous to construction and home improvement professionals than the tools they use! The heat doesn’t only drain workers of important energy they need to get the job done right. You also risk heat-related health issues like heat cramps, rashes, fainting, heat stroke, dehydration and more.

I’m sure you understand how working in extreme heat can leave you feeling exhausted after a long day. There are many ways to help keep workers comfortable on the job to avoid heat-related illness, and keep them working at their best. Make sure they have access to water and sports drinks to help replace electrolytes. You can try to plan work days so that the hardest work is completed during the coolest times of the day. Educate your employees how to notice the signs of heat stress in themselves and others and take the proper precautions. Finally, you can supply your employees with portable air conditioners.

I recently decided to start bringing portable air conditioners to home build sites. It has greatly improved my team’s energy levels and quality of work. It’s just easier to see what you’re doing when sweat isn’t dripping into your eyes! Some air conditioners can make a great difference outdoors. Let’s face it, these devices could save lives! These are some of the options of portable air conditioners out there now.

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Whynter Elite ARC-122DHP

This is a fast acting portable air conditioner that will have any room cool before you can unpack your supplies. It took about a half hour to drop the temperature in an 80-degree room down to just 67 degrees. It also uses less energy than most of the competition. I like how small and light it is without having to sacrifice cooling power. The best part is that it can also be used as a space heater when you’re working in the cooler months. We all know how our fingers work when they get cold!

The Whynter Elite has a dual-hose design. That means less hot air gets recirculated from the machine’s exhaust. Because of its design, it also puts out less hot air than comparable models. That is one of the reasons it can cool the space so quickly.

The only issues with this machine are issues that are present in pretty much any portable air conditioner. It comes with a window kit to send exhaust out of the home. They supply you with two different sized window fittings. The issue with this is that they won’t fit most windows and you will have to keep cutting foam to get it to fit at each site. It is not as durable as commercial models, but you won’t be paying the high price.

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LG 12,000 BTU

A lot of people love this portable air conditioner because of its value. If you are looking to try out a portable air conditioner on your job site without making a huge investment, this is a great place to start. The oscillating fan helps disperse cool air evenly to keep every corner cool. It is best for spaces around 400 square feet.

The window insert for this model is actually pretty intuitive. They supply you with a ton of parts to help you get a good seal. That helps keep your space cooler and get it there more quickly. It includes a remote so you don’t have to stop work completely to make small adjustments. It also has a dehumidification feature, which removes up to 1.2 pints of water from the air per hour. The only downside to the Whynter model is that it will not keep you warm in the winter.

Whynter ARC-14SH 14,000 BTU

Whynter is a trusted name in home cooling. If you are looking for something that can handle some larger spaces, this is a good option for you. The manufacturer states that it can handle a room around 500 square feet. However, some people use this unit in much larger, open-concept spaces and say it is still more comfortable.

It includes an updated window kit from the one that comes with the first winter kit. The window kit fits windows from 20 inches wide to 46 inches wide. It also has a heating feature for the cold months. Many people don’t like the amount of noise it makes. That’s not an issue for me. My air compressor is probably five times as loud! Some people also have complained about the reliability. Whynter does offer a three-year warranty, but you will have to send it back at your expense.

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Uncategorized Job Site Safety

Job Site Safety

Job site safety training is a must for anyone working on my team. We all know how to take care of ourselves and watch out for each other. I never want to see my employees get hurt. I blame myself for even the smallest injuries. Every year, there are far too many injuries and fatalities related to commercial equipment on job sites. The numbers are in the thousands. That’s why I take the safety of my team very seriously. The injuries people sustain on job sites aren’t often ones you can cure with a bandage and a pat on the back. Instead, they usually involve at least an ambulance ride.

I feel confident that my employees are well versed in safety measures. They understand the importance of following safety guidelines completely. Training is just one of the ways I keep my team out of danger as much as possible. Here are some tips to help you train your employees and keep them away from harm.

  1. Keeping crowding to a minimum.

Use the horn before moving the machine. Make sure they know it’s okay to take their time and stop the machine if they need to clear the area.

  1. Inform them which signs and tapes let them know where it is unsafe to dig.

Overhead obstructions and buried utilities are another cause for workplace accidents. It is important to find ways to let machine operators know where it is safe for them to go. Use barrier tapes to mark areas where drivers can’t safely access. Don’t forget to contact Dig Safe. They will help you know where underground barriers are. However, these aren’t always accurate. Make sure to allow space on either side and have your team dig by hand just to be safe.

  1. Heat-related illness.

I make sure my team is checking in with each other, especially when the temperatures rise. There is a lot that can go wrong when somebody is under stress from the heat. I use a portable air conditioner on every job site. Even if there isn’t a structure on-site, I supply an enclosed tent where the team can go to cool off. Be sure to supply them with plenty of water. I also supply sports drink mix to replace important electrolytes. This keeps my team working effectively, even in the oppressive heat.

  1. Climbing on and off large equipment.

This is the largest cause of workplace injuries. Make sure your team knows how to safely get on and off the equipment. Before they begin, make sure they are cleaning off their gloves and boots. Any dirt can cause them to lose traction. Second, you should always have three, strong points of contact with the machine (do I need to mention that these points of contact should be the ones designed for that use?).

If there aren’t handholds and steps, have a spotter to help them get on using a ladder. You may also need to supply your team with additional handholds or steps if their size doesn’t allow them to safely use the current setup. Make sure they never jump to exit!

I hope these job site safety tips help you keep your team from danger!

Uncategorized Light Your World

Light Your World

Light your world with the best light bulbs! It’s been ten years since Congress changed how we light our spaces forever. The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 started the push toward more efficient and Earth-friendly lighting. It wasn’t long before we started ditching our 100 watt incandescent light bulbs for new bulbs using as low as just 40W.

The new options on the market promise to last a whole 20 years and use far less energy than incandescent bulbs. However, it is becoming harder and harder to tell which light bulb will actually work for your needs. This article will help you navigate the bulb aisle and make the right choice every time! If you’re not ready to let go of your incandescents, I will also help you figure out what bulbs are the closest.

Measuring Light

Use this section to help you understand the details printed on the box your bulb comes in.

Lumens

Lumens are the standard measurement of brightness. When you see a higher number, that means the bulb creates more light. If you have a ceiling light that needs multiple bulbs you may want to choose a bulb with lower lumens than one that only needs a single bulb.

When you see labels like, “60-watt equivalent,” it actually makes choosing a bulb more confusing. You may still end up with a bulb that burns too brightly or leaves you sitting in the dark. You may have to experiment to find the best number for your light fixtures.

Color Temperature

Color temperature is measured on the Kelvin scale. Light bulbs vary in color from yellow (low Kelvin) to more blue (high kelvin). The high, blueish color of new bulbs, like LEDs, is a common complaint. Most people still want the warm yellow of the old incandescent bulbs. However, manufacturers are solving this problem. You can now find CFL and LED bulbs with warmer hues. Just be sure to check the color temperature on the package.

Learn more about which bulbs will work for specific fixtures here.

Bulb Types

LEDs

 

Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) quickly became one of the most popular ways to light your world. LEDs use far less energy to create the same amount of light as an incandescent. They are also fairly cheap to purchase. They cost less than the amount it costs to run your incandescent bulb for three hours a day if you buy just a standard LED that emits 800 lumens (the brightness of the light).

The best thing about LEDs is that they are rated to last for tens of thousands of hours. An incandescent only lasts about a year, depending on how long you use it each day. You could be using the same LED bulb 20 or 30 years after you buy it! That’s why light bulbs from major manufacturers, like GE, offer ten year warranties on their LED light bulbs!

CFLs

CFLs were basically the only option for energy efficient bulbs years ago. Now they have come up with more designs to keep up with other options. Some have even been enhanced so you don’t have to wait as long for the bulb to light up. CFL bulbs don’t like cold temperatures, so they can’t really be used outdoors. The biggest problem is that they lose lumens over the years.   

Incandescent

These bulbs are what most people picture when they think light bulb. The legislation didn’t wipe them out completely. Instead, it forced companies to redesign the classic to be more energy efficient. You can still find non-traditional bulbs that use a bit less energy than their traditional counterparts.

Halogen

Halogens give off a similar light to incandescents and are slightly more efficient. They use halogen gas to help recycle the wasted energy. The only downside is they still have an average life expectancy of just 1,000 hours.