Washing the dishes is one of the necessary evils that exist in any home. Who does that task might be the start to some heated debates, but at least it’s gotten better over the decades. With better water pressure, the availability of hot water and technologies, we’ve graduated from scrubbing Read more…
All too often, the concept of visual impairment or blindness is wrongfully associated with helplessness. While famous celebrities like Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder have helped to change mainstream perception over the years, it is still common for people to connect such disabilities with old age and impassable obstacles. In Read more…
As the season’s change, outdoor temps will fall and many parts of the nation will see daylight hours shorten. Seasonal changes over the course of the year make HVAC functions important as they work to keep homes and buildings comfortable and safe for occupancy. The fall season is when furnaces Read more…
For people living in New England this summer, humidity has become a regular weather occurrence. In addition to threats for tropical storms, the conditions make the skin feel sticky and even make it difficult to breathe. To assist with keeping rooms at reasonable temperatures and conditions, dehumidifiers offer a solution. Read more…
For many of us in the modern world, waste is something we flush and forget. We don’t need to know where it goes, or how to gets there. But for people who live with septic tanks or holding tanks instead of modern sewage systems know better.
Septic tanks in homes and holding tanks on boats are relatively simple. Waste comes in from an intake or inlet and separates into three layers. Sludge sits at the bottom, clarified water in the middle, and oily “scum” on top. Water is discharged and solids break down thanks to special bacteria.
Without properly functioning pumps, this discharge could fail, leading to backups, overflows, or other issues.
If you have a septic tank or holding tank, it’s imperative that you keep your discharge, effluent, and ejector pumps working in top order. That means buying the best hardware upfront when installing a new system, and maintaining and replacing the old one when needed.
SMD Fluid Controls is a leader in float switches and liquid level sensors of all varieties and applications, including sewage pumps and septic tanks. Whether you need a single float for a home system or multiple custom units and OEM design service, SMD can help. (more…)
Wells have been an important part of human infrastructure for thousands of years. Water is essential for everyday life, and wells make it possible to rely on a clean, ready source of fresh drinking water right beneath one’s feet.
While primitive wells rely on buckets and rope or other relatively simple machine to retrieve water from the bottom, more sophisticated ones use electronic pumps.
Electronic well pumps use a variety of components to retrieve water from the bottom of the well. One of the most important in many pump systems is the float switch or other liquid level sensor. (more…)
Whether you manufacture or install fire sprinkler systems, you understand just how essential they are to keeping people safe and avoiding damaged property. But, after this system gets added to a building, its functionality needs to be properly maintained and monitored, and for all types of setups, that means checking up on and replacing its sensor. (more…)
Going beyond the houses of yesteryear, smart homes deliver an experience that’s comfortable, offers improved safety, and reduces both power and energy. Getting to this point often involves intercommunication between household appliances and systems, including lighting, HVAC, the TV, computers, entertainment devices, and the security system.
Generally, while certain appliances and systems may be designed to be more energy efficient and use less power, much of the automation and customization involved in a smart home comes from a control panel, which can be installed in-house or through a GSM/CDMA, internet, or PSTN network. (more…)
Creating a renewable heating source, an outdoor wood boiler or furnace presents a variation on the classic wood stove. The setup includes wood burned inside a firebox, with a “water jacket,” or chamber or water, surrounding. An exhaust heat reclaiming system assists with controlling the temperature. (more…)
If you own a pool, then you know that a lot of work goes into it. Not only are you responsible for cleaning it and making sure the water circulates, but you’re also responsible for dealing with your pool when temperatures dip below freezing. Now, we’re taking a closer look at how a pool’s circulation system works, and how a float valve plays a major role in your pool’s “health.” (more…)