Keeping It Cool In The Summer
Posted by admin at 12:00 am in Uncategorized

A basic split air conditioning system uses a specialized, circulating liquid that readily changes to a gas as it removes hot air from your home. Most systems require high inputs of electricity to activate this cooling process, however. For example, using a ceiling fan to cool a room only requires about 100 watts, whereas an air conditioner uses approximately 900 to 1,500 watts, depending on its size.

Your outdoor air conditioning system section begins the cooling process by receiving the circulating liquid as a gas form. As it passes through the outdoor compressor and condenser, it changes into a cool liquid. This liquid travels to the indoor air conditioner section where it evaporates within the evaporator. The evaporation process pulls heat from your indoor air and exchanges it for cool air. This cool air moves through a duct system within your home to cool the entire structure. The air conditioner then moves this circulating gas back out to the outdoor section to continually cycle until your house reaches the desired temperature point.

Room air conditioners that rest on a windowsill do not require as much electricity as central split systems, but use the same process to cool your indoor air. These compact appliances house all the air conditioning components in one area. Air exchanges between the outside and inside to cool one room in particular. These air conditioners do raise your electrical bill, however, if you run them constantly at low temperatures or use multiple appliances for several rooms.

Because running your air conditioner takes a lot of power compared to a basic fan, there are a number of ways to save on electricity, even during those hot summer days. Instead of setting the thermostat to the low 70′s, change the setting to 78 degrees Fahrenheit and run some desk or ceiling fans. Although you are running several different electrical appliances, the fans cost less over time and lower your electrical bill.

For those truly hot and oppressive days, leave your air conditioner on even when you leave for several hours. However, change the setting to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. This temperature setting still allows the system to cycle on and off to cool the home slightly, but it does not run too long to cause a spike in your electricity bill.

If you are looking to replace or purchase a new air conditioner, Check Here it is critical to verify your home’s square footage. Each air conditioner has different specifications to cool a specific space. An excessively large system for a small home wastes energy, whereas a large home with a small system does not cool efficiently. Consulting with a professional cooling expert helps you choose the correct system for your unique home.

Comments Off
How to Feed a Family, South Dakota Style
Posted by admin at 12:00 am in Uncategorized

South Dakota is a great place to raise your family. You will find good schools, churches and communities located within the state. South Dakota families enjoy a variety of southern foods including chicken fried steak. This dish is often paired with creamed gravy, mashed potatoes and vegetables. Homemade rolls complete this traditional southern meal. Fried chicken is also a popular staple found within the state. Many homemakers make their own fried chicken and gravy. South Dakota winters are often bitterly cold and snowy. Creating meals that warm the Read the rest of this entry…

Comments Off
Family Values in Small-Town South Dakota
Posted by admin at 12:00 am in Uncategorized

The Midwest is widely known for its traditional family values. This part resists much of the influence from both coasts and thus clings to tradition and the importance of family and friendship. These values are especially important in South Dakota. With little to no liberal influence to be found in this state, people in South Dakota hold dear the traditions of loving one’s family and maintaining a close relationship with God.

In fact, most the state’s population reports going to church every Sunday and holding religion to Read the rest of this entry…

Comments Off
Strong Academics with a Christian Focus at the University of Sioux Falls
Posted by admin at 12:00 am in Uncategorized

The University of Sioux Falls in South Dakota is a Christian-focus, academically-minded school. The private institution of higher learning first opened its doors in 1883, and today it welcomes approximately 1,160 undergraduate students each year. The 58-acre campus has an urban atmosphere, and it was ranked the 32nd best college in the Midwest in 2013.

The liberal arts university offers many vibrant programs at the Master’s and Bachelor’s degree levels, and it also offers credit-bearing workshops and professional development courses in a variety of subjects.

The university’s motto is “culture for service,” and it seeks to encourage academic excellence while developing mature Christians Read the rest of this entry…

Comments Off
Liberal Arts and Christian Education at Augustana College
Posted by admin at 12:00 am in Uncategorized

Augustana College is a liberal arts college that is founded on Lutheran beliefs. The values of the Christian faith are the tools utilized within the school to equip students to strengthen their community and education. Students will find that the small class size, professors and friendly student body create a welcoming community on campus. In addition, students are also able to enjoy movies, shopping and the local attractions of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Even though, the university has a Christian foundation, individuals from other faiths are also welcome. Students are provided Read the rest of this entry…

Comments Off
The Redlin Art Center: Terry Redlin’s Legacy
Posted by admin at 12:00 am in Uncategorized

Art is the expression of human creative skills and imaginations captured as a painting or sculptures. Art has been around for many years. Some say there were finding of some cave paintings, sculptures, rock paintings, and petroglyphs from the Upper Paleolithic dating back to about 40,000 years ago.

Terry Redlin, one of the most widely collected modern painters today, was born on July 11, 1937 and was raised in a small town of Watertown, South Dakota. As a small boy Read the rest of this entry…

Comments Off
Brainpower: Competitive Chess in South Dakota
Posted by admin at 12:00 am in Uncategorized

South Dakota, like many states, has a unique and beautiful culture all its own. A big part of this is competitive chess. Statewide competitions began in 1922, when the title was won by Lloyd McFarling from the town of Huron. It is still behind held today, and is traditional in many towns of South Dakota. As with any competition of this nature, there is a friendly feud between towns as to who will produce the next year’s champion.Get more information here. http://boingboing.net/2011/07/27/buy-an-old-west-town-in-south-dakota-for-0-8m.html

It is possible for two Read the rest of this entry…

Comments Off
How the Pierre Indian School Keeps Native American Culture Alive
Posted by admin at 12:00 am in Uncategorized

While a lot of groups have added their ingredients to the cultural mix of South Dakota, one of the biggest contributors is the oldest one. The various tribes that have called the place home since prehistoric times give the state its special flavor.
The Pierre Indian School has helped to bolster the traditions and values of these tribes among their youngest members. The image most people envision when they think of South Dakota is the Sioux warrior on horseback hunting a buffalo. It might seem cliched, but it’s stood the test of Read the rest of this entry…

Comments Off
South Dakota Day Trips
Posted by admin at 12:00 am in Uncategorized

Spring in South Dakota is as beautiful as anywhere, and there are plenty of daytrips right here at home to make a family happy. Here are some great in-state ideas for vacations that won’t break the bank or take you too far from home. Just because you’re not headed states away, don’t forget to lock the house, get your pets taken care of and set your adt system before you go…
Mt. Rushmore – Of course, everyone’s heard of Mount Rushmore and the destination’s a Read the rest of this entry…

Comments Off

One of the most important keys to South Dakota community is in recognizing the multitude of cultures that exist in the state. Though he hails from Haslemere, England, Paul Goble has been celebrating South Dakota Native American culture since the late 1950s. During a trip to America in 1959, Goble became an adopted member of the Yakima and Sioux tribes, inducted by Chief Edgar Red Cloud. In 1969, the artist/illustrator published Red Hawk’s Account of Custer’s Last Battle, which brought a new perspective to history by showing a Native American perspective on the event.Since 1969, not more than a few years have gone by without Goble releasing a new book, the most recent being The Boy & His Mud Horses published in 2010 by World Wisdom. The book brings Goble’s beautiful painted illustrations to a variety of Great Plains legends and tall tales. All of Goble’s pages portray Native American culture realistically and honestly, and over the years he’s received several widespread acclaim for his contributions to children’s books. Most notably, he received the 1979 Caldecott Medal for The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses. Goble’s paintings have been recognized in the fine art world, as wellhe has two pieces at the Museum of Nebraska Art. Read the rest of this entry…

Comments Off

South Dakota Community Network