Being a homeowner is about making your home your own. From the decor of your bedroom to the backsplash you’ve chosen for the kitchen, it’s all done to your choosing. Now, just because you have those options at your disposal, doesn’t mean you won’t have questions about homeownership. Here are a few questions you may have right now about what’s going inside the four walls of your house.

1. What’s wrong with my air conditioner?

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Hearing noises could be indicative of a larger problem with your home’s air conditioner or HVAC unit. However, have you found yourself asking “Why does my AC smell weird?“. If you’ve noticed a musty odor coming from your ductwork, it’s actually indicative of mold and bacteria growth stemming from somewhere throughout your HVAC system. This could be forming in the drain or evaporator coil of the unit. The coil is a dark and humid location, so all sorts of mold and mildew can form. That will bring about that unpleasant odor.

Check to see if the evaporator coil has frozen. This is at the core of that smell and is also inhibiting airflow. You may want to bring in a licensed HVAC technician to look through the entirety of the unit, as well as the ducts and vents. Excess moisture is a breeding ground for mold and can set up shop in ductwork without you realizing it. Blockage in your condensation line can also lead to problems, creating a foul smell.

2. Are house plants safe for my pet?

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The truth is you have to be wary about the plants in your home, especially if you have four-legged friends roaming about. The good news is that there are plenty of pet-safe house plants available that can give your home that natural touch. Houseplants like Boston ferns and parlor palms can soak in that direct light with moist soil to grow healthier over time. Plus, these small plants are non-toxic to your furry little pals.

Among other pet-friendly plants, there are money trees, watermelon plants, and snake plants that are able to actually improve your home’s indoor air quality with oxygen circulating throughout the household. If you are a first-time plant caretaker, you may want to look for a pet-safe plant that requires minimal upkeep like a succulent. Regardless of their safety, make sure that you keep them out of the reach of the family pet, considering hanging baskets or places out of your pet’s reach.

3. How do I increase my water pressure?

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Have you found yourself taking a shower and just not getting the water pressure you need? The truth is you may be able to take care of this issue yourself. Unscrew your shower head and remove the restrictor inside. The restrictor is a disc with tiny holes that limit water flow to about two and a half gallons per minute. This will make regular water pour out with a much stronger pressure than before. While you have the showerhead unscrewed, look for gunk that could clog the water from flowing out.

Once you test how forcefully the water is coming out, you may want to get even more pressure. It should normally range from 40 to 85 psi. You could hire a plumber or licensed technician to install a water pressure booster, but that can be a costly installation that will render your bathroom out of commission. If you need a short-term fix, invest in a showerhead that is designed to optimize low water pressure from your pipes. This is the first step towards getting the pressure you desire.