It’s interesting to look back to the days of our ancestors and imagine the many challenges they went through. The reality is we do not have to go back that far. An example is 100 years ago a challenge was developing dependable vehicles and drivable roads. Their results were a major success!

Electricity is another success story. My grandparents had their first electrical lines run into their farm in the ‘40s. Electricity was charged out at $3.00 a month regardless of usage. Electricity was primarily used for lighting at that time, but through time it made inventions like electronics and computers possible.

It’s easy to take for granted the challenges faced by the automobile and electric industries. They had substantial uphill battles. There were serious accidents and deaths in both industries that resulted in major changes in their approach. Even basic issues like mechanical failures or wearing out quickly caused costly challenges. Few automobile manufacturers could meet the necessary changes, which failed most of the 1,800 manufacturers in the United States from 1896 to the 1930 Depression era.

The good news is technology advances in all industries continue to quickly improve. The challenge is in knowing what’s available and then choosing to make the right changes to improve our lives. Changes can be easy or tough.

Some tough changes to improve our lives are things like getting on a physical fitness program to improve our health. Those can be extremely challenging.

Other improvements are readily available and can easily be gained from experts. Learning what’s new and available is a great reason the Home and Garden Show is fun to go to each year. There is something new each year to see.

The Home and Garden Show started yesterday and will run through Sunday, February 14th. The event is open today at the Lancaster Event Center from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM, and Sunday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. It’s a great time to catch up on changes; especially the exciting changes this year that few know about!

A great example of an exciting change is a thermostat that can dramatically improve the control of your heating and cooling system. The HVAC industry is excited about the Lennox iComfort S30 Smart thermostat. It does so much more than previous thermostats. For instance, it can provide allergy relief exactly when needed.

The S30 Smart thermostat monitors the air quality and pollen levels of your zip code. It then adjusts the heating and cooling system fan to clean your home’s air as it passes through a quality air filtration system. The S30 Smart thermostat also adjusts humidity levels to closely match outdoor air. Of course, humidity levels at the exact range on the health charts reduce the risks of a variety of health issues.

It gets better. The S30 Smart thermostat monitors when you leave or return and adjusts the temperature accordingly to provide energy savings without sacrificing comfort. It’s easily adjustable with your iPhone too. The S30 smart thermostat has a crystal clear 7” screen that can provide performance reports, animated graphics to match outdoor weather conditions, hold temperatures within a ½ degree, and the list goes on. It can even notify your HVAC contractor or you when a system fails.

There are other impressive improvements like the new Trane shorter style furnace that allows higher efficiency evaporator coils to be installed above it. This new Trane furnace has multiple other improvements that make it a “show stopper”.

The Home and Garden Show will be a great opportunity to talk to John Henry's Plumbing, Heating, Air, and Electrical’s experts. They can show you things like the best heating and air conditioning systems available.

John Henry's Plumbing, Heating, Air, and Electrical’s experts can also answer difficult questions like your best options available to meet the new water heater energy mandates. Water heaters have changed substantially this last year. Many are bigger and will not fit the current location. Some electric water heaters are no longer available and their replacements are more costly. John Henry's Plumbing, Heating, Air, and Electrical has solutions to get the same quantity of heated water at a lower cost!

John Henry's Plumbing, Heating, Air, and Electrical’s experts can also provide sump pump options to help keep your basement dry. Do you have a sump pit alarm for high water levels?

The Home and Garden Show is a great place to ask questions and see what is new this year. The experts at John Henry's Plumbing, Heating, Air, and Electrical are more than happy to share their expertise to help improve your lives. That’s what John Henry's Plumbing, Heating, Air, and Electrical’s team loves to do.

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