The Importance of Recycling Metals

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We’re back, and excited to teach you a little bit about recycling metals! Most of us were taught the overall importance of recycling and the positive impact it has on our planet, but through this education, we weren’t necessarily taught about metals in specific. This includes our metal soda cans, but it can also include other items such as cell phones.

Since many metal items are made up of precious metals worth conserving, it’s best to recycle. This not only allows them to be reused instead of wasted, it protects our environment and our people. When placed in the garbage and sent to landfills, they are not broken down properly and may release harmful toxins, as well as contribute to global warming. This is especially true for electronics.

Recycling metals also helps with energy consumption. It takes less energy to process recycled metal, and we can save a substantial amount of time and energy by doing less mining, purifying and shaping. A large amount of this energy goes into aluminum, copper and steel.

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The price of metal items has the potential to drop. Since there would be less time and money spent on making the products, the overall cost amount would decrease.

You may have noticed the rise in scrap metal recycling, but you can also use search engines available online for finding the right one for your specific metal or other recyclable item. Most of them are as easy as typing in what it is/what it’s made of and a location. Other than these types of companies, there are ones specific to electronics. GoodCellas encourages consumers to recycle mobile phones for cash instead of throwing them away or letting them go to waste.  

While we can’t go back in time and fix what has already been done, we can make sure that we start doing our part as soon as possible. Recycle your metals!

The process of recycling a can is pretty interesting! Check it out:

Metal Art

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As metal experts, Charleston Metalworks appreciates the idea of metal art. Of course we like to think a large amount of the things we create is art, and many would agree it is, but we also have to give a shout out to other forms of metal art. Let’s take a look into some metal artists, as well as metal sculptures. Then I’ll tell you about some metal art pieces some of us have in our own homes.

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A Couple Metal Artists and Their Sculptures

Zane Elerte

Elerte created a piece titled In the Ocean. His work resembles a beautiful wave made out of metal. We love this sculpture because of its size and appearance, and we enjoy showing it to those who aren’t quite aware of what can be made out of metal. This four part sculpture is worth $15,500. Some true metal lovers and art lovers would love to own a piece like this, and some we know even have the ability to do something like this. More artists like Elerte, and their work, can be seen on Saatchi Art.

Jeff Coons

Coons is known for his giant steel structures. One in particular is the Balloon Dog. He creates stainless steel balloon animals and then paints them with bright colors. Balloon Dog is gold. It’s considered to be one of the best pieces of pop art in history. See more metal art photos.

Along with these artists and sculptures, we have some pieces in our own homes that you can find at different stores. As you can probably tell with the In the Ocean sculpture, metal art can be pretty pricey, but don’t worry, you could get some nice metal art for your home without spending a pretty penny. Rug and Home, for example, has metal wall art. A few of my co-workers and I have purchased from here in the past. The two examples above are metal sculptures, but metal wall art is the easiest way to have metal art in my home.

There’s something about the texture and the shine of metal art that isn’t comparable to anything else. Do you have examples of metal art to share with us? Big or small, expensive or not, we’d love to see it!

Check out this video about turning scrap metal into art! You know what they say, “One man’s garbage is another man’s treasure.”

Did You Know These Metal Facts?

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Since we are expert metal workers, it would only be right to share everything we know about metal. It’s true that we know how to work with metal, but in order to do so we need to be knowledgeable about metal as a whole and what it’s made up of. These facts help us to do our job the right way. Different types of metals react differently because of their individual properties, so we had no choice to become aware of what’s what. We’re kind of nerds when it comes to metal, but that just makes us more trustworthy, right?! So here’s what we know about metal. Hope you learn something new!

Metal Facts Galore:

  • Aluminum, copper, iron, lead, and zinc are the most popular metals. This is due to the fact that they are durable, very available, perform well during chemical reactions, are used in numerous kinds of products, and more. You’ve most likely heard about each and every one of these metals in your lifetime, and you’ve probably even seen and touched most of these types as well.
  • Some of the tallest skyscrapers exist because of metal. Skyscrapers located in Dubai, Tokyo and Shanghai are standing because of alloy steel.
  • Mercury is the only metal that turns to liquid at room temperature and average pressure.
  • Metals react mostly with nonmetals, like nitrogen and oxygen.
  • Iron is the most abundant metal in the universe.
  • Metals are good conductors of heat and electricity, another reason why aluminum, copper, iron, lead, and zinc are popular.
  • Most of the elements on the periodic table of elements are metal. Metals rule! There are numerous types, such as basic, alkali, transition, alkaline earth, rare earth, and more. With all of these metals, it might be hard for you to believe that up until the medieval times only seven were considered known.
  • Hitting something that’s metal may give off a sound like a bell. Not recommending that everyone should hit metal, but it’s a cool fact.
  • Metals tend to be very flexible. They are more likely to bend than they are to break.
  • According to the Nickel Institute, nickel is the fifth most common element on earth. The coin nickel kept the name of the metal.

There’s plenty of more information on metals that can be found today. Don’t just stop at this blog post, learn more! I’ve attached a video for you so you can become an expert yourself. Let us know if you have any metal related questions!

Oh, I almost forgot, here’s a funny metal joke for you: Silver walks up to Gold at the bar and says, “AU, get outta here!” 

 

 

 

What Is HVAC and Why Do I Need a Professional Company?

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HVAC is a short form for heating, ventilation and air and conditioning. It refers to the different systems, machines and technologies utilized in indoor settings, for example, homes, workplaces and hallways, and transportation system that need environmental regulation to enhance comfort. For instance, HVAC experts would be hired to make the perfect environment in a bus or subway. They would likewise be hired to repair and install heating and cooling systems in a new home that was being built, or to handle the humidity level of an office.

If you possess an organization that makes use of a commercial HVAC system, you know that commercial HVAC maintenance services such as repairs and upkeep/maintenance can sometimes be very costly. You additionally know that your HVAC system has a direct effect on your business. In case you’re a store or eatery owner, where you have regular buyers present, you need those customers to be relaxed. This will ensure they stay in your facility and make purchases. In the event that you operate a business in a building and have various employees working for you, you need your workers to be comfortable so they can keep on being profitable.

Getting a HVAC repair service is a vital thing that you have to do whenever you have a HVAC inside your home or in your organization. Aside from the fact that you will have the capacity to increase the lifespan of your unit, you will likewise have the capacity to decrease your electric utilization in if you are going to keep up the ideal state of your machine. The issue is that you have to verify that you are going to pick just the repair service that can truly help you, and this is some people are having problem with.

At the point of searching for a HVAC repair service, the first thing that you have to check is their skill. Is the organization fit for working on commercial establishment, such as the one you have? Check their past record. Since you are going to get their service for your facility, you have to verify that they are truly mindful of the things that ought to be done. This is something that many individuals don’t comprehend, and is the reason behind why they are having issues with the organization that they hired.

There are a wide range of types of HVAC service for both private/residential applications and commercial applications. Both of these different types of HVAC setups vary significantly due to the kind of duct and units that are utilized for them. Commercial units are typically large, or they are situated in odd places, for example, the rooftop. There is likewise exceptional rooftop units that pull air out large warehouses to keep the air well circulated. Residential HVAC system and units are smaller than commercial applications, yet at the same time have the same basics. Residential units are small, calm, and proficient. The ductwork also has to be installed a certain approach to ensure the house keeps a steady temperature.

An imperative service that is offered is maintenance and repairs. It is smart to keep your units well kept up so they don’t break on you. It is a very less expensive to maintain or fix a HVAC unit, whether it is residential or commercial, is less expensive than purchasing new unit. Having a great service routine and record for your HVAC system prevents breakdowns of the system and promotes that your system is working as effective as possible. Heat pumps can likewise be repaired and overhauled alongside HVAC units.
By establishing a good working relationship with your HVAC service provider with maintenance and routine repairs, you will find it effortless to have your system running properly all year round.

Resources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HVAC