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January 2015

Use Safety When Using Space Heaters

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It is the season for space heaters. Space heaters are great little inventions that can help keep natural gas and propane costs lower, heat areas of a house that are not heated well by a furnace, and keep elderly and sick people warm when a furnace alone can’t do the job. Unfortunately, every year across the United States, dozens of homes burn down because people don’t take as many precautions as they should when using space heaters. The following are some basic tips that can keep space heaters and their users safe: Don’t buy or use a space heater without tip-over and overheat protection built in.  Someone you know may have a twenty-year-old heater or perhaps one intended for use in an outbuilding that doesn’t require it to shut off if it is knocked over. Spend the money and protect your loved ones from an unsafe heater in case an overzealous pet or child inadvertently knocks it over. The results could be devastating. Only plug a space heater into an outlet when it’s possible to do so without an extension cord. An extension cord might overheat and cause a fire or an electrical shock injury. If an extension cord must be used, ensure that it is rated high enough to keep the heater running safely without overheating. Be safe when choosing where to put a space heater. Many space heaters have coils that turn red-hot and putting it too close to curtains or a bed skirt can have tragic results. Be…

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What HVAC Systems Do And Why They Are So Important

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While most people have heard of the phrase HVAC, many don’t know what it stands for and why it is so important for indoor environments. The acronym HVAC means heating, ventilation and air conditioning. An HVAC system cools and warms an indoor space. It also cleans air so that a fresh supply is constantly produced for those living and working in buildings. While an HVAC system costs a substantial amount of money, it ensures the comfort and health of those living or working in a home, office, or other building. Heating Heating contractors typically install HVAC systems to warm indoor spaces through central heating. This requires a furnace, heat pump, or boiler that warms air, water, or steam in a central area like a furnace room or mechanical room. Clean air from outside is drawn in through a vent and sent to the indoor heat exchanger to build positive air pressure. The vent can be altered to adjust the flow of fresh air that constitutes the return air. The typical fresh air intake is usually about 10%. The warm air that the furnace generates is sent throughout the home by conduction or convection. Buildings without an HVAC system have to use inferior means for heat such as fireplaces or space heaters. Air Conditioning An HVAC system’s air conditioning component generates cold air and humidity control. The cooling takes place by removing heat through conduction, convection, or radiation. Refrigerants such as ice, air, and water are used with a free cooling system…

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Troubleshooting Common Heating and Cooling Problems

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One of the unfortunate facts of the matter is that “Murphy’s Law” most certainly applies to the world of heating and cooling. When you develop issues, they tend to happen at the most inopportune time. When it comes to heating and cooling, time is always of the essence. You don’t want to spend a cold winter night without heat or a hot summer day without air conditioning. If you begin to experience problems with your existing system, there are a few key troubleshooting steps that you can take to help get to the root of the issue sooner rather than later. Problem: Air Conditioner stops working If you find that your air conditioning has shut off altogether, the first thing that you should do is head outside and make sure that the condensing unit is properly running. You should be able to hear the same humming noises that you can when the air conditioning is operating regularly. If it isn’t, don’t panic yet. Head back inside and check the circuit breakers that power the condensing unit. The equipment itself may not necessarily be damaged, but a circuit breaker may need to be replaced. If one has tripped and is in the “Off” position, turn it back to “On” to see if that corrects your problem. Problem: No Heat from the Furnace If you’re experiencing issues with your furnace, go to the unit itself and verify that the blower motor is running. If it isn’t, look at the control panel on the furnace…

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Tips to Keep Heating Costs Down

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Winter is a chilly season, and our first instinct is to turn up the heat to keep warm. However, there are several tricks to get around turning up the thermostat and keeping your heating bill down during winter. 1. Get a Good Quality Furnace One way to avoid a large bill is to get a furnace that works properly and efficiently. You will need to get to the base of the problem in order to save money in the long run, and the efficiency of the furnace should help lower cost during the winter. Having a good furnace from heating contractors will also prevent unexpected future costs with furnace problems, and you do not want a broken furnace during the wintertime. 2. Turn Down the Thermostat Another way to cut down on winter heating costs is to turn down the thermostat when you are not at home. Whether you are at work, vacation, or out with friends, it is advised to turn the thermostat down to around sixty degrees. This may not do much for your bill for a few days, but do it often enough during the winter season, and the heating costs will go down. 3. Bundle Up If you are already warm under blankets and robes, it will not be necessary to have to turn up the heat. You can also set up a warm fire if you have a fireplace in your home. Invest in heating blankets or warm winter socks, because anything that will keep…

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