With temperatures in low digits like they are now, our heaters and furnaces begin to seem like one of the best inventions ever. Truly, the development of home comfort systems was more than just a good idea. They’re actually life-savers during the harshest weather days.
We always tell friends that maintaining your system year after year does
two important things: it helps lengthen the life of the system itself,
and it helps improve its energy-efficiency. After all, the quality of
your system is directly related to the quantity of energy dollars you
spend. And, for wintertime especially, system maintenance alerts you to
lurking dangers, such as the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning from
Even so, no matter how well you maintain your equipment, at some point,
replacement time comes. If you think that’s true for your home, we’ve
got some important things we want you to know.
We’ve compiled a free report with good guidance on how and when to make a sound decision about your home comfort system: “To Replace or Not to Replace.”
In the meantime, stay warm. And call us if you need us!
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
I used to think so. (Hey, the name fits!) But even though fall and winter are the “prime time” for colds, researchers say that sniffles and air temperature aren’t necessarily related.
The seasonal occurrence may be due to spending more time indoors. And when indoor groups spend a lot of time together - such as in classrooms - the odds increase that germs will be spread.
Relative humidity may also be a factor. In colder months, humidity is low, and that gives cold-causing viruses a better chance for survival. Also, in cold weather, nasal passages’ lining become drier and more vulnerable to viral infection.
To prevent colds:
- Wash your hands. Hand washing is the simplest and most effective way to avoid colds, especially after making hand contact with others.
- Don’t touch your nose and eyes. Sneeze or cough into a facial tissue and throw it away. Be aware that others with colds put you at risk. Avoid close, prolonged exposure.
- Check into a humidifier. These keep the moisture in your home at the ideal level for your comfort and can reduce your chances of getting a cold. (Plus, they can keep your furniture from swelling or cracking and doors from sticking!) Call us and we will give you more info on these health and comfort marvels! They really work.
- Cold germs can live up to 3 hours on objects and skin. Cleaning surfaces with a virus-killing disinfectant also helps prevent spread of infection.
To learn more about preventing colds this season, read this report on our Facebook Page, available for a limited time!
Thursday, February 9, 2012
You can’t see it, touch it, smell it or taste it, but it kills hundreds each year. Poisoning by carbon monoxide is a real risk of modern life. A professional inspection of fuel-burning appliances – including furnaces, stoves, fireplaces, clothes dryers and space heaters – could prove to be a lifesaver. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recommends that the yearly, professional inspection include:
- Checking chimneys, flues and vents for leakage and blockage by creosote and debris.
- Checking all vents to furnaces, water heaters, boilers and other fuel-burning appliances to make sure they are not loose or disconnected.
- Inspecting vent pipes on heating systems.
- Inspecting appliances for adequate ventilation. A supply of fresh air is important to help carry pollutants up the chimney, stovepipe or flue, and is necessary for the complete combustion of any fuel.
- Making sure ventilation air openings aren’t blocked.