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 Home Heating Tips

 

·    Conserve fuel if necessary by keeping your house cooler than normal. Temporarily "close off" heat to some rooms.

 

·    Hang blankets over windows at night (let the sun shine in during the day). Stuff cracks around doors with rugs, newspapers, towels, or other such materials.

 

·    When using kerosene heaters, maintain ventilation to avoid build-up of toxic fumes. Refuel kerosene heaters outside and keep them at least three feet away from flammable objects.

 

·    If you have a fireplace, stock an ample supply of wood that is easy to get to during a storm. Use a screen. Do not leave unattended especially at night.

 

·    If you have a small camp stove, keep ample fuel. When in use ensure that it is well ventilated.

 

Additional Home Heating Information

 

It's never a bad time to tune up your furnace, especially if you do not have a routine maintenance schedule in place, and it is also always a good time to protect yourself against furnace-caused carbon monoxide poisoning. A routine maintenance checkup takes only a few minutes once a month. That's enough to help the heating system operated safely and efficiently all season long, cut operating costs and protect your family against hazards of fire and carbon monoxide poisoning. It also helps prevent your furnace from quitting at the most inopportune time . . . like in the middle of a cold night.

 

Erie Insurance Group offers the following suggestions to keep your heating system in tip-top shape:

 

1. Turn off the electricity to the furnace. If you haven't regularly cleaned or replaced the filter or filters, do it now, and repeat this step throughout the heating season. If you have a central air conditioning system and it operates through the furnace blower, repeat this step throughout the year.

 

2. Remove accumulated dust from the blower blades and motor body and oil the motor. Also check the fan belt. If it shows wear, replace it. Even if it doesn't, lightly press it. If it doesn't give about one inch, adjust it. Then, to maximize efficiency, seal the filter opening with duct tape and make sure the blower cabinet's door closes firmly. If it doesn't, adjust it.

 

3. Vacuum the grills and gently clean the thermostat monthly. At least once a year, remove all of the heating system's grills, including the cold air returns, and remove any obstruction in their ducts. Also check ductwork for improper connections and tape the seams with duct tape if necessary.

 

4. Perform the important draft hood test for combustion air. If the furnace doesn't get enough fresh air, combustion gases, including carbon monoxide, can spill out of the draft hood and into the house rather than being drawn up into the chimney. Here is how to perform the test:

 

·    Close all exterior and bedroom doors. Also close all of the windows and the dampers on any fireplaces or wood stoves.

 

·    Open the interior door to the basement or furnace room. Also open any interior doors standing between the furnace and the exhaust fans for the kitchen, bathrooms, clothes dryer and other vented appliances like the water heater.

 

·    Turn on the furnace. Wait for a few minutes for the draft to stabilize, then hold a smoking object, like a kitchen match or incense stick, two inches from the draft hood opening. If the smoke draws into the draft hood, the furnace is venting properly. If it blows away from the hood, combustion gases are spilling into the house. Call a professional heating contractor immediately. Until the contractor fixes the problem open a furnace room window a crack and leave it open.

 

An oil furnace should be serviced and cleaned by a qualified technician every year, a gas furnace every two years. Furnace cleaning and servicing includes many things you cannot easily do: check and adjust the thermostat's calibration; clean and adjust the burners; clean and adjust all the safety, pilot assembly and time controls; adjust the pressure regulator; inspect and clean the heat exchanger; lubricate all moving parts; check the flue pipe and diverter; replace the supply line filter in an oil furnace; check for gas leaks and carbon monoxide emissions; monitor the complete cycle for overall efficiency; and correct any problems.

 

Even if your furnace is venting properly, the Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends you install a carbon monoxide detector in your house. This inexpensive, early warning device detects carbon monoxide levels as low as one percent in a home's air, and sounds an alarm long before anyone feels sick. It's the best protection against carbon monoxide poisoning. Is it time for a new furnace? An old furnace, even in good condition, may use only 60 percent of the available heat to warm the house.

 

That means forty cents of every heating dollar goes out the chimney. The best high-efficiency furnaces waste less than five cents of every heating dollar. The general rule of thumb is if your furnace is over ten years old and needs $600 or more in repairs, you probably want to replace it. However, if it is in good working condition, you probably want to live with it for awhile longer unless you have a large house, lots of windows, high heating bills or a combination of all three.
 

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Do-It-Best-Yourself Mold Solutions

Phil can help you fix your own property’s mold problems at low-cost, more safely, and better-in- results than what is done by many mold inspectors and mold contractors.  How can Phil help you?

     1. Read Phil’s five plain-English,
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     2. Buy do-it-yourself, affordable mold test kits, mold lab analysis, video inspection scope, mold cleaner, mold killer,
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     3. Get FREE mold advice, mold help, and/or answers to your mold questions, by emailing mold expert Phillip Fry at
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Do-It-Best-Yourself Mold Solutions

Phil can help you fix your own property’s mold problems at low-cost, more safely, and better-in- results than what is done by many mold inspectors and mold contractors.  How can Phil help you?

     1. Read Phil’s five plain-English,
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     2. Buy do-it-yourself, affordable mold test kits, mold lab analysis, video inspection scope, mold cleaner, mold killer,
and a mold-killing high ozone generator for the  successful toxic and household mold inspection, mold testing, mold species identification and quantification, mold cleaning, mold removal, and mold remediation to find mold, kill mold, clean mold, and remove mold from your residence or commercial building.

     3. Get FREE mold advice, mold help, and/or answers to your mold questions, by emailing mold expert Phillip Fry at
phil@moldinspector.com . You can also email pictures of your mold problems in jpeg file format as email attachments.

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