Never use your gas oven for heating. Prolonged use of the open oven in a closed house burns oxygen, thereby causing improper combustion of gas that creates monoxide gas.
Over time furnaces can develop small cracks in the combustion chamber. These cracks may not be visible to the naked eye. It is through these cracks that carbon monoxide can leak into your home. Also, furnaces that require lubrication on the motors and bearings should be checked by your heating technician once a year.
Replace or Clean Your Furnace Filter You should replace or clean your furnace’s filter two to three times a year. This is a quick and easy job. A new filter makes your furnace more energy efficient and saves you money too.
If you are thinking of replacing your air conditioning system, consider a system with a higher seer (seasonal energy efficiency rating). A less efficient system will cost you more to run versus a system with a higher seer. The initial cost of the system is higher, but you will recoup your money investment in lower […]
Before each winter you should have a service technician check your heat strips in your electrical heat system to make sure all heat strips are working. Electric heaters have multiple heat strips and are controlled separately. If all strips are not working your heat bill would be high the normal. If you have gas heater […]
When changing your air conditioner filters use the regular poly filters as opposed to pleated filters, unless you have allergies. The pleated air conditioning filters work well to reduce dust and pollen. However, your system works harder for air flow using the pleated filters. Using the inexpensive poly filters will prolong the life of your […]
The most important maintenance task that will ensure the efficiency of you air conditioner is to routinely replace or clean its filters. Clogged, dirty filters block normal air flow and reduce a systems efficiency significantly. With normal air flow obstructed, air that bypasses the filter may carry dirt directly into the evaporator coil and impair […]
Do not have anything combustible within 6” of your vent pipe. Do not close off more than 20% of the registers in your home. This can cause high resistance and unnecessary heat building up in the furnace. Do not store combustible materials such as paint thinners or gasoline near your furnace.
It’s important to have a carbon monoxide detector in your home, especially during the winter months when you would be running your heater. Check your batteries monthly. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that is produced from the heaters, fireplaces, furnaces and many types of appliances and cooking devices. It can also be produced […]
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