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Thursday, October 27, 2011
In an ideal world, everybody would be able to afford top of the line heating/air conditioning and/or plumbing systems anytime they wanted. But unfortunately, we live in a realistic world where the above mentioned scenario just isn't possible. At Environmental, we understand that the economy is just in shambles right now and the need to conserve money is more important now than ever. It can be tough for the average working class person to pay for a major household system upgrade or replacement. That's why we have worked hard to come up with very affordable financing options for hard working everyday people like you and I.
Environmental can finance most everything, especially the installation of a new heating and a/c system, water heater or even whole home humidifiers or dehumidifiers. Any kind of major repair to your heating and a/c or plumbing system is also included. Everything from faucet and/or toilet replacements to fan motor and blower motor replacements, we've got you covered! Just give us a call and let us help you make your heating and air conditioning plus plumbing needs more affordable in these bad economic times.
Posted by Nickadeemus at 3:09 PM
Friday, October 7, 2011
Now is a great time to to start preparing your home for the upcoming winter season! I've done previous blogs touching on this same subject in the past so I'm really doing this as an informative reminder. A typical home is supposed to exhale about 33% of its air every hour, sparing your lungs from mold, dust and other tiny invaders. But realistically it's estimated that most homes, especially older homes, on the average vent approximately 45% - 65% of it's air every hour. Here are some things you can do around your home to make it winter-proof:
- a cheap and effective way to target air leaks in your home is to wait for a breezy day outside, light an incense stick, and move it around all your doors, windows and fireplace. You will be able to notice the stream of smoke flowing to wherever the draft is, and then correct as necessary.
- there is nothing better you can do than have a professional service come and check out your furnace or heat pump system to make sure it is fit to handle the upcoming cold temperatures
- perhaps the most valuable thing you can have done by the aforementioned professional service is have them inspect your heat exchanger for cracks. A cracked heat exchanger is dangerous in that it is a leading cause of carbon monoxide in the home. This is one of the first things that our technicians here at Enviro NC check when we inspect your system
- make sure there are no items that are flammable located anywhere near your furnace
- change your filters regularly
- when you first turn on your heat there will probably be a fairly strong odor which is completely normal, but if strange smells continue to arise, shut down your system immediately and notify the professionals
- your ceiling fan, believe it or not, is one of the best heat distributors you can use in your home. Just flip the switch on your ceiling fan so that it pushes air up instead of the normal down airflow. This is great because it will force the warm air that rises to your ceiling to keep moving about the room. This can save on heating costs and it cuts down on the condensation that occurs on windows and glass doors
- no matter how old or new your gas furnace is, BUY A CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTOR! It could save you and your family's lives
- your nice, new heating system won't make much of a difference if your insulation isn't up to par! A well insulated home can save you a ton of money on heating costs. Generally, R-30 insulation is the minimum a home should have. Of course this depends on the location and age of your home, newer homes will have R-30 or better insulation while older homes might not, it's a good idea to check.
- finally, it would also be a good idea to check the weather stripping on all of your windows and doors. You'll want to replace it if it looks old and cracked or there is an abundance of gaps
Posted by Nickadeemus at 1:02 PM