A backup generator is a valuable resource to have during a power outage, but it's vital to operate a generator safely to prevent accidental fires, electrocution, and exposure to deadly carbon monoxide (CO) gas. While you should always consult your manufacturer's operating guidelines, here are some basic generator safety practices to follow:
It’s sometimes tempting to use a space heater in the fall before heating season is in full swing. You may need heating in one small area only or you haven’t had the heating system serviced yet. Space heaters will supply the heat you need for a specific area, but before you go forward, consider their pros and cons.
Inevitably, a time will come when you'll have to replace your heater. You don't have to wait for a total breakdown to do so. Here are the signs that tell homeowners it's time to consider making heater replacements.
If some areas of your home always feel chilly during the winter months, now's the ideal time to look for solutions to heat cold rooms. Troubleshooting some common central heating system issues is a wise first step:
With today's high energy costs, it makes good sense to find ways to heat and cool your home more efficiently. Investing in the latest advancements in smart heating technology is an ideal way to streamline your energy consumption, lower your household operating costs, and enjoy a more consistently comfortable home.
Fall and winter temperatures can end up costing you a lot in terms of your energy bills. Making a few changes toward green heating can help you cut down on your energy use and result in much lower heating bills while it’s cold out. Keep the following tips in mind to save on energy and heating costs.
Radiant floor heating can provide a viable alternative to a conventional forced-air furnace. Blowing hot air throughout the house through ductwork brings certain drawbacks when it comes to temperature consistency and maximum efficiency. A hydronic radiant floor heating system, however, circulates hot water through a grid of tubes installed in the floor, turning the entire floor surface into a heat mass that radiates gentle, continuous warmth.
Your old (or new) faithful furnace can work tirelessly to keep you warm. If your home's envelope isn't sealed up nice and tight, it only makes your furnace work harder due to the increased heating load. So, why not make modest home efficiency upgrades to ease the strain on your furnace? It will last longer with fewer repairs, and ease the strain on your energy budget, too.
A heating system is designed to provide many years of reliable heating for your home. Eventually, though, all heating systems will come to a point where they can no longer effectively heat the home. Whether your system is broken or just seems not to be as efficient as it should be, you need to know the sings that it's time for a new one, so you can make wise decisions.
You probably know that too much humidity in your home in the summer is not a good thing. It can make us feel warmer, as it interferes with perspiration evaporating on our skin, so it's always wise to keep humidity levels low -- no more than 40 percent -- in the summer. But likewise, we also need to be mindful of moisture levels in the winter. Here's why.
Statistics bear out the safety risks associated with using a space heater for supplemental home heating. The National Fire Protection Association found that space heaters were responsible for 40 percent of home fires associated with heating equipment and 84 percent of those resulting in death.
Exploring the options with home heating systems can make choosing your next heating equipment simpler. While the nuts and bolts of these systems are complex, knowing their basics, advantages and disadvantages is helpful to make a solid and satisfying decision before you move forward.
Homeowners are always looking for the best and most cost-efficient way to heat their home. Today, more homeowners than ever are considering radiant flooring. With steady improvements in radiant flooring, this system is now one of the best, as well as economical, ways to heat your home.
A properly sized cooling and heating system will deliver better energy efficiency and performance than a system that's over- or undersized. An essential aspect of sizing A/Cs, furnaces and heat pumps is calculating the heating and cooling loads (requirements) of the home. Here's a review of the three types of heating and cooling loads for individual homes.
Whether your gas furnace is old or new, it will only be as efficient as the environment it's placed in. Simple energy-saving habits, such as changing your filter regularly, are just as important as broader efficiency upgrades, like air sealing and insulating your home. The following tips can help your furnace reach and maintain peak efficiency for greater comfort and lower energy bills.
With another frigid Fort Wayne winter looming, many homeowners wonder if heating the garage is viable. They may want to use the garage as a work- or playroom, or for some other useful purpose. If you decide to heat the garage, choose safety first. Avoid unvented combustion space heaters, which can emit soot, moisture, or even toxic carbon monoxide.
If you have a couple of hours free this weekend, you can do a quick check of your home for sources of heat loss. It doesn’t take much time to identify and fix these common issues, and the savings can really add up.
Most homes use a single primary form of heating, and are tied to whatever costs or inefficiencies those may incur – gas price spikes in a gas furnace, for example, or reduced efficiency in heat pump systems when outdoor temperatures are low.
A long cold Indiana winter can cause your heating bills to skyrocket if your home isn’t properly insulated. The heat from you home will always move to colder areas, including your garage, attic and outside the home. This puts an unnecessary workload on your furnace in the winter and your air conditioning unit in the summertime, unless your home has a proper thermal barrier.
When you install a natural gas or propane garage heater in your garage, you can enjoy warm temperatures all winter, whether you use the space for a workroom or just want to keep your vehicles and garage contents just a bit warmer. Today's heaters are safe and energy efficient, and heating your garage gives you more space that's livable. The advantage that natural gas or propane offers is that they're both relatively clean fuels.