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.
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:
When you schedule your annual furnace maintenance this fall, one of the primary targets for inspection will be the heat exchanger. So what is a heat exchanger, why is it important to have it inspected each year, and what can go wrong with it?
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.
Furnace problems can be a major inconvenience when it's cold outside and you need heat inside. However, if your furnace is on the fritz, the solution may not have to be a major expense. If you have a hunch you may be able to fix the problem or you at least want to give it a shot, try these furnace troubleshooting tips.
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.
All gas furnaces use a heat exchanger to transfer the heat the gas creates. Normally, heat exchangers sit next to the furnace burners and heat up just like a pan on the stove. These parts, made from metal, absorb heat and the air that the blower sends over it warms. It enters the ductwork and heats your home.
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.
Furnace motors are made to last for several years in most cases, but they don’t last forever. If your motor is showing signs of serious wear and tear or if it’s broken, you’ll need to consider furnace motor replacement. Keep in mind that you don’t have to automatically go with the same type as your current one. The following information can help you choose between an ECM and PSC motor.
A load calculation could be one of the most important exercises you and your HVAC contractor perform for your home. It’s an essential step in determining the size of an HVAC system, normally conducted even before your home is built.
The arrival of colder weather signals that winter is on its way and it's time to get your furnace ready for use. These tips can help you make sure that your home's heating system is running safely, reliably and efficiently this season.
Colder temperatures will be coming to the Fort Wayne area soon, which means it's almost time to start heating your home. Having your furnace run most of the time when it’s freezing outside helps keep you warm, but also leads to high heating bills. You can save money this winter while still heating your home by having a variable-speed furnace installed.
Are you needing HVAC service or installation in your Fort Wayne area home? Before you call up the contractor, it can help to have a working knowledge of some of the more common HVAC terms. This will help you talk like an HVAC pro and better communicate with your technician, whether you're trying to inquire about upgrading your system, schedule service, or arrange for emergency repair.