The spring season often comes with the threat of severe storms in the Fort Wayne area. Although your HVAC system is made to be durable in all kinds of weather, bad storms can end up damaging it. Follow these storm preparation tips to make sure that your HVAC system is as protected as possible from damage.
Nothing says it's the holiday season like sparkling holiday lights, inside and outside the home. Sad to say, those dazzling lights are also the cause of many a tragic holiday fire. But there's no reason you can't enjoy your holidays and your lights safely if you exercise a bit of caution.
Research shows that the air in most homes is much more polluted than the air found outdoors. You may wonder how that could be in your own home. After all, you are likely scrupulous about keeping it cleaned. But cleaning surfaces alone will not ensure you have good indoor air quality, especially in an airtight house where air pollutants can build up.
The best air filters for your HVAC system can reduce the misery you experience from the trees, shrubs and grasses that produce pollen in the fall. Surprisingly, it’s not the showy chrysanthemums that are the worst offenders. Instead, it’s all the tiny flowers you can’t see that cause most of the allergic reactions. Here's a quick guide to finding the best air filters for your home:
Did you ever think you should be covering up the outdoor component of your air conditioner? After all, this unit contains the compressor and condenser coils and when damaged, repairs or replacement can be costly. Is it a good idea to leave it out there, uncovered, subject to the ravages of Mother Nature?
A malfunctioning boiler can throw your Fort Wayne home into chaos. Unfortunately, boiler problems tend to occur during the winter following the long periods of inactivity. While you can easily fix some problems yourself, others will need the knowledge and expertise of a professional. Let's take a look at some of the most common boiler problems you should watch out for.
During the summer, the outdoor component of your cooling system sits fully exposed and vulnerable to damage from general yard debris, overgrown weeds and landscape plantings and even your lawn care equipment. Taking extra care with your landscaping and yard work can prevent costly problems with the A/C condenser and compressor.
Whether you are handy and do most of your home's repairs or hire someone else to do them, you need to pay attention to attic safety. Most attics are a maze of wires, pipes and cables, as well as a no-man's land of hazards, from high heat to insects to potentially harmful materials such as insulation or asbestos.
We here in the Midwest know that powerful winter storms are likely to move through every year, and that means being ready for them. Sometimes, those storms bring major inconveniences, such as an interruption in power. Trees fall onto power lines, or the lines snap under the weight of ice. Sometimes, the power grid is so overburdened that sections of the Midwest experience long periods without electricity.
After a winter snow storm, some roofs look like a frozen waterfall, as snow on top melts and then refreezes when temperatures drop at night. Such so-called ice dams may look impressive, but they can also do major damage to the eaves of the roof as well as gutters and shingles and the interior of the home.
As the weather becomes colder in the New Haven area, more of your family's time will be spent indoors, with the heating system on and the windows and doors shut tight for the season. To keep your family protected from things like carbon monoxide exposure, here are a few winter home safety precautions that you should consider:
Now that another heating season is approaching and your home will soon be closed up against the cold, carbon monoxide (CO) exposure is a serious threat that you shouldn't ignore. Having your furnace inspected and tuned up by your HVAC technician can help reduce your risk of exposure, but you also need to check every carbon monoxide detector in your home.
Home safety is one element of protecting your family, guests, and property from potential hazards and preventable disasters. Include the following items on your home safety checklist routinely to stay on top of things.
The condenser in an air conditioning system contains hundreds of dollars worth of copper, if scrapped. That makes it an inviting target for thieves, especially since it is outside of your home and often not easily seen from the street. Here are a few easy ways you can prevent A/C theft and the hefty repair bills that come along with it.
While preparing your home for the upcoming warmer months, don’t forget about carbon monoxide (CO) detector maintenance to help keep your family safe from this toxic and potentially lethal gas. Even though you run your gas furnace less in the spring, and not at all in the summer, there's still a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning from other gas appliances or machinery, as well as vehicles operating near open windows or inside attached garages.
Many of us would agree that houseplants beautify a home. But science has proven that houseplants also can protect human health because of their unique organic ability to continually clean the air we breathe. The United Nations has calculated that two million people in developed countries die each year because they spend up to 90 percent of their time indoors, breathing toxic air.
Frozen pipes can cause tremendous damage; just one small crack can leak 250 gallons of water per day. According to State Farm, a quarter of a million homes are ruined annually due to leaks caused by frozen pipes. The good news is that the recent harsh winter is behind us, though that's not to say we won't get any more early-spring cold snaps. We shouldn't put anything past the winter of 2013-14.
NATE (North American Technician Excellence) is an independent, third-party non-profit certification organization for HVAC technicians. Homeowners who request NATE-certified HVAC technicians receive skilled, professional service from technicians who have proved they have working knowledge of heating, cooling, ventilation and refrigeration systems.