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How To Replace Weather Stripping

Would you like to make your home more energy efficient? Replacing your weatherstripping can go a long way to bringing down your heating bill and keeping drafts out of your home. Here’s how you can do it yourself: Windows You will need adhesive backed weather stripping for the top, bottom and sides, and V-channel weather stripping for the meeting rails on double-hung windows (that is when there is a sash on top and bottom, and one or both of them move up and down). Step 1: Wash in the jamb and on the rails where you will apply stripping and...

How to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Buildup

If you use appliances or motors that run on fuel, you are at risk for carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide or CO is let off by any combustion process (burning material). This gas is very dangerous since you cannot see or smell it. Its molecules attach to red blood cells more quickly than oxygen, which means oxygen doesn’t get to your vital organs. In high concentrations, carbon monoxide can kill. Carbon monoxide buildup happens when there is not enough oxygen in a combustion system to burn material efficiently. If the level of carbon monoxide inside your home matches that of...

Options for Heating Your Garage or Workshop

Interested in turning your garage into a workshop? Or just tired or waking up to a freezing car in the winter? The problem with garages is they aren’t typically made to stay warm. Here are some ways you can change that safely and without hiking up your energy bill. As always, insulation is the first thing to check. Anytime you are having a heating problem, the first step is to make sure the insulation is updated and complete. Without proper insulation, a large amount of the heat from your heater will be lost to the outside. When properly done, you...

Warm Floors, Even in Winter

When it’s cold outside we turn up the heat, but it doesn’t always help our feet. It doesn’t have to be that way. Whether your floors are wood, carpeted, or concrete, there is a way to get rid of drafts and warm your floors (and feet) up. Most of your options take some manual labor or having a professional installation, but the benefits are … toasty. Insulation is the first step The first thing you’ll have to do is check the insulation under your floors and in your walls. Since each room is affected by the others, you’ll want to...

Leaving for Winter Vacation? Read This.

Thinking of leaving your home for the winter to catch some warm sun? You’ll want your home to be in good working order when you get back, so make a checklist of what you need to do to winterize it properly and keep thieves away. You’ll enjoy your vacation more if you know your home is safe. Water Turn off and drain out all your water including the toilet, faucets and all appliances. After the water is off, open faucets to get water out of the pipes. Drain the washers and refrigerators according to the manufacturer’s directions. You can then...

Save on Your Heating Bill: Reconnect by the Fire

Want to save a little on your bills during the season of big spending? If you have a fireplace, the energy bill is one place where you can cut back. Here are some tips you can use to know when a fire or the furnace will be suitable. Furnaces are wonderfully convenient, but leaving it on 24/7 uses up a lot of energy and racks up your monthly bill. Honestly, it’s nice to turn the heater off sometimes and light up a good fire. Finding the best times to do this can decrease your bill and even increase your family...

Avoiding House Fires

No damage is scarier or more irreparable than a house fire. If the fire doesn’t get you, breathing in too much of the smoke can cause death by asphyxiation. There is always the fear that it will flare up in the night and someone won’t wake up in time to get out. The best thing you can do to prevent this is make sure you have smoke detectors in all the major areas of the house. Test them and replace the batteries as soon as they are low. The following are some of the most common causes of house fires...

Old furnace: Replace or Repair?

Good question. Let’s answer that question with some more questions. Run through this list and you should be able to figure out which option is best for you. Is it safe? If it’s releasing carbon monoxide into your home and can’t be fixed, well, that’s a clincher. You will need a new one. How old is it? If you don’t know, look for a date of manufacture on the unit. If there isn’t one, call the manufacturer with the model and serial number. You may need to turn off the heater and let it cool down before you look for...

Tricks to Improving Your Indoor Air Quality

We’ve all driven down the freeway and seen the warnings to drive less. Our society has scales and colors to let us know the quality of the air outside, and warnings to stay inside when the air quality drops too low.  However, the air quality inside your home or office building can be just as dangerous or damaging to your health if not regulated.  Here are some easy steps to take to improve your indoor air quality. Clean Your Air Filters One of the most important things you can do is regularly clean or change your air filters.  Your air...

How to Lower Your Heating Bill by 20%

With fall in full swing and winter lurking just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about your heating system.  The switch from cooling to heating your home can have a huge impact on your energy bill.  However, it’s possible, with just a few tips we’ve listed here, to drastically reduce your heating bill. One of the easiest ways to reduce your heating bill is to turn down your thermostat.  While it’s not a good idea to leave your home at freezing temperatures, simply turning down the thermostat a few degrees can have a huge impact on your heating...