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A Few Simple Hacks To Keep Your Warm And Reduce Energy Costs This Winter

Posted by on January 11, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on A Few Simple Hacks To Keep Your Warm And Reduce Energy Costs This Winter

With the cold winter months on their way, you will want to stay warm until spring arrives. You will probably also want to spend less staying warm. With some simple hacks like building a DIY ceramic heater or a cooking oil burner for a wood stove, you can heat your home for less, but will probably still need the furnace. Here are some heating hacks to help you stay warm and reduce energy costs and wear on your HVAC: 1. Ceramic Radiant Heaters to Heat Your Home with Candles or Oil Ceramic or clay pots are a great material for making a radiant heater. You will need a few different size pots, a plate the size of the larger pot. The pots will need to be bolted together with the smallest outside and going down to the smallest. You can use a candle or oil lamp inside the pots to provide the radiant heat needed. This is a simple project that can be done with pots of all sizes, allowing you to use the heater anywhere; even as an outdoor heater for your patio. 2. Simple Tea Candle Heater Cover with A Tin Can to Heat Your Home Simple tea candle covers made of tin cans are another good choice for creating heaters. This can be done by taking an empty tin can and drilling oils in it to allow air to circulate and disperse heat. Small vegetable cans are great to use for small table top heaters. If you want to make larger heaters, you can use larger cans, which can be placed on a floor or other areas. When using these devices, remember that they get very hot and are a fire hazard, so make sure they are not placed on or near materials that may catch fire. 3. Lamps, Burners and Heaters That Are Powered with Used Cooking Oil Simple oil lamps are also a good source of heat. You can make covers that help disperse heat for them or use them as they are. Cooking oil can be a good fuel for lamps and other devices, such as a radiator or oil burning device for a stove. Used cooking oil can be an extra energy source that you use to heat your home and reduce your energy costs from using a conventional heating system. With these few simple DIY hacks, you will be able to heat your home and use less energy. None of these are meant to take the place of a conventional heating system, so you will still want to contact a heating contractor when you need help with maintenance to your HVAC system. For more information, contact a business such as HELP Plumbing, Heating, Cooling and...

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3 Things You Should Be Watching For In Your Heater To Make Sure It Is Working Properly

Posted by on December 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Things You Should Be Watching For In Your Heater To Make Sure It Is Working Properly

Nearly every home has central heating in it. This is by far the best way to heat your home and keep it feeling nice throughout the winter. However, just because you had central heating put in when the house was built, doesn’t mean that you are done. A heating system requires a good deal of care and maintenance. Here are some things you should be doing with your heater to make sure it stays in good condition. 1. Check The Pilot Light Color Often One of the biggest indicators of if the heater is healthy or not is the pilot light. The pilot light will let you know if the gas levels are correct. This is why you should be checking it often to make sure that the levels are what they should be. Instead of actually measuring the levels you can do something far simpler, you just need to look at the color of the pilot light. The pilot light should always be a healthy blue color. If the light is anything but blue, if it is orange, green, red, or yellow, you have a problem. This problem should not be ignored. A discolored pilot light could indicate that the gas levels are dangerous in the house. 2. The House Isn’t Heated Evenly Another thing you should be watching for is how evenly the house is heated. For example, is one bedroom always hot, and another room, next to it, cold? If there is a significant difference in temperature from one room to the next, you have a problem. It should be noted that it normal to have a difference in temperature from one floor to the next. The basement will always be colder than the upper floor, but if you have differences in temperature from room to room, then the heater or the ducts are not working properly. 3. There Is Water Around The Heater Lastly, pay close attention to what the heater looks like. You should be going to the utility room often not only to check the pilot light, but to check the heaters appearance. If the heater has water pooling around it, this is a problem. There many be a little condensation around the heater, this is normal because of the change in temperature, but there should never be actual water. If you notice any of these problems, call a repairman right away. It is cheaper and better to pay for repairs that having to replace the whole system.  For more information, see companies like Controlled...

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5 Factors That Can Raise Your Heating Bills

Posted by on October 27, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 5 Factors That Can Raise Your Heating Bills

Like many other homeowners, you probably dread receiving your heating bills in the winter. Running your furnace all day throughout the winter months can definitely be expensive. However, if you change some of your daily habits, it is possible to reduce your heating bills. Here are five factors that can raise your heating bills: Leaving Your Windows Uncovered Plenty of warm air can escape out of your windows during the winter  season, especially if they are not insulated very well. The best way to prevent this problem is to cover your windows with plastic wrap. After you apply the plastic to your windows, seal it with a blow-dryer. Plastic wrap is inexpensive and can save you a small fortune on your energy bills. Not Replacing Your Furnace Filters Your furnace’s filters can accumulate a lot of dirt and dust over time. When this happens, warm air can’t move around as freely, decreasing your furnace’s efficiency. It is very important to replace these filters at least once a month. New filters cost just a few bucks and reduce wear and tear on your heating system. Not Having a Yearly Checkup No matter how old your heating system is, you should have a professional heating contractor inspect it once a year. He or she will examine every little part of the system to make sure it is working efficiently. If the heating contractor finds a problem that might affect your energy bills, he or she will fix it right away. Going Without a Space Heater If you do not have one already, a space heater is something you definitely want to invest in for the winter. If you put a space heater in a room that you and your family gather in the most, you can turn your thermostat down a few degrees. Using Kitchen and Bathroom Fans Too Frequently When winter rolls around, you want to use your kitchen and bathroom fans sparingly. They might remove moisture and cooking fumes, but they will also take away the warm air in your house. Only turn on these fans when it is absolutely necessary. Heating bills do not have to eat your entire budget. If you make these simple changes, you can lower your energy bills during the colder months. If your furnace ever makes weird noises or does not seem to be working normally, call a heating contractor, like Hartman Heating, Air and Fireplaces, as soon as...

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Cooling Your House In An Extremely Hot Day

Posted by on October 5, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Cooling Your House In An Extremely Hot Day

Your HVAC has to work extra hard to keep your house cool when the weather gets too hot. This may increase the HVAC’s energy consumption and reduce its useful life. Reducing the level of heat in your house from other sources helps to reduce the load on the HVAC. Here are a few ways in which you can help the HVAC by keeping the house cool when it’s really hot: Keep Out the Sun When the weather is extremely hot, you need to block external sources of heat so you don’t waste energy cooling your house and getting it warmed up again. In most places, the sun is the single biggest source of heat, especially if it is shining directly into the house. Block out the sun by closing all the doors, skylights, curtains, blinds, and shades. Minimize Indoor Heat Generation Another tip is to minimize the amount of heat you are generating indoor by minimizing your cooking sessions. Cooking generates a lot of heat; the longer you cook, the more the heat generated. If you have an outdoor grill, use it instead of cooking indoors. You can also order food or go out for meals a few times to reduce cooking sessions. Turn Off the Lights When You Don’t Need Them Although you use your light bulbs for lighting up the house, they do more than that; they also warm up your rooms. Therefore, turn off the lights while leaving the room and only turn them on when you really need them. This is especially necessary if you are using incandescent light bulbs; incandescent produce more heat than CFL bulbs. Unplugging electronics and electrical appliances also help because they also generate some heat. Choose Cotton Clothes and Sheets Some clothes will make you feel warm even if the temperature isn’t that high. You may not feel the difference that much when the weather is cool, but you will feel it when your air conditioner is struggling to keep up with your cooling needs. Breathable materials, such as lightweight cotton, are best when temperatures are high. Therefore, switch to breathable garments and sheets, and you may not feel the need to set the thermostat at lower temperatures. The above tips will help a great deal if your HVA is in great shape. However, if your HVAC continues to struggle despite the precautions, then it may be having a malfunction somewhere. Consult HVAC company like Phil’s Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. to diagnose and fix the...

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