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Heating & Air Conditioning Tips

23
Mar

If your sink faucet is making a clunking sound or if it’s dripping, it can often be fixed by replacing the rubber washer. Take apart the faucet and pull out the old washer.

When replacing the old washer, be sure to bring it to the hardware store – you’ll need to find an exact replacement to ensure a perfect fit.  If you need us to do the repairs, we’re only a phone call away! continue

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23
Mar

When a fuse detects too much power running through a wire, a tiny piece of metal inside the fuse will break, thereby stopping the power from continuing to run through the wire.

When the top of the fuse is made of glass, many people think that they can look at the metal piece inside and see if it is broken. THIS IS NOT ALWAYS TRUE. continue

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23
Mar

The first thing to understand is that a circuit breaker can have tripped off even when it looks like it’s in the “ON” position. This is because a circuit breaker will sometimes trip off internally, without the “ON/OFF” handle flipping to the “OFF” position.

This is what to do when you have a loss of power that you suspect may be caused by a tripped circuit breaker. continue

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23
Mar

Many people do not realize that indoor air pollution can be two to five times worse (or in extreme cases, 100 times worse) than outdoor air pollution. Because so much time is spent indoors, on average 90% of one’s day, the federal Environmental Protection Agency ranks indoor air pollution as one of the top five environmental threats to public health (http://www.epa.gov/iaq/pubs/insidest.html#Intro1). continue

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23
Mar

Heating and cooling takes a lot of energy, up to half the energy used in your home. So, any steps that you take to reduce heating and cooling can pay big dividends for both your budget and the environment.

Fortunately, there are many ways that most families can save energy on heating and cooling. Many of these measures require more attention to maintenance or installation of more energy-efficient equipment rather than reducing comfort levels. continue

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23
Mar

If you notice moisture seeping into your ceiling or even dripping down into rooms below, it’s important to take action to prevent significant damage. Moisture ruins paint, incubates mold and rot, and attracts insects and rodents.

The seepage may be due to: continue

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23
Mar

Ceiling fans save you energy in both summer and winter. In summer, running a ceiling fan creates “wind-chill” on your skin. If run counter-clockwise (to avoid pulling warm air down from the ceiling), it lowers the temperature for occupants by one or two degrees. These degrees can be “bought” for less energy than with an air conditioner. And, of course, as the fan cools you rather than the air, it need only be run when you’re in the room. continue

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23
Mar

Proper attic ventilation does lots of good things – saves on air conditioning bills, makes your home more comfortable in the summer, and protects your home from moisture damage. Attic ventilation is an investment in your home that can pay big dividends.

During the summer, heat can build up in an unventilated attic. When it’s 95° outside, attic temperatures can reach 160°. This heat can seep down through the ceiling and warm the rooms below. Often air ducts for air conditioning run through the attic, and these too can be warmed.

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23
Mar

Whole house humidifiers vary as to the recommended maintenance schedule. But generally, they require less maintenance than portable room humidifiers. With portable room humidifiers, there is a concern with stagnant water breeding bacteria and other micro-organisms. So, regular cleaning and refilling of the humidifier is desirable.

With a whole house humidifier, some manufacturers recommend only annual replacement of a “humidifier pad.” This can be done by a service professional during the recommended annual scheduled maintenance on your furnace.

In areas of hard water, other manufacturers recommend cleaning and dissolving mineral build-up every month or two. Consult your care manual for your particular model.

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23
Mar

If your furnace blows a fuse or causes a breaker to flip off, find a good electrician to rewire it so that it is not sharing a circuit with other appliances. Your furnace should be the only appliance on its circuit.

During cold weather when the furnace is in regular use, change the filter at least once a month.

Hot Water Radiators

If your heating system is made up of hot water radiators, it is important to occasionally get rid of air that may have become trapped in the radiator. The air will keep the radiator from filling properly. On the top of the radiator is a port called a “bleeding valve.” The port might be opened with a switch, a special key, a wrench or a screwdriver.

  1. Have a cup ready to catch the overflow.
  2. Protect yourself so that if the overflow splashes out of the radiator, you won’t be scalded.
  3. Open the valve and let the air escape until water comes out.
  4. Close the valve.

If you have a hot water radiator system, you will have a boiler somewhere, most likely in the basement. When the boiler is getting heavy use, drain it of sediment once a month. Regular draining will improve the boiler’s efficiency and extend its life.

 

There is a drain valve near the bottom.

  1. If the drain valve does not open easily, you may have difficulty re-closing it. Better to ask for professional help.
  2. Be ready with a large bucket for holding at couple of quarts.
  3. Be able to protect yourself from any hot water splashing out.
  4. Open the drain valve and drain a couple of quarts into the bucket or until the water runs clear.
  5. If the water looks dark, it’s gone too long without draining.

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