When the furnace in a home breaks down, there are times at which it was unavoidable due to the failure of a part and other times at which it was completely preventable. As a responsible homeowner, you can reduce the likelihood of encountering the latter scenario by performing an important series of steps that can keep your furnace working properly. You don't need to have any experience with furnace maintenance to brush up on these three simple jobs and get them done during the season you run the furnace. [Read More]
How Combustion Appliances Complicate Crawl Space Encapsulation
Encapsulating your home's crawl space can reduce moisture problems, keep your home warmer in the winter, and prevent mold from settling in. However, many homeowners also use their crawl spaces for storing their gas powered furnaces and other similar combustion-producing appliances. If your crawl space has a furnace or gas water heater sitting in it, you'll need to plan the encapsulation carefully to avoid serious hazards. An Airtight Seal Crawl space encapsulation is a process that leaves the area as air tight as possible. [Read More]
Pros And Cons Of The Common Types Of Roof Vents
Designing the optimal heating and cooling system for your home has one often overlooked aspect: roof vents. Ventilation in the upper area of your home is important to push rising hot air out of your home so that your attic or upper room don't become stifling and stuffy. There are several types of vents available and each has its own pros and cons. Discuss your vent options with your heating and air conditioning installation company during your next appointment. [Read More]
What Can You Do To Keep Your Water Heater Working Well With Guests This Holiday Season?
The holidays are quickly approaching. If you're expecting house guests in the next couple of months, you'll want to be sure that your water heater continues to run all winter long. You can help this happen by making your water heater's job easier. The following tasks will help you prepare your water heater and prevent it from breaking down. Drain the Sediment If you have hard water in your home (as almost 90% of the homes in the United States do), your water heater will collect mineral deposits at the bottom of the tank, where the heating elements are. [Read More]