Home Works Blog

Thanks for visiting our home improvement blog! Here you'll find some great information on saving money, staying comfortable in your home, and keeping your family healthy and safe in all seasons and weather. From furnaces to air conditioners to energy audits and carbon monoxide, our blog will keep you up to date.

Which Direction To Turn?

Air movement in our homes can help us to feel much more comfortable in both the summer and the winter. It can keep your house from feeling stuffy and also help you stay warmer or cooler depending on the season. 

Pump It Up!

 

Here’s a convenient item and sometimes a necessity to have if you have a humidifier, central air or a high efficiency furnace. If you’re tired of tripping over condensation plumbing lines that drag all across the floor to find a floor drain or a sump pump, you may want one of these instead. 

This is exactly what you’d think we’d call it… a condensate pump. This inexpensive little item will eliminate those potential toes stubbers and hip breakers by attaching directly to your furnace.

Time & Money

One of the simplest, most cost effective ways to save a great deal of money this season is by using a programmable, or what’s called a “set back” thermostat.

At first glance, they may seem a bit intimidating, but actually they are very simple to program if you understand the basics. Let’s cover those basics today so I can show you how to save money and energy all season long and stay more comfortable as well.

Foul Play!

Tell me if you’ve ever heard of this before. Someone you know has problems with their furnace. A company comes out, looks it over and then tells them the furnace can’t be repaired because it has cracks in the heat exchanger and is putting carbon monoxide into the air. Sound familiar? Well, this can actually happen but, it can also be a furnace scam.

The Problem with Candles

Candles are wonderful for creating a nice, relaxing, homey atmosphere, but the ingredients some candles are made of can also be very bad for your health. Aside from the obvious benefits candles provide us with, let’s also take a look at some things to watch out for. 

AC Alarm System

Did you know that in the United States, a home central air conditioning unit is stolen once every 47 minutes? Ok… I just made that up, but I certainly wouldn’t be surprised with copper prices being at an all time high. I get calls on a weekly basis from homeowners who have fallen victim to air conditioning theft and up until a short time ago, there was very little you could do to prevent it.

Insulating to Keep Cool!

Normally, you think we’d be doing a spot on insulation in the winter time, but oh contraire Pierre! Today I want to talk about insulating your home to stay cooler in the summer and lowering your electric bills to save money all summer long.

The Silent Killer

Now that it’s officially furnace season, were going to be talking about ‘how to’ stay safe this upcoming winter season with the main topic being deadly carbon monoxide.

You can’t see it, smell it or even taste it, but it’s responsible for hundreds of deaths and thousands of hospital related injuries every single year. The primary sources of carbon monoxide in our homes are simply, anything that burns a flame: Furnaces, water heaters, stoves and some space heaters.

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