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5 Ways To Keep Your Water Heater In Good Shape

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Without a working water heater, it is quite difficult to do several tasks around your house, including taking a shower and doing the dishes. To keep your water heater in good shape for many years, it is important to do the proper maintenance. Here are five effective ways to keep your water heater in good shape:  Use an Insulating Blanket If you have an older water heater, heat can escape out of it easily, making it work harder to keep the water warm.…

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How To Check And Repair Your Furnace

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Have you noticed that your furnace is not producing as well as it used to? Is less hot air coming out without any force? Reduced airflow might be a sign that your furnace is getting old. However, it could be a sign of some much less serious issues. You might even be able to make a few repairs on your own and increase the efficiency of your HVAC system. This article explains how to diagnose and repair some common problems that could be hampering the effectiveness of your furnace.…

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Why Your Elderly Parent Won't Turn On the AC And How To Persuade Them Otherwise

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Elderly people are more vulnerable to heat stress than younger people are, so they benefit a great deal from air conditioning during hot weather. However, they may frustrate their children by refusing to run the central air in their house. If the temperatures in the home climb high enough, they can develop serious health issues. What can you do if your elderly parent does not like having the air conditioning running, even on hot days?…

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How To Recognize A High-Efficiency Furnace?

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The term highly efficient is a relative term. After all, if you have a thirty-year-old furnace that is only 55% efficient, buying an 80% efficient furnace will make it highly efficient by comparison. On the other hand, if you want a furnace that uses fuel as completely as possible, you need to look at the anatomy of the furnace. In particular, you should look for a modulating motor and a second heat exchanger.…

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3 Ways That You're Promoting Mold Growth When You Shower

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When you are ready to take a shower, you probably don’t think about undesirable things like mold. However, you should know that some parts of your shower routine could be promoting mold growth in your bathroom. Since mold growth in the bathroom can lead to respiratory issues for you and the other people in your household, this isn’t something that you should take lightly. Instead, you should focus on avoiding these common causes of mold growth next time that you take a shower.…

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The 3 Tools You Need To Clean Your Air Ducts

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If you plan on cleaning out the air ducts in your house on your own, you will need at least three important tools to get the job done. You will need duct brushes, a duct vacuum, and a pressure washer. Duct Brushes The first tool you will need to clean out your air conditioning ducts are duct brushes. These brushes are designed specifically for the purpose of cleaning ducts. They feature long handles with really stiff, hard bristles at the end.…

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Isolating Furnace Failure Points

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Whether you’re using a residential heating furnace or working with a production-grade kiln, there are a few common failure points that should be examined if the heating seems uneven or if the furnace seems to turn on and off without your control. Look For Heat Leaks Furnaces that require specific temperature ranges need a solid, controlled interior. If you’re molding glass figurines or firing clay creations for a darkened or faster drying effect, an uneven temperature may cause poor quality items to ruin your product line.…

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Considering DIY Gas Furnace Installation? Think Again

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As do-it-yourself projects continue to grow in popularity, it’s always good to keep in mind there are some things that are better left to the professionals. When it comes to gas furnace installation, it’s best for all involved that a professional handle the actual installation. Read on to learn the benefits of getting your home’s furnace professional installed. Installation Can Get Complicated—Real Fast While it’s easy enough to pull up instructions for furnace installation on the web, the actual installation part can get more complicated than you know.…

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Preparing Your Home For Winter

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Clean Your Property It is difficult to clear items from your property once the snow begins to fall. It is essential that you store everything that could be damaged by winter conditions in a safe place as soon as possible. Here are some items you should consider storing before the winter begins: Lawn mowers Leaf blowers Outdoor furniture Children’s toys Grills If you have any loose/damaged branches or power lines on your property, get them taken care of immediately.…

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5 Ways You Can Lower Your Heating Bills

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Your heating bill is probably your most expensive utility in the wintertime. If you do not pay careful attention to how much you use your heat, you could pay hundreds of dollars in heating costs every month. Here are five ways you can lower your heating bills in the winter. Buy a Humidifier Winter is very dry and can deplete your home of all its moisture. Very dry air does not just leave your skin parched; it also feels cooler.…

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