Your furnace is your main line of defense against the winter cold. When it starts to have problems, your first thought may be about the cost of having a service person come out. Before you get too upset, you need to check out a few things first. Continue reading
Carbon Monoxide is a poisonous gas that is odorless, tasteless and invisible. But it also happens to be extremely dangerous–claiming over 500 victims each year in the United States. It is produced anytime fuel is burned–whether you are preparing a meal on your gas stove or starting the car in your garage. Other sources include lawn mowers, fuel-burning space heaters and charcoal barbecue grills. It is important to inspect heating equipment and other appliances to ensure their safety especially with the coming winter months. Continue reading
As you prepare for another cold Cincinnati area winter, it’s time to start thinking about ways to save on your winter heating costs. Since heat rises, the attic is one of the best places to start. Here are some tips for sealing attic air leaks to prevent losing heat through your attic: Continue reading
Dry indoor air in the winter is not healthy for you or your home, but it’s easy to manage with a whole-house humidification system. The pitfalls of dry air include these four problems: Continue reading
Before you start closing air vents to save money on your heating bill this winter, there are a few things you should understand about how your furnace distributes warm air throughout your home. A 2003 study by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory found that leaving rooms unconditioned can actually cost a homeowner more money than if they left them open. Continue reading
Is your family having a hard time staying comfortable due to hot and cold spots throughout your home? Unfortunately, the only place in your home where the temperature matches the thermostat reading is at the thermostat. You don’t use one light switch to light your entire home, so why use one thermostat? By upgrading to a zoning system in your Cincinnati home, you can take control of these comfort issues and lower utility costs.
Tree roots craving water will naturally grow toward any leaks in your water and sewer pipes. Once they find a leak, they’ll invade your pipes, causing water flow blockage, pipe damage, unhealthy conditions and costly repair bills. To prevent pipe damage from tree roots and avoid high repair bills, follow these tips when planting trees and maintaining your pipes. Continue reading
When you live in an area with unpredictable winter temperatures, a dual fuel heating systemis an economical choice. Dual fuel systems give homeowners the benefit of comfortable heating with a heat pump on mild days and the warmth of a gas furnace when the temperature drops below freezing. Because heat pumps are the most energy-efficient method of home heating, you may be able to save on your heating bill when the weather’s warmer.
Condensing boilers have been on the market for about two decades. During this time, they’ve proven to be reliable and energy efficient, providing significantly lower fuel costs than other types of boilers. Contrary to popular belief, a these boilers aren’t overly complicated, and many of the problems that gave this system a bad reputation have been resolved. Nowadays there are many advantages to gain: Continue reading