Safety & Advice
December 17, 2020

Use & Care of Home Humidifiers

Use & Care of Home Humidifiers Introduction Humidifiers are commonly used in homes to relieve the physical discomforts of dry nose, throat, lips, and skin. The moisture they add to dry air also helps alleviate common nuisances brought on by winter heating, such as static electricity, peeling wallpaper, and cracks in paint and furniture. However,…Read More

Safety & Advice
December 17, 2020

Types of Insulation

Types of Insulation Insulation materials run the gamut from bulky fiber materials such as fiberglass, rock and slag wool, cellulose, and natural fibers to rigid foam boards to sleek foils. Bulky materials resist conductive and — to a lesser degree — convective heat flow in a building cavity. Rigid foam boards trap air or another…Read More

Safety & Advice
December 17, 2020

Use a Professional for Duct Improvements

Work with a Professional Contractor for Duct Improvement Projects Many homeowners choose to work with a professional contractor for duct improvement projects. Most heating and cooling equipment contractors also repair ductwork. Look for a contractor that will: Inspect the whole duct system, including attic and crawlspaces. Evaluate the system’s supply and return air balance. Many…Read More

Heating, Safety & Advice
December 17, 2020

Types of Heating Systems

Types of Heating Systems A variety of technologies are available for heating your house. In addition to heat pumps, which are discussed separately, many homes use the following approaches: Furnaces and Boilers By far the most common way to heat a home. Wood and Pellet-Fuel Heating Provides a way to heat your home using biomass…Read More

Cooling, Safety & Advice
December 17, 2020

Types of Cooling Systems

Types of Cooling Systems Central Air Conditioners Central air conditioners circulate cool air through a system of supply and return ducts. Supply ducts and registers (i.e., openings in the walls, floors, or ceilings covered by grills) carry cooled air from the air conditioner to the home. This cooled air becomes warmer as it circulates through…Read More

Safety & Advice
December 17, 2020

Thermostats

Thermostats You can save money on your heating and cooling bills by simply resetting your thermostat when you are asleep or away from home. You can do this automatically without sacrificing comfort by installing an automatic setback or programmable thermostat. Using a programmable thermostat, you can adjust the times you turn on the heating or…Read More

Test Your Knowledge
December 17, 2020

Test Your Energy IQ

Test Your Energy IQ Answers follow the questions: 1. For which jobs are microwave ovens used most?  Defrosting frozen foods Cooking meals Reheating foods Preparing snacks 2. Microwave ovens are currently found in what percentage of all U.S. Homes?  23% 54% 84% 3. Almost all of us use ovens for cooking. What percentage are electric?…Read More

Safety & Advice
December 17, 2020

Tap Water Scalds

Tap Water Scalds: Safety Alert The majority of injuries and deaths involving tap water scalds are to the elderly and children under the age of five. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) urges all users to lower their water heaters to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. In addition to preventing accidents, this decrease in temperature will…Read More

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Safety & Advice
December 17, 2020

Symptoms & Management of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Protect Your Family from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Safety Tips Have your home heating systems (including chimneys and vents) inspected and serviced annually by a trained service technician. Never use portable generators inside homes or garages, even if doors and windows are open. Use generators outside only, far away from the home. Never bring a charcoal…Read More

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Safety & Advice, Heating
December 17, 2020

Space Heater Safety

Electric Space Heater Safety The Statistics CPSC estimates that from 2008 to 2010, portable electric heaters were involved in approximately 1,200 fires per year. The Problem Portable electric heaters are high-wattage appliances that have the potential to ignite nearby combustible materials like curtains, beds, sofas, paper, clothing, and flammable liquids. If ignition results from a…Read More