Archive for November, 2012

Why and When You Need a Carbon Monoxide Detector

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

Like smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors are something we hear a lot about these days when it comes to home safety. However, many people are still unsure as to what environments necessitate purchasing and installing one. Let’s take a closer look at today’s carbon monoxide detectors to help you determine whether or not you should consider purchasing one for your home.

Homes That Need Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Carbon monoxide is potentially produced when you burn any sort of fuel for any use. Fuel can be either solid or liquid. It may be burned in order to heat a space, cook food, and so forth. Please note that “fuel” refers to natural options such as wood you might burn in a fireplace just as thoroughly as it does combustible gas found in many modern stoves or furnaces. (more…)

What Are the Most Common Indoor Air Pollutants?

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

Indoor air pollutants are responsible for aggravating and even causing a wide variety of different ailments and health problems such as asthma, chronic bronchitis, and allergies. Prolonged exposure can lead to even more serious forms of these ailments or others like them, so it’s important to be in the know in regards to the most common forms of indoor air pollutants.

A Look at VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds)
Quite a few of the most commonly found indoor air pollutants are actually volatile organic compounds (or VOCs for short). VOCs are emitted from chemical products that are used in the construction, operation, furnishing, or maintenance of different buildings. They are associated with solvents, paint, cleaners, furniture varnishes, and even certain personal care items. (more…)

Gas Furnace Troubleshooting Tips

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

The cooler fall and winter months come along with a wealth of exciting changes. The holidays will be coming and we’ll get a chance to celebrate one of the most exciting times of the year with our friends, family members, and loved ones. We also get a chance to reflect on another year well lived.

However, there are important technical issues to consider as well – for instance, the state of your furnace. While it is always suggested to hire an expert to come look at your furnace, you should also be aware of the many ways you can troubleshoot your furnace yourself in order to save valuable time and money. (more…)

9 Ways You Can Start Saving More Energy Today

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

These days, modern families are more concerned with saving energy than ever before and with good reason. Cutting down on your energy usage even a little can save you a fortune in expenses. It’s also an excellent way to reduce your carbon footprint and make sure you are doing your part to preserve our precious environment.

Best of all, energy saving is easy to do. In fact, there are quite a few ways you can start making little changes that result in big differences as soon as today.

1. When you do your dishes, try letting your dishes air dry instead of using your dishwasher’s heat-dry cycle. You’d be surprised on how much even this step can cut back on your energy costs! (more…)