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If your clothes dryer duct looks like a snake you are probably paying twice as much as you should to dry you clothes. Install the dryer duct a short and straight as possible to maximize its efficiency. All the bends reduces air flow and increases lint build up which can lead to a dryer fire. Don't use plastic duct as this is also fire hazard. Be safe and efficient.
A/C RUNNING COOL? While there is no substitue for professional service to your air conditioner there is some easy DIY maintanence that will help the system running properly and keep your home cool.
Replace or clean your filter, a clean filter is key to getting good air flow through the house.
Keep plants and shrubs trimmed back from the exterior unit. Good air flow around the condensing unit is important for the unit to operate properly.
Clean the coils by carefully hosing or brushing them.
If you live in the Northeast, here are maintenance jobs you should complete in spring and summer to prevent costly repairs and keep your home in top condition.
Cool things you see in crawl spaces.
Daylight savings time starts this weekend, set your clock forward and don't forget to replace the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Most smoke and carbon monoxide detectors have a life expectancy of 8 to 10 years. If yours are old replace them with new detectors.
January is Radon Awareness Month.
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that enters homes from the ground, through the basement floor and foundation.
Radon is the 2nd leading cause of lung cancer in the US. In fact studies show that more people die each year from radon related lung cancer than from drunk driving!
Being that radon is an odorless, colorless gas; the only way to know if your home has elevated radon levels is to test for it.
Elevated radon levels can most always be lowered to acceptable levels with a radon mitigation system.
Follow the expert guidelines and learn how to lower your gass bills this season.
Daylight Saving Time ends this weekend which means setting your clocks back and checking the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
Most smoke and carbon monoxide detectors have a lifespan of 8 to 10 years. If yours are old, don't just put new batteries in, replace the units with new ones.
Be safe and enjoy your extra hour of sleep!
If you live in the Northeast, here are maintenance jobs you should complete every fall and winter to prevent costly repairs and keep your home in top condition.
October 6-12th is fire prevention week. Kitchens are the most common place for fires in the home.
Many families gather in the kitchen to spend time together, but it can be one of the most hazardous rooms in the house if you don't practice safe cooking behaviors. Cooking equipment, most often a range or stovetop, is the leading cause of reported home fires and home fire injuries in the United Sta...
COOL NIGHTS - IT'S TIME FOR A TUNE UP.
You may have already used your heating system with the cool nights recently, but just because it operated fine doesn't mean it's good to go for the winter. A qualified professional has the tools, training and expertise to make sure your system is operating safely and at optimal performance.
There are also items a homeowner can check on as well.
Check the program on the thermostat, save money by lowering the setting when you are not home.
Change the batteries in the thermostat, if the batteries die the system will not operate.
Change the filter REGULARLY, a dirty filter can increase energy costs and lead to damage & premature failure of the system.
* Radon is estimated to cause about 21,000 lung cancer deaths per year, according to EPA's 2003 Assessment of Risks from Radon in Homes (EPA 402-R-03-003) .
Looked up in your attic recently, poor ventilation can lead to big problems.
How long will the components of your house last?
Check out this life expectancy chart
InterNACHI's Standard Estimated Life Expectancy Chart for a home's appliances, components, materials and systems
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