Residential Water Heaters – Making The Right Choices

Originally posted on Charlotte Plumbing:

Are you installing new water heaters or replacing the faulty water heaters in your home? Today there are multiple options for the homeowners when it comes to residential water heaters. Before you select your water heaters, you need to know your options, their advantages and disadvantages. Three main factors have to be taken into account when it comes to the selection of the right type of water heater for your home.

  1. Initial cost of the water heater
  2. Recurring costs / Energy or electricity bills
  3. Maintenance

You will have to assess each type of water heater carefully and select the most cost effective water heater. When you are making your decision, it is important that you do not decide just based on the initial cost. Two most common and popular types of water heaters include tankless water heater and hybrid heat pump water heaters.

What are the factors that one…

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Insulate Your Home and Save Money

Originally posted on Columbus Heating and Cooling Blog:

Winter is officially on the horizon. In many places across the United States, temperatures are already dropping to uncomfortable levels. Perhaps you’re holding out on turning up the heat. After all, heating your home is incredibly expensive. This past year saw many families struggling to pay their heating bills because of record low temperatures. Unfortunately, scientists are predicting another cold winter this year – perhaps even colder than 2013.

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Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Originally posted on MC2 Home Inspections Indianapolis Home Inspectors in Indianapolis Indiana:

Make sure your home is ready for cold weather with this checklist of home maintenance tasks to attend to in the autumn months.  These include: Having your chimney cleaned and inspected, cleaning the leaves out of your gutters, inspecting your roof, moving cans of paint indoors to keep them from freeze damage, draining the water heater, checking insulation and using weatherstripping to stop drafts around windows and doors.


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Who Needs a Man?

Originally posted on Desperately Seeking Shelter:

Last night there was a freeze warning in my area.  This isn’t totally unexpected in Colorado in October.  I wasn’t too concerned as I had turned on my furnace last week and it worked so I thought I’d be fine.

I’m sure most people don’t worry about whether their furnace will work or not.  Let me show you why I felt the need to test it:


When I bought my house I had everything inspected, obviously, and part of that was running a camera into the fire box of this ancient furnace to make sure there were no cracks.  While my plumber would have preferred I replace the thing, a new gas valve was all it needed so I didn’t even consider replacing it.

Last night I was in bed watching Cutthroat Kitchen (so mean but so good!) and listening to the rain.  When I fast forwarded through the first…

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Cold temps prompt CO warnings

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — As temperatures drop, people are turning their heaters back on, and National Grid is reminding residents to beware of carbon monoxide dangers.

“Taking proper safety precautions now can prevent senseless tragedies from occurring in the months ahead,” said Tim Horan, the president of National Grid in Rhode Island.

Carbon monoxide is an invisible and odorless gas that can be deadly if left undetected.

To help guard against CO poisoning, you’re advised to install a CO detector on every floor, arrange for an annual check of your heating system by a licensed professional, and check chimneys or flues for debris and have them cleaned periodically.

If you suspect a leak, get out of the house and call 911 immediately.

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Let the Buyer Beware

Originally posted on Graves Heating and Air Conditioning Services, Inc.:

Repair techs should clarify exactly what is wrong with your system before you move forward with repairs.

Repair techs should clarify exactly what is wrong with your system before you move forward with repairs.

Here are some consumer advocacy tips to help you keep from “being had”:

  1. How many flyers did you get last year for a $70 AC “routine” maintenance? That kind of deep discount offering is likely to be a fishing expedition for big ticket repairs. The fact is that it takes more than $70 to keep a typical AC repair truck and technician on the road for the amount of time it takes to do one-off “routine” maintenance calls. This is often the old bait and switch technique, so be careful.
  2. Expect your repair technician to specify the diagnosis of the problem before you spend any money for a repair. You can easily end up with a repair that is more than is necessary for the situation. Our technicians go out of their way to…

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8 Must Haves For Any High End Home Theater

Originally posted on High Def Tech Control 4 Canada:

Home Theatre Calgary

Home Theatre Calgary

Written by Crystal Watts on October 1, 2014

Maybe you’re looking to turn your neglected garage into the ultimate cinema experience. Or perhaps you want to enhance your family movie night with a few updates to your existing home theater.

No matter your vision, here are 8 must haves for the perfect automated home theater.

Movie Posters

Set the scene with a giant poster of your favorite movie. Display a vintage poster of an old John Wayne western, or frame a bizarre sci-fi print of Attack of the 50ft Woman. Maybe you’d prefer a modern favorite like The Hobbit—you can find the perfect movie poster for you home theater no matter what kind of movie buff you are.

Stadium Seating with LED Step Lights

Many homeowners are installing stadium seating into their home theaters to achieve optimal viewing pleasure, but what would stadium seating be without…

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