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:

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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

Originally posted on wpri.com:

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:

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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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Dealing With The Most Common HVAC Problems

Originally posted on Caryl Mechanicals Blog:

Homeowners often dread problems with their air conditioning equipment or their HVAC units. Homeowners are often made to believe that HVAC maintenance and repairs are always expensive which results in undue fear and concern. To evade the huge expenses, homeowners try to postpone their call to their HVAC contractor as long as possible. When this happens, problems those could have been resolved easily get aggravated calling for expensive repairs. Most of the HVAC problems will just need a quick visit by your HVAC contractor and need not necessarily lead to expensive repair as long as you give timely attention to such issues.

One of the most frequent problems with air conditioning system is frozen coil or frozen unit. Faulty airflow is one of the major culprits of frozen coil or frozen AC unit. If the airflow is not proper then it could indicate the need for filter replacement. Regular filter…

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Utah town ranks in 2014 list of most influential US cities

Originally posted on fox13now.com:

SALT LAKE CITY – Salt Lake City has scored a spot on the list of the most influential US cities of 2014.

A group of 68 mayors, 18 of them from cities of at least 30,000 residents, voted on the US cities they believe are the most influential.

According to the list, New York and Boston tied for the most mentions.

They were closely followed by Austin, Denver, Portland, Ore. and Salt Lake City.

Boston University’s Initiative on Cities survey asked the mayors to consider finances, quality of life, education and infrastructure among other topics.

MORE: See full list of influential cities and complete study here

Information from the Washington Post and Boston University 

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Preparing for Winter!

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Preparing for Winter

Here it comes again! Weather experts are saying we’re in for another harsh winter, so we thought it would be a great time for a refresher of what we need to do before the freezing temperatures hit!

  • If you have a sump pump in your home, make sure it is functioning. Most summers are dry, and the sump pump sits unused. When winter approaches and the rain starts, then the snow, it all melts and the pump not working can come as a big surprise!
  • Make sure your eaves troughs are clear from the fallout of leaves.
  • Ensure the downspouts are not plugged as well.
  • Check the caulking on your windows and doors, as well as all penetrations through the exterior walls. They must be sealed properly.
  • Get your furnace and humidifier checked by a professional to confirm that it is running efficiently and effectively.
  • Have your…

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