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Is Your Heater Not Working Properly?

Preventative Maintenance

Let us start with vacuuming out the surface around the furnace's blower. If possible, likewise slide out the fan system, tidy each fan blade with a toothbrush, and then vacuum with a brush accessory on a vacuum cleaner. While you're at it, search for oil ports on the motor, situated near the motor shaft (usually). If your furnace has this feature, apply two to three drops of non-detergent motor oil into each port (you might need to eliminate a cover plate to do this). Though many modern motors do not need lubrication, apply oil motors to the oil ports once a year.

Is your GAS Leaking?

If you think a heater gas leak, deal with it immediately! First, if you smell gas in your home or near the furnace, do not light any matches or shut off or on any switches. If the gas smell is strong, immediately evacuate your house, leaving the door open.

Supply pipe (here the gas is on). Turn off the gas supply valve, generally found by your gas meter on the gas inlet pipe. Shut off the gas by rotating the valve one-quarter turn with an adjustable wrench. When the gas is off, the valve's elongate stem points perpendicular to the inlet pipe. Then call your gas energy or the fire department from a remote area. Do not go back to your home until you know it is safe.

Heating System Not Working-- No Gas Flame

Older gas and combustion-fuel heaters have pilot lights, whereas some more recent ones have electronic ignition.

Heater with a Pilot burner

If your older furnace utilizes a pilot burner that will not stay lit, the thermostat may be disconnected or loose, something may prevent the pilot hole, or the pilot's flame might be set too low.

You can clear a clogged orifice with a piece of thin wire. Before doing this, switch off the gas to the heating system. Also, shut off the switch or breaker that manages power to the heating system. Then, just poke the thin wire into the tiny orifice where the pilot flame typically burns to knock out any particles.

Some pilot lights have a flame change screw. Refer to your owner's manual, but typically adjusting this indicates turning the flame modification screw to attain a full, steady 1 to 1/2-inch or 2-inch flame with no yellow in it.

Your gas- or the oil-burning heating system needs to receive fuel to work. With a gas-fired heater, make certain the valve on the gas pipe is turned on (the lug or manage need to remain in line with the gas pipeline). With an oil heating system, inspect the fuel supply.

Service Tip: By doing your minor heater repairs, you can save loads of cash and also get your home warmed up much faster than if you needed to set up and wait for a repair person. However sometimes its better to have a trained professional look at the problem.

Energy Efficient Window Coverings: Curtains Vs Blinds

Were all looking to save money, and choosing a smart window covering is one of the easiest ways to do so. You probably already have some type of window covering, but is it making your home more energy efficient? Todays curtains, drapes, blinds and awnings are more than just decorative; this industry is always enhancing their products in order to boast the highest energy efficiency, which is really a win-win. Every home and every climate are different, so some scenarios may call for curtains while others call for blinds. Regardless of style, all window coverings are only effective when theyre closed up tight.

Thermal backed curtains are commonly thought to be the most energy efficient type of window covering. Theyre very thick and contain multiple layers of polyester fiber, a vapor barrier, the outer fabric, and a fabric liner. The key, however, is to install them properly. Thermal curtains (as well as all other types) function to their highest potential when a seal is made. Be sure to close off at all sides; consider installing a cornice at the top, adhering them to the walls at the sides, and having them long enough to rest on the floor or windowsill. These curtains will give you the best insulation and control over the temperature of the room.

Vertical blinds are your next best option for window energy efficiency, and adhere to many of the same principles. Aim to hang your blinds as close to the window as possible, and ensure its a snug fit on the sides. Full window coverage is important to the functionality of blinds. The material, however, is what will make the most difference in efficiency. Theyre a bit pricier, but opt for thicker vinyl or wood blinds as opposed to flimsier metal or plastic to give your space better insulation. A new fashion trend in vertical blinds is the honeycomb style, which is a popular choice for energy efficiency and works by trapping air in its internal (honeycomb-shaped, of course) cells.

Another trendy blind on the rise is the plantation shutter, which is more or less a pretty decorative shutter for the interior side of the window. Fortunately, theyre also functional and have a fairly high energy efficiency rating. Theyre fitted very close to the window and are able to be closed a bit tighter than standard vertical blinds. You can expect to pay a bit more for this style of window covering, as its visually appealing, energy efficient, and fairly popular.

You may have seen this coming: maximum efficiency can be achieved by combing both drapes and blinds and following the above principles for good insulation. Matching good, thick drapes with a honeycomb shade is not only an attractive combination, but itll also save you money on your electricity bill. If youre not sure what type of energy efficient window covering will work best for your home, reach out to an expert. There are tons of blind, drapery, and insulation professionals out there who can help you find that perfect balance of aesthetic and efficiency.