72 Degrees of Hickory Blog

72 Degrees of Hickory Blog

72 Degrees of Hickory Blog

Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: Have Your Gas Furnace Inspected

Paul Gassett - Wednesday, January 15, 2014

There have been tragic stories in the news recently about the consequences of faulty gas furnaces. Last spring in a Boone hotel room, several people died after the hotel's pool room heater was replaced. The new heater did not match the existing exhaust system, causing carbon monoxide to leak into the hotel room up above the pool where the patrons were sleeping.

In another instance, a family of 7 fell terribly ill when their furnace was leaking carbon monoxide for weeks, but they had no detector in the house.

It's important to take all the precautions you can to keep similar tragedies from happening in your home:

  • Have a carbon monoxide detector. Replace the batteries often, and test the detector to be sure it's working.

 

  • Know the symptoms. If all of your family members are experiencing headaches, nausea,  dizziness and breathlessness, leave the house and call 911.

 

  • Have your gas furnace inspected regularly. During an inspection, our trained technicians will test your exhaust system for proper/safe venting and check for leaks in your gas lines. 

 

  • Always have a professional technician install a new furnace. Removing and replacing a new furnace requires knowledge and skill. Having it done the wrong way could cause dangerous problems.

 

If you have any questions about protecting your home from carbon monoxide poisoning, let us know. We'll be happy to schedule an appointment to help keep your family safe.

 

 

 

 

New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home

Paul Gassett - Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Can you believe it? It’s almost 2014. While you’re making resolutions to improve yourself, don’t forget to make goals to improve your home. Some of those things may be ways to maximize energy efficiency and save you money – which in turn will make you a happier homeowner throughout the year.

Schedule a Checkup with an HVAC Technician

This is the only way to be sure your furnace and air conditioning units are operating at their best. Qualified HVAC technicians will inspect your systems and make suggestions on maintenance so your units will last as long as they possibly can.  

Change Filters Regularly

Dirty filters restrict air flow and make your furnace or AC unit work harder, resulting in higher energy bills. So check your filters often - monthly during peak seasons - and change or clean them out when needed.

Seal Windows and Doors

If you feel a draft in your home, there’s probably a space around your windows or doors where cold air is coming in and heated air is going out. Spend a day or so checking for air leaks, and seal them up with caulk or tape. You’ll be surprised how much lower your bills will be.

Go Digital

It’s time to get rid of the analog dial on the wall. A digital, programmable thermostat will let you pre-set the time and temps for your homes so it kicks on and turns off when it’s told to do so.  And aside from its convenience, a programmable thermostat can save you up to $200 per year in energy costs.

Replace Old Units

Make this the year you switch out old inefficient furnace and AC units with modern, energy-efficient systems. New systems provide more comfortable heating and cooling, last longer, require fewer repairs and will save money on monthly bills.   

 

We at 72 Degrees hope you have a safe and Happy New Year. Let us know how we can help you reach your goals for your home in 2014.

Thank you 72 Degrees

Paul Gassett - Monday, December 23, 2013
Dear Alice and all the wonderful people who work at 72 Degrees.....
I hope each of you will have a blest Christmas and a Happy New Year that is filled with all the blessings God can provide.
I will always be blest by each of you who has helped me in my home and rental property over the past two years.
I can not think of anyone who I would call on to help me when I need attention to my heating and air-conditioning.
Thank you for your wonderful help and the staff that you have.
Everyone has always been a blessing to me when I needed it the most.
God bless you one and all.
Barbara Davis
Lenoir, NC

Help us build a tower of toys

Paul Gassett - Monday, December 09, 2013

We are entering a season of giving. And the team at 72 Degrees of Hickory is in a giving mood.

In fact, we are giving away $720 (seven-hundred and twenty dollars) in cash to one lucky individual who gives a little bit of themselves. This is our way of thanking you for being a loyal 72 Degrees customer.

Here’s how it works:

Anyone who brings a new unwrapped toy to our Candy Cane Kids Christmas Bash will receive a chance to win $720 in cash to use however you wish this Christmas Season. The more toys you bring, the more chances you have to win! Just drop off a toy, enjoy the food and music, and enter to win the drawing!

What: Candy Cane Kids Christmas Bash featuring free music, food, and refreshments (plus a live Nativity Scene!!!) as a way to celebrate the season and thank you, our customer

Where: 72 Degrees of Hickory Offices, 1000 Cape Hickory Road, Hickory, NC 28601 

When: Saturday, December 14, 2 - 5 pm; live Nativity Scene from 5 to 6 pm

Why: Spread Christmas Cheer to children who need it most (bring a new unwrapped toy)


We hope you will join us as we celebrate the season and thank you for being a customer of 72 Degrees of Hickory. That’s why we will give away $720 to one lucky winner during a drawing to be held at 5 pm; you don’t need to be present to win but remember: the more toys you donate, the more chances you get to win!

What is Candy Cane Kids Ministry?

Candy Cane Kids Ministry is a charitable organization founded in 2010. Its mission is to provide gifts along with the gospel of Jesus Christ to children in difficult situations including foster children, orphans, abused kids and more. Our purpose is to bring hope to the hopeless every Christmas.

Your toy donations will be stacked up in our Tower of Toys that will be distributed to kids in need this Christmas, spreading the light of Christ and helping to brighten the season for those who need it most. The toys will be given away by Candy Cane Kids Ministry, founded by our own Amber Stewart. Find our more here.

Five Reasons to Shop Small Business Saturday

Matthew Stewart - Sunday, November 24, 2013

If you plan to start your holiday shopping this weekend, don’t forget to buy a cup of joe at a Hickory area coffee shop, and visit other stores that are close to home. This Saturday is Small Business Saturday -  a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities.  Here are just a few reasons to shop local:

1. Money Back into the Community - One study shows $45 of every $100 spent at small, local businesses stays in the local economy. The money you spend is reinvested into schools, taxes and other community needs.

2. More Jobs - Locally owned businesses create more jobs for the people who live there.

3. Environmental Sustainability - Local stores and restaurants help to sustain vibrant, walkable town centers which are essential to reducing sprawl, automobile use, habitat loss, and air and water pollution.

4. Product Diversity - Most small businesses select their product offerings based on their own interests and the needs of customers, allowing them to offer more unique choices than bigger stores.

5. Customer Service - Good customer service is hard to find during the holidays because retail employees are often stretched thin and busy with other customers.  Small businesses offer knowledgeable, personalized help in a less crowded environment.

Small Business Saturday was started in 2010 by American Express. The credit card company says the event brings $5.5 billion in revenue to small businesses throughout the country. If you register your AMEX card and use it in participating stores and restaurants, you’ll receive a $10 credit on your AMEX bill.

Click here for a list of participating shops and restaurants in the Hickory area.

 

We are proud to be a small business serving Hickory and the surrounding areas and support our local community businesses. Please give us a call if we can help you keep your home warm this holiday season.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at 72 Degrees of Hickory!

We Salute Our Veterans

Matthew Stewart - Sunday, November 10, 2013

We’d like to send a big thank you to all the men and women who have served or are serving our country. Whether you’re working today or plan to attend one of the many local Veterans Day events, be sure to take a moment to show your appreciation for those who fight for our freedom.

 

Local Events

The Greater Hickory Metropolitan Community Veterans Day Ceremony, 6:00 p.m. Hickory Elks Lodge #1654, 356 Main Ave. NW, Hickory

Alexander County Veterans Day Celebration, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., ACHS Auditorium, 223 School Drive, Taylorsville

American Legion Post 86 Veterans Day Program, 11:00 a.m., at the Cornelius Veteran's Monument at Rotary Plaza and the Cornelius Town Hall lawn. 

If you plan to display an American flag, please keep in mind the Flag Code guidelines. The flag:

   - Should be lighted at all times, either by sunlight or by an appropriate light source.

    - Should never be dipped to any person or thing. It is flown upside down only as a distress signal.

    - Should not be used for any decoration in general. Bunting of blue, white and red stripes is available for these purposes. The blue stripe of the bunting should be on the top.

    - Should never be used for any advertising purpose. It should not be embroidered, printed or otherwise impressed on such articles as cushions, handkerchiefs, napkins, boxes, or anything intended to be discarded after temporary use. Advertising signs should not be attached to the staff or halyard.

    - Should not be used as part of a costume or athletic uniform, except that a flag patch may be used on the uniform of military personnel, fireman, policeman and members of patriotic organizations.

    - Should never have any mark, insignia, letter, word, number, figure, or drawing of any kind placed on it, or attached to it.

    - Should never be used for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything.

    - Should not touch the ground or any other object; it should be received by waiting hands and arms.

    - To store the flag it should be folded neatly and ceremoniously.

    - Should be cleaned and mended when necessary.

     

    From all of us at 72 Degrees of Hickory, have a safe and happy Veterans Day!

     

        

Zoning in on Cold Weather Comfort

Matthew Stewart - Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Is your family avoiding spending time in your basement living area because it’s just too cold?  

Are you cranking up the thermostat to make your vaulted family room warmer, only to retire to a stifling bedroom that night?

Do you want to cut costs on your heating bills?

Then you may want to think about zoning.

Some home designs make it tough for a traditional heating system to work efficiently. Maybe you have a game room above your garage, a bathroom above a cold crawl space, or bedrooms on separate floors. It’s impossible to heat all of these areas evenly, and if you’re trying to do so, you may be throwing money out the window.

How does a zoning system work?

The zoning system allows your furnace to heat only the areas that need it—allowing you to enjoy more comfortable temperatures throughout your home.

Let’s say your family likes to spend most of its time in the basement. Instead of heating the entire main floor while trying to stay warm downstairs, zoning would let you set the basement temperature to 70 while keeping the main floor at 60. When you get ready to go up, you can raise the main floor temperature and lower the basement. That way, you’re not paying to heat the areas you’re not using.

A zoning system consists of a control, automatic motorized dampers and temperature sensors that work with your heating system. The dampers are placed inside the supply ducts to control the airflow to specific areas of your home. The temperature sensors are located in the separate zones of your home. It’s similar to having a separate thermostat in each area communicating with your heating system—allowing each zone to be heated independently.

When you request that any of the zones be heated, the thermostat signals your heating system. The zone control determines which zones need heating based on the temperature sensors in each zone. The dampers are automatically closed in the supply lines to those zones which do not need heating and opened in those that do need heating.

How much can I save?

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, system zoning can save homeowners up to 30 percent on a typical heating and cooling bill. Considering that heating and cooling account for 40 percent of the average household's utility costs, this amount of savings can add up to a lot. Because guest rooms and other seldom-used rooms don't need to be heated constantly, system zoning lets you save money by heating those rooms only when necessary.

Will I need to do major reconstruction on my home?

No. Typically, a zoning system can be installed within a day or two and will not require any reconstruction of drywall or changing your heating and air conditioning system. The dampers will slide into what you already have for duct work, and your contractor will set up the panel and run all the tubing to the dampers and wire to the thermostats.

What areas should I consider zoning?

Before you meet with your contractor to discuss zoning your home, determine which rooms and areas would benefit from having customized control. Group rooms together with similar usage patterns or areas that may be tough to heat. Keep these things in mind when you’re laying out your zones:

  • Try keeping each of your coverage areas the same size.
  • Large rooms such as the master bedroom, a bonus room or a basement might make up their own zone.
  • If your home has multiple stories, combine rooms on the same level.
  • Rooms with common usage patterns such as bedrooms should be together, if they are on the same level.
  • Rooms that are shaded could become one zone.

Does zoning work for cooling my home as well?

Yes! When warmer weather comes, you’ll be able to enjoy cooler upstairs bedrooms. You’ll spend less money trying to keep your skylight-filled living room cool. And you’ll keep your whole family more comfortable all summer.

How can I find out more?

Since our main goal is to get your home’s temperature just right, we’ll be happy to talk to you about the benefits of a zoning system and how it will work in your home.  Contact us at 72 Degrees today!

What's that Smell?

Paul Gassett - Tuesday, October 22, 2013

With temperatures dropping into the 30s at night, you've most likely turned on your furnace for the first time this season. If you smell an odor drifting through your home the first few times it clicks on, don't be alarmed.  It’s most likely dust that has settled on coils and other heating elements during the spring and summer that needs to burn off, so you should only notice it for a day or two. It might help to open a window or turn on your attic fan to let some of the odor out.

If the smell lingers for longer than a couple of days, it could be something else.

Have you changed your furnace filter? You should change or at least inspect your furnace filter every couple of months to be sure it isn't clogged. Households with pets may want to change the filter more often, as pet dander can quickly clog a furnace.

How long has it been since your air ducts have been cleaned? It’s a good idea to have a heating expert examine your ducts each season. A professional will use high-end, truck-size units to clean out all of the duct work and inspect it for any signs of mold or mildew.

Still smell something? If the smell is still bothering you, give us a call. And if you ever notice a rotten egg or oil smell when your furnace comes on, evacuate your home and call 911, as this can indicate a gas leak.

The best way to prevent problems with your furnace is to schedule an annual Furnace Tune-Up, Cleaning and Safety Inspection with 72 Degrees of Hickory.

Make Your Familys Health a Priority

Matthew Stewart - Sunday, October 13, 2013

Now that fall is here, winter is not too far off. And cooler temperatures mean you and your family will likely be spending more time indoors. But what can come with that is indoor air pollution, which is a real danger to your health.

At 72 Degrees, we want to help you make sure your health and safety are a priority. From our indoor air filtration systems to duct cleaning and air duct sealing, our professionals will ensure that the air you’re breathing at home is top notch.

Contact us to schedule an appointment today so you can breathe easy!

National Customer Service Week

Matthew Stewart - Sunday, October 06, 2013

Did you know that this coming week, October 7-13, is National Customer Service Week? We always want to strive to provide you with the best customer service possible, but it never hurts to have an extra reason to do so.

Our aim at 72 Degrees is to put you, the customer, first. Our heating and cooling professionals are reliable, polite, punctual, and they get the job done. We want you to be completely satisfied with our service.

We like to think that we celebrate customer service week every week! Contact us to schedule an appointment today.


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