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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.

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.

Autumn Is Here

Matthew Stewart - Saturday, September 21, 2013

 

Tomorrow, September 22, autumn will officially begin. Now the leaves will begin to change, pumpkin patches will sprout up, and the air will become cool and crisp. 

Soon, though, the weather will grow colder, and you want to make sure your home’s heating system is ready for whatever elements autumn and winter will bring. Make sure to schedule a furnace tune-up inspection, which will keep your heating unit in good shape throughout the cold months.

At 72 Degrees, our professionals will do a 60-90 minute precision tune-up, which goes through 17 steps and ensures that your heating system is safe and efficient and won’t break down when you need it the most. To see all the details of a tune-up and safety inspection, click here. Don’t hesitate to contact us today. Hot chocolate and pumpkin carving, here we come!

Dangers of Carbon Monoxide

Paul Gassett - Wednesday, January 09, 2013

During the winter months, everyone is doing what they can to stay warm. However, if you have a gas furnace you need to be aware of the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless gas. When breathed in, it accumulates in the blood and replaces the oxygen cells need to function. After inhaling CO one might experience symptoms similar to the flu, such as headaches, shortness of breath, fatigue, nausea, dizzy spells, confusion, and irritability.

It is a good idea to install a carbon monoxide detector in the home, especially near the sleeping area. Also, you should replace or clean your furnace filter three or four times yearly. Keep the area around your furnace clean and unobstructed, as it should be able to properly ventilate.

Have a professional:

  • Measure the concentration of CO in the flue gases.
  • Check furnace connections to flue pipes and venting systems to outside of the home for signs of corrosion, rust, gaps, or holes.
  • Check furnace filters and filtering systems for dirt or blockages.
  • Check the combustion chamber and internal heat exchanger for cracks, metal fatigue or corrosion--be sure they are clean and free of debris.
  • Check burners and ignition system. A flame that is mostly yellow in color in natural gas-fired furnaces is often a sign fuel is not burning completely and higher levels of carbon monoxide are being released. 

Is Your Furnace Safe

Matthew Stewart - Friday, October 19, 2012
Cooler temperatures are coming, so it is a good time to think about your furnace and its proper maintenance. A furnace is an integral part of your home's system. Keeping you warm in the winter months is pretty important. What's more, it's even more important to ensure that it keeps you warm and IS SAFE!
If you have a gas furnace, an important element is the heat exchanger. This is the part of the system that's responsible for supplying your home with warm air. However, since this element expands and contracts as it heats, it can, over time, become damaged or cracked. When this happens, it can release a poisonous gas into your home known as carbon monoxide. This tasteless and odorless poison can silently cause homeowners to become very ill or, even worse, as it could even cause death.
If you have any questions related to you or a loved one's home furnace system or your furnace's heat exchanger, click here. A qualified professional from 72 Degrees Heating and Cooling will be in contact with you.
They'd be happy to conduct an In-Home Safety Analysis of your home's comfort system to ensure its safe for you and your family this upcoming winter.

Save more green this spring with a $69 Precision Tune-up

Matthew Stewart - Friday, March 16, 2012

Your friends will be green with envy when they see all of the green you've saved with 72 Degrees Air Conditioning and Heating! We're offering you a "Spring Precision Tune-Up" for ONLY $69! That 's a big savings for you and your family. As you know, well-maintained equipment can save you green and help the environment as well since it will run more efficiently.  

To schedule a Precision Tune-Up with 72 Degrees Air Conditioning and Heating, click here or call 828-449-8057.


Protect Your Home with Furnace Maintenance

Matthew Stewart - Wednesday, December 28, 2011

According to the American Red Cross, heating fires are the second-leading cause of home fires. This includes heating sources such as furnaces, portable heating units, space heaters, and wood stoves. Homes and families are in danger when smoke detectors, proper fire escape plans, and proper furnace maintenance schedules aren't in place. Don't take this important step for granted in maintaining your home's heating and cooling system. If you haven't conducted proper heating and air conditioning service on your home's unit in a while, contact a professional.

Let the trained technicians at 72 Degrees Air Conditioning and Heating perform a full maintenance checklist on your home's heating and cooling unit today. Call 72 Degrees Air Conditioning and Heating at 828.449.8057 or click here.
 
For more details on home fire safety, see the tips presented by the American Red Cross by the Hickory Daily Record,
http://www2.hickoryrecord.com/news/2011/dec/20/red-cross-home-heating-safety-tips-ar-1735610/

Sources: American Red Cross, U.S. Fire Administration and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission


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