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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.

 

 

 

 

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!

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.

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!

We Remember 9-11

Matthew Stewart - Friday, September 13, 2013

 

No one will ever forget where they were the morning of September 11, 2001. This past Wednesday marked the 12th anniversary of the tragic day that has gone down in history as the “day the world stopped.”

Countless memorials remember and honor policemen, firemen, and citizens who risked — and often gave — their lives to save others. We want to thank everyone who bravely served our nation that day and every day. They are real-life superheroes, for which we are truly grateful.

So from all of us at 72 Degrees, thank you!

Hooray for National Grandparents Day

Matthew Stewart - Monday, September 09, 2013

Yesterday, the first Sunday after Labor Day, was National Grandparent’s Day! After all, grandparents do so much for us, so it only seems fitting to honor them in this way. They give us love, wisdom, and hugs that only a grandparent can give.

This special holiday was created in 1978 by President Jimmy Carter and has stuck ever since. Let's keep the spirit of this day alive all year and show them how much they mean to us every day. 

From all of us at 72 Degrees, we wish all the grandparents out there a joy-filled year!

Get in the Zone

Matthew Stewart - Sunday, February 17, 2013

What kind of zone, you ask? Actually, we’re talking about your home’s heating and cooling zone. Knowing how to make your home’s temperature efficient by zoning is important to saving money and energy. And during this time of year when the weather can be very fickle, zoning will help minimize expense.

Instead of needing to have the whole house be a set temperature, a zoning system allows you to control the temperatures of different areas in the home. When you’re in one area, set that temperature according to your preferences, but be sure to turn off the heat or air conditioning in a vacant area so that room is not receiving unnecessary heat or air.

Maybe you have a workout room that you like to keep cooler than the rest of the house. So instead of cooling the entire house when you want to use that room, simply cool that one area with a zoning system in place. And there’s no expensive installation either.

A zoning system will make a difference on your electric bills all year long. Plus, it will make it easier for you to heat or cool a specific area than without the system, giving you more comfort and flexibility.

Let us know if a zoning system is right for you.

Have a Wonderfully Warm Winter

Paul Gassett - Monday, December 17, 2012

You think you’re cold with winter on the brink? Just imagine being in the coldest ever temperature, -125 degrees Celcius, recorded in Antarctica in 1983. One of the hardest parts of waking up in the morning is often walking onto the cold tile of the bathroom floor. Why not consider getting a radiant floor heating system? We can help you with that.

Cozy with comfy socks? If you just need help with your current system, we’ve got you covered. Our technicians service any brand of heater. Even better – when that heater goes off in the middle of the night, we can offer 24/7 service.

This winter season, keep 72 Degrees around. We’ll keep you warm. 

Don't Forget Mom this Sunday

Matthew Stewart - Thursday, May 10, 2012

Sure, we're professional air conditioning and heating specialists, but we're also sons and daughters! We'd like to take a moment to thank the moms of all of our great employees at 72 Degrees Air Conditioning & Heating -- not to mention all of the moms out there! We are truly grateful for all you've done and continue to do in the lives of each and every one of us.

Don't forget to thank your mom or a special mom you know in your life.

If you're ever in need of air conditioning and heating service or repair, check out 72 Degrees Air Conditioning & Heating. Click here for more information or call (828) 449.8057.


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