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How a Home Loses Heat

home heat lossAs the cool temperatures dip, it’s important to recognize how a home loses heat. Some may notice that trying to keep the house warm and toasty is a never-ending battle because heat is leaking out, or in some cases, never even making it to the inside of your home.

Sometimes leaky ducts are the culprit of lost heat. Most ducts are not airtight, allowing heat to escape before it can reach the inside your home. A simple inspection done by you or a professional can determine if this is how your home is losing heat.

Another way your home may be losing heat is through small holes or crevices on the exterior walls of your home. These are usually very small, but can be a big source of heat loss.

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How to Avoid Electrical Hazards During a Flood

A yellow warning signs alerts readers to the danger of electrical hazards.

Never enter a flooded room before an electrician has shut off the power to your home.

Do you know how to avoid electrical hazards during a flood? Oregon has seen some extreme weather this winter. Storm after storm brought high winds and torrential rains to the area. The Portland-metro area experienced higher-than-normal rainfall in December. It all resulted in floods, landslides, downed trees and power outages.

Water and Electricity Don’t Mix

Familiarize yourself with basic safety protocols before the panic of an emergency situation. During a flood, electricity poses a lethal threat. Electrical hazards aren’t always visible. Downed wires may be hidden beneath tree limbs or submerged in water. Flooded basements may contain dangers you can’t see.

When waters are rising, power companies may turn off the electricity to an area to protect residents. You can also request the power be cut if your home is flooded. Even if you have lost power in the storm, you can’t be assured of safety from electrical hazards until an electrician disconnects the house from the power grid.

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4 Ways to Keep Your Home Warm This Winter

No matter how frigid the air is outside your window, the temperature inside your home should be as warm as you want. Your furnace works hard throughout the season to ensure this is the case; be sure to give it the support it needs.

Mitten-clad hands hold a model of a cottage, illustrating the idea of a cozy home warmed by a furnace.

Regular filter changes and furnace tune-ups keep a home warm and cozy during winter.

Here are four ways to keep your home toasty all winter long:

Change the Furnace Filter

This seems like a minor aspect of your heating unit, but a fresh filter can pack a powerful punch to your output. The air filter can be compromised over time by airborne contaminants, both big and small, that are present in your home. This is especially true if you share your home with furry family members whose fur builds up and blocks airflow at a rapid rate. Be sure any new or recently cleaned filters are placed properly; improper placement can wreak havoc on your furnace’s performance.

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Tips for Managing Home Heating Costs

Home Heating CostsWhen the weather starts to grow chilly, it’s time to start turning up the heater. A properly-maintained heating system can provide incredible comfort. Unfortunately, it’s all too easy to waste money if it’s inefficient.

Here are a few easy ways to save on your home’s heating costs this winter. We’re hoping at least a few of these tips will help you stay warm during the cool season this year.

Eliminate All Drafts

If your home doesn’t have weather stripping, it’s a worthy investment for saving on your home’s heating costs. This prevents breezes from making their way through your house and requiring the heating system work harder to reach desired indoor temperatures. Savings can also be achieved by insulating the attic in your home and inspecting for air leaks regularly.

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3 Signs It’s Time for a New Furnace

An inefficient furnace increases heating bills.Has your furnace been repaired several times in the last year or two? Does your house feel cold even when you turn on the heat? Have your power bills spiked? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s time to take a close look at your furnace.

When the cold weather hits, you need a reliable source of heat. If you’re not satisfied with your furnace’s performance, you can get it serviced or buy a new one. A new furnace is an investment. Before you haul out the current one and usher in a new one, you’ll want to be sure the old one has really run its course.

Here are a few things to consider when evaluating a furnace.

Is Your Furnace More Than 10 Years Old?

High-quality furnaces typically last 10 to 15 years. If your system is nearing the end of it’s life and starting to malfunction, sinking money into repairs might not give you the best value. An expensive repair on a furnace that will only run for a couple more years doesn’t make sense. If your furnace is only a couple years old, is still under warranty or requires only a minor fix, getting it repaired is a good course of action.

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Savings Are Automatic With Programmable Thermostats

A programmable is convenient and saves homeowners money.It might appear to be a small detail, but picking the right thermostat for your home is a big decision. There are many choices in thermostats. How do you know which one is right for your home? If you want a thermostat that automatically controls the temperature throughout the day, a programmable thermostat is a great option.

Control Your Entire Heating and Cooling System

Some thermostats can control both between heating and air conditioning. They may also provide significant energy savings. Once a thermostat is programmed properly, it can take as much as 20 percent off your heating and cooling bill.

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What Is a Home Energy Audit?

An home energy audit can find ways for homeowners to save on utility bills.Is your home drafty? Are utility bills on the rise? A home energy may be able to help. An energy audit shows you where a building is losing energy. An audit tells you if it is possible to save energy by adding insulation, weather stripping or buying updated appliances. An inspector may analyze your utility bills, looking for changes in energy use.

Sunset Heating and Cooling can make a thorough inspection of your home and recommend cost-effective fixes. You can also perform an energy audit yourself.

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RHEEM XR90

This tank is amazing! Only a 29 gallon tank, but with its high efficient heating system, this hot water heater has a production rate of 90 gallons per hour! Plus, with its energy saving features – the RHEEM XR90 qualifies for Energy Trust Rebates!...

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Mar 10 2017

Nest

The Learning Thermostat! This amazing thermostat learns how you live and applies it to heating and cooling your home. The latest model even has an automatic away setting that senses when you leave the house....

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Mar 10 2017

Honeywell VisionPro 8000 with RedLink

For years, Honeywell has been the gold standard of thermostats. The touchscreen VisionPro 8000 can even be accessed from an app on your phone!...

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