Insulation is it or is it not a good thing investment?Is your insulation adequate? That depends on a complex of things.Luckily,there’s a simple way to answer that question.Contact your utility company about an energy audit.It can recommend an auditor and may pay part of the cost.He will come to your home ,preform some tests and make a recommendations on energy savings,including insulation if needed.Different types of insulation are, R value is the resistance to heat flow a way of indicating insulation’s power to stop heat from moving though it.Closed cell foam insulation seals air leaks and delivers twice the R value per inch of other common choices.This is a sprayed on insulation.Roll batts insulation is a roll of fiberglass batts that is installed.Blow in insulation is installed by a machine that chops loose fill insulation an blows it into attics ( fiberglass or cellulose) It,s dusty work ,but faster an easier than rolling out batts.So what insulation is suited for your home.
Because even relatively minor excavation like landscaping or fencing can cause damage to a pipeline, it’s protective casing and/or buried utility lines, always contact your state one call center before engaging in any excavation, construction, farming or digging.Most states require 2 days notice to allow utility operators to mark their pipelines and utilities at proposed digging site. CALL 811 before you dig
A fire extinguisher can make the difference between a miner fire or total destruction.Experts recommend that you have one on each level of your home.Don’t get blogged down in the details of the fire extinguisher classifications system. Most extinguishers sold at home centers are labeled A, B, C an that’s exactly what you need .When you go to use one stand a few feet back an spray.Move the extinguisher’stream in a sweeping motions an aim at the base of the fire.Most extinguishers have a very short discharge time.They don’t last forever if you have an old extinguisher,look for the expiration date on the label. Also make sure the pressure gauge reads full.
Carbon monoxide,or co,is a colorless ,odorless gas that first makes you sick,then puts you to sleep and then kills you.Byproduct of combustion.It is produced by anything that burns fuel.Unless your home runs on entirely on electricity.CO is produced by anything that runs on fuel:gas water heaters,oil furnaces,wood stoves,gasoline engines,kerosene heaters,it emits CO.Most things that burn fuel vent exhaust gases outside. But exhaust systems can fail,so co detectors are the best way to stay safe.Install one on each level of your home. Install them in hallways near bedrooms but 15 feet away from fuel burning appliances. CO is the same weight as air.The early symptoms of CO poisoning resemble those of the flu.If the CO detector alarm sounds and anyone fells dizziness,headaches,fatigue,or vomiting,get everyone out of the house and call 911.If one fells ill.Open doors an windows ventilate the house.Turn off all potential sources of CO.Have your home inspected by a pro.CO detectors only have a five to seven year life .If you have small children, consider buying a talking CO.
It’s that time of year to check an clean your AC. Staying cool can be expensive. Even in moderate climates,it costs a few hundred dollars per year. So reducing cooling bill is worth some effort.The effort in cutting cooling costs also saves in your heating costs. Shade trees, trellises,vines block direct sunlight through your windows and roof, which can be about half of the heat that gets in your home. placing trees an trellises on the east an west side of your home can save you up to 30 percent of the household’s energy.Dirty air filters are number 1 cause of air conditioning breakdowns.Window units also have filters that you clean monthly.Ceiling fans save by keeping you comfortable at higher thermostat settings. Each degree higher than 78 degree will save you 5 to 10 percent on your AC cost. Cleaning your fins on your unit will save the AC .If those fins are plugged with dirt an debris ,airflow through them is reduced. That means lowers efficiency and expensive energy wasted.Straighten crushed fins, keep fins clean an you will get more for your money,all it takes is a little bit of maintenance.
Don’t call for repair until you check the button, It happens a lot.Electricians have those service calls require only the push of a button or the flip of a switch to restore power.That costs the homeowner a minimum service charge ( typically $50 to $100 )plus embarrassment.Here’s how to make sure that it doesn’t happen to you.The bathroom outlets and the exterior outlets are powered through a GFCI and all it takes is to push a button an you can be back in business.When the lights go out or a switch doesn’t work check the main electrical panel for tripped breaker All disposers have an over load feature that automatically shuts off the power. Simply push the reset button under the disposal.So call an electrician an they should walk it through with you.