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The Two Main Types Of Burning Furnace Odors And What Causes Them

Posted by on Aug 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Two Main Types Of Burning Furnace Odors And What Causes Them

It can be very alarming when you notice a burning odor coming from your furnace. Sure, it’s supposed to heat your home, but burning is going a little far. So what is causing it and what can you do? Well, the first thing is to determine just what type of “burning” odor you’re talking about; there are two main types of burning furnace odors, and they can mean very different things. Like A Burning Fire One of the most common burning odors from a furnace is one that’s similar to a fire. It may also seem a little smoky (although without physical smoke) or even dusty. If this is the type of burning you’re smelling, there are a few things you should check. If this is the first time you’ve had your furnace on in a long time, there may be dust built up in the combustion chamber. This will usually go away within a day, and you can speed it up by opening up a few windows. Another cause of smoky burning odors is a dirty filter. If you haven’t been keeping up with changing your filter, it may be clogged with dirt and dust. Pull out your filter and, if it’s dirty, replace it and see if the burning odor goes away. If you’ve got a burning odor and the furnace is not putting out heat or putting out less heat than usual, you should turn your furnace off and call a repairman. It’s possible that your blower isn’t working properly, causing heat to build up in the furnace. An overheated furnace can be a fire hazard, so don’t run your furnace until it has been looked at by a repairman. Like Burning Plastic Burning plastic is a distinctive smell, and plastic is usually exactly what’s causing it. Many of the causes of this type of burning odor are more serious, so if you notice it, turn off your furnace while you figure out the problem. But where is this plastic and why is it burning? If you have small children, it’s possible that a plastic toy lodged in the ductwork is burning; it’s also possible for small bits like a plastic pen cap to get into the ducts. You can give your registers and the entrances to ducts a look and see if you can find the culprit. If you find something, be sure to let it cool completely before removing it. Plastic components of the furnace itself might be overheating. A short circuit within the furnace can cause it to overheat, which is why this sometimes causes an electrical odor as well. This is why it’s important to turn off a furnace with the odor of burning plastic; continuing to run your furnace with a short circuit may cause a fire. For your own safety, it’s time to call a repair company like Kohl Heating & Air...

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Improve Your AC With These Three Tips To Reduce Energy Consumption

Posted by on Jul 28, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Improve Your AC With These Three Tips To Reduce Energy Consumption

If you want to stay cool and save cash, you want your AC to be performing at its best. Regular maintenance is an important part of better energy efficiency. Adding insulation to your home, using a digital thermostat and setting temperatures a little higher can also help you save. If you want to be able to stay comfortable and keep the cash in your pocket, here are a few tips to help you reduce the energy consumption of your AC: 1. Revising And Addressing Air Leaks With Insulation If you have an older home, there are may be air leaks. These air leaks can cause your home to be drafty during the winter months. During the summer when you use your cooling, they can also allow heat to get in your home and increase heat gain. To improve this problem, add insulation around areas like windows, doors and exterior electrical outlets. Spray foam can work well around mechanics that are not insulated well. You may also want to consider adding insulation to your attic to reduce heat gain. 2. Installing A Programmable Digital Thermostat For Better Efficiency The thermostat of your AC can also affect energy consumption. If you have an old outdated thermostat, it can cause your cooling to come on when it is not needed. Consider having your system upgraded with newer digital controls that can also be programmed. This can allow you to control when your air conditioner comes on and reduce energy consumption when you do not really need to cool your home. Programmable thermostats will allow you to program your AC for optimal performance and energy savings. 3. Maintenance And Reducing Temperature Settings To Save Energy Maintenance is also important to reduce energy consumption. You need to do things like change your filter regularly. You may also want to consider having the ducts cleaned before the cooling season starts to help improve your systems performance, as well as improve the air quality in your home. Setting the temperature a little higher can also help to reduce energy consumption. You may want to consider using a dehumidifier to help make the air in your home more comfortable at a higher temperature. These are some things that you can do to reduce the energy consumption of your AC. If you need help getting repairs and maintenance done to your cooling system, contact an HVAC contractor from a company like Borter Heating & Air Conditioning Co and talk to them about some improvements that can be...

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Building A New Home? Avoid These Costly Mistakes

Posted by on Jul 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Building A New Home? Avoid These Costly Mistakes

Owning your first home is one of the most exciting times in your life, especially if your first home is the one that you are having built. As much as you might want to save money and time on your new home construction, you don’t want to end up making a mistake that could wind up costing you a small fortune in the end. To help make the process as smooth and efficient as possible, avoid making one of the mistakes below. Trying to be your own contractor. Many people assume that since they can do the job on their own there is no reason to hire someone else to do it. Even though you can save money by building your own home, that doesn’t mean it is the best move for you. A regular contractor will have working relationships with a number of different subcontractors. While you might not think this is that big of a deal, it is more important than ever. By hiring the right contractors, you can make sure the job is done right each and every time. This is why it is more important than ever that you let a trained professional handle your new construction for you. Not buying a solid set of plans. Many people forgo buying a set of plans for their new home construction. They think that drawing the house of their dreams on a napkin or placemat is good enough. Nothing can compare to buying a set of plans from a licensed contractor, even if that contractor isn’t the one that you have build the home. While you might believe that skipping out on the plans is a wise investment, it is actually going to cost you more in the end. A mistake is going to cost you far more to fix it than what you would spend on a solid set of house plans. Building the wrong home for the lot. Pay attention to how your lot is laid out. Lots that slope down aren’t ideal for walk-out basements. Lots that slope more to one side than the other need a plan that fits the slope, otherwise, you could wind up with a garage that is a few feet higher than what your home is or something just as crazy. Spend some time going through the options to determine what plan is going to work the best for your lot. In taking your time in your new build, you can save a lot of time, hassle and money, while securing the home you desire.  For professional new home builders, click on the link or do an online...

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Two Great Reasons To Secure Your Property With An Automatic Gate

Posted by on Jul 2, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Two Great Reasons To Secure Your Property With An Automatic Gate

There are many benefits to adding an automatic gate to your property. Whether you’ve already fenced the land in and you’re just gating the driveway, or you are installing a complete fence and gate system, you may find that the investment improves your property’s safety, security and privacy. Here’s a look at a couple of key benefits of installing an automatic gate on your home’s driveway. Improved Property Security Automatic driveway gates provide an initial barrier to help you control access to your property. Particularly when you install these gates with a fence that encloses the entire perimeter of the property, you’ll be able to keep your home more secure. Most intruders and would-be burglars are looking for homes they can access with ease, and putting this type of barrier in the way can hinder their ability to get in and out quickly. That makes your home look less attractive to criminals. You can enhance the security benefits by adding a video surveillance system with a two-way audio control so that you can communicate with people who arrive at the gate. This gives you the ability to monitor who is arriving at your house before granting access. Better Pet Safety Not only is a gated driveway a benefit for your personal safety, it’s also great for your pets. This is especially true if you have a dog that’s easily excited or prone to aggression. Dog bite injury claims can be a significant concern, and they can be costly. Luckily, when you fence and gate your property, the risk of an errant dog bite is much lower than if someone were to be free to wander into your yard. In addition to reducing the chances of a dog bite, adding a gate to your driveway may even help keep your dog safe from traffic, theft or loss. Some dogs struggle with the idea of staying in the yard no matter how hard you train them. The best way to deal with these issues is to take away the temptation by gating the yard. These are just a couple of the many reasons that your home may benefit from the installation of an automatic gate. If you’re looking for improved security, pet protection or even just peace of mind when your kids play outside, talk with a local fence and gate contractor like Rut Fencing who can help you secure your property. The more proactive you are, the safer your home will...

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Building an Accessible Home for the Disabled

Posted by on Jun 19, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Building an Accessible Home for the Disabled

Due to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, public buildings have become much more accessible for the disabled. Private homes, however, are often not as accessible unless they have been adapted for a specific resident. Rather than adapt as you go, a better plan would be to build new homes with certain accessibility features as part of the original design. While you are busy drawing up plans for your gourmet kitchen or family room, consider adding items that will benefit your disabled family members or friends. Front Door Access Although wheelchair ramps are often added as they are needed, consider designing your home so that no steps are necessary to enter it. You can build an attractively designed ramp that leads to your extra-wide doorway, providing easy access for all the home’s inhabitants and guests. Since the ramp will be an organic part of the home’s design, it will not look like an afterthought. Also, stairs can be a hazard for anyone, so eliminating them where possible is a sound idea. Interior Aids Designing a house with wide doorways and accessible light switches and electric outlets will make everyone’s life easier. Also, installing grab bars for the bathtub and loop handles or levers for the kitchen cabinets will not detract from the look of your home but will aid people with any sort of frailty. Special easy-to-use storage areas are also a benefit for everyone, not just those with a disability.  Elevators If you want a multi-story home, consider having an elevator installed during the original construction. An elevator is a great investment when you consider that most people’s mobility lessens as they age. Having home elevators not only helps people with bad knees or poor balance, they are great for transporting small children, heavy supplies, and even pets. If someone in your family is or becomes wheelchair-bound, an elevator is priceless. When it is part of the original design, the elevator can be an intentional focal point or it can be completely hidden. You will need to contract for elevator maintenance services to keep your elevator in top shape and safely running. With conscientious upkeep, your elevator can last a lifetime. For more information, tlak to a professional like Capital Elevator Services Inc. Building a totally accessible home makes excellent sense. Although you may live a long life that is untouched by serious medical conditions or illnesses, chances are someone in your family will have need of accessibility aids. Incorporating these features into the original home design is a practical and more attractive way of making your home accessible for...

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Planning on a New Wood Floor? How to Choose between Solid and Engineered Planks

Posted by on Jun 8, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Planning on a New Wood Floor? How to Choose between Solid and Engineered Planks

If you want to install wood floors in your home, you have to make several choices. You’ll need to decide on the size planks you want as well as the type of wood you’ll buy. The type of wood affects the color and hardness of your floor. Another important decision is whether you’ll buy solid wood planks or an engineered hardwood floor. Here are the differences between the two. Method of Construction Solid hardwood planks are formed from a single piece of wood. Engineered planks are created by gluing several layers of wood together. The top layer is made from actual hardwood. This makes them different from laminated flooring, which has a photograph of wood laminated to the top. An advantage of only having the top layer made from hardwood is it can reduce cost. If you want an exotic type of wood for your floor, it is cheaper to buy the engineered variety rather than planks made from solid chunks of expensive wood. Response to Humidity Neither type of wood flooring tolerates water very well. You wouldn’t want to put an engineered floor or a solid wood floor in a bathroom or laundry room. However, the two types of floors respond differently to humidity. Solid wood expands along the width of the wood, and it is more susceptible to warping and cracking if it is in a high humidity area. Engineered wood is glued together in alternating strips, and this causes the wood to expand in both directions along the plank. The result is a more stable floor that is able to tolerate direct placement on a slab and installation in a basement that has higher humidity than the rest of the house. So, if you want to turn your basement into a family room with wood floors, you may want to choose engineered planks over solid wood. Installation Method Solid wood floors are installed by nailing them to a subfloor. Allowances are made so the flooring can expand and contract as needed along with changes in the weather. Your contractor may even place the wood in the room and allow it to acclimate to the temperature and humidity before installing it in order to get the best fit. Engineered planks are much easier to install. They can be nailed, glued, or stapled into place. They can be installed on a floating floor if you don’t want to rip up the old floor. Because they are easier to install, engineered hardwood floors are the best choice if you want to put the floors in yourself instead of hiring a contractor. Since both types of wood floors look the same once they are installed, you should consider where the floor will be placed and whether you want to do the installation yourself. Your preference is important too. You may prefer solid wood because it is traditional, especially if you are renovating a vintage or historic home. Visit sites like for more...

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Frequent Mistakes Business Owners Make When It Comes to Sealcoating Striping

Posted by on May 26, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Frequent Mistakes Business Owners Make When It Comes to Sealcoating Striping

When you have a parking area on your business property, it is very important that it is as safe as possible for both drivers and pedestrians. This is why sealcoating striping is a necessity. Without the appropriate markings, drivers and pedestrians would be left to guess where to park, where it will be safe to cross, and which areas should be considered driving lanes. Here are a few of the biggest mistakes business owners tend to make when it comes to sealcoating striping. Mistake #1: Choosing to repaint lines on your own. If you start to see that the various markings of your parking area are wearing away, you may be tempted to grab a can of spray paint to brighten the lines until you can get a contractor to your business for a professional reapplication. Even though it is important that the lines on the lot are visible, you could actually do more harm than good. The paint that is used for striping the lot is made with highly durable acrylic-based paint, but this paint can be broken down with the harsh chemicals in spray paint. Therefore, even if it seems as if you are doing a good thing, the effects will not last and may cause more damage to the paint than is already present. Mistake #2: Prolonging necessary re-striping when signs of wear are apparent. It is easy to disregard the striping needs of a parking lot and just assume that drivers should already be familiar with where to park or where to drive. However, this can lead to accidents on the lot and you could be held responsible if lines are not present. Mistake #3: Not abiding by local regulations concerning accessible parking spaces. Accessible parking spaces are a necessity in most business settings. If you are having your parking lot striped and marked, make sure your chosen contractor is familiar with local requirements concerning handicapped spaces. For example, if you have up to 25 parking spaces, at least one should be handicap accessible. These spaces are not just a requirement, but a good measure to cater to all of your customers. It is easy to take the lines and markings of a parking lot for granted, but they are actually very important. If you need your parking area re-striped, be sure to talk with a contractor like Pioneeer Seal Coat LLC right away to keep your parking area...

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Create A Safe Environment Through Information – Questions For An Asbestos Removal Contractor

Posted by on May 12, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Whether you’re a homeowner trying to create a safer environment for your family or a business owner trying to limit your liability, clearing your building of asbestos is a vitally important step. Unfortunately, the process is extremely delicate and will require the services of an experienced contractor in order to guarantee that no accidental contamination occurs during the process. Below, you’ll find a guide to some questions that you should be sure to ask your asbestos removal contractor. Having the answers to these questions can help guarantee that your remodeling project is successfully completed and that you stay fully aware of the things you need to do to maintain a safe and healthy environment. Ask About A Written Work Plan Asbestos removal is a delicate process, and without thorough planning, it can easily go awry. All sections of your property need to be tested for possible exposure in order to guarantee that hidden stashes aren’t disturbed during the removal process, and this requires a systematic strategy. Your removal contractor will be able to provide you with a written document that lays out their explicit plans for locating and then removing your sources of asbestos. This document will allow you to feel more confident about the quality of the work while simultaneously guaranteeing that you have a reasonable expectation of what will need to be done before it’s completed. Ask About Containment Strategies Once the asbestos is breached and starts to be removed, steps need to be taken to make sure cross contamination doesn’t occur. The primary danger of asbestos is that it affects your respiratory system, so the potential for particles to reach the air and be stirred up later needs to be headed off. A professional asbestos removal contractor will have a containment system that includes hanging plastic sheeting and providing a shower system that will help to decontaminate employees. These steps, among others, will help guarantee that your home or office is decontaminated with minimal risk of future spreading. Ask About Timeframe No two asbestos removal jobs are alike, and as such, you should be prepared to be denied access to your space for a lengthy period of time. While this may seem like a major inconvenience, it’s necessary in order to guarantee that all affected parties remain safe and free of contamination. Once the work begins, your removal contractor should be able to provide you with a reasonable time estimate, allowing you to plan the logistics of moving back to your now asbestos-free space. For more information, contact a local asbestos removal company like American...

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Fixing Small Cracks and Potholes in Your Asphalt Parking Lot

Posted by on Apr 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Small cracks and potholes in your asphalt parking lot will not only impact the way this surface looks, but they can also put your patron’s safety at risk as this damage will often increase their risk of falling. Thankfully, repairing this damage is much easier than you may think. In fact, with a few basic tools and a couple hours of hard work, you will be able to repair this damage yourself. The step-by-step instructions below can help you to accomplish this task. Step 1: Gather Your Materials There are a few basic tools and supplies that you will need in order to complete your asphalt repairs. Taking the time to gather all of the items on the following list before beginning your repairs will help to ensure you do not experience any delays in the completion of this project. hand tamper large mixing bucket and paddle stiff bristled broom or leaf blower trowel cold asphalt mix caution cones or tape Step 2: Clean Your Parking Lot You do not want to allow any debris to mix with your repair materials before they are able to cure properly. This is extremely important as dirt and other debris can compromise the strength and longevity of your repairs. Therefore, you will need to take special care when cleaning your parking lot in order to ensure that all debris is removed before moving forward with the repair process. When cleaning your parking lot, avoid the use of water when possible. Instead, try using a stiff bristled broom or leaf blower to remove the debris from the area you will be repairing. If you absolutely must use water in order to clean your asphalt surface, be sure to allow ample time for this surface to dry completely before moving on to the next steps. Step 3: Fill Damage with Asphalt Begin by mixing your cold asphalt in a large bucket according to the directions that accompanied this product. Once your asphalt mix is ready, use a trowel to scoop the asphalt into the damaged areas of your parking lot. Be sure to fill each crack and hole until it is overflowing and stands a few inches taller than the rest of your asphalt surface. This will ensure that you have plenty of materials to fill the hole completely once the asphalt is compressed. Step 4: Compress Asphalt Finally, you will need to use your hand tamper to compress the asphalt as tightly as possible. This process will require a great deal of upper body strength,so don’t be afraid to ask a friend or family member for help if you find that you do not have the physical strength necessary to complete this final step. Once your repair patch is even with the rest of your asphalt surface, you will simply need to allow enough time for the asphalt to dry completely before resuming use of your parking lot. In order to ensure no one drives over this surface while it is drying, you will need to place caution cones or tape at the entrance to your parking lot until it ready to be used. For assistance, talk to a professional like Lakeridge Paving...

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Find Out If Barn Doors Are Right For Your Home

Posted by on Apr 9, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

When it comes to new interior door trends, barn doors seem to be all the rage. Barn doors offer the functionality of a traditional door with a sense of style and character. Barn doors can also be constructed from just about any material you can think of, including reclaimed wood or steel. However, as with every other trend, barn doors aren’t necessarily the best option for every space in your home. If you’re looking to add this custom door addition, there are a number of things you want to consider first. Privacy Consider how much privacy you need for the space where you plan to install the barn door. Barn doors don’t lie flush with the door frame or opening. There will be a small opening where the door and the wall meet. Not only will air be able to escape through this area, but noise will also be able to escape through this space, reducing privacy. It might not be a good idea to install this style of door for a bedroom or bathroom area. Keep barn doors for the common areas of your home where you aren’t necessarily concerned about privacy. Stability It’s also important to keep stability in mind. Barn doors are considerably larger than traditional doors. This also means that they’re heavier than traditional doors. Additionally, instead of a frame, barn doors hang on a track that is affixed directly to the wall. It’s important that the wall where you plan to install the door is strong enough to accommodate the weight of your door. If it’s not strong enough, this could damage the wall and even cause the doors to come crashing down, posing a serious safety hazard. You should only hang a barn door on a wall that has sufficient framing underneath. Professional Expertise When it comes to choosing a barn door for your home, you don’t want to simply pick from a showroom floor. This style of door is best when it’s built as a custom selection. A custom door builder will be able to come out to your home and determine which material selections as well as weight and size configurations will be best suited for your home. This will ensure that your door looks its best and is fully functional. When it comes to barn doors, there is a right way and a wrong way to go about it. Make certain you take your time to determine which areas in your home will be best suited for this style of...

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