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Carbon Monoxide Safety Checklist

Autumn is here and it’s becoming cold outside. This means that homeowners will soon be turning up their thermostats and engaging their heating systems to keep their families and homes warm. Home heating systems are essential for people living in colder climates. However, there are risks associated with running your heating system. One of the leading risks associated with heating systems is the potential for carbon monoxide poisoning.

Carbon monoxide poisoning occurs when fumes produced by burning fuel enters an enclosed space and builds up to toxic levels. These toxic fumes can cause a person to become ill and can even be fatal. The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) reports that there are approximately 10,000 injuries and 200 deaths related to carbon monoxide poisoning every year. Carbon Monoxide can be dangerous, but if you follow this safety checklist for carbon monoxide prevention and detection, you can greatly reduce your chances of having an incident.

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The best way to prevent a carbon monoxide incident is to have your heating systems inspected by a CSIA certified chimney sweep.  At Northeastern Fireplace and Design, our chimney sweeps have been trained to identify potential problem areas in your heating system which may cause carbon monoxide leaking into your living areas.

What You Can Do

Besides scheduling your annual heating system inspection, there are some things that you can do to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. One of the best things you can do is make sure your ventilation system if free of any debris. Go outside to the location where heating, chimney, and dryer ventilation exits your home, Clear away any snow or debris that may be plugging up your ventilation. Also, check to see if your furnace filter is clean at least once a month.

Some other things you can do to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning is:

  • Keep the area around your furnace free from debris.
  • Check to see if your furnace flame is burning correctly. The flame should be blue.
  • Make sure there is enough air supply when using a chimney.
  • Your car produces carbon monoxide, so never idle your car without opening the garage door.

Detect Carbon Monoxide

You should also install a carbon monoxide detector in your house. A carbon monoxide detector works much like a smoke alarm. When the detector detects carbon monoxide in your home an alarm will go off, warning you to leave the house. Be sure to check the expiration date on your detector and replace the batteries annually. If your detector goes off, get everyone out of your house immediately and call 911 or your local police or fire department.

If you have any concerns regarding home heating safety, don’t hesitate to call Northeastern Fireplace & Design at (518) 767-9314 or contact us online and let one of our CSIA-certified chimney technicians put your mind at ease.

By Joe Shear on November 9th, 2017 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment

Energy Saving Tips for Winter

It’s getting cooler outside and soon another cold, New York winter will be upon us. Some of you may have already turned on your heating systems which means you’re already dealing with the higher energy costs that are associated with keeping your home warm. Cost associated with cold temperatures is something that all homeowners have to face each winter, but did you know there are some energy saving tips that you can follow this winter which can help you save money? Below, are some useful tips which may help you as you develop energy-saving strategies this winter.

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Windows allow for a lot of heat transfer out of your house. Older windows can be pretty drafty allowing cold air to come into your house. One of the best ways to keep cool air from infiltrating your home is to cover drafty windows. There are a number of kits which you can buy which use heavy-duty plastic to cover your windows, reducing draft. There are also insulating drapes which you can buy which also reduce draft.

Another thing you can do with your windows is to keep your curtains open on south-facing windows. Allowing sunlight to naturally heat your home can aid in reducing the amount of energy needed to heat your home.

Thermostat

Your thermostat controls the amount of energy being used in your home by keeping your home at a desired temperature. The temperature you set your thermostat at can have an enormous effect on your energy use and energy cost. Set your thermostat at the lowest temperature you feel comfortable with. When you are asleep or away from your home, turn your thermostat back 7 – 10 degrees. Doing this for 8 hours a day can save you 10 % a year on your heating cost.

Leaks

We already discussed how to deal with drafty windows, but there are other places around your home that can let in cold air. You can inspect your house for drafty areas by checking places which have a high potential for drafting. This includes window and door frames, baseboards, fireplace dampers, pipe and conduit inlets, and anywhere else you believe has the potential for drafting. If you feel cool air coming from an area of your home, there are different options for sealing drafts depending on where the draft is coming from.

Heating Systems

Keeping your heating systems working efficiently can also reduce the amount of energy used during the winter. Changing filters and keeping flue vents clean is essential for an efficiently running heating system, but it is also important to use the correct heating system for your home needs. At Northeastern Fireplace & Design we have a large number of energy efficient fireplaces stoves, inserts, and other gas appliances. Stop by our showroom today and ask one of our associates how we can save you money this winter with our many energy saving heating systems.

By Joe Shear on October 23rd, 2017 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , | Leave a Comment