Have you noticed a musty, sulfury, or burning smell from your furnace? Furnace odor problems can be more than an olfactory offence—they can signal serious danger. Read on to find out why your furnace smells bad, and what to do about it.
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The U.S. aging water utility infrastructure may be leaving some towns and cities open to water contamination and the danger of water-borne bacteria. Though city and municipal suppliers treat your water at a local treatment plant, contaminants can infiltrate aquifers and springs. Water main breaks and broken pipes, for example, are the major cause of Boil Water Advisories (BWA). A BWA can cause businesses and households to lose access to clean, safe water. In addition, pesticides, herbicides and chemicals may not necessarily be monitored by city water suppliers. One way to combat water-borne bacteria is to have a whole-house ultraviolet (UV) water filtration system installed. Here is more about them, and what to do during a BWA.
Opting for automatic oil delivery brings peace of mind year-round. It also offers customers the benefit of building a relationship with your fuel oil company. When you need service and annual maintenance you will have priority over those not on automatic delivery. If you take advantage of automatic fuel oil delivery, your oil company is monitoring your usage throughout the year so they can refill your tank on time. But lifestyle changes can affect how often you need a refill.
Is your heating system more than 10 years old? The older your furnace or boiler gets, the less efficient it becomes. The efficiency of an older system can range anywhere from 50% to 70%, whereas more modern heating systems can achieve up to 99% efficiency while potentially cutting your heating bills in half.
Preparing for storm season in advance can help you to minimize or avoid uncomfortable situations such as being out of power for a few hours to several days, depending on the severity of the storm.