The other day we talked about a grease and/or cooking oil fire in the kitchen and how very dangerous they can be. I was surprised how quickly people commented on that blog post. Obviously, there is sincere interest and concern. Let’s face it the grease fire in the kitchen can easily end up with the home being destroyed so, the kitchen fire is critically important and extremely dangerous!
This afternoon and for the next several days it is scheduled to snow, then snow some more, and finally keep on snowing. Isn’t winter just great!
One of the joys of a cold winter day is a nice hot shower. That brings us to today’s blog post and a significant question……. Are “On Demand” hot water heaters the best way to go?
There are many fairytales out there dealing with On-Demand Tankless-hot-water heaters.
Over many years we have worked with families that have lost their home in a fire. Fortunately, in every case no one has ever been physically hurt.
In today’s photograph you clearly see a rather large fire in a kitchen. We don’t know but it seems probable that the fire erupted when a frying pan or something with a lot of grease and/or fat caught on fire.
When we think of bridges it almost always has a very positive image in our mind. Bridges get us from over here to over there or they close gaps between people and our understanding of others. What could possibly be wrong with a bridge?
Yesterday we talked about insulating the basement and the conversation was active, thanks everyone for joining in!
In yesterday’s blog we limited the conversation to the use of Polystyrene Rigid Foam panels. If you don’t know it by its real name (Polystyrene) then you probably know it as “Foam Boards” or “Foam panels.” These are typically pink or blue in color and they are used everywhere.
So, is spring is around the corner? Here in northern Vermont the temperatures have been rapidly climbing across most of the north country. Much if not all of the snow is gone. Let’s not forget that today it is the first of March and spring has not arrived! This is still a great time to be thinking and working on keeping your home here in Vermont warm and comfortable in winter.
Yesterday we took another look at the Electric Meter that is on the outside of your home. We did get a call pointing out that occasionally the Electric Meter is not always mounted on the side of the house. There are other available locations:
This week let’s take a look at some of the other mechanical systems within your new home. So far we have examined heating, some of the electrical service, and what the carpenter might be doing.
Today let’s look at the size of your electrical service. Did you know that the power company owns several pieces of equipment at your home:
We will conclude our discussion about various types of heat with a discussion of Cold Climate Heat Pumps that also have several other names, they are known as a Mr. Mini-Split.
Heat Pump technology is not a new thing. Heat pumps have been used for decades down south as a source of air-conditioning and also as a source of heat. Unfortunately, Heat Pumps did not work nicely when temperatures dipped below 40 degrees. As you can quickly see they simply did not work well up north in cold climates.
We have looked at Radiant Heat, Steam heat, and today let’s take a look at Forced Hot Air. Remember when we mentioned that a Furnace is a device that makes Hot Air as compared to a Boiler that makes Hot Water.
In today’s discussion we will be talking about a Furnace and its ability to make Hot Air which is then pumped throughout the house.