Posts Tagged ‘fall’

Fall Clean Up!

November 16, 2012

In New England it is easy to see the seasons change. It’s a time of harvest and preparation for our comfort through the coldest part of the year.   There’s plenty to do outside the home never mind on the inside. 

 For one thing it is time to tune up the furnace or boiler before the heating season begins.    Preventative maintenance is a good thing and worth the minor expense to ward of a major one in the middle of the heating season.  With a contractor you trust, that clean and tune may be part of a service agreement and can save you even more.

Your heating system is not the only thing that should get a tune up though.  For many of us, it’s the home too!   Even with the cleanest running furnace or boiler in your home, it is important to consider how well the building is insulated, resists air leakage, deals with moisture and provides indoor air quality.   

Since heating systems and buildings interact with each other, it’s a great idea to consider treating them together.  Seek out certified and experienced heating and cooling technicians, and the same for your home.  Consider a BPI accredited contractor that will look at your home as a system and help you prepare for the coming season making it healthier, safer and more energy efficient.

Thanks,

Jason

Roof snow removal is dangerous–the guy in this video got lucky

January 16, 2011

OK, I succumb and pass this along. And it is funny. Thankfully it doesn’t appear the guy was hurt. But it could have ended very differently. A fall from 10 feet can cause serious injury or death. And your chance of falling off snowy, icy, or wet roofs shoots up astronomically.  (It’s just plain stupid to be on a wet, snowy, sloped, metal roof  without fall protection.  Period.)  You might also be able to clear a blocked lawn mower without getting hurt. But it’s not worth trying.  The Darwin award isn’t very prestigious–they’re laughing at you, not with you.

I understand the temptation.  Snow and ice on roofs can be problematic. But, please, don’t climb up and try to remove if unless you’ve taken the proper safety precautions (and I’m not about to attempt to decribe that!).

We know the strange snow melt patterns, big icicles, and ice damming are bad.  Ice can wreck your roof and cause thousands of dollars in damage.   The best way to tackle them is with prevention, by controlling heat loss, primarily with good insulation and air-sealing.   Once you’ve got the ice problem, there are even a few short-term remedies.  

Snow and ice on your roof can be serious.  But don’t break your neck trying get rid of them.

Thanks,
Mike


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