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Carbon Monoxide Detection in Massachusetts

Carbon Monoxide Alert! What you can’t see could kill you!

Most people know the importance of installing carbon monoxide detectors in the home, but this advice bears repeating. Carbon monoxide (CO) is an invisible, odorless gas and it can kill.

Its deadly work can be through gradual exposure over time or a sudden, buildup of CO in a small, poorly ventilated room. Usually, defective combustion heating equipment is the source, although other potential causes can occur any time of year.

Just as important, be sure to test your CO detectors monthly to make sure they are still operational. Change the batteries every six months when you change the clocks for daylight savings time in early spring and late fall.

Remember that even hard-wired models have battery backups. Press the “test” button for two to three seconds. When the alarm beep sounds, release the button. If there is no beep, replace the batteries and test again. If it still doesn’t sound an alarm, replace the unit.

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Why radiant heating could make you love your bathroom

People who have lived in older houses have all experienced the mid-winter chill that comes from stepping barefoot on the cold floor of a bathroom during the middle of the night. Hot air rises and the hard tile floors can be the hardest spot to warm up during a January night.

That’s where radiant floor heating packs the biggest wallop. We install water pipes under the floorboards or tile floor that is connected to a boiler. The water carries the heat through the pipes and it heats up the floor itself. We recommend using it with hardwoods or ceramic tiles, as those materials will retain the heat.

The beauty of the system is that the heat stays low where people need it the most, as opposed to other heating systems that mostly heat the air. Unlike other heating systems, there’s no hot stove or radiator that could burn a person, and people with allergies don’t have to worry about pollen or other allergens being distributed into the air.

Radiant floor heating can be installed in any room, but it’s much more economical to place it in new homes and expansions, as opposes to tearing up floors to retrofit existing rooms. Any covering that insulates the floor, such as a thick carpet, would lower the efficiency of the heating system, so floor options are limited.

But if you’ve taken one too many steps on cold tiles, or found yourself huddling close to the stove, consider the heating system that tackles your heating needs from the bottom up.

3 Summer Energy Tips to Save Money

The hot days of summer can be a menace to your utility bills if you’re not careful. Here’s a trio of handy tips to keep cool and reduce your need to run your cooling system.

We previously recommended clearing the filter on your cooling system at the beginning of summer. Well, even if you did it then it’s now a good idea to check it once more. Clogged filters slow down the air flow and make your system work harder than it has to. We recommend checking the filter every month.

Remember that upright and ceiling fans do not cool rooms; they only cool people. The fan blades create a wind chill effect when they blow air on a person, but the heat produced by their motors actually warms makes the room slightly warmer. That means leaving a fan on in an empty room isn’t just wasteful, it’s counterproductive.

Your outdoor grill is probably a hit at Fourth of July parties when you load it up with burgers, hot dogs and BBQ chicken, but don’t think that’s the limit of what you can use it for. Using the grill won’t heat up the house the way your oven will so use it every chance you get. The Internet is filled with tips on how to cook all sorts of things outdoors on the grill, including corn on the cob, lobster tails and even buttermilk biscuits.

Holiday Heat Saving Tips from Wilson Brothers Heating & Cooling

The holiday season is upon us.  You may be wondering how you can save a little extra on your energy and heating bills, whether you’re traveling or hosting family.  Here are a few tips from Wilson Brothers to help you keep a few extra dollars in your pocket this holiday season.

Hosting:

  1. While hosting guests at your house you may feel the need to crank up the heat for them.  The opposite is actually true.  Before guests arrive in your home, drop your thermostat by 2 degrees and allow your guests to “naturally” heat your home.
  2. Turn down or turn off the heat in the kitchen.  You’re likely to have the stove and oven cranked all day.  Consider turning off or turning down the heat in your kitchen.  Let your food prep help to heat your home and this will also keep you more comfortable while cooking.  Once you’re done cooking, open your oven door and let the heat of the oven out (if it’s safe to do so, be careful of pets and little ones).  This heat will keep your kitchen warm for additional time after dinner.
  3. Burn smartly.  If you plan to have a fire or run your wood stove, turn down that heat! The fire is fueled by the air in the room, so once the flame is out, your furnace works overtime to replace that warm air.
  4. Make your thermostat work for you.  Programmable thermostats are your best friend all year long, but can be especially helpful during the holidays.  Program it to be lower when no one is home and when you’re asleep.
  5. Use the sun wisely.  Open your shades on the windows that get sun.  You’ll be amazed as to how much this can warm up your home!

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Traveling:

  1. Thermal curtains and insulation.  While you’re planning to be away, your house won’t be inhabited so it will make it more difficult to keep it warm.  By insulating doors, drafts and leaks in your system before you leave, you’ll keep your empty home warmer and more efficient.
  2. Turn down that hot water heater.  If no one is home, you’re hot water won’t be running.  Turn your hot water heater down to low or “vacation mode”.  Just remember to turn it back up when you return and a few hours before you jump in the shower.
  3. Turn down your thermostat but not too much.  We live in New England, we know storms, power outages and sudden cold snaps happen. Turn your thermostat down to 58-60 degrees.  This will keep your house warm enough to prevent pipes from freezing.
  4. Have a neighbor keep an eye out.  If the weather is expected to make a turn for the worse while you’re away, have a neighbor turn your heat up in case of a power outage.
  5. Turn off all space heaters.  This is the number one cause of fires during the winter.  Leaving a space heater on while you’re away can result in your home being a lump of coal when you return.

Have a happy and safe holiday from all of us at Wilson Brothers!