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New Water Heater Energy Requirements

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Some of you may have heard about the new water heater energy standards that took effect of April 16, 2015. The National Appliance Energy Conservation Act (NAECA) was updated and therefore directly impacted the water heater energy factor (EF) on all residential water heating devices and some commercial ones. Any water heaters manufacture prior to that date and still available …

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Clothes dryer vent maintenance is important!

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“Improperly installed dryer vents and some are attributed to the type of dryer vent material used to vent the dryer. A broad range of dryer vent duct or piping is available including – flexible vinyl duct, flexible aluminum foil duct, semi-rigid aluminum duct, rigid sheet metal duct and rigid right angle periscope type duct Lets talk about each type, some …

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Smoke alarms save lives

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I can’t tell you how many times we inspect homes and see missing alarms or ones that have been taken down and never replaced because they were chirping. Everyone knows smoke alarms save lives! So why do three of every five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms? “Smoke spreads …

Garage door opener safety checklist

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The large majority of homeowners with attached garages use the garage at the main point to enter and exit the home. Garages are typically where today’s family keeps all of their sporting goods and outdoor activity supplies. Therefore, it’s important we talk about garage safety. Garage doors manufactured prior to 1993 may not be equipped with some safety devices and …

What is the purpose of a thermal expansion tank

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When inspecting homes people often ask what’s that little tank above the water heater. Answer: A Thermal Expansion Tank Thermal expansion tanks have been required in most areas for the last 10 years or so when installing a new water heater. This code was adopted because of the advent of backflow preventers, water meter check valves and pressure reducing valves …