Home is our haven, an escape from the turbulent outside world. That’s why we’ve filled these pages with information that we hope will make you as safe and comfortable as possible — all the time.
More Dangerous Than Poppies
The wicked witch attempted to use poppies to send Dorothy into a permanent sleep. Carbon monoxide (CO) can do that for real.
CO is created when any kind of fuel is burned, but it’s vented safely to the outside. That’s why it’s important to have all fuel-burning devices serviced regularly by a professional. This will ensure that your equipment is operating properly.
Because CO is a toxic, invisible and odorless gas, you should already have CO detectors installed around your home, especially near all bedrooms. Remember to test the detectors about once a month.
A faulty burner or furnace can cause a CO leak. Other causes of CO leaks can include:
- unvented appliances running for long periods of time.
- back drafts caused by pressure imbalances near the heating system.
- a vehicle left idling in an attached garage.
- a gasoline-powered generator left running in a basement or attached garage.
- a blocked flue.
CO poisoning symptoms include fatigue, dizziness and nausea. If you suspect a CO leak, get fresh air right away by opening doors and windows and leave the house before calling for help.
Watch your pets
Signs of CO poisoning can show up in pets before they appear in humans. If a pet seems sick or is unusually slow to wake up, take it outside, check your carbon monoxide detectors and open the windows in your home. Also, get your pet to the veterinarian right away.
5 Ways to Feel Right at Home with Propane
There are many ways you can take advantage of propane’s efficiency and versatility to make your home more comfortable. Here are five ideas.
- Install a propane fireplace or log set. Vented propane hearths give you all the benefits of wood fireplaces without the chimney, mess or cleanup—at a fraction of the installation cost.
- Warm up to a propane space heater. Do you have rooms that are drafty and cold? Do you do a lot of work in your garage? Vented propane gas space heaters are easy to install, efficient and safe. They also burn cleaner than electric and oil space heaters.
- Upgrade to a new propane furnace. Propane gas furnaces are best in their class in terms of efficiency, with ratings from 90% to 98% efficient. A propane furnace can provide affordable warmth and comfort for any size floor plan.
- Go tankless. Swap out your old electric tank water heater for an innovative tankless propane unit. You’ll cut down on your water heating bills and enjoy a virtually endless supply of hot water.
- Upgrade your old electric stove to a propane range/cooktop. This will give you much better temperature control and heat distribution than electric models. Why not discover all the benefits of a propane cooktop for yourself?
Propane — the more appliances you have, the more you’ll love it! For more upgrade ideas, contact us and we’ll be glad to give you expert advice.
The Yellow Brick Road to Savings
Technological breakthroughs have brought in a new era of higher efficiency and big savings for anyone who uses oilheat.
The combination of increasingly efficient oil heating systems and continuous improvements with ultra‑low-sulfur Bioheat® fuel is the one-two punch that will help homeowners in the years ahead.
- Some new oilheat systems have efficiency ratings in the 90%+ range, providing more warmth with less fuel.
- Many new oil boilers now incorporate energy-saving controls that can reduce fuel usage by as much as 10% and provide a more even heat.
- High-efficiency oil furnaces feature variablespeed motors that use as much as 80% less electricity.
- The oil boilers and oil furnaces of today are about the same size as a three-drawer filing cabinet. Installing a new heating system can not only free up space, but will save you a lot of money on fuel.
Heating Season To-Do List
- Keep the area around heating appliances as clean and clutter free as possible. Keep combustible materials (newspapers, bedding, clothing, rugs) at least three feet away from heat sources.
- Change or clean the filter in your furnace a few times during the heating season; a dirty filter compromises efficiency and can even result in a shutdown.
- Keep registers, baseboards or radiators clean and unobstructed to ensure maximum heat flow.
- Get to know which circuit breaker (or fuse) controls your heating system. You should also know the location of your system’s power switches. This will be helpful if you lose your heat and need to troubleshoot.