Heating and Air

18
Oct

Shady Solar Panel

Most solar panels convert around 15% of the sun's energy into electricity.  I don't think there is any energy getting converted, looks pretty shady to me!

13
Oct

Low humidity in the winter can dry noses, skin and throats as well as crack fingertips. Your home can also suffer from overly dry conditions, including wood floors opening up, increase in static electricity, drywall is affected and even pianos can go out of tune. “Relative Humidity” refers to the air’s ability to hold water/moisture. The colder the air, the less ability it has to hold moisture. Indoor humidity levels should be between 30 to 50 percent, with the ideal level around ...

23
Jun

Air Conditioners and Cool Smart

  It’s that time of year again, summer is here and along with it comes the heat!!  As the days grow longer and hotter, air conditioners run longer and use more power. This additional usage puts a strain on our electrical power grid throughout the city.  Air conditioners/heat pumps use a tremendous amount of electricity, and if they are running continuously all day long, this can put our public power system at risk of temporary failure. 

21
Oct

CO – The Silent Killer

Beginning in January of next year- any residence sold, rented or issued a building permit in Nebraska will require carbon monoxide detectors per Nebraska law. Carbon Monoxide (CO) is odorless and tasteless. Most who suffer from CO poisoning are not aware they are being poisoned. It has been estimated that unintentional CO exposure accounts for more than 20,000 emergency room visits and up to 500 unintentional deaths in the United ...

19
Jun

Energy

Energy Steve Vacha   Where would we be without it?  We only have to remember how out of sorts we get when there is a short power outage at our homes. The cost of energy is going up. We pay more and more to heat our homes and keep the lights on. The cost to the environment rises as we take more and more to power our lives.  Our world needs new ways to utilize ...

10
Mar

Garage Safety

Garage Safety By Jon Vacha With the rise of “never stop improving” and “more saving, more doing” more and more home owners are becoming do-it-your-selfers. Every now and then we will run into the handy work of someone who didn’t go about things in the best possible way. Garages are one area that can ‘improved’ more or have ‘more doing’ then the home inspector may appreciate. There are three common things we find ...

10
Jan

Lots of Hot Air and Gases

Lots of Hot Air and Gases By Tim Krof As winter approaches and the thermostat plummets below zero, we will all be depending on our furnaces to keep us warm and toasty.  The monthly costs to run this appliance will vary depending on outside temperature, thermostat settings and the efficiency of the unit. We have no control over the outside temperature, but we can control our thermostats more efficiently by using a programmable thermostat to regulate the interior temperature when we are not ...

01
May

Tips for Summer Maintenance by Steve Vacha   Every season has its maintenance and things to remember. Number one problem for most home owners is not controlling surface water.  Extensions as needed and keep gutters clean. Maintaining sprinkler systems:   Verify it is working correctly and there are no broken pipes or spray heads especially next to the foundation. Keep male dogs away from AC units.  This is probably one of the most costly things to ...

03
Jan

Flue Safety

Flue Safety By Tim Krof A properly installed and functioning flue is essential for home safety. Carbon monoxide and other gases are lighter than air and will float up through a flue without the assistance of a blower. Flues need proper clearance from combustibles and should be properly vented to exterior. In the process of venting the combustible gases from the furnace or water heater, the metal flue will heat up. These metal flues can be either single wall or double wall in ...

24
Oct

Duct Cleaning

Duct Cleaning By Steve Vacha Duct cleaning typically involves the use of specialized tools to dislodge dirt and other debris in ducts and then having them vacuumed out. The EPA suggests that you should consider having the air ducts in your home cleaned if: - Ducts are infested with vermin, e.g. (rodents or insects). - Ducts are clogged with excessive amounts of dust and debris and/or particles are actually released into the home from supply registers. - There is mold in your ductwork or other ...