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Why You Always Test for Chimney Gas Leaks

Who would have thought that this unsightly chimney provided clues to the source of a hidden gas leak? On a recent call to replace an aging gas boiler, the owners reported a persistent gas smell. The gas company had previously inspected the building and didn’t find a gas leak using their detectors. Yet the smell.. read more →

Do we need a Carbon Monoxide detector in our home?

Carbon Monoxide or CO is very dangerous. It can’t be seen or smelled and without a carbon monoxide detector. Eric Kjelshus Energy Heating and Cooling installs and services the National Safety Institute’s Low Level Carbon Monoxide Monitor to help our customers combat the silent killer – CO.   Consider these facts about Carbon Monoxide: Carbon.. read more →

Glossary of HVAC terms

AFUE – Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency; A measure of a gas furnace’s efficiency in converting fuel to energy. The higher the rating, the more efficient the unit. For example: A rating of 90 means that approximately 90% of the fuel is used to provide warmth to your home, while the remaining 10% escapes as exhaust… read more →

What Are We Breathing?

Air pollution is a common contributor to lung disease. Diseases such as asthma, respiratory tract infections and lung cancer claim over a quarter of a million lives every year. While some forms of air pollution are uncontrollable. The indoor air quality of your home or office is something that can be controlled. Poor indoor air.. read more →

Tips for Selecting a Contractor

Check credentials- Before making your selection, call the Better Business Bureau to make sure the contractor is reputable. Also, find out if the contractor is a member of a local or national association such as the Air Conditioning Contractors Association of America. Make sure the contractor is affiliated with a nationally known manufacturer. Contractors should.. read more →

Home Heating & Cooling Equipment Tax Credits

On August 8, 2005, President Bush signed a bill that established tax credits direct to the consumer for the installation of high-efficiency furnaces. For furnaces installed between January 1, 2006 and December 31, 2008, taxpayers will receive a $150.00 tax creditif their new furnace has an energy efficiency level of no less than 95% AFUE… read more →

Mold- Construction & Remodeling

If you are building a new home, or just doing some remodeling, you may have concerns about mold and its possible health effects. Besides expensive damage to your property, mold growth can contribute to poor indoor air quality in your home, potentially resulting in dangerous health problems. Mold concerns have been getting a lot of.. read more →

How do I properly maintain my heating and cooling equipment?

Your home comfort system is in the background, running all day long, on and off, for most of the year. It keeps you comfortable, catches your dust, and zaps those nasty cold viruses. It needs to be properly cleaned and maintained. If it isn’t, it can get clogged, parts will stop working and there will.. read more →

Humidifier Health & Safety

Dry winter air, especially when combined with home heating, can contribute to uncomfortable dryness and irritation of the nose, throat, lips, and skin, as well as household nuisances such as peeling wallpaper, static electricity and cracking paint and wooden furniture. A simple and inexpensive remedy is to use a humidifier, which releases mist into the.. read more →

How a Furnace Works

Facts: A furnace works to keep a home warm in the winter and plays a critical part in the operation of an air conditioning system. Furnaces produce heat through the combustion of natural gas in the furnace’s burner. The heat produced from this process then passes through a heat exchanger. Air from your home’s return.. read more →