Heating

Forced Air Space Heaters

Forced Air Space Heater Forced air space heaters work well as secondary heat sources for spot heating. They are somewhat inefficient for general diffuse heating of large areas, but can work as temporary heating for basement or garage work areas. Safety is a real concern with these units, as sadly, every winter you read about someone dying from carbon monoxide poisoning due to improper ventilation. Read the manufacturers instructions, please.

Kerosene Forced Air Space Heaters

Installing a Fireplace Flue

View of Chimney FlueFireplace flue installation should only be done by a professional, experienced installer. If this is not possible, then it should be at the least overseen by a professional; they will know the latest regulations and building codes, best materials and safest most efficient designs. Otherwise, if not properly installed you risk drawing deadly Co2 and other fumes into your home, as well as chimney fires. The following outlines some basic principles but we recommend the actual installation not be done by the average homeowner.

Insulating Attics

If you are concerned about the high cost of heating and cooling your home, maybe you don't have a well insulated attic. Insulating the floor of the attic is one of the most important things you can do to improve heating and cooling efficiency.

It is not necessary to completely insulate the attic. In fact, it can be counter productive to insulate the attic too well. Proper attic insulation is an important investment in your home because it reduces fuel bills in several ways.

Winter and Summer Weather Both Make Insulating the Attic a Good Idea

Home Heating with Coal

Furnace Fire for Coal Heating In bygone years, many homes were heated with coal, but that practice has fallen out of favor for several reasons. For one thing, coal is a messy fuel, and pollution is created when it burns.

In areas where it is abundantly found, however, it is the cheapest fuel for heating, and that is enough to get the attention of a lot of people in these days of high priced fuels.

For North Americans, coal begins to look good also because it is "made in America" which means using it for heating reduces our dependence on foreign oil. So what are the possibilities of heating with coal these days?

DIY Furnace Duct Work

There are many DIY projects that can be done with minor effort and if you keep up maintenance on it, you will never have to worry about it again. Your furnace duct work, for example, can be replaced, cleaned, and renovated once, then all you have to do it keep up with cleaning and maintenance so that you will never have to worry about major DIY furnace duct work again.

Keeping Your System Clean