Did you know that approximately 64% of American home owners don’t have $1,000 in savings available for household repairs? To make household repair matters worse, around 39% of American home owners say that it’s hard to find a reliable repair service as well. This is probably in large part to the fact that most American, [...]
When considering home repair Do It Yourself should be the first option. All over the country people are opting for Do It Yourself home improvement, and are gaining many benefits by making that decision. Obviously a lot of people will be unable to do the house repairs that require things like tearing out a wall, [...]
Some people love wood burning fireplaces, usually because of the nostalgia factor. Something about throwing a log on the fire reminds them of days gone by. Of course, wood burning fireplaces can also be a maintenance nightmare. Not only do you have to clean out ashes, keep the flue cleared, and worry about jumping sparks and ashes, but traditional chimneys are a magnet for spiders, bats, and all manner of creepy crawlies.
For many of the same reasons, 95% of chefs prefer to cook with gas. In fact, more and more homeowners are discovering the many benefits of gas fireplaces and propane fueled fireplaces because it’s such a cost efficient fuel.
Why Propane? What Are the Benefits of Gas Fireplaces?
Numbers don’t lie. Today, 8.1 million homes use propane, with 4.6% of them relying on propane for all their heating needs. On top of that, more than 1 million restaurants, hotels, and other commercial establishments use propane. Like natural gas, propane can exist in both liquid and gaseous states. When propane is at atmospheric pressure and temperatures higher than -44 F, it’s both non-toxic and colorless. Although it’s naturally odorless, an easily identifiable odorant is added to propane to make leaks easy to detect.
Even better, fully 90% of America’s propane supply is produced right here in the U.S.A., while the majority of the rest comes from Mexico and Canada.
Gas Fireplaces: The Ultimate Propane Accessory
Propane services have gone mainstream over the past few decades, and this gas is now used for so much more than cooking and heating. You’ll find pools and home spa heaters powered by this fuel, and of course, propane fueled fireplaces.
Not only do gas fireplaces avoid the maintenance, mess, and fire risks that come with traditional alternatives, but gas fireplaces spread heat more evenly around a room. Gas fires are both easier to light (literally with the flick of a switch!) and easier to keep lit, all at a low cost. And while traditional fireplaces must be connected to a pre-existing chimney, propane fueled fireplaces can be installed anywhere in your home.
There are two popular types of gas fireplaces: direct vent and — for lack of a better term — normal gas fireplaces. Traditional fireplaces use indoor air for combustion, then vent heated air through a flue and vent to the exterior of the home. On the other hand, direct vent fireplaces use outdoor air for combustion, creating a convention loop. Some home improvement pros think direct vent fireplaces are safer and more efficient, although it’s mostly a matter of preference.
No matter what you choose, there’s no denying that propane fueled fireplaces have a number of benefits over the alternatives.
Around 85% of homes in the United States were built before the year 1980; meaning house remodels are popular among homeowners. About 35% of home remodels included the whole house, but others only included certain rooms such as the bathroom, kitchen or the basement. Basement remodeling tips help you transform your basement into an extra living space for your home and for your family.
Some of the most popular basement remodeling ideas includes using basement remodeling tips to transform your basement into a family room. Turning basements into family rooms are excellent home additions. Basements make an ideal spot for family room because they can house a variety of (more…)
After you’ve replaced your propane tank, what do you do with the empty one? Propane fuels over 8.1 million homes and serves almost 60 million people in the U.S. alone. Recycling propane tanks and propane accessories is not like normal recycling and should be taken very seriously. For those of you who find yourself with an empty propane tank and are uncertain of what to do with it, consider these options:
- It is important to keep the tank in its original form, in an upright position outdoors where it cannot be tampered with.
- Propane tanks and many propane accessories cannot be reused and many recycling centers do not accept empty tanks. For this reason, there are other ways to burn off the remaining fuel and make them safer to dispose of.
- For those who are not fond of the idea of buying and throwing away tanks, it may be a good idea to look into purchasing camp stoves such as wood-burning stoves as an alternative to propane. It is important to note that this option does not burn as hot as propane.
- Many retailers offer take-backs of small, five-pound tanks free of charge. These tanks are either put back to use by painting and replacing nonworking and outdated parts, or taken apart and recycled by professionals.
- Many local waste districts and local businesses also take empty propane tanks. In Milford, CT, for example, the fire department hosted an event to collect propane tanks from locals with proof of residency at no extra cost. Check with your local organizations to confirm any collection events or locations in your area.
- Some creative types like to re-purpose propane tanks, using them to create works of art with other natural materials. This is only recommended to those who are or know professionals to handle the tanks.
Propane services and propane accessories are used by more than 1 million commercial establishments all over the United States. Not only does the cost efficient fuel have benefits for residential and commercial use, but it can also coordinate with other materials to create works of art. Once you have reached the point of needing to dispose of your empty propane tank, consider the options you have above and do so in the safest way possible.
The Top 3 Things That Could Happen if You Don’t Call Professional Residential or Commercial Plumbers
Do you feel aplomb about your home or company’s plumbing system, as in do you feel confident about the amount of care and maintenance you put into ensuring it remains in good working order? If you answered no — it’s okay, just admit — then you’re not alone. For many home and business owners, plumbing maintenance is the last thing on their mind until plumbing problems arise. Often times, these plumbing problems could have been completely avoided or at least less severe with proper and regular plumbing maintenance. Being aware of how well or how poorly your home or company’s plumbing system is working can help you prevent major plumbing issues and breakdowns.
And the best part is, you don’t even have to do most if not any of the heavy lifting. All you have to do is pick up your phone and call a (more…)
The Outer Banks is a great area on the east coast, full of sun, sand, and memories for all. If you are traveling with your family and are looking for some family friendly fun in the Outer Banks, look no further and follow these tips!
1. Learn to surf
There are a lot of different beaches at the Outer Banks, so make sure to take advantage of those waves and go surfing! There are plenty of surf instructors available to give your child a memory– and skill!– that will last a lifetime, just be sure they are CPR certified and hold all the necessary credentials.
2. Go experience nature
This is great especially if you are from a different part of the country. Hea (more…)
Summer is a popular favorite season, and with plenty of good reasons. The beautiful weather lends itself nicely to so many outdoor activities and adventures, and many people associate it with vacations and celebrations. But it is important to find ways to stay cool in the toasty summer months as well. Visits to the beach, pool parties, frozen and blended drinks, frequent ice cream cones and running through sprinklers are all wonderful options, but when it comes to staying cool between treats and adventures, a split system air conditioner could be the answer for many people.
Choosing your HVAC system
There are, of course, multiple different types of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems, or HVAC systems, available to choose from. However you will want to find (more…)
There are some things you just can’t leave to chance — this is certainly the case when you’re operating heavy machinery of any kind. There are many different elements that go into taking the proper precautions when operating potentially dangerous equipment. The thing is that there are many different definitions of “potentially dangerous equipment”. In the minds of some, this applies to equipment operated at the workplace. However, employees aren’t the only ones at risk when it comes to getting hurt by heavy machinery. The average person can get seriously injured or even killed when dealing with something as commonplace as an RV. People aren’t the only ones at risk, of course. Even if the worst that happens is a damaged crane or RV, there’s still much to be concerned about. Those pieces of equipment cost a lo (more…)
Everyone’s property is different. Some lawns are large, some are small, and some are filled with giant, beautiful trees. Most people accept what their property has given them and never change it, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Having trees on your property can provide you and your home with many benefits that not a lot of people know about.
Peace and Quiet
One of the benefits of having a few trees on your property is that they provide you with some much-deserved peace and quiet. Because of the trees’ ability to block and absorb sound, having a belt of trees along your property line that is over 100 feet tall and 45 feet wide along your property line can reduce noise pollution by 40 – 50%.
A property without trees is open to the world and all its chaos. It’s hard to relax at your home when all your neighbors and passersby can see and hear everything you’re doing. Plant some trees and enjoy your privacy.
Save Money on Energy Costs
Just planting trees in your yard can end up saving you money in the long run. Planting a tree on the west side of your property can lower your energy bill by 3% over the next five years. That might not seem like a significant number but In 15 years, after you’ve planted trees on the west side of your home, your energy bill savings will be around 12%.
A single tree can produce the same cooling effect as 10 room-size air conditioners that operate 20 hours a day.
Along with the privacy and monetary benefits, trees simply look good. They provide an outline for your home and look great from just about any direction. Big, healthy trees are some of the most beautiful parts of nature.
You’ll appreciate the beautiful look of your trees from the comfort of your home and your neighbors will appreciate the beautiful look of your trees as they drive by every morning.
It’s important to keep up with tree care and maintain the trees’ health so you can enjoy their benefits for the maximum amount of time. Any homeowner can do minimal tree care, but for the more complicated tree care, you should consult with professionals.
Most people use propane fuel and propane services in their everyday life. In the agricultural industry, more than 660 farmers use propane for things like irrigation pumps, grain dryers, and standby generators.
The versatile, cost efficient fuel is used by more than 9 million families in the United States in heating their home. In fact, 4.6% of the 98.1 million households that use propane, use it as their main heating source.
For homeowners and renters considering heating your home with propane, here are a few tips to do so safely, saving you money in the process.
Take advantage of the equal payment plans gas utility companies offer. This allows propane customers to have a consistent bill each month without fluctuation. It even covers the months in which bills are usually higher, like in the winter, and lower in the summer.
Have a qualified, professional contractor perform annual maintenance on all your gas products and furnace. Doing so makes sure your appliances are running at full energy efficiency. You may also want to consider having that same contractor or a different one check your entire home’s energy efficiency. This will help save money in the long run.
If your home does not already have one, as it should, install a carbon monoxide detector. Although you won’t be saving any money, it is important to have at least one in the house to protect you and your family from unsafe levels of carbon monoxide in the home.
Change and/or clean the filters on the furnace routinely to remove any harmful elements that might potentially circulate throughout your home.
Set you thermostat to a level that is comfortable for everyone in the household and try to maintain it at that temperature. Frequent changes in temperature can result in increased energy bills because of the effort needed to increase and decrease temperatures. An even better solution is to have a programmable thermostat.
Now that you have an idea of what heating your home with propane will be like and how to save money doing so, you can now be on your way to enjoying your home the way you want. While heating your home with propane has many precautions, the cost-efficient fuel has more pros than cons to ensure your home is safe and warm when you need it to be.
You may think that your heating and air conditioning units run just fine on their own. Especially if you are a renter, it can be difficult to remember how important it is to keep up on things like this. If the owner of your home is not taking responsibility then you will want to remind them yourself. Without proper care and employment of heating and air conditioning services, you are likely to be faced with the prospect of a completely broken down HVAC system, in dire need or repair or (more…)
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Some people love wood burning fireplaces, usually because of the nostalgia factor. Something about throwing a log on the fire reminds them of days gone by. Of course, wood burning fireplaces can also be a maintenance nightmare. Not only do you have to clean out ashes, keep the flue cleared, and worry about jumping sparks [...]
Around 85% of homes in the United States were built before the year 1980; meaning house remodels are popular among homeowners. About 35% of home remodels included the whole house, but others only included certain rooms such as the bathroom, kitchen or the basement. Basement remodeling tips help you transform your basement into an extra [...]
After you’ve replaced your propane tank, what do you do with the empty one? Propane fuels over 8.1 million homes and serves almost 60 million people in the U.S. alone. Recycling propane tanks and propane accessories is not like normal recycling and should be taken very seriously. For those of you who find yourself with [...]
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