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They say that fish and house guests begin to stink after three days. This is particularly true if your house guests are of the six-legged demographic, and you never invited them to stay in the first place.
Having a pest issue can be a huge bummer. Some pests can be dangerous to the health of your family and pets. Some pests can wreak thousands of dollars in damage on your home. Some pests are nearly impossible to get rid of on your own.
As a homeowner, it’s important to know the distinction between when your pest control strategy only needs to involve a rolled up news paper, and when you need professional pest control services. Some pest control situations are dangerous to tackle on your own. Some pests become aggressive when threa (more…)
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…)
Do It Yourself Repair
Humanity has always needed energy for work, and for much of history, this energy was derived from human and animal labor. Blacksmiths made tools and weapons, and oxen and horses plowed fields and towed wagons and carts. By the 1800s, the Industrial Revolution changed that, and steam power became the standard, powering factories and ships [...]
When people often think of rats, their thoughts are not always positive. Some speculated that rising rat population in New York City, Washington, DC, and Houston were indications of an upcoming “ratpocalypse.” This was written about in Newsweek in 2017. Fearing damage from animals, the mere sight of the unwanted rodents leaves many calling for [...]
Home inspections shouldn’t be a chore. They’re actually a great way to feel more secure in your new place! Think about the last time you settled into a new apartment and found a few things that weren’t on the up and up. You might have had to take some photos and send them to the [...]