JOB Heating & Air Conditioning’s wonderful staff will be more than happy to provide you with an estimate for any home comfort improvement that you have in mind. They also offer training classes at your personal site for maintenance and they also offer home heating tune-ups. JOB are Trusted Saskatoon Furnace experts and they can also help you with all your Saskatoon plumbing needs! If your heating system is beyond repair, or if you just want to upgrade or update, our team will be more than happy to provide you with an estimate for any home comfort improvement that you have in mind. We are an independent Lennox Dealer and we offer training classes at your personal site for maintenance and home heating tune-ups. We can also help you with all your Saskatoon plumbing needs too! You can be assured that JOB Heating & Air Conditioning will be there to help. In this Saskatoon furnace article, Jeff Bolton, owner of JOB, highlights how important it is to be aware of the threat of carbon monoxide and he shares some winter safety tips for your home.
What does that do and why does it matter?
I was recently in two Saskatoon residences with gas inspections to investigate the source of carbon monoxide in the homes. Thank heavens both homeowners had carbon monoxide detectors, that in my opinion, saved their lives. Both days I went home and checked my CO detector.
When was the last time that you checked your CO Detector?
Go do it now then come back and finish reading…
So how this works is usually the fire department or Sask Energy get a call, then they visit the home with their carbon monoxide meters to assess the level and then, if reading show and issue they red tag the furnace unit and shut off the gas. The Red Tag program provides a consistent means for gas utilities, propane distributors, gas contractors or others deemed appropriate by the chief gas inspector to report unresolved gas-related deficiencies or identify reoccurring design flaws. The issuing of red tags is only done by a licensed gasfitter.
What to do when you have a red tag.
The homeowner should then call us to come to correct the problem. We will go through the furnace and water heater with a fine-tooth comb to attempt to find the source of the carbon monoxide.
Sometimes it is a crack in a heat exchanger, however, sometimes the furnace and water heater are working exactly as they should. It is then incumbent upon us to investigate why the carbon monoxide is present in the home. In these locations we often find that the homes are drawn into negative pressure, what that means is that the homes are exhausting more air than fresh air coming into the home. As you may remember from science class, areas of high pressure always go to areas of low pressure. So what happens is the high pressure outside finds a way into the area of low pressure (inside the home) through any possible route. If the doors and windows are closed then the only other hole in the home is the chimney. Air begins to flow down the chimney to replace the air that’s being exhausted out of the home. So why is that an issue? This becomes a problem when the furnace or water heater begins to fire and there is no draft up the chimney. This then results in the products of combustion (carbon monoxide) being vented into the home.
What can homeowners do to prevent this from happening?
There are items in your home to prevent this from happening. In most cases, the insulated vent that runs from the outside of your home into the furnace room brings what we call combustion air. The combustion air helps to regulate the pressure of your home preventing your home from getting into a negative air pressure situation. This is also the air that is used when the furnace or water heater are firing up and sometimes this air supply can become blocked. On occasion, we have found that homeowners will purposely block the intake because they don’t like the cold air coming in.
I need to stress how important this is and that by blocking this you are putting yourself and your family at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. So please don’t block this or if you have, open it up immediately.
Another more common problem is that the air intakes themselves become blocked. These intakes appear from the outside like exhaust vents but when you bend over and look up inside them they are in fact air intakes with a screen that needs to be clear of all debris. A good rule of thumb is to walk around the perimeter of your home and look for these vent/intake hoods. Look up inside them and clean them up. This is a simple 10-minute job and this will help to protect you from carbon monoxide poisoning.
Do your intakes look like this?
- Go outside today walk around your home and clean these intakes.
- Check your carbon monoxide detectors
- Check your smoke alarms.
These 2 devices save lives every day you just don’t hear about it. If you don’t have a smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector buy them and put them in your home today. I promise you they save lives.
Then have us come out and do a furnace tune-up. We test the furnace and ensure it is functioning as it should be, in addition, we clean the parts of the furnace that you cannot.
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Be Safe On The Roads This Winter
Safe driving is always important, but being on
the road during winter warrants extra precautions. That's why we have written up our most important tips to stay safe in hazardous, wintery weather conditions.
1) Avoid slipping and sliding
Ensure your vehicle is ready for Canada’s changing
winter weather, by switching your all-season tires to winter ones before the
temperature drops below 7°C. Winter tires optimize the performance and safety
of winter driving. The braking distance of a winter tire could be up to two
vehicle lengths shorter than the braking distance of an all-season tire.
2) Replace Worn Tires
It’s extremely important to check your tires each
winter season because worn or bald tires can be very dangerous. Tires have tread
wear indicator bars moulded into them. A solid bar of rubber across the width of
the tread means it’s time to replace the tire.
3) Make Sure Your Tires Are Correctly Inflated
For every 5°C drop in temperature, tires lose
one pound of air pressure. To ensure optimum fuel efficiency and prevent
irregular or premature wear, tire inflation should be checked monthly. Several tire manufacturers recommend that tire pressure should be higher in the winter, so check to see whether your tire pressure should be adjusted accordingly.
4) Fill Your Trunk With A Winter Survival Kit
Winter weather can be very unpredictable, so make sure you have a winter survival kit in your trunk in case you get stuck in bad conditions. Every car should have a scraper for the windshield, a small shovel, candles, and warm clothing such as a winter jacket, gloves and a hat. Also, make sure you bring a cell phone with you on every trip in case you need to call for help.
5) Defrost Your Vehicle Properly
Although it takes you a few extra minutes, make sure to properly clean your windows and remove any excess snow from the top of your vehicle. Ice and snow that is left on your vehicle can obstruct your view, causing potentially dangerous situations.
6) Top Up Your Fluids
Wintery road conditions can cause your windshield to get dirty quickly, so make sure your windshield washer fluid is filled up. Also, ensure your gas tank is at least half full, as on very cold days the condensation in the tank can freeze and cause problems.
7) Buckle Up & Adjust To Driving Conditions
Make sure you are always buckled up and adjust your driving to what the conditions are like. You will put yourself and others at risk if you do not change your driving style to suit the wintery conditions.
Decorating Your Home For The Holidays
No matter if you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or any other Winter Holiday, December is the season to brighten up your home with holiday décor and decorations. From gingerbread baking in the oven to stockings hung over the fireplace- we’ve put together 8 easy ways to bring the holiday season into your Westbow Home.
1. Add a holiday wreath to your front door.
Adding a wreath to your front door is a great and simple way to bring the spirit of the holiday to your home. Local makers offers various styles of wreaths or you can create something yourself using local greenery.
2. Decorate your Christmas tree
There are many options when it comes to your Christmas tree. There has been a long debate between whether a fake or real tree is better, but there are now more options than ever! Second hand artificial trees provide a lower cost option while those looking for an eco friendly option may opt for a returnable Christmas tree.
3. Fill your holiday mugs with homemade hot chocolate, apple cider, or mulled wine
As the weather gets colder outside, filling your mug with a warm cozy drink will help warm your body and soul.
4. Bring festivity into your bathroom
Simple pieces of décor such as candles, a locally made sign,
and some holiday themed hand towels are a great and easy way to bring the
holidays into your bathrooms.
5. Light up your neighbourhood
Christmas lights provide a bright and cheery neighbourhood
atmosphere. From traditional string lights to modern projectable lights, the
variety in options are endless
6. Spend time baking holiday cookies
Your Westbow kitchen is perfect for spending time with your
family, baking holiday cookies. There are many holiday cookies to choose from!
Gingerbread, sugar cookies, and shortbread are just a few of our
7. Relax in your loft and enjoy a holiday movie
Many Westbow homes have bonus rooms or lofts which make for
excellent places to curl up and enjoy a holiday movie.
8. Spend time with your family and friends.
As the holidays draw closer, families and friends gather to
celebrate the season. Westbow homes are built for hosting parties, get-togethers, and dinners. Spacious, open concept kitchens and living rooms ensure there is no separation between the guests and the hosts.