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Preventative Maintenance On Your Home

It’s a corollary of Murphy’s Law: When you are least able to afford a major expense, something big is bound to break down. The solution: Take preventive action before a breakdown turns into an emergency. To help you plan ahead, we give you an overview of what to expect for six major items. (Note: Total cost is for a 2,000-square-foot home or to install a single unit.)

Does the condition of the “moving parts” of your home effect value?  Contact the appraisers at www.scappraisals.com for your value questions.


Expected life: Boiler, 13 to 21 years; furnace, 15 to 20 years.

Total cost: Forced-air furnace, $1,693 to $2,020; split system, $1,604 to $2,290; oil boiler, $2,773 to $3,069.

It’s time if: You need frequent repairs or have rising energy bills, rooms that are consistently too hot or cold, humidity problems, or excessive noise. If your furnace or boiler is more than 15 years old, an energy-efficient replacement will cut your utility bills.

Where to start: Use search tools at the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (http://www.acca.org) and Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association (http://www.phccweb.org).

Read more at: http://www.chicagotribune.com/classified/realestate/home/sns-201302211800–tms–kplngmpctnkm-a20130308-20130308,0,5453154.story

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Get Furnace Ready for Winter

Right now is one of the busiest times of year for heating and air conditioning professionals, as we transition from hot summer months to cooler temperatures. For a safe and comfortable fall season, here are some safety measures and energy-efficiency tips for homeowners:

1. Make sure you have a carbon monoxide detector installed. The state of California recently passed an act requiring all residences to have a detector; it can save you from odorless gasses emitted from furnaces, fireplaces, stoves and other gas-fired appliances.

2. Check your insulation to ensure that air/heat is not leaking out of your home. This can cause your system to run unnecessarily and cost you more money.

3. Change your filters and get your ducts cleaned, especially during this season of Santa Ana winds. It is important to remove extra debris and other irritants from the system. Changing your filter can slow down the dirt and debris buildup.

4. Change the batteries in your thermostat. If the system has been running hard all summer, it might seem as though there’s an appliance issue, when, in reality, the batteries simply need to be changed.

5. Here is one of the easiest heating tips for cooler weather: On sunny days, take advantage of the sun to bring in heat. Adjust blinds so they are open and tilted toward the ceiling — but be sure to close the blinds at sundown.

6. Set your ceiling fan in the reverse position, on low. When radiant heat enters your home from the windows aimed upward, the fan will help circulate warm air all around the room.

Find a trusted heating and air conditioning company to help with any safety or energy concerns you may have as you transition into the cooler months. When dealing with electricity and gas, it is always best to call a professional.

Follow these maintenance tips and you’ll keep your system running efficiently, and at the lowest cost, throughout the fall season.

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