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Oldest Furnace Contest Winners!

Congratulations to…

Joe Barker of Bridgeport & Mary Daniel of Parkersburg

 These individuals are the lucky winners of a new high efficient gas furnace with free installation! Both in service nearly 60 years. One winner was so happy that they went ahead and purchased an air conditioner! We want to thank everyone who entered the contest and good luck next time. Oh, I do want to mention we have a special furnace price of $2399 (including installation) from now until the end of March if you don’t want to wait. Happy shopping but remember the Reason for the Season, Merry Christmas!

 

 

Is your furnace high-efficient?

The best way to tell if your furnace is a high-efficiency model or not is to take a look at the vent. If it is a metal vent, chances are it is NOT high efficiency. High-efficiency furnaces exhaust with minimal heat that they actually vent with PVC plastic pipe. All of the heat that used to exit your home via that old metal pipe now gets to stay in the house and keep you and your family warm and cozy. We actually are running a great furnace special right now as a matter of fact. You can have a new, state of the art, high-efficiency furnace completely installed for as low as $29.99 per month. The new furnace may save you more than that on your monthly gas bill. Call us or visit http://ghacwv.com/quote-request for a free in-home visit from one of our comfort consultants.

Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors

If you don’t have working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, GET THEM! This is not something that can be put off along with cleaning out that junk drawer. Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors save numerous lives every year. Keep in mind:

  • Detectors have a life span. (usually five to seven years)
  • The batteries need to be changed twice per year
  • Should be on every level of the home & near where you sleep
  • Never ignore it if it goes off
  • Test detectors weekly
  • Clean dust and debris off your detectors regularly

We offer a full line of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and monitors. If you would like price and installation information give us a call.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Winterize Your Home

Here are some winter home preparation tips that could prevent a plumbing disaster when the temperatures start plummeting.

1. Remove all your garden hoses from spigots and store away
2. Shut off water to outside spigots where possible
3. Close crawl space foundation vents
4. Seal air leaks at the perimeter of your home
5. Check the condition of your insulation and weather-stripping
6. Check the condition of all pipe insulation
7. Plug in your heat tape and make sure it is functional

This list is by no means all-inclusive but it is a great place to start. Also, test all Smoke and Carbon monoxide detectors. Replace their batteries and remember that if the detector is older than five years, chances are you need to throw it away and get yourself a new one.

Oldest Furnace Contest Update

A big thank you to everyone who entered the oldest furnace contest. The response was absolutely overwhelming! As a result of the huge response, it has become necessary to delay the announcement of the winner until Friday, December 23, 2016. We just simply cannot get to all of the entrant’s homes to verify the age of all of the furnaces by the original December 9 announcement date. On December 23rd someone is going to get a very nice Christmas present, the complete installation of a new high-efficiency furnace! Good luck and may the oldest furnace win!

Fuses and Circuit Breakers

Fuses and circuit breakers both essentially perform the same function: they prevent short-circuit or overload by disrupting (or breaking) electrical currents that channel to any connected devices. Fuses, however, are one-time use. When they detect that a current is running at too high of a level, the fuse will melt, interrupting the flow of electricity. Circuit breakers simply have to be reset.

 While there’s nothing particularly wrong with fuses, they are outdated; designed for an age when homes didn’t have so many things plugged into the electrical outlets. These days, fuses can actually pose a fire hazard, and many insurance companies will actually refuse to insure homes that still use fuses. If your home has a fuse panel you may want to consider an electric panel. We now offer a full line of electrical services and would love to provide you with a free in-home quote.

Five things you never put down the garbage disposal

  1. Grease, Oil, or Fat

Oil, grease, and hot, liquid fats shouldn’t even go down your drain much less your garbage disposal. When hot oils cool down, they harden and solidify in your drain.

  1. Starchy, Stringy Vegetables

Celery, rhubarb, asparagus, artichokes, chard, kale, lettuce, potato peels, and other stringy, fibrous, starchy veggies. They aren’t easily broken down and can wrap around and plug your disposal.

  1. Pasta and Rice

Pasta and rice expand when they come in contact with water. This either causes clogs or fills up your disposal trap.

  1. Coffee Grounds

They seem to go down perfectly fine, and many people swear that coffee grounds can help your drain stay clean. But they can bind together and cause damage and plug your drain. Instead add your coffee grounds to the compost or sprinkle it around your garden. Coffee stimulates your plants and repels slugs, ants, and other pests.

  1. Paper Garbage

Contrary to the name, don’t throw garbage down the garbage disposal. That includes scraps of paper, paper towels, cotton balls, wipes, and scrub pads.

Three Reasons a Breaker Trips

A breaker that keeps tripping is usually caused by one of three things.  The first reason could be there are too many electrical items plugged into the circuit.  Circuits are designed to only handle so much electric demand.  The second reason is there could be a short in the wiring, or the third reason is the breaker or fuse could be faulty.  It is recommended that an electrician evaluate the problem to make sure there are no safety issues.  Your electrician can also talk with you about adding more circuits to your home so that your electrical system can support all your needs.

 Don’t take chances with your home’s electricity. Electrical issues are one of the top causes of house fires. Don’t just keep resetting that breaker! It might be trying to tell you something.