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Boost the Heat in a Cold Bedroom

June 2nd, 2020

Homeowners know when they’re cold and they know where their cold. They may not know how to light a pilot light, or air seal an attic floor, or balance a home heating system, but they know when they are cold. Bedrooms are often the coldest room in the house and most often people just live with it. Stick the kid in the cool bedroom, throw a couple extra blankets on the bed and tell them to finish their homework.

Dealing with a cool bedroom is frustrating. If you turn up the heat to warm the room, the rest of the house gets too warm. Shut all the heating registers except the bedroom and it puts too much back pressure on the furnace. Too often I see a household try to adjust the temperature of one room by closing heating registers in other rooms and soon they have half the registers in the house closed and the home heating system working overtime to satisfy the heating request at the thermostat.

Usually, the home heating system is designed by a professional Heating Contractor that went to HVAC school for several hours a week for a number of years. A Heating contractor must pass an apprentice program before he or she can even take the test for their journeyman license.

HVAC Education

During the educational phase of the heating and cooling training, they are taught how to do a heating load calculation on a home. They take the heating load and develop a designed heating system that includes furnace size, fan capacity, duct size, air flows, and register size. In other words, heating systems are designed to heat all rooms evenly and to work as a system with all registers open.

If you have one bedroom that is cooler than the rest of the house, one of two things has happened:

The heating system was designed by a contractor that barely passed the test, or
the heating system is broken.

Recently, I had a homeowner complain that they got very little air flow out of the heating register in their dining room. The dining room was cooler than other parts of the house. With a flow hood, I registered a 75% decrease of air flow at the register as compared to the register in the living room. I removed the register grill, took a flashlight and mirror and looked down the inside of the heating duct.

With the mirror to see around the initial elbow, I could see that a flow damper valve was installed in the heating duct. Further inspection showed that all the heating ducts in the home had a flow damper installed near the registers. The damper in the dining room was the only one that was closed most of the way. The homeowner was not aware that flow dampers were a part of the homes heating system.

Heating Duct Damper

Flow dampers are a bit unusual in my neck-of-the-woods, I don’t see them very often. Flow dampers are added to a heating system to allow manual adjustment of the flow of air to the registers. With dampers, the flow of conditioned air can be balanced so warm and cool areas of the home can be eliminated. To keep from putting increased pressure on the furnace fan motor, when one damper is closed down another damper should be opened up.

Sometimes, I believe a heating contractor may throw in a bunch of flow dampers when he looses his pencil and can’t be sure of how big to make the heating ducts or how many registers need to be in a room.

6 Ways to Boost the Heat in a Cold Bedroom.

Repair Heating Duct:
There is always the possibility that the duct system has a problem that can be fixed. Ducts can become partially or totally disconnected and flexible ducts can become pinched off or collapsed. This is the first and most important fix considering the cold bedroom. This fix will not only warm the bedroom, but also increase energy efficiency and energy savings.

The first step is the inspection of the duct leading from the plenum to the register to be sure it is securely connected. Also, look for holes, crimping, or collapsed areas. Heating ducts damaged by animals is also a possibility that you should be looking for.

Learning More About Extra Home Heating Options For Winter

March 17th, 2020

Whenever winter approaches many homeowners start panicking about their home heating costs. Heating a home during winter can be a costly affair. However, if you understand the various home heating options available in the market today, then you can easily pick one suiting your specific needs. Electric bar heaters are one such heating solution that homeowners can select. Many call them strip heaters and they are most common in smaller rooms, especially bathrooms.

This heating option provides furious and fast radiant heat. This makes them a suitable heating solution where heat is needed in a hurry. They are simple to operate since they are easily switched on and off for an electric current to flow, resulting in electric energy released. Conversion of this energy produces heat energy that is radiated throughout the room they are placed in. The process is very efficient and results in instant energy when switched on.

Fan heaters are another heating option used to heat your home this winter. This heating solution works by passing air over a warm or heating element. The air gets warm before being supplied to the rooms that require heating. Such a heating option heats your home faster; however they are a bit noisy as fans usually are. Fan heaters are less expensive when compared to other heating options as fans when utilized need less electricity.

Oil filled radiators are another popular choice for home-owners to select. These heating devices are very common in domestic heating. Although they are filled with oil they are heated using electricity which does not involve burning the oil. The oil rather acts as a reservoir for heat or a buffer instead of fuel. This oil remains warm for a long time supplying warm heat into a room.

Opting for gas heaters is another home heating alternative. Gas heaters warm a room by burning natural gases and may be categorized into two groups. There are non-fluid or fluid gas heaters available either unvented or vented. It is important to ensure that this heating option is suitable for your home considering the risks involved when using it. Apart from the fire risk, gas heating releases emissions which may cause allergic reactions, especially the non-fluid variety.

Halogen heaters are portable and light weight devices that are plugged into an electricity source in order to provide warmth to a home. Modern halogen heaters are designed with safety features which make them suitable for use in heating modern homes. Electric wall mounted heaters are also very common in contemporary homes and are also electrically run. Such heaters are mounted onto a specific room’s wall and are thus not portable.

Many homeowners opt for electric heating due to the flexibility that it allows them. There is a wide range of home heating solutions to pick from. This enables consumers to heat their homes using devices suiting their preferences and style. There are many outlets who offer such home heating solutions where you are able to review all products on offer, ranging from electric bar heaters to halogen heaters. The options are endless and therefore there is no need to freeze this winter!

Marketing, Promoting and Advertising Your Business

February 28th, 2020

One thing that goes without saying in today’s business world, is that regardless of the nature of your home based business, a website is an absolute MUST. Whether you have a product or service to sell, whether local or global, your business will go nowhere fast if you don’t have an online presence. If you need internet marketing help, you’ve landed on the right article. I’ll give you some home based business marketing ideas that will help you promote your business successfully.

The first step is choosing a domain name and getting it registered. You can build your own website (if you have the time) and host it yourself or you can have everything done by another company (if you have the money). Either way, you have many options and tools at your disposal that can align with your business plan and budget. Also note that you can still start your own home based business even if you don’t have a product or service to sell. There are thousands of individuals and companies that have products you can sell for them while earning a commission, called affiliate marketing.

Of the many business marketing strategies known to man, internet marketing is, hands down, the best strategy to use for promoting a home based business as it is the cheapest method and has the potential for reaching millions of people all over the globe. Driving traffic to your site through online resources is like killing two birds with one stone. You can tackle print advertising by writing articles and publishing them to directories and ezines and by submitting ads to the many available (and most of them free) classified ad sites. Online media advertising encompasses writing press releases and distributing them to press release sites. One of the biggest and most popular online advertising trends today is via social media advertising through sites such as Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn where you build relationships with your customers. Forums and communities are also great ways to build relationships which helps promote your home based business in the long run. Simply Google your market or industry with the word ‘forum’ or ‘community’ behind it and search for one or two that seem to be the best fit for you.

All of these methods of online advertising contribute to search engine optimization (SEO), which is to say improving your online visibility and escalating in the search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing. Your goal is to claim the #1 spot in the organic search results (the results on the left, not the right side which are paid ads). This is where your traffic will come from. If you are 800 in the list of search results, no one is ever going to see your site because very few people have the time or patience to scroll through 800 search results. Research shows that people typically won’t even scroll past 4 or 5 search results, let alone 800.

Can you grasp the importance of internet marketing for any business? If you are new to the internet marketing phenomenon and don’t know exactly where to start, there are many great programs or systems online that walk you through every aspect of marketing your online business. A lot of these systems were created by online entrepreneurs who have spent thousands of their own dollars trying to figure it all out over the years and finally DID. Their sacrifices have made it easier for newbies to become successful at their own online home based business. If you are new to running your own home based business, I recommend you find a great system (do your research, read reviews, ask questions in forums) and start marketing your home business from there. Don’t waste the time and money that so many of us have in going it alone, without a proven system, as it will just set you back further and hinder your progress.