With winter here and the temperature plummeting, the need for heat in your home becomes more important. Portable and fixed heating are used to heat the home. There are those fixed heating units that supply heat to your entire home and then there are those portable heaters that can be carried from room to room for localized heating. Let's take a look at some ways to stay warm with these heating tips.
Temperature control via a thermostat can be convenient with the use of a remote thermostat control. How nice would it be to be able to control the thermostat in your house from a computer anywhere? Then again, you can also control these with the use of a telephone.
Have you ever left the house for a trip or vacation and wondered if you had turned the thermostat down? Instead of heating or cooling the home while you're gone, turning the temperature back would be ideal. Now, with the invention of a remote thermostat control, you can control or check the temperature of the home from virtually anywhere. Any touch-tone phone becomes your access to temperature control.
We all have some sort of thermostat controlling our heating and cooling in our homes. It may be a simple rotary dial thermostat that uses a mercury switch or a digital thermostat that is often a programmable thermostat. These can be programmed for individual days and times to change the temperature in your home. Often these save you money by limiting the amount of heating or cooling based on whether you are home or not. Now there comes a new thermostat that can do it all and more! Yes, it not only can be programmed, but actually learns your heating and cooling routines. It's called "Nest - The Learning Thermostat".
According to their website's information, this innovative device will actually program itself in between two days and a week! With a patented "Auto Away" feature, The "Nest" will set your homes temperature to save you money while you are gone, up to 20%. "AutoAway" is a feature that uses a sensor that keeps track of activity within your home. That way, while you are moving around in your home, "Next" is monitoring that you need heating or cooling. When activity stops for a couple of hours, "Next" goes into "Auto-Away" mode, turning the temperature setting either up or down to the minimum or maximum temperature that you preset into the program.
How about that! Now you don't even need to program the thermostat, it will do it for you! Are you ready for a "Nest" thermostat?
Nothing says Thanksgiving like a turkey cooked in the deep fryer. The quick cooking sears the juice inside and makes cooking a turkey a snap, in no time at all. Sounds simple enough, right? Well, you should really consider the dangers associated with cooking a bird with this method. There are some dangers to consider before heating the oil and dropping in the bird.
The term deep fried might just be a bad thing when the oil ignites and sets the whole place into a fire ball. These scary moments can lead people to burn down garages, throw water on the oil fire, and even tip over the pot of boiling oil! There are so many things that can wrong with such a delicious bird-cooking event. So before you attempt a deep fried gobbler, learn how to safely cook the bird and what not to do. Here are my tips for deep frying a turkey.
Instead of giving money to children this year for Christmas, rethink your gifts to children and consider one of these fine electronic gifts that will have them saying that all-to-technical phrase...cool! Some of the top choices they may enjoy this year can be the gift that keeps on giving. Here are some of my choices.
This time of year is definitely the time to decorate the tree with garland and Christmas lights. The glow of colored lights glistening throughout the house while waiting on old St. Nick. But what happens when the lights suddenly go out? Is Rudolf stealing the power to light his nose? Is there a power outage? Well don't get too excited yet. Let's examine what some of the probable causes are and how to remedy the problems. Do you know how to keep your Christmas lights shining?
Here is one of the number one questions I receive on a regular basis. My power or outlet worked just fine yesterday, why doesn't it work today? As an electrician, I like to say back nicely, my car had gas it in yesterday before I drove it all around, so why isn't it full today? Obviously, the situation has changed in both cases. As for the circuit that is off, it is likely that either a fuse has blown or a circuit breaker has tripped. But, what is one to do about that? Let's look closer at the possible causes of blown fuses and tripped breakers.
Many people today are installing metal roofs to replace the conventional singles they once had. But what are the dangers associated with metal roofs? Are they the last roof you'll ever own or are they too dangerous for your family?
More and more, the trend is going to metal roofs. They are virtually maintenance free once installed and should last one's lifetime. They come in many colors to match the brick or siding of your home. With the addition of a rubber roof base or foam insulation, it also increases the "R-value" of insulating rating of your roof. I personally like the idea that I may not ever have to roof my home again. However, with such a roof comes dangers in, on, and around them. Here's a look at some of the metal roof dangers.
As I write this, the snow is falling, the temperature is falling and my wood boiler is heating my home. That is just one option of heating my home, that and an LP furnace that now acts as my backup heat. You too may have more than one source of heat both for heating the house and the water that you use. With the change in the temperature and the time of the year, I thought it a great time to give you some tips on seasonal heating needs.
Every home has a bathroom or two and they need electrical circuits to run them, but how many? One might think that one circuit should surely be able to handle such a small room, but you would certainly be wrong! In fact, there are more circuits needed in many bathrooms in places you may not have thought of.
There are many options for lighting, exhaust fans, whirlpool tubs, jacuzzis, fan-light-heater combos, and of course outlets. These all need circuits and here's a closer look at what you'll need for bathroom wiring.