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What Are Wood Pellets & What Are Their Advantages & Disadvantages?

Posted by on Oct 5th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What Are Wood Pellets & What Are Their Advantages & Disadvantages?

When it comes to heating your home, there are a number of alternatives that you can take to the traditional gas burning route. One can go the traditional route, such as that of a wood burning stove, or you could jump on the solar powered band wagon. However, there are numerous alternatives to the traditional gas burners; one of those is a wood pellet burning heating system. Throughout the course of this article, you will learn what exactly wood pellets are and a list of the advantages and disadvantages you’ll have to live with if you so decide that a wood pellet burning heating system is right for you. What Are Wood Pellets? Becoming increasingly popular throughout Europe, wood pellets are an amazing source of biofuel that have been proven to effectively heat your home or place of business. Wood pellets are a condensed form of wood and biodegradable debris that serve to heat your home with all of the comforts of a normal gas based system, such as hot water heating and comfort control for individual rooms. Wood pellets are a form of biodegradable fuel and are a renewable resource, which makes them appealing to certain environmentally conscious individuals. What Are the Advantages? First and foremost, what most people like to hear: wood pellet burning heating systems are incredibly cost-effective. If you have a gas burning system, then take into consideration that if you switched over to a wood pellet burning system, you could save as much as 25% on your yearly fueling bills. With both oil and propane undergoing a lengthy inflationary period, this is even more of a financial incentive to switch over to a wood pellet burning system. Wood pellets are inexpensive to manufacture, and are a renewable resource, which means it is less likely that scarcity will ever cause their price to skyrocket, unlike oil and gas. Wood pellet burning systems can also be retrofitted to your existing heating system, which means that you can enjoy all of the same comforts as your gas based system, but at a much lower price. Wood pellets are not an esoteric form of biofuel, but rather are readily available, which means they can easily be delivered right to your front door. Not only that, but wood pellets are a far more environmentally conscious form of energy burning than other forms. It’s even far cleaner than burning regular firewood. Not only can wood pellets increase the ecological safety of your area, but they can also serve to create a robust local economy. What Are the Disadvantages? This is not to say that wood pellets are without their disadvantages. Pellet fuel is larger than its gas equivalent and storage of wood pellets can become quite inconvenient. It is also not quite as convenient of a way to heat your home as oil and gas. Wood pellets must be delivered to your home, as opposed to having gas simply pumped into your house, and must often times be delivered in large quantities, which can create potential storage issues with those individuals without the adequate amount of storage space. Cleaning can also be a problem: the ash that collects during the burning process must be emptied regularly in areas delegated to be adequate ash dumping zones. In other words, ash can...

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4 Things Electricians Check During Home Electrical Safety Inspections

Posted by on Sep 18th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Things Electricians Check During Home Electrical Safety Inspections

The two most common months for electrical fires in the home are December and January, but electrical fires are not just limited to those two months. Electrical fires can start for a number of different reasons, but most of them could have been prevented. If you want to keep your family and home safe from electrical fires, you may want to hire an electrician to perform a home electrical safety inspection. This is a comprehensive type of inspection that will identify and repair all potential risks involving your home’s electrical system. Here are four important areas the inspection will cover. Ground Fault Interrupter Outlets Ground fault interrupter outlets (GFCIs) are special outlets your home should have by all water sources. GFCIs automatically stop electricity from flowing to an outlet if an appliance that is plugged into it gets wet. Water does not mix well with electricity. When you are using electrical appliances or devices near water, you could get an electric shock if the appliance gets wet. This is why GFCIs are important. If the electrician finds that you do not have GFCIs in the proper places, he or she will recommend replacing your standard outlets with GFCIs. Light Bulbs Electricians also typically check the light bulbs in all your lamps and fixtures. The purpose of this is to make sure you are using the right sizes for the fixtures. If you use a wattage of bulb that the fixture is not designed for, it could overheat and cause an electrical fire. You should always make sure you carefully read your lamps and fixtures to find out what wattage is recommended. You can then choose that particular wattage, or lower, when selecting bulbs for your fixtures. Outlet Hazards Your home probably has dozens of electrical outlets throughout the rooms, and an electrician will make sure you are using them correctly. If outlets are not used properly, they can become overloaded, which can lead to an electrical fire. One hazard involving outlets occurs when too many things are plugged into one outlet. If you have several power strips plugged into an outlet, and if the power strips are full, you are probably overloading this particular circuit. The electrician will suggest you even out your power load by plugging some of your things into a different outlet. Another outlet hazard involves the use of extension cords. Extension cords are commonly used in older homes when there are not enough outlets present, but they can pose dangers to your home, including: Overloading circuit – If you are using a thin, cheap extension cord, you should not have a lot of things plugged into it. You can easily overload these thin cords, which can lead to a fire. Tripping – You should also carefully place your extension cords in areas where they are not a tripping hazard. Tripping over a cord can cause injuries to the person who tripped, but they can also cause other types of damage, such as damage to your home. If you are relying on a lot of extension cords in your home, the electrician may recommend adding more electrical outlets to your home. This will help you cut back on the number of extension cords you use, and it could help reduce your chances of an electrical fire...

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How To Make French Patio Doors Safe For Kids

Posted by on Sep 2nd, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Make French Patio Doors Safe For Kids

French patio doors, which are hinged patio doors that typically feature large glass panels, have a reputation of being unsafe for homes with children. Parents worry that their children may fall through the glass, throw a toy through the glass, or become injured when they lean on the door and it swings outward. These are all legitimate concerns, but there are ways to avoid these risks without having to give up the doors of your dreams. If you’re considering French patio doors for your home, follow these tips to choose the safest ones and install them in the safest manner possible. Choose doors with shatterproof glass. Some French doors are made with glass that is similar to the glass in your car’s windshield. Marketed as shatterproof glass or laminated glass, it consists of two layers. Down the middle of the two layers of glass, there is a sticky material. If the glass does break, instead of pieces flying everywhere, they will stick to this sticky material. If your child runs into shatterproof glass or throws a toy at it, you might have to deal with a broken door and a few scrapes — but you won’t have to deal with extensive glass wounds. Look for a door style that does not have glass at the very bottom. To make your door even safer, choose a style in which the glass panels don’t come all of the way down to the floor. This will further reduce the risk of injury if your child bumps into the door. By the time he or she is tall enough to reach glass that starts two or three feet up the door, your child will have more control of his or her body and will be less likely to crash into the door. Mount your doors so that they swing into the home. It’s often most convenient to have your patio doors swing out, so you don’t have to leave space clear in your home for them to swing in. However, when you have kids, sometimes you have to sacrifice convenience for safety. Mount your doors so that they swing into the room. That way, if a door is accidentally left unlatched, your child won’t go tumbling to the ground if he or she leans on it. Also, make sure you don’t leave your child alone on the patio, since he or she could go flying inwards if the door is left unlatched. It’s typically easier to avoid leaving a child alone on the patio than in the room where the doors open. Use curtains or blinds to cover the doors when you’re not home or in the room. Some homeowners are concerned a thief may look into the large windows of their French doors, see what is inside, and take this an an opportunity to break in. While nobody wants a break-in, they’re even more worrisome when you have kids. If your yard and patio as positioned in such a way as to allow passersby to see into your home, mount some curtains or blinds on your patio doors. When you’re leaving the house or even just leaving the room, you can close them to ensure nobody takes advantage and looks into your home. Make sure the hinges are covered. Getting fingers caught...

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4 Construction Fencing Problems & Solutions For Downtown Areas

Posted by on Aug 17th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Construction Fencing Problems & Solutions For Downtown Areas

If you are the project manager of a downtown construction site, there are a lot of things you’ll need to consider regarding public safety. In many locations, construction fencing is required to section off the dangerous areas of a construction site. However, in downtown areas, this usually involves encroachment into areas that the public uses. Here are a few things to consider. Will the local businesses be affected? Problem – The construction site encompasses areas that are used by local businesses, which means they may lose business since the construction fencing will also cordon off their main entrances. Most businesses cannot afford closing their doors during the time you and your crew will complete the construction project. Solutions – Be sure to take the main entrances of the businesses that will remain open into consideration when you install the construction fencing. This likely will mean that you’ll need more fencing than you had originally planned. You’ll need to provide access to each doorway for the employees and customers. If it’s too dangerous to allow entrance to the businesses, such as if your project involves tuckpointing a brick façade, you may want to consider scheduling your project during the weekends, early mornings, and late nights so you don’t interfere with the local businesses your community relies on. Will the construction fencing interfere with parking spaces and sidewalks? Problem – If the construction fencing has to be placed where there are parking spaces and sidewalks, it’s important to speak with the municipal authority to develop a plan to compensate for the lost areas the public needs. Solutions – Most municipalities require temporary sidewalks be cordoned off and protected from the construction site. Depending on the construction site, this may include installing overhead barriers on top of the construction fencing to protect pedestrians in the sidewalk from falling debris. If the sidewalk is temporarily moved to the side of the street, you’ll need to provide an additional barrier to prevent vehicles from driving on the temporary sidewalk. The strength of this barrier will largely depend on the amount of traffic that is typical for the affected street, as well as the municipality’s regulations regarding public safety in construction zones. Will any city and/or school bus stops be affected? Problem – The construction fencing may be in the way of normal public transportation for city buses and school buses. The public and children who use these buses may get confused as to where to wait for their buses. Solutions – Municipalities and school districts typically handle the rerouting of buses and the establishment of other bus stops. However, to prevent confusion, signs may need to be placed directly on your construction fencing to direct people to the alternative bus stop. If there are no other possible alternatives for the affected bus stop, then perhaps you can consider relocating some of your construction vehicles and equipment if that will help reduce the amount of space that is taken up behind the construction fencing. Will the fencing block the field of vision of drivers? Problem – Fencing that is placed directly alongside the corner of the street may block drivers from being able to see traffic approaching the intersection, which may lead to vehicle accidents. Unfortunately, this could cause your construction company to be sued...

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5 Preventative Maintenance Tips For Your Commercial Roof

Posted by on Jul 28th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 5 Preventative Maintenance Tips For Your Commercial Roof

As a commercial enterprise, you know how imperative it is to maintain the appearance of a good business – an appearance that matches the actual quality of your business. As such, you want your building to look in as good of a shape as it possibly can be in. There are plenty of things that people immediately think to invest in: a beautiful store front, an interior that matches your company’s MO and a great quality commercial roof. Maintaining a commercial roof, however, can sometimes be a bit of a hassle. In order to ameliorate the difficulty in maintaining a commercial roof for you, here are 5 preventative maintenance tips you can take to improve the quality of your commercial roof. Remove Debris Access to a commercial roof is, thankfully, much easier than roofs that are considered private property. There is usually easy walk up access. This is usually in place so you can thoroughly remove any debris that has made its home on your roof. Leaves, twigs and dirt can make your rooftop their home. Let these inanimate objects know that you’re a tough customer and you don’t want them there. Debris can cause serious damage to your gutters and drainage system as well potentially becoming damaging to the roof itself. This is especially the case during winter months when debris can freeze to the roof or add weight to snow, of which your roof is already bearing the load. Shut Doors Tightly People often tend to forget that along with maintenance comes security. Although the walk up stairs and doors combo is a definite convenience to you for your roof, it’s also a convenience to potential robbers. People who can make their way to the top of your roof – and thieves can be quite acrobatic – can access the inside of your building through these walk up doors. Remember to always make sure the door is always shut tightly and locked. If your roof is quite large and you have multiple access points, make sure that each door is shut tightly and locked. For extra security, consider installing a security system with security grade locks on each of said doors. Look For Holes Holes in the roof can spell trouble. Roof holes can be especially damaging for one of several reasons. First and foremost, they are the first sign that your commercial roof is suffering from serious wear and tear. If your roof is older, this is a sign that it needs an inspection. During the inspection you might find that you need either a sealant replacement, which is not a serious issue, and should be performed on your roof every few years, or you might find many holes that means the entirety of the roof needs a thorough repair or replacement. Secondly, if your roof has holes, this can be a serious breach of security. Through holes, potential burglars can make their way into the interior of your building and bypass those security locks for which you paid dearly! Watch For Vegetation Vegetation can be another serious issue if you’re not particularly cognizant of it. Vegetation is usually a sign that your roof has not been adequately cleaned in some time and has created conditions where flora can flourish. Unfortunately, these are not usually particularly...

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How to Build a Stylish Pallet Fence for Your Yard

Posted by on Jul 14th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Build a Stylish Pallet Fence for Your Yard

Are you looking for inexpensive and eco-friendly ways to fence in your yard? Building a pallet fence is an excellent solution. You’ll be recycling old pallets, which you can often get for free from shipping companies and warehouses, and the result will keep your yard secure and stylish. Making a Pallet Fence Start by determining how many pallets you’ll need. Measure the length and width of the area you wish to enclose (in inches), and then divide each number by 40 inches to determine how many pallets you’ll need for each side. Standard pallets in the United States are 40 inches by 48 inches. You’ll need to round the measurements down to the nearest 40 inches, which may mean that your fence ends up slightly inside of your property line, depending on the exact size of your yard. Once you know how many pallets you need, start asking around at hardware stores, nurseries, and warehouses in your area to see if they have any spare pallets. The type of pallet that is reversible and has wooden panels on both sides is the ideal choice. However, single-side pallets can also be used; they just result in a less finished-looking fence. Make sure the pallets you obtain are in good shape. They should not have any large missing pieces or show any signs of rot. You can sand out a few rough spots and nicks, but too many rough spots will mean you spend months sanding before you even get to start building the fence. Once you’ve accumulated the panels, give them a good spray down with the hose to ensure they’re clean. Give them a few hours to dry, and then apply a generous coat of primer. Next, apply a coat of latex paint. Make sure you use a latex paint that’s made for outdoor use so that it stands up to wear and tear. Let the pallets dry, and then give them a second coat of paint. You may need to use a sponge brush to reach into any cracks and crevices. After the pallets are completely dry, it’s time to start making the fence. Start in one corner of your measured-off area. Have your friend hold the first pallet up. The shorter (40-inch) side should be on the ground, resulting in a fence panel that is 48 inches tall. Have a second helper hold a second pallet up directly against this first one. The frames must be lined up perfectly. Using an electric drill, insert four deck screws into the frame of the second pallet, and extending into the frame of the second pallet. When you’re finished inserting these screws, have a helper hold up a third panel next to this second one, and attach it in the same manner. Keep going, all of the way around the yard, until you’ve fenced in the entire yard. There are two ways to create a gate in your fence. Simply leave a space between two panels, or mount a pair of hinges to two pallets and create a swinging gate. You’ll want to install a gate latch on the swinging pallet and the neighboring one so you have a way to keep the gate shut. Hinges and latches can generally be attached with just a few screws. The Advantages and...

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Fiscally (And Physically) Protecting Your Home From Water Damage

Posted by on Jun 24th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Fiscally (And Physically) Protecting Your Home From Water Damage

If you live on the peak of a hill, or are located far from any bodies of water, you may not spend much time worrying about your home flooding. However, any home can suffer water damage — from a burst pipe to a tree branch through a window, to the aftermath of a house fire, water may enter your home in a variety of ways. Unfortunately, several types of water damage aren’t covered by the typical homeowner’s insurance policy. You may need to be proactive in ensuring you’re fully protected against water damage. Read on to learn more about what types of water damage are covered by your homeowner’s insurance policy, as well as what you can do if your home does suffer water damage. How can you ensure you’re adequately insured against water damage? There are a variety of problems that can lead to water damage in your home. Although your homeowner’s insurance should cover some of these events, others will be excluded unless you’ve specifically added them to your policy through a “rider.”  Damage that should be covered by your homeowner’s policy The general rule is that if the water hits (or enters) your home before it touches the outside ground, the damage is covered by your homeowner’s insurance. This can include water entering as a result of roof damage, a broken window, a burst or leaking pipe, or a broken sump pump.  Your homeowner’s insurance should also cover any expenses related to water remediation. For example, if a tree branch goes through your roof, allowing water to enter your home, and you and your family must vacate the home while your roof is being repaired, your insurance will cover the construction and labor costs as well as any hotel bills or other lodging expenses you paid out of pocket. Damage that is usually excluded from a homeowner’s policy Any damage due to flooding must be covered under a separate flood insurance policy. This includes not only the damage from water entering the home as flood waters rise, but sewer backups or burst pipes directly caused by flooding.  If you suffer interior home damage from a burst pipe or overflowing toilet during a rainy time of year, your insurance company may send inspectors to your home to determine whether the damage was flood-related (and therefore excluded from traditional policy coverage).  What should you do if water enters your home?  Whether you’ve suffered flood damage or a frozen pipe, there are a few things you can do before the cleanup crews arrive that may help you preserve your belongings and limit the damage to your home. If you’re unable to stop the flow of water into your home, move any soft-surfaced items (like upholstered furniture, clothing, and bedding), along with any electronics, to a safe location, like an upstairs or interior room. Because many insurance policies will only give you the depreciated value (rather than the replacement cost) for certain items, avoiding damage to costly electronics or furniture can save you a lot of hassle later. You’ll also want to immediately contact an experienced water damage cleanup company. The longer this water remains in your home, the more damage it may potentially cause. By first pumping out any standing water and stopping further water from entering your house,...

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Don’t Let Pressure Cripple Your Water Heater: What You Should Know About Expansion Tanks

Posted by on Jun 9th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Don’t Let Pressure Cripple Your Water Heater: What You Should Know About Expansion Tanks

When the water in your plumbing system is heated, that heat causes it to expand. In hot water systems that use storage tanks, the expansion can cause added pressure in the system. With nowhere to go, the pressure buildup may ultimately damage the hot water lines and tank. One of the best ways for you to protect your home’s water heater system is to add an expansion tank. This will serve as an overflow for the water as it is heated. Here are some tips to help you with adding an expansion tank to any water heater system. Adding an Expansion Tank to New Hot Water Systems Adding the expansion tank to a new installation is typically the easiest option, because you can plan out the hot water system to fit the tank. Invest in galvanized pipe to connect the expansion tank, because it is versatile and cost-effective. Installing the Tank Locate the small nipple that sits on the top of the water tank you’re getting ready to install. It is a pipe piece that sticks out of the top of the tank. There will be two – a long one and a short one. Start with the short one. Coat the top of the nipple with plumber’s tape and pipe joint compound, then secure a galvanized pipe tee on it. If you’re not familiar with what a pipe tee is, they are the small pipe pieces that are shaped like the letter “T.” Tighten the pipe tee and make sure that the open ends of the pipe are facing the direction where you’re going to run the plumbing line. Use a pair of pliers on the tank fitting and a pair on the tee for leverage if you need it to turn the pipe. Follow the same steps to connect an elbow pipe on the longer nipple that sticks out from the top of the water tank. Prepare the threads on the expansion tank’s pipe with plumber’s tape and joint compound. Then, screw the pipe elbow to the threads on the expansion tank’s pipe. Then, connect the expansion tank to the “T” and connect your water lines. Adding an Expansion Tank to an Existing System When installing an expansion tank in a new system, you can map out the placement to fit everything. You don’t have that freedom with an existing system – instead, you have to fit the expansion tank where you can find room. Check both the hot and cold sides of the water tank to see where the expansion tank will fit. You need enough space for the pipes to run directly to the expansion tank, so measure carefully to account for the pipes as well as the dimensions of the tank. Tips for Existing System Installations Remove the flex line before installing the galvanized “T” on an existing water tank. You’ll probably have to replace that flex line with a longer one to fit between the expansion tank and the nipple on the tank. Make sure that your connections are tight so that you don’t risk any leaks. If you’re not comfortable with integrating the tank into your existing water heater system, consider having it professionally installed. Expansion tanks are a common sight in most new construction now, but older homes don’t typically have...

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Can You 3D Print Your New Home?

Posted by on May 20th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Can You 3D Print Your New Home?

The last few years have marked a dramatic explosion in the types of items that can be created by a 3D printer — from prosthetic limbs (or even assistive devices for disabled pets) to food and everything in between. But the technological advance that perhaps offers the most benefit to society is the ability to 3D print entire homes. These homes can be constructed from wood, mud, clay, concrete, or even paper, and can be fully assembled at a low cost within only a few days. Read on to learn more about the advantages of 3D printing your next home, as well as what you can do to add 3D printed elements to your new home even before this technology becomes more widely available. How are 3D printed homes created? Each 3D printer operates on the same principle — a liquid or semiliquid material is passed through an opening that layers this material upon itself according to a computerized design. In the home construction context, clay or cement is generally mixed to create a semisolid base that still flows. Instead of being poured and manually spread by workers to create a concrete foundation, this cement is funneled into a giant 3D printer that spreads thin layers according to the home’s computerized blueprints. Because these layers are thin, they dry relatively quickly, and the printer can continue to layer cement upon the pattern until the foundation is completed. Some 3D printed homes are created entirely from the same clay or cement used to construct the foundation, while others may be made from a composite mixture of wood pulp and plastic polymers (similar to composite decking or fencing material). The home is then plumbed, drywalled, floored, and furnished. One U.S. scientist is working on a process called “contour crafting,” which will help craft things like cabinets, bookshelves, and even electrical wiring by using multiple types of 3D printers running at once. What are some advantages of 3D printed homes? The three primary advantages of 3D printed homes are durability, efficiency, and cost. Concrete 3D crafted homes in particular are quite durable, and the layering process can provide additional strength over pouring or molding cement. Because the 3D printer requires relatively little manpower to run, this process also allows multiple homes to be created in quick succession. Workers are freed from the construction itself and have more time to spend on wiring, plumbing, and drywalling the home or providing other finishing touches. This reduction in manpower and use of relatively cheap materials (like cement, clay, or polymer wood pulp) can allow these homes to be constructed at a fraction of the cost of stick-built or modular homes. One Chinese company claims to have built 10 new homes in a single day at a cost of only $5,000 each. This could revolutionize the construction industry and help eliminate much of the nation’s homelessness problem. What can you do to add 3D printed elements to your new home before this technology is widely available? If you’re planning construction of a new home within the next few months or years, it’s unlikely 3D printing your entire home will be an option. However, there are still a few 3D printed elements you can add to a newly constructed home to help achieve the durability and cost...

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Keep Your Wall Convector Running By Performing These Simple Maintenance Tasks

Posted by on Apr 28th, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

What a wall convector is and how it works A wall convector is a residential or commercial heating device that functions similar to a radiator. It is either mounted adjacent to a wall, or in the case of older properties, is often mounted in the wall itself to save space and preserve the aesthetics of a room. Some convectors can also function as cooling devices, though most units are strictly designed for heating. Convectors typically utilize hot water pumped from a central boiler unit as the heat source. An incoming supply line feeds hot water into the convector, where it is distributed throughout copper or iron lines with attached thin metal fins. Relatively cooler air enters the convector from the bottom, passes between the heated fins and is warmed before re-entering the room. In the case of a cooling convector, chilled water is passed through the system, and a fan draws warm room air into the unit where it is subsequently cooled. Not all heating convectors use fans; some rely strictly on the natural rising of warm air versus the settling of cold air to function. However, fans can introduce greater efficiency and permit the convector to more adequately heat a space. How you can maintain your wall convector Wall convectors are fairly simple devices, but they are not maintenance-free. Below are a few specific maintenance tasks you should perform to keep your convector operating at maximum efficiency:             Bleed air from the water lines With boiler-fed heating systems, air in the water line is undesirable. It can decrease heating efficiency as well as be a source of noises such as gurgling, banging, or bubbling. Wall convectors have an air bleeder valve that permits trapped air to escape from the convector. This valve should be opened once per heating season or as often as needed to remove air. When you find the valve, turn it slowly counterclockwise with a screwdriver in order to open it. Be careful that you don’t burn yourself with hot water, and keep your face away from the end of the valve to avoid eye injury. Keep the valve slightly open until water begins to flow; at that point, immediately close the valve by turning the screwdriver clockwise. Clean the unit Another necessary task that will keep your wall convector working at its best is to perform annual cleanings. Wall convectors, by design, are exposed to drawn-in air which also carries debris. This debris, which includes pet hair, lint, dirt and dust, tends to collect inside the unit. All of this debris will ultimately clogs fins and choke fans. The fans inside wall convectors are usually known as squirrel-cage fans due to their cylindrical design. They are efficient at moving air, but they contain vanes that line the inner circumference of the fan housing. These vanes are perfect traps for foreign matter, and as it continues to accumulate, the debris will also cause the fan’s ability to move to decrease. Fans should be vacuumed with a wet/dry vacuum and any stubborn matter can be scrubbed free with a damp cloth. Likewise, the thin, delicate fins inside wall connectors are eager collectors of debris. If too much debris coats the fins, they are effectively insulated from passing heat into the convector’s airflow. The fins should also be...

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