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Did you know the State of Wisconsin passed a law requiring every home to have carbon monoxide detectors installed as of 2/1/2011?
You must install carbon monoxide detectors on every level of your home and near sleeping areas.
Can Carbon Monoxide build up in your home? Yes. Each year, carbon monoxide kills more than 200 Americans and sends nearly 5,000 more to emergency rooms for treatment, reports the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Where does it come from? When carbon-based fuels such as natural gas, oil, kerosene or wood burn, they produce gases. When fuel combustion or burning isn’t complete, carbon monoxide enters the air. The CPSC advises that carbon monoxide detectors are the only way to alert yourself to the presence of toxic gas in your home. If you wake in the night with a headache — and especially if another member of the family complains of a headache or is difficult to arouse — get out of the house fast and seek medical help.
We stock them on our trucks and if you would like them installed just give Wisconsin Fuel & Heating a call at (262) 654-0241.
For more information see the Wisconsin Alliance for Fire Safety – http://www.wafs.org/Library/pdfs/wi-co-law-summary-jan-2011.pdf
Many Kenosha and Racine homes are heated with forced air furnaces, since they generally provide safe and efficient heat. Furnaces have also improved dramatically over the years as manufacturers find ways to make them more efficient. Even if your furnace has been reliable for many years, it may be worth the money to replace your old furnace with a newer, more efficient model.
Here are five major benefits to upgrading your furnace.
1. Lowering Your Utility Bills
Whether you realize it or not, your current furnace could be costing you more than it should in heating bills. If your furnace is 15-20 years old, it’s probably not heating your home as efficiently as the newer models with higher AFUE ratings. Todays models are up to 98% Eficient. Even if your heating system has been replaced within the last ten years, the technology has advanced enough to consider an upgrade. Furnaces are sized to heat your home on the coldest day – around minus 10 degrees. But in reality, most days are in the 20’s and 30’s. Todays furnaces include fully modulating gas valves which adjust the amount of heat to match the weather, providing you with greater comfort and higher efficiency.
2. Fewer Repairs
Repair costs can add up if you are constantly repairing your furnace. Routine maintenance for your furnace can help reduce the need for repairs, but as furnaces age, they tend to need more repairs and replacement parts. If you need frequent repairs for your furnace, it may be time to replace it with a newer one. Most of today’s furnaces come with a 10 year parts warranty and labor warranties can also be added for worry free comfort.
3. More Consistent Heat
While maintaining consistent temperatures throughout your home involves several factors, such as insulation and thermostat control, your furnace could also be the reason you aren’t getting enough heat to all parts of the house. If some rooms are colder than others, or if your heating bills have recently gone up, it may be time for a furnace replacement. Todays high efficient furnaces can include an ECM blower motor, which uses 1/5 the electricity that are common on most furnaces. These can be left on all year for minimal cost, and will help circulate and clean the air in your home.
4. Reduce the Chances of a Breakdown
When a furnace breaks down, it not only leaves you without heat, but it is also a major expense. Budgeting for a new furnace before it breaks down will put less financial burden on you than needing an emergency furnace replacement. Newer model furnaces are also more reliable and less likely to give you problems if maintained properly.
There’s higher potential for safety concerns with older or poorly maintained furnaces. In addition to fire hazards, carbon monoxide poisoning is another serious threat. When the heat exchanger stops working because it’s corroded or faulty, carbon monoxide can leak into the home. If you’ve had your furnace for more than 20 years, it could create safety hazards that you may be unaware of.
No matter how long you’ve had the furnace in your home, it’s always wise to speak with a qualified HVAC technician about furnace upgrades, particularly if you have expensive heating costs. Call Wisconsin Fuel & Heating today to talk with one of our heating experts about furnace upgrades.