Posts Tagged ‘home heating’

4 Home Heating Safety Tips

Thursday, January 4th, 2018

fireplace-maintenanceHome Heating Safety

The other day, I was cleaning his house when I found a one-inch piece of charcoal burnt into one of my couch cushions! It came from a piece of wood that popped from my fireplace to the couch.

While all that little chunk of ember did was burn a hole in the furniture, my house could have gone up in flames! I am thankful that all I have to do is turn the couch cushion around to hide the burn mark!

Most home fires happen during the winter months than any other time of year, when the cozy warmth of a fireplace is at its most inviting. Not only are fires a danger, space heaters are often used to heat rooms that need an extra boost; plus, home heating devices can produce an abundance of deadly carbon monoxide gas.

Seniors aged 65 and older are three times more likely to die or be injured in a house fire than other age groups. Not only that, but if you live in a newer home, reports are saying you may have less time to escape a fire because of synthetics.

Here are some important home heating safety tips to remember:

1) Check Your Chimney and Fireplace for Hazards
Have the chimney flue pipe checked each year if you or your loved one uses a wood-burning fireplace.

Make sure that there is a screen or glass in front of the fireplace to catch any wild sparks or moving logs. Keep flammable objects such as stockings and curtains away from the fireplace when in use.

2) Get the Proper Fire Extinguisher
Get an ABC multipurpose fire extinguisher for your home, read the manual so you and your loved ones know how to use it, and store it in a place where it is easily accessible in case of a fire.

OSHA gives some helpful tips for the workplace, hut they can apply to your home as well.


How to Save Money on Home Heating

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

programmable-thermostatEight Ways to Save Money on Heating Bills

As temperatures drop, heating expenses begin to rise. Most American households rely on natural gas, electricity, or a combination of the two to keep warm in the winter, and it isn’t always easy to budget for the costs. These tips help to lower bills without sacrificing comfort.

Clean and Replace Filters

Forced-air systems rely on filters to clean and circulate the air. Clogged, dirty filters cause the system to work harder, resulting in higher energy bills and unnecessary wear on the unit. Most filters require monthly replacement, although some offer three months between changes.

Invest in a Programmable Thermostat

Consumer Reports recommends setting the temperature to 68 degrees Fahrenheit during waking hours and decreasing it to 60 degrees overnight. A programmable thermostat automatically takes care of these changes based on the user’s preset specifications. It also makes it easy and cost-efficient to schedule temperature changes to suit household activities, such as work or family vacations.

Take Advantage of Other Sources

Some routine tasks around the house, including cooking, drying clothes, and showering, generate warmth. Morning showers are great ways to boost overnight temperatures, and oven dinners allow homeowners to turn down thermostats early without losing significant amounts of heat.

solar-panels-energy-savingsWarm Up With Sunshine

When it is available, sunlight is an excellent home heating source. Homeowners who open their blinds and curtains during the day usually run their furnaces less often than those who keep their blinds closed. Covering windows as the sun goes down helps to retain the warmth into the evening.

Weatherproof Doors and Windows

As a house ages, tiny cracks and holes often create drafts that result in heat loss. It is not uncommon for a household to waste up to one-quarter of its energy through unseen air leaks. Weather strips minimize loss, and installation is fairly simple. Homeowners can also schedule professional tests to detect other leaks and losses.


How-to Keep Your Home Warm this Winter & Save Energy

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

home-heating-tips6 Easy and Energy-Efficient Tips for Keeping Your Home Warm in the Winter

Keeping your house warm in the winter without watching your heating bill go through the roof is a task that nearly everyone can relate to. We often forget that a few small, everyday tasks can contribute to a lower bill each month.

Here are a few common sense reminders for how to keep your bill as low and your house as warm as possible during the winter months.

1. Open your curtains and shades. Let a little light in! Remember, on a sunny day, nature can handle a little of the work of warming your home. Get up early, and let the sun permeate your house throughout the day while you’re at work. Remember to close them again at night, when the temperature will drop.

ceiling-fans2. Reverse your ceiling fans. Most ceiling fans have a setting specially designated for the winter months. The switch will reverse the direction that the fan blades move in, causing the cool air to rise, and the warm air to fall-like pennies into your pocket. Again, you will want to be sure to remember to switch your fan back to the regular setting when the temperature changes.

3. Move your furniture away from vents. Heating vents may seem unsightly, or bothersome when thinking about the layout of your rooms and furniture. However, with a little energy-focused redecorating, you may find that one of the secrets to heating your home more efficiently lies in the arrangement of your furniture. Give floor and wall vents plenty of room to push the air out into the home without any obstacles to hinder its work.

4. Cover your hard floors. Where you don’t have floor vents, rugs can work to both store heat by preventing warm air from escaping through the floorboards. It can also make your wood or tile floors feel warmer to your feet. Just as a pair of socks will keep your toes nice and cozy, so will a few smartly placed rugs.

programmable-thermostat5. Programmable thermostats. Programmable thermostats are designed to make your central heating work more efficiently while your home and when you’re away. For a small installation fee, you can lower your energy bill considerably each month by lowering the temperature of your home while you’re away.

Keep it just warm enough while you’re at work to make your pets happy. It will also feel inviting when you get home, and you can raise it to a more comfortable temperature while you’re at home.

6. Seal air leaks around your home. The great thing about this energy-saving tip is that it will make your home more efficient year-round, not just in the winter months. Some may want to invest in a professional to help detect where large leaks are causing heat and cool air loss, but many leaks can be spotted visually. Leaks usually occur in places where siding, foundation, and chimneys meet floors or other surfaces. A caulk gun and caulk are relatively inexpensive to buy and easy to use. Make sure to clean all your surfaces before you caulk, and enjoy your savings!


Keep Your Home Cozy and Warm

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

electric-fireplaceKeep Your Home Cozy and Warm Through the Cold Winter Season

You want your home as warm and cozy as possible and Martens True Value in Reedsburg has your heating needs covered.

From space heaters offering warmth and portability to electric fireplaces for more stylish heating solutions, you’ll find all your cold weather remedies in stock right now.

We also offer humidifiers and air purifiers to keep you surrounded by comfort.


Heating and Cooling Products at Reedsburg True Value

Your home is more than just a place to relax and spend time with family – it’s the story of your life. Create the living spaces you’ve envisioned with the wide variety of heating and cooling products available at Martens Reedsburg True Value.

programmable-humidifierFrom staying cozy with infrared heaters or an electric fireplace to improving air quality with a new furnace filter, our products are there to help make your home as comfortable as possible. The selection of heating and cooling products at does more than just make you home more inviting, it also makes your home’s interior a more peaceful place to live.

Heating and cooling products, at Reedsburg True Value Hardware Store, give you flexible, stylish options for your next project. As a new homeowner or long-time resident, you can use a knowledgeable partner that offers advice and guidance on finding the right products. Our True Value experts can lend their guidance by pairing you with products for enhancing the quality and features of your home.