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The Inspector Newsletter
January 2017: Home Heating Inspections
Maintenance Matters

Sizing for Heating Savings

A furnace, boiler or heat pump is part of a whole-house system of vents, ducts, returns and, of course, heating elements. In order to have an efficient, cost effective system, it’s important to consider sizing.

MAINTENANCE MATTERS

An oversized heating or heating system will cycle on and off frequently. This can reduce the life of the equipment and increase noise as the air flow changes rapidly. An undersized system will run continuously in an attempt to heat the home, also causing excessive wear on certain components.

According to Energy Star guidelines, proper sizing of a heating and cooling unit should include a design-load calculation, taking into account the following:

  • How well a home is insulated
  • How well air leaks are sealed
  • How well ducts throughout the house are sealed and insulated
  • The size, type, number of windows and the direction they face
  • Shading from landscaping
  • The size, layout and orientation of the house

Although it may cost more for a contractor knowledgeable about these calculations to assess the efficiency of the system, it can be worth it in repairs and energy savings. For more information, click here.

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DID YOU KNOW?

The Heat Pump Advantage

Most heat systems create heat from burning some type of fuel, such as propane, oil or natural gas. Nearly 50 percent of homes in the United States and Canada use natural gas as their main source of heat. Heat pumps are one of the alternatives.

Air-to-air heat pumps use the difference between the indoor and outdoor air temperatures to heat and cool the home. Heat is transferred from the outside to the inside for heating purposes, and from the inside to the outside for cooling purposes. Geothermal heat pumps use the natural constant temperature of the earth a few feet below the surface to heat and cool the home.

Because only electricity needs to be purchased for operation of this equipment, it is considered a highly-efficient option in certain areas. However, the efficiency decreases when temperatures drop below 20 degrees F, requiring the use of a backup or emergency system.

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FOR YOUR INFORMATION

New Years Resolution: Get Rid of Clutter

It’s 2017! That means we can set any resolution we want. A common one begins with our homes, and the main culprit is clutter. Begin the New Year with an organized home using these tips for getting your home in order.

Begin the de-clutter process slowly. Ask yourself a series of questions such as: “does this add value to my life?”; “When was the last time I used it?”; “Could someone else use it or is it junk?”

Label each item with “donations,” “trash,” or “keep.” Keep markers or stickers handy when going through each item.

Pack away items not used year-round, like sports equipment and seasonal clothing. Write an identifying label on each storage container you put away.

Ask a friend or relative to help. It’s easier to sort through items effectively when someone with a different perspective is with you.

Maintain a clutter-free home by not encouraging items to build up. If you purchase one new thing, get rid of something old. Small things do add up.

The important thing is to stay on top of the de-cluttering process. It’s easy to have unneeded or unwanted items take up space, but ridding your space of unused or underused items will only keep your home tidy and organized.

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MONTHLY TRIVIA QUESTION

What are three of the best indicators of real estate market trends?

Be the first to answer correctly and win a $10 Starbuck’s gift card. Submit your answer to your local NPI inspector to find out if you’ve won.

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