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8th November 2017

The Top 3 Things to do to Prevent Your Furnace from Malfunctioning

Most homeowners and even landlords don’t give much attention to their furnace unless it stops heating the house or malfunctions when winter has already started. But as Bighorn Rentals explains, such mechanical faults cause the furnace to overheat or not emit any heat at all. A malfunctioning furnace is dangerous because the leaking pipes might release carbon monoxide, a toxic gas that’s harmful to your health. Besides that, the faulty pipes might cause the furnace to burst into flames which can reduce your house to ashes. The good news is that there are several things that you can do to keep your furnace safe from such malfunctions as outlined below.

  1. Schedule for Preventative Maintenance  

Preventing a malfunction is better than remedying it, otherwise, you will have to cough out more money when the damage is done. Most homeowners tend to neglect their furnace after winter is gone. The problem with this behaviour is that dust and other debris accumulate in the furnace when it’s not being used. Insects will also take refuge in the filter and some could die.  In fact, the longer the furnace stays idle, the more dust will build up in its compartment.

It’s therefore recommended that you examine the filter at least once per month. Cleaning the filter thoroughly will go a long way towards keeping the furnace in good shape. If the dirt is too much, you should just buy a new filter. They are actually very affordable. A neglected filter causes the accumulated grime to end up in the motor.

Once the motor is covered by grime, it starts overheating which can eventually result in a breakdown. But you should never attempt to clean the filter when the furnace is still connected to the wall socket or when the gas flame is still on because you can be electrocuted or get burnt.

  1. Have the Signs of a Faulty Furnace on Your Fingertips

By being armed with knowledge on the signs of a faulty furnace, you will be able to counter potential malfunctions before they happen. In fact, a furnace doesn’t just break down without giving an early warning. It’s actually the ignorance of some people that cause such signs to escalate into serious damages. The only noise that you should expect from a furnace is that of the blower and you will hear it when it’s going either off or on. Any other noise suggests there is a fault in the appliance.

A skyrocketing utility bill also implies that the furnace is no longer functioning efficiently. When the furnace is in good shape, the burner flame remains blue in colour. If the colour of the flame turns yellow, carbon monoxide may be present in the compartment and leaky pipes are the culprits. Respiratory diseases such as skin rash and asthma can be caused by a faulty furnace.

Radiator - Prevent furnace malfunctioning

In addition to that, you should check whether all the rooms are heated uniformly. If some rooms remain cold while the others are warm, the furnace may not be functioning normally. In such a case you should consult furnace repair Denver to organize for routine maintenance or replacement.

  1. Unblock the Vents

The vent is designed to redirect any carbon monoxide that might be released from the furnace outside the house. This helps in reducing the impact of the gas on your health. When snow falls heavily, some of it obstructs the vents which eventually prevent the accumulated gas from getting out of the house. It’s therefore recommended that you remove such the accumulated ice in the vents with a spade.

Kevin The Carrot Is Back! Aldi Christmas Advert 2017 #Kevinthecarrot #KevinandKatie

We all fell in love with Kevin Carrot last year and I was delighted to see him return this year. What’s even better, he’s now got a lovely lady friend!

I love the bit where he says, I think I’ve peed myself! I can’t wait to show Ella and Kaycee, they’re going to love it as much as I do 🙂

Kevin Carrot

Just like last year, I’m eagerly awaiting the John Lewis Christmas ad. Hopefully, we shouldn’t have to wait much longer. I’m also hopeful that it’s going to be much better than last year which I didn’t like at all.

Kevin The Carrot 2016

Memory Foam Mattress Topper – SleepyPeople

When Ant and I went on holiday earlier this year, I had some of the best sleep I’ve had for years. There was a memory foam mattress on the bed that was so comfy I woke without back pain which was very unusual for me.
I looked on the internet to try and find the same mattress only to discover it had been discontinued. The next best thing we could think of was to get a memory foam mattress topper.

Silent Night mattress topper

Mattress Topper

We’ve been using our Silent Night mattress topper from Sleepy People for just over a week now and I’m happy to report that my back pain has greatly reduced.
The first night we used it I woke to go to the toilet and was really surprised to find that it was 5.45 am. I’d not woken once in the night from back pain. I usually get woken up with the pain around 3-4 am. To not wake up until nearly 6 and not have any pain was wonderful! It’s no wonder the Silentnight Impress topper appears as one of The Dozy Owl’s top picks for back pain.

It’s amazing how something so simple has helped me so much. I’ve not been able to go to bed too early for a few years. The longer I’m in bed, the worse the pain got. I can now go to bed earlier knowing I’m going to sleep all night. It’s lovely not waking up all sore and stiff the next morning 🙂

Mattress topper from Sleepy People

Ant absolutely loves the topper. He said as soon as he lay down he knew he was going to sleep better. We had a duvet on top of our mattress to try and make it a bit more comfortable for him but he still felt the springs in the mattress. He said it’s now wonderfully comfortable and he enjoys going to bed!

My next step is to try going to bed without taking my usual set of painkillers. It will be wonderful if I didn’t need them anymore. I’m going to wait a bit longer, though. I just want to make sure the back pain doesn’t return before I try stopping the pills.

Please note: We were sent the mattress topper in return for an honest review

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