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YOUR HOME WITH HOME GUARD
As homeowners, we are constantly
trying to improve the condition of our homes.
One way that we can be certain our home stays that way is with
the Home Guard.
Home Guard is a device that will
call at least two telephone numbers to alert you of falling temperatures
or power outages.
This is important because when
your heating system is not operating, your water pipes can freeze
causing extensive damage to your home.
Home Guard is simple to set up, and gives you peace of mind. Call us at
Gary and Sons for details.
LATEST INDUSTRY NEWS
Protect Your Home
Vent Free vs Direct Vent
Outdoor Furnace Regulations
Wood Burning Tips
Vent Free vs.
Direct-Vent Gas Appliances
SHOULD I PURCHASE A VENTED OR
Free appliances are the best choice for people who are looking for
the maximum return on their dollar. These units are normally 99.9%
efficient, they require no extra venting materials and they are designed
to operate safely in any home. They utilize open combustion meaning they
use indoor combustion air and the fire does not have to be sealed behind
a glass window. With a fire screen added for protection, these units
reveal a natural live burn that many customers seek. Vent-free products
tend to emit a certain amount of water vapor into the home’s
atmosphere. This can have a positive effect for homes that experience
the dry indoor air syndrome normally associated with the winter heating
Vent appliances are the best choice for people looking more for
aesthetics and not so much energy efficiency. Why would somebody choose
to give up efficiency? The most obvious reason would be to be able to
have their appliance lit, entertain guests but not overheat the room.
Newer and tightly sealed home owners should lean toward the direct- vent
line of appliances because of their utilization of outdoor combustion
air. Direct Vent appliances are normally a little higher priced because
of their sealed combustion design and they do require venting either
through a wall, ceiling, roof and/or chimney.
If interested in either of these
designs; whether it is a Stove, a Zero-Clearance Fireplace, or a
Masonry Fireplace Insert, give us a call or stop in our showroom to talk
with one of our professional consultants. We have the experience to help
you in making a decision that you will enjoy for many years to come. We
also have professional installation crews that can install your system
and give you peace of mind that it was installed correctly.
OUTDOOR FURNACE REGULATIONS
As your local Heating and Cooling
professionals, Gary & Sons is here to help you make informed
decisions regarding your heating and cooling needs.
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental
Protection is taking part in this process by enforcing new regulations
that steer your choice of outdoor wood boilers toward those that are EPA
Phase 2 qualified. After May
31st 2011, all outdoor wood boilers sold in
must meet EPA Phase 2 qualifications for emissions levels.
The Pennsylvania DEP’s goal in setting
these new regulations are in an effort to reduce health impacts, air
emissions, and nuisances while setting realistic objectives for the
manufacturers. Neighbors will appreciate these new regulations with the
reduction of both visible and invisible pollutants.
Plus, you won’t be sharpening your saw blade nearly as much,
because you’ll be burning significantly less wood.
We’ll help you follow applicable state and
local regulations, and we can complete any part of the installation for
Visit our showroom to see many of the
Central Boiler Outdoor Furnaces on display and witness the E-Classic
2400 model comfortably heating 8,000 square feet.
are some tips from Energy King to help make things a little easier.
wood for heat is as old as civilization itself. More than any other major
fuel, wood provides us with energy independence because it's readily
available, locally produced and is a renewable source of heat on which we
can rely. And when operating a solid-fuel heating appliance, one of the
biggest factors that will influence your efficiency is your fuel quality.
High-quality, well-seasoned firewood will give the best performance, the
longest burn-times, and will provide the most heat. Properly seasoned wood
should have about 20% - 25% moisture content.
not everyone has the time, energy, or inclination to gather, cut, and
prepare their own firewood. For those who rely on firewood dealers, the
phrase "Buyer Beware!" springs to mind. A recent article in USA
buyers can get burned by too-small cords, describes the risks of
buying firewood from less-than-reputable suppliers. If you are buying your
firewood, here are a few simple guidelines to help you avoid getting
buy from reputable suppliers. Talk to other wood-burners and ask for
references to make sure that your supplier is reputable.
what kind of wood you are getting. Each type of wood burns differently
and has different BTU outputs.
a moisture meter to make sure the wood you've received is properly
seasoned. If it's green, or has a higher moisture content than 20% -
25%, you'll need to allow it time to dry before it can be burned.
sure you purchase enough wood to last the whole season. Wood
consumption will vary based on many factors, including the type of
wood and its moisture content, your chimney and draft settings, how
often you use your wood-burning heating appliance, how warm you keep
your home, and the outside temperatures. If this is your first season
burning wood and you are unsure about how much wood to buy, talk to
your (reputable) supplier or your local chimney and woodstove
professionals; they should be able to help you estimate how much wood
cord, a face-cord, and a rick are different "measures" that
you will encounter, and it's important to know the difference:
volume of wood in a 4' x 4' x 8' space (128 cubic feet). The wood
should be stacked so it is touching, in neat rows with as few gaps
as possible. This is the standardized measure for firewood.
considered as a 4' x 8' row of wood, with each piece about
16" - 18" long
considered as a 4' x 8' row of wood of varying lengths. The
varying lengths make it difficult to compare a rick to
a full cord.
general, it's best to buy wood in units that can be compared to the
standard cord. Avoid "truckloads" and other subjective
the time to stack the wood, or have it stacked by the deliverer,
before you pay for it. That way you can make sure you are paying for
the actual volume of wood you received.
Here are some resources to help you make the most of your
to Prepare Your Firewood Supply (woodheat.org)
Burning wet wood is one of the two top barriers to pleasurable,
efficient woodburning (the other is bad chimneys). Your wood heater can
only operate with high efficiency and...
The key to successful wood burning. Whether you burn wood in a
fireplace, stove or furnace, good quality firewood is the key to
convenience, efficiency and safety. Wet wood and pieces...
Straight, stable, efficient rows. Not being a professional
firewood producer, I just blunder along on my own, learning by my
mistakes, and there have been plenty of them. I've stacked wood...
to Split Wood (woodheat.org)
Size and strength are not as important in effective wood
splitting as determination and technique. The co-authors regularly split
wood together. Anne is 34 years old, 130 pounds...
for Purchasing Firewood (hearth.com)
A Cord is A Cord is a Cord. 1. Bulk firewood is usually sold by
a measurement called a cord or fraction of a cord.” A cord is defined as
128 cubic feet when the wood is neatly stacked in a...
Value of Common Wood Species (hearth.com)
Essentials to Getting the Most Out of Your Wood Pile (hearth.com)
Cut Ahead and Burn Dry; Keep it Dry !; Burn Efficiently; Keep
the Heat In; Burn the Best...
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