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The old siding on my home had finally reached the end of its lifespan. This meant it was time to re-side my home. After doing some research, I knew what features I wanted for my new siding. One of the features that was most important to me was the appearance of the siding and how it would increase the curb appeal of my home. Siding wraps around your entire home and can make it look old and dated, or new and modern. With this website, I hope to discuss different siding products and discuss what sort of appeal and look it can bring to your home. This can help you select the siding type that will impact the overall appearance of your home for the better.

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Before Winter Sets In, Here's What You Need To Do To Keep Your Oil Burner In Perfect Condition For The Whole Season

by Kent George

If you have an oil burner in your home, it's important to clean it and perform routine maintenance tasks before the onset of winter to ensure your furnace is working efficiently and is safe to operate. If you don't, your furnace is more prone to breaking down; in addition, your furnace may also be more prone to producing dangerous carbon monoxide that can be a major health hazard for you and your family. For your safety, it's important to turn off the power to the furnace as well as the oil valve before you do any cleaning or maintenance work on your oil burner. You'll also want to have your furnace regularly inspected by a professional in addition to performing these routine cleaning tasks to ensure that your furnace is operating efficiently and safely. Here's what you need to do as a homeowner to maintain your oil burner before winter begins.

Replace The Air Filter To Prevent Dust From Entering The Blower

The air filter in your oil burner is responsible for keeping dust and debris out of your blower compartment and combustion chamber; neglecting to replace it often enough (at least twice a year) can significantly reduce your oil burner's ability to produce heat and makes it more susceptible to breaking down. Your air filter also prevents allergens from being blown into your home. Make sure that you check your owner's manual for the proper type of air filter to use. Many oil burners will not accept high-density air filters designed to remove small allergens from the air because they are too difficult to move air through; this will place extra stress on the motor in your blower and cause it to fail sooner than it should.

Check The Exhaust Flue For Cracks Or Corrosion

Your exhaust flue moves any byproducts of the combustion process, which includes toxic gases such as carbon monoxide, safely to the outside of your home. For your safety, you should call a professional oil burner repair service if you notice cracks or corroded areas on your exhaust flue. Cracks in the exhaust flue can also cause outside air to flow back into the combustion chamber, which makes the combustion process less efficient and more likely to produce toxic gases, which further compounds the problem.

Brush And Vacuum The Combustion Chamber

You'll need to open up the combustion chamber in your furnace, scrape the inside walls with a long wire brush and vacuum out all the residue. This keeps your oil burner operating at peak efficiency. If you notice excess soot buildup even with regular cleaning, call a professional oil burner service to have your furnace fully inspected. This usually means that combustion within the combustion chamber is incomplete, which reduces the efficiency of your oil burner and increases the chances that your furnace is producing carbon monoxide.

Adjust The Damper Handle To Winter Mode

Many homes have damper handles on the ventilation ducts leading to the chimney; during summer, the damper handle is lowered to reduce the amount of negative pressure placed on the ventilation ducts, keeping cool air inside your home. When you need to run the furnace, lift the damper handle to its raised position. This helps warm air rapidly circulate throughout your home, especially on the second floor where it is most needed.

Regular oil burner service keeps your furnace at its highest level of efficiency and extends its lifespan. In addition to these maintenance and cleaning tips, you will want to contact an oil burner service company to have your furnace fully inspected before each winter. The reason for this is that some regular maintenance items, such as cleaning the burners, the igniter or the flame sensor require a lot of care; it is very easy to damage these components permanently without the expertise of a professional.

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