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Friday, 12 November 2021
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As they days grow cooler, does the sound of that little click on your thermostat make you a little crazy?  You know, the one that happens just before the heat turns on?  Do you monitor your thermostat like a hawk this time of year?  We have probably all seen at least one news story today about the cost of heating our homes this winter.  While you can’t control the cost of electricity or natural gas, you can control the temperature and timing of heat usage in your home and one easy way to do this is with a programmable thermostat. 

There are quite a few benefits to using a programmable thermostat but one of the major benefits is cost savings.  Did you intend to turn down the thermostat before you left your home for the evening but forgot?  Now, no one is at home for the next few hours but your heat continues to run.  How about remembering to lower the temperature when you are sleeping?  Do you often go to bed and forget to adjust the temperature?  If you have a larger home you can establish different temperature zones to heat the areas where you spend the most time rather than the whole house.  Based on some estimates, the cost savings is about 1-2% for every 2 degrees you raise or lower your thermostat depending on season.  That could make quite a difference in your energy bill without having to think about it!

It is also hard to ignore the convenience of programmable thermostats.  Would you like to come home to a warm house but have to wait because the thermostat is set quite low all day while no one is home?  Do you want to get up in the morning to a warm house without having the heat run all night?  What about coming home earlier or later than expected and having the option to adjust the thermostat on the way so your house is a perfect temperature when you arrive?  Would you like to place a lock on the thermostat so only specific family members can make adjustments?

There are many different types of programmable thermostats.  They range from a simple 5+2 type where one schedule can be set for the weekdays and another for the weekends to more sophisticated smart models that run on your home’s Wi-Fi system, can learn your family’s patterns and be controlled from any device with internet access.  Many HVAC system manufacturers also have their own programmable models made specifically for use with their systems.  There are new models hitting the market often so there is bound to be an economical option for you!

Do some research on what type of thermostat will work best for your family’s needs, heating/cooling system and schedule.  Do you want the ability to have a different schedule every day of the week or can every day be the same?  If you enjoy DIY projects, many come with very detailed installation instructions, online videos or smartphone apps to assist with installation.  If you are not a mechanical person, thermostats can be easily installed by your HVAC company or an electrician.  Once installed, just set it and forget it!

.... "You've Got A Friend! in Real Estate"

 

Jarod Tanksley 615.403.8265

www.BrentwoodandBeyond.com

Brentview Realty  615.373.2814

 

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Posted on 11/12/2021 8:59 AM by Jarod Tanksley
Thursday, 28 October 2021
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We are swiftly moving through October and this is a good time for the reminder that October is Fire Prevention Month.  If you haven’t done so this calendar year, test your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors if you have them.  If you have older models, test and change the batteries.  Many newer models are hard-wired into your home’s electric panel and have a back-up battery to change.  Other newer (non-hardwired models) have built-in batteries that can’t be changed.  They start beeping after a certain pre-determined time period which signals that you need to replace the whole unit.  Check the condition and location of any fire extinguishers and fire blankets if you have them.  These are great items to have in your home in the event of a small fires.  Generally, smaller fire extinguishers are only good for one use and have a small gauge that will indicate its condition.  A fire blanket should be maintained and replaced according to manufacturer instructions.  Please keep in mind that although fire extinguishers and fire blankets are helpful to contain a small fire quickly, they are no match for a larger fire and should not be a replacement for evacuating the space and calling the fire department if necessary! 

Based on research, the largest cause of home fires is unattended cooking!  There are many fall activities planned over the next few weeks that will celebrate family, football games and Halloween.  These events will be inside or outside of your home and most likely involve at least a stove or grill and possibly a fireplace, fire pit, or even a bonfire!  With a few simple precautions you can be sure your gathering is fun and safe for everyone.

If you will be cooking outside, prep your cooking area and remove any loose debris that could blow around and cause sparks if accidently ignited.  Consider setting up a food service area a safe distance away from the cooking area so guests don’t need to be crowded into your cooking space with open flames.  When cooking indoors, counters can get crowded quickly.  Make sure pot holders, kitchen towels and other flammable items are stored away from the stove and oven.  It is easy to get distracted from your chef duties catching up with guests as they arrive so set timers that keep beeping until you turn them off to help you closely monitor any items on the stove or in the oven and plan for children to be supervised and occupied far away from cooking areas if they are in attendance.  

With just a little advanced planning for safety, you can relax and enjoy the many fun events this season brings for you and your family.

......"You've Got A  Friend in Real Estate"

 

Jarod Tanksley 615.403.8265

www.BrentwoodandBeyond.com

Brenview Realty 615.373.2814

 

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Posted on 10/28/2021 3:44 PM by Jarod Tanksley
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