CO Detector

Install a carbon monoxide detector to warn of harmful gases that may be entering your home because of a blocked or damaged chimney or faulty heating system.
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More Fans

Consider using an interior fan in conjunction with your window air conditioner to spread the cooled air more effectively through your home without greatly increasing your power use.
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Air Conditioner Size

Two major decisions should guide your purchase of a room air conditioner. Buy a correctly sized unit. Buy an energy-efficient unit. If the room is very sunny, increase capacity by 10%. If the unit is for a kitchen, increase the capacity by 4,000 Btu per hour.
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Mold Timing

If mold is a problem in your home, you should clean up the mold promptly and fix the water problem. It is important to dry water-damaged areas and items within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.
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Chimney Flashing

Have your chimney flashing (the seal between the chimney and the roof) inspected and maintained. Flashing prevents rain water and snow melt from entering your home and causing costly damage to your walls and ceilings.
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HVAC Tune-up

Have your heating system cleaned and tuned by a qualified contractor. A pre-season tune-up and filter change is a good investment. It reduces the chances of breakdowns in the middle of winter, improves safety, and pays for itself through more energy efficient operation.
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Bathroom Ventilation

For bathrooms, ASHRAE 62.99 recommends that you exhaust 25 cubic feet per minute (cfm) with a continuously operating fan, or 50 cfm with a fan that you turn on and off as needed. Note that you might incorporate a bath fan into your overall ventilation strategy.
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Flood Prep – Fuel Tanks

Keep these points in mind when you anchor a fuel tank:

a) If you prefer not to do this work yourself, you can have a handyman or contractor anchor your tank.

b) Extend all filling and ventilation tubes above the 100-year flood level so that flood waters cannot enter the tank.

c) Close all connections when flood warnings are issued.
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