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Create a Livable Outdoor Space by Adding a Deck

Outdoor livable space is a popular trend. You can set up an outdoor seating area, outdoor kitchen or outdoor dining space. This allows you to entertain guests outside or host a larger party than what your home can hold. This trend inspired my wife and I to build our own outdoor livable space. However, one of the biggest decisions we faced was what the base for our space would be. We could use concrete, lay pavers or construct a deck. After doing a lot of research, we decided on a deck. It was a challenging decision, but we are pleased with the outcome. In fact, we are so happy we decided to start this blog and help educate other people on decks and livable spaces. Learn the benefits, learn the downside, learn how to care for your and learn what kinds of wood are best for an outdoor deck.


Create a Livable Outdoor Space by Adding a Deck

When Is Your Furnace Telling You That It Needs Repair?

by Kelly Simmons

It's never good to wait until your furnace dies completely to call a repairperson, as this can often mean going without heat during the winter for hours or even days until he or she can arrive. Very often there are signs that a furnace is breaking down long before it actually stops working, and a homeowner who is aware of those signs can ensure that they call for repairs as soon as they're needed. This will keep the furnace working and may also help to avoid even costlier repair bills down the road.

Consider some common symptoms of needed repair work for your furnace so you can ensure you keep it running throughout the winter season.

1. A burning smell coming from the furnace or vents

Your furnace should never smell like it's burning and neither should your vents. This is often a sign that the motor or blower are beginning to burn out and shut down. It may also mean that your vents are overly dirty and dusty and as the warm and dry air of your furnace blows over this debris, it can actually start to singe.

It's good to have the motor and blower checked at once so they don't stop working completely, and to have your vents cleaned regularly. Dirty and dusty vents cause the furnace to work overtime to blow air throughout your home and in turn, this puts excessive wear and tear on the unit.

2. When you can smell gas as the furnace runs

If your furnace runs on gas and you can smell gas as it runs, this is often a sign that it has a leak or crack somewhere in the main unit. This is not something to ignore as the fumes, can be very harmful to your health and very dangerous. You may occasionally smell a slight odor of gas when you're close to your furnace, but if you can smell it throughout your home as the furnace runs, call for a repairperson to inspect it.

3. If your rooms are not heating evenly

A furnace should work to push air evenly through your home, and if the motor or blower are breaking down, you may notice that only rooms directly above the furnace are actually getting warm. This problem, too, can result in the motor or blower breaking down completely if left unchecked. Have a repairperson note if this is the problem or if you need a new thermostat or new wiring around the thermostat for even heating in your home.

If you see these signs, or anything else odd about your furnace, contact a heating repair company as soon as possible.