2017.05.29 23:51

Radon

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Radon is a radioactive gas found naturally in the environment. It is produced by the decay of uranium found in soil, rock or water. Radon is invisible, odourless and tasteless and emits ionizing radiation. As a gas, radon can move freely through the soil enabling it to escape to the atmosphere or seep into buildings. When radon escapes from the bedrock into the outdoor air, it is diluted to such low concentrations that it poses a negligible threat to health. However, if a building is built over bedrock or soil that contains uranium, radon gas can be released into the building through cracks in foundation walls and floors, or gaps around pipes and cables.

When radon is confined to enclosed or poorly ventilated spaces, it can accumulate to high levels. Radon levels are generally highest in basements and crawl spaces because these areas are nearest to the source and are usually poorly ventilated. In the open air, the amount of radon gas is very small and does not pose a health risk.

 

for more detail goto health Canada(http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ewh-semt/radiation/radon/index-eng.php)

 

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2017.05.29 23:49

Vermiculite  

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Vermiculite  was a popular insulating material produced by U.S. based W.R. Grace and sold by the tradename ``ZONOLITE``. It was used in thousands of Canadian homes primarily as attic insulation. Vermiculite was called the miracle material, once heated it was used for potting soil, fireproofing and insulation. It was a very popular product from the 1950`s to the late 1i970`s but has not been sold since 1984. 

Vermiculite by itself is harmless. Vermiculite is a volcanic material compound that expands when it is heated and has the unusual property of expanding into work- like or accordian- like pieces. They are usually the size of a nickel or dime. Unfortunately, over 70 % of the vermiculite ore mined in the world came from Libby, Montana and that particular mine was naturally contaminated with tremolite an extremely carcinogenic form of asbestos.

If your home in insulated with vermiculate insulation it is advised that you have an asbestos specialist ascertain (through an environmental lab) if asbestos is present. If the asbestos laden vermiculite is exposed to the home environment the best advice would be to have an asbestos removal specialist remove it and replace it with safer insulation.
 

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2017.05.29 23:47

Asbestos

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What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a mineral fibre. In the past asbestos was added to a variety of materials to strengthen them and to provide heat insulation and fire resistance. It has been called 'the miracle material'.
What health problems are associated with exposure to Asbestos?
Asbestos poses health risks only when fibres are present in the air that people breath. When inhaled, asbestos fibres lodge in the lungs, causing scarring that can ultimately lead to severely impared lung function (asbestosis) and cancer of the lungs or abdominal cavity (mesothelioma). The risk of lung cancer and mesothelioma increases with the number of fibres inhaled. The symtoms of these diseases do not usually appear until about 20 to 30 years after the first exposure to asbestos.
What products in the house could contain Asbestos?
- Insulation on: steam pipes, boilers, furnace ducts, plumbing pipes,
- Resilient floor tiles: vinyl asbestos, rubber, backing of vinyl sheet flooring,
   floor tile adhesive,
- Door gaskets: furnaces, wood stoves, coal stoves,  
- Asbestos cement: roofing, siding,
- Soundproofing or decorative: tiles or sprayed on walls or ceilings,
- Insulation: vermiculite,
- Patching: joint compounds, textured paints,
- Major appliance components,
- etc.
What should be done about Asbestos in the house?
If you do not know whether the products in your home contain asbestos, you may want to have an experienced professional inspect them. If the presence of asbestos is confirmed, the best interim measure (unless the product is peeling or deteriorating) is to seal the surface temporarily so that fibres will not be released into the air. If the product is deteriorating or if you are going to make changes in your home that might disturb the asbestos it is best to have it removed by a professional asbestos removal specialist.
CAUTION:
Do not dust, sweep or vacuum debris that may contain asbestos. These steps will disturb tiny asbestos fibres and may release them into the air.

 

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ARE YOU A FIRST TIME HOME BUYER?

For many of us, nothing is more exciting than our first home purchase!  However, it can also be a very nervous experience if mishandled.  We realize that decisions, like your decision to buy a home, are always more scary if you have less information to help you make those decisions. And like most first-time buyers, you probably have some big questions, which may include:

1) I'm not even ready to buy my first home yet, but how I start preparing?
2) I think I'm finally ready, so what's the first step now?  How do I even start?
3) How much down payment do I need?  
4) What first-time buyer programs are available for me?
5) How do I get a mortgage?  Do I go to a bank, or a broker?
6) What are all the costs involved?  I'm scared of being surprised with a fee I didn't expect.
7) What kind of home makes most sense for me?  I want to make a good investment decision.

8) What are the things to look out for?

9) Once I find a home I like, what other steps do I take after that?

10) What other things do I need to know and prepare for?


We work with a lot of first-time buyers like yourself, and we're happy to sit down with you, even if you don't see yourself buying something for a long time.  Forming the right plan can get you there quicker and can make the process more fun and less stressful!

 

 


2017.05.03 23:34

OIL Furnace

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PROVIDING WARMTH AND SAVINGS

Higher efficiency, lower energy bills

The efficiency of a furnace is measured in Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE). This measures how much of the fuel you pay for is actually turned into usable heat. A new Trane furnace with a higher AFUE than your current unit can save you money every month. For example, upgrading from an AFUE of 60% to a high efficiency oil furnace with an AFUE of 85% can save up to $29 of every $100 you spend on fuel.

Browse Trane Heating & Cooling Products 

COMPARING YOUR OPTIONS

Choosing your furnace model

Trane oil furnaces either have 4-speed or variable-speed blowers. The XP80 has a 4-speed blower, which has low noise levels and an AFUE of up to 85%. For a more advanced unit, the XV80 has a variable-speed blower that creates a more steady heat flow and helps control humidity.

Designed to fit in any space

No matter what your size requirements are, our 80 oil furnace family has an option that will fit perfectly. The short 41.5" system is perfect for low ceilings, while the 58" vertical highboy is ideal for basements, utility rooms or closets. Downflow models can be installed horizontally, making them an easy option for crawlspaces.

Contact a Local Trane Comfort Specialist 


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