Nelke Mechanical Heating and Cooling

NELKE MECHANICAL HEATING & COOLING TIPS

SAFETY & PERFORMANCE TIPS FROM OUR SALEM, OR HVAC EXPERTS

At Nelke Mechanical Heating & Cooling, we are committed to helping you achieve optimal comfort, improve energy bills, and protect the environment.

PROLONG THE LIFE OF YOUR HVAC EQUIPMENT

Issues with ducts or equipment in Oregon can pose serious risks, including gas leaks, particularly with aging systems. To safeguard your home and loved ones, it’s crucial to schedule routine seasonal inspections for all heating and cooling equipment. If you detect the smell of gas, refrain from touching electrical switches or using your phone. Instead, evacuate the premises immediately and notify your gas supplier or local fire department without delay.
Carbon monoxide, an odorless gas, can lead to nausea, breathing difficulties, headaches, dizziness, and other severe symptoms upon exposure. In extreme cases, individuals may lose consciousness or succumb to carbon monoxide poisoning. To safeguard your family against this threat, it’s imperative to install carbon monoxide detectors throughout your residence. Be sure to conduct regular testing and adhere to manufacturer guidelines by replacing the detectors every two to five years.
Consistently changing filters enhances equipment efficiency and keeps airborne particles out of your ventilation system. Employing high-quality filters not only sustains equipment integrity but also reduces energy costs. For enhanced indoor air quality, contemplate the installation of a filtration system and whole-house humidifier. UV and germicidal lights are effective in minimizing bacteria, while optimal moisture levels benefit skin and respiratory health. Your Nelke Mechanical Heating and Cooling technician will suggest IAQ products aligned with your budget and air quality goals.
In the past, programmable thermostats were intricate and challenging to navigate, but today’s versions are user-friendly, with clear displays and easy programming features. Advanced models like Nest can even tailor home climate programs to your comfort preferences. Whether you choose a DIY or professionally installed model, don’t delay in getting a programmable thermostat. Utilizing your thermostat effectively can curb energy wastage and potentially lead to savings of up to 30% on annual utility bills.

For more information about HVAC performance, efficiency, and safety, visit the Energy Star website or call 971-240-8881 to schedule a home climate or indoor air quality consultation.

HOLIDAY & COLD WEATHER SAFETY

As you prepare to host guests during the holiday season, prioritize the safety and comfort of your loved ones with these recommendations:

1. Schedule routine furnace maintenance to ensure optimal performance. This includes replacing air filters, conducting carbon monoxide checks, and assessing overall system efficiency.

2. Exercise caution with holiday lights. Before use, inspect all light strands for exposed wires, bare spots, or other safety hazards. Use outdoor-rated lights for exterior decorations, as they are designed to withstand various weather conditions. Avoid overloading outlets, as this could pose a fire risk.

3. Install and regularly check carbon monoxide detectors to safeguard against this odorless gas.

4. When storing holiday gifts, keep all wrapping paper and paper products away from the furnace to prevent potential hazards.

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CANDLE SAFETY

During the holiday season and throughout winter, it’s crucial for homeowners to prioritize safety, especially when using candles for celebrations. With an average of 42 home candle fires reported daily, here are essential tips to maintain a safe and festive environment:


1. Keep candles and tart burners visible and positioned at least one foot away from furniture, fabrics, and drapes. Also, ensure loose clothing and hair are kept away from the flame.

2. Never leave candles or tart warmers unattended, even for short periods. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, 20% of candle fires occur due to neglect or abandonment of burning flames.

3. Use ceramic, glass, or metal containers for votive, pillar, and taper candles to prevent tipping.

4. Avoid using candles if oxygen is in use in your home.

5. Explore candle alternatives such as battery-operated options available at many stores, which offer realistic flickering without the fire hazard.

By following these precautions, you can enjoy a safe and joyful holiday season without compromising on the festive atmosphere.

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SPICING UP YOUR AIR FILTER

To infuse your home with festive aromas sans candles, think about incorporating a scented air freshener into your filter. Whether you prefer the scent of vanilla cookies, evergreen, or cinnamon, Nelke Mechanical Heating & Cooling can suggest scented filter options to add a delightful touch to your holiday season.
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CONSERVING HOLIDAY ENERGY

During the holiday season, many homeowners in Salem and Marion County find their kitchens and HVAC systems working overtime as they prepare food and welcome guests.
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TO CONSERVE ENERGY DURING THE CHILLY HOLIDAY SEASON, CONSIDER THESE TIPS:

1. Give your furnace a break: Hosting a gathering generates warmth from body heat and oven use. Consider turning off your HVAC system for the day to save energy and have more funds for holiday gifts.

2. Keep the lid on and the door closed: Each time you open the oven or lift a pot lid, you lose valuable heat. Keep them closed to maintain warmth and reduce energy loss.

3. Opt for small appliances: Utilize crockpots, toaster ovens, and microwaves to cook some dishes. These appliances consume less energy compared to larger kitchen appliances, helping you save energy while still preparing delicious holiday meals.

For more information, or if you have any questions, feel free to give us a call at 971-240-8881 or send us a message online.