Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Keep Your Family Safe with a $59.95 Brighthome Furnace Inspection

If your heating system if over five years old, it could be leaking dangerous carbon monoxide into your home. Carbon monoxide can leak through a cracked or faulty heat exchanger or plugged vent pipe. This odorless gas is responsible for dozens of deaths each year. Early detection can help prevent this situation.

The BrightHome 15-Point Furnace Inspection.... $59.95

1. Perform carbon monoxide leak test of heat exchanger/combustion chamber.

2. Check flue and venting for obstructions and carbon monoxide leaks.

3. Inspect heat exchanger for sooting, cracks and deformities.

4. Inspect gas valve for corrosion, leaks and restriction of gas flow and abnormal noise.

5. Inspect assembly/thermocouple/igniter.

6. Check for gas leaks.

7. Check high-limit control & safety circuit.

8. Check blower motor operation.

9. Inspect air-filtration system.

10. Inspect gas burners.

11. Check manifold gas pressure.

12. Service wiring assembly and tighten loose connections.

13. Check & adjust thermostat.

14. Check temperature rise across heat exchanger fr overheating and adjust.

15. Complete operation sequence check.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

BrightHome Offers Free Energy Audits With Green Jobs- Green New York

Leading Energy Efficiency Company to Provide Free Audits and 3.49% Interest Rate

Elmsford, New York, November 17, 2010—BrightHome Energy Solutions is pleased to announce its participation in the new Green Jobs-Green New York (GJGNY) program that provides free energy audits and low interest financing to New York homeowners seeking energy efficiency improvements.

“BrightHome is excited to offer homeowners free energy audits and interest rates as low as 3.49% creating an affordable way to lower their heating bills and be more comfortable,” said Mike Brown of BrightHome Energy Solutions. “We encourage homeowners to take advantage of this opportunity now for maximum savings this winter.”

Free energy audits by BrightHome through GJGNY are available to residential applicants with household incomes less than $209,000. Reduced-cost energy audits will be available to homeowners with incomes up to $418,000.

Highlighting the program is the new GJGNY Residential Loan. The loan program offers unsecured loans up to $13,000 per homeowner that will be available at 3.99% with repayment by check and 3.49% with automatic payment from a checking or savings account. Additionally, homeowners can still take advantage of the Home Performance with Energy Star 10% rebate on qualified energy saving measures up to $30,000.

The New York Home Performance with ENERGY STAR new Green Jobs-Green New York legislation was signed into law in October 2009. The new program requires New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to provide energy efficiency services to the State. NYSERDA delivers GJGNY services to owners of residential homes as well as1-4 unit residential buildings through the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program.

Contact Mike Brown at BrightHome Energy Solutions at 914.909.5300

Monday, November 15, 2010

Avoid Furnace Hazards, Cut Heating Expenses

Now is the time to ensure your furnace is safe and working correctly. A furnace should be cleaned and checked every year by a qualified heating contractor to avoid safety hazards.

“A clean, efficiently burning gas furnace produces minimal carbon monoxide, while a dirty, inefficiently burning one can produces deadly amounts,” said Charlie Simmons of BrightHome. “Plus, newer furnaces are equipped with features that shut off the furnace when a problem is detected.”

Signs that your heater needs to be replaced or serviced are scale-- or flakes of rust produced by the by-products of burning gas, grinding or chattering sounds from electrical relays, dusty smells when you turn on the system. Older furnaces don’t have as many safety features to let you know there is a problem.

“When we conduct a safety inspection, we’re making sure the carbon monoxide levels are normal and that your heating system has adequate ventilation,” said Charlie.

“Then, we inspect the heating system thoroughly for small cracks in the combustion chamber that may allow carbon monoxide to leak into the home. From there, we check the flue, thermostat, safety controls, gas pilot, heat exchanger, burners, piping, air-filter and blower operation. When dealing with a deadly gas like that, we don’t overlook anything.”

Safety measures you can take right now are making sure the area around your furnace is unobstructed and to change your filer regularly. Also, keep the burner area around the furnace clean. Remember, a yellow light is a sign you need your furnace checked out by a professional such as BrightHome.

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