Monthly Archives: March 2011

  • Flue tiles should have rain caps, specialist says

    Homeowners may want to add rain caps to their list of flue accessories in order to ensure that their heating systems are reliable in wet weather.

    Rain caps should be installed on flue tiles as a method of preventing debris or animal intrusion, which can also cause disrepair in a home's chimney setup, according to IfPress.com.

    In addition, residents should inspect their chimney caps to ensure that there are no missing mortar pieces, as any gaps can allow water to enter the home.

    Commenting on the potential dangers of heating systems, the website stated: "Although newer central heating and decorative appliances are typically vented through a sidewall and not the chimney, the proper clearances and/or terminations should be adhered to in order to ensure appliance longevity."

    Dysfunctional flue liners should also be quickly repaired by homeowners, as the Residential Ventilation Association has warned that even minimal exposure to air pollutants can be dangerous
     

  • Flue tiles should have rain caps, specialist says

    Homeowners may want to add rain caps to their list of flue accessories in order to ensure that their heating systems are reliable in wet weather.

    Rain caps should be installed on flue tiles as a method of preventing debris or animal intrusion, which can also cause disrepair in a home's chimney setup, according to IfPress.com.

    In addition, residents should inspect their chimney caps to ensure that there are no missing mortar pieces, as any gaps can allow water to enter the home.

    Commenting on the potential dangers of heating systems, the website stated: "Although newer central heating and decorative appliances are typically vented through a sidewall and not the chimney, the proper clearances and/or terminations should be adhered to in order to ensure appliance longevity."

    Dysfunctional flue liners should also be quickly repaired by homeowners, as the Residential Ventilation Association has warned that even minimal exposure to air pollutants can be dangerous
     

  • Glass fireplace doors may help to conserve heat

    Installing glass doors on fireplaces is one way that residents can reduce the bills accrued from their flue accessories, it has been advised.

    This is because the doors help to maintain high levels of heat and prevent warm air from escaping through the chimney, which could enable property owners to spend less money on their home heating, reports HometownLife.com.

    The article also advised: "When you use your fireplace turn the thermostat down to 55 degrees [Fahrenheit]. Of course the rest of the house will be a little cooler but the furnace won't have to work too hard to bring it back up where you want it."

    Additionally, residents should try to clean their furnace filters regularly, as doing so will help to produce a better standard of heating.

    One other method of saving money on home heating is to use closed combustion woodburners because they can be utilised to heat water and prepare meals.
     

  • What is the best chimney for data centres?

    There are several different methods of utilising flue accessories in data centres, a practitioner has highlighted.

    One way of heating the sites is to adopt rack-based chimney containment, which enables heat from rack-mounted equipment to be captured and transferred through a chimney before it is ducted to the building's computer room air conditioner, a Data Centre article has explained.

    The method can also be passive or active, meaning that it can be used with or without fans. These fans react depending on the temperature of rooms, so significant amounts of energy are saved.

    Heating expert Carl Cotulli told the news provider: "Rack-based heat containment is extremely flexible because it does not require alteration of existing enclosure locations. Taken altogether this solution is highly compatible with many data centre needs."

    Many specialists in the industry are now exploring new ways of conserving energy, which may mean that rack-based heat containment could be preferred by data centres.
     

  • Residents advised to check for water in fireplaces

    Property owners have been urged to ensure that there is no water inside their fireplaces, as the liquid may lead to defects.

    Water that enters a home's flue accessories could also lead to mould growth, which can lower the efficiency of heating appliances and should be removed immediately, according to the St Thomas Times-Journal.

    The article noted: "Water inside the fire place would indicate that some part of the chimney, chimney cap or flashing is leaking or there's a need for an animal guard/rain hat to be installed."

    As well as this, homeowners have been urged to check that there are no animals inside their chimney openings, as they can cause flue damage and lead to bad odours circulating throughout the property.

    Now that spring has arrived, residents have the perfect opportunity to assess their flue accessories and ensure that their homes are free of any potential chimney faults.
     

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