Archive for May, 2012

Outdoor Products!

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Expand your outdoor living space. FLAME-TECH has recently become a dealer/installer for the Sunair brand retractable awnings! A SUNAIR® Lateral Arm Awning offers the ideal solution for creating a comfortable outdoor environment the whole family can enjoy. Imagine staying cool on your deck, and protecting your family from the sun’s harmful rays. Finally you can enjoy cookouts and entertaining the way it is meant to be with a Sunair Retractable Awning.

Sunair® awnings offer great benefits in reducing energy costs while keeping you cool on your deck or patio. You can reduce heat gain inside by as much as 77% and reduce sunlight and glare through your window by as much as 94%

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There is a great study by the University of Minnesota and funded by the Professional Awning Manufacturers Association that compares the impact of awnings in twelve U.S Cities. This study was conducted by the Center for Sustainable Building Research at the University of Minnesota. This study revealed that awnings result in energy savings by reducing the direct solar gain through windows.

According to the study, awnings can reduce annual cooling energy by as much as 15 percent in hot climates, such as Delaware, and as much as 17 percent in moderate climates, such as Wilmington, Delaware compared to homes with completely unshaded windows. The amount of cooling energy saved varies depending on the number of windows, type of glass in the windows, window orientation and the climate the house is in.

“What some people don’t realize is that in most homes, more cooling energy is lost through glass doors and windows than any other part of the house,” said Michelle Sahlin, managing director of PAMA. “Awnings are an effective way to reduce heat gain and prevent cooling energy loss in households. This benefits the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the homeowner by saving them money on energy bills.”

Wood Stoves

Monday, May 14th, 2012

When it comes to wood stoves, new is definitely better. An approved stove that meets or preferably exceeds EPA standards is a must. The internal design of wood stoves has changed entirely since EPA regulation established in the late 1980’s. The EPA’s mandatory smoke emission limit for wood stoves is currently 7.5 grams of smoke per hour however many newer wood stoves have certified emissions in the 1 to 4 g/h range.

Investing in a new stove has other benefits as well. Burning 1/3 less wood for the same heat saves money, fuel, time and resources. These new stoves are 50% energy more efficient than non EPA stoves and produce 70% less outdoor particle pollution.

Clean burning EPA stoves cuts creosote build-up in chimneys that helps reduce the risk of fire and reduces indoor and outdoor wood smoke pollution.

FLAME-TECH is staffed with NFI certified technicians to help you make the proper choice for your home heating needs.

Summer Fun!

Friday, May 11th, 2012

As the Summer season creeps closer, last year’s memories of hot, unusable decks come back. A nice, quality, well made Sunair awning completes the deck and makes it a magnate for fun. So what are the factors in choosing one? First, limit your investment to retractables made and serviced by a financially solid company that will be around to service the unit. Another consideration should include the sales and installation team you work with. Are they knowledgeable, professional and ethical? Lastly, the specific model you choose, the fabric, frame color, motorization and accessories, should be selected to reflect the taste of the home owner, with the counsel of the awning professional. Big box stores and internet sales often produce buyer’s remorse.

Monday, May 7th, 2012

Off season services
Although the winter is over, there’s still plenty you can do to maintain your chimney and fireplace, usually at a lower price than those offered during the peak season. Here are a few ways you can invest in your chimney or fireplace this spring:

Chimney cleaning and inspection. Don’t wait until next fall to clean out the soot and ash leftover from last season’s fires. Creosote and soot that coat the inside of chimney flues can lead to “chimney breath”, a sour smell that permeates your entire home when the temperature and humidity levels rise. By getting the routine maintenance out of the way early in the year, you can make sure your chimney and fireplace will be ready as soon as the cold weather returns.
Cap installation. Spring is the mating season for most species of animals, meaning they will be looking for a place to settle down with their “families.” Unfortunately for homeowners, chimneys are an appealing location to escape the wild. Chimney experts recommend having a chimney cap installed in early spring to keep pesky critters from accessing your chimney. Caps also keep twigs and leaves from getting inside your chimney,and keep water from washing out the mortar and doing damage from the inside out so they are a valuable investment for any homeowner.
Exterior waterproofing. With early spring comes increased rainfall. It’s crucial for homeowners to protect their chimneys from the effects of rain that can collect on top of the roof and cause water leaks. FLAME-TECH has a number of solutions for waterproofing the exterior of your chimney.Save yourself the hassle of repairing water damage this summer.
It’s common for homeowners to neglect their chimney and fireplace during the spring and summer. This can be dangerous and lead to serious damage in homes, however, so taking the time to schedule routine maintenance or specialized service now, before the summer gets into full swing, would be worth your time and money.

Don’t wait until it’s too late; call FLAME-TECH today to schedule an appointment. We can offer more flexible scheduling and special deals that you won’t find during the peak season!