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Why own an Energy Savings Club Membership on your air conditioning and/or furnace?

Think of it like servicing your vehicle(s). Regular service is recommended in order to maintain the longevity of your vehicle. The same is true with your furnace and air conditioner. Maintaining the dozens of working mechanisms is vital to the efficient performance of your system and keeping your energy cost down.

What is a typical maintenance check-up?

Checking the thermostat settings to ensure the cooling and heating system keeps you comfortable. Tighten all electrical connections and measure voltage and current on motors. Lubricate all moving parts. Parts that lack lubrication cause friction in motors and increase the amount of electricity you use. Check and inspect the condensate drain in your central air conditioner, furnace and/or heat pump. A plugged drain can cause water damage in the house and affect indoor humidity levels. Check controls of the system to ensure proper and safe operation. These are a few measures taken to make sure your home comfort system is working efficiently. Call today to set up your maintenance appointment at 800-974-1003.

The Gas Company comes out for free so why pay a service company like Avis Heating and Air Conditioning to come out to your home?

The gas company checks for leaks and does a visual inspectionwith a flashlight and mirror. Avis’s certified technicians inspect your furnace with an inspector camera to check for cracks inside the fire box and if needed, a carbom monoxide leak meter is used to check for leaks. We include cleaning out the blower motor and reading and recording pressue levels to make sure the unit is oporating at it’s best, inspect and tighten all connections, and check your ducts.

Why should you have your refrigerant levels check?

Too much or too little refrigerant will make your system less efficient increasing energy costs and reducing the life of the equipment.

Why seal your heating and cooling ducts?

Ducts that move air to-and-from a forced air furnace, central air conditioner, or heat pump are often big energy wasters. Sealing and insulating ducts can improve the efficiency of your heating and cooling system by as much as 20 percent and sometimes much more.

asbestos

Asbestos, the magic mineral is a general name applied to a group of a silicate minerals consisting of thin, separable fibers. Asbestos fibers do not have any detectable odor or taste. They do not dissolve in water or evaporate and are resistant to heat, fire and chemical and biological degradation. Asbestos has long been suspected as a health threat to humans, because the fibers can be inhaled and are difficult to remove from the lungs. EPA has classified asbestos as a Group A known human carcinogen.

1900 Asbestos recognized as a cause of occupational disease (asbestosis) in England.
1927 The name asbestosis is applied to lung scarring caused by asbestos.
1929 Workers begin suing John Manville for damages caused by asbestos.
1955 Richard Doll publishes paper linking asbestos to lung cancer.
1960 Chris Wagner publishes paper linking asbestos to mesothelioma.
1964 Irving Selikoff describes the incidence of asbestos related disease among insulation workers.
1971 EPA list asbestos as a hazardous air pollutant.
1972 ACGIH list asbestos as a human carcinogen.
1989 EPA promulgates Asbestos Ban and Phase – Out Rule.
1990 Much of the Ban & Phase – Out rule is vacated by the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
2002 Ban Asbestos in America Act is introduced b U.S. Senator Patty Murray.

ASBESTOS – THE DISEASES
Asbestos-related diseases are incurable. Treatment involves preventing further complications and treating symptoms. Unfortunately, asbestos related diseases are routinely misdiagnosis until the late stages of disease. The latency period for the onset of asbestos-related disease is typically 10 – 50 years after the initial exposure. The treatments depend one the victims overall physical condition and stage of the disease.

1. Lung cancer
2. Asbestosis: A progressive disease involving scarring of lung tissue as a result of exposure to the microscopic fibers of asbestos.
3. Malignant Mesothelioma:
4. Pleural mesothelioma develops in the lining of the lung.
5. Pericardial mesothelioma develops in the lining of the heart.
6. Peritoneum mesothelioma develops in the lining of the abdomen.
When asbestos fibers are inhaled; some fibers become lodged in the lungs and remain there throughout life. Fibers can accumulate and cause scarring and inflammation. Enough scarring and inflammation can affect breathing, leading to disease. Changes in the lining of the lungs (pleura) such as thickening, plaques, calcification, and fluid around the lungs (pleural effusion) may be early signs of asbestos exposure. These changes can affect breathing more than previously thought. Pleural effusion can be an early warning sign for mesothelioma (cancer of the lining of the lungs). People who are exposed to asbestos fibers for just a short period of time (few weeks) or even to a small amount may be at risk. In particular, people working with asbestos and their family members or those who live with them develop mesothelioma.

Treatment options for patients diagnosed with asbestos-related cancer of the lung or pleura are limited to resection (surgical removal of a part), chemotherapy and radiation. The most aggressive and radical surgery is an Extra Pleural Pneumectomy (EPP) where the lung, pleura (lining of the chest cavity), pericardium (lining of the diaphragm) and diaphragm may be removed. Most treatment is palliative.

ASBESTOS – THE DEATH
Asbestosis: Lung tissue scarring makes it hard to breathe and difficult for oxygen and carbon dioxide pass though the lungs. Asbestosis generally progresses slowly. The disease can vary from asymptomatic (no symptoms to disabling and potentially fatal.
Mesothelioma: Depending on the person’s health, time of diagnosis, and other factors, the survival rate is about four to 12 months from onset symptoms.

References
American Lung Association, EPA, Center for Disease Control, National Cancer Institute and the ATSDR

BOOKS
Asbestos: Medical and Legal Aspects by Barry I. Castleman and Stephen L. Berger
Fatal Deception by Michael Bowker,
Magic Mineral To Killer Dust by Geoffrey Tweedale Outrageous Misconduct by Paul Brodiur
Deadly Dust David Rosner and Gerald Markowitz
Libby Montana: Asbestos and the Deadly Silence of an American Corporation by Andrea Peacock.
The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) does not provide medical diagnosis or Treatment. If you have a concern about asbestos exposure or a related illness, consult a physician with expertise in the evaluation and management of asbestos related diseases.
ADAO is a volunteer victim-to-victim organization staffed by victims, their families and friends and funding solely through private donations.

carbon

Should I be concerned about carbon monoxide in my home?

Carbon monoxide can be an invisible threat to your family’s health and safety. Though more commonly associated with fires and automobile emissions, carbon monoxide poisoning can accumulate in any home unless certain precautions are taken. That’s why AVIS is getting the word out that carbon monoxide poisoning is preventable. WHAT IS CARBON MONOXIDE? Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that is produced by the incomplete combustion of fuels such as wood, natural gas, gasoline, diesel, kerosene, coal and charcoal. It is caused by lack of oxygen or a disruption in the burning process. Household appliances such as your furnace, water heater, stove, space heaters, charcoal grill or gas dryer can be sources of carbon monoxide, especially if they are not in proper working condition, or have been installed improperly. Vehicle exhaust fumes from attached garages, as well as improperly operating fireplace also can become carbon monoxide hazards, particularly if your home is well-sealed for energy efficiency. WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS OF CARBON MONOXIDE ON THE HUMAN BODY? When we breathe, carbon monoxide combines with the red blood cells in the blood and displaces the oxygen our bodies need to survive. Carbon monoxide combines with the red blood cells over 200 times more easily than oxygen and creates a condition known as carboxyhemoglobin saturation. Carbon monoxide then gets carried to the vital organs through the bloodstream instead of oxygen. Our organ tissues require oxygen; without it, our bodies start to asphyxiate or suffocate. It takes the body much longer to eliminate carbon monoxide than to absorb it, which is one reason why exposure can be so dangerous. WHAT ARE THE SYMPTONS OF CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING? Unfortunately, the symptoms caused by carboxyhemoglobin saturation are easily overlooked because they are often flu-like. With mild exposure, most people experience headaches, fatigue and nausea. Medium exposure can cause a severe throbbing headache, drowsiness, disorientation, confusion and an accelerated heart rate. Extreme exposure can lead to unconsciousness, convulsions, cardio respiratory failure, coma and possibly death.

WHY ARE NEW, WELL SEALED HOMES MORE SUSCEPTIBLE TO CARBON POISONING?

Newer homes are better sealed to prevent air leakage, which reduces energy use. As a result, these homes limit ventilation of outside air. Normally, your home breathes in air from the outside to replace air being used by combustion appliances. If your home is too well-sealed, these appliances may become starved for the air that allows them to operate properly. When that happens, vent reversal may occur. This condition is also known as “down drafting,” which means that the appliances start drawing air down the vent or chimney, resulting in combustion byproducts entering the home. In other words, if the burners become starved for oxygen, carbon monoxide can be introduced into the home. But even older, less insulated homes can be vulnerable to the threat of carbon monoxide poisoning, particularly if the appliances have been improperly installed or not maintained. WHAT CAN BE DONE TO PROTECT OUR HOME FROM THE DANGER OF CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING? Prevention is the most important step. Taking proper safety measures will reduce your risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Because vehicles are a major cause of carbon monoxide poisoning, always back your car out of the garage to let it warm up. Never leave it running in the confined space of a garage, particularly if the garage is attached to the home. The same holds true for lawn mowers or snowmobiles. Never use ovens or grills for heating devices. Home heating systems represent only 5% of the many potential sources of carbon monoxide. They are designed to be safe, efficient and not produce substantial amounts of carbon monoxide. However, it is important to schedule annual maintenance visits by a qualified AVIS technician. Our AVIS technician will go through an 18 point inspect and clean list for your furnace and a 26 point inspect and clean list for your air conditioner. This inspects and clean list has been designed by HVAC experts. Among some areas our AVIS technician will be inspecting is the combustion chamber located inside your furnace. He will use a specialized camera designed specifically for detection of cracks and deformity within the chamber. As a home owner, the benefits save money on fuel bills, promote safety and helps eliminate expensive repairs. COMPLETE CARE OFFERS EXTENDED PROTECTION, PROVIDES SAFETY AND HELPS PREVENT COSTLY EMERGENCY SERVICE CALLS Your AVIS technician will offer the opportunity for you to purchase protection and peace of mind with our ENERGY SAVINGS AGREEMENT PLAN (ESA). To keep warranties in effect, it is required that your equipment be properly maintained. That way, with the ESA PLAN, if your home comfort system goes out on the coldest day of winter or the hottest day of summer you can rest easy. You are a priority customer. An AVIS technician will be to your home within 24 HOURS!

 

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