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The Magazine of Santa Clarita October 2015 : Page-142

H OM E & GAR D E N P rePariNg for f all with e Nergy P ro by Shawn Gayton Many Santa Clarita area homeowners are starting to think about preparing their homes for winter, and a fall fur-nace tune-up should be one the first things on your list. If you count on your furnace to keep you warm, now is the time to make sure it’s in good working order. Typically your furnace works hard all winter and then sits unused for part of the spring and all of the summer. When cool weather arrives again, the wear and tear from the previous season may have caused damage that can make your furnace work less efficiently or even be a safety hazard. By getting a fall furnace tune-up, you can find out about minor problems before they become major ones. The improved performance from a cleaned, tuned up furnace will save you money throughout the entire heating season. Although different furnaces have different tune-up needs, most fall furnace tune-ups have a number of steps in common. In general, during a tune-up the service techni -cian inspects your furnace to make sure that it is working properly and is safe. Some other typical steps in a tune-up include: • Checking filters and cleaning or replacing them as needed • Checking the drain pan to be sure it isn’t clogged • Checking electrical connections and tightening or cleaning as needed • Inspecting the heat exchanger for cracks • Making sure gas connections are tight and not leaking if you have a gas furnace • Inspecting the pilot light and furnace burner to be sure they’re working properly • Lubricating moving parts in the motor • Making sure the thermostat is working correctly • Checking all belts, hoses and pipes for wear or leakage • Testing safety controls to make sure they are functioning properly • Making sure the exhaust system vents properly • Measuring the amperage and the voltage on the blower A fall furnace tune-up is an investment that extends the life of your furnace and gives you the peace of mind that comes from knowing your furnace is ready for winter. To schedule an appointment for a fall furnace tune-up or for answers to other HV AC issues, please call Shawn Gayton with Energy Pro at 661-252-9628. C ool N ew P ool D esigNs by Ben Honadel Technology, equipment and pool designs have changed dramatically in the last ten years. Although we still build the traditional pool/spa combination, more and more of our cli-ents are now asking for a swim spa. A swim spa is typically 12-feet by 20-feet, three feet deep at both ends and six feet in the center. Swim spas are small enough to heat up like a spa, yet big enough to play pool games like Marco Polo, pool volleyball, chicken fight, pool basketball, sharks and minnows, cannonball, handstand contest, best belly flop, and trea -sure hunt. At one end we install benches and spa jets for eight to 10 people. There is room for all your friends, and best of all no more knocking knees in the spa. At the other end we install an intense set of jets that creates a current like a river. It allows you to swim “in place” while the water flow moves towards you. These river systems can adjust to vary -ing speeds and intensities to customize to the needs of the individual swimmer. It’s like a swimming treadmill. They are strong enough for an Olympic swimmer to train or use a boogie board to surf in place. Doctors and sports physicians emphasize the special health benefits of swimming. Swimming uses the largest number of muscles of any exercise; the force of the current can be set at any steady level, and swimming causes no trauma to joints, tendons, or bones. The average backyard pool/spa combo is about 20,000 gallons. A swim spa is about 7,000 gallons. Less water has many advantages. They are about half the cost of building a traditional pool, leave room in small backyards for a patio area and grass area, and cost less to filter and heat and use less water. With solar heating you can swim in 80 to 85 degree water nine to 10 months out of the year. To heat the swim spa to 104 degrees costs less than two movie tickets. When building a new pool consider a swim spa; more fun, less energy consump-tion, longer swimming season, all for half the cost to build. For more information, call 661-263-7503 or visit www.poolsbyben.com. 142 The Magazine of Santa Clarita 661-294-4444

Preparing For Fall With Energy Pro

Shawn Gayton

Many Santa Clarita area homeowners are starting to think about preparing their homes for winter, and a fall furnace tune-up should be one the first things on your list. If you count on your furnace to keep you warm, now is the time to make sure it’s in good working order.

Typically your furnace works hard all winter and then sits unused for part of the spring and all of the summer. When cool weather arrives again, the wear and tear from the previous season may have caused damage that can make your furnace work less efficiently or even be a safety hazard. By getting a fall furnace tune-up, you can find out about minor problems before they become major ones. The improved performance from a cleaned, tuned up furnace will save you money throughout the entire heating season.

Although different furnaces have different tune-up needs, most fall furnace tuneups have a number of steps in common. In general, during a tune-up the service technician inspects your furnace to make sure that it is working properly and is safe. Some other typical steps in a tune-up include:

• Checking filters and cleaning or replacing them as needed

• Checking the drain pan to be sure it isn’t clogged

• Checking electrical connections and tightening or cleaning as needed

• Inspecting the heat exchanger for cracks

• Making sure gas connections are tight and not leaking if you have a gas furnace

• Inspecting the pilot light and furnace burner to be sure they’re working properly

• Lubricating moving parts in the motor

• Making sure the thermostat is working correctly

• Checking all belts, hoses and pipes for wear or leakage

• Testing safety controls to make sure they are functioning properly

• Making sure the exhaust system vents properly

• Measuring the amperage and the voltage on the blower

A fall furnace tune-up is an investment that extends the life of your furnace and gives you the peace of mind that comes from knowing your furnace is ready for winter.

To schedule an appointment for a fall furnace tune-up or for answers to other HVAC issues, please call Shawn Gayton with Energy Pro at 661-252-9628.

Read the full article at http://virtualonlineeditions.com/article/Preparing+For+Fall+With+Energy+Pro/2275477/273663/article.html.

Cool New Pool Designs

Ben Honadel

Technology, equipment and pool designs have changed dramatically in the last ten years. Although we still build the traditional pool/spa combination, more and more of our clients are now asking for a swim spa. A swim spa is typically 12-feet by 20-feet, three feet deep at both ends and six feet in the center. Swim spas are small enough to heat up like a spa, yet big enough to play pool games like Marco Polo, pool volleyball, chicken fight, pool basketball, sharks and minnows, cannonball, handstand contest, best belly flop, and treasure hunt.

At one end we install benches and spa jets for eight to 10 people. There is room for all your friends, and best of all no more knocking knees in the spa. At the other end we install an intense set of jets that creates a current like a river. It allows you to swim “in place” while the water flow moves towards you. These river systems can adjust to varying speeds and intensities to customize to the needs of the individual swimmer. It’s like a swimming treadmill. They are strong enough for an Olympic swimmer to train or use a boogie board to surf in place.

Doctors and sports physicians emphasize the special health benefits of swimming. Swimming uses the largest number of muscles of any exercise; the force of the current can be set at any steady level, and swimming causes no trauma to joints, tendons, or bones.

The average backyard pool/spa combo is about 20,000 gallons. A swim spa is about 7,000 gallons. Less water has many advantages. They are about half the cost of building a traditional pool, leave room in small backyards for a patio area and grass area, and cost less to filter and heat and use less water. With solar heating you can swim in 80 to 85 degree water nine to 10 months out of the year. To heat the swim spa to 104 degrees costs less than two movie tickets.

When building a new pool consider a swim spa; more fun, less energy consumption, longer swimming season, all for half the cost to build.

For more information, call 661-263-7503 or visit www.poolsbyben.com.

Read the full article at http://virtualonlineeditions.com/article/Cool+New+Pool+Designs/2275479/273663/article.html.

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