Home Heating System Maintenance

The days are getting shorter and the nights are turning cooler. Have you scheduled an annual service appointment with a qualified contractor for your heating system yet?

A clean heating system may reduce fuel expenditure and extend the life of a furnace. It’s best not to wait until your system breaks down to call for service. Annual servicing by a technician may help prevent breakdowns during the winter months that can be inconvenient to you and your family, and downright costly to boot.

Keep in mind, there is something you can do yourself to help maintain your heating system and possibly extend its life:  regularly inspect, clean, or change your system’s air filter. A dirty filter can increase energy costs and damage equipment. If you’re unsure how to inspect and replace your filter, here’s a link to a tutorial on replacing a furnace filter from DIY network: http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/replace-a-furnace-filter/index.html

Winter Home Inspections

There certainly are pros and cons to having a home inspected when snow, ice, and cold are factors at the time of the inspection. Of course, there’s no need for wintertime home buyers and REALTORS® to be discouraged by the inherent challenges. Education, awareness, and strong communication with a qualified, professional home inspector regarding findings is all it takes to complete a successful home inspection no matter the weather. Call Landmark Inspections today to schedule your home inspection. 856-905-4697.

For more information on having a home inspected in winter, click here.

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Home Buyer’s and Seller’s Guide to Radon

Are you preparing to buy or sell a home? Read the EPA’s Home Buyer’s and Seller’s Guide to Radon to learn why they recommend having your home tested for radon.

The EPA recommends the following to home buyers and sellers alike:

  • If you are buying a home or selling your home, have it tested for radon.
  • For a new home, ask if radon-resistant construction features were used and if the home has been tested.
  • Fix the home if the radon level is 4 picocuries per liter, or pCi/L,  or higher.
  • Radon levels less than 4 pCi/L still pose a risk, and in many cases, may be reduced.
  • Take steps to prevent device interference when conducting a radon test.

Call, licensed radon measurement technician, Scott Freeman of Landmark Inspections if you have more questions and/or to schedule your radon test today. 856-905-4697