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Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Minnesota state law requires CO detectors in all homes, placed within 10 feet of every bedroom.

All combustion releases CO. Running furnaces, heaters, dryers and stoves with the windows closed increases the potential for CO poisoning in the winter months dramatically. Varying levels of protection and affordability are available: battery operated, plug-in, and power source hybrids; CO and smoke detector combinations.
NOTE: Attached garages are a potentially lethal source of CO gas inside the house. To be safe- never run the car in an attached garage.

Rose Hart's OutSide

Although your household gas heat expenses for this upcoming heating season are predicted to be 14% lower than last year, natural gas and oil prices will remain above pre-9/11 averages. For this reason many people are considering alternative and auxiliary home heat sources.

The traditional wood-burning fireplace reigns supreme as a home-decor feature, but in fact modern pellet stoves and furnaces are far more efficient and cost effective. Before purchasing a hearth product it's essential to define your home heating requirements, a tolerable maintenance threshold, a realistic fuel budget and whether it will function as an independent, an auxiliary or an ancillary heat source. Also consider power outages and frequency in your overall plan.

Manufactured natural gas fireboxes are eighty percent of all new fireplace installations, with a variety of venting features and fuel efficiencies. "Heater-rated" gas fireplaces provide efficiency and heat output similar to a central furnace and can use existing ductwork, or be ducted for zone heating. With natural gas venting selection, other vents operating in the house need to be factored into the resh air requirements to achieve maximum efficiency. Direct vent models are usually more efficient and safer for airtight homes, since they do not use inside air, or conflict with range hoods and bathroom fans. B-vent units are generally less expensive to install, but are more sensitive to air flow inside the home.

cornIllustrationBiomass stoves have an added appeal of using domestic fuel sources: Waste corn, shells, sawdust, grains and cherry pits. When corn is burned, it gives off the same amount of carbon dioxide it consumed as it grew. One acre of domestic corn can heat two average homes for a year, and one ton of corn or wood pellets equals the heating value of three barrels of oil. Hopper-fed pellet furnaces and boilers can be joined with the existing furnace and ventilation system. An appealing option is the outdoor biomass furnace or boiler, removing all noise and smoke from the house completely. These typically require refueling once every 48 hours.

The Firewood Poem
"Beech wood fires are bright and clear
If the logs are kept a year.
Chestnut's only good, they say,
If for long it's laid away.
Birch and pine logs burn too fast,
Blaze up bright and do not last.
Elm wood burns like a churchyard mold,
Ev'n the very flames are cold.
Poplar gives a bitter smoke,
Fills your eyes and makes you choke.
Apple wood will scent your room,
with incense like perfume.
Oak and maple, if dry and old,
Keep away the winter cold.
But Ash wood wet and ash wood dry,
A king shall warm his slippers by."

UPDATE! The Tax Credit Gets an Extension and an Expansion. Now's the Time to Buy!
Both First-time Home buyers and Existing Homeowners Eligible. The newly expanded tax credit calls for an incentive for existing homeowners who have owned their current homes for at least five years, making them eligible for tax credits up to $6,500 when they purchase a new home. First time home buyers would still get up to $8,000. To qualify, buyers in both groups have to sign a purchase agreement by April 30, 2010 and close by June 30. Now is the perfect time to buy or sell.
Call me today and get more details about the extended tax credit. Rose Hart, 612-250-0119

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