Are wood fireplaces efficient?

Are wood fireplaces efficient?
What is Fireplace Efficiency?

Fireplace efficiency is its ability to generate an optimum level of room heating with the minimum possible quantity of fuel consumption. It should also be resistant to leak and loss of heat, which can save more on fuel and increase the heating time.

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The design and construction of the fireplace and chimney are the key elements which contribute to the efficiency of the fireplace. Now, you can apply these parameters to the wood fireplace and see how efficient it is.

Factors affecting Wood Fireplace Efficiency

If the wood is bone dry, it could burn out quickly. You will need to use more wood within a short span of time. If the wood is partially dry it may burn at a slower pace, but the pollution could be higher. Hence, the fireplace needs the kind of wood which is semi-dry to keep it burning for a longer time.
The price you pay for buying such wood in Calgary is stated to be much higher compared to the gas supply. It is possible to get at least 1.5 times more volume of gas for the same price you pay for wood.
Traditional wood fireplaces design may have a higher risk of heat loss due to the gaps within the bricks and stones on the interiors and chimneys. Though the modern wood fireplaces have improved in design, the probability of heat loss continues to be higher than that of the gas fireplace.
Traditional wood fireplaces without a fan blower may result in uneven distribution of heat within the room. The temperature of air away from the fireplace could be lesser than the heat you get nearer to the fireplace. Hence, you may be forced to burn more wood to spread the heat to the farther ends of the room. Now, it is possible for you to estimate the efficiency of a wood fireplace.

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Pest Control: Termite Control – Exterminators

Get Rid of Termites

What are Termites?

Some household pests are simply annoying, but others can do some serious damage. Termites are among those that can damage your home. They eat away at wood and can ruin your homes framing structure. One of the biggest ways to fight termites is to stop them before they come, but once they are in your home there are some steps you can take to get rid of them and save your home. Termites are the scourge of American home owners. They live in every area of the U.S. and they cause extensive damage to houses (more than fire and storm damage combined). A termite colony can contain more than one million termites.

Termites build their nests in the soil because they like moisture but they also gravitate to wood that is wet. They will invade wood that is in contact with the ground, whether it is the wood from which your house is built, a firewood pile or other wood supply. They build mud tunnels and tunnel up through the wood, reaching heights that would not otherwise be accessible to them.termite control

What do Termites Look Like?

Termites are small, and they look rather like ants. Some have wings but they don’t fly far so you may or may not see them outdoors and this may or may not mean you have an infestation in or around your home. In any case, you should investigate further and call an exterminator if you see ANY signs of termite damage in the wood in or around your house.

How do you Know if you Have Termites?

Identifying termites presence should start with a little looking around. You may notice rotted wood or damaged wood. You may also see the termites during warmer months when they come out of the wood. You may not actually be able to see damage, so tapping or drilling with a probe of some sort on the suspected infested area can help you to find hollow spots where termites have been.

Types of Termites

There are dry-wood termites, damp-wood termites and subterranean termites.

Unlike the dry-wood termite, the subterranean termite does not push wood out through bored holes. Instead it uses the particles of wood to build its tunnels, making a kind of plaster to coat the walls.

Subterranean termites feed on wood or other items that contain cellulose, such as paper, fiberboard, and some fabrics derived from cotton or plant fibers. Termites have protozoa in their digestive tracts that can convert cellulose into usable food.

Dry-wood termites do not have to live in or near the soil. They can live in wood that is not rotting and the nest does not need high moisture content.termite extermination

Only the reproductive dry-wood termite has wings (four to be exact). These termites eat furniture, dying trees, utility poles, orchard trees, stored lumber, and houses!

The damp-wood and winged damp-wood termite does not require soil to build a nest, but they do need high moisture content, so they will look for decaying or rotted wood and a cool, humid area to nest. The ‘rotten wood termite’ is most prevalent in California, Oregon and Washington states.

The Nevada damp-wood termite is a little smaller than its Pacific sister. It lives in a dry mountainous area and attacks forest trees and mountain cabins alike.

This termite is subterranean and often looks for only decaying or rotted wood to make its nest. The Florida damp-wood termite lives in the southeastern counties of Florida and in the Florida Keys. It nests in damp logs near the salt water.

They are most often found in wood that is partially or totally buried, and in fallen tree branches and tree stumps, and old wood piles. Damp-wood termites often nest in wood buried in the ground.

In general, the damp-wood variety of termite is larger than the dry-wood or the subterranean termite and it can measure up to three quarters of an inch in length. Damaged wood is characterized by a rather velvety surface inside the tunnels.

What to do if you have Termites in your Home

Once you have confirmed you have termites you need to get to work at getting rid of them. It is best to have a professional take care of getting rid of them. However, there are some things you can do to help. Fixing outside faucets that are worn out or leaky will help to keep moisture spots away, which provide ample ground for termites to live. Additionally, clean and repair gutters to help keep moisture away from your house. Stack firewood or other wood products off the ground. Fill in cracks or other openings on the outside of your home.

You should do everything you can to aid the professional exterminator. Your combined efforts are the best way to get termites out of your home for good. Once they are gone you will need to repair any damage they may have done, but you can expect to be free from them for at least five years after the professional extermination.

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Personal Injury Lawyers – Drunk Driving Accidents

Personal Injury lawyers – Drunk Driving Accidents

In Texas, the driver of a vehicle is legally intoxicated or drunk if their blood alcohol content level (BAC) is at .08 percent or higher. Amazing as it seems, many people are legally drunk after only two drinks in one hour. Although the majority of people will get behind a vehicle and drive as they do not believe they are too intoxicated to drive. The drunk driving accident lawyers in our law firm have represented many clients who have suffered injuries or lost a loved one as a result of a driver believing they were sober enough to drive got behind the wheel of a vehicle and caused injuries to innocent people.< More on this website

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Injured woman in car crash getting a whiplash neck brace

Right to compensation

Those innocent people who are injured as a result of the negligent actions of a drunk driver are allowed to recover compensation for their injuries, damages and losses. It is not unusual for those injured by a drunk driver to suffer life-altering injuries including severe burns and lacerations, broken limbs, head injury, paraplegia or even death. Those injured, and the families who have lost a loved one as a result of the car collision caused by the intoxicated driver, are entitled to recover for their medical expenses, loss of earnings, future medical expenses and loss of earning capacity, pain and suffering, and potentially punitive damages due to the intentional negligent actions on the part of the intoxicated driver.

Compensation is not going to undo the damage or bring back your loved one; it can provide you and your family with the financial security that is essential after a serious injury or the loss of a loved one.

Protect your options

Early investigation of the car accident is vital; before witnesses memories begin to fade, evidence is lost, and to make certain that the blood alcohol content tests are conclusive and included in the investigation reports. Our knowledgeable and skilled accident attorneys carefully review the investigation performed by the local law enforcement. If there appears to be missing evidence, statements or the investigation is not thorough, our qualified car accident lawyers will utilize a team of highly skilled and proficient investigators and accident reconstrutionists to conduct an independent investigation to make certain that the proper parties are identified and the cause of the accident is determined.drunk drivivng - car accident lawyers

If you or a family member is managing serious injuries or the wrongful death of a loved one due to an accident caused by a drunk driver, call our drunk driving lawyers today to schedule a free consultation. More information here

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