FAQs About IAQ

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Indoor air quality (IAQ) is something that affects all of us, whether we are aware of it or not. If you are looking to learn more about indoor air quality, or just learn what it is, this list of frequently asked questions will help give you a better understanding.

What is indoor air quality?

Indoor air quality is just what it sounds like – it is the quality of the air inside your home. It is often overlooked, but the contamination of your home’s hair (known as indoor air pollution) can pose a serious problem to you and your family.

What are the dangers of indoor air pollution?

According to the World Health Organization, indoor air pollution is linked to all kinds of health problems such as pneumonia, stoke, COPD, and lung cancer. They estimate that 4.3 million people prematurely die every year due to indoor air pollution.

Is indoor air pollution worse than outdoor air pollution?

Surprisingly – yes. The air in our homes can be up to ten times more polluted than even the dirtiest of cities.

What are common sources of indoor air pollution?

Indoor air pollution can come from a variety of sources, but some of the most common include: animal dander, mold, candles, air fresheners, cleaning products, paint, furniture, carpet, cabinetry, and heating equipment such as stoves, heaters, and fireplaces.

Where can indoor air quality problems exist?

Indoor air quality problems can be found anywhere there are four walls and a roof. This includes homes, offices, schools, hospitals, gyms, stores, and more.

What can I do to purify the air in my home?

The goods news about indoor air pollution is that you can do a lot to reverse it. Install a HEPA air filter; vacuum and dust regularly; stop using commercial cleaning products; add houseplants; and never smoke inside. Here are some more ways to improve your air quality.

The first step in purifying your home’s air is by getting a professional consultation. If you live in Norwalk, Westport, or New Canaan, Connecticut, contact Devine Bros. for a free in-home air quality assessment by calling (203) 866-4421.

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What You Need To Know About Automatic Standby Generators

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In Fairfield County, Connecticut, severe storms can hit in the blink of an eye. Whether it is a hurricane during the summer or a blizzard during the winter, we are never safe from the threat of power outages.

Until now.

Devine Bros. offers automatic standby generators for homeowners in Norwalk, Westport, New Canaan, and the surrounding area. Here’s what you need to know about them:

They automatically detect power outages.

Our standby generators can automatically detect when there is a blackout, and will power on in a matter of seconds to provide your home with the energy that it needs. You don’t even need to leave the house in the heavy rain or snow to turn it on.

They generate enough power for your entire home.

Some generators only provide enough energy to run your refrigerator, or your lights, or your TV. Not ours – they generate enough power to keep your entire home running. Don’t sacrifice lighting, comfort, or entertainment. With Devine Bros., you can have it all!

They never need to be refueled.

The best part about these automatic standby generators is that they hook right up to your home’s existing fuel line. Whether you use natural gas or a form of liquid petroleum, you have the peace of mind knowing that you will never need to worry about running out of gas in harsh weather conditions.

Interested in learning more about our Fairfield County generators? Visit the Devine Bros. website or give us a call at (203) 866-4421.

For almost 100 years, homeowners in Norwalk, Wesport, New Canaan, and the surrounding area have trusted Devine Bros. to keep comfortable all year long. We offer a wide variety of heating, cooling, and landscaping services to Fairfield County, CT. See what we can do for you.

Winter HVAC Maintenance Checklist

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It is a good idea to do some basic maintenance around your house in order to prepare for winter. Just like putting snow tires on your car, there are some things you can do to prep your HVAC system for the cold weather.

Here is a simple winter HVAC maintenance checklist to help you out, courtesy of the heating experts at Devine Bros.

☐ Clean or replace the air filter in your heating system every 30-60 days. Check your owner’s manual for instructions specific to your unit.

☐ Set the blades on your ceiling fans to rotate clockwise. This will prevent heat from gathering at the ceiling by pushing it back down into the room.

☐ Replace the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. This is especially important in the colder months, when you are at your greatest risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

☐ Call a professional chimney service to inspect your fireplace and chimney, and clean it if needed.

☐ Seal any air leaks coming from windows and doors using caulking or weatherstripping.

☐ Make sure you have sufficient insulation in order to avoid excessive heat loss.

☐ Invest in a humidifier. Keeping your humidity levels in check during the cold months can improve your comfort and make your home feel warmer.

☐ Insulate your pipes to prevent them from freezing.

☐ Schedule a furnace tune-up with a local HVAC service. A professional tune-up can improve energy efficiency and prevent future breakdowns.

Devine Bros. provides a variety of home heating solutions to Fairfield County, Connecticut. Some of our services include oil and propane delivery, heating system installations, and furnace repairs and tune ups. If you live in Norwalk, Westport, New Canaan, or the surrounding area, call us today at (203) 866-4421.

What Can You Use Propane For?

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How much do you know about propane? This clean, versatile alternative fuel source is becoming more and more popular across the country, and for good reasons. There is a good chance that your neighbors, family, and even yourself use propane without even knowing it!

Propane is a form of liquefied petroleum gas, and supplies about 4 percent of the country’s total energy needs. Like many gases, propane is naturally odorless. During the refinement process, an identifying odor is added to propane in order for leaks to be detected.

Many people are making the switch to propane in order to help the environment and support the United States economy. Propane is a verified clean alternative fuel source, as approved by the 1990 Clean Air Act. Propane is one of the cleanest burning of all fossil fuels, and 90% of the country’s supply is produced domestically.

Propane supplies roughly 60 million Americans with energy. It is one of the most versatile fuel sources available. Check out just some of the ways that propane can be used in your home:

  • Space heating and cooling

  • Water heating

  • Stoves and grills

  • Refrigeration

  • Clothes dryers

  • Fireplaces

  • Lighting

  • Generators

  • Swimming pool and hot tub heaters

  • And more!

Propane isn’t just for the home, either. Check out some other uses for the gas:

  • Provides power for recreational vehicles and mobile homes.

  • Fuels more than 80,000 bus, taxi, and delivery fleets.

  • Agricultural uses include crop drying and flame cultivation.

Devine Bros. is a reliable, affordable supplier of propane to Fairfield County, Connecticut. If you live in Norwalk, New Canaan, Westport, or the surrounding area, call us to learn about our services at (203) 866-4421.

4 Reasons to Trust Devine Bros. To Keep You Warm | Fairfield County Heating

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If you live in Norwalk, Connecticut or Fairfield County, there is only one name you need to know when it comes to home heating: Devine Bros.

Here are four reasons why you can trust us to keep you warm all winter long.

1. We have almost 100 years of experience.

When it comes to staying warm, you want a company you can trust. One with experience. That’s why you want Devine Bros. We have been in business since 1918 and have serviced tens of thousands of customers the Fairfield County, Connecticut.

2. We provide a variety of ways to keep your home warm.

Whether your home’s furnace uses oil or gas, you can count an Devine Bros. for a reliable, affordable supply. We also helped introduce bioheat to Connecticut, which offers a cleaner, more efficient alternative to traditional heating oil. You can click here to learn about the benefits of bioheat.

3. Our automatic fuel delivery ensures you are never left in the cold.

Sign up for our automatic oil delivery service and you never have to worry about fuel levels again. Using state-of-the-art technology, we can monitor and track your furnace’s fuel consumption. This allows us to refill your tank before it runs out, keeping you warm all winter long.

4. We offer pricing programs to meet any home’s budget.

Nobody can predict future oil prices, and with our pricing programs, you don’t have to. Our customers have three flexible payment options. The can pay market price, a fixed price, or a capped price. Click here to learn about our oil pricing programs.

Devine Bros. offers a wide range of home heating solutions to Fairfield County, Connecticut. Our services include heating oil delivery, furnace tune ups and repairs, and home heating system installations. If you live in Norwalk, New Canaan, Westport, or the surrounding area, give us a call at (203) 866-4421.

Winter Safety Tips

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People love the wintertime for a variety of reasons – holidays, cozy sweaters, and snow sports to name a few. While winter does have its perks, safety is not one of them. Cold weather, dangerous driving conditions, and increased risk of home fires all work together to make winter the most dangerous season of all.

Protect yourself, your family, and your home with these winter safety tips from Devine Bros.

Keep your heaters clear.

Baseboard heaters and radiators often present fire hazards during the winter months. Make sure to give them at least three feet of room to ventilate and avoid all contact with flammable materials such as curtains, furniture, and clothing.

Shovel safely.

For those of us who live in Norwalk, Connecticut, snow is an inevitable part of every winter. More than 10,000 people are injured while shoveling every year, so it is important to take proper safety precautions. These include dressing in layers, wearing slip-resistant shoes, and lifting with the legs. Click here to learn more about shoveling safety.

Monitor your home’s CO2 levels.

Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas that is odorless and colorless, leaving it completely undetectable by humans. Your heating system emits this gas, which is usually released to the outside. However, if there is a blockage, it could be venting into your home. Stay safe by installing carbon monoxide detectors in every area of the house and testing them regularly.

Prepare an emergency kit.

Winter is a common time for power outages due to severe snow storms. Prepare for them by putting together an emergency kit in advance. This kit should include non perishable foods, water, flashlights, and an emergency radio. Keeping a similar kit in your car is a good idea, too.

Have your heating system inspected.

Heating systems that are not properly functioning can put your home in danger of fires and high levels of carbon monoxide. Having a professional technician inspect your furnace at the start of every heating season can prevent these dangers by identifying warning signs and making the necessary changes or repairs.

Devine Bros. provides heating oil delivery and furnace tune ups, repairs, and installations to Norwalk, CT and the surrounding areas. Fairfield County has trusted us to keep warm for almost 100 years, and you can too! Give us a call at 203-866-4421 to get started.

The Only Tip You Need to Know to Improve Your Furnace’s Energy Efficiency and Extend Its Lifespan

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Residents of Fairfield County, Connecticut have trusted Devine Bros. to keep them warm for nearly 100 years. With this much experience, it is safe to say that our workers know a thing or two about home heating.

What if we told you that one simple tip could not only extend the lifespan of your HVAC system, but reduce its energy costs as well? It may sound too good to be true, but it isn’t. With two minutes of your time and about ten dollars, you too can reap these benefits.

So what’s the trick? Just change the air filter.

Yes, every furnace has an air filter that must be cleaned or replaced regularly to keep your furnace running at peak capacity. A dirty air filter can reduce airflow, increase wear-and-tear, pollute your home’s air, and cause your system to overheat.

In fact, experts estimate that as much as 80% of all furnace problems arise from the owner’s failure to keep a clean filter. Changing the filter only requires a minute or two of your time, here’s how to do it:

  1. Turn off the furnace.

  2. Remove the furnace door panel.

  3. Locate and remove the old filter.

  4. Install the new filter in its place.

  5. Close the door panel and turn your furnace back on.

It’s that easy! Every furnace is a little different, so make sure to refer to your owner’s manual for instructions specific to your unit.

Is your home heating system giving you problems? Devine Bros. offers a variety of heating services that include furnace repairs, tune ups, and new heating system installation. If you live in Norwalk, Connecticut or the surrounding area, give us a call at (203) 866-4421.

How to Prevent Your Pipes From Freezing

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With frigid winter temperatures finally settling in across the northeast, one problem that homeowners need to be aware of is frozen pipes. Frozen or burst pipes can lead to flooding and costly water damage, so it is important to take these steps in order to prevent them.

Keep Them Covered

One way to prevent your pipes from freezing is by insulating them. Snap-on foam insulation is a cheap and effective solution that is very easy to install. Make sure to insulate all pipes (hot water and cold) in your crawl space, attic, and exterior walls.

Keep Your Heat On

Many people leave their homes for extended vacations during the winter. During the time they are away, many of them turn off their heat in an effort to save energy. While this could save you a little money on your heating bill, it could also cause your pipes to freeze and lead to thousands of dollars worth of water damage. Play it safe and keep your heat on at least 65° F at all times, even while you are away.

Keep It Moving

Not surprisingly, idle pipes are the most susceptible to freezing. If you don’t use a specific faucet very often, one easy way to prevent it from freezing is by letting it drip. Make sure to drip both the hot and cold lines in order to keep water moving and relieve built-up pressure.

Keep Your Eyes Open

If you follow the tips above, you are well on the way to preventing your pipes from freezing this winter. The only thing left for you to do is to monitor them. Click here to learn how to identify freezing pipes, as well as what you can do to thaw them.

If you live in Norwalk, Connecticut, trust Devine Bros. to keep your house warm and your pipes unfrozen. We have provided reliable home heating services and oil delivery to Fairfield County for almost 100 years. Visit our website to learn more or call us at (203) 866-4421.