Venezuelan Heating Oil A No-show In Us This Year

Posted on 15. Jan, 2014 by in Uncategorized

Kennedy II that has distributed nearly a half billion dollars’ worth of Venezuela-donated home heating oil in the U.S. since 2005 has not yet received this winter’s shipment. In recent years, the first shipments from Venezuela would have arrived in late November or early December and have been delivered by now. A spokesman for the Kennedy’s Citizens Energy Corp., Brian O’Connor, said thousands of people had called inquiring about the oil. “We very much hope that the Venezuelans will come through as they did for so many years under President (Hugo) Chavez’s leadership,” Kennedy said in a statement Friday issued by the nonprofit. The former congressman and son of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy said, however, that “every indicator so far has been that they will help out.” Chavez died last March after a long battle with cancer. Venezuela, despite having the world’s largest proven oil reserves, has in recent years suffered steady production declines. A spokesman for Venezuela’s state-owned oil company PDVSA reached in Caracas had no comment, while a spokesman for the company’s U.S. subsidiary Citgo, Fernando Garay, did not immediately return a voicemail message. The Kennedy statement was issued in response to a query from The Republican newspaper of Springfield, Mass. Citizens Energy says it has distributed the home heating oil to some 200,000 low-income and elderly households annually in 25 states including the entire Northeast, Alaska and parts of the Midwest. The program was launched after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 damaged U.S. refining capacity and Chavez responded to an appeal from Kennedy to help out. In the first year, it provided eligible households 200 gallons of heating oil at a 40 percent discount, said O’Connor. Then it switched to 100 gallons of free oil. O’Connor said Kennedy, 61, was recovering from a broken pelvis suffered in a bike accident and was unavailable for comment. He would not say when or where Kennedy became injured.

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Selecting A Heating And Cooling Contractor

Posted on 13. Jan, 2014 by in Uncategorized

Finding one who is trained to maintain, repair and/or replace the components of your system is key. To help you select a contractor who is certified in heating and air-conditioning and who can professionally service your cooling system, the experts at the York brand of Johnson Controls offer these suggestions: Educate yourself about HVAC systems. Understanding the basics can help you when interviewing a potential contractor. Ask friends, co-workers, real estate agents and home improvement specialists for recommendations. When interviewing a potential dealer, check for membership in professional organizations, such as NATE (North American Technician Excellence) and ACCA (Air Conditioning Contractors of America). Ask to see state and local licenses, certification for refrigerant handling, and proof of liability and workers compensation insurance. Be certain these documents apply to the contractor, as well as any technicians or subcontractors the contractor employs. Research the range of services that a contractor offers. Does the list include scheduled maintenance, repairs and 24-hour service? Consider the number of years a contractor has been in business. In many cases, a reputation for quality, reliability and dependability grows with the length of service to a community. A good contractor will visit your home to conduct an on-site inspection and ask questions about your cooling needs and concerns before making any equipment or service recommendations. Ask for and check references. Consider them in conjunction with other information you have gathered in your research. By following these simple suggestions, you will most likely find the contractor who best meets your needs, both in terms of technical expertise and professional integrity. To learn more, and to find a contractor near you, visit the York

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Be Aware Of Home Heating Issues

Posted on 31. Dec, 2013 by in Uncategorized

Here are the basic legal requirements as set forth by the state and city codes: All primary fuel-fired heating equipment installed in a residential unit, such as a furnace or space heater, must be able to maintain an interior temperature of at least 68 degrees at all times and is properly vented to the outside of the building, either by using a chimney, external stack piping that meets specific requirements, or a power vent. As for unvented, wall-mounted heating units, yes, they are legal for residential use in New York state, but are only permitted as a supplement to the primary heating source. Too often, rental property owners looking to save money have one of these installed in an apartment and are knowingly or unknowingly putting their tenants at serious risk of possible carbon monoxide poisoning if they fail to operate properly. We have been called in to inspect dwellings where this problem has been discovered, either by a tenant, the police department, fire department, etc., and if we see one of these units, we may be forced to shut that living unit down and remove the occupants until a proper heating system is installed. Let’s be clear – it’s never a pleasant duty for us to remove individuals or families from their homes, but when someone’s personal health, safety and well-being is put in serious jeopardy, we are required by law to take this type of action. For those living in rental units, your first call should be to the property owner when you have a heating problem before you contact our department. We’ve often found that owners are sometimes totally unaware that an issue has come up in one of their units and most would have gladly taken care of the matter quickly had they known about it. Only when the owner won’t respond or ignores a reported problem should a tenant call the department. But in doing so, the tenant should keep in mind that if an inspector finds a dangerous condition, it’s likely they will be ordered to leave the dwelling immediately, no matter what the weather conditions are and the home or apartment posted. Those heating with wall-mounted electric strip heaters don’t have carbon monoxide concerns, but our experience shows that many of these units take a lot of punishment, sometimes operating only part of the time, spark when turned on or are being used or are missing thermostats. Again, tenants should contact the property owner immediately and if there is no response from the owner within a few hours, then contact our department to request an inspection. Staying with the electrical front, we strongly discourage the use of small, portable electric heaters. They are designed for brief, temporary use in a limited area. Too often, people try to use them as a primary source if their regular system is inoperable. This practice not only will send your electric bills to the moon, it’s potentially dangerous if your electrical service cannot withstand the load. Ask any inspector or member of the fire department what they think of electric space heaters and you’ll get a pretty passionate response. Finally, the use of a gas-fired or an electric range to heat any area is horrifically dangerous. With natural gas you have a potential carbon monoxide problem and both electric and gas ranges can create a fire hazard. Public safety is our first concern when it comes to heating equipment. If simple, preventative measures are taken to keep systems maintained and in good working order, then our jobs are much easier and residents can live in safe and secure homes and apartment units.

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