Natural gas is one of the world’s cleanest fossil fuels. When used correctly, it’s a safe and efficient power source. However, gas leaks can occur and, if not dealt with promptly, can lead to fires or gas poisoning. Here are five signs you may have a natural gas leak in your home.

1. You smell a foul odour
Natural gas is actually odourless. However, many gas companies add a pungent, non-harmful chemical called mercaptan to the gas to make it easier for homeowners to detect if there’s a leak. Therefore, if you notice a nasty odour similar to rotten eggs, sewage or skunk, you may have a gas leak.

2. Your house plants are dying
Plants are extremely sensitive to any buildup of natural gas in the air. In fact, natural gas prevents a plant’s roots from absorbing oxygen. Therefore, if your indoor greenery unexpectedly starts to wilt and die, it could be a sign that you have a slow gas leak somewhere in your home.

3. You hear a hissing sound
If you hear a high-pitched hissing or roaring sound coming from one of your natural gas appliances, even when it’s turned off, it could indicate that you have a leak. It’s a good idea to check your pipes and appliances regularly and listen for any irregular sounds.

4. Your gas bill is higher than usual
If your gas bill has spiked unexpectedly, it could mean that you have a slow leak somewhere causing excess gas to escape from your home. Therefore, it’s important to keep an eye on your energy bills and ensure they’re consistent with how much gas you’re using.

5. You’re experiencing health issues
Breathing in too much natural gas can have serious health consequences. Therefore, if you experience persistent and unexplained headaches, dizziness, fatigue and nausea, it could be a sign there’s a gas leak in your home, especially if more than one person in your home is having the same symptoms.

If you suspect you have a gas leak in your home, immediately stop what you’re doing and leave. Get to a safe place and then call your gas company to have them turn off your gas. Afterwards, you should contact a professional gas line repair expert to inspect the problem and make any necessary repairs.

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Both programmable and smart thermostats allow you to regulate the temperature in your home to save you money on your energy bills. Unlike conventional thermostats, which need to be manually adjusted, programmable and smart thermostats can be set to increase and decrease the temperature in your home automatically. Here’s an overview of what each type of thermostat has to offer.

Programmable thermostats

Programmable thermostats allow you to schedule and set your temperature preferences for pre-determined times and days throughout the week. For example, you can program your HVAC system to run minimally when you’re at work, and warm up or cool down automatically before you return. This saves you money on your monthly utility bills while ensuring your home always remains at a comfortable temperature.

Smart thermostats

Similar to programmable thermostats, smart thermostats allow you to create automatic and programmable temperature settings based on your daily schedules. However, the biggest advantage of smart thermostats is that they’re designed to learn your patterns and behaviours over time and will automatically adjust the temperature in your home to accommodate your habits.

Furthermore, many smart thermostats are Wi-Fi enabled, allowing you to remotely control the temperature in your home from anywhere in the world using a smartphone, tablet or computer. What’s more, some smart thermostats will also provide energy reports, run times and maintenance reminders.

Which thermostat is right for you?

When deciding between a programmable and a smart thermostat there are two major factors to take into consideration: cost and complexity. From the outset, smart thermostats cost quite a bit more than programmable thermostats. Although they save you money on your yearly energy bills, it could take several years to make up the difference. That said, if you plan on staying in your current home for years to come, it may be well worth the splurge for a smart thermostat, since the savings will eventually add up.

However, if you aren’t very tech-savvy, you may find it difficult to use a smart thermostat. In addition, if you aren’t interested in energy reports and Wi-Fi capability, a programmable thermostat will likely be the better choice.

If you need assistance, the experts at Harmony Heating & Air Conditioning can help you find a thermostat that suits your needs, lifestyle and budget.

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