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Funny how Labor Day is such a two-sided holiday. Folks tend to celebrate it by engaging in iconic summer activities – a picnic, hike or visit to their favorite swimming spot. Yet this day really marks the beginning of autumn. And the beginning of autumn means the approach of colder weather (notice how cool the mornings are starting to get?) … and with that, the time to heat your home. Which leads us to the 3 essential heating-related home improvements you must make this fall.

Fix Any Leaks

What does the word “leak” mean to you in relation to your home? Whether you have a plumbing leak or a breeze that comes in around an unsealed window, the effect, you will find, is remarkably similar. Both are capable of wasting a surprisingly large amount of valuable resources (water in the first case and heating fuel in the second), increasing your carbon footprint and costing you money in a way that is totally unnecessary.

The other thing that these two household nuisances have in common is that they tend to be quite easy to fix. The most common types of plumbing leakage come from either a toilet or a bathroom or kitchen faucet; repair of the fixture can often be a DIY project or a relatively uncomplicated job for a professional plumber.

Air leaks can often be taken care of by a handy homeowner (or renter!) too. Apply sealant, like putty, caulk or V-seal weatherstripping, to block the flow of exterior air. This will help cut down on the need for both heating in winter and air conditioning in summer.


Improve the efficiency of your heating, ventilation and air conditioning system by insulating vulnerable areas—notably your attic, crawl space, the opening for your dryer vent pipe, and so on—and some places that might not even have occurred to you, such as around electric boxes and recessed lighting fixtures.

Don’t forget to insulate critical components of your heating and cooling setup, such as the plenum and your ductwork. (While you’re at it, check whether the ductwork needs repair or upgrading; as much as 40 percent of heat can be lost en route from your furnace or heat pump to the rooms of your home.) It is recommended to consult an HVAC specialist to ensure that there is adequate ventilation; this will discourage mold growth.

An eco-friendly type of insulation you might not hear much about on most home improvement websites is what we’d like to term “self-insulation.” Keep warm with minimal harm to the atmosphere’s ozone layer by bundling your body in light, comfortable, warm layers of clothing.

Install a Carbon Monoxide Alarm

Once your house has been sealed up tight, you should be nice and cozy. One major drawback to this preparation, though, is that a well-sealed house keeps warmth inside but it also fosters carbon monoxide (CO) build-up when you use any fuel-combustion appliance – for example, gas or wood stoves, fireplaces, or kerosene lanterns, indoors.

This poisonous gas is colorless, odorless and tasteless, making it impossible for anyone in your home to detect it unaided. Installation of CO alarms will help protect you and your loved ones. Ideally, one of these alarms should be installed in every bedroom, as well as in the room where a fuel-combustion appliance is operated.

Why is this measure, which is the most literally vital (as in “potentially life-saving”), listed last? The answer is simple. Repairing air leaks and insulating your house are very effective ways to reduce your heating costs. However, they can lead to carbon monoxide issues; in the same way that they prevent warmed air from escaping, they will tend to keep CO inside the house as well.

SOURCE: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/the-3-most-vital-home-improvements-to-make-this-fall.html

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients:

Our patients, employees and family are our top priority at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

We ask you to not visit any of our locations if you have symptoms such as fever, sneezing, coughing and possible shortness of breath.

Please cancel your appointment and re-schedule once you are feeling better and are no longer suffering with symptoms.

Only non-symptomatic patients will be seen. No exceptions.

Accompanying family members – including children – are asked to remain in the waiting area and will not be allowed to enter the exam rooms.

During this time of high concern regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we are taking extra precautions to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and cleanliness. Please be advised that we are carefully following recommendations from both the CDC and WHO and are here to help guide you through this time if needed.

Some steps we are taking to keeping safe:

  1. We know how important cleanliness is and always maintain the highest standards of cleanliness. To further offer you peace of mind, we have increased the frequency of the cleaning of our office.
  2. Rest assured that hand washing is strictly followed. Hand sanitizer is available to all staff and patients.
  3. Additionally, if you have recently traveled to a country with high rates of the coronavirus or have been on a cruise, please reschedule your visit for at least 14 days from your return date. We will gladly accommodate your needs to reschedule. At that time, a telehealth interface can be arranged if necessary.

Find up-to-date and accurate information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and feel free to reach out with questions.

- Your team at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

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