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Fall 2013

5 Ideas for a Fun Halloween Party

Halloween is just around the corner and everyone loves an excuse to dress up as their favorite superhero or movie character. Whether you’re throwing a party for your kids or you’re hoping to entertain some of your friends, you want to make sure that everyone has a great time. With theme parties, the options are almost endless. There are so many different themes, party games and party favors that it can take forever just to figure out what you want to do. Take a look below at 5 ideas for a fun Halloween party that will make the night memorable for everyone.

  1. Safe for kids and fun for adults. One thing that will definitely ruin any party is someone getting hurt. At Halloween parties, falling and tripping are particular dangers because the lights are often turned low to make it spookier. Make sure that people can see the floor or any steps and obstacles in your home. You can use well–placed electric lanterns and strings of lights so that people can always find their way.
  2. Keep the kitchen well–lit. You can definitely turn your home into a haunted house, but make sure there is a place for people to congregate, talk, eat and drink in the light. Everyone wants to enjoy all of your hard work with the decorations, but make sure your guests have light so they can see what they’re eating and drinking.
  3. Party games. There’s nothing like some fun party games to break the ice if there are unfamiliar faces and also to entertain the kiddos. One fun Halloween game is to use toilet paper and have a competition to see who can wrap their friend like a mummy the fastest. You could also tell ghost stories as well or even hold a pumpkin–carving contest.

Costume contest. There’s nothing like some friendly competition in order to bring out the best in people. If you want to make sure that everyone puts in some effort to their costumes, then a contest is a great idea. You can even have one contest for kids and one for adults.


Five Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Furnace

For many people, the sound of a furnace kicking on reminds them of the winter and a warm home. But while furnaces are regarded as one of the most efficient and consistent heating systems on the market, they will eventually break down and need to be replaced. Knowing when that time has come for your furnace can be difficult though. Take a look below to see some of the signs that indicate a need to replace your furnace rather than just repairing it.

  • Rattling. If your furnace makes a rattling noise, it could just be a loose part. But it could also be a cracked heat exchanger allowing carbon monoxide to leak into your home. (Your furnace’s heat exchanger is a long tube of metal that gets heated by the burner and warms the air coming into your home.) The exchanger is also responsible for removing all of the dangerous combustion gases from your home. If it gets cracked, it almost always needs to be replaced instead of repaired.
  • Rust. If your furnace is coupled with an air conditioner system, condensation from the AC can actually drip down onto the furnace. This usually happens when the condensate drain system gets clogged and overflows. The water often drips onto the heat exchanger and rusts it until a hole develops in the heat exchanger, necessitating replacement.
  • Inefficiency. As your furnace ages, it will start to deteriorate. Even if you get it serviced twice a year, time marches on and your furnace won’t be able to heat your home as well. If you start to notice an increase in your utility bill, you should probably call for repair or replacement. Your heating technician can tell you whether he or she can repair the system and improve its efficiency or if it’s time to start thinking about replacing it.
  • Frequent repair. Your furnace shouldn’t require that much professional attention except for some maintenance visits each year. If you have to call for repairs on a regular basis, you may be better off spending that money on a new system.
  • Age. Age can be a very important determining factor in whether or not you decide to replace your furnace. You don’t always have to wait until your furnace is completely dead in order to consider replacing it. As your furnace ages, it will likely develop several of the issues listed above. You could save yourself a lot of headaches by replacing it early.

Whenever you detect any problems with your furnace, make sure that a professional performs any replacements and installations. Also, be sure to call early when you notice any problems so that you can keep them from developing into larger, more costly issues.