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PATCH
Independent Home Inspections, LLC
Serving Columbus and Central Ohio

Rick A. Harrington

(614) 565-4962
(614) 768-1190 fax
rick@patchhomeinspections.com

Home Inspections
Thermal Imaging (Infrared)
Indoor Air Quality & Mold Sampling
Radon and pest inspections
Contact us for all your Columbus Ohio Home Inspection needs.


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Winter Fire Safety (12/3/2013)

Should you Fertilize in November? (11/5/2013)

10 Common Household Leaks You Can Prevent (10/1/2013) 

Non-Toxic Paints (9/4/2013)

How to Treat Your Sun Scorched Lawn (8/7/2013) 

Shrubbery, Trees and Unintended Consequences (7/2/2013) 

Some Things to Check for the Summer (6/5/2013)

Do You Know Where Your Emergency Shutoffs Are? (5/7/2013)

Big Predictions for Housing for Next 2 Years (4/2/2013) 

Meet the New Super Toilets (3/5/2013) 

Don’t Forget to Turn off the Water (2/5/2013) 

Five New Year's Resolutions for Your Home (1/8/2013)
 
Winter Holiday Safety Tips (12/4/2012) 

Roofing: Prewinter Check Up (11/6/2012)
 
Which Smoke Detectors are Best: Ionization or Photoelectric? (10/2/2012)

Mastering Basic Home Repairs (9/5/2012)

Hints for August Home Maintenance (8/7/2012)

July Home Maintenance Hints (7/9/2012)

10 Ways to Turn off a Homebuyer (6/6/2012) 

3 Housing Trends Emerging This Spring (5/2/2012) 

10 Tips for Hiring a Contractor (4/6/2012)

Eek! There’s a Mouse in the House (3/6/2012) 

Six Worst Home Fixes for the Money (2/8/2012)

10 Things That Make Your Home a Target for Thieves (1/3/2012)

How to Select the Proper Electrical Extension Cord (12/6/2011)
 
Emergency Utility Shutoffs (11/2/2011)

Don't Confuse a Repair with an Improvement (10/5/2011)

Five Dirt-Cheap Kitchen Upgrades that Pay (9/6/2011)

The Dibble, Humanity's First Garden Tool (8/3/2011)
 
Five Gadgets for Warding off Burglars (7/6/2011)

Things That Look Like Foundation Problems - But Aren't (6/7/2011)

10 Home Renovations that Don't Necessarily Add Value (5/3/2011)

Five Things That Can't Be Trashed or Recycled (4/6/2011) 

Home Maintenance Tips for Spring (3/1/2011)

How to Ruin Your Expensive Appliances (2/1/2011)

10 Mistakes People Make with Heat (1/5/2011)
 
Winter Holidays Safety (12/7/2010)

10 Toughest Things to Get Rid Of (11/2/2010)

Does home ownership matter? (10/5/2010)

Not-So-Hot Can Save a Lot (9/8/2010) 

Who Would Have Thought Vinegar Was so Handy? (8/3/2010) 

10 Ways to Reduce Your Summer Utility Bills (7/6/2010)

Check Ceiling Fan Rotation Direction (6/2/2010)

Six Ways to Unclog a Tub Drain (5/4/2010) 

Some Suggested April Home Maintenance Things To Do (4/6/2010)

How Long Should an Appliance Last? (3/2/2010) 

Creaky Wooden Staircase? (2/1/2010)

Creative Storage Solutions (1/5/2010)
 
Easy December Home Maintenance Hints (12/1/2009)

How to Remove a Grease Spot from Microfiber (11/4/2009)

Consensus: Don't Use CFLs in Garage Door Openers (10/6/2009) 

Home Maintenance Tasks for September - Winter's Coming (9/2/2009)

Easy Home Maintenance Tasks for August (8/4/2009)
 
Is a Tankless Water Heater for You? (7/8/2009)

The Best Ways to Clean Remote Controls (6/2/2009)

Radon - Lung Cancer: It’s Not Just from Smoking! (5/5/2009)

Five Things That Can't Be Trashed or Recycled (4/7/2009)

Don't Let Your Pet Kill You in an Accident (3/3/2009) 

The Dangers of Carbon Monoxide (2/4/2009)

What's In, What's Out with Home Buyers in 2009? (1/5/2009)

Do Your Granite Countertops Emit Radon? (12/3/2008)

Tree Damage: Trim Your Risk (11/4/2008) 

October is a Great Month for Projects! (10/8/2008)

Fall Maintenance Tips for Your Home (9/2/2008) 

Is Your Indoor Air More Polluted Than Your Outdoor Air? (8/5/2008) 

Could Your Furniture be Held for Ransom? (7/8/2008) 

It's Not Possible to Spoil Your Honey (6/3/2008) 

The Truth About Compact Florescent Bulb Fire Safety (5/5/2008)
 
Famous April Fools Pranks (3/30/2008)

Using Alternative Power Sources in Your Home (3/3/2008)

The Chilling Danger of Carbon Monoxide (2/4/2008) 

Home Technology Predictions (1/5/2008)

Holiday Home Safety Check Lists (12/2/2007)
 
How To Deal With Ghosting Doors (11/4/2007)
 
How to Survive Anything Mother Nature Throws at You (9/27/2007)

These Tips Could Save The Lives of Kids and Pets (9/2/2007)

100 Disaster Items You Need to Have - Find Out More (8/5/2007)

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April 2007 HomeHints eNews Volume 3 Issue 4 (4/2/2007)

March 2007 HomeHints eNews Volume 3 Issue 3 (3/5/2007)

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January 2007 HomeHints eNews Volume 3 Issue 1 (1/4/2007)

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July 2006 HomeHints eNews - Volume 2, Issue 7 (7/9/2006)
 
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Are You Prepared for These Emergencies? (5/1/2006) 


Is there a better time to run the clothes dryer?

A typical dryer exhaust 300 to 500 cubic foot of air per minute from the vent. This air is extracted from the home through vents in the dryer, heated and then circulated through the dryer cavity.   This air is coming from inside the home that has been conditioned (heated in the winter and cooled in the summer) to the desired temperature inside the home.

For example in the summer time - if the house is conditioned to 72 degrees, and the outside air is 85 degrees at noon, then the dryer is drawing the 72 degree air into the dryer, using it to dry the clothes and then exhausting it outside the house through the exterior vent. The house is equalizing the inside/outside pressure and drawing air in every tiny opening from the exterior at 85 degrees at noon.   While at 8am or 8pm it's 75 degrees outside.  

The AC will need to run more to cool the 85 degree air at noon then the 75 degree air at 8am or 8pm. 

So in review it's better to dry clothes in the summer in the cooler parts of the day and in the winter during the warmer parts of the day (to keep the furnace from running more).

NOTE - It is unsafe to dry clothes when asleep or when no one is home.