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Housekeeping Tricks Part Two

 Your shoestring budget doesn't have to affect the cleanliness of your library or the safety and efficiency of your heating system.

A tidy workplace reduces the opportunity for accidents and illness, and prevents wasted energy. Did you know that a messy working environment contributes to unsafe work practices, and  undesirable incidents within the library? Did you also know that good housekeeping is a cornerstone of efficiency and maintenance standards?

 Good housekeeping helps you 

  • manage and maintain your library property and equipment; 
  • keep up on your inventory;
  • weed effectively; 
  • cut down on time spent searching for an item; 
  • improve productivity and moral;
  • eliminate accidents and fire hazards;
  • provide the best use of space;
  • control property damage;
  • reduce cleanup;
  • and improve your library's appearance and air quality.

Although funds may be scarce for housekeeping in your rural library, you need to establish a housekeeping program to protect the assets you have. And, you may need some easy solutions to every day problems that won't break the bank. Here are just a few that will get you started:

You Should Be Cleaning Your Heating System! 

No matter what the age of your furnace, you can improve energy efficiency by keeping it in good working order. With a few simple furnace maintenance tasks, you can ensure peak performance, reduce service calls, and prolong the life of the furnace.

Seriously consider a service contract that includes an annual inspection of your furnace. The technician should check electrical connections, wiring, and gas piping for deterioration and leaks, as well. 

If you have a forced-air system, make sure you change or wash the air filter regularly. A dirty filter will prevent proper air flow, which can cause air-born illness, and cause obstructions making a fire hazard.

Make sure the filter fits your heating unit. It should occupy the entire filter cavity and prevent air from bypassing it. 

Vacuum the outside of the furnace or heat pump once every month.  

If you have radiators, clean regularly to keep them at their optimal operating efficiency. This will be a great help to you if you are working in an older building.  

Despite the improved efficiency and comfort of most new furnaces, it is generally more cost-effective to repair a furnace than to replace it. The average furnace typically lasts about 18 years if maintained. 

Keep a schedule handy and refer to it regularly to keep abreast of this needed chore.

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Remembering the Old Home Place of Rural Appalachia

Remembering the Old Home Place of Rural Appalachia
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