Here are some winter home preparation tips that could prevent a plumbing disaster when the temperatures start plummeting.
1. Remove all your garden hoses from spigots and store away
2. Shut off water to outside spigots where possible
3. Close crawl space foundation vents
4. Seal air leaks at the perimeter of your home
5. Check the condition of your insulation and weather-stripping
6. Check the condition of all pipe insulation
7. Plug in your heat tape and make sure it is functional
This list is by no means all-inclusive but it is a great place to start. Also, test all Smoke and Carbon monoxide detectors. Replace their batteries and remember that if the detector is older than five years, chances are you need to throw it away and get yourself a new one.
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During the summer months a ceiling fan should be blowing straight down (blades turning counter-clockwise) to help cool you off via a wind chill effect. Fan speed should be on medium or high.
During the winter months the fan speed should be set to low and reversed (blades turning clockwise) to help draw room air up towards the ceiling and force the warm air out and down.
A ceiling fan is just like a light, it won’t do you much good if you are not in the room so make sure you turn it off if you are leaving the room for any length of time.
Moisture and excess humidity in your home can cause irreversible damage to your home, and even worse may put your health at risk. We have a solution! Our dehumidifier will drastically outperform the ones you buy in the store. On average ours removes 2 ½ more gallons of water per day than the average portable. When you control the humidity in your home you will feel cooler allowing you to raise the temperature inside your home by a degree or two which can save you money on the electric bill as well.
One of the best things you can do for your and your home’s health is to control the indoor humidity.
The performance of the air conditioner depends on efficient outdoor heat dispersal, which relies upon adequate air circulation into and out of the condenser coil. Nearby walls, fences or vegetation may interfere with the free flow of air into the unit. Decks or other overhanging structures above the unit may hinder the dispersal of exhausted air. These can degrade the air conditioner’s performance and efficiency and even affect its service life. Allow 1 to 3 feet of open horizontal space next to intake grilles of the outdoor unit to allow optimum air intake. To avoid excessive heat buildup inside the condenser coil and ensure proper heat dispersal, leave 4 to 6 feet of vertical clearance above the unit.
The top things you can do in this hot weather to help your air conditioner keep you comfortable. (In no particular order)
- Keep window blinds closed as much as possible
- Keep windows closed. Opening windows in the evening just allows the humidity in the home to build back up
- Turn off the lights when leaving the room
- Check your home’s insulation. Especially in the attic
- Change your filter
- Get the a/c system serviced and cleaned
- Get a programmable thermostat (avoid wide temperature swings however)
- Wear light clothing around the house
- Reduce the temperatures of your baths and showers
- Make sure your attic has adequate ventilation
Now that it’s hotter outside, it’s normal for a central air conditioner to run without cycling on and off as often. Also, running with fewer cycles (turning on and off) is not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, running longer can be positive because it: Helps dehumidify your home, and can decrease wear and tear on your system from less starting and stopping. Ask yourself this: Are you staying comfortable? (home is reaching thermostat temp on very hot days and airflow from vents is normal) Are your energy bills about the same as they were last year? If you answered yes to these, there’s probably not a problem.