Cold weather has officially arrived! Your furnace will begin working extremely hard to keep you and your family comfortable and safe this winter. One piece of advice that unfortunately many people don’t heed is this. As soon as you spot a potential issue with your system, schedule a service call. Many people tend to wait until the problem completely disables their furnace before they give us a call. Quite often that is in the middle of the night or during our peak service times when the wait times can be rather long.
The moment your system starts making that strange noise, that weird light starts flashing, or you smell something that doesn’t seem normal, call us! We should be able to get there quickly and possibly even save you some stress and money on a less expensive repair.
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.
If your home is all electric and you heat your home with a heat pump, we have something that may be of interest to you. One of our manufactures has introduced an incredible new heat pump system. This unit uses a special type of inverter compressor technology that can produce incredible amounts of heat in amazingly cold temperatures. This system operates very well even when the temperature drops into the single digits. If you heat with electric then you know that when the auxiliary heat (heat strip) kicks on, your electric bill kicks way up with it. This new heat pump can keep that auxiliary heat strip off much longer saving you a ton of money. This new heat pump can also be paired with a gas furnace which can save you big money on your gas bill too.
Give us a call or click here to schedule a free in-home consultation or more information about this incredible system.
As a homeowner you should always make sure the filter is regularly changed. When you purchase a filter, the manufacturer’s instructions include a recommendation for how often it should be changed. Filters can become clogged much sooner than that recommendation depending on factors in the home, such as excessive dust, pet hair, or cigarette smoke. Keep an eye on the filter and change it when it appears to be clogged or dirty, even if it’s before the recommended date. And remember to always aim the arrow on your filter at the furnace.
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