Why You Need A Furnace Tune Up
Fall is here and winter is not far behind. It’s
time to think about how you’re going to keep warm this winter without breaking
The main thing is to have your furnace checked and tuned. Whether electric,
propane, gas or a heat pump.
Do this early before the cold spells hit. If you wait until your area’s first
arctic blast you may have to wait several weeks, yes weeks until there is a
technician able come out to your home.
Have A Plumbing Emergency?
Almost everyone who lives in a house with
plumbing, at some point of time, has had plumbing emergencies. These could range
from a simple leaky faucet in your kitchen to ankle deep water in your bedroom,
to clogged drains, leaky pipes, malfunctioning water heaters.
To prevent such problems and keep the home running smoothly, the one thing we
all need is information on plumbers or companies who specialize in dealing with
such emergencies. These are the people who will provide quick and efficient
service when needed.
10 Cheap Ways To Cut Your Heating
When you received an energy (heating)
bill last winter, were you afraid to open it? Granted that we have a home with a
lot of really big windows, but we saw energy bills last winter in the hundreds
of dollars. Your bill probably wasn’t that bad but I’m guessing that it was a
lot higher than you would have liked.
The good news is that there are some inexpensive things you can do to cut that
cost. Here are 10 of them.
1. If you have a fireplace, be sure to keep the damper closed. You can lose up
to 5 percent of your heat if your damper is open when the fireplace is not in
2. Keep your furnace filter clean. Replace it at least once a month during
heating season. This alone can cut your heating costs by as much as 5 percent.
3. Be sure to keep inside doors open to improve heat circulation. This will help
the efficiency of your heating system.
4. Lower the setting on your thermostat. If you can reduce your daytime indoor
thermostat temperature from 72 to 68 degrees, you should save about 5 per- cent
during the heating season.
5. If your hot water pipes and water heater are warm to the touch, insulate
them. This will reduce heat loss and water heating costs.
6. Every minute you cut from your shower saves three gallons of water and the
energy required to heat it.
7. Install compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs. Over the life of just one of these
bulbs, you’ll save about $15. Use just a handful of these around your home and
you could notice a difference in your energy bill.
8. Motion detectors put light where you want it, when you want it, for brief
periods of time. They provide safety and security for you and your property, but
require much less energy since they are on only when you need them.
9.Be sure to check for cold air leaks at doors and windows. If you have a
question as to whether or not they are leaking cold air, light a match and hold
it at the bottom of the window or door. You should be able to see very quickly
if there is a draft.
10. Apply weather stripping around any doors that are leaking air, and caulk
around all your windows. Weather stripping can be purchased from just about any
hardware store, as well as stores like Home Deport and Lowe’s.