Summer heat is upon us here in Massachusetts. The air conditioning is running constantly, driving up your energy costs. You may even be dreading opening up your next electric bill. Use these energy-saving tips for air conditioning systems to keep your bills down this summer.
Keep Those Cooling Costs Down
These tips will help you keep your electric bills reasonable during the hot summer.
An annual service visit will keep the A/C running efficiently and smoothly. The HVAC technician will service and tune the system while inspecting it for any necessary repairs. Regular service prolongs the life of the system and also cuts down on repair costs.
Air filters keep dust and debris out of the inside of the air conditioner. If the air filters get clogged, the A/C will have to work harder to keep your home cool. That is why it is important to change the air filters at least once a month during the cooling season.
A programmable thermostat will maximize the efficiency of your A/C. You set the thermostat to cool down when you are home. When you are not home, the thermostat will allow the house to warm up a few degrees. This helps lower your cooling bills without you needing to remember to turn the thermostat up or down.
Use window treatments to block direct sunlight. The heat that comes from the sun causes your home to warm up. If you use insulated drapes or shades, that heat is blocked from entering your home. The A/C doesn’t have to work as hard to keep your home comfortable.
Use ceiling fans to move the air around. Ceiling fans do not decrease the actual temperature in the room. However, they do make the room feel cooler to a person standing in it. This allows you to turn your A/C to a higher temperature and cut your energy use.
What if the toilet won’t stop running? Do you know how to clean a sink trap? These are common plumbing problems that most homeowners can fix. Of course, some jobs are best left to the professionals. Use these basic plumbing tips for homeowners to know when you can do the work and when to call a plumber.
Turning the water off. If you have a dripping faucet or an overflowing toilet, the first thing you need to do is turn off the water. Most faucets are connected to water supply lines that have a shutoff valve. The toilet also has a shutoff valve at its base. If you have a major leak happening, you need to shut the water off at the main.
Stopping the toilet from running. The water valve never shuts off. Check that the flapper at the bottom of the toilet tank is closing and sealing properly. The water level may also be set incorrectly. Simple adjustments to the tank mechanisms may be enough.
Cleaning the sink trap. Most of these traps come with simple twist connectors that you can remove easily. Be sure to have a bucket on hand to catch the water coming out the trap. Remove the joint, clean it out, and replace it.
Stopping a pipe leak temporarily. You called the plumber, but it will be a while before he gets there. How do you stop the leak? Cut off the shut-off valve to the house. Get a piece of rubber and wrap it around the leak. Use hose clamps or sleeve clamps to hold it in place. Put a bucket underneath to catch any drips.
Calling a plumber. If you tried to fix a plumbing problem and it comes back again, the smart thing to do is call in a professional.
Do you have a clogged drain? Is there a pipe leaking? Then you need a plumber. While you may be able to fix some minor problems on your own, there are certain benefits of hiring a professional plumber that cannot be ignored.
Here are five benefits you will get with professional plumbing services:
Get quick, effective service, any time of day or night. Plumbing failures can happen at any time. You need to get the leak fixed or that drain unclogged quickly to prevent damage and smelly back-ups. A good plumber is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Make sure a simple problem does not turn into a major one. It may appear that you have a simple leak. However, that simple leak may be just the first sign of a major problem. A professional plumber can fix the obvious problem and make sure it does not turn into something worse. They can also handle complicated problems that can be too much for an average DIY’er.
Ensure you get the right parts. Plumbers know which parts should be used in each situation. They know where to get the odd parts that may not be available from your local home improvement store. If a part is no longer made, they know what parts can be swapped out safely.
Get advice on improving your home’s plumbing. If you live in an older home, you may have had ongoing issues with your current plumbing set-up. Pipes are failing. Drains are slow. The water heater is costing you a fortune. A good plumber can give you advice on what plumbing upgrades you should make.
Find someone you can rely on in an emergency. Once you have a good relationship established with a plumber, you can call him without any hesitation. This relationship will serve you well for many years.
The benefits of hiring a professional plumber are well worth the investment into your home. If you need professional plumbing services, call us here at Rodenhiser Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning. We serve the Route 495/128 area of Massachusetts.
Because it’s colorless and odorless, poisonous carbon monoxide (CO) gas can kill without warning. CO detectors are vital to protect the health of your family, but just like any important part of your home’s safety, these detectors can malfunction from time to time, and their batteries can run low. Because of this, testing carbon monoxide detectors is an important step in protecting your Massachusetts home and your family’s safety.
Do you suffer from a stuffy nose or itchy, watery eyes even when spending time indoors? If you have indoor allergies, take a few steps to allergy-proof your home and help you breathe easier year round.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) consider a geothermal heat pump (GHP) the most energy efficient form of heating and cooling available. GHPs achieve such efficiency by exchanging heat underground or with a body of water, and other than the electricity to run them, they use no other energy source. Their advantages may help you decide if this system is right for your home and family.
Are foul smells emanating from the basement? Sump pump odors are telling you something’s wrong. A sump pump is an essential safeguard against flooding from interior or external sources. Situated in a covered basin in the floor, the pump may be activated by groundwater rising up from below the foundation, by an inundation due to a ruptured pipe in the house above or floodwater entering from outdoors.
Troubleshooting low water pressure is a DIY-friendly process that may help you resolve the problem yourself or simply describe it more accurately when you consult a professional plumber. Low water pressure usually doesn’t become an issue until household pressure drops below about 40 psi. At that point, symptoms such as long fill times for washing machines and toilet tanks, and weak shower function become very noticeable.