As you see those expensive heating bills coming in during the fall and winter months, you may be wondering, what can I do about this? The answer is lots, and a lot of energy-saving measures are easy to do. Every little bit counts and you’ll see an impact on your heating bills.
Do an energy audit of your home to start, looking at areas that let warm air escape or let cold air in.
Your number one culprit for warm air escape is your windows. If you are in an older home, or if you have a large number of windows, you are very vulnerable. It’s easy to fix though. First, repair any cracks in the seals around the window with caulk.
Apply a film over top of the windows (you can tape it to the window frame, or apply it directly against the window pane itself). This is an effective barrier. Another trick is to install snugly fitting draperies and window treatments.
Although we tend to run the ceiling fan to keep cool when it is warm outside, keeping it going year round can help you save some cash on your heating bills by moving warm air around. If you have desktop or standalone fans, they work too. Conversely, try not to run the bathroom and kitchen fans, because they actually suck warm air out.
Block air from leaving through gaps between the exterior doors and the threshold by raising the threshold. An easy-to-apply adjustable threshold will do the trick.
You shouldn’t just seek the sun in the fall and winter for your daily dose of Vitamin D. Opening the curtains during the day lets the sun shine in- and lets you take advantage of some no-cost, very helpful solar power.
Would you leave the window wide open in the living room in January? Of course not. However, that’s what you are effectively doing when you leave your chimney flue open when you’re not using your fireplace.
Make sure that it is closed tightly. Similarly, for extra energy savings put a chimney pillow in, which will act as an inflatable plug, blocking hot air from escaping.
It’s the season to get your furnace tuned up. A professional will clean the components, look for damage, attend to the pilot light and change the air filter. All of these items are important in helping your furnace run efficiently.
Fall and winter heating bills draining your wallet? We’ve got lots of energy efficient tips and more. Contact our service professionals at Peterson Plumbing, In Grand Junction, CO, at Call us at (970)-399-7063.
Are you ready for winter? One area you shouldn’t forget about while preparing for the colder months is maintaining your home’s heating system before you begin using it every day.
This includes scheduling maintenance on your furnace from a qualified professional to ensure that there are no issues with your unit and that it will work reliably all season long.
Why should you invest in furnace maintenance this season? Keep reading to find out:
Most of us don’t need to use our furnaces during the warmer months, and while the warmer days are great they also mean that our furnaces have been inactive for months at a time and issues such as worn-out mechanical parts, will still be present as you begin using it again.
This makes it especially important to book furnace maintenance before you begin using your unit consistently so that a professional can ensure that it is working perfectly and no problems have crept up during the summer.
As the colder days set in, we will be using our furnaces more and more, which means that furnace maintenance is imperative to ensure that it will work reliably. There’s nothing worse than waking up or coming home during the middle of a cold snap to discover that your furnace has failed you!
A heating professional can tell you if your furnace has become compromised in some way, or has a crack which may begin leaking carbon monoxide into your home.
This gas is potentially lethal and is especially dangerous because it is colorless and odorless, which means that unless you have functioning carbon monoxide detectors (which should also be inspected and tested with the change of seasons), you may be putting your family at risk.
A furnace which has been well maintained will have to work less hard to heat the air in your home throughout the winter.
This is important to remember because a furnace which is breaking down or worn-out will attempt to overcompensate to deliver the same level of warm air that it once did, which can cause it to wear out faster.
Investing in annual furnace maintenance can dramatically extend the lifetime of your furnace by resolving smaller issues and performing repairs which may escalate into larger issues down the line.
Paying for scheduled annual maintenance is significantly cheaper than calling for emergency furnace repair and replacement in the middle of the winter when it matters most.
Not just that, but heating systems which are well-maintained work more efficiently and use less energy, which means that your monthly bills will be lower.
If you’re interested in scheduling a professional furnace maintenance appointment this fall, call Peterson Plumbing at 970-339-7063 for service in Grand Junction, CO and the surrounding area.
Have you been struggling to adequately cool your home during the summer months? If you’ve been noticing that when you walk from one room to another, or when you move between levels of your multi-storey residence, that there is a noticeable difference in temperature, then your HVAC system may be having problems evenly distributing cool, comfortable air throughout your home.
Suffering from uneven cooling isn’t just uncomfortable; it can also drive up your energy costs as your cooling system overworks to compensate for the uneven temperature, and it can cause your air conditioner to wear out and break down faster.
How can you reduce uneven cooling, keep your energy costs low, and minimize strain on your HVAC system? Read on to find out three easy ways:
Most homeowners rarely give their attic insulation a second thought, but it plays a vital role in temperature control inside your home. This is because insulation not only keeps outdoor air from getting into your home, but it prevents the air indoors from escaping out into the world.
This means that if you have inadequate amounts of insulation, or if your insulation isn’t the appropriate kind for use in your region, then it may be allowing valuable cool air to escape up through the roof of your home.
Your air ducts are the component of your home’s heating and cooling system which are responsible for transferring air throughout your home and from room to room. When this system works perfectly you can enjoy consistent and even temperatures throughout your home, but if it becomes compromised then you may begin experiencing issues with inconsistent temperatures.
Holes and tears in your air ducts can cause air to leak out into unwanted areas, resulting in uneven air distribution and forcing your system to work harder to produce consistent temperatures.
Zoning systems allow you to have complete control over different areas of your home, and provide you with the opportunity to create custom “zones” which can be heated or cooled independently of one another.
When installing your zoning system, be sure to discuss the appropriate zones with your cooling technician, as they can help you identify the rooms or areas of your home which may need special attention and their own “zones” to stay comfortable. For example, a zoning system allows you to keep bedrooms on the second storey of your home cooler and more comfortable for sleep than your basement.
For professional assistance with eliminating uneven cooling in your Grand Junction, CO home contact your local HVAC experts at Peterson Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling. We’re just a phone call away, so dial 970-399-7063 and enjoy the comfort that comes with cool, controlled indoor temperatures now.
As soon as spring arrives in your area, it is time for you to prepare a home for the hot summer months in order to remain comfortable without wasting money. With global warming, summer can become unbearably hot, and without adequate climate control equipment, you can suffer from dehydration or a heat stroke in your own home.
Our company recommends taking steps immediately to avoid needing to make an emergency telephone call to us on the hottest day of the year. In addition, if last year’s utility bills were too expensive, then it is time to have a high efficiency air conditioner installed.
If our customers have a window air conditioner, then we suggest taking off its protective cover to verify it is in good condition.
Dust off the coils, check the electrical cord and test the device to verify it is working correctly. After turning off the device, change or clean its air filter to help it work optimally.
For our customers who have a central air conditioner, we recommend checking the outdoor portion to make sure that nothing is covering the unit and that no surrounding plants are interfering with the fan’s blades. Inside a home, our customers must change an air conditioner’s filter and dust off the components.
Avoid touching any wires during the process, and put the cover back on the air conditioner before turning on the thermostat to verify that it is still functional. When a window or central air conditioner is making strange noises or will not start, call our company’s technicians for a repair immediately.
The venting system inside our customers’ homes is as important in the summer as it is in the winter, and we suggest using dust cloths and vacuum cleaners to remove debris from the vents to help cool air enter into each room.
Verify that vent covers are not closed to ensure climate-controlled air can flow adequately, and avoid placing these items over vents:
When vents are blocked, it makes an air conditioner work harder to keep a home cool because the ductwork is designed to maintain a building’s air circulation.
Homeowners will notice that there are hot or cool spots inside their home, and this leads to feeling uncomfortable while paying more for electricity.
Don’t make the mistake of adjusting the thermostat frequently to cope with cold or hot spots in a home because it wastes valuable energy and causes problems for an air conditioner’s mechanisms.
It is a good idea to open a home’s windows and doors in the spring to permit fresh air to enter and to enjoy cool breezes, but as the temperature outside increases, our customers want to turn on an air conditioner. While our clients may have added caulking and roll-on insulation around doors and windows in the autumn, the materials degrade during the winter.
To prevent loss of cool climate-controlled air in the summer, make sure to close and lock all windows to seal the devices securely. Add roll-on foam insulation or inject liquid caulking around windows and doors. Go outside your home to find holes and crevices in a building’s foundation or siding that require filling to prevent drafts. If your home has single-pane windows, then it is time to upgrade to new triple-pane windows that are made to keep climate-controlled air inside a building.
Spring is also an excellent time to add batting insulation to attics, crawl spaces and basements to reduce your electric bills each month. This is also the perfect season to have a home’s siding and roof replaced with newer materials that have better insulating properties.
When your home has a higher humidity level in the summer, it makes the entire building hotter, but our customers can use dehumidifying equipment to reduce the moisture in the air. It is possible to install a centralized dehumidifier to suction moisture from the incoming air, or a homeowner can use large freestanding or small portable dehumidifiers.
Using a dehumidifier in a home also helps to prevent mold growth in wall spaces, basements or attics. When our customers install dehumidifiers, they must make sure to empty the tanks of the smaller devices and change the filters to keep the devices in good condition.
If air circulation inside a home is an issue despite cleaning the venting systems, then consider installing ceiling fans or using portable fans to augment the air conditioner’s cool air. During the hottest part of the day, homeowners should close window blinds and drapes to keep rooms cooler.
When using a hot shower in the bathroom, make sure to use the exhaust fan for a few minutes to remove humidity that can increase an entire home’s temperature level. Homes that still feel too warm during the hot summer months need to have a modern high efficiency air conditioner installed to reduce the temperature.
To learn more about how to keep a home cooler in the summer in Grand Junction, CO call Peterson Plumbing at (970) 399-7063 today.
When you think plumbing, technology probably doesn’t come to mind. However, the reality is technology is at the center of the industry. Technology is constantly changing allowing us to provide you with better products that can also save you money in the end.
Many of the technological advances are “green based”. They’re not only good for your wallet, but they’re also good for the environment. For example, there are now dishwashers that recycle rinse water for the wash water. They’ve been predicted to save the average family roughly 700 gallons of water per year.
Lastly, have you heard about sprinkler systems that automatically shut off based on the weather report? There’s no reason to water your lawn on a rainy day. Let Mother Nature save you a few bucks!
Is your hot water heater working against you? While other people may be putting their money in the bank, you may be unintentionally stashing your cash in your old water heater tank. Storing hot water in an older water tank results in significant energy loss that comes right out of your pocket. In fact, the loss could account for as much as 14% of your average household energy budget.
Don’t pay to store water you’re not using. Get a tankless water heater that provides all of the amenities of the older models without the inefficient and unconditional use of energy. Now, you can put your extra money in the bank!
Talk to the experts at Peterson Plumbing about your options for upgrading your water heater. Don’t end up with the wrong kind of liquid asset.