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The holidays are on their way, and with them, travel plans for many people. Going out of town for any extended period of time requires some preparation in your home prior to leaving, to ensure that damage or theft does not occur while you are away. While some preparations are obvious, such as unplugging household appliances or making sure that your windows and doors are securely locked, there are other very important precautions that you should take to prevent unwanted damage to your home from happening while you are gone.
Fall brings colder weather, and with it, changes in how you set and maintain your thermostat. While warmer months require higher settings to save energy and stay comfortable, the cooler temperatures associated with the fall have a different set of needs. What is the best temperature to set your thermostat for the fall?
Winter is on its way, and with it colder weather. The change in temperature also brings a change in humidity. Your air conditioner keeps your home cool and comfortable by dehumidifying it during the summer months. Reducing the high humidity discourages dampness and mold from growing. Your furnace will also dry out the air as it is heated and then distributed to your home. However, winter air is already dry. Drying it out further creates air that is not humid enough for your home and your health.
Chances are, if you own a home, you have had a leak in your plumbing at one point or another. Whether it is a leaking toilet or faucet, there is nothing more frustrating that having a plumbing problem that needs to fixed urgently that is causing damage to your home as each moment goes by. You can avoid such situations with annual plumbing inspections in your home. In addition to preventing damage to your home caused by leaking water, you can also avoid the frustration and expense associated with emergency repairs.
A residential HVAC system is made of many different parts, all of which contribute to the comfort levels and energy efficiency of a home. Many homeowners focus mostly on the actual furnace and air conditioner units when making choices about improving efficiency or comfort. What many homeowners do not realize is that their ductwork is just as important a consideration when addressing their home’s energy use and efficiency.
Did you know that toilets are a main source of water use in your home? The EPA estimates that nearly 30 percent of water use in a home comes from toilets. They also estimate that toilets are a major source of wasted water in homes because of small, undetected leaks and because older models are usually very inefficient.
The Department of Energy estimates that heating and cooling a home accounts for approximately 50 to 70 percent of the home’s total energy costs, making it the single largest consumption of energy in your house. A poorly insulated home can not only make your living space less comfortable, but also cost you money. SSI’s residential HVAC professionals know how important it is to not only have properly working air-conditioners and furnaces, but also well insulated homes for those units to work in.
Cooler weather is on the way as fall approaches, and the change in season creates changes in your home as much as it does in the weather. Fall is a great time to prepare your home for the upcoming cold winter months. At SSI, we understand many of the issues that confront a homeowner as weather changes. Here are a few tips to help get your home ready:
If you own a home, chances are you have had to have a clogged drain cleared by a professional plumber at one point or another. Areas of your home, such as the kitchen and bathroom, are points where materials regularly enter the plumbing system and can become trapped. SSI’s plumbing company services regularly handle such clogs and are always available to you should you encounter a problem that can not be solved with simple measures.
Owning a home is a wonderful experience, however it can present its own set of challenges at times. While it is necessary to perform regular maintenance on your property, there are some repairs that you should not do on your own. Often, when it comes to plumbing, it is best if you leave it to the professionals.
Unclogging a drain is a great DIY project however anything more than that it is time to call the experts.