Summer is almost over. That means fall, which means cold, which means all sorts of temperature changes and humidity differences for you to prepare for. Have you called a skilled plumber to take a look at your furnace or air conditioning system? It’s not just a chore for you to mark off your calendar. It’s a way to increase the efficiency of your home, reduce your energy bill and keep you raring to go no matter how the seasons dip and change. Commercial plumbing is able to tackle all sorts of problems, meaning a minor check-up could shed light on issues you didn’t even know about.
Do you have a furnace? Then you’re already familiar with the basic maintenance that goes into maintaining these robust yet old-fashioned heating methods. Furnaces with AFUE ratings between 90% to 95% are considered high efficiency by most standards — although they cost more up front, they can save you a lot of money over time without sacrificing efficiency. Whether or not you should install a new system depends on how old yours is and whether or not it’s doing its job.
For those that have standard air conditioning, you’ll be interested to know about all the ways you could be losing money bit-by-bit over the months. Most air conditioning units last between 10 to 15 years. That doesn’t mean you should put off seeing a commercial electrical service. Heating and cooling account for an impressive 48% (that’s nearly half) of the energy use in the average American home. Air conditioning filters should be changed every one to three months, preferably by a professional.
Your faucet should be double-checked once it starts getting cold, as the fall and winter months mean frozen pipes and all sorts of irritating occurrences that you don’t need during the work week. A leaky faucet that drips at a mere rate of one drip per second can waste a stunning 3,000 gallons per year. For comparison, that’s the same amount of water needed to take around 180 showers. As you can likely imagine, this could wreak havoc on your water bill. Let a skilled plumber sort it out before it gets chilly.
For those that feel like doing a little remodeling, there are more options than you can shake a stick at. According to a survey conducted by the National Association Of Home Builders, bathroom remodeling is the most requested job by a landslide in the United States. Adding a new counter, installing backsplash tiles or building a cabinet are popular choices. For those that want efficiency with style? You can’t go wrong with a faucet repair.
Heating, cooling and water are the most frequently used creature comforts outside of electricity. This means you want to be smart about how you use your energy and direct it toward the daily necessities of warming, cooling, washing and cooking. Let a skilled plumber give your home a check-up and direct you toward saving money this year. They can figure out if your air filters need changing or your faucet is leaking, saving you the trouble of a high energy bill and putting more money back in your hands. How’s that for preparation?
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