This holiday season, as you’re decorating the home and gathering friends and family for a feast, don’t forget to take care of your home’s most important systems. The holidays are tough without a working garbage disposal, heating system, or piping system, and you should do everything in your power to keep these afloat for a joyous, stress-free season.
Prevent Pipes from Freezing
Broken pipes can be a disaster as temperatures go up and down. Water expands when it freezes, so exposed piping can balloon up and break, flooding your house and costing you money. Insulate any and all exposed piping, and make sure the heat is able to reach the whole home. Don’t block off vents around the house, and open up doors and cupboards to increase airflow.
Complete Routine HVAC Maintenance Tasks
This includes changing the filter each month, so that dirt and debris in the filter does not block air from moving through. In addition, you should call a professional technician for a heating system tune-up each and every year. If you haven’t done so already, track down a local technician today! Routine heating maintenance helps to improve efficiency and prevent furnace and boiler breakdowns.
Turn Down the Temperature
Want to help your heating system work for longer? Turn down the temperature! There really is no reason to set the thermostat higher than you need it. It won’t heat the house any faster, and the house only ends up hotter than is comfortable. The Energy Department recommends a temperature of about 68° for maximum efficiency, and you may be surprised at the energy savings. Plus, your heating system is less likely to get overworked.
Talk to Your Kids
If you get a chance, remind kids in the home not to put trash down drains or down the toilets. It’s a short conversation that can save you a lot of stress in the long run. With extra people in the home, it’s easy for drains to get backed up, but it helps when everyone knows what is acceptable for the drains and toilets and what is not.
Get in touch with Evans Plumbing Inc for all of your heating and plumbing needs this holiday season in Ketchum, ID or the nearby areas.