Archive: Heating

Frozen pipes?

Some helpful tips to prevent them in the first place Water expands as it freezes. This expansion puts tremendous pressure on whatever is containing it, including metal or plastic pipes. No matter the strength of a container, expanding water will most ... Read More

It’s cold out!

It's the first real taste of winter this season.  Be sure to do these things to make sure it isn't bitter. For the latter part of 2015, there were some who were wondering if we would ever have anything like a ... Read More

Seasonal Tips for Spring

Spring is finally here and it’s time to make some quick checks around the house .. Here are some quick and immediate plumbing tips for you to consider as the weather starts to warm. Plumbing When turning on water valves for the ... Read More

Seasonal Tips for Autumn

Plumbing Be sure to disconnect all hoses from outside faucets. A connected hose can prevent proper drainage from the faucet and may freeze and damage the faucet. If you have an outside faucet that is not a frost-proof faucet, be sure to ... Read More

Seasonal Tips for Summer

Plumbing Do you find yourself running out of hot water? Check the date of manufacture on your water heater. This can be found on a label on the unit. Typically the first four numbers of the serial number are the month ... Read More

Seasonal Tips for Spring

Plumbing When turning on water valves for the first time after the cold season is over, check for any leaks that may result from a pipe that may have had some leftover water in it that froze. Also check for leaks ... Read More

Vacation Tips for Your Home

You can easily overlook your support systems when going away for a weekend, vacation, or extended period of time.  If something happens while you’re away, you’ll come home to a nightmare and regret that you weren't better prepared. To make sure ... Read More

Seasonal Tips for Winter

Plumbing Do you have trouble with pipes freezing? Turn a faucet on to a slow trickle on an especially cold night to aid in keeping it from freezing solid. If you anticipate freezing problems or you have time in advance, try ... Read More

Easy Tips to Cut Your Home Energy Bill This Winter

While the first official day of winter hasn't arrived yet, for many areas of the nation one look out the window would suggest otherwise.  The snow and ice has us thinking how cold it is and that we might be ... Read More

Do you care about your Indoor Air Quality?

February is sometimes known as "National Care About Your Indoor Air" Month   We hear it in the news all of the time.  More and more instances of asthma and other respiratory irritations and illnesses.  Skin irritations.  Flu bugs and other communicable ... Read More

Do you have a steam heating system?

Here are 15 tips to peak performance. Compliments of Contractor Magazine. With energy costs at record levels, efficiency is on the minds of homeowners, and contractors are being asked to bring utility bills down. However, there are not as many contractors out ... Read More

Could This Happen To You?

Be sure to check your home heating system and that you have working CO detectors. It's that time of year again.  An article in the Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era (11/20/12) reported a situation that could have ended tragically. A family’s heating system was ... Read More

May is Allergy Awareness Month

May is considered by many to be the peak time for allergy and asthma sufferers This year, symptoms are especially bad for many in our country, due to an unseasonably warm winter for 2011-2012. Who out there doesn’t know someone ... Read More

Safety Note – A check for your home’s heating system

An article in the Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era (10/4/11) noted a potentially deadly situation. A family’s heating system/chimney was not working properly.  The carbon monoxide level in the home had reached a deadly level; fortunately the family had a carbon monoxide detector that alerted them to the odorless silent ... Read More

Consider replacing traditional thermostats with programmable ones.

According to ENERGY STAR, the average household spends $2,200.00 a year on energy bills and could save $180.00 a year by using a programmable thermostat to maintain proper heating and cooling settings.  This one's a no-brainer, so before the winter ... Read More