By Middletown Plumbing & Heating, 2016-01-30
With today's big snow storm hitting the northeast, winter is definitely in full effect. These arctic temperatures will run through your body and your home. Everyone wants a warm and cozy house during the winter months; however it can be quite costly to keep your home toasty warm. With rising energy costs, everyone is looking for a way to keep costs down. Here are some hacks to keep your home's heating costs down.
1) Lower your home's heat settings during the night: Night time is often the coldest temperature of the day; coincidentally it's also the most expensive time to run your home's heating system. Determine when you and your family go to sleep. Make sure you have extra blankets to keep warm. If necessary invest in an electric blanket. Lower the temperature setting on your thermostat before bed. The reason why you can lower the temperature during the night is because when you are asleep your body will generate its own heat, thus you will not need as much heating. Plus you often sleep better when it's a little cooler.
2) Use Ceiling Fans: Ceiling fans are great during the hot summer months; but ceiling fans can also be a great resource to keep your heating costs down. Since hot air rises, by turning your ceiling fans to run in reverse, your ceiling fans can push down the warm air to ground level, keeping you nice and warm. This trick works especially well with tall ceilings. Do you have vaulted ceilings? This tip alone can save you hundreds of dollars every year.
3) No Shades on Windows: The sun is your source to tap into naturally free warmth during the winter. Make sure you keep your window blinds and shades open to allow the sunlight into your home. This is a great way to keep you house warm and lighten you home. Sunlight tends to not only brighten you house but your spirits as well.
4) Programmable Thermostat: Every heating system has a thermostat. This tool can literally save you thousands of dollars if used correctly. First make sure your thermostat can be programmed to turn on and off at any time. Determine your daily schedule (When you're home, and when you're away) Adjust your home's heating system to lower when no one's home and to turn on when your home. This is a great way to save you money.
5) Space Heaters: Space heaters can be used to your advantage, especially if you have a larger home. Instead of running your entire home's heating system heating every room, space heaters are a great option to heat the rooms that are only in use. This tip alone is great way to save some green during the winter months. Please make sure you read all directions to operate your space heater safely.
These five tips can keep you warm and save you money this winter season. With a little preparation you can stay toasty, and not worry about your home's heating bill. I would also recommend having a licensed heating companyvisit your home, to check your home's heating system to make sure it running efficiently.
By Middletown Plumbing & Heating, 2016-01-23
By Middletown Plumbing & Heating, 2016-01-22
Winter, it can be a beautiful time of year. The holidays, snow days, and food, all these things make you realize how wonderful winter can be. Unfortunately there is a side to winter many of us dread.
One in particular is frozen pipes. One minute you can be taking a nice shower, the next no water is coming out the shower head, and you still have shampoo in your hair. What can be done to prevent your water pipes from freezing? These simpletips can help you save time, money and of course headaches.
Here are some steps to prevent your water pipes from freezing:
1) Seal any and all air leaks that may reach your water pipes. This can prevent your water lines from freezing. Go to any big box home improvement store and you can buy various insulation materials perfect for the job.
2) Make sure your Water Meter box lid is closed at all times. This will prevent your water meter from freezing on those artic cold days. If your meter is missing it's lid or it is broken, make sure you report it with the appropriate authorities.
3) Make sure all outdoor faucets are turned to the "Off" position. Make sure any remaining water in a connecting water hose is drained properly and stored indoors for safe keeping. If there is a shut off valve on the inside of the home, close it. You can also buy insulated covers for your outdoor covers. These do a great job in protecting the unit in the winter months.
4) Even though you want to conserve as much water as possible, during the really cold winter days you may want to allow a small amount of water to drip from your faucets. This helps to minimize any risk of water freezing. This also helps prevent your water pipes from bursting. Ice can expand inside the pipe and burst your pipe. This creates big expensive problems.
5) Any water pipes that are next to an outdoor wall can also freeze. This goes for any water lines in the basement and garage. Wherever there are low temperatures in your building, you want to make sure these pipes are insulated too. You can also buy Heat Tape. This product can keep your pipes warm to prevent freezing.
6) Crawl spaces are often overlooked. Make sure to close all air vents. This is great way to prevent your plumbing from freezing. The cold air can wreak havoc on your plumbing.
Make sure you take these extra steps to save you time and money from frozen water pipes.
Now I know you may be asking "What if your water pipes are already frozen?"
Even with all the steps I mentioned previously, sometimes the cold weather can still freeze your pipes. I recommend contacting a local plumbing professional. A quality plumbing pro can save you big money. If you try to fix the problem yourself, you can make the situation much worse. Call a professional, they can save you money if you don't know what you are doing. If you are looking for a licensed plumber in Middletown, you know who to call.
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By Middletown Plumbing & Heating, 2016-01-15
At Middletown Plumbing & Heating, a question we constantly hear from customers is "How do I pick the right plumber?" We understand, and although we would love for you to always pick us for your plumbing needs, here are some tips to help you on the hunt for the best local plumber:
1) Deal with a Local Business - Noticed how we said best local plumber. Local businesses in general tend to offer better customer experience, and in case of any problems they generally do their best to make sure to fix it. They can't afford a bad reputation in their community. Large chain companies typically don't offer the same level of service nor do they have the commitment to the community as would a local plumbing business. Support your local business.
2) Plumber isLicensed - This is a given, make sure the company has the appropriate licenses to do the job correctly and will pass all inspections.
3) Online Reviews - We live in a world where everything is online. Be sure to do your research online to make sure the company you choose is right for the job
4) Word of Mouth - Although we live in this digital age, ask your neighbors, family members, and friends on who they used in the past for their plumbing needs
5) Call Them - Speak with someone. Ask yourself "Does this person sound professional?, Are they being clear with what services they offer?, Are they competitive? You can get a great feel for a business, just by talking to one of their helpful staff
6) Website - Even though most local business might not have a website, a good sign a business is reputable is if they have a fully functioning website. A website that clearly explains what services they offer. An email form is good. Also if they are quick to respond that is even better.
With these tips, it should make it much easier in picking a local plumbing professional. And if you have any questions or concerns, give us a call at 845-200-2351