Protecting Your Pipes from Freezing

The cold snap that we have had in Florida has brought some frigid temperatures, mainly to north Florida. Freezing temperatures for even a couple of hours can cause serious problems for homeowners. Here’s what you should do to prevent that from happening.

As a general rule, temperatures outside must drop to at least 20 degrees or lower to cause pipes to freeze. In southern states such as Florida, the pipes in many Florida homes can freeze when the temperature drops to below 30 degrees. Places from Ocala northward have been experiencing these types of temperatures. Also, where in northern counties, where the temperatures can fall below freezing during cold snaps, modern homes tend not to be well insulated as in the northeast to provide for extra protection.

Freezing pipes come with a hefty price tag, according to Robert Yoder of Romark AC & Plumbing. Yoder says the best way to combat this is when the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet. Running water through the pipe – even at a trickle – can help prevent pipes from freezing. Also, keep the thermostat inside the house set to the same temperature both during the Continue reading

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Why HVAC Maintenance is Important for Your Home

Why regular air conditioner maintenance is important?

HVAC maintenance is an aspect of home ownership that many homeowners don’t think about much, but the HVAC system in your house is responsible for keep you warm in the winter, and cool in the summer. Keeping it in peak running condition certainly makes life easier.

Heating and ventilation are of utmost importance in both homes and office buildings. That’s why we employ the help of HVAC systems. Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems function to maintain the comfort and safety of building occupants. An HVAC unit that is running efficiently, as well as a home that is properly insulated, means less money spent on electricity, heating and cooling costs. HVAC maintenance is also important to prevent the need formajor repairs or entire replacements.

Not only will doing this save you money by using less energy, but HVAC maintenance also allows your home’s system to better maintain a desirable temperature. An air conditioner’s filters, coils, and fins require regular maintenance for the unit to function effectively and efficiently throughout its years of service. Neglecting necessary maintenance ensures a steady decline in air conditioning performance while energy use steadily increases.

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8 DIY HVAC Maintenance Tips

If you are one of those people that does not like to call a professional for an HVAC tune up, then here are some DIY tips that you can do to keep your HVAC system up and running for a long time:

  1. Schedule a monthly cleaning routine for your air filters. Your HVAC system will have one air filter located at the point where the air return vent connects to the forced air furnace. Remove the filter and inspect it. If it is visibly dirty, it should be replaced or cleaned. Bear in mind that filters that may not appear dirty on the surface, may be plugging with debris in areas you can’t see, receding their effectiveness. Some filters may be type that can be cleaned, but most often these filters are disposable. A dirty filter can be replaced with a new clean one. A new filter will reduce the wear and tear of the system itself. Cleaning or replacing the air filter will allow uncontaminated air to circulate throughout your home, helping you breathe easier.
  2. With heat pumps you can switch the air filter that is present in the air handler. Since there are many different kinds of air Continue reading

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