Saving Energy this December

The weather has finally shifted and now it’s time to crank up your heat! But WAIT! If you’re planning on traveling this holiday season make sure you take some extra time to downgrade the energy use in your home.  Being energy conscious while you’re away is incredibly easy and can help save you extra money on your bill!

Save energy now, here’s how:

  • Lowering your thermostat can help save money and energy.  It’s recommended that you lower your thermostat to 60 degrees, but it really is a preference.  Bottom line is, why have the heat set at 72 degrees if you’re not around to need it?
  • If you turn your water heater to a lower setting (Or vacation setting if available) you can save quite a bit of energy by avoiding running your heater as usual.
  • If you’re concerned with the safety of your home on top of saving energy while you’re vacationing, try purchasing some light timers.  Using timers on the inside and outside of your home can help ensure you’re not wasting energy by leaving a light on 24/7, but also can lead unwanted visitors to believe you’re still home.

If you’re in need of some assistance, call the experts at Poorman’s Heating and Air Conditioning (260.422.3534).  Emergency services are available 24/7.  You won’t be disappointed with Poorman’s quick response and affordable, outstanding service.

Deep Freeze Emergencies

Do the frigid temperatures have you worried about the safety of your family as well as for your home?  Below freezing temps can cause frozen pipes, leaky roofs and even broken furnaces. Lets be honest, no one wants to be the victim of a broken furnace when the wind chill is in the negative.  Here are a few quick ways to prevent a frozen disaster:

HEATING MAINTENANCE

  • Make sure that your filter is clean and free of debris.
  • If you have a high efficiency furnace with termination pipes make sure snow does not block them or that they have frozen.
  • Also check both the intake and exhaust vents

ROOF MAINTENANCE

  • Buy a roof rake to clear off the snow. Please ensure that you’re incredibly careful when it comes to any type of roof maintenance.
  • Check the vents in the attic to be sure they are not covered by insulation.
  • Check that your bathroom fan is vented outside the attic.

PIPE MAINTENANCE

  • Pipe problems have a tendency to happen in an area that is not heated, so you have a slight advantage unless your pipes are in a room that does not include a heating vent.
  • Spray foam insulator near the cracks or doors where a cool draft is coming into the pipe area.
  • You can also buy insulation made specifically for piping to help insulate your piping.
  • Allow the water to drip when necessary. If you’re not interested in hearing the noise form the faucet, tie a piece of yarn around the tap and let it dang down into the sink.  This will allow the water to flow down the string and leave you noise free!

If you’re in need of some heating assistance, call the experts at Poorman’s Heating and Air Conditioning (260.422.3534).  Emergency services are available 24/7.  You won’t be disappointed with Poorman’s quick response and affordable, outstanding service.