Month: January 2014

Check your furance filter monthly

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images-1It is that time of year for an important reminder . . . don’t forget to change your furnace filter regularly. We’re half way through the heating season and if you haven’t changed your filter yet this season now is a good time to check this off your to do list.

While it is not glamorous – it is really important and here is why. Your filter does two things. First – it traps dust and dirt, keeping it from getting into the motor and other components of the furnace and also helping to extend the life of your furnace. Second – by trapping the dust and dirt it also keeps it out of your home. This is important over the winter months when we tend to keep the windows and doors of our homes closed. The dust and dirt that can come from a dirty filter is more noticeable in our homes when we aren’t able to open the windows and get the fresh air so many of us enjoy during the spring and summer months. So remember to check your filter every month, and depending on the type of filter in use in your home change it as recommended.

Don’t know what type of filter you need? Click here – this article is a great resource. If you need any assistance in changing your filter or have any questions let me know and I’d be happy to help.

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How to check for frozen pipes

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imagesSomething to remember in the cold weather we’ve been having – especially during the below zero temps we had in early December – is to check your home for frozen pipes. Here’s a step-by-step.

1. Check faucets that are in areas of your home that don’t get used often…downstairs or extra/unused bathrooms, showers and/or bathtubs.

2. For each faucet, turn on the hot water – let it run till it’s hot. Turn it off. Then turn on the cold water and let it run for a bit.

3. If no water comes out of the faucet, you may have a problem.

The thing with frozen pipes is you usually won’t know they are frozen until they thaw out and you have water everywhere. So check them often when the weather is cold, especially if it is below zero. That way you can get it fixed before it becomes a larger issue.