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daiga ellaby 154927 unsplash 1We have had quite the rainy season in Richmond these past few months. This type of weather can put a damper on outdoor activities, but offers a great opportunity for some indoor improvements. Here are 5 simple things you can do on a rainy day to improve your home.

1. Seal up doors and windows. Purchase some inexpensive weatherstripping from your local hardware and go around your house sealing up any doorway or window that has air leaks. This simple thing will save you money and keep the heat where you want it - inside!

2. Check for little leaks. Put a few drops of food coloring in the back of your toilet tank and wait 30 minutes. If the color comes through to the bowl it means you have a leak. Most of these leaks are simple fixes, like replacing the flapper, which you can get from a hardware store. 

3. Wash all your curtains. Taking down your window hangings may seem like a hassle, but if you clean them now, you will likely be more apt to use them to keep the heat in this winter. Closing your curtains can help reduce your energy costs during colder months.

4. Turn your water heater down to 115 degrees. By reducing the temperature by just a few degrees, you could have some serious money on your energy bill. Most water heaters are automatically set to 140.

5. Plan some activities for when the rain stops. Nothing will get you through a dreary day like planning something fun to do when the weather clears up. There are so many great things to do around the Richmond area that you are sure to find a fun activity! 

 

Fall HVAC TipsThe cool weather has arrived in Richmond! While you may not be using your heat yet, that time is just around the corner. Be sure that your system is ready with this tips from the G-Man.

1. Replace filters. Air filters should be replaced at least every 3 months. Dirty air filters cause your HVAC system to work harder, resulting in lower efficiency and higher energy bills.

2. Listen up. When you turn your HVAC unit on listen for any unusual sounds, like banging and rattling. These sounds can be signs of a problem with your heating system.

3. Clean up. Vaccum and clear any debris that may have accumulated around your HVAC system. You should also vacuum any debris from your furnace blower compartment.

4. Clear air vents. Remove anything blocking air vents. Furniture, toys, and other clutter can block air vents which makes your HVAC system work harder and not as efficiently. 

5. Schedule a check. Now is the time for your fall maintenance check. Regular check-ups save you time, energy, and money in the long run. Our Comfort Plan is a great way to ensure you get the best service each time.

 Enjoy the fall season without the worry of your heating system.

hurrican warning sign iStock 946466532 1Hurricane Florence is on the move this week toward Virginia. While getting water, bread and milk are important in preparing for a hurricane, there are a few other things you can do to ensure your safety and the safety of your home.

1. Clear all debris. Walk around your yard before the storm and see what may cause a problem. Are there loose tree limbs that can be cleaned up? Things like this can hit your house and your HVAC unit and cause damage. A quick clean up can save you time, money and worry later.

2. Strap down items that are a flight risk.Things like trash cans and lawn chairs might be too lightweight to stay down in a strong storm. Use bungee cords or other straps to secure these items so they don't cause damage.

3. Bring small items inside. While you strap down the larger items, bring in things like toys and pillows. The less items flying around your yard, the better. If you are low on storage areas for these items, use a bathtub or shower. Bonus points if you wash them while they are in there!

4. Check your AC unit for loose nuts or bolts. Make sure everything is secure on your air conditioner. If the storm is violent it can shake these items loose and the chances of finding them again are slim. Make sure it is steady on its platform and doesn't wobble.

5. Have your unit inspected. In the event of a power outage always have your unit inspected when the power returns. 

The G-Man wishes you and your family safety through the hurricane. Even if the power goes out, there are still ways to stay entertained. We like a classic board game or cards!

phil houston 2434 unsplash 1Did you know August is Water Quality Month? We often take water for granted. It simple comes out of our faucets or hose, but there are a few steps we can take to ensure good quality water in our neighborhoods.

1. Pick up after your pet. You may think is no big deal, but pet waste becomes part of the runoff that enters our streams and rivers. Better safe than sorry and just pick it up.

2. Watch what you put on your grass. Fertilizers and pesticides can be harmful to our water systems. Look for natural treatments for your yard.

3. Wash your car and other things outside sparingly. You probably didn't realize all the soap and suds can harm your drinking water. You can also use a car wash that has special drains.

4. Be careful about what you put down the drain. Harmful things like motor oil and household cleaners can be a problem.

If you are having any water issues with your plumbing, give the G-Man a call! 

thermostat iStock 621588062With the summer heat in Richmond, VA you may be thinking about investing in a programmable thermostat. There are some great benefits, including:

1. Saving Money. This is the top reason most homeowners choose to make the switch. 

2. Comfort. Keeping your thermostat at the consistent temperature you want will keep your house comfortable all summer.

3. Time Saver. Not having to get up and change your thermostat is a great time savings. 

4. Less Worry. You won't need to worry about your home's temperature with a programmable thermostat.

With the rising cost of running air conditioning units and your busy schedule, a programmable thermostat could be a great improvement to your home. There are a ton of great options out there. If you need help choosing, give the G-Men at Gilman a call today!

 

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