With the holidays coming up, people are planning their winter vacations. As part of your vacation planning, make sure you take precautions to protect your home and heating system. You'll not only protect your home, but also save energy. Here are some things to consider.
Set your thermostat at about 50 degrees to keep your appliances and pipes from freezing. If you have a programmable thermostat that adjusts by date, set the temperature back to normal for the day you expect to return home.
Turn off the circuit breaker to your water heater. If you have a gas heater, turn off the gas valve. When you return home, run your hot water tap before you turn on the power and gas to ensure that your water tank is full. Turning on your water heater while the water tank is empty can damage the unit.
To keep water from freezing in the lines and tank, set the water heater at the lowest possible temperature--the vacation setting.
Unplug every unnecessary appliance and electronic device. That means the televisions, lamps, entertainment center, electric razors, coffee makers and phone chargers. These are energy vampires that drain energy even when you're not using them.
Use timers to have one or two lights go on at specific times. You might also want a radio to go on. Vary the times to deter burglars who might assume that your home isn't occupied.
You could empty your refrigerator, keep the door open, and place a box of baking soda inside. Alternatively, you could set the temperature at 42 degrees and your freezer at 5 degrees.
Other things you should do include:
For more information about protecting your home and heating system while on you're on vacation, contact Gilman Heating and Cooling. For nearly 100 hundred years, we've proudly served the residents of Ashland, Chesterfield, Glen Allen, Hanover, Henrico and Richmond.
Purchasing a high efficiency furnace is a good way for homeowners to be more environmentally friendly and save a lot of money on heating bills. Unfortunately, you can wind up disappointed with your choice if your home isn't properly sealed and insulated. Even the most efficient system on the market can't entirely overcome those deficiencies. To make sure you're getting the most from your high efficiency furnace, take steps to make your home as weathertight as possible. The first step might be scheduling a home energy audit with a professional inspector. The auditor will come to your home, inspect all rooms, the crawl space--or basement--and attic and will use special methods and tools, like a blower door test or a thermographic camera, to find the spots in the house where insulation is missing or drafts are coming in. Once you know where the problem areas are, you can begin to make the repairs that will help your furnace optimize its efficiency. An essential factor in keeping a house heated is insulation. Check out the insulation aisle at your home-improvement store, and you'll find that you have quite a few options. Your home energy auditor or heating and cooling specialist can help you decide on the best option for your home. Once you get your bearings, put insulating the attic at the top of your to-do list. This is where your home can lose quite a bit of heated air and where heat can radiate in during the summer. It is also essential to make sure your home is sealed. One small leak can make a big difference in how hard your furnace has to work. Most people realize that there are often gaps around doors and windows, but they may not realize that cold air can also come in through electrical outlets, exhaust vents and baseboards. Use caulk and weatherstripping to seal any trouble spots. For more information or a consultation to make sure your high efficiency furnace is achieving its potential, contact Gilman Heating & Cooling. We serve homeowners throughout the Richmond area.
As cooler weather settles in, and nights get nippy, many Richmond-area homeowners are beginning to think about getting the furnace cranked up for the season. But what if the furnace won't start? Those first few chilly nights of the season are a common time for furnace problems, especially if pre-season maintenance hasn't been done. If your furnace was working well when you last used it, chances are good that it's something simple. Here are a few common issues to look into before you call for repairs.
If your furnace won't start, and you've done all the simple things, it's time for some professional help. If you're in the Richmond, Ashland, Henrico, Chesterfield, Hanover or Glen Allen area, contact Gilman Heating & Cooling. We've been serving the home comfort needs of customers in our area since 1917.
It's a natural question for a homeowner: How long will a furnace last? With proper maintenance and annual cleaning, a furnace can provide 13 to 20 years of useful life with its original equipment. Of course, you want your furnace to last as long as possible, and you can do that by following some of these tips.
How long will a furnace last? For more help answering that, contact Gilman Heating & Cooling. We work with homeowners throughout the Richmond area.
The shorter days and chilly air mean that winter's about to arrive in the Richmond area. Now is the right time to start thinking about how to save money on your heating bill. It's easy to accomplish with a few helpful tips.
For more advice about saving money on your heating bill, contact us at Gilman Heating &;Cooling.