The move toward passive heating and cooling is growing. It saves money and reduces greenhouse gases. Here are some ways to cut down on heat gains and losses from your home in summer conditions.
Insulation slows down heat flow. In winter this means less heat escapes and in summer, it keeps your air conditioner from working overtime. In both cases, you have smaller equipment issues to worry about when building or replacing. Upgrading insulation is a sure-fire way to cut your energy use.
If air leaks in around windows and doors, you undo everything your insulation does. Known as infiltration, this air carries moisture in summer and low temperatures in winter, taxing your equipment and wasting energy. Sealing off these locations is a fairly cheap way to cut back on your energy bills.
Curtains and blinds can reduce heat gain and loss depending on their insulating value. Blocking out the sun in summer keeps the space cool even if you have no shading from outside. Trees and foliage outside your window also reduce heat gain in the summer. If you pick the right trees that lose their leaves in winter, you still gain the advantage of winter sunlight heating your home.
Window treatments became mainstream in the 1800s, but due to a lack of proper oversight and standards for building and rating furnaces, they fell out of favor in the early 20th century. The National Warm Air Heating and Ventilation Association was created in 1914 to address this and now the majority of homes in North America are heated with furnaces.
Heavy curtains keep the cold in during the dog days of summer, reducing losses from large windows.
Strategically placed overhangs can prevent your large windows from creating large problems in the summer. During this season, the sun is high in the sky. Overhangs that block windows from direct sunlight reduce the heating effect of the sun and keep your cooling bill down. The winter sun’s low path across the sky allows sunlight to enter the room without being blocked by the overhang.
Type of Glass
Glass performance has two main characteristics: heat transfer coefficient and shading coefficient. The heat transfer coefficient indicates how well the glass prevents heat from flowing through. The shading coefficient affects the sunlight entering the space. A higher shading coefficient keeps more sun out. Glass thickness, the number of panes and coating type all impact these numbers and vary between manufacturers.
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This might seem obvious but in the chaos of everyday life, it’s easy to push it down the priorities list. Run water in each sink to see how quickly it drains and if there are any changes. Pay attention to the length of time you can run a hot shower before the water gets too cold. Look in the cabinets under sinks for evidence of leakage.
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It’s likely that at some point, you’ll have to call our plumbers in: whether it’s for a leaky faucet, pipe replacement or a new bathroom in your basement. However, you can reduce likelihood of major damage. Here are some ways to reduce the number of visits from plumbers and the severity of your repairs:
Never hang anything from your pipes
The weight can break them and cause a flood. Even if you think it’s something small and light, there’s no guarantee that the pipe can withstand it. You also introduce the risk of the item snagging on a passerby and rupturing the pipe.
Use a strainer to keep hair and other items from clogging pipes
It might seem easy to let hair and food disappear down the drain but at some point, the accumulated effect will cause it to back up your drainage system. Check drains regularly and remove any items that may have slipped past your strainers.
Be careful what you flush down the toilet
Even items labelled “flushable” like flushable baby wipes can cause a problem. Your best option is to stick to waste and toilet paper. Everything else should be discarded in the garbage.
Avoid abrasive cleaners that can corrode your pipes
If you’re not sure what material your drain and sewage pipes are made from, have a professional take a look. Harsh cleaners can destroy piping, sometimes so slowly you don’t even know it’s happening until it’s too late.
Turn off and drain your outdoor faucets before winter arrives
Avoid burst pipes by draining outdoor pipes that can freeze when the temperature falls. These taps have a drain valve that you open to empty the water inside the pipe. Ensure you do it before the cold weather sets in and not after the first freezing night.
Don’t wait until a leak is severe before calling a plumber
It’s easy to procrastinate when you see the first few drips, but a small leak is much easier (and cheaper) to fix than a flooded house. Not to mention the money you’ll save on your water bill.
Know the location of your main shutoff valve
Knowing this is not only beneficial for the plumber when he arrives, but can reduce damage if you turn off the main supply as soon as a major leak happens. Take the time to show everyone where it is to reduce the potential for a huge, costly disaster.
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We have come a long way in heating since the early days of gathering wood for a fireplace. Nowadays, we can be grateful for gas-fired furnaces that keep us warm. And with the creation of the modulating furnace, there’s even more benefits.
Furnace technology itself has developed over the years. If yours is nearing the end of its life, call us at Tiger to have it replaced! Continue below to learn more about the benefits of modulating gas furnaces.
According to the US Department of Agriculture, tree roots cause more than 50% of all sewer blockages, costing money for both the root removal and pipe repair. Continue reading to learn more about this issue, what to do about it, and how to prevent it.
To ensure it runs properly, you need to maintain heating equipment. When you spend money on a car, you make sure to stick to the maintenance schedule as closely as possible. Regular maintenance ensures that your vehicle runs longer, more efficiently and uses less fuel. The same applies to heating equipment. Continue reading to learn the many benefits of maintaining your heating equipment.
Dealing with cold, yucky weather for months on end is hard enough. But paying more for heat just makes it worse. Here are some tips for saving cash on your heating. As a result, you can go therapy shopping to get you through the winter misery.
Want to know what it is like to work for one of the fastest growing companies in the St. Louis Metro East area? Are you looking for a long-term career with a company that values teamwork and promotes a fun working atmosphere? Well, look no further! We are Tiger Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning & Electrical Services and we are having a job fair this February 22nd at 5:30 p.m.
We have been in business since 1993 and we are a growing and stable company. We were named as a Best Place to work in Illinois and a Top Work Place in the St. Louis area two years in a row. We have also been named to Inc. 5000’s list of top growing small businesses in the entire country!
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Want to join our growing team? Then join us for our job fair, on February 22nd, at our Collinsville location. This event is perfect for anyone looking for a long-term career. We have a variety of opportunities available and we need people like you!
So whether you’re unemployed, underemployed or you’re just looking for a change, join us at 5:30 p.m. sharp on February 22nd, and learn about the benefits that come with being a member of Team Tiger!
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Date: February 22nd Time: 5:30 p.m. sharp!
Location: 1902 Vandalia St. Suite 100
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