4 Ways to Maintain Your Plumbing & HVAC So You Save Money
From backyard barbeques to well-deserved vacations, summer certainly has a way of keeping us busy. However, it is important not to let your plumbing and ac system maintenance slip through the cracks. If you neglect to schedule regular checkups, already existing minor problems could become major expenses down the road!
Check out these 4 tips to properly your home comfort systems this summer!
Don’t Abuse Your Garbage Disposal
Cookouts are a great way to bond with friends and family, but the associated food waste can wreak havoc on your garbage disposal if guests aren’t careful about what they put in it. For example, bones can’t be ground; they’ll just spin around the blades and clog your pipes. Likewise, fibrous items such as celery and corn husks will tangle up in your blades.
We all know fresh fruit is the perfect addition to your summer barbecue, but foods that contain pits, such as peaches and cherries, can cause some serious damage to your disposal’s blades! You should also keep grease out of your disposal so it doesn’t get clogged up and burn the motor out.
Change Your Air Filters
If your air filters become blocked with dust or dirt, your system will have to work a lot harder to cool your home. This contributes to wear and tear and uses more energy, costing you more on your utility bills. In the worst case scenario, your system will become so worn out that it will break down completely and you’ll be forced to pay for a whole new unit!
Not only do clogged air filters reduce AC efficiency—the last thing you want during the hot Texas summer—but they also greatly reduce the air quality in your home by circulating allergens and other airborne particles, such as pet dander, throughout your home. Make sure you change your filters at least once every 90 days!
Consider a Smart Thermostat
You’re getting ready to embark on a flight to your long-awaited summer getaway when you remember: you forgot to turn down the thermostat! Suddenly, your relaxing vacation just got a bit more stressful when you consider how much money you’ll be wasting by running the AC in an empty house for an entire week.
This is where a smart thermostat would come in handy! Not only can you save energy and money by maximizing your unit’s efficiency, but you can also connect to your system through WiFi, allowing you to control the temperature in your home no matter where you are! This means you can adjust the temperature from the airport before you head out on that vacation.
To Flush or Not to Flush
Every day, people experience plumbing problems that are easily preventable, especially from flushing things you shouldn’t! Make sure your family knows what not to flush. For example, baby wipes, dental floss, cotton balls and even tissues can cause significant damage to your plumbing system, especially if you have a septic tank. Be sure toilet paper is the only thing being flushed down your toilets!
If you have any questions regarding summer plumbing and ac maintenance, give us a call at (903)-309-1389. We would be happy to help in any way we can!