Imagine my surprise when I came home from work one freezing cold evening and found water flooding my basement. I ran to turn off the water and then I called the plumber. Even though it was late in the evening, the plumber immediately came to my house and fixed the busted water line. The plumber told me that I could have prevented my water line from freezing and busting if I had winterized the pipes. After researching various methods, I insulated the pipes so they won't freeze again. My name is Joel Hampton and this blog is about the different ways to winterize your plumbing pipes to keep them from freezing. Coming home to a basement filled with water is a nightmare and I hope that after reading the information in my blog, it won't happen to you.
As the cold weather season approaches, now is the time to start thinking about how to keep your heating bills under control. By taking the time to understand your heating controls and how you can get the most from them, you can save money this winter. Here are some tips to help you with your money-saving mission.
Update Your Heating Controls
Buying a new heating system can be pricey. If you do not have the money in your budget to update your entire heating system before the winter months, consider updating your heating controls. Newer controls tend to be more accurate than older ones and can provide more efficient regulating of your heating system.
Depending on your heating system, the controls can include your thermostat, programmer, and timer. A thermostatic radiator valve might also be part of the controls. The valve is responsible for regulating the on and off of your individual radiators.
Set Up Heating Zones
If you have a bit more money in your budget, consider having different thermostats and heating circuits installed for each room. This would give you the option of setting the temperature for each room. Rooms that are not frequently used could be turned down to a lower heat setting, while more commonly used rooms could be set at a higher temperature.
You can also set up programmers in each room to control when the heat is turned on throughout the day and night. For instance, you can set the temperature in the kitchen to drop at night when everyone is asleep and program it to start warming up about an hour before the first person normally wakes up.
Gradually Turn on Your Radiators
If your home is equipped with individual radiators, do not turn up the heat to the highest setting in an effort to quickly warm the room. You should gradually increase the heat from the lowest setting to the desired temperature over a period of time.
When you turn on the radiator to the highest setting after walking into a cold room, you are actually increasing your energy costs. The radiator will push harder to achieve the higher setting. By contrast, if you gradually raise the heat, the radiator will slowly heat the room without pushing itself to work harder.
There are many other great ways you can save on your heating costs this winter. Contact a professional HVAC technician, like those at Biggerstaff Plumbing Heating & Air, to find out how you can keep your system working optimally while saving money.