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4 Tips to Prevent Your Pipes from Freezing this Winter

The frigid winter temperatures of more northern states can wreak all manner of havoc on the people who reside there from hazardous roads to damage from falling trees. One slightly less dangerous but certainly troublesome issue many of us face is freezing pipes. Whether you live in an older, draftier house or certain areas of your home don’t get enough heat, frozen pipes can slow down your home life or even cause permanent damage from bursting and a need for complete replacement and potentially thousands of dollars in property damage. Luckily there are a few tips to utilize to make sure you don’t have to contend with this avoidable disaster.  Continue reading “4 Tips to Prevent Your Pipes from Freezing this Winter”

4 Home Heating Mistakes to Avoid This Winter

Fall is a beautiful season in Central Iowa. Although we’re currently busy enjoying vibrant, multi-colored leaves and pumpkin-flavored delicacies, winter is right around the corner. Residents of Polk County, IA, who count on us for heating system services are already making good use of their furnaces to keep them cozy through the ever-shortening days and increasingly chilly nights.

We want to make sure your home’s heating system continues to provide maximum comfort for you and your family throughout the cold-weather season. Avoid a furnace breakdown and save money on your energy bills by side-stepping these common heating mistakes.

Too Much Tinkering With the Thermostat

Resist the urge to turn your thermostat up too high when you’re at home and too low when you’re out. 

Believe it or not, trying to compensate for a chill by cranking the thermostat settings way up won’t actually heat your home faster; it’ll only make the system work harder than it has to, and it will waste energy in the process. The same principle applies to turning the thermostat way down at night or when the house is empty. Typically, it’s recommended to keep the thermostat around 68 degrees when you’re home and between 62 and 66 when you’re away. Continue reading “4 Home Heating Mistakes to Avoid This Winter”