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What to Expect During an Attic or Crawl Space Inspection


When you have your attic or crawl space inspected by us there are a few different things we look for. Good insulation will ensure that you aren’t paying extra for heating and cooling. We’ll also inspect pipes, vents, and HVAC systems for damage.


Pipes and vents

If you are having heating, cooling, or plumbing issues, it could be starting above or below your house in the pipes, vents, and duct work. During our inspection, we’ll look over all the pipes and ducts in these areas to ensure there are no problems. If we do find issues, it is best to get them fixed sooner rather than later so you can avoid a bigger problem down the road.

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Insulation

We’ll make sure you have adequate insulation in both your attic and crawlspace. If you don’t have good insulation, you could be paying a lot more for heating and cooling than you need to. We can provide recommendations to make your home more energy efficient.

Pests

No one likes dealing with pests and they can really cause a lot of damage. Pests tend to gravitate towards crawlspaces, attics, and other out of the way areas you probably don’t frequently use. We’ll be sure to inspect for damage from pests so these issues can be taken care of.


Knowing what to look for and trying to remember the maintenance you need to do can be a challenge. That’s why we offer such plans as our energy savings maintenance agreement. This plan will maintain your heating and cooling systems, includes a plumbing inspection, attic and crawl space inspection, and a courtesy water heater flush to ensure we find any potential problems. Our plans can include 2 visits per year for up to 3 years, 1 visit in the spring and 1 visit in the fall. Learn more about us and the services we offer!

Prevent Your Pipes From Freezing

Temperatures are dropping, and if they get low enough your pipes could be at risk for freezing and bursting. When water freezes, it expands and will put pressure on whatever is containing it, this includes metal and plastic pipes. In fact, one of the most common causes of property damage during bitter winter weather is burst pipes. Pipes most likely to freeze are ones that run against exterior walls with little to no insulation, pipes exposed to extremely cold temperatures such as outdoor hose bibs, or water sprinkler lines, and pipes in unheated interior spaces such as basements, attics, crawl spaces, and garages. Burst pipes can end up causing thousands of dollars in damage, so we are here to let you know how you can prevent this from happening.

Preventing Frozen Pipes

Before the extremely cold weather arrives there are some things you can do to protect your pipes and keep them from freezing.

  • Follow the manufacture’s/installer’s directions to drain water from water sprinkler supply lines and other similar types of lines. You can either use directions to do it yourself or call a professional to do it for you, either way, this is an important task.
  • Remove, drain, and store outdoor hoses. Make sure to close the valves supplying the outdoor hose bibs, and then open the outside hose bibs allowing water to drain. You’ll want to keep the outside valve open allowing any remaining water to expand without the pipe breaking.
  • We talked about pipes in areas such as basements, attics, crawl spaces, and garages being more prone to feezing, to prevent these pipes from freezing make sure to add some insulation to these areas in order to maintain a higher temperature.
  • Install specific products made to help insulate water pipes. There are many different products you can use for this such as a pipe sleeve, heat tap, heat cable, or even newspaper. Believe it or not even 1/4” of newspaper can provide some degree of protection.
  • Keep your thermostat set to the same temperature during the day and at night. If you leave for a period of time during the cold months, make sure to leave the heat on in your home. It is recommended to keep your home no lower than 55 degrees while you’re away.
Thawing Frozen Pipes

If you turn on a faucet and only a small trickle of water comes out, it is safe to suspect a frozen pipe. There are a few things you can do to try and unfreeze them before having to call a professional.

  • Keep the faucet open so that water can flow through the frozen area once you treat it and it begins to melt. Running water through the pipe will help melt the ice in the pipe.
  • After you’ve checked the vulnerable areas for freezing and found where the pipe is frozen you will want to apply heat to that section. You can do this by wrapping an electrical heating pad around the pipe, using an electric hair dryer to apply heat, or by wrapping the pipes with towels that have been soaked in hot water. Do not use open flame devices.
  • Keep applying heat until you have full water pressure. Make sure to check other faucets throughout your house in order to determine if you have any additional frozen pipes. Chances are, if one pipe freezes, others may too.
  • If you suspect a frozen pipe but are not able to locate it, or if the pipe is not accessible, call a professional plumber.

Be prepared and follow the steps to prevent pipe freezing before the freezing temperatures hit. SAM’S Heating & Air Conditioning is ready to come to your service if you have pipes giving you the cold shoulder. Call us today for a free service call.

 

What to Do When the Heat Goes Out

It’s cold outside, but luckily our heating systems allow us to stay nice and warm inside the comfort of our own homes. What happens if your heat stops working in the middle of Winter? Or maybe it doesn’t stop working but it stops working as well, and your home isn’t warming up enough for you to stay comfortable? There are professionals you can call to help with this issue, but there may not be someone available right away, or there may be just a minor problem causing the issue that you are able to fix. Keep reading to learn about the things you can check before having to call a technician.

Do You Have Fuel?

If your unit requires fuel to operate this is a very important factor to think about. Often times your fuel will run out and the way you find out is because your heat has stopped working. If you stay aware of the fuel you have available you can make sure to restock before you run into the issue of having no fuel and no heat.

Check Your Thermostat

Check that your thermostat is working, and is on the correct setting. Most thermostats have the options for ‘heat’, ‘cool’, ‘fan’, ‘auto’, or ‘on’. During the cold months, your thermostat should be on the ‘heat’ and ‘auto’ setting choosing a temperature you would like to be maintained. Your thermostat may either be hard-wired or battery operated. If your thermostat requires batteries, check to make sure those are not dead. If your batteries are dead your thermostat will not send the signal for the heat to kick on.

Is power reaching the heating unit?

First, check your electrical panel to make sure the breaker hasn’t tripped. If that is not the problem check that the boiler/furnace is in the on position. If you have a boiler, reset it or check to make sure the pilot light is on. If you have a furnace make sure your filter is not clogged.

 

If these simple solutions do not get your heat back up and running, there may be a bigger issue. If you run across the problem of having no heat and aren’t able to fix the problem on your own you need to get a professional to look at the problem.


Our team of professionals are available 24/7 for your HVAC needs. We will restore your heat in no time! Contact us today for a free service call.

Cool Tips to Keep Your Home Cool

Spring has officially hit, and temperatures are starting to rise. You might have noticed the temperatures rising in your home as well. It’s a weird time of the year where it’s not quite hot enough to turn on the air conditioning, but you definitely don’t need the heat on, and you might not be exactly comfortable with the temperature in your home. If your home is already starting to feel a little warm but you aren’t wanting to turn the air conditioning on yet we are going to share some helpful tips with you. These tips will help keep your home a little cooler, cut the utility bill down, and benefit the environment, and you won’t feel the need to to turn the AC on just yet.

1.Adjust the Ceiling Fans

   

Between Fall and Spring you should be rotating the direction your ceiling fans turn. During the Fall and Winter, your fans should be rotating clockwise in order to pull cool air up. This gentle updraft will push the warm air, which naturally rises to the ceiling, down to help keep your home warmer. During the Spring and Summer, you want your fans to rotate counter clockwise in order to blow air straight down. This allows the cool air to be blown down, and the warmer air to rise. Keep in mind, the warmer it is, the higher the fan speed should be, and in cooler months your fan should run at a low speed in order to be the most effective.

2.Close Your Blinds

  

The sun can produce almost 30 percent of unwanted heat via your windows. During the day time, make the most of your window treatments. Whether you have blinds, curtains, window shades, or another type of covering, keep them closed the entire time the sun is up for the maximum effect. Keeping your window coverings down/closed during the day can help keep some of that unwanted heat and humidity out.

3.Shut Your Lights Off

When you aren’t home, turn your lights off. When you are home, turn off lights you aren’t using. Don’t bathe the room in light when you are only needing to use one area, and keep the lights off in other rooms that you aren’t utilizing. Only having lights on when and where you need them will help keep your home a little cooler, and will help you save on your utility bill at the same time.

5.Open Windows at Night

During the Spring, the night temperatures are still a little bit cool, utilize this. Of course, keep your windows closed during the day in order to keep that unwanted warm air out, but you can open them at night to utilize the cooler night air. You can create cross ventilation by opening windows at either end of the house, allowing the cool air to blow through your whole home. Another option is to put standing fans in the window sill to help push the cool air through the house at a faster pace.

6.Strategically Plant Trees

This is more of a long-term investment, but can be an effective way of helping cool down your home. Deciduous trees are great at defending your home from the sun, especially if they’re planted strategically. Plant these trees on the east or west side of your home and partially near a window. You could also plant them near areas that absorb a lot of heat such as air conditioning units and driveways in order to keep them cooler. Once these trees are grown, they will produce a lot of shade and help keep your home cooler.

We hope these tips will help keep your home a little bit cooler during the warm Spring months. Soon it will be too warm for these tips alone to keep your home cool, and you will need your air conditioning. If you need maintenance on your AC unit we recommend getting it done before the even warmer Summer temperatures hit. If you know of any more tips that help keep your home cool without having to turn the AC on, please feel free to comment or send us an email.

 

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