If you’re like most people, you’ve probably written down a few personal resolutions for the New Year.
But have you considered including your home in your lists?
Keeping your home’s HVAC, plumbing and electrical systems in good working order is a resolution all homeowners should aspire to keep.
Your home’s heating and cooling systems are especially important during the hottest and coldest seasons of the year. Here are a few tips to keep your HVAC system running at its most efficient:
- Change the filters. Changing your HVAC filters every three months will keep the system free from damaging debris.
- Have a yearly tune-up. Scheduling regular maintenance for your air conditioning system in the spring and heating system in the fall keeps the system from experiencing unnecessary downtime. Techs will clean and repair the unit and can advise of any updates that might be needed.
- Update your HVAC system. If your system is more than 10 years old and is experiencing frequent issues, it might be time to purchase a new unit. New HVAC systems are more energy efficient and can help you save money on your utility bills.
If you’ve ever had a plumbing issue that prevented you from running water or flushing the toilet, you know how important clear drains are. Here are some ways to keep your pipes happy:
- Clear slow drains. Partially clogged drains will eventually become completely clogged drains. Using plungers, or a mix of baking soda and vinegar or other biologically safe drain cleaners can keep drains clear. If those don’t work, call in a professional plumber to assess the situation.
- Don’t put the wrong things down the drains. Hair, grease, soap and food particles can cause blockages if not regularly removed. Use screens to protect hair, food and soap from heading down the pipes, and pour grease into a heat-safe cup or into the garbage.
- Don’t use the toilet as a trash can. The toilet isn’t a garbage disposal. Use it for what it was intended. Don’t flush feminine products, wipes or diapers, and be careful how much toilet paper you use.
- Insulate your pipes. Frozen pipes in the winter are a common cause of water damage. Keep pipes insulated with foam or heat tape, especially in colder climates.
So, while your Brooklyn heating and plumbing experts at Petri Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Drain Cleaning, Heating, Cooling & Drain Cleaning hope your 2024 is going great so far, we also hope you remember your home when making New Year’s resolutions.
If we can help you take better care of your HVAC or plumbing systems throughout the year, please contact us online or call us at (718) 748-1254.