By John Ward
For December 2008, the average temperature in Denver was 26.7 and temps even dropped to 19 below zero at their lowest. These frigid conditions mean a lot of work for your heating unit and nowâ€”before the cold sets inâ€”is a good time to see how yours is functioning. Professionals can perform a variety of tests to help you figure this out.
Is it time to replace that old, worn out, energy-inefficient heating system with a new one? Here are some words of advice to help you make an informed decision on what’s best for your home and your budgetâ€” and keep you warm, comfortable and free of the home improvement drama so often seen on HGTV fixer-upper shows.
For starters, you need to decide between gas and electric heating. Gas furnace technology has progressed by leaps and bounds over the past decade. Heating efficiencies have jumped from about 65% to as high as 95%. With gas furnaces, also called “forced air” heating systems, air is heated and then supplied through ducts to outlet grills or registers.
If your home is equipped with radiators, as many of Denver’s older homes are, you’ll need a gas boiler, which heats water and radiators instead of air. An added benefit to having a gas boiler is that it allows you to eliminate one home comfort appliance with a combined gas boiler and water heater systemâ€”a great way to stay within your home improvement budget.
If you do not have natural gas or propane supplied to your home, an electric heat pump may be what you need. Electric heat pumps produce 2-3 times more heat per kilowatt-hour than an electric furnace.
There are two main types of heat pumps: air-to-air and ground source (also known as “geothermal”). Air-to-air heat pumps work fine in warmer climates, but once the outside temperature falls below 35.5 they rapidly lose efficiency, making them a poor choice for Denver’s chilly winters. In colder climates, geo-thermal systems work better since heat is extracted from deep within the ground where the temperature remains constant year-round.
Applewood can provide you with information about the best heating choice for your home and provides installation services to get the job done right. When cold temperatures arrive this winter, you’ll be ready.
John Ward has owned and operated Applewood Plumbing Heating & Electric for more than 35 years. He is a master plumber and recognized industry leader for his knowledge and ethical business practices.Â Visit www.Applewoodfixit.com to learn more.
by Quality First Plumbing
Times are tough all over. Instead of replacing home items with newer models, you may be joining millions of other homeowners and start thinking of a do it yourself project instead.
For any plumbing project, the best way to get started is to have everything you need in place before you get started, and have the time available to complete the project.
As a professional plumber, I end up in countless homes finishing up projects that either took longer than anticipated, or were simply more difficult than the homeowner expected. While cutting costs anyway you can is important, it's also important to fix the problem the right way the first time.
This article provided by Quality First Plumbing. Visit us today at www.PlumbingHelpToday.com.
by Applewood Plumbing, Heating & Electric
Winter’s just around the corner. Are your pipes safe? Frozen pipes can create a huge mess â€“ and expense. But frozen pipes can be avoided with a little preventive maintenance. And, if a pipe does freeze, you may be able to keep it from bursting if you act quickly. Before the real deep freeze of winter sets in, here are tips for preventing frozen pipes and dealing with pipes that do freeze.
How to prevent frozen pipes:
Winterizing your home or cabin if you’ll be away for an extended time:
What to do if a pipe freezes:
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By John Ward
The National Fire Protection Association notes that more than 64,000 home fires were traced back to heating units in 2006. Those fires claimed 540 lives and resulted in injuries to 1,400â€”meaning a good heating system can be the difference between life and death.
Keeping your home safe and warm this winter may cost you nothing more than some preventative maintenance.. Here are a few practical tips for keeping your heating unit in good repair; saving you money and helping you gain peace of mind:
As stated above, home safety begins with you and by following these steps you’ll have fewer problems with your furnace, save money on your fuel bill and add years to the system’s effective lifespan. A complete tune-up and inspection of your home heating system will also help. Furthermore, you will be able to rest easy this winter knowing that you’ve done everything possible to protect your home and family.
John Ward has owned and operated Applewood Plumbing Heating & Electric for more than 35 years. He is a master plumber and recognized industry leader for his knowledge and ethical business practices. Visit us today atÂ www.ApplewoodFixIt.com.
By John Ward
Whether you’re watching an Indiana Jones movie in high definition or surfing the Web for YouTube videos, modern day computer and home entertainment equipment produces sights and sounds that are truly something to behold. But unless your wiring is equally sophisticated and professionally installed, you might miss out on the best movie scenes and all you’ll behold are loads of frustration.
It’s the rare household today that doesn’t contain at least one personal computer, not to mention multiple TVs, expensive stereo equipment, home entertainment systems, and so on. The Pew Internet & American Life project reports that 77 percent of all adults and 93 percent of families with children have a home computer.
Professional wiring has become a virtual necessity as millions of Americans own these modern “electronic toys” designed to interface with one another. According to the same Pew survey, 46 percent of Americans reported their most recent device failure to be a home internet connectionâ€”making professional wiring that much more essential.
How do you know if you really need electrical upgrades? Well, if your network of electronic equipment is not performing with the speed and efficiency you want it to, here are some problems to look for:
At Applewood, we ensure “fail safe” system performance by using only wires and jacks that were built specifically for your home computer and entertainment network. No matter how simple or complex the system, we recommend professional electrical wiring to keep things running smoothly so you don’t have to miss any of those action packed scenes on the quest for the Holy Grail.
John Ward has owned and operated Applewood Plumbing Heating & Electric for more than 35 years. He is a master plumber and recognized industry leader for his knowledge and ethical business practices. Visit us at www.ApplewoodFixIt.com.