Bud Matthews Services Blog : Archive for November, 2015

Signs That You May Have a Slab Leak

Monday, November 30th, 2015

A slab leak is a plumbing term that refers to leaking pipes in the foundation of a home. Technically, a slab leak could be any leak that occurs under a hard rock surface such as granite, but the most common are leaks in the hot and cold water lines beneath a house. About 80% happen in the hot water lines and 20% in the cold water lines.

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3 Benefits of Installing a Heat Pump for Winter (and Beyond)

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Heat pumps have become increasingly popular for home installations. Once they were overly expensive appliances that struggled to provide the level of heating that many homes required during the winter. However, the technology of heat pumps has advanced considerably over the last decade, and now they are not only more affordable, but more effective as wells. Where most heat pumps once encountered difficulty coping with temperatures below freezing, there are now models that can cope with days and nights as cold as –20°F!

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Which Is Better, a Gas or Electric Furnace?

Monday, November 16th, 2015

If you have plans to put in a new heating system for your home, you’re probably considering a furnace. This is the most popular type of heating system, after all, and HVAC technicians can usually locate a furnace type to match any home.

However, there are numerous kinds of furnaces available. The two most common models are natural gas furnaces and electric furnaces. Is there one kind that’s better than the other?

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Can I Do Duct Sealing on My Own?

Monday, November 16th, 2015

Keeping a ventilation system airtight is crucial for energy efficiency and comfort in a home. If leaks develop along the length of the ducts in the ventilation system, the air pressure inside will drop, which places a large strain on the heater and air conditioner. You will also lose around 30% of the conditioned air meant for the rooms in your home, which wastes money.

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Make Sure You Sign Up for Heating Maintenance before Winter Arrives!

Monday, November 9th, 2015

The HVAC system in your home should have regular inspections and tune-ups done twice a year. During the spring, this maintenance will take care of your air conditioner. In the fall, the maintenance will focus on your heating system.

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