Bud Matthews Services Blog : Archive for January, 2016

Has the Time Come to Replace Your Gas Furnace? 4 Ways to Tell

Monday, January 25th, 2016

No heating system can last forever, no matter how well its owner maintains it and follows up any problems with prompt repairs. If you have a gas furnace providing your house with winter warmth, you will one day need to call professionals to replace it.

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Do You Need to Have a Slab Leak Fixed? Here’s How to Find Out

Monday, January 18th, 2016

Slab leaks are one of the most difficult of all plumbing problems to find. These leaks in the hot and cold water lines in your home occur down in the concrete foundation, making it tricky to notice that they are happening. They’re also hard to repair, and it takes expert plumbers with the best equipment to narrow down the location of the leak and the access the area to remedy it.

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How to Set Your Thermostat This Winter

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

The thermostat is a vital part of maintaining comfort in your home throughout the year. Unfortunately, many people are often careless in the way they set their thermostats, turning them up and down throughout the day based on the whims of their comfort. This may not seem like it’s a big deal, but poor thermostat settings can lead to energy waste and a heating and air conditioning system that undergoes too much stress.

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Consider Installing a Whole-House Humidifier for Winter

Monday, January 11th, 2016

Comfort during the winter takes more than just making sure that your heating system can provide your household with adequate warm temperatures. You also need to control the humidity. The level of moisture in the air has a significant effect on how comfortable people feel indoors, and consequently how much you’ll need to run the heating system.

Unfortunately, winter is a time when dry air often becomes a major problem. As the temperature drops, moisture is frozen out of the air. Heating systems like furnaces also contribute to making the air drier. The lower the humidity, the faster heat is allowed to escape from the human body. This is the reason that dry conditions make cold temperatures feel even colder than they are.

That’s where a whole-house humidifier comes into play.

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Should There Be Ice on My Heat Pump in Winter?

Monday, January 4th, 2016

Heat pumps are an effective way to provide year-round comfort for a house, and advancing technology has made them more energy efficient during colder weather than they were previously. If this is the first winter you’ve used a heat pump for cold weather comfort, you may have some questions about its operation. One of the more common concerns that new heat pump owners have is the presence of ice along the outdoor unit. Is this supposed to happen, and should you call for repairs when you notice it?

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