Bud Matthews Services Blog : Archive for October, 2016

Ways to Lower Heating Bills in Winter

Monday, October 31st, 2016

Nobody wants to spend more money than they need to on anything. The tricky part, however, is recognizing where you’re spending too much money in the first place. One area in your house where you’re probably paying more than you need to is winter heating. Because people are accustomed to thinking of their heating bills as always high, they often don’t consider the many ways they might lower them.

Below are some suggestions for how to keep your heating costs more reasonable during the winter. Some of these tasks require professional assistance, and you can always rely on us.

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Hard Water: What It Is and How to Stop It

Monday, October 24th, 2016

You may have heard the term hard water used to refer to a condition of the water moving through a plumbing system. It’s a strange phrase at first… isn’t “hard water” ice? But hard water is a serious problem for residential plumbing systems, and unfortunately it’s a common trouble that occurs in many houses today. We’ll share some details about hard water, why it’s an issue for residential plumbing, and how to treat it.

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Yes, Your Heat Pump Needs Fall Maintenance

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

We’ve written during the last few weeks about how important it is to arrange for heating maintenance during the fall so your home heating system will be prepared for the arrival of cold weather. If you have a heat pump for your home comfort, you might have read this advice and thought, “My heat pump already had its annual service in spring. Does it really need a second visit?”

The answer is, “Yes, it absolutely does.”

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Install a Humidifier to Prepare for Winter

Monday, October 17th, 2016

Now that we’re fully into the fall and the Halloween decorations are up, we’re also into the season for readying homes for the winter. We’ve previously discussed how important it is to schedule heating maintenance (whether you have a furnace or a heat pump) as part of winter prep. But there are some new installations to consider as well. For example, many homes can benefit tremendously over the winter with a whole-house humidifier. We’ll explain the reasons for this, as well as whether you should have a humidifier installed for your house.

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3 Reasons Your Water Heater Is Leaking

Monday, October 10th, 2016

Have you noticed water starting to pool around the base of your storage tank water heater? If you have, and thought, “That can’t be a good sign,” you’re absolutely right! Leaking of any type in a water heater is a major problem that needs to be fixed as soon as possible. Leaks will quickly worsen, and you might end up with water damage in your house—and no hot water!

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Is It Time to Replace Your Old Furnace?

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

As you do your fall preparations for the coming winter season, an important question to ask yourself is if you think your furnace can make it through the cold weather. If you’ve had the same gas furnace (the most common type of residential furnace) in your home for years, it may be at the age where it’s at a significantly higher risk of malfunctions, a breakdown, or even unsafe operation.

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