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Fall Maintenance Tips: Furnace

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Don’t wait for the dead of winter to perform some furnace maintenance. After all, if you spot problems now you can ensure they’ve been fixed before you really need indoor heating.

Take some time out of your schedule this fall to maintain your furnace, using the below steps:

  • Replace your air filter monthly. If you are currently using a flat filter, you may consider upgrading to a pleated filter, HEPA filter, or electrostatic filter to increase your furnace’s energy efficiency.
  • Clean vents and ducts. Remove any dust or debris from your vents with the extension hose of your vacuum. Simply unscrew the vent covers around your home to clean and replace once finished.
  • Check the blower belt for cracks. First, turn off the power to your furnace via the main circuit breaker. Remove the steel cover of the air handler with a screwdriver and look for the largest rubber belt – inspect for cracks. Replace the belt if cracks are found.
  • Program your thermostat. Adjust your thermostat to automatically lower the temperature while you are sleeping or away from home. Home not equipped with this type of thermostat? Consider upgrading to one. Simply turning your thermostat back 10 to 15 degrees for 8 hours can save you up to 15 percent a year on your heating bill!

Have questions or concerns about your home’s furnace? Patterson Plumbing & Heating is a full service company prepared to repair the smallest heating problem to the largest heating problems. We’re experts on all brands, makes and models. Contact us today for fast, friendly, and courteous service: 719-544-4922.

The Guide to Winter Maintenance

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Tis the season for gathering with friends and family near a warm fire. But this is also prime time for Mother Nature to wreak havoc on our homes and even our health. Follow the below winter maintenance checklist, courtesy of Angie’s List, to protect your most valuable assets this season:

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Call for an inspection: Lack of proper HVAC maintenance is one of the number one reasons for “no heat” calls. Not only does calling for an inspection help ensure everything is in good working condition, but it can also detect potential health hazards (ie: carbon monoxide leak).

Change Dirty Filters: Switching to clean filters helps your system operate more efficiently and thus reduces your energy costs. More importantly, a cleaner filter means improved indoor air quality!

Check Ductwork: Make sure all ductwork is sealed at joints and intersections to prevent heated air from leaking. Your warm air may be seeping out into the attic or crawl space – where it’s not needed. Or, the cold outside air can be drawn in instead. Either way, this increases your heating costs and reduces your indoor comfort.

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Insultate Exposed Pipes: Pipes located in unheated areas are the most likely to freeze, while pipes that have been frozen in the past are more susceptible, now, to damage. Adding heat tape to these pipes prior to insulating can offer an extra layer of protection. Be sure to follow the manufacturers instructions.

Keep Cabinet Doors Open: If you have small children, remove anything that could be hazardous. Otherwise, open cabinet doors below the kitchen and bathroom sinks to help warm air circulate around those pipes.

Locate Your Shut Off Valve: If you have a winter retreat planned that will be taking you away from the home, shut off the water at the main shut-off valve to prevent any emergencies while you’re away!

For more information on prepping your home this season, download Angie’s List’s full guide here »

At Patterson Plumbing & Heating, we’re available for all of your home’s winter maintenance needs. Give one of our expert technicians a call today: 719-544-4922. Don’t forget to LIKE us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for more updates and industry news.

Save Money On Your Heating Bill This Season!

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We know how much Colorado weather fluctuates. While now, information on saving on your heating bill may seem irrelevant – once the winter chill officially sets in having this in your back pocket is sure to help you prepare for the fall/winter season.

Keep the below tips in mind when looking to save on your heating and energy bills:

Turn Down The Thermostat: Did you know you can save about 3% on your heating bill for every degree that you set back your thermostat? When you leave the house, turn your thermostat down and turn it back up a bit when you return home. There’s no need to heat the house while nobody’s in it!

Insulate: Make sure your home is properly insulated. Insulating is an affordable way to retain heat in your home. You can save as much as 20-30% on your heating bills by insulating your attic and basement.

Lower Your Hot Water Heater: We understand there is nothing better than taking a hot, steamy shower in the middle of winter to thaw out. However, keeping your water heater set to a high temperature is burning money faster than you can imagine. Sacrifice a few degrees for tremendous savings!

Turn On Your Ceiling Fan: Hot air rises! Turning your ceiling fan on in reverse can actually circulate warm air around your home.

Start A Fire: If you have a wood-burning fireplace in your home, start a fire! This is an inexpensive way to heat your home without turning up the thermostat.

Open Blinds and Curtains: Opening your blinds and curtains during the day will allow natural heat from the sun to enter through your windows. Close them at night to retain the warmth.

Our plumbers, drain cleaning techs and home heating and air conditioning professionals can repair any problem with your home’s plumbing, furnace, boiler or air conditioning. To learn more about what we can do for you, dial (719) 554-4922 today!

Plus, don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @PatPlumbingInc to keep up-to-date with Patterson Plumbing.

Go Tankless!

Say hello to the energy efficient way to meet all of your hot water needs: Tankless Hot Water Heaters.

Conventional hot water heaters, heat and store hot water 24 hours a day – all of that constant heating and reheating of water is not only an enormous waste of energy, but money as well. Choose to go tankless! These compact units can produce and supply endless hot water – at constant temperature.

Learn about how the tankless system operates here:

At Patterson Plumbing and Heating our expert installation and replacement technicians will safely remove your old water heater and install an energy efficient tankless system. We offer replacement and installation of all makes and models, gas or electric.

We know how important hot water is for day–to–day comfort and sanitation. We’ll respond promptly, diagnose your situation and give you options for your tankless hot water heater repair. If you need a new tankless water heater or replacement, we’ll listen to your needs and recommend the on–demand hot water heater replacement system that is best for your family and get it installed and operational quickly. Call us today at 719.544.4922.

Now’s the Time to Schedule a Furnace Checkup

As we head into fall, it’s time to start preparing your home for the cold, harsh winter. One of the most important things you can get done this autumn is furnace maintenance. According to This Old House, a professional cleaning and inspection in the fall ensures your furnace won’t wear out this winter. Let’s take a closer look at why now’s the time to schedule a furnace checkup:

To keep your family safe

During your annual furnace checkup, your Patterson Plumbing technician can identify issues that may seem harmless, but are actually quite dangerous. Your furnace is designed to emit exhaust out of a flute of chimney. If a component isn’t working properly, deadly carbon monoxide could poison your home’s air.

To extend its lifespan

Your furnace needs to be checked annually to make sure it’s not being put under too much strain. An overworked furnace will work less efficiently, require more repairs, and burn out quickly. Our heating experts will assess your furnace to verify that it’s maintaining peak operating efficiency, which will in turn extend its lifespan.

To improve energy efficiency

When cold weather hits, it’s important that your furnace is running as smoothly as possible. A dirty furnace must work harder to keep your home comfortable during the winter, resulting in increased energy consumption.

Don’t wait until your furnace breaks down to call Patterson Plumbing. Stalling is not only inefficient, but could put you and your family in danger this winter. Call us at 719-544-4922 to make an appointment that’s convenient for you, and don’t forget to like us on Facebook for more tips!

Protect Your Home from Heating Accidents

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As you know temperatures have been fluctuating quite a bit this week, from the 30s to the forecasted 60s later on. While we still have chilly nights on the horizon, it’s important to keep warm – but to do so while also knowing how to protect your home against potential heating system accidents.

In fact, the month of February is reported to be among the top three months where the most home heating equipment fires occur. Thankfully, with the below proper safety precautions, you can keep your home and family perfectly safe and warm until springtime:

  • Anything that can burn, keep at least three feet away from furnaces, fireplaces, wood stoves and portable space heaters.
  • Have one of our expert technicians at Patterson Plumbing & Heating install space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment to your home.
  • Schedule an annual inspection every year with one of our trained experts.
  • Don’t forget to turn off any portable heaters when leaving or going to bed.
  • Install and maintain carbon monoxide (CO) alarms to avoid the risk of CO poisoning, and be sure to test smoke alarms at least once a month to avoid any problems.

Keep your home warm and safe by properly taking care of your heating system and the surrounding space. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an inspection, don’t hesitate to give us a call today at 719-544-4922!