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Programmable and Smart Thermostat Mistakes to Avoid

A change of 10 degrees for eight hours a day can save you up to 10 percent in heating and AC costs, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. A programmable or smart thermostat makes it easier to stay on top of temperature changes — if you use the device correctly. Take a look at the top thermostat mistakes homeowners should watch out for.

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A Few Reasons To Join An HVAC Service Club

Whether you have a brand-new HVAC system or one that has been in your home for years, regular maintenance is important. A professional that looks over and maintains the system regularly will ensure that it is running at top efficiency to save money.

One way to ensure you don’t forget to have the system serviced is to buy a maintenance agreement, sometimes called a service club or service agreement. When you are part of this plan, the company keeps track of your maintenance schedule and contacts you to let you know when it’s time for a service.

When you buy a service agreement, you make monthly payments to the company. These payments will cover the cost of routine maintenance and provide a discount on parts and labor for any other repairs needed. Here are a few more benefits you receive when you are part of a service club.

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Survive the Summer With These 8 Tips

While most people look forward to the warmth summer brings, you may be likely dreading the season. California already experiences warm weather. But summers can turn brutal and dry in an instant. You don’t have to suffer through the heat, though. With the guide below, you can survive summer — and even enjoy the season a little too.

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3 Things to Know About Smart Water Heaters

To a large extent, the basic building blocks of a home plumbing system have remained largely unchanged with the passing decades. Yet advances in technology have allowed for much innovation when it comes to plumbing appliances. Many of these advances promote greater efficiency, and hence lower energy and water bills. 

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3 Ways You Lose Money If You Avoid AC Maintenance

An HVAC technician doesn’t just provide the labor and parts needed when he or she comes out to service your AC unit. He or she also brings expertise and provides great value for money by helping your AC unit stay at the top of its game. This can improve the overall cost-effectiveness of your AC system in a variety of ways, such as increased energy efficiency.

Unfortunately, many homeowners either don’t get around to scheduling regular AC maintenance or even intentionally avoid it for one reason or another. Here are three ways that you can lose money if you avoid scheduling system maintenance on a regular basis with a professional HVAC technician.


1. Poorly Running Unit

When left to its own devices for years at a time, an AC unit can’t run as well as it was designed to. Typically, it will become less efficient, work harder, and run more loudly with less effect. In fact, the unit’s efficiency may decrease by five percent throughout the year if you don’t keep it clean and well-maintained.

Not only does the reduced efficiency mean you’ll have to pay higher energy bills, but working harder means the unit will wear out faster. This means you’re losing more money in wear and tear and you’ll eventually have to spend even more on replacement parts. You may even have to replace the entire unit more frequently if you don’t bother with regular maintenance.


2. Repair Costs and Compounded Damage

If your AC unit’s coil freezes over and you do a quick internet search on the problem, you may discover that you can simply turn the unit off and wait for it to thaw out. But if you start using the unit again immediately, you’re ignoring the root of the problem. The coil can freeze up again at any time, which could be disastrous if the freeze travels to the compressor.

In this scenario, a simple problem that may have been caused by lack of airflow or low coolant levels can transform into an extremely expensive problem when the compressor (a very expensive part of the unit) fails. This is just one example of how small HVAC issues, some of which you may not even notice on your own, can become much larger if not tended to.


3. Missed Opportunities for Improvement 

When your professional HVAC technician comes out to maintenance your unit, he or she may notice issues that are the result of obsolescence or some other issue rather than of wear and tear. For example, you may have old, uninsulated ducts. Insulating them could help you save money on your energy bills. Or your unit may be surrounded by weeds, blocking the airflow.

Or your technician might even recommend a new type of smart thermostat to help fine-tune your heating and cooling settings. If you avoid regular maintenance, you may not always notice these opportunities yourself, and therefore you’ll continue to lose money on less efficient heating and cooling. Having another pair of eyes and an expert’s opinion can make all the difference.

As you can see, professional maintenance can pay for itself in a variety of ways. This includes not only improved efficiency, but a more convenient quietly running unit as well as reduced repair and replacement costs, expert opinions on improving efficiency, and peace of mind that all is as it should be with your HVAC system and that your unit is unlikely to fail suddenly.

If you’d like to take advantage of the myriad benefits available from a professional maintenance visit, get in touch with JR Putman Plumbing, Heating & Air today and schedule an appointment. We offer maintenance and repair services for not only AC units but furnaces, plumbing and drains, water heaters, and more.

When to Upgrade Your Air Conditioner

Even if your air conditioning seems in tip-top shape now, it probably won’t serve you forever — a time will come when you need to upgrade the system. You need to know when this time comes so you don’t continue to run an AC that is due for an upgrade. Learn some signs that you should upgrade your AC.

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What You Need to Know About Plumbing Maintenance for Toilets

Regular plumbing maintenance is important because it ensures your water pipes, plumbing fixtures, and other crucial plumbing components function properly. Another goal of plumbing maintenance is to spot problems before they grow larger. With a good maintenance plan, you can avoid the leaks and damage associated with plumbing neglect as well as major, potentially expensive plumbing repairs.

But did you know that toilets require plumbing maintenance as well? Read on to discover more about the importance of toilet maintenance.

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