Prepping Your System for the Winter

Prepping for winterThe temperature has already started to dip below the level to which we’re comfortable and most of us have already turned on the heat in our homes.  However, many homeowners haven’t taken the proper precautions before pumping up the heat in our homes.  Here are some tips for prepping your system for the winter before we head into full time heating.

  • Filter – That’s right, it’s time to change the filter again. As we get into the cold and flu season, a clean filter is very important.  Allergens and dirt from outside tends to build up on our current filter and can exacerbate colds and lead to sinus issues. 
  • Clean Outside – If you haven’t kept up with the outside unit of your HVAC system, use this time to do so. Sweep up all of the leaves and debris that have built up under the unit during the fall.  If there are small sticks or twigs that have made their way into the top vent of the unit, clean those up as well.  It is imperative for the functioning of the system.
  • Find Your Setting – If your heating bills are getting expensive, find the setting at which the majority of your family is comfortable and keep it at that setting. Keep in mind that blankets and layers are also available to the members of the family who are cold.  
  • Seal Your Cracks – If there is cold seeping in through the cracks around your windows and doors, seal them. You may not notice how much of your heat is leaking through those cracks, but it’s significant.  Using some caulk, you can stop the loss of heat and save some money.
  • Inspection – If you haven’t turned on the heat just yet, it’s time for an inspection. There can be a lot of issues associated with broken or malfunctioning furnaces, so call a professional to give it a quick look. 

If you’ve considered upgrading your system, or even if you just need an inspection, now is the time.  Contact us today!

 

 

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G Proof Fan with High G-Force Tolerance Released

SANYO DENKI has developed and launched the G Proof Fan series designed to withstand high levels of g-force. These G Proof Fans are the first in the industry to be available in these sizes as the San Ace 120GP 9GP […]

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New Heat Exchange Module Launched

CoolIT Systems (CoolIT), world leader in energy efficient liquid cooling solutions for HPC, Cloud, and Enterprise markets, has expanded its Rack DCLC™ product line with the release of the AHx2 Heat Exchange Module. This compact Liquid-to-Air heat exchanger makes it […]

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Estimating Internal Air Cooling Temperature Reduction in a Closed Box Utilizing Thermoelectrically Enhanced Heat Rejection

An earlier article in this column considered the problem of cooling electronic components in a closed box [1]. In outdoor applications for example, it may be necessary to totally seal the box to prevent exposure to airborne particulates, water droplets […]

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Thermal Live Announces 2017 Thermal Management Product of the Year Winner

Colder Products Company (CPC), the leading provider of quick disconnect couplings, fittings and connectors for plastic tubing, has been awarded Electronics Cooling’s Thermal Live™ 2017 Thermal Management Product of the Year. This award for their LQ2 Series quick disconnect couplings […]

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Thermal Management Considerations in High Power Coaxial Attenuators and Terminations

The testing and troubleshooting of high power and high frequency systems such as distributed antenna systems (DAS), base stations, and various radar applications require buffering to prevent a power overload to the testing equipment and sensitive subsystem internal circuitry. With […]

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How to Host Without Going Broke

HolidaysWith the holiday season kicking off just two short weeks from now, a lot of people are starting to fret over the added costs that will automatically happen.  There’s the gift-giving, the office party clothes, and the cost of hosting guests for the holiday meals.  More people doesn’t just mean more mouths to feed, it means more of everything!  Here are some tips and tricks on how to host without going broke.

  • Dial It Back – With a bunch of extra people milling around your house, all of the body heat is going to cause a natural rise in temperature, plus you’re probably going to be cooking, so cut back on the heating. You’ll save money and you don’t have to hear your aunt complain that she’s too hot to help with the dishes.
  • Set a Shower Limit – If you have a set budget for most of your expenses, even the addition of one shower is going to register with you. If you’re hosting your whole family in your home, chances are it’s going to be a lot more than one additional shower, especially if they’re in town for an extended visit.  Set a shower time limit.  Don’t go crazy with it, but tell people you’d like to keep showers to a certain amount of time in order to ensure everyone has hot water.  However, you’re going to have to stick to it yourself!
  • Use What Is Needed – You don’t have to cook everything in your oven at different times. Cook everything that needs to be baked, at the same time.  If there are things that can be cooked in a smaller appliance like a toaster oven, a roasting oven, or the microwave then use those.  They use a lot less energy than your regular oven does and it will free up your time a bit too.
  • Chock Full – Having people in your house means you are going to have a lot more dishes, laundry, and your food is going to disappear faster. Start their visit with a full refrigerator as a full fridge uses less energy.  Also make sure the dishwasher and the washing machine are full when you’re running them.  If you don’t, you’ll be wasting money.

Hosting family is always a bit of a harrowing experience.  Don’t make it worse with a heating emergency.  Get your system checked out by contacting us!

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