Heating and Plumbing Tips for Fall and Winter

While the chilly weather might put an end on typical summer activities, like having a backyard barbecue or practicing outdoor sports, you can still enjoy the fall and the winter. Staying cozied up in your home in the company of some friends is not so bad—as long as your heating systems are working properly. Remember that a warm home also means a warm heart, so take a look at these heating and plumbing tips:

Is Your Heating System Cost-Effective?

Imagine that your house is full of guests on December 24th. While you’re taking the turkey out of the oven, you see people shivering at the table—and it’s not with excitement because of your Christmas dinner. It’s because they’re cold. It only takes a broken furnace or boiler to ruin what otherwise would be a perfect night.  

Preventive maintenance is the key to avoid a situation like that. A professional can help you evaluate the efficiency of your heating system, identify problems, and determine if it needs to be repaired or replaced. Sometimes you can save on your energy bills by replacing your old furnace with a new model, which proves to be a great investment in the long run.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 48% of the energy consumption in American homes comes from heating and cooling. An inefficient heater, furnace, or boiler can make you waste money without properly heating up your home.

Here’s an easy way to discover if your heating equipment is efficient or not: Check its annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) percentage. Anything above 90% is excellent, whereas mid-efficiency heating systems stay in the 80% range, and low-efficiency heating systems hardly go over 70%.

Plumbing and Heating Checklist

  • Insulate your pipes if you live in a place that experiences freezing temperatures in the winter.
  • Check if your outdoor faucets are leaking or dripping.
  • Seal your doors and windows to prevent cold air from entering your home.
  • Replace your air filter if it is dirty or clogged.
  • Pay attention to unusual noises coming from your pipes or heating system.
  • Schedule repairs and replacements for the months of fall.

Do you need any help to put these tips into practice? At Goff Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing, our skilled team strives to give our customers the exceptional services they deserve. We can ensure that your plumbing and heating system won’t cause you problems in the fall and winter months. Give us a call at (903) 838-6923 to book your fall preventive maintenance today!