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Plumbing, Electrical, and HVAC New Year's Resolutions

The best way to accomplish your goals is to break them up into smaller, more achievable tasks. So instead of simply saying that you should try to save money, reduce energy use, and create a safer living environment, we have divided these goals into simple, actionable steps that you can actually get done this year.

We are excited to get more organized and efficient in 2016. Are you?

PLUMBING

1. Watch what you flush! Remember that only human waste and toilet paper should be flushed down the toilet. It’s as simple as that; everything else should be thrown in the trash, including:

  • tampons
  • wet wipes
  • medicine
  • Q-tips
  • hair
  • tissues
  • etc.

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2. Cut down on your water use! There are many things you can do to reduce your water consumption. To save money and the environment, consider implementing the following simple changes to your schedule:

  • Repair any leaks in your faucets, pipes, and toilets. If you hear water running when it shouldn’t, call your local plumber as soon as possible. (Houston Plumber –(713) 364-0226)
  • Install low-flow water heads and faucets to reduce the rate at which water flows from your pipes and fixtures.
  • Limit shower time to the time it takes you to wash up and rinse off. Wash your teeth and face in the sink and turn off the water as you are scrubbing. Doing this alone can save you over 3,500 gallons a year!
  • Insulate your pipes so that hot water will arrive faster, limiting the amount of wasted water you have to use to begin to feel the heat.
  • Only use your dishwasher and dryer when you have a full load to do.
  • Use a rinse-bin for washing dishes. Fill it with soap and hot water and use it to pre-rinse your dishes. If you use a dishwasher, you usually do not need to pre-rinse.
  • Don’t run the hose while washing your car. Use a soapy bucket and the hose only when you are ready for rinsing.

Electrical

1. Inspect home for electrical hazards. Go around your home and make sure you have GFCI-protected outlets installed in all of your bathrooms and kitchens and for any outdoor outlet. Wherever there is the potential for moisture, have all outlets in the vicinity installed with GFCI protection.

Check electrical cords for fraying and damage. Never run cords under rugs or anywhere where they could be tripped over or stepped on.

If you have small children, consider purchasing and installing baby-proof outlet protectors. While you are doing this, make sure all your outlets have faceplates.

To stop air leaks through your electrical outlets, install foam gaskets to seal the area around your faceplate.

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2. Schedule an annual electrical inspection once a year! For the safety of you and your family and the proper functioning of your electrical system, you should schedule a safety inspection by your local, licensed electrician at least once a year.

Universal Home Experts will check your whole electrical system, make sure you have working carbon monoxide and smoke detectors, detect any current or future problems, and educate you about the status and safety of your electrical system.

You will rest easy knowing that your home is completely safe from an electrical accidents.

Heating & Cooling

1. Check and/or change your air filters every month. Most homeowners will not need to replace their air filter every month, but if you have pets or have your system running all the time, you will notice that your air filter needs to be changed quite frequently.

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By maintaining a clean air filter in your heating and cooling systems, you will stave off expensive repairs, allowing your HVAC system to serve you better and longer. Choose a filter with a Minimum Efficiency Reporting (MER) between 8 and 12 and make sure you are inserting the filter in correctly.

Click here for a video tutorial for checking/changing your air filter.

2. Schedule annual maintenance on your heating and cooling systems! Besides making sure your air filter is clean and breathable, the next most important thing you can do is remember to schedule annual maintenance on your HVAC system. We recommend scheduling heating maintenance in the fall or early winter and cooling maintenance in the late winter or early spring.

Scheduling maintenance on your HVAC system is almost as important as choosing the right HVAC company to do it for you. Make sure you get a licensed, background checked professional to maintain your system.

Regular tune-ups will save you lots of money in the long run and save you money on your monthly heating and cooling bill. A regularly maintained HVAC system lasts twice as long as an unmaintained one. This is why manufacturer guarantees only apply to systems that have been regularly maintained over their lifetime.

Call Universal Home Experts to schedule you annual heating maintenance today! Houston HVAC(713) 364-0226.