Tips For Keeping Your Hot Water Heater Functioning
3 Easy Tips To Keep Your HVAC and Hot Water Heater Functioning Properly
There are reasons to look forward to spring cleaning. Give your home a fresh look by clearing out the winter clutter. Spring cleaning doesn’t have to be difficult or costly. With a few easy steps and you are on your way to saving money and creating a more comfortable home.
Drain the water heater
Imagine a winter morning and everyone in the family is scrambling to be first in line for shower. You turn on the shower only to be rudely awakened to a blast of cold water. A familiar scenario, but luckily, one that can be averted with a little spring cleaning.
Over time, sediment and other dissolved minerals (such as rust, calcium and magnesium) can work their way into your water heater. Since the sediments are heavier than the water, they gradually settle at the bottom of your water heater, causing a build up that can prevent the drain valve from working and reducing the water-holding capacity of the tank. The result could range from a reduction in a steady supply of hot water to a lower quality of water produced. This means that you should to drain the sediment out of your water heater at least once a year, especially if your water has a high mineral content.
How this will increase comfort: While indissoluble sediments that can cause annoyance by reducing water pressure, sediments that can be dissolved can contaminate water with impurities.
By flushing and cleaning out your water heater, you will maintain a high efficiency of your unit and a safe standard of drinking water.
How it saves you money: Sediments at the bottom of your unity can also corrode your heater tank causing it to leak. Without timely repair, such prolonged corrosion and leakages can cause serious water damage to your home. Draining your water heater annually can extend its life and prevent serious water damage to your home that could save you costly repairs.
Changing your air filter
With frequent and daily use of the furnace or HVAC system, your air filter can get filthy. This could cause dust or other air-borne particles to enter and clog up the coils, thus compromising the efficiency of the unit. Not only does this affect the cooling and heating capacity of the unit, but an inefficient filter removes less microscopic particles like dust, pollen, pet dander, bacteria, and mold spores. While air filters can be replaced as frequently as needed, furnaces can be cleaned in the Spring when they are not in use.
How this will increase comfort: Dirty air filters obstruct air flow and reduce the amount of cool air generated in your home. At the same time, they trap, blow and distribute dust from the air duct into the different rooms of the house. This can cause discomfort to allergy sufferers.
How it saves you money:
By routinely cleaning your air filter, you can extend the longevity of your unit. Dirty air filters mean your air cooling or heating unit will need to run longer and harder–above its ideal capacity–to generate the same amount of cool air. Stress and prolonged use, without regular maintenance to your system, can increase your energy bill and lead to expensive repairs.
Install a dehumidifier
Investing in a dehumidifiers for your home can be the perfect answer to the hot and humid Atlanta. The good news is that dehumidifiers also double as a great spring cleaning device.
How this will increase comfort: Dehumidifiers remove moisture from the air and they improve the efficiency of an air-conditioner. In addition, they reduce the growth of mold and mildew that can ruin furniture and even the structure of your home. Furthermore, they prevent the growth of pests like fleas, cockroaches, dust mice which thrive in high levels of humidity.
How it saves you money: By improving air quality and facilitating air flow in air-conditioners, a dehumidifier can lead to significant savings in energy consumption and cost.
Spring Cleaning does not need to be a chore. More importantly, there are tools and strategies out there that you can invest in to facilitate the process.