Understanding Plumbing Basics
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Understanding Plumbing Basics

As a new homeowner, I can tell you that things aren't always as simple as they appear. I started thinking about it a few years ago, and I realized that there were some serious problems with our plumbing system. We had issues with drains working correctly and toilets flushing like they should, so I started focusing more heavily on understanding the basics of our plumbing system. Within a few short months the entire system was operating more fluidly because of a few changes that I made, so I wanted to create a blog all about my journey. Check out these articles to learn more about the plumbing basics.


Understanding Plumbing Basics

The Weather Is Changing: How To Prepare Your HVAC For The Transition From Summer To Fall

Jorge Alexander

Fall will be here before you know it. While you're busy enjoying the last warm days of summer, it's time to start thinking about the transition you'll need to make in the next few weeks. That's the transition from an air conditioner to a heater. If you want to keep both systems operating properly, you can't just turn one system off, and turn the other one on. You need to prepare both of them for the next phase. Here's how to get your HVAC system prepared for the transition:

Tune-ups Aren't Just for Your Car

If you thought tune-ups were just for your car, you were wrong. Your HVAC system needs a good tune-up at least once a year, too. During the tune-up, your heater will be cleaned and inspected to ensure that it's ready to be fired up once the weather turns cold. If there are any issues that need to be addressed, this preseason tune-up will allow them to be repaired so that you don't face malfunctions later. Your air conditioner will also be tended to during this maintenance call. The system will be cleaned and prepared for shut down. This preventative maintenance will ensure that your air conditioner won't suffer any damage while it's not in use.

Dirty Filters Hurt

If you're like most people, you don't give your filter much thought throughout the year. Unfortunately, that can lead to disastrous consequences for you and your HVAC system. A clean filter is crucial to the proper operation of both your air conditioner and your heater. Without a clean filter, the air that flows through your home will be filled with dirt, dust and other pollutants. Not only that, but that same dirt will filter through to your heater, which can cause dirt to build up around your furnace. Once that happens, your heater will need to work harder, and you'll be at an increased risk of furnace fires. To protect your HVAC system, and your family, be sure to change the filter while you're performing your pre-fall HVAC maintenance.

Your AC Needs a Winter Coat

During the fall and winter, your air conditioner is going to be outside, exposed to the elements. Those elements can wreak havoc on your air conditioner. To protect your cooling system, and prevent damage, you should put a coat on your air conditioner as soon as fall arrives. Not only will a cover protect your air conditioner against weather damage, it will also prevent pests from building their nests inside it.

Fall is almost here. Make sure your HVAC system is ready for the transition by following the suggestions provided here. Contact a company like H.R. Stewart Inc. for more information and assistance.