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Friday, January 18 2019

An Import Service Alert from Stan Perkoski

After every polar blast, our phones ring with requests from our Delaware, Pennsylvania and Maryland customers to fix frozen pipes. Here are some tips to help you avoid such expensive repairs and the damage to walls and furnishings that often accompanies frozen pipes.

Preventing Frozen Pipes:

  1. Keep your home temperature 68 degrees or higher even if you plan to be away for extended periods.
  2. Open cabinet doors below sinks to allow for air circulation.
  3. If supply lines run through your garage walls, be sure to keep the doors shut.
  4. If supply lines run through cold areas, insulate them or install heat tape (available from home centers and hardware stores).
  5. If for any reason you lose heat, run a slow drip from faucets. The cost of wasted water will be far less than repairs to pipes, walls and furnishings should your pipes freeze.

Thawing a Frozen Pipe:

  1. If only a trickle comes out when you open a faucet, suspect a frozen pipe.
  2. Locate the frozen section. Likely places include where your water service enters your home, where pipes run along exterior walls or through non-insulated areas of your home. 
  3. Carefully check the pipe for damage. Copper and plastic lines are particularly likely to split if frozen.
  4. If you have any difficulty locating the frozen area, if it is in an inaccessible area, or if you are NOT ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN that there is no damage to the pipe, call your Stan Perkoski's professionals at 866-PERKOSKI / 866-737-5675.
  5. If you decide to thaw the pipe, keep the faucet open. As you treat the frozen pipe, water will begin to flow through the frozen area. This flow will help melt ice in the pipe.
  6. Apply heat to the section of pipe using a space heater or electric hair drier. DO NOT USE A BLOWTORCH OR ANY OPEN-FLAME METHOD.
  7. Keep applying heat until full water pressure is restored.
  8. Check the water pressure in all other faucets in your home. If one pipe freezes, others may freeze too.
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Friday, January 18 2019

One of the most frequent winter heating complaints we hear is of room temperature swings. One minute a room feels too cold; the next it's too hot. This often results in "thermostat juggling" which while NEVER solving the problem ALWAYS WASTES ENERGY.

Here are two steps you can take to improve your family's comfort and your home's energy efficiency:

  1. During the colder months, set your ceiling fans to run counter clockwise. Then run them on the slowest speed when you're in that room. This will keep warm air from pooling on the ceiling and keep it circulating.
  2. If yours is a high-efficiency system with a variable speed blower, set the fan to run continuously. This will improve circulation and keep temperatures stable. Unlike standard speed blowers, these run slowly and ramp up gradually as needed. Their DC motors consume a small fraction of the energy consumed by standard blower motors. The result: less noise, more consistent heat and more energy savings because you're less likely to fiddle with that thermostat.

Don't have a system with variable speed but interested in learning what higher efficiency can mean to your family's comfort and budget? Schedule a no-cost no-pressure no-obligation consultation today.

Posted by: Stan Perkoski AT 01:35 pm   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Friday, January 18 2019
Adding Humidity to Your Home in Winter Keeps You Comfortable at Lower Thermostat Settings

Our bodies are self-regulating systems. More critical to your comfort than room temperature is how your body regulates its own temperature. That's why your summer comfort depends on "conditioned air" -- air that is not only cooled but more importantly de-humidified. The drier the air, the higher the rate of moisture's evaporation from your skin and thus the more your body cools.

For comfort in winter, relative humidity is just as important. The heat produced by your furnace or heat pump is extremely dry. By adding humidity, you slow the body's cooling process thus increasing comfort.

With proper humidity, you'll feel comfortable at lower thermostat settings. And for every degree you lower the thermostat, you will consume about 5% less energy. With proper humidification, most homeowners can save 20% to 30% on heating costs during the coldest days and nights of winter.

Other benefits of whole-home humidification include:

  • Elimination of annoying static electricity,
  • Longer life for fine furniture, fabrics and artwork, and
  • A healthier family less susceptible to winter colds and flu.

Today's humidifiers no longer rely on the standing water that caused mold and mildew problems in the past. Learn more now. Schedule a no-cost no-pressure no-obligation consultation today.

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Friday, January 04 2019
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