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Holiday Comfort Tips

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

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‘Tis the season! With family and friends arriving, holiday celebrations happening, and large volumes of Christmas cookies baking, the holidays can certainly make for hectic homes.

And, with 15 days until Christmas and 22 days until New Year’s, there is very little time to prepare your home in a manner that ensures your guests feel welcomed and remain comfortable during their entire stay.

This holiday season, our wish for you is that you’ll find the following holiday comfort tips helpful, so that you and your guests can enjoy the holidays without too much added stress.

Tried and True Holiday Comfort Tips

Tip #1: Establish a Cozy Indoor Temperature

With guests coming and going, establishing a cozy indoor temperature may be a bit tricky, but you needn’t worry as it is definitely doable. To keep your home comfortable, without wasting energy, place cozy areas rugs throughout as well as have your heating system serviced by a professional HVAC technician.

Tip #2: Stock the Pantry

Stock your pantry and fridge full of comfort foods for those times when unexpected guests arrive on your doorstep (trust me it’s bound to happen). We recommend having plenty of tortilla chips, salsa, refried beans, pasta, sauce, cheese, sour cream, eggs and mac and cheese on hand for a quick dinner. As much as it is obvious that we should all be following the sensible guidelines from the Health Tree or from a personal nutritionist, we all know that the holidays are meant for a little indulgence at the dinner table.

Tip #3: Spread the Joy

I know this holiday comfort tip may be a little off topic, but it is important to note that no matter how busy we get during the holidays, we should still remember that there are people out there less fortunate than us as well as those that may be struggling with the “holiday blues.”

Spreading the joy of the season with others just by saying “Happy Holidays” has a way of making even the gloomiest of days brighter for both you and the receiver of said greeting. If possible, you can also contribute to a family in need, by contacting your local Salvation Army.

Happy Holidays!

Money Saving Tips for Heating Your Home This Winter

Monday, November 10th, 2014

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In case you didn’t know, it’s November already, which means it’s time for homeowners to start turning on those heaters. It’s also that time of year where people like to take long hot showers and of course, that causes the water heater costs to go into overdrive. In a few weeks’ time, holiday shoppers will be out in droves, looking for the best deal on gifts.

With the wallet pinching that comes with this time of year, we at A-Peoria Plumbing thought what better way was there to help homeowners save money on heating costs, than to provide them with some helpful money saving tips.

Money Saving Tips #1: Regulate Your Thermostat

To save money when heating your home this winter, the first and most important thing you should do is to check what temperature your thermostat is set at, the higher the temperature the more you’ll be shelling out.

According to the Department of Energy, you save up to 10 percent off of your monthly utility bills, just by setting your thermostat to a toasty 70 degrees. These savings can be used for a programmable thermostat in just one month.

Money Saving Tips #2: Insulation is a Home’s Best Defense

Insulation is your home’s best defense against high energy bills. It provides many benefits including minimizing heat transfers in the winter and summer months, provides ventilation, controls moisture and increases comfort.

Bringing your home’s insulation up to code, along with using high R-value rated products, can save you 20 to 30 percent off of your monthly utility bills. To determine the level of insulation you’ll need, use this calculator.

Money Saving Tips #3: Dial Back Your Hot Water Settings

Water heaters, according to the Department of Energy, account for 14 to 25 percent of your home’s monthly utility bills. No wonder considering they come factory set at 140 degrees, hot enough to scald, and run 24/7.

For every 10 degrees you dial back your hot water heater’s temperature, you’ll save 3 to 5 percent, 120 degrees will keep your hot water at a comfortable level during the winter. Insulating it will save you even more.

Money Savings Tips #4: Annual Heater Maintenance and Tune-Up

Ensure your heating system works at peak performance by using Goodman furnace products and having a reputable HVAC service technician provide you with a comprehensive heater maintenance inspection and tune-up once per year before the cold sets in.