Top Homeowner Questions
As a homeowner, it's just a matter of time before you may need some help from a plumber, electrician or HVAC technician. It's only natural to have questions and concerns about these systems and with just a few steps, be prepared when calamity strikes. The following are arguably the top homeowner questions that we hear in the field from homeowners like yourself:
Q: Do I really need to change my HVAC air filter as often as it is suggested?
A: Yes! Think about your HVAC system as if it was your car. You change the oil, perform regular maintenance, and even give it the occasional car wash. Your HVAC system is a mechanical piece of equipment that requires yearly preventative maintenance and a schedule of air filter changes. With thousands of moving parts and the variability of air being pushed through the system, a simple air filter change can help prevent future break downs and increase the efficiency of your system as well as your air quality. You wouldn't run your car 100,000 miles without changing the oil, the same goes for your HVAC system. Changing your air filter is a must!
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Q: My water bill seems to be higher; what do I do now?
A: If you feel that your water bill has increased, this is a something that needs to be addressed immediately. Call the professionals right away! The variety of reasons that can cause this type of increase in water usage are plenty. Some can end in catastrophe. Others may be just as simple as a leaky toilet. Go throughout your home and make a thorough assessment of your faucets, toilets, water heater and any exposed plumbing for noticeable leaks. Look at your walls and ceilings for damp spots. Don't forget the basement and closets! Water has a way of creeping into the smallest of nooks and crannies and can cause thousands of dollars worth of damage if not fixed.
Q: If I don't have an outlet nearby, I can just use extension cords to power my electronics right?
A: Wrong! Extension cords are a great tool to use when you need electricity in areas that you don't have an outlet. Don't be deceived by today's overuse of extension cords. They are meant to be temporary solutions when you don't have access to a nearby outlet. CPSC estimates that there are about 3,300 residential fires each year, killing 50 people and injuring about 270 others. The most frequent causes of electrical fires are short circuits, overloading, damage, and/or misuse of extension cords, power strips, and surge protectors. If you are regularly using extension cords to bring power to a certain area, a simple and permanent solution is to have a licensed electrician place an outlet where you need it! Another great budget friendly solution is to install whole home surge protection instead of using power strips at all outlets.
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