When you think of HVAC, you probably think of your heat and air conditioning, but it applies to so many other areas of your home, too. HVAC encompasses your ventilation system and ductwork, as well as some of your home’s plumbing.
You might need air conditioning services because your AC stops working, but you should check the website of the AC and heating installation company you used. Chances are good that the company you hired also provides plumbing work. That might sound odd, but your AC heating and cooling unit involves water lines and the same company employees, plumbers as well as HVAC technicians.
That means you can save yourself time and stick the business card of the company you hired for AC repair jobs on the refrigerator. This lets you quickly find it to phone when the kitchen sink leaks, or the boiler has a problem.
You can hire the same people to repair the AC ventilation system as the heater and the leaky sink. You may find a company that also works with outdoor issues, such as the soffits and gutters on the home’s exterior.
Did you know that, according to research firm IBIS, there are 715,387 American plumbing contractors, and the Energy Information Administration (EIA) reveals that a staggering 90% of new homes feature built-in central air conditioning? Heating and plumbing services, also commonly referred to as HVAC services, tackle it all, including heating, plumbing, and air conditioning. When should you seek help from an HVAC repair company, and how can the same companies help reduce energy consumption and costs?
The average American home wastes 9,000 gallons of water waiting for temperatures to warm up. The most common plumbing problems, including clogged toilets and leaky faucets, can easily be mended by a reliable plumber. The same company, however, can also dramatically reduce energy consumption and slash energy bills. How can an affordable plumbing service save you a considerable amount of money?
- Fix all leaks ASAP. Even small leaks waste gallons of water, and can be noticeable on monthly water bills.
- Install an energy efficient water heater. An energy efficient water heater can reduce energy bills by as much as 25%.
- Consider low flow fixtures. Low flow, energy saving shower heads and faucets are extremely cost effective, running only $10 to $20 per unit, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Homeowners can save anywhere from 25%-65% off energy bills using low flow fixtures.Air Conditioning Costs
The EIA reveals that 100 American homes currently use central air conditioning, and 76% are located in the Midwestern U.S. Whenever homes are located, central air affords individuals and families a certain amount of comfort, and can even promote good health. How? Well-maintained units, or units cleaned and inspected twice per year (once before summer and once before winter), filter air, often removing and/or trapping dust and other common allergens. Heating and cooling companies can help residents install energy efficient air conditioners as well. Energy efficient models consume less energy, and often include a timer that slowly, and automatically, raises temperatures while homeowners are asleep, or at work.