Posts made in December, 2016

There’s A Chill In The Air: 3 Steps To Keep Your Home Warm In The Winter

Winter is in full gear now. You expect to feel the cold on your cheeks when you go outside. However, it’s not something you expect when you’re inside your home. If you’re feeling a chill in the air from inside your home, it’s time to add some weatherization. Taking a few steps to weatherize your home will keep you warm in the winter and reduce your heating costs. Here are three methods you can use to keep your home warm in the winter.

Replace Your Doors and Windows

If it’s been a while since your home had new doors and windows, it’s time to replace them. This is particularly true if they’re beginning to show signs of aging. Replacing your doors and windows will help keep the cold air outside where it belongs. Not sure how to tell if you need to replace your doors and windows? Here are some quick ways to identify potential problems.


Look at your exterior-facing doors. If you see cracks in them, it’s time to get replacements. If you’re not sure whether you’re seeing cracks, head outside and close the door. With the door closed, look at it closely. If you can see light coming from the closed door, your door needs to be replaced.


To determine whether your windows need replacing do the “look and feel” test. First, look at the glass. If your dual-pane windows have a fog between the two sheets of glass, the seal has been broken. Now, place your hand near the frame. If you can feel cold air coming through on your hand, there’s no longer a tight fit between the window frame and your home. If you notice any of these problems, it’s time to get replacement windows.

Update Your Insulation

If you think your insulation should last forever, you’re mistaken. Over time, the insulation in your home can wear out. When that happens, your home will no longer be as energy-efficient as it should. To make sure your warm air stays in your home this winter, add a new layer of insulation in your attic.

Install a Humidifier

If you want to keep your home a few degrees warmer without turning the thermostat up, use a humidifier. Running a humidifier in your home during the winter will keep you warmer. If a whole-house humidifier isn’t in your budget, bring a couple of portable units in.

Winter is finally here. If the cold temperatures have followed you indoors, it’s time to do some weatherization. Use the suggestions provided here to keep your home warm this winter.

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3 Tips For Changing The Filter Of Your HVAC System

Most likely, you know the importance of changing your HVAC filter regularly. However, not many people know how frequently or infrequently they should do it. If you wait too long, it can cause problems with the HVAC system. However, if you change it too soon, you could be wasting money and time. Here are three tips to consider when it comes to changing the HVAC filter:

Change More Often if You Have Allergies:

If you suffer from allergies, it’s best to change the filter more often since even just a little buildup of debris on the filter can be released into the air, making it less than clear from allergens. You will be much more comfortable in your own home if you change the filter every month. You should also consider replacing the filter with allergen-reducing filters that are made to trap more particles in the air. These are slightly more expensive, but they can significantly reduce how often you suffer from allergies throughout the year. 

Change More Often With Pets:

If you have pets in your home, you need to change the filter more often because pet fur will clog it more easily. If you only have one pet, you can get away with changing the filter every month. However, if you have multiple pets, you’re going to want to change the filter every couple of weeks. To make this more affordable for you, you should consider the cheapest filter option. This way, you can continue to change it every couple of weeks without worrying about cost, which is important to avoid costly repairs that come from having a clogged filter. 

Change the Filter According to Manufacturer Instructions:

When it comes to changing the filter, you should do it according to the manufacturer’s instructions if you don’t have allergies or pets that will make you have to change it more often. This is usually every three months. Be sure to talk to the professionals about this so that you are changing it at the right time. And always be sure that you are purchasing filters that are recommended for your type of HVAC system. 

When you follow these three tips, you can be sure that you avoid problems that come with a clogged filter in the future. You can also be sure that the air quality in your home does not become worse when you use the HVAC system. For more information, speak with an HVAC company like Bishop Plumbing, Heating and Cooling.

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