At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air Blog: Archive for November, 2015

Worried About Germs This Holiday? Consider a UV Air Purifier

Monday, November 30th, 2015

Thanksgiving has come and gone, but Christmas is on the way, and Salt Lake City, UT homeowners will be welcoming friends and family into their homes in the next few weeks. We all love it when those close to us come home for a friendly holiday visit, but out-of-town guests may bring something less-than-welcome with them: germs and viruses. Nothing can spread colds and illnesses like a gaggle of out-of-town germs, which is why we tend to see a lot more illnesses during the holiday season. But you don’t just have to resign yourself to it and stock up on the cold pills. Instead, consider a UV air purifier in your home to handle germs this holiday season.

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3 Common Problems With Radiant Heating Systems

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

A radiant heating system eschews the usual methods of heating your home via a furnace or a boiler. Instead, it consists of a series of heated coils placed beneath your floor, sending warm temperatures up directly through your feet and the furnishings in your home. It costs less to operate from month to month and provided numerous other benefits, not the least of which is a reliable operating record. But when trouble arises, as it sometimes can, Salt Lake City, UT residents have an option to turn to for repairs. Here’s a quick list of 3 common problems with radiant heating systems that you should watch out for.

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Save Money this Winter with an Energy Recovery Ventilator

Monday, November 16th, 2015

As a homeowner, energy efficiency should be a high priority to you. The better your home can retain warm air in the winter and cool air in the summer, the lower your bills will be and the less chance your heater and air conditioner will suffer from a breakdown. Most people in Salt Lake City, UT know some of the basics, such as more insulation and double paned windows to keep the temperature constant, But you may surprised to learn what a more sophisticated installation can do for you. In particular, an energy recovery ventilator placed in your attic can help you save big money this winter. Here’s a quick breakdown on how.

How Does It Work?

An energy recovery ventilator consists of a pair of vents with fans installed in them, linked at the middle by a heat exchanger. The vents never cross paths; one blows air out of your home and the other pulls air into your home. As the air passes through the heat exchanger to swaps out the temperature between the two streams. As a result, the indoor air is refreshed and the indoor air removed without altering the temperature that your heater or air conditioner has worked so hard to create.

How Does That Benefit Me?

In the first place, an energy recovery ventilator takes a lot of the stress off of your heater and air conditioning system, allowing you to save a great deal on monthly bills. Over time, the savings will likely pay for the cost of installation and more. Moreover, it can make for a healthier household environment; we tend to button up our homes in the winter to preserve heat, which can lead to stagnant air that breeds germs. With an energy recovery ventilator, you can lower the risk of illness without having to “air out” your home in the middle of winter.

Contact At Your Service today to install, maintain and repair energy recovery ventilators.

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How to Prevent Frozen Pipes This Winter

Monday, November 9th, 2015

Our winters in Salt Lake City, UT aren’t as cold as they are elsewhere in the country, but that doesn’t mean they don’t get cold. And when it comes to your plumbing, that can lead to a very serious problem: frozen pipes. Water expands when it freezes, and it can be amazingly strong. Frozen water in your pipes means a good chance that the pipes will burst: causing damage to your property and leaving a huge mess behind. A good plumber can help repair that damage, but better than that is finding ways to prevent frozen pipes in the first place There are concrete steps you can take right now to protect your plumbing. The sooner you act on them, the safer your pipes will be.

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3 Tips for Your Thermostat

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

The thermostat is one of the most important components of your heating and air conditioning system, allowing you to have complete control over the temperature – and thus the comfort levels – in your home. That’s especially important as fall turns slowly to winter here in Salt Lake City, UT and we’ll need our heaters and furnaces to keep us warm. Thermostats are used so often that many people end up taking them for granted, and often perpetrate a number of myths in the process. Here’s 3 key tips for your thermostat that can save you money and prevent some of those myths from taking hold.

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