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A-Professional Heating and Air - Winter 2016

A Professional Heating and Air Winter 2016 Newsletter

DON’T LET YOUR CHRISTMAS PARTY WREAK HAVOC ON YOUR HOME

So, you’re throwing a Christmas party this year—that’s great! You’ll want to consider what kind of food

you’re going to buy, who you’re going to invite, how many people you’ll be inviting, and how you’ll be

decorating. And of course, you’ll want to make sure your home is ready, too.

We aren’t talking about whether or not your home is clean and uncluttered—although this is likely a

huge part of your party planning—but rather whether or not your plumbing, electrical, and HVAC

systems can handle the increased demand about to be placed on them. Remember, an ounce of

prevention is worth a pound of cure—reducing your risks now means entering 2017 without a problem

in sight.

HOW TO PREP YOUR PLUMBING FOR A PARTY

Planning on doing some cooking before and during your party? Avoid putting certain foods and waste

material down your kitchen sink. We understand that in the haste and bustle of planning a party, things

can get overlooked. But if you truly want a stress–free affair, then FOG (fats, oils, and grease), potato

skins, celery, and coffee grounds should never meet your garbage disposal.

The kitchen isn’t the only room you should worry about. Your bathroom is going to be under increased

demand during your Christmas part as well. If children will be present, be sure to remind them of proper

toilet paper use, and don’t allow food in the bathroom as it may end up getting purposefully or

accidentally flushed—creating a stubborn clog. It’s also unwise to leave any small objects or Christmas

decorations behind or on top of the toilet back—these could fall into the toilet and create a blockage.

TAKE CARE WITH YOUR LIGHTING

Speaking of decorations, lighting safety is huge during this time of the year. Christmas parties inspire

Christmas decorations, and in the excitement it’s easy to forget that your home’s electrical grid can only

take so much. If you’re utilizing outdoor lighting, then you want to ensure the outlets you have available

are GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) protected. And when using Christmas lighting indoors, be

careful about using too many power strips and/or high wattage decorations.

DON’T FORGET ABOUT YOUR HVAC SYSTEM

Whether your Christmas party is taking place on a chilly night or a warm one, when you add a significant

amount of extra bodies to a room, both the temperature and the humidity rises. Make sure your air

conditioning system is well maintained and any repair needs are taken care of, so that if you do need to

utilize it to cool off and rid your home of excess moisture, it’s fully prepared to do so.

ENJOY YOURSELF!

The most important thing to remember when you are hosting a holiday party of any kind is that you’re

there to have fun and be around the friends and family that you love. So long as you prepare the best

you can, you can enjoy yourself and have a great event. We hope your Christmas party goes off without

a hitch!

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WHAT TO DO IF YOUR HEATER LEAVES YOUR HOLIDAY GUESTS FEELING COLD

Modern heating systems have only gotten more and more effective over the years. Like any other

mechanical system, however, any heater can run into operational problems from time to time. Some

times are more convenient than others, of course. When you have guests arriving at your home later in

the day, and your heater just failed, "convenient" is probably not the word that you’d use to describe

the situation.

Fortunately for you, heating technicians are available even around the holiday season. Homeowners

cannot simply be expected to put up with cold temperatures in their homes until regular business hours

resume once more. Before you go scheduling emergency heating services, though, there are a few

things to check on your own.

USING A HEAT PUMP? IS IT IN HEATING MODE?

First of all, make sure that your heat pump is actually in heating mode. Because heat pumps both heat

and cool homes, it is possible that your system was just accidentally switched over to the cooling mode.

If this is the case, the flip of a switch is all that is necessary to get your heater back to blowing warm air

to keep your guests comfortable.

DID YOU DOUBLE CHECK TEMPERATURE SETTINGS?

No matter what type of heater you use, it is controlled by a thermostat. This may sound obvious, but

you should always double check to make sure that your thermostat is set properly and that the system is

actually in heating mode, rather than a "fan–only" mode. Radiant heating systems don’t use fans, but

you may have accidentally set the thermostat too low, so you are not feeling the desired effects from its

operation.

WHAT ABOUT TEMPERATURE ZONES?

If your heater is zoned—meaning that you can heat different areas of your home to different

temperatures—check each zone to ensure that comfortable temperatures are set. It can be easy to miss

changes in temperatures throughout the house when you are stuck in a hot kitchen all day. You may be

nice and toasty, but any guests waiting for dinner to be served may be a good deal chillier in the den.

SOME PROBLEMS WILL DEMAND PROFESSIONAL ATTENTION

These are definitely best case scenarios, and there is no guarantee that the issue you’re facing with your

heater is quite this simple. If you cannot find an obvious cause of the problem, then contact your

heating technicians right away. While you focus on getting your guests squared away and dinner on the

table, they can focus on returning your heater to proper operating condition before the winter holidays

start feeling too wintery in your home.

We hope that these tips will help you to deal with any heating issues that you may encounter this

holiday season. Consider this last one a gift from us to you. Schedule routine heating maintenance

before the guests start to arrive. This is not the season for testing your luck when it comes to the

operation of your heater.

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