When a storm is coming, it’s important to prepare your home for it. But it’s also important to take the proper steps after the storm has passed. Winds and rain can cause both electrical and structural damages, so keep these things in mind:
Protect Your Home Today
So you’re on the fence about purchasing a new home generator. Our electrical experts are here to help. Here are five ways that you can benefit from getting a new generator installed for your home today:
1. Keep Your Pipes from Freezing
Winters can be brutal. In the case of a winter storm power outage, your pipes can be at risk for freezing if they’re located in unheated areas of your home. Frozen and burst pipes can cause flooding, and repairing the damage can cost thousands of dollars. If you’re able to keep your thermostat set to a warmer temperature during an icy winter, you minimize the risk of flooding caused by frozen or burst pipes.
If you are a snowbird, you may not be home to keep an eye on your pipes during the winter. With a home generator installed by the experts at Oliver, you’ll have peace of mind while you’re away. It’s recommended to keep your thermostat at a minimum of 50 degrees Fahrenheit or 10 degrees Celsius if you are expecting a bad winter storm.
2. Bad Weather & Local Blackout
We are no strangers to bad weather. With winter storms hitting the Northeast hard, one of our biggest concerns is losing our power. With a standby generator installed for your home, you will have peace of mind that if there is a local blackout, you won’t skip a beat.
During a bad storm, the possibility is high that your power may be out for 24 hours or more. What’s worse, a local blackout may occur without any warning. Bad weather is dangerous enough. You need peace of mind with your power so you can focus on other important preparations.
3. You Need to Keep Your Food Safe
The food being stored in your refrigerator is there for a reason: to stay fresh. Perishable items can spoil very quickly and you need to rely on your refrigerator in the case of a sudden power outage. It can only take a few hours for your food to spoil, and if you are not careful, it may even happen without you noticing. You may need to throw out hundreds of dollars’ worth of groceries all at once if your refrigerator loses power.
Your family’s health comes first, and with a standby generator you are ensuring that the food you are storing stays fresh and healthy. In the long run, you can save thousands of dollars just by being prepared.
4. Safety Inside Your Home
In the case of a sudden blackout, you may lose the use of the lights inside your home. The sudden darkness increases the potential injury of your family members. Trying to navigate your home without a single light becomes dangerous when you’re not able to see any obstacles in your way. If you live in a multi-level home, you may run the risk of falling down or tripping on your stairs.
If you are able to continue using your lights, this will minimize the risk of falling, tripping, or running into sharp corners. This may be especially useful for any homes with small children or animals.
5. Increasing Home Value
If you intend to sell your home in the future you may be thinking, “why invest in a generator if I’m just going to move someday?” We have already covered reasons why a standby generator will benefit your home, but this list also applies to your potential home buyer. It may even be a good idea to share our blog with them if they’re not aware of these benefits already.
An experienced realtor knows the value of a home generator and should be excited to share it with anyone interested in purchasing the house. Someone in the market for a quality home would be glad to pay the asking price if they feel that the safety of their family is being considered.
A Bonus Benefit
At Oliver Heating and Cooling, we are experts at installing and maintaining the most effective backup power generator to fulfill your needs. Peace of mind is an important part of owning your own generator, and with the proper maintenance, you can be sure that your home is in good hands. Give us a call today at 1-877-757-1141 or request an appointment so you can be sure you will never be left in the dark.
At Oliver, we install a variety of heating systems. One of the most popular, however, is a gas heating system. Natural gas is a reliable fuel source and when you choose it to heat your home, you’ll enjoy a variety of benefits. These include:
When you trip a circuit breaker or your heating system fails, you can tell. Plumbing, however, isn’t as easy to read. Because your sewage system is underground, it’s not always obvious when there’s a problem. Here, our plumbing experts share five signs to look for that may indicate a sewage leak:
At Oliver, we want you and your family to stay safe. This means scheduling a regular electrical inspection with our experts and doing all you can to prevent home fires. Electrical fires are one of the most common causes of home fires and can lead to injuries and damages.
A generator is a great investment for your home – especially if you live in an area that experiences bad weather. Like other systems, you generator needs care in order to operate properly. Generator maintenance is an important part of owning a generator. At Oliver, our experts can help you schedule it on a regular basis.
As our society continues to “go green”, we continue to invest in the natural resource of the sun to produce our energy. While small businesses, corporations, and homeowners alike have incorporated solar power into their lives, many still may not know exactly how we’re able to extract energy from the sun. Here’s a simple breakdown:
Have you always wanted more control over your home? At Oliver, we offer Lutron Caséta Wireless, a state-of-the-art home technology installation that can make your everyday life easier in a variety of ways. Here’s why our home electrical service experts recommend Lutron Caséta:
At Oliver, we know how important the environment is and how many people are working hard to reduce their carbon footprint. That’s why we put together a list of 12 tips on how to save electricity (and in return, save money):
1. Block/use the sun
In the summer, direct sunlight on your house makes it warmer, which means your air conditioner will need to work harder to cool it. Use your blinds and invest in thick curtains to block sunlight out during the day. In the winter, open your blinds or curtains to let the sun warm up your house.
2. Unplug your appliances
Even when you’re not using them, appliances that are plugged in can still use electricity. The best thing to do is unplug any appliances that you’re not using.
3. Don’t overpay for utilities
In Pennsylvania and many other states, you can choose your own electric provider, so shop around for the one with the best rates. You may be able to save more than you think.
4. Use/install ceiling fans
Ceiling fans make you feel nearly four degrees cooler in the summer and can push warm air downward in the winter to make you feel warmer. This means you won’t have to run your heater or air conditioner as often, which saves electricity.
5. Put lamps in the corner
When you put your lamps in the corner, their light will be reflected off of two walls instead of just one, which makes the room brighter and lessens the amount of lamps you need.
6. Keep your home warmer/cooler
In the winter, lower your thermostat a few degrees and you’ll save money on your energy bills. In the summer, turn it up a little.
7. Hang your clothes to dry
Instead of wasting energy using your dryer, hang your clothes to dry on a clothing rack or outside on a clothing line.
8. Switch light bulbs
Switch out your incandescent light bulbs to ones that are energy efficient. These days, bulbs like LEDs, CFLs, and halogens all use less energy than traditional fluorescent ones and also last longer.
9. Ditch the oven
Instead of a traditional oven, use a microwave or toaster oven to heat up your leftovers. You’ll use a lot less electricity.
10. Fill your freezer
Freezers work more efficiently when they’re full, so try to keep your freezer fully stocked. You can even put frozen containers of water in there just to fill it up.
11. Service your HVAC unit
Each year, have a professional (like our HVAC maintenance specialists!) inspect your HVAC unit and make sure that it’s running efficiently. If it’s not, you could be wasting energy.
12. Run full loads
Like freezers, dish washing machines and clothes washing machines both are more efficient when full, so make sure you fill them both before you run them through a cleaning cycle.
While our HVAC contractors work hard to bring the right solutions to homeowners, we also work hard to help commercial and industrial customers manage their facilities better. With our building automation solutions, we can help regulate the heat, air conditioning, and electricity that you use. With an automation system, you’ll enjoy:
A lower utility bill
When it comes to heating, air conditioning, and electricity, you probably use all of them more than you need to. With a building automation solution, automated controls will be able to learn your system and determine how often your heat or air needs to run and how often your lights should be on – all of which can save you anywhere from 20% to 40% on your utility bills.
With the perfect amount of heat or air conditioning at all times, you and your workers will constantly stay comfortable (and you won’t have to deal with complaints).
A smaller carbon footprint
Having a building automation solution is a great environmental choice – especially if you’re someone who likes to “go green.” The automated controls will help your building use less power, which means you’ll reduce your carbon footprint.
Increased property value
The value of most commercial buildings is largely based on its operating income; when you lower your utility bills, you increase your operating income. This means that the larger your operating income, the more your property is worth.
It’s hard to work productively when you’re too hot, too cold, or don’t have enough light. With the constant comfort that a building automation solution provides, your workers will always be at the right temperature, and you’ll see an improvement in their productivity.
If you’re interested in a better way to manage your facility, contact the HVAC contractors at Oliver Mechanical. We’ll help you find the best solution.