It’s that time of year, which means it’s time to fire up the oven, turn on the burners, and get to cooking that Thanksgiving dinner. It also means that you’ll be using a lot of energy to cook your meal. Follow these easy tips from our HVAC service experts to reduce your energy consumption while you make your delicious family dinner:
Fall is the season where you take a break from using your air conditioning and it’s not quite cold enough to turn on your heat. For a few weeks, your HVAC system can enjoy a break from being used and during this break, we recommend setting up an HVAC tune-up appointment.
As a homeowner, you’re probably going to experience a minor plumbing problem at some point or another, which is why it’s important to have an emergency plumbing kit handy. Here are some great things that can help you fix common situations:
Well, Halloween is finally here and if you’re running behind on your festive decorations, have no fear. We’ve collected some of our favorite ideas from the internet that you can create in just a few minutes with just a few supplies. Let us know which you like most!
While we’re working to increase renewable energy as a country, the future of renewable energy also varies by state. Some (like West Virginia and New Mexico) are just beginning to produce solar, wind, or hydro power while others (like Idaho and Maine) are already running entirely on them.
When you think of allergies, you probably think of spring allergies like flower pollen, but allergens can be heavily present in the fall as well and cause itchy eyes, sneezing, sinus headaches, and more. The cooler temperatures of fall bring several allergy triggers, including;
Ragweed pollen is the most common fall allergen. In fact, around 75 percent of people who are allergic to spring plants are also allergic to ragweed. Though it doesn’t grow everywhere, the wind can transport its pollen hundreds of miles and affect large areas.
The hot temperatures of summer paired with periods of rain can easily breed mold spores for the fall. In addition, piles of leaves are perfect areas for mold to grow. These mold spores can also travel through the air and affect people with seasonal allergies.
Dust mites are common during the humid days of summer, but they can easily be spread around your home when you turn on your heater and cause sneezing, runny noses, and more.
Many of these fall allergies are found outside, but they can also easily travel indoors through open windows, open doors, open vents, and more. While your HVAC filter should do a good job of filtering out these allergens (providing you changed it after the summer season), ragweed pollen, mold, and dust can all become trapped inside your ducts and circulate through your home. That’s where Oliver comes in. Our duct cleaning experts can remove the allergens trapped in your ducts to give you fresh, clean air to breathe. Don’t let allergies ruin your fall fun – give us a call today to schedule your cleaning!
Here in the Northeast, heat is an essential element for the winter season and we know there are some families that simply can’t afford a reliable heating system. That’s why each year around the holidays, Oliver Heating, Cooling, Plumbing, & Electrical likes to help those in need by donating heaters.
Owning and/or running a commercial property is a lot of work, and the last thing you want to worry about is your HVAC system. If yours is old, outdated, or simply not working properly, talk to the experts at Oliver. We can help you choose a new HVAC installation that fits the size of your building and the size of your budget.
Summer is over and autumn is quickly approaching, but is your home ready for the cooler temperatures? At our Oliver, we’ve put together nine ways to get your home ready for the fall (including calling our experts!):
Check for Drafts
Check your windows and doors for drafts so that your home doesn’t take on cold air when you don’t want it to. You can check them by lighting a candle and holding it near the area. If it flickers, there’s a draft. You’ll want to replace the weather stripping and/or caulking to get a nice, strong seal before the cold sets in.
Prep Your Washer & Dryer
All of those loads of summer laundry mean your washing machine and dryer have gotten a lot of use. Be sure to check your washing machine hose – one that’s too worn can burst and spill gallons of water very quickly. Also make sure that lint hasn’t built up in your dryer – too much lint can catch fire from the dryer’s heat.
Replace Your HVAC Filter
Summer comes with a lot of dirt, dust, pollen, grass, and other airborne contaminants. Start fall with a fresh, clean HVAC filter and you’ll be breathing easy as the temperatures get cooler.
Seal Your Walkway/Patio
If you have a paver walkway or a paver patio, take some time to seal it before the ice, snow, and cold temperatures hit. You’ll protect it all winter long and will love the way it looks come springtime.
Schedule a Furnace Check-Up
Make an appointment with one of our heating service experts to do a thorough check of your heater. We’ll make sure it’s working properly and ready to use once the temperature drops so you don’t experience any unwanted and inconvenient problems.
Fertilize Your Lawn
Grass roots will continue to grow until the ground temperature gets down to 40 degrees, so feed your grass a fresh helping of fertilizer to keep it growing strong through the fall and ready for winter.
Install Outdoor Lights
As it gets cooler, the days get shorter and there are fewer hours of sunlight, so why not install a few outdoor lights on your garage or ones that lead to your front door? You’ll light the way not only for yourself, but for your guests, too.
Test Your Detectors
Put fresh batteries in your smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector and test them to make sure that they are working properly. This is a good thing to do every few months.
Insulate Your Pipes
When colder temperatures hit, your plumbing pipes could freeze and burst, causing big plumbing problems. Our plumbing experts can make sure your pipes are prepared for the fall and winter – just give us a call.
An updated kitchen can serve more than one useful purpose – not only can it help bring people together, but it can also serve as a selling point. In addition, many homeowners spend a lot of time in their kitchen and a renovated space can make it more enjoyable.