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How To Maintain Consistent Temperatures Throughout Your Home

Home zoning
The transition from spring to summer can be a challenging time for keeping your home comfortable. One day it can be over 80, the next day back in the 60s. During these ever changing conditions, adjusting your home's thermostat to maintain consistent indoor temperatures can be tricky. Larger, multi-level homes with large windows can present a unique challenge when trying to maintain even temperatures. During the spring months the lower levels may be cold, while the upper level may be uncomfortably warm.

Zoning for Consistent Heating and Cooling

Zoning is the process of dividing rooms and levels of a home into environments that can be adjusted separately to specific temperature requirements. For example, if one family member prefers to sleep in a cooler upstairs bedroom, occupants on the lower levels can control their own thermostat rather than enduring colder temperatures.

By working with your home's HVAC system, zoning will increase, reduce or shut off heating and cooling in each zone by opening and closing dampers located inside the air ducts. A programmable thermostat on an inside wall regulates damper function, allowing each zone to be climate controlled separately.

Zoning will not only maintain comfort levels in all areas of the home, it will significantly reduce home energy use and utility costs. When properly set up, a home zoning system can pay for itself in as little as three years.

Chances are you'll never have a plumbing catastrophe, like a burst pipe. If you do, you can't afford to waste precious minutes searching for the main water shutoff valve. That's why it's crucial for every homeowner to know where this valve is and how to shut it off. The first thing you need to do is find your water meter. The main water shutoff valve is usually close to it. Now, where the meter is located can vary. In colder regions, where pipes could freeze in the winter, the water line usually enters through the floor of the foundation. locate the line entering your home, follow that line and you'll find your water meter. Keep following it and you'll see the shutoff valve. To stop the flow of water turn the valve handle clockwise, so the handle is perpendicular to the pipe. In older homes the shutoff valve is closed using a circular handle. Turn the valve clockwise to shut of the flow of water. In warmer climate like Arizona, the shutoff valve will be outside of the house often near an outside faucet.  If it's more convenient, you can have an inside shutoff valve installed.

Because there's no standard location for main water shutoff valves, you may have to do a little searching to find yours. Once you find it, make sure everyone in the household knows where it is. If you need help finding your shutoff valve, give MR Plumbing a call. We'll be happy to locate it and apply a visible tag to make where it is.


Tuesday, 09 July 2019 19:22

Quick Tip Video - Maintaining Your Water Heater

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Here's something you can do yourself to help your water heater live a rich, full life. Flush your water heater once a year. Why? mineral deposits and rust can collect in water heaters, which means they have to work harder to heat water. Flushing removes this sediment, allow your water heater to heat efficently.

Watch the video to learn the steps for flushing your water heater. Have questions about maintaining your water heater? Call MR Plumbing, we can help answer all your hot water questions.

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