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Buying a Home? Don't Forget To Inspect the Heating System

The Importance of Heating System Inspections For Home Buyers

Heating System Inspections For Homebuyers When buying a new home there are countless things to check to ensure there are no hidden surprises. One of the most important is the home's furnace. Taking the time to ask questions and inspect the unit can save you potential headaches down the road. Here are some steps to take:

1. Turn on the furnace and listen for noises. Squeaks and rattles could indicate a mechanical problem, lack of maintenance or just be symptomatic of an older furnace that is showing its age.

2. Ask the real estate agent for the age of the furnace. A gas furnace will typically last 15-20 years. Also, keep in mind that older furnaces can be more expensive to operate.

3. Check the unit's EnergySTAR® rating. If you're lucky the label will still be attached to the unit. If not, the unit's serial number can be used to contact the manufacturer for efficiency information.

Finally, for your peace of mind, it's a good idea to have the home's heating and cooling system inspected to identify any potential problems that could end up costing you money in repairs or higher utility bills.

Have questions about heating systems? Call MR Plumbing, Heating, Cooling and Electric. We're here to help.
Tuesday, 10 September 2019 18:52

Kitchen and Bathroom Plumbing Upgrades

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Kitchen and Bathroom Plumbing Upgrades

Planning on remodeling your bathroom or kitchen? It's important to ensure that your home's plumbing is up to the job and can handle the upgraded appliances fixtures. Here are a few things to consider when remodeling.

Plumbing upgrades for kitchen and bath remodeling

1. Do your supply and drain pipes need to be updated?

When old fixtures are taken out and the floor and walls are ripped open to expose the pipes, take a moment to assess the condition and size of the pipes. It's a good idea to ensure that supply pipes are ¾” in order to have good water flow to several fixtures, such as multiple shower heads or sprayers in a shower.

2. Will there be enough hot water?

Large soaking tubs and showers with multiple spraying heads are a nice luxury, but can also put greater demand on your water heater. Will you need a larger water heater tank to meet additional demand? Consult with your plumber to see of your tank is large enough. Or, consider adding a tankless water heater.

3. Conserving water

Spa-like bathroom can use a lot of hot water. Thankfully, many new plumbing fixtures are designed with efficiency in mind. Dual-flush toilets and low-flow shower heads can save many hundreds of gallons of water over the course of a year. Tankless water heaters, while initially more expensive than conventional water heaters, heat water only when it's needed, conserving energy while providing a virtually endless supply of hot water. 

Need help with your bathroom plumbing? Call M/R Plumbing, we can help ensure your plumbing is ready.

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.
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