Happy 4th of July

We wish you safe and fun holiday. Here are a few tips for your AC unit and Water while you are away.

Your AC:

We recommend not turning off your AC system completely, but only setting the thermostat 5 to 10 degree above your comfort set level. Here are some interesting statistics, for every degree a thermostat is raised during the summer; a homeowner will save 2-3 percent on his or her electricity bill. If a thermostat is usually set for a steady temperature of 76 degrees by raising it to 86, at a minimum, this will result in a 28% savings on the electric bill for that period of time.

Turning the system off completely is not economical, you will be uncomfortable when you come back and it is not good for your house or your belongings inside.

Your Water:

The water heater is one of those appliances that people don’t think about on a regular basis, and you only remember it when the water runs cold during a long shower. It’s also easy to forget about when leaving on vacation.

We suggest doing the following before you head out:

For Electric Water heaters: shut off the circuit breaker to the water heater.

For Gas Water heaters:  turn the gas control valve to the “Vacation” setting.

Upon returning home, the hot water tap should be allowed to run before the power and gas are turned on to make sure the water tank isn’t empty. This can damage the unit if the tank is heated without any water in it.

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Main water line ball valve

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It is not a bad idea while on vacation to turn the main water valve to the house off completely

Again have a safe holiday with lots of smiles.