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Preventing frozen pipes in your Chicago area home this winter

Every year, every winter, thousands of Chicago-area homes and businesses fall victim to the same disaster: frozen pipes bursting, sending water flooding through the building. This causes a ton of property damage, and can ruin your holiday season. Preventing frozen pipes needs to be your top priority this winter.

In this blog, we’ll run through the best ways to prevent your pipes from freezing, both before winter and during it. To schedule a furnace tune-up or plumbing services with King, contact us online.

Preventing frozen pipes

Preventing frozen pipes in your home means scheduling heating maintenance and insulating pipes.Pipes freeze when the water within them is exposed to consistent, freezing temperatures for a sustained period of time. The most common cause of frozen pipes is your furnace breaking down in the middle of the night, causing the temperatures in your home to plummet.

Our first recommendation? Schedule a furnace tune-up in the fall with King.

With that out of the way, here are some other tips for protecting your pipes from the deep freeze.

Preventing frozen pipes before winter starts

  • Insulate your home properly by insulating unprotected pipes. Try not to leave any gaps during the process. If it’s unavoidable, use pipe sleeves. Seal the joints and the slits with tape if you have to.
  • Check your basement, attic, and crawlspaces for cracks or air leaks, and seal any you find. (This will also help make your home more energy-efficient!)
  • Have a contractor install heat cables that can be controlled with a thermostat. Follow the instructions given in the manual to ensure you install the ones meant for your pipes correctly. At the end of the season, unplug the cables to preserve energy.
  • Replace single-pane windows with storm windows or ones that are more energy-efficient.
  • Contact the team at King for a FREE plumbing inspection to examine your plumbing beforehand. We’ll tell you what can be done to ensure your pipes do not freeze during the chilly weather.

Preventing frozen pipes during the winter

When the coldest nights of the year arrive and the blizzard hovers over Chicago, follow these tips to further protect your home’s pipes:

  • Cut off the water supply to faucets and plumbing outside your home by closing the valves.
  • Make sure your garage doors are closed at all times to protect the pipes located there from the cold.
  • Keep your kitchen and bathroom cabinets open sometimes to allow warm air to circulate inside. The warmth will help keep the pipes from freezing over.
  • Allow pipes that are susceptible to the cold drip a little. This includes both hot and cold water pipes. This subtle water movement—even at the pace of a drip—makes it harder for the water to freeze.

Here are some more tips from The Chicago Tribune on how to avoid frozen pipes.

Here are long-term solutions for protecting your pipes

These probably aren’t things you’ll be able to do in the middle of a blizzard, and they’re above-and-beyond the DIY tips shared above. But, they’re a good idea for the Chicago homeowner who is interested in protecting their pipes, above all else.

Install fiberglass insulation

Installing fiberglass insulation is one of the best ways to ensure those pipes remain warm during the winter. Professional plumbers know how to install these without damaging your property. This includes examining the insulation requirements in your home’s crawl spaces, attic, basement, and other places that are hard to reach.

With this process, pipes that do not have adequate insulation will be insulated to keep them from freezing over once the cold weather hits.

Call King for plumbing repair and more advice on avoiding frozen pipes

As a company that provides both heating and plumbing services to the Chicago metro, King knows a thing or two about preventing frozen pipes. After all, we’ve been serving you for more than 45 years!

To schedule your furnace tune-up, your free plumbing inspection, or just talk through the state of your home’s pipes, contact us online.

Here’s how to reduce electric bills without sacrificing your comfort

Running your air conditioner 24/7 during the summers can cause a significant surge in your electric bills. However, most people are not comfortable with the alternate. Fortunately, there are a number of ways you can reduce electric bills without sacrificing your comfort.

reduce electric bills

Here we have listed some effective tips that will help you to slash your air conditioner bills without having to sweat during the sweltering summer days.

1. Keep the blinds closed during the day

Keeping the blinds closed is a simple way to reduce electric bills. The sunlight that enters the room warms up the temperature inside. As a result, your air conditioner will have to work extra hard to cool the room.

Simply closing the blinds during the day will prevent these rays of sunlight from heating your room.

2. Keep the air conditioner temperature at 72  (22 ℃) or higher

The ideal air conditioner temperature at home to save electricity bills without sacrificing comfort is 72 ℉ (22 ℃). Keep in mind that every degree you raise will result in savings of about three to five percent on your electricity bills.

Setting the temperature at a higher setting may feel a bit uncomfortable, but you will be able to reap monetary benefits.

3. Reduce electric bills by installing a programmable thermostat

Another important tip to reduce your cooling bill is to install a programmable thermostat. These thermostats feature a built-in timer. You can program the thermostat to set a higher temperature when you are normally out during the day and a lower setting when you’re at home during the evening.

This will help you maximize your cost savings. Also consider installing a WiFi thermostat, as such a device will allow you to set the temperature in your home, no matter where you are. You’ll never have to worry about forgetting to adjust the temperature when you are outside.

4. Avoid placing the thermostat near hot objects

You should not place the air conditioner thermostat near sources of heat. Don’t place it near lamps or in direct sunlight. The thermostat can sense the heat, resulting in abnormal functioning.

The air conditioner will run for long periods, even after the desired temperature is reached. This will unnecessarily result in increased energy bills.

5. Schedule an AC tune-up with the team at King Heating & Cooling

A regular air conditioner tune-up from King Heating, Cooling & Plumbing will keep your AC unit in working condition. With a tune-up from our professional technicians, your AC will run efficiently without using too much energy.

Our expert technicians will carry out a thorough inspection of the air conditioner and perform need repairs. In this way, your air conditioner will run without any strain resulting in reduced energy bills.

Call King for your AC tune-up and tips on how to reduce electric bills in your home

Contact us to schedule an AC tune-up, or for your other air conditioning needs. Our professional and certified technicians can identify and resolve all kinds of air conditioning issues.

Here are 4 AC maintenance tips for the start of summer

The summer season has arrived in the U.S. This the time that you should focus on your home air conditioner maintenance, if you haven’t already done so. The heat and dust, along with long hours of operation, can take a toll on your cooling device. However, you can lessen the risk of a mechanical breakdown through an air conditioner tune-up. In this blog post, we’ll share some of our AC maintenance tips.

Regular maintenance of the air conditioner will ensure that the system performs efficiently. This will result in reduced energy bills, and your system will last longer as well. Knowing which air conditioner maintenance task to perform can help in ensuring optimum operation of the cooling device.

1. Have King inspect and replace the filter

The filter is one of the most important components of the air conditioner. A dirty filter can result in accelerated wear-and-tear on the cooling device. At the start of the summer, you should inspect the filter.

In case the filter is dirty, you should clean or replace it. A clean filter will ensure efficient flow of air. This will result in increased air conditioner efficiency. An efficient air conditioner will not draw excess power to operate resulting in reduced energy bills.

2. Have King examine the coils

Another important component of the air conditioner are the coils. Air conditioner coils capture heat from inside the house and release them outside the house. Dirty coils will not be able to efficiently dissipate heat. As a result, the system will heat up quickly.

Ultimately, the system will break down due to overheating. You should have a professional air conditioner technician inspect the coils and clean or replace them if required. Of all our AC maintenance tips, this could make the most difference in preventing a system breakdown.

3. Have King check the AC drain line

Over time, your air conditioner drain line can develop a leak. This will result in water accumulating around the unit. If the water gets inside the system, it can result in system failure. In order to avoid this fate, it’s important that you check the drain line regularly. In case of a leak or clogged drain line, you should have a technician perform the necessary repairs.

4. Do all of the above by scheduling AC maintenance from King

The start of the summer season is a great time to schedule an AC tune-up. Our professional technician will perform a thorough inspection of the unit. We’ll lubricate parts, check electrical components, test the refrigerant levels, inspect the wiring, and more. This can result in the energy-efficient operation of the system, thereby saving you money due to reduced bills and less frequent breakdowns over time.

Call King for more AC maintenance tips

The importance of summer AC maintenance cannot be emphasized enough. Contact us at King Heating Cooling and Plumbing to schedule an AC tune-up. We have a team of licensed and certified technician who can expertly maintain your air conditioner and have it ready to go for the rest of the season.