Each year people who live in New York City lose thousands of hard earned dollars on easy to fix water and energy leaks in their homes. An even bigger problem is being able to fix these issues (and to fix it with the advice of someone you can trust). ServiceWhale makes finding a professional contractor even easier, so here are some household hacks to help you save money on water and energy bills.
Did you know that one faucet can drip enough water to fill a swimming pool each year? Be sure to check your internal and external faucets for any signs of damage or wear. Dripping faucets are an easy fix in the right professional hands. Replacing old fixtures with an improved design, like auto-shutoff or freeze proof modern materials, could save you money in the long run.
Service Your Water Heater
No one likes to take a cold shower, but you never think about hot water until it is gone. Make sure that your water heater is working properly by having it professionally serviced every year. Water heaters usually last about ten years, so be sure to budget for a possible replacement and make sure you pick the right sized water heater for your NYC home.
Service Your HVAC
HVAC is a really efficient way to heat and cool your home. Just like your water heater, it is important to have your HVAC system checked at least once a year. New York gets freezing cold in winter and boiling hot in the summer, which means you have heating and cooling needs for almost the whole year. Have a ServiceWhale contractor check your HVAC system inside and out to get the best out of the system.
A ceiling fan, in combination with a properly programmed heating or cooling system, can save you lots of money. Running a fan forwards in the summer will draw warm air up, and running the fan in reverse during the winter will force warm air down – so instead of needing to constantly adjust the thermostat, the fan will circulate the air to get the heat and coolness to the right places. Ask a professional to get the right sized fan for the room, and always have it securely installed and wired.
Programmable thermostats take the hassle out of heating and cooling your home. Planning the heating and cooling patterns to match your daily or weekly routine means that your home is the perfect temperature for you when you are there and saving you money when you are not there. For example, in the winter, you can keep your home a little cooler during the day when you are at work, but by programming your thermostat, you can automatically raise the temperature later in the day so that everything is toasty and warm when you get home.
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