• Tips for Reducing Your Heating Costs This Season

    Winter is here, which means it’s time to turn your thermostat up to keep your home cozy. For many homeowners, than can mean an increase in utility costs. The good news is that there are steps you can take to reduce your heating costs throughout the cold season. Here are a few tips to help you keep your furnace running smoothly and efficiently this winter.

    Seal Leaks in Your Home

    Gaps in the exterior-facing walls of your home let heated air escape and cold, outside air in. This means that your furnace will have to work harder to keep your home at the right temperature, so in addition to drafty rooms, you’ll have to deal with high utility bills. Check for leaks around your chimney, pipes that exit your home, windows, and doors. These are all areas where gaps are common. Sealing these leaks will help you avoid spending more than you should to heat your home this winter.

    Use Windows Wisely

    The windows in your home can both provide additional heat and allow for heat loss, so it’s up to you to use them wisely. South-facing windows will receive the greatest amount of sunlight, so keep the curtains open on these windows to let sunlight in during the day—just don’t forget to close the curtains at night. Keep other curtains closed, especially in rooms you don’t use often, and cover any drafty windows with plastic film to keep cold air out.

    Schedule a Heating Tune-Up

    Heating systems tend to lose efficiency and experience performance issues with time, especially if they aren’t maintained on a regular basis. Scheduling a furnace tune-up is a great way to ensure that there are no issues with your heating unit. If a problem is found, it can be addressed before it becomes worse or even leads to furnace failure.

    Do you need to schedule a heating tune-up or furnace repair? Call Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating today at (510) 843-6904 to get started. We provide a range of HVAC and plumbing services in Berkeley, and can help you keep your home comfortable throughout the year.

  • What to Know About Home Heating

    Unfortunately, many homeowners don’t spend much time thinking about their heating systems before they begin using them at the start of the winter season. However, it’s important to maintain your heating and to have your system serviced regularly to keep your costs down and to allow your heating system to run as efficiently as it possibly can.

    Watch this video to hear how you should be taking care of your heating system on a routine basis. If you fail to maintain your HVAC system, you will likely end up paying more than you should for heating in the long run and reduce the lifespan of your system as a whole.

    Do you need help with your heating system? Call Albert Nahman Plumbing and Heating at (510) 843-6904 to have a trained technician come to your home to maintain your heating in Berkeley for you.

  • How Does a Gas Heater Work?

    Usually, water heating systems come in two basic types: a tankless water heater or a storage-tank version. Most homes have the standard storage-tank water heater, which stores continually heated water for immediate household use. These heaters are either fueled by gas or electricity. Gas-powered models tend to be more energy efficient than their electric counterparts, though that mainly depends on where you live and what your municipal utility rates are.

    If you’d like to know how gas-powered water heaters basically work, check out this informative video. For more information, contact a certified plumbing or HVAC professional who specializes in water heating systems and water heater installation in Berkeley .

  • Tips for Maintaining Your Heating and Cooling System

    In order to keep your heating and cooling system in optimal shape, it’s crucial to check the equipment on a semi-regular basis. With monthly filter cleaning and biannual maintenance—spring for the cooling unit; fall for the heating—you’ll be able to maximize the energy and reduce your bills during the hot and cold times of year.

    Biannual Maintenance

    To keep your heating and cooling system optimal and efficient, check the thermostat settings . Lubricate each part that moves; this will prevent the type of motor friction that causes energy overuse. Tighten the electrical connections, check the condensate drain for plugs, and ensure that the control system properly shuts on and off.

    Cooling and Heating Specifics

    For maximum cooling efficiency, clean the AC’s evaporator and condenser coils. If necessary, raise or lower the AC refrigerant level; the wrong level could lead to higher cooling costs. To ensure proper air flow and further boost efficiency, clean the blower components. For optimal heating performance, ensure that the heat exchanger is intact, the burner is clean, and that the gas or oil connectors are working properly.

    Monthly Maintenance

    Dust or change the air filters in your AC and heating unit every four to six weeks. Dirty filters can drag upon the equipment, spike your energy bills, and ultimately lead to a shorter life span for your system.

    If your cooling and heating system is having performance issues, Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating will clean it out, tune it up, and get it working like new. For the last quarter century, we have done furnace maintenance, water heater repair, and various other plumbing services at homes in Alameda, Berkeley, and Contra Costa counties. To learn more about our services or to have some of our trained workers come to your residence, visit us online or call us at (510) 843-6904.