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Get More Out of Your Heating System

While upgrading to a new, energy-efficient heating system is the best way to lower your winter energy bills; the following are six things you can do to increase the efficiency of your current system.

Maintain your System

Have your heating system cleaned and inspected by a qualified professional before the start of each heating season. Replace filter’s according to manufacturers’ guidelines.

Increase Insulation

Make sure your home is insulated according to recommended levels. Inspect the insulation in your attic and check the R-value. Evaluating wall insulation is more difficult. Shut off power to an outlet and check behind it to measure the thickness of the insulation in the wall. An insulation contractor can conduct a thorough analysis.

Close the Gaps

Openings around attic joists, electrical lines, and plumbing and gas pipes that enter from outdoors can result in significant air leakage. Seal these areas with a do-it-yourself spray foam insulation products.

Weatherize Doors and Windows

Check for gaps around exterior doors and install weatherstripping if needed. Inspect windows for cracked or missing caulk and re-caulk if necessary.

Seal Air Ducts

Over time, ducts can develop leaks, holes and poor connections. In areas you can reach, seal all duct work with mastic or metal tape. Insulate duct work in unheated areas, such as attics and crawlspaces. Contact a heating professional if you suspect more serious duct work problems.

Use Window Treatments

During the day, open shades and curtains on south-facing walls to let in the warming sunlight. Close them at night to help keep in warm air.



Winter Weather

The winter weather is upon us, so we thought we’d share some important tips about your plumbing.

If you own an unoccupied home it’s smart to winterize it during the winter months. Otherwise, your pipes could freeze and burst. If your power goes out you’ll want to make sure the pilot lights are re-lit on all of your gas appliances. Your heat may not turn on automatically and this could also cause your pipes to freeze and burst. You should also disconnect garden hoses from all outside spigots. And, be sure to check your furnace filters regularly.

Questions? Concerns? Call us at 319-377-2809. We’re always here to help.


Save Time & Money

Plumbing problems can happen in any home or business, at any time – day or night. That’s why Hanna Plumbing & Heating, Inc. is at your service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The plumbing system in your home or business requires regular maintenance and upkeep just like your vehicle. Regular maintenance can save you a lot of money by preventing the need for larger repairs and improves the efficiency of your pipes and faucets, resulting in a decrease of consumption.


Do you know where your main shut off is?

It’s always good to know where your main shut off is located before an emergency happens. This will save you both time and money if your pipes burst or begin to leak. You’ll be able to shut off the water to your home without causing further damage to your home or valuables.

In most residences the shut off valve is located in the mechanical room or close to your water heater. Some houses do not have a main shut off valve. In this case, we strongly suggest having us install one for you.


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