Plumbing is one of those areas we prefer not to think about until a crisis forces us to take it into account. But putting some thought into both your plumbing and thermostat this winter may save you money. When something goes catastrophically wrong with your plumbing system, it often involves calling a contractor for related repairs as well. You may be surprised to learn that your thermostat can save you money on plumbing as well.
What to Look For
A burst pipe or faucet is more expensive to repair than to prevent. Make sure your outdoor faucets are insulated and protected. Consider replacing them with freeze-proof faucets this year to ensure lasting protection for years to come. Also, check around those trouble areas where pipes tend to freeze around the home. Are these areas adequately insulated?
Don’t Overlook Your Heating System
When was your heating system last inspected? If you know the value of preventive maintenance, the answer is likely this time last year. Having that heating system inspected for problems can keep it running efficiently and save you money on energy bills. In the midst of a cold snap – when your heater is working the hardest – is also when it is most likely to break down. A lack of heating at that time can result in pipes bursting in your home.
What Does a Thermostat Have to Do With Plumbing
When you consider avoiding potential plumbing problems, the thermostat is probably the last thing that comes to your mind. Consider the benefits of a programmable thermostat from Landlord Thermostats. Your tenant is likely to travel this holiday season or crank up the thermostat without taking energy consumption into consideration. A programmable thermostat can ensure the heat isn’t left off when they leave, leaving your pipes vulnerable to the freezing temperatures.