Are you Winter Ready? Here are a few tips to prevent frozen pipes this winter.
Keep Temperature above 55 F Degrees:
What Kind of thermostat do you have?
- Wi-Fi thermostat connects to your home’s wireless internet service and lets you remotely check and change the temperature in your home from an app on your smartphone or tablet.
- Smart thermostats have some features in common with Wi-Fi thermostats. Both styles connect to the internet to be controlled remotely, but smart thermostats can also self-adjust based on a programmed schedule or the daily weather. Some even come with motion sensors to heat the rooms you use most.
- Programmable thermostats may be controlled remotely or centrally depending on the model. Some require you to program the settings right at the wall thermostat. Others will connect to an app. (Note: Programmable thermostats might not work with heat pumps or electric baseboard heaters.)
- Traditional thermostats offer fewer special features, but they are the less expensive option. If you don’t need to adjust the temperature remotely or to set up personalized heating and cooling schedules, a traditional thermostat should work just fine.
Insulate You Hot Water Pipes:
Insulating your hot water pipes reduces heat loss and can raise water temperature 2°F–4°F hotter than uninsulated pipes can deliver, allowing you to lower your water temperature setting. You also won't have to wait as long for hot water when you turn on a faucet or showerhead, which helps conserve water.
Paying for someone to insulate your pipes—as a project on its own—can make economic sense . If there are uninsulated water pipes in or near exterior walls, they can burst in freezing weather, which can be catastrophic. Having the insulation done during new construction of a home, during other work on your water heater or pipes, or insulating the pipes yourself, is well worth the effort. In special cases, such as when the fuel used for heating water is very expensive, the distance traveled by the pipes is far, the pipes are exposed to very cold air (in which case they should be insulated anyway to prevent freezing), and if the household uses a lot of water, much higher energy savings can be obtained. In these cases, cost savings may offset paying for someone to do the job for you.
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Source: Save Energy at Home, ENERGY STAR