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6 Energy Saving Tips You Need To Try This Winter!

Winter has arrived in the Midwest and with it comes cold weather that can drive up your energy costs. No one wants to waste money unnecessarily and that is where these six handy energy saving tips come into play!

6 Energy Saving Tips You Need To Try This Winter!

1.  Let the light shine in.

Heating your home can be a major expense during chilly days. Give your furnace a bitenergy saving of a break and use the sun to help warm your home naturally. Open your curtains during the day and let the sunshine in. This action will help warm your home and cut energy costs.

*Remember to close your curtains again at night to help trap the warm air inside your home.

2. Switch over to LED lights.

Winter brings shorter days and less sunlight. Meaning, you are using more energy lighting your home. Help cut energy costs by switching over to more energy efficient and LED light bulbs. 

3.  Prevent leaks.

Drafty doors and windows can drastically increase your heating bill each month. Even small leaks can really add up. It is best to make sure that you have properly sealed all of your doors and windows with caulk or weather strips. 

* If you are concerned that your home may be leaking cold air, call us at (866)844-3770 to have an energy audit performed. An energy audit can show you all of the ways that your home is wasting energy and how you can potentially save a lot of money in the long run.

4. Keep the heat flowing.

Avoid blocking heating vents whenever possible. Not only is blocking heating vents a potential fire hazard but it also forces your heating system to work harder to keep your home warm. Make sure that your vents are not blocked by furniture, toys, clothes, etc. 

5.  Make sure that your furnace is working properly. 

An old, inefficient and/or malfunctioning furnace or heating system can have expensive consequences. Schedule a furnace tune-up and safety check today to ensure that your heating system is functioning at optimal levels. 

*Remember having your heating system cleaned and maintained annually will increase the lifespan of your equipment and keep your system running at peak performance levels, saving you money in the long run.

6. Consider adding more insulation. 

If your energy bill is higher than you believe it should be during the winter months, you may have an issue with your insulation. Insulation, especially in vulnerable locations like your attic, plays a major role in your home’s energy efficiency needs. 

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How to Keep Your Pipes from Freezing this Winter

As the temperatures drop below freezing it is important to protect your plumbing from the frigid winter weather that comes with living in the Midwest. Freezing pipes are one of the biggest concerns when it comes to your plumbing during the winter months. Frozen pipes can be an expensive headache and it is best to take steps to avoid them.

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How to Keep Your Pipes from Freezing:

Steps to Take Before the Cold Hits:

1.  If you have pipes that run through attics, crawl spaces or other under heated locations, it is important to ensure that these pipes are well insulated. It is also important to have these pipes inspected regularly, to ensure that the insulation is holding up.

2. Make sure that you have drained all water from hoses, outdoor water supply lines, sprinklers and other outdoor plumbing fixtures. 

3. Consider having some of your pipes rerouted. If you do have pipes that are constantly exposed to the frigid winter air, it may be a good idea to have one of our professional plumbers reroute them. By having these pipes rerouted to the interior of your home, you will gain peace of mind each winter that your pipes are safe from freezing. You will also save money in the long run by avoiding expensive water damage and repairs.

Steps To Take After The Cold Hits: 

1. Open cabinet doors to allow heat to reach your pipes. A frozen pipe in your kitchen or bathroom can be a nightmare to deal with and expensive to fix. When the temperatures dip, open the cabinet doors underneath your kitchen and bathroom sinks so the heat can flow freely.

2. Let your faucets drip. Pipes are less likely to freeze if the water is running. So, when dealing with extremely cold temperatures, turn on both the cold and hot water taps and allow the water to slowly drip out of the faucet. 

3. When you are planning on leaving your home for more than a few days, it may be wise to temporarily shut off your water supply and drain all of the water from your pipes. If you are unsure how to complete either of these tasks, simply call (866)844-3770 and a member of our plumbing team will be happy to assist you. 

Remember: That if your pipes do freeze or you have another plumbing emergency that we are here for you 24/7.  Call us anytime and a real person will answer the phone to assist you with your emergency. 

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3 New Year’s Resolutions that are Better than Joining the Gym

2016 is quickly coming to an end and you may be making your resolutions for 2017.  Popular resolutions include: joining a gym, starting a diet or quitting a bad habit. While personal and professional resolutions are important, it is also a good idea to add a few New Year’s resolutions for your home as well. 

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Keep These 3 Resolutions in Mind for 2017:

1. Replace Your Furnace Filter.

Your furnace filter plays a vital role in keeping your heating and air conditioning systems running smoothly. Plus, your furnace filter is an important tool when it comes to improving your home’s indoor air quality and keeping your family healthier. 

2. Have Your Ductwork Cleaned.

Speaking of your indoor air quality, if it has been awhile since you have had your ducts cleaned, the beginning of 2017 is a great time to give us a call. Dust mites, allergens and tiny particles love to accumulate in your ductwork. Once you turn on your HVAC system, those particles are blown into the air you and your family breathe.  Poor indoor air quality can lead to the worsening of allergies, asthma and other respiratory issues. 

3. Take Control of the Humidity in Your Home.

Humidity is an important part of life in the Midwest. Unfortunately, maintaining the right levels of humidity in our homes can be tricky. Too much humidity can lead to mold and mildew growth inside your home. Too little humidity can dry out your skin and nasal passages. Both of these scenarios can be harmful to you and your family’s health. In order to ensure that your home stays between the 30-50% humidity mark, it is a good idea to have a humidity assessment performed. 

If you need any help reaching any of these New Year’s resolutions for 2017, just give us a call and we will be there for you. 

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Are You Ready for the Cold? Eight Steps to Winterize Your Home

Having to winterize your home may not sound like a fun way to spend your weekend. However, you will be happy that you took the time to winterize and complete these eight tasks when old man winter finally rolls in.

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Eight Steps to Winterize Your Home:

Step One: Have Your Heating System Inspected.

-Midwest winters can be brutally cold and the last thing you want to deal with is a broken furnace. Keep your home toasty and comfortable this winter by having your filters, fan/motor, burners, heat exchanger, electrical components, etc. inspected by one of our expert HVAC technicians.  

Step Two: Tend to Your Outdoor Faucets and Plumbing.

-Frozen outdoor faucets, busted hoses and valves are a nightmare to deal with and can be expensive to fix. That is why you will want to drain your outdoor faucets and hoses. It is also a good idea to disconnect your hoses if possible. Make sure to close any shutoff valves to your outdoor faucets and switch on the tap, in order to drain the built up water from the pipes.

Step Three: Check Your Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors.

-If you have not checked the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, now is the perfect time to do so. Winter comes with an increased number of house fires and cases of carbon monoxide poisoning and you will want to do everything you can to protect your home and family. So, take a few minutes to put fresh batteries in your detectors and check them to ensure they are functioning properly. 

Step Four: Seal Up Those Doors and Windows.

-Keep the cold outside and the warm air inside. Make sure that your window and door seals are properly caulked and ready for the harsh winter weather. 

Step Five: Have Your Ductwork Cleaned and Inspected.

-Maintaining your ductwork is vital for the health of your home and family during the colder months. Wintertime means that you will be spending more time indoorsCustomer (14), so you will want the air in your home to be as safe and clean as possible. Having your ductwork cleaned is a great way to improve yours and your family’s health and quality of living. Additionally, you will want to have your ductwork sealed to prevent warm air from seeping into unheated areas in your home. Well sealed and insulated ductwork can save you a ton of money down the road.

Step Six: Remember That Insulation is Your Friend.

-Making sure that your home has adequate insulation will help save you money and keep your home nice and comfy! 

Step Seven: Get Your Winter Equipment Ready. 

-Grab your snow shovel and stock up on rock salt now. You do not want to wait until the first heavy snowfall and find that the stores are all sold out! Also, if you have a snow blower or winter weather equipment, now is a great time to dig them out of the garage and make sure they are working properly. 

Step Eight: Take Steps to Avoid Losing Power This Winter.

-A power outage during a blizzard is a major hassle and can be dangerous if it lasts long enough. Investing in a whole home generator will ensure that the power will stay on, even when the weather is at its worst. Call us at (866) 844-3770 today, to learn more about your generator options. 

Have A Safe Winter!

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Give A Toy and Help Us Support Our Local Toys for Tots Chapter!

Once again this holiday season, Tiger Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning & Electrical Services will be collecting NEW, unwrapped toys for our local Toys for Tots chapter. The toys we collect will be donated to needy children in the Metro-East area. Last year we collected over 140 toys and, with your help, we can blow our old record out of the water! 

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We will be collecting donations through December 16th, and you can donate two ways:
1. For your convenience, you can hand your donations directly to our technicians during your service call,
2. Or you can drop toys off at our location in Collinsville:
 
1902 Vandalia St. Suite 100
Collinsville, IL 62234
 
Items Needed:
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Brand NEW unwrapped toys for kids of all ages, including:
1. Sporting Equipment.
2. Books for Kids of All Ages.
3. Board Games.
4. Unopened Bath Gift Sets.
5. Radio Controlled Cars/Trucks.
6. Dolls and action figures. 
 
Items Toys for Tots Can NOT Accept:
1. Clothing Items.
2. Stuffed Animals.
3. Food Items
For more information please visit the Toys for Tots Website.
 
With your help, we can work together to make the holidays a little brighter for the children in our area.
 
For more information on how to donate, or to have any other questions answered, please call 1.888.9TIGER4, or feel free to check us out online at TrustTiger.com.
 

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What to do When the Power Goes Out During a Snowstorm

Some of us woke up without power in the middle of this random midweek snowstorm. Since we are still in the middle of a snowstorm warning, who knows how long the power may remain out. And not to mention, in the Midwest, we’re never really sure when winter will truly bsnowstorme done with us. We could experience a few more snowstorms, which means power outages are always a concern. Don’t panic, losing power during a snowstorm is a little scary and super inconvenient, but there are a few things you can do to ride out the storm and wait for the power to come back on.

1. Dressing warm and adding layers will help you stay warm until the heat comes back on.

2. If you’re worried about your pipes freezing, turn on your faucets just enough to allow water to slowly drip out of the tap.

3. Try not to open your refrigerator or freezer if at all possible. The food inside can last longer if you leave to doors shut.

4. In order to avoid a power surge when the power does come back on, turn off/unplug your desktop computers, televisions, lights (you may want to leave one on, sofireplace-535281_640 you know when the power is back on) and any other electronic devices that aren’t necessary.

5. If your home has a fireplace or a wood stove, go ahead and use it for warmth. (Do Not Use any outdoor heating devices like grills, kerosene heaters or BBQs inside your home. These devices pose a major carbon monoxide risk when used indoors).

6. If you have neighbors who are elderly or have medical conditions, check on them. Especially, if these neighbors use medical equipment that requires electricity. Ensure they are dressed warmly and call 911 if they are in need of medical assistance.

7. If you happen to own a portable generator, do not turn it on if you haven’t had it installed or inspected by a certified electrician. Generators are extremely dangerous when not properly installed and maintained. Better safe than sorry!haze-1064119_960_720

8. You can use your smartphone to check on the status of the power outage, by logging onto your service providers website for the latest updates. Minor power outages during a winter snowstorm can be manageable. However, if the power will be out for an extended period, you’ll want to stay up to date on the status of the power outage.

Be safe, stay warm and dream of the warm summer days ahead!

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Do I Really Need too Have My Furnace Inspected This Late in the Season?

Winter is coming to an end, hopefully, and you’re looking forward to warmer days. So, furnace is it really worth having your furnace inspected and tuned up this late in the season? The answer is yes, there are several important benefits to having your furnace inspected late in the season. This is especially true if you haven’t had any maintenance performed on your heating system this year.

One important thing to remember is that your furnace and air conditioning units work together, in a way. Your cooling and heating systems are combined and share the same ductwork. Additionally, these systems have other shared indoor air handler components, like; air circulating blower fan, the refrigerant expansion valve, and refrigerant lines, evaporator coil, air filter, etc. So, when you’re properly maintaining your heating system, your air conditioning unit is benefiting as well.

142614_image1Another benefit of a tune up late in the season is that it keeps your furnace running efficiently. The weather in the mid-west is extremely misleading. One day it seems spring has sprung and the next day a foot of snow falls. The fluctuation in temperatures has you constantly adjusting your thermostat, which can put a lot of strain on your heating system. An inspection/ tune-up will ensure that your furnace is running efficiently, saving you money on your heating bill. Additionally, a tune up now will also help prevent your furnace from failing when you need it most.

To schedule your furnace inspection/tune up call us at (866) 844-3770 or schedule your appointment online at TrustTiger.com.

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How You Can Heat Up Your Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is coming up and it could be a chilly one. However, the cold weather outside doesn’t mean you can’t heat things up inside! Here are a few ideas to share the love and stay warm in every room of your home this Valentine’s Day.

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Heat Up Your Kitchen.

The best way to warm up someone’s heart is through their stomach. If any of your Valentine’s Day plans involve staying home and preparing a romantic dinner, you’ll want to include these tips for a little extra heat.

  • Start dinnervalentines-day-1182252_960_720 with a steaming bowl of soup. The long-simmering cooking process will help heat up your kitchen. Plus the warm soup will help raise your core body temperature.
  • Don’t skip your carbs. Your body turns carbs into energy, which will provide your body with some added warmth. Just don’t overdo it on the carbs, since it is Valentine’s Day. Try sticking to complex carbs, so you can avoid the sleepy, full feeling and the sugar crash. And remember not to stuff yourself!
  • Spice things up! Flavor your dinner with a little chipotle, ancho, cayenne pepper, masala, chili powder, etc.
  • Don’t trap the heat. After you’re done preparing your romantic dinner, leave the oven door propped open a little. This allows the heat from your oven to flow through your kitchen for added warmth. Just remember to make sure the oven is turned off the moment you’re done cooking. You should never use your oven to heat your home!

Don’t Freeze in the Living Room.

Cuddling with your loved one on the sofa and watching a movie is a simple and romantic way to spend Valentine’s Day. But include a few of these ideas to take things to the next level and create more heat between the two of you.

  • Opt for more romantic lighting. Placing a few candles around the room is not only a way to set the right Valentine’s Day mood, but they help produce extra heat. Just never leave candles unattended. For added romance choose scented candles.
  • Snuggle up. Cuddling together under a warm blanket while watching television is a great way to stay warm. Plus it’s super romantic and extremely affordable.
  • Don’t forget the hot chocolate. When snuggling on the sofa, use a warm cup of hot cocoa for added warmth and romance.hot-chocolate-1058197_960_720
  • Build a cozy fort. That’s right! Grab your blankets and pillows and build yourselves a little fort in the living room. Not only will you be warm, but a fort adds a real level of fun to your Valentine’s Day! Grab a few board games and your tablet to make your fort even better.
  • If you have a fireplace, use it. Nothing says romance and warmth more than a roaring fire.

Keep A Toasty Bathroom.

Remember that when you’re getting ready for your Valentine’s Day date that you can still stay warm.

  • bathtub-902361_640Don’t waste that hot water. After you’re done taking a bath, don’t drain the water. Let the warm water stay in the tub until it is at least warm temperature. The heat from the water will help warm your bathroom. Plus, the warm water will add extra humidity to your home.

Heating Up The Bedroom

Staying warm in the bedroom this Valentine’s Day is easier than you might think!

  • Toss on an extra blanket. Layers are a great way to stay warm and your bed is not an exception. So make sure you have enough comfy blankets before trying tocat-1127194_960_720 go to sleep.
  • Plan ahead. Grab a rubber water bottle or two, fill them with hot water and place them between your sheets a few hours before you go to bed. Doing this will help ensure that your bed is warm and toasty when you go to turn in.
  • Indoor camping? If the cold really bothers you, toss a sleeping bag on your bed. Sleeping bags are typically better insulated than most blankets. So, you and your partner can snuggle up together in perfect comfort.

Other Ideas For Staying Warm This Valentine’s Day

In case your Valentine’s Day isn’t warm enough for you, here are a few more ideas to help you out.

  • Get ablogctive. Getting up and moving around is one of the best ways to warm yourself up. Try taking your date dancing, go bowling or go rollerblading.
  • Make sure your home is always at the perfect temperature. A properly maintained and functioning furnace is the key to ensuring your home is always toasty and comfy. Call us at (866) 844-3770 or check us out online at TrustTiger.com, to schedule your furnace check up today.
  • Lock it up. Locking your windows and doors helps create a tighter seal, helping to prevent heat from escaping your home.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Defeat Winter and the Dry Air it Brings into Your Home

Winter time means one thing, dry air, lots and lots of dry air. The dry air of winter causes allwoman-698953_640 kinds of unpleasant side effects: chapped, itchy and cracked skin, then there’s the dry, scratchy nose and throat and don’t forget about all of the extra static electricity in the air. Well, don’t stand for the discomfort that comes with the dry air of winter any longer. Consider adding a humidifier to your home for an unbelievable level of comfort this winter.

Flow-through Humidifier is the best way to bring moist air back into your home. With the proper level of humidity in your home, you will feel more comfortable and breathe easier. You can eliminate that dry eye, nose and throat feeling you have when you wake up in the morning. Humidity also reduces or eliminates static electricity. Additionally, it protects the investment in your home and your furnitDry Airure because proper humidity prevents the wood from cracking and peeling.

A flow-through humidifier can be easily added to any forced air heating system. The advantage with this type of humidifier is that it provides humidity without breeding or spreading mold or mildew. This is in contrast to the humidifiers that use a reservoir where water can stagnate creating a perfect environment for mold and mildew growth. A flow-through humidifier is easy to maintain. It has no moving parts and is designed to operate with no mineral or mold buildup.

Contact us today to have one of our technical experts install one of these amazing flow-through humidifiers in your home. You’ll breathe easier, save money on moisturizing products and won’t have to live in fear of static shock every time you touch something.

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Winter has Arrived: Learn How You Can Cut Heating Costs

Winter weather and frigid temperatures have come to the St. Louis Metro East area and with it comes an increase in heating costs. But staying warm and comfortable does not have to cost you an arm and a leg! Just follow these simple money saving tips to help get you through the long cold winter months.

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1. Try layering your clothing.

The first and perhaps easiest step to staying warm this winter is layering your clothes. You may not need to set your thermostat has high if you can wear enough layers to help keep you comfortable.

2. Insulate, Insulate, Insulate!

The heat from your furnace just loves to escape your home through poorly insulated walls and ceilings. Ensuring that your ceilings, walls, basement, attic, etc. are well insulated will not only save you money during the winter, but proper insulation will save you money on your heating and cooling bill all year long. Which means choosing high-quality insulation is a worthwhile investment for both your home and your wallet.

3.  Seal up your home.

Use caulk around your windows, especially if you have an older home/ older windows. Nothing wastes money during the winter months like drafty windows!

4. A little maintenance now can save you big later!102754_image4 copy

Your furnace is working twice as hard to keep up with the plummeting temperatures during the winter months. If your furnace isn’t operating at its optimal level, you’re basically burning money on heating costs. Contact us today to have your heating system inspected and tuned-up, for added peace of mind and savings this winter.

5. Block off unused rooms.

If there are rooms in your home that are not used often, you can save some money on your heating bill by closing off those rooms. Make sure that you close the heating vents and all doors. WARNING: don’t close off a room that contains plumbing, you don’t want to have to worry about frozen pipes.

6. Make your windows work for you!

During the day, open your blinds and curtains and let the sunlight naturally warm your home. Then at night, close those blinds and curtains, to help keep the warm air inside your home and keep drafts out.

 7. Cook more.

kitchen-1129803_960_720Using your oven will help you heat your kitchen (and home depending on your layout). So, put that oven to work by making a roast, meatloaf, casserole, etc. and after you’re done cooking dinner, bake a cake or some brownies to keep that oven running longer. After you’re done cooking/baking, TURN YOUR OVEN OFF and then leave the oven door cracked open to get the most heat out of your oven as possible. WARNING: you should never use your oven as the only method to heat your home and NEVER run your oven when you’re not cooking.

8. Turn on your ceiling fans.

Winter may seem like an odd time to run your ceiling fan, but they can distribute warm air through your home efficiently. If you set your ceiling fan to spin clockwise and run it on a low speed, it will help push the warm air back down. This is extremely helpful and cost effective since warm air rises.

Here are a few more helpful money saving heating tips for winter:

  • Change your filter at least once a month, to help ensure that your furnace runs as efficiesmall_8121287668ntly as possible.
  • Setting your programmable thermostat back 10 to 15 degrees when you’re not home, can save you up to 15% on your heating bill.
  • To keep the warm air flowing freely, be sure to clean warm-air registers, baseboard heaters, and radiators as needed. Remember to make sure they’re not blocked by furniture, carpeting or drapes.
  • Eliminate trapped air from hot-water radiators once or twice a season; if unsure about how to perform this task, contact a professional.
  • Place towels, pipe insulation or some other form of thick material at the bottom of your exterior doors. This will help prevent warm air from escaping and cold air from pouring in.
  • Have an Electrician install foam installation behind your electrical plate covers and outlets.
  • A new and more energy efficient furnace will provide you with major long term savings on your heating bill each winter.

Stay safe and warm this winter!

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