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Make sure your home plumbing system is winter ready!

November 03, 2014

Lee Company offers solutions to make your plumbing system winter ready

Part of the “charm” of a Tennessee winter is variety. Temperatures can range from the 70s to the 20s. That means we have to be prepared for whatever Old Man Winter brings – and now’s the time!

Make sure your home plumbing system is winter ready before a freeze by following these simple steps:

Inside plumbing:

  • First things first. Make sure everyone knows where the main water shut-off value is located. Pipes don’t wait for an opportune moment to burst. Everyone in the family should know how to shut off the water if necessary. The quicker you stop the water flow, the less damage done.
  • Inspect your pipes. If there’s a leak, fix it now. If you have pipes in an unheated part of your home, wrap them with insulation or special tape. Our experts can assist with this project.
  • Let a faucet drip during extremely cold weather. A slow drip will help prevent water from freezing and a pipe from bursting.

 

Outside plumbing:

  • Protect outside faucets. Close the shut-off valve and drain the line for outside faucets. If you don’t have a shut-off valve, use a faucet cover for extra protection.
  • Get out the air compressor. Blow the water through your sprinkler system. It doesn’t cost a penny (assuming you have the compressor!) and it can be a life-saver for the system. If your irrigation system came with instructions for winter preparation, review and follow those instructions.
  • Clean the gutters. Not a fun job, we know – but it’s better to do it now than when it’s cold and windy outside. Cleaning the gutters – and keeping them clean – will protect your eaves and roof and help prevent dangerous icicles from forming.

 

One of the first signs of a potential winter plumbing problem is a decrease in water flow. If you notice that, give us a call. Our expert plumbers are available 24/7/365.

Smart Decisions Start Here: The Basics on HVAC

August 18, 2014

When you look on Angie’s List for recommendations, we’re proud to say that Lee Company ranks high – our customers in Nashville and surrounding areas appreciate our services and our professionals. Thank you!

Over the decades, we’ve built a successful and growing company by understanding that every home and every family is different. We work closely with each customer to provide the best solution. The process starts with education. Do you know how your heating, ventilation and air conditioning system works? This graphic from Angie’s List provides a great overview.

Learn how your Residential HVAC system works.

If you have any questions about the right HVAC system for you, please let us know! We’re happy to talk with you and come up with the most efficient way to keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. And keep your utility bills as low as possible!

Still have questions? We have answers!

The graph includes wonderful ideas on how to keep your HVAC unit running smoothly. But, at some point, even the best units need replacing. If you think it’s time for a new HVAC system, give us a call. Our experts will determine if it really is time for an upgrade, advise you on the right unit for your home, and discuss additional products and services that can maximize the life and efficiency of your unit while lowering your energy bills. And, speaking of lower bills, we’re always happy to tell you about current financing options and promotions!

The secret hidden in your attic!

April 09, 2014

On a typical summer afternoon in Alabama or Tennessee, it’s not unusual to hit 95 degrees. When it’s that hot outside, the temperature in your attic can soar above 130 degrees.

If you rarely visit the attic, you might think that layer of heat doesn’t matter. Unfortunately, it does matter to your air conditioner. When the attic temperature rises that high, the air conditioner has to work harder to cool your living space. And, the harder the air conditioner works, the higher your electric bill goes.

In addition, the related challenges go beyond the cost of keeping your home cool and comfortable. If your attic isn’t properly vented, moisture can build up, bringing with it the potential for wood rot and the issues associated with it.

To address all these issues, homeowners often opt for an attic fan. Installing an attic fan helps reduce energy consumption and increase air quality by pushing hot air and humidity out of an attic and drawing cool air in from the outside. While this is a good step, it’s important to remember that not all attic fans are created equal. Solar powered fans are an energy efficient way to cool your attic: Once installed, they don’t require any electrical wiring or power. Tapping into the power of a solar attic ventilator enables you to cool your attic, reduce energy consumption and improve air quality inside your home.

The best time for installation? Now. Before the summer heat hits.

So long, high utility bills. Hello, Solar Attic Ventilator!

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