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How Getting Your Plumbing Ready for Winter Can Lower Your Energy Bill

As cold weather sets in, you’ll want to make sure the plumbing in your home is ready to withstand its effects. Burst pipes and frozen water lines are always a risk for unprotected homes, and you could face high utility bills due to energy loss without the proper insulation. An experienced plumber can help you get your home prepared for the coming winter in just a few steps.

Insulation and Weatherization

Many of the pipes in our homes run through unheated crawlspaces, which makes them very vulnerable to freezing. Freezing doesn’t always lead to bursting, but it creates an interruption in your water service, which can make your home unlivable until it thaws. In the worst case, frozen plumbing does result in burst pipes and costly repairs to the plumbing itself and any damage done to your home.

Weatherizing and insulating your crawlspaces can make them better able to resist falling to dangerously low temperatures, but insulating your pipes themselves is the best measure of protection. Combining these actions can keep your water supply lines from freezing in the winter and provide uninterrupted water flow.

Energy Savings

Another advantage to insulated plumbing is that energy loss is greatly reduced and even prevented entirely. As hot water travels from your water heater to the appliances and plumbing fixtures in your home, the heat can be quickly dissipated through unprotected pipes in crawlspaces or in exterior walls. This means you receive water that’s less comfortable, and your water heater needs to keep working hard just to make sure that the water stays warm. This energy loss results in higher utility costs. By having a plumber insulate your piping and potentially your water heater, you can save money on your water heating costs this winter.

Contact F.H. Furr Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning at (703) 496-5016 to schedule a consultation with a Fairfax plumber. We can show you how pipe insulation and other measures will help your plumbing withstand this winter’s weather.

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