KLEBS technician inspecting a furnace heater in Anchorage.

Regular Plumbing and Heating Maintenance In Anchorage & Mat-Su

You probably take your vehicle in for a regular oil change and scheduled maintenance services, so why are you ignoring your home? There are plenty of areas of your house that can benefit from proper maintaining, but two of the most important are the two biggest systems – your plumbing and HVAC. Before you push crucial plumbing and heating maintenance to the side, consider these five reasons you should schedule regular servicing.

  • They are the Cornerstones of Your Home – HVAC and plumbing systems are what keep your home comfortable and livable, year-round. You certainly don’t want your heater to go out in the middle of winter in Anchorage or the Mat-Su. Compare your HVAC to the engine that runs your car – treat it with care to keep it running smoothly and not leave you stranded. 
  • You’ll Spend Less on Repairs – Yes, there are costs involved with maintenance. However, when you compare those to what major repairs cost you’ll come out far ahead. As the old saying goes, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” In addition, you’re paying on a scheduled and expected basis, instead of getting hit with a repair bill at an inconvenient time.
  • Maintenance Extends the Life of Plumbing and HVAC Equipment – When you have this equipment maintained on a regular basis, you’re adding to the effective life. It will likely be a longer time before equipment must be replaced – saving you money on those expensive replacements.
  • You Can Save on Utilities – A well-maintained system is not only less likely to break, it is going to run more efficiently too. Why spend more on electricity, gas or water than you need to? Maintain your system and save on those monthly bills. Plus, you can feel good about utilizing fewer natural resources as well.
  • Protect Your Home’s Value – Whether you plan to sell your property in the near future or not, the value of it matters. A home or business with a documented track record of maintenance will retain more value than one that isn’t cared for properly. This means getting professional maintenance is key–as you’ll be able to show any interested buyer down the line that you did everything in your power to keep things running smoothly.

As you can see, proper maintenance is a valuable thing for homeowners, and those in charge of business properties too. If you have any questions or concerns about keeping your plumbing or heating systems in tip-top shape, reach out to us at KLEBS today. We are proud to be your maintenance partner!

Healthy green indoor plant, implying great air quality.

How to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

No matter if you love spending time in Alaska’s great outdoors or not, you likely spend more time in your home than anywhere else. That’s why having good indoor air quality is so important. If your air is clean, you’ll be healthier and more relaxed. Consider these simple ways you can improve the quality of this air you and your family breathe.

  • Get Rid of Pollutants – Look at what’s causing problems for air quality and deal with them head-on. One simple way to improve air quality is to not allow smoking in your home. Other pollutants may be more difficult to deal with, such as pets. However, you can reduce the impact they have by regularly grooming your furry friends.
  • Maintain Your HVAC System – Your HVAC handles the vast majority of the air that passes through your home. Keep the system well-maintained and change your filter regularly to help it do its job well. Newer systems may be better equipped to improve the quality of air in your home, so consider updating if you have an older unit.
  • A Clean Home is a Healthy Air Home – Believe it or not,  your housekeeping can have a big impact on air quality. Vacuum regularly, change your sheets and dust to keep dust at bay. When you do this, your air will naturally be cleaner, fresher and easier to breathe. Think about using natural-based cleaners, if possible, to avoid introducing new pollutants to the home.
  • Add Plants – Houseplants can be a simple way to improve indoor air quality. They produce oxygen and keep your air fresh–plus the beauty they add is refreshing in its own way. Choose plants that are adaptable to keeping indoors and make sure they are not dangerous to have around children or pets if you have either of these in your home.
  • Don’t Forget About the Humidity – Indoor air quality is more than just clean air, it is air that is comfortable to breathe – at the right humidity. Look at adding humidity during the coldest months when the heater runs almost non-stop. On the other hand, if you have a problem with too much humidity in a basement or other area of the home, a dehumidifier may be useful too.

If you have any further questions about how you can improve your home’s air quality, reach out to us at KLEBS today! We will work with you to keep your HVAC system working smoothly and in turn keep your home comfortable too.