Many people think of having their furnaces inspected before winter sets in. Very few consider doing the same thing for their air conditioning units. After all, A/Cs aren’t likely to be used during the cold weather, so what’s the point of having them looked at? You should know that inspecting an A/C unit and discovering what protection it needs from the cold winter weather could save you a lot of money, especially in the long run. With that in mind, offers these tips on how to winterize your A/C unit:

Any Denver plumbing professional is likely to agree with this statement taken from a Denver Channel news article published before bad weather hit Colorado:

Tuesday night (Dec. 3, 2013), Meteorologist Matt Makens noticed his local grocery store was nearly sold out of milk as Coloradans prepared for the storm. However, groceries are not the only items experts suggest we gather and prepare before a winter storm.

A water heater, especially one that’s been installed by professional Denver plumbers, can improve home comfort immensely. Unfortunately, according to, water heating is the second biggest energy waster in a home after heating and cooling. If you don’t pay attention to your water heater usage, your utility costs can easily get out of hand—especially at the height of the winter season. To lower water heating costs, the website offers the following tips:

“We don't often think of damage from frozen and broken water pipes as being on the same scale as a natural disaster, but damage from water is the most prevalent -- yet least recognized – catastrophe. In fact, frozen and broken water pipes rank No. 2 behind hurricanes in terms of both the number of homes damaged and the amount of claim costs in the U.S.
“A conduit on Denver Water’s Einfeldt Pump Station broke at about noon Saturday, flooding the intersection of University Boulevard and Buchtel Avenue. After several hours of work, crews were able to shut off water from the 36-inch pipe shortly before 9 p.m., said Denver Water spokeswoman Stacy Chesney. The intersection of University and Buchtel was closed following the break and was expected to remain closed while crews waited for the water to drain. The draining process was expected to take a few hours. Chesney said workers would then begin to clean up the roadways before reopening the intersection.”
If one wishes to take off on fanciful flights of fancy from pop culture, being a plumber is a wondrous occupation. Mario and Luigi showed us all that being an intrepid plumber and knowing your way around pipes gives you a chance to be transported to the Mushroom Kingdom and rescue a damsel in distress. Unfortunately, in real life, things are different for everyday plumbers as Yahoo contributor Gary Sprague wrote about in an article last September 1.
Natural disasters like the heavy rains that hit the Colorado area last September 11 are not the only ones that can flood a home and cause heavy property damage. Plumbing issues such as busted or leaky pipes can cause a lot of trouble as well, and these problems often tend to get worse when homeowners attempt to deal with them on their own. In a recent article posted in, real estate insider Ann Hoke warned her readers on the dangers of DIY efforts in plumbing systems and others.
[UC Berkeley News Center, August 27, 2013] BERKELEY — Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, are working to take research innovations from their labs into the real world to cut commercial building energy consumption by close to a third, and give office workers an unprecedented sense of control over their thermal environments. Armed with a recently announced $1.6 million grant from the California Energy Commission, researchers from UC Berkeley’s Center for the Built Environment (CBE) are refining, testing and promoting a new set of tools to enable more efficient temperature control in buildings by using input from building occupants, a network of web-based applications, and a user-responsive Personal Comfort System (PCS).
Aside from damaging property and causing a lot of inconvenience to the residents of Colorado, the September 2013 flooding that hit the state has also left drinking water supplies at risk of contamination. The following excerpt from a CBS Denver article has more on the current situation in Colorado: