HVAC Filter

Posted by on Nov 27, 2015 in Blog

The air filters in your HVAC system are the first and most effective measure in protecting your heating and cooling system. Any HVAC professional will tell you to change your filters often. Using fresh filters will greatly extend its life expectancy and this preventative maintenance can save you money on repairs or down the road. Not to forget to mention, they help keep up the air quality in your home. Although some products claim to be effective for ninety days or even longer, most experts recommend changing your filters every thirty days. Regardless, you should inspect your filters regularly. The age of your HVAC system and the level of usage will determine how much wear and tear a filter suffers. You’ll know your filters need to be replaced when it’s coated in thick dust. When a filter is clogged up, not only is it no longer doing its job, it is decreasing the efficiency of your heating system as the dust starts to absorb heat. It also becomes a fire hazard. What filter is best for your home? There are a variety of filters to choose from depending on your budget and desired air quality. Fiberglass Filters: these are your standard filters for a homeowner on a budget. They’re composed of several layers of fiberglass mesh. These filter particles by physically trapping them in a dense net. While fiberglass filters are better than nothing, they tend to clog quickly and allow a large percentage of smaller particulates pass through. Electrostatic Filters: these filters are made from a material that generates an electrostatic charge as air flows through them. This static acts like a magnet for dust particles, attracting them and locking them into the filter. These are generally considered more effective than fiberglass filters, especially for residents with asthma, allergies or other respiratory problems. They should still be replaced at least monthly to get their full benefit. Electronic Filters: these filters operate by either drawing particles in with an artificially generated electrostatic charge, or by passing air through an ionizing device to charge the air around it and create an attraction between airborne particles and the filter. In either case, these filters are plugged into a power source and can be cleaned instead of replaced. These are generally considered the top of the line in filtration systems, and come with a increase in price. Specialty Filters: there are a number of companies offering specialized filters to combat specific air quality issues. Some come pretreated with disinfectants so they not only capture particulate matter but also kill airborne bacteria or viruses that pass through, making them a good choice for the immune-suppressed, or households with children or elderly residents. Filters containing activated charcoal or carbon are available that can reduce foul odors if a household has that problem. HEPA and micro-particle filters are generally considered the best for improving air...

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Repair Or Replace Your Furnace?

Posted by on Nov 27, 2015 in Blog

Sometimes spending money can end up saving you money. In the case of furnaces, this is often the case: Spending money can end up saving you money in a short period of time. But be aware that an inefficient furnace does not always need to be replaced. There may be some repairs and changes that can be made that might help. For example, changing your furnace filters can help your system run more efficiently, as well as making sure your humidifier is set to the proper level. Often, simple repairs such as replacing the pilot light with an electronic ignition or sealing the joints in your ductwork can end up doing the trick, therefore, saving you money and extending the life of your HVAC system. If you really suspect that you need a new heating system, the first step is to contact a reliable heating contractor, like the ones at Park Mechanical, to come and check it out for you. Remember, a furnace can last for about 25 years if properly maintained. So unless yours has been improperly installed, damaged or has faulty wiring, you should get many good years of use. So how will you know when it’s really time to replace the furnace? There are three main main reasons why you would need to replace a furnace: It’s Extremely Old and Inefficient homes that were built around the 1960s or even earlier, will most likely have an old boiler system or furnace. Although this doesn’t necessarily mean that you need a new furnace, your system may need an overhaul to make it more energy efficient The High Cost of Running Your Furnace find out the least expensive resource to run your furnace in your area: gas or electricity Heating Load heating load is the amount of energy need to maintain a steady 65 degrees indoors. Contacting your utility company to perform an energy audit will help you figure out ways to make your home more energy efficient and possibly save you from replacing the entire furnace. If you find that your furnace continues to work inefficiently, you probably need a new furnace Call for an Emergency Plumber in Sacramento –...

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Emergency Plumber & When You Need One?

Posted by on Nov 27, 2015 in Blog

Emergency Plumbing Problems happened a lot. Some times finding an emergency plumber can be hard to find. So here are some tips from me a 25 year plumber to try and help you out.  I call my self the “Plumbing Manager” which actually I am and I like to share information during the day when I have time to write a quick article.  This article might not be much but you should listen to it because as a “Plumbing Manager” we look for those emergency plumbing calls.  Why? Guaranteed Money Charge More Yes Plumbers Take Advantage Of Fast Money Here are some helpful tips before calling an emergency plumber so you don’t get caught in these situations. While many minor plumbing issues can be handled by a homeowner, there are many more plumbing issues that can’t. Sometimes these issues aren’t pressing and can be handled by your plumber during a routine appointment, but other plumbing issues may require an emergency visit from your plumber. Although its rare to need an emergency plumber, its important to have the number of a trusty worthy and responsive plumber on hand, just in case! Knowing when to call an emergency plumber is crucial! Plumbing problems can cause a wide variety of problems for homeowners. A plumbing problem that may seem minor to a homeowner could actually cause serious complications. Plumbing problems can affect the integrity of their home and property, affect the health of the occupants in the home, and can affect how high your water bill is. Because its not always completely obvious when you need to call an emergency plumber, we’ve put together a list for you. Flooded basement: This one is pretty obvious! A flooded basement is usually caused by burst pipes. Without immediate attention, your house and property could be subject to even further damage. Clogged drains: Clogged drains are fairly common place, so this one isn’t as obvious! If your drains do not unclog when you use baking soda, a plunger, or commercial drain cleaner (which we do NOT recommend using), you should call a plumber immediately. Stubborn clogs can lead to burst pipes and are unhygienic. No water from the faucet: This generally occurs during low temperatures when pipes have frozen. When water freezes and becomes ice, it expands which can cause burst pipes. If your pipes have frozen, call a plumber immediately to avoid burst pipes and even more damage. Bad smell: If there is a bad smell coming from your drains, this is a sign that your sewer pipes may be leaking. Leaking sewer pipes can cause damage to your property and is also a huge health risk to humans and pets. Exceptionally high water bill and/or the sound of running water: If you don’t believe that your water consumption has gone up (be sure to take into account if you’re doing any outdoor watering!),...

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Sacramento Residential Plumber- Common Residential Plumbing Problems

Posted by on Nov 26, 2015 in Blog

There is a lot of Residential Plumbing Problems that can happen in a home. A Residential Plumber is or a Residential Plumbing Company takes care of home owners. Commercial Plumbers take care of businesses.  A Home owner should always have a local home residential plumber always ready to call.   What you don’t want as a home owner is to have to call an emergency residential plumber because that will cost you big dollars. Here below my article gives you some ideas of some common plumbing problems. There are several common plumbing problems that are actually preventable but when they happen, you need a residential plumbing expert to come and sort you out. Most emergency plumbers will tell you that obstructive pipes and drains are one of the reasons they are called at even odd hours of the day. Perhaps this is an indication that most people value other possessions like cars more than they vale their expensive homes. Most people will service their cars at least once every year but they will not remember to do the same thing about plumbing in their homes; they normally call in emergency plumbers when it’s too late and it becomes more expensive. Commercial and residential plumbers advice home owners the importance of preventive maintenance of house plumbing every once in a while; this will not only keep the pipes and drains in you r home in good running condition but you will also be able to spot any emerging problems well in advance. When problems are discovered and fixed early, they are dealt with before the cost of doing them escalates. There are simple steps that homeowners can take to reduce the costs associated with emergency plumbing. Burst pipes: The most important thing you are going to do before the arrival of the emergency plumber is to stop the flow of water at the spot where there is a hole. You need to know where the main shut off valve of the house is so you can close it. By tuning off this valve you will stop the flow of water to other fixtures and prevent a flood from happening in the house. Make sure that you also turn on all cold water taps so you can drain pipes from all steam and trapped water. Once you have managed damage control you can call in your residential plumbing expert to repair or replace the burst pipe. Frozen pipes: Sometimes water freezes in pipes and this can cause them to expand and burst. Start by closing the main shutoff valve and if the pipe is not yet split, try to use hot water bottles to thaw it from the end of the pipe that is nearest to a tap. You need to be gentle with your thawing and avoid using naked flames so as to avoid thermal expansion that could end up...

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“Sacramento Plumbing Manager” Plumbing Help For Homeowners & New Plumbers

Posted by on Nov 26, 2015 in Blog

As a 25 Year Plumber & Now a “Sacramento Plumbing Manager” I give help when I can help New Plumbers. Being a Plumber Is harder then people think. As a plumbing manager and owning a plumbing business for over 10 years I have seen it all and I like to share my experiences. Here is some DYI tips if your trying to do you own little plumbing jobs at home ” Don’t Start a Plumbing Job You Can’t Finish You Will Make It Worse & Will Be More Costly” Having The Plumbing Tools To Do The Job Plumbing tools are a godsend when a sink clogs or toilet overflows on weekends, holidays, or just before dinner guests arrive. For big problems, like a burst pipe, shut off your water (know where your shutoff valve is) and call a plumber. But you can fix everyday annoyances if you add these basic plumbing tools to your fix-it arsenal. As the “Sacramento Plumbing Manager” I will Tell You This We Have A Lot of “Green Plumbers” (Rookie Plumbers) That At Times We Send Them Out On Jobs That Do Not Have Every Tool a Plumber Should Have & Trust Me If They Can’t Do The Job Either Can You. You Have To Have The Correct Tools!! 1. Plungers: No home should be without these suckers/pushers whose rubber cups form a seal around the drain or toilet. Use a cup plunger to push clogs through sinks and tubs; use a flange plunger, with a non-splash ball cup, for toilets. Use a bellows plunger when the other two don’t work. Cost: Cup, $3 to $4; flange, $8 to $15; bellows, $7 to $11. 2. Closet auger: Named for “water closet,” this 3-foot plumbing tool has a crank, handle, and flexible shaft tipped with an “auger bit” that breaks and grabs troublesome toilet clogs. Cost: $10 to $20. 3. Hand auger, aka plumber’s snake: A hand-powered crank and reel of ¼-inch steel cable clears obstructions from sink, tub, and shower drains. Cost: $15 to $30. 4. Hacksaw: This go-to saw cuts through just about anything—metal pipe, hardware, nuts, or bolts. Keep blades tight in the frame, and keep extras on hand. Cost: $15 to $30. Blades: $5 for 2. 5. Adjustable pipe wrench: The serrated mouth on this iconic plumbing tool grips pipes. It has one fixed jaw and one that moves by turning a thumb screw. Buy two—one for gripping and holding, one for turning. Cost: $17 to $35. 6. Hex key or Allen wrench set: Thin L-shaped wrenches with hexagonal heads often are used to fix stuck garbage disposals. Cost: $5 to $15 for a set of 6 to 7 wrenches. 7. Caulking gun: A metal frame and trigger holds and applies caulk, which seals seams around the edges of tubs and sinks. Cost: $15 to $25. 8. Tongue-and-goove pliers: Also called water...

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