Tips For Conserving Water at Home
March 22nd happens to be World Water Day. Considering all of us here in Lincoln, Nebraska are doing our part to conserve water since our mayor has issued water restrictions due to the damage the Platte river flooding has done to our city’s water system, it seems like a good time to provide some water saving tips. As plumbers that know a thing or two about water usage, here are the things we think can minimize the effect on your daily life, but really help reduce the amount of water used. Here’s our list: (more…)
3 things to Consider When Adding a Water Softener
Have decided it’s time to add a water softener to your home? There are many benefits to having a water softener from using less soaps and detergents to getting rid of hard water residues. You’ll notice it take less shampoo to get your hair feeling clean and soft. Also with soft water your skin won’t feel as dried out, those with easily irritated skin will also find soft water to help their skin. Now that you’ve made the decision to add a water softener here are 3 things you need to consider?
- Where will the water softener be installed?
- What fixtures do you want to be exempt?
- What size of Water softener is needed?
Keep Your Furnace Safe and Basement Dry
It seems every year there is a sigh of relief when the weather in Lincoln, Nebraska begins to trend toward spring like temperatures. Gone is the brutally cold and gray days of winter, replaced by sun, greening of yards and budding trees. Many of us forget about the moisture that comes with the spring season until there is water in the basement and it has taken our important components or completely ruined your furnace and water heater. (more…)
Reasons Your Furnace Filter Isn’t Doing Its Job
All central HVAC systems contain an air filter commonly referred to as a “furnace filter”. The air filter plays two key roles: ensuring optimal air quality in your home and prolonging the lifespan of your furnace, air conditioner, and furnace’s blower system. An air filter accomplishes this by removing dirt, dust and other particulate matter from your home’s air as it cycles through your return air ducts.
Keeping up with regular filter changes is a must, however even those who perform this maintenance task regularly may end up with less than clear air or other issues. If you would like to learn more about the factors that can keep an air filter from performing correctly, keep reading. This article outlines three things that can undermine your HVAC system’s air filter. (more…)
Why You Should Install a Heat Pump Water Heater
Usually when you’re selecting a water heater for your home you’re worried mostly about the amount of hot water the water heater will provide. Did you’re old water heater provide enough for everyone to get a hot shower? It’s one thing to share bathrooms, but when you have a home with enough bathrooms you hope you don’t have the issue of not enough hot water!
How Rodents Can Affect Your HVAC System
Winter in Lincoln, NE can be downright cold. We’ve been pretty lucky during the early part of winter this year, however recently temps have dropped making it frigid outdoors. Weather like this keeps us seeking refuge in our warm home, it’s also what causes rodents look for shelter from the elements in our homes as well. So why is a heating and air company care about rodents getting in your home? Let’s go through the reason. (more…)
How to Manage High Humidity in the Bathroom
Whether you are looking to reduce the moisture build up in an existing bathroom or ensure the bathroom you’re building stays free of mold and mildew issues with proper ventilation. Here’s what you need to know.
The Importance of Bathroom Ventilation
Ideally the best way to resolve high humidity in a space is to remove the source of humidity. Unfortunately when it comes to your bathroom that isn’t an option. So, what do you do when every five minutes of showering produces one-half pint of bathroom moisture?
Why Your AC Won’t Stop Running
No one likes to come home to a hot house, especially during the steamy summer months in Lincoln NE. If your air conditioning unit just isn’t cutting it there may be a few reason and things to check to determine why.
First things first, homeowners tend to think if the system is running a lot it must be undersized. That may be the case, but remember if your system is running for long cooling cycles it can actually mean your system is doing just what it is supposed to do. Today’s cooling systems are made more efficiently, so the act of running for a long period of time doesn’t always mean money out of your pocket or extreme wear and tear on your system. Remember ACs condition the home, not just cool the home. One of the most important tasks of the system is to pull humidity out of your home’s air. This is done only while the system is running so shorter runs often mean clammy air.
Evaporator Coil Leaks Caused by Corrosion
A residential air conditioning system relies on several different components to ensure even, efficient cooling. Many of these components help refrigerant flow through the system. The actual cooling of your home’s air takes place inside your Lincoln, NE home by the component known as the evaporator coil.
Cool liquid refrigerant flows through the evaporator coil, while warm air from your home moves across its small refrigerant lines. Modern day air conditioning takes cooling your home farther than the olden days of an ice block in front of a fan though. The coil’s refrigerant absorbs the heat from your home’s air, causing the refrigerant to warm up. Then, having turned from a liquid to a gas from the increase in temp, it goes back to the condensing unit (outdoors) where the heat from your home is released. Unfortunately refrigerant can escape if there are leaks in the system, and often times they can be found in the evaporator coil.
Need Help with High Humidity?
Do you find yourself battling high humidity levels in your home every summer? There are various things that can play into this, one thing we’ll key on here is your cooling system. Why? Because your air conditioner doesn’t just cool your home, it conditions your home which includes dehumidifying your home, or at least it should. There are things that play into if this is being done, like sizing. There are also cooling systems with components that allow them to do a better job at dehumidifying than others. (more…)
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