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Adding A Bathroom To Your Basement: Important Plumbing Considerations

Posted by on May 7, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Adding A Bathroom To Your Basement: Important Plumbing Considerations

Adding a bathroom to your home’s basement can be a great way to add a significant amount of value to your home–especially if you opt to add a full bathroom as part of a basement finishing project. Still, when adding a bathroom to a basement, there are many important factors that must be taken into consideration in order to achieve the desired results and ensure the new bathroom space is up to code. Condition of Your Basement You’ll want to start by determining whether you want to add a full or partial bathroom in your existing basement. For example, if your basement space is currently unfinished and you don’t plan on finishing it any time soon, then it might make sense to just add a half bathroom downstairs. After all, your basement is likely to be damp and chilly throughout the year, so how often would you realistically use a tub or shower in this space? Proximity to Existing Plumbing If at all possible, you’ll want to install your new bathroom close to existing plumbing in your home. Doing so can cut down significantly on your costs because it will minimize the amount of plumbing that needs to be added to your home. A good way to determine the ideal location of a basement bathroom is to determine where a existing bathroom is on the ground level of your home and place the new bathroom directly below it. Depth of Your Home’s Sewer Line One of the greatest challenges of installing a new bathroom in a basement is making sure there’s enough vertical space between your plumbing fixtures and your home’s sewer line for gravity to carry this waste out. If your current sewer line isn’t installed deep enough under your home, then plumbers may need to excavate your floors to move the sewer line further down, which can be an expensive addition to the project. Size of Your Existing Pipes Finally, you’ll need to make sure that your home’s existing plumbing pipes are large/wide enough to handle the additional flow of water and sewage to/from your new basement bathroom. If not, then new pipes may need to be retrofitted, which can also add some expense to your project but will be worth it down the road when you don’t run into drainage problems. From there, you can enjoy your new basement bathroom and added home resale value as well. For plumbing help when installing your new bathroom, call Mayfair Gas Plumbing &...

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Tips For Selecting A New Gas Furnace Type

Posted by on Sep 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips For Selecting A New Gas Furnace Type

Gas furnaces are popular with homeowners due to the low cost and relative efficiency of the units. If you’re in the market for a new gas furnace, the wide variety of available types might seem intimidating. But there are really only two key considerations when shopping for a new gas furnace: whether you want conventional or condensing and the number of stages you want in the furnace. Here is a quick guide to making those shopping decisions. If you are still uncertain or would rather leave the choice in professional hands, call your furnace repair and installation technician. Conventional vs. Condensing The two primary types of gas furnaces are conventional and condensing. A conventional furnace was the primary type of furnace before technologies improved. The conventional units waste energy due to the process rapidly using up and expelling the gases before the unit can really get the most energy possible from the process.  So conventional furnaces are less efficient in general than condensing. Why would someone consider conventional? You can sometimes get those units for a cheaper price due to the falling popularity. Other than that, you should consider going with a condensing unit. A condensing unit has a dual exchange system that strips heat out of the combusted gas until all that is left is liquid condensate. So your furnace will be more efficient and won’t have to work as hard to warm your home. Number of Stages The number of stages in a gas furnace essentially refers to how many different settings the furnace has for operation. A single stage furnace, for example, is only fully on or fully off – there aren’t any settings in the middle. So if you live in an area that frequently has moderately cold temperatures, you might not appreciate having to turn the furnace on full heat every time. But this might be exactly what those in colder regions need in their homes. It all comes down to personal preference. Other staged furnaces available includes a two stage furnace, which includes off, mid-heat, and fully on as settings. Then you move up to a variable speed furnace, which actually works a bit differently than the other stage types. The “variable speed” refers not to number of settings available on the furnace but rather to the number of speeds at which the internal fan can operate. These fan speed variations are what allow this type of furnace to be set anywhere on the spectrum from off to mid to high heat and everything in-between.   For professional furnace services, consider contacting a company such as Cydcom Services Ltd. – Heating & Air Conditioning Furnace...

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Lower Your Utility Bills with Window Film Insulation

Posted by on Sep 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Lower Your Utility Bills with Window Film Insulation

Virtually every homeowner would like to find ways to lower their heating and cooling costs. Although the importance of insulating your attic and basement is common knowledge, the fact that insulating your windows with plastic film can reduce your energy costs is perhaps less well known. The article looks at some of the key considerations to be aware of if you decide to pursue this option.   Benefits Window film prevents hot air from leaving your house during the winter by sealing leaks in the glass and window frame. Window film also helps keep your house cool during the summer because it reduces the amount of heat entering a room by up to 80 percent. So, simply installing window film on your windows will reduce the need for using your heating and cooling equipment more than necessary and save you money on your utility bills.   Kit  You can purchase window film kits at most home and garden centers. Many of these kits use clear film so that you can see clearly into the outdoors, although you can also purchase kits with film that comes in darker shades or in more durable materials, like ceramic. Investing in a higher-quality material may be worth it, since cheaper tints don’t have as much UV protection and tend to fade or wrinkle over time. Preparation  To prepare for the installation, make certain that the trim and molding around the window is clean. In some cases, you may only need to dust around the window. If the molding has significant amount of dirt, however, you should wash it off with soap and water or vinegar and water. Do not attempt to install the window film until the molding is thoroughly dry.  Installation  If you want to make sure that the window film is applied correctly and efficiently, you can talk with a heating or cooling professional, like Climec Residential Inc. If you are confident in your DIY know-how, follow these instructions: Place the double-sided tape from the window film kit on the molding surrounding the window. After applying the tape all the way around the molding, measure the height and width of the window with a tape measure. Cut a piece of film from the kit to fit the dimensions of the window. Leave an inch or two extra on all sides to avoid cutting the film too small. Remove the backing from the double-sided tape and press the film over the molding. Use a hair dryer to remove any wrinkles or bubbles from the film, but do not allow the hair dryer actually touch the film.  Applying window film insulation to your windows is a great way to make your home more energy efficient and keep your heating and cooling costs under control. For more ideas on how to save energy, contact a heating and cooling...

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How To Increase The Efficiency Of Your Furnace

Posted by on Sep 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Increase The Efficiency Of Your Furnace

Is your furnace losing power? Have you noticed reduced airflow? If so, you might need to invest in a new heating unit. However, the problem might not be so severe. In many cases, reduced airflow can be a result of clogged registers, dirty filters and loose hoses. This article explains three ways to make sure your furnace is running as efficiently as possible. After running these tests, you should notice increased airflow. Replace the Filter One of the quickest and easiest ways to increase the airflow of your furnace is to clean or replace the filter. You can easily access the filter without any tools. It is usually located behind a hinged door near the back or side of the filter. If you pull the filter out and it looks perfectly clean, just put it back in place. However, if it is dusty and dirty, replace it with a new one. Filters are very affordable and easy to find at most home-improvement stores. To make sure you get the right size, take the old filter into the store with you. Clean the Air Registers Another simple way to increase the airflow of your heating system is to clean the air registers and vents. You can easily remove the registers from the wall by just listening a couple screws. Most registers are attached to the wall with just two screws. You might notice dust and dirt buildup on the backside of the vents. For a thorough cleaning, you should soak them in water and wipe them down with the sponge. However, don’t do this if you have wooden registers. Instead, wipe the wood down with a slightly damp rag. Clean the Ducts While the registers are removed from the wall, you should also take a look at the ducts. It’s a flashlight to look deep inside the duct system. If you notice dust or grime buildup on the side walls, try to wipe it off. You can use a broom or long pole to get deep inside the duct. Dust will commonly build up along the ridge where it meets the wall. Be sure to inspect and clean this area thoroughly.  Always be sure to make the simple repairs to your heating system before you call in a furnace specialist. You can save yourself some money and improve the efficiency of your unit at the same time. In the long run, you could drastically improve energy efficiency of your furnace without having to spend any money at all.  To learn more contact a furnace repair service at JPS Home Heating & Air Conditioning...

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About A Gas Furnace With Pilot Problems

Posted by on Sep 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on About A Gas Furnace With Pilot Problems

Does the pilot to your gas furnace seem to struggle with staying lit for long periods of time? The problem may be an easy repair that is inexpensive, but it can also mean that the furnace is going out and need to be replaced. Find out in this article about the problems a gas furnace pilot can experience, as well as what purchasing a new one is estimated to cost. What Can Go Wrong with a Gas Furnace Pilot? If your pilot is not staying lit for too long, it is possible that something is inside of the orifice like dirt or dust. The orifice is the most important part of the pilot because your central heater won’t work unless a flame can pass through it. If you are not in the habit of getting the area around the furnace cleaned every now and then, it is likely that dust drifted into the orifice and clogged it up. You must get the clogged removed before your heater will work efficiently again. Leaving the dust in the orifice can also become a fire hazard. Another thing that can cause the pilot in a gas furnace to go out is an insufficient amount of gas. There is a valve on your furnace that can be set to release a specific amount of gas into the burner of the furnace. It is possible that the valve is set to low, which means the pilot is only able to ignite a small flame that doesn’t last. You may need to get the valve repaired if it is broken. A gas leak can also cause inefficiency from a furnace. You don’t want to leave a gas leak unrepaired, as it can lead to an explosion in your home. If you smell any gas around the furnace, call for assistance immediately and leave your home until the problem is fixed. What is the Estimated Price to Replace a Gas Furnace? The quality of the gas furnace and extent of labor required for it to be installed will play a role in the price. If you want a standard gas furnace, you should expect to pay a minimum of $1,700, but the price can be as much as over $8,000. A high efficiency gas furnace is estimated between $2,500 and $12,000 plus. Don’t delay making an appointment with a contractor, such as those at Fred’s Plumbing & Heating Services, to get your gas furnace repaired or replaced with a new...

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Maintenance Tips To Get Your Air Conditioner Ready For Summer

Posted by on Sep 2, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Maintenance Tips To Get Your Air Conditioner Ready For Summer

Every summer it is important to check your air conditioning unit to ensure that is operating at peak levels. Here are a number of maintenance tips that you can do on your own to get the air conditioner ready for the impending summer heat waves. Check The Batteries In The Thermostat The thermostat controls the temperature inside the house and sends the signal to the air conditioner to turn on or off once it reaches a specific temperature. The whole thermostat is powered by a simple battery, typically one or two AA batteries, located in the back of the plastic thermostat. When the batteries get low or are depleted they start to send incorrect signals to the air conditioning unit, which causes it to work improperly. You should install a fresh set of batteries at least once a year, prior to the start of the summer months, by pulling the old ones out of the unit and popping new ones into place. Change The Filter The filter on your air conditioning unit prevents dirt and dust from getting sucked up inside the unit. Over time dust and dirt will build up on the filter and eventually start to block the air from flowing through the unit. When that happens, it will cause the unit to work overtime and could eventually overheat the motor unless you change the filter. Install a new filter by popping off the cover that stores the filter and sliding out the old, dirty filter. Take the new filter and match the arrows on it to the direction of the airflow before sliding it into place. Put the cover back on over the filter and lock it into place. Clean The Air Vents The air vents are how the air conditioner distributes cold air to the rest of the house. It important to go around the house clearing out the vents with a duster to remove dirt and dust that has built up and clogged the vent. Remove the vent covers with a screwdriver and then slide the duster into the vent to collect any dust or dirt that has built up inside the vent. Put the vent cover on and screw it back into place, then repeat the process on the other remaining vents inside the house. If you perform the steps outlined above and the air conditioner is still not working, it could be a sign of a much larger mechanical issue. Rather than trying to fix mechanical issues on your own, you should always call in a professional air conditioning service technician when examining anything electrical or mechanical on the unit. Contact a service like Elite Heating & Air Conditioning for more...

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A Step By Step Guide On How To Clean Your Air Vents For Your Air Conditioner

Posted by on Sep 2, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on A Step By Step Guide On How To Clean Your Air Vents For Your Air Conditioner

Cleaning out the vents to your air conditioner can help keep the system running at maximum efficiency. The vents should be cleaned out once or twice a year to remove the buildup of dirt and grime that can get sucked into your system. Over time, dirt and dust particles get sucked into the vents and can eventually make their way down into the system itself, which can cause the motor to seize if the buildup is not dealt with. Here is a step by step guide on how to clean your air vents for your air conditioner. To complete this task, you will need the following items: A screwdriver A bowl to hold all the screws A broom handle A feather duster Tape 1 – Start by going around to all the vents inside the house and removing the covers using the screwdriver. There should be either two or four screws holding the metal cover in place that need to be unscrewed. 2 – Once the screws are out, put them into the bowl to ensure that they do not get lost, as you will need to put them back on to complete the job. 3 – With the covers removed, take the feather duster and tape it to the top of the broom handle to make it extend the length of your air ducts. Make sure that the feather duster is secure and will not come loose. 4 – Put the broom handle with the feather duster attached down the air vent and make sure it clears all the dirt and dust off each side of the vent. When you are finished, pull the feather duster out and clear any remaining dirt or dust that is stuck on it. 5 – Repeat step four on all remaining air ducts until they are all cleaned. 6 – Put the metal air duct covers back into place and screw them into place with the screwdriver to complete the task. Turn on the unit and make sure that the air conditioner cools the house to the correct temperature to test the system. Cleaning out the vents will keep your air conditioner running in tip top shape. If you notice that there is an issue with the performance of your air conditioning unit, then call the help of a repair technician, like those at Ice Age Mechanical, who can take a look at all the electrical elements of the unit and fix them without causing any damage to the...

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Comparing Gas And Electric Portable Fireplaces

Posted by on Sep 2, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Comparing Gas And Electric Portable Fireplaces

Portable fireplaces are fireplaces that are designed to be moved around, for use outside or as space heaters, while still providing the aesthetic of a natural fire. They provide an alternative to traditional central heating units. Portable fireplaces can be broadly grouped into two categories, based on the fuel source that they use: natural gas and electric. Both of these types of portable fireplaces operate in similar manners, but have a number of distinctive features about them. Understanding what each type of portable fireplace has to offer can help you decide which one best suits your needs. Electric Portable Fireplaces Electric portable fireplaces work by using a regular wall current to heat up the heating elements within the fireplace itself, and then use a fan or blower to circulate hot air throughout the home. There is no actual flame in an electric portable fireplace, so they instead make use of lights to provide the  aesthetic of the fire instead. Because of their absence of an actual flame, electric portable fireplaces are very safe to operate. Additionally, because they use a wall current to operate, they offer inexpensive long term operation, as you will not have to pay extra for a fuel source as you would have to with a gas portable fireplace. However, electric portable fireplaces are limited in the space that they can operate in, as they require a plug to turn on. This means that you may have to make use of extension cords to place your fireplace where you want it, which can be a hassle to deal with. Additionally, this limits the ability of electric portable fireplaces to be used outside. Gas Portable Fireplaces Portable fireplaces that are powered by natural gas do produce a flame, and blow heat throughout the room using a fan much in the same way that electric fireplaces do. However, the aesthetic of the flame is natural, as it is a real fire. Additionally, because they run off of natural gas, there is no soot or ash to clean up as there would be with a wood fireplace. It is also important to note that the use of natural gas canisters for fuel means that you can place gas portable fireplaces wherever you want in your home, and can take them with you on camping trips or for nights in your backyard. However, gas portable fireplaces do require a constant stream of natural gas to continue operation, which represents a long term cost which can be restrictive for homeowners looking for a budget heating option for their home. Contact a heating contractor, like Marino’S Plumbing & Gas Fitting...

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Tips For Keeping Your Heating And Cooling System Running Properly

Posted by on Sep 2, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips For Keeping Your Heating And Cooling System Running Properly

Your central heating and cooling system plays a special role in your home. You count on it to keep your home warm in cold weather and cool in hot weather. Your system seems to run with very little from you. All you need to do on most days is to flip the thermostat to the temperature you want your home to be and enjoy the comforts it offers. This can make it very easy for you to take your system for granted and forget to take proper care of it. Make sure to follow the advice below to ensure you are taking good care of your central heating and cooling system the way it should be. Learn the normal quirks of your system – Your heating and cooling system will have its own sounds and quirks. If you don’t pay attention to the behavior of your system, then it’s less likely that you are going to spot a problem right away if one occurs. Listen to the everyday sounds your system makes when you turn it on, when it starts up and when it shuts down. If anything sounds off, you may want to have an HVAC technician come out so you can catch problems early on. Don’t forget to clean or replace the filter – You’ll read a lot of information on how often you should be cleaning or replacing the filter in your system. However, this really all depends on many other factors. The amount of rooms, people and pets in your home will affect how often your filter needs cleaning. Also, the amount of dust in the area you live in and your housekeeping habits will play a large role in how long your filter can go between cleanings. The best thing you can do is check your filter often and pay attention to how long your filter can go between cleanings. You want to remember this for the years to come. Remember there is an outside part to your system – You don’t want to neglect the condenser simply because it is tucked away outside. It still needs some attention. You want to be sure you keep weed growth and other debris away from the condenser. You may also want to have an awning installed on that part of the house that casts a shadow on the outside unit so it doesn’t take as much abuse from the direct sunlight during the heat of the day. Click for additional...

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Reasons Your Laundromat Needs a Professional Exhaust System Cleaning

Posted by on Sep 1, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Reasons Your Laundromat Needs a Professional Exhaust System Cleaning

Have you recently purchased an existing laundromat? Are you making a list of everything that needs to be done in order for you to reopen your doors? While replacing a damaged change machine or fixing a broken washing machine may seem the most obvious, here are some reasons why you should consider hiring a commercial exhaust cleaning company: Avoid hazardous fumes: If you use commercial gas-powered dryers instead of electric ones, an accumulation of lint can prevent carbon monoxide gas from escaping. This issue may begin small, with just a few of your patrons getting a headache or feeling nauseous when the dryers are used. But if not taken care of promptly, the problem can quickly grow bad enough to require the hospitalization of anyone in your laundromat and possibly even death. Because a laundromat has a large number of dryers available which are often in use, carbon monoxide can build up relatively rapidly if you don’t have a commercial exhaust cleaning company regularly clear out the vents. Eliminate musty smells: A laundromat should smell as fresh and as clean as it looks, in order to promote the idea of cleanliness. But if your dryer vents aren’t cleaned out very often by an exhaust cleaning company, the trapped lint can begin to retain moisture. This moist lint can become a breeding ground for mold and mildew. This growth can give your laundromat a strange dank and damp smell. If your laundromat starts to smell like a poorly-ventilated basement, your potential customers are more likely to leave before they even try out your machines. The customers who stay may end up feeling like their clothes now smell musty as well, even if this is just in their imagination. Higher profits: No matter what type of dryers you have in use, vents that are partially or completely obscured can cause them to work less efficiently. For example, if your dryers are set to give customers 30 minutes to dry their clothes, clean vents may allow a small load to be dried in half that time. However, clogged vents could result in a customer needing to use the full 30 minutes, or even longer, to dry his or her clothes. Instead of being able to profit from the unused dryer time, you’ll wind up with increased energy bills. You may also begin to lose business as your customers realize that your dryers are eating their quarters and giving little in return.  Contact a commercial exhaust cleaning company like Clearzone Services to solve these problems before they...

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