Frequently Asked Questions

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Why Should I Clean My Ventilation Ducting?
Have you ever taken the time to consider just how clean the air you’re breathing in your home really is? The fact is that we really don’t think about it, but we should. Having your HVAC ducts cleaned every five years can promote cleaner air throughout your home and business. It can help prevent illnesses and allergies, and even control asthma. Do you ever wonder where all the dust comes from? When your air ducts are dirty, it contributes to the accumulation of dust in your home, which can include allergens such as pollen and animal dander.

How Often Should I Service My Air Conditioning/Heating Unit?
Air Conditioning systems should be serviced and tuned-up on a regular basis, at least once a year, sometimes more depending upon the exact location and climate. Why? Indoor climate control and indoor air quality are of the utmost importance with respect to both health and comfort. Airflow and distribution affects each of us. It is important for the system to always run efficiently and optimally. This also saves money on utility bills.

At What Temperature Should I Set My Air Conditioner Thermostat?
We recommend that your thermostat should be set at 78. Avoid setting your thermostat at a colder setting than normal when you turn on your air conditioner. It will not cool your home any faster and could result in excessive cooling and, therefore, unnecessary expense. The smaller the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower your overall cooling bill will be. When gone for long periods of time, like while you are at work, set it at 82.

How Often Should I Change My AC/Heating Air Filter?
Your air filter should be changed every 30 days. A dirty air filter will reduce the amount of airflow through the system and also cause your unit to work harder.

How Often Does My Plumbing Need to Be Inspected?
If your plumbing has never been inspected or you do not know when the last inspection took place, it is a good idea to have it done as soon as possible. Depending on your particular circumstances and the overall state of your plumbing system, a professional plumber can make recommendations about how often the process should be repeated.

If you live on a property with a lot of trees, for instance, you may need to have your plumbing lines inspected more often because of the chance that roots could begin to infiltrate the system. However, if there are no extenuating circumstances and your plumbing is otherwise in good shape, you could probably wait longer between inspections. In general, though, a plumbing system should be inspected annually.

How to Fix Popping Noises in Water Heaters
Popping noises in gas and electric water heaters are the result of mineral deposits that build up in the tank. As the water heats up, steam is produced at the deposits and makes popping noises when it releases. In-line water filters remove a lot of the minerals in the hard water. But over time, small amounts of minerals can still accumulate in the tank and form deposits that continue to build up. Periodic maintenance includes flushing the tank to remove sediments. When popping noises persist, additional measures are necessary.

What Causes Brown Water?
Galvanized pipes found in older homes can be a major source of trouble. In most cases, water can turn brown when the galvanized pipes in your home’s plumbing system begin to deteriorate. As the galvanized piping degrades, corrosion and oxidation allow rust to flake away, quickly turning your water a brownish color. Hot water can easily exacerbate the process, especially if this water is allowed to return to the hot water heater. Your water can also turn brown if iron oxide and other sediment somehow get stirred up in the hot water heater. Years of iron oxide deposits, dirt, and other impurities that settle to the bottom of the water tank can easily be stirred up as the result of an improper drain and cleaning. A disturbance in the water main due to hydrant use, construction, or main breaks can also turn water brown for a short amount of time.

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