As we kick off 2020, we wanted to first take a look back at all the tools, tips, and information we shared last year. Without further ado, here are our best blogs of 2019. They’re full of knowledge you can use to keep the plumbing and HVAC systems in your home running smoothly in the new year and beyond.
The unpleasant smell coming from your bathroom or kitchen could be sewer gas, a tough odor to get rid of if you don’t know what you’re doing. Sewer gas smell thrives in wet, dark, compact areas that we often overlook. In our guide to the 8 Ways to Get Rid of Sewer Gas Smell, we break down everything from checking for leaks to cleaning seldom-used sink overflows. Chances are the cause of that pesky odor can be easily fixed once you identify it. With our tips, you say goodbye to sewer gas smell for good.
Your hot water heater is one of the most important appliances in your home, but you probably don’t pay much attention to it—that is, unless you start experiencing cold showers. The good news is you don’t need to be a master plumber to understand how your hot water heater works. With knowledge of the parts, mechanics, and technology behind your water heater, you can prevent common problems and fix small issues before they become larger (and more expensive) ones. We cover hot water heater mechanisms, maintenance, and more in Understanding How Your Hot Water Heater Works.
Upgrading to a space-saving tankless water heater or sticking with the tried-and-true traditional heater? What’s a homeowner to do? Since a water heater is such a major purchase, it’s best to gather as much information as possible before signing on the dotted line. That’s why we weighed the top benefits and drawbacks of these two popular models in Tankless vs Traditional Water Heaters: The Pros and Cons. It’s an easy way to see which water heater is right for your home in terms of priorities like energy efficiency, cost savings, and maintenance requirements. With our help, you can make the right choice and enjoy all the hot water you need.
Dealing with mold in your kitchen or mildew in your bathroom is common. However, dealing with mold and mildew in your HVAC system isn’t as common. Mold is easy to inhale and nearly impossible to spot. It can cause severe health problems and compromise the overall cleanliness of the air in your home. Scary as that sounds, there are still steps you can take to prevent the growth of mold and mildew in your HVAC system. Upgrading to HEPA filters, getting a professional duct cleaning, and sticking to a regular maintenance schedule can keep mold and mildew at bay. Find out more in our guide to Understanding the Dangers of Mold and Mildew in Your HVAC System.
If you’re in the market for a new HVAC system, you’ve probably seen a common acronym in product listings, reviews, and more: SEER. SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, and it quantifies energy efficiency into a single numeric rating. The higher the rating, the more efficient the system is. But, there’s more to SEER than just a number. The right SEER rating for your home considers things like ductwork, insulation, and the age of your home. Even the number of windows you have, and which way they face, factors into the equation.
In Good SEER Ratings 101: How to Save Energy and Money, we cover how a good SEER rating can put more money in your pocket and bring down your energy bills. We also run through the perks of energy efficiency and how you can make a positive impact on the environment with a new high-SEER rated HVAC system.
It’s no secret that Arizona is home to some seriously hard water, and it doesn’t always taste the best. If you’re looking to address bad taste, foul smells, or sediment buildup from hard water, read our guide to finding out Which Water Treatment System is Right for Your Home. Whether you decide to go for great tasting tap water with activated carbon filtration, or say goodbye to hard water with ion exchange, we’ll make sure you know the pros and cons of each popular water treatment system.
You’d be surprised how often people call for HVAC service for simple problems that don’t necessarily require a professional. To help you save money, make sure and cover your bases before you call. From checking for power to replacing thermostat batteries, check the 5 Things to do Before Calling for HVAC Service off your list. If you reach the end and find that your problem still isn’t solved, you can call in the experts and let them know you’ve already done some troubleshooting on your own.
If your new year’s resolutions involve saving money, your HVAC system is a great place to start. Check out our New Year’s HVAC Checklist for tips and tricks you can use to cut down energy bills and save on common HVAC expenses. It’ll also help you avoid costly breakdowns with annual maintenance and keep your system in good shape all year long. From the heating season to the cooling season, and everything in between, let our checklist be your guide to a happy HVAC year.
2020 marks another year of Chas Roberts providing high quality service with a smile to families throughout the Valley. From routine maintenance and installation to sudden emergencies and stubborn problems, we strive to be there when you need us most. Contact us for all your HVAC and plumbing needs.