Monthly Archives: July 2016

Did Your Power Go Out? Don’t Be Left in the Dark Again!

This past week many of us found ourselves without power due to severe thunderstorms that have been hitting the area. Those of us who grew up in the Midwest have come to expect wild weather that can leave us without power for hours or even days. Strong winds and violent storms during the spring and summer months, blizzards in the winter months, and not to mention the extreme hot and cold temperatures that can cause issues and lead to power outages. Fortunately, you do not have to be at the mercy of Mother Nature any longer. Investing in a standby generator can keep the lights on when the weather starts to act up.

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Reasons to Consider a Standby Generator:

1. When the Power Goes Out, the Generator Kicks On:

Standby generators connect right into your electrical system and are constantly monitoring for power outages. So when the power goes out, your standby generator will kick on. It’s that simple!

2. Prevent a Flooded Basement:

thunderstorm-549663_960_720Sump pumps are vital in the battle against the nightmare that is a flooded basement. Unfortunately, most sump pumps require electricity in order to operate and when the power stops flowing, your sump pump stops working. This leaves your basement vulnerable, especially during stormy weather.

3. Save Money By Saving Your Groceries:

A standby generator can keep your major appliances running when severe weather comes raging through. This means that your refrigerator will keep your food cold and fresh. Your AC and/or furnace will keep your family comfortable and your other vital electronics will stay with you until the power comes back on.

4. You Won’t Lose Access to Your Entertainment and Communication Devices:

Power outages tend to mean that you’re left sitting in the dark without a TV, home phone or any other way to communicate with the outside world, or entertain yourself or your kids. Sure, you may have your Smartphone, but what happens when the battery dies and you can’t charge it? The correctly sized standby generator can help prevent you from becoming disconnected during extreme weather.

 5. Stay Calmer During Rocky Weather:lightning-589704_960_720

Stormy weather can be scary enough all on its own for small children, pets or even some adults. The situation can become outright terrifying if the lights suddenly go out. Keep the whole family a little calmer during rough weather, by ensuring the lights stay on!

Portable Generators Vs. Standby Generators:

A typical portable generator usually runs on gasoline and has to be manually setup each time the power goes out. A standby generator connects right into your homes electrical system and will turn itself on automatically if the power goes out. Portable generators are extremely loud; whereas standby generators are much quieter.

Plus, standby generators come in a variety of sizes, so you can find one that fits your needs. You can choose a smaller unit and only power your most important appliances and circuits or you can purchase a unit large enough to power your whole home.

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Symptoms of a Failing Air Conditioning System

A functioning air conditioning system is your best defense against the scorching summer heat. The last thing you want to deal with during a heat wave is a broken AC, which is why it is important to be on the lookout for signs that your air conditioner may be failing you. Whether your system is undersized, unable to keep up with the mounting summer temperatures and humidity or it is about to give out on you altogether, do not be caught off guard!

Signs Your Air Conditioning System is in Need of Repairs:

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1. Your AC is not producing cold air.

A lack of cold air is the easiest warning sign to spot when your AC needs repair work; it is also the most annoying and uncomfortable! No cold air could be a sign that you are low on refrigerant, the compressor has gone out or you have a number of other problems to worry about. If you crank your air conditioner to full blast and the air is still not cold, your AC needs professional maintenance.

2. Unusual sounds coming from your unit.

Is your air conditioning system making grinding, squealing, irritating or other weird noises? Strange sounds coming from your unit may be a sign that something is seriously wrong with the internal hardware of your AC. For example: a grinding noise could mean that the motor’s bearings are damaged or broken. A sharp squealing sound is an indication that the belt may have slipped out of place or some components may need extra lubrication. Ignoring the unusual sounds that are coming from your air conditioning system can spell disaster and lead to total system failure. It is best to have your AC inspected right away.

3. Unpleasant odors coming from your vents.

Strong, foul odors coming from your air conditioner are possibly even more alarming than strange noises coming from your unit. Musty odors could be a sign that your system has mold or mildew growing inside your AC or in your ductwork. More pungent odors could be a sign that your air conditioning system’s wire insulation has burnt out. You will want to have these issues corrected as soon as possible.

4. Weak air flow
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A sure sign that your AC’s compressor is failing is poor air flow coming through your vents. If you notice that some rooms or areas in your home are getting cooler than others, that is a sign that your air conditioner could need repairs urgently. This could also be a sign that your ductwork needs to be cleaned. Debris can become stuck in your AC vents over time, hindering airflow and lowering your indoor air quality.

5. Leakage or moisture buildup

A leaking air conditioning system can be an indication of two possible problems. More often than not, moisture around your unit will be caused by a refrigerant leak. Refrigerant leaks need to be repaired right away! These leaks can pose health and safety risks to you and your family and you should have one of our technical experts correct this as soon as possible. If you notice water pooling adjacent from your AC this might be a sign that the drain tube is broken or clogged. It is best to have this corrected so you can avoid mold and mildew growth.

 

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Protect Your Home From the Summer Heat With One Simple Trick

The summer heat is taking over the St. Louis Metro East area and we are all feeling the effects. Every time we open our front doors a wave of heat hits us in the face, yuck! Thank goodness for air conditioning for making dealing with the summer heat bearable. Of course, running your AC comes with higher monthly energy costs, which is frustrating. The good news is that if your home happens to have an attic, there is a simple trick you can do to combat the summer heat and reduce cooling costs.

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It is not uncommon for the temperatures in your attic to reach over 150 degrees during the summer. All of that heat has to go somewhere, right? Yes, the heat from your attic seeps into your home. Causing your air conditioner to work harder and run longer, which causes you to spend a lot of unnecessary money cooling your home.

You can stop this endless cycle of over paying to cool your home with one simple addition. You can greatly reduce the temperature of your attic by having an attic fan installed. An attic fan can cut the costs of your AC bill by as much as 30%.

Attic fans are a simple solution to protect your home and save you money. Fans work by drawing in cooler air from outside that replaces the boiling summer air that typically becomes trapped in your attic. These fans come with automatic shut-on and offs sensors that allow you to set the temperature you desire, so your fan will not run around the clock!

P.S. An attic fan will not only help in the battle against the summer heat, but it can also protect your rafters and shingles from deteriorating. It can also help stop your floors from becoming warped over time. The fan will help keep air circulating, which keeps moisture from building up and prevents condensation from ruining your rafters and floors. During the winter months, the heat and humidity from your furnace rises into your cold attic, causing you to spend more money on your heating bill. All of the extra humidity and moisture in your attic can mix with the cold air and create frost in your attic. This frost can cause mold to grow on the wood framing in your attic.

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Should I Shut My AC Off During Thunderstorms?

Thunderstorms and rocky weather are a way of life here in the Metro-East Area and we are all aware that there are some safety precautions we should follow when severe weather starts. Head indoors or take cover, do not sit near windows, roll up your car windows if driving, etc. but many people may not be aware of the risks that come from running their AC Units during thunderstorms.

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The extremely hot, sticky, humid conditions that make you want to run your AC are the same conditions that thunderstorms thrive in. Unfortunately, running your AC during a storm can cause some serious and expensive damage to the unit. So, it is a good idea to shut your AC off when a storm rolls in.

Why Are Thunderstorms and AC Units A Bad Combination?

One of the most dangerous elements of any storm is the possibility of lightning, and AC’s are not immune to the damage that comes with a lightning strike. The good news is that lightning striking homes are rare, but they are possible. And if lightning strikes the spot were your utility lines connect to your roof, five billion joules of electricity will surg10426_image7 copye throughout your home’s electrical system and wiring. This power can surge through your home before the breakers have a chance to be triggered to trip, leaving your electrical devices and appliances vulnerable.

Your AC can be rendered completely unusable by the damage caused by a lightning strike. If your AC is running when lightning hits your home, the delicate electrical circuitry of your AC Unit can be completely fried and the plug for your unit can be melted. Your AC could require expensive repairs or need to be replaced outright. 

In order to protect your AC Unit, it is best to turn it off when Thunderstorms or lightning begins rolling in.

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