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Who Will Win January’s Bumper Sticker Drawing? Could It Be You?

Place a TrustTiger.com bumper sticker on your vehicle and receive $50 off your next service call.

Plus, you can enter a monthly drawing to win $200 cash! Each month submit a new photo of our bumper sticker on your vehicle with a different background to our Facebook Page and be entered to win. You can enter to win multiple times throughout the year!

Contest Rules:

-The sticker must be attached to your bumper.

-To enter the monthly drawing you must submit a new photo of our bumper sticker on your vehicle with a different background each month.

-Submissions must be sent to our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/TrustTiger/). You can either send us the photo via private message or you can post your photo in the comment section of the contest post.

-Photos must be submitted by the 28th of each month and winners will be announced by the first Friday of each month.

-Only original photos are eligible to enter the drawing. Photos cannot be duplicated.

Call (866)844-3770 to learn how you can receive your own Bumper Sticker. Or you can send an email inquiry to admin@trusttiger.com

Thank You and Good Luck!

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We Have Been Selected as One of the Best Places to Work in IL!

Announcements Tiger Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning & Electrical Services was just voted one of the Best Places to Work in Illinois for 2016. This award program began in 2006 and is promoted by The Daily Herald Business Ledger in partnership with the Human Resources Management Association of Chicago (HRMAC), the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, MRA-ThBest Placese Management Association, the Small Business Advocacy Council, the Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce and Best Companies Group.

This statewide survey and awards program was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Illinois, benefiting the state’s economy, workforce and businesses. Companies from across the state entered the two-part process to determine the Best Places to Work in Illinois. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company’s workplace policies, practices and demographics. This part of the process was worth approximately 24% of the total evaluation. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience; which  was worth approximately 75% of the total evaluation. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process in Illinois and also analyzed the data and used their expertise to determine the final rankings.

Tiger Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning & Electrical Services will be recognized and honored at the Best Places to Work in Illinois awards ceremony coordinated by The Daily Herald Business Ledger on May 26 and will be profiled in a special publication on June 27. The final rankings will be announced at the event and announced on the Business Ledger website (www.dhbusinessledger.com).

And the best part about Tiger Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning & Electrical Services winning this award is that we are hiring! That is right; you could work for one of the Best Places to Work in Illinois. Just click here to view and apply for one of our opened positions.

Come Join Team Tiger!

 

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Happy International Tiger Day

International Tiger Day

July 29th is International Tiger Day, which was created to bring worldwide attention to the plight of the world’s wild tigers. The goal of International Tiger Day is to bring awareness and build support for tigeInternational Tiger Dayr conservation and habitat protection efforts.

The world’s tigers need you! Tigers are the world’s largest living cat species and as of today, tigers can only be found in South/Southeast Asia, China, and the Far East in Russia. This is a much smaller habitat than tigers are used too. Historically, tigers have spread throughout Turkey, South/Southeast Asia and throughout the eastern shores of Asia.

At the beginning of 1900’s, there were an estimated 100,000 tigers living in the wild. In 2013 there were around 3,274 living in the wild, versus the 3,000 estimated to be living in the wild today. In fact, there are currently more tigers living in captivity than there are in the wild.

Sadly, we’ve seen the extinction of three different tiger species in the past 1International Tiger Day00 years. The Bali Tiger went extinct in 1937 and the Caspian and Javan Tigers have both been extinct since the 70’s. The remaining tiger species will soon join them in extinction if action is not taken now.

So, how can you help? There are a few ways you can help the world’s tigers. The simplest way is to
help spread International Tiger Day awareness online. Use your social media accounts to:

Twittertigerdayshare Click here to #Tweet about #Tiger Day. And #Retweet!

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Or, you can go to worldwildlife.org and make a small donation and “adopt” a tiger or support habitat protection.

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Surviving this Heat Advisory

In case you’ve missed it, the St. Louis Metro East area is under a heat advisory. With summer barreling down on us, we can expect a few more heat advisories to come.

This extreme heat can lead to some serious heat related health issues. It’s important to take care of yourself and stay as cool as possible during these extra hot days ahead of us.

Here are some basic safety tips to help you survive these heat advisories.

1. Stay hydrated

I’m subottles-774466_640re you’ve heard how important it is to stay hydrated during the summer, but this point can’t be stressed enough. Being well hydrated is your best defense when a heat advisory is issued.

Keep a bottle of water on you at all times. Even if you’re not spending a lot of time outside or exposed to the summer sun much. You can be surprised how much the heat can affect you, even when you’re simply walking from your car to your home, work, school, grocery store, etc.

Drink water throughout the day, even if you don’t feel thirsty. You’ll notice a real difference in your energy level and mood if you force yourself to stay hydrated.

2. Ditch the soda

Drinks like soda and alcohol will NOT help you hydrate. In fact, these liquids will have the opposite effect and will cause dehydration.

So, when a heat advisory goes into effect, put down that can and grab some water!

3. Take a cold shower

By taking cold showers, you’ll improve your blood circulation, and free up more oxygen for the rest of your body. Which can prevent your blood pressure from getting too high and help lower your risk of heart disease.shower-653671_640

Additionally, cold showers will not only cool down your core body temperature, but they can improve your mood. You’ll be surprised the boost of energy you’ll get after a cold shower and how great you’ll feel.

When the weather heats up outside, try taking at least two cold showers a day (if you have time for more, by all means take more). You’ll love how great you feel after each shower.

4. Eat your veggies

Overly processed and heavy foods will aid the summer heat with it’s attack on your health. Try subbing in fresh fruits and vegetables when the heat advisory kicks in.

Fruits and veggies are not only lighter and won’t “weigh” you down in the summer like processed foods, but they’re also packed full of healthy vitamins and nutrients you need. Plus, they contain water, which as discussed before, you need a lot of.

Fill up on watermelowatermelon-846357_640ns, cucumbers, berries, squash, tomatoes, etc. and witness how much better you’ll feel.

5. Some other quick tips

Don’t over do your workout, you may think the summer heat is aiding your weight loss, but if you over do it, you can do some serious damage to your body. Which might mean you’ll have to take an extended break from the gym, in order to recover.

Wear light, breathable fabrics. Cotton is a good choice.

Avoid a lot of time in the sun. I know it’s summer and you want to enjoy the great outdoors, just do so carefully!

If you do go outdoors, remember the sunscreen and try to incorporate water activities as much as possible!halo-429890_640

Enjoy the rest of your summer and remember to stay safe!

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Clean Air Leads To A Healthy Home

As a homeowner, you probably give a great deal of attention to how well your furnace and air conditioner operate and keep each room of your home comfortable. But heating and cooling systems do more than raise and lower room temperature; they can also regulate or impact the quality of the air we breathe. Indoor air quality affects our comfort and our health.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor pollution sources that release gases or microscopic particles into the air are the primary causes of indoor air quality problems in homes. Poor ventilation could increase indoor pollutant levels by not bringing in enough outdoor air to reduce emissions from indoor sources and by not carrying indoor air pollutants out of the home. High temperature and humidity levels could also increase concentrations of some pollutants.

Primary Sources of Indoor Air Quality Problems

HVAC-Air-Quality-SolutionsThere are many sources of indoor air pollution in homes. These include combustion sources such as oil, gas, kerosene, coal, wood, and tobacco products, all of which could produce carbon monoxide and other invisible and potentially deadly gases. Carpets, household cleaning products, insulation, and building materials can produce high levels of toxins. Dust, mold, and allergens can easily and invisibly accumulate and spread through the air and throughout your home. Even outdoor sources such as radon and pesticides could potentially get in your home.

Amount of Ventilation

If there is not enough fresh outdoor air entering your home, pollutants could accumulate to levels that can pose health and comfort problems. Newer homes that are designed to minimize the amount of outdoor air that can leak into and out of the home may potentially have higher pollutant levels than older homes that are normally considered “leaky” or “drafty.”

Indoor Pollution and Health Effects

Sometimes the effects of indoor air quality take time to show up. Initial symptoms could include unexplained headaches, dizziness, fatigue, and irritation of eyes, nose and throat. Carbon monoxide poisoning can be debilitating or fatal. Have you changed the batteries in your detector or tested it recently? 

Indoor Air Quality Solutions

Fortunately, homeowners have many options to ensure that the air quality of their homes is healthy and pollutant-free.

Source Control: Eliminate individual sources including smoking, wood or coal burning stoves. Keep cleaning products outside and remove harmful asbestos and insulation products.

Ventilation Improvements: Open your windows and doors. Run the bathroom or kitchen exhaust fans. Operate window or attic fans when weather permits.

Air Cleaners and Filters: There are many add-ons and modifications to your heating and air conditioning system that can be used to filter out contaminants and improve air quality. Changing your filter according to your system’s recommended maintenance schedule can keep your home allergy and pollution-free and can keep your heating and cooling system in fine working order for just a few dollars a year. On the higher end, there are some outstanding filtration systems that can remove up to 98% of all household contaminants.IndoorAirQuality3

The Right Systems and Equipment for Your Home

If you have an older model heating or air conditioning system, chances are that the quality of the air you and your family are breathing is not as good as it could be. After about 10 years of operation, many heaters and air conditioners can turn into breeding grounds for germs, allergens, and mold. Air conditioners and heaters manufactured before the year 2000 produce far more pollutants than today’s cleaner, more efficient models. Today’s heating and air conditioning systems also include advanced temperature and humidity controls and filtration systems to maintain ideal conditions and remove airborne contaminants.

If you’re concerned about the quality of air in your home, contact Tiger Heating and Air Conditioning. Our comfort advisors can perform a FREE In-Home Energy and Comfort Analysis to assess your indoor air quality and determine if your existing heating and cooling system poses any health risks. They can also work with you to design a heating and air conditioning solution that can deliver maximum comfort and optimal air quality.

Call Tiger Heating & Air Conditioning Services at 1-866-TIGER70 or visit TrustTiger.com to schedule an In-Home Energy and Comfort Analysis Today!

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Drain Clogs… The # 1 Reason a Plumber is Called.

cloggeddrainOverall, plumbers probably get more calls to open clogged drains than any other service.

Bathroom Clogs 
Assuming the drainage lines were piped properly, tubs and showers usually have hair as the main cause of their stoppages. Physical removal of hair is best. The regular use of a safe enzyme based drain cleaner product such as BioClean can help prevent slow drains and stoppages. You can buy BioClean from us by calling 1-866-TIGER70 any time!

Kitchen Clogs 
The most often clogged drain is the kitchen sink. Kitchen sink stoppages are usually caused by liquid fats, emulsified by warm soapy dishwater and then carried through the drainpipes. As the water cools, it proceeds down the drain and leaves the fatty deposits along the piping. A film of grease forms on the pipe wall and so on. Coffee grounds, egg shells, etc add to this accumulation layer until the pipe becomes impassible.

We recommend that you pour excess grease into a tin can, not down the sink drain. When using a garbage disposal, always let sufficient cold water run to carry the particles down and into the main line to prevent buildup in the smaller waste lines.

The Plunger… A Plumber’s Best Friend 
In the event of a total stoppage, you should have a plunger (with a large rubber suction cup and a wooden handle). Cup it tightly over the drain and plunge it vigorously several times. It is best to try to use the suction cycle rather than the pressure cycle of the plunger. What we mean is that one “should” push slowly, make sure the plunger is sealed to the drain and then pull quickly on the plunger. This tends to loosen rather than pack down the stoppage. If it is a double drain sink, make sure you seal the other drain so water will not splash out into the other bowl or on you. Drain piping can also be cleaned by removing the J-bend on the trap below the fixture.

Call Tiger at 1-866-TIGER70 or visit TrustTiger.com and let us take a look at your plumbing to make sure none of these clogs will be causing a problem for you anytime soon!

Don’t Get Burned!

Don’t Get Burned! 
An Anti-Scald Device Will Protect Your Family

Hot-water-handleIn homes where there is a high demand for hot water, homeowners often turn up the temperature on their hot water heaters to meet this need, sometimes well beyond the 120 degree Fahrenheit factory setting considered safe. Temperatures higher than this can cause severe scalding. At highest risk are children and elderly or disabled persons.

In such situations, installing an anti-scald device is an affordable way to protect against this risk. Call us today at 1-866-TIGER70 to learn more about protecting your family.

Scalding Facts

  • Hot water scalds account for 20% of all burns
  • More than 2,000 American children are treated for scalds each year
  • Scalding accidents occur most frequently in the bathrooms and kitchens where they are most preventable
  • Scalding leads to additional injuries such as heart attacks, shock, falls, and serious broken bones, particularly among the elderly
  • Scalding and other burns require the most expensive treatments: long hospital stays, costly skin grafts, and plastic surgery
  • Most U.S. states now mandate some form of anti-scald measures in building codes

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The “Not-So-Technical” Explanation of How an Air Conditioner Works

air conditionerAn air conditioner is basically a refrigerator without the insulated box. An air conditioner is doing exactly the same thing as your fridge, except it dumps the heat it takes out of the controlled area and puts it outdoors instead of in your kitchen. To understand what goes on in the system, let’s start where the “freon” gas enters the compressor located typically in the outside part of the unit.

As the refrigerant gas enters the compressor, it squeezes this freon gas that has just absorbed heat from the indoor air, causing it to become extremely hot. This is just like what happens near the end of a bicycle pump when you push the handle down. The air being compressed into the end of the pump will get hot, because all the heat that the air inside it contained, is squeezed into an area that is many times smaller than where it just was. This now high-pressure freon gas, that is now many times hotter than it was before it got squeezed, runs through a set of coils outside where a fan blows on it to cool the high temperature gas, so that a large portion of this concentrated heat is removed from it. The fan and coil arrangement outside are very similar to a radiator on a car.

As the outside unit (or radiator) cools this hot vapor, it condenses into a liquid just like steam condenses into water when it loses its heat. This high pressure freon liquid which has now had a lot of its original heat forced out of it, is then pulled back into the house where it waits its turn to pass through a tiny opening that is the entrance to the indoor coil that sits within your home’s air stream.

By using this tiny opening to “back-up” the pressure on the outdoor part of the system, it allows the compressor to maintain a low pressure side within the indoor coil that is in your home’s air stream. When the cooled High pressure gas finally passes into this low pressure area, the difference in pressure causes part of it to immediately expand into a gas. In a sense, this is like the compressor working in reverse, because now the cool freon is occupying a bigger area, so the heat that was left in it now has to spread itself out over its bigger size.

This need to use its limited heat over a now bigger gas molecule, causes it to rapidly become quite cold, so that as it passes through the indoor coil, the air passing over this coil (the radiator effect again) is cooled and then spread through your home by your home’s duct work. Meanwhile the heat that was taken out of your home’s air, has entered the warming freon gas so that when it gets back to the compressor the whole process is repeated.

Cooling Your Home: Don’t Sweat It

family with tiger ac unitAs the mercury rises this summer, so can the costs of keeping your home cool. While news reports about high energy prices may have you in a sweat, the Federal Trade Commission has some tips to help you save money while keeping your home cool this summer.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and U.S. Environmental Agency (EPA) offer tips and checklists at http://www.homeenergysaver.lbl.gov/. The home “walk-through” can help you spot areas that need attention or problems that, if fixed, could save you money. For example:

  • Check your attic, attic stairway, attached garage walls and basement to make sure your home is insulated to DOE-recommended levels for your geographic area. When inspecting and buying home insulation products, look for the R-value. The higher the R-value, the greater the insulating power.
  • Have your central air conditioning (AC) system serviced each spring.
  • Hire a professional, like Tiger Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning Services to seal and insulate leaky ducts, and to ensure that the airflow distribution system serving your equipment is operating at peak efficiency.
  • Clean or replace AC and furnace filters once a month or as needed, and seal holes around plumbing and heating pipes.
  • Have us come out and install a programmable thermostat. You can save money by keeping your house warmer than normal when you’re out.
  • Install drapes, shades, blinds or another window covering. Keeping them closed during the day blocks the sun and the heat from the sun’s rays.
  • Prune back shrubs and remove debris, like grass and leaves, that may block airflow to your air conditioner.
  • Shade room air conditioners from direct sun to reduce their workload. Clean the filters once a month and replace them as necessary to promote energy efficiency. Lower the setting when you go out to reduce operating costs.
  • If you’re buying a new air conditioning system, make sure it is sized correctly (bigger is not always better) and installed properly for cost-effective use. When selecting a new unit, be sure to consider high-efficiency models. While energy efficient appliances may cost more up front, they may save you money in the long run. Air conditioners with higher energy efficiency ratios are more energy efficient.Tiger can help you with any cooling problem you may be having. Give us a call today!

Saving Energy on your Home’s Hot Water Needs

Danger-Hot-Water_2The next time you pay your utility bill, try one simple calculation. Divide the total amount by seven. The result is the amount you spend to heat your water. (If you receive separate utility bills for gas and electricity, use the gas bill for this calculation if you have a gas water heater; use the electric bill if you have an electric water heater.) Of course, you may think this cost is a small price to pay for the convenience of a hot shower. But during the course of a year, this cost adds up. And when you consider that 95 million households in this country pay the same percentage, it is easy to see how much money–and energy–is used to heat water.

Several measures can help you decrease water-heating costs in your home. Some specific actions include reducing the amount of hot water used, making your water-heating system more energy efficient, and using off-peak power to heat water.

1. Reducing the amount of hot water used
Generally, four destination points in the home are recognized as end uses for hot water: faucets, showers, dishwashers, and washing machines. Now, you do not have to take cold showers, dine on dirty dishes, or wear dirty clothes to reduce your hot-water consumption. Less radical measures are available that will be virtually unnoticeable once you apply them.

2. Faucets and Showers
Simply repairing leaks in faucets and showers can save hot water. A leak of one drip per second can cost $1 per month, yet could be repaired in a few minutes for less than that. And some apparently insignificant steps, when practiced routinely at your household, could have significant results. For example, turning the hot-water faucet off while shaving or brushing your teeth, as opposed to letting the water run, can also reduce water-heating costs. Another option is limiting the amount of time you spend in the shower.

3. Washing Machines
Much of the cost–up to 90%–of operating washing machines is associated with the energy needed to heat the water. Either cold or warm water can be used for washing most laundry loads; cold water is always sufficient for rinsing. Make sure you follow the cold-water washing instructions for your particular laundry detergent. Washing only full loads is another good rule of thumb for reducing hot-water consumption in clothes washers.

4. Lower Your Water Heater Thermostat
One simple step for reducing water-heating energy costs is lowering the thermostat setting on your water heater. Although some manufacturers set water heaters at 140 degrees F (60 degrees C), 120 degrees F (48.9 degrees C) is satisfactory for most household needs. Furthermore, when heated to 140 degrees F, water can pose a safety hazard (i.e., scalding). For each 10 degrees F (5.6 degrees C) reduction in water temperature, water-heating energy consumption can be reduced 3% to 5%.

When you plan to be away from home for an extended period of time (at least 3 days), turning the water heater thermostat down to the lowest setting, or even turning the heater off completely, can help you achieve additional savings. Be sure you know how to relight the pilot light on your gas heater, though, before you turn it off.

5. Using Off-Peak Power to Heat Water
Most consumers use more hot water in the evenings and mornings than at other times of the day. For those who have an electric water heater, this usage contributes to the electric utility company’s “peak load,” or the largest amount of power demand that they have to meet on a daily basis. Some utilities are required to offer their customers “time of use” rates that vary according to the demand on their system. Lower rates may be charged at “off-peak” times and higher rates at “on-peak” times. You may be able to lower your electric bills if you can take advantage of these rate schedules. Check with your local electric utility to find out if it offers time-of-use rates for residential customers, and if so, what the rate schedules are. Some utilities even offer incentives for customers who allow their utility to install control devices that shut off electric water heaters during peak demand periods.

These are just a few of the many ways you can save on your hot water heating bills. Call us today to learn more!