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Are You Ready for the Cold? Eight Steps to Winterize Your Home

Having to winterize your home may not sound like a fun way to spend your weekend. However, you will be happy that you took the time to winterize and complete these eight tasks when old man winter finally rolls in.

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Eight Steps to Winterize Your Home:

Step One: Have Your Heating System Inspected.

-Midwest winters can be brutally cold and the last thing you want to deal with is a broken furnace. Keep your home toasty and comfortable this winter by having your filters, fan/motor, burners, heat exchanger, electrical components, etc. inspected by one of our expert HVAC technicians.  

Step Two: Tend to Your Outdoor Faucets and Plumbing.

-Frozen outdoor faucets, busted hoses and valves are a nightmare to deal with and can be expensive to fix. That is why you will want to drain your outdoor faucets and hoses. It is also a good idea to disconnect your hoses if possible. Make sure to close any shutoff valves to your outdoor faucets and switch on the tap, in order to drain the built up water from the pipes.

Step Three: Check Your Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors.

-If you have not checked the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, now is the perfect time to do so. Winter comes with an increased number of house fires and cases of carbon monoxide poisoning and you will want to do everything you can to protect your home and family. So, take a few minutes to put fresh batteries in your detectors and check them to ensure they are functioning properly. 

Step Four: Seal Up Those Doors and Windows.

-Keep the cold outside and the warm air inside. Make sure that your window and door seals are properly caulked and ready for the harsh winter weather. 

Step Five: Have Your Ductwork Cleaned and Inspected.

-Maintaining your ductwork is vital for the health of your home and family during the colder months. Wintertime means that you will be spending more time indoorsCustomer (14), so you will want the air in your home to be as safe and clean as possible. Having your ductwork cleaned is a great way to improve yours and your family’s health and quality of living. Additionally, you will want to have your ductwork sealed to prevent warm air from seeping into unheated areas in your home. Well sealed and insulated ductwork can save you a ton of money down the road.

Step Six: Remember That Insulation is Your Friend.

-Making sure that your home has adequate insulation will help save you money and keep your home nice and comfy! 

Step Seven: Get Your Winter Equipment Ready. 

-Grab your snow shovel and stock up on rock salt now. You do not want to wait until the first heavy snowfall and find that the stores are all sold out! Also, if you have a snow blower or winter weather equipment, now is a great time to dig them out of the garage and make sure they are working properly. 

Step Eight: Take Steps to Avoid Losing Power This Winter.

-A power outage during a blizzard is a major hassle and can be dangerous if it lasts long enough. Investing in a whole home generator will ensure that the power will stay on, even when the weather is at its worst. Call us at (866) 844-3770 today, to learn more about your generator options. 

Have A Safe Winter!

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Some of the Most Expensive Mistakes You Can Make as a Homeowner

Being a homeowner comes with a lot of responsibilities and tough choices. Unfortunately, some of the decisions you may be making in your home can actually be costing you quite a bit of money. No worries, we are here to help you identify some of the most expensive mistakes made by homeowners and how to correct them. 

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The Most Expensive Mistakes You Are Making As A Homeowner:

1. Ignoring That Dripping Faucet.

How much dplumbing 62234amage could a small drip or leak really do? A lot more than you might think! You can waste up to 265 gallons of water per day, depending on how fast the faucet is dripping. This much water waste can really add up on your monthly water bill. Have dripping faucets and other leaks fixed right away to prevent your hard earned money from going down the drain! 

2. Allowing Leaky Doors and Windows.

Doorways and windows require regular maintenance to help ensure that you are not wasting extra money on heating and cooling. To save money on your heating bill, it is important to make sure that your doorways and windows are properly sealed and caulked around the edges.

3. You Are Still Using Incandescent Light Bulbs.

Traditional incandescent bulbs require a greater amount of energy than more efficient models. You can see real savings on your power bill each month by switching to LED and energy efficient CFL bulbs.

4. Treating Your Air Filter like an After Thought.

Using the wrong size air filter or forgetting to change it regularly will force your hefilter-2ating and air conditioning system to work much harder, increasing the amount of money you are spending on your power bill. Additionally, failing to properly maintain your air filter will damage your heating and air conditioning system over time, causing costly repairs and shorten the system’s lifespan.

5. Failing to Properly Adjust Your Thermostat.

A benefit of being a homeowner is that you get to control the temperature of your home to fit
your specific comfort desires. However, there is no need for you to be wasting money on keeping your home at the perfect comfortable temperature when you are not there to enjoy it. You can see real savings by simply adjusting your thermostat 10 degrees before leaving for work. 

Not to worry if you are not a fan of the idea of coming home to an uncomfortable house or you do not want to have to worry about adjusting your thermostat each morning. Wifi and programmable thermostats are great options if you want the power to control your temperature settings when you are not at home. Contact us today to learn more about the benefits of upgrading your thermostat.

6. Your Water Heater Settings Are Higher Than They Should Be.

Traditional water heaters, versus tankless water heaters, store and heat water around the clock.  Which means your water heater is almost constantly using energy to keep a large tank of water heated and ready for use. So, if your temperature is set higher than it needs to be, you are wasting money needlessly. We recommend a water heater setting between 110-115 degrees to save you money on your power bill. You may also want to consider upgrading to a tankless water heater to save even more money.

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Take Care of Your Home and Family by Taking Care of Your Furnace Filter

You probably do not give your furnace filter much thought but it plays an important role in keeping your family healthy and your HVAC system running efficiently. What makes your furnace filter so important? Take a deep breath. How is the air quality in your home? The condition of your furnace filter helps improve you and your family’s quality of living.

What does a furnace filter do?

There are different types of furnace filters ranging from basic to high efficiency models. The type of furnace filter used in your home will depend on the type of HVAC system in your home. However, the functions of any furnace filter are basically the same. Furnace filters are designed to work with your heating and cooling system to improve your indoor air quality. furnace filter

Additionally, furnace filters also work to help protect and extend the life of your furnace. Debris and dust are drawn into your furnace through your return ducts and without a filter the debris will collect on the heat exchanger, fan, coil, etc. causing your unit to work longer and harder, leading to early system failure.

Why should you clean/replace your furnace filters regularly? 

A dirty furnace filter means air has trouble flowing through your system. Greatly hindering the amount of heating and cooling your system can do. If your system cannot heat and cool properly your evaporator coil can freeze up if the across air flow is low, which can cause your AC unit to stop working altogether.

A worn out or dirty furnacdollar-926397_640e filter will also affect the efficiency levels of your HVAC system. Your fan has to work so much harder to pull air through the dirty coil. Your HVAC system will consume more energy having to run longer and harder, costing you more money on your power bill. However, a clean furnace filter will allow air to flow freely through your HVAC system, saving energy and money, while still blocking pollutants and allergens.

Your furnace filter and your indoor air quality are intertwined. Once your filter becomes clogged with dust, air flow will be restricted, causing dust to settle throughout your ductwork. This dust will then be blown into the air you and your family breathe. Dust mites, bacteria and other allergens will be able to grow in your ductwork and be released into the air.

How can you ensure that your furnace filter is clean and functioning properly?

Your filter is located in your furnace and most are disposable. If you have a disposable filter, remember to change it every 1 to 3 months (although some filters may last up t142715_image2 copyo six months) depending on the type of filter you have and the cleanliness of your system. There are a few other factors that will determine how frequently you will need to change your filter. For example, if you have pets, smoke or anyone in your home suffers from allergies; your filter should be changed more often. Additionally, fiberglass filters need to be changed sooner than pleated filters.

These disposable furnace filters are typically only capable of removing 3-5% of the debris and dust particles that pass through them. There are other options when it comes to furnace filters, some of these are permanent and more efficient. To learn more about these higher efficiency filters or to have any of your heating or cooling concerns addressed, call us at (866)844-3770.

 

 

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Tiger Goes Pink in Honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month has arrived and once again Tiger Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning & Electrical Services is supporting awareness efforts. If you live in the St. Louis Metro-East area you’ve undoubtedly seen Tiger’s amazing pink and white trucks (and our orange and black trucks are pretty awesome as well).

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These fun pink trucks are designed to help support cancer awareness efforts. A portion of the profits earned from these trucks are donated by Tiger to help support these efforts. Our pink trucks are out on the road every day, earning money for this great cause. Plus, customers can even request to have a pink truck be used when they make a service appointment.

Since it’s October, we here at Tiger have decided to do something a little extra special, to help show our support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In addition to having our pink trucks out and about, working overtime, our technicians have traded in their orange shoe covers for bright pink ones. Our techs are going to be rocking these pink shoe covers all month long!

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Want to see these amazing pink shoe covers in person? Call (866)844-3770 or visit TrustTiger.com to have one of our Plumbers, Heating and Air Conditioning Technicians and/or Electricians come out to your home and address any issues or concerns you may have.

And remember to request a pink truck!

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Labor Day Already? Are You Ready for the Changing Seasons?

Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer here in the Midwest. The weather will slowly start to transition from hot, humid summer temperatures to cool, crisp autumn air. As we begin to move from one season to another, here are a few things to keep in mind to ensure that you are ready for what is to come.

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Life After Labor Day:

One important thing to keep in mind is that summer is ending, it is not over. You will want to hold off on packing up those summer clothes and you will likely want to keep using your AC for the next several weeks. The good news is that as the days start to become a little cooler, your AC will need to run less often to keep you and your family comfortable. Saving energy and money!ceiling-fan-558988_960_720 (1)

A ceiling fan will also go a long way in keeping your home comfortable over the next couple of months. Ceiling fans will help distribute the cooler air throughout your home, causing your AC to run less often.

Seasonal Allergies:

With the changing weather comes fall allergies, making this time of year rough for those of us who have to battle seasonal allergens. Ragweed, pollen, dust mites, all on top of all the other allergen triggers can turn the beautiful months of fall into a sneezing nightmare. While you may not be able to do much about the air outside, you can clean and purify the air you breathe inside your home.

Start by changing the air filter inside your furnace. Changing your air filter as recommended will not only greatly improve your indoor air quality, but it will also help your heating and cooling system run more efficiently.

The next step is to have a member of our team come out and thoroughly clean and sanitize your ductwork. Having your ducts cleaned is a great way to get the allergens and bacteria out of the air you and your family breathes. Call (866)844-3770 to schedule your duct cleaning today!

Have a Safe and Happy Labor Day!

 

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Sick of High Energy Bills? Get Your Ducts in a Row!

Air ducts play a major role in keeping your home safe and comfortable, but they are easy to forget about. However, if you are noticing that your energy costs are higher than they should be, you may have your ductwork to blame. Improperly insulated or sealed ducts can lead to some extremely expensive consequences.

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Leaky ductwork can increase the amount of money you spend on your energy bill by hundreds of dollars every year. By having your duct system properly insulated and sealed by a professional you will be able to see real savings on your heating and cooling bill each month.

This is especially true for areas of your home that are not meant to be air conditioned or heated, such as attics, unfinished basements, vented crawlspaces, etc. When your supply ducts are leaking, the air that you are paying to heat and cool will seep through the unsealed joints, taking your hard earned money with it. Plus, these leaky spots in your ductwork will often draw in unheated and air conditioned air back into your system, causing your air conditioner and furnace to work harder, to keep up.

Insulating and sealing your ducts is a job best left to the professionals. Our team knows where to find the weaknesses in your ductwork and what materials and steps are needed to correct them. Call us at (866)844-3770 to have your ducts inspected today!

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Protect Your Home From the Summer Heat With One Simple Trick

The summer heat is taking over the Midwest 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 temperature 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 AC to work harder and run longer, which causes you to spend more money cooling your home.

You can stop this endless cycle of overpaying 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 turn-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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Golf, Disney and Relay, Oh My! Keeping Up with Tiger June Edition

June 2016 was an extremely busy month for Team Tiger. Take a little peek at what we have been up to!

Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber Golf Challenge

On Friday, June 24th, we participated in and sponsored the Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber Golf Challenge. As the Chairman’s sponsor we had two teams compete in the tournament and had representatives for Tiger Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning & Electrical Services during the day’s events. 103 golfers participated in this year’s event and we were honored to be a part of it!

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Owner and President, Jeff Gamblin, winner of the hole-in-one-putting-contest:

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Comfort Adviser, Josh F., winner of the closest to the pin contest:

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General Manager, Todd Kiefer, giving the opening remarks during the luncheon:

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Top Workplaces in the St. Louis Area

On June 26th, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch released the list of the Top Workplaces in the St. Louis Area for 2016. Tiger Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning & Electrical Services is number five out of 45 small businesses on the list.

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Relay for Life

During the month of June, we sponsored three different Relay for Life Events and participated in the Edwardsville/Glen Carbon event on the 3rd. We had 15 people join Team Tiger during the relay and we are glad that we can support such a great cause each year.

Disney Themed Potluck

On June 15th, we decided to have a potluck and Disney seemed like the perfect theme. We gave away prizes, enjoyed Disney-themed treats and although no one dressed up as a Disney princess, we still had a pretty good time.

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Office Manager, Erin B., won the most Disney spirit, best Disney-themed dish and best dish found at a Disney theme park:

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Goodbye June, Hello July!

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Warning Signs that Your Home Needs A Dehumidifier

A dehumidifier can be extremely helpful during the hot summer months. Humidity is on the rise here in the Midwest and many of us turn to the comfort of our Air Conditioned homes to escape the sticky weather. However, sometimes an air conditioner is not enough to beat summer’s humidity. Your home may also need the aid of a dehumidifier.

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Signs You Need A Dehumidifier:

1. You see mold and mildew spots on your ceiling or walls.

Mold loves moisture and during the warmer months the added humidity can raise the moisture levels in your home. This makes it easier for mold spores to take root and grow. Bathrooms and kitchens are especially vulnerable, since cooking and bathing only help to increase the moisture levels; but during the more humid months, you may see mold growth in other areas of your home. Be sure to inspect areas with little to no ventilation: basements, attics, closets, etc.

2. You have water marks on your walls, floors or ceiling.

Not as worrisome as mold but just as unsightly, water marks can be a sign that you have an excess of humidity in your home.

3. You or your guests notice a musty odor when entering your home.

Musty odors can be a dead giveaway that the humidity levels in your home are way to high. These odors can also be a sign that mold and mildew growth is present.

4. You notice condensation on your windows.winter-1169046_960_720

High humidity levels in your home can cause condensation to form on your windows and sometimes other glass surfaces as well.

5. Your home just feels sticky and uncomfortable.

There is no bigger sign that you need a dehumidifier than a sticky home. Living in the Midwest, we all know what high humidity levels feels like. Keep this icky feeling outdoors in the summer, where it belongs!

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