Save Money By Installing Central Air This Fall

Although the first hint of cool fall weather may have you more focused on your furnace, this is the perfect time to install a new central air conditioning system. By getting the job done now, you’ll save money compared to the summertime costs and you’ll be ready to go with a reliable, energy-efficient cooling system next year.

FIND GREAT DEALS ON NEW A/C SYSTEMS

A new central cooling system is an investment. Even though upgrading to a more efficient air conditioner will lower your cooling bills, it’s still worth it to save as much as you can on upfront purchase costs.

Many homeowners upgrade or install a new central A/C in early summer when they decide not to spend another hot summer without reliable air conditioning. Others are forced to replace their systems in the middle of summer when their existing cooling system breaks down. This keeps A/C system prices high all summer.

Come fall, demand for air conditioners drops off. HVAC equipment sellers who still have plenty of stock left over from summer often discount it to move it out of their inventory before winter. It’s a little like garden furniture going on sale at the end of summer.

IN THE FALL, TECHNICIANS ARE AVAILABLE AND AFFORDABLE

Fall is one of the slowest periods for heating and cooling technicians. Thanks to the mild weather, the start of school and the upcoming holidays, many homeowners forget all about their air conditioners.

That means not only do many HVAC specialists have open spots in their work schedules, but they also offer favorable pricing to encourage customers to call in and fill those spots. Prices for HVAC services are lower in fall than at any other time of year.

Install a new central A/C in fall and not only can you get a good deal on installation work, but you also have a better chance of getting scheduled in with the kind of highly trained, experienced technician you want.

Putting in an air conditioner requires outdoor work, including digging. You might find air conditioners on sale in December, but getting the system installed in New Jersey’s cold, snowy winter weather may not always be possible. Even when it is, heating and cooling technicians usually have their schedules full with furnace installation and repair work.

DITCH THOSE WINDOW UNITS

The window A/C units used in many homes have several drawbacks. Inconvenience is one. They’re usually put in place at the beginning of summer, then removed and put into storage come fall. In addition, window units can be uncomfortably loud, older models aren’t energy efficient, and any unsealed gaps around the units cause air leaks that let in hot, humid outdoor air.

Install a new central A/C this fall and it will be the last time you’ll ever have to pull out those window units and haul them to storage. Next summer, you’ll enjoy cool air in every room without any irritating noise. There’s a good chance your cooling bills will be lower, too.

Keep in mind if your home uses radiators, baseboard heaters or another ductless heating method, you’ll need to have ducts installed along with the new air conditioner. Duct sizing and installation adds time to the system installation job, so start early before the cold weather arrives.

KNOW WHEN TO REPLACE THE A/C

If you already have a central air conditioner, but you’ve been considering upgrading, there are a few clear signs that tell you this fall is the time to do it.

  • The system is old – An air conditioner that’s more than 10 years old runs less efficiently than modern systems and is at high risk for component failure no matter how well it seems to be running.
  • The A/C has frequent breakdowns – Have you had to call a repair technician this year, last year and the year before that? Take time this fall to buy and install a new central A/C and next summer you’ll spend less time and money on A/C repairs, as well as enjoy lower energy bills and improved cooling performance.
  • Cooling bills are rising – If every summer brings cooling bills that are much higher than the last, chances are it’s due to the steady drop in energy efficiency your system experiences as it ages.

How To Keep The Air In Your Home Healthy & Clean

Reduce energy costs

Did you know a clogged filter can cause your system to work harder? That means an increase in your energy usage. According to the Department of  Energy, heating and cooling account for almost half of the average home’s utility bills! Replacing your air filter regularly means that fan motor doesn’t have to work as hard, and you won’t be blowing tons of money on unnecessary energy costs.

 Healthy air

Poor indoor air quality can cause symptoms such as eye irritation, sneezing, dizziness, and respiratory problems. People suffering from asthma and allergies are significantly affected by poor indoor air quality. Homes with pets experience extra dirt and dander in the air. Changing the air filter in your furnace regularly will prevent dust, dirt, mold spores, soot, bacteria, and allergens from building up in the air inside your home.

The life of your furnace and the health and safety of your family depend on regular heating system maintenance. Changing your furnace filter is a very simple way to keep your indoor air clean and avoid costly repairs to your heating system.

We are the experts you can trust. We have been serving the NJ area for years with professionalism and expertise. If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing needs call Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical toll-free at 888-315-5564

Beware Of This Common Plumbing Danger

Wet wipes are marketed as “flushable” and “septic-safe,” so there should be no problem with flushing them down the toilet, right? Wrong! Even though these wipes do eventually break down, they take a longer amount of time to do so compared to toilet paper. Since the breakdown of wet wipes isn’t as rapid, clogged pipes and blockages occur more frequently. Putting your home’s plumbing at risk for serious clogs translates to hefty plumbing bills for you.

If you still want to use wet wipes then fine but just don’t flush them. You can save yourself a lot of time and money by avoiding this problem. We are the experts you can trust. We have been serving the New Jersey area for years with professionalism and expertise. Customer service and care are always our number one priority. If you have any questions or concerns you have regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing needs call us toll-free at 888-315-5564

Do This To Stop A Plumbing Emergency

1-Stop the water

The very first thing you will want to do is call a certified technician from Green Apple Plumbing NJ toll-free at 888-315-5564. Then make sure you turn off the water flow when you suspect a pipe has broken, even if you don’t know where the water’s coming from. You’ll find the stop tap on the water main. It is typically located under the kitchen sink or where the main service pipe connects to your house. Every family member should know the location of the water shut-off stopcock for emergencies.

Once the main water switch is off, you’ll need to drain the pipes. To do this, run the cold water on all the faucets. Be sure to flush each toilet at least once. Shut off the hot water heater. Once the hot water system is off, go back to each faucet and run the hot water to drain that supply. When there is no more running tap water, the leak will stop.

If you experience a plumbing emergency or have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing needs call your friends at Green Apple Plumbing NJ toll-free at 888-315-5564

How To Guarantee You Always Have Hot Water

Ensure Enough Hot Water And Proper Pressure

Much of the hot water used at home is in the bathroom, with members of the family taking showers or soaking in the bathtub. The best way to ensure there is enough hot water for all, and that it does not run out when most needed, is by spacing out the time people shower or bathe. This will give the hot water tank enough time to heat up between uses.

If water pressure while taking a shower is weak this could be because of mineral deposits in the shower head. A simple solution is to tie a plastic bag filled with vinegar over the shower head. Leave it overnight and scrub off those mineral deposits with an old toothbrush the next morning.

Your home plumbing does experience a surge in use during the holidays because there are more people at the house making use of it more often. If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing needs please feel free to call your friends at Green Apple Plumbing NJ toll-free at 888-315-5564

Check This Must Off Your To-Do List

The typical air filter should be changed every month. A dirty air filter restricts air flow which means your furnace has to work harder to move air through the ductwork & into your house. It’s kind of like being the fastest runner in the world but being forced to wear a mask that makes breathing more difficult. You have to help your furnace breath.

This is just part of your regular routine maintenance that needs to be done so that you and your family get the most out of your furnace. Changing the filter frequently is especially important because it does affect the air quality of your home.

If you haven’t had your annual furnace inspection done yet then call and schedule yours today. HVAC experts all recommend having an annual furnace inspection done at least once a year. If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing needs please feel free to call your friends at Green Apple Mechanical toll-free at 888-315-5564

Don’t Get Stuck With This Plumbing Emergency

What if your pipes still freeze, despite your best preventive measures? First step: Don’t panic. Just because they’re frozen doesn’t mean they’ve already burst. Here’s what you can do:

  • If you turn on your faucets and nothing comes out, leave the faucets turned on and call a Green Apple plumber.
  • Do not use electrical appliances in areas of standing water. You could be electrocuted.
  • Never try to thaw a pipe with a torch or other open flame because it could cause a fire hazard. Water damage is preferable to burning down your house!
  • You may be able to thaw a frozen pipe using a hairdryer. Start by warming the pipe as close to the faucet as possible, working toward the coldest section of pipe.
  • If your water pipes have already burst, turn off the water at the main shutoff valve in the house; leave the water faucets turned on. Make sure everyone in your family knows where the water shutoff valve is and how to open and close it.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing problems please call your friends at Green Apple Mechanical toll-free at 888-315-5564

How To Protect Your Home Against Freezing Temps Tonight

There are freezing temperatures predicted tonight in the New Jersey area. The last thing you want to have happen is for your furnace to give out and you and your family to be stuck in a cold home with a broken furnace. It’s always best to be proactive and schedule an annual furnace inspection.

Our trained professionals will make sure that all of your furnace filters are clear and circulating clean air. We will give your HVAC a full and thorough inspection. It’s especially important this time of year to make sure there are no small problems that can turn into much larger and more expensive problems down the line if left unchecked.

We are the professionals you can trust. We have been serving the New Jersey area for years with professionalism and expertise. Customer service and care are always our number one priority. If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing needs call your friends at Green Apple toll-free at 888-315-5564

What You Must Know about Your Plumbing

  • Outside water valves

    To protect your pipes and keep them from freezing in the severe cold, turn off the valve that controls the tap for your garden hose. This will avoid water entering the hose and freezing, causing the pipes to burst.

  • Know the location of your home’s main water valve

    In case of a major incident – such as a pipe bursting – when you might need to immediately shut off all of the water in the home, it’s critical to know where the main water valve is located. This valve is usually located next to the water meter and should be kept in good condition. To maintain your home’s main water valve and keep it in working order, open and close it once a year.

  • We are the experts you can trust. We have been serving the New Jersey area for years with professionalism and expertise. If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing needs please feel  to call your friends at Green Apple toll-free at 888-315-5564

How Not To Let Heat Escape Your Home

1- Curtains are excellent for preventing heat loss. You can buy heavy-duty curtains, or thermal lining for your existing ones, for extra insulation. But try not to let your curtains hang over any radiators, as this can stop the heat from warming the room.

 

2- Insulating your home is one of the best ways to reduce your energy bills and make your house warmer and more comfortable. Warm air can escape from your home in all directions – including the roof, walls, floor, windows, and doors – meaning lots of the energy you pay for can go to waste.

If you don’t think your furnace is operating the way that it should be then please call your friends at Green Apple with any questions or concerns you might have regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing needs toll-free at 888-315-5564