Give Your HVAC Some Shade

Shade Your Home with Strategic Landscaping

Similar to blinds and blackout curtains, well-placed trees can protect your home from the hot sun. And in the winter, trees can serve as a windbreak to guard your home from harsh, freezing winds. In the end, strategically placed trees can lower room temperatures in the summer and raise temps in the winter, reducing your energy bills in the process.

To guard your home against both the sun and cold winds, plant several rows of trees and shrubs around your yard. Given that the afternoon sun is the hottest, the west side of your yard should take priority. After the west side has been planted, follow the sun’s path and plant trees in the east. Make sure your trees and shrubs are at least 20 feet from your home to avoid any exterior damage from falling branches.

 

Schedule Regular Maintenance

For maximum air quality and efficiency, it’s important to have your A/C unit inspected annually and be checking your air filters on a monthly basis. This ensures that both your heating and cooling systems are running at maximum efficiency all year long and also extends the lifetime of your unit. If you think something might be wrong with your air conditioner, call your Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical professional. Call Toll-free with any questions or concerns you may have regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing needs @888-315-5564

 

Key To Preventative Plumbing

  • Install screens in your kitchen sink and tubs to block larger items and hair from getting stuck in your drain. Clean the screens out regularly and rinse with hot water.
  • Never rinse grease or fat down the drain. Reserve it in a metal container and dispose of it in your composter or garbage.
  • Reduce your water pressure. As nice as it is to have high water pressure, it puts a strain on your pipes and could end up causing a leak. There are inexpensive pressure gauges you can buy from your local hardware store to measure the pressure.
  • Soften your water: Hard water is not only hard on your skin, but it’s also hard on your plumbing and sewer pipes. Hard water contains minerals like calcium, magnesium, build up inside your pipes and restrict the water flow. Most water softeners use sodium to counteract the effects of the minerals.
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Your Central Air checklist

What Needs to Be Checked during Routine HVAC Maintenance? 
Here are the key things which will be checked and tuned up during the routine HVAC service:
• Thermostat
• Electrical connections
• Parts need lubrication
• Condensation drain
• Blower parts cleaned and adjusted
• Refrigerant levels
• Evaporator coils cleaned
• System controls checked
• Furnace/heater components

Replace Air Filters Every Month
Don’t wait until your routine HVAC visit to replace air filters. As a general rule, air filters need to be replaced every month (read the manufacturer’s instructions!). If you fail to replace the filters, you can have serious problems such as drastically reduced efficiency, poor indoor air, and overheating.

Green Apple Plumbing and Mechanical NJ are the experts you can trust. We have been serving the NJ 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 toll-free @888-315-5564

How Well do You Know Your Home Plumbing?

  1. Replace your washing machine hoses. This should be done every three to five years. A bad or aging hose can lead to leaks and breakage, and can quickly lead to floods in the laundry room, and the areas next to it.
  2. The ins and outs of your water heater, whether it’s a standard model or a tankless heater. Specifically, you should know the age and condition of your heater. You should also be familiar with any warranty it has. The heater should be drained about once a year.
  3. Whether the toilets are leaking. Open the tank and add a few drops of food coloring. You have a leak if the color appears in the bowl during the next 30 minutes.
  4. If all connections are tight. This goes for dishwashers, ice makers, and washing machines.
  5. Never use a liquid cleaner to try to clear the drain. While these cleaners promise results, many end up ruining your pipes. If you can’t fix the problem with a hand snake or plunger, you should contact a Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ plumber.
  6. How to clean faucets and showerheads. These parts typically collect mineral build-up, causing the water to come out slower. The best way to clean them is by soaking them in vinegar then scrubbing off the build-up.
  7. Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ are the experts you can trust. We have been serving the NJ 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 toll-free at 888-315-5564

Spring Into Action & Install Central Air

Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ contractors and AC specialists will tell you spring is the best time to purchase and install, and they have a lot of good points here. There are a lot of big perks to buying a new system in the offseason, including:

  • The weather allows for it. Right now it’s pretty cozy in our area, meaning you don’t need to rely on a system in operation right this moment, which makes installation a comfortable option.
  • There are quite a few purchase incentives in the spring, including major sales, service specials, and other options that can make it easy on your budget.
  • Pairing installation with a duct and cooling system inspection can ensure you get perfect cooling power and excellent energy-efficiency for the foreseeable future.
  • Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ are the professionals you can trust. We have been serving the NJ 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 toll-free at 888-315-5564

The Benefits Of Automation

The Benefit of Automation

For further savings, consider a zoned system and programmable thermostat. This allows you to regulate the temperature in different parts of the house. If you live in a two-story house and spend most of your time downstairs during the day, you can switch off or lower the temperature upstairs. While at work, you can switch the HVAC off during the day and set it to switch it back on when you’re about to leave for home.  Not only does this reduce your electric bill but also means less wear and tear on the unit, saving money on maintenance and repairs.

Install the Right Type of System

There are two types of HVAC systems: a split system and a packaged unit. Opt for a split system. A split system puts the compressor and condenser outside and the evaporator and furnace or heat pump inside. A packaged unit combines everything in one outdoor unit. You may be tempted to choose the packaged unit because it’s smaller and cheaper to install but the split system is more energy-efficient. They come with SEER ratings between 13 and 25 compared to 10 to 18 for packaged units.

Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ are the experts you can trust. We have been serving the NJ 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 toll-free @ 888-315-5564

2 Plumbing Mistakes You Are Definitely Making

YOU REACH FOR THE DRANO.

Forget using chemicals to open or clear drains. They rarely get the job all the way done. Not only are the chemicals very harsh and dangerous for you to handle, but they can also ruin drain pipes and the equipment used to clear the stoppage.

Hint: To prevent blockages in the first place, keep huge cloggers (like grease and hair) out of drains by buying and using simple drain traps.

 YOU OVERLOAD THE GARBAGE DISPOSAL.

Be kind to your garbage disposal: Don’t pour grease into it (the goopy stuff will eventually solidify and clog the drain) and don’t put in fibrous food like celery and artichokes. Also, avoid pushing through large amounts of garbage at once. Instead, feed garbage slowly into the disposal with cold running water.

Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical are the experts you can trust. We have been serving the NJ 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 plumbing or HVAC needs call toll-free @ 888-315-5564

How Central Air Functions

Furnace ducts that deliver hot air in cold months can be used for air-conditioning.

If you have ducts. You should have your ducts inspected. Many times, modifications are required to accommodate the greater volume of air produced by air-conditioning. Ironically, older duct systems, which tend to be larger, work best when retrofitting central air-conditioning. (As the heating industry has learned more about the dynamics of airflow and sizing furnaces and delivery systems, ducting has gotten smaller.)

Here’s a list of typical modifications that existing ducts require:

•Upsizing the furnace blower (rated in cubic feet per minute, or cfm) to move the cubic feet of cool air required for your house. An undersized blower won’t move enough air through the coils, and they can freeze.
•Sealing the ducts to boost efficiency. This is a job best left to a Green Apple Mechanical pro, as an imbalanced system can lead to hazardous backdrafting during the heating season or pockets of warm air during the cooling season.
•Swapping out older supply registers for ones that allow a greater volume of air to pass. Old register grilles with slits just 1/4 inch wide offer too much resistance to airflow; new grilles can improve airflow by 15 to 25 percent.

Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ are the professionals you can trust. We have been serving the NJ 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 toll-free @ 888-315-5564

Common Misconceptions about Your Plumbing

1. It’s a good idea to clean and deodorize your garbage disposal with lemon peels.

False. Dropping lemon peels down into your garbage disposal causes corrosion due to the citric acid in the fruit.

2. It’s smart to put a brick in your toilet tank to save water.

False. Some people think putting a brick in your toilet tank forces the toilet to use less water when flushed. But, the brick can disintegrate over time causing issues with your toilet’s flapper and other parts. Also, a brick can displace too much water causing you to flush more.

3. A slow dripping faucet doesn’t affect the water bill.

False. Even a slowly dripping faucet adds to the monthly water bill and it wastes water.

4. Pouring hot grease down your sink is okay because it’s a liquid.

False. Hot grease can build up on the inside of your pipes causing clogs. It’s best to wipe the grease out of your frying pans and throw it in the garbage can.

Installing Central Cooling And Heating

You have two options when it comes to controlling central air. The first is one operating unit that controls the air in every room of your home. The control is located in one place in your home. By turning the air on, off, up or down, you only have to use one unit that can be programmed to run at specific times and temperatures. If you choose to have individual controls in each room, you will have to go to each room to adjust them. However, most homeowners with this option only use the air in the main portion of their home, such as the living space and used bedrooms. This eliminates the need to cool frequently unused rooms, which also saves on your energy bills.

Both Heating and Cooling

Most installed central air conditioned systems have the ability to cool and heat your home at once. Having a central heater and air conditioner will make it more convenient to make the temperature at home more comfortable.

The only downside of a central air conditioner is the initial price. However, once you decide to have central air installed, the benefits make the price tag well worth it. Additionally, having this type of heat and air in your home can eliminate other costs. Cleaner air quality keeps you and your family healthier and it’s more cost effective in regards to your utilities.

Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ are the experts you can trust. We have been serving the NJ 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 toll-free at 888-315-5564