How To Pamper Your Plumbing

Taking daily steps to prevent drain clogs is so important. In the kitchen, this means not pouring grease, fats, or oils (including cooking oil and butter) down the drain. These products will eventually coagulate inside of the drains, and if the clog is in the drain outside of the home, then the repair can really get expensive.

Proper use of the garbage disposal is also important for preventing clogs. When using your garbage disposal, you should turn the water on before running the disposal and leave the water running for a good 15 seconds afterward to help rinse the debris through to the main line. You should also avoid putting certain foods in the disposal, including fibrous foods like banana peels and celery, as well as foods that are difficult to process, like potato peels and cucumber peels.

In the bathroom, you should reduce your use of bath oils and avoid using chemical clog removal products. You should also avoid flushing anything other than human waste and toilet paper down the toilet. Things like tampons, diapers, and other garbage items will quickly cause a clog if you try to flush them.

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 HVAC or plumbing needs call us toll-free at 888-315-5564

Save Money On Central Air By Doing This

GET A PROFESSIONAL INSPECTION AND CLEANING DONE ANNUALLY

Before each cooling season, it is a great idea to get a regular maintenance check and cleaning done on the unit by a Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ HVAC professional. Service professionals inspect the control box; coils; fan motor and blades; and compressor and tubing; among other things. Additionally, refrigerant levels are inspected and adjusted if necessary, and the unit cleaned.

As the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. If you’ve ever had your central air conditioner quit working on the hottest day of the year, you fully understand that preventative A/C maintenance is definitely preferable to repairing or replacing it due to neglect.

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 concerns call toll-free at 888-315-5564

We Bet You Didn’t Have These On Your Plumbing Radar

Make sure your travel plans include time for plumbing prep.

If you have summer travel planned, make sure your home is ready for it—especially if you’re going to be away for weeks or months at a time.

  • Arrange to have a trusted friend or neighbor check in on your house and make sure everything is ok. Even an absence of a couple of days could lead to a big and costly mess if a leak goes undetected.
  • Check your water-using appliances for loose or cracked hoses, leaks or other malfunctions.
  • Turn your water heater down to its low, pilot or vacation setting. No need to waste energy heating water that won’t be used!
  • If you’ll be away for an extended amount of time, consider turning off your water main and hot water heater and draining your pipes and tank.
  • Empty the dishwasher and washing machine, and leave them open to air. While you’re at it, make sure your garbage disposal and plumbing traps are clean. That way, you won’t be coming home to musty, unpleasant odors.
  • Make sure all indoor and outdoor taps are completely off.
  • If your irrigation system is on a schedule, make sure it will run as desired while you’re away.
  • 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 call us toll-free at 888-315-5564

Have You Overlooked These Air Conditioning Concerns?

Never Cleaning Fins and Coils

Air conditioning evaporator fins and coils allow heat to pass from the refrigerant in the system out into the air, just as condenser coils absorb heat from inside the house. This process of moving heat is very important, but it can become impeded by layers of dust and grime. If you never ever check on your coils that grime is costing you money and decreasing efficiency. Clean your air conditioner at the beginning of the warm season and check it from time to time, especially after storms or high winds to make sure your coils and fins stay clear.

Ignoring Your Air Filter

Your home’s air filters help to remove dust, allergens and more from all the air that passes through the system. These filters are typically light cardboard-and-wire constructs that are designed to be regularly replaced. After around six months or so, that filter is so filled with dirt, air has a tough time getting through and the unit can’t really do its job anymore. That not only raises the volume of dust in your home, it also greatly decreases airflow and efficiency for your AC unit. You can improve energy use for your AC  by five to fifteen percent just by replacing a dirty filter, so make sure that you get a new filter a couple times a year and remember to check and change it after particularly dusty activities, like a big demolition and remodel.
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Keep An Eye Out For What’s Going Down The Drain

If you have a large family, the summertime brings a lot more use out of your home’s toilets when kids aren’t in school.  Since your fixtures get more flushes, they are more common to maintenance issues.

Protect Yourself From This Heat Wave With Central Air

Central air conditioners are more efficient than room air conditioners. In addition, they are out of the way, quiet, and convenient to operate. To save energy and money, you should try to buy an energy-efficient air conditioner and reduce your central air conditioner’s energy use. In an average air-conditioned home, air conditioning consumes more than 2,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year, causing power plants to emit about 3,500 pounds of carbon dioxide and 31 pounds of sulfur dioxide.

If you are considering adding central air conditioning to your home, the deciding factor may be the need for ductwork.

If you have an older central air conditioner, you might choose to replace the outdoor compressor with a modern, high-efficiency unit. If you do so, consult a local heating and cooling contractor to assure that the new compressor is properly matched to the indoor unit. However, considering recent changes in refrigerants and air conditioning designs, it might be wiser to replace the entire system.

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

Does Your HVAC System Need A Reboot?

If you have an older central air conditioner, you might choose to replace the outdoor compressor with a modern, high-efficiency unit. If you do so, consult a Green Apple heating and cooling contractor to assure that the new compressor is properly matched to the indoor unit. However, considering recent changes in refrigerants and air conditioning designs, it might be wiser to replace the entire system.

Today’s best air conditioners use 30% to 50% less energy to produce the same amount of cooling as air conditioners made in the mid-1970s. Even if your air conditioner is only 10 years old, you may save 20% to 40% of your cooling energy costs by replacing it with a newer, more efficient model.

Proper sizing and installation are key elements in determining air conditioner efficiency. Too large a unit will not adequately remove humidity. Too small a unit will not be able to attain a comfortable temperature on the hottest days. Improper unit location, lack of insulation, and improper duct installation can greatly diminish efficiency.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing needs call us toll-free at 888-315-5564

Schedule A Tune-Up For Your Central Air

Want your central air to last and work hard? Invest in HVAC maintenance. Central air maintenance is the best way to care for your home.

With central air maintenance, homeowners:

  • Have cleaner indoor air
  • More efficient air conditioning
  • Reliable air conditioning service
  • Prevent expensive repairs
  • Avoid permanent damages

During HVAC maintenance, your Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ technicians thoroughly clean both inside and outside the central air. They remove the microbiological growth and other buildup that slows down the central air. This is the time they provide special care and attention to your particular central air system, making sure that service is reliable and efficient. Any problems are sorted before issues occur, so you save from damages and repair.

Schedule central air maintenance once a year to reap all the benefits. We 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

The Downside Of AC Window Units

There are solid reasons why adding central air conditioning is the most viable option for bringing cool comfort to an existing home. Window units address comfort issues in single rooms or small enclosed areas only. In the midst of hot weather, residents find themselves increasingly restricted to these “islands” of coolness while the rest of the uncooled house remains stuck in the uncomfortable zone.

In addition, cooling individual rooms with multiple window units is more energy-expensive than running a single central air conditioner, particularly when you consider the substantial advances in efficiency available from new central systems today.

Aesthetics is another a drawback of window units. They’re bulky, block the outdoor view and reduce available light. Living with a noisy compressor and fan mounted in a window unit only a few feet from where you’re sitting or sleeping is never as quiet as a central system, where the loud components are exiled to remote locations like the attic and backyard.

If you are considering having central air installed be sure to contact Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ. We 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 us toll-free at 888-315-5564

Ensure Efficiency And Air Quality By Changing Your Filters

DETERMINING WHEN TO CHANGE THE FILTER

Most people will change their filters at the start of a new season when they know the equipment is going to be working its hardest. Some people, on the other hand, change it once a month – just to be on the safe side. What are the factors that determine how often the air filter should be changed?

  • What type of air filter do you have? Since each type has a different lifespan, use that to help determine how often to change it.
  • What is the air quality like in the house? If the air does not seem as clear or fresh as it used to, or you are having issues with allergies or frequent colds, you may need to replace your filter more often or choose a different type.
  • Are there pets in the house? If you have pets in the home, you may want to consider changing filters more frequently or choosing a type that helps with dander.
  • How many people are in the home? The more people in the home, the more dust and dirt flies around – consider changing your filters more often.
  • Are you in an area with high construction or pollution? If the answer is yes to either of these, check your filters frequently and make sure to change them when they are dirty.
  • If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing needs feel free to call Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ toll-free at 888-315-5564