Cool Down With These Money Saving Tips

Make an upgrade

If you haven’t upgraded to a smart thermostat it’s time to make a change. Smart thermostats can regulate heating and cooling when you’re not home to save money. Plus, you can adjust the settings remotely using an app on your phone. Some even work with Amazon Alexa, Samsung SmartThings, Apple HomeKit,
Wink, Google Home, and other smart home platforms.

Make sure your thermostat is on the right wall

Thermostat placement can play a big part in how well your air conditioner works. If you put it on a wall right next to a hot window, for instance, your air conditioner will kick on much more often than it needs to because it will think the room is hotter than it actually is.

Close the blinds

A window letting in the hot sun won’t just heat up your thermostat, it’ll heat you up too. During the warmest part of the day, close your window blinds and keep out the sun. It can also help insulate your windows, which stops the cold air from escaping.

If you want to get high-tech, you can install an app that can schedule the times when these fans turn on and off, and you can control their speed.

Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical 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 Mechanical toll-free.

This Plumbing Concern Could Become A Health Hazard

 SEWAGE BACKUP

One of the most frustrating problems any homeowner will have to deal with is sewage backing up into the home. This is, of course, a health hazard, and it makes parts of your home uninhabitable until the issue is resolved.

Ensuring that only the proper items go down the drain can help. Spaghetti, for instance, is something that should be kept from kitchen drains. It can absorb water and expand in the pipes, forcing drainage to overflow. Grease from cooking can also solidify in pipes and lead to a lot of pipe buildup. You might also consider scheduling professional drain cleaning once a year to clear out the drains and prevent clogs.

Green Apple 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 Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ toll-free at 973-943-0927.

We Bet You Didn’t Know This About Your Central Air!

Central Air Conditioning

A true central air-conditioning system uses ducts to distribute cooled air throughout the house. In a “split system,” the most common design, the refrigerant circulates between an indoor coil and a matching—meaning from the same brand—outdoor condenser with a compressor. The refrigerant cools the air, dehumidifying it in the process; a blower circulates air through ducts throughout the house. A thermostat maintains the temperature at the setting you select. A variation is the heat pump, a type of system that functions as a heater and air conditioner.

Green Apple 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 973-943-0927

How To Show Your Garbage Disposal Some TLC

Cleaning The Drain

As well as having the sides of the garbage disposal regularly cleaned the drain must also be kept clean if the disposal is to be kept free of unpleasant smells and other problems. The drain is like any other piece of plumbing and odors are created by stale water sitting in the line. This problem can be dealt with easily and inexpensively by filling the sink with hot soapy water; dish soap can be used. It is then simply a matter of removing the plug and the soapy water will clear out the drain.

Using Coffee Grinds

The beauty of garbage disposal drain cleaning is that you do not have to buy any special materials; they are already present in your kitchen. A proven way to remove those awful odors is to use coffee grinds. So reach into the cupboard, find those grinds and pour some down the disposal.

Freshen The Disposal

There are various ways to keep your garbage disposal fresh and none of them involves using chemicals. Instead, you will need to have citrus fruits, such as oranges, lemons or limes, to hand.

You will not be using the fruit, just some of the peel. The peel has a strong fragrance and this is released when a few pieces are put into the disposal and it is switched on. This will ensure it keeps on smelling nice and fresh.

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

Is Your Toilet Up-To-Date?

Inspect Your Toilet

You may take your toilet for granted every day, but it actually works hard to keep your home’s plumbing system flowing properly. A sticky flapper valve can cause more water to push through your toilet than what is needed. Having a Green Apple professional plumber inspect your toilet for flow issues and valve leaks can improve performance and reduce the risk of future plumbing disasters and overflow. If your toilet is over 10 years old consider replacing it with an eco-friendly one that uses less water.

Have your home’s plumbing system checked for problems now. This simple step can save you money on utilities and emergency plumbing calls in the long run. If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing needs call us toll-free at 888-315-5564

Considering Installing Central Air? Read This!

Easily Controlled

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 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 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 please call us toll-free at 888-315-5564

Plumbing Steps You Are Neglecting

1. YOU FORGET TO REPLACE THE HOSES.

Water hoses don’t give any warning before they burst, so avoid a potential flood by changing out rubber hoses on washing machines and dishwashers every five years. When you do replace them, use stainless steel on all water lines, if possible.

2. YOU DON’T HAVE A LEAK PROTECTION SYSTEM.

Don’t skimp on water-leak protection. It only costs a few hundred dollars to get a water-leak protection system that offers both an alarm and the main water shut-off should a leak occur in your water heater, dishwasher, sinks and more.

3. YOUR HOT WATER HEATER IS OUTDATED.

Your tank water heater won’t last forever — the average lifespan is 8-12 years. Be sure to have it inspected by a Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical technician. Green Apple 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 Best Reasons Why You Should Install Central Air This Spring

  1. Flexible schedules
    As temperatures are (usually) not extreme in the spring, there are fewer emergency breakdowns and replacements. This allows our HVAC companies to be more accommodating to an installation date that’s convenient for you.
  2. Planned vs. emergency
    If you plan to have your system replaced, you can set aside money ahead of time. In the case of an emergency replacement, you may not always have the money saved up. Either away, Bell Brothers does offer financing options to help with the cost.
  3. Cost-effective
    By planning a replacement — rather than being surprised with an emergency replacement — you can save money by updating both systems the same day. It’s more cost effective to have an installation technician come to your home one time rather than two. Not only do most furnaces and air conditioners have the same life expectancy and will most likely need to be replaced around the same time, they also rely on each other. If replaced separately, some work may have to be re-done when the second system is installed.
  4. Maximum rebate
    You will see the biggest increase in energy efficiency with two new systems compared to one. Sometimes updating only one unit doesn’t increase the whole system’s efficiency enough to allow a homeowner to receive the maximum rebate.
  5. Tax refund
    While many Americans use their tax refund for fun purchases, you may want to consider putting it toward a new HVAC system.
  6. Green Apple 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

Why Installing Central Air Is A Must

Central air conditioning is the most effective and simplest way to maintain a comfortable temperature in your home. Compared to conventional air conditioning methods such as window unit air conditioners, central air is by far the best selection for any home or office. Perhaps the biggest benefit of central air conditioning might seem like its ability to cool your entire house in a matter of minutes.

Less Noise

Central air conditioners are far quieter than traditional air conditioners. The unit is located outside your home, causing the bulk of its running noise to go virtually unnoticed when you are in your home.

Location

Being located outside means your air conditioning system does not block your views or affect the aesthetic appeal of your home. Conventional window unit air conditioners make it impossible to see out of the portion of the windows they use and they look uninviting from the exterior of your home. Because it does not take up any space indoors, your home looks chicer and more modern.

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 regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing concerns call us toll-free at 888-315-5564