Insulate And Clean Your Central Air

1 – Use a Programmable Thermostat With Your Central Air Conditioner

You can use this piece of technology to raise the temperature while you’re away from home, but make sure you don’t allow it to climb too high. When you do, your unit will just have to work harder to remove the residual heat from your home and this defeats the purpose.

2 – Insulate the Ducts

Ducts should always be insulated, and this is, even more, the case if they are located in crawlspaces or in attics. Spray foam, batting, or even rigid foam will generally do the trick and they can be sealed with foil tape. Reflectix wrap can be used in tight spaces, too.

3 – Keep the Compressor Clean

The compressor is the part of the unit that is located outside, and you’ll want to head out there once a week and after windy storms to ensure that there is no debris lodged in the fins and that there are at least 24 inches (two feet) of space cleared around all sides.

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When To Use Hot/Cold To Help your Plumbing

1. HOTTER THAN USUAL WATER

It may seem obvious, but simply putting hot water down your kitchen and bathroom sink drains at least weekly can go a long way to keeping them clean and clear. For the kitchen sink, hot water will help to melt and flush away light grease deposits. Bathroom drains also benefit from very hot water, since you normally wouldn’t use such hot water for washing your hands or face.

2. USE COLD WATER WISELY

Conversely, when running your garbage disposal, run copious amounts of cold water down the drain, not hot. Cold water will keep oils and grease in a solid state so they can be broken up by the disposal, whereas hot water will melt and soften grease and encourage it to coat the inside of your drain. Only use hot water after you have already run the disposal to help remove any grease deposits that may have formed when you were washing pots and pans.

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Central Air Is Beneficial If You Have Allergies

Instead of cooling only one room as window units are capable of doing, the central air conditioning cools your entire house by sending cool air through ducts in your home. The air is then released through vents into each room, cooling it almost immediately. Through return air ducts, ambient air is pulled from each room before passing through filters that remove lint, dust, pollen, pet dander and other allergens before releasing this new clean air into each room of your home via a secondary duct. Even the smallest pollutants in the air are trapped and prevented from being released into your air. The more money you spend on a central air conditioner, the more pollutants it will capture and the purer your indoor air will become.

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Central Air Is Safer & Easier To Operate

 It’s Safer

Having a window unit means your window is constantly open. This increases the risk that someone could break into your home, particularly if the window unit is at ground level.

A central air unit doesn’t interfere with any other part of your house, meaning that you can continue to lock up as usual without worrying about sacrificing safety for cool air.

 It’s Easier to Operate

If you’ve ever tried to install and operate a window unit, you know that it is a pain. First of all, window AC units are extremely heavy. They can be 80 lbs or more, which makes it almost impossible to install by yourself.

Then you have to turn around in 4 or 5 months to uninstall it and find a place to store it.

A central air conditioner is ideal for installation and operation. Once it is installed, all you have to do is set your programmable thermostat and go about your business. With the correct thermostat, you can set it for different temperatures at different times in the day, using your machine in the most efficient way. You’ll keep cool and hardly have to lift a finger, let alone 80 plus pounds.

Thinking of installing central air in your home or need maintenance on your current system? 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 toll-free @888-315-5564

It’s A Drain Not A Garbage Can

It’s a Drain, Not a Garbage Can

Sinks are made for liquids. Your kitchen sink isn’t made for grease. Unless it has a garbage disposal in it, you shouldn’t dump produce debris down the drain. Hair can easily clog a tub or bathroom sink drain.

Here is a short list of things to never put down a drain in your home:

  • Coffee grounds
  • Oils, fats, grease
  • Eggshells
  • Cat litter, even if it says flushable
  • Paper towels and flushable wipes
  • Cotton balls
  • Car fluids like anti-freeze
  • Condoms
  • Hair
  • Fruit and vegetable peelings and pits
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HVAC Maintenance That Should Be Left To The Pros

Many homeowners wonder why they can’t just complete an entire tune-up themselves. The fact is a thorough tune-up requires skills, tools, and knowledge that only experienced Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ HVAC technicians can deliver. Here’s what to expect when you call in the pros to perform annual HVAC system maintenance:

  • Check the thermostat: The tech makes sure the thermostat is calibrated correctly to ensure comfort in every season. If you don’t have a programmable thermostat installed, the technician may recommend one and install it for you on the spot.
  • Tighten electrical connections: Loose connections are dangerous and can cause improper operation that shortens the equipment’s lifespan. The technician also measures voltage and current on equipment motors.
  • Lubricate all moving parts: Lack of lubrication causes high amounts of friction in the system. This can cause it to overheat and break down. Adding lubrication helps parts move smoothly against one another, decreasing electricity use and lowering your energy bills.
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Use This Checklist To Save Time & Money

Check for Leaky Faucets
Most of the time, leaky faucets are an easy fit and can save you significant money on your water bill over time.

Check for Hidden Toilet Leaks
That toilet leak could be costing you a fortune, and you may not even know it because toilet leaks are often hidden unless you know what to look for. A pro tip: Add a few drops of food coloring to your toilet tank, and if you see it in the bowl 30 minutes later, you probably have a leak. Fix the problem with a call to your Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ plumber.

Make Sure Your Toilet is Flushing Properly
If you need to push down hard or jiggle the handle, you probably have some worn parts and may need to replace them.

Pour Water into Infrequently Used Drains
This will keep them functioning as intended. If they drain slowly, snake it.

Clean Drains, Gutter, and Downspouts Around Your Home
And, be sure to maintain them on a regular basis. Rain paired with more active wildlife and pests than in the winter months means there are more things happening that could potentially cause issues with drainage.

Check Exposed Pipes For Signs of Leaks
Spotting a leak early can save you thousands of bucks in plumbing repairs.

If you try any of these simple plumbing tips and notice problems, you may need to call a Green Apple Mechanical plumber. Remember, spending a few bucks on a plumber early is a great way to ensure you’re not spending large sums of money later on costly repairs.

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

Improve Air Quality With Central Air

It Helps With Air Quality

A central air conditioner is great for people with allergies or concerns about contaminants in the air because it is hooked up to your furnace’s air handler. This means that the air is actually getting pumped through the filter. The cool air that your home is receiving has been filtered and freshened.

A window unit not only doesn’t properly filter the air but because of its design, it actually lets warm air back into your home, not to mention anything else that slips past the seal.

Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ are experts in installing and repairing central air. 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

Improve Your Home By Adding Central Air

  • Improved aesthetics: A central A/C’s working parts are on parts of your property instead of in a window or on a wall. You maintain the view from the inside your home and the property’s curb appeal at the same time.
  • More space: Ductless and window air conditioning units take up space on a wall and window. For the units to operate well, the space surrounding them must remain clear. Central A/C units do not take up any living space inside your home.
  • Quieter: Central air conditioners are quieter than other cooling units because the noisiest components—the fan, compressor, and condenser—are in the outdoor cabinet.
  • Convenient to operate: Instead of a series of knobs and buttons, you control a central A/C unit with a user-friendly thermostat. Programmable thermostats make using your HVAC system even simpler because you can set different temperatures for specific times of day, which saves energy.
  • Improved comfort: Instead of cooling one room, a central air conditioner evenly cools all the rooms in your home.
  • Improved indoor air quality: The air filters in A/C units remove many pollutants and allergens from the air.
  • Increased home value: A well-maintained central A/C may increase the value of your home.
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Prevent A Sewer Line Backing Up

Sewers and sewer lines are definitely at the top of a lot of people’s old house plumbing problems. Sewer lines take your home’s gray and black water from drains to the sewer main, where it travels on to a municipal treatment plant. Sewer lines are always wet, so they attract tree roots. Cast iron pipes are particularly susceptible to cracking and intrusion by tree roots, which can completely clog a line.

Professional plumbers can send a camera into your home’s sewer pipe to diagnose channeling and bellies, and they can find and fix tree roots that clog your pipe. This is a much more affordable option than the disgusting and expensive issues created by a sewer backing up.

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 for years. Customer service and care are always our number one priority. If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your plumbing or HAC needs call toll-free at 888-315-5564