The Key To Unlock HVAC Excellence

The most important maintenance task that will ensure the efficiency of your air conditioner is to routinely replace or clean its filters. Clogged, dirty filters block normal airflow and reduce a system’s efficiency significantly. With normal airflow obstructed, the air that bypasses the filter may carry dirt directly into the evaporator coil and impair the coil’s heat-absorbing capacity. Replacing a dirty, clogged filter with a clean one can lower your air conditioner’s energy consumption by 5% to 15%.

For central air conditioners, filters are generally located somewhere along the return duct’s length. Common filter locations are in walls, ceilings, furnaces, or in the air conditioner itself. Room air conditioners have a filter mounted in the grill that faces into the room.

Some types of filters are reusable; others must be replaced. They are available in a variety of types and efficiencies. Clean or replace your air conditioning system’s filter or filters every month or two during the cooling season. Filters may need more frequent attention if the air conditioner is in constant use, is subjected to dusty conditions, or you have fur-bearing pets in the house.

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

Items You Should Never Ever Flush Down The Toilet

1. Baby Wipes

Yes, even the ones that say they’re flushable.  These are frequently the cause of clogs and should always be thrown out in a wastebasket instead.  Even “flushable” wipes don’t disintegrate the way toilet paper does, which can eventually cause plumbing issues.

2. Q-Tips & Cotton Pads

Cotton balls, cotton pads, and Q-Tips are definitely not safe to flush. They don’t break down the way toilet paper (even cotton toilet paper) does, and all they really do is clump together in your pipes and cause problems.

3. Menstrual Products

This one might shock you, but menstrual products (tampons, pads, etc.) should also never be flushed down the toilet. Why?  They’re products that are meant to absorb water, not break down in it, meaning they’ll only expand when you flush them and that’s no good for your plumbing.

4. Condoms

Condoms are also not designed to break down in water, so flushing them can cause clogs in toilets and septic tanks.

5. Diapers

Honestly, you shouldn’t even be able to flush a diaper (like menstrual products, they expand in water and diapers are probably already too big to get down the drain) but on the off-chance that you can and do, it’ll expand and get caught in your pipes. That’s what diaper pails are for!

6. Dental Floss

Not only can dental floss clog your pipes, but it can also cause environmental damage. Floss basically turns into a net when flushed, catching and holding onto other debris it can even wrap around parts of your septic system and burn out the motor.

7. Paper Towels & Tissues

You might think paper towels and tissues aren’t all that different from toilet paper, but they’re simply not designed to break down the way toilet paper does. In the event that you need to use paper towels or tissues in place of toilet paper for any reason,  put them in a wastebasket instead.

8. Medication

If you have old pills that you need to get rid of, don’t flush them. Toilet water doesn’t break them down properly, meaning the medication gets into the water and can cause toxic environmental effects.

9. Cigarette Butts

Speaking of toxic chemicals, that’s exactly what flushing cigarettes down the drain adds to the water, too. Not to mention, it’s a huge waste of water when you can simply throw them out properly. Cigarette butts can also cause clogs.

10. Kitty Litter

Some brands of kitty litter claim to be flushable, but most toilets don’t use enough water to move the litter along properly in your pipes and all it does is add more things to the water that make it harder to purify. Cat waste from the litter box should also not be flushed, because the litter dehydrates the waste and toilets are meant to flush water-soluble waste.

11. Hair

Like dental floss, hair forms a sort of net when you flush it down the drain and gets caught on basically everything plus, it floats, and it never dissolves in water no matter how long it’s in there.

12. Gum

As you can probably imagine, chewing gum doesn’t exactly break down in the water, either. Plus, it’s sticky and can easily adhere to the inside of your pipes and cause a clog. You should always throw gum out in the wastebasket for this reason.

Call Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ with any questions or concerns you may have regarding any of your plumbing or HVAC needs. Call toll-free @888-315-5564

Things To Consider When Purchasing A new AC System

Buying a New Central Air Conditioner

There are a few main things that homeowners will want to take into consideration when deciding which AC unit or brand is best for them. It really depends on what you value the most in a replacement HVAC system. The major factors for most homeowners will be the cost, lifespan of the AC unit, warranties offered, energy efficiency (SEER ratings), and size of the unit you need for your home’s square footage (TONS.)

Things to Consider:

Quality of AC Unit: Every central air conditioner has a different value depending on how much you are wanting to pay. Most brands offer a quality tier air conditioner and a cheaper budget-friendly option for your HVAC replacement needs. Each brand has a different advantage and you will learn about them below.

The lifespan of Air Conditioners: If you do any research on Consumer Reports, it’s easy to realize that a standard HVAC repair can become costly. This means you will want to pick an air conditioner that has ratings and reviews that bode well for their life expectancy. The average lifespan of a central air conditioner is 12 to 15 years if it is properly installed and maintained. Top brands will last longer and have fewer repair issues over time.

HVAC Warranties: The best central AC brands on average have a general parts warranty up to 10+ years. The best brands will be able to offer warranties that are hard to find anywhere else. 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 at 888-315-5564

Your Essential Labor Day HVAC Guidelines

1. Turn Down The Air Conditioning

You can conserve energy while you are gone this Labor Day simply by changing the temperature just a few degrees. If you have a programmable thermostat, you can even set it up so that you will still come home to a cool house. Unless you have animals in the house that could suffer from the heightened temperatures, invest in a programmable thermostat so that you can save money and energy while you’re away!

2. Change Your Filters

Whether you’ve got a programmable thermostat or not, chances are that you’ll at least keep your system running while you are gone to ensure that your home’s indoor air quality stays even. If your filters are clogged, it can cause your system to break down, meaning you could be coming home to an uncomfortable house. It really doesn’t take too much time to clean or replace your filters, and we feel that it will make all the difference in your energy bill as well as the comfort level of your home!

3. Burglary Protection

One thing that many homeowners need to be aware of when taking a vacation, is that thieves tend to target homes that look vacant, after all, they know it’s a vacation weekend! Your HVAC equipment is expensive, and an appealing item for any burglar intending to steal something of value. To avoid these vacationers worries, install a device that turns on lights at the same time every day so that your home doesn’t look empty and keep your blinds closed! You can take anti-theft measurements like motion light sensors, and outdoor HVAC unit cages for added protection. Since the copper in the system is valuable, protection is necessary!

We encourage you to enjoy your Labor Day weekend with relaxation! Take the proper precautions and prepare your home for your absence! Happy Labor Day weekend from Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ! 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

Why You Shouldn’t Humidify In The Summer

 Match the Indoor and Outdoor Units – If you have to change the outdoor air conditioning or condensing unit consider changing the indoor coil to match it. Ask your Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical technician if the indoor or evaporator coil is compatible or if it also needs to be changed. Mismatching a high efficient condensing unit with a low efficient indoor coil can not only cost you most if not all of the added efficiency but can also damage your compressor valves and cause your compressor to wear out much sooner than it normally would.

 Adjust the Thermostat – Set your thermostat a few degrees higher in the summer and a few degrees lower in the winter. Many experts agree that 78°F is a good starting point in order to save money. Every degree below 78°F that you set your thermostat for AC will increase your energy usage by around 8 percent.

 Don’t Humidify in the Summer – Don’t use a dehumidifier at the same time your air conditioner is operating because it will force the air conditioner to work harder.

 Properly Seal your Ducts – Have your ductwork checked to see if it needs any repairs or if it needs to be replaced. If some rooms in your home are too hot or too cold, if the insulation is peeling or if there is a buildup of contaminants inside consider having your ducts evaluated to see if they need replacing. Also, return grilles and grills in each room should be evaluated to see if they are properly sized and working correctly.

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

Protect Your Home & Your Plumbing

We frequently talk about extending the life of HVAC with preventative care but what about your plumbing system? It’s not too often that we think about the complex infrastructure of pipes and drains that keep things in our homes going with the flow. However, just like we perform maintenance on heating and cooling systems, you need to be giving the same care and attention to your plumbing.

When it comes to your home plumbing maintenance is critical. Why? One of the most expensive home repairs you may face during the course of homeownership is plumbing-related. Take the time and make an effort to keep your plumbing in good shape. It’s a win-win you’ll see the water savings and prevent plumbing disasters.

The good news? You have Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical who are always here when you need us the most.

 

 Conquer drain clogs

Stubborn clogs are a hassle and damaging to pipes. Avoid chemical drain cleaning solutions in favor of a snake to clear a drain clog. Prevent future clogs by watching what goes down the drain. Follow the rule of only flushing waste and toilet paper down the toilet and always be mindful of the bathroom as well. Using sink stoppers and drain strainers is an easy and inexpensive way to catch food debris, hair, soap scum and everything else that wreaks havoc on our drains.

 

 Freezeout frozen pipes

Make sure you’re taking all precautions to prevent frozen pipes. This includes adding pipe insulation to the plumbing in your garage, basement, utility rooms, any cold areas of your house that get little to no heat from HVAC. During severe temperature lows open cabinets underneath sinks to expose them to heat. If you’re away on vacation, you can turn down your thermostat temperature, but don’t shut it off entirely.

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

Incredible HVAC Cleaning & Inspection Tips

Keep the Sun Out

Another excellent way to keep the air conditioner from needing to run as often is to block the sun during the hottest part of the day. During the hours when the sun shines in the most, blinds or drapes should be closed.

This way, the home’s interior temperature will not rise as much. Additionally, consider planting trees or installing awnings to diffuse some of the sunlight.

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 usually 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 needs call toll-free @888-315-5564

Hot Tricks To Keep Your Home Cool

Weatherize Your Home

Cool air can escape from several places in a home, such as electric outlets, under door cracks, single-pane windows and through poorly insulated walls. Schedule a home energy audit to learn how you can tighten the building envelop and keep your cool air inside.

Shut the Door

If there are rooms in your home that often remain unused, like a guest room, save energy by closing the vents in the room and shutting the door.

Stay Cool

When the sun enters through a window and heats a room, it can feel wonderful during the winter. In the summer, however, it can make your A/C work harder. When temperatures start to rise, keep your energy costs and heat gain low by shading your window with:

  • Awnings on the exterior of your home.
  • Trees a safe distance from your home. Trees will also help keep the ground around your home cooler.
  • Blinds or solar shade screens on the windows. Keep the blinds or shades on the southern and western windows closed during hot afternoons.
  • Blackout curtains. Like the blinds, keep the curtains closed on warm afternoons.

When installing a new central air conditioner, place it away from the dryer vent and on the north side of your home, in a shady spot. If your air conditioner is already in a sunny spot, purchase a cover to help block the sun’s heat.

Schedule Professional Maintenance Every Year

You should have a Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ HVAC contractor look at the unit every year. When a Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ professional services your air conditioner, they will make sure the various parts have sufficient lubrication and will make adjustments that will help increase the efficiency of your system. We will also let you know about minor problems that need attention before they become expensive repairs in the future. Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ are the experts you can trust. 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

Easy Way To Avoid Plumbing Trouble

Keep Your Sewer Lines or Septic Tank Clear

If you have municipal sewers, hire a Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical plumber to snake your main sewage cleanout every few years. This helps to remove tree roots that inevitably work their way into these pipes leading to messy sewage backups. If you have a septic system, get the tank pumped out every three to five years.

Other Ways to Avoid Trouble

1. Learn where your home’s main water shut-off valve is so if there’s ever a leak, you can go straight there and quickly turn off the water to the entire house.

2. Remove hoses from outdoor spigots in winter to prevent frozen water from cracking the pipes and causing a flood.

3. Add pipe insulation to the plumbing in cold parts of your house such as garages, basements, and crawl spaces to avoid frozen pipes (and to shorten the wait for hot water).

4. Never use an exposed pipe as a hanger rod for laundry. Doing so can loosen joints and fasteners.

5. Fix problems quickly. Even small leaks can make pipes corrode more quickly, and cause significant water damage or mold.

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

Best Way To Protect You Air Conditioner Coils

Air Conditioner Coils

The air conditioner’s evaporator coil and condenser coil collect dirt over their months and years of service. A clean filter prevents the evaporator coil from soiling quickly. In time, however, the evaporator coil will still collect dirt. This dirt reduces airflow and insulates the coil, reducing its ability to absorb heat. To avoid this problem, check your evaporator coil every year and clean it as necessary.

Outdoor condenser coils can also become very dirty if the outdoor environment is dusty or if there is foliage nearby. You can easily see the condenser coil and notice if dirt is collecting on its fins.

You should minimize dirt and debris near the condenser unit. Your dryer vents, falling leaves, and lawn mower are all potential sources of dirt and debris. Cleaning the area around the coil, removing any debris, and trimming foliage back at least 2 feet (0.6 meters) allow for adequate airflow around the condenser.

Green Apple Plumbing and Mechanical NJ are the experts you can trust. 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