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Prepare Your Home For Your Labor Day Weekend Vacation

Posted on August 21st, 2017 by Jupiter Tequesta

Labor Day weekend means it’s time for one last summer season getaway. Whether it’s a short road trip or an extended vacation, there’s a list of things you have to do to get ready. Before you grab your bags and head out your front door, here are a few ways to make sure your house is in order.

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Adjust your thermostat.

Your HVAC system will waste energy (and money) by running in an empty home. Homeowners in Florida should set their thermostat to 78 degrees (F) in the summer and 68 degrees (F) in the winter.

Clean out your fridge.

Throw away anything in your fridge that will perish while you’re away. And if you can, take it one step further and shut off your fridge altogether (it uses just as much energy as your HVAC system!).

Leave a light on.

You want to make your house look occupied, even though you’re actually out of town. For a short weekend, leave your LED lights on outside. For a longer trip, consider investing in a timer that can turn your lights on and off in staggered intervals.

There’s no need to worry while you’re on vacation! Before you go away, call the professionals at Jupiter-Tequesta to check out your homes HVAC and plumbing systems to make sure everything is working at peak efficiency. With a large service department, we are able to handle your home comfort demands and emergency situations in the same day!

Jupiter: (561) 747-5740

Palm Beach: (561) 626-6822

Martin: (772) 546-2822

St. Lucie: (772) 546-2822

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HVAC Industry Terms You Need To Know

Posted on August 14th, 2017 by Jupiter Tequesta

Bioaerosols. Evaporator coil. Heat pump. Any of these terms ringing a bell? Even if you’re not a professional in the field, knowing these common HVAC terms is important as a homeowner. You’re bound to come into an issue with your system at one point or another.

HVAC Industry Terms You Need To Know | Plumbing Services | Martin | Jupiter-Tequesta

Air Handler – The indoor part of an air conditioner or heat pump that moves the air throughout the ductwork of your home.

Bioaerosols – High concentrations of bioaerosols in your indoor air can lead to serious health problems and disease.

Compressor – The part of an outdoor air conditioner or heat pump that pumps refrigerant to cool your home.

Ductwork – The metal or synthetic tubes used to transport air from heating, ventilation, and air conditioning equipment throughout your home.

Evaporator Coil – Absorbs the heat from the air in your house.

Heat Pump – A heat pump draws heat from outside and circulates it throughout the home.

Refrigerant – Refrigerant, also known as R-22 or freon, is a chemical that produces a cooling effect while expanding or vaporizing.

Zoned Heating and Cooling – Zoning allows you to heat or cool certain rooms while you save energy in others.

It’s important for homeowners to understand this list of terms since they are frequently brought up on the job! At Jupiter-Tequesta Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric, we offer a wide variety of electrical services. Whether you’re looking for expert landscape lighting installation or new wiring for appliances, we’re here to help. Give us a call to learn more:

Tequesta: (561) 747-5740

Palm Beach: (561) 626-6822

Martin: (772) 546-2822

St. Lucie: (772) 546-2822

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Four Different Types Of Air Filters

Posted on August 10th, 2017 by Jupiter Tequesta

When it comes to your indoor air quality, your HVAC system is your best friend. More specifically, the filter in your HVAC system. The greater the filtration ability of a filter, the better it is for you! Below are four types of common filters found in HVAC systems.

Four Different Types Of Air Filters | Plumbing Services | Jupiter | Jupiter-Tequesta

1. Fiberglass Filter.

This is the most common type of filter, were layers of fiberglass fibers are laid over each other to form the filter. The fiberglass fibers are then reinforced with a metal grating which helps prevent failure.

2. Polyester and Pleated Filters.

These two types of filters are very similar to fiberglass, except they typically have a higher resistance to airflow and stopping dust and other airborne particles.

3. High Efficiency Particulate Arrestance (HEPA) Filters.

HEPA units filter air at a very fine scale. Any U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) contractor uses HEPA filters that meet DOE standards, which filter 99.97 percent of all particles!

4. Washable Air Filters.

These air filters aren’t as common, as they rely on the build-up of dust to improve the efficiency of the filter.

 

Air filters have improved significantly throughout the years, leading to more efficient and less costly units. If your air conditioning system isn’t working efficiently, contact Jupiter-Tequesta. Our technicians can diagnose any problems with your HVAC system and make sure that you are getting the most out of your air conditioning system. Visit our website to learn more about our services or give us a call to speak with a representative directly:

Tequesta: (561) 747-5740

Palm Beach: (561) 626-6822

Martin: (772) 546-2822

St. Lucie: (772) 546-2822

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Everything You Need To Know About PEX Piping

Posted on August 4th, 2017 by Jupiter Tequesta

Can you imagine living in a 30-year-old home that never experienced a leak? With PEX piping, it’s possible! PEX (cross-linked polyethylene) piping has been used for decades in other countries, but it’s new for homeowners in the United States. And guess what —  it’s the best thing since the flush toilet!

Everything You Need To Know About PEX Piping | Plumbing Repair | Palm Beach | Jupiter-Tequesta

PEX or Copper?

  • PEX is cheaper than copper!
  • PEX is faster to install compared to copper.
  • PEX is unaffected by acidic water, so it won’t corrode like copper.

PEX or Copper

  • PEX doesn’t require glue, so they work better in well-ventilated spaces.
  • PEX is less likely to burst if it freezes.
  • PEX works better when it comes to ‘fishing’ through walls in remodeling situations.

What are the Colors of PEX Piping?

PEX comes in red, blue, and white. You can use red and blue to keep track of the hold and cold lines, and the white piping can be used for either!

Does PEX Connect to Water Heaters?

Unfortunately, PEX can’t be directly connected to a water heater. First, you need to extend a pipe 18 inches from your water heater, and then you can connect the PEX to the pipe.

At Jupiter-Tequesta Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric, we offer a wide variety of electrical services. Whether you’re looking for expert landscape lighting installation or new wiring for appliances, we’re here to help. Give us a call to learn more:

Tequesta: (561) 747-5740

Palm Beach: (561) 626-6822

Martin: (772) 546-2822

St. Lucie: (772) 546-2822

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5 Important HVAC Safety Guidelines For New Technicians

Posted on August 2nd, 2017 by Jupiter Tequesta

According to Education.org, “HVAC technicians hold approximately 292,000 jobs, and job openings in the field are expected to grow 9%.” While there may be plenty of availability in this field, that doesn’t mean the job comes easy. If you’re becoming a new tech, it’s important to follow these five guidelines.

5 Important HVAC Safety Guidelines For New Technicians | Electrician | Jupiter | Jupiter-Tequesta

1. Protective Gear

When you’re exposed to dust, gases, and other harmful contaminants, wearing protective garments is vital to your health. You’ll need a respirator, and either goggles or a face shield to [protect your eyes from any liquids. Gloves, slip resistant shoes, a helmet, and earplugs all should also be apart of your wardrobe.

2. Safety Tools

If you want to be a successful, professional HVAC technician, you have to have the right tools for every job. Make sure you’re fully equipt with an assortment of tools including wrenches, wire strippers, an anemometer, clamp meter, and vacuum gauge. Don’t forget to perform routine maintenance of each tool to ensure everything is working properly.

3. Identifying Hazards

Before you begin any job, it’s empirical that you take the time to assess the situation. No matter how many years you have in this profession, it’s always beneficial to identify any potential hazards, so you can take the necessary safety precautions before going forth.

4. Chemical Safety

As earlier stated, you’re going to come in contact with a range of chemicals that can pose a serious threat to your health. Familiarize yourself with the substances you’re dealing with to ensure you’re handling everything the correct way.

5. Avoiding Shock

Electrocution is more common than you may realize — especially when there’s a water leak with an HVAC system. The best way to stay safe is to turn off the main circuit breakers before you begin working to avoid electrocution.

Becoming an HVAC technician is a rewarding profession — and one you won’t regret when you sign up to join the Jupiter-Tequesta team! To find out more about our positions available, or to fill out an application, click here. Give us a call to learn more:

Tequesta: (561) 747-5740

Palm Beach: (561) 626-6822

Martin: (772) 546-2822

St. Lucie: (772) 546-2822

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Barbecue Safety For The Summer

Posted on July 26th, 2017 by Jupiter Tequesta

Backyard barbecues are the staple of summer, and we don’t see that changing anytime soon! While we enjoy the food (and the people), barbecues are actually very dangerous — attributing to 8,900 home fires! Here are a few safety tips to help prevent the risk of this happening to you!

Barbecue Safety For The Summer | Plumbing Services | Jupiter | Jupiter-Tequesta

1. Grill outside and away from any structures.

According to a report from the NFPA, more than 27 percent of home fires are started by outdoor grills. Even more are started on a balcony or open porch. To protect you and your property, trim and cut back on any overhanging tree branches before you start up your grill.

2. Keep your grill clean.

Remove any grease or fat buildup from both your grill and the tray below. If you’re using a charcoal grill, simply dispose of the coals in a metal container once they’ve cooled off.

3. If the flame goes out, wait to re-light.

We suggest waiting five minutes after the flame blows out before you attempt to light your grill up again.

4. Wear the right clothing.

It’s not safe to wear baggy clothes — it can dangle over the grill and catch on fire.

5. Be ready to put out the fire.

Have baking soda on hand? If not a fire extinguisher or even sand will help you put out a grease fire. Just don’t ever (ever) use water!

At Jupiter-Tequesta Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric, we offer a wide variety of electrical services. Whether you’re looking for expert landscape lighting installation or new wiring for appliances, we’re here to help. Give us a call to learn more:

Tequesta: (561) 747-5740

Palm Beach: (561) 626-6822

Martin: (772) 546-2822

St. Lucie: (772) 546-2822

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5 Common Household Problems That Require A Professional Electrician

Posted on July 21st, 2017 by Jupiter Tequesta

It’s hard to imagine how much electricity we use in our daily lives. But sometimes, we may not even go an hour without its absence. From turning on our lights and using the coffee machine in the morning to texting on our cellphones and watching a movie at night. It’s safe to say that we would be lost without electricity, so be sure to call a professional if any of these common problems occur for you.

5 Common Household Problems That Require A Professional Electrician | Electrician | Jupiter | Jupiter-Tequsta

1. Flickering Lights
First, try to change the bulbs — this may just be a quick fix. If they still continue to flicker, it may be poor wiring or a faulty fixture, which a professional should attend to immediately.

2. Expensive Electrical Bills
First and foremost: make sure you always turn off the lights when you leave a room, and never keep unused appliances plugged in. If your bills are still high, it may be from older appliances or poor insulation. An electrician can help you assess the issue and make any repairs necessary.

3. Exposed Wires.
This often occurs after a home DIY project. It may seem unimportant, but it can be a huge fire hazard for your home. Call an electrician to tidy them up just in case!

4. Too Many Cables.
If your extension cord is chock full of cables, not only is this inconvenient and unsightly, it’s also dangerous. You could trip one of the cables which can cause a chain reaction. An electrician can update your outlet to fit all of the appliances you need.

5. Strange Smells.
Stop using any appliance or outlet that has an unusual smell — this is a sign to repair or replace the outlet before the chance of a fire.

At Jupiter-Tequesta Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric, we offer a wide variety of electrical services. Whether you’re looking for expert landscape lighting installation or new wiring for appliances, we’re here to help. Give us a call to learn more:

Tequesta: (561) 747-5740

Palm Beach: (561) 626-6822

Martin: (772) 546-2822

St. Lucie: (772) 546-2822

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Clean The Air In Your Home Through UV Air Sanitizing

Posted on July 21st, 2017 by Jupiter Tequesta

Ultraviolet light doesn’t just cause your skin to burn. In 1903, Niels Finsen used ultraviolet light to treat tuberculosis. Now, it’s used for many other reasons: sterilizing water, hospitals, and even the air inside our homes. Thinking about improving your indoor air quality? Here’s what you should know:

Clean The Air In Your Home Through UV Air Sanitizing | Plumbing | Palm Beach | Jupiter-Tequesta

How It Works? The system works with the help of a circulation system that directs airflow towards an ultraviolet light. The UV light will then eliminate any contaminant that’s suspended in the airflow.

The Advantage? Installing a UV air sanitizer will eliminate mold, pollen, pet dander, and other chemicals collected inside your home. Not only does this keep your air clean, it also helps minimize your family’s chances of getting sick.

Does Where You Live Matter? Location is very important when it comes to installing a UV sanitizer or not. For instance, if your home is located near a lake or pond, or if you live in an area with warm or humid climates, installation is necessary since you’re more prone to airborne bacteria.

If you want to start the path towards a healthier home, consider installing an HVAC UV light. And, don’t hesitate to call the professionals of Jupiter-Tequesta Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric. With a large service department, we are able to handle your home comfort demands and emergency situations in the same day!

Jupiter: (561) 747-5740
Palm Beach: (561) 626-6822
Martin: (772) 546-2822
St. Lucie: (772) 546-2822

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5 Benefits Of Installing Green Safety Ductwork

Posted on July 19th, 2017 by Jupiter Tequesta

We’ll do anything to ensure we’re protected inside of our homes. Well, what if we told you there was a product on the market that could improve your overall health while lowering your utility bills by up to 30% as well? Enticing, no? Read on to learn more about Green Safety Ductwork and all the benefits you’ll receive upon installation.

5 Benefits Of Installing Green Safety Ductwork | Cooling Technician | Palm Beach | Jupiter-Tequesta

5 Benefits Of Installing Green Safety Ductwork

 

1. Elimination of hot/cold spots. Since the material is thick and tear-resistant, the construction allows for better airflow in your home.

2. Free of poisonous gasses. Green ductwork is made with environmentally-friendly materials, which means no carcinogens like formaldehyde to worry about!

3. Reduces risk of mold growth. The anti-microbial materials reduces the growth of microbes, mildew, and other particles.

4. Energy savings of up to 30%. This powerful insulation will keep the temperature in your home just right, keeping your utility bill in check!

5. Years of protection. 10 years of being worry-free to be exact!

The ductwork in your home is a crucial element in your overall heating and air conditioning system. If improving your home’s indoor air quality is of concern to you, give the experts at Jupiter-Tequesta a call! With a large service department, we are able to handle your home comfort demands and emergency situations in the same day!

Jupiter: (561) 747-5740
Palm Beach: (561) 626-6822
Martin: (772) 546-2822
St. Lucie: (772) 546-2822

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4 Questions You NEED To Ask Your Electrician

Posted on July 11th, 2017 by Jupiter Tequesta

Are your lights are flickering, humming, or buzzing? There are plenty of DIY ways to troubleshoot the issue. However, sometimes it’s best to leave the repairs in a professional’s hands. Here are four questions you need to ask when hiring an electrician.

4 Questions You NEED To Ask Your Electrician | Electrician | Tequesta | Jupiter-Tequesta |

1. Are you licensed and insured?
You want to make sure the professional you hire has all the proper licensing, bonding, and insurance necessary. Each state has it’s own licensing rules and regulations, to find out about Florida’s, check here.

2. Do you have a business license?
Along with ensuring that the electricians are licensed, check whether the business is allowed to operate in your area.

3. How many years of experience do you have?
Experience is just as important as holding a license. Experienced electricians (or any other business person) knows the importance of quality customer service. They will be the first to steer you in the right direction and away from unnecessary expenses or repairs.

4. Do you offer a warranty?
An trusted electrician will always offer a warranty. Even still, ask whether the parts or labor or both are under warranty and how long it’s effective for.

At Jupiter-Tequesta Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric, we offer a wide variety of electrical services. Whether you’re looking for expert landscape lighting installation or new wiring for appliances, we’re here to help. Give us a call to learn more:

Tequesta: (561) 747-5740

Palm Beach: (561) 626-6822

Martin: (772) 546-2822

St. Lucie: (772) 546-2822

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