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Why Is My Electrical Bill So High?

Posted on April 20th, 2017 by Jupiter Tequesta

Going through your electric bill is like trying to solve a mystery – it can be hard to decipher where all of your charges are coming from. You may want to blame your provider for your high bill, but the source of the problem may actually be coming from inside your home. To help you start saving money, we’ve identified a few culprits behind your high power usage.

Why Is My Electrical Bill So High? | Electrician | Jupiter | Jupiter-Tequesta |

Vampire Appliances
If you’re turning your appliances and electronics off, but keeping them plugged into the outlet, you’re drawing phantom power. Even in standby mode, these items are able to draw extra electricity. Save energy by connecting devices to a power strip and turning it off when you’re not using them.

Overfeeding Big Items
The larger items in your house (i.e. fridges, dishwashers, and washing machines) are the most energy-consuming, and alone can make up a third of your energy bill. Try to only run your dishwasher or washing machine with full loads, and avoid heated drying as much as possible. And, while your refrigerator may need to be running continuously, try to reduce its workload by avoiding overstocking and fixing any leaks or other issues.

Using Appliances Past Their Prime
Everything has an expiration date, even your household appliances. If you’re sticking with an outdated item, it may be the reason your electric bill is through the roof. To fix this problem, simply upgrade to new energy-efficient models – they use four times less electricity than older ones.

Creating A Device-Charging Frenzy
The more high-tech you are, the more likely you are to have these devices plugged in, sucking in power from your home. Not only will unplugging your appliances keep your electric bill low, but unnecessary charging can also shorten your battery life, rather than increase it.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to Jupiter-Tequesta Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric for more tips on electrical safety. Guidelines like these can help you avoid serious injury and even death.

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How To Fix A Leaky Hose Bib

Posted on April 19th, 2017 by Jupiter Tequesta

Your kitchen and your bathroom aren’t the only places in your home that experience plumbing problems. Homeowners should also keep an eye on the plumbing in their backyard. One of the most common outdoor leaks comes from your hose bib – or the faucet that connects a garden hose to water.

How To Fix A Leaky Hose Bib | Plumbers | Jupiter | Jupiter-Tequesta |

Step #1: Try A Simple Fix
In most cases, you can easily stop the leaking by tightening the packing area with a plier or a wrench. Keep the water running – this will help you decipher when to stop tightening the packing nut. If this is ineffective, move onto the next few steps.

Step #2: Buy An Appropriate Spigot
First, you will need to check your piping in order to determine which spigot is right for your hose. Different kinds of piping will require different hose bib fittings, so try to match materials whenever possible.

Step #3: Replace Your Hose Bib
When working with threaded pipes, all you have to do is unscrew the faulty fixture, wrap Teflon tape around the pipe, and screw your new hose bib onto it. Soldered pipes on the other hand, require more specialized equipment, knowledge, and experience.

Step #4: Call The Pros
If you’re uncertain as to what kind of hose bib to buy or how to replace it, call a professional to help. It’s a small price to pay for a leak that could end up causing serious damage to your plumbing system.

If you run into any problems with your home’s plumbing while you’re watering, don’t hesitate to give our technicians at Jupiter-Tequesta a call! We’re here to help you keep things running smoothly – for less!

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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How To Keep Your Pet Cool On Hot Days

Posted on April 11th, 2017 by Jupiter Tequesta

What better way to celebrate National Pet Day than by enjoying the great outdoors with your four-legged, furry friend? With the warmer weather quickly approaching, it’s important to remember that this can be an uncomfortable and dangerous time for your pets. Hot weather leaves your dog vulnerable to injuries and illnesses such as heat stroke, sunburn, and paw pad burns. Here are a few ways pet owners can protect their pets during the spring and summer months.

How To Keep Your Pet Cool On Hot Days | Plumbers | Jupiter | Jupiter-Tequesta |

1.Never leave your pets in a parked car.
You should never keep your pets inside your car — even if the vehicle is on and the air conditioner is running. On a warm day, temperatures inside a vehicle can rapidly rise to dangerous levels.

2. Watch the humidity.
Don’t just pay attention to the ambient temperature during the day, humidity levels can also affect your pet. Your pet’s temperature should never get over 104 degrees.

3. Limit exercise on hot days.
On very hot days, limit exercise to early morning or evening hours. Bring plenty of water to keep your pet hydrated, and try to walk them on the grass. Asphalt can get very hot and burn the pads of their paws.

4. Provide ample shade.
Make sure your pets are always protected from the sun. Tree shade and tarps are ideal because they don’t obstruct air flow. A doghouse does not provide relief from heat — in fact, it makes it worse.

Your AC unit can also help keep your dog safe and cool. 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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Don’t Make These Mistakes With Your Garbage Disposal

Posted on April 6th, 2017 by Jupiter Tequesta

If your kitchen’s equipped with a garbage disposal unit, post-dinner cleanup can be a breeze. You’ll end up saving time, energy, and even money on trash bags. But, when these in-sink disposals stop working, your kitchen sink can soon become dirty, smelly, and clogged. Here are some common garbage disposal mistakes to avoid.

Don't Make These Mistakes With Your Garbage Disposal | Plumbers | Jupiter | Jupiter-Tequesta |

Flushing With Hot Water.

When grinding leftover food in the garbage disposal, use cold water, not hot water. Hot water will melt any greasy waste, which can lead to clogged drain lines and mechanical damage.

Not Cleaning Correctly.

Garbage disposals go through a great deal of abuse over the years. Don’t forget to clean the unit regularly to ensure that it’s functioning properly.

-Mix a pinch of baking soda with one cup of white vinegar to freshen and clean.
-Grind up ice cubes to help remove pieces of food caught inside the disposal.
-Throw in lemon slices to help deodorize your drain and keep it smelling fresh!

Tip: Never use bleach or harsh drain cleaners.

Throwing The Wrong Things Down The Drain.

Don’t treat your drains like a garbage can – you can cause messy problems for your plumbing system and your sewer treatment facilities. Here are a few items that are NOT meant to go down the drain.

-Grease, fats, or oils from cooking
-Paper towels
-Meat, poultry, and fish bones
-Rubber bands
-Coffee grounds

When your garbage disposal is jammed, clogged, or leaking, it’s always an unexpected inconvenience. That’s where the professionals at Jupiter-Tequesta come in. We can clean your drains no matter how dirty they are.

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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The Right Way To Water

Posted on April 3rd, 2017 by Jupiter Tequesta

Water is vital to the health of our lawns, but water is a very limited resource, especially in the humid state of Florida. Yet people water too much, too often, at the wrong times, and the wrong way. Here are a few steps to follow to make sure you’re irrigating your property properly.

The Right Way To Water | Plumbers | Jupiter | Jupiter-Tequesta |

Water In The A.M.
Water evaporates too quickly in the middle of the day and clings to the blades of grass in the evening, causing fungus and other lawn problems. Water your lawn early in the morning – around 4 a.m. to 6 a.m. – when the air is cooler and the breeze is lighter.

Soak The Soil
Water your lawn long enough to moisten the soil about 6 inches deep. Every lawn is different, so the time it takes for the water to make it’s way to the roots may vary.

Water Twice A Week
The less water, the better. Too much watering can lead to fungus and a shallow root system. The key is to water deeply (6 inches) and water infrequently.

If you run into any problems with your home’s plumbing while you’re watering, don’t hesitate to give our technicians at Jupiter-Tequesta a call! We’re here to help you keep things running smoothly – for less!

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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Windows: To Close Or Not To Close

Posted on March 31st, 2017 by Jupiter Tequesta

There’s a big debate when it comes to windows and air quality – should you keep your home’s windows opened or closed? While closing your windows provides warmth and saves energy, it also traps in pollutants and contaminates the air inside your home.

Here are a few reasons why some fresh air can do your home some good:

Open windows…
Increases oxygen levels in your home – The air supply in your home is limited and we don’t have a way to replace the missing ions and oxygen needed to inhale decontaminated air. Nature is constantly purifying the air outdoors, so by opening up your windows, you’re increasing your oxygen levels inside.

Creates fewer harmful emissions – If you’ve turned your AC unit off, you’re using less energy (and saving more money)! And by using less energy, you’re producing fewer harmful toxins!

Removes pollutants in your home – Your home can be filled with dust, debris, and VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds), so it comes as no surprise that indoor air is one of the top five environmental health concerns. Opening up your windows can help remove these toxins from your home.

Fresh air also…
-boosts your immune system.
-lowers your risk of dehydration.
-increases your energy levels.
-makes you happier.
-naturally cools your home.

 
If you have any questions about how to improve the indoor air quality in your home or you run into any problems with your home’s air conditioning system, don’t hesitate to give us a call! We are here to help you with all of your home’s HVAC needs.

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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Spring Home Maintenance

Posted on March 29th, 2017 by Jupiter Tequesta

While you’re reveling in the clean spring air, now’s the time to give your home a complete check-up from the inside and out. Here are a few simple home maintenance jobs that will help you pave the way for a trouble-free summer.

Spring Home Maintenance | Electrician | West Palm Beach | Jupiter-Tequesta |

Exterior Inspection
Roof. We don’t suggest climbing up there yourself – you can easily spot trouble from ground-level. Do you notice any cracked or missing shingles? What about nail-pops? These are a few signs your roof may need to be repaired.

Windows. Don’t waste your cool indoor air during the upcoming warmer months. Make sure to seal and caulk any cracks or holes. And if you notice condensation inside the glass, the window will need to be replaced.

Exterior walls. Whether you have wood siding or brick, keep an eye out for trouble spots, especially near gutter downspouts. Also, check for signs of termites – they tend to swarm in the spring.

Interior Maintenance
Air conditioning. Your AC unit will be hard at work for the next two seasons, so make sure you change the filters and check the drain pan and hose connection for leaks. Additionally, vacuum dust and debris on the system to prevent poor ventilation.

Leaks. Do you have leaky faucets, clogged drains, or cracked pipes? Check under the kitchen and bathroom sink, as well as your basement for any excess water.

General cleaning. Now is the time to clean the areas of your house that often go neglected throughout the rest of the year. Don’t just tidy up your bedroom or kitchen, make sure you stop in every room, including your garage!

If you bump into plumbing, cooling, or electrical problems while you’re cleaning, don’t hesitate to call the professionals at Jupiter-Tequesta! Our technicians are here to help you get things back up and running!

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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Warning Signs Of Poor Indoor Air Quality

Posted on March 22nd, 2017 by Jupiter Tequesta

With poor indoor air quality, your home can quickly turn from a safe and relaxing place to an unhealthy and uncomfortable space. Wondering if your home’s experiencing air quality issues? Check out a few warning signs below:

Warning Signs Of Poor Indoor Air Quality | Air Quality | Jupiter | FL | Jupiter-Tequesta

You’re always sick. If you or a family member is experiencing frequent health problems including headaches, fatigue, and shortness of breath, air pollution could be the cause. Poor indoor air quality can also lead to cold-like symptoms such as sinus congestion, a scratchy throat, sneezing, and coughing.

Your home has poor ventilation and circulation. Although your air filter works to protect against pollutants such as dust, pollen, and pet dander, they can’t work if they’re clogged and dirty. Improve your air filter’s function by remembering to keep up with scheduled maintenance.

You have high humidity levels. Unhealthy air can be caused by excess humidity, which can also lead to mold growth. If your home has a musty smell and green or black spots on the surface of your walls, floors, or furniture, you may have a mold problem.

Your home has an unpleasant odor. If you notice an uneasy smell in your home, it could be due to contaminants in the air, dirty filters and ducts, or a buildup in humidity.

If you have any questions about how to improve the indoor air quality in your home or you run into any problems with your home’s air conditioning system, don’t hesitate to give us a call! We are here to help you with all of your home’s HVAC needs.

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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How To Clean Your Landscape Lights

Posted on March 20th, 2017 by Jupiter Tequesta

Outdoor lighting fixtures suffer from the environmental elements 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, yet they’re often the first thing we overlook when providing maintenance to our homes. Since spring has officially sprung, we suggest you add cleaning your outdoor lighting to your to-do list – it will enhance their beauty and improve the quality of light cast. Read on for the basic steps and tips to perform your lighting maintenance this season.

How To Clean Your Landscape Lights | Electrician | West Palm Beach | Jupiter-Tequesta |

The Cleaning Process
1. Disconnect all power sources before cleaning to avoid any serious injuries.
2. Make sure the bulbs are cool before you begin cleaning.
3. Remove dirt, leaves, and other debris that may have collected around the fixtures.
4. Fill a bucket with water and mix in a small amount of liquid soap.
5. Fill a second bucket with plain water; this will be your rinse water.
6. Use a soft cloth to wipe away any dirt and debris from the outer casing.
7. Use a soft bristled brush to remove dirt from crevices and under/around any decorative accents.
8. For extra shine, spray glass cleaner on the cover of the light and wipe away with a lint-free cloth.

Additional Tips and Advice
- If possible, check the manufacturer’s website for cleaning tips on a specific product.
- Check the cords to your lights periodically for any signs of wear or damage. If a weak spot is found, fix it immediately using mastic or caulking.
- For safety reasons, some outdoor lighting should only be maintained by a specially trained professional. Consult with Jupiter-Tequesta for more information.

When all components of your lighting have dried completely, reconnect the power source and enjoy the beauty of all your hard work! If you run into any problems with your home’s landscape lighting, don’t hesitate to give our technicians at Jupiter-Tequesta a call! We are here to help you keep things running smoothly – for less!

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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Make Your Home More Green

Posted on March 17th, 2017 by Jupiter Tequesta

What better time than St. Patrick’s Day to go ‘green?’ According to Energy.gov, homes and commercial buildings consume 40 percent of the energy used in the United States. Lowering our overall impact on the environment is a team effort, and a little can go a long way! Here’s where you can start:

Make Your Home More Green | Plumber | Jupiter | Jupiter-Tequesta |

Replace your light bulbs. Trading one incandescent light bulb for a compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) prevents the emission of over 400 pounds of greenhouse gasses.

Pick energy-efficient appliances. When it comes time to replace major appliances – i.e. your refrigerator or washing machine – make sure they’re certified by Energy Star, which means they meet a high level of energy efficiency.

Reduce your water use. Install low-flow showerheads and faucets that are WaterSense labeled (high-performing and water-efficient).

Install programmable thermostats. These devices set a timer on your HVAC systems to help regulate your home’s temperature throughout the day. Tip: For every degree set below 68 in the winter and above 78 in the summer, you save an additional three to five percent on your energy bill.

Be mindful of chemical products. We suggest using little-to-no low-VOC (volatile organic compounds) products in your home. These chemicals are not only harmful to the environment, but they also cause headaches, nausea, and difficulty breathing.

If you run into any problems with your home’s electric, plumbing or A/C, don’t hesitate to give our technicians at Jupiter-Tequesta a call! We are here to help you keep things running smoothly – for less!

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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