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How To Spruce Up Your Yard This Summer

Posted on May 16th, 2017 by Jupiter Tequesta

Summer is almost here, which means backyard BBQ parties and late-night hangouts are near. If your backyard needs a little pick me up, here are five ways you can spruce up your yard.

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Fire pits. Besides being a source of light, a fire pit or fireplace provides warmth on cool summer evenings. You can buy a portable pit that can move around your yard, or you can invest in a more permanent structure made with brick, stone, or concrete.

Internet connection. As you step outside, you want to have all the comforts of being indoors, that includes being connected to the internet — burying a weatherproof Ethernet cable can help.

Seating and dining areas. Outdoor furniture tend to be oversized because they’re built for lounging and relaxing. Make sure there’s still enough room to move around, and the furniture doesn’t collide with other plants or structures.

Garden accessories. You should base your plants and garden art off of the architecture of your home. But, you can still let your taste and personality shine through — just make sure you don’t add too many garden gnomes or outdoor chandeliers in your yard.

Lighting. With the flip of a switch, landscape lighting can add to the evening beauty of your yard. You can DIY and hang some mason jars or string lights, or you can hire a professional to create the perfect design.

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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What To Know Before You Buy Your AC Unit

Posted on May 15th, 2017 by Jupiter Tequesta

Your air conditioner system can last you years — 10 to 20 to be exact. So, when you’re in the market for a new unit, it’s important to take your time before you buy. Here are a few factors to consider.

What To Know Before You Buy Your AC Unit | Electrician| Jupiter | Jupiter-Tequesta | 1. Find the right HVAC expert. When it comes to buying a new AC unit, one of the main factors is hiring a company with a good reputation. Check out the Better Business Bureau, they keep a record of companies’ awards, reviews, and even complaints. Also, don’t forget to ask for licensing, bonding, and insurance before you hire any HVAC company.

2. Make sure you choose the correct size. According to Energy Star, “improper installation can reduce performance by as much as 30%.” So, make sure the HVAC contractor properly sizes the air conditioning unit before installing. You want your system large enough to cool down your home, but not enough where it wastes energy and electricity.

3. Don’t leave out ductwork inspection. If you install a new HVAC system with old, leaky ductwork, you may end up with inconsistent airflow and other efficiency problems. Speak with a professional first to avoid any wasted time, money and work.

4. Invest in an energy-efficient unit. The government now requires all AC units to have a SEER rating of 13 or higher. Although it may cost more upfront, the unit will use about 10 percent less energy.

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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How To Fix A Flickering Light Bulb

Posted on May 10th, 2017 by Jupiter Tequesta

Are the lights in your home flickering? Flickering is a simple drop in voltage that causes your lights to dim. A variety of issues around your home can cause this problem to occur. Here’s a quick look at some of the main culprits and how to fix them.

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Bulb type. Fluorescent lights are more prone to flickering than LED and other bulb types. Temperature, bulb age, and warm-up cycles are all common causes of fluorescent flickering. If you notice flickering with your LED light bulb, your dimmer may be to blame. Check the bulb compatibility of your dimmer before purchasing new bulbs.

Loose bulbs. The most common reason your lights flicker are because your bulbs are not properly secured in their sockets. Tightening the bulb will ensure a solid connection and eliminate any dips in current.

Faulty connections. The problem may either be with the switch or the plug. Troubleshoot the connections by wiglling the on-off switch. If your lights dim, you have a bad switch. Pull the plug out and straighten the prongs. If they’re bent or damaged you will need to call a professional.

Drawing a large current. Larger appliances can pull 100 or more amps when they’re on — call an electrician to ensure your appliances are wired correctly and are not overworking your home’s circuit.

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.

Jupiter: (561) 747-5740

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Water-Smart Tips For Your Lawn

Posted on May 9th, 2017 by Jupiter Tequesta

Don’t let your yard control your water bill! When carefully planned, you can create a beautiful landscape that’s also pleasing to your wallet and the environment. Here are a few ways to garden more efficiently.

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Choose native plants. When planning your landscape design, you should take into consideration your local climate as well ask your soil conditions. Plants native to your area will require minimal water and are more resistant to pests and disease.

Group plants accordingly. When buying plants and shrubs for your garden, it’s important to plan ahead. For instance, sunflowers may look nice, but they need to grow at least 12 inches away from any other plant. Consider grouping plants by the amount of water they need their sun or shade requirements, and the preferred soil conditions.

Water wisely. Instead of being absorbed by the plant, half of the water we apply to our lawns and gardens ends up lost. To keep your plants healthy, you should only water when is needed, and water deeply to reach their roots.

Provide regular maintenance. Whether you want to ‘DIY’ or hire a professional, a water-smart yard still requires regular pruning, weeding, and pest control.

Still struggling with a high water bill?  Our professional plumbing technicians at Jupiter-Tequesta are here to help you with all of your installation and repair 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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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.

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

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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.

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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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