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Prepping Your Home For Hurricane Season

Posted on July 5th, 2017 by Jupiter Tequesta

Predictions for this years hurricane season calls for an above-normal number of tropical storms. First things first, protect you and your family. The best way to protect you and your family? By prepping your home. Let the countdown to November 30 (the end date of storm season) begin!

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Storm-guard your home. It’s important to fix every inch of your home before a storm. For instance, lock up any outdoor furnishings, clean out your gutters, and schedule any other home repairs. You should also consider purchasing window covers or storm shutters and hiring a professional to caulk your doors and windows.

Safety-proof your landscaping. Your outdoor landscaping is just as vulnerable to a storm as the inside of your home is. Hire help to trim and tie down your trees and shrubs and replace your gravel with shredded bark — this will help prevent any damages as the wind blows.

Assess your insurance coverage. Home insurance policies vary. So, depending on where you live, you may or may not have wind damage apart of your package. If not, call your insurance to purchase a separate wind policy — don’t wait until a storm is approaching!

  • This is also the perfect time to decide if you want to purchase flood insurance (not include under homeowners insurance). If your home is in a flood zone, you’re required to buy flood insurance. However, you may need it even outside the designated food areas.

If you need help preparing your homes plumbing, heating, cooling, or electrical before a storm — call the experts at Jupiter-Tequesta! Our seasoned plumbers can be at your Palm Beach, Martin or St. Lucie County home 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 Ways To Stay Cool On The Fourth Of July

Posted on June 28th, 2017 by Jupiter Tequesta

Fourth of July is around the corner, which means it’s time for lots of parties, barbecues, and patriotic fun! Since you’ll be spending most of your time outdoors this weekend, why not give your air conditioner a break? After all, it’s one of the busiest season of the year for your system! Here are four ways to stay cool, without your air conditioner, on the Fourth of July.

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4 Ways To Stay Cool On The Fourth Of July

 

1. Prep outside. Even though your festivities are outside, some people tend to flock inside for food and drinks. The constant opening and closing of your doors can result in a lot of conditioned air being let out of your house. Prep all your food outside, so you can keep your home cool!

2. Close the blinds. Since all of your guests will be partying outside, there’s no reason to let the sunlight in your empty home. Blocking out the sun’s rays can help prevent your home from heating up and making your AC unit work harder.

3. Use portable fans. It’s definitely going to be hot this holiday weekend, and you don’t want to make your party-goers sweat! Keep your company cool without running up your energy bills with a portable, battery-operated fan!

4. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! One of the biggest summertime health concerns (not just on the 4th of July) is dehydration. You should be drinking 16 to 32 ounces of fluids every hour, but make sure you’re not just serving your guest’s soda and iced tea! Although they may seem refreshing, these drinks have a large amount of sugar, and can actually make you more dehydrated. Stick to water bottles instead!

If you bump into plumbing, cooling, or electrical problems in your home this Fourth of July, 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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Can You Beat The Summer Heat Without Your AC?

Posted on June 27th, 2017 by Jupiter Tequesta

There’s not much to complain about during the summer. Except for when you’re tossing and turning in bed, trying to fall asleep in a sticky, humid room. Well, what if we told you that you could beat the summer heat, without the help of your AC system? It may seem impossible, but we have a few tricks up our sleeves!

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1.Choose cotton. Opt for Light-colored bed linens, made of lightweight materials. They are breathable and perfect for promoting ventilation and airflow.

2.Be creative. Fans don’t only blow hot air around. Adjust your ceiling fans so the blades run counter-clockwise. This will pull the hot air up and out instead of just around the room.

3.Go old-school. We’re kicking it back a few years (or more) with this tip. Make a DIY air conditioner by positioning a bowl full of ice in front of a fan. The breeze will pick up the cold water from the ice, creating a cooling mist.

4.Stay low. Since hot air rises, set up your bed or cot as close to the ground as possible. If you live in a multi-floor home, sleep on the ground floor instead of the upper level.

If you bump into plumbing, cooling, or electrical problems in your home, 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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A Natural Way To Clear Your Clogged Drain

Posted on June 21st, 2017 by Jupiter Tequesta

There’s no avoiding clogs in your home. At some point, the kitchen or bathroom will back up. While standard practices call for drain cleaners with toxic chemicals, these products can damage your home’s pipes, as well as your health. The solution? A natural, homemade drain cleaner made from three ingredients — hot water, vinegar, and baking soda.

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Why Vinegar and Baking Soda?
The baking soda and hot water will loosen up any organic matter stuck at the bottom of your drain. But, the baking soda is just a base. When it’s combined with vinegar, an acid, the chemical reaction will then dissolve any leftover soap scum or food particles.

Instructions
• Pour 1 cup of boiling water down your drain.
• Dump ½ cup of baking soda (let this sit for one minute before moving on to the next step).
• Pour a mixture of 1 cup vinegar and 1 cup boiling water down the drain.
• Cover drain to keep the reaction (you know, the volcano reaction often seen in school projects)
down below the drain surface.
• Put on a timer for 5 to 10 minutes.
• Flush out your drain once more with a pot of boiling water.

If The Drain Remains Clogged
If your drains still won’t clear, it could need some extra help. The baking soda and vinegar loosens the clogged material, but you might need to use a small plunger as well. The plumbers pressure should finish the job. Just push the plunger down full and pull up quickly — repeat as necessary.

If you want an easy solution and quick fix without the harmful consequences, call the plumbing professionals at Jupiter-Tequesta! Our technicians are here to help you get things back up and running! Give us a call for help with all of your home plumbing and drain cleaning 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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4 Things You Need To Know About Your AC

Posted on June 20th, 2017 by Jupiter Tequesta

For homeowners in the sunshine state, an air conditioner is a necessity. But, how much do you really know about this important piece of equipment? Here are four things you should know about your air conditioning system.

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What a ‘ton’ of cooling is…

Before air conditioning was invented, cooling was done by saving big blocks of ice. So, the term ton came from how they used to rate their capacity by the equivalent amount of ice melted in a day.

It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity…

Humidity was the spark that started the need for air conditioning. Lack of humidity control can lead to mold growth, and other moisture-related problems.

Ventilation is more important than you think…

Air conditioners should heat, cool, clean, ventilate, humidify, and dehumidify. Without adequate ventilation, indoor air pollution can lead to a significant amount of health and comfort problems.

You should lighten your load…

Noticing problems with your AC unit? You can repair the system by reducing the size of it’s job. Reducing internal AC loads is simple — shut off unused electrical appliances, lights, and equipments.

If you bump into plumbing, cooling, or electrical problems in your home, 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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Solar Water Heater Basics

Posted on June 19th, 2017 by Jupiter Tequesta

These days, it’s all about conserving energy. And solar water heaters can be one of the most cost-effective ways in doing so. They can be used in any climate, and the fuel they use — sunshine — is 100% free!

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Why Use Solar Water Heating?

Water heating tends to be one of the highest uses of energy (right after heating and cooling). Studies range from around 15% to up to 40% of energy usage. With solar water heating, you use the heat from the sun to heat some (or all) of your water. Solar water heating is a great option for pool heating because pool usage is the heaviest when the sun in the most abundant.

Indirect Versus Direct Solar Water Heaters
•Direct systems – Direct systems, or open loop systems, heats the water that’s being used — meaning there’s no heat exchanger. These systems work best in warmer climates because they must be drained when temperatures drop to below freezing.
•Indirect systems – Indirect systems, or closed loop systems, heat an antifreeze fluid, and transfer heat through a heat exchanger to the water in the storage tank. This system is a must for those in cooler climates.

Is your Solar Water Heater Installed Properly?
Installing a solar water heater isn’t a DIY project for homeowners. These systems can lead to some pretty bad leaks, also, improperly mounted panels on the roof can cause major roof damage. So, contact a professional to get the job done right the first time.

If you’re experiencing problems with your water heater or simply want to know if you need a new unit, call the experts of Jupiter-Tequesta Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric. Our seasoned plumbers can be at your Palm Beach, Martin or St. Lucie County home 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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Why Are My Lights Humming?

Posted on June 15th, 2017 by Jupiter Tequesta

Why do lights hum? What you’re hearing is not music flowing through the wires. Whether it’s an incandescent, fluorescent, or an LED bulb, they’re usually not the ones to blame. The cause of the problem usually stems from the voltage applied.

Why Are My Lights Humming? | Electrician | Tequesta | Jupiter-Tequesta |

First comes incandescent humming…

Incandescents are usually very quiet bulbs, but if you do happen to hear some humming, it’s probably caused by the dimmer. Upgrading your bulbs or changing out your dimmer which can reduce or remove the vibration you hear.

Second is fluorescent buzzing…

Aside from flickering, buzzing is the most common sound homeowners complain about. While this can be caused by a bad bulb, it’s usually due to the ballast (a device used to regulate voltage for a fluorescent lamp). If replacing the lamp itself doesn’t work, try replacing the ballast.

Lastly, there’s LED noise…

LEDs lack a cover, so there are no “moving parts” to cause humming. Yet LEDs still suffer from electromagnetic (EM) humming when they are dimmed incorrectly or are interfered with other devices. LEDs don’t dim the same way as incandescents do. Ensuring you have dimmable light bulbs, and are using the right dimmer will promote the light of your LED and remove that annoying humming sound.

 

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 Things To Know Before Buying a House In Florida

Posted on June 8th, 2017 by Jupiter Tequesta

Why wouldn’t you want to live in the sunshine state? Between the beautiful weather, delicious food, and the myriad of activities, more and more people are moving down south. But, before you decide on buying a permanent residence, there are some laws you should know when it comes to buying a home in Florida.

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1. Your realtor is also your transaction broker. A transaction broker’s job is to facilitate the buying process. All Florida real estate licensees are assumed to be transaction brokers, unless other arrangements are made.

2. Attorney’s are not required at closing. Most Florida real estate transactions are closed with title agents. But, many companies have attorneys on staff if need be!

3. Insurance can be a challenge. Not only do you is homeowner’s insurance required, you may also need flood insurance. You may receive a higher premium on homes with older roofs, plumbing, and electric.

4. Foreclosure is not a fast process. It can sometimes take up to a year or more to complete.

5. Florida is a homestead state. This means that homeowners can file for an exemption that reduces their property taxes. It also limits how much their taxes can increase each year.

 

If you bump into plumbing, cooling, or electrical problems in your home, 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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Why Gardening Is A Great Workout

Posted on June 7th, 2017 by Jupiter Tequesta

It’s National Gardening Exercise day, which means it’s time to stop and smell the roses. According to the Centers for Disease Control, gardening (weeding, digging, planting) can also be compared to moderate cardiovascular exercise. And that’s not it! Here are four more reasons why gardening is a great exercise for your mind, body, and soul.

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1. It gets you moving. Exercising doesn’t always mean you have to run a mile. Gardening forces you to get outdoors, which will do wonders for your body. Stretching, pushing, pulling, lifting — it incorporates many moderate fitness routine moves.

2. It sparks creativity. By breathing in the fresh air and soaking in some Vitamin C, it’s easier to connect with your body, mind, and spirit, which allows space for creative thoughts to flow. You’re also able to disconnect from technology, which is another plus!

3. It reduces stress. Gardening is the perfect time to relax and escape from the pressures of life. Immersing yourself in nature is a natural relaxer and the physical act of gardening helps lower blood pressure.

4. It boosts feel-good hormones. Gardening releases endorphins which makes us feel better long after gardening is done!

 

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!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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4 Florida Towns You Need To Visit

Posted on June 5th, 2017 by Jupiter Tequesta

With summer around the corner, it’s time to start planning some fun, weekend road trips. But Florida’s a big state, with a multitude to see and do, so where do you begin? Here are four places you need to visit before the summer season is up!

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Fort Myers – Fort Myers is beautiful overall, but we suggest heading to the historic district. It’s quaint, and lined with bars, galleries, and plenty of delicious restaurants. This town is also home to Thomas Edison and Henry Ford’s winter homes, which is definitely worth the visit!

St. Augustine – In case you missed this piece of information in history class, St. Augustine is the oldest city in America. It was founded by the Spanish in 1565, so you can imagine all the history there is to explore. Make sure to check out the Castillo, the city gate, and the oldest wooden schoolhouse in America!

Destin – Destin is the quintessential beach town of Florida. There are plenty of beaches to lounge at and boardwalks to stroll on. One of our favorite spots? Crab Island. The water is waist deep and floating vendors with food and drinks cater to your every need. Relaxation at its finest!

Delray Beach – Delray Beach in Palm Beach County was dubbed the Most Fun Small Town in America by USA Today. There’s plenty to do and see downtown, including art galleries, restaurants and bars, and fun water activities.

 

If you bump into plumbing, cooling, or electrical problems in your home, 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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