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How to Pick the Perfect Faucet for Your Home

Posted on December 5th, 2018 by Jupiter Tequesta

Faucets are often one of the most underrated accessories in a room, but the perfect bathroom or kitchen faucet can virtually transform the entire atmosphere. Finding the perfect faucet isn’t all about aesthetics, though. Like most things in life, not all faucets are created equal, and some just work better than others. New modern faucet and kitchen room sink closeup with island and granite countertops in model house, home, apartment

Here are a few tips to help you find a faucet that’s just right for your home.

What Room Is the Faucet Going in?

Faucets come in a variety of styles best suited for the room they are to be used in. A faucet for a kitchen sink is going to have a totally different look and a different set of features than a faucet designed for a bathroom sink, bathtub, wet bar, etc… Focus on the style that best matches the room it will be used in and the function it will serve.

How Much Can You Spend?

Faucets can range in price from tens of dollars to hundreds of dollars. Setting a firm budget for your faucet will help you narrow down your options so that you don’t waste time considering models that are far too expensive.

What’s the Layout of the Room Like?

The current layout of the room will determine important considerations that need to be made when selecting the perfect faucet. For example, is the faucet going on a countertop, or will it be attached to a freestanding sink or clawfoot tub? Any of these scenarios could present difficult plumbing challenges, which is why it’s always best to have a professional plumber install your faucet.

At Jupiter-Tequesta, our professionals can help you choose the faucet that’s best for you and install it properly so you don’t have any issues. Nothing’s more annoying than a leaky a faucet that drips all the time or makes a mess all over your countertop because it wasn’t installed correctly. Contact Jupiter-Tequesta today so this doesn’t happen to you!


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Why You Should Switch To LED Lights This Holiday Season

Posted on November 21st, 2018 by Jupiter Tequesta

The holiday season is around the corner and it’s time to start thinking about decorations. Instead of using the string lights you’ve had tangled in your closet for years, it may be time to replace those incandescent bulbs with a more modern option: LEDs.

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Why Switch to LEDs?

Traditional incandescent bulbs produce heat.

If you have children, this is of particular concern. Not only is it a potential fire hazard with the risk of combustion, but it may also lead to burns on the hands of curious toddlers. LED lights produce no noticeable heat. They remain cool to the touch for hours and pose no threat to delicate skin.

LED lights last longer.

They do not burn out like traditional bulbs do, and can last for at least three times as many holiday seasons! Not only that, but the bulbs are made of a sturdier material than glass. That’s fewer future purchases and less hassle for you!

They’re energy efficient.

You may notice a spike in your electricity bill every winter with all of those holiday string lights, but with LEDs, that spike can be reduced by 75-80%. It is a better choice for the environment, and for your wallet.

You can have more fun with LED lights!

You can string more bulbs together without risking a blown fuse due to the lower wattage. LED lights also come in fun colors and even special effects, such as dimmers, programmable flashes, and fun shapes, or you can stick with simple white twinkle lights if you prefer a traditional style.

Whether you’re looking to save a bit of money, are concerned for the environment, or want to maintain the safety of your household, making the switch to LEDs is an easy choice! Contact Jupiter-Tequesta for help with your LED Lights!


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Indoor Air Quality Tips For The Holidays

Posted on November 15th, 2018 by Jupiter Tequesta

We love the holiday season because it brings our families and friends together. But there are also a few risks with having too many people in one room. You will be more prone to dust, mold, bacteria, and other viruses. Food is best enjoyed with friends

But don’t worry — we put together a list of tips to help your indoor air quality so you can enjoy your holiday season!

Buy some indoor plants

Houseplants do more than just add to your decor, they also take away airborne pollutants and release oxygen into the air.

Air your house out

Opening your windows or doors can help get some fresh air circulating throughout your home. It will also help with the temperature of your home since we all know how hot it can get with all that holiday cooking.

Use natural cleaners

Whenever there’s a mess or a spill, use a natural cleaner instead of anything containing VOCs that could contaminate your indoor air.

Buy a humidifier

During the winter months, the air is very cold and dry, which is very uncomfortable for your guests — humidifier can help

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 Your HVAC System Can Help Prevent Fall Allergies

Posted on November 14th, 2018 by Jupiter Tequesta

Are you constantly blowing your nose and rubbing your eyes? Thanks to the temperature changes going on right now, your body is probably trying to fight off the fall allergies. If you’re suffering from allergies, there are a few home improvements that can help ease your pain (and it has to do with your HVAC system!). Sick woman blowing her nose

3 Ways Your HVAC System Can Help Prevent Fall Allergies

 

1. Change Your Air Filters

If you haven’t changed your air filters in the last one to three months then this should be the first thing you do when you get home! Your air filters are responsible for catching dirt, dust, and other allergens in the air. To make sure these pollutants don’t travel throughout your home, you have to check and change your air filters regularly.

2. Schedule an HVAC Tune-Up

Is your system working efficiently? You may never know for sure unless you call an HVAC technician to come and service your unit. Need to change your air filters? Don’t worry about it — our team can change it for you! Want to save money? Our team checks or any and all issues to help you avoid any costly repairs. Call Jupiter-Tequesta today!

3. Install a Dehumidifier

Bacteria and mold love humid air. A dehumidifier will prevent any bacteria and pollutants from lurking in your air, which means no allergies for you and your family.

Due for an HVAC tune-up? Caring for your home cooling system should be affordable! Take $50.00 off of ANY air conditioning, plumbing or electrical service when you give us a call. Our technicians are here to help keep your home cool all year long. At Jupiter-Tequesta Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric Inc. we offer residential electrical services 24 hours, 7 days a week.

To learn more, give us a call:

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


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6 Electrical Problems To Fix

Posted on November 12th, 2018 by Jupiter Tequesta

Do you have any home electrical problems that you’ve been putting off all year long? Why not tackle these indoor home improvement projects this weekend? Top view of work tools and electrical system components on antique wooden background.

Common Home Electrical Problems:

1. Dead Outlets

Do you have a dead outlet in your bathroom, garage or kitchen? Try resetting your breakers or GFCIs.

2. Flickering Lights

Aside from being annoying, flickering lights when it’s windy can be dangerous if they are due to frayed wiring. Your electric utility may be able to replace the Weatherhead.

3. Not Enough Outlets

Relying on extension cords and power strips? Add a few more outlets to your home! This is a simple electrical fix that adds convenience to your home.

4. Aluminum Wiring

Aluminum wiring is common in older homes build in the 60s and 70s, however, aluminum corrodes and connections loosen – creating a fire risk. Retrofit your home with copper wires that are safer for your home and your family.

5. High Electric Bills

If your electric bill is a bit higher than normal, have your electrical and plumbing systems checked out for potential problem areas. Something unexpected, like a leaking hot water pipe, can be the reason behind your high bill.

6. Light Bulbs Run Dim

If you notice that some light bulbs in your house are dimmer than others, it may be due to a bad main neutral connection.
If you run into any problems with your home’s electric, contact our professional electricians at Jupiter-Tequesta Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric. We are here to help you keep your home and family safe year-round.

Visit our website to learn more about our electrical 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 Really Hot Showers Are Bad for You

Posted on November 8th, 2018 by Jupiter Tequesta

There’s nothing quite like a nice hot shower after a long, hard day of work. It may feel refreshing to have the (almost boiling) water soothe you, but it’s actually very bad for your skin.Close up of unrecognizable woman washing her hair under the shower.

Why are Hot Showers Bad for You?

Hot showers can cause inflammation, redness, and extremely dry skin. So if you’ve ever noticed that your skin looks like you just got a sunburn, this is why. Hot showers can eliminate natural oils that your skin needs to stay healthy.

Shower Tips

– Lower the temperature

You should be taking showers in lukewarm water (even cool water if you can handle it!). If you take a shower and your skin is super red, it’s too hot!

– Decrease your shower time

If you’re showering for too long or too frequently, your skin will surely dry out (hello prune-looking fingers!). Try to limit your showers to 10 minutes and under — this will help your skin and the money in your pocket.

– Choose the right skin care products

When it comes to soaps and body washes, don’t use anything with harsh chemicals or fragrances. Also, when you get out of the shower, pat yourself dry instead of rubbing your skin — this helps prevents wrinkles.

Our technicians are here to help you with all of your home plumbing needs, including low water pressure.

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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Bathroom and Kitchen Upgrades to Make This Fall

Posted on November 7th, 2018 by Jupiter Tequesta

Instead of investing in a new home, people are opting to place their funds in improving their current property. The top two rooms homeowners are remodeling? Their kitchens and bathrooms — both these rooms have a high resale value if they’re updated properly. But which upgrades should you make to ensure you’re renovating in the most efficient and cost-effective way?Back view of embraced couple in their renovating apartment.

4 Bathroom and Kitchen Upgrades

1. Change the Fixtures

A sink change may be too complex or too much money, but both your bathroom and kitchen can benefit from upgrading your fixtures. You can change your faucet style, the knobs, and even the hardware as a whole.

2. Switch the Cabinet Hardware

You don’t have to always need to get a whole cabinet. Switching cabinet hardware can really transform your room, too! Choose hardware that compliments your lighting style — mix and match raw materials for the best decor upgrade.

3. Add Accent Lighting

Accent lighting can highlight certain areas of your kitchen and bathroom counters. Adding just a few lighting fixtures can be both functional and aesthetic.

4. Add Storage

There’s no better upgrade than adding more storage. Whether you put more cabinets above your kitchen stove or more drawers next to your bathroom sink, you won’t regret it. Besides, you can never have enough toiletries.

If you are in need of plumbing, electric, or A/C service during your remodel, don’t hesitate to give our technicians at Jupiter-Tequesta a call! We are here to help you get things done right the first time.

Visit our website to learn more about our services or give us a call to speak with a representative directly:

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


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Real Truth About Plumbing in New Homes

Posted on November 5th, 2018 by Jupiter Tequesta

When searching for a new home, the plumbing is typically always overlooked. Some plumbing repairs are easy to fix, but there are three major plumbing issues you should always keep an eye out for. Home and healthy front yard during late spring season

1. Aging Water Heater

Home buyers should always check the status of the water heater in any potential new home. Water heaters aren’t cheap to replace, so check for any signs that lead to a replacement. Also look at the location of the water heater — if it leaks could it ruin anything surrounding it like carpet or hardwood floors?

2. Leaky Toilets

If a toilet is constantly running, it could mean it just needs a flapper replacement, but it could also be a much bigger problem — like a toilet leak. Toilets can leak from both the bottom and from the tank at the top, so be on the lookout for both areas. A leaky toilet doesn’t just lead to plumbing repairs, it could also rot your floors.

3. Clogged Drains

Clogged drains are definitely a common occurrence in any home. They’re typically caused by hair build up or other materials. But if they aren’t addressed immediately, clogged drains can lead to some costly repairs and even water damage or the worst yet — mold.

If you do run into any problems with your home’s plumbing, don’t hesitate to give our professionals at Jupiter-Tequesta a call! We are here to help you with all of your home plumbing needs. Visit our website to learn more about our services or give us a call to speak with a representative directly:

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


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When’s The Best Time To Invest in an AC?

Posted on November 1st, 2018 by Jupiter Tequesta

Whether you’re buying a window unit or a central system, you’ll want to know when’s the best time to invest in a new AC. Hand hold remote control directed on the air conditioner

The Best Time To Invest In An AC

The best time of the year to invest in an AC unit is during the off-season. This means the wintertime or late fall. This is when demand for air conditioners are at its lowest, which means you can save a bit of money.

Not only that, but you’ll have an easier time finding more makes and models. This is because as the summer approaches, many popular makes and models sell out quickly. This usually isn’t the case during the off-season.

Best Time To Buy A Window Unit

Window units sell for cheap during the colder months, and there’s a good chance that most retailers will have an overstock of window AC units. When this happens, stores want to get rid of the units as fast as possible, so they offer discounts and other deals that will tempt consumers to buy the units.

Here’s a tip, invest in the previous year’s model. Doing this will save you even more cash. If you don’t want to go to an actual store, then don’t worry. Many online retailers have the same deals going on, but the key to finding them is to shop during the late fall or in the wintertime.

Best Time To Buy Another Central Air Conditioning System

Although you can get a good deal on a central AC system in the winter or late fall, you should still consider investing in one in the spring. Those are the times when HVAC installers aren’t that busy.

While you’re at it, feel free to ask if you can get a thermostat included in the price. There’s a good chance that they will do it. Furthermore, tell the HVAC contractors you’re soliciting bids from other companies, and they will likely lower their price.

In short, you want to:

. Buy an AC in the spring, fall or winter
. Shop around and compare prices of systems
. Tell an HVAC company you’re requesting multiple bids from others

Now you know when’s the best time to invest in a new AC is, it’s time to schedule an installation with Jupiter-Tequesta!


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What Size Should My Bathroom Ventilation Fan Be?

Posted on October 18th, 2018 by Jupiter Tequesta

Finding out what size your bathroom ventilation fan should be is not the same for everyone. But we’ll help you figure out how it’s calculated for your space — once you know the formula it’s easy.Air conditioning vent on the wall

Understanding What a Ventilation Fan Does

First, you should understand the concept of what a ventilation fan does. We kind of take its existence for granted and just flip the switch to get the steam out of the room. But, they’re important. Your bathroom is typically a tightly enclosed space that lets no real outside air in. Without a ventilation fan, the air quality can be poor. The ventilation fan will move and replace air for the entire room properly, extracting the stale air if the ventilation fan is chosen properly.

How to Choose the Proper Ventilation Fan

One thing you should be aware of is the rating that bathroom ventilation fans have called a CFM rating. This acronym stands for Cubic Feet Per Minute. A bathroom ventilation fan must replace the air in whatever size bathroom you have at least 8 times every 60 minutes.

How to calculate the Size

Make sure you’re aware of the total square feet of the room and plan on making your fan’s CFM rating number just as high as the square feet. Here’s the calculation formula. Just substitute what we have here to your dimensions

5x7x5 = 1400
1400 divided by 60 =23
23 X say an 8-foot ceiling is an 186 CFM fan rating

If you want more absorption in the shower then get a larger one. The issues are only really if it’s too small rather than too large. Another good tip is to make sure the bathroom door has at least a 5/8th-inch gap underneath to make sure fresh air circulates as well.

Read more: How To Remove and Prevent Bathroom Mold

If you have any issues with your bathroom air ventilation or plumbing appliances and fixtures, contact Jupiter-Tequesta!


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