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How to Prevent Your House from Flooding

Posted on November 15th, 2019 by Jupiter Tequesta

Neighborhood flooded.  Sign warns of high water.

Reports of flash flooding are not uncommon in Florida, but it does cause us to worry that it may affect our neighborhoods and homes. Worrying that your home can be destroyed in the turbulent storms that occur in Jupiter can lead you to watch news reports anxiously.

Regardless of where you reside, one of the best ways to prepare for the flooding ahead of time is to stay informed, and check your home. Here are the top preventive measures you can take to help safeguard your home.

Evaluating the Risk of a Flood

Understanding the risk of flooding is probably more important than knowing when the storm is actually going. By knowing the likelihood of your home flooding, you’re better equipped to take action. For instance, if you live in an area close to water, you may want to use a flood-risk assessment website, such as FEMA Flood Map Service, to help better gauge how high your risk of flooding really is.

Preventive Measures To Protect Your Home

Once you know your risk, you can then start planning. While raising a home onto stilts is never without cost, it could be one of the only options to save your home. Even an inch of water can destroy your home’s integrity, so it’s important to raise your home above the waterline.

Raise Electrical Sockets

Ward off the potential of electrocution by raising all of your electrical outlets and power sources at least one foot above flood level. If a threat of a storm or flood does occur, make a point to shut down all power to your home as well. These appliances should include:

  • Air conditioning units
  • Televisions
  • Computers
  • Counter-top appliances

When the Flood Hits

Sometimes, there is no time to prepare. Torrential downpours and floods can happen in the blink of an eye. If you find yourself in the middle of a flood, move as many electrical appliances above flood level as possible. You should also turn on your sump pump to help with water drainage. Finally, don’t forget to take photographs and videos to submit to your insurance company.

Being caught in a flood is scary; however, it is possible to survive while preserving your home. Taking the time to do little flood prevention now can save your home in the event of a natural disaster. To learn more ways to protect your home, contact our professional at Jupiter-Tequesta.


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3 Tips for Hiring the Best AC Repair Professional

Posted on November 11th, 2019 by Jupiter Tequesta

How to Hire an AC Professional You Can Trust

In a perfect world, our air conditioners would work 24/7 without any issues. However, this is not the case for most households (especially those here in Jupiter). Knowing who to call when your unit breaks down, needs service, or needs to be replaced is important. Prevent wasting time and money by using these three tips to hire the best AC repairman in your area:

1. Seek Experience

It’s important to find a technician or company that has years of experience in the field. Here  are some considerations:

  • The length of time the company/technician has been in business. 
  • Listed experienced for your air conditioning system brand or unit.
  • Certifications of continued training or information on new technology.

2. Do Your Homework

Would you buy a new car without checking out its features first? The same goes for your HVAC system. There’s plenty of information available online so that you can be confident about your home’s needs and the air conditioner system you choose. Additionally, give your owner’s manual a read, which can help you identify possible problems and know when to call a technician.

3. Check for Licensing and Insurance

To protect your household, look for a service company that clearly states its licensing and insurance information. This is the best way to eliminate your liability should any damage occurs to your home while the HVAC professional services your unit — as long as your home isn’t unsafe.

At Jupiter-Tequesta, we offer 365 days a year and provide service within 24 hours. Contact us today and find out how easy it is to have a completely new Home Comfort System installed in your home today!

Tequesta: (561) 747-5740

Broward: (954) 951-5481

Palm Beach: (561) 626-6822

Martin: (772) 546-2822

St. Lucie: (772) 546-2822

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Why Short Cycling Is Bad for Your AC

Posted on November 7th, 2019 by Jupiter Tequesta

Problems With Your Air Conditioner

When your AC is operating normally, it turns on and stays on until your desired temperature is reached throughout the building. Once achieved, the system turns off and on again to maintain that temperature. The constant turning on and off of your AC is known as a cycle.

If you notice your air conditioner’s cycle is shorter than usual, then something is wrong. Specifically, your AC may turn on and off much more quickly than usual. This is known as short cycling. Short cycling can have such negative impacts as:

  • Not heating or cooling your home correctly.
  • Using up more energy, resulting in a higher energy bill.
  • Adding additional wear and tear to your HVAC system.

What Causes Your AC to Short-Cycle?

Multiple causes could lead to the short cycling of your system. Some are more easily fixable, such as preventing clogged up air filtration by replacing your filters regularly. Others require professional-sized work, like having an air conditioner that’s too big.

Whatever the reason is, it may be challenging to find out on your own. Sure, you can check if it’s your filters. However, you may be someone who already replaces your filters when needed.

To pinpoint the reason for your short cycling HVAC system, get help from one of our experts at Tequesta. Our professionals here in Jupiter can do a maintenance check on your AC and determine what kind of repairs will need to be done. Give us a call, and we can start planning immediately.

Tequesta: (561) 747-5740

Broward: (954) 951-5481

Palm Beach: (561) 626-6822

Martin: (772) 546-2822

St. Lucie: (772) 546-2822

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Best Landscape Lighting for Every Season

Posted on November 6th, 2019 by Jupiter Tequesta

A Florida home at night with landscape lighting.

Latest Trends in Landscape Lighting


Who says you have to leave your home unseen when the sun sets? Landscape lighting has the ability to transform your property during the night, add to your curb appeal, and provide light on your walk home.

If you’re looking to add lighting to your home’s exterior, choose from one of these options to create a good ambiance or keep your home safe.

Linear Lighting

The most popular application of this lighting style is to keep your home safe by illuminating areas that are critical for safe mobility without large fixtures. You can add linear lighting on a staircase, a sunken deck, or your pool area.

Recessed Lighting

As one of the most subtle forms of exterior lighting, recessed lights are integrated into whichever structure they’re attached to. Typically, this lighting style is added to decks, pergolas, garages, or roof soffits. Often, these lights are affixed flush to a deck facing upward to illuminate features where a stake mounted spotlight may not be useful. 

Stylish Scones

No, these fixtures aren’t for breakfast. Scones are another great way to add a decorative touch to the outside of your home. Whether they’re made from brass or copper or have a modern or vintage look, there’s plenty of choices on the market that will help illuminate your property and keep consistency with your home’s interior design.

Color-Changing Lights

Whether it’s for a holiday or to spice up your home’s exterior, playing with color is a great way to add character to your landscape. Color-changing lights can be added to most landscape designs in walkways, under your steps, or inside fountains. These lights can add to the atmosphere of any social setting and can help enhance your mood. 

Cool colors, such as greens and blues, have been known to give off a relaxed vibe, while warmer-toned colors, such as oranges and yellows, give off an energetic, welcoming feel.

Smart Lighting

Chances are, in today’s digital world, you already control home appliances from your smartphone. Now, you can manage your home’s exterior lighting! Low-voltage LED systems are one of the most convenient and energy-efficient options on the market. You can save money while controlling your settings from a mobile app.

Lawn Bollards

If you’ve seen a business line their walkway at night, you’ve seen lawn bollards. This lighting style has become more versatile over the years, offering options for households to help illuminate a path or even your pool. These lights add depth and dimension by casting shadow patterns to nearby structures.

If you’re interested in adding lighting to your landscape, contact our professionals at Jupiter-Tequesta today!

Tequesta: (561) 747-5740

Broward: (954) 951-5481

Palm Beach: (561) 626-6822

Martin: (772) 546-2822St. Lucie: (772) 546-2822


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What is a Condensate Pump?

Posted on November 1st, 2019 by Jupiter Tequesta

A condensate pump serves to keep stagnant water out of your HVAC system. Stagnant water can lead to a variety of different issues, so it is a condensate pump is a great addition to your heating and air conditioning system. 

How a Condensate Pump Works

Your pump is made up of three different parts. Those are the pump, the float, and the reservoir. They work together to remove all the condensation from your unit. The condensation is removed through a drain line outside of your home. Condensate pumps are well built and typically do not have any issues, as long as they’re well-maintained. If not, the pump may begin overflowing. This can cause a lot of water damage to your home and to your unit. 

The best way to make sure that your condensate pump does not experience any issues is to make sure that you clean the pump.

How to Clean the Pump

Cleaning your condensate pump is easy with the following steps:

  1. Inspect the condensate pump. Before you start cleaning the pump, make sure that you look around for water. Check for any pooling water or water droplets.
  2. Turn the power off. Before you clean the pump, you will want to turn the power off at the main breaker box.
  3. Disconnect tubing. You will see PVC tubing that is connected to the reservoir. You will want to remove this tubing to begin cleaning.
  4. Remove the pump. Remove the pump. Take the pump to an area where you can clean it well.
  5. Clean the reservoir. You will want to clean the reservoir with water. Make sure that you clean the opening where the drain line goes in.
  6. Remove any clogs. If you notice any clogs, take a bottlebrush, and carefully scrub the area. Rinse the pump, but do not oversaturate the pump.
  7. Reconnecting the drain lines. Make sure that you connect all of the drain lines in their proper place.
  8. Reinstall the pump and turn the power on. Reinstall the pump and turn the power on.

If you do not want to do this yourself, you can always have this professionally done by your local HVAC experts. Here at Jupiter-Tequesta, we can do this service for you as well as inspect the pump and your HVAC system for any issues. We can even guide you over the phone!

Tequesta: (561) 747-5740

Broward: (954) 951-5481

Palm Beach: (561) 626-6822

Martin: (772) 546-2822

St. Lucie: (772) 546-2822

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Scary Things Hiding in Your Bathroom

Posted on October 28th, 2019 by Jupiter Tequesta

Sounds Your AC Is Making

Halloween brings a lot of spooky scenarios, but these 3 air conditioner sounds could be a sign that you’re having a real issue with your unit. If you hear these clamors, contact a technician immediately for a repair.

1. A Hissing Noise

No, there aren’t snakes inside your AC (hopefully!) Hissing typically indicates you air conditioner has a refrigerant leak lurking or could be related to damaged ductwork. If a leak with your refrigerant or air ducts is allowing air to escape, you’ll notice that your home isn’t reaching the temperature set on your thermostat.

2. A Banging Noise

A monster may be trying to get your attention — or something is loose inside your unit. Screws, bolts, and some other parts of Frankenstein can easily become detached and rattle around in your AC. In this case, you probably just need to give all the parts of your unit a good tightening to ensure nothing else becomes dislodged. 

You may also be experiencing problems with your compressor. If you notice any shaking parts while your air conditioner is running, this may be the case. Contact an AC repairman immediately to resolve the issue.

3. A Gurgling Noise

This sound should tell you that there’s some “double double toil and trouble” inside your AC. If your air conditioner is making a gurgling noise, saying a quick spell won’t help. Bubbling or gurgling is another sign that your condensate pump is malfunctioning and may need to be replaced. As condensate builds up, your pump may eventually fail, causing water to back up and ‘gurgle’. Contact your HVAC tech to see if a new condensate pump is a fix.

No matter what spooky noises your unit is making, trust our technicians at Jupiter-Tequesta to provide you with a thorough inspection and repair the problem quickly! Contact us today to set up an appointment: 

Tequesta: (561) 747-5740

Broward: (954) 951-5481

Palm Beach: (561) 626-6822

Martin: (772) 546-2822

St. Lucie: (772) 546-2822

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Why Is My Thermostat Blank?

Posted on October 24th, 2019 by Jupiter Tequesta

Is My Thermostat Broken?

A blank screened thermostat could be a cause of concern for you and your family. While it may not be the end of the world, they are still common causes!  If your thermostat screen has gone blank without any indication as to why there may be a few simple causes to your mystery. 

The Batteries Died

Probably the most simple problem to your blank thermostat woes is that the batteries have died. If you haven’t changed the batteries to your thermostat in a long time, they might have just run out of steam. Replace those dead ones with a new set!

Circuit Breaker Tripped

If your thermostat is on the same breaker line as some of your more powerful electronics, there might have been a trip. Overloaded with power, these surges can cause your screen to turn off as a result. All you have to do is switch the circuit breaker back on!

Wiring Problems

Thermostats have multiple different connections within the wiring. Any loose or broken connections can lead to a blank or broken screen, but don’t try to fix this on your own. It’s important that something like broken wiring is handled by a professional! 

It Triggered the Safety Switch

The device is often connected to the air conditioner and furnace. These two systems have safety switches that can trigger if they detect a problem internally! This could include water overflow, overheating or damage. If the thermostat is triggered by this, then it will shut off and stay blank. You’ll need an expert to check out the AC and furnace!

Your thermostat is meant to make your life easier. The last thing you want is to be too cold or too hot! At Jupiter-Tequesta, our focus is on the safety, health, and well-being of our clients. Our patented Club Membership complete home comfort maintenance program ensures that all components of your home’s air conditioning, heating, and indoor air quality systems are functioning safely and efficiently.

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Overflowing Toilet Do’s And Don’ts

Posted on October 21st, 2019 by Jupiter Tequesta

Why Is My Toilet Overflowing?

If you flush your toilet and the water doesn’t circle its way down, your first instinct is probably to panic. Clogged drains and pipes are the most frequent causes of an overflowing toilet. This happens when items that aren’t meant to go down a toilet have been flushed. 

Something as simple as trying to flush too much toilet paper at a time can cause your toilet to clog and overflow—especially when the toilet is connected to a septic tank.

Another common cause of drain and pipe clogging is the occurrence of simple toilet malfunctions. For example, there may be an issue where a toilet may continuously refill to the point of overflowing. 

What NOT To Flush Down a Toilet

In order to lower your chances of experiencing a flooded bathroom, the following items should not be flushed down your toilet: 

  • Baby Wipes (even the ones that say they’re flushable)
  • Q-tips and cotton balls/pads
  • Paper towels and tissues
  • Cooking grease/oil
  • Leftover food
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Condoms
  • Medication
  • Diapers
  • Dental Floss
  • Cigarette butts
  • Cat litter
  • Hair
  • Gum
  • Pet fish

Not only can items such as medication and chemicals clog your toilet, but they can also taint your neighborhood’s water supply.

What CAN Be Flushed

If the item you’re thinking of has nothing to do with going to the restroom, it probably shouldn’t be going down the toilet. 
If you still find yourself struggling with toilet troubles, contact Jupiter-Tequesta A/C, Plumbing & Electric, LLC. We’re happy to take speak with customers 24 hours a day and seven days a week. We’re experts in both repair and installation.


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An Essential Guide to Layering Your Lighting

Posted on October 18th, 2019 by Jupiter Tequesta

The Three Main Types of Lighting

To some, it may seem like all lighting is the same, while serving the same exact purpose. While it’s true that all lighting helps to illuminate our homes, these three styles of lighting help to do that is very different, specific ways.

Ambient

Think of ambient lighting as the canvas in which you paint your lighting picture.  This lighting style is the basic illumination of your home, which is needed in order for you to move around any room safely. In fact, when you flick on the main switch in your living space, you’re most likely switching on this style of lighting.

Ambient lighting doesn’t come from a single source, such as a pendant light; ambient light may include:

  • Wall-mounts
  • Floor lamps
  • Recess lights

Accent

Known as ‘directional lighting’, accent lighting is mainly aesthetic purposes. This lighting style allows you to highlight different features within a room, such as fireplaces or pictures.

Some ways you may choose to install accent lighting include:

  • Chandeliers
  • Smaller recess lights
  • Wall sconces

Usually, accent lights should be about three times stronger than your ambient lighting, to properly accentuate the item of your choice.

Task Lighting

For practical illumination, rely on task lighting to get the job done. This style of lighting allows you to perform specific activities under light without using a giant overhead fixture for the entire space. Examples of task lighting include:

  • Desk or bedside table lamps
  • Vanity lights in your bathroom
  • Pendant lights in the kitchen

Task lighting is practical, but it can also be for design. Use task lighting, combined with ambient and accent lighting, for the best atmosphere.

Mixing Lighting Layers

Now that you know the different types of lighting that can be used in your home, it’s up to you to decide how to balance them! To help you plan for whatever look and feel you’re going for, rely on a qualified electrician to get the job done. 

At Jupiter-Tequesta,  you can rely on us for all your lighting installations. Call us 7 days a week for service in any of these areas:

Tequesta: (561) 747-5740

Broward: (954) 951-5481

Palm Beach: (561) 626-6822

Martin: (772) 546-2822

St. Lucie: (772) 546-2822


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The Difference Between High Velocity and Central Air

Posted on October 15th, 2019 by Jupiter Tequesta

When most homeowners are asked to imagine their HVAC, they probably wouldn’t know how to explain how it truly works. They may, however, be able to visualize how it looks: it’s bulky, metallic, and sometimes challenging to work with. It’s true that between the operating difficulties and high costs, some homeowners have shied away from installing air conditioning into buildings that were not already outfitted with it. 

However, we all know that temperatures in Florida can be sweltering all year. High-velocity air conditioning is another cooling option that many homeowners have even less knowledge of. These systems utilize thinner, more flexible tubing and an air handler in addition to the thermostat.

High Velocity Versus Low-Velocity Air Conditioning

A high-velocity air conditioning system has several perks when compared to traditional low-velocity air conditioning. For starters, high-velocity air can cool a room in less time than conventional AC, and it can remove up to 30% more moisture. A high-velocity system does this using half the airflow of low-velocity air conditioning. The result? More even temperatures in the home or building. On top of this, high-velocity air conditioning can be nearly silent with the right hardware while the noise of traditional air conditioning often garners complaints.

Because high-velocity systems rely on narrower ducts, it’s easier to install in older homes without any existing air conditioning system. However, it’s not just useful for existing builds. High-velocity air conditioning works well alongside radiant floor heating, which has become more popular in newer homes.

High-velocity AC does come with some drawbacks, including the price. Nevertheless, some customers opt for high-velocity systems because even though the cost is higher, it’s offset by cheaper renovations when compared to traditional air conditioning. Additionally, some people find high-speed air to be less comfortable than traditional air conditioning. This is why some of our customers still choose low-velocity air conditioning.

Keep Cool All Year Round

If your traditional HVAC just isn’t cutting (or cooling) it, give our technicians a call. At Jupiter-Tequesta, we only offer the top of the line brand names in home comfort systems. 

Contact us today to set up an appointment:

Tequesta: (561) 747-5740

Broward: (954) 951-5481

Palm Beach: (561) 626-6822

Martin: (772) 546-2822

St. Lucie: (772) 546-2822


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