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Spooky Homeowner Stories: Is Your HVAC Haunted?

Posted on October 12th, 2017 by Jupiter Tequesta

Is your home haunted? Or is it just your HVAC? We’re here to debunk three of the most common misconceptions your home experiences during this spooky fall season.

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The Creepy Closing Door

Are your doors creaking slowly without anyone around? This is probably due to a fan — not a supernatural being. Pressure imbalances can lead to an “airflow competition.” Sometimes the fan in your HVAC system turning on can cause an interior door to shut.

Haunted Registers

If you’re hearing a scary wailing sound, like those heard in haunted-house movies, don’t be afraid! Those mysterious sounds are coming from your HVACs grilles and registers. As air passes through the vanes, a wailing sound will occur, due to the speed the air is traveling. Performance-grade grilles and registers can reduce noise issues — and your local HVAC tech can help with that.

Hot and Cold Rooms

There are two main reasons why you may experience drastic temperature changes in some of the rooms in your home. HINT: Neither of them have to do with ghosts! Hot and chilly rooms are related to duct losses and room surface temperatures impacted over the course of the day.

We hope you have a spooky, but safe, Halloween! Should your home encounter any problems during this frightful night, don’t sweat it. Call the experts at Jupiter-Tequesta— we’ll come check on your homes HVAC and plumbing systems to make sure everything is working at peak efficiency. With a large service department, we are able to handle your home comfort demands and emergency situations 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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Where To Celebrate Halloween In Florida 2017

Posted on October 4th, 2017 by Jupiter Tequesta

There’s only 27 days left until the spookiest day of the year begins! If you’re unsure how to celebrate with your fellow ghosts and goblins, don’t fear. When it comes to Halloween, Florida knows how to celebrate!

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Nightmare On The Beach – Lummus Park

Over one thousand guests are expected to attend this Halloween event, supporting The Little Lighthouse Foundation. There will be top shelf cocktails, delicious foods, and live entertainment to enjoy.
Time: October 27 & 28
Admission: Prices vary – buy online.

Zoo Boo – Miami Zoo

There’s something for everyone at one of South Florida’s premier Halloween events. Kids can trick-or-treat, participate in costume contests, view special animal performances, and more! Let’s just say, this event did not get recognized as ‘2017 Best Things To Do This Halloween In Florida’ for no reason.
Time: October 28 & 29
Admission: Prices vary – buy online.

Vizcaya 31st Annual Halloween Sundowner – Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

This all-inclusive Halloween party attracts thousands of guests each year, and for good reason. Because not only do you get to celebrate this spooky holiday all night long, it also benefits the continued preservation of Vizcaya, a National Historic Landmark.
Time: October 28 & 29
Admission: Prices vary – buy online.

2017 Fantasy Fest Parade – Duval Street, Key West

This Halloween block party has been rocking Duval Street since 1979! And this year, with Bud Light as its host, it’s bound to be the best one yet!
Time: October 28 & 29
Admission: FREE

We hope you have a spooky, but safe, Halloween! Should your home encounter any problems during this frightful night, don’t sweat it. Call the experts at Jupiter-Tequesta — we’ll come check on your homes HVAC and plumbing systems to make sure everything is working at peak efficiency. With a large service department, we are able to handle your home comfort demands and emergency situations 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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Will A Garbage Disposal Clog My Pipes?

Posted on September 15th, 2017 by Jupiter Tequesta

Your garbage disposal and drain are a team. They work together to pulverize food waste and carry them away through your homes plumbing system. However, most clogged drains come from misused items being thrown into the garbage disposal. If it’s still an issue after following these steps, call a professional to clear your pipes.

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Will A Garbage Disposal Clog My Pipes?

If used properly, a garbage disposal will not clog your pipes. The key is hiring the right professionals for installation and then following the instructions for your particular model.

Why Can’t I Install A Garbage Disposal Myself?

A professional plumber has the knowledge and experience needed to get the job done right. Many inexperienced homeowners forget to check their pipes first before they install a garbage disposal — a professional will look for preexisting clogs and clear them before installing.

What Can I Put Down My Garbage Disposal?

Even the most powerful disposals can only handle so much. Remember that whatever you put down your garbage disposal will be traveling throughout your plumbing system. So only throw food particles that can be broken down — DON’T use your disposal as a trash can! Here’s a list of what you not to throw down your drains.

In the end, you can avoid any clogged pipes from your garbage disposal by being cautious of what you put down your drain! If you run into any plumbing problems, don’t hesitate to contact the experts 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:

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

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Kitchen Safety For Kids

Posted on September 15th, 2017 by Jupiter Tequesta

Do your kids like putting an apron on and making a delicious snack? How about helping out at the stove or licking the batter bowl? While making food is a fun, bonding experience, it also can be dangerous for your little ones. Before they take over your kitchen, here are a few safety tips to help them!

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  1. Before they begin rolling up their sleeves,  tie back long hair and remove any loose clothing that might get in the way.
  2. Have them wash their hands and dry them well — wet hands can be slippery and cause accidents.
  3. Keep a sturdy stool nearby to help them reach the counters or high closet spaces.
  4. Wipe up spills as soon as they occur.
  5. Hold the handle while stirring any pots — this helps prevent the pot from slipping off the burner.
  6. Always pick up the knife at the handle, pointing to the ground. And only use knives when an adult is present!
  7. Keep any electrical cords (phone chargers included) away from the stove top, oven, and sink.
  8. Before leaving the kitchen, check that all appliances are turned off.
  9. Never put water on a burning fire — it could make the fire bigger. Call an adult, and use baking soda or flour instead.
  10. Don’t put cooked food on an unwashed plate or cutting board that once had raw food on it. Always use a clean plate.
  11. Never add water to a pot or pan with oil in it — it could splatter and burn someone.
  12. Keep paper towels, dish towels, and pot holders away from the stove top — they can catch on fire.

Stay safe at home with the help of our team at Jupiter-Tequesta Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric. 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!

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

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Electrical Cord Safety Tips For Florida Homeowners

Posted on September 6th, 2017 by Jupiter Tequesta

Did you know that home electrical fires account for an estimated 51,000 fires each year? The most affected areas under your roof are your bedroom, attic, and kitchen. More than 50% of those fires could be prevented. Start protecting your home by following some of these electrical safety tips:

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  1. Keep unprotected cords out of high-traffic areas to prevent fraying, overheating, and tripping.
  2. Never run a cord under a rug — this can prevent the cord from releasing its head and could lead to a fire.
  3. Use cord-bundling devices like Cable Turtles or plastic spiral wire wrap. This helps avoid cramming too many cords together, which can eventually lead to the breakdown of the cord’s insulation.
  4. Don’t overload your outlets or extension cords with too many appliances. Adding appliances with too much wattage can also max out the capacity.
  5. Remember, water and electric do not mix! So, throwing water onto an electrical fire can actually cause the fire to grow larger — use a chemical fire extinguisher instead!
  6. Cover all unused electrical openings with electrical enclosures and fittings (besides, the NEC requires them to be installed anyway!).

In order for us to be safe in our homes, it’s important for all homeowners to understand these electrical safety tips. However, if there’s ever an issue with your electric, the experts at Jupiter-Tequesta Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric are more than happy to come help! 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!

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

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How To Prevent Clogged Drains

Posted on August 31st, 2017 by Jupiter Tequesta

Planning the last barbecue of the season? As you begin planning the menu, it’s important to keep in mind that not all of your Labor Day meals are plumbing-friendly. We’re not saying you need to take it off the list altogether, but when it’s time to cleanup, you’ll want to avoid your garbage disposal at all costs.

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Foods To Keep Away From Your Drains:

  • Potato Salad – The starch in potatoes and potato skins wrap around the garbage disposal’s moving parts and clogs the pipes. So throw that family-famous potato salad in the trash!
  • Corn Husks – The stringy corn husks will make your disposal work harder, wasting energy. You also risk the chance of it getting stuck on the blades.
  • Salad Dressing – The grease and oil from your scrumptious salad can actually cause your garbage disposal to lose its overall effectiveness.
  • Rib Bones – Any meat or poultry bones can end up damaging your disposal’s’ blades. Toss the bones in the compost or trash instead.
  • Pasta Salad – Pasta expands when it comes in contact with water. So even after it’s been shredded to bits in your pipes, it will end up causing them to clog.
  • Fruit Pits – Making cherry or peach pie for the barbecue? Be careful with those pits!

If you run into any plumbing problems this holiday weekend, don’t hesitate to contact the experts 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:

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 Cool Your Outdoor Labor Day Party

Posted on August 31st, 2017 by Jupiter Tequesta

If you’re hosting this year’s Labor Day weekend festivities, it’s your job to ensure that your party guests are happy at all times. That can’t happen if they’re sweaty, sticky, and uncomfortable. Here are four ways to create a cool environment for your guests this weekend.

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 1. Throw some shade

It’s important to make sure you have plenty of shade for your party. After hours in the sun, your guests are going to need a break from the the strong UV rays. If applicable, invest in some outdoor patio umbrellas. But, you can also use a bed sheet as a canopy for a DIY option instead!

 2. Set up a hydration station

Outdoor gatherings may typically be centered around grilling, but they also focus on adult beverages as well. However, this usually make your guests more dehydrated. Encourage your party-goers to stay hydrated by setting up an area filled with water and sliced lemons, limes, oranges, or cucumbers.

 3. Keep guests out of the outdoor kitchen.

Make sure you have an inviting seating area away from your grill. This way, you can warn your guests when you’re about to start cooking and they can mingle away from the heat.

 4. Place portable outdoor fans.

Portable fans are affordable, flexible, and can be easily stored during the off-season. Move the fan around your backyard as needed.

Having a room inside your home to cool down is another great option for your party. Call the experts at Jupiter-Tequesta — we’ll come check on your homes HVAC and plumbing systems to make sure everything is working at peak efficiency. With a large service department, we are able to handle your home comfort demands and emergency situations 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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Prepare Your Home For Your Labor Day Weekend Vacation

Posted on August 21st, 2017 by Jupiter Tequesta

Labor Day weekend means it’s time for one last summer season getaway. Whether it’s a short road trip or an extended vacation, there’s a list of things you have to do to get ready. Before you grab your bags and head out your front door, here are a few ways to make sure your house is in order.

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Adjust your thermostat.

Your HVAC system will waste energy (and money) by running in an empty home. Homeowners in Florida should set their thermostat to 78 degrees (F) in the summer and 68 degrees (F) in the winter.

Clean out your fridge.

Throw away anything in your fridge that will perish while you’re away. And if you can, take it one step further and shut off your fridge altogether (it uses just as much energy as your HVAC system!).

Leave a light on.

You want to make your house look occupied, even though you’re actually out of town. For a short weekend, leave your LED lights on outside. For a longer trip, consider investing in a timer that can turn your lights on and off in staggered intervals.

There’s no need to worry while you’re on vacation! Before you go away, call the professionals at Jupiter-Tequesta to check out your homes HVAC and plumbing systems to make sure everything is working at peak efficiency. With a large service department, we are able to handle your home comfort demands and emergency situations 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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HVAC Industry Terms You Need To Know

Posted on August 14th, 2017 by Jupiter Tequesta

Bioaerosols. Evaporator coil. Heat pump. Any of these terms ringing a bell? Even if you’re not a professional in the field, knowing these common HVAC terms is important as a homeowner. You’re bound to come into an issue with your system at one point or another.

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Air Handler – The indoor part of an air conditioner or heat pump that moves the air throughout the ductwork of your home.

Bioaerosols – High concentrations of bioaerosols in your indoor air can lead to serious health problems and disease.

Compressor – The part of an outdoor air conditioner or heat pump that pumps refrigerant to cool your home.

Ductwork – The metal or synthetic tubes used to transport air from heating, ventilation, and air conditioning equipment throughout your home.

Evaporator Coil – Absorbs the heat from the air in your house.

Heat Pump – A heat pump draws heat from outside and circulates it throughout the home.

Refrigerant – Refrigerant, also known as R-22 or freon, is a chemical that produces a cooling effect while expanding or vaporizing.

Zoned Heating and Cooling – Zoning allows you to heat or cool certain rooms while you save energy in others.

It’s important for homeowners to understand this list of terms since they are frequently brought up on the job! 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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Four Different Types Of Air Filters

Posted on August 10th, 2017 by Jupiter Tequesta

When it comes to your indoor air quality, your HVAC system is your best friend. More specifically, the filter in your HVAC system. The greater the filtration ability of a filter, the better it is for you! Below are four types of common filters found in HVAC systems.

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1. Fiberglass Filter.

This is the most common type of filter, were layers of fiberglass fibers are laid over each other to form the filter. The fiberglass fibers are then reinforced with a metal grating which helps prevent failure.

2. Polyester and Pleated Filters.

These two types of filters are very similar to fiberglass, except they typically have a higher resistance to airflow and stopping dust and other airborne particles.

3. High Efficiency Particulate Arrestance (HEPA) Filters.

HEPA units filter air at a very fine scale. Any U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) contractor uses HEPA filters that meet DOE standards, which filter 99.97 percent of all particles!

4. Washable Air Filters.

These air filters aren’t as common, as they rely on the build-up of dust to improve the efficiency of the filter.

 

Air filters have improved significantly throughout the years, leading to more efficient and less costly units. 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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