It’s crunch time for holiday decorating. But just because you need to string your lights quickly, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it safely. Keep your holidays both merry and bright by following our holiday lights safety checklist.
1. Inspect Light Strings
Check if your lights are damaged and if so, throw them away! Any frayed or cracked cords or broken sockets lead to fires.
2. Replace Burned-Out Bulbs
Sockets without any bulbs can cause the entire string to overheat.
3. Make Sure Exterior Lights are UL-Rated
Unlike the lights inside your home, your exterior lights need to be weather-resistant — including the extension cords!
4. Don’t Attach Light Strands with Nails or Staples
Attaching lights with nails or staples can cut through the wire insulation and be very hazardous. Use UL-approved hangers instead.
5. Take Exterior Lights Down Within 90 Days
If we had it our way, we would keep Christmas lights up year-round. However, the longer they stay up, the more prone they are to weather damage.
6. Store Lights Safely
After the holidays are over, string your lights loosely around a piece of cardboard and wrap it in fabric to protect the bulbs. This will prevent your lights from tangling, so they can be used year after year.
We know that home heating and cooling costs can be high — especially during the winter months. Fortunately, smart thermostats can help you save and keep your home a comfortable temperature year-round. They adjust based on time of day and humidity, so you save money and energy even when you aren’t home.
You can tell your smart thermostat to turn off when you leave the house for work and turn on again just in time for when you return!
Many smart thermostats even have remote management via WiFi, which means you can adjust the temperature of your home from your phone or tablet no matter where you are.
Lower Utility Bills
Since you will be reducing your home energy use, you’ll see a difference in your monthly utility bill as well — that’s what we call a win-win.
With a smart thermostat, you don’t have to worry about your home being uncomfortable if you turn the thermostat up before you leave for the day. Since everything adjusts automatically, your home will always feel comfortable.
If you find yourself constantly adjusting the thermostat at a certain time every day, the thermostat will learn to adjust itself for you. Over time, the system learns your needs and adjusts so that you’re comfortable 24/7.
Are you having a hard time keeping your home a comfortable temperature? The experts at Jupiter-Tequesta can diagnose and repair your A/C problem and help you decide if a smart thermostat is the right choice for your home needs.
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Are you rocking old-fashioned bulbs this season? Before you start decking the halls, we think you should light up your home with LED lights instead. Here are 6 reasons why.
You Save Money.
According to Energy Star, LED light bulbs use up to 90% less energy. That results in a $50 energy savings for an average family during the holidays.
However, They Cost More.
A standard string of incandescent bulbs can cost around $5 to $7 whereas LED bulbs can cost around $10 and up.
LED Lights Last Longer.
LED bulbs can last you all season long — and then some! They can approximately last up to 50,000 hours, which means the jolly season can last 5 years if you want it to!
You Can String A Large Amount.
To be safe, you shouldn’t connect more than three light strings. However, with LED light strands, you can connect up to at least 10 — sometimes even 87 — totaling 1,500 feet!
LED Lights Have A Brighter Hue.
Colored and even white LED holiday lights are more vibrant in color than conventional lights, so some people like to stick to their old set. Check the LED label to see if the bulbs you are choosing have a bright or warm white hue to avoid this issue.
They Reduce Fires.
Since LED lights stay cooler, they reduce home fires!
LED holiday lights are a great alternative to incandescent bulbs. 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 (no matter the bulb selection)! Give us a call to learn more!
Your stomach may be ready for Thanksgiving dinner, but is your home? We have a few tips to help you have an easy, energy efficient holiday party.
It’s important to have dishes everyone can enjoy on Thanksgiving. Speak with your family and friends and figure out their favorite foods, allergies, etc. Planning a menu ahead of time helps ease the stress day of.
Keep Things Indoors
You should still schedule time to relax outside — play some flag football, have some drinks, and enjoy! But at some point during the day, try to keep everyone inside (or out). This will help decrease the amount of cool (or warm) air being wasted on Thanksgiving Day.
Change Your Filter
It’s important to change your air filter on a regular basis. This will help improve your indoor air and the efficiency of your HVAC system. So what better time then an upcoming holiday party to do so?
Adjust Your Thermostat
Saving money is up for grabs this Thanksgiving! Turn down your thermostat — all the cooking and the amount of guests in your home will raise the temperature in your home, naturally.
If you do run into any problems with your home’s plumbing this Thanksgiving, 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:
It’s a spooky time in the neighborhood! Ghosts and witches are guarding front doors and skeletons are rising from people’s lawns. One thing that shouldn’t frighten you this time of the year: Your plumbing!
How To Avoid a Halloween Plumbing Disaster
Don’t put pumpkins down the drain.
Whether you are carving the pumpkins or creating a feast of pies with them, pumpkin rinds, guts, and seeds don’t go down the drain (or garbage disposal)! Everything inside a pumpkin can clog your drains, leading to costly repairs. Avoid a malfunctioning nightmare and throw the trash or compost pile instead.
Don’t ignore spooky sounds.
Are you hearing some frightful sounds coming from your pipes lately? Don’t let all those horror movies scare you. If your pipes are rattling, it could mean they aren’t properly secured. Call your local plumber to get the issue fixed right away!
Don’t let your faucets keep dripping.
If you do this, running water isn’t the only thing you’ll be hearing — you’ll be screaming when you see your water bill at the end of the month! It may not seem like much, but a leaky faucet can add up to a few extra gallons of water per day!
We hope you enjoy all the fun things going on in Jupiter, Florida this 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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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:
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!
Before they begin rolling up their sleeves, tie back long hair and remove any loose clothing that might get in the way.
Have them wash their hands and dry them well — wet hands can be slippery and cause accidents.
Keep a sturdy stool nearby to help them reach the counters or high closet spaces.
Wipe up spills as soon as they occur.
Hold the handle while stirring any pots — this helps prevent the pot from slipping off the burner.
Always pick up the knife at the handle, pointing to the ground. And only use knives when an adult is present!
Keep any electrical cords (phone chargers included) away from the stove top, oven, and sink.
Before leaving the kitchen, check that all appliances are turned off.
Never put water on a burning fire — it could make the fire bigger. Call an adult, and use baking soda or flour instead.
Don’t put cooked food on an unwashed plate or cutting board that once had raw food on it. Always use a clean plate.
Never add water to a pot or pan with oil in it — it could splatter and burn someone.
Keep paper towels, dish towels, and pot holders away from the stove top — they can catch on fire.
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:
Keep unprotected cords out of high-traffic areas to prevent fraying, overheating, and tripping.
Never run a cord under a rug — this can prevent the cord from releasing its head and could lead to a fire.
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.
Don’t overload your outlets or extension cords with too many appliances. Adding appliances with too much wattage can also max out the capacity.
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!
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-Tequesta A/C, Plumbing & Electric, LLC doing business as Jupiter-Tequesta Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric (JT) is an unregulated subsidiary of FPL Energy Services, Inc. (FPLES) and Florida Power & Light Company (FPL). JT products and services are offered, administered and backed by JT, and not FPLES or FPL.