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Eco-Friendly Ways to Keep a Cool Home

Posted on April 13th, 2020 by Jupiter Tequesta

Reducing The Stress on Your Air Conditioner 

Any Florida homeowner knows that one of the most useful household items is your air conditioner. You may also realize that during high heat months, your electric bill seems to rise. Though you might rely on your trusty cooling system most days of the year, there are ways you can reduce the stress on your unit, reduce your energy waste, and still maintain a comfortable and cool home. 

So if you are looking for ways to cut down your bill, consider these options below: 

Provide Your Home With Shade

Sunlight can add a lot to the temperature of a room, increasing your need to crank the A/C. Shading your windows or shutting your blinds throughout the day can help lower the effects sunlight will have on your home’s temperature. 

Do Some Planting

Not only will your lawn and landscape benefit from some new and beautiful greenery, adding some plants strategically in front of windows or where the sun shines the most can help provide an extra level of shade and privacy, too.

Upgrade Your Thermostat

If you haven’t gone digital yet, now is the time to consider it. Many of today’s smart thermostats allow you to change your home’s temperature right from the convenience of your smartphone or tablet. Beyond that, they can also learn your habits, allowing you to set specific temperatures during the day.

Consider Cross-Ventilation 

Right now is the perfect time to become a fan of using your ceiling fan. These excellent home additions are not only aesthetically pleasing; they can help keep your home cool and comfortable. Using fans in occupied rooms can naturally improve your home’s airflow, leading to better comfort in higher temperatures, and are relatively energy-efficient, too. 

Cooling Services in Jupiter, Florida

Whether you need a thermostat upgrade or are looking for a way to keep your AC working at it’s best, our team of professionals is ready to help. Our knowledgeable technicians have worked with a variety of HVAC systems and can resolve your indoor air issues in no time. 

Contact one of our locations for more information: 

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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Making The Most of Your Dishwasher

Posted on April 10th, 2020 by Jupiter Tequesta

Your dishwasher is probably one of the most valued appliances in your home. And with the current situation we find ourselves in; many might be using it more than ever. So while you load, unload, and load again, here are some tips to help you make the most out of every dishwasher usage: 

Always Do Full Loads

The best way to use your dishwasher in an energy-efficient way is to ensure each load is a full one. This will reduce water waste and make the most of your cleaning cycle. 

Avoid Scrubbing The Dishes 

Believe it or not, many modern dishwashers work best when dishes are dirty. They are meant to spot dirt and grime and scrub accordingly, so when your dishes are already clean, your machine might not sterilize and wash your plates as it would if you left them dirty. Scrape of big chunks, but save yourself the energy and time, and stop the pre-scrubbing. 

Watch Where You Place Things

Make the most of your space by placing things strategically on the shelves. For instance, the top rack should be for cups, glasses breakables, and certain types of plastic food containers to avoid warping. Anything with baked-on food should be placed downwards and towards the lower spray arm.

Don’t Forget to Clean it 

When’s the last time you checked your dishwasher for debris? Or when have you last cleaned it? Without routine cleanings, your system can’t work the way it should and can eventually lead to a breakdown or shortened lifespan. 

Dishwasher Repairs and Maintenance In Jupiter FL

If you find that your dishwasher doesn’t seem to be working correctly, contact our team for a repair. We understand that having peace of mind when it comes to your home appliances is extremely valuable. We promise to be available and ready to assist. Just call or contact us for a free estimate.

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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Get Better Sleep With These HVAC Tips

Posted on April 8th, 2020 by Jupiter Tequesta

Shot of a young woman sleeping peacefully in her bed at home

Do you toss and turn all night long or wake up in a sweat? Do you often find yourself with a dry throat or stuffy nose? With the weather always unpredictable this time of year, it can often feel hard to find the right temperature to have a solid night’s sleep. However, with the right tips, you can find perfect harmony while catching the rest you need every night:

Review Your Bedding Options

Often the main issue with waking up through the night is your comforter. If you share the bed with a loved one or pet, that only adds to the extra heat in the room. Wearing lighter clothing and changing out your bedding for thinner and lighter fabrics could be a quick fix to your night sweats. 

Consider Lowering the Temperature A Few Degrees

Start each night by lowering your temperature a few degrees before bed. Eventually, you might find your perfect temperature and allow you to sleep cool and comfortable all night. 

Consider Cross Ventilation

A stuffy bedroom is no place to get the right amount of slumber. Consider adding a fan or opening windows on cooler nights. It’s the best way to avoid a stuffy and warm room, and it’s also a great way to use less energy, too. 

Get a Smart Thermostat

A must for most homeowners, smart thermostats will learn your cooling habits, and can even adjust them at certain times of the day to keep your home at an even and cold temperature. These devices can be used right from your smartphone or smart device and will help ensure your HVAC system isn’t working harder than it has to every day. 

Cooling Services in Jupiter, Florida

Whether you need a thermostat upgrade or are looking for a way to keep your AC working at it’s best, our team of professionals is ready to help. Our knowledgeable technicians have worked with a variety of HVAC systems and can resolve your indoor air issues in no time. 

Contact one of our locations for more information: 

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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Bathroom Habits for Clog-Free Drains

Posted on April 6th, 2020 by Jupiter Tequesta

Now more than ever, your drains are seeing a lot of action every day. All the increased time at home can leave you with an unexpected plumbing problem, especially if you’re not mindful of your daily habits. One of the most common occurrences we see in Florida homes is the pesky drain clog. 

Though many can be fixed with minor cleaning, the truth is, a significant clog can lead to major issues down the road and a hefty repair. So here are the main habits every homeowner should avoid: 

Ignoring Clogs 

If you notice a slow drain or a gurgle when the water starts to leave your sink, you have a clog, and it should be cleared sooner than later. When ignored, the sludge and material that causes that clog will continue to block water, catch other debris and eventually restrict the flow of water. The sooner you repair it, the less mess you’ll have.

Abusing Storebought Cleaners

There are many natural ways to clean a drain, but often homeowners venture to the store-bought chemical ones. Though these might quickly fix your issue, with long term use, they can do damage to your plumbing and pipes. Those chemicals that break down that clog can also break down your pipes, so when possible, go natural or call a professional.

Allowing Hair to Buildup in the Drain

A large family knows how quickly hair can get caught in a shower drain, leading to a need for a drain cleaning. However, with an affordable hair catcher, you can ensure that the hair never has a chance to make it towards the drain. Clear it often, and you should notice your clogs decrease. Plus, if you often enjoy a bath with bath bombs, a drain catcher is needed to avoid the buildup of soap in your drains.

Using Your Toilet as a Garbage Can

Repeat after us: when in doubt, throw it out! The only thing that should ever go down your porcelain throne is toilet paper and bodily fluids. That’s it. Avoid flushable wipes. Though they might market themselves as safe to use and dispose of down the drain, the truth is they lead to a majority of toilet clogs, as they take a long time to decompose. To avoid an accidental clog causing flush, place garbage in your bathroom, and empty it often. 

Call our Trusted Florida Plumbers

Our experienced and friendly plumbing technicians are ready to help with maintenance, clogs, broken pipes, and backed up sewers. Contact us anytime for all of your plumbing needs.

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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Washing Machine Maintenance Tips

Posted on February 25th, 2020 by Jupiter Tequesta

Though your washing machine may seem like it’s pretty self-sufficient, this doesn’t mean that it can withstand all the damage you may inflict on it. There are simple things you can do to prevent your unit from breaking down or needing an expensive repair. If you’re noticing your clothes aren’t coming out as clean as they should, use these tips to give your machine a little TLC.

1. Don’t Overload It

Even though it may seem easier to just throw all your laundry in one load in hopes that it will be done sooner, this is the number one way you can damage your unit. Break up oversized loads into smaller loads, and separate them by type of clothing, such as heavy sweaters, dresses, delicate materials, etc.

2. Use The Right Amount of Detergent

There are different laundry detergents recommended depending on the model of your washing machine. For instance, most energy-efficient models require a low-sudsing detergent. If you use a soap that is not compatible with your model, you could shorten the life of your unit.

3. Check The Hoses

Just as you would check your pipes to ensure there are no leaks, it’s important to check the hoses on your washing machine. Every month or so, give the hoses a check for bulges and cracks and ensure that they are fitting tightly in the socket.

4. Leave the Door Open After a Load

If you notice a musky smell after you open your washer to start a load, you’ll want to leave the door open after the cycle has finished. This gives the machine a chance to air out and remove moisture, rather than being pent up inside the machine.

5. Transfer Clean Laundry to the Dryer ASAP

In addition to causing your clothes to become moldy, you can also cause the same damage to your washing machine. Be sure to move clothes over to your dryer as soon after the wash cycle as you can.

Washing Machine Repairs and Maintenance In Jupiter FL

If you find that your washing machine doesn’t seem to be working correctly, contact our team for a repair. We understand that having peace of mind when it comes to your home appliances is extremely valuable. We promise to be available and ready to assist. Just call or contact us for a free estimate.

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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Spring Cleaning For Your Home

Posted on February 25th, 2020 by Jupiter Tequesta

Before the weather hits sweltering here in Florida, you may find yourself wanting to complete a few projects around your home. But, where should you start? Use these tips to create your own home maintenance checklist.

Interior Home Maintenance

From combating allergies to ensure your plumbing is in tip-top shape, give your home a good sweep by adding these home maintenance items to your to-do list:

  • Check all plumbing fixtures for leaks.
  • Replace the air filters in your HVAC unit.
  • Vacuum and dust all surfaces that could collect indoor allergens and reduce air quality.
  • Test the flapper on your toilet.
  • Inspect your walls and ceilings for signs of water damage.
  • Check that your sump pump is draining properly.
  • Replace batteries in smoke detectors.

Exterior Home Maintenance

The exterior of your home is just as important as the inside — especially if you’re looking to up your curb appeal when your house goes on the market. Consider making the time to complete these home projects:

  • Remove debris from your outdoor HVAC unit.
  • Check outdoor pipes and hoses for leaks.
  • Check your gutters, roof, and windows.
  • Repaint your siding.
  • Clean away dirt by power-washing your exterior.
  • Treat your pool water.
  • Do some landscaping work.
  • Repair your patio and/or deck.

Contact Jupiter-Tequesta at one of our locations to discuss your plumbing, cooling, or electrical options.

Tequesta: (561) 747-5740

Broward: (954) 951-5481

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Going Green for St. Patrick’s Day

Posted on February 25th, 2020 by Jupiter Tequesta

St. Patrick’s Day is here, and what better day is there to go green? Celebrate the holiday by adopting a more eco-friendly approach to your home’s plumbing and air quality with these simple tips.

Upgrade Your Shower Head

Investing in a low-flow showerhead will significantly reduce your water consumption. Although water is a renewable resource, it’s never a bad thing to cut back on your consumption —  especially when it translates to big savings on your bills!

Use Water Filters

A water purification system will treat your home’s hard water, removing any unwanted minerals and particles. Hard water can cause dry skin, brittle hair and even leave permanent damage on your clothes and other machine-washable items. Not only can a water purifier make water higher quality, but you can also eliminate the use of plastic bottles from your home and drink straight from the tap.

Go Green With Your Air Conditioner

ENERGY STAR air conditioning systems use up to 50-percent less energy than a standard unit. You can also look for two-stage air conditioners that operate at a lower capacity throughout the day, only operating at full power when it’s truly needed.

Install Green Safety Ductwork

Green Safety Ductwork is not only environmentally friendly, but it also improves the air quality in your home and can save you on your utility bills. A home with properly designed and sealed ductwork is more energy-efficient and comfortable.

Energy-Efficient Home Upgrades in Jupiter, FL

The go-green fun doesn’t have to stop at celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. Our experienced technicians are trained to handle any home upgrades from cooling and heating to plumbing, and we’ll work quickly and efficiently. Contact us at any of our locations to get started:

Tequesta: (561) 747-5740

Broward: (954) 951-5481

Palm Beach: (561) 626-6822

Martin: (772) 546-2822

St. Lucie: (772) 546-2822

FPL Home Services, License No. CFC1430331

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HVAC Terms You Should Know

Posted on February 25th, 2020 by Jupiter Tequesta

Understanding your cooling and heating unit is the best way to communicate with your professional technician about any problems with your system. Read more about these terms below before your next service call.

Condenser Coil 

The coils in your HVAC transfer heat to air, and the condenser coil ejects or emits heat from the system. This coil is typically located on your outdoor air conditioning unit, or on your heat pump.

Ductwork

Made from different materials ranging from fiberglass to the most popular galvanized steel, these pipes serve as channels that direct air flow through your home. It’s important to keep these clear and maintained for optimal indoor air quality.

Heat Pump

This system features a compressor that cycles between hot and cold air. They move thermal energy, and remove heat from a warm space from a cold space and transmit it to a colder space or vice-versa.

Packaged Unit

Also known as rooftop units, these outdoor units typically have their own heating and cooling devices.

Refrigerant 

This substance is used in most AC units and is the liquid responsible for the ‘cooling’ effect.

SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio)

This ratio measures the efficiency of your heating and cooling unit and measures the total cooling of your unit versus the amount of energy used. It is equal to the Total Cooling Output Over the Cooling Season / Total Electrical Energy Input Over the Cooling Season

Split System

This style of air conditioning features a zoned system, where you can control the temperature of each area of the home individually. This system does not use ductwork but instead uses small wall mounts in each area.

HVAC Services in Jupiter FL

Contact Jupiter-Tequesta at one of our locations to discuss your plumbing, cooling, or electrical options.

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 5 Worst Things You Can Do To Your Toilet

Posted on February 25th, 2020 by Jupiter Tequesta

The “Do-Nots” of Flushing Items Down Your Toilet

A properly working toilet is essential in any home. Unfortunately, many individuals flush things down them that they shouldn’t. This causes back-ups and a whole host of other problems. Here are five of the worst things that you can flush down your toilet.

1. Hair

It may be tempting to take the hair accumulated in your brush and discard it in the toilet. However, this is one of the worst things that you can do. This can create a significant clog that you can’t clear on your own. The problem will get worse if not dealt with.

2. Household Chemicals

We are all looking for a way to dispose of household chemicals. Unfortunately, it’s never a good idea to flush them down the toilet. They can negatively affect your sewer system, and it is also harmful to the environment. You’re better off taking them to your local city dump.

3. Certain Paper Products

Many individuals think that because it’s okay to flush toilet paper down the toilet that they can flush all paper products as well. This is not the case. Diapers, wipes, paper towels, and feminine hygiene products can all get stuck on the way down. Dispose of these items in the trash can instead.

4. Cat Litter

Clumping cat litter makes it easy to get rid of cat waste and eliminate odors in your home. However, it isn’t made to be flushed in your toilet. Once you put it in your toilet, you will find that it can become a messy clump of goop that gets stuck in the pipes on the way down.

5. Medications

While medications won’t harm your pipes or sewer system, they can make your water contaminated. If you are looking for a way to dispose of them properly, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. You may find that there are several places near you where you can safely dispose of unused medication.

In conclusion, never flush any of the items mentioned above. They can be harmful to your toilet, sewage system — and your health. If you are dealing with plumbing issues, give Jupiter-Tequesta a call today at one of our locations. We will determine what is wrong with your toilet, and we will get it working correctly again.

Reach out to one of our locations 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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Is My Home Too Humid?

Posted on February 25th, 2020 by Jupiter Tequesta

Signs That Your Home is Too Humid

Humidity is a natural occurrence in areas that experience high temperatures and are close to large bodies of water. People living in places like Jupiter, Florida understand this reality all too well. It’s important for homeowners to know if humidity levels are too high for their homes and what they can do to combat this.

Hot and Moist Air 

This is the most obvious indication that the humidity levels in your home are too high. The heat will be oppressive, feel damp, and may even make it difficult for you and your loved ones to breathe.

Pooling Condensation

Excessive condensation can indicate an issue, especially when this happens on window seals and on walls. Your ceiling, mirrors, and pipes can also have moisture build-up a lot of humidity is present.

Mold Formation

Found most commonly on or in =walls, mold reveals that humidity levels in your home might be too high. Mold usually appears in bathrooms, laundry rooms, and basements as these areas where water is frequently used

Factors That May Lead to High Humidity

There are many different factors that can potentially cause humidity levels to increase and have a negative impact on your home. The construction of your home and its design can also influence how humidity gathers in your residence. The materials used to construct and insulate your home can also cause your home to trap in heat and moisture.

If your humidity levels are too high you should give Jupiter-Tequesta a call. Our company will help you to get your humidity levels under control and make your home a comfortable place to live.

Indoor Air Quality Services in Jupiter, Florida

If you find your home is too humid, it’s best to consult with a professional HVAC technician to find the best solution\. We’re here to help with all of your ductwork needs, including installation, maintenance, and inspections. Our knowledgable technicians have worked with a variety of HVAC systems and can resolve your indoor air issues in no time.

Contact one of our locations for more information: 

Tequesta: (561) 747-5740

Broward: (954) 951-5481

Palm Beach: (561) 626-6822

Martin: (772) 546-2822

St. Lucie: (772) 546-2822

Jupiter-Tequesta A/C, Plumbing & Electric, License No. CAC#1816615

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