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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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How To Prep Your Home For Cooler Temperatures

Posted on October 17th, 2018 by Jupiter Tequesta

Florida has typically warmer days, but that doesn’t mean you don’t need a heating system to get through some cooler nights ahead. Gated community houses with palms, South Florida

Get Your Home Ready for the Winter

1. Inspect your air filters

Your AC was working hard for you over the summer. To ensure it’s working efficiently now and for the warmer, spring months, check your air filter and replace it if it’s dirty.

2. Check for air leaks

Those long, hot days during the summer can put some wear and tear on your weather stripping. Even though it doesn’t get as cold as other areas, you still want to ensure your system is running as efficiently as possible — and if you have air leaks, it won’t. Replace caulking and weather stripping where necessary.

3. Clear your vents and registers

Check each room of your home. Sometimes, furniture will be shifted and moved and just so happened to be placed right on top of an air vent — blocking air flow from your HVAC system.

4. Schedule a furnace checkup

Don’t be that homeowner who doesn’t check on their HVAC system until it’s too late! Call Jupiter-Tequesta — one of our technicians would be happy to help with the maintenance of your system.

Call the experts at Jupiter-Tequesta— we’ll come to 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! 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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What To Do With an Old Bathtub

Posted on October 11th, 2018 by Jupiter Tequesta

Did you happen to buy all new appliances for your bathroom remodel? While completely transforming your bathroom is exciting, what do you do with your old appliances — like your bathtub?Puppy in Bathtub

The answer is to get your bathtub refinished or relined.

Refinishing Your Bathtub

Professionals also call refinishing, reglazing. This process can take around four to six hours and is NOT a DIY project — only a professional should refinish or reglaze a bathtub.

The process first starts with a professional masking the tub surface to protect it from any overspray. Then, they will begin caulk removal and new caulk installation. Once they remove any toxins in the air, they will spray on the finish coat, sand in between applications, and polish the bathtub — it will then need to stay clean for 24 hours.

Relining Your Bathtub

The whole refinishing process happens inside your home while bathtub relining deals with a lining manufacturer as well.

The bathtub manufacturer will ensure that the correct liner is measured and installed to fit the model of your bathtub. The liner will then be securely attached with an adhesive. Lastly, they will caulk the bathtub to make sure no water can leak from your tub — the tub will then be installed in your home.

Should you refinish or reline your bathtub? Both options are cost-effective and will make your tub look brand new (without the cost of buying a new one). For all plumbing services for your bathroom, contact Jupiter-Tequesta. We’re fully licensed and insured and can handle any plumbing problems that you may have.

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


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How Often Should You Expect To Get Your Air Conditioning Service Done?

Posted on October 4th, 2018 by Jupiter Tequesta

If you have an older unit or an updated unit, routine maintenance is the best way to keep your system running to its fullest potential. Think of an air conditioning system like your car — a car needs to be taken care of just like an air conditioning system. Air Conditioner Repairman

One way to ensure your system will continue to perform for years to come is to have the unit serviced routinely.

How Often Should You Schedule HVAC Maintenance?

An air conditioning unit should be serviced at least once a year. The services should include an inspection and a cleaning. The technician will check the performance of the air conditioning system, along with checking for potential problems that may arise. The tech will also adjust the unit for efficiency.

Normally, the best time to have a unified service is in the fall and spring.

Benefits of Scheduling HVAC Maintenance

The benefits of having the air conditioning serviced once a year will keep the system running normally. If there are potential problems, they will be corrected before the unit breaks down at an inconvenient time — for instance, a holiday or the weekend. Having the system serviced also will prolong the lifespan of the equipment. Utility cost will also lower with a unit that is function properly.

Many homeowners will contact an air conditioning business to service their unit. For the best results and for safety, it is highly recommended to have a certified technician service the system. For the inside of the home, a homeowner can change the filter monthly, cleaning and changing as needed. For the outside of the unit, a homeowner should definitely have a technician service the unit yearly.

Read more: The Importance of Professional Air Conditioner Maintenance

If you do run into any problems with your home’s air conditioning system, or it’s time to schedule your annual tune-up, don’t hesitate to give Jupiter-Tequesta a call.

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


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