Importance Areas to Place Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Carbon monoxide alarms are essential pieces of equipment that help keep your family safe. Their main job is to detect the presence of carbon monoxide gas in your house and alert you accordingly. However, it’s crucial that these devices be installed properly. Keep reading to find out where to put these carbon monoxide detecting units.
1. A Carbon Monoxide Detector on Every Floor
To get the best results from your carbon monoxide detector, we recommend setting one up on every floor. This means installing the units downstairs, upstairs, and in your attic. If you have a ranch styled (single-level) home, then place two detectors on opposite ends of your home lengthwise.
2. The Best Position for a Carbon Monoxide Detector
You should place a carbon monoxide detector no more than 5-feet from the ground. Carbon falls toward the ground and doesn’t rise upward. The 5-foot height requirement is the best position for a detector to discover carbon monoxide gas.
3. Install Detectors Near Bedrooms
Carbon monoxide detectors also work best when they’re installed near bedrooms. We know that carbon monoxide usually causes complications during sleep. By having a sensor set up near your bedroom, you improve your family’s chances of avoiding a carbon monoxide gas-related incident.
4. Install them Near Attached Garages
If your home has an attached garage, install a carbon monoxide detector near this area of your home. Your garage is one of the top places that carbon monoxide poisoning can occur.
Areas You Should Not Use Carbon Monoxide Detectors Near
Don’t install your carbon monoxide detectors:
On the ceiling
Near a fuel-burning appliance
In a heavy moisture area
Near a blowing or circulating source of air
Having experts install your carbon monoxide detection equipment can help ensure your family’s safety. Contact FPL Home Services at one of the below locations to discover how FPL Home Services can help to make you safe from the adverse effects of carbon monoxide gas.
How a Filtration System Can Improve Your Water Quality
We use water in many of the daily tasks we do in our home — from washing clothes to cooking food. If your home has hard water, it can have a big impact on your appliances.
The good news is that getting a whole house water filter can solve your hard water problems. Read on to learn how a filtration device can improve the quality of your home’s water supply.
What Is Hard Water?
Hard water is water that has an excessive amount of dissolved minerals, including calcium and magnesium. It occurs as the water travels through limestone, sediment and even corroded plumbing pipes. The USGS classifies hard water as any water that has 61mg of dissolved particle grains we liter of water, and extremely hard water is classified as having 121+mg/L.
Effects of Hard Water
Hard water can cause a multitude of problems for you and your appliances. If you have extremely hard water, you may notice that it takes a lot of soap to lather your body and hair during a shower. Your skin may also feel dryer, resulting in the need for more hand and body lotion.
When it comes to your appliances, hard water can cause your hot water heat, washer and dishwasher to wear out faster, and you may notice deposits around your sink and showerheads.
Reasons to Get a Whole House Water Filter
To preserve your skin and enjoy your water-using appliances for their entire expected useful lifespan, you can’t go wrong with a whole-house water filter. Whole house water filters use a special salt blend as well as filters to remove calcium, magnesium and dissolved metals from your home’s water supply. This results in soft water.
Your skin and hair will feel and look better.
You’ll need less soap to wash your hair and body.
You’ll need less soap to wash dishes and clothing.
Your faucets and showerheads will be easier to clean.
Your water heater will last longer due to less sediment build-up at the bottom.
If you want to preserve your water-using appliances and have healthier skin while saving money on soaps and detergents, a whole house water filtration system may be for you. To learn more about water softeners, give us a call today.
The new year is right around the corner, which means it’s time to make plans for the new year to improve our lives. Typically, we think about drinking more water, spending more time with loved ones, or even saving more money.
However, maintaining your home is one new year’s resolution that will give you peace of mind. Here are our top ways you can resolve to improve the state of your home in 2020.
1. Keep Your Indoor Air Quality Healthy
Exposure to pollutants and contaminants in your air can lead to health concerns such as increased asthma symptoms, stuffy nose and throat, chronic respiratory disease, heart disease, and other complications.
Our air can be full of irritants such as dust, pollen, pet dander, and mold spores. During the winter, our air quality can decrease because we spend most of our time indoors with the windows shut. You can breathe easier by taking these steps to improve your indoor air:
Change your air filters regularly
Use localized ventilation in your kitchen and bathrooms
Install humidifiers to fight dry air
Use an indoor purification system
2. Cut Down on Energy Costs
Reducing how much electricity and energy you utilize in your home will not only make your wallet happen, but it will improve the planet as well. From solar panels to smaller changes such as:
Shut off the lights when you leave a room.
Unplug chargers and electronics that ‘wake’ as soon as you touch them when not in use.
Run your HVAC efficiently by using the recommended temperature settings.
Maintain your cooling and heating system to prevent wasting energy.
3. Make Your Home Safer
With a new year comes the urge to clean our homes — but what about making our homes safer? This means making sure your home is safe from natural disasters and from accidents that can happen in the home, such as electrical fires. Here are some easy ways you can make sure your family is safe:
Check and install fire detectors
Inspect your home for carbon monoxide and radon
Ensure electrical outlets and devices are working properly
Clean our dryer lint after every use
Update your security system
From all of us at Jupiter-Tequesta, Happy New Year! Start 2020 off right by ensuring your home and your family are guarded. You can also keep your family comfortable by maintaining your air ducts, and HVAC systems. You can make an appointment today by contacting one of our locations:
When you’re faced with a plumbing emergency, who do you call? It’s important to have a plumber ready for any broken fixtures, clogs, or other issues you may encounter. Your plumbing contributes to so many daily activities — from washing your clothes, cooking, to brushing your teeth. Here’s how to find a plumber you can trust.
5 Ways to Tell If Your Plumber is a Pro
1. They offer immediate response
A plumber that offers emergency response and arrives on time (or early) with all the necessary tools is the sign of a reputable service professional. They should also be able to diagnose the problem with your plumbing, start working, and prevent wasting time. The more wasted time they spend, the more money coming out of your pocket.
2. They are familiar with local codes
A noteworthy plumbing company should know the local regulations and laws in your region. This means that they follow the rules and don’t cut corners to try to give you a ‘deal.’ Technicians should always be fully trained on all local city codes and ordinances.
3. They are punctual and professional
You shouldn’t let a significant plumbing concern wait a day or two before seeking an appointment — and your plumber shouldn’t either. Don’t delay on fixing any issues with your fixtures, and be sure that your plumber is treating your concerns with urgency. Plus, they should show up on time for the appointment, keep their work area clean, and arrive appropriately dressed.
4. They offer great customer service
You can tell how professional the plumber you’re choosing is based upon the customer service they offer you over the phone. In addition to providing solutions to your problems and prompt repair work when needed, they should offer you any support you need over the phone.
5. They are licensed
Be sure that the plumber you are trusting to service your home is licensed with either the city or province you live in. They should have insurance coverage and offer warranties just in case something does go wrong with the work they’re performing in your home.
Rest assured, FPL Home Services is licensed and insured and ready to resolve all of your plumbing issues in the Jupiter, Florida area. We strive to provide only the best service for our community members. To schedule an appointment, contact 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
Jupiter-Tequesta A/C, Plumbing & Electric, LLC, doing business as FPL Home Services, is a subsidiary of FPL Home and an unregulated indirect subsidiary of Florida Power & Light Company (FPL). FPL Home Services products and services are offered, administered and backed by FPL Home Services, and not FPL Home or FPL. FPL Home Services Plumbing License No. CFC1430331.
One of the great benefits of living here in Florida is the money we save on heating costs! While residents of other states may experience a spike in their operating costs, our mostly moderate temperatures mean we don’t have to spend nearly as much. However, that doesn’t mean you won’t ever need to turn your heat switch on. Use these tips to ensure you’re running your home efficiently.
3 Tips To Keeping Your Florida Home Efficient This Winter
1. Avoid Temperature Swings
The first sign of cold weather here in Florida may send you running to your thermostat, but we’ll let you in on a secret: drastically changing your thermostat settings will not heat or cool your home faster. It will, however, use a lot of energy — which means more money spent. Don’t crank the heat on an unusually cold day. Instead, set your thermostat to normal temperature, which should be around 68 degrees. This will keep your heating bills down and prevent any additional wear on your heater.
2. Include Natural Heating Options
There are plenty of ways to keep you and your family warm during the chillier months than your heating system. By using these energy-saving techniques, you can set your thermostat even lower:
Make sure your home is well-insulated.
Change your bedding to heavier, cozier comforters.
Use thick curtains to keep heat, especially at night.
Don’t be afraid to let the sunshine in during the day to keep you comfortable.
3. Maintain Your System
For your heating system to run efficiently, it needs to be kept clean. Be sure to schedule an appointment with your HVAC technician, so they can inspect your unit and make repairs if necessary.
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
*Electrical and plumbing contracting services are offered only by FPL Home Services.
What Common Indoor Air Pollutants Are In Your Home?
Air ducts help to keep your home comfortable by distributing cool air across your living space. However, they can also contribute to uncomfortable, stuffy, indoor air conditions. When ductwork and air filters are not routinely cleaned and maintained, they can break down, leaving room for quite a few allergens to escape into your home.
Two Main Types of Allergens
These contaminants are living organisms, such as viruses, bacteria, and mold spores, which have the most serious health concerns. Your house is not just home to members of your immediate family: millions of microscopic airborne particles nestle their way into your air ducts and filters. From allergy attacks, asthma flare-ups, and frequent illness, these pollutants can decrease your indoor air quality and negatively impact your health.
While these contaminants hold less of health effect, inanimate particles are typically cast-off pieces of living organisms. These include:
Pet and insect dander
Other plant and animal byproducts
If these allergens are floating around in your home’s air ducts, you may experience a scratchy throat, sneezing, and coughing. Additionally, excess particles can clog your ductwork, leaving them inefficient and in need of maintenance.
Contact Jupiter-Tequesta To Improve Your Indoor Air Quality
At Jupiter-Tequesta, we’re proud to offer Green Safety Ductwork. Not only is green ductwork environmentally friendly, but it also improves the air quality in your home and can save you on your utility bills.
The best way to ensure indoor contaminants don’t affect the health of your family is to regularly have your air ducts services and your air filters cleaned and replaced. A home with properly designed and sealed ductwork can make your home more energy-efficient and comfortable. To book an appointment with one of our technicians, contact us today.
Adding a heater to your pool is the best way to extend pool season before colder weather hits. However, there are three main options for heating your pool; gas, solar, and heat (or electric) pumps. There are several factors to consider before choosing a heat pump, like the size of your pool and a purchase budget. Here are a few things you should know about each of these types of pool heaters.
Gas Pool Heaters
Gas heaters create heat by burning either natural gas or propane. Additionally, these heaters:
● Are typically cheaper to purchase
● Can be expensive to use due to gas prices
● Heat pool water quickly
● Are not environmentally friendly or energy-efficient
Pool Heat Pump
These heaters use electricity to heat your pool. To be used effectively, the outdoor temperature should be around 45 degrees or higher. Some other considerations for heat pumps include that they:
● Can be expensive to purchase
● Are energy-efficient and environmentally friendly
● Have a longer lifespan than gas heaters
● Heat pool water more slowly than gas heaters
● Are inexpensive to operate
Solar Pool Heaters
Solar-powered pool heaters require the pump to be continually running during daylight hours, which is the only operational cost. Additionally, solar heaters:
● Heat pool water slowly
● Are environmentally friendly
● Are the most expensive purchase price (upon installation)
● Have a long lifespan
● Are great for southern climates such as here in Jupiter
One important thing to remember when purchasing a pool heater is that it is better to have a heater that is too big than too small. If your heater is too small, the water in your pool will not reach the desired temperature, and the small heater will burn out from overuse.
An additional investment to consider is a pool cover, which will help reduce heat loss. No matter what type of heater you choose, remember to keep your system serviced. At Jupiter-Tequesta Air Conditioning, Plumbing, and Electric, we offer free estimates and fast service! Contact us today to schedule an appointment. License No. CAC1816615. *Electrical and plumbing contracting services are offered only by FPL Home Services.
What is the Difference Between a Heat Pump and an Air Conditioner?
An air conditioner and a heat pump are practically the same system — the main difference between the two is that an air conditioner only creates cool air, and a heat pump can provide you the comfort of both hot and cool air. To learn more about heat pumps and the benefit they can provide your home, read on.
Benefits of a Heat Pump
A heat pump uses electricity to bring in air from outside and use it to cool your home. Resistance heaters, make heat, while a heat pump transfers heat, and can be used all year long. In the spring and summer, a heat pump will take in cool air from outdoors and distribute it through your home. During the cooler months, it will take in warm air and push that through your home. These pumps use less energy and produce more heat, making them a highly cost and energy-efficient choice.
As they’re more energy-efficient, a heat pump can warm your house using half the energy of a resistance heater. You can enjoy the cooling properties of a heat pump throughout the entire year and have the option to switch over to hear when the weather starts to get chilly here in Florida.
The Drawback of a Heat Pump
The only drawback of installing a heat pump into your home is the initial setup cost of adding the system. However, with a reduction in energy costs, many households consider the price worth it. Pricing depends on a few factors, including the size of your home, the brand of the pump you’re installing, and who you choose for your installation.
Call Jupiter-Tequesta Today For a Free Installation Estimate
Heat pumps prove to be a great solution for our Florida climate, so you may be wondering how much it would cost you to install one in your home. For a free estimate and to speak with one of our experienced technicians at Jupiter-Tequesta, contact one of our locations:
Florida is known for our fabulous beaches and our warm weather. As the ‘Sunshine State’, we enjoy summer activities a lot longer than states who experience freezing temperatures and snowstorms. While these states may commonly suffer frozen pipes and property damage, our homes here in Florida can face different plumbing problems in the winter months.
Mineral Build-Up On Pipes
Residents across Florida receive their water from aquifers under the ground, which makes our water rich in minerals. When this water runs through our plumbing, it can leave behind mineral deposits — or ‘scaling.’ These minerals can build up in your pipes and harden, causing clogs, and decreased water flow and pressure. In an extreme case, your pipes can burst.
Corroded Plumbing Fixtures
While our water typically contains a high amount of minerals, it also includes a high level of chlorine. The excess chlorine can cause corrosion on your pipes and plumbing appliances. If you notice a spike in your water bill and believe it’s due to an issue with your pipes, it may be best to consider investing in a water softening system. Be sure also to call you plumber to repair any damaged pipage.
If you’ve lived in Florida your entire life, you’ll know that it’s true when we say that our state is one of the most humid in the US. This moisture creates the perfect habitat for all different kinds of insects and animals, including:
These creatures will follow moisture and can end up causing a plumbing emergency in your home.
While our state may not experience the same plumbing problems as others, rest assured that our plumbers at Jupiter-Tequesta are ready to fix any issue you may face. We’ve got you covered, no matter what Florida throws at you. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment:
Your home’s HVAC draws air from intakes throughout your home, cools or heats it, then re-distributes it throughout your home. Over time, dust, dirt, hair, and other allergens can accumulate on these vents and their covers. Not only do these contaminants slow down the airflow through your house, but they also pose a health risk to you and your family by circulating into the air you breathe.
Clean air is critical to your health, especially essential if you have elderly parents, family members with asthma or allergies, or small children in your home. Cleaning your vents is super easy, increases efficiency, and makes for a cleaner home.
Cleaner Air in 10 Easy Steps
Power off your air handler (you can do this by turning the thermostat to the “off” position.
Open your vent cover.
Remove the old air filter.
Remove your vent from the wall.
Using your fingers, remove any loose dirt, lint, or hair.
Put warm soapy water into your sink and soak the vent cover.
Using a sponge, remove all remaining debris.
Dry vent thoroughly so that remaining moisture does not cause dirt stick to vent.
Insert a new air filter.
Replace vent cover
At Juniper-Tequesta, we want to make sure that you get the most out of your appliances, so make sure that you are replacing your air filter as required by the manufacturer’s instructions. Some filters require monthly replacement, while others can remain in use for up to 3 months. Not only will this make for better air quality, but it will also help to prolong the life of your AC.
Follow our 10 step process to make sure you, and your HVAC stay as healthy as can be. However, if you need a hand cleaning your filters, or your system needs repair, don’t hesitate to give one of our locations a call.
Jupiter-Tequesta A/C, Plumbing & Electric, LLC (JT) is a subsidiary of FPL Home, Inc. (FPLES) and an unregulated indirect subsidiary of Florida Power & Light Company (FPL). JT products and services are offered, administered and backed by JT, and not FPLES or FPL. However, FPLES, License EC13006338, may operate as an authorized and licensed electrical subcontractor of JT.