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How Pipe Leaks Decrease Indoor Air Quality

You’ve done everything you can to keep your home healthy for you and your family. You change your HVAC filters regularly and you’ve even installed a whole-home air purifier. But then you hear the dreaded, rhythmic “drip…drip” of a leaky pipe. That may hike up your water bill and cause damage to your home, but it’s not a health hazard, is it? Unfortunately, it is. Leaky pipes can permeate the health of your home by causing mold and mildew without you ever knowing. Here’s how pipe leaks will decrease your indoor air quality.

What Causes Pipe Leaks?

Pipe leaks can happen for various reasons, most of which you can’t control. Over time, pipes may rust and weaken. As your home settles, pipes can come loose from their joints. Unregulated water pressure can cause pipes to burst. Something as simple as a clog can also cause a leak. All of these things can happen without you ever being aware of the issues before your indoor air quality is already on the decline.

Leaky Pipes and Indoor Air Quality

Most leaks won’t cause a waterfall that will flood your home. Maybe they’ll only release a drop of water every minute. But those drops quickly add up as they create a moist breeding ground for mold and mildew. Even if the leak happens inside one of your walls, out of sight and seemingly out of mind, those spores will spread. Mold and mildew can lead to everything from minor symptoms like itchy eyes and throat to fatigue, difficulty breathing, and full-blown respiratory infection. At the very least, mold and mildew will leave your immune system weaker and vulnerable to other illnesses.

You may not notice these leaks until you’re already experiencing symptoms like those mentioned previously. It’s never too late to cut off the source of your indoor air quality issues. To put a stop to those leaky pipes, call Aqua Plumbing and Air at 941-306-3715.

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A Smart Home Can Help Keep You Safe – Infographic

There has been a lot of media coverage about ‘smart’ homes in the last couple of years. Along with this information, there are a confusing array of gadgets that all claim to make your home smarter. As great as new technology sounds, it can cause confusion and more questions. So, where do you start? How do you decide what products might be most beneficial to you?

We’ve taken a look at what is available and thought a good place to start would be to gather information on improving your personal security plus a few conveniences. Take a look at our infographic below. You can decide what the priorities are for you and your family, and then take steps for installation of the products.

Aqua Plumbing & Air is always available to provide assistance with your heating, cooling, and plumbing. Call us at any time; we’re always ready to help.

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Why It’s Important to Keep Your Office Cool

For many people, their office is a second home. So whether you lead a team in an office building in downtown Sarasota, Florida, or you work from a small corner of your home, you can’t pass up the chance to improve your office space. There’s plenty you can do to take your office to the next level, but a great place to start is keeping the room comfortable. Keep your office cool and you’ll be surprised by the rise in your productivity and profits.

Why Keep Cool?

We understand that it’s tempting to keep your thermostat a little higher than optimum comfort for the sake of saving a bit on utilities during the summer, but it turns out that you’ll probably lose more than you’d save. A study from Cornell University proved that employees performed the best when the office was at a temperature around 77 degrees Fahrenheit. In fact, typing output improved 150 percent when the office was consistently kept at that optimum temperature. Too much warmer or cooler and employees began to type slower and make more errors.

How to Keep Your Office Cool

There are a few things that can keep you from maintaining your office at a consistently comfortable temperature. And if you want to enjoy the increased productivity (and profits) that come from having a comfortable office, you’ll want to consider investing in better air care.

For example, if humidity levels are too high in your office, the air will feel warmer than it actually is, even if the thermostat is still set at 77 degrees. Installing a dehumidifier will allow your HVAC system to maintain healthy humidity levels. And if you want your system to be as reliable as possible at keeping you cool, consider using the commercial AC services of Aqua Plumbing and Air.

Making the decision now to invest in a comfortable office will pay off for years to come. Allow us to help you build the office environment you want by calling Aqua Plumbing and Air at 941-306-3715.

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If You Can’t Sleep, Check Your Thermostat

Most people look to their mattress, bedding, and lighting when they have trouble sleeping, but these elements are only part of what makes up a good night’s rest. The proper temperature in your Lakewood Ranch, Florida, home is a major contributor to restful nights. Make sure you’re using your thermostat correctly so that you get the best sleep possible.

Keep Things Cool

Cooler temperatures contribute to a better night’s sleep. When your body’s core temperature drops, it gets an internal signal that it’s time to rest. Since outdoor temperatures naturally drop at night, your body associates this change with the proper hours for sleep. When you keep things artificially warm through the night, it is difficult for your body to get that signal.

Adjust your thermostat to keep the home cooler at night than during the day. If you have a programmable thermostat, you can set it to automatically cool down the home around bedtime.

Adjust Your Bedding

Lowering the thermostat only does so much good if you’re bundled up in heavy pajamas and huddled under thick blankets. Don’t waste energy cooling your home only to undo those efforts in a hot bed. Switch to lighter pajamas and lightweight sheets and blankets. The less you cover up, the better you’ll sleep if the temperature is what’s making you restless.

Switch on the Fan

Using a ceiling fan alters your perception of the temperature in your bedroom while keeping your cooling costs low. Fans create a wind chill effect as the air blows across your skin. Though the temperature isn’t actually lower, it feels that way to those in the room. Complement your air conditioning efforts with a ceiling fan that blows on you through the night, and you may transform your sleeping experience.

If you’re having trouble hitting your desired temperatures at night, your air conditioner may need a tuneup or minor repairs. Contact Aqua Plumbing & Air at941-306-3715 to get your system back in shape.

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4 Things to Consider When You’re Planning a Bathroom Remodel

A bathroom remodel can freshen up your Siesta Key, Florida, home in no time. Make sure you’re planning for all the essential considerations like layout, lighting, functionality, and aesthetic elements so you’re left with a beautiful space that’s as attractive as it is useful.

Layout

The easiest way to approach your bathroom remodel is to keep the existing layout and simply swap out fixtures like your sink or toilet for improved models. If you want to change the positioning of the major elements in your bathroom, you’ll need to consider how the space is plumbed. Plumbing installation is a complex task. If you’re planning to make significant changes to pipe placement in your bathroom, contact a professional.

Lighting

Bathrooms are all about task lighting. Think about how you’ll use each area and make sure you’ve installed the proper fixtures. You’ll typically want bright lighting over the mirror for activities like makeup application. If you enjoy spa-like baths, consider dim mood lighting for the tub area. Well-placed lights will make all the difference in this room.

Functionality

The bathroom is all about functionality. When you’re remodeling, you can choose features that are uniquely suited to your habits and preferences. If you prefer showers to baths, consider swapping your tub for an elegant glass shower stall. If you’re always battling over the sink, add a second one if you have the counter space. Consider efficiency as well. Low-flow fixtures will minimize your water use.

Aesthetics

The aesthetic elements in your bathroom remodel will pull everything together, turning this functional space into a soothing retreat. Consider features like paint, tile, flooring, towel rods, and mirrors to complete the look. Coordinate your colors and  other elements so you have a cohesive look, whether you’re going for rustic farmhouse décor or sleek and modern design.

If you need help with plumbing features for your new bathroom, contact Aqua Plumbing & Air at 941-306-3715. We can assist with everything from brand-new piping to minor alterations and repairs.

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3 Florida Allergens Making You Sneeze This Spring

Spring is prime time for allergies in Sarasota, Florida. If you’re suffering from persistent watery eyes, congestion, and sneezing, you may be feeling the effects of local allergens in the air. Watch for these common triggers and do what you can to minimize them in your environment.

Pollen

Pollen peaks in Florida around March, with some pollination beginning as early as December. While most people associate pollen with flowers, they’re not the only plants you should worry about. Trees release a lot of irritating pollen in Florida as well. Some of the most troublesome culprits are birch, elm, Bluejack oak, and maple trees. If you have one of these near your home, make sure the house is well-sealed to keep pollen out. Add weather stripping around windows and caulk any cracks or other openings to improve indoor air quality.

Mold

Mold is a serious allergen in Florida. The humid climate is perfect for this type of growth. Molds release their spores in spring, causing allergies to flare up. Make sure your home is mold-free by watching for moisture in common areas like the bathroom and kitchen. Install exhaust fans if they’re not already in place to pull moisture out of these areas, and always keep these fans running while you cook, shower, or do other activities that create steam.

Dust

Are you doing a lot of spring cleaning? Is the windy weather whipping up dust in your house? Perhaps you’ve been using your ceiling fans more, but they’re caked in this covering. Dust is an irritating allergen. Maintaining a clean HVAC filter is good, but a whole-house air cleaner is even better for pulling dust as well as other allergens from the air in your home.

Do you need help improving the indoor air quality in your home to minimize allergy symptoms? Contact Aqua Plumbing & Air at 941-306-3715. We’ll help you keep your air clean and healthy so you can get as much relief as possible from your allergy symptoms.

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Quick Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Bathroom

While you should give your bathroom a good scrub-down on a regular basis, you probably don’t have time for a deep clean more than a few times a year. Spring is the perfect season for thoroughly cleaning up your bathroom, before the gorgeous Sarasota, Florida, summer draws you out of the house. Use these tips to get a fresh, sparkling bathroom that’s perfect for the season ahead.

Clear the Clutter

Bathrooms tend to accumulate a lot of clutter over time, from gifted soaps and lotions to half-empty toothpaste tubes. Empty your cabinets and toss anything that you no longer need. Check the expiration dates on all medications. Launder all bath mats, rugs, draperies, and other linens. Those that are unused may still need a wash if they’ve been sitting in a decorative basket or the back of a cabinet for too long.

Inspect Your Pipes

While your cabinets are clear, you can check the pipes for any signs of leaking. Discolored shelf paper, wall damage, or other signs of moisture should be investigated right away. Never allow moisture to linger. Leak detection services will help you track down the problem if you’re not sure where the faulty pipe is.

Clean and Caulk

Remove any rugs in the bathroom, shake them out outside, and toss them in the wash. Sweep and thoroughly scrub your bathroom floor. Inspect and repair caulk around the tub. Clean grout carefully both on the floor and in the shower. If your grout hasn’t been sealed recently, do so now. You should seal your grout at least once a year.

Deep Clean the Toilet

Remove the toilet seat to get into the crevices you can’t reach with your regular toilet cleaning. Thoroughly clean all toilet surfaces, including the screw caps around the base and crevices around the back.

If you uncover any areas in need of plumbing repairs as you clean, contact Aqua Plumbing and Air to deal with them promptly. You can reach us at 914-306-3715.

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Improving Your Indoor Air Quality in the Spring

If your Lakewood Ranch, Florida, home’s indoor air quality is poor, you and your family could have to deal with headaches, nosebleeds, nausea, fatigue, trouble concentrating, asthma attacks, allergies, and other health problems. Pollutants like dust, pollen, or mold spores also shorten your HVAC system’s life and lower its efficiency. You can improve your indoor air quality in spring by using ventilation, adding an air cleaner, and maintaining your HVAC system.

Proper Ventilation

You can bring clean outdoor air into your home with good ventilation. Make sure your kitchen and bathrooms have exhaust fans to remove excess moisture, unpleasant odors, and pollutants. An energy recovery ventilation system can also save energy by cooling warm air as it comes into your home in spring and summer. These ventilators work like heat pumps, transferring heat to the outgoing cool air. They also dilute concentrations of contaminants in your home and increase your comfort. You can have a whole-home model installed easily by one of our professional technicians.

Adding an Air Cleaner

Air cleaners or air purifiers can filter dust, dirt, smoke, mold spores, pollen, and other pollutants from indoor air. They’re helpful for people with asthma, allergies, or weak immune systems because they can even remove some bacteria and viruses from the air. Choose an air cleaner with a high MERV, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value, for the best results. A germicidal UV lamp inside your evaporator coil or your ductwork can also give you extra protection.

Maintaining Your HVAC System

Have your HVAC system inspected by a professional at least once per year and change the filters for your air conditioner and your air purifier once per month. Dirty filters can waste energy and spread pollutants through your home. Fortunately, many programmable thermostats can remind you when it’s time to change your filters.

Aqua Plumbing & Air is a Factory Authorized Carrier Dealer with decades of experience. We can help you improve your indoor air quality by installing, maintaining, and repairing a variety of HVAC equipment. Call us anytime at 941-306-3715 for great service.

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Save Energy in the Spring With These 3 Simple Changes

Spring is here, and the beautiful Siesta Key, Florida, weather makes this a perfect time to enjoy the outdoors with friends and family. However, warmer weather also means you’ll need to use your air conditioner more, which increases your utility bills. To save energy and money, make some simple changes like protecting your outdoor unit, taking care of spring cleaning, and adding window treatments.

Protecting Your Outdoor Unit

Plant trees or install an awning near your outdoor HVAC unit to give shade and help it work at peak efficiency. You should also keep debris like leaves, grass clippings, or twigs away from your unit and make sure your air conditioner has at least two feet of space on all sides for good airflow. You can avoid an expensive, inconvenient breakdown by cleaning your outdoor unit regularly and having it inspected by an experienced professional at least once a year.

Spring Cleaning

With its comfortable weather, spring is a perfect time to get rid of the dirt, dust, and clutter left in your home from winter. A thorough cleaning can improve your indoor air quality, increase your HVAC system’s life, and improve its efficiency. It can even reduce asthma and allergy symptoms.

Clean out your closets and cabinets and give old items to friends or charity. Then, dust and vacuum every room while you look for mold or other contaminants. Use a dehumidifier to save even more, keep your home comfortable, and prevent mold growth.

Adding Window Treatments

Adding window coverings like curtains or shades can keep the sun out of your home during the day and trap cool air inside at night for better comfort. For even more insulation, add caulk or weather stripping in any gaps around windows or doors.

Aqua Plumbing & Air is a Factory Authorized Carrier Dealer with more than 30 years of experience. We can help you with all your plumbing, HVAC, and electrical needs. Call us anytime at 941-306-3715.

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How to Keep Your Home Office Professional

Working from your Sarasota, Florida, home gives you an invigorating sense of freedom, but it’s not without its challenges. When you work for yourself, you also have to take the initiative to act as the boss and keep things up to par. You should stay on top of all the critical elements of office management so you can work from home as efficiently as you would in an office.

Organize Your Space

It’s easy to be lax about cleanliness and organization in your home office since you don’t have a boss peeking over your shoulder to assess your workspace. However, avoid the temptation to let things go. An organized work area will improve your efficiency and help you stay in a professional mindset throughout the day.

You’ll want to keep neat files, avoid cluttering your computer’s desktop with junk, and keep all the necessary supplies on hand for success, from colorful highlighters to an oversized whiteboard. Cater to the way you work and make sure you have all the tools you would enjoy in a traditional office.

Stay on Top of Maintenance

In an office building, someone else is in charge of maintenance, but at home it’s up to you. Make sure you’re still enjoying a well-maintained space. Change the filter in your HVAC system every one to three months and schedule annual maintenance for optimum indoor air quality. You’ll also want to clean your office regularly and keep dishes, old food, and other messes under control.

Invest in Good Furniture

Good office furniture can make a dramatic difference in your productivity throughout the day. Invest in a supportive desk chair so you’re not tempted to go lounge on the couch. Make sure your desk is large enough to accommodate everything you need. Additionally, keep your workspace illuminated with smart task lighting so you’re not lurking in a dimly lit corner during the day.

Do you need help staying on top of your home maintenance for outstanding indoor air quality? Contact Aqua Plumbing & Air at 941-306-3715 and schedule your next tuneup with us today.

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