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3 Reasons Your Utilities Were So High This Month

3 Reasons Your Utilities Were So High This Month

With summertime in full force Sarasota homeowners will notice a spike in electricity usage this month. While the seasonal shift may be causing your AC unit to work harder, there may be other culprits causing your energy costs to soar.

Aging Appliances

Larger appliances such as refrigerators, washing machines, and dishwashers require more energy to run and can drive up electric bills. If your larger appliances are also older, they require more energy to operate than newer, energy efficient models. Upgrading your refrigerator to a newer ENERGY-STAR certified model means that it will run 9 percent more efficiently than one manufactured before 1997. This equates to approximately $300 in energy cost savings over five years.

HVAC System

Your home’s heating, ventilation, and cooling (HVAC) system is the biggest driver of your energy bill. There are ways to tame this energy hog and maximize the efficiency of your AC unit. Schedule regular, professional maintenance to be performed and have the air ducts cleaned as recommended. Install a programmable thermostat with energy-saving settings. If your system is more than 10 years old, consider replacing it, especially if you notice weak airflow from vents or uneven cooling from room to room, or if you have paid for costly repairs.

Is Your Home Energy Efficient?

Sealing and insulating your attic hatch or any existing air leaks can save you an additional $200 per year in energy costs. Replacing old windows with new, energy-efficient ones will reduce energy costs and help maximize the lifespan of your HVAC system by streamlining its operation, allowing it to run for shorter intervals.

Sarasota residents, conserve energy and your money. Call Aqua Plumbing & Air at 941-306-3715 for an expert evaluation on your HVAC system that will help you start lowering your electric bill today.

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Are Drain Cleaners Safe for Your Florida Home?

Are Drain Cleaners Safe for Your Florida Home?

Chemical drain cleaners contain toxic chemicals, and we advise our customers in Sarasota and Manatee counties to avoid using them in their homes. While a clogged drain can be frustrating, harsh chemicals found in most drain cleaners can actually do more harm than good. When faced with a slow or clogged drain, it is best to use a plunger to unclog it. If plunging doesn’t yield results, it’s wise to enlist a professional who will get the job done safely and without compromising the integrity of your plumbing.

Bad for Pipes

Drain cleaners can erode older pipe material when used often enough, causing it to break down and leak. When used in plastic pipes, it creates heat, which can warp or melt the pipe material, causing leaks to occur, as well. Chemical drain cleaners can also damage the finishes of your plumbing fixtures. With older, weaker pipes, they are an especially risky choice.

Bad for Your Health

Not only are chemical drain cleaners unsafe for your pipes, they are unsafe for you. They emit fumes that are harmful to breathe and can cause respiratory problems in both children and adults. These toxic ingredients can cause irritation and injury to the nose, skin, and eyes. If you check most drain cleaners in your local supermarket, you’ll see their labels state clearly that coming into contact with the chemicals inside is extremely dangerous.

Bad for the Earth

Harsh chemicals found in drain cleaners pose a threat to earth, as well. They don’t just disappear when you pour them down the drain, and they tend to absorb into the earth around your home, causing the ground to become toxic over time.

Take care of your plumbing and avoid costly repairs in years to come. If you have a clogged drain or need a plumbing repair, call in the experts who will safely get things flowing right. Call Aqua Plumbing & Air and speak with our knowledgeable and trained staff at 941-306-3715 today.

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3 Reasons to Get a Clogged Drain Repaired ASAP

3 Reasons to Get a Clogged Drain Repaired ASAP

Dealing with plumbing issues at your Siesta Key, Florida, home is never a fun experience, but it’s something you’ll probably face at some point. Clogged drains are common, but they can quickly become major issues if not properly repaired.

Water Damage

One of the biggest concerns of a clogged drain is the damage the backed-up water can cause. If you don’t clear the clog, any water that you rinse down the drain won’t have anywhere to go. Instead of moving through the pipe, it will come back up through the drain. Water can cause a significant amount of damage in a short time, destroying drywall, flooring, wood cabinetry, and other materials used to construct your home. You could also end up with damaged furniture, electronics that don’t work, and other interior problems after a flood caused by a clogged drain.

Moisture can also lead to mold growth, which brings its own set of problems. Many people suffer from allergies to mold, so those in your home could experience congestion, sore throats, headaches, and eye irritation.

Water Contamination

As dirty water sits in a blocked drain, bacteria can quickly start to grow, leading to contamination risks. The concern is especially high when you’re dealing with a clogged toilet as the waste is full of bacteria, as is the water moving through the main line connected to the sewer. If the water overflows the toilet or sink, the bacteria will be in your home, which can cause illness and severe damage to flooring and other materials.

Pipe Damage

Leaving a clog in a drain can also lead to damage to the pipe, especially if the clog is very large. Any item causing a blockage in the pipe leads to extra pressure, which can cause the pipe to crack. Replacing a broken pipe is much more expensive than clearing a clog, so it’s worth calling a plumber to take care of the clogged drain.

Contact our plumbing team at Aqua Plumbing & Air at 941-306-3715 for any clogged drain issues at your home.

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3 Energy-Saving Tips for Early Summer

3 Energy-Saving Tips for Early Summer

As the seasons change in Parrish, Florida, many homeowners notice a sharp increase in their monthly bills. The warm and humid weather in the area leads to non-stop use of the air conditioner, but these tips can help you reduce your dependency on the AC to save energy. Make a few changes around your house to reduce waste and keep your bills under control this summer.

Schedule a Tuneup

The first step in reducing energy waste is making sure your air conditioning system is operating at peak efficiency. Schedule a tuneup of your cooling system with an HVAC technician. During this service, the process includes a full check-up of the air conditioner, including the indoor and outdoor units, as well as some light cleaning of any dust and debris that may have accumulated during the fall and winter seasons when the unit wasn’t in use.

Your technician can look for signs of damage and perform any necessary repairs right away, instead of allowing the system to keep running and cause further issues. Routine maintenance is critical in keeping your cooling system in good shape and making sure it’s operating efficiently.

Cover the Windows

If you’re in the habit of leaving your windows uncovered all day, you may not realize the impact this habit has on your home’s comfort. The harsh UV rays from the sun can warm up the space, causing your air conditioner to work harder to maintain a comfortable temperature. During the hottest part of the day, use room-darkening drapes and UV-rated blinds to keep the sunshine out, which will help keep the rooms cooler.

Cook Outside

Cooking is a necessity, but heating up the oven when it’s already hot outside is a recipe for a hot house. Use your outdoor kitchen or grill to avoid heating up the house when you cook dinner. Not only is the process beneficial for your energy savings, but it’s also fun to get outdoors, cook over an open flame, and enjoy meals together.

Schedule your HVAC maintenance with our team at Aqua Plumbing & Air by calling 941-306-3715.

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Campaign Against Summer Hunger in Our Community

At Aqua Plumbing and Air, we not only care about our customers, we care about our entire community. That’s why every year around the holidays, we partner with the amazing people at All Faiths Food Bank to combat child hunger in Sarasota and Desoto Counties. This year, we’re pleased to join in All Faiths Food Bank’s campaign efforts to eliminate hunger during summer vacation for local children. It’s called Campaign Against Summer Hunger, and we’d like to let you know how you can help.

Many of Our Community’s Children Need Our Help This Summer

During much of the year, kids in-need are provided meals by school nutrition programs. However, when schools let out for summer, there are approximately 40,000 children in our community left in need of our help. This figure is actually a conservative estimate when you factor in children who are not yet old enough to attend school.

Doing Our Part for Such an Incredibly Worthy Cause

To do our part for this worthy cause, we are pledging to donate $50 for every air conditioning system that we install. If your air conditioner is old and worn out, or if it just struggles to keep up with our intense Florida summers, there couldn’t be a better time to replace it. In one fell swoop, you can help children in our community, and have a new energy-efficient air conditioning system installed.

There are Plenty of Ways to Contribute

If you’re not in the market for a new air conditioning system at this time, we would like to encourage you to donate to this great cause at All Faiths’ Campaign Against Summer Hunger page. If you can’t afford to donate, but would like to help nonetheless, you can also sign up to volunteer your time and services.

We hope you’ll be able to contribute in some way to eliminate childhood hunger in our community.

If you’re interested in more information about a new air conditioning system installation, visit us online, or give us a call at 941-306-3715.

Do You Really Need to Clean Your Ducts?

Do You Really Need to Clean Your Ducts?

Dust, mold spores, pollen, and particulates: Could these pollutants be lurking inside the ductwork of your Sarasota, Florida, home? By cleaning your home’s ductwork, you can improve your home’s indoor air quality and the operating life of your HVAC system.

The Benefits of Home Duct Cleaning

Scheduling duct cleaning with Aqua Plumbing & Air is a great way to prepare your Sarasota home for the Florida summer ahead. Duct cleaning presents several benefits for homeowners.

Improved Indoor Air Quality

Whether from outside or inside the home, air contaminants such as pollen and pet dander can be pulled into your home’s HVAC system and recirculated throughout your house. Eventually, these pollutants can build up inside the ductwork of your home. Members of your household who have asthma or allergy sensitivities to these types of pollutants may find that duct cleaning can help them breathe more easily with improved indoor air quality.

Enhanced Energy Savings

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, homes consume about 40 percent of energy used in the United States. With Americans spending about $2,000 annually paying for energy costs, between $200 and $400 of that amount is spent on wasted heating and cooling due to inefficient HVAC systems. 

When pollutants enter a home’s cooling and heating system, they can make the system work harder than necessary, reducing the system’s overall efficient operation. Duct cleaning can help remove the particulates and pollutants that your HVAC system can collect from your home’s indoor air. In turn, your system doesn’t have to work as hard to maintain the desired temperature inside your home.

Duct Cleaning: A Job for the Professionals

Duct cleaning isn’t something that homeowners should try to do on their own. Using the incorrect equipment can damage both your home’s ductwork and your HVAC system in the process. For professional results, you need the duct-cleaning professionals of Aqua Plumbing & Air. Our certified HVAC technicians are trained to follow industry standards, and we use only high-quality equipment.

To schedule an inspection and cleaning of your home’s ductwork, contact Aqua Plumbing & Air today at 941-306-3715.

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