September is here already! In the Midwest, September means the kids are back at school, pools start closing down, pumpkin flavored everything hits the grocery stores. But what September is most known for in this area, is its crazy, unpredictable, roller-coaster weather!
Yes, the next few weeks we can expect the weather to teeter between hot summer days and frosty autumn nights. One day we’ll see the temperatures reach into the high 90’s, with unbearable humidity and the next day you’ll be wearing sweaters and jackets. And there are the days that will start out on one temperature extreme and end on the other.
While September tries to figure out what season it wants to be in, we’re stuck trying to keep our homes comfortable and our energy bills as low as possible. These tasks are a lot trickier than they should be! But we have the insider advice you need to know when dealing with the back and forth transition from hot to cooler temperatures.
Hot weather turns cooler, so you turn off your air conditioner and open the windows. Then things heat back up, so you shut those windows and turn your air conditioner back on. We experienced this just last week. The August heat broke and we had a week or so of nice cooler, almost fall like temperatures. Then the next thing we knew, summer came roaring back with a vengeance.
With this being the first week of September, we can expect these yo-yo temperatures to occur a dozen more times. The key here is to NOT keep turning your air conditioner on and off, and opening and closing your windows.
Most people believe that doing this will save them money on their energy bill. Unfortunately, this isn’t true. Every time you open your windows, you’re not only letting the cooler air in, but your home is also filling up with humidity.
When you turn your air conditioner back on, it will run twice as long and twice as hard, to both cool your home and remove the humidity, which in turn will cost you big bucks on your energy bill. Instead of turning your air conditioner off and opening a window, simply turn the temperature up. Your unit will run less, you’ll still be comfortable and you’ll see the savings on your energy bill.
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Fall allergy season is just around the corner. Are you ready for the itchy, watery eyes, the running nose, the stuffy head, the sore throat, the coughing, sneezing and all of the other lovely symptoms that accompany your seasonal allergies?
If you’re like most people who suffer from seasonal allergies, you spend most of autumn indoors trying to avoid all of the ragweed and mold in the air. Unfortunately, the air indoors is often much worse for your allergies than the air outside.
Ragweed can be dragged in with you when you enter your house. Mold thrives anywhere damp and may already be in your home. Dust mites are likely already clinging to just about every surface. And there are dozens of other indoor pollutants, floating around in the air you’re breathing.
Every time you inhale, you may be breathing in all of those pollutants and worsening your allergies. Additionally, if you live in a home with poor indoor air quality, you can suffer from frequent headaches, chest colds, worsening of your asthma symptoms, bronchitis and other respiratory issues. So, does that mean you’re doomed to spend every fall in misery? Not at all!
Most heating and cooling systems still use a basic air filter.
These filters were originally designed to protect the equipment and not the people served by the equipment.
The average air filter is only capable of removing three to five percent of the particles that pass through it, leaving 93-95% of all indoor pollutants in the air you’re breathing.
Today, they are several types of permanent air filters available in various efficiencies that can help you filter the air in your home.
If you suffer from allergies, asthma, hay fever or other breathing difficulties, there is an air filter that can help you.
We can even provide you with the same type of air filter used in hospital operating rooms. So, not only will your seasonal allergy symptoms improve, but your indoor air quality will be much better all year long.
Unfortunately, in a lot of homes, air ducts get the out of sight, out of mind treatment. However; if you’re in the habit of running your air conditioning unit to cool your home in the summer and your furnace to keep yourself from freezing to death in the winter, then regularly cleaning your ducts is vital.
All of the air that circulates through your home, from your heating and cooling systems, runs through your air ducts. Which means all of the dust and particles, floating in the air, will collect and stick inside your ducts. Causing air flow and air quality issues inside you’re home.
There are several major benefits to keeping your ducts clean and the air flowing freely throughout your home.
1. Prevent Mold Growth
Everyone dreads the possibility of mold growing in their home. Mold can cause some serious health issues and severely lower the value of your home. Now, you already know that basements, bathrooms, kitchens and other potentially moist places in your home are hot
spots for mold growth.
But many people forget that dirty air ducts, create the perfect environment for mold growth, as well. Air ducts full of mold are particularly dangerous, because the moment you kick on your heating and cooling units, those mold spores shoot directly into the very air your breathing.
2. Save on your Energy Bill
Dirty, clogged air ducts, means that the hot or cold air you’re trying to use to make your home comfortable, isn’t flowing easily through your duct system. Meaning your air conditioner and furnace have to work harder and run more often, to produce enough hot or cold air to keep your home at the desirable temperature.
Cleaning your ducts means that the air from your heating and cooling syst
ems can flow through your vents freely. Which means you’ll spend less money on your energy bill, since it will take less effort from your heating and cooling systems to regulate the temperature of your home.
3. You’ll Breathe Easier
Each time you turn on your air conditioner or furnace, you’re forcing air to pass through your air ducts. This air picks up the dust and other indoor air pollutants, that have collected in your ventilation system, and shoots them right into the air you and your family are breathing.
You may not see these particles floating around you, but this dust and debris from your air ducts maybe causing you some unpleasant health issues. If you or members of your family battle allergies or respiratory issues, your air ducts are likely causing or increasing these issues.
Ensuring that your air ducts are clean and clear, you will dramatically increase
the air and living quality of your home. So, clean your ducts to start enjoying cleaner air and a better quality of living.
4. Less System Maintenance
The dust and debris in your air ducts not only flow through the air you’re breathing, but they travel through your heating and cooling systems as well. Overtime, this debris can clog air filters and fans, cause extra wear and tear on your heating and cooling systems and drastically shorten the lifetime of your units.
Proper air duct cleaning is vital to your home maintenance and should be moved to the top of your home improvement priority list. To have your air ducts professionally cleaned and maintained call (866) 844-3770 or visit trusttiger.com, to learn more about the importance of clean, debris free air ducts.
The August heat and humidity are in full swing and that means hotter, stickier nights. It’s no secret that getting a good nights sleep, during hot nights is more difficult. In fact, it often seems nearly impossible to get comfortable at night, when the heat index is on the rise.
The good news is that there are some simple tricks you can use, to beat the heat and finally get some much needed rest. By using a few of these ideas, you’ll finally be able to enjoy the benefits of a full nights sleep.
1. Take a Cool Shower
Before hopping into bed at night, try jumping into a cool shower first. Taking a cool shower will lower your core body temperature and allow you to get a jump start on falling asleep, before the heat starts to bug you.
2. Don’t Blow Dry
Since you’ll be coming out of a cool shower, go ahead and leave your hair damp. Damp hair will help keep your core temperature cooler longer. So you can reach a deep sleep, without having to deal with the uncomfortable August heat.
3. Spread Out
August is a good month to be a bed hog. When you sleep curled up in a ball or with your limbs close together, you generate more body heat, causing more sweat and comfortability issues. Instead, try sleeping with your limbs spread out and open, to prevent a sweaty situation. Additionally, cuddling is generally a bad idea, when battling the August heat.
4. Water is Your Friend
A great nights sleep starts with staying well hydrated. By drinking eight to nine ounces of water before bed each night, you can help prevent dehydration and the inevitable sweating and rise in body temperature that comes with it.
5. Keep it Loose
Tight, thick or heavy pajamas and the August heat are a bad combination. Instead, go for loose fitting pajamas, made of a breathable fabric for a more comfortable summer night.
6. Cool Your Sheets
Can you think of anything better on cold winter nights, then jumping into bed with sheets right out of the dryer? Well, the reverse is just as amazing on summer nights. Toss your sheets in the freezer a couple of hours before you hit the hay and thank us later.
7. Down Size
Large, fluffy pillows might sound like a good idea, but all of that extra stuffing and fluff will cause extra head sweat. Gross! So, when the August heat is filling the night air, swap that giant fluffy pillow, for a smaller, firmer one and let your head breathe easier.
8. Speaking of Downsizing
Large, heavy meals will have your metabolism working overtime, which will kick your core body temperature up. Try enjoying smaller, lighter dinners when the heat is unbearable. Your metabolism will run at a nice normal pace and you’ll be more comfortable.
9. Your Best Defense
Your best defense against the August heat is a well maintained air conditioning unit, pumping out cold air when the temperature reaches unreasonable levels. If you have concerns about your air conditioners performance, visit Trusttiger.com or call 1-866-TIGER70, to have a licensed technician inspect your unit.
Hang in there, the August heat won’t be here much longer and there are cooler autumn days on the horizon.
The first official week of summer is upon us and it’s time for all the fun the season brings; cookouts, swimming pools, cold ice-cream, vacations, lots of time outdoors and much more. Unfortunately, all of this summertime fun can lead to some not so fun issues with your plumbing. Here’s a list of five common summer plumbing problems and ways you can avoid them.
Washing Machine Overload
With all of the extra time, you and your family will be spending outdoors, your clothes will get dirtier and you’ll likely be changing your outfits faster than normal. This means that your poor washing machine will be working overtime during the summer months, which can lead to some serious issues.
Check your machines hose for any signs of damage. Keep in mind that your hose should be replaced every three years or so, to avoid more expensive maintenance issues.
Make sure your washing machine is about four inches or more away from the wall, to prevent any new damage or kinking of your hose.
Try to only run your washing machine when you are home so you can stop your machine if it starts acting up.
Over Feeding Your Disposal
After a long cold winter, BBQ season has finally arrived and you’re loading up on lots of grilled yummy foods, just be careful about what foods you feed your garbage disposal.
Remember your disposal isn’t meant to handle everything, some foods should just be pitched.
Avoid putting food items like corn cobs, potatoes, watermelon rinds, chicken or other bones in your disposal.
Additionally, shoving too much food into your disposal too fast may damage or break your disposal.
Keep in mind that portion control could save you a lot of stress and money during this summer’s cookouts.
The warming weather brings more humidity with it, which can cause your ducts to “sweat” from the extra condensation, which can lead to long-term issues if the extra water can’t drain properly.
Check to make sure all of your drains are clean and water can flow through freely.
Check the drain pan, if you have attic installation, and make sure there isn’t water building up in the drain pan.
People tend to use the toilet more during the summer months. Some toilets may have difficulty dealing with the extra workload.
Consider using less paper when you can.
Explain to young children that they only need to flush when they actually use the bathroom. Freshly potty-trained children tend to over flush.
Summer means lots of time in the water. Whether you’re kicking back next to the pool, running through the sprinklers, watering your lawn or filling up water balloons, you’ll want to ensure that the water keeps flowing.
Check your embedded sprinkler and make sure the heads are clear and be careful not to run them over while mowing.
Keep your pool’s filter clean and keep an eye out for leaks on aboveground pools.
Replace leaking hoses, to keep your water bill under control.
Air conditioning repair is an inevitable part of home ownership. There are connection breakdowns, fluid leaks, and function disparities that occur throughout the life of an air conditioning unit.
Of all of your home appliances, it is particularly uncomfortable when your cooling and ventilation system is no longer performing as it should. Although most homeowners rarely ever check on the components of their air conditioning system until there is a pressing issue, annual maintenance is critical to the proper functioning of the unit. We all expect it to work when we need it to, and that’s during the hot months of the year. Annual maintenance proactiveness will lead to a good night’s rest and comfortable weekends, because we all know that appliance issues occur when we’re relaxing at home, never when we’re away. Hopefully you won’t ever have to experience your air conditioning system going out on you, but if you’re reading this, you may have. It is a mechanical system and all mechanisms not only require maintenance throughout their life of use but they also require regular service and tune-ups.
Frankly, air conditioning repair is just a part of owning one. After a long winter of not being used or checked, it can surprise you with odd sounds, temperature disparities, or mechanical or starting malfunctions. Perhaps critters or leaves became stuck inside over the winter. The weight of snow or driving winds of winter may have caused the fins or fan to warp. There are too many ways to count that your air conditioning unit could begin to malfunction or not even start.
Regardless of the hundreds of reasons that you may need air conditioning repairs, an inspection usually turns up a few common unit issues. The most prevalent concern is a frozen coil brought on by low refrigerant due to a leak, or dirty filters. A few other concerns are the outside unit’s general function, such as the power source, voltage distribution center, thermostat, or fan malfunctioning, which could lead to overheating: whether from rare use or around the clock use.
Lastly, low refrigerant and wiring issues can impact the entire system as well. The refrigerant is responsible for cooling the air that the unit pulls from outdoors so if there is a leak along the route of its process, it can definitely bring about air conditioning inadequacies. Air conditioning systems shouldn’t leak refrigerant, so if you find yourself needing a “charge” every year, there is definitely something more serious going on. Defective or damaged wiring cannot only cause malfunctions because of the lack of sufficient power, it is also a fire hazard. In the end, regular unit inspection from the inside coil to the outside unit is critical to not only your cooling system’s use, but to prevent further damage, and to avoid air conditioning repair any time in the near future.
METRO EAST, IL. – Tiger Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning has expanded their fleet of orange tiger-striped trucks and vans with two pink tiger-striped vehicles. The van and the truck will help raise money for cancer awareness in our area.
“We wanted to do something to help out our community, so a portion of the proceeds from each service call that we go to in one of these vehicles is donated to the American Cancer Society,” said Jeff Gamblin, owner of Tiger Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning. “To date, we have donated over $8,000 to the organization.”
The eye-catching vehicles are a big hit at local community events as well.
“We like to take the vehicles out to local Relay for Life events, and other cancer-related awareness events,” said Gamblin. “On June 27th, 2015, we will be at the Relay for Life event in Collinsville, Illinois, to show our support.”
“The funds donated from these vehicles are helping the American Cancer Society to create a world with more birthdays,” said Relay for Life Specialist, Amanda Kernan. “Because of Tiger’s commitment to finish the fight against cancer, the American Cancer Society is able to ensure patients have transportation to and from treatment, provide free lodging for both patients and caregivers, fund life changing cancer research, and so much more.”
Tiger Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning Services, which has been in business since 1993, has a fleet of more than 24 vehicles, and supports more than 7,000 calls in the Metro East each year.
“Everyone knows somebody that has been affected by cancer,” said Gamblin. “This is our way of making a difference in our community.”
To request one of the pink vehicles to come out to your home for service, call 1-866-TIGER70 or visit TrustTiger.com today.
The holiday season is upon us! It starts with festivities as early as Halloween then the serious preparations begin with Thanksgiving meals, friends and family, house to house; moving on to December when schools go on vacation and we look forward to a longer celebratory time with Hanukkah and Christmas, finally wrapping it up with New Year’s Eve and New Year’s day.
With an additional load on the household, it is best to take a few precautions during the holiday season. With these simple plumbing tips, we can help keep the holidays a time for rejoicing and not plunging!
Garbage disposal – Take the time to run the garbage disposal ahead of time to make sure that it is clear before disposing of more food. Run hot water for about 15 seconds before and after use. Once clear avoid depositing stringy, fibrous or very tough materials down the disposal; for example; potato peels, pumpkin pulp, celery. Instead, set up a waste basket for excess food in easy reach for children to scrape their plates, then simply take the trash out after dinner. You will be glad you did.
Do not pour oils and fats down the drain. Wipe the pans with a paper towel and throw it in the trash. Keep the hot grease safely out of reach from guests and children.
Treat all of your drains with this environmentally friendly mixture: One cup of salt, one cup of baking soda and ¼ cup cream of tartar. Pour the mixture down each of your drains and follow with two cups of boiling water.
When guests bring “six packs” of soda or beer, please cut through the plastic rings so that wildlife do not get caught in them once the trash is out.
With a house full of overnight guests, spread showers out as best you can. Wait at least ten minutes between showers so that the drains have time to clear.
Test your water faucet temperature with a thermometer that it does not exceed 120*, if it does exceed 120* at the faucet, guests are at risk for scalding and the water heater temperature needs to be turned down.
Check shower pressure before guests arrive. If it is weak pour a cup of vinegar into a plastic bag, place it over the shower head, and soak. Use a twist tie to hold it in place overnight. In the morning, remove the bag and use an old toothbrush to gently scrub off the mineral deposits to help restore water flow.
Consider using a humidifier. This will add moisture to the house and make you and your guests more comfortable. Humidifiers reduce static electricity and prevent dry noses. The moisture in the air will make the air feel warmer and also save on heating costs.
Run appliances that generate heat at night. During the holiday’s many people tend to run their ovens or extra loads of laundry in the middle of the day. Run these appliances at night when possible.
Remember that Tiger Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning Services has true 24-hour service and we are available day and night, including throughout the holidays, to resolve any mishaps that might occur when you have guests over. Schedule an appointment today by calling 1-866-TIGER70 or visiting us online at www.TrustTiger.com!
With the recent heat wave in the Saint Louis Metro East, I’m sure many of you have been running your air conditioners constantly. Along with thinking, “I thought summer was over with,” you may be concerned about your looming energy bills. The cost of energy seems to be going up all the time. This same cost, associated with keeping the temperatures inside our homes comfortable, has left a lot of us looking for cost effective preventative maintenance for our HVAC system. This kind of care calls for looking after the HVAC system installed in our homes in a systematic and routine manner. Periodic inspection and servicing of the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system ensures that the system keeps working proficiently for a long time to come. This not only means that our energy bills remain under control, but also that the expensive HVAC equipment need not be replaced or upgraded so early in the system’s life.
We cannot live without climate control. It is essential to have comfortable temperatures and humidity levels all year round with warm temperatures during winters and cool air during hot summers. This requires both our air conditioning and heating systems to operate in an efficient manner. If you don’t look after your HVAC equipment, you may be required to pay higher energy bills besides paying dearly to get the repairs done. It is only natural for an HVAC system to become less efficient with the passage of time if it is not serviced and maintained periodically. In addition, did you know that your system’s warranty could be voided if regular service is not maintained? There are also very high chances of breakage and damages.
Are you keeping up with the Jones’? If you are paying more than your neighbors in terms of your monthly electric bill it is probably time to consult Tiger Heating and Air Conditioning Services to design a regular maintenance plan for your HVAC equipment. A repair to your HVAC system in the middle of the winter can be very costly. This is where regular maintenance comes handy, as it not only keeps the parts of your HVAC system working efficiently, but also improves the longevity of the HVAC system.
HVAC is an acronym for heating, ventilation and air conditioning. The parts of an HVAC system include fans, blowers, pumps, centrifuges, tubes, ducts, filters, circuit boards, accumulators, blower wheels, compressors, thermostats and so on. It is indeed a complicated system designed to ensure that you and your family members remain comfortable even when there is a scorching sun or biting cold outside. It is not necessary for you to know about each and every part inside your HVAC system, but you can certainly play your part in keeping the system working efficiently with the help of Tiger Heating and Air Conditioning Services.
Buy A Filter Or Be A Filter
Do you feel like you constantly have indoor allergies when at home? It may not be your beloved pet that is causing this. Filters inside the HVAC system are like the lungs in our body. It is vitally important to keep your lungs clean and clear for breathing, just like the filters in your ventilation system. The filters need regular replacement because microorganisms such as dust mites get inside the HVAC system along with dust; these being released into your air stream can cause potential health problems for your family members. If not regularly changed, or in some cases cleaned, the filters in your HVAC system can provide a breeding ground for microorganisms. Changing dirty filters is one easy step you can take for day to day maintenance in your heating, ventilation and air conditioning system. At Tiger, we have a wide variety of filters designed to meet your comfort and air quality needs.
Keep The A/C Unit Clean
Is that a freight train or your air conditioner!? Obstructions to the condenser coil (that thing outside that runs when you turn your A/C on) prevents the system from drawing in fresh air. This happens when dead leaves, heavy dust, or any other impurity is drawn inside the condenser coil. In the Midwest, this can happen cyclically: when the farmers are tilling prior to planting, when they are harvesting in the late summer, and when the leaves fall. To clean the condenser all you need to do is turn off the circuit breaker to the AC unit, then wash it with a soap solution and water. Never use water at high pressure to wash the condenser as it can cause irreparable damage to the fins of the condensers. The safest solution, however, is to call your qualified, professional technicians at Tiger to perform these cleaning operations for you.
By maintaining your heating and cooling system, you can save a lot of your hard earned money on energy costs. If you have any questions, or to schedule an appointment, contact Tiger Heating and Air Conditioning Services at 1-866-TIGER70 or visit TrustTiger.com. Remember that we offer duct cleaning and sanitization, too!
Spring weather is finally here and the warmer temperatures are a welcome change from the freezing temperatures that we’ve had for the past few months. As wonderful as the warmer weather will be, the pollen, dust mites and other pollutants that will accompany are not so welcome. Here are just a few tips that can help you minimize your Springtime allergies.
1. Control your immediate environment.
If you know which trees or pollen affect you, you can try to remove them and replant more tolerable types. But remember that airborne pollens can travel hundreds of miles from where they originated. Mowing the lawn stirs up pollens, so if you can hire someone else to do so. Also, avoid sitting outdoors around freshly cut grass.
2. Close up the house.
As tempting as it can be to open up your windows and let in the fresh Spring air, try not to. Open windows let in pollen.
3. Adjust your indoor humidity level.
If spores from mold cause your allergies to bother you, aim for a humidity level of less than 50%. Consider buying a digital thermometer with a humidity gauge, available for about $40 or less. You may need a dehumidifier to get a level lower than 50%. Set up the dehumidifier on the main living level of the house, if your house has more than one story.* Tiger can provide you with the best choice for your home.
4. Upgrade your air filter.
Most heating and cooling systems still use a basic air filter. These filters were originally designed to protect the equipment and not the people served by the equipment. The average air filter is only capable of removing 3–5% of the particles that pass through it. Today, however, there are several types of permanent air filters available in various efficiencies that can help you filter the air in your home. If you suffer from allergies, asthma, hay fever or other breathing difficulties, there is an air filter that can help you. We can even provide you with the same type of air filter used in hospital operating rooms.
5. Have Your Air Conditioning System Checked and Cleaned. Our 14-point “Super Tune-Up” is a complete cleaning of your air conditioner, not just an inspection, like you might get at another company. Call Tiger Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning Services today for more information on our Air Conditioning Clean and Check – your allergies will thank you!
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