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Friday, July 29, 2011

Tankless Water Heaters

I'm sure just about anybody out there that is a homeowner has probably heard of the Tankless Water Heater?  But do you know anything about them?  Well in this blog I'm going to give you a brief summary on what they are and what they do.

What it is and what it does:
  • an electrical or gas-fired device that heats water directly without the use of a storage tank
  • eliminates standby energy losses caused by regular water heaters
  • no limit on amount of hot water you can use
  • no waiting for a water tank to fill back up with warm water
  • for homes that use 41 gallons or less of hot water daily, Tankless Water Heaters can be 24% - 34% more energy efficient than conventional storage tank water heaters
  • as with anything, proper installation and maintenance of your Tankless Water Heater will ensure that you achieve maximum efficiency
Like I said, this was just a brief summary of what a Tankless Water Heater is and what it does.  Of course, there are multiple extenuating circumstances involved with installing one of these units but Environmental would be glad to explain it to you and give you the chance to ask questions.  So just give Environmental a call and set up a a free estimate with one of our professionally trained and certified plumbers!


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The Heat Wave Is Coming!

What is likely to be the hottest weather we will have all year is forecasted to hit us in the southeast this coming weekend, temps in the triple digits!!  So hopefully you've been doing your part to ensure you'll stay cool by maintaining your a/c?  If not, you are likely to find yourself with a hot living space in the next month or two!  It's never too late to start, so here's a short list of simple things you can do at home to get the most for your money from your a/c:
  • change your air filter(s) every 30 to 90 days. Depending on how quickly your filter(s) gets dirty
  • keep shades, blinds, windows closed to keep out sunlight as much as possible during the day when you aren't home
  • have a Preventative Maintenance Plan with a licensed, fully certified hvac company like Environmental
  • keep all bushes, grass, and other debris clear from around your a/c unit outside.  a 2 foot minimum clearance is best
  • take a quick look at your ductwork.  if it looks old and/or appears to be falling apart, have a professional take a look at it.  you would be AMAZED how much efficiency is lost because of loose and/or deteriorated ductwork
These are some of the major points that you at home can take care of in just a short amount of time. If taken care of, these things can help ensure you stay cool in the hottest of weather and achieve the longest life possible from your a/c and heating system without getting HUGE electric bills.  If you have any questions at all or would like to sign up for Environmental's Preventative Maintenance Plan, just give us a call at the number below or visit our website, thanks for reading and stay cool folks!


Friday, July 15, 2011

Integrating Plumbing With HVAC

At Environmental, when the decision was made to venture into the world of plumbing, we wanted to able to offer our customers a new service from the same company they already depend on for their hvac needs.  Often while performing an hvac repair or installation, our customers would ask us if we could help them out with their hot water heater, leaky pipes, or backflow problems.  So we decided to start keeping our eyes open for a fully certified, professional plumber in the area with a great reputation.  Well it didn't take long until we found someone with the aforementioned qualifications who was also courteous and reliable.

It's hard enough to find reliable companies these days, so Environmental just made things a little easier for our customers by expanding with a new plumbing division!  So please, if you are having any issues with your plumbing or maybe you would just like to ask a question about it, give us a call!  Don't forget to check out our website!