Breast Cancer Awareness 2017
Every 4th quarter Brothers Plumbing, Heating and Electric focuses our efforts on supporting Breast Cancer Awareness.
Facts About Breast Cancer In The United States
- One in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. Breast cancerbrot is the second leading cause of cancer death among women.
- Each year it is estimated that over 252,710 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,500 will die.
- Although breast cancer in men is rare, an estimated 2,470 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 460 will die each year.
- On average, every 2 minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer and 1 woman will die of breast cancer every 13 minutes.
- Over 3.3 million breast cancer survivors are alive in the United States today.
What is Brothers Doing to Help?
We have committed to helping find a cure by doing monthly donations to the American Cancer Society. In addition, Brothers Technician will be wearing pink shoe covers for awareness during the entire 4th quarter.
More About The American Cancer Society:
The American Cancer Society is on a mission to free the world from cancer. Until we do, we’ll be funding and conducting research, sharing expert information, supporting patients, and spreading the word about prevention. All so you can live longer — and better. For more Information on The American Cancer Society visit: https://www.cancer.org/.
THE IMPORTANCE OF ANNUAL FURNACE MAINTENANCE IS GREATER THAN YOU THINK
Have you scheduled your Annual furnace safety check yet? You might shrug off this task, but it’s more important than you think. Once you learn the ins and outs of annual furnace system maintenance, you’ll never put it off again.
Why Is Maintenance So Important?
The purpose of preventative maintenance is to keep your system up and running all season long with no surprise breakdowns, while operating at top efficiency. You rarely see your furnace face to face, so it’s easy to forget about it and neglect it. Imagine doing the same with your car. If you never have the oil changed or refuse to take your car in for any kind of tune-up until the check-engine light comes on, you can’t expect it to last more than a couple of years.
Your furnace is the same way. No matter how expensive the system is or what the manufacturer promises, a complicated piece of mechanical equipment is subject to breakdowns and needs repairs every so often. Reduce the incidence of repairs by keeping on top of annual maintenance.
Benefits of Annual Furnace Maintenance
What can you expect from your newly tuned-up system? Is the cost of maintenance really worth it? You should consider that some benefits of regular maintenance are immediate while others prevent future problems from developing. Some of the most prominent benefits include:
- Lower energy bills: You might assume that since the equipment is heating or cooling your home without any apparent problem that everything is fine. However, have you taken a look at your energy bills lately? A neglected system slowly loses its ability to keep your home comfortable at the same level of efficiency it once did. Just as a car tune-up delivers better gas mileage, your furnace consumes less fuel after receiving professional maintenance.
- Fewer repairs: Do you hear a strange sound or notice an odd odor coming from your furnace? Calling for a tune-up right away could help catch problems before they become disastrous. For example, a fraying belt could result in strange operating noises. If a technician replaces it in time, you can avoid the expensive repair that results from a snapped belt whipping around inside. By preventing future repairs, annual maintenance pays for itself
- Lower chance of a catastrophic breakdown: Everyone wants an incident-free heating season. After all, it’s incredibly inconvenient and uncomfortable when equipment breaks down on a frigid winter night, right when you need your furnace most. The odds of this happening when you schedule inspections every year are greatly diminished.
- Longer equipment life: Furnaces and other heating equipment function best when they’re regularly serviced and cleaned. One malfunctioning part can cause a domino effect that causes the entire system to break down. Regular maintenance prevents this from happening and adds years to your equipment’s lifespan.
- Safer equipment operation: A failing HVAC system does more than cost a lot of money to repair; it also can endanger your family. For instance, if the furnace develops a crack in the heat exchanger, carbon monoxide gas can escape and poison the air you breathe. Also, electric HVAC systems can develop a short circuit, which is a serious fire hazard if ignored. Clearly, your family’s safety is yet another reason to schedule annual HVAC system maintenance.
Maintenance Tasks You Can Do Yourself
Plan to schedule annual furnace maintenance in the fall for your heating systems. If you have a heat pump, the combined heating/cooling system should receive maintenance twice a year.
Plan to perform a few maintenance tasks of your own between these formal visits. The following DIY tasks help keep your equipment running smoothly until the next professional visit:
- Change the HVAC air filter every month. Some units have an indicator light that tells you when the filter is beginning to become clogged and blocking airflow.
- Remove debris from around the outdoor unit.
- Keep supply and return registers unblocked by drapes, rugs or furniture.
Maintenance You Should Leave to the Pros
Many homeowners wonder why they can’t just complete an entire tune-up themselves. The fact is a thorough tune-up requires skills, tools and knowledge that only experienced HVAC technicians can deliver. Here’s what to expect when you call in the pros to perform annual HVAC system maintenance:
- Check the thermostat: The tech makes sure the thermostat is calibrated correctly to ensure comfort in every season. If you don’t have a programmable thermostat installed, a Brothers technician may recommend one and install it for you on the spot.
- Tighten electrical connections: Loose connections are dangerous and can cause improper operation that shortens the equipment’s lifespan. The technician also measures voltage and current on equipment motors.
- Lubricate all moving parts: Lack of lubrication causes high amounts of friction in the system. This can cause it to overheat and break down. Adding lubrication helps parts move smoothly against one another, decreasing electricity use and lowering your energy bills.
- Inspect the condensate drain: Cooling equipment and condensing furnaces produce condensate when they operate. Under normal conditions, the condensate collects in a pan and drains away to the outside. However, over time sludge or algae can form in the drain pipe and create a blockage. During times of high usage, the drain pan may overflow and cause water damage to the equipment or your home. A technician checks the condensate drain to make sure it’s draining properly and cleans it out if necessary.
- Check system controls: The start cycle, operation and shut-off sequence should occur in a particular fashion. The technician checks the controls to make sure everything is operating safely and properly.
- Clean and adjust the blower: Issues with the blower can decrease equipment efficiency by up to 15 percent. Making adjustments ensures proper airflow and ample home comfort.
- Clean the evaporator and condenser coils (cooling specific): Soiled coils slowly decrease efficiency and make the equipment run longer. Cleaning the coils annually is an important part of maintaining the A/C’s capacity, ensuring lower energy bills and prolonging equipment life.
- Check refrigerant charge (cooling specific): If the air conditioner was charged too high at installation, you could be paying much more than necessary to cool your home. An undercharged system also can develop if the system has a leak. A technician checks for these circumstances, repairs any leaks that are present, and recharges the system if necessary.
- Check fuel line connections (heating specific): Poor gas or oil connections are a fire hazard. They can also cause health problems if fumes are able to escape into your home. Tightening the connections ensures safe operation.
- Inspect the gas pressure, burner combustion and heat exchanger (heating specific): Incorrect pressure, a dirty burner or a cracked heat exchanger can result in improper burner operation. These circumstances also can cause unsafe and inefficient operation. Adjusting the pressure and cleaning the burner are two viable options to improve operation and lower your heating bills, but if the heat exchanger is cracked, it’s likely you’ll need to purchase a new furnace.
An important part of preventative maintenance is someone with the right skills and experience for the job. Brothers Plumbing, Heating and Electric has over 37 years of experience with superior HVAC services ranging from installation to maintenance to emergency repair.
Brothers Gives Back, August 2017
Through the Brothers Give Back program, we are proud to be able to donate $1000.00 to an amazing cause. Mapleton Education Foundation is driven by the belief that if all students have the opportunity to pursue their dreams, our community, country and world will be a better place. Mapleton Education Foundation’s mission is to nurture the greatness in every student by affording opportunities and supplying necessary resources to turn dreams into reality.
The Foundation provides access to post-secondary education, enables participation in district and extra-curricular programs, fosters creativity and innovation in the classroom, and engages community support to fulfill this commitment to generations ongoing.
If you would like to donate or become involved in the Wounded Warrior Project, please visit http://www.mapletonedfoundation.org/
At Brothers Plumbing, Heating & Electric, we believe in giving back to the community. Every month we give up to $1000.00 to a local charity or nonprofit…nominated and chosen by you, our customers! If you have a non-profit nominee suggestions, please visit Brothers Gives Back.
A Back to School Letter from Lynn
Haircuts, school supply shopping, new shoes, new clothes, last minute getaways, fitting in doctors and dentist appointments…. If you have school age kids, you are all too familiar with this never ending to-do list this time of year as the focus changes to getting all these things done in preparation for the start of another school year.
My name is Lynn, I’m one of the sisters from Brothers, and as a mom to two wonderful school aged children, I’m right in the middle of the end of summer hustle getting everything squared away for the start of the school year myself. Since I work full time as well, I can relate to all of you busy moms and dads out there juggling all of these tasks. So, when my Air Conditioner drain line plugged and leaked all over my utility room floor unexpectedly last week I was less than pleased to figure out how to fit even one more thing into my busy, hectic schedule (and budget)!
That’s why at Brothers we have built in processes and procedures to make even the most unexpected repairs whether it’s plumbing, air conditioning, heating or electrical, go just a little bit easier for you!
- You can easily request an appointment online from your mobile phone by going to www.brothersplumbing.com or calling 303-451-5057
- A friendly representative will answer your request promptly to find a time that works in your busy schedule
- We book appointments 7 days a week (evenings too!) at no additional charge
- We will schedule your appointment in a 2-hour arrival window
- Better yet, we even call you 30-45 minutes in advance of our technician’s arrival so if you are out and about you know when to be heading home to meet him so you aren’t wasting time sitting around
- Before we come, we send you an email of the technician with his picture so you know who to expect at your front door. You can even read previous clients feedback from their visits with that technician
- And because your family’s safety and peace of mind is important to us our technicians wear the technician seal of safety, where they have been Background checked, drug tested and professionally trained
- We present options and get approval before performing any work
- We make payment easy, with either a check, cash or credit card. We even have financing options available to help you out as well
We hope that the experience you have will leave you with a smile on your face and we make the grade!
Please call Brothers for any planned, or unexpected, repairs! Or if you are a planner and would like to take advantage of our discounted pre-season 33pt furnace checks call us today! 303-451-5057 or online at www.brothersplumbing.com.
Summer 2017 Hints & Tips
Summer is upon us! And with it comes warmer temperatures, an increased use in electricity and sprinkler systems. Because of the increased demand and use of these home systems, our team of professional plumbers, electricians and HVAC technicians want to give you a few tips, tricks and reminders to help you this summer!
Electrical Hints to Stay Cool
Here are some electrical hints and tips that will help you stay cool this summer:
- Attic Fans – Attic fans help to vent the heat from your attic. This, in turn, helps to keep the rest of your house cool. Remember, heat rises.
- Whole-House Fans – Whole house fans, especially when used in concert with attic fans, can help maintain a cool temperature in your house this summer.
- Ceiling Fans – Make sure your ceiling fans are all set in the right direction this summer (Counterclockwise to push air down)
Summer Electrical Safety Tips
Here are some tips and tricks to help keep you safe around electricity this summer:
- Stay at least 10 feet away from overhead power lines
- Use outlet covers on your outdooor receptacles
- Use GFCI protection for all power in and around swimming pools, hot tubs, etc.
- Electricity and water don’t mix, keep your cords and devicces away from water sources
- Make sure all swimming pool electronics and outlets are grounded
- Never handle elctrical devices when wet
- Do not swim during a thunderstorm
- Don’t let your kids climb trees near power lines
- Only allow children to fly kytes or play with airborn toys in wide-open spaces, far away from any power lines
Summer HVAC Tips and Hints
- Invest in a programmable thermostat – Programmable thermostats allow you to control your HVAC units even when you’re not there. Match your thermostat to your schedule, use a timer for when you leave for work and when you come home, set it for particular rooms, and even set specific temperatures.
- Don’t forget about your air filters – Air filters should be replaced monthly to promote a more efficient system performance. Clogged or dirty air filters can cause a disrupt in the airflow and even lead to health concerns.
- Protect your HVAC from sun and debris – An awning or tree can provide shade to your unit and cut energy consumption while helping your unit operate more smoothly. However, note that shrubbery or branches that can get into the system and can hinder the performance of the system and may lead to permanent damage.
- Make sure that your vents are clean and open – It may be obvious but it is truly remarkable what you may not notice about your own home. Vents can be accidentally shut for cleaning purposes and never reopened. If you notice an unusually warm room or area in your home, don’t forget to check the vent.
- Think gravity – Heat rises. During those hot summer months, the heat in your home will rise to the ceiling or the second floor of your home. To help that hot air on its way out of your home, fans can be a great tool.
Plumbing Summer Hints and tips
These are some useful plumbing hints and tips:
- If you’re vacationing away from your home for several days, turn down your water heater to save energy. It’s also important to know that the average life of a water heater is anywhere from 8-11 years old. If you don’t know the age of your system, check the last four digits of the serial number on the tank. This will show you the month and year it was manufactured.
- Water your lawn at the right time! It’s suggested that the best time to water lawns and landscapes is in the early morning and evening, after the sun goes down. If you decide to tend to your lawn in the middle of the day, that water can be lost due to evaporation from the heat throughout the day.
- Do you have trees planted in your front lawn? Any kind of tree growth can cause roots to make their way to your sewer line in search of water. If you suspect any damage (ie: sewage backups in your lowest level), give us a call to check your lines.
Call Brothers Plumbing, Heating and Electric
Giving us a call to come out and make sure that your cooling and/or air conditioning system is up to snuff can help you beat the heat this summer. Our affordable technicians are always just a quick phone call away. Give us a call at 303.468.2294 to schedule service today!