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Five New Year’s Resolutions for your Electrical System

Today is New Year’s Eve, and now is the time to make all your New Year’s resolutions for the next year. While most people focus on improving their finances, health, and well-being, the professional electricians here at Brothers Plumbing Heating Electric would like to suggest five different resolutions for your home electrical system. So, besides your traditional resolutions, why not add a few of the following suggestions this year?

1 – Replace Light Bulbs with Energy-Efficient LEDs

While it’s true that LED light bulbs cost more than incandescents, they’ll save you money in the long run. LED bulbs use a fraction of the electricity that incandescent lamps use, and they last 35 to 50 times longer.

Furthermore, they produce less heat than traditional bulbs and are much more durable. That’s right, LED light bulbs won’t shatter all over your floor if you drop one! There really isn’t any excuse to forgo replacing your light bulbs with energy-efficient LEDs.

2 – Reset and Install GFCI Outlets

Technically, you’re supposed to reset your GFCI outlets every single month. However, most consumers fail to do this, even once a year. So, this New Year’s is the perfect time to schedule a monthly reset of all your GFCI outlets.

Furthermore, if you don’t have GFCI outlets in your restroom and kitchen (or anywhere near a water source), then contact us to have them installed today. They are real lifesavers when it comes to electrical safety.

3 – Install a Whole-House Surge Protector

Most people install surge protectors for their computers and television/home theater setups. But did you know that you can improve your surge protection even further by having us install a whole-house surge protector right at your electric panel? Having us out to install a whole-house surge protector will go a long way towards protecting your home electrical equipment even further.

Moreover, they’re incredibly affordable and effective. So, what are you waiting for? Contact us to schedule a whole-house surge protector installation today!

4 – Replace the Batteries in All Your Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Carbon monoxide and smoke detectors save countless lives every year. However, they don’t do any good if their batteries are dead. This year (and every single year hereafter), make sure to install new batteries in every single one of your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Doing so might save your life one day.

5 – Have a Safety Inspection Performed

Before you kick off the new year, contact Brothers Plumbing Heating Electric to schedule a whole-house electrical safety inspection. Our electricians will inspect your breaker panel, circuits, and all your circuit breakers during the investigation. We’ll also check your electric appliances and lights to make sure everything is ship-shape. Contact us to schedule an early January safety inspection today!

So, those are the five New Year’s resolutions for your electrical system that our electricians suggest you make this year. And, if you experience any electrical problems this year, we sincerely hope you’ll make the right decision and hire our professionals. Remember, when it comes to safe and effective electric work, you can always rely on the expert electricians here at Brothers Plumbing Heating Electric!

Happy New Year from Us Here at Brothers Plumbing Heating Electric!

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Winter Hints Tips Reminders

Winter is in full swing, and if you didn’t take the time to prepare, now is the time to tackle all those home maintenance items. Many of these winter hints are easy things that you can do yourself. Still, your furnace or any other primary heating or cooling unit and your sprinklers need to be cared for by a trained professional. But don’t worry, we are here to help! Give us here at Brothers Plumbing Heating Air & Electric for help today! And, for additional information on our services and available times, please give us a call anytime! We work 7 days a week with no overtime charges!

Schedule Your Annual Furnace Service Maintenance

Taking care of these items is vital to keeping your furnace running stable all winter. By scheduling these tasks before the cold weather arrives, you are making sure your home is ready for the cold winter months ahead. Once the freeze hits, everyone else will be scrambling to stay warm while you are friendly and toasty inside your home. Call us to get this scheduled early so you can have the peace of mind of a carefree winter.

Okay, we’re aware that winter is in full swing. However, we highly recommend you take care of your furnace maintenance in the fall, before the season begins. But, even if you didn’t get yours done last fall, it’s never truly too late to tackle these winter hints, tips, and reminders. Contact us to schedule a make-up maintenance today!

Remove Any Flammable Or Dangerous Items Around The Furnace

Many people use their furnace area for storage during the summer, but this can be extremely dangerous. Ensure the area around your furnace is clear from any items or debris to keep you and your family safe all through the winter.

Change The Air Filter

Air filters need to be changed at least every three months to ensure your system is functioning accurately and efficiently. This is especially important before heavy use times of the year. A dirty filter kills a unit’s efficiency and ends up costing you more money to operate.  A clean filter not only keeps dirt and dust particles out of the air but also makes your system run more efficiently. If you do not know how to change your air filter, give us a call, and we will be happy to come out and take care of it for you.

Schedule Evaporative Cooler (Swamp Cooler) Winterization Service (If You Have One)

Evaporative coolers are an excellent and eco-friendly way to cool your house with a smaller environmental impact. However, some annual services must be performed to keep your unit functioning properly. Winterizing your unit is a must and can often be dangerous due to the cooler’s location (usually on the roof) and is best performed by a trained professional. The qualified professional technician will ensure the process is done correctly, preventing any potential freeze damage and ensuring your unit a long life. Give us a call to get your winterization scheduled!

Program Your Thermostat

Not many people realize this is one of the simplest things you can do to make your home more efficient and save you money! Set your thermostat only to run while you are home, and try not to set it above 68-70 degrees. Energy.gov states that turning your thermostat lower by 10-15 degrees for 8 hours a day will help you see an energy usage reduction of 5 to 15 percent on your per year bill.

Schedule Sprinkler Winterization

The cooler weather’s arrival also means it’s time to put up the lawnmower and get the exterior of your home ready for the frozen months head. #1 on this winter hints list should be to winterize your sprinkler system. Any water left in the pipes will freeze, expand, and then crack your order costing potentially thousands to repair. Call us to get yours scheduled today before the next freeze!

Undo Your Hoses & Protect Your Exterior Faucets

Disconnecting and covering your exterior faucets is a crucial step to protecting your home during winter. Make sure to disconnect all hoses and ideally install a faucet cover fully. Also, make sure to drain the water from the hoses once disconnected to lengthen the life of your hoses.

Check Your Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they are working correctly. Be sure they are installed correctly and in the correct locations in your home. There should be one outside of every bedroom at a minimum to ensure you and your family is safe. If you are concerned about the location of your current ones or need to add a few more, give us a call to schedule a consultation.

Contact Us Today!

Want to lose the stress of having to worry about these winter hints every year? Ask about our Home Care Club, where your yearly services are all combined into one low price, plus you are eligible for additional discounts on any other needed work performed. Call Brothers Plumbing Heating and Electric today!

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5 Holiday Electrical Tips – Staying Safe While Decking The Halls

Happy Holidays! While decking the halls with your Holiday decor preference is fun for all, it can also be inordinately dangerous if not done correctly. So, to help keep you safe and fire-free this season, here are five Holiday electrical tips from the professional electricians at Brothers Plumbing Heating Air & Electric!

Tip 1 – Safely Lighting And Decorating Your Christmas Tree

We all love the look and smell of a real Christmas tree.  This is a simple reminder to water your tree every day.  Since Colorado is very dry, electrical problems and fires are caused by not properly hydrating your tree.  A dry tree and hot lights make for an easy fire.

Tip 2 – Never Plug In More Lights Than The Breaker Can Handle

Always plug into GFCI outlets and never plugin more lights than the breaker or GFCI outlet can handle.  This isn’t very clear to many homeowners.  A good rule of thumb is to read the directions provided by the manufacturer. Most home receptacle circuits can handle 15 amps, of which you should only use 80% or 12 amps.

Tip 3 – Properly Install Electrical Devices Of All Kinds

Many home fires are caused by improper installation of electrical devices.  Please look around your house for areas of concern problems, and be careful about do-it-yourself electrical projects.

Tips 4 & 5 – Keep Your Outdoor Lighting Safe And Don’t Run Electrical Wires Under Rugs.

For outside, use extension cords and lights approved for the outdoors.  It seems simple, but this can save a lot of headaches.

Don’t run electrical wires under rugs and make sure Christmas lights are not touching any fabric such as bedspreads, sofas, or drapes.

Family Is Important, So We’re Closed On Christmas & New Year’s Day

Please keep in mind that we like to allow our employees time to spend with their family, friends, and loved ones during this Holiday Season.  To allow for this to happen, we will be closed on Christmas & New Years Day.  Otherwise, we are open  7 days a week with no extra charges! Give us a call.  We look forward to serving you this Holiday Season. 303.451.5057.

Happy Holidays from all of us at Brothers Plumbing, Heating, and Electric!
Here is something fun for you to read and written by our marketing director!

T’was the night before Christmas, and all through the town,
Not a Christmas light was burnt out for miles around.
The electrician, it seems, had done his job well,
And now had retired for the holiday spell.

At home with his family to help trim the tree,
And thankful to God for the right to be free.
When all of a sudden came a knock at the door,
“Come quick to the church, the lights are unlit and smoking!”

Gone in a flash with his toolbox in tow,
From the warmth of the hearth into the snow.
Down to the church where the people were praying,
For someone to stop the wires from fraying.

Then all in a body they joyfully cheered at the door,
The electrician quickly appeared. He studied a moment,
Then climbed on a ladder, careful not to teeter,
This man with an electrical meter.

A twist of the wrist, all done with such ease in a matter of seconds,
The lights lit up the trees. All eyes were upon him,
As the throng did believe, They’d seen a real Santa,
On this Christmas Eve.

With a wink of his eye, he called back in flight,
“Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!”

~Lynn F.

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Brothers Gives Back to Urban Peak

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At Brothers Plumbing Heating & Electric, we believe in giving back to the community especially during these crazy seasons of 2020. Each month we give $1,000 to a local charity or nonprofit nominated by a team member or someone within the community.

During the month of December our Brothers Gives Back donation went to the Urban Peak.  Founded in 1988, Urban Peak is the only non-profit organization in Denver that provides a full convergence of services for youth ages 15 through 24 experiencing homelessness or at imminent risk of becoming homeless.  

To nominate a recipient for our monthly Brothers Gives Back visit:  www.brothersplumbing.com/brothers-gives-back/

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The Pros and Cons of Hydro-Jetting

Hydro-jetting (high pressure water jetting) services are fast, affordable, and do a wonderful job of clearing drain and sewer lines of clogs and obstructions. However, just like with any other type of plumbing service, hydro-jetting is not without its pros and cons. Let’s talk about what hydro-jetting is and the pros and cons of the service in a little more detail.

What is Hydro-Jetting?

Hydro-jetting (high pressure water jetting) is cleaning out drain and sewer lines from clogs and obstructions using pressurized water. Plumbers often perform hydro-jetting procedures during drain cleaning jobs and before they do any sewer repair or replacement.

To more easily understand hydro-jetting, we can compare it to pressure washing. Both tools use water under high pressure to clean messes and clear debris. However, hydro-jetting machines utilize water that is under much, much greater pressure than the pressure washers that you can rent/purchase at your local hardware store.

The Pros of Hydro-Jetting (High Pressure Water Jetting)

The pros of hydro-jetting services include:

  • Hydro-jetting clears stubborn clogs with just water.
  • Hydro-jetting can be done to both commercial and residential drain lines.
  • It can also cut through tree roots that have invaded your sewer line.
  • Hydro-jetting is environmentally safe and green.
  • High pressure water jetting services will clear the entire drain line rather than just a small section of it (rooter services will only clear an opening as large as the diameter of the rooter augur)

The Cons of Hydro-Jetting

The cons of hydro-jetting services include:

  • Hydro-jetting can be less effective at removing extra serious drain obstructions than rooter or auger drain cleaning services.
  • Hydro-jetting can be too much for older and weaker pipelines to handle
  • It can’t help clear drain lines that have been obstructed by serious damage like a bellied line.

Contact Us for Hydro-Jetting Services Today!

If you think that hydro-jetting services will solve your drainage or sewer problems, then you’ve come to the right place! Here at Brothers Plumbing Heating Air & Electric, we pride ourselves on being the go-to company for hydro-jetting services in the area! So, what are you waiting for? Contact us to schedule high pressure water jetting services today!

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