Does Your Business Need a Dehumidifier?
During a typical New York summer the air can be hot and muggy outside, which can mean excess moisture inside. Excessive indoor humidity is not just uncomfortable, it can lead to unhealthy mold, musty odors and condensation that can damage wood surfaces and paint.
In today's tight, well insulated buildings, excess moisture can make your air conditioner work harder to keep the air cool and dry. To help keep the air dryer, a dehumidifier can be an effective solution.
How does a dehumidifier work?
As warm, humid air is blown across a cold coil by a fan, moisture condenses into liquid, which can be removed through a drain pipe. The dry air then passes over a warm coil and is added back into the room. Dehumidifiers are controlled by an instrument called a dehumidistat, which turns the unit on and off depending on the amount of moisture detected in the air. The level of moisture is controlled by a dehumidistat, which turns the unit on and off. A dehumidifier's capacity is measured in pints of water removed every 24 hours.
A dehumidifier is designed to work in conjunction with you heating and air conditioning system by monitoring and controlling the level of humidity. It operates quietly and is easily maintained by cleaning a filter.
Have questions about controlling excess humidity? Call Maxwell Plumb, we're here to help.
Spring Plumbing Maintenance Tips
Spring is a good time to check your home's plumbing system inside and outside to ensure you are not wasting water from leaks or missing potentially larger problems in your home's sewer line. Here are a few plumbing maintenance tips:
1. Fix Leaks - Inspect shower heads and faucets for leaks. A single dripping faucet can waste hundreds of gallons of water in a year. Check toilets for leaks by adding several drops of food coloring to the toilet tank. If the tank is leaking, colored water will appear in the toilet bowl.
2. Test Your Sump Pump - Test the sump pump by pouring a bucket of water into the sump pump pit. The pump should turn on immediately, remove the water, then turn off.
3. Sewer & Drain Maintenance - Check that all drains have strainers to prevent debris clogging the drain lines. Schedule a sewer line inspection. A video sewer line inspection will help to find the small issues before they become a major problem.
4. Ensure Plumbing Systems Are Regularly Used - Exercising faucets and water valves under sinks and toilets will prevent them from sticking from underuse.
5. Maintain Your Water Heater - Drain a few gallons from the water heater tank to remove sediment, which reduces heating efficiency and can shorten the life of the water heater. Check with your water heater manufacturer's instructions for your specific make/model.
Preventing Water Hammer Damage To Your Plumbing System
If your plumbing system suddenly makes a loud banging sound, you likely have have a plumbing problem known as "water hammer". When water suddenly changes momentum under pressure, such as when a faucet valve is closed suddenly, a hydraulic shockwave is sent through the pipe, resulting in bang as the energy is released. If the pressure change is severe enough it can lead to damaged fittings or even burst pipes.
Preventing Water Hammer
A properly installed plumbing system has air compartments that compress to absorb sudden changes in water pressure. In some cases these compartments can fail to work if the water has gradually absorbed air or the compartments have become filled with water.
If you are experiencing water hammer you can restore the plumbing system's air chambers by opening the faucet that caused the noise and allowing the water to completely drain out. Air will then replace the water and restore the shock absorbing capability inside the pipes.If the air compartment is below the fixture, you may have to drain the main supply lines to restore the air in the lines.
If the above steps do not cure the problem, the plumbing system may not have the necessary air chambers installed, or they may have become clogged over time. Your plumber can inspect the system to identify any problems and recommend solutions.
Have questions about water hammer or other plumbing problems? Call Maxwell Plumb anytime.
3 Ways To Improve Indoor Air Quality
Indoor air quality is dependent on many factors, but there are three important steps that you can take to keep the air healthier, safer and more comfortable inside the home.
One of the most important steps you can take to keep the air clean is to change your furnace air filter on a regularly. For most 1" pleated filters, that means replacing the filter once per month to keep the air clean and the furnace operating efficiently. If there are pets or allergy sufferers in the home, consider a whole house HEPA air filtration system to reduce pet dander and allergens.
Maintain Proper Humidity Levels
During the summer, a central air conditioner will do a good job of removing moisture from the air. In extremely humidity environments, excess mold can form, leading to health problems. If the humidity is over 50% you'll likely be feeling uncomfortable and may benefit from a whole house dehumidifier.
In the winter, humidity levels between 30-40% are ideal. If humidity levels are too low, you may experience dry, cracked skin and a upper respiratory irritation. A whole house humidifier is a better option than standalone units, which are less effective and can harbor mold and bacteria.
Many of the most harmful contaminants in the home are unseen. Carbon monoxide and radon are colorless, odorless gases that can cause serious health problems or death. Gas furnaces, water heaters, dryers and other appliances that produce carbon monoxide exhaust must be properly vented to the outside of the home.
Have your home tested for Radon. If your home tests high for radon gas, special exhaust systems can be installed to improve ventilation to reduce exposure.
Have questions about indoor air quality? Give Maxwell Plumb call, we're here to help.
Enjoy Energy Savings with a Programmable Thermostats
It's a fact that heating and cooling makes up the largest chunk of most of the average energy bill. The good news it with a small investment starting at as little as $99 you can save thousands on annual heating and cooling costs. Regardless of what kind of HVAC system you have, you can save money without sacrificing comfort by installing a programmable thermostat.
How would you like to save up to 33% on your energy bills without sacrificing comfort? A basic programmable thermostat comes with preset temperature settings for different times of the day. A lower temperature when the rooms are unoccupied will use less energy which will lead to savings on your energy bill.
If you‚Äôre a technology buff or just like the thought of a large, easy to use touchscreen, some of the latest models offer greater control, easy programming, and access via your computer or smartphone.
Precise Temperature Control
A digital thermostat can be programmed to lower the temperature when rooms are empty, which saves you money. Additionally, it can be set so it automatically raises the temperature when rooms are occupied.
The heating and air conditioning experts at Maxwell Plumb will install your new thermostat, show you how to program it correctly. So call Maxwell Plumb Today and start saving right away!