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It’s Green, Green They Say……Or Is It?

“If present trends continue, the world will be about four degrees colder for the global mean temperature in 1990, but 11 degrees colder by the year 2000,” claimed ecology professor Kenneth E.F. Watt at the University of California in 1970.
We, as average hard working Americans, are constantly bombarded by all the “experts” telling us that our duty HSC Heating & Coolingis to be “Green” to save the planet above all else. We are to use one square of toilet paper when we have a bowel movement. We are to drive vehicles that someone in Washington determines are right for us. We are to use light bulbs that may create more damage to the environment and our health than the old ones. We are told to build homes with zero energy use even though the lack of infiltration and air exchange is unhealthy. We are told to be happy to pay fees and taxes that go to give rebates on expensive appliances that are far more complex and may never meet the energy saving they tout. We are asked to give our utilities extra payments each month so they can build inefficient solar and wind electric generating farms. Where is the common sense about any of this?
No, we are not believers in wasting resources or being foolish about how we spend our dollars. We are to be stewards of this earth the Lord has given us. But we are believers in the free market and the free choices each of us should have. If you decide you want to buy a gas guzzler it should be your right. If you want to use incandescent light bulbs it should be your right. If you want to use 4 or 6 or 10 sheets of toilet paper to wipe your bottom, it should be your right. If you want an inefficient AC unit, it should be your right to make that decision. If you want to leave a door open or a window with the furnace running, it should be your right. We are all tired of those who think they are so much smarter than each of us, telling us they know what we should be doing.
Here is a solution to the maybe climate change or the maybe energy crisis. Let’s us some common sense in America and keep some “green” in our wallets. We can evolve our products and services over time rather than radical changes which are expensive and often add nothing to saving the planet. We can drill for oil and natural gas anywhere and do it safely. We can have nuclear plants that are safe and clean. We can drive automobiles with gas engines that put out very little pollution. We can have faucets made of brass with small amounts of lead without injuring out kids. If we can send men to the moon, we can figure out how to do these things safely and without pollution. We can let the market place determine what we buy not bureaucrats. We are smart enough to know what each will cost upfront and during the life cycle. If some of us don’t, then we should start looking at our school systems and what we are teaching our children. We should have the choice!HSC Plumbing
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5 Quick tips for Spring Cleaning your AC System..

Home Service Corp. Grosse IleA series of tasks that homeowners feel encouraged to do during this time of year we call spring cleaning. Inside the home this can include dusting under the beds, washing windows, cleaning carpets, dusting the baseboard moldings among other things. We are just tired of winter and ready to have everything bright and sparkling clean for the Spring and Summer season.
Outside Spring Cleaning tasks can include raking leaves that may have hung around, picking up paper and trash that showed up after the snow melted, removing covers off of shrubs and flower beds, and washing the windows on the outside. Here are several things you can do to assure your plumbing pool heater and air conditioning systems are ready for the warmer weather.

  • You can remove the air conditioning cover off the outside unit and check the unit for any damage that may have happened during the winter months. Be sure the disconnect is energized. You can clean and weeds or debris that may have accumulated around the unit. Home Service Corp. Air Conditioning Service
  • Look at the coil also and see if it may be partially plugged with cottonwood, or other debris. You may be able to clean the coil with a hose and sprayer. Be careful not to damage the fins on the coil. Also check for wasp, hornet or bee’s hives. Carefully use a proper insecticide and remove the hive.
  • A coat of auto polish and wax will keep your unit looking nice all season. It’s a good time to do it while the temperatures are cool.
  • Next, replace the furnace filter if it has not been replaced in the last month. Air conditioning requires more airflow than the heating cycle so a clean filter is even more important during the cooling season.
  • Finally, if your air conditioning system has not been serviced in the last two years, it’s time to call for a system checkup to assure economically and steady operation when you need it. We have specials so call today!
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  • Now that the weather has warmed up, turn on the valves for the outside faucets. Carefully check for leaks that may have occurred do to freezing both inside and outside. Quickly turn the vales off if there is a split from freezing to avoid any water damage.Home Service Corp. Plumbing Service
  • If you have a pool with a heater, you can remove the cover from your pool heater. Check the unit for any visible signs of damage that may have occurred during the winter months. Also be sure the disconnect is energized. The unit cabinet can be cleaned with a car polish and then waxed to protect the finish. Remove and debris, grass or shrubbery that may restrict airflow or access to the unit before it begins to grow even more obstructive. Kill any wasps or bees in the unit and remove the hives.

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Urgent Setback Thermostat Recall

 

Important Recall for a popular thermostat

Below is the information to determine if your setback thermostat is included in this recall. If you have questions, please contact us.

 

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We are always concerned about our customer’s safety. We are ready to answer your questions so feel free to call us.

 

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10 Ways to Keep Your Cool!

HomeServiceCorp.comThe recent issue of Money Magazine had a list of 10 ways to cut your cooling costs. Although it is not a complete list it contained some very good information. We have added additional thoughts that the article did not consider but will add to your comfort.

  1. Clean The Condenser Make sure shrubs, plants and ground cover are at least a foot away from the unit outside. Wash down the unit with a hose but be sure not to force debris between the coil fins.
  2. Replace Filters Replace the filter in your furnace at least twice a year. If you have pets or a lot of activity in your home it may be necessary to replace it much more often
  3. Plant a Tree If you plant a larger tree on the West or South side of your home, the shade can reduce cooling costs.
  4. Tighten Ductwork If your basement is considerably cooler that the rest of your house, it could be the ductwork in the basement is leaking the cool air into the basement and not allowing it to flow into the main areas of the home.
  5. Install Ceiling Fans Air movement helps us to feel cooler. Installation of ceiling fans can help circulate air in your home and provide more comfort. Just be sure to turn off fans in rooms you are not using and save energy.
  6. Use the Shades Closing window treatments on the South and West side of your home on sunny days can reduce solar heat gain. It can also reduce fading of carpeting and furnishings.
  7. Keep the Air Flowing Leave doors between rooms open to allow air flow. Also be sure vents are open and not covered with furniture or other stuff.
  8. Open Windows On cool nights or cool days it may make sense to open windows in your home. There are some risks here for home security and allow airborne allergens into your home.
  9. Upgrade If your unit is 10 years old or more replacing it with a new high efficiency unit can save you bucks this year.
  10. Get a Checkup Having a semi-annual checkup of your system by a qualified Technician can assure your unit is operating at the maximum efficiency for your unit.Home Servoice Corp. Heating and Cooling

 

If you need service on your system or are thinking about a replacement, call us today!

It’s a good time of year to have our trained experienced air conditioning Technicians solve your cooling problems whether you live on Grosse Ilse, in Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Melvindale, or Oak Park.

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20 Spring Tips for your home’s plumbing, heating, cooling

With a brutal winter coming to an end, spring is here. Although it is early to do some of these things, the list will help you prepare for summer and much warmer weather. Here are several tips to safe energy and unexpected surprises from your plumbing, heating, and air conditioning systems.

AC UnitYour Heating & Cooling System

 As the snow melts away and you can again see that air conditioning unit in your backyard, clean debris, weeds, leaves, and branches   from around the unit.

        If you have a cover on your unit, be sure to remove it, wash it and store for next winter use.

     As the temperatures warm, use a car polish and wax on the painted surfaces of your air conditioning unit to keep the finish from deteriorating.

3.      If the unit is out of level, gently level it so it will operate properly.

4.      If you shut the unit off, energize it by turning on the circuit breaker or replacing the fuse block. Don’t immediately start the unit up but allow a day for the system to “warm up”.

5.      Replace the filter in your furnace. When you are in air conditioning mode, the blower will be operating at a higher speed and needs to move more air to cool your home. A dirty filter is one of the issues that can quickly cause unit failure.

6.      Reset the humidifier for warmer temperatures. Check your owner’s manual for instructions.

7.      If you have a pump for condensate from the inside air conditioning coil, be sure it is plugged in.

8.      Check the point where the refrigerant lines enter the home for openings that may need to be caulked to prevent critters or outside air into the house. If you have a high efficiency furnace that vents to the side of your home, also check here for openings that may need caulking.

9.      If you have not reset your setback thermostat for daylight saving time, put out the manual and do it now.

       Finally the most important tip to assure you air conditioning system is in tiptop operating condition, call us today and schedule a spring tune-up by a qualified technician.

Sump PumpYour Plumbing System

1.      Turn the water back on to outside spigots and careful check for any damage to the waterlines from freezing.

2.      Remove the cover of your sump pump pit (if you have a sump pump) and check to be sure debris or sand are not interfering with the pump intake.

3.      Also check the piping from the pump to the outside of your home for damage.

4.      Check the piping from your sump pump to be sure it wasn’t damaged from snow, ice or shoveling during the winter.

5.      Run your backup sump pump system to be sure it will operate properly if needed.

6.      Consider adding a backup sump pump system to your existing system if you don’t have one. With lots of melting snow this is an important item.

7.      Make sure your down spouts are set to put melting snow from your roof or spring rain away from the home so the sump pump will not have to operate as often.

8.      Check the point where the sump pump line leaves the home for openings that may need to be caulked to prevent critters or outside air into the house.  Also check for openings around the outside spigots that may need caulking.

9.      Call us to schedule your plumbing repairs or a complete system inspection and evaluation.

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Duck Tape or Duct Tape?

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Duct tape has become a household staple for repairs of all sorts. There is hardly an adult who hasn’t used it at some time or another to fix something flapping, broken or loose. In fact the interest in duct tape has become so large that Jim and Tim, the Duct Tape Guys have written numerous books, give speeches, and have a website all about duct tape. There is such a cult following of duct tape fans that their books have sold over 1.5 million copies.

Many agree that adhesive tape, the fore runner of duct tape was invented in the 1920’s by 3M Company researchers led by Richard Drew. I’m not sure what people did before adhesive tape was invented. During World War II, the American military needed a strong, waterproof tape to keep moisture out of ammunition cases. You have heard the phrase, “You need to your powder dry.” A really important issue when you’re starring into the eyes of your enemy. Being waterproof, everyone referred to it as “duck” tape. This versatile tape became the universal “tool” that could be ripped by hand and used to make quick repairs to jeeps, aircraft, and other military equipment. Johnson and Johnson Company which had developed its own line of adhesive tapes, helped the war effort by combining cloth mesh (which rips easily) with a rubber-based adhesive, and then gave that combination of rubberized, waterproof coating.

Following the war, housing in the United States boomed, and many new homes featured forced-air heating and air-conditioning units that relied on duct work to distribute warmth and coolness. The strong military tape made the perfect material for binding and repairing duct work. By changing the color of the tape’s rubberized top coat from Army green to sheet metal gray, “duct” tape was born. Today this type of tape is no longer acceptable to seal or connect ductwork.

Duct tape consists of 3 layers. The top layer is a resilient plastic (Polyethylene). The middle layer is a fabric mesh, which facilitates tearing. And the bottom layer is a rubber-based adhesive.

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The 3 layers are pressed together during manufacture. Duct tape is commonly used in situations where a strong, flexible adhesive is required, especially where exposure to the elements is a concern. But over the years it has been used for a multitude of more zany situations including:

– repairing flat tires

– making men and women’s clothing

– restraining unruly prisoners

– Forts, costumes and toys for kids

– making tennis balls behave like cricket balls

– as a temporary bandage

– temporarily repairing spacecraft.

It now comes in hundreds of colors and patterns including your favorite team’s logos. What are some of the unique ways you have used duct tape?

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A toolbox full of tools does not make a Professional

With the slower economy over the past several years, many jobs have been eliminated with the unemployed or under employed looking for additional sources of income. Additionally teachers, firemen, and policemen have had schedules that allow them to have a second career. Some believe that they have the skills of a professional and decide they can be as effective as a professional in a repair or installation project. To be perfectly frank, they often can do many of the simpler tasks a professional Plumber, Air Conditioning/Heating Technician, or Electrician can do. But then again, we have followed behind many “simple” tasks that have been totally messed up by a handyman.

I am always amazed how a parent will look out for the safety of their children in many ways but look to save a buck and jeopardize the safety of their family in other ways. Most parents wouldn’t think of buying a black-market car seat for their small child. They wouldn’t consider a cheap bike helmet for their son or daughter. They wouldn’t buy milk or fruit that was not pasteurized or free of pesticides. They don’t shop for the cheapest tutor or coach. Yet when they have someone make a repair to a faucet that could scald a child, a heating system that uses natural gas as the fuel, or a circuit that needs to be properly grounded, they will have someone with little or no experience do the work just to save a dollar.

So what makes the difference between a handyman and a professional?

·        The definition of a professional from Merriam-Webster dictionary is: “relating to a job that requires special education, training, or skill”.

·        The definition of a Handyman from Merriam-Webster dictionary is: “a person (especially a man) who is skillful at doing small jobs (such as household repairs)”.

That’s quite a difference. Each of these trades requires hours of classroom training, years of working with a master, testing and ongoing training. The time frame to become a master in these trades is at least 5 years of work and study. Many have associates degrees or full bachelor degrees in business and construction. Their experiences of working in hundreds of homes similar to yours help them quickly and effectively diagnose the problem and often offer a variety of solutions. They back their work and will solve the issue to your satisfaction.Home Service Corp.

As Glenn Haege, The Master Handyman, often says, ”The best tool in your tool box is often your checkbook, call the professional.”

We have professionals ready to meet your needs Call us today to be assured of a successful outcome.

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