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Friday, January 29, 2016

Why would I want a water softener some may ask.  The answer is easier than you may think.  Water softeners may cost you some money up front but in the end it will save you money, time and headaches with your water piping, plumbing fixtures, water heater and even your appliances.  

SUMO water softeners in Idaho

Water softeners have been around a long time.  They used to use tons of salt and didn't really work that well.  As time has gone on the water softener has evolved like everything else out there.  They use less salt, less water when the water softener regenerates and take out the hard water minerals that ruin your washing machine, water heater, stain your plumbing fixtures and wear out your dishwasher and cause spotting on your nice clean dishes.  You will also find that you use less soap in the process for laundry, showers, dishes and more.  Hard water prevents your soap to suds up which in turn means you use twice as much soap as you need to get things clean.  All those hard water minerals also build up inside of your water heater cutting down the capacity of the hot water and ruining the tank on your water heater much faster than it should.  There are some parts of Boise that have very little to no hard water but as you head west a crossed the valley on average the water gets worse the farther west you go.  If you don't know if you have hard water or want to have it checked out you have come to the right place.  Drake Mechanical can test your water for Iron, PH, water hardness and more.  Give the trusted professionals at Drake Mechanical who have been providing you with the same great service and honest up front pricing a call today or CLICK HERE to shoot us an e mail and get scheduled today.  If you want choices we have many choices of water softeners that we can offer you and they all have their place and application.  From the SUMO Water Softener to the NUVO, Sterling or even the Nugen.  Drake Mechanicals technitians even specialize in commercial water softeners so that we can cover all of your water softener needs throught the Treasure Valley!

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Posted by DrakeAdmin at 1/29/2016 9:45:00 AM
Monday, November 09, 2015

Are you buying your furnace filters at Walmart or one of the big box stores?  Drake Mechanical can save you quite a bit of money on furnace filters that actually work along with helping your furnace and air conditioning system run more efficiently.  Furnace filters are something that should be changed regularly in order to help your furnace run at peak performance.  Below is a list of our current furnace filter pricing.  These are standard MERV 8 filters.  If you are using a filter that you can literally see through or you are not changing your filter regularly you are most likely spending more on your utilities than you need to.  A good furnace filter catches the dirt and dust and doesn't let most of it build up inside your furnace on the blower, heat exchanger or other parts.  A clean furnace filter also lets the air flow properly which can save on damage to your furnace heat exchanger due to overheating or your air conditioner due to freezing up or other issues.  If you need furnace filters just give us a call or CLICK HERE to contact us by e mail and make sure we have them in stock.  If not we can usually have them next day and all you have to do is come pick them up.  Case quantities are sized for an average year of filter changes.  

Furnace filter pricing in Boise, Nampa and Caldwell

Posted by DrakeAdmin at 11/9/2015 11:09:00 AM
Thursday, October 01, 2015

Once again Fall is quickly approaching Boise Nampa and Caldwell.  Leaves are starting to change colors and the temperatures at night and during the day are dropping too.  There are a few things you need to make sure that you take care of in your home before fall turns into winter.  Here are some tips that all of us here at Drake Mechanical hope you find helpful.  

  1. If you have a fireplace, woodstove, gas fireplace or even a pellet stove it is a good idea to get it checked out prior to putting it to use.  This can help prevent surprises like finding out your fireplace is non-functional when you go to use it.  There can be other issues like the fan not working, igniter wont light the gas fireplace or even your augur is out on your pellet stove and wont feed any pellets into the firebox to burn.  Drake Mechanical highly recommends getting your fireplace serviced and tuned up prior to winter so that you can come home and relax rather than come home and fight with your fireplace.

Boise gas fireplace installation

  1. Disconnect your garden hoses from your hose bibbs each time you use them.  When the hose is connected to your hose bibb or outside faucet it can not drain properly.  As the temperatures drop the water inside your hose can freeze and the ice can actually travel up inside the hose bibb and break it inside your crawl space or wall.  You will not typically find out about a broken hose bibb until spring unless you happen to use it in the winter time.  
  2. Take a look up in your attic and see if you have enough attic insulation.  Lack of insulation in your attic can allow your heat to pass right through your ceiling and waste your hard earned money.  If you only have a small amount of attic insulation getting a hold of a home insulator could save you big bucks over the course of winter by helping your furnace run less.  This also helps in summer by keeping the heat in your attic out of your house which makes your air conditioner work harder.  
  3. Clean out your rain gutters after the leaves fall off the trees.  This will help out with water and ice backing up onto your roof and causing potential leaks.  This will also help prevent your downspouts from plugging.
  4. If you have a wood stove or wood burning fireplace make sure that you have your chimney cleaned prior to using it.  A simple task like having your chimney cleaned can save you and your family a lot of trouble by helping prevent a chimney fire this winter.

Boise gas fireplace repairs

  1. Get your furnace tuned up and ready for winter.  A small amount of preventative maintenance now can save you and your family from waking up to a freezing cold house some morning in the winter.  A simple furnace tune up can locate problems like electric motors going out, a plugged condensate drain on a 90% plus high efficiency furnace, burnt out heat strips on an electric furnace which means that your furnace has to work a lot harder to heat your home or even a cracked heat exchanger which can pump carbon monoxide into your home.
  2. If you have a heat pump it might be time to get it checked out.  If you had it tuned up at the beginning of air conditioning season you may want to consider having it checked out and cleaned again for heating season.  All the dust, dirt, smoke and everything else in the air over the summer can have the coil all dirty and gunked up again.  This means that your heat pump wont be working at peak efficiency this winter which translates into higher energy bills and your backup electric heat having to run more frequently.
  3. Make sure that your heat vents are uncovered.  If you cover up your vents this can make cold spots in areas of your home.  It also restricts airflow which can cause other problems such as your furnace overheating.
  4. When your not using your fireplace keep the damper closed.  This can help prevent cold air from migrating into your home and also help keep the warm air you are paying to heat inside your home where you want it.
  5. Cover or close your crawl space vents for the winter.  Closing or covering your crawl space vents can help prevent pipes from freezing and also keeps your crawl space from getting as cold as it is outside.  This helps your ductwork to be warmer and loose less heat between your furnace and your vents in your home.
  6. Last but not least dont forget to change your furnace filters on a regular basis.  Having a good quality furnace filter that is clean will help your air quality and also help your furnace work efficiently which saves your hard earned money rather than paying it out to the utility companies.  

Boise furnace filter suppliers

We hope that these tips help you save money and have less issues with your home during the long cold winter months.  If you need to request a furnace tune up or fireplace tune up just give us a call at 362-6200 or click on the link below to send us an e mail request.

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Posted by DrakeAdmin at 10/1/2015 11:31:00 AM

Once again Fall is quickly approaching Boise Nampa and Caldwell.  Leaves are starting to change colors and the temperatures at night are dropping too.  There are a few things you need to make sure that you take care of in your home before fall turns into winter.  Here are some tips that all of us here at Drake Mechanical hope you find helpful.  

  1. If you have a fireplace, woodstove, gas fireplace or even a pellet stove it is a good idea to get it checked out prior to putting it to use.  This can help prevent surprises like finding out your fireplace is non-functional when you go to use it.  There can be other issues like the fan not working, igniter wont light the gas fireplace or even your augur is out on your pellet stove and wont feed any pellets into the firebox to burn.  Drake Mechanical highly recommends getting your fireplace serviced and tuned up prior to winter so that you can come home and relax rather than come home and fight with your fireplace.
  2. Disconnect your garden hoses from your hose bibbs each time you use them.  When the hose is connected to your hose bibb or outside faucet it can not drain properly.  As the temperatures drop the water inside your hose can freeze and the ice can actually travel up inside the hose bibb and break it inside your crawl space or wall.  You will not typically find out about a broken hose bibb until spring unless you happen to use it in the winter time.  
Posted by DrakeAdmin at 10/1/2015 10:57:00 AM
Friday, August 21, 2015

Carbon Monoxide (CO)

Do you have gas appliances?  If you do CO can be a problem for you and your family.  Carbon Monoxide or (CO) is a tasteless, colorless poisonous gas that gets created when fossil fuels such as natural gas, gasoline, and propane don't completely burn.  The causes of CO incidents can included a blocked flue pipe from your furnace, water heater, gas furnace or even when you are cooking dinner on a gas range and oven.  Improperly adjusted or heating equipment that has not been maintained or is not adjusted properly.  One of the major causes with a gas furnace is having a cracked heat exchanger.   


cracked heat exchanger

There are some early warning signs that you may notice in your home.  

  • Stuffy stale air
  • condensation on your windows
  • back drafts from your fireplace, furnace or water heating chimney
  • Yellow burner flames
  • Constant headaches when home
  • Burner flames or pilot lights that flutter and keep going out
  • Even a bad odor around your appliances that doesn't go away.
  • CO detector going off

What Can I Do if I Find an Issue?

If you notice any of the issues in my home?  Turn off the equipment immediately and open your doors and windows and get some fresh air in the home.  Call your qualified, licensed heating service contractor and get them out there as soon as you can to identify and repair the problem.  CO is no joke, if not noticed you can go to sleep one night and not wake up.  Some physical symptoms that can be tell tale signs of CO poisoning are headaches, fatigue, nausea and vomiting, ringing in your ears and even blurred vision.  If you or a family member experience these symptoms turn off your equipment, get fresh air by going outside immediately and call 911 from a neighbors house rather than your own.  

What Can I Do To Prevent a Surprise like CO poisoning

A couple easy things you can do in order to help prevent CO poisoning is to have Drake Mechanical come out and perform a tune up on your furnace and gas fireplace and water heater to make sure that all of your gas equipment is working properly and not causing issues in your home.   We also highly recommend that there is a CO detector installed within 15' of any sleeping area in your home.  


CO Detecor in Boise Nampa and Caldwell

 

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