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Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Air Conditioning Tune-Ups

 

Its that time of year again! Time to get your Air Conditioner tuned up.  Don't get caught when the heat hits unprepared.   Preventative maitnence is a large part of keeping your Air Conditoner running longer and more efficiently.  Some of the things a tech will do when he comes out to service your Air Conditoner include:  Checking and cleaning your condensing unit (the outside part Air Conditioner) for coil damage and cleanliness.  Dirt, Grass or any foreign materials on the condenser coil reduces the ability for heat to transfer causing the unit to run longer which costs you money.  The tech will then clean the condensing unit and make sure it is functioning correctly.  The tech will apply a chemical cleaner and environmental sealer to the air conditioners condensing unit, this helps to protect your air conditioning unit from exposure to the elements and dirt and grime buildup.  Have questions, give us a call or contact us on our website for more information.  

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Friday, September 20, 2013
Fall home tips and advice as winter aproaches

Fall is showing its face quickly and winter won’t be far behind it.  Here are a few things that you will want to address around your home before old man winter settles in.  These tips can help save you money and frustration when spring returns next year.

  • Remove your garden hoses from hose bibs and outdoor spigots.  Even if they are the frost free kind water can freeze in the hose and will actually travel up inside the piping causing it to split and break.
  • Cover or close your crawlspace vents.  Closing these vents can help save you money on your utility bills by keeping that freezing air outside.  It can also help protect your plumbing piping from freezing when the really cold weather hits.
  • Check the insulation in your attic, if it is not deep enough the heat from your home is going right through it and costing you money.
  • If you have a woodstove or fireplace have your chimney cleaned before you start regularly burning.  This can significantly reduce your chances of having a chimney fire.
  • Clean out your gutters after the leaves come off the trees to prevent clogged downspouts and water backing up onto the edge of your roof.
  • Don’t block your registers and vents.  They need to be open and uncovered in order for the heat to evenly heat your home.
  • When not in use close your fireplace damper to keep heat from traveling out and cold air from traveling in. 
  • Get your furnace tuned up or your other heat source such as a boiler if you have radiant heat or radiators that heat your home before winter sets in.  If you have equipment that is not working to it’s peak efficiency it is costing you money on your utility bills.  Having your equipment tuned up can also help prevent breakdowns when you need your heating system the most. 

We hope you find these tips helpful as winter comes along so that you can enjoy winter without problems.

Boise Home Tips 

Posted by DrakeAdmin at 9:23 AM  Tags: Boise Fall Home Tips Home Preparation Tips Money Saving Tips Home Energy Tips Comments (0)
Thursday, September 05, 2013
Converting Electric To Natural Gas in Boise Nampa Caldwell and Surrounding Areas

 Do you have an electric water heater, electric furnace or an electric range?  Do you want to switch to clean, efficient and innexpensive natural gas?  Right now there has never been a better time to convert to clean natural gas from propane, fuel oil or electricity.  If you are within close proximity to an Intermountain Gas pipeline you can typically get a meter set at your home at no cost to you.  If you are farther away than the average person there may be some cost to getting a new gas line in your home.  If you have questions about that Drake Mechanical can help you figure out cost savings once you get converted to natural gas.   If you have questions on converting from electricty to natural gas, converting from fuel oil to nautral gas or converting from propane to natural gas please just give us a call at 362-6200 or click on the contact us link to send us an e mail.  Drake Mechanical's team of professional service techs can help you get all your questions answered and get you switched over and saving money in a hurry.  Natural gas, worth asking for!

 

For a cost / savings comparison chart of Intermountain Gas rates please click here.

Boise Natural Gas Conversion

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Wednesday, September 04, 2013
Indoor Air Quality in Boise

Do you have allergies or suffer from asthma?  Did you know that indoor air pollution in our homes is among the EPA’s top five environmental health risks?  As homes get built to higher energy standards that translates into less outdoor air is getting into your home.  What that means for you and your family is that everything you cook and do in your home is kept in your home.  This means pet dander, dust, smoke, grease, and chemicals released from plastic, carpet, furniture, and electronics alike all stays inside with you and your family.  As these fumes and chemicals build up that means that the indoor air quality in your home deteriorates.  All this indoor pollution is part of what is causing peoples allergies and asthma to be year round instead of just seasonal.  What can you do about poor indoor air quality one might I ask?  The best way is to bring in fresh outdoor and exhaust the bad air.  There are devices called ERV'S or Energy Recovery Units that will exchange indoor air with outdoor air while retaining some of the heating and cooling you have put into the air so you can breathe easier.  If an ERV is not right for you there are other methods for cleaning the air such as high efficiency mechanical air filters along with electronic air filters that also kill germs and mold spores.  Still have questions?  Give us a call today at 208-362-6200 or click on the contact us link to send us an e mail.

Boise Indoor air quality products

(Seen above is a York HRV ventilator)

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Thinking about a new Boise gas fireplace?

 Are you thinking about a new Boise gas fireplace this year?  Maybe a new pellet stove or wood stove to heat your home and create some comfortable ambiance?  You have come to the right place.  Drake Mechanical's team of fireplace installation technicians and our team of Boise fireplace repair technicians are here to help you get warm and comfortable all winter long.  From Ontario to Mountain home Drake Mechanical regularly installs gas fireplaces, pellet stoves, wood stoves and also takes care of fireplace service and fireplace repair year around.  Right now is the perfect time to get your new gas fireplace installed so that when it gets cold you can just your new gas fireplace on, kick back and relax.  Still have questions on who to call for your new Eagle fireplace?  Drake Mechanical.  Just give us a call and we can get you all fixed up.  Financing is available upon qualification.  

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Wednesday, July 03, 2013
Need Air Conditioning Repairs In Boise Nampa Caldwell or Surrounding Areas?

 Drake Mechancial has got you coverd.  Whether you need air conditioning repair in Caldwell, air conditioning repair in Boise, air conditioning repair in Nampa or any place in between you have come to the right place.  Drake Mechanical is the Treasure Valley's go to place when it comes to air conditioning repairs and air conditioning installations.   If you are low on Freon there is probably a reason whether it is the fact that you have a leak in your Caldwell air conditioner or maybe there is one of the test/fill ports on your Meridian air conditioner that is leaking by.  As the temperature rises pressures inside your air conditioner rise as well which can cause your air conditioning to leak faster.  If you are tired of being hot under the collar then call the guys in the big yellow trucks.  Drake Mechanical, the Treasure Valleys number one air conditioning and plumbing experts since 1909.  If you need to get your air conditioner fixed just give us a call and let our family take care of your family.

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Friday, June 28, 2013
Do Some Good -Good Samaritan Home Food Drive

Here is some information on the Good Samaritan Food Drive that Drake Mechanical, Bob FM and ESPN Radio are putting on to try and help out the GSH with some food an toiletry items.  Come on down, enter to win in some great prizes and help out a good cause!  We sincerely appreciate your support!  Below you will find the flier with the information on it along with the shopping list that will help you out at the Wal-Mart on State Street and Glennwood.  

DO SOME GOOD FOOD DRIVE SHOPPING LIST

 

 

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Thursday, June 20, 2013
Air Conditioning Repair Nampa

 Do you need air conditioning repair in Nampa?  Drake Mechanical is your go to guys.  With an air conditioning shop in Caldwell and an air conditioning shop in Boise you can always count on Drake Mechanical to be there to handle your air conditioning repair calls in Nampa Idaho.  Since 1909 Drake Mechanical has been Nampa Idaho's air conditioning repair and installation contractor of choice.  If you are looking for an air conditioning contractor with no gimmicks, no bait and switch, up front and honest pricing you can always count on Drake Mechanical for all your Nampa air conditioning repair and installation needs.   If you need preventative maintenance that can help alleviate surprise repairs and problems than just call Drake Mechanical and keep an eye out for the guys in the big yellow trucks.  So whether you need your evaporator coil cleaned, the condensing unit cleaned and tuned up or the refrigerant levels checked in Nampa we can get it done and you back to a cool home or office.  

Nampa Idaho Air Conditioning Repair and Installation

Posted by DrakeAdmin at 4:16 PM  Tags: Nampa air conditioning repair Air conditioner repairs Nampa Condensing unit repair Nampa Nampa AC service Comments (0)
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
What are the benefits of flushing my water heater?

You might be wondering what all the hype is about flushing your water heater.  Every plumbing contractor talks about it but what is the reason everyone asks?  Flushing a water heater is important in extending the life of your water heater along with helping keep your utility bills under control.  As a water heater ages it gets buildup in it from hard water, minerals and any other solids that might be in the water.  This creates higher utility bills by the fact that the heat from the burner has to transfer up through the buildup to get to the water.  This takes extra gas and power to achieve the same end result.  On top of the added corrosion, wear and tear and the added cost to heat the water, as the minerals build up they cause your water heater to have less room in it for hot water.  This can all be helped by flushing your water heater out yearly and if you have extremely hard water or are on a well that has sand issues you may need to have your water heater flushed.  Flushing a water heater is good practice on the tank type water heaters and required maintenence on most tankless water heater.  If you have questions about flushing your water heater or what else is performed on a plumbing service inspection which includes flushing your water heater and checking for proper operation just give us a call or CLICK HERE to contact us via e mail.  

You should also check out the combustion air vents to the water heater if it is in a closet etc.  These vents whether in the door, floor or ceiling should be free and clear of debris, lint and anythign blocking the air. 

Posted by DrakeAdmin at 1:19 PM  Tags: water heater flushing water heater maintenance water heater installation plumbing maintenance Comments (0)

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