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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Air conditioner maintenance is more than just blowing hot air. Two out of every 3 homes in the America have an air conditioning unit. We spend over $11,000,000,000 every year to power these units. So how can we put a little bit of that money back in your pockets and ensure a cool summer? Thanks to the department of energy and our own Fred Roberts we have tips for lowering your cooling costs and helping you choose the right unit for you. Or, if you’re like me, understanding what kind of air conditioner is in your house now.  

air conditioning types

Now that you know what’s in your house, what do you do if….

 

Your unit isn’t cooling properly:

·                 Your refrigerant could be low or leaking. Call a trained technician to repair the leak and recharge the system

·         If you have a window unit, the thermostat sensor could be knocked out of position. Carefully bend the wire holding it in place to the proper position. Not sure if you want to mess with wires? Call a trained technician

·         Check your thermostat to make sure it is set properly and is reading the correct temperature. Have a difference of opinion on who controls the temperature? Get a new wifi thermostat., you can control and lock your thermostat from your Smartphone device!

·         If the unit isn’t draining properly, check for clogs. Not sure how to locate the drain? Call a trained technician

·         Check your filters. A clogged filter restricts airflow through the unit, decreasing it efficiency and reducing its ability to effectively cool the air. Most filters should be replaced quarterly.

Your unit isn’t turning on:

·             Check the batteries in your thermostat, time for a new thermostat…great time to look into a new Ecobee wifi unit!

·         Your compressor and fan control could be worn out from having the system turn off and on too frequently. Contact a professional to check the unit’s electrical connections.

Your unit has limited airflow:

·         Your ducts could be leaking air or clogged. Call a trained technician to clean and air seal your ducts

·         A clogged filter restricts airflow through the unit, decreasing efficiency and reducing its ability to effectively cool the air. Filters should be changed quarterly. Did you know Drake’s is your go to for filters? Even the hard to find sizes!

Maintenance is the keep to a long, healthy life for your unit!

·         Replace or clean your air filters every 3 months-it can lower your air conditioner’s energy consumption by 5-15%

·         Check your evaporator coil every year and clean as necessary. Not sure what an evaporator coil is? Call a trained technician

·         If you have a split system, be sure to clean debris and leaves from the fan, compressor and condenser.

·         For window air conditioners, inspect the window seals to keep cool air from escaping

·         Hire a (you guessed it) a trained technician when your unit needs more than basic maintenance. Or, when you just want the peace of mind of knowing it’s taken care of by a reputable professional.

But wait there’s more…easy tricks to lowering your cooling costs. If you’re already doing these, give yourself a pat on the back, you conservationist you!

·         Install and set a programmable thermostat—it could save you up to 10% on heating and cooling costs every year. Spend a lot of time outdoors? A wifi thermostat lets you increase the temperature while you’re gone and right back to comfortable before you walk through the front door.

·         Don’t heat your home with appliances. On hot days, consider using an outdoor grill instead of your oven. Need a gas line run to your new outdoor kitchen? We can help with that too!!

·         Install energy efficient window coverings that let natural light in and prevent solar heat gain.

·         Insulate your attic and walls, seal cracks and openings to prevent warm air from leaking into your home.

·         Insulate and seal ducts- air loss through ducts accounts for about 30% of a cooling systems energy consumption

·         Use a bathroom fan when taking a shower or bath and a range hood when cooking this helps remove heat and humidity from your home.

·         Buy an energy stat qualified AC unit, on average they’re up to 15% more efficient than standard models.

 

Posted by DrakeAdmin at 5/12/2016 4:35:00 PM
Friday, April 15, 2016

Many families are taking advantage of a growing economy and favorable interest rates to upgrade their home plumbing installations. According to the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, home improvement spending growth will jump to 6.8 percent this year, compared to 2.4 percent growth last year. And when it comes to plumbing installations, pools and kitchens are the highest-value investments.

When you decide to add a new bathroom to your home or remodel an existing bathroom, you have a lot of options at your disposal. Maybe you want to mimic the best in celebrity bathrooms, or make a custom plumbing installation that’s a perfect fit for your own personal style. You can ramp up the IQ of your bathroom with a smart toilet or other advanced technology. Whatever choice you make, your new water closet is sure to be more attractive and valuable than what you were using before.

Bathroom remodeling Boise

Given how many trades are required for a typical bathroom remodel-plumbers, electricians, tile setters, cabinet installers, and more- it pays to have one person to coordinate all of that for you. At Drake’s we only work with people that we would bring into our own homes. So you have the comfort of knowing you’re dealing with the best in the Valley. We work with our team of trusted contractors to make the process as smooth as possible, and give you the peace of mind of knowing your home is treated as our own.

When it comes to bathroom upgrades, the possibilities are endless. Wanting to experience the ultimate luxury throne? The Neorest 750H with Actilight technology is truly a revolutionary innovation at the peak of luxury. This intelligent toilet uses an integrated UV light and special glaze to break down dirt and grime in the bowl, and rinses it clean.  With other features like a heated seat, deodorizer and warm water sprays, Neorest 750H delivers an unparalleled sense of relaxation to you in the most comforting and refreshing ways possible. You can click the link to find out more.  http://www.totousa.com/neorest%C2%AE-750h-dual-flush-toilet-10-08-gpf-actilight%E2%84%A2

Luxary does’t have to come with a five figure price tag. The American Standard champion toilet has been deemed “unpluggable” by our own Nick Drake. A ‘comfort-height’ toilet is a great addition to any new bathroom. These models are easier to get on and off and are just as common as standard height models.

Champion toilet Boise

If you’re like most of us, a long soak in the tub has nothing on an amazing shower. From raising the height to adding additional shower heads, we can help you transform your bathroom into an oasis. Always wanted a walk in shower? We can do that! We can help you customize your walk in shower with rock, slate or whatever your dreams are. Multiple shower heads are being increasingly popular in new homes and add value when you decide to sell your home.

If you’re ready to make your bath dreams come true, give us a call. Our knowledgeable techs and trusted partners are here for you every step of the way….today and for years to come!

 

 

 

 

Posted by DrakeAdmin at 4/15/2016 10:36:00 AM
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!

Boise water softener experts

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
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