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Saturday, April 19, 2014
Is Your Boise Home Ready For Summer?

You got your house ready for winter, now it is time to get your home ready for summer.  This is a simple checklist of just a few of the things that need done around the home to have your plumbing, air conditioner and home ready for summer.  

  • Remember when you plugged or closed off your crawlspace vents last fall?  It is time to open those crawlspace vents back up so that your home can breathe.  
  • Don't forget about your automatic sprinklers.  You need to get those turned back on, check for leaks in your sprinkler lines, check for proper spray direction out of the sprinkler heads and make sure none of them froze or broke over the winter.  One very important thing to check when it comes to your yard sprinklers is the backflow preventer.  This is an item required by code to prevent anything that is on your grass such as chemicals, animal feces etc from being able to get back into the drinking water supply if there is a sudden loss in pressure on the city water side.
  • Did you remember to disconnect all of your hoses from the hose bibbs and yard faucets outside?  If you didn’t you could have broken hose bibbs due to freezing.  When you turn them on make sure that they are not leaking into your walls or crawlspace.  You may have to jump down into your crawlspace to verify that none of them are leaking.  
  •  Do you have an attic fan?  If you do when is the last time you checked whether or not it worked?  Attic fans are typically very quiet and you may or may not be able to hear yours running.  If you haven’t verified that your attic fan works properly you may want to pop up into the attic and check out whether or not it is functioning.  If you do not have an attic fan they are great.   You will have a noticeable difference in the temperature of your attic space in the summer, an attic fan reduces your cooling bills and also helps extend the life of your roof.
  • One of the most important items in your home is your air conditioner when it comes to summer.  Most of us rely on our air conditioner very heavily for being comfortable indoors when it is 100 degrees outside.  Your air conditioner just like a car needs a tune up in order to get a long life out of it.  Air conditioners build up with grime, dirt, dust and anything that blows around in the wind outside.  As this happens your air conditioner loses its ability to transfer heat.  What this means to you is higher power bills and your air compressor having to work harder.  Your air conditioner could be low on refrigerant due to leaks from an improper installation, a leaking fill valve or a hole in a coil.  If your air conditioner is low on refrigerant it can freeze up, not cool your home and cause other problems.  If there is a leak on your air conditioner rather than just putting more refrigerant in there it should be found and fixed.  If you have an air conditioner that is getting up there in age you can significantly lower your power bill by upgrading to a newer more energy efficient air conditioner.  
  • Check your crawlspace for any plumbing leaks, groundwater issues or any other problems that may have developed over the winter.  Standing water in your crawlspace can cause mold problems and more.  
  • Check your crawlspace and attic to verify that none of your ductwork has come apart or fallen down.  Your ductwork is a very important part of having an energy efficient and proper operating air conditioning system.
  • Install a programmable thermostat and make sure it gets programmed.  A programmable thermostat can save you money by keeping things to a schedule and turning temperatures down when you are not home.
  • Finally check your furnace filter.  If it is dirty change it out for a new filter.   If you need help finding filters, or want to get a good deal on furnace filters give us a call, Drake Mechanical can save you quite a bit of money on furnace filters over purchasing them at a big box store or a filter outlet.  Purchasing brand name filters in most cases cost you 5-10 times as much just for the name and no extra benefits.

 

These are just a few of the items that should be checked in the spring.  Your home may have other specialty items not listed here.  If you have any questions about what needs to be check please feel free to contact us.  If you are unable to perform these checks on your own or would like to schedule Drake Mechanical to come out and tune up your air conditioner or help you with your plumbing please CLICK HERE or give us a call at 208-362-6200.  We hope this information is useful to you and helps extend the life of your homes plumbing, HVAC and other systems.  

Energy Efficient Air Conditioner       Programmable Thermostat

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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.  

Posted by DrakeAdmin at 3:56 PM  Tags: Air Conditioning Boise air conditioning tune up Boise air conditioning tune up Nampa air conditioning tune up Caldwell Air conditioning services air conditioning repair air conditioning maintenance Comments (0)
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)

Posted by DrakeAdmin at 9:53 AM  Tags: Boise air quality Indoor air quality Meridian Air quality Nampa air quality Caldwell air quality Improving indoor air quality Comments (0)
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.  

Posted by DrakeAdmin at 11:50 AM  Tags: Gas fireplace natural gas Boise natural gas fireplace Wood stove Nampa fireplace Pellet stove Eagle fireplace installation Caldwell Fireplace installation Comments (0)
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.

Posted by DrakeAdmin at 2:37 PM  Tags: Broken Air Conditioners HVAC Repair Air Conditioning Installation Air Conditioning Repair Guys in The Big Yellow Trucks Comments (0)
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)

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Drake Mechanical
5551 West Gowen Road
Boise , Idaho , 83709
(208) 362-6200

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5011 Aviation Way
Caldwell , Idaho , 83605
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