Finding the Perfect Summer Temperature

Even as summer approaches an end, we are all tempted to blast the A/C. The heat just never seems to end in Vegas, does it? Well, don’t let yourself go bankrupt because your energy bill is sky high, check out these tips to keep your home cool without using too much energy. Keep it at 78 degrees Energy Star recommends that your A/C shouldn’t go any lower than 78 degrees F. This is cool enough for you to comfortably live and maximizes your home’s energy efficiency. Why 78 degrees? This is the national average temperature for a nice spring day in May throughout the US. Don’t you just wish that the weather in May lasted year round? There’s no reason your home should be any colder than that, it’s just a waste of energy at that point. Find what’s comfortable for you Okay, so you don’t have to keep your home at 78 degrees. If you’re able to withstand it, try kicking it up a few degrees to save even more energy. How much different can 80 degrees really be? Certainly not that different, but it can save you a ton more money on your energy bill. Perhaps, you or a family member has a medical condition and the heat just isn’t okay. In those cases, it’s okay for you to knock it down a few notches. Keeping it around 75 degrees may be lower than the recommended amount, but it shouldn’t spike up your bill too much. Just be sure that, if you choose to do this, you turn up the temperature while you are away from your...

7 Tips For Sleeping When The A/C Is Broken

As we’ve said time and time again, it’s really hot here in Las Vegas. We’re all so accustomed to sleeping in the cool air conditioning even during the hottest parts of the summer. What do you do when your A/C is down? Check out these tips for sleeping in the heat. 1. Avoid the following foods and drinks within an hour before going to sleep: caffeine, alcohol, sweets and spicy food. These can all dehydrate your body. At a time when you don’t have cool air to keep your body comfortable, you need all the hydration you can get. Instead opt for cucumbers, watermelons or a tall glass of cold milk. 2. Use a fan. Even though it’s just going to circulated the hot air in the room and not actually cool it down, the feeling of a breeze can ease the heat a tad bit. Pro tip: Place ice cubes in front of the fan for about a hour half before going to sleep. This is the poor man’s version of air conditioning. 3. Take a cool shower right before bed. There is truly no better feeling than an ice cold shower in times of extreme heat. 4. Sleep with a thin sheet over you. Honestly, the best option would be to sleep without any covering at all, but we understand people just don’t feel quite right without a cover at night. A thin sheet can keep you comfy without overheating you. Pro tip: Place the sheet in a plastic bag and put in the fridge a few hours before bedtime. 5. Keep the curtains closed during the...

Air Conditioning 101

As a resident of an extremely hot city, we are all aware of the air conditioning unit. Well, kind of. We know that the thermostat controls the temperature and if kept too cold, the energy bill will be scary. This is about all we know. Many don’t really care to learn any more, but it’s actually pretty important to learn how the air conditioning works. How are you supposed to care for it if you don’t know the basics of it? Let’s learn a quick lesson from our Las Vegas plumber and air conditioning experts. What is central air conditioning? The simple definition is as follows: A method of cooling in which a centralized unit cools and dehumidifies the air before circulating it. A central air conditioning system is typically combined with a heating system as well. The appliance uses the same electrical power to distribute either cool or hot air in your home. A centralized system is usually found in large buildings or homes in hot climates. In Las Vegas, nearly all residents will have a centralized air conditioning system because of its importance. This means that when the house was first built, air conditioning was built into it. Older cities or cooler climates won’t have air conditioning built in. For example, New York City residents have an external air conditioning unit that sits in their windows. When the residences were first built in that city, air conditioning didn’t exist yet. In homes with a central unit, the main component is usually located outdoors because it makes a lot of noise. The main unit gets air flowing into...

DIY Water Heater Maintenance

Our water heaters are very valuable. No one wants to be forced to take an ice cold shower. We all like hot, steamy showers that we can relax in. In order to keep that luxury, we have to take proper care of the water heater. So how is this done? The easiest way is to leave it to the professional Las Vegas plumbers to come out on a regular basis. However, some want to save a few bucks and do the job themselves. Check out this DIY maintenance plan. Turn down the temperature Before you can start, you need to lower the temperature of the water. The temperature setting is typically located behind the electric water heater panel or on the gas valve. If you can’t seem to find it, contact Las Vegas plumbers to find out. Once you’ve located the dial, turn it down between 115 and 120 degrees. This will prevent the tank from overheating and reduce the overall energy use. Check the pressure relief valve This component of the water heater is critical to the operation and safety of the appliance. This step is very simple to complete, but failure to do at all can result in a broken water heater. The pressure relief valve can be checked by lifting up the lever part and allowing it to snap back in place. After doing this, you should hear the sound of water gurgling. If not, there could be something wrong with the appliance. Let the expert Las Vegas plumbers inspect it further if no sound occurs. Flush the tank Regularly flushing the tank will prevent corrosion...

Properly Flushing A Plumbing System

The Toledo-Lucas County Health Department issued a warning to Ohio residents on Aug. 4: “If your lines have been used since Friday, August 1, 2014 you do not need to flush your system.” What does this mean? The health and the safety of the community is at risk if residents don’t properly flush their plumbing systems. The following is a step-by-step guide informing residents what to do. Please be sure to complete each step in its entirety before moving on to the next one. Step 1: Flush ALL hot water taps for 15 minutes The flushing procedure starts with the hot water taps in your bathrooms. Turn on every hot water fixture in each bathroom, including the sink, shower or bath, then proceed to turn on the hot water fixtures in other rooms of your home. Run the hot water for 15 minutes straight. Do not turn it off any sooner. After that 15 minutes is up, turn off the water for 15 minutes. After every hot water faucet is sufficiently flushed, you may continue to regularly use your hot water. Step 2: Flush ALL cold water taps for 5 minutes Once the hot water is complete, you’ll need to move onto the cold water. Open every cold water fixture in your home, then proceed to flush each toilet at least one time. Leave the cold water running for no shorter than 5 minutes. Next, turn off the water for 5 minutes, which will including the water in your refrigerator. Step 3: Flush ALL remaining water fixtures and appliances This will include, but is certainly not limited to, ice...