3 Back-To-School Energy Saving Tips

Back-to-school energy savings can be a good opportunity to recoup some of those higher summer costs. This  time of year can be a more moderate energy season here in Indiana. As the daily hours of air conditioning use, a major electrical consumer in most households, begin to drop, you’ll get a break in monthly utility bills. Later in the fall, as cooler weather arrives, heating expenses begin to come into the picture. But for right now, back-to-school energy savings can provide welcome relief from the summer’s higher bills. Here are some ways to take maximum advantage of the season.

Change The Filter
Don’t go into the new season with an air filter that’s clogged from long days of summer air conditioner operation. In most central systems, the air conditioner and furnace utilize the same filter. Low airflow due to an obstructed filter can cause both cooling and heating costs to climb drastically, as well as decreasing system performance. Change the filter now and check it monthly as the heating season arrives, changing it at least every other month.

Adjust Thermostat
If your thermostat is still operating on summer schedules, it may be running the system more hours per day than necessary. Usually, back-to-school means the house is less occupied during daylight hours and so doesn’t require the extended summer schedule for air conditioning. Also, as cooler outdoor weather begins to arrive, you’ll be able to bump up temperature settings a few degrees without affecting indoor comfort.

Get Annual Preventive Maintenance
This transitional period is the time to schedule an annual system check-up by a qualified HVAC technician. The process includes a complete inspection as well as a list of manufacturer-recommended maintenance procedures that sustain optimum energy efficiency and lower operating costs during the coming months, as well as ensuring reliable operation.

Ask the experts at Jim Russell Plumbing, Heating & Air about more ways to maximize back-to-school energy savings. www.jimrussell.net 317.873.5773

 

High Humidity Levels in your home?

It’s July in Indiana, and that means humidity levels are at their highest. Do you have a basement or crawl space? Have you noticed it’s gotten much damper in these spaces lately?

You might be interested to learn about the Aprilaire 1850. I’m confident you’ll enjoy the results, as nearly everyone who gets one says that, within 5-7 days, it has dried out their homes to comfortable and healthy levels.

Benefits of Installing a Whole-Home Dehumidifier from Aprilaire

Installing a whole-home dehumidifier is an excellent way to manage high humidity as well as the health issues and home damage associated with it. These benefits include:

  • Removes musty smells from rooms
  • Inhibits the growth of mold and mildew
  • Protects woodwork and furniture from rotting, warping and swelling
  • Stop condensation from forming on windows
  • Provide a comfortable indoor environment by optimizing humidity levels

This dehumidifier from Aprilaire is perfect dehumidification of your entire home, crawlspace and basement. Provides effective dehumidification for home up to 5,200 sq ft. For more information contact us at Jim Russell Plumbing, Heating & Air at 317.873.5773

 

Vacation Planning Checklist for your Home

Jim Russell Plumbing, Heating & Air has developed a list of items to check before leaving on vacation.

Washing Machine

  • Turn off the water to your washing machine

Refrigerator

  • Turn water off to the ice maker

Faucets and Pipes

  • A slow dripping faucet could fill up your sink - make sure all drains are working properly
  • Turn off all outside faucets
  • Or shut off the water to your house

Energy Vampires

  • Unplug all unnecessary electronics and appliances - even the smallest uses energy while plugged in. Example: Televisions, lamps, coffee pot, phone charger & alarm clocks.

Lights

  • Install timers on your indoor lights to mimic someone being home
  • Instead of leaving outdoor lights on all day long, install motion detector lights

Thermostat

Be sure to increase the temperature of your thermostat, you don't want to be cooling an empty house all week long. If you are interested in a programable or Wi-Fi thermostat please contact us at 317.873.5773

Thanksgiving plumbing problems and ways to avoid them

As Thanksgiving approaches, we would like to remind you of some common holiday plumbing problems and ways to avoid them. It is always the same typical plumbing problems every Thanksgiving.

  • Kitchen sink drain clogs
  • Damaged garbage disposals
  • Overflowing toilets and drains

While we are happy to serve our customers, our customers can take extra steps to prepare for plumbing emergencies.

Here are some tips to avoid Thanksgiving plumbing problems at home

  • Double check that all bathrooms have toilet bowl plungers. If the clog is really bad, we recommend that you DON’T try homemade chemicals.
  • During cooking and cleanup keep FOG in mind. FOG is an acronym for Fats, Oils and Grease. Never pour any of these down your sink or toilets.
  •  Your disposal can be a handy tool, but it can only handle so much at a time. Keep all fibrous foods, grease, rice, pasta and bones out of the disposal.

Jim Russell Plumbing, Heating & Air wishes you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving! www.jimrussell.net

Now Hiring an HVAC Technician/Installer

Jim Russell Plumbing, Heating & Air is a family-owned company operating since 1967 with a solid record and high performance, financial stability and growth. We offer a great culture, competitive pay, matching IRA, holidays, sick and paid vacations. You can be part of one of the long-term plumbing, heating & air companies in the area where your contributions matter and are recognized!

Jim Russell Plumbing, Heating & Air is hiring for a residential HVAC technician position.

Duties:
• Install, repair and maintains mechanical and electrical systems on heating and cooling equipment
• Monitors and inspects work to insure compliance with codes and regulations
• Picks up and delivers parts
• Investigates heating and air complaints
• Installs humidifiers and dehumidifiers
• Sales and estimates
• Prepare written documentation for invoicing as required for office

Responsibilities:
• Leadership: In absence of Manager, provides supervision to others through motivation, direction, review and feedback of assigned tasks.
• Direction: routine duties are performed with minimal supervision; standard practices or procedures allow me to proceed alone at routine work; occasional work is checked while in progress; work is checked upon completion.
• Safety: Comply with all safety policies, practices and procedures. Report all unsafe activities to supervisor and Human Resources
• Teamwork: Participate in proactive team efforts to achieve departmental and company goals.

Requirements: 
Education: High school diploma or GED, NATE Certified
Full understanding of HVAC systems, operation and maintenance requirements
Current driver’s license with clean driving record

Ready to apply? Send resume to hr@jimrussell.net

Household Drains

Household Drain

A household drain can seem like a convenient way to get rid of unwanted liquid waste. Drains aren’t designed to accommodate these materials. You may end up with a nasty clog and the need for a professional plumber to resolve the problem at your expense.

It’s simpler and less expensive to keep things that don’t belong in your drains out of your drains in the first place. Here’s a list of top items to never put down the drain:

·       Grease and fat

·       Coffee grounds

·       Egg Shells

·       Rice and pasta products. These foods do not disintegrate but swell inside your pipes, eventually obstructing flow.

·       Hair. It’s another ingredient of the sludge that forms inside plumbing and causes clogs. Place hair strainers over drains.

·       Cat litter. This is very water-absorbent and thus extremely hard to clear out of your plumbing once it causes a clog.

·       Nail polish remover and other solvents. Prescription and over-the-counter medicine and personal care products.

For a clogged drain or other plumbing issues call Jim Russell Plumbing, Heating & Air at 317-873-5773 today! 

Prepare Your A/C Unit for Spring

Spring has finally arrived, and soon we can expect the warmer weather to settle in for the season. While you enjoy these nice, mild temperatures, you may want to think ahead about the current state of your air conditioner and how it will fare this summer.

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • How old is your A/C unit?
  • Does your A/C make loud noises?
  • Does your home feel humid in the summer?
  • Are there hot and cold spots in your home?

To learn more about how to set yourself up for a comfortable spring and summer season contact us today at 317.873.5773 or www.jimrussell.net

3 Reasons to Lower Your Water Heater's Temperature

You may not be aware that you can lower your water heater temperature. As long as water is hot enough for daily use, most homeowners never give it a second thought. Water heating is the second largest energy hog in your home. But proper water temperature shouldn’t be taken for granted.

Here are some reasons to check your thermostat settings yourself and perhaps lower your water heater’s temperature:

• Water above 120 degrees accelerates the accumulation of hard water mineral sediment, especially common calcium carbonate, inside the tank. Sediment accumulation is a trigger for water heater tank corrosion and shortens the expected service life of the water heater. 

• Water above 120 degrees increases the risk of scalding. Exposure to water at a temperature of 140 degrees can cause severe scalding in as little as 5 seconds of exposure. This is especially dangerous in homes with small children, the elderly, or others who may not be agile enough to quickly react to scalding water.

• Water above 120 degrees causes excessive standby heat loss. Hotter water stored in the tank cools faster. This means that a unit on standby re-lights the burner more frequently to compensate for heat loss and to bring the water temperature back up to thermostat settings. Frequent burner cycles waste energy and increase operating costs. The average home spends about $300 - $600 per year for hot water from a water heater. Lowering the temperature from 140 degrees to 120 degrees can reduce standby heat loss and save up to 15% in annual water heating expense.