The often overlooked hot water heater, that big tank that’s shunned and hidden in a utility closet somewhere in your home, rarely gets any attention. Most of us don’t pay it any mind until we’re in the shower, complaining about the lack of hot water, or the five minutes it takes to heat up before we can even get in the shower. Then, all of a sudden, the water heater is a concern.
Here’s a fun fact for you: your bathroom accounts for 60% of your home’s water usage. You have three heavily used water sources that account for all that water use; the shower, the toilet, and the bathroom sink. And if you live in a home with a spouse and three children, oftentimes they’re all being used at the same time. How? We have no clue, but it’s a very real thing.
If you want to make some water-saving changes, while also lightening the impact on your wallet, read on about three simple upgrades you can make right now that will save you money
Winters in the Midwest typically come with some pretty harsh conditions; Blizzards, seemingly endless stretches of snow fall, and of course, freezing temperatures. It’s during these winter months that our homes become susceptible to a number of potential disasters, including frozen pipes. Frozen pipes in your home have a high probability of causing serious damage if left unfixed. When water freezes in a pipe, it expands and begins exerting pressure at about 2,000 pounds per square inch. Not many pipes, especially PVC pipes, can contain that type of pressure for long. It can rupture at any time and become a time bomb, unnoticed until the ice begins to thaw, at which point you’ll have a major flood on your hands.
Most homeowners will do whatever they can to squeeze out as much life as possible from their old systems, making patch repairs or paying for multiple quick fixes, to try and save money versus the cost of replacement. But if your system is over 10 years old, it may be costing you more money in energy costs and repairs than you think. If your furnace is making odd noises, or your heating bill last fall/winter was out of control, it may just be time to start looking for a replacement. Check out these 5 quick tips to decide if the time is now, and when you’re ready, call the professionals at Action Mechanical. Our certified technicians will make sure you’re not left in the cold this winter season, by installing a new heating system that fits your budget, and keeps your family warm, while cutting down on heating costs.
We know, we’re not ready to say goodbye yet either. But the reality is, summer is coming to a close in the Black Hills and surrounding areas. While it wasn’t quite the scorcher that we are accustomed to, we’re pretty sure our A/C units are ready for a bit of a break after keeping us cool all summer long. Follow these easy end of summer tips to ensure your A/C unit is ready to go without fail next season. You can also call on the pros at Action Mechanical to come out and perform an end of season inspection of your cooling system, and get the peace of mind of knowing it will be properly serviced prior to hibernating for the fall and winter.
Dealing with a drain cleaning project can quickly present some unique challenges to newcomers, but a qualified professional from Action Mechanical can remove the blockage without hesitation. Our team at Action Mechanical in Rapid City has the experience required to fix both commercial and residential clogged drains.
Although the days of cranking up the air conditioner for relief from the scorching heat are behind us for the year, there is another season coming up that’s notorious for making utility bills snowball – winter. Luckily, there are some easy steps you can take to ensure your home’s heating system is as energy efficient as possible so you can keep your family safe and snug throughout the icy months while saving as much as 30% on your energy bill. Read on for some simple HVAC maintenance tips you can use to prepare your house for the impending frost.
The frosty days of winter are right around the corner, which means your heating system will once again be put to the test after six months of standing idle. Although it has not been in use, there are still precautions you should take before starting up your heater for the first time to ensure it will safely and efficiently keep your family warm for another season. Continue reading to learn why being proactive in your home’s HVAC maintenance is critical to your family’s health, will help you save money and prevent emergency repairs down the road.
Guard against surprise repairs that can cut into business operations and reduce your bottom line with a commercial maintenance agreement from Action Mechanical. We’ll keep your facility’s heating, air conditioning and ventilation systems operating problem-free so you can continue to provide a comfortable, safe environment for your employees and customers. Read on to learn more about how a maintenance agreement can benefit your company, as well as what services it includes.
Preventative maintenance is important in prolonging the life of your plumbing, heating and cooling systems, and Action Mechanical makes it easy to keep up on water heater flushes, filter changes, pressure checks and more with our comprehensive residential maintenance agreements. Not only will you extend how long your equipment operates, but you will also reduce the chance of costly repairs and emergency services popping up unexpectedly, conserve energy and keep your home safe. Read on to learn how our maintenance agreements will take the headache out of caring for your home.
With sales of tank-less water heaters projected to grow through 2024, there is an increasing amount of talk about the benefits of the appliances. They are less bulky than their tank-containing counterparts, supply steamy hot water at the snap of your fingers, and their ability to help in water conservation has not only made them a hit for those looking to save some money, but also for families seeking ways to make their homes more “green”. While tank-less water heaters have proven to be more cost effective in the long term than traditional models, your home may require more preparation to have a tank-less water heater installed. Continue reading for more information on tank-less water heater installation so you are able to make an informed decision for your family.
Don’t get stuck cleaning up a catastrophe this summer by being proactive with your plumbing system maintenance and getting your home’s drains cleaned. By regularly cleaning your home’s drainage system, you reduce the risk of costly disasters popping up when you least expect them. Don’t sit around waiting for something to go wrong while you could be having fun in the sun this summer by scheduling an inspection and drainage system cleaning with one of Action Mechanical’s experienced professionals.
With hot, sunny days right around the corner, now is the time to ensure your air conditioner is in tip-top shape so you aren’t stuck sweating all summer. Not only will you and your family stay nice and cool, but keeping up on air conditioner maintenance will also help you save money on your energy bills and prolong the life of your system. Take a little time out during your spring cleaning and follow these few simple steps for prepping your air conditioner so it can tackle the upcoming heat.
As warmer weather quickly approaches, it also means that spring cleaning time is upon us. Spring is an important time to check up on your house and ensure that your plumbing system is still functional after a long winter. Here are a few tips to help keep your plumbing working properly this spring.
Do you stand in the cold shower every morning, waiting for what seems like hours for the warm cascade of water to finally hit you? Is the unfortunate person in your family to make it in the bathroom last in the morning lucky to get a few bursts of hot water before it disappears? If you answered “yes” to either of those questions, then a tank-less water heater may be just what you’re looking for.
What could be worse than trying to take a steamy shower on a chilly winter morning and not having any hot water? Prevent that from happening to you by taking the time now to ensure your plumbing system will work for you throughout the cold months, and by fixing any small problems before they become big messes. Being proactive about maintaining your plumbing system is as easy as taking a few minutes during football commercials to follow these few simple steps.
With winter fast approaching, many may worry about the impact that keeping their home nice and snug may have on their budget; but you don’t have to choose between an empty wallet and a chilly house. By making sure your heater is running efficiently, you can save as much as 30% on your monthly energy bill, prolong the life of your heater and guard against costly emergency repairs. In addition to regular maintenance checks, here are some simple things you can do to ensure your heater runs as efficiently as possible and helps you keep more money in your pocket this winter.
Don’t wait until the temperatures are near freezing outside to worry about whether or not your heater will keep your home nice and cozy throughout the winter. With the chilly weather just around the corner, now is the perfect time to ensure your heating system is running properly. Performing pre-season preventative maintenance on your heating system keeps you from paying for costly repairs down the road, and helps you keep your home running efficiently and safely. There are a few simple steps you can take now to ensure your heater works for you when you need it this winter.
New technology is constantly rolling out that makes life more convenient and worry-free, and one device, wireless thermostats, have been steadily increasing in popularity in recent years. It’s easy to understand the appeal when you learn how the handy devices can make your life easier and are user-friendly, all while saving you money. Wireless thermostats make it possible to control the temperature of your home remotely, which means you can manage the thermostat’s control settings with your smart phone, tablet, or other device that is connected to the internet. They can be easily installed in any home, and can also be used in conjunction with Amazon Echo or Google Home so you can control it with the sound of your voice. Action Mechanical carries top of the line Wi-Fi thermostats by Nest and Honeywell so that every household can benefit from the advantages of being a smart home. We’re here to let you know some of the benefits so you can determine if a Wi-Fi thermostat is right for you, and help guide you through the process of making your house a smart home.