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How to Help Your Garbage Disposal Avoid Repairs

Monday, October 14th, 2019

clogged-drain-repairA garbage disposal isn’t designed to last forever—and that’s true for all mechanical appliances. At a certain point, the disposal will be too worn down to do its job or its motor will burn out, making it more cost-effective to have a new disposal put in.

But too many homeowners make some basic mistakes with their garbage disposals that shorten the appliances’ lifespans. We don’t want you to be stuck with a broken disposal when you need it the most (such as during one of the upcoming holidays—Thanksgiving is not a good time to have a busted garbage disposal!). We have a few basic tips about how to treat your garbage disposal so it will run into the minimum amount of repairs and have a long service life.

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What to Do With the Poor Air Quality Due to Wildfires This Fall

Monday, September 16th, 2019

haze-from-wildfireWildfires in Southern California are tragically common during the fall. Even when your home isn’t in the path of a raging fire moving through dry brush, the smoke, soot, and other contaminants these fires bellow into the sky have a massive negative affect on air quality for many miles around. For areas downwind of the fires, air quality can be affected by up to a hundred miles.

How bad can the air quality get due to wildfires? Around 60 times worse than health standards, with particulates as high as 1,500 micrograms per cubic meter. To give you perspective on this, the threshold for healthy conditions according to the World Health Organization is 25 micrograms per cubic meter.

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What is a SEER Rating?

Monday, April 4th, 2016

Summer hits us hard here in the Inland Empire, and residents of Moreno Valley, CA need to make sure their air conditioner is up to snuff before those heat waves hit. If your air conditioner is on its last legs, now is the time to consider a replacement, and if you’ve already decided to purchase a new system, congratulations! You’ll feel the difference when our first 100+ degree day kicks in. Among the things you should look for is a unit with the high SEER rating: as high as you can get while still matching your output requirements for your home. What is a SEER rating and how does it affect you? We’ve provided a brief discussion to provide some answers.

Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio

SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, which measure the amount of cooling power produced against the amount of energy the air conditioner consumes. The higher the rating, the more cooling output it generates compared to the fuel consumption. Federal standards dictate that no new air conditioner have a SEER rating lower than 13, but older units may be much lower than that, and window units are exempt from those standards. Higher-end units can have a SEER rating as high as 18 or 20, and the U.S. Department of Energy uses their EnergyStar sticker – denoting units with a SEER rating for 14.5 or higher.

Picking the Right One

The right system is the most effective one – in other worse the one with the higher SEER rating – in a size and format that fits your home. Don’t prioritize SEER ratings over power output, or you might end up with an underpowered or overpowered) unit, which will negate the benefits of higher efficiency. The EnergyStar sticker is a good shorthand to use in the event you need an easy means of resolving the issue.

Call Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning today for more on SEER ratings.

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