Statistics from the National Council on Aging confirm that today’s seniors are a busy group who aren’t planning to move from their existing houses anytime soon. Many are still working part-time or full-time for all kinds of reasons: earning money, being productive, or simply uninterested in traditional retirement. Nine of 10 seniors plan to stay in their homes as they age.
If your family took five-minute showers with low-flow showerheads – a pipe dream, say those with teenagers – they’d still use 10 gallons each. Add a load of laundry at 20 to 30 gallons and a dishwasher cycle that consumes 6 to 10 gallons. Figure in the many times you turn on the hot tap and it’s easy to see how average households use 80 to 120 gallons of hot water per day. Our hot water habits aren’t cheap either: water heaters typically consume 15 to 20 percent of a home’s energy.
Service America is an encyclopedia of knowledge when it comes to recommendations for efficiency and economy with A/C systems. Ask any question about the technology and we have the answers. Challenge us with any system difficulty and we’ll fix it, even when other companies are stumped. That’s not surprising given our decades of installation and repair service across many manufacturers’ top-rated systems. So many Florida homeowners count on our knowledgeable Comfort Consultants to expertly choose the right systems for precise cooling performance. It’s important to understand, as well, that proper installation is the most important step for long-term A/C durability and reliability.
When Carrie returned from her sunny beach vacation last year, she opened the door to more water. During her absence, an upstairs toilet’s shutoff valve malfunctioned and her home was flooded. Water was still raining down from above and her ceilings lay in crumpled sodden messes atop ruined carpets. She left home for another 6 weeks – on a longer, far more expensive and definitely unplanned trip – while her drywall and flooring were completely replaced.
If you’re a landlord in Florida, you belong to a club with lots of members because so many Americans live in rental properties today. Miami is one of the top ten U.S. metro areas with the largest share of renters: nearly 50 percent of residents rent instead of own in this happening city. West Palm Beach is one of the ten metro areas with the smallest share of renters but nonetheless, nearly a third rent.
We’ve all seen splashy newspaper ads and television spots urging homeowners to replace standard water heaters with tankless models, gushing that tankless devices save money and never run out of hot water. These “on demand” systems can indeed reduce energy expenses during operation because they don’t keep steaming water at the ready in a tank. But standard hot water heaters are still, well, standard for many excellent reasons. They beat tankless models handily for cost, installation ease, hot water supply and emergency preparedness.
No A/C system functions without a compressor. Often dubbed the ‘heart of the system,’ compressors are essential components that compress refrigerant and then pump it throughout the system, enabling the gas to pull heat and humidity from the air inside and release them both to the outside. If that crucial part fails, it’s expensive and sometimes impossible to fix. Meanwhile, you swelter uncomfortably as you mull the unexpected costs.
Drip. Drip. Drip. A dripping faucet disrupts life with an annoying, repetitive plink. Over. And. Over. The sound is so uniquely maddening that science has revealed its source: the movement of tiny air bubbles within the droplet causes its surface to vibrate, sending sound waves to sensitive ears. The study grew from an overnight visit that Cambridge’s Anurag Agarwal paid to a friend with a leaky roof. Dr. Agarwal, an engineer, pondered the enigma as he lay sleeplessly listening to drops hitting a strategically placed bucket.
When animals get too warm, their cooling tactics range from commonplace to downright freaky. Hippos bask in cool water while pigs favor mud. Wild rabbits dilate blood vessels in their enormous ears to radiate excess heat away. The Cape ground squirrel prefers more artful means: arcing its tail into a fluffy umbrella. Humans? We’re champions at sweating, churning out about 60 gallons annually per person to keep our body temperature consistent.
Yes, air conditioning systems tend to break down on the hottest days. No, A/C does not have a nasty sense of humor, though it seems that way as you bake in the year’s worst heat and humidity while repair technicians squeeze you into packed schedules. Often, A/C systems break down because they haven’t been maintained properly. As neglected equipment struggles in harsh conditions, it can overheat, blow a fuse or simply quit. Think of it this way: taxing an out-of-shape A/C in a heat wave is like exercising in a sweater. That’s simply unhealthy for you or your A/C.