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    BTUs, EERs, and What They Mean to Your Energy Bill

    Last updated 22 hours ago

    Shopping for a new air conditioner can be daunting, especially if it’s been more than 15 or 20 years since you last purchased an AC unit. Over that time, air conditioner technology has changed immensely, and the AC systems of today are smaller, quieter, faster, and more energy-efficient than ever before. BTUs and EERs are common measurements used today to define how energy-efficient an air conditioner is. To help you select the right unit for your home, here is a closer look at what these two important acronyms mean and how they will affect your energy bill.

    BTUs

    A British thermal unit (BTU) is a precise measurement of the amount of heat necessary to raise the temperature of one pound of water one degree Fahrenheit. All air conditioners have a tested BTU rating. The higher the BTU rating, the more effectively the air conditioning unit will cool a large area of your home. Window air conditioners might be rated at 10,000 BTUs, while a typical 2,000-square-foot home might have a 60,000 BTU central air conditioning system. To accurately size an air conditioner for your home or apartment, contact your heating and air conditioning specialist.

    EERs

    The energy efficiency rating (EER) of a new air conditioner is a measurement of how efficiently it will cool down a room in relation to the amount of power it will consume. To determine a unit’s EER, its BTU rating is divided by the wattage the unit uses while operating. For example, if a 10,000-BTU air conditioner consumes 1,200 watts of electricity, it has an EER of 8.3. Higher EER numbers mean better energy efficiency and lower cooling costs.

    For help selecting the best air conditioner for your home, contact the heating and air conditioning experts at Ace Plumbing. For over 40 years, we have provided the Sacramento area with complete plumbing, heating, and air conditioning services. To schedule a consultation, contact us online or call (866) 999-4703 today. 

    How to Avoid Damaging Drain Clogs

    Last updated 7 days ago

    Of all the plumbing problems you’re bound to experience, clogged drains are the most common. Depending on the size and location of the clog, you may need to call a plumber to clear the drain. However, you can avoid the hassle of drain cleaning by paying attention to what goes down your drain. Here are some tips on preventing clogged drains.

    Be Careful What You Flush

    Backed-up wastepipes can pose a health risk to you and your family, so take care to avoid clogged drains in the bathroom by paying attention to what you flush down the toilet. As a good rule of thumb, keep anything but sewage and toilet-paper out of toilets. Feminine products, floss, and cotton swabs are just a few of the common bathroom items that can cause a drain clog if flushed down the toilet.

    Throw Out the Grease

    You should never pour liquid grease down the drain. As it cools and settles inside the drain, grease hardens and collects food scraps and debris that flow by. To prevent clogging your kitchen drain, put cooking grease in a plastic container and throw it away when it hardens.

    Avoid Chemical Drain-Clearing Products

    Although you can buy chemicals to clear clogged drains, these products sometimes do more harm than good. For starters, chemical drain-clearing products can erode cast-iron drainpipes. They also typically don’t completely remove the entire clog, so you will need to use chemicals repeatedly to keep the drains clear. The better option is to hire a plumber to clear the drain and completely remove whatever is plugging the line.

    If your drains are clogged, Ace Plumbing can help. For over 40 years, we have provided plumbing services for residents of Sacramento and the surrounding areas. To learn more about our drain cleaning and sewer repair services, visit our website or contact us online. Call Ace Plumbing at (866) 999-4703 for an estimate to plumber dispatch. 

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