• What You Can Do To Improve Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Most Americans spend more time in their own home than anywhere else. Indoor air quality is often worse than the allergens found outdoors. Here’s what you can do to improve your home’s indoor Air Quality.

  • June 22 is National HVAC Tech Day

    With the temperature rising here in Sacramento, June 22 is the perfect day to celebrate heating, ventilation and air conditioning technicians. In honor of National HVAC Tech Day, Ace Plumbing would like to take a moment to recognize our hardworking staff who make indoor comfort a reality for each of our customers.

    HVAC: A Modern Technology

    It’s easy to take central heating and air conditioning for granted, but this contemporary invention has only been around for about a century, and it’s only been widely adopted in the last 50 years. In fact, the arrival of residential air conditioning shaped the growth of our nation, leading to the development of cities across the Sun Belt in the 1960s where triple-digit summer highs once made it unbearable to live there.

    Why Should We Appreciate HVAC Technicians?

    Recent advancements in thermostat technology and equipment performance give homeowners access to more efficient home comfort than ever before. And who is it that keeps our heating and cooling systems running day and night? That’s right – HVAC technicians. Let’s show them a little love!

    After all, extreme conditions are typical for HVAC heroes. When your home comfort equipment breaks down, you might have to last a few hours without heating or cooling until the tech arrives.

    But imagine the worker’s job, traveling from house to house fixing malfunctioning equipment all day long. These tireless techs brave swelteringly hot attics and freezing cold crawlspaces every day of the week on their quest to restore your comfort!

    Plus, every HVAC tech’s goal is to help you save money. During inspections, maintenance and repairs, technicians are eager to provide energy-saving tips. They propose specific thermostat settings, suggest ways to prevent energy waste and recommend zoning if your home needs it.

    When the time comes to replace your equipment, they even help you select an HVAC system of the perfect size and efficiency rating. Services from a knowledgeable HVAC tech keep you comfortable with more money in your pocket at the end of the day.

    How to Observe National HVAC Tech Day

    Celebrate this day with us and show your appreciation for HVAC technicians everywhere by using #NationalHVACTechDay on social media. Then, contact Ace Plumbing at (916) 455-4548 to schedule heating and cooling maintenance or repair in Sacramento from one of our fine HVAC technicians.

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    (916) 455-4548

  • Is Hot Water Necessary for Laundry?

    Readily available hot water is one of the many conveniences taken for granted by modern society. But despite its availability, it’s still important to be mindful about your usage. Moderating your usage of hot water can help keep your energy bills low and reduce your footprint on the Earth. Contrary to popular belief, plumbing experts say it usually isn’t necessary to use hot water for your laundry.

    Modern detergents do an excellent job of removing dirt and grime from clothing without the aid of hot water. This is good news for your clothes, which respond to hot water by shrinking and fading. There are a few exceptions, however. You should still use hot water if a family member has severe allergies (like dust mites), if the household has had a flea or bed bug infestation, or if a family member has a contagious illness.

    Find great deals on water heater installation and repair services at Ace Plumbing . You can get in touch at (916) 455-4548 to request our plumbing services in Sacramento.

  • How Thirsty Is Your Lawn?

    During the last major drought, some homeowners took the drastic step of tearing up their grass and replacing it with artificial turf. Although this can indeed reduce your home’s water usage, artificial turf just can’t compare to the beauty and lushness of a real lawn. If you’d love to keep your lawn while still being mindful of California’s tendency toward frequent droughts, it’s time to evaluate exactly how thirsty your lawn really is, and to talk to your plumber about installing a custom irrigation system .

    Types of Grass Seed

    For personalized guidance about your lawn, consider talking to a professional landscaper. A landscaper will let you know which type of grass you already have, if you aren’t sure, and recommend some drought-tolerant varieties. Examples of hardy grasses for drought-prone regions include the following:

    • Zoysia grass (especially El Toro, Empire, Jamur, and Palisades)
    • St. Augustine (especially Floratam)
    • Buffalo grass (best for low foot traffic areas)
    • Bahia grass (ideal for poor soil and full sun)

    Frequency of Watering

    When your plumber installs your irrigation system, you’ll be able to schedule automated watering. As a general rule of thumb, most grass needs about one or 1.5 inches of water per week during the hotter months. However, if your lawn is already well-established, consider reducing the frequency of watering. Watering deeply, but infrequently encourages the grass to develop deeper roots. This helps the grass tolerate drought better, and allows it to make the best use of the water in the soil.

    Frequency of Mowing

    Check with your homeowner’s association, if applicable, to figure out the maximum height allowed for your grass. It’s best to keep your grass on the high side, especially during droughts and heat waves, since mowing stresses the grass. When you do mow, try to do so the day after a watering.

    Ace Plumbing can design and install an irrigation system that keeps your lawn sufficiently watered without wasting water. We’ve been providing high-quality plumbing services to Sacramento-area homeowners and business owners for over 40 years! Questions? Call a friendly representative at (916) 455-4548.

  • How to Minimize Standby Heat Loss from Your Water Heater

    For maximum savings and a minimized environmental impact, consider having a plumber replace your old hot water heater with a new, more efficient model. Even if you aren’t quite ready to replace your hot water heater, or you’ve already done so, you can boost your energy savings by adding an insulation blanket. Specially made insulation blankets for hot water heaters will reduce standby heat loss.

    You can hear more about standby heat loss when you watch the accompanying video. This expert explains the new NAECA III energy efficiency requirements, which you can meet with the installation of an insulation blanket. He also demonstrates how these blankets are properly installed.

    To hear how you can save money on your utility bill, call Ace Plumbing at (916) 455-4548. We offer reliable hot water heater repair and replacement in Sacramento.

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