Getting Ready for Thanksgiving

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

The leaves are falling. There’s a chill in the air. Soon it will be Thanksgiving with family and friends coming to your house.  You should think about Thanksgiving doormaking sure your home is safe for all your guests. Whether you are having guests or you are the guest, here are a few maintenance tips to make your holiday celebration more safe.

  • Make sure your outside walkway and stairs are trip-free. You don’t want anyone to trip and fall.  Make sure your walkway is smooth and there is nothing sticking up or out.
  • Make sure your stairs aren’t slippery if it rains. You can add  slip resistant tape on your stair trends.
  • Make sure your handrails all through out your house, inside and out, are secure and able to withstand someone grabbing them.
  • Make sure there is ample lighting inside and out.  You want your guests to be able to see any objects in their way. Consider installing motion detector lights around your house for added safety.
  • Make sure your furnace filter is new. Dirty filters hold allergens and dust which will recirculate through your house.
  • Make sure your smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector are working properly.
  • Have a functioning fire extinguisher in a central location.
  • Child-proof your home if you are having small children at your home.
  • Make a first aid kit and make sure everyone knows where it is.
  • If you have pets, make sure their rabies shots are up to date and you have the documents to prove it. If you are having a party, you might want to put them in another room in case some of your guests are allergic or just not an ‘animal person’.
  • Ensure all your valuables and dangerous items are locked away so they can’t be damaged, broken or stolen.

If you are the one traveling:

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  • make sure to stop your mail and paper deliveries  or ask a friend or neighbor you trust to gather them once a day. You don’t want to give burglars a clue your house is empty.
  • Use timers in two or three rooms in your home. Have them go on and off at different times. The idea is to make it seem like someone is home.
  • Turn off your water and water heater. This may sound silly, but you don’t want to come home to find a pipe has burst and flooded your house, not to mention, water still running.
  • Turn your heating system down. You don’t need to be heating your whole house  up to 78° while you are gone. Setting it at 60° will keep it warm enough to keep your pipes from freezing.
  • Don’t announce on social media that you are going to be gone from home. You don’t know who is reading your post. You could be accidentally inviting unwanted guests to your home.
  • If you are going to be gone for more than a weekend, unplug your computer, television,unplugging the machine  toaster oven and other appliances to protect them from power surges. Do this to save power as well. According to the Consumer Energy Center, many appliances use power even when they’re turned off.
  • Don’t leave a spare key in an obvious spot like under a mat or in a fake rock. It’s best not to leave a spare outside, give it to a trusted neighbor or friend or relative. If a burglar realizes you are not at home, they will look for your spare key.
  • Tell someone where you will be and how to get a hold of you in case on an emergency. Give someone the phone number of who you are staying with just in case of an emergency and they can’t get a hold of you.

Do I Really Need to Get a Tune-Up on my Gas Furnace or Heat Pump?

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Questions.  Do you change the oil in your car? Do you check the fluids like the transmission, brake, power steering, check your tires?  Most people check these things as least once or twice a year or they have it checked when they have their oil changed.  Why? To make sure their car is running correctly and efficiently. If your car is out of oil or transmission fluid, you’ll find yourself without a running vehicle.

It’s the same with your gas furnace or heat pump. There are moving parts in your heating system that need to be cleaned and inspected.

Up to 50% of your home’s energy bill is from  your heating system system. If it’s not running correctly, you’re losing money to the power company.

          Save Your Money!

  • FACT: Dirty blowers and coils can cause your utility bill to increase by 35%.
  • FACT: If you have to add refrigerant to your air conditioning system that means you have a leak. You are damaging the environment. It costs money to add refrigerant.
  • FACT: Keeping your system clean can extend the life of the equipment, saving you money from replacing it.
  • FACT: 80% of all compressor failures could have been avoided if a proper maintenance had been performed.

Having a SuperTune on your gas furnace or heat pump system, which at the time may sound like a waste of money, but it will actually save you money in the long run.  By administering a preventative maintenance plan on your heating system on a regular, yearly basis it allows you to be aware of your heating and cooling / heat pump system at all times.

Performing a SuperTune check on your system annually can help you identify problems such as rust, rot, frayed wires, leaks and corroded electrical contacts.  It is important to do a SuperTune on your gas furnace or heat pump unit at a minimum of one time per year to ensure your unit is operating at peak efficiency which can save you up to 30% on your electrical bill.

Certain components within an air conditioning system require immediate attention upon irregular operation.

•         Condenser Coils can become clogged by dust, dirt, pollen and other debris. Because of clogging, the condenser coil loses its ability to pull heat from your system. In turn, it causes the compressor to pull higher amps causing a higher electric bill.

 

•         Dirty filters and evaporator coils which deliver conditioned air into your establishment can cause the evaporator coil to starve for air. Each evaporator coil is designed for a specific volume of air to ensure adequate operation.

heating and air conditioning, heat pump, furnace Due to the lack of maintenance and knowledge about your cooling system, things such as dirty coils and filters can mean premature failure of your heating and air conditioning/ heat pump unit’s compressor, condenser fan and other system components. In other words, a malfunction of a component within your HVAC system can over-work your unit.

 

Replacement of an entire heating and cooling unit can be costly. When a heating and air conditioning/ heat pump unit or gas furnace is replaced, it is recommended to replace the duct work in its entirety to ensure no leakage throughout your duct work system.

Choosing a SuperTune/preventative maintenance plan that best fits you and your system is the best option to avoid replacing your entire  air conditioning/ heat pump system.

Ways to Improve Energy Efficiency in Your Home

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Your home has several key areas most likely to become trouble spots and create issues for your home’s energy performance. The Environmental Protection Agency’s “green building” resources identifies some of the areas, which include:

Your home’s envelope – Gaps and cracks in outer walls, ceilings, windows, doors and floors are entry points for letting in hot air in the summertime. By adding to the air flow – in some cases as much as an open window would create – they cause your cooling and heating system to work overtime. What can you do? Seal and insulate to cut down on energy loss and improve comfort. Also, consider installing energy-efficient windows and doors.

Your cooling and heating system – Your home comfort system accounts for as much as half of your energy bill, so what happens here takes up a big part of your energy spending. What can you do? Suggestions include installing a programmable thermostat to maintain temperatures appropriate to the activity in the home, saving energy and preserving comfort. Also, make sure annual maintenance is performed on your system by a qualified contractor. Echoing the concerns about your home’s envelope, sealing leaky ducts will improve your system’s performance.

The right replacement system – The right equipment installed properly makes a huge difference as well. The EPA says, “Replacing your old heating and cooling equipment with new, energy-efficient models is a great start. But to make sure that you get the best performance, the new equipment must be properly installed. In fact, improper installation can reduce system efficiency by up to 30 percent – costing you more on your utility bills and possibly shortening the equipment’s life.”

Whole house retrofit – Pointing to another important solution, the EPA says, “Some homeowners, frustrated by high energy bills and uncomfortable homes, undertake a comprehensive solution to their energy efficiency problems. Rather than focusing on a single component, such as replacing single-paned windows, an old air conditioning system or leaky ductwork, a qualified contractor will examine how improvements to all of these components can work together to provide greater comfort and lower utility bills. By focusing on the whole house as a system, the contractor can provide the most cost-effective recommendations to improve the home.”

We’d be happy to talk with you more about saving energy in your home. We’d be happy to answer any questions about the services we provide. Schedule an appointment or learn more about Leinbach Services Inc. here.

 

Controlling Humidity in Your Home

Monday, August 4th, 2014

When there are high levels of relative humidity outdoors, most people recognize this fact by sensing a thick moisture in the air and a sticky feeling on the skin. Inside, the presence of high levels of humidity can produce a different response: itching, sneezing and coughing. That’s because organisms that thrive in humidity can cause allergic reactions, and high levels of humidity, so common in summer, can create a breeding ground for mold, dust mites and fungus.

Humidity – more accurately called “relative humidity” – is a measure of water vapor content in the air. According to industry experts, the best humidity level for your indoor environment in summer is between 30% and 50%. But what if your level veers from that standard?

According to Weather.com, humidity that is too dry (<30%) can cause: • Damage to wood floors, furniture, musical instruments • Static electricity; electronic equipment damage • Increased dust • Respiratory, throat and skin irritations Humidity that is too wet (>50%) can lead to:
• Termites, cockroaches and other insects
• Condensation and stains on walls, ceilings, windows
• Flaking paint and peeling wallpaper
• Mold, mildew, dust mite growth; allergic reactions

The use of central air conditioning helps in the control of humidity. The Environmental Protection Agency says, “When air conditioners are frequently running in the summer, people tend to think something must be wrong, that the unit is inefficient and not working properly. But frequent cycling by your air conditioner is a good thing! This is how an air conditioner removes humidity — by the frequent runs — so it is something to welcome, not lament.

“In fact, it is standard practice for central air conditioning units to be installed that are 30-100% oversized on the assumption that a large unit will blast cool air throughout the house. However, the opposite is true. Oversized air conditioners cycle less frequently, remove less moisture and waste energy. After shooting that big blast of cool air, the excess ‘idle time’ is when indoor humidity levels rise and that’s what makes you uncomfortable.”

We’d be happy to talk with you more about important issues of comfort and health. We’d be happy to answer any questions about the services we provide. Schedule an appointment or learn more about Leinbach Services Inc. here.

A Customer Keeps it Clean

Friday, July 18th, 2014

galyen 2At Leinbach Services, we value our customers and enjoy the relationships we develop through doing business with you. For this quarter’s customer spotlight we want to feature our valuable customer Stephen Galyen and his business, Green Gaylen Pressure Washing Services.   After working for Chick-fil-a and Regions Bank, Stephen realized more and more that he wanted to own his own business. In September 2013, Stephen acquired the business from a friend and made it his own. “I enjoy spending time with my wife and family,” said Stephen. “I started the Green Galyen Pressure Washing in order to be able to spend as much time with them as possible.”   Green Galyen Pressure Washing Services gives their customers superb pressure washing services for soft wash siding, gutters, sidewalks and playgrounds. They also do deck and wood cleaning/restoration. “I take pride in being able to offer these services while taking a ‘green-cleaning’ approach,” Stephen said. “By using high quality cleaning materials without the harsh chemicals, I can give a great clean while still being environmentally friendly.” When Stephen isn’t busy washing away dirt and grime, he enjoys hiking, watching UT football and galyen heat pump familygoing on vacations, especially cruises, with his family. He and his wife Johanna reside in Johnson City and have a beautiful family consisting of four children, Mercy, Charity, Elijah and Judah. Stephen is also a member and deacon of Boones Creek Bible Church.   To learn more about Green Galyen Pressure Washing and the services they provide, visit their website at www.GreenGalyen.com or give Stephen a call at 423-794-6290.

 

Getting Your “Ducts” in a Row

Friday, June 27th, 2014
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Most homeowners only think about what they can easily see in their home. The granite counter tops, the beautiful hardwood floors, etc. But there is more to a house than just the aesthetics.

One of the things  owners should think about is the duct work connected to their heating and air conditioning system.  If the duct work is not sealed and installed properly, you could be losing up to 30% of your air flow.  Which means that cool or warm air is not getting to where you want it to. You are constantly turning your thermostat up or down, causing your heating and cooling system to work harder and your energy bill to climb.

It is important that all your ducts are sealed tightly to improve air circulation,  prevent loss of heated air and  maintain a proper balance of the system throughout the home. When installed properly, duct work should be sealed with duct mastic, a water-based adhesive or a foil tape that is made especially for duct work. Contrary to popular belief, ordinary “duct tape” is not good for taping up duct work.  It dries up  quickly because of the hot air in the duct work and the constant expansion and contraction. It will work its way off of the seams and let the warm or cool air escape into the crawl space or attic, where ever the duct work is.

Duct work should be inspected to make sure the hangers haven’t worked themselves loose or are sagging and that there are enough hangers to keep the duct work straight. It is important that the duct work is straight and not have too many bends and angles.

Another thing that you should do is make sure that the duct work in unconditioned  areas  ( areas that aren’t heated or cooled) is insulated. If the duct is in an unheated area like an attic, the warm air inside the duct warms the walls of the ducts. This heat the cold air outside the duct work which then cools the air that travels through the house.

Doing these things will cut your energy loss and costs.  We would love to make sure your “ducts” are in a row, give us a call today!

 

 

 

He Made One Mistake

Monday, June 16th, 2014

Did you know? Most warranty companies won’t cover repairs on your heating and cooling unit if theheat pump, heating, heating and air conditioning, breakdown was due to lack of maintenance. We recently had a man call in for service because his heating and air conditioning system wasn’t working. After completing a diagnostic evaluation, our technician found that the unit hadn’t been regularly maintained and was in need of some major repairs. Instead of paying a low deductible, the man ended up having to pay more than $2,000 in repairs out of his pocket because the warranty company was not responsible for coverage due to neglect of required maintenance. Unfortunately, we see that happen to customers time and time again. Let us help you from making that mistake by performing a supertune (tune-up) on your heating and cooling system twice a year! With our Comfort Club Membership program, we take the guesswork out of maintenance for you. We will come out in the spring to make sure the air conditioning side of your unit is in top shape for the summer cooling season and then come back in the fall to get the heating part of your unit ready to run efficiently in the winter heating season. By doing this, you’re giving more longevity to the life of your HVAC system, saving money on your power bill and increasing your level of comfort. Plus, you’ll have documentation of regular maintenance to provide the warranty company in the event your heating and cooling unit needs a repair. So please, don’t make the same costly mistake, give us a call and sign up for your Comfort Club Membership today! There are several other perks of being a Comfort Club Member, visit our website to learn more www.leinbachservices.com/preventive-maintenance-tune-up-join-our-comfort-club

Special Financing

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

We are offering 0% APR for 36 months*

 

Call our Comfort Consultantmary3 Mary Massarueh to obtain more information about getting approved for flexible financing  for a new heat pump, heating/ cooling system, new hot water heater or new electrical panel installation.

 

 

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Fore!!

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

golferDo you know  a golfer?   Father’s Day is just around the corner and we have a great gift idea for you! Give Leinbach Services just one referral and we will give you 2 free 18 rounds of golf with golf cart at CatTails at the Meadowview Convention Center.
So whether the golfer is your dad, brother or friend, make them happy with little effort on your part!

After your friend or family member uses our service, we will give you 2 free rounds of golf or if you think he would rather something else, check out our website for other great gifts.

What is a referral?  A referral is an act of referring someone that pays for our services.  Leinbach Services Inc. would like to reward you for suggesting our company to your friends, family and neighbors.

We can’t wait to welcome your friends to the Leinbach Services family!

 

 

Joe Wise

Monday, June 2nd, 2014
Joe Wise & Family

Joe Wise & Family

Wise Property Solutions has been a valuable customer of  Leinbach Services for almost three years and is the regions only accredited, licensed and certified condominium association management and homeowners association management company. Joe Wise established the company in 2004 after seeing a need in the community that was going unmet.

 

“As a board member in my condominium association, we had identified the need for professional management services,” Joe said. “But we were unable to locate a provider in whom we had confidence.”

 

At Wise Property Solutions, their commitment to creating communities enhances the way homeowners experience home, from condos and townhomes to premium lakefront properties and everywhere in between.

 

Clients of Wise Property Solutions receive assistance in managing three main areas: financial management, association management and facilities management. The services include planning, reports, scheduling, meetings and so much more.

 

When Joe isn’t busy overseeing the company as the general manager,  he enjoys gardening, learning magic tricks and cooking. He and his wife reside in Johnson City and have a beautiful family consisting of two sons, one daughter and a dachshund named Gracie. Joe is also a Republican candidate for County Commissioner in Washington County.joe wise dog

 

To learn more about Wise Property Solutions and the property management solutions they provide, visit their website at www.wisepropertysolutions.com