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Tuesday, 23 February 2016 17:00
Reverse osmosis is a water purification process that is used to remove dissolved inorganic material from water, such as salt, magnesium and calcium carbonate. When attached to a home's plumbing system a reverse osmosis system will use water pressure to force the water through a semi-permeable membrane. This thin membrane allows the water to pass through, while trapping impurities and flushing them down the drain.

Why Use a Reverse Osmosis System?

The advantage of a reverse osmosis system include:
  • Better tasting and smelling water
  • Highly effective at removing particles and dissolved solids
  • No energy consumption
  • Flushes contaminants away reducing the need to clean or replace the filter as often
  • Very low cost per gallon filtration
Have questions about reverse osmosis water treatment? Call ABC Southwest Plumbing and Air Conditioning, we can help with all your home water purification needs.
Thursday, 18 February 2016 16:14
As the hot weather approaches our homes will be sealed with the air conditioner turned on. While the conditioned air may feel comfortable, it may actually be less healthy as indoor air pollutants become trapped inside.

Most of these potentially harmful contaminants can’t be seen in the air, they include: pet dander, bacteria, viruses, chemical vapors, pollen and more. So how can you know how dirty the air really is inside your home?

Carrier Indoor Air Analyzer

The Indoor Air Analyzer service offered through Carrier® dealers and is an Indoor Air Quality innovation that can quickly and accurately identify the unseen threats potentially lurking under your nose.

The Indoor Air Analyzer evaluates your home’s air in about 30 minutes, producing easy-to-read reports. Your Carrier dealer can then recommend a series of good, better and best solutions customized to address your specific air issues.

If high levels of indoor air pollution are found, there are effective solutions, including UV lamps, air purifiers and other IAQ systems that can filter the air and balance humidity levels to create a healthier indoor environment.

Have questions about indoor air quality? Give ABC Southwest Plumbing and Air Conditioning a call.
Tuesday, 16 February 2016 16:05
A central air conditioner consists of two main parts (a split system): an indoor section with an air handler and/or furnace and an outdoor section called the condensing unit. The outdoor condensing unit cools the air and sends it to the indoor air handler to be circulated through your home by a blower and air duct system.

When replacing an old air conditioner it's important that the condensing unit be matched to the furnace or air handler. If they are not properly matched, the result can be inefficient operation and a shortened life of the central air conditioner.

When selecting an air conditioner, you can determine it's efficiency by finding its Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER). A higher SEER signifies higher energy efficiency.

Have questions about central air conditioning? Give ABC Southwest Plumbing and Air Conditioning a call, we would be happy to answer all your questions.

Thursday, 25 February 2016 15:13
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Thursday, 11 February 2016 01:48
First Hour Rating (also called first hour delivery) is a measurement that calculates the amount of hot water in gallons a full water heater can deliver in the first hour of operation.

The FHR will depend on a number of variables, including the tank capacity, the source of heat (gas or electric), and the burner or element size. Tankless or on-demand water heaters use a different rating system that measures the maximum temperature rise possible at a given flow rate.

Because the First Hour Rating is an important consideration when selecting a tank-style water heater, the EnergyGuide label will list the first hour rating in the top left corner as "Capacity (first hour rating)." You should select a model with a first hour rating that matches within 1 or 2 gallons of your peak hour demand – the daily peak 1-hour hot water demand for your home.

Need help choosing the right water heater for your home? Call ABC Southwest Plumbing and Air Conditioning, we can help.

Thursday, 04 February 2016 01:48
When a garbage disposal becomes clogged and stops working there are generally two reasons for the obstruction. First, there is often insufficient water flow down the drain line causing it become filled with debris, creating an obstruction. Second, the material being put down the disposal is not able to effectively run through a disposal.

Four of the biggest culprits in disposals clogging are eggshells, coffee grounds, banana peels and potato peels. Grinding egg shells or coffee grounds creates a gritty debris that attaches to any buildup inside the drain pipe, quickly causing a clog. Being a starchy food, potato peels form a gooey build up that is difficult to rinse out. Banana peels are fibrous and create a stringy sludge that can become tangled in the disposal's impeller.

Besides not putting the above food waste down the disposal, the key to preventing a clogged disposal is to run lots of water during and for 30 seconds after grinding. To keep the disposal clean we also recommend grinding 3 cups of ice cubes with a little dish water.

Need hep with your kitchen disposal? Call ABC Southwest Plumbing and Air Conditioning, we can unclog your drains quickly.

Thursday, 14 January 2016 16:05

What Is a Split System?

A split system simply means a heating and cooling system that has components that are both inside and outside of a home. In most cases, a split system will consist of:
  • Gas Furnace - Provides heating white also circulating air year round
  • Evaporator coil - The indoor component of the outdoor AC unit
  • Air conditioner or Heat Pump - Works with the evaporator coil to cool the home
  • Air Ducts ― Distribute the conditioned air throughout your home
  • Control or Thermostat ― The brains and interface of the system
  • Indoor Air Quality Accessories ― Designed to clean, add or remove humidity, and freshen the air for a healthier indoor environment
Have questions about your home's cooling system? Call ABC Southwest Plumbing and Air Conditioning, we can help answer all your questions.

Thursday, 07 January 2016 15:51
When it comes time to replace your air conditioner you will probably have many questions. Here are a few things to consider when it comes to new cooling system.
  1. Reliability - A central air conditioner is a major investment. If you do your research and go with a proven brand you'll reduce the chances of having problems down the road and get the most value for your money.
  2. Operating Efficiency - By choosing an EnergyStar® rated cooling system you'll save you up to 30% on your annual cooling cost.
  3. Professional Installation - The most important day in the life of your air conditioner is the day it's installed. Proper sizing and correct installation is critical to how well it will cool your home. Choose a company with experience that stands behind their work, now and down the road.
  4. Indoor Air Quality - Are their allergy sufferers in the home? Is excessive humidity a problem? To reduce indoor air pollution consider adding a whole house air cleaner to the air handler. You'll have peace of mind knowing your new system is capturing small contaminants that can cause health problems. 
For all your Southwest Florida cooling needs, call ABC Southwest Plumbing and Air Conditioning, we are here to help.

Tuesday, 26 January 2016 15:45
A water heater temperature-pressure relief valve (TPR) is designed to turn off when the pre-set temperature is reached. If the water heater thermostat ever fails, the temperature and pressure (from expansion of the water) could continue to rise until the pressure exceeds the capacity of the tank (usually around 300 psi). If this happens, the tank could explode.

To prevent this dangerous situation, water heaters are required to be protected for both excessive temperature and pressure. A temperature-and pressure-relief valve (TPR). Most of these devices are set to operate at a water temperature above 200° F and/or a pressure above 150 psi.

It's important that a TPR valve only be tested by a trained professional. To make sure your water heater is working properly, it should be serviced annually by your plumber. Have questions about your home's plumbing system? Call ABC Southwest Plumbing and Air Conditioning, we're here to help.

Tuesday, 19 January 2016 15:08
Backflow occurs when there is a pressure change in a plumbing system that causes the dirty water to be siphoned back into the clean water supply. A backflow preventer is an important plumbing device that is designed to prevent this potentially harmful backwards flow into the fresh water supply.

There are several types of backflow preventers, the three most common are pressure vacuum breakers (PVB), reduced pressure zone (RPZ), and double check assemblies (DCA). In the home, backflow devices are required for hand-held showers installed in bathtubs, faucets with pullout spouts and kitchen sprayers.

Have questions about backflow prevention in your home? Call ABC Southwest Plumbing and Air Conditioning, we can help with all your plumbing needs.

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