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Does the temperature in your home fluctuate from room to room? Do you find yourself constantly adjusting the thermostat in your home but never achieving an evenly heated or cooled home? For many people, the upstairs portion of the home is most troublesome and it’s usually attributed to the fact that heat rises. While this is true and many times a simple attic fan can remedy the issue, it many not always be such an easy fix. If this sounds like your home, HVAC system zoning might be the answer for you.
How it Works
Zoning your home’s HVAC system is simple but extremely effective. Zoning works by using multiple thermostats that operate dampers within the ducts forced air system. In a nutshell, zoning lets you choose where the air goes. for instance, if your home’s bedrooms are on the top portion of the home, simply close the dampers to the lower levels when they are no longer in use and redirect the to the bedrooms. This process is easily completed with the push of a button; if you can adjust the temperature on your traditional thermostat, you can work operate the zoning control panel.
Aside from making your home more comfortable, zoning can also save you money on your monthly power bill. In fact, according to the US Department of Energy, zoning can save you up to 30% on your overall energy cost. Because zoning allows you to send the air where you want it to go, your unit works less to cool or heat your home. As a result, your home’s HVAC system will last longer and require less maintenance.
As we have learned, zoning has many benefits that range from personal comfort to saving money; both of which can have a significant impact on your day to day life. However, if the zoning system is not properly installed, it will not work as designed. Like most home improvement projects that go wrong, the homeowner is stuck with the frustration and cost of a system that does not work. That’s why choosing a reputable HVAC contractor experienced with zoning systems is very important. Michael & Son Services is the area’s leader in not only HVAC but home repairs in general. Call us today or visit our website to learn more about Michael & Son Services HVAC services. Also, like us on Facebook, follow us on twitter and subscribe to ourYouTube page to find out about upcoming events, special events and much more!
Everyone loves a colorful foliage. But once those leaves come down, they create lots of messy chores around your property. Aside from all the raking and bagging required to keep your landscaping looking lovely, the real headache is making sure leaves don’t clog your home’s gutters.
Keeping gutters and downspouts free of debris is essential to maintaining a strong roof foundation. Allow them to clog and your roof will soon be leaking or, worse yet, buckling under the weight of snow this winter.
In order to make sure you’re maintaining your gutters properly, let’s review the best upkeep practices.
Keep Them Clean
Sounds like a no brainer, right? However, there are several steps you’ll want to follow, some not as obvious as others. First, use a gloved hand to remove all leaves, sticks and other debris from your gutters. Second, check for granules which fall from the roof shingles and remove them. Over time, these granules mix with water to create a gooey substance that is very stubborn to clean. Finally, use a hose to make sure there are no areas where water can pool. If you do witness pooling, make sure your gutters are aligned properly and sloping down at a slight angle.
Go With The Right Gutter
There are a few different choices when it comes to gutters, each with its own pros and cons. Different materials can affect cost, durability and function. Let’s review what’s available:
- Vinyl Gutters: Besides being durable and easy to install, vinyl gutters are the most economical choice, generally running around $3 to $5 a foot. The downside? They can become brittle in extremely cold temperatures and sometimes crack.
- Steel Gutters: Slightly more expensive than their vinyl counterpart, steel gutters are very sturdy and can support a good amount of weight. Unfortunately, they are difficult to install and are also prone to rusting.
- Aluminum Gutters: Light and easy to install, aluminum gutters are a DIY handyman’s dream. But they also dent easily, making them susceptible to wind and falling debris. At $6 to $10 a foot, you might want to think twice before installing these fragile gutters.
- Copper Gutters: The most attractive of the bunch, copper gutters can go for as much as $20 a foot.
Remember, not maintaining your gutters can lead to roof damage, leaks in the home and premature foundation wear. The most important factor is not what kind of gutters you choose but how well you maintain them. For more helpful home upkeep tips, visit us at michaelandson.com. Also, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and subscribe to our Youtube page to find out about upcoming events, special offers and much more!
Anyone who has ever gone through the process of purchasing a new home knows how difficult some of the choices are. One of the most important decisions a prospective home buyer is faced with is where their water utilities will originate. Sewers, wells and septic systems all have their pro’s and con’s; today we will provide information that might help you make a decision that works best for you and your family.
The first and most important factor to consider when purchasing a home with a well is its size and water volume; will it accommodate your family? If the well’s water volume is too low, the only option is to drill an additional well. This could cost upwards of $5000, depending on its size and placement. If the size will work, the next step is to inspect the well and pump. A well inspection requires the skills of a professional and will tell you if there any cracks in the walls or visual erosion. An inspector will check the well pump and ensure it is bringing water into the home at the rates needed. Just like everything else, a well has its pros and cons. A Wells water is often rich in minerals but water too high in mineral content can be an issue. That’s why a water softening system is a must and the amount of mineral content on your water will determine what type of softener you’ll need. Also, depending on your usage and locality, a well can actually save you money on your water bill.
Just like wells, septic systems should immediately be inspected before any finial arrangements are made on a home purchase. Issues like erosion, cracks in the foundation or leaks can mean serious repair bills in the future. If the septic system checks out, keeping it maintained and working properly is simple. Adding products containing growth killing enzymes like Ridex can prolong the life of your tank and keep it running at peak capacity. Regular pump and inspections are a must. Adding enzymes are something you can do on your own, pump and inspections will require a professional.
Weighing all the pertinent factors against your needs is the best way to make a sound discussions regarding your water source. Of course, the opinion of a professional will always make your choice a better one. Michael & Son Services Plumbing Excavation Service is fully fully equipped to handle any home water service concern you might have. Whether you are in the market or just have questions concerning your current system, call us today. Also, like us on Facebook, subscribe to our YouTube page and find out more about upcoming events, special offers and much more!
A residential HVAC system is one of the most costly and complex appliances in a home. It’s vital to your families comfort and depending on age of the occupants, an inefficient or non-functioning HVAC system can even affect their health. One of the most important, inexpensive and easily maintained components of your homes HVAC system is the filters. Today, we will go over how filters work and why they are important.
HVAC filters aid and assist in creating efficient air flow through your home’s duct work. The filters trap debris that through out your duct work and prevent them from entering your home. Once those debris begin to accumulate on the filter, your system is forced to work harder pushing air through the ducts.
Airborne Contaminants & Allergies
Millions of Americans suffer from seasonal allergies and allergy related illnesses. Those allergies are often worsened by pet dander, dust, mold and other airborne contaminants. HVAC filters trap airborne contaminants before they enter your homes duct work and subsequently the lungs of those living in the home.
A unit with dirty filters is forced to work harder in order to move air throughout the home. Overworked units experience wear and tare at an accelerated rate; this translates costly repair bills to the homeowner. Another often overlooked aspect is the increase in energy cost associated with poorly maintained HVAC equipment. Keeping up with filters not only keeps your unit running longer, it’s also saves you money.
Changing out filters is something practically anyone can do. Filters can be found in any hardware store and usually cost less than $10. Each home should replace their filters depending on their circumstances. A home with no pets can use the same filter for up to 8 months, while a home with pets, depending on the number, could need to change their filter as frequently as every 30 days. A monthly visual inspection of your filter can help you determine when it’s time for a replacement. Check out our Youtube page for instructional videos on replacing filters. Also, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and subscribe to our Youtube page to find out about upcoming events, special offers and much more!
In Edmondson Heights, Yvette Johnson has had a tough weekend. “I’ve been without A/C,” said Johnson. “Saturday, Sunday, this morning and it has not been nice.” On Friday Johnson found a leak coming from a hole in her drain pan. Water saturated her carpet and forced her to turn off her A/C. “I’ve had ceiling fans on,” said Johnson. “I’ve had personal fans on but it really didn’t do any good. Especially at night when the house had really heated up, nothing helped.” Johnson learned on Friday she needed a brand new air conditioning system, and on Monday morning, two Michael & Son technicians completed the installation.
“It’s definitely normal for the summertime,” said Mike Gee, Michael & Son Services Technician. “It’s been quite hot so getting a lot more calls.” The job lasted the duration of the day and while the technicians’ main focus was completing the installation, they were taking precautions as well. “Stay hydrated,” said Gee. “Take breaks. That’s what we do.” “Normally I don’t complain about the heat, because I’ve had air,” said Johnson. “But without air for two or three days, I’ll be glad when this heat is gone. When it starts snowing, I will not complain.” Gee told Fox45 Michael & Son Services, as of late, has been busy seven days a week with call volumes increasing.
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Does Your Insurance Cover Water Damage?
There are four common water damage problems causing problems wherever they leave their mark. We deal with a lot of insurance companies, and thought we would break down some of the most common problems for you to move on with your life with a piece of mind.
Pipes Burst – A burst pipe can set you back a pretty penny. Usually, a major part of the damage is generally covered under your homeowner’s insurance policy. It can cover the damage done to the surrounding walls, personal property, and the overall house frame. With that said, a basic or standard homeowner’s insurance policy does not cover the repairs to burst pipes.
Situations arise when the insurance company may deny your claim. It may believe that the burst pipes were caused because of your negligence. This could happen for a number of reasons, but one of the key situations we see over and over, they claim it’s happened because you let the home’s temperature drop below the freezing point. If you’re able to maintain proper temperature in the home or insulated your pipes during the winter season, you’re less likely to be found at fault. If you need any assistance maintaining the pipes in your home, call 1(800)948-MIKE today!
Washing Machines – Experiencing a leak from your washing machine is actually very common, with over 50% of calls originating from the main water supply hose. Washing machine leaks are one of the most common water damage problems. We estimate over 50% cases of washing machine leaks are caused by a leak in the main supply hose. As this is a regular occurrence, your insurance agent won’t be surprised, and after determining the age and state of your machine, they will then decide who’s at fault. Although buying a washer with a warranty always helps in these types of situations, sometimes it’s hard to prove!
Roof Leaks Causing Water Damage –
In most insurance policies, your roof is covered in the occurrence of rain, fire, hail or wind – but if your roof is old, your policy probably won’t cover that damage.
Storm or Hurricane – In most standard homeowner’s insurance policies, flood damage is not covered. This is regardless of whether the water damage was caused by a hurricane or storm. A hurricane is defined as a storm with wind speed over 74 miles per hour – as storms that big will be obvious before they show up at your door unannounced.
The entire country can breathe a collective sigh of relief, as the winter season we thought would never end has come to a close and spring is here. However, the beautiful weather we have been having will be short lived and summer with its brutal heat is right around the corner. While you spent the winter indoors and out of the elements, your a/c unit has been buried under snow, leaves and whatever else the wind brings. Most of us expect to flip the switch on the first hot day and have cool air coursing through our home. However, without proper preparation and maintenance, it’s very likely you’re a/c unit could fail on that first hot day. Today we will be offering some tips on how to prepare your home for the upcoming summer.
Before we go any further, it’s important to make clear that HVAC systems are complex and can be dangerous if you don’t know what you are doing. Anything beyond the basic maintenance should be left to the professionals. If you don’t feel comfortable or are unsure about performing any type of maintenance on you HVAC system, stop reading now and call a reputable HVACcontractor.
The filters in your a/c unit are both the simplest portion to maintain and one of the most essential to its function. Dirty filters can restrict air flow through your home and also cause your energy bills to rise. Filters also keep dust and debris out of your duct work, making the air in your home breathable. The filters are usually located inside your home on the side of your furnace. Once you have located the filter, simply remove the existing filter and replace with a new one. There are many different types of filters and are rated according to the MERV system. For more information about the different types of filters, click here.
Look for anything out of the ordinary like frayed or exposed wires, damage to the outside of the unit, leaking lines or any signs the unit was producing smoke. If you do note any of these things, do not turn on the unit and contact a professional.
Leaves and debris surrounding your unit can cause all kinds of problems. Using a rake or leaf blower, clear all debris in and around the unit. Make sure that there are not large objects on top of the unit and the fan is unobstructed. Without removing the top cover and ensuring the unit is powered off, apply a small coat of WD40 (or any spray non-abrasive lubricant for metals) to the fan blades. If you notice any obstructing debris inside of the unit, do not turn it on and contact a professional.
Inspect the coolant lines and make sure there are no leaks and all the lines are connected to the unit. The lines are normally wrapped in insulation to prevent freezing; make sure the insulation is intact and not frayed or split. If you do find some lines are exposed or the insulation is coming undone, you can easily replace or patch the missing areas with insulation tape. Do not attempt to remove or reattach any of the lines you find disconnected.
Test Thermostat and Unit
Check your thermostat and unit by setting the temperature to your usual warm weather setting. The unit should power up as normal and the thermostat should display the temperature entered. Note how long it takes for your home to begin to cool down. If it seems to take longer than usual, don’t be alarmed. However, if the unit does not seem to be cooling the home or you feel hot air coming from the vents, contact a professional.
These simple steps can help ensure that you and your family are cool and comfortable throughout the summer season. If you come across any of the issues listed above or you do not feel comfortable performing maintenance, call Michael & Son Services. Our friendly and professional HVAC technicians can help you with maintenance, repairs and replacements. Check out our website and find out what kind of HVAC deals we have in your area. Also, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and subscribe to our YouTube page to find out about special offers, upcoming events and much more!
One of the most complex and potentially dangerous parts of a home is the electrical system. Nearly all home improvement professionals will strongly recommended against amateurs taking a stab at any job around the house that involves the electrical system. Every year, thousands of people are injured and even killed as a result of home improvement projects gone wrong. To underscore those facts, just last year, a Master Electrician in Ohio was killed on a job involving a commercial electric work. What drives untrained but seemingly intelligent people to take enormous risk to make minor repairs? In my opinion, it’s the internet.
We have all been emboldened by the by DIY YouTube videos showing what appears to be an armature performing complex and dangerous home improvements with ease. However, these videos are not always as they seem. Many times, these are actual professionals who are simply playing a character. Remember, many people on YouTube and similar sites are more concerned with view counts and attracting advertisers than they are about providing safe and sound information. At Michael & Son Services, our chief interest is the safety of our customers and our technicians as well. So why should you choose a Michael & Son electrician over a do-it-yourself YouTube challenge. Here are some reasons…
Training & Experience
All Michael & Son electricians undergo extensive training and must be able to complete nearly any residential task with safety and efficiency. Michael & Son electricians training is continuous and are required to work towards and achieve all certifications related to their area of expertise. Those training and expertise are applied to today’s latest technologies and products, ensuring you get the best service for your money.
Licensed, Bonded, Warranties
If you blow out your electrical panel, set fire to your home or injure yourself, you are responsible for any damages to your home, self or worse, others. Michael & Son Services technicians are licensed and bonded in the states they services; giving you a piece of mind when it comes to your safety and homes well being. Furthermore, Michael & Son offers the industry’s only guarantee on all suggested repairs for the entire time you live in your home. Click here to read more about our industries first Life Time Guarantee.
Extensive Interview Process, Emailed Profiles
Potential Michael & Son Technicians undergo an extensive interview process that includes a criminal background check, drug screening and professional history investigations. That is not information we keep to ourselves; all customers receive an email including the technician’s picture and a short bio. That way you know exactly who will be showing up to your door before they ring the door bell. You can’t say the same about the anonymous person on your computer screen.
When dealing with something as volatile and dangerous as your homes electrical system, it’s clear that choosing a professional is the way to go. Our electricians can handle any job, from resets lights to heavy ups. Check out our website to learn more about the Michael & Son experienceand read testimonies from past customers. Also, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and subscribe to our YouTube page to find out about upcoming events, special offers and much more!
Why do you do when the summer is on its way? You greet the heat with a freshly installed Cooling system!
We’ve got several amazing systems for you, come, take a look and see the possibilities!
Michael and Son takes great pride in our thorough 21-point precision tune up service for heating and AC equipment:
Our highly skilled and trained technicians will perform a 21-point precision tune up of your heating or cooling system. Upon completion, we will provide you with a written report and make recommendations necessary to improve the quality and comfort in your home and ensure your system is operating at optimum efficiency and performance.
Emergency 24 HR Heating & AC Service
At Michael and Son we understand the importance and urgency of your comfort needs.
More often than not, your HVAC system will fail at the most untimely and inconvenient time possible: on the hottest days, after hours or on a weekend or holiday. Our certified trained technicians conveniently carry a large variety of parts required to repair your cooling or heating system right on their trucks. Rest assured that, at Michael and Son, we will do everything possible to get you up and running 24/7.
Michael and Son provides furnace, boiler, heat pump and central air/ac replacements and other HVAC services in the Alexandria, Arlington, Springfield and Washington, D.C. areas. Our design engineers will be able to address your specific comfort needs and engineer a replacement system that will keep you comfortable year-round year after year.
Michael and Son offers several service agreements to suit your specific needs at a modest price.
Michael and Son offers a variety of HVAC air quality products such as HEPA air filtration systems, humidifiers, ultra violet air sanitizers and touch programmable thermostats.
Proper care of your HVAC equipment can save you real dollars on your utility bills as well as in your pocket. Some air conditioning and heating problems can double operating costs without reducing comfort, ultimately resulting in untimely and costly repairs. Regular maintenance to maintain peak performance and reliability is a must. An HVAC service agreement with Michael and Son will give you the piece of mind that your system is operating at optimum efficiency and performance season after season.
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Protect your home with the Michael & Son Home Care Agreement Plan. We offer 24-hour priority emergency service, five annual service inspections, mostly all parts and labor covered for HVAC and discounts on all Plumbing and Electrical repairs. The Home Care Agreement is designed to help maintain one of your greatest assets, your home. You have made a large investment in your home and with the rising cost of home repairs, the Home Care Agreement will help with the longevity of your equipment. Below you will see some of the wonderful benefits the Home Care Agreement has to offer.
A Few Benefits..
24 HOUR PRIORITY EMERGENCY SERVICE
As part of our Home Care Agreement, we provide you with PRIORITY SERVICE so that you move to the front of the line when you call!
We will waive all dispatch fees during normal business hours. We also waive the HVAC diagnostic fee during normal and emergency hours.
You will receive a 10% off Electrical and Plumbing repairs for as long as your Home Care Agreement remains active.
DISCOUNTS ON ALL ELECTRICAL AND PLUMBING REPAIRS
FREE HVAC WARRANTY REPAIRS
Our Home Care Agreement Plan includes mostly all HVAC parts and labor. The plan also includes free warranty repairs on your HVAC system**
ANNUAL SERVICE INSPECTIONS
When you invest in our Home Care Agreement Plan, we will provide you with annual service inspections to keep you up to date with your home care needs: 1 Qualifying Inspection, 1 AC Precision Tune-up, 1 Heating System Precision Tune-up, 1 Electrical & 1 Plumbing Inspection.
Your Home Care Agreement can either be transferred to your new home or to the buyer of the home that you are selling.**
*- cannot be combined with any other offer – prices subject to change with additional zones.* – some restrictions apply, please ask a representative for details.
Call 1-800-948-MIKE today, to find out more about how our Home Care Agreement plan can benefit you!