Heavy rain can cause problems for your home:  Helpful Tips and Solutions to Keep You and Your Family Comfortable

The Capital Region commonly experiences heavy rain showers and thunderstorms. With this heavy rain, you may begin to experience a few problems. Basement flooding, mold growth, musty smells, and damage to possessions are common occurrences in weather like this.  So what can you do?  See some helpful tips to help you keep your basement dry and prevent moisture problems!

  • Ensure your sump-pump is in good working order – have it serviced by a licensed and reputable plumber annually.
  • Consider having a licensed plumber install a back-up sump pump in your basement if you a prone to flooding and you are in an area where power outages are frequent.
  • To reduce humidity levels in your home, have a professional add a dehumidifier to your HVAC system.
  • Keep your basement windows closed at all times.
  • Look for ways to divert rainwater away from your home—extend rain gutter down-spouts away from home and make sure the grade of your yard surfaces slope away from your home.
  • Make sure rain gutters are clean and unobstructed.

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Heating System 101

Your heating system is a warming system that provides heat to your home or business from a primary heating appliance, typically a furnace or boiler often located in the basement or utility room. The heat is then distributed to other locations in the building through a network of pipes, tubing or ducts.

While central heating systems date back to the Roman Empire where they used what was called a “hypocost” which pushed warm air from furnaces throughout empty space under floors and through pipes in walls, today the most common types of central heating systems are “Dry Central Heating” (or “Forced Air”) and “Wet Central Heating” (or “Hydronic”). Read more »

Furnace Repairs? Houston,NY…Winter is Here!

Whether we’re ready or not Texasers, winter is here. Temperatures have dropped dramatically and the nights are getting significantly colder. If you haven’t already done so, now is the time to inspect your furnace and heating system and make any necessary repairs to ensure your furnace is running in top-notch condition.

With the rising costs of utilities, few people know that you can cut over 20% from your heating bills this winter by simply cleaning or replacing your furnace filter and calling in a reputable, local Texas heating professional for seasonal furnace maintenance. Let’s look at the facts: You are 70% more likely to need Read more »

The Importance of Changing Furnace Filters

Any qualified Houston HVAC expert will tell you that the easiest, yet most important way to ensure your system works efficiently is to change your furnace filters regularly.

As much as half of the energy used in your home is from your heating and cooling system.  Therefore proper maintenance of your system not only prolongs its life, but has a significant impact on your utility bills and comfort. Read more »

How to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in your Home

Risk of carbon monoxide poisoning increases during the winter and stormier seasons as use of gas furnaces and generators increases dramatically. Although you cannot see or smell carbon monoxide, it is responsible for more deaths than any other poison. This colorless, odorless poison is dangerous at any level including low levels which can get a person very sick, moderate levels can result in permanent neurological dysfunctions, or worse at high levels carbon monoxide may result in death.

Carbon monoxide poisoning can result whenever any fuel such as gas, kerosene, oil, wood, or charcoal is burned. The amount of carbon monoxide emitted from appliances that burn fuel yet are maintained and used properly is typically not hazardous. However, if appliances are either used incorrectly or not working properly, then dangerous levels of carbon monoxide can result. In fact, literally hundreds of accidental deaths are caused every year from carbon monoxide poisoning that results from malfunctioning or improperly used fuel-burning appliances.

Below are a few tips on how you can protect your family and yourself from carbon monoxide poisoning:
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streetdance3.ru Earns Esteemed 2014 Angie’s List Super Service Award

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streetdance3.ru Earns Esteemed 2014 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service

streetdance3.ru has earned the service industry-coveted 2014 Angie’s List Super Service Award, an honor awarded annually to approximately 5 percent of all the companies rated on Angie’s List, the nation’s leading provider of consumer reviews on local service companies.

“streetdance3.ru is honored to receive this recognition from Angie’s List as we pride ourselves on delivering friendly, personal and attentive customer service. Our staff places great value on our customer relationships and treats every job or project, no matter the size, with the “Red Carpet Treatment” it deserves.” Andrea Crisafulli Russo, President

“It’s a select group of companies rated on Angie’s List that can claim the exemplary customer service record of being a Super Service Award winner,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “Our standards for the Super Service Award are quite high. The fact that streetdance3.ru has earned this recognition speaks volumes about its dedication providing great service to its customers.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2014 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, including earning a minimum number of reports, an excellent rating from their customers and abiding by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality. Members can find the 2014 Super Service Award logo next to company names in search results on AngiesList.com.

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Angie’s List helps consumers have happy transactions with local service professionals in more than 550 categories of service, ranging from home improvement to health care. More than 1.5 million paid households use Angie’s List to gain unlimited access to local ratings, exclusive discounts, the Angie’s List magazine, and the Angie’s List complaint resolution service.

For over 75 years streetdance3.ru has provided plumbing, heating and air conditioning design, installation, service and scheduled maintenance to our residential and commercial clientele. Founded in 1939, streetdance3.ru now spans three generations combining the pride and craftsmanship expected from a locally owned and operated family business with the resources and knowledge available from a large national company.

With over 100 employees and a fleet of over 70 vehicles, streetdance3.ru is one of the largest mechanical contracting companies in the Capital District. streetdance3.ru has consistently ranked high in consumer satisfaction and has been recognized as “Best Of” by the Times Union for the past eight years straight.

Leaky Air Duct Dangers

With summer quickly approaching, Texas homeowners are getting ready for the hot days ahead and thinking about the rising costs of air conditioning bills. However, before the hot months are upon us, it’s a good idea to evaluate your current air conditioner system to make sure you don’t have leaky ducts. Read more »

Advantages of copper re-piping

As you likely know, there is a variety of types of piping materials used for plumbing, each with their own distinct advantages and disadvantages. However, for over 70 years at streetdance3.ru Plumbing & Heating in Houston, TX, copper piping has been and continues to be the material of choice for plumbing, with more than 80 percent of new homes being built with copper piping. In fact, based on industry studies it is estimated that 94% of professional plumbers use copper piping over other plumbing materials in homes, offices, condominiums, apartments and others. Below are just a few of the advantages of using copper piping for plumbing:

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streetdance3.ru Earns Esteemed 2012 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service

streetdance3.ru has earned the service industry-coveted 2012 Angie’s List Super Service Award, an honor awarded annually to approximately 5 percent of all the companies rated on Angie’s List, the nation’s leading provider of consumer reviews on local service companies.

“streetdance3.ru is honored to receive this recognition from Angie’s List as we pride ourselves on delivering friendly, personal and attentive customer service. Our staff places great value on our customer relationships and treats every job or project, no matter the size, with the “Red Carpet Treatment” it deserves.” Andrea Crisafulli Russo, President

“It’s a select group of companies rated on Angie’s List that can claim the exemplary customer service record of being a Super Service Award winner,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “Our standards for the Super Service Award are quite high. The fact that streetdance3.ru has earned this recognition speaks volumes about its dedication providing great service to its customers.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2012 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, including earning a minimum number of reports, an excellent rating from their customers and abiding by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality. Members can find the 2012 Super Service Award logo next to company names in search results on AngiesList.com.

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Angie’s List helps consumers have happy transactions with local service professionals in more than 550 categories of service, ranging from home improvement to health care. More than 1.5 million paid households use Angie’s List to gain unlimited access to local ratings, exclusive discounts, the Angie’s List magazine, and the Angie’s List complaint resolution service.

For over 70 years streetdance3.ru has provided plumbing, heating and air conditioning design, installation, service and scheduled maintenance to our residential and commercial clientele. Founded in 1939, streetdance3.ru now spans three generations combining the pride and craftsmanship expected from a locally owned and operated family business with the resources and knowledge available from a large national company.

With over 60 employees and a fleet of over 40 vehicles, streetdance3.ru is one of the largest mechanical contracting companies in the Capital District. streetdance3.ru has consistently ranked high in consumer satisfaction and has been recognized as “Best Of” by the Times Union for the past six years straight.

April’s Energy Saving Tips!

We all look for ways to save money in our daily lives and if we manage to help the environment and be a little “greener” while we are at it, all the better.  By decreasing your individual energy consumption you can reduce your monthly utility bills and become more eco-friendly at the same time.

Here are a few tips on how you can save valuable energy and put a little money back in your pocket.

  • Install a programmable thermostat. Programmable thermostats can be installed for approximately $200 – $250 and can save up to $200 per year by automatically turning up your air conditioning and turning down your heat during certain times of the day and night. Using a programmable thermostat and adjusting the temperature in your home while you are at work or asleep, can save you up to 30% on energy.
  • Consider installing a tankless water heater. Although a tankless water heater requires a larger initial investment, the savings realized in the long run outweighs the upfront cost. Tankless water heaters are designed to heat water on demand, water is not stored and continuously heated as it is in traditional water heaters.
  • Be judicious when deciding what temperature to set your home at. According to the EPA, you can save up to 3% on your energy bills simply by adjusting your thermostat just one degree, either up or down depending on the season. You will notice the savings, but not the temperature difference.
  • Wash your clothes in cold water. By washing your clothing at colder temperatures (70-80°F) you will use approximately 40% less electricity than at higher temperatures.  This could save as much as $100 per year. Additionally, conserve water by washing full loads, when necessary to wash a small load, use the economy setting if available.
  • Unplug appliances and invest in a load monitor. According to a recent IBM study, you can reduce your monthly electric bills by as much as 15% by knowing how much power you are actually using when your appliances are not in use, but still plugged in. Load monitors display how much energy any plugged in device is consuming and when it is using that energy. Monitors help determine which appliances should be turned off and unplugged when not in use. There are even programmable load monitors that are designed to cut power automatically.