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    Tips for Keeping Your Home Cozy All Winter Long

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Does your home often experience large temperature differentials from one room to another? These differences in temperature can be caused by poor insulation, drafts, or an inefficient heating system.

    In this video, you will learn how a home energy audit determines where the heat in your home is going. Poor or insufficient insulation causes your home to lose heat easily and make your heating system work harder to replace it. Ducts that aren’t sealed can also cause warm air to escape before it has the chance to reach many areas of your home.

    Do you have questions about heating or cooling your home? Parker & Sons, Inc. has been serving the Phoenix area with top-quality HVAC and plumbing services since 1974. Call us at (602) 273-7247 or visit us on the web to find the information and help you need to lower your annual energy bills and maintain indoor comfort.

    Why Mold and Mildew Are Bad News for Your Health

    Last updated 5 months ago

    Mold and mildew can appear within 24 hours of a plumbing leak, spreading quickly through your home or office. These fungi not only cause damage to your property, they also carry many adverse health effects as well. If you notice a leak or problem with your plumbing, it’s essential to handle the issue quickly to prevent the development of mold and mildew. 

    Allergies
    Mold spores are a common allergen; people with a mold allergies may develop wheezing, coughing, a stuffy or runny nose, scratchy throat, and eye or skin irritation. Symptoms persist as long as mold spores are present, and the severity of these symptoms can vary from mild to severe. Additionally, those with asthma may have trouble breathing in an environment where mold and mildew are present. These individuals may experience coughing, wheezing, or an asthma attack brought on by irritation of the lungs.

    Infections
    People who are very young, very old, or who have compromised immune systems or other chronic illnesses are at risk for severe lung infections after breathing in mold spores. Even healthy people with no immune problems can develop respiratory infections following exposure to mold and mildew. Numerous studies have found a link between damp environments where mold and mildew thrive and an increased incidence of upper respiratory symptoms such as coughing and wheezing.

    Other Health Effects
    Even if you do not experience allergies or infections as a result of mold and mildew growth in your home, exposure to spores can cause other symptoms as well. Living in an environment where mold is present can cause headaches, difficulty sleeping, lethargy, irritability, and trouble remembering information or concentrating on tasks.

    Don’t let mold and mildew affect your property or your health—call in the expert plumbers of Parker & Sons, Inc. to handle your plumbing problems quickly and effectively. You can reach us by phone at (602) 273-7247, or visit our website to learn more about our plumbing, heating, and cooling services in Phoenix.

    Ways You Can Tell Your Water Heater Is Failing

    Last updated 5 months ago

    Water heaters typically provide 10-15 years of service before requiring replacement. While some problems are minor and need only repairs to restore normal function, certain signs can indicate your water heater is failing. If you have questions or concerns about your water heater, a plumbing professional can give you the information you need to decide whether a repair or replacement is needed. 

    No Hot Water
    The absence of hot water is often the first warning homeowners have of water heater troubles. If you aren’t getting hot water in your home, check your water heater’s power source to make sure the appliance is getting the energy it needs to function. Also check your water heater’s pilot light if it uses gas to provide heat; if the pilot light has gone out, your water heater can’t produce hot water. If your water heater that has sufficient power and gas but isn’t putting out hot water, it is likely a sign that replacement is needed.

    Dirty or Rusty Water
    If the water coming from your hot water taps is dirty or rusty, this indicates sediment buildup inside your water heater. In some cases, draining your water heater one or more times will flush out the sediment and restore normal function. However, if the sediment buildup is more extreme, it will cause deterioration of the tank walls and leakage. Check your water heater’s tanks for leaks—a leaking tank cannot be repaired, but rather must be replaced.

    Noise When Heating Water
    Over time, you’ll grow accustomed the noises your water heater makes during normal heating. Loud or strange noises, particularly bangs, cracks, and pops, are signs that sediment buildup inside the tank is reacting with—and damaging—the heating elements. If there is enough sediment in your tank to cause this reaction, it’s time to replace your water heater.

    Are you experiencing problems with your plumbing, air conditioning, or heating? Call Parker & Sons, Inc. today at (602) 273-7247 for 24/7 emergency service to restore your comfort. You can read more about water heater repairs and replacement on our blog.

    Surprising Facts About Indoor Air Quality

    Last updated 5 months ago

    Your home’s indoor environment has a significant impact on your health. If the air you breathe every day is contaminated by dust, pollen, or other pollutants, it can exacerbate allergies or asthma and cause headaches or difficulty sleeping. Keep reading to learn some surprising facts about indoor air quality and how it affects your family and your HVAC system

    Why Indoor Air Is Polluted
    Studies have shown that indoor air is often many times more polluted than outdoor air. There are many reasons for this high level of air pollution indoors. Homes today are tightly sealed against drafts and weather, which often traps pollutants inside where they continue to circulate. Dust, dirt, pollen, cigarette smoke, animal dander, and cleaning chemicals build up inside your home and your air ducts, continually degrading the quality of your indoor air.

    What Indoor Air Pollution Means for Your Health
    Indoor air pollution can affect the respiratory health of you and your family. Pediatric asthma is growing increasingly more common in, and asthma currently ranks as the top chronic health condition that affects children. Furthermore, the buildup of indoor pollutants and microbes can cause respiratory infection while increasing levels of indoor chemical pollutants may be responsible for the development of cancer.

    How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your HVAC System
    Poor air quality can shorten the lifetime of your home’s heating and cooling systems. Dirt and dust buildup inside your furnace, air conditioner, and ducts make these systems work harder to heat, cool, and distribute air throughout your home. If your system must continually work harder, its components will overheat, wear down, and break sooner or more often. You can reduce the amount of contamination inside your HVAC system by changing your furnace filter regularly with a high-quality filter.

    If you’re concerned about your home’s indoor air quality, call Parker & Sons, Inc. of Phoenix today at (602) 273-7247. We provide duct cleaning services in addition to expert installation and repair of home or office heating and cooling systems. You can check out our full list of services on our website. 

    The Dangers of Hard Water

    Last updated 5 months ago

    Hard water is affects more than 85% of homes in the U.S. The minerals in hard water can be abrasive to skin, hair, clothing, dishes, and plumbing.  When these minerals are heated, they leave behind a residue that can reduce water flow through pipes by more than half. Water softeners prevent this damage by removing minerals from your home’s water to improve the efficacy of soaps and detergents and prolong the lifetime of your appliances. Check out this video to learn more about hard water and how it affects your home. 

    Much of Arizona’s water is well above the limit at which water is considered very hard. Don’t let hard water affect your plumbing or appliances—contact Parker & Sons, Inc. by calling  (602) 273-7247 to find out about your water softening options in Phoenix. Check out our website for more important plumbing information.

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