SPS Mechanical Inc. Blog : Archive for February, 2013

Zone Control Systems and Their Benefits: Heating Tip

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Keeping their homes comfortable throughout the years is a goal that many homeowners share. Sometimes, though, the price of doing so and even the fact that different people are comfortable at different temperatures can get in the way of achieving this goal. In order to heat and cool your home in a more efficient, convenient way, you may want to consider the installation of a zone control system in your Gloucester County home. These great systems are the perfect way to keep everyone in the family happy while heating and cooling your home in a more thoughtful way. Contact SPS Mechanical for more information.

By breaking your home up into different heating and cooling zones and controlling each zone independently of one another, you can have more control over the heating and cooling of your home than ever before. If, for instance, you want to keep the den warm for company, you no longer need to heat empty bedrooms to the same temperature for no reason. Keep everyone warm and cozy in the den then, shortly before bed, you can start bringing the bedrooms up to temperature gradually. This sort of practice can really help you achieve better efficiency levels during the heating and cooling seasons. Of course, with increased efficiency you will see less of a decrease in your bank account when the energy bills show up.

The fact that different bodies are comfortable at different temperatures used to be a problem when heating or cooling a home. Inevitably someone in the family will wind up being uncomfortable due to a target temperature that they are not happy with. By controlling different rooms and areas of your home independently, though, you can eliminate this problem. Let everyone choose the temperature that is right for their personal heating and cooling preferences.

If you are interested in learning more about the operation of zone control systems, their benefits or scheduling an installation in your home, contact the heating and cooling professionals at SPS Mechanical. We are always happy to help our customers make their homes more efficient and comfortable places to live. Call today for more information about zone control systems in Gloucester County.

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3 Common Water Heater Problems

Monday, February 18th, 2013

The access to clean, dependable hot water in our homes is something that many of us cannot imagine living without. Unfortunately, many homeowners will open their hot water faucets someday only to discover that the water they rely on so much is not available, or at least not of the quality they are accustomed to. Like any other mechanical device, your hot water heater requires a professional installation and regular maintenance service to operate properly. Even these necessary steps cannot always prevent problems with your hot water heater in Woodbury, NJ, though. Here are 3 of the most common water heater problems we encounter, and some possible causes. Remember, when you need hot water heater services in Woodbury, NJ, call SPS Mechanical.

  • We receive many service calls about pilot lights that frequently go out. There are a number of causes for this, and they range in seriousness. Obviously if you use natural gas to heat your hot water a pilot light that will not stay lit is cause for concern. Call for professional service immediately. The cause may be something serious such as a gas leak somewhere between the supply and the hot water heater. It could also be a faulty safety device, such as the thermocouple. A thermocouple uses a mercury sensor to stem the flow of gas if it does not detect sufficient heat for combustion. If it malfunctions it will cause the gas to cut off, causing the pilot light to go out.
  • Another common problem with water heaters is a pretty obvious one; no hot water. Again, there are multiple factors that may cause this problem. If you use an electric hot water heater it is possible that the circuit it operates on tripped. With the flip of a switch you may have your hot water back. If you use natural gas, there may be a problem with the gas supply or burner beneath the water heater. Only a professional can tell you for sure.
  • If you use a tank hot water heater you may discover that the storage tank is leaking. Unfortunately, there is really only one solution here; it is time to replace the storage tank. Make the investment worthwhile by getting a well-insulated and efficient new model.

Whatever problems you have with your hot water heater in Woodbury, NJ, SPS Mechanical has the solution. Let us help keep the hot water flowing in your home. Call today to schedule service.

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Ways to Save Energy in Homes This Winter

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Are you looking for ways to save energy in your Woolwich Township area home this winter? We have a few tips and maintenance tasks that you can use to help save energy on heating your home. Even if you have a high-efficiency furnace, boiler, or heat pump, you could still be saving more money with these guidelines:

  • Consider Upgrading to Renewable Energy
    If you heat your home with electricity or gas, you could save a lot of money in the long run by switching to a renewable energy source, such as geothermal or solar. Heating with a geothermal heat pump can also save on the cost of hot water since these systems can be used to work with a water heater. If you live in an area that is not heavily shaded, consider installing solar panels to help reduce your energy consumption and lower your utility bills.
  • Install a Programmable Thermostat
    With a programmable thermostat, you can adjust temperatures automatically, and many of them are designed to work with multistage heat pumps and dual fuel systems. They are easy to use, and many come with humidity control settings for your whole-home humidifier. 
  • Schedule an Annual Inspections
    The general consensus among heating experts is that heating inspections should be scheduled once a year. You should also have your heating system tuned by a certified technician who is trained to check for any hidden problems, such as a cracked heat exchanger that could lead to carbon monoxide intrusion in the home. They will also test efficiency levels to ensure that your heating system is working properly. 
  • Switch to a Different Fuel
    If you use electric heat, you may want to think about switching to natural gas if it is available in your area. We can install gas piping for new heating systems, whether it’s a furnace or boiler. For homes with existing fireplaces or wood stoves, consider installing a high-efficiency gas furnace or boiler that can be vented through the chimney or vent pipe. As a professional for advice if you aren’t sure what type of fuel is more cost-effective for your home.

If you have questions about how to save energy or how to properly maintain your heater for better performance, call the Woolwich Township heating and home efficiency experts at SPS Mechanical for professional advice.

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Plumbing Tip: How to Recognize Drainage and Septic Problems

Monday, February 4th, 2013

Do you have to call a Woolwich Township plumber often to unclog or repair your drains and septic system? Consistent plumbing repairs could indicate a larger problem with your drainage and septic system. There are a few tell-tale signs that let you know when there might be a systemic issue.

Here are some of the common warning signs:

Water Overflowing in Toilets and Slow Drains

When water backs up or drains slowly, you know you’ve got a drainage problem. But even when the drain seems to be functioning properly, a foul odor or gurgling sound coming from the drain could be a sign that it’s clogging up. If your sinks and appliances seem to be draining slowly after a recent renovation or construction project in your home, it’s possible that the pipes could have been disturbed or the ventilation for the drainage system is blocked.

Puddles or water spots on the walls or ceiling could indicate a drain that’s leaking, and persistently damp areas on the exterior of your property, particularly if there is also a sewer-odor, could indicate a break or leak in the sewer line. Call a plumber immediately if you suspect a broken sewer line.

Drain Clogs and Back Ups in Homes and Businesses

Grease and oil build up is the most frequent reason for service calls. Homes with garbage disposals are likely candidates for drain problems due to the amount of grease that is accidentally put down the drains. Even for commercial kitchens and other establishments that have grease traps, a small amount of grease will inevitably make its way down the drain.

Salons and other businesses where chemicals and detergents are routinely poured down the sink also have a high occurrence of sludge or grease build up. For salons in particular, soap scum can accumulate inside a drain and trap hair, causing a clog.

In some businesses, workers may not realize that a liquid or waste product that they are routinely dumping down the sink can actually stick to the sides of a drainage pipe and cause a clog. Drainage from public restrooms can become clogged from people pouring fat and grease-containing liquid down the sinks.

Call SPS Mechanical at the first sign of any drain or sewer problem in your Woolwich Township area home or business. Our certified plumbers have the training and equipment to quickly locate any leak or block, and to take the right steps to get your drains working correctly again.

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