At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air Blog: Archive for April, 2019

Combining HVAC and Landscaping Areas for Efficiency

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

combining hvac landscaping efficiencySpring is here for Utah homeowners, and that means it’s time to consider a few post-winter HVAC areas to ensure your system is ready to go for the spring and summer. For those who maintain theirs, it’s also an important time of year for landscape design and preparing the property for the growing season.

The pros with At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air, though, are here to tell you that this is one period of the year where these two areas might combine briefly. That’s right, our heating and air conditioning pros can offer you some basic expertise on how you can intelligently utilize your landscaping in ways that directly benefit your HVAC system, including saving you major costs on your bill each month. Let’s look at a few themes that are important here.

Natural Shade Options

Are you looking for a way to lower your AC and energy bills in the summer without impacting your comfort or indoor air temperature at all? Your best bet is the natural option available to you: Shade.

Your primary tools here within a landscaping perspective are trees, which can provide major shade and sun cover to huge sections of your property. Many homeowners don’t fully appreciate just how much the sun plays a role in heating your home – simply stopping it from beating down on the outer areas of your house for a few hours a day can save you untold cooling costs, up to 20 percent of your energy bill in many cases. Prioritize tall, broadleaf trees that can reach up to the highest parts of your home, including covering the roof (another major heat transfer area). If possible, look for deciduous options that will show large leaves during the summer but then shed them during the winter, allowing sun to hit the home and assist with your warming needs.

For lower areas of the home, consider shrubs and bushes. These are particularly important for stopping reflected heat, which pings off driveways, sidewalks and other surfaces and shoots into your home. Many homeowners also place shrubs around the AC unit itself to keep it cool and shaded.

Trellis or Pergola

If trees or shrubs are not realistic given your soil or other considerations, or if you simply don’t want to wait for them to grow to the proper sizes, you can consider man-made additions here as well. A trellis or pergola is the perfect choice, an item you can place against the sunniest side of your home to shade it all day long from the sun. For optimal effects, cover this area in vines, leaves or other shade providers.

Water Features

For both ambiance and some cooling effects, consider water features like ponds, waterfalls or others in your landscaping. These will cool an entire yard space by a degree or two at least, making a significant impact on the temperature of air as it reaches your home.

For more on using landscaping to improve your HVAC efficiency, or to learn about any of our heating or cooling services, speak to the staff with At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air today.

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Basics and Benefits of Video Pipe Inspections

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

basics video pipe inspectionsModern technology has impacted several areas of home care, and the plumbing world is a good example. Take drain cleaning, for instance – what used to be restricted mostly to plungers and older metal snakes now utilizes several modern materials or solutions in many cases, bringing cost-effective and efficient methods to clearing drains.

When you come to At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air, you’ll find a team that’s fully trained and licensed on all the latest drain cleaning technology. One option here that’s growing in popularity in recent years, particularly for tougher clogs in sewer lines, is the video pipe inspection – what is this, and what can it help with? Here are some basics to understand.

How it Works

Also known as a sewer camera inspection or various similar terms, a video pipe inspection is a process that, as the name suggests, utilizes a small video camera fed into the pipe in question to determine what’s causing a given blockage or issue. During this process, a small, flexible camera will be fixed to a cable that’s meant to feed into pipes and run the whole way through them if needed.

From here, the line will be fed down the pipe until it reaches the blockage or other issue (such as a broken or leaking line). Not only is a camera present, but also a tiny radio transmitter that can track the precise location and depth of the issue and inform the plumber of where they need to work.

Together, these devices make clearing drain issues far more efficient than in the past. Instead of taking educated guesses at what’s causing an issue, or worse yet having to dig up pipes or part of your yard to find out, you can understand the problem quickly and with no mess or hassle, plus your plumber will know exactly what needs to be done to fix your issue.

What it Helps Identify

There are several issues a video pipe inspection can help us identify in your system:

  • Clogs and blockages: Your pipes themselves might be in great condition, but the system itself will not work well if various products or messes have clogged them significantly. A video inspection can not only identify where a clog is, but what it’s made up of and what might be required to clear it.
  • Cracks, breaks or other pipe issues: If your pipes have undergone strain that’s led to cracking, leaking or other breakages, video can identify this as well.
  • Sagging sewer lines: In some cases, sagging sewer pipes will allow waste and other materials to build up in the sagging section, which in turn will cause major blockages. Video can spot this, however.
  • Tree root issues: In certain older sewer lines, tree roots may grow toward the line and even into it as they search for water, causing major issues. Video line inspections can help showcase the issue if it’s taking place.

For more on video drain inspections, or to learn about any of our plumbing or HVAC services, speak to the staff with At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air today.

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