Winter will be here before we know it! Keep the cold out this winter by giving us a call at 731-668-7492 to schedule an inspection and tune up for your furnace and heating systems.
Keeping you and your love ones safe is a main priority in your life. But it is also a main priority within our team. We try to make sure each and every one of our customers and potential customers are safe and know things about safety when it comes to their home. Here are some essential things you should know about HVAC, gas, and plumbing:
- Clean your air filter – Clogged air filters in your furnace could result in carbon monoxide fumes leaking into your home. Check filters frequently, cleaning or replacing them at least every three months.
- Install and maintain carbon monoxide and smoke detectors – Colorless, odorless carbon monoxide gas is potentially fatal when inhaled, and electrical fires can result from any home appliance including heating and air systems. Install carbon monoxide and smoke detectors throughout your home. Be certain to check batteries monthly, change them at least once a year, and test new batteries for performance.
- Designate family friendly areas – Block children and pets from accessing rooms that contain furnaces and boilers to prevent potentially dangerous burns from pilot lights and pressure release valves.
- Schedule annual professional maintenance – Having your heating and cooling system professionally maintained is important in preventing safety issues. Professional technicians can check your system for safety issues that could result from a faulty system and ensure your heating or air will be there for you when you need it most. Call us or use the app to schedule your heating and cooling system maintenance!
Some dangers associated with heating and cooling systems—and that you should be aware of—include:
- Loose connections from the expansion and contraction of heat pump units that could potentially lead to electrical fires
- Faulty pilot lights and heat exchanger leaks on your furnace, resulting in carbon monoxide poisoning
- Blocked, poorly located, or faulty boiler pressure release valves
Here’s how to stay safe when the weather changes:
- Prepare – Power failures, storms, and other disasters could occur at any time, so take precautions to familiarize yourself with the way components in your home, such as your heating and air system, function to increase your safety and comfort.
- Practice electrical safety – Educate yourself and older family members on how to operate circuit breaker controls for your heating and air conditioning equipment and other appliances in your home. Turn off circuit breakers to your heating and air during a power outage to prevent harmful spikes in electricity that could occur when power comes back on.
- Install surge protectors – Installing a surge protector on your heating and air conditioning system protects expensive heating and air equipment when you are away. A surge protector will automatically shut down power to your system if an electrical spike occurs.
- Have your system professionally inspected following a major disaster – Floods, tornados, and more can affect your heating and cooling system, resulting in unsafe operation. Following the event of a natural disaster, have your system professionally inspected before turning the power back on.
McCoy’s Heating, Air & Plumbing trusted by homeowners of the Jackson and surrounding areas since 1981. Like David McCoy says “Our experience, your comfort, I guarantee”. For a professional inspection of your furnace, boiler, or heating and air conditioning system, contact McCoy’s Heating, Air, & Plumbing at (731) 668-7492 today.
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Check the water meter:
Yes, you would assume it’s all the way on, but things happen. Be sure it’s operating at full strength capacity.
Check your main shut off valve at the street:
It’s not unusual to have work done and then slowly let water back into the pipes to ensure everything is okay. Sometimes it gets left in that position. Make sure it’s full on.
Check the pressure regulator:
Each home has a pressure regulator on its pipes to ensure water isn’t rushing into your home too quickly. If too much pressure is built up it can harm or blow our fixtures and faucets and possibly pipes. Pressure regulators make sure the 100 psi received from the water tower is reduced to between 70 psi and 45 psi before entering your home.
Inspect your pressure-reducing valve:
If your pressure test reads lower than 40 psi, see if you have a pressure-reducing valve (PRV) mounted on your water main. It needs to be adjusted correctly. Most come set from the factory for 50 psi, but you can adjust them up or down by turning a screw on top. PRVs can also go bad after 10 to 20 years and cause too little (or too much) pressure. So if yours is old, it might be time to replace it.
Check your faucets:
If you’re experiencing low or high water pressure, go outside and turn on the outside spigot. If that faucet is experiencing the same flow, then look to the previous tips. However, if the outside pressure is fine, you might need to replace washers or fixtures at the point of the variation in pressure. If you don’t know how, call our plumber today at 731-668-7492 or schedule a plumbing service on our app.
Could it be your pipes?
If you have sediment or dirt in your lines or buildup from many, many years of galvanized pipes, it may be time to re-pipe your home. This is not cheap, but can make all the difference in water pressure and comfort. Our certified or master plumbers can give you an estimate and take care of the project for you. Also, if you live in a newer home or home with new pipes and still having problems some of the pipes might be too small, so call us today for an inspection and diagnosis.
Installing Water Pressure Booster:
If your water department can’t deliver more pressure and you have a 3/4-in. or bigger copper or plastic water main coming into your house, consider installing a water pressure booster. It takes the water coming in from the street and increases its pressure by means of an electric pump and a pressure tank. A dial on top adjusts the pressure to an ideal setting of 45 to 55 psi. The tank holds a reserve of pressurized water so that the pump doesn’t have to run every time somebody opens a faucet. It also helps boost flow when the demand for water is high (like when your teenagers are all showering at the same time).
For more tips and tricks on how to increase your eater pressure check out this link: http://www.wikihow.com/Increase-Water-Pressure. McCoy’s Heating, Air & Plumbing services Jackson TN and the surrounding communities since 1981. Call today at 731-668-7492 or use the app to schedule your plumbing and HVAC services.
Keep your HVAC investment in tip-top shape for maximum comfort, energy efficiency, and long operating life:
· Change the blower filter at least twice a year – once before the heating season and once before the cooling season.
· Keep components clean, especially the outdoor condenser/compressor unit. Remove dirt & debris, and cut back vegetation at least two feet on all sides.
· Use a programmable thermostat: When you’re away from home or at night when sleeping, allowing the temperature to fall (in the winter) or rise (in the summer) by 10 degrees for 8 hours or more can save 5%-15% on heating and cooling costs. With a heat-pump, however, only use this tip during the summer, as the heat pump’s heating cycle is more efficient when left at a steady temperature.
· Temperature settings do not impact heating/cooling speed, it will only make your HVAC system run longer to reach the suggested setting.
· Have your HVAC system serviced by a trained technician twice a year. While there are cleaning tasks that most homeowners can accomplish, other tasks, like checking combustion in gas or oil furnaces or ensuring there are no leaks in a refrigerant line, are best left to experts.
· Insulate and air-seal your home properly – HVAC equipment is much more efficient if the home’s shell is efficient. (for a diy guide, check out this one from EnergyStar.gov.)
· When planning for a new HVAC system, whether installing for the first time or replacing an old system, insist that the HVAC contractor perform exhaustive “Manual J” calculations to calculate the system size. Systems that are either too small or too large will not run efficiently, provide poor comfort, not properly address the home’s humidity needs, and will likely fail earlier than necessary.
· In any home, regardless of whether gas or oil is used for HVAC or other purposes, install and maintain smoke and carbon monoxide alarms for your family’s safety.
· If you heat and cool with electricity, consider upgrading to geothermal heating and cooling. These systems cost a bit more up front, but they last up to twice as long as air-source heat pumps, operate more quietly, and save money on energy bills. As an option in these systems, waste heat generated by the air-conditioning cycle in the summer can be used to heat your domestic hot water for free.
McCoy's Heating, Air, & Plumbing take care of homeowners in the Jackson and surrounding areas since 1981. Call today at 731-668-7492 to ask about any of the maintenance tips or to schedule your tune up!
We have been taking excellent care of our customers and residents of Jackson and surrounding areas since 1981. Here is just one of the several reviews we have. We offer full HVAC services and service maintenance agreement available. Call us today at 731-668-7492 to schedule your HVAC service!
We offers full plumbing services for commercial & residential. We will repair your leaks, drips, and drain. Upgrades and maintenance available for faucets, bathtubs, showers, and water heaters. Visual and full inspection available. P.S. we are offering a $20 visual inspection during the month of October. Plus our high qualified and knowledge plumbers can take care of your gas lines and gas log installation. Our customer, John P. wrote “I was very impressed with Art from McCoy’s. He was on time and really demonstrated an expertise in helping my family with some plumbing issues. He was very personable and friendly. I would recommend this company for any service dealing with plumbing.”
Your plumbing system is an integral part of your home. Without it, you could not wash your clothes, take a shower, or cook without considerable extra effort. So, it’s important to keep that system in the best possible condition. Here are some tips to help you stay up to date on plumbing maintenance, save water and enjoy your home the way it was designed to be enjoyed.
Clear the Drains Weekly
Your kitchen drain pipes can have grease and food build up within them. That’s why it’s so important to clear your drains regularly using vinegar or boiling water. When done on a regular basis, this simple process will dramatically reduce the chances of a clogged or backed up drain.
This works for all of your drains too – not just your kitchen sink. Clear out the bath tub, toilet and any other drains on your property regularly and you should be able to avoid any unnecessary calls to the plumber for expensive repairs.
Insulation around your pipes does a number of things, including reducing the risk of freezing pipes during the winter. Even in areas that don’t often worry about freezing pipes, there is reason to have insulation. It also keeps in the warmth as the piping passes from one part of your home to the next, ensuring you lose as little heat as possible from your water heater. Insulation also protects pipes from corrosion and wear that tends to develop over time.
Watch Your Water Meter
It’s important to keep a close eye on your water meter at all times so you can spot any unusual increases in water usage. Spikes in water usage are often indicators that there’s a leak somewhere on your property. Most leaks don’t become obvious until well after they’ve started. If you notice a wet spot on your ceiling or a puddle in your yard, the pipe that caused it has probably been leaking for days or even weeks already.
Replace Water Wasting Fixtures
Everyone likes to save money, so consider for a moment the sheer volume of water used by old, less environmentally friendly fixtures. Toilets, for example, were long built to flush 3.5 gallons at a time. However, newer toilets flush only 1.6 and can flush as little as 1.25 when placed in lower flush mode. This will save the average family of four up to 22,000 gallons of water every year. That’s a lot of water and a whole lot of money.
Other simple upgrades around your house that save money include low flow shower heads, aerators for your faucets, and water pressure regulators to minimize the amount of water coming through your pipes.
Running toilets are among the most common plumbing issues experienced in the modern home. Usually when a toilet runs constantly or flushes at random, it’s a problem with the flapper valve. Check the valve in your toilet to ensure the seal is still good. If the seal is bad, it will appear cracked or it won’t be fully attached to the bowl. This can result in a constant leak of water into the bowl of your toilet tank.
If you got a toilet that seems to run constantly, call McCoy's Heating, Air & Plumbing today. It's likely that a simple fix to a component in the tank will address the problem, but if the toilet itself is broken, you want the issue addressed as soon as possible so you can stop wasting water.
This post will help you find strategies to help you save energy during the cool fall and cold winter months. Some of the tips below are free and can be used on a daily basis to increase your savings; others are simple and inexpensive actions you can take to ensure maximum savings through the winter.
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF HEAT FROM THE SUN
Open curtains on your south-facing windows during the day to allow sunlight to naturally heat your home, and close them at night to reduce the chill you may feel from cold windows.
COVER DRAFTY WINDOWS
Use a heavy-duty, clear plastic sheet on a frame or tape clear plastic film to the inside of your window frames during the cold winter months. Make sure the plastic is sealed tightly to the frame to help reduce infiltration.
Install tight-fitting, insulating drapes or shades on windows that feel drafty after weatherizing.
Find out about other window treatments and coverings that can improve energy efficiency.
ADJUST THE TEMPERATURE
When you are home and awake, set your thermostat as low as is comfortable.
When you are asleep or out of the house, turn your thermostat back 10° to 15° for eight hours and save around 10% a year on your heating and cooling bills. A programmable thermostat can make it easy to set back your temperature.
FIND AND SEAL LEAKS
Seal the air leaks around utility cut-throughs for pipes ("plumbing penetrations"), gaps around chimneys and recessed lights in insulated ceilings, and unfinished spaces behind cupboards and closets.
Add caulk or weatherstripping to seal air leaks around leaky doors and windows.
MAINTAIN YOUR HEATING SYSTEMS
Schedule service for your heating system with McCoy’s Heating, Air, & Plumbing.
Find out what maintenance is required to keep your heating system operating efficiently.
Furnaces: Replace your furnace filter once a month or as needed.
Wood- and Pellet-Burning Heaters: Clean the flue vent regularly and clean the inside of the appliance with a wire brush periodically to ensure that your home is heated efficiently.
REDUCE HEAT LOSS FROM THE FIREPLACE
Keep your fireplace damper closed unless a fire is burning. Keeping the damper open is like keeping a window wide open during the winter; it allows warm air to go right up the chimney.
When you use the fireplace, reduce heat loss by opening dampers in the bottom of the firebox (if provided) or open the nearest window slightly--approximately 1 inch--and close doors leading into the room. Lower the thermostat setting to between 50° and 55°F.
If you never use your fireplace, plug and seal the chimney flue.
If you do use the fireplace, install tempered glass doors and a heat-air exchange system that blows warmed air back into the room.
Check the seal on the fireplace flue damper and make it as snug as possible.
Purchase grates made of C-shaped metal tubes to draw cool room air into the fireplace and circulate warm air back into the room.
Add caulking around the fireplace hearth.
LOWER YOUR WATER HEATING COSTS
Water heating accounts for about 18% of the energy consumed in your home.
Turn down the temperature of your water heater to the warm setting (120°F). You'll not only save energy, you'll avoid scalding your hands.
For more information and strategies go over to Energy Gov. fall & winter energy saving tips article. POST ORIGINATE FROM: http://energy.gov/energysaver/fall-and-winter-energy-saving-tips
Make sure your plumbing is ready for cold weather with our plumbing special! Visual inspection of your plumbing system for $20 during the month of October! Call us at 731-668-7492 or use our app McCoy's HVAC to schedule your plumbing inspection today!
Did you know system maintenance can help identify problems in advance and prevent break downs and expensive, emergency repairs. Routine maintenance can also help improve system performance which translates to lower operating cost
Once you have your HVAC and plumbing systems ready for fall then it's time to get your home ready for fall. No I do not mean the Halloween decorations follow by Thanksgiving and all of the sudden Christmas decor. What I mean is the important things to make sure your home is ready for the cold weather, rainy days, and reminder of summer weather that we get in West TN. Below is the 8 ultimate checklist for your home fall maintenance. As you will see some of the items go with your HVAC and plumbing checklists, so you will be able to already across them off. Then once the checklist is complete call us for any problems/services for both your heating, air, ventilation, and plumbing and decorate until your little heart is happy!
Cheering on football, pumpkin spice everything, and haunted houses are a reminder that fall is here! And with the return of cooler temperatures comes the need for home and business owners to prepare their properties for winter.
Taking care of your plumbing the fall will help out in the winter, and when it hits winter time we will post a winter plumbing tips with further tips. Because unless you want pipes bursting or no hot water in the morning you want to get your plumbing and pipes ready for cooler temperatures.
There are some DIY tasks that homeowners can take on before even calling McCoy’s Heating, Air & Plumbing. Make sure you’re taking these simple steps this fall:
1. Disconnect your garden hose(s). After you drain them, store them somewhere that doesn’t get too cold. Plus, if you have interior shutoff valves that lead to your outdoor faucet.
2. Visually inspect your outdoor faucets for drips and leaks – this is especially important to fix before the temperatures drop and we get our first freeze. You could end up with a mess in your home if the leaks are not detected and fixed. PS during the month of October we have full visual plumbing inspection for only $20 (originally $89).
3. Turn your attention inside by focusing on your water heater. This essential piece of equipment works overtime in the colder months, so flush it out and rinse away any built-up sediment. This will help reduce wear and tear and increases its efficiency. Plus, you will save money on your water bill. Call us today to schedule a water heater maintenance if you do not know how to flush it out yourself.
4. Further efficiency with your water heater! Turn your water heater temperature to 120 degrees for optimal performance in the colder months.
5. If you have a boiler system, in which case you have a radiator or baseboard heat, you’ll want to get that serviced to ensure it will function properly.
6. Learn where the main water valve is. It may come in handy to teach the whole family how to shut off the water main and under toilers and sinks before a disaster strikes!
No matter the season or the weather, we are always here to service your home! Give us a call today or schedule a service on the app to get your home ready for the fall. So if you see any potential issues during your fall plumbing preparation, don’t hesitate to call us. As David McCoy says our experience, your comfort, I guarantee each and every time. Remember you can call us at 731-668-7492 or schedule your plumbing services on our app (McCoy’s HVAC).
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Make sure your plumbing is ready for cold weather with our plumbing special! Visual inspection of your plumbing system for $20 during the month of October! Call us today to schedule your plumbing inspection!
Cool weather is approaching, and to keep your unit running as efficient as possible, call us today at 731-668-7492 to schedule a service that fits your needs, as well as your budget!! Also, ask us about our full plumbing services to make sure your plumbing is ready for cold weather.
As your family settles into the back-to-school routine and those mornings turn chilly, thoughts slowly turn to pumpkin spice everything, football games, fallen leaves and keeping warm. But you shouldn't take for granted staying warm while keeping your energy bills reasonable. So that means it's a perfect time to perform some preventative maintenance on your HVAC systeml you can get ready for the winter while dealing with the fluctuating temperatures of the fall.
There are some DIY tasks that homeowners can take on before even calling McCoy’s Heating & Air. Make sure you’re taking these simple steps this fall:
1. Replace your filters: Filters are vital for airflow and efficiency, so make sure you change yours according to the package directions. Most filters last from one to three months before getting choked with dust and debris. If anyone in your family suffers from allergies or asthma, dirty air filters can worsen the air quality and exacerbate the symptoms. Replacing your filter removes much of the dust and pollen particles and ensures that your air quality stays healthy.
2. Pay attention to your thermostat: If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, you should get one. We have over ___ different thermostat to make sure there is a right thermostat for every home. With a programmable thermostat, you can set the temperature colder during the night when you’re asleep and during the day if everyone’s away at work and school. Make sure that your thermostat is set for maximum efficiency, especially for periods when no one will be home.
3. Check around outdoorunits: If you have any exterior units, make sure the area around them is clear of grass, branches, leaves, and dirt.
4. Clear the vents: A simple vacuum cleaner can clear the summer dust and pollen from your vents.
5. Seal windows and doors: Check your weather stripping and caulking to make sure your home is draft-free.
6. Consider additional insulation: Attics and crawl spaces are notorious for reducing the energy-efficiency of older homes. Blowing in additional insulation can keep your house warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.
Once you’ve taken care of these basics, call McCoy’s Heating & Air for your fall tune-up. This routine maintenance not only keeps your system running more efficiently, it helps identify potential future problems, helping you to avoid costly emergency service. We’ll give your furnace and vents an in-depth inspection to keep you warm and comfortable through the winter. Plus you can now schedule your fall tune-up on our new app McCoy's HVAC!
We now offer full plumbing services for both commercial and residential! Here are some DIY tips to try before calling us, things to look for if you have a plumbing leaking, and facts about plumbing you might need in a game of trivia!
Today is finally here! The day we say good bye to Summer and hello Fall! The weather down here in West Tennessee has not got the memo yet, but it will soon and will be having cool weather all day long and not just in the morning. So happy fall y'all from the McCoy's Heating & Air team!