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Did you know that toilets are a main source of water use in your home? The EPA estimates that nearly 30 percent of water use in a home comes from toilets. They also estimate that toilets are a major source of wasted water in homes because of small, undetected leaks and because older models are usually very inefficient.
The Department of Energy estimates that heating and cooling a home accounts for approximately 50 to 70 percent of the home’s total energy costs, making it the single largest consumption of energy in your house. A poorly insulated home can not only make your living space less comfortable, but also cost you money. SSI’s residential HVAC professionals know how important it is to not only have properly working air-conditioners and furnaces, but also well insulated homes for those units to work in.
Cooler weather is on the way as fall approaches, and the change in season creates changes in your home as much as it does in the weather. Fall is a great time to prepare your home for the upcoming cold winter months. At SSI, we understand many of the issues that confront a homeowner as weather changes. Here are a few tips to help get your home ready:
If you own a home, chances are you have had to have a clogged drain cleared by a professional plumber at one point or another. Areas of your home, such as the kitchen and bathroom, are points where materials regularly enter the plumbing system and can become trapped. SSI’s plumbing company services regularly handle such clogs and are always available to you should you encounter a problem that can not be solved with simple measures.
Owning a home is a wonderful experience, however it can present its own set of challenges at times. While it is necessary to perform regular maintenance on your property, there are some repairs that you should not do on your own. Often, when it comes to plumbing, it is best if you leave it to the professionals.
Unclogging a drain is a great DIY project however anything more than that it is time to call the experts.
Summer can bring sweltering temperatures in the Northern Virginia area. If you own a business, outdoor heat creates a challenge to maintaining a comfortable and productive interior workspace. Whether they’re part of a small retail shop or a large office building, the HVAC systems that cool the air during summer are critical to work space performance and enjoyment. SSI has earned a reputation for excellence and reliability in commercial HVAC maintenance and design and can help you with this crucial aspect of you
Summer brings a host of wonderful outdoor activities to your home. For many homeowners, the warm weather means cookouts, kiddie pools, running the sprinkler to keep that garden green, and more. While these changes are seemingly slight, they create stresses on your home’s plumbing systems and appliances. One way to avoid problems associated with the changes in demand on your home’s systems is to know what causes them and be prepared. Below are some common summer plumbing concerns that many residential homeowners are not aware of.
It’s summer. It’s hot. And your air conditioner isn’t working. One night in a room without air conditioning is usually enough to make any Washington area resident miserable. SSI understands this and strives to help any customer quickly get their air conditioner repaired and running again.
There is no shortage of causes for a broken air conditioner, but there tend to be a few that are most common. To better understand the repairs that you may one day come across, here are some of the basics:
It’s an all too common refrain during the summer months – the uncomfortable high temperatures turn dangerous, even deadly, especially for the elderly and children. In the Washington area, where humidity levels run high, the body’s ability to cool itself is further compromised, leaving area residents vulnerable to anything from heat cramps to heat stroke. SSI understands this danger, and is quick to respond anytime a customer is without a working air conditioner.
Anyone who has spent a summer day in Washington DC or Northern Virginia knows what humidity feels like: the thick, heavy air that leaves your skin wet and your clothes sticking to your body. But high humidity (or water vapor), is not limited to the great outdoors, nor is it limited to the summer months. If not properly monitored, moisture levels in the home can also creep up, providing a breeding ground for allergens that make you cough, sneeze, and feel fatigued.