How to Keep Your Sump Pump Pumping at Peak Efficiency

Pumping systems need to be periodically serviced. Servicing extends the life of your pump and guarantees you fewer problems. If your sump pump does need servicing, Casa Mechanical Services personnel are the professionals to call. They know exactly what to check to ensure that your sump pump system keeps on performing.

Written by AO Design on Thursday June 25, 2015
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Going Green Starts with the Thermostat

With a million things on your mind it’s unlikely that your thermostat is a top priority. However, the fact that your thermostat goes seemingly unnoticed may cost you hundreds of dollars annually.

For the majority of homeowners, the thermostat is set seasonally, or even monthly, as you continue to go about your business. However, this can often lead to you paying to heat a house that has no one in it. The reality is that people often forget to shut off the thermostat when leaving for work or school, and at times can even leave it on for days when going on vacation. You can see how much money can go to waste this way.

Written by AO Design on Saturday May 2, 2015
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Increase your home energy efficiency - fatten your wallet.

It’s a proven fact that 50-70% of your home energy cost is directly related to heating and cooling your home. Insulation and air leaks around door and windows are the main contributor to your home losing efficiency. Typically building codes cover the minimum insulation requirements. To make you home more energy efficient, you should exceed the minimum requirements.

Written by AO Design on Thursday March 12, 2015
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Save on Heating Cost - 5 Tips to Winterizing Your Home

1. Seal ALL Voids - Cracks around doors and windows can waste up to 30% of your energy costs during the winter months. Use foam insulation or calking to fill all cracks that you feel a draft. Your neighborhood hardware store will stock all types of options to properly insulate your home. If you desire, have a professional heating company inspect your home for any voids and properly insulate them.

Written by AO Design on Tuesday December 2, 2014
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The How, What, and Why of Regular HVAC Service

Too often in the chaos of life, some essentials, like HVAC service, are overlooked until disaster strikes. The dog days of summer in Central Texas is no time for your air conditioning to go on vacation. With fall looming on the horizon, winter will arrive sooner than you think. Is your HVAC system ready? Don’t wait for an inconvenient and expensive wake-up call to get the answer. Regular HVAC service will put your mind and your wallet at ease. Performance is evaluated and little problems are quickly managed before they become big, time consuming, and costly. An efficient, well-maintained HVAC system keeps your indoor living spaces just right, no matter what Mother Nature has in store.

Written by AO Design on Friday September 5, 2014
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Water Conservation - Simple Suggestions to Reduce Water Consumption

Water conservation refers to any activities that manage fresh water as a sustainable resource. Plants, animals and humans all need water to exist. However, only about 1% of the Earth’s water is fresh and usable. Given the ever-increasing demand for fresh water in private homes, commercial manufacturing, and agricultural irrigation, water conservation needs to be more than a popular cause of the “green” crowd. Reducing water consumption must become a major priority or our lovely blue planet will become a dead brown ball.

Written by AO Design on Tuesday July 29, 2014
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Hard Water- Hard On You - Hard On Your Home

Most of us are familiar with the term “hard water.” We are bombarded daily with advertising for products guaranteed to combat the white, crusty residue of hard water on shower heads and coffee pots. But what, exactly, is hard water?

Water, in its natural state, is not “hard.” In fact, the “softness” of rainwater has been common knowledge for centuries. It is only as rainwater seeps through earth’s soil and rock on its way to underground aquifers that it becomes “hardened” by the accumulation of dissolved minerals, primarily calcium and magnesium. The magnitude of hardness is determined by the amount of these minerals per gallon of water and is measured as “grains per gallon” (gpg). From 0.0 - 1.0 gpg (soft) to 10.5 - 50 gpg or more (extremely hard), approximately 85% of American homes are plagued with some degree of hard water. Central Texas, with its calcium-rich limestone aquifers producing a gpg level of 14.0+, boasts some of the hardest water in the country.

Written by AO Design on Monday June 23, 2014
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Five Money Saving Air Conditioning Tips To Help You Keep Your Cool This Summer

Summer heat has once again come to central Texas. Is your cooling system ready? Air conditioning is not just a luxury here, it’s a necessity. Keeping cool, however, is becoming more and more expensive. Summers seem to begin earlier and last longer, creating more demand. Increased energy consumption stresses the power grid causing brown-outs and black-outs to occur more frequently. New regulations make power production more expensive resulting in higher prices for consumers. As utility costs continue to rise, the need for efficient air conditioning is more important than ever. Fortunately, there are some simple steps that can help you keep your cool this summer.

Written by AO Design on Thursday May 22, 2014
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Water Filtration: A Healthy Idea For You and Your Home

Water is earth’s most essential element. Eliminate water and life on our planet would cease to exist. For millennia, water from lakes and streams was pure enough to be used without filtration. Today, however, over-population and pollution have made much of the world’s fresh water supply a virtual toxic tea.

Written by AO Design on Tuesday February 4, 2014
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