Kevin's Corner

November 5, 2018

Cold New Jersey winters can cause plumbing pipes to freeze and even burst, resulting in costly damage to your home.  Why do pipes freeze and why should you care?  Water expands as it freezes. When it expands inside a pipe it puts great pressure on the pipe, enough pressure to rupture most any ...

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Aside from your furnace and heating system, there are other ways to warm your home or office. Space heaters are a great controlled way to warm up a small space, but they can come with a side of danger. Space heaters emit carbon monoxide. Without proper ventilation, carbon monoxide can build up ...

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When choosing a heating option for your home, whether it’s a heat pump, furnace, or boiler, you want to find the right fit for your family depending on your climate, home size, home age, budget, and other needs. Heat Pump Heat pumps can both heat and cool your home. They extract the heat from ...

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Last time we checked, it was barely the beginning of summer, and now it’s already autumn. How did your air conditioner hold up over the past few months?  If you skipped having your system maintained in the spring or summer, it’s important make sure it’s still in good shape now so you can stay ...

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Is your furnace making loud noises that keep you up at night? Furnaces often start to make strange noises when a malfunction is occurring. Repetitive clicking noises often indicate that there’s a problem with the ignition system.  Your furnace’s spark igniter is trying to ignite the pilot ...

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As summer winds down and kids head back to school, most of us in New Jersey begin looking forward to fall. With the promise of cooler autumn evenings, campfires, s’mores, and all things ‘Pumpkin Spice,’ it can be easy for home maintenance tasks to go undone. Here at A.J. Perri, we would like to ...

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Autumn Air Quality As autumn rolls in, cooler weather means closed windows and turning on heaters for the first time in months. That means that the dust, allergens, and other indoor pollutants are trapped in your home and circulated in the warm air, hurting your indoor air quality. Fall is ...

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Summer weather can be harmful to your health due to air pollutants like ozone, mold, and moisture that are more prevalent both inside and outside than they are during cooler months.  Sunny days, warm temperatures, and light winds don’t allow pollutants to be cleared from outside air. Instead, ...

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As the summer temperatures rise, home cooling costs rise as well. But there are ways to help save money without sweating the heat: To increase your cooling system’s efficiency by as much as 20%, get it checked out for summer.  A technician will clean the condenser, make sure you have the ...

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The heating and cooling system is one of the most important systems in a home, which is why the home inspection may include a detailed exam of this equipment. Here are common problems homeowners encounter: Filters:If filters aren’t changed regularly, air flow can become blocked, causing ...

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Living on the Jersey Shore and servicing our thousands of customers here, at A.J. Perri we’re all too familiar with basement flooding. Studies show that up to 95% of all basements may experience a water problem at some point – and that something as simple as a sump pump could have helped to prevent ...

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Air conditioners are meant to cool down temperatures, but did you know that an air conditioner itself could actually get too cold? That’s right, too cold. We know it’s hard to believe. Air conditioners can actually freeze up.  There are a handful of reasons why an air conditioner may freeze up; ...

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New Jersey gets its share of severe weather – and those closest to the coast are particularly vulnerable to hurricanes and high winds. Here are some things you can do to help improve the safety of your family and home before a storm hits: ·       Be informed. Find out where the nearest shelter ...

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According to the L.A. Times, the average American uses an estimated 98 gallons of water EACH day.   Here are five simple ways you can save water, to help you conserve water this summer and take some pressure off of your drains. 1. Unless you are using it, turn the faucet off. How many of us ...

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How an air conditioner works Air conditioners use refrigeration to cool indoor air. When a liquid converts to a gas, it absorbs heat. This process is called phase conversion. Air conditioners use phase conversion by forcing refrigerants to evaporate and condense over and over in a closed system ...

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Salt, or sodium chloride, is essential to human life - but it’s not ideal for your air conditioner. When we eat salt, we get thirsty. Salt in the air contributes to the corrosion of machinery for doing the same thing - attracting moisture. This salt and moisture combination can lead to rapid ...

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Summer weather can be harmful to your health due to air pollutants like ozone, mold, and moisture that are more prevalent both inside and outside than they are during cooler months.  Sunny days, warm temperatures, and light winds don’t allow pollutants to be cleared from outside air. Instead, ...

Read more »

As the summer temperatures rise, home cooling costs rise as well. But there are ways to help save money without sweating the heat: To increase your cooling system’s efficiency by as much as 20%, get it checked out for summer.  A technician will clean the condenser, make sure you have the ...

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