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indoor air quality systems help you breathe easyAccording to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the levels of indoor air pollutants may be two to five times, and occasionally 100 times, higher than the levels of pollutants outside. Considering that most Americans spend 90 percent of their time indoors, this is a major concern.  Considering the increases in wildfires and viral pandemics, indoor air quality is becoming an even greater worry.

Fortunately, homeowners have a great deal of control over the air quality in their homes.  By choosing the right whole-home indoor air quality systems, you can make your home a sanctuary of clean, healthy, odor-free air.

What Type of Whole-Home Indoor Air Quality System is Best?

Depending upon your home, your location and of your family’s individual needs, you may want to consider one, or a combination of, indoor air quality systems.  Whole-home indoor air quality systems trap, kill or eliminate the following types of indoor pollutants:

particulates (dust, cooking, fireplaces, candles, smoking, aerosol sprays)

chemical fumes (lead, pesticides, formaldehyde from furnishings, cleaning products)

biological (viruses, bacteria, mold, insect droppings, animal fur and dander)

allergens and odors (posed by all of the above)

Following are three types of indoor air quality systems and how each of them work to remove these harmful substances from your home.

Ionizers, Ozone Generators and Electrostatic Media

What is the difference between ionizers, ozone generators and polarizers?  All three remove particles from the air by altering oxygen molecules which makes them adhere to particulates.  Each produces some ozone, which is safe in small amounts.

Ionizers

Ionizers work by adding an electron to oxygen molecules creating negative ions.  These negative ions add a charge to particulates in the air, making them sticky and causing them to be attracted back to the ionizer.  Ionizers work best at removing small particles, but sometimes fall short with odors, gases, and larger particles such as pollen or dust.  Ionizers do produce a small amount of ozone, which can irritate the lungs in large quantities.  Negative ions have no smell and no harmful effects.

Ozone Generators

Ozone generators produce ozone, which is made up of three oxygen molecules, which makes it unstable and also sticky.  Ozone is better as removing smaller particulates, gases, and odors from the air.  However, ozone in large amounts can be dangerous.  Ozone generators work best if used in a large area or used only while pets and humans are not home.

Electrostatic Media

Electrostatic media are electronic air filters placed in your furnace in place of regular filters.  These filters use electricity to alter the electrical field of atoms causing them to be polarized and stick to the media as air is pulled through your system.  This offers an effective way to remove a large variety of particulates from the air in your home.

UV Light Technology

UV Light has been proven to kill viruses, mold, and bacteria on contact, which is where other indoor air quality systems fall short.  Viruses, mold, and bacteria are too small to be collected by ionizers or air filtration media.  Although prolonged exposure to UV can be harmful to humans, UV lamps in your AC coil and ductwork eliminate that threat by directing UV light to pathogens as they are drawn through your ventilation system.  But these pathogens must come within a few inches of the UV lamp to be killed.

The Air Scrubber by Aerus® is a special kind of UV lamp that changes water molecules in the air into negatively charged vapor through a process called ActivePure®.  These negatively charged molecules leave the UV lamp and actively enter your home’s air and make contact with the surfaces in your home to kill viruses.

Arrestors

Arrestors are filters placed in your ventilation system which trap particulates and prevent them from being circulated back into your air.  Arrestors range in effectiveness from the standard one inch filter to high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters, to thick five inch media filters such as the Anthony Clean Machine.  Filters are made of tightly woven mesh that traps particulates as they pass through.  They are especially good at removing larger contaminants such as dust, pollen, pet dander and dust mites, making them great for people with allergies.

Do You Need a Whole-Home Indoor Air Quality System?

Indoor air can pose health hazards, especially during the closed-window seasons of summer and winter when outdoor air is not allowed to circulate through your home to eliminate the pollutants in your home.  Some individuals resist opening their windows even during pleasant temperature due to the allergens and pollutants in the outdoor air where they live.

Everyone can benefit from indoor air quality systems, and the most effective of these are whole-home systems that are installed in your ductwork and facilitated by the air pushed through your AC and furnace system.  Individuals with the following conditions can benefit most from whole-home systems:

cardio/pulmonary conditions

allergies

sensitivity to chemicals or smells

young age or advanced age

compromised immune systems

If your home has any of the following conditions, you should also consider a whole-home indoor air quality system:

new furnishings or carpeting or remodeling

constant use such as cooking or indoor hobbies involving chemicals

mold or recent flooding

pet odors

location near car exhaust, industrial areas, wildfires

location in climates where windows remain closed most of the year

An unintended result of today’s tighter homes is heightened levels of indoor air pollution. Dangerous particles, as well as chemicals, are being trapped in your home. Illness-causing micro-organism infestation, allergens, and bad odors are all problems which affect the well-being and comfort of everyone in your home.  Call our indoor air quality experts to learn which whole-home indoor air quality solutions are best for you at A-N-T-H-O-N-Y 268-4669 (913) or (816).

new Lennox air conditionersAir-conditioning systems are one of those appliances you rarely think about until something goes wrong. And if you are caught without AC in the middle of summer when the HVAC technicians are at their busiest, you could face some miserable days of heat at home.

Fortunately, there are some telltale signs homeowners can usually identify before their AC system breaks down completely. If you are seeing any of the following, better get your air conditioner replaced sooner rather than later.

1. Your AC is More than 10 Years Old

Air conditioners wear out just like any other household appliance. A well-maintained AC system (one that has regular annual maintenance) will last 10 to 15 years, according to the National Association of Home Builders.

Yearly Tune-Ups Can Help AC Systems Last Longer

However, systems that have not been maintained over their lifespan will not last the full 10 years.  Angie’s List recommends yearly AC tune-ups by a professional HVAC technician to keep your system in good working order. The technician can inspect the unit’s components, identify, and fix any issues and clean the indoor and outdoor coils.  Also, did you know that annual professional maintenance is required by the manufacturer to ensure warranty compliance on air conditioners?

2. Your Electricity Bills are Rising

Before you blame global warming for your rising electricity costs, consider whether your high electricity bills could be the result of faulty, failing or an inefficient AC system.  An air conditioner that is working inefficiently will run more frequently and use up more electricity while still not adequately cooling your house.

Many utility companies provide comparison charts of how your bill has changed month over month and year over year. They also often provide average daily temperatures for each month.  Information that can help you identify whether higher utility costs are associated with outdoor temperature or something else.

Newer cooling systems are more energy-efficient, cool better and run quieter than older systems.  Investing in an energy-efficient AC system will lower your electricity bills and provide you with more comfort.

A New Furnace Can Further Increase Cooling Efficiency

You can lower your electricity bills even more by choosing to replace your furnace and AC system at the same time.  The fan in your furnace is responsible for circulating the cooled air from your AC throughout your house.  Older furnaces have permanent split capacitor (PSC) fan motors which are much less efficient than newer motors.  On July 3, 2019, all residential furnaces sold were required to have electronically commutated motor (ECM) fan motors, which are a great deal more energy efficient.

3. Your System uses Ozone-Depleting Refrigerant (R22)

On January 1, 2020, manufacturing of ozone-depleting refrigerant, R22 was discontinued. Used as a coolant for air conditioners beginning with the first models produced in the 1950s, R22 has been found by researchers to be contributing to the thinning of the earth’s ozone.

Homeowners can have an HVAC technician inspect their system to determine what kind of refrigerant it uses. More recently produced models use ozone-friendly refrigerant, such as 410A.  If an air conditioner was installed before 2010 it probably uses R22.

broken AC

If your AC system uses ozone-depleting refrigerant and it needs repairs, the cost of adding repairs and/or adding refrigerant can be cost prohibitive.

4. Your System has Repeated Breakdowns

Whether your AC system has reached the end of its average lifespan or not, having multiple repair jobs in a row could indicate it is near wearing out. If you have already fixed one issue and more are popping up, it might be best to cut your losses and replace.

Older air conditioners will also have more aesthetic issues.  Rust is a problem, along with being noisier than newer models.

What if I Cannot Afford to Replace Right Now?

Replacing a central AC unit is more affordable as fall approaches.  End of season clearances, and attractive financing options make the fall an ideal time of the year for replacement.  With a new system, comes the energy cost saving that you will receive when a new unit is doing the cooling.  New AC units outperform old units significantly, no matter the Energy Star rating.

seer rating vs energy cost savings chartCan I Get Away with Purchasing a Lower Cost AC Unit?

The cost of AC units depends upon size and SEER rating.  The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) measures how much cooling a system puts out for each unit of energy it consumes. In theory, the higher the SEER rating, the more efficiently the air conditioner operates.

Size matters – if an HVAC company says you can get away with the same size unit as you currently have, be skeptical.  If you just purchased your home, do not assume the AC unit installed was necessarily the best size for your home.  New homeowners should consider having an inspection by a professional HVAC technician, as some builders will undersize systems to save money when the home is built.  Also, size requirements can change when changes to your home are made such as additions or insulation changes.  Changes in climate matter, too! The climate zone you live in informs the size of unit you need.

size matters with ACs chartIf you install an AC unit that is too small, it will run constantly which will cause you more money in energy and in repair costs.  Alternately, if you install one that is too big, it will turn on and off constantly, never running a full cycle.  It is most cost-effective to purchase a unit that is the correct size for your home.

Homeowners should use the assistance of well-trained experts like those at Anthony Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electric to choose the most cost-effective AC system over the long run.  For more information on how to recognize when your cooling system needs replacing, contact us at A-N-T-H-O-N-Y, 268-4669 (913) or (816).

A.S.A.P. annual maintenance programBad things come in threes. Have you ever heard that phrase? Can you imagine if this happened to three of your everyday appliances?  What if your hot water heater, air conditioner or furnace stop working right when the weather was terrible?  Not only can it be frustrating, but it could be very costly.

Annual Service Saves Money, Maintains Warranties and Extends the Life of Systems

What if there was a program that would cover the three major home appliances and save you money? Take heart, there is!  At Anthony Plumbing, Heating, Cooling and Electric we’ve got you covered. The Anthony Service Agreement Program (A.S.A.P.) provides you the peace of mind knowing that your home’s major systems are tuned-up and maintained annually for optimal performance.

The A.S.A.P. comprehensive maintenance program is an investment in your heating, cooling, and plumbing system. Much like a smoke alarm, it helps prevent major problems by alerting you before costly repairs or safety hazards occur in your home.  Annual maintenance protects manufacturer warranties on your heating and cooling system and water heater.  Being an Anthony A.S.A.P. exclusive member also provides added advantages with front-of-the-line, same-day service, and no overtime charges on emergency repairs.

Every A.S.A.P. member receives:

  • 100% satisfaction guarantee
  • Same-day emergency service
  • No overtime charges on service fees
  • No overtime charges on repairs
  • Discounted parts and service
  • 2-year parts and labor warranty on all repairs
  • Maintenance reminders and forward scheduling (schedule your tune-ups months in advance)

Heating/Cooling A.S.A.P. members receive:

  • 17-task heating tune-up including accessories
  • 16-task tune up including accessories

Plumbing A.S.A.P. members receive:

  • 10-task water heater tune-up
  • Whole-home plumbing inspection

A.S.A.P. memberships can be customized to your needs and convenience.  Call Anthony PHCE at:
(A-N-T-H-O-N-Y) 268-4669 KS or MO
to become an exclusive A.S.A.P. member.

 

 

hvac zoning system

You have 2 or more thermostats in your car, so why should you be content with only 1 thermostat in your home?  If you want it warmer in some areas of your home and cooler in others, then an HVAC zoning system is for you.  Or if you have rooms that are always too hot or too cold compared to the rest of your home and you want to even out the temperatures, you also can benefit from an HVAC zoning system.

Most homes have areas that suffer because a single thermostat located in one area controls the temperature in all parts of the home. The thermostat only knows the temperature where the thermostat is actually located. You simply cannot achieve whole home comfort with one thermostat, just like you can’t control all your lighting with one light switch.  Our Maestro Zoning system lets you control the temperature in all areas of your home by allowing you to send conditioned air when and where it is needed.  You will feel more air than you have ever felt before out of your system.

How Does an HVAC Zoning System Work?

An HVAC zoning system consists of 2 or more thermostats placed in problem areas in your home, and an electronic monitor which activates dampers in your ductwork to move conditioned air directly to those rooms where a greater supply is needed.  Anthony’s Maestro Zoning system can be installed quickly and easily in your home, to make every room a Goldilocks room, that is “just right” temperature wise.

By giving homeowners more control over how they heat and cool their home, Maestro Zoning enables the creation of comfort zones that are customizable, which keeps all family members happy while saving money on energy bills at the same time, by sending conditioned air only to the zones that need it and only when they need it.

Zoning is a simple, economical way to gain better air flow to problem areas without adding an additional heating and cooling system. Using automatic dampers (which are pneumatically activated so there are no motors that eventually fail) in your vent work, a zoning system allows you to control the temperature independently in separate areas of your home by opening some dampers and closing others.

The brain of the zoning system is an electronic monitor which activates the dampers as ordered by the individual thermostats in the areas served.  It can even be used with wireless thermostats that can be carried from room to room to ensure the desired temperature in that room.  You can also control thermostats with your cell phone.  Click here to view a video on how the zoning damper system works.

Is a Zoning System Right for My Home?

Zoning is all about the comfort of the homeowner, and any home can benefit from zoning if the homeowner wants more control over the temperature in different areas of their home.  Homes with hard to cool or hard to heat areas, or with multiple levels that require more than one thermostat are perfect for zoning. These include homes with:

  • – multiple levels, like two stories or split levels
  • – rooms over the garage or added onto the back
  • – finished areas in the basement or attic
  • – expansive glass areas that let in ambient heat
  • – family members who prefer different temperatures than others
  • – home offices
  • – portions of the home built over a concrete slab floor
  • – wings extending off the main living area in multiple directions
  • – large, open areas such as vaulted ceilings or lofts

Zoning Beats the Heat in Two Story Homes or Bedrooms over the Garage

Since a thermostat only knows the temperature of the area it’s located in, your home can suffer from stark temperature variances in different rooms.  Because thermostats are normally located on a home’s first level, rooms on upper levels can be unbearably hot because of the “stack effect” of warm air rising.  Also, second floor areas have more heat gain because the ceiling is the hot attic. And if you are the unlucky one who’s bedroom is over the garage, you know that no matter how much the AC is cranked in the house your room is always hot in the summer.  Rooms over garages are always cold in the winter, too.

Maestro Zoning is a great option for homes with these configurations.  Rather than install window units in your upstairs bedrooms or keep your lower levels uncomfortably cool in an attempt to accommodate the upper levels, zoning has become a must-have solution for any two-story home.

Zoning Eliminates Arguments Over Temperature

No more arguments over temperature in the house – with Maestro Zoning you have control of the temperature in your room, and your family members have control over theirs.  The dampers in the ductwork are activated by the electronic monitor depending on the set temperature from individual thermostats in the areas served.  These dampers allow cooled air to be sent into warmer rooms while restricting air flow to other rooms.  Since each room, or “zone” has a different thermostat, one person can enjoy a warmer room while another luxuriates in their own much cooler zone.

Call our Maestro Zoning Experts for a Free Estimate

Call our Maestro Zoning experts today for a free estimate, and we will come to your house and explore the many options available to customize a zoning system to meet your needs. Call us at A-N-T-H-O-N-Y (268-4669) KS or MO or click here to submit your information and we will contact you at a time that is convenient for you.

battery back-up sump pumps save basementsYour regular sump pump is your first line of defense against indoor flooding, but only if it is working. To be protected against the devastating financial losses associated with indoor flooding, you need to do the following:

  • Test your sump pump now, before the torrential rains and power outages do it for you, AND
  • Invest in a Battery Back-Up Sump Pump if you do not already have one.

If your regular sump pump has received proper maintenance and has been tested recently, then you might be safe.  But if it stops working during a power outage or due to overwork because of heavy rains, a battery back-up sump pump is critical to protect your home from flooding.

How do I know if my Sump Pump is Working?

Sump pumps get a real workout during the rainy season, and they can stop working at any time. But sitting idle without regular use can also cause them to fail. You should test your sump pump frequently by taking these easy steps:

Step 1:  Test the Pump

Fill the pump pit with water and watch to see if the pump activates. If it does not, and you know you have power to the outlet, then the pump needs to be replaced.

Step 2:  Watch the Drain

Watch the pump drain water out of its basin. Make sure there are no leaks in the discharge pipe. Go outside to ensure that water is terminating where it is supposed to.

Step 3:  Test the Shut-off

Stay until the pump turns off, so you know its shut-off feature is working properly. A pump that will not shut off will eventually overheat and may stop functioning altogether.  If the pump does not shut off automatically, it will need to be repaired or replaced.

If my Sump Pump is Working, Do I Still Need an Additional Battery Back-up Sump Pump?

In order to fully defend against indoor flood damage, you need a battery back-up sump pump in addition to your regular sump pump. Sump pumps can fail at any time, and they do not warn you ahead of time when this has happened, so a back-up pump will provide just that – a second chance at stopping the flood if the primary pump fails. Also, battery back-up sump pumps work whether or not the electricity has been lost due to storm activity, and in the Midwest electrical outages are common during the stormy seasons.

A battery back-up sump pump will also pump along with your primary pump when there is more water than your primary pump can handle. A back-up pump will typically handle 1000 to 2200 gallons per hour. It also has a maintenance alarm to notify you when service is needed.

How Do I Test My Back-up Sump Pump?

A battery back-up sump pump should be tested in the same way as your regular pump. With the primary sump pump unplugged, run through steps 2 and 3 from above and make sure the pump drains the water and shuts off.

During the testing process, keep an eye on the battery indicator light. If it remains green, it is a good indication that your battery is strong. Fortunately, battery back-up sump pumps have alarms that alert homeowners when the battery is nearing the end of its life.

Does the Battery in my Back-up Sump Pump require Maintenance?

Some do. Maintenance-free batteries are aptly named and should not need maintenance as long as they are being charged. Some back-up sump pump batteries are not maintenance-free however, these batteries need to have the water levels checked in their cells every 6 months. If your battery has removable caps on the top of its cells, then you will need to keep the water level up. The batteries used for this application are special standby batteries and not car batteries or deep cycle marine batteries. Standby batteries last approximately 5 years.

How Often Should I Replace My Sump Pump?

The average sump pump lasts for about 7 to 9 years. You should replace or repair the pump if it fails any of the tests above.

Here some warning signs that your sump pump might be failing:

  • Makes strange noises
  • Vibrates excessively
  • Infrequent pump usage
  • Runs all the time
  • Irregular cycling
  • Visible rust
  • Seven years or older
  • Motor sometimes gets stuck
  • Motor failure
  • Installed by the builder
  • Frequent power outages

Check Homeowner’s Insurance

Not all insurance adequately covers damaged valuables or the costly repairs necessary to undo water damage and the mold growth that occurs afterward. Flood insurance riders may not cover damage caused by malfunctioning sump pumps unless you have a sump pump rider, and it still may not cover sump pump failures unless you can prove regular maintenance was done on the unit.

Call Anthony Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electric

A qualified plumbing professional can best make the assessment of whether a sump pump system needs to be repaired or replaced and when, and our plumbers are trained to do just that. Anthony PHCE stocks both sump pumps and battery back-up sump pumps on all trucks to be available whenever you need them. So don’t hesitate to contact us at A-N-T-H-O-N-Y (268-4669) KS or MO or click here to schedule a visit.

how to kill viruses in my home

The Air Scrubber by Aerus® utilizes state-of-the-art technology developed by NASA to create a safe environment for the astronauts in the international space station.  This proprietary technology is called ActivePure®, and is the only air cleaning technology awarded the prestigious Certified Space Technology seal of approval by the Space Foundation which was created in cooperation with NASA.

ActivePure®  utilizes a proprietary photocatalyst system which creates powerful oxidizing molecules which are safe to humans and pets but which kill viruses and bacteria in the air and on surfaces.  Water and oxygen particles enter the ActivePure® honeycomb matrix.  While inside, the molecules are transformed into hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) vapor which permeates all exposed areas of your home.  These molecules destroy viruses, bacteria, fungi and mold not only in the air but on surfaces such as counter tops, light switches, cell phones, toys and door knobs, preventing cross contamination.

Air Scrubber by Aerus® ActivePure® Technology Benefits

The Air Scrubber by Aerus® utilizes 3 different technologies: ActivePure® to kill viruses, plus ionization to prevent dust, and ozone (optional) to eliminate odors.

ActivePure® virus killing technology has the following benefits:

Ionized negative ions have the following benefits:

  • Purify air, remove VOCs, and significantly reduce dust particles and odor causing bacteria without using ozone.
  • Protect against allergy and asthma triggering contaminants and respiratory issues which may lead to health problems.
  • Improved productivity from healthier, cleaner air and surfaces.
  • Reduced dust collection on surfaces so you don’t have to dust as often.

Ozone (optional) has the following benefits:

  • Eliminates even the toughest odors from your home, including pet and cooking odors.

 

active pure photocatalyst system

How is Air Scrubber by Aerus® different from Ionizers, UV Lamps and Ozone Machines?

There are many indoor air quality options on the market, but none work like Air Scrubber by Aerus®, nor kill viruses as well as Air Scrubber by Aerus®:

Are You Ready to Reduce the Flu Viruses, Bacteria and Allergens in Your Home?

Contact us today at A-N-T-H-O-N-Y (268-4669) KS or MO to learn your options for installing the Air Scrubber by Aerus® in your home.  Or fill out the form below and we will contact you soon.



 

 

 

new toiletToilets are a luxury we take for granted until they start causing us problems.  Here are some common issues that indicate it may be time to replace your toilet, and how to choose the best replacement for your home.

Should I Replace My Toilet?

Your toilet is a molded porcelain fixture.  There is little you can do to repair a toilet once it becomes cracked or clogged with mineral deposits.  Age, repairs, inefficiency and height are other reasons why replacing may be the best choice.  Here are some signs that it may be time to replace your toilet.

Cracks

If you notice puddles of water around your toilet you may have cracks in the porcelain of your bowl or tank.  Sometimes these are hard to see as water may migrate behind the bowl onto the floor.  Toilet cracks can be a costly problem in more than just your water bill; water leaking can damage your floor and result in mold and mildew growth.  If your toilet is cracked replace it right away.  To diagnose a toilet crack, put dye in the tank and bowl.  If the dye makes its way to your toilet bowl or floor then you probably have a crack.

Clogging

Unclogging a toilet is tricky because of the way the inside of a toilet is shaped.  The first tool to try is a plunger and this may dislodge the clog. Unclogging a toilet with an auger is possible in some cases but should be done with an auger that will not scratch the finish on your bowl.  Constant clogging is the first sign that a toilet needs to be replaced.

Built Up Mineral Deposits

Mineral deposits commonly collect in the holes under the rim of your bowl.  Clogged inlet tubes will reduce the efficiency of your toilet making flushing waste difficult.  Mineral deposits can also clog the syphon tube in your tank causing the same problem.  Removing mineral deposits is possible but not easy.

Age or Plentiful Repairs

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If your toilet is older, needs repairs, or perhaps you would prefer a designer color or style, it is time to consider replacement.  Newer toilets flush more effectively with less water and are a better solution than making ongoing repairs on an older toilet.  Older toilet bowls may have worn surfaces as well, making them unsightly and more difficult to keep clean.

To see inside your toilet and learn how it works, watch our video:  https://www.anthonyphc.com/how-you-do-it-thursdays/

What Toilet Should I Buy?

What is the best toilet?  Although that depends on your personal requirements, here are features to consider when choosing a toilet.

Height

Tall, or “comfort height” toilets are a popular choice for homeowners these days.  Even an extra 2 to 3 inches in the height of a toilet can make a big difference in comfort and ease of use.  Some homeowners have commented that the extra 2 to 3 inches of taller toilets seems like 12 inches, and they really like the taller toilets.  Standard height toilets measure 15 to 16 inches from floor to seat top and are not as comfortable as taller toilets.  Tall toilets measure 17 to 19 inches from floor to seat top and are considered ADA compliant.

Bowl Shape

Elongated bowls can also add to comfort and ease of use.  For a toilet to be considered ADA compliant, it must have an elongated bowl.  Round bowls may be better in tightly spaced bathrooms, and there are even designer toilets with square bowls.

Water Economy

Most newer toilets use less water than older models, but some are considerably more efficient which can save you money in the long run.  High efficiency toilets (HET) flush with no more than 1.28 gallons per flush.  Older toilets may use over 3 gallons per flush.

Flushing Systems

Over the years, new and more effective flush options have been invented to drive up effectiveness and performance to the max with minimal water consumption.  Dual flush systems give you the choice of using small amounts of water for liquid waste or larger amounts of water for solid waste.  Power flush or pressure assist toilets rely on air pressure technology instead of a water reservoir and gravity.  Touchless flushing systems allow you to flush without touching the toilet, reducing the spread of germs.

One Piece and Wall Mount Toilets

Some toilets have tanks which are molded as part of the bowl making them one-piece as opposed to two-piece.  One-piece toilets are often easier to clean and more fashionable than traditional two-piece toilets.  Some toilets can be mounted on the wall, allowing for easy cleaning of the floor.

Consider the Seat First

The number of toilet seats types available is staggering.  Soft close seats are a great option as they do not bang when you drop them, so you don’t have to bend over to close them.  Lighted and heated seats are very popular, too.  Raised seats are great if your joints are achy.  And if fashion is your thing, seats come in all types of fun materials and colors.  And you may want to invest in the luxury of a bidet toilet seat system.  Not all seats come in all bowl shapes, so if you are in the market for a new toilet, you may want to consider your toilet seat first.

Call our Expert Plumbers Today to Help you Decide

Our expert plumbers are available to help you through the process of choosing your next toilet.  We can also help you repair your current toilet if that is the option you choose.  Call us at A-N-T-H-O-N-Y, KS or MO (913-268-4669), submit a form here:  https://www.anthonyphc.com/schedule-service/, or chat with us at www.AnthonyPHC.com.

 

angie's list super service award 2019

Anthony Plumbing, Heating & Cooling is proud to announce that we have earned the home service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award (SSA) for 2019.  This is the 13th year in a row Anthony PHC has earned this award, which honors service professionals who have maintained exceptional service ratings and reviews on Angie’s List.

“Service pros that receive our Angie’s List Super Service Award represent the best  in our network, who are consistently making great customer service their mission,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “These pros have provided exceptional service to our members and absolutely deserve recognition for the exemplary customer service they exhibited in the past year.”

As an Angie’s List Super Service Award winner, Anthony PHCE has met strict eligibility requirements, which include maintaining an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade and review period grade. SSA winners must be in good standing with Angie’s List and undergo additional screening.

Click here to see all the great reviews we have received from our Angie’s List members, and claim one of our Deals while you are there.

pipe bursting sewer replacementYou hear those dreaded words – “replace your sewer line.”  And then the next words, “dig up your yard,” make your heart sink.  You implore your plumber… are you sure I have to tear up my yard to replace my sewer line?  Are there alternatives to digging up my yard?  The answer we can now give our homeowners is “yes!”  There is finally an alternative to digging up your yard, with the innovative process known as pipe-bursting.

Avoid the Costs Associated with Sewer Digs

What does it cost to replace your sewer line?  Some of the costs associated with a sewer dig are incurred after the job is done, in repairing your yard, driveway and landscaping destroyed in the process.  Sewer digs can also destroy older trees which cannot be replaced at any price.

By utilizing state-of-the-art pipe bursting technology, we can now avoid the destruction that comes from the traditional digging process.  If you hear the words “dig up your yard,” just say no, and call Anthony PHC right away.

How Does Pipe Bursting Work?

What is a pipe bursting machine and how does it work?  Pipe bursting is a no-dig method sometimes referred to as in-line expansion.  It utilizes a machine that pulls a new pipe through the existing pipe, causing the old pipe to be pushed apart and replaced by the new pipe.

To start the pipe bursting process, we first run a camera through your existing sewer line to inspect it.  We then create a new pipe above ground to precisely fit the existing pipe bed.  A pipe bursting machine is placed in a hole at one end of your sewer line.  It pulls the brand new pipe through the existing pipe, bursting the old pipe it in the process, leaving the new pipe in its place.

What are the Advantages of Pipe Bursting over a Traditional Dig?

Pipe bursting is a trenchless technology, which means it avoids digging a trench down to the sewer line along the entire length of the sewer.  This is a tremendous advantage because it limits the excavation and construction that disrupts homeowners and their yards.

Other advantages of pipe bursting include:

  • avoidance of major excavations
  • minimum of environmental disturbance
  • increase in pipe flow capacity (as opposed to some trenchless processes which limit capacity)
  • long lifespan of new piping of 50 to 100 years

How is Pipe Bursting Different than Slip Lining?

Many contractors implement slip lining as a trenchless process to avoid sewer digs.  Slip lining involves slipping narrower pipe into the existing pipe to patch damaged piping.  Slip lining decreases your pipe flow due to the insertion of the narrow pipe.  The repairs also do not last as long as a sewer that has received a whole new pipe through the pipe bursting process.

Pipe bursting is only done by contractors with the ability to invest in training and in the initial purchase of a pipe bursting machine.  Anthony PHC has invested in both to be able to provide our homeowners with the best possible alternative to invasive trench dig sewer replacements.

What is the Best Sewer Company Near Me?

Our sewer specialists are highly trained in this new pipe bursting technology, and we are happy to come to your home to determine if our pipe bursting is a good sewer replacement option for you.  We are committed to providing you with the most convenient and long lasting repair possible, guaranteed.  Call us anytime at A-N-T-H-O-N-Y (268-4669) KS or MO to schedule a consultation.

winter power outage blogThe high winds, heavy snow and ice accumulation of winter storms can create widespread electricity outages that last for days.  To make matters worse, leaving your home to obtain supplies or find temporary shelter can be dangerous if the roads are also compromised by inclement weather.  You can’t prevent power outages, but you can prepare for them.  And if you don’t prepare in time, there are still things you can do to add warmth to your home during a power outage.

Prep Your Home Before the Winter Storm Season

The best way to handle power outages is to prepare for them well ahead of time.  If you wait until a storm is in the forecast to prepare, you may find needed items out of stock, time too limited to complete needed tasks, or technicians and plumbers all booked up.

When electricity goes out in the winter, so does your main heat source, whether that is a furnace, boiler or electric heat.  Even gas furnaces cannot run without electricity.  To prepare, research alternative heat sources that don’t need electricity.

Install an Infrared Garage Heater

Natural gas infrared heaters like our Auto-Ray Infrared Garage Heater provide excellent sources of heat with absolutely no electricity.   Infrared garage heaters keep your garage warm all winter long for pennies a day.  Your heated garage will also provide warmth to the adjacent rooms in your home, and will also help keep the exposed pipes in your garage from freezing.  Infrared garage heaters create a great warm zone in your home during winter electrical outages.

Have Your Water Heater Checked

Did you know your tank water heater can be an alternative heat source?  Most tank type water heaters do not use electricity.  Even if it needs electricity to ignite the gas and heat the water, the heated water left in your tank after the power has gone out can be used to fill a bathtub, which can raise the temperature in your bathroom enough to bring you some comfort.  Get your water heater tuned up by our expert plumbers to ensure it is working reliably, and while they are in your home, ask them what type of ignition system it uses.

Insulate Your Plumbing

The heat in your home is the only thing keeping your pipes from freezing during the coldest weather, and once a frozen pipe thaws it can burst and flood your home.  Have our expert plumbers perform a plumbing safety inspection, and ask them which of your pipes would be most vulnerable if you lost heat during a power outage.  Some pipes can be insulated to help prevent freezing and bursting.

Consider Generators

If you don’t have a generator, consider your options.  A portable generator can run selected appliances like your furnace and a few small electronics long enough to get you through a day of no electricity.  Some generators turn on automatically during a power outage and provide your home with uninterrupted electricity.

Install Carbon Monoxide (CO) and Smoke Detectors

Heating your home in winter is a potentially dangerous proposition, even without a power outage.  Your home should have carbon monoxide (CO) and smoke detectors on every level and preferably in every bedroom.  There are several good options available, and some even connect to the internet via your WiFi connection and can warn you through an app on your phone if danger is present, which is nice if you keep your phone by your bed.

It is especially important to have CO and smoke detectors in place if you are utilizing alternative heat sources during a power outage.  Combustible heat sources produce CO, which has no smell, and can cause drowsiness, loss of consciousness and death.  Even your gas furnace may produce CO, which is why it is important to get a furnace safety check every year.

Stock up on Fuel

Fill up on fuel for your generator if you have one.  Keep your cars full of fuel too – they can be temporary warming stations while running – outside of the garage of course.  And if you are lucky enough to have a wood stove, get your log supply stocked up.

Stock up on Water

Power outages can rob your home of not only warmth, but of water.  Electricity is needed to run water pumps, so homes on well water can lose their water when they lose their electricity.  Even homes on municipal water aren’t safe if a power outage disables the water plant pumps; you will have only a small amount of pressure left in your pipes until you lose your water completely.  Keep a stock of drinking water on hand just in case the worst happens, and use water from your tap sparingly.

Purchase Battery Back Ups for your Devices

You can purchase battery back ups that will recharge your phones if you find yourself away from electricity sources.  Buy these for your cell phones at least, and consider purchasing them for your computers as well.  It is important to have a charged phone during weather emergencies, so keep these devices charged and ready to use.

Act Quickly Once You Lose Power

Once the power has gone out, you won’t have long before your home becomes uncomfortably cold, and possibly dangerous to children, the sick and pets.  Take these steps to make sure your family stays safe.

Consider Leaving Your Home

If your family and pets are “portable,” your best course of action might be to move them to a hotel for the night.  Hotels usually have back up generators in case they lose power, but it is always good to ask to make sure.  Be careful making this decision however, as the same conditions that cause winter power outages can cause dangerous driving conditions.

If you find it unwise to leave home, remember that you can always use your vehicles as temporary warming stations if taken outside of the garage first.  To remove your car from your garage after your power goes out you will have to open the garage door manually, which may not be possible until you first disconnect the mechanical door opener from the garage door.

Safely Add Heat to the House

Turn up your infrared garage heater if you have one.  Fifty degrees is a good temperature for normal use, but they can be turned up much higher, which will not only get your garage toasty but will help heat your adjacent rooms.

If you have a wood stove, fire it up and keep it burning.  If you have a limited amount of wood, burn at regular intervals, letting it get quite cold between burns.  Think twice before using your wood burning or gas fireplace; unless it has a fan to circulate heat, you may lose more heat up the chimney than you generate by burning wood or gas.  Never use your fireplace without opening the flue first, and only use your fireplace or wood stove if it, and your chimney, have been inspected recently and are in safe working condition.

Use the sun for heat. If it’s a sunny day, open the blinds on the windows on the sunny side of the house. Place dark blankets on the floor, furniture or bed in direct sun to soak up the sun’s heat. As soon as the sun goes down re-insulate the windows the best you can.

Run a bathtub of hot water; it will add heat to the rooms around the bathroom.  You could take a hot shower to warm up, too.  Standard tank type water heaters do not use electricity so you can take advantage of always having hot water.

Insulate Your Home and Yourselves

Eliminate heat loss to your home by closing curtains and blocking drafts.  Only open your doors if it is absolutely necessary.  Move to the warmest room of the house and camp out there.  This might be the basement during the winter, due the insulating power of the earth.  Bring your warmest blankets and coats with you.

Eliminate heat loss to your body by putting on layers including long underwear, warm socks and a hat.  Consider using chemical hand and foot warmers, but never directly on skin.  Even self-heating pain relief pads can work in a pinch, but they get very hot and can burn the skin as well.

Staying hydrated can help you stay warm so make sure you drink enough.  Do not drink alcohol as it will lower your body temperature.  Your body requires more food to stay warm in the cold so make sure you eat enough, too.

Use Water Wisely

It is best to conserve water for drinking in case the power outage stops water pumps from getting water to your home.  But if the temperature outside is well below freezing, do turn on your faucets and let a pencil sized stream of water run to prevent your pipes from freezing.  As far as flushing your toilets, use the yellow-mellow, brown-down rule.

Give Us a Call

Call us before, during or after a power outage for help.  There are always ways we can help you, and we want to help if we can.  You can reach us by calling A-N-T-H-O-N-Y (268-4669) KS or MO, or by clicking here to schedule service

 

 

 

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