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electrical trends for 2021The top electrical product trend in 2021 is smart products.  These Wi-Fi-enabled devices that talk to your cell phone remotely now include thermostats, doorbells, smoke detectors, lights, and cameras.  Enter the era of whole-home automation systems like Anthony MyHome, in which you can monitor your entire home remotely, including your outlets, garage door, front door lock, sump pump and even your water.  Many smart items also contain voice activation, allowing for voice commands with these devices.

Smarter Smart Speakers

Google, Alexa, or Siri?  Yes!  Most people have used a voice-activated “smart” speaker, allowing you the convenience of searching the internet through voice commands, such as “Hey Google, what is the score of the football game,” as well as to give commands to other smart devices, such as “Alexa, unlock the door.”  But something to note, Google, Alexa and Siri devices will not talk to each other, only to their own family.  For example, Google will only talk to Google devices and so forth.  In a world of competing voice activation platforms, there are finally smart speakers that work with multiple versions.  And they make smart soundbars too, to match your smart TV.  Now isn’t that smart?

Electric Car Chargers

Electric vehicle supply equipment, or “EVSE,” is the proper term for what is commonly called electric car chargers or charging stations.  The actual charging equipment is built into electric vehicles; the EVSE provides a safe supply of electricity to the vehicle using your home’s electricity.  Most electric cars come with a Level 1 charging cord, which plugs into a standard 120-volt outlet, but the drawback can be a slow charging process.  Therefore, purchasing a Level 2 charging cord which plugs into a 240-volt electrical supply is recommended.  Level 2 charging stations typically deliver anywhere from 16 amps to 80 amps of power.  If you plan to eventually upgrade your electric cars at a later date, it is recommended that you have a charging device that can provide you with the most amperage.  And in case you were wondering, electric vehicle supply equipment also comes in smart versions, which you can talk to remotely with your phone.

Smart Recessed Lighting

smart recessed ceiling lightRecessed ceiling lights, loved for their modern look and even lighting, are now smart too!  These “smart” lights can be activated via voice, app or even the clap of your hands.  They can dim from soft light to bright, from warm light to cool, and can morph into hundreds of different colors.  They can even pulse and change colors to the beat of music or gaming sounds.  And multiple lights can be configured into complex scenes to match holiday decor or to provide a specific ambience.

More and more decorative indoor and outdoor lighting solutions are becoming “smart.”  Check with your Anthony PHCE electrician to see what smart options are available before you purchase lighting for your home.

Smart Ceiling Fanssmart ceiling fan

Smart ceiling fans can be connected to your thermostat and be programmed to turn on and off, optimizing the efficiency of your heating and cooling system.  Some also have reversible motors for bi-directional blade movement, which means no more teetering on a ladder to switch the fan direction each season.  And many have lights which are smart as well.

Electric Meter Remote Usage Monitor

remote power usage monitorElectricity meter usage monitors are the newest way to monitor your electricity usage, and therefore saving money on electricity bills.  Do you know which of your appliances use the most electricity in your home right now?  Usage monitors attached to your electrical panel sit discretely within your panel box and send usage data to your phone.  These monitors can detect power outages, and sniff out any energy hogs in your home, allowing you to unplug or replace these offenders.

Your Appliances are Surfing the Web

The internet is everywhere, even in your appliances.  Your refrigerator, stove, washer, and dryer now have computers which send and receive updates, data and communicate to and from your mobile devices.  This type of technology is referred to as the Internet of Things (IoT).

Surge Protection – It’s Smart Too!

As you fill your home with smart items that are Wi-Fi-enabled and equipped with their own computers, it becomes necessary to consider a whole-home point-of-entry surge protector to keep your devices safe from power surges.  Which begs the question, are there smart surge protectors?  There certainly are.

Curious about Smart Products?  We Can Help

Anthony PHCE electricians can install any smart products that your home desires.  Call our “smart” electricians today at A-N-T-H-O-N-Y 268-4669 (913) or (816) and we will get you plugged into to these exciting new electrical products.

 

smart toilet with voice activation and wifiVoice activation, motion sensing and WiFi connectivity are some of the hottest technology to be found in plumbing this year.  Some of the slickest plumbing technology utilizes low-tech design ingenuity invented by a local Kansas City company.  Your family should consider installing these trendy new plumbing technologies in your home this year.

Outdoor Hot & Cold Water Hydrants

hot and cold outdoor faucetHot water should not be limited to indoor use only.  Finally, outdoor hydrants are available that bring hot and cold water to your outdoor activities, thanks to a Kansas City based company.  With a simple twist of the center knob, you can adjust the temperature of water used outside, just like in the house.  These hydrants are also frost-free, which means water will no longer be syphoned into your interior water pipes causing freezing, bursting and flooded basements.

Quarter-Turn Frost Free Outdoor Hydrants

Quarter-turn frost free outdoor hydrants are another way to provide protection against frozen pipes using the same technology as the hot and cold water hydrant.  These quarter-turn outdoor hydrants are also convenient and comfortable to use, with soft grips and a reduced turning radius needed to turn water on and off.

Water Guardian Leak Prevention System

water guardian leak prevention alert systemWater leaks can happen in multiple places in your home.  Water reclamation, damage mitigation and mold prevention after a flood is expensive, and some items such as photos, paperwork and keepsakes cannot be repaired or replaced.  Anthony PHCE’s Water Guardian flood sensors can be placed near all devices or areas subject to the possibility of flooding and alert you through your smart phone when water is detected well in advance of the occurrence of expensive water damage.

WiFi Sump Pump with Battery Back-Up Pump

wifi sump pump with battery back up pumpHomeowners can now access real-time primary and back-up pump status, water level, and battery level from anywhere using an app on their phone.  WiFi sump pump and battery back-up sump pump combos can be easily installed in your existing sump pit.  Innovative technology transmits data to your phone app even during power outages, for connectivity when your Wi-Fi router is down.

Smart Toilets with Personalized Presets via Phone App

smart toilet with wifi and voice activationSmart toilets are all the rage for 2021, and worth the cost if you consider the multitude of features they include.  Now with the push of a button on your phone, or with just your voice, your toilet can adjust to your personalized seat warmth, water cleansing temperature, ambient light color choice and level of air freshening.  Smart toilets also include UV sanitation, automatic touchless flushing and hands free seat closing to make them extra safe and sanitary.  And of course, they are a comfortable height with an elongated bowl for ADA compliance.

Toilet Lids with Motion Sensing LED Lights

When visiting the toilet in the middle of the night you have two options; awakening yourself by turning on a light, or risk missing your mark in the dark.  Enter one of the smartest new features in toilet technology – a seat that lights up when it sees you coming.  There are now a variety of motion sensing, energy efficient LED light toilet seats that come in customizable color schemes, so you can handle your business, and get back to sleep.

Singing in the Shower with Bluetooth Shower Heads

Send your favorite tunes, news or sports broadcasts to your shower the smart way, through a shower head with a Bluetooth speaker built into it.  These speakers are easily removable for recharging, or for moving them to your tub for company during a long soak.

Talk to Your Faucet, or Just Wave Hello

touch free bathroom faucetTouchfree faucets have become ubiquitous in public spaces, but now there is a wide variety of beautiful versions designed for your home kitchen and bathrooms.  Touchfree faucets stay cleaner longer, and are great when you have your hands full of slippery grooming or cooking products.  Touchfree faucets come in both motion sensing and voice activated versions, and are more sanitary than traditional faucets.

Tankless Water Heaters

Tankless water heaters save energy, save space, and provide instant and continuous hot water for all your family’s needs.  Anyone with a soaking tub should consider a tankless water heater, as well as families with multiple bodies taking showers in multiple bathrooms.  Tankless water heaters last twice as long as traditional water heaters, too.  Consider this water and energy saving green technology to increase your home’s resale value as well.

Technology to Keep Your Body, and Your Pipes, Healthy

One of the essential health choices consumers can make is to purify the water they take into bodies and breathe in while they shower.  A whole-home filtration system can remove the deadly chlorine and other harmful chemicals from your drinking water and shower steam, and make the water healthier for your cooking, your pets and your plants as well.  Whereas filtration is essential for your physical health, water softening is essential for the health of your plumbing and appliances.  Mineral build-up from hard water clogs and corrodes your pipes, fixtures and water-using appliances like dishwashers, causing them to fail sooner.  Now there are filtration and softening combination systems that can soften and filter your water at the same time, for the best of both worlds in the smallest possible footprint.

What is the Best Plumbing Technology for My Home?

Anthony PHCE expert plumbers are here to advise you on the best technology solutions for your home and family.  Give us a call at A-N-T-H-O-N-Y 268-4669 (913) or (816) or email your questions to service@anthonyphce.com.

 

electrical panel assessment

The main function of an electrical panel is to shut off power when connections get too hot.  A lot of heat runs through your electrical connections, and that heat can cause connections to fail and arcing which causes fires.  There are 3 main reasons to replace or upgrade your electrical panel:  age, type and increased electrical needs of your home.

Age Matters:  Electrical Panels Do Not Last Forever

Electrical panels do not last forever.  Heat runs through the connections all day and night, causing them to wear out over time.  If your electrical panel is more than 20 years old, it could be a fire hazard that can threaten the safety of your home and family.  Older panels have breakers that fail over time and will not trip as needed.

One of the most common causes of residential fires are worn out electrical panels. According to the National Fire Protection Association:

  • Fires involving electrical failures or malfunctions accounted for the highest share of civilian deaths (18%) and direct property damage (20%).
  • Nearly two of five fires (39%) involving electrical failure or malfunction occurred in the cold weather months from November through February.
  • Arcing was the heat source in approximately three of five home fires involving an electrical failure or malfunction.

Arc flashes commonly occur in electrical panels. Arcing occurs when one of an electrical panel’s many circuits becomes overloaded and overheats. Once damaged, a circuit breaker can malfunction and continue to let electricity through, potentially causing arcing and the possibility of a fire.

Codes Change for a Reason:  Get Rid of Outdated Panels

Older homes are more likely to have outdated electrical panels that are extremely unsafe and no longer meet codes for residential safety.  If you own home built before 1990, you might have one of these outdated main electric panels boxes in your home.  These unsafe panels include:

Federal Pacific Electric (FPE) Panels – FPE panels are most common in homes built between 1950 and 1980. Federal Pacific Electric will likely be written on the cover of your breaker box. Inside, look for the name Stab-Loc (the brand name of the circuit breakers).  FPE electric panels’ circuit breakers fail to trip when they should, leading to thousands of fires in the United States.  FPE is the only manufacturer to be forced into bankruptcy due to liability associated with home fires.

Zinsco Panels – Zinsco or GTE-Sylvania panels were popular electrical panels installed in homes throughout the 1970s.  The circuit breakers inside many Zinsco panels melt to the main bus bar. This means the breaker won’t ever trip, even when there’s a short or overloaded circuit. So, if there ever is a short, or other problems, the surge of power melts wires and starts a fire in your home.

Split-Bus Electrical Panels – Split-bus breakers are divided into 2 groups with no single disconnect breaker.  Because these panels have not been used for over 40 years, they are unsafe because of their age.

Fuse-Box – Screw-in Fuse boxes are old electrical panels that use fuses instead of switches.  These boxes typically use too few circuits, so circuits are tripped often, causing homeowners to replace fuses with larger amped fuses, or worse yet, a metal object like a penny.

Room to Grow:  Home Improvements Require Larger Electrical Panels

So you finally installed those extra outdoor outlets, a new ceiling fan in the guest room, and a freezer in the garage to store your extra food… and now you are saving up money to install that hot tub outside.  Stop right there; the more appliances, outlets and fixtures you have in your home, the bigger the electrical panel you need.

Electrical panels come in different amp loads, and the more your electrical needs, the bigger the amp load you need.  Plus, the more appliances, fixtures, and outlets you have, the more switches you need to hold them.  If your electrical panel is full, it will get hotter and be more of a fire risk.  Replace full panels with larger ones that can better handle your current load plus your home’s future electrical needs.

Don’t DIY on This One – Call us Today

While we encourage you to learn as much about your electrical system as possible, electricity is not a good candidate for a DIY project. DIY wiring is not only dangerous, it seldom meets codes and can be far more costly to repair in the future.  Anthony PHCE’s licensed and trained electricians provide you with the best service, electrical solutions and advice.  Call our Anthony PHCE electricians today at A-N-T-H-O-N-Y 268-4669 (913) or (816).

 

lightning striking a home

Imagine you are hunkered down at home during a thunderstorm, you and your family working away on your respective computers, and zap, a nearby lightning strike causes a power surge to flow through your home’s electrical wiring and ethernet cables.  Computers go down, data is lost, the television stops working and your home’s smart appliances go on the blink.  A whole-home surge protector could have saved you a whole lot of trouble.

Do You Need a Whole-Home Surge Protector or Are Power Strips Enough?

Most people know enough to plug their computers into high voltage surge protectors with back up batteries.  But what about the computers in your TV and your smart appliances like your refrigerator and washing machine?  Many new appliances come with their own computers that talk to the internet; this new technology is called internet of things (IoT).  Electrical surges can damage or destroy these expensive devices.  Whole-home surge protectors can protect all of the electronics and appliances in your home, including those items hard-wired into your electrical systems that cannot be protected on power strips.

What Causes Power Surges?

What are the causes of power surges?  Several things can cause power surges that can damage your home’s electrical systems:

  1. Lightning strikes near your home
  2. Compressors that turn on and off in appliances such as air conditioners and refrigerators
  3. Power surges originating from your electric utility company during power grid switching

Large increases in voltage above an appliance’s normal operating voltage can cause an arc of electrical current within the appliance, and the heat generated in the arc can damage electronic circuit boards and other electrical components.

Smaller, repeated power surges can cause damage, too, and could be the reason your TV or cordless phone mysteriously stops working. These smaller surges can cause damage slowly, so your computer or TV may continue to function until the integrity of the electronic components finally erode. This shortens the life span of appliances and electronics.

What is the Best Type of Surge Protector?

whole home surge protectorThere are two types of surge protection; point-of-use and service entrance.  Point-of-use surge protectors includes devices such as power strips with surge protectors that protect the devices plugged into them.  Service entrance surge suppression devices, also known as whole-home surge protectors, mount on your main electrical panel or at the base of your electric meter.

Whole-home surge protectors protect all of your home electronics and all of the items on your electrical system, including lights, motors, outlets, light switches.  They protect the items that are hard wired into your electrical system, like your oven and CO/smoke detectors that cannot be placed on point-of-use surge protectors.  Whole-home surge protectors also provide a second tier of protection to devices on point-of-use surge protectors.

There are many types of whole-home surge protection options and depending upon your home you may need more than one.  Installation of these devices is not for novices; working on high-capacity power circuits can be dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing, and many manufacturers recommend hiring an electrician to perform the installation.  Our Anthony PHCE electricians will assess the best protection for you home and install it for you, so you know it is working correctly.

Call a Qualified Anthony PHCE Electrician

Today’s homeowners possess a sizeable investment in home electronics and appliances.  Whole-home surge protection is a smart investment to prevent damage to, and extend the life of, the electrical items and systems in your home.  Call our Anthony PHCE electricians today at A-N-T-H-O-N-Y 268-4669 (913) or (816).

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.

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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.



 

 

 

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