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Fall Care of Your Central Air

Summer is in its waning days, and the air is turning cooler. You might have actually turned off the air conditioner and just let it stay at the ambient temperature in your home. But before you say "see you later" to your central air unit, it needs a little TLC in the fall. Here are some tips to care for your unit so that when warm weather arrives again next year, it'll be in tip-top condition to work efficiently.

1. Clean out the area around the unit. 
During the year, bushes can start to grow towards your unit, leaves can blow in, or small twigs can get lodged in places, causing its efficiency to be affected. Clear debris from around the unit and keep vegetation at least 2 feet away.
2. Call in the pros.
Once a year, have a licensed professional perform a full inspection on your air conditioning units. This will involve cleaning and flushing the condenser coils, draining the pan and drainage system, vacuuming the blower compartments, and checking the refrigerant and mechan…
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Fun Plumbing Facts!

We use plumbing every single day, oftentimes in more way than one. Despite the importance and prominence of modern plumbing in our lives, many people don't know very much about it.Shakley Mechanical strives to educate our clients on plumbing, how it works, and the best ways to care for your residential and commercial plumbing. Are you interested in knowing more about your plumbing? If you answered yes, here are a few little known facts about modern plumbing.
1. If you have a leaky faucet that drips just twice an hour, in one week you will have wasted OVER one gallon of water.

2. There is a long time saying that if you are in the Southern Hemisphere, water will flow the opposite direction of here in the Northern Hemisphere. This is false! Water is free moving and can flow in either direction wherever it is in the world.

3. Standardized plumbing can be traced back to around 3,000 B.C. to the Indus River Valley civilizations.

4. The flushing toilet wasn't invented until 1596 by a man…

What NOT to Put In Your Garbage Disposal!

One of the most common calls plumbers get is to "get rid of this clog." So this blog is here to help you know what not to put down your drains so your pipes will run clean and you won't have to call a plumber!
Your toilet is the last thing you want to have clogged and backed up, so avoid flushing these things: Baby WipesCotton SwabsFeminine Hygiene Products (even if they say they are flushable)Paper Towels and Facial TissuesDiapersMedicationKitty LitterCleaning/Disinfectant WipesYour garbage disposal is something that is so useful, you can sometimes forget that it does have limitations. Many of these things will gum up the gears (or break them), clog your pipes, or stick everything and the rot will cause a horrible smell! These things are a "no go" when using your disposal: Grease & OilRice, Pasta, Anything That SwellsEgg ShellsNon-Edible Food ItemsAnimal BonesHarsh ChemicalsFibrous Vegetables like celery, asparagus, etc.Coffee Grounds This one is controversia…

Don't Flush Money Down the Drain!

You are just going out to the mailbox on a nice day. You see that your water bill came. As you open it up, you see a number that could absolutely NOT be how much you owe!?!? What happened? Turns out, there are quite a few tiny problems and bad habits that you could have that add up to a lot of water being used (and wasted!).

1. Any tiny drip. Yes, so you have that faucet in the bathroom that drips, but how much water can it really be letting out? You would be surprised. A faucet that drips once a second will release over 5 GALLONS of water every DAY! If you are handy, change the faucet. If not, a plumber can help you with that.

2. Toilet leaks can be silent. Make sure that you have your toilet checked yearly to make sure there are no leaks.

3. Water is vital for your body, but you know what you do when you fill up the glass. You let it run a little bit so that it will get colder. Instead of doing that and wasting water, try filling up a pitcher and put it in your refrigerator so that it …

Saving on Air Conditioning Costs

May is halfway over, and June is looming, along with the rising temperatures that go along with summer. If you have had a more difficult year financially, you are probably looking for ways to save money everywhere you turn, especially when it comes to your home. With summer on the horizon, here are some tips to help you save money on air conditioning costs. Whether or not your wallet is feeling tighter, these tips will help make your air conditioner be more efficient in the long run.
1. Use Mother Nature and plant some trees or shrubs. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, if you shade your air conditioning unit, it will work about 10% more efficiently. So go green and stay cool!
2. Curtains can help! It's always said during wintertime that the you lose a lot of heat through your windows. Well, a lot of heat tries to enter through your windows in the summertime. If your windows have curtains, they can help shield the inside of your home from the the sun's rays (and heat). 

Trane's EarthWise Geothermal System: Flexible and Functional

You are always looking for better, more environmentally-friendly ways to do things. You have a plastic bottle you reuse for your water, you faithfully separate your waste into recycling containers, and you compost the biodegradable waste. Why shouldn't your home be just as efficient?
Shakley Mechanical is experienced with both Trane and ClimateMaster geothermal unit installation and maintenance. As we said in a previous blog, these geothermal heat pumps are extremely efficient. They can reduce your heating and cooling bills by up to 80%. These pumps provide:Home heating and coolingWater heatingRadiant heatingIn this blog we are going to talk about Trane and their unique EarthWise™ Geothermal System. A geothermal system works like a heat pump, only on a much larger scale. In cold weather, your home is warmed by heat brought in from the earth. During warm weather, your home is cooled by the movement of heat from your home back into the earth.
With Trane, they offer four types of geoth…

Spring Plumbing To-Do List

As springtime is now nearly here, your plumbing needs a little bit of preventative maintenance to keep everything running smoothly now that we are starting to thaw out! Here are a few chores to add to your spring cleaning list!
Drain Any Sediment in Your Water Heater Over time, sediment may collect in the bottom of your water heater. This can not only reduce how efficiently it works in the long run, but it could also mean an early death for your water heater. Draining your water heater can be a time-consuming process, and it requires a bit of knowledge. If you have never done it yourself, or you’re not entirely comfortable with how to do it, it is recommended that you call a plumber. One of the best plumbing tips we can give you is to make sure you are getting your water heater regularly cleaned. If sediment is left uncleaned, it’s very likely the buildup will cause the water heater to break entirely. 
Turn the Valves and Check Your Outdoor Faucets Where there’s water, there tends to b…