Put a stop to bullying with Christian Brothers Plumbing, Air Conditioning, and Electrical.
Christian Brothers Plumbing, Air Conditioning, and Electrical believes it’s important our communities understand how bullying affects all of us. Even though most of the consequences of fear and violence are associated with children, anyone can experience the negative impact of being bullied. Next, Victims have been known to suffer from anxiety, depression, and loss of interest in their day to day activities. Afterward, victims have seen negative changes in their health. All things considered, let’s all come together to put a stop to bullying!
Bullying has to be something we all want to get rid of. During the month of October, we hope everyone who reads these words will join Christian Brothers Plumbing, Air Conditioning, and Electrical in the fight against bullying by participating in the following events.
National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month
Run, Walk, or Roll Against Bullying – October 6th
Freedom from Workplace Bullying – October 14th-20th
Freedom from Workplace Bullying hopes to get adults to get past the potential shame that keeps them silent and get help. Let’s inspire witnesses to step forward and make the workplace safe from bullying for everyone.
Unity Day – October 10th
Stop Bullying Bystanders – October 14th-20th
Bystanders can play key roles in preventing and stopping bullying. This event is to remind witnesses not to ignore bullying or other signs of violence.
National Stop Bullying Day – October 12th. This event encourages everyone to spread the word about the dangers of bullying through #NationalStopBullyingDay.
Above all, bullying can hurt people for their entire lives, even long after the victims have left their bullies. We need the generous spirit of people ready to support the cause and make a difference. For this reason, we’re asking every parent, student, business, school and politician to decide what they can do to help. In addition, attend an event, educate your children, make sure local schools are doing the same, stand up for someone, report the bullying, or donate money or your time to an anti-bullying organization.
Christian Brothers Plumbing, Air Conditioning, and Electrical hopes you join us to stop bullying. If you ever need a plumber within the Glendale, AZ area, be sure to call Christian Brothers Plumbing, Air Conditioning, and Electrical today at 623-499-9794.
Fall is a busy time for many homeowners, and as the season’s change , it’s important to maintain your heating and cooling system . The upcoming list contains the top HVAC mistakes that are made, during this transition from warm to cooler weather.
Are you doing all that you can to keep your HVAC system running this fall season correctly? Keep reading to find out if you’re making these seven mistakes:
HVAC Mistakes #1 Neglecting to Change Your Filter
It’s easy to forget to change your filter because they are unseen elements of your home’s HVAC system. However, just because they’re “out of sight” doesn’t mean that they should be “out of mind,” so take the time to change your vents and to begin checking your filters on a monthly basis.
Changing Your Settings Every Day
It may make sense to change your temperature settings to accommodate the slightest change in temperature, but it’s better to maintain a small range of temperature shifts over an extended period, rather than to change them every day.
Daily changes put extra pressure on your system and make it harder for it to regulate the proper indoor temperature, so put on a sweater instead of changing the thermostat every day.
Using Worn-Out Systems
Old HVAC units work less efficiently than newer models do. If you’ve been pushing an old unit to keep running instead of investing in a newer model, then you may be in for a surprise this season.
Instead of waiting until you need emergency services, ask a heating and cooling expert to help you choose a new unit and ensure that it is correctly installed before the season ends.
Neglecting Regular Maintenance
It’s important to invest in annual inspections of your HVAC system to keep your costs low and ensure that everything is working as it should.
Not only can regular maintenance help identify issues and compromises in your system, which may be costing you money, but maintenance can extend the lifetime of your system and help you stay comfortable..
Never Touching Your Settings
While it’s not good practice to change your settings every day, it’s also important to be mindful of not neglecting your HVAC system’s settings entirely. We recommend that your system should sit at around 72 or 73 degrees Fahrenheit and that you change it slightly as the season’s change to accommodate accordingly.
Turning Off Your Heater
It may seem like turning off your heater will save you money, but since your system has to work overtime to get back up to their maximum output level, it can damage your system to turn it on and off, and then on again.
Forgetting About Your Vents
Keeping your vents clean and in proper working order can go a long way towards keeping your air clean, and your system working efficiently.
When your vents are clogged your HVAC system has to work overtime to circulate air as efficiently as it once did, which means that you’ll find yourself paying extra to have dirty and unclean air inefficiently distributed throughout your home. Instead, take the time to invest in your vents and ensure that they are working properly this season.
Staying comfortable indoors is easy when you work with a team of qualified experts. Give Christian Brothers Plumbing, Air Conditioning, and Electrical in Glendale, AZ a call today at 623-499-9794 for assistance.
Each September, the Juvenile Product Manufacturers Association (JPMA) sponsors National Baby Safety Month. The focus of this year’s National Baby Safety Month will be educating parents on the importance of registering their baby products and paying attention to recall notices.
Most people pay little attention to the product registration cards they get with the things they purchase.
The majority of individuals only throw these registration cards away with a shrug of the shoulders. That is a dangerous attitude when it comes to baby products. If parents do not register the products they buy for their children, they may not hear about future recall notices until it is too late.
Some of these recall notices are issued because products are found to be dangerous or even deadly. To protect their children, parents need to take a few minutes to fill out and send in the product registration cards for all the baby items that come with them.
Three Hidden Dangers for Babies
As well as registering their baby products, parents also have a responsibility to baby-proof their homes. While most parents do this, they are not always aware of the hidden dangers that may lurk in their homes. Keep an eye out for these three hidden dangers for babies in the home.
1. The Crib
Parents tend to think of cribs as the safest place their babies can be, but they can, in fact, be deadly. To reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), never put any pillows, blankets or soft toys in the crib with your baby. Also, parents need to make sure to put their babies to sleep on their backs.
The warm, lazy days of summer offer many opportunities to enjoy time with the family. You don’t have to escape on a long, exotic vacation to have memorable times, enjoy the outdoors, have new experiences and have family fun.
You can plan a variety of activities that provide fun, chances to learn new things and a relaxing change from your routine. Take one month out of summer before September arrives to explore the entertainments that are available in your area.
Schedule Your Activities For the Summer Months
Don’t leave your summer plans to languish in confusion from a “what shall we do today?”. Do some research of attractions and activities that are available in your area.
Create a month-long calendar of scheduled events. Scheduling events will limit inter-family arguing and provide information to everyone about what to expect. Here are some activities that most families enjoy:
· Day at the Beach
· Hiking in a nearby state park
· Museum day
· Water park day
· Zoo day
· Bicycle riding
· Local festival
· Outdoor sports at the park
· Aquarium visit
· Historical sites and monuments
Make A Fun Month Calendar
Sit down with the family and create a summer fun calendar that schedules exciting events for each day of the week. In this way, you can ensure that each member of the family has a voice in choosing a favorite activity, and no one is left out of the process.
5 Peace of Mind Home Tips Before Leaving for Vacation
Nobody wants to spend a holiday worried about things back home, and that’s why you should dedicate a little time before your vacation to preventative home maintenance.
These tips will guide you through a few things you can do to ensure the safety and security of your home and possessions, but they’ll also help you conserve energy and save money while you’re away.
So not only will you come home to a perfect house, but you’ll also have more money saved away already for your next trip!
1. Shut off the Water
The nightmare: Coming home to a flooded house.
The Solution: Turn off the water. Go to the main water valve in your house and shut off the water supply.
This will mean there’s no water flowing through the pipes, and no water to leak, drip, or damage your house in case of a pipe burst. To remove all the standing water from the pipes after you shut off the valve, run all the taps and flush the toilets.
2. Turn the Thermostat Up or Down
The nightmare: Coming home to a huge energy bill.
The Solution: Reset the thermostat to 55 F in winter or 85 F in summer. This will stop the heater from constantly running while also preventing the pipes from freezing, or stop the air conditioner from kicking on all the time and wasting money keeping an empty house comfortable. Have a programmable thermostat? Set it to return the house to a normal temperature a few hours before you’re scheduled to return home.
3. Power Off and Unplug Appliances
The nightmare: Fires, power surges, and large energy bills.
The Solution: Turn off and unplug everything. Any appliance, charger, electronic device, or receiver that has even the tiniest light or display panel will suck energy when it’s plugged in, even if you turn it off. Unplug it all, including the refrigerator—just make sure it’s empty first and leave the doors ajar. Furthermore, unplugged electronics aren’t at risk of damage from power surges, and aren’t fire hazards.
4. Turn Down the Water Heater
The nightmare: Wasted energy and money.
The Solution: Turn your water heater to VAC for vacation mode, or if you don’t have that, turn it to the lowest setting or temperature. If it’s summertime and there’s no risk of a deep freeze, you can even shut off the circuit breaker controlling the water heater to turn it off completely.
5. Put the Lights on a Timer
The nightmare: Burglary or break-in.
The Solution: Automate the lights so they turn on and off at natural times for your household. This generally means no lights on in the middle of the day or night, and lights that come on and off in the evenings and nights the way they would if you were home.
You work hard so that you can enjoy holidays, vacations, and getaways with your friends and family, and there’s no reason the security of your home should ruin those special times. And with the right steps to prepare your home, you can have peace of mind during your entire holiday.
To discuss seasonal or preventative plumbing maintenance and repairs for your house, or for more pre-vacation home maintenance tips, call 623-499-9794 today to speak with the experienced professionals at Christian Brothers Plumbing servicing the Glendale, AZ area.
Let’s Celebrate the 4th of July with Six Home Improvement Projects
The Fourth of July is one of the biggest holidays of the summer, and many of us look forward to outdoor celebrations. Now is an excellent time to prepare your home and landscape for any family gatherings and backyard barbecues you might host. Here are some home improvement tasks to tackle right away.
Clean Your Deck
A decent deck looks nice and tends to last longer. Dirt and other debris acts as an abrasive and wears down deck materials. Besides, a dirty deck invites mildew growth, which can stain. Remember to use only the cleaners recommended by the manufacturer to avoid harming deck fibers or causing discoloration. If you use a power washer, use it on a low setting and move the spray in a continual motion to avoid gouging softer materials such as wood.
Weatherproof your Windows
Weatherproofing windows are important in summer. Windows can be a prime source of heat gained in the home through solar radiation and hot air infiltration. Here is what to do:
Check around the frame and sash for air leaks. Gaps may or may not be visible to the naked eye, and so you should run your hand over all sections to feel for drafts.
Caulk around the frame and apply weather-stripping to the movable parts of the window sash.
Use thermal window film or hang some sun-blocking window shades or curtains.
Check the windows from the outside to see if there are ways you can create shade by using awnings, arbors or similar architectural structures.
By reducing the heat gained through your windows, your home will feel cooler. You will experience greater energy savings all summer long.
Care for the Lawn
Summer lawn care is one of the biggest chores of the season. If you want your home to look its best for gatherings, you cannot ignore this task, however. Here are important tips:
Do not mow grass too short. Scalping your lawn can lead to die-off as the grass will dry out faster. If you do not know the correct mowing height for your type of grass, check with your local extension office or lawn and garden store.
Edge and Weed-eat for a better-looking lawn. Grass growing over walkways and patios looks unkempt and can cause mildew growth on pavers by prohibiting evaporation of moisture. Give your lawn a proper manicure in time for your Fourth of July festivities.
Make sure to water grass early in the mornings. This watering schedule benefits a garden in several ways. It allows water to sink to the lawn’s roots instead of evaporating in the hot sun. It prevents sun scorch, and it minimizes the risk of fungal diseases because the grass has plenty of time to dry out through the day.
Check the Outside Faucets
Make sure your outside faucets are ready to function when you need them for your lawn, garden or safety during outdoor barbecues. Look for leaks, corrosion, and test water flow. Don’t wait until the last minute to do this. By checking faucets now, you will have more time to schedule repairs before the holiday.
Clean or Install Ceiling Fans
If you have ceiling fans, clean the blades and make sure they are in the summer position. Many ceiling fans have an option of reversing the blades in winter to push warm air downwards, and some people forget to switch the direction when summer comes around again.
If you do not have ceiling fans installed, now is an excellent time to do so. They create a pleasant breeze that makes you feel cooler by helping with sweat evaporation. Save energy because you might not have to run the air conditioner as much. Some homeowners even have ceiling fans installed on a covered deck or patio to bring relief on hot days.
Care for Your Air Conditioner
Even if you had a spring maintenance visit for your AC system, it is a good idea to keep up certain maintenance tasks all season long. Before the Fourth of July festivities, make sure you:
Change the air conditioner’s filter. Clean filters keep it running more smoothly and prevent extra repairs in the future. Your home will also feel cooler, and your energy bills will be lower if you don’t let your AC run with a clogged air filter.
Clear the area around your outdoor unit. Yard debris can enter the unit and cause problems when it builds up. Aim to keep a minimum of a three-foot area clean surrounding the outdoor section of your air conditioning system.
When you need help with your Glendale, AZ home’s cooling system or other HVAC tasks this summer, don’t try to handle it alone. We can help. Just give us Christian Brothers Plumbing, Air Conditioning, and Electrical a call 623-499-9794 today!
Summer solstice is on its way, and many people are ready to celebrate by opening their pools and having parties. Celebrating this day is a tradition that dates back to ancient times. Here are some tips to make your summer celebration a success:
1) What is the Summer Solstice?
Summer Solstice is the official first day of summer. It is also the longest day of the year and occurs between June 20-23 (according to the Gregorian calendar). In 2016, it will be celebrated on June 20th. There are many cultures that place a sacred significance on this day. It was seen as a day when the sun was reborn and gave most of its light to benefit the crops. It was celebrated with banquets, bonfires, and special gifts. There are still many groups, such as Wiccans, who have celebrations for the Summer Solstice.
2) Bonfire Tips
After braving the cold of a long winter, it is fun to celebrate the warmth of summer. You can make this year’s summer solstice a fun celebration with family and friends. What better way to celebrate than with an old-fashioned bonfire! The ancients believed that the fire honored the sun and warded off any evil spirits. Just make sure you do it in a place where building fires is not forbidden by local ordinances.
The ideal place for a bonfire is away from buildings, trees, and anything else that can catch fire. Find a spot and gather up some wood. Rather than just throw the wood in a pile, set it upright until it looks like a wooden teepee. Take smaller branches and paper to make kindling. Avoid using hazardous fire-accelerating fuels. Once the fire gets started, you can feed it larger pieces of wood to keep it going. Never leave a bonfire unattended and be sure to watch children around it.
Set the bonfire on the evening of the solstice, when the outside temperature is cooler and the fire can be seen better. Many people have hot dogs to roast over the fire; however, you can grill any type of food that you prefer. You can put meat and veggies on a skewer and have delicious kebabs. If you are a vegetarian, you can stick to grilling vegetables and even fruit. The classic dessert is grilled marshmallows, graham crackers, and chocolate for s’mores!
3) Watch the Sunset / Sunrise
Another tradition is to celebrate the solstice all night. Your family and guests can watch the glorious sunset on June 20th and stay up to watch the sunrise. You can play games and tell ghost stories around the fire. If you like, you can hand out small party favors to remember the day. Just be careful to watch the fire and put it out completely with water when you are done.
Since you may be opening your pool on this day, it would be a good time to check your plumbing. Call Christian Brothers Plumbing, Air Conditioning, and Electrical in Glendale, AZ, at 623-499-9794.
Water Waste Concerns: Why Saving Water for Summer Months is Key
Using water in the summer can be costly.
You have a list of things that you want to do in the summer and can’t wait until the hot summer sun forces you to jump in the pool, run through the sprinklers, go down the waterslide, or do some of the other water activities that you have planned for the summer and not worry about water bills. The summer may even see you relaxing around the home with the AC on while drinking glasses of water to keep cool.
No matter what you plan on doing this summer, it’s likely that water will be on the agenda, even if you’re simply staying around the house. Since many have exercising activities that they partake in despite the summer heat, they may take two or more showers a day to cool off because they sweat a lot in the heat.
Even if a person hasn’t exercised and only plans to stay in the home, the home may not be cool enough, which forces the person to take cold showers to stay cool in the heat. Washing clothes in the washer may be more prevalent in the summer as well because of all the outings that will take place, which means clothes will need washing more often.
If you’ve already seen a spike in your water usage before summertime, then you can bet that you will be using a lot more water during the summer. If water waste is something you’re concerned about around your home, then you’re going to have to take steps to implement water conservation methods that will work in your home.
How You Can Save Up for Your Summer Water Usage
No matter how you’ve chosen to use your water for the summer, the key thing to do is to save water because you know you’ll be using more in the summertime. Many tend to drink hot beverages, such as cocoa and tea during the cold months, so they may not to drink as much water or even use as much water around the home during the winter months, but summertime is different.
Since summer can bring about the need to use more water, then water conservation is important. Start using your water wisely, and don’t forget to check for leaks because they waste water, and a lot of water may be wasted without you even knowing about it.
If you want to choose a set amount of water that you plan to use for the month, it’s possible to stay within this limit if you let everyone know how they are expected to use water in the home. Small children will need the most guidance because they tend to waste water without thinking twice about it. If a child has to brush their teeth, then don’t let them run the water, instead, fill up a cup to assist them with brushing their teeth, so they’ll save water.
When you choose to wash your vegetables and fruits, get a bowl for this task to fill with water as opposed to letting the faucet continuously run water to do the job. Small changes will make a difference in your water consumption. Your water bill will thank you for it and so will your wallet.
Prevent Water Waste Whenever Possible
Create a budget for your water usage at home
Don’t ever let water go to waste when it’s preventable
Turn off the faucet when the water is not currently in use
Choose to take a shower, not a bath
If taking a bath, make it a spit bath when possible
Collect water for drinking in a jug to prevent waste
Water the grass when the sun is gone to avoid water evaporation
Use the washer after you’ve filled it to capacity
When the dishwasher is loaded, then you can run it
It may seem very challenging, if not impossible to create a water budget or usage limit for your home, but many households do this, especially if they have to collect water each time they need to use it. Imagine those that live in other countries that don’t have running water but have to collect water in a bucket or drums to use it; they are more likely to know exactly how much water they’re using.
Just because your water comes from the faucets and you can get as much as you need when you need it, doesn’t mean that you can’t conserve and calculate your water usage. If you follow water saving tips, then you’ll easily be able to conserve water, and if you need more water for the summer, then you can use it because you’ve saved on water usage before the summer.
Allow Your Plumber to Help You
Check for leaks throughout the home
Check the water meter
Examine the pool for leaks
Check outdoor piping and faucets
Check for wet walls or mold, which means leaky piping in the wall
Once you get your plumber to start doing leak detection as well as give you advice on ways to conserve water, then you can see a significant change on your water bill and how much water you’re using around the home.
Plumbers at Christian Brothers Plumbing, Air Conditioning, and Electrical in Glendale, AZ can perform leak detections and more if you call 623-499-9794..