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5 Easy Ways to Save Money on Energy Costs This Fall

5 Easy Ways to Save Money on Energy Costs This Fall

It’s officially Fall in Northwest Arkansas — which means we’re all still wearing shorts, but colder weather is right around the corner. Now, before the cold really hits, is the best time to winterize your home, so you can save money on energy costs this season. Here are the 5 things you need to do to get your home ready for fall/winter: 1. Check for drafts. The fastest way to a high energy bill is letting the heat out through drafty windows and doors. Use your hands to feel for drafts around the edges of windows and doors. If you do find a draft, you need to repair the seal. Self adhesive weatherstripping can be an inexpensive fix. 2. Winterize your AC unit. As soon as you’re finished using your air conditioning for the year, it’s time to winterize your AC unit. For window units, that means either removing them completely and storing until needed or covering the unit. This will prevent air leaks, which cause drafts and heat/energy loss. For central air conditioning units, it’s important to clear away any debris like dead leaves and grass trimmings. Have a professional inspect and clean the coils and interior, and then cover your unit to prevent damage during the winter months from ice and debris. 3. Have your furnace inspected. Hire an HVAC professional to inspect your furnace. They should test for leaks, change the filter, and check its heating efficiency. An inefficient furnace requires more energy to warm your home, meaning your electric and/or gas bill will be much higher than necessary. Schedule your furnace inspection today! If your...
Are You Mistreating Your Garbage Disposal?

Are You Mistreating Your Garbage Disposal?

The concept of a garbage disposal seems easy, just put your cooking scraps in the sink, flip the switch and down they go right? – Nope! Garbage disposals are wonderful appliances that often cut down on our household duties, but it’s important to remember that they need to be operated and maintained properly. The trouble is, a lot of people don’t know what the ‘proper’ way to use the disposal is and that there are certain things you shouldn’t put down the drain at all. Below we have some do’s and don’ts that are sure to help you maintain your disposal! Garbage Disposal 101: Things You SHOULD Be Doing Run cold water while using your garbage disposal. This helps flush items down the drain. Run your disposal regularly. Running the garbage disposal regularly is like exercise for the appliance. This keeps the parts moving, which helps prevent rusting and corrosion. Clean your disposal. Adding a little dish soap to cold, running water can help keep your disposal clean and prevent unwanted odors. You can also flush peels from lemons, oranges and limes down to help freshen up your disposal. Cut waste into smaller pieces. *Most meat scraps, fruit & veggie scraps and citrus rinds are safe to put down the disposal.* Things You Should NOT Put Down Your Garbage Disposal Coffee grounds: There is a lot of debate about whether coffee grounds are safe or not. We say if you’re going to put the down the drain, make sure you’re only doing a little at a time. Coffee grounds can be like sand running down your drain, and over time it wears away...
How to Get Your HVAC System Ready for Spring

How to Get Your HVAC System Ready for Spring

Spring is here, and that means it’s time to prepare your HVAC system for the seasonal transition. Your HVAC system works hard all summer and then remains dormant for several months during the winter. In order to prepare for the warmer months ahead, your cooling system is due for some maintenance. We have listed some tips below on how to prepare your system on your own, as well as some steps that need to be performed by a trained technician. Do It Yourself – HVAC Spring Maintenance Checklist   Here are 3 easy-to-do steps you can take to prepare your HVAC system. First things first, check the HVAC or heat pump air filter. When you replace your air filter regularly, you will increase indoor air quality and make your home more energy efficient. Your filter should be replaced according to need and use, which works out to 30-90 days for most homes. Try to make it a habit to inspect the air filter every month. If you haven’t looked at it all year, it’s definitely time for a new air filter. Remove drapes, rugs and furniture from vents and registers. If you cover your HVAC’s outside unit for the winter, uncover it now. Then clean up any leaves, weeds, or sticks that may be have accumulated on it. To prevent any issues, you want to keep at least a 2-foot clearance around your entire unit. Call a Professional – Yearly HVAC Service These steps should be performed by a trained technician every spring to keep your HVAC system in good working order. Clean the indoor and outdoor coils of your HVAC...
Meet Mike Kramer, Owner & Operator of Kramer & Company

Meet Mike Kramer, Owner & Operator of Kramer & Company

I’m Mike Kramer, and I received my first plumbing license in Oklahoma in 1980. Since that time, I have worked in five states with four successful companies and am now the owner/operator of Kramer & Company Mechanical. After working for other companies, I finally got to the point where I needed to see if I could apply all of my mechanical knowledge and life experiences to create a company based on integrity. Integrity is the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness. Integrity is the foundation of my life and of Kramer & Company...
Just Announced: Kramer & Company’s New Location

Just Announced: Kramer & Company’s New Location

We are excited to officially announce Kramer & Company’s new location in Bentonville, AR. We have been here for about two months now (December 2016) and have found that this location allows us to better serve our customers all over Northwest Arkansas. Of course, we could not have made this move without each and every one of you! We would like to thank you all for helping us grow and for making this possible. Your reviews and word of mouth referrals are what keeps our business going! Breaking Ground on Kramer & Company’s New...