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How to Find a Reliable Garage Door Technician

August 22nd, 2013

Garage doors require maintenance every year or two,  so it is important to find someone you can trust to do the work when you need it. When it comes to finding someone to service a machine you may know very little about, it’s good to know that the person doing the job has the best intentions. It can be especially frustrating when they seem to dodge explanations, or take a vague approach to what exactly the issue is. This can leave you in a rather awkward position, with the technician insisting you make a purchase you do not fully understand. It’s not uncommon to feel taken advantage of or blindly obligated when the repairman comes onto the scene of the job. However there are a few things that you should expect from an honest and experienced service technician.

 

Firstly, seeing is believing. Your technician should have a comprehensive guide or price book of their company’s inventory for you to have a visual aid in pricing. Alternatively, you may find prices of common parts on your own; this ensures you will have prior knowledge before agreeing to an outrageous, or otherwise dishonest rate. If the numbers make sense, it will put you in a more confident position to move forward with the sale. A garage door technician with a product guide will also know what parts they actually have available, as to not offer a service that they cannot carry out on the spot. A good stock of common parts should also be readily accessible to them. Preparedness and available resources are very important to make a trustworthy worker.

It is easy to say that there is a problem that needs to be fixed; if you didn’t know that already, the technician wouldn’t even be there in the first place! A reliable worker makes an effort to get to the root of the problem and explain it to you in a way you can understand. This enables you and your technician to work together to completely solve the issue and avoid the need for more service calls in the future. Going into details of an issue allows you to give more information that may have otherwise gone unaddressed. Details are so important because when you relay them to someone who is educated about the system, they can in turn apply their knowledge of the machinery. There may be problems that seem superficial to you at first but could grow into a larger, more expensive, fault. On top of this, being vague about a problem can also allow opportunities for an unethical technician to try to up-sell you, needlessly.

 

This is not to say that every claim of a technician is some form of trickery, but you do deserve an explanation and discussion before an extra service is tacked on to your bill. Be prepared to ask questions about why something is happening, or why one product may be preferable over another. Get everything you need, and nothing you don’t. There are reliable service technicians available 24/7 in the Metro Atlanta area at AmeriServ Atlanta.

 

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Energy Efficiency in Commercial Settings

August 21st, 2013

If you are running a business out of an office building or any other commercial setting, there are a few expenses that stand out in an annual billing cycle. Energy use is the greatest of these expenses, it accounts for about a third of the entire cost of operation. On top of that, most buildings waste a third of this energy that is consumed. A more energy-efficient establishment can reduce these costs, reduce pollution, and increase the comfort of a work environment. It has been estimated that, by reducing energy use by 10 percent, there will be a 1.5 percent increase in Net Operating Income. While those figures seem almost negligible, this increase compounds, and is consistent; over time pennies saved have potential become millions made. It is clear that a business can greatly benefit from maintaining energy efficiency.

 

There are key practices, and a few investments, that could dramatically boost energy efficiency. A few effective habits on a personal level are:

  • Tracking energy use and making reports of it.
  • Being sure that operating hours are used effectively to regulate energy use. For example, if daylight can be used to reasonably light a workspace, then this is an excellent approach.
  • Most basic practice: setting back the thermostat during cooler parts of the workday.
  • Regularly checking that electrical equipment and fixtures are in proper working order, with no apparent operating flaws or drawbacks in efficiency.
    • If you are unsure whether or not there is a problem, then it would do no harm to contact an electrical service technician. They are trained to know the underlying causes of many commonly overlooked issues; some of which, when maintained, can boost energy efficiency.

     

As far as the mechanics of the workplace are concerned, professional attention and assessments are crucial to having a full understanding of your building’s energy trends. Make sure that you:

  • Upgrade or install new HVAC equipment
  • Get an energy audit: Energy audits highlight a building’s energy use and costs. They also give estimations of projected energy costs if the operations continue unchanged. Very helpful for owners!
  • Install reflective roof coating and window films, ENERGYSTAR qualified office equipment.
  • Consider retro commissioning: It is estimated that two thirds of all buildings were not commissioned effectively; their systems are often highly inefficient and are prone to degradation of optimal functionality.
  • Work with your Energy Service Provider to receive input on how to increase efficiency through their services.

How To Save On Your Energy Bill

August 13th, 2013

Whether it’s a savage summer or the whitest winter, your heating and air conditioning systems will account for a pretty large portion of your home’s energy costs. However harsh the season, know that there are things that you can do to avoid being at the mercy of high energy costs.

 

Your Central Heating and Air

The device that causes the biggest impact is usually the central heating and air system. The cost of your system can be offset if you are smart about your choice. Choose a system that will save you more money on your bills over the years than you spent on the system itself. This is a quality that companies will usually advertise proudly through use of an Energy Star sticker. These systems are the ones that can save you money! With a running start on savings, you can confidently participate in the following wallet-friendly exercises.

 

The Humidity In Your Home

Having an idea of where your thermostat will lie this season will make all the difference. Ideally, it should stay as low as it can be set without having to sacrifice comfort. A large factor that plays into that very comfort is the humidity level in your home. A more humid home will retain more heat, whereas a dehumidified home will stay cooler. An investment in a humidifier/dehumidifier combo can work to maintain such a level of comfort without touching the thermostat.

 

Other Things To Consider

There is much more useful information out there that can spare your bank account! The positioning of your conditioning appliances and their neighbors can make a huge difference as well. Be sure that they are not blocked by furniture or curtains; blockage makes the system work harder for the same effectiveness! More work equals more energy, and a heavier bill. You can also intentionally block off a room by closing the door, this keeps the conditioned air within that room. Alternatively, you may close rooms and turn off their conditioning to give priority to conditioning the other portions of the house.

 

Keep Your Cooling System in Check

Maintain your system. Cleanliness of a central heating and air system will make a huge impact on efficiency and costs. Naturally, a dirty air filter will not pass as much air; it will also allow allergens and debris into your home’s air. Manually cleaning the vents inside of your home can also help with this.
Closely consider where you have your system installed because, believe it or not, the final resting spot of your system as a direct affect on your bills. Having a system installed underneath the shade of trees will allow it to spend less energy maintaining its own temperature, and more on conditioning your home.

Many of these tips seem easy enough to follow, but that does not mean the system will work perfectly all the time. An annual checkup of your whole system by reliable HVAC professionals is highly recommended, as some issues happen to lie outside of our control. (Regardless of how well we keep up with these practices.) Ultimately, you have far more power over your energy usage and billing than you think!

Electrical Upgrades and Improvements

April 2nd, 2013

While upgrading and improving your home or business can dramatically increase the value of the property, it can more importantly save money and energy. These improvements can simultaneously increase the safety and security of the property. By making some small changes to your lighting fixtures, electricity usage, and taking some security measures, your home can be at its full potential. AmeriServe can do all of this effectively to your modern Atlanta home or business!

Revamp Your Space

Since light can be used architecturally as well as decoratively, you can transform a dark, depressing, or bleak room into a bright, inviting, comfortable space. Simply improving or upgrading the light fixtures in your Georgia home or business will have your home lit properly for every time of the day. Proper lighting contributes to keeping electrical costs down, and will keep your home looking warm and inviting.

Saving Energy and Money

AmeriServe can update your home or business with clean, renewable, and green energy options. Small and simple changes you do to your home or business will keep costs down and resources down to a minimum. An electrician Atlanta knows and trust will advise you in energy saving tips for your home and install energy saving appliances. This not only helps to keep our environment beautiful, it also will save you a lot of money on your monthly energy bill. If every American replaced just one light bulb with an energy efficient light bulb, there would be enough energy saved to power more than 3 million homes for a whole year.

Increasing Security

Having a well lit home or business is a terrific crime deterrent. Adding lights around your home can make your home seem more aesthetically appealing, while also keeping away thieves and burglars. We will advise you on the best locations to place the lights, to ensure optimum protection. Motion sensors, time controlled lighting, and dimmers can help keep crime down and have your home lit to your liking.

Professional Installation and Maintenance

Maintaining your Atlanta home’s safety and appearance can be done by our expert electricians who come out to install your appliances, fans, indoor and outdoor lighting, and wireless lighting controls, exhaust fans, electrical inspections, child proof outlets, specialty receptacles, programming of lighting appliances, track and accent lighting, shock prevention devices, fuse box updates and repairs, and circuit breaker replacement needs. Our company provides service to Georgia metro on a 24/7 basis, meaning that they work around your schedule. For more information or any questions, please contact us today!