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Should You Get a Furnace Warranty?

When investing a substantial amount of money into a new heating system, Louisville area homeowners want to know they are gaining value. Furnace warranties help homeowners feel confident in the performance of the products they choose and are key considerations when making purchase decisions.

Furnace warranties and their coverage make the difference between a low-cost repair and a significant expense in many situations. Jarboe’s shares with you the types of furnace warranties offered and the information you need to know to set up and use this vital coverage.

Furnace Warranties – Types for Homeowners

Furnace warranties cover different aspects of your heating equipment in the event that a malfunction occurs. Included with the purchase of your new furnace comes a manufacturer warranty. The contractor who installs your new heating system may separately warranty their company’s work. Extended furnace warranties may be offered to stretch the benefits of the original warranty.

Three general types of furnace warranties exist when you purchase a new unit:

Manufacturer Furnace Warranties

HVAC equipment manufacturers warranty their finished products and systems against material and workmanship defects within the furnace itself. The actual terms vary from one manufacturer to the next, including what is covered and the coverage period. It is a limited warranty that provides for the replacement of these items if failure occurs under certain conditions during the warranty term. With this warranty, the manufacturer covers the cost of a replacement component – while some brands offer unit replacement warranties for the failure of specific components, typically furnace warranties don’t cover total system replacement.

The manufacturer warranty may also be called an equipment warranty or parts warranty. It applies to major system components, not items like new furnace filters or blower motor belts. Most brands also offer a special warranty term that covers the heat exchanger of a furnace for a longer period of time than other major system components.

Jarboe’s Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Receives 2020 Carrier President’s Award

Recently, we received some pretty big news here at Jarboe’s Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, and we’d like to share it with you – we have been named a 2020 Carrier President’s Award winner! This award is recognition of our dedication to our Louisville customers, our business practices, and more.

It is a true honor to receive the Carrier President’s Award from one of the HVAC industry’s leading equipment manufacturers. However, if you’re not a part of this industry, you probably don’t know what this award really means. Below, we explain some details about the Carrier President’s Award, and share with you the great Carrier heating, cooling, and indoor air quality systems we install, repair, and maintain for Louisville area homeowners.

What Is the Carrier President’s Award?

The Carrier President’s Award is an honor that is awarded each year amongst Carrier Factory Authorized Dealers. The Carrier President’s Award is the highest honor Carrier bestows upon industry contractors. Recipients of the 2020 award were evaluated based on performance in the following areas over the 2019 calendar year:

  • Expertise
  • Customer satisfaction
  • Operations
  • Management
  • Leadership
  • Business growth

To be eligible for the award, one must be a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer. Factory Authorized Dealers follow a strict set of standards outlined by Carrier. When a business excels in the areas mentioned above, they may be recognized and awarded the Carrier President’s Award.

Winners of the Carrier President’s Award function as a role model or example for other Factory Authorized Dealers on which to base their businesses’ performance in customer service, technical knowledge, and other areas.

Jarboe’s Wins the Carrier President’s Award!

For many years, Jarboe’s Plumbing, Heating & Cooling has chosen to work with Carrier heating, cooling, and indoor air quality equipment, due to its superior quality and performance in the homes of our customers. When Louisville homeowners are in the market for new Carrier HVAC equipment, they turn to Jarboe’s as a contractor they can trust for both reliable equipment and reliable workmanship.

The Carrier brand is well-known throughout the world for superior product quality and performance. Locally, Jarboe’s is chosen by customers for our dedication to complete customer satisfaction and quality workmanship. We’ve always found that Carrier products and the Carrier brand was a good fit for the needs of our Louisville customers as well as Jarboe’s as a company.

How Can You Prevent Air Quality Issues from Building Up Within Your Home?

Households throughout the Louisville area face common indoor air quality issues that affect their health and comfort when spending time at home. Thankfully, you are able to use HVAC systems and solutions to deliver cleaner air and avoid these issues.

Jarboe’s Plumbing, Heating & Cooling explains how indoor air quality issues affect you in the home and why they require attention. We also explain some of the trusty HVAC solutions that are used to deliver better indoor air quality within your Louisville home. For help addressing your indoor air quality issues, call Jarboe’s today!

About Indoor Air Quality

The term ‘air pollution’ typically evokes thoughts of looming smog, and is considered by many to be an issue that affects the air outdoors. Unfortunately, if you consider air pollution to only be an outdoor problem, you skip over the air quality that is most important and impactful to you personally – indoor air quality.

The air inside your home can be much more polluted that outside air. In fact, contaminant concentrations can be as much as 5 times higher within your home, compared to outside. This is often due to the construction measures we take to help our homes retain energy – while heating and cooling energy is kept in, unfortunately so are contaminants.

All sorts of different contaminants can exist in your home’s air supply, and exposure causes very real effects. Over short periods, exposure to airborne contaminants leads to eye, nose, and throat irritations, headaches, fatigue, dizziness, and other symptoms similar to those of a cold – which also makes indoor air quality issues difficult to differentiate from being sick. Those who suffer from allergies and asthma are more likely to suffer symptoms and asthma attacks due to the near-constant exposure to their triggers. Over many years, exposure to poor indoor air quality has been linked to serious health issues including heart disease, respiratory conditions, and even lung cancer.

Why are indoor air quality issues such a concern? Well, because most of us spend the overwhelming majority of our time indoors, whether it be at home, work, or elsewhere – 90 percent of our time, on average. Indoor air pollution impacts the average American 90 percent of their time, increasing the risk of the health issues mentioned above.

Does Your Home Need Duct Cleaning?

Spring will be here before we know it – the groundhog said so, so it must be true, right? For many Louisville area homes, spring means a good cleaning – is duct cleaning on your to-do list? If it’s not, should it be?

A home’s ducts are often overlooked as a source of filth, as they are hidden out of sight below floors, overhead in ceilings, and within walls. However, the contaminants that build up within them pose problems to the home, its HVAC equipment, and its occupants.

Jarboe’s Plumbing, Heating & Cooling’s NATE-certified heating and cooling professionals share information about duct cleaning service and when you should have it performed in your home. If you have questions about duct cleaning or to schedule service, please contact us today!

Are Contaminants Hidden Throughout Your Home?

As air circulates about your home, so do contaminants. These microscopic particles float and move with air movement, then eventually settle out of your airflow and onto surfaces. In the same way your shelves, tables, and other furniture accumulates dust and dirt, so do your ducts.

Because your ducts do not receive a regular cleaning, these contaminants build up within the system. They also get picked back up by the airflow and moved back into your living areas. Other sources add contaminants directly to the duct system, such as infiltrations from duct leaks, mold and mildew growth, and pest infestations within your ducts.

In addition to settling on surfaces and creating a mess, your family members are also exposed to the contaminants carried in from your ducts. Allergen exposure increases, causing more frequent symptoms amongst those sensitive to certain contaminants. Mold spreads to other areas of the home and potentially causes serious health issues to those exposed. Contaminants that build up and remain within the duct system lead to unpleasant odors in the home and negatively affect your HVAC system’s performance and efficiency.

Is it Important to Track How Much Water Your Household Consumes?

Louisville homeowners who don’t track water usage miss out on important information about their households. Many of us don’t pay much mind to our water supply unless there is a problem – however, sometimes tracking consumption the only thing we have alerting us to a problem. If you don’t track water usage, many homeowners do not discover issues with their plumbing until major damage is done.

When you track water supply and regularly review the data collected, the ability to detect hidden plumbing problems and mitigate damage are just half of the major benefits. Louisville homeowners also need to be conscious of the water they use in order to limit waste.

The Louisville plumbers of Jarboe’s Plumbing, Heating & Cooling share why it’s important for you to track water consumption and keep an eye on the findings. As you do so, if the results indicate the need for a plumber, you know who to call!’

To Track Water Usage, or Ignore It?

Having plenty of fresh, clean water at home is something we tend to take for granted. In reality, we are quite lucky to have it, as there are many places throughout the world which do not. Even though our water is not scarce, it is still important that we make efforts toward water conservation.

Even though water is a renewable resource, globally there is still a finite amount. When we waste water, we detract from the amount available to others who need it. There is less water available for the plants and animals who depend on water for survival, and we cause more emissions to be released into the atmosphere by increasing the volume of water that needs to be treated for use.

Daily, the average American family of four consumes over 300 gallons of water in the home. Everything from showers to a slow drip leaking from a faucet adds up on our water bills. In addition to conserving water for the benefit of our planet, doing so also provides one very important direct benefit to you – lower bills.

When you track water usage at home, the data provided helps you protect your home, your family, and the world around you.

Who Should You Choose to Install a Water Heater?

If you’re due for new water heater installation in your Louisville area home, budget is naturally a concern. If you want to maximize savings, the discounts and low prices on a new water heater offered by retailers certainly look appealing. However, the savings generated when you buy a new water heater from a home improvement store or online retailer really aren’t such a great deal.

Some Louisville area homeowners question where to shop when it’s time to purchase new water heating equipment – a retailer or a local plumbing contractor? While the advertised low price from retailers seems like a good idea, you’re really better off purchasing a new water heater from your trusted plumber.

If you think this sounds fishy coming from a plumbing contractor, don’t worry – Jarboe’s Plumbing, Heating & Cooling backs up our thinking below. Check out a comparison between the two routes for new water heater purchase and decide for yourself!

When you’re ready to move forward with purchasing a new water heater, we hope you’ll choose to give us a call. Our licensed plumbing professionals are ready to help you find the right equipment, as well as perform the work needed to install it in your home.

Shopping Retail for a New Water Heater

Retail stores, including home improvement, big box, and even online shops, offer a varied selection of new water heaters depending on where you look. Retailers use low prices and deep discounts to attract buyers, but a new water heater from a retail operation may not be what you bargained for.

Subpar Equipment

Buying a new water heater from a retailer is tricky – while it may appear like stores offer the same new water heater models as plumbing companies, there are often important differences. Those for sale from retail giants are often not of the same quality as contractor grade water heaters sold by plumbers. Lower product quality is one way retailers are able to drive down equipment prices. These water heaters often are built with subpar components, such as aluminum instead of alloy anode rods, plastic valves versus metal, and not as much insulation.

Solo Shopping

Even if a store employee is available to assist you, these individuals rarely have experience working in the plumbing industry. When you shop for a new water heater at a retailer, you must depend on your personal knowledge and research of systems. The lack of plumbing professionals makes it hard for homeowners to ensure they are making the right equipment choices. When you shop at a retailer, don’t expect much more information beyond the printed product specs on display or details found online.

How Can Duct Sealing Save You Money?

The average Louisville area home loses a notable amount of heating and cooling energy through leaks in its duct system. These leaks lead to HVAC inefficiency, energy waste, discomfort, and other issues in the home. Thankfully, duct sealing is a viable option for most homes, and the benefits of duct sealing undo the problems caused by ductwork inefficiencies.

Jarboe’s Plumbing, Heating & Cooling offers professional duct sealing services for homeowners throughout the Louisville area. Because air leaks in the duct system are such a common and significant source of energy waste, our NATE-certified technicians explain how the benefits of duct sealing impact your home’s efficiency, comfort, and more. We encourage you to take advantage of the benefits of duct sealing in your home today – contact us to receive a free estimate for duct sealing services!

Issues Caused by Duct Leaks

When your home’s furnace, heat pump, or air conditioner cycles, warmed or cooled air is pushed through the duct system into your living areas. While you expect all of this conditioned air to reach your living areas and benefit you there, that’s typically not the case – most homes’ ductwork allows for significant air loss through duct leaks.

On average, a home loses 20 to 30 percent of its heating and cooling energy through leaky ducts, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. So, around 70 to 80 percent of the conditioned air produced by your heating and cooling system enters your home’s interiors – the rest spills out into other areas of the home where it has no benefit to you.

Duct leaks occur most anywhere throughout the home’s duct system. The duct system’s supply side and return side are both vulnerable to wasteful air leaks. The supply side is the section of the duct system that moves conditioned air from your HVAC system to your home’s interiors; the return side takes air back to the HVAC system from your living areas. Leaks are often found due to the following:

  • Fallen ductwork runs
  • Damage to ductwork
  • Loose connections and joints
  • Poor vent/duct connections at the floor, wall, or ceiling

The heating and cooling loss that results from leaks in the duct system creates noticeable issues inside your home and more, including:

  • Difficulty achieving comfortable indoor temperatures
  • Poor indoor air quality
  • Wasted energy
  • Increased energy expenses
  • More wear and tear to HVAC units
  • Increased HVAC unit breakdown risk
  • Increased risk of early HVAC system replacement

Benefits of Duct Sealing

Duct sealing is a process done to close up air leaks in the duct system and stop the problems mentioned above. The benefits of duct sealing help Louisville homeowners in the following ways:

Save Energy & Money

With air leaks present in your home’s duct system, you’re essentially throwing heating and cooling dollars away as conditioned air escapes the duct system before reaching your living areas. As much as 20 to 30 percent of your heating and cooling bills could be cut if you eliminate leaks through the benefits of duct sealing.

Not only is energy wasted through air leaks, it’s also wasted by the additional work required of your home’s HVAC system. Because such a significant portion of your heated or cooled air is lost through the ducts, your heating and cooling system has to do more work to make up for the loss in order to keep your home at comfortable temperatures. This is energy spend that could be eliminated through duct sealing.

By sealing off these points of escape in your duct system and preventing extra, unnecessary work, the benefits of duct sealing help Louisville homeowners conserve energy. Once leaks are sealed, the HVAC system runs fewer cycles to produce the same temperature levels that once took several more cycles due to energy loss.

Clearly, the benefits of duct sealing directly impact your utility bills. Since your HVAC system is consuming less energy to do the same job, your bills are lower. The savings generated through the benefits of duct sealing help the service pay for itself over a period of time.

Improve Home Comfort

When duct leaks exist, it is quite difficult to achieve comfortable temperatures in your home. A portion of the heating or cooling called for by your thermostat is lost before it ever reaches you, so you must run more cycles. It takes longer for your heating and cooling equipment to generate the temperatures you want in your living areas, which can be quite frustrating for homeowners.

Escaping energy isn’t the only problem posed by duct leaks – you also have to battle air infiltration, which affects temperature control. Ductwork commonly lies in areas of the home that are not normally conditioned, like attics, basements, and crawlspaces. The air in these areas often has a significant temperature difference from the air traveling through your ducts.

Spring HVAC and Plumbing Checklist for Louisville Homeowners

With many Louisville citizens spending extra time indoors due to social distancing, many are using this period to do some things around the house. As we move into spring, there are a few important tasks that need to be done to prepare for the coming months. To guide your home improvement efforts in the right direction, Jarboe’s Plumbing, Heating & Cooling has compiled a springtime to-do list for homeowners that addresses key activities.

1. Screen Inspection

Damaged window and door screens let bugs and debris into the home as you enjoy the natural breeze, so eliminate these issues now before you open the windows this season. Inspect screens for damage, and repair tears and holes as necessary. If window and door screens were removed and stored over the winter, reinstall them after inspection.

2. Roof Inspection

Storms and high wind rip shingles loose and cause other types of damage that could lead to roof leaks. Take a pair of binoculars outdoors and scan your home’s roof, looking for damage and missing shingles. Arrange for roofing repair right away to avoid leaks. Note the location of any damage you found to help guide repair efforts.

3. Gutter Cleaning

The debris that have built up in your gutters stop rainwater drainage, which can damage your roof, foundation, and other parts of your home. Pull out debris and rinse small pieces out with a garden hose. Spray the hose downward through the top of each downspout to remove material and any clogs that have formed within them.

4. Air Conditioner Cleaning

Grass clippings, twigs, leaves, mulch chips, and other natural debris gather along the fins of an outdoor air conditioner condenser or heat pump, which blocks free air movement through the cooling system. Brush away this debris carefully. Remove vegetation growing up against the unit and within the two-foot area surrounding the unit. Trim branches and shrubs that extend into this area, too.

5. Air Filter Change

The system’s air filter also needs to be in good condition to promote free airflow. Remove the filter and take a look – if its surface is gray and entirely covered, you need to use a new one. Make sure the new filter is the appropriate size and inserted correctly.

6. Cooling System Test

Even though it’s not quite hot enough to need it, it’s still a good idea to turn your air conditioner on now Why? Because doing so gives you a chance to test the system and ensure proper performance before you really do need it. If problems present, you are able to schedule repairs right away whether than waiting with many people ahead of you in line later in the summer.

7. Sump Pump Test

Spring showers pose the risk of basement or crawlspace flooding and water damage if your sump pump isn’t working correctly. Test the sump pump and ensure it works as it should. Call your plumber if repairs are needed. Consider having a battery backup sump pump installed for extra protection, just in case your primary unit fails.

8. Ceiling Fan Adjustment

Use your ceiling fan to stay cooler with less work from your air conditioner this spring and summer season. At the switch located on the motor base, switch the direction of fan blade rotation to counterclockwise. As the blades spin in this direction, those at floor level experience a windchill-like condition that evaporates moisture from the skin.

9. Property Pick-Up

Enjoy the spring weather with a walk outside through your property. As you go, gather up big sticks you find and remove them from the lawn, as they inhibit the growth and strength of grass.

10. Family Enjoyment

While these aren’t the ideal conditions under which we’d like to enjoy extra time with our families, it is important to make the most of what we have. Added family time is a small silver lining that those of us staying home are able to enjoy, so take advantage!
This springtime to-do list will help you ready your home for the warm weather ahead. If you need assistance completing any of these items or addressing other concerns, please call Jarboe’s Plumbing, Heating & Cooling today – our technicians are happy to assist you!

Is it Important to Track How Much Water Your Household Consumes?

Louisville homeowners who don’t track water usage miss out on important information about their households. Many of us don’t pay much mind to our water supply unless there is a problem – however, sometimes tracking consumption the only thing we have alerting us to a problem. If you don’t track water usage, many homeowners do not discover issues with their plumbing until major damage is done.

When you track water supply and regularly review the data collected, the ability to detect hidden plumbing problems and mitigate damage are just half of the major benefits. Louisville homeowners also need to be conscious of the water they use in order to limit waste.

The Louisville plumbers of Jarboe’s Plumbing, Heating & Cooling share why it’s important for you to track water consumption and keep an eye on the findings. As you do so, if the results indicate the need for a plumber, you know who to call!’

To Track Water Usage, or Ignore It?

Having plenty of fresh, clean water at home is something we tend to take for granted. In reality, we are quite lucky to have it, as there are many places throughout the world which do not. Even though our water is not scarce, it is still important that we make efforts toward water conservation.

Even though water is a renewable resource, globally there is still a finite amount. When we waste water, we detract from the amount available to others who need it. There is less water available for the plants and animals who depend on water for survival, and we cause more emissions to be released into the atmosphere by increasing the volume of water that needs to be treated for use.

Daily, the average American family of four consumes over 300 gallons of water in the home. Everything from showers to a slow drip leaking from a faucet adds up on our water bills. In addition to conserving water for the benefit of our planet, doing so also provides one very important direct benefit to you – lower bills.

When you track water usage at home, the data provided helps you protect your home, your family, and the world around you.

Discover Hidden Leaks

Plumbing leaks have the potential to waste a vast volume of water right under your nose, as they can occur in locations that are not immediately obvious. In some cases, the observations that result when homeowners track water usage are the only clue a problem exists.

When water bills are unusually high, the most common reason behind this is a hidden leak. Leaks have the ability to form in several locations throughout the home without producing the typical side effects we know to look for – water on the floor, flooding, etc. Because they don’t result in immediate damage or noticeable displaced water, they often go unnoticed for extended periods of time, which further increases the volume of water wasted, the added expense of this waste, and the damage that your home incurs.

Common locations where hidden leaks exist right under a homeowner’s nose include:

  • Below foundation
  • Toilet tank/bowl connection
  • Exterior hose bib
  • Irrigation systems

When you track water usage at home, you are able to spot the major sign of a leak earlier – water waste. The first thing to do when you receive an unusually high water bill is to compare it against the previous few months.

Check the current bill to see the total volume of water you are billed for; this denotes how much water your home consumed over the billing period. The amount is expressed in gallons or CCF, which stands for centum cubic foot – one centum cubic foot is equal to 748 gallons. Then, take a look at the previous months’ bills to verify your volume of use did increase.

Sometimes, there is a perfectly valid reason your bill is higher, but when you don’t track water usage, they’re easily overlooked, such as:

  • Adding a person to the household
  • Hosting guests for extended stays
  • A child returning home from college for breaks
  • Planting and watering landscaping or a garden
  • Watering grass at the start of the season
  • Installing a new appliance that uses water
  • Filling your pool
  • Choosing baths instead of showers

If a factor like those mentioned above cannot account for the additional water consumption, it is likely that you have a leak somewhere in your plumbing system. Contact your plumber for leak detection services to uncover the source of hidden leaks and perform repairs to correct the issue.

Plan Plumbing Improvements

Aesthetics aren’t the only reason homeowners choose to update plumbing fixtures – a little plumbing remodeling has the power to go a long way toward improved water conservation! A home outfitted with outdated plumbing fixtures consumes a lot more water performing regular daily tasks than a home with newer fixtures.

One way to tell it’s time for plumbing upgrades is to track water usage. When you determine how much water each fixture uses by tracking, it is easy to identify the major water wasters in your home. Track water usage to identify smart targets for home improvement projects that help your family cut back on water waste.

Since the 1990s, plumbing manufacturers in the U.S. have strict regulations for flow rates and flush volumes for fixtures. The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) WaterSense program has even tighter guidelines, which many manufacturers voluntarily choose to follow for better water conservation.

Newer plumbing fixtures use less water to perform the same tasks as older fixtures – the only difference is the amount of water used to complete them. Even if your fixtures have been updated in the last few years, there may still be room for improvement, as products with improved efficiencies are introduced to the market all the time!

When you upgrade your plumbing fixtures to the newest, most water efficient equipment, you stand to cut water consumption by an additional 35 percent. Use the results obtained when you track water usage to determine which fixtures to upgrade.

Reduce Utility Bills

The principle behind this reason to track water consumption is simple – use less water, pay for less water. Your conservation efforts directly impact the price you pay for water each month.

Homes on wells don’t have to pay water bills, but their water consumption still comes at a cost. The home’s well pump runs using electricity, therefore changes made when you track water usage can help.

Improve Conservation Efforts

The average American uses about 88 gallons of water at home each day. This means a family of four consumes more than 10,500 gallons of water per month, on average. Is your household’s water consumption below, at, or beyond this average?

It doesn’t matter where your consumption falls on this scale when you track water usage – there are always opportunities to lower water usage. Just as daily water consumption adds up, so do all the measures you take to use less. Even the smallest changes benefit water conservation efforts!

Use the data collected when you track water usage to guide your conservation efforts. Pinpoint where you personally use the most water and evaluate the situation for changes you are able to make that consume less water.

Ways to Track Water Usage

There are a few helpful ways to track water usage and determine the major consumers of water in your household. Your water bill contains the information you need to get started, and there are products available that benefit your water conservation mission.

Estimate Consumption

With the volume of water consumption listed on your water bill, you are able to break down this amount to estimate about how much of that is utilized by each fixture or application in your home.

Water consumption calculators help you estimate the total amount of water used per application, helping you identify areas in need of improvement.

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