Archive for March, 2014

The Benefits of LED Lighting in Huntsville, TX

Friday, March 28th, 2014

Light emitting diode (LED) lights are growing in popularity now as a replacement for standard incandescent bulbs. LED lights cost more than the old standby lights, but people have discovered the enormous benefits that they provide far outweigh this small upfront charge.

Let’s look at the some of the ways LED lights will save you money and improve your home’s lighting. For all electrical services in Huntsville, TX, contact the team at Ardon Maintenance today. We can help you convert your home to LED lighting.

Reasons to Look Into LED Lighting

  • Energy efficiency: The main attraction of LED lights is that they use less electricity than standard halogen and fluorescent lights. The average LED light bulb has 80%–90% energy efficiency, converting most of the electrical power into lighting and losing only 10%–20% of that energy to other forms—such as heat. These efficiency ratings are nearly the reverse of incandescent bulbs, which average a mere 20% efficiency. This means significant savings on your energy bills if you switch.
  • Longevity: You’ll have plenty of time to receive energy savings, because LED lights can run for approximately 11 years of continuous operation. Instead of burning out light standard bulbs, they instead eventually become less bright.
  • Environmentally friendly: Standard incandescent light bulbs contain many different toxic chemicals which are harmful for the environment, such as mercury. LED lights contain none these chemicals, and they are also recyclable. Combine that with their longevity, and LED lights are great for the planet.
  • Better for lighting design: If you are looking to create a new look for your house with lighting, LED lights give you many more options than incandescent lights with more dynamic controls for dimming and color distribution.
  • Lower heat output: As part of being energy efficient, LED lights release far less wasted energy as heat. This means that they won’t contribute to making your house too warm, which is a great benefit during a Texas summer.

Ardon Maintenance has LED lighting professionals on staff if you are interested in having new installation for your home. You’ll need professional services to help adapt your Huntsville, TX electrical system for the new lighting, so make sure you call up a company with the right experience. Call us today and schedule your next lighting installation with our qualified electrical experts at Ardon Maintenance.

What Are the Benefits of Keeping Your Furnace Maintained?

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Although furnaces are among the oldest ways of heating a home (only fireplaces have a longer history), they are still one of the best. Furnaces combine efficiency and effective warmth, and the many models and fuel types available mean they will fit almost any home.

A furnace requires regular care to make sure that it continues to provide your family with a cozy home for many years. An annual maintenance visit from a qualified service technician goes a long way toward keeping your furnace in the shape it should be. We’ll explain the major benefits you’ll receive from a well-maintained furnace.

For superb furnace maintenance and repair, call on the HVAC specialists at Ardon Maintenance, a professional heating service in Madisonville, TX, to schedule your next appointment today.

Increased Safety

Safety is an important issue with gas-powered furnaces. Although natural gas furnaces are much safer today than a few decades ago, they become potentially more hazardous without regular maintenance. Maintenance technicians take special precautions when inspecting a gas furnace and check over all the components connected to the gas main and involved in combustion, heat exchange, and venting. A gas furnace with routine maintenance should rarely present any risk of carbon monoxide exposure or explosions. (Electric furnaces can also become safety hazards because of bad wiring.)

Longer Lifespan

Gas-powered furnaces have a life expectancy of around 20 years. Electric furnaces can go beyond this. However, that is only if they receive routine maintenance every year (and any repairs that a maintenance technician recommends). Without regular maintenance, a furnace will start to wear down and age rapidly, taking years off of its service life. An unmaintained furnace will be fortunate enough to reach half its manufacturer’s expect lifespan.

Fewer Repairs

If all the parts of a furnace are kept clean, lubricated, and tightened for maximum efficiency, it decreases the chances of a malfunction. You’ll limit the stress if having to repair your furnace and lower the risk of the heater shutting down abruptly when you need it most.

Reduced Utility Bills

When a furnace begins to deteriorate from lack of care, it will operate with greater stress and require more power, driving up heating bills. But furnace running in top shape will not drain extra energy to work. A furnace with regular maintenance costs, on average, 20% less per year to run.

If you haven’t had your furnace serviced in over a year, don’t worry…it’s never too late to get started with maintenance. To enroll in a quality maintenance program that helps keep furnaces in Madisonville, TX running their best, call Ardon Maintenance today and talk to one of our friendly technicians.

Now Is the Time to Install a New Generator for Your Madisonville Home

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Have you ever stopped to think about the near-miraculous nature of electricity flowing into your home at the flick of a switch? Probably not often, because running electricity is something we take for granted: the power is simply always there. You need light? Flip a switch, presto, there you go. Power a steam iron? Plug it in, voila, done.

But there is one time when people do ponder the amazing convenience of electricity: when the electricity fails. Suddenly, many basic household tasks become impossible, and life will quickly turn uncomfortable—especially if the outage occurs during a rough Texas summer heat and your air conditioner won’t run.

Installing generators in Madisonville, TX will take away the stress of abrupt outages that can occur, and they are especially helpful for black-outs that last more than a few hours. Call Ardon Maintenance today and speak to electricians about how to set up a generator for your home so you’ll have one more thing you won’t need to worry over.

The Reason to Schedule Generator Installation Now

On the east coast of the U.S., and in the upper Midwest, the winter is the period when generators prove the most helpful: protecting homes when storms and deep colds strike. For Texas, the time of the year we need to prep for is summer and its sometimes punishing heat. Losing your air conditioning is the most inconvenient aspect of a Texas power outage. Spring is the best time to install a generator to prepare for summer.

You’ll need more than a small portable generator for the job. Portable units work well for car trips and camping—not so much to power a home. Instead, you should call professional electricians to set up a whole-house generator. You’ll have a number of different options for generators, such as size and power. You can choose a smaller generator if you only want to keep a few vital systems operating, or go for a larger system to keep your whole house running. Installers will match a generator to your power requirements and make sure that the system won’t cause blown fuses and tripped circuit breakers with excess voltage.

Make sure you schedule electrical maintenance for your generator after you have it installed. Because you don’t use a generator every day, it can develop problems without you knowing about it. A yearly inspection from a technician will make sure it’s ready to protect your power supply whenever necessary.

Take advantage of the spring weather and call a company that handles generators in Madisonville, TX. Ardon Maintenance is an Eaton-certified electrical contractor, and our technicians will make sure you receive the right whole-house generator.

How to Choose the Right Plumbing Service

Friday, March 7th, 2014

It’s easy to locate a plumber to come to your home and handle installation, repairs, or maintenance for your plumbing. In fact, it’s too easy. You’ll have so many options for plumbers after a single Internet search that you’ll have trouble sorting them out to select the one plumbing service that will do the best job for you.

But don’t worry: we have some tips that can assist you with making this important choice. The staff at Ardon Maintenance wouldn’t offer this advice if we didn’t think that we could live up to it. For quality plumbing in Huntsville, TX, make us one of your first calls.

Some Criteria for An Excellent Plumbing Service

  • Licensed: Anyone can claim to offer plumbing services, but the only way to offer professional plumbing services is through licensing from the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners. Make sure that any service you are thinking about hiring lists their license number on their website. Even better, make sure that they have the highest level of professional licensing for a plumber in Texas: Master Plumber. (The other levels are, from lowest to highest: Plumber’s Apprentice, Tradesman Plumber, and Journeyman Plumber.) A Master Plumber’s license begins with the letters MPL.
  • 24-hour emergency repairs: Plumbing problems rarely happen at convenient times, and you should look for a plumbing repair service that’s ready at all the most inconvenient times to send help. If you have a burst pipe at 11:00 pm on a Sunday, you don’t want to wait until 10:00 am on Monday before you can get help.
  • Offers commercial service: You may not be a business owner, but finding a plumbing service that handles both residential and commercial work is a good way to ensure that you’ll receive top-of-the-line, first-rate work. Commercial plumbing is far more complicated and extensive than residential plumbing, so if you have plumbers with the experience to handle commercial jobs, then they have the skills to deliver repairs, maintenance, and installation to your home that go above and beyond your expectations.

Call Ardon Maintenance Today

Ardon Maintenance is a Master Plumber licensed service (License #MPL37780) that offers plumbing in Huntsville, TX. We’re ready to assist you with our 24-hour emergency service and plumbers with extensive training that includes commercial work as well. You won’t have to shop for a plumber for long once you find Ardon Maintenance!

Contact us today and speak with one of our expert plumbers at Ardon Maintenance in Huntsville, Texas.