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Keep Your Customers Comfortable

You never get a second chance to make a first impression.

Whether it’s the 1980’s dandruff shampoo commercial or your business, the first impression means everything. It can make or break a customer or employee relationship.

  • How comfortable is your business for customers or employees?
  • Are they wearing sweaters in the summer and blasting fans in the winter?
  • Are they avoiding the sunny conference room because it’s too stuffy?
  • Can they be in your store without shivering?

Take a look around. What you see might surprise you and it may be time to consider how to keep your employees and customers comfortable.

Install a Programmable Thermostat

In the heat of the Arizona summer it may seem like a good idea to keep the temperature at 65 degrees to keep the area cool and people alert but they may not be focused on the task at hand.

There’s a good chance they’re focused on starting a bring-a –sweater-to-work campaign.

While sweaters aren’t a bad thing, it might be time to install a programmable thermostat to regulate temperature based on the day and time.

When the sun is coming in, the temperature may be lower than when it is setting or when your business is open.

Not only will people be happier, you will save on utility bills.

Windows and Shades

You could literally be losing money out the window if your open workspace filled with natural light consists of single pane windows without tinting or shades.

Not only are you losing money, it could be creating temperatures that are uncomfortable, reducing productivity and increasing utility bills.

Keep everyone comfortable while maintaining open, airy space simply by tinting the windows or installing shade screens to control indoor temperatures anytime of the year.

Insulation and Ductwork

You could be losing cooled (or warmed) air before it even gets to customer or employee space due to improperly sized and sealed ductwork. Leaks caused by cracks or broken ductwork and lack of or poor quality insulation will make your space feel like a different temperature than what’s set on the thermostat.

Don’t let people argue over the proper temperature setting or feel uncomfortable when you have insulation and ductwork inspected on a regular basis.

Stop the race to the thermostat and make your space comfortable for everyone!


10 Water Saving Tips

Water is a limited resource but we use it as if it will never run out. Living in the desert should make us more aware but technology makes it possible for us to get our water from other places. We forget that we could be left thirsty on our un-watered lawns.

Just ask Californians who have been rationing water on and off for years.

Conserve water so we have it for a long time with these water saving tips.

  1. Install a low flow showerhead. While it’s an upfront cost, you will be using about half the water of a conventional showerhead, saving water and money!
  2. Take shorter showers. The average shower uses five gallons of water each minute which means a 10 minute shower uses 50 gallons of water. If you like hot showers, you’re also using energy to heat the water. Be kind to the environment by taking shorter cooler showers.
  3. Turn the water off when you brush your teeth or shave.
  4. Use two sinks when doing dishes by hand. Fill one with soapy water and the other with clean, non-soapy water. Wash, rinse, repeat. Even if you have to refill, you’re using less than if you leave the faucet running.
  5. Cut down on dirty dishes by reusing water glasses or using a refillable water bottle.
  6. Use energy star rated low water use dishwasher and clothes washer to conserve electricity and water.
  7. Wash dark colored clothes in cold water. It saves energy and your clothes will keep their color longer.
  8. Check your toilet for leaks by putting food coloring in the tank. If you see color in the toilet, you’ve got a leak. Call Forrest Anderson to fix the leak and start saving water.
  9. If your toilet was installed prior to 1992, it’s time for a new one that uses water more conservatively.
  10. Put a bucket in the shower to catch the water while it’s warming up. Use it to water plants and the lawn.

These water saving tips begin when you look at how you’re using water in your home. A few simple changes like low flow showerheads and new toilets can help keep water in the desert for years to come!


Hard Water is Tough on Your Home

Have you ever noticed the white build up around faucets, the white film on glasses, or felt like your hair was dull and filmy? That’s all caused by a buildup of minerals, also called scales, from the hard water in most Phoenix area cities.

The water contains calcium, magnesium, and metals like aluminum, iron, and zinc. While arguably a good source of much needed nutrients and not a harm to our health, hard water is tough on your home and its plumbing.

Inside the pipes, a buildup of minerals causes clogs, decreased water flow, and corrosion. Often pipes need to be cleaned by a professional plumber. If it can’t be cleaned or if so damaged it can’t be repaired, you may need to replace the pipe. And those aren’t the only problems caused by hard water.

  • Laundry detergents and soaps don’t work as effectively leaving clothing looking not as bright as you’d like.
  • Shampoos can leave a residue on the hair causing it to look limp.
  • Soaps leave a film making skin feel dry.
  • Bathroom and kitchen fixtures develop a white buildup that’s difficult to clean.
  • Mineral deposits lessen the life of hot water heaters, dishwashers, and clothes washers.
  • Increased utility bills because the buildup, also called scales, doesn’t conduct heat well, making the hot water heater work harder.

If you’ve lived in Phoenix for even a short period of time, it’s likely you’ve experienced some of these problems. Don’t worry. There is a solution.

Installing a water softener in your home will greatly reduce the impact of hard water on your clothing, dishes, appliances, plumbing, and fixtures.

The costs of purchasing and installing a water softener plus the added electricity to run it come at a cost, it’s less than if you had to replace pipes and clean up damage in your home.


Stop Touching the Thermostat!

5 Reasons to Install a Programmable Thermostat

Does your home feel like you live with Goldilocks? It’s too hot. It’s too cold. You get up and change the temperature more often that you’d like.

It feels like a constant battle to keep your home comfortable while keeping utility bills low but it doesn’t have to feel that way.

Stop touching the thermostat and call Forrest Anderson to install a programmable thermostat.

Goldilocks won’t know what happened.

Taking a summer vacation? Keep the house warmer while you’re gone and turn down the A/C when you’re on your way home. It’s that simple but it’s not the only reason to install a programmable thermostat.

  1. Utility bill savings. Americans spend as much as half of their household expenses on utilities making it important to find ways to save. According to the Department of Energy (DOE), “You can save as much as 10% a year on heating and cooling by simply turning your thermostat back 7°-10°F for 8 hours a day from its normal setting.” Maximize savings by coordinating temperatures with a budgeted utility use plan from SRP or APS.
  2. Eco-friendly. Decrease the size of your household’s carbon footprint simply by installing a programmable thermostat so you’re using the most electricity during times when you’re at home instead of cooling an empty house.
  3. Control from anywhere. Forget to change the thermostat before your vacation? Not to worry. WiFi enabled thermostats allow you to control the comfort of your home from your mobile device. Some models also allow you to control humidity, ceiling fan settings, and circulate the air at regular intervals to create the perfect environment in your home.
  4. Increased comfort. If you’re home primarily on evenings and weekends, an adjustable thermostat was designed with you in mind! Set the temperature of your home at different times of the day and on different days of the week to keep you and Goldilocks comfortable.
  5. Less worry. Do you leave home wondering if you changed the temperature setting? Stop worrying and start saving money when you program ideal temperatures for each day of the week.

Installing a programmable thermostat is one of the best ways to save money on utility bills, decrease your carbon footprint, and provide comfort to you and Goldilocks throughout the year.

Are you ready to get comfortable?


DIY Garbage Disposal Fixes

Garbage disposals are the unsung heroes of the kitchen, taking our leftovers away with their high powered grinding and dumping.

What happens when you treat your garbage disposal like trash?

The same thing that happens to the drain; it clogs, runs slowly, and eventually stops, leaving our food trapped and making the kitchen smell awful and we’re forced to scrape plates over the garbage can like we did when we were kids. All of this can be avoided if you treat your garbage disposal with care.

Just because it’s on your plate doesn’t mean it goes in the disposal.

There’s a myth that eggshells will sharpen the blades and we’re here to tell you that’s just not true. In fact, eggshells should be thrown in the garbage. When they’re ground up they become like sand and clog the drain. The membrane layer wraps around the blades causing the disposal to stop altogether.

Hot liquid grease, including bacon fat, will stop a disposal. As the fat cools, it solidifies, sticking to the blades and the inside of the pipes.

Thinking about ditching fibrous foods like celery, lettuce, potato peels, and onion skins down the disposal? Don’t. The fibers wrap around the blades causing damage.

You might think bread and pasta are safe but think again. They soak up water and expand to cause clogs.

If it’s not food, don’t think about throwing it in. Cigarette butts, pull tabs, twist ties and any other non-food items are off limits.

Treat your garbage disposal right by using it on a regular basis, running cold water with a bit of dish soap before, during, and after every use. An unused unit will become stinky and may not run properly if left alone for too long.

Want a clean disposal that loves you? Throw a citrus peel from a lemon, orange, or lime to clear excess waste and eliminate nasty odors.

A clean disposal is a happy one. There are a few ways to clean it with items you probably have in your cabinet.

Try running ice and rock salt or ice cubes made with part water and part vinegar or by making your own volcano science experiment. Yep, it’s true. Baking soda and vinegar are great cleaning agents. Place a half cup of baking soda in the disposal and add a cup or more of vinegar and watch your volcanic foam at work. Wait 30 minutes and rinse with cold water to clear loose debris.

Have you been treating your disposal like trash and it has stopped working? Check the breaker. You may have blown a fuse and not realized it. If that doesn’t work, reset the disposal. Unplug the unit, hold the reset button on the bottom and release, then plug back in and turn it on.

If you’ve done all you can to make your garbage disposal feel important, it’s time to call the professional plumbers at Forrest Anderson. We’re here to clear the clog and get your kitchen back on track.