What You Need to Know about Commercial Air Filters

When was the last time the commercial air filters were changed at your business? If you can’t remember, it’s time for a change.

No one on your staff wants the job of handling the messy filter but someone has to do it.

Waiting too long or avoiding changing the air filter altogether can mean big maintenance problems and increased utility bills.

We don’t want work to stop because the air conditioner isn’t working.

Here are three things you need to know about commercial air filters:

  1. Not all air filters are created equal. Know the MERV (minimum efficiency reporting value) of the air filter as well as the proper size for your unit. If the efficiency is too low, you could be leaving dust, dirt, and particles in the air and less trapped in the filter where they should be. Not sure which size is right? Just ask us! Using an improperly sized filter will cause the system to run inefficiently, costing you in higher utility bills, and wearing parts out faster.
  2. There is such a thing as too much of a good thing. This is especially true when it comes to using high efficiency air filters. You may think it’s trapping more particles but it may actually be causing the system to work harder to pull air through the filter. If you’re worried about air quality, consider an air filtration system.
  3. Commercial air filters need to be changed regularly. Air filters are designed to catch dust, dirt, and particles. They aren’t designed to clean the air. Filters need to be changed regularly because they fill with particles forcing the system to work harder to cool your building to the thermostat setting.

The health of the air in your business isn’t just about which filter you’re using or how often you’re changing it. It needs regular check-ups before there’s a bigger problem.

As a commercial customer with the Forrest Anderson Loyalty Maintenance Plan™, you don’t have to worry about the system breaking down and can plan ahead for expensive repairs. Twice a year we visit to inspect and recommend repairs that keep your commercial air conditioner running all year round.


Cool World of Home Automation

What if you could control your home from your smartphone?

Take it one step further.

What if you could go from room to room and have everything from temperature to airflow be controlled automatically?

It might sound like the episode of Friends when Monica is dating the tech millionaire but it’s happening in real life in the cool world of home automation.

Smart Thermostats

Programmable thermostats have their place in helping you keep utility bills lower especially through the Phoenix summer but you have to be right in front of it to make changes. That can be frustrating.

What happens if you forget to change the program while you’re on vacation? Your home cools itself at the same time of day as it would if you were home. That can leave with you with a higher bill than you wanted for that time you were out of town.

Enter the programmable Wi-Fi thermostat that allows you to change the temperature and control ceiling fans from your smartphone. That’s great especially if you forget to change the setting before you leave for a stretch of time.

Now home automation has gone another step.

The thermostat has gotten smarter; it learns from your behaviors and energy usage, making adjustments to temperature and humidity automatically. It keeps you comfortable without you having to lift a finger.

The smart thermostat is just the beginning. We don’t have thermostats that predict your behavior… yet!

Cool World of Home Automation

Rethink how your home works for you. It’s not just a place to hang your hat or take a nap.

Your home is a living, breathing entity with the potential to create the perfect environment for you.

  • Automate when lights turn on and off on a schedule or according to preset conditions.
  • Open and close blinds at certain times of day or at certain temperatures.
  • Feed pets on a set schedule.
  • Voice commands for garage door, lights, fans, and blinds. (Just like Monica’s millionaire boyfriend’s house!)
  • Control security cameras and door locks.
  • Create an emergency button that sounds when there’s trouble.
  • Program home audio and music collections for high resolution picture and sound.

The good news is that you don’t have to be a millionaire to enjoy the benefits of cool home automation.

Whether you want a programmable thermostat, smart thermostat, or a controller that changes the temperature in the rooms that you occupy the most, Forrest Anderson keeps your family comfortable.

Let us know and we’ll help you explore the cool world of home automation and how you can use it to make your home the world of comfort and convenience it should be.


7 Signs of a Sneaky Water Leak

Water travels fast and knows no boundaries. It waits until you’re not paying attention. Dripping into walls, floors, and foundation, often causing damage that requires expensive repairs to your home.

Save yourself the expense of a sneaky water leak. Keep an eye out for these signs:

  1. Increased water bill. Most people don’t pay attention to how much water they use each month but they do notice if the amount of the bill increases. If yours has increased over a short period of time with no significant change in water usage for activities like watering landscape or refilling the pool, you may have a sneaky leak that’s costing you money.
  2. Foul odors. You might blame the kids for not using the garbage disposal properly if your kitchen smells bad or for the musky smell in the bathroom but it might not be their fault. Standing water helps mold and mildew grow, which can stink up your home and cost you in mold remediation and repairs.
  3. Sight of mold. Mold isn’t always just an odor. Sometimes it’s visible as green, brown, or black spots. You might see it in your shower and be able to clean it with a bleach based product but if there’s standing water or mold in non-shower areas, you have a sneaky leak.
  4. Stains or bubbling on ceilings. Water loves to travel. The brown or rust colored spot that appears on the ceiling may be caused by a leak in the upstairs bathroom. If the ceiling downstairs is sagging, there may be water trapped and it’s ready to fall. Resist the urge to pop the bubble and call Forrest Anderson. Even if the stain or bubble isn’t directly below the bathroom, a leak could still be the cause.
  5. Damaged walls. When drywall gets wet it warps and needs to be replaced before mold becomes its new best friend. Even if your shower was lined with the proper type of drywall, it’s still not waterproof. That means it can get damaged by water, especially sneaky water leaks in the plumbing behind the shower or toilet.
  6. Bubbles in paint or wallpaper. You love taking hot showers but it’s probably not the cause of bubbles in the paint or wallpaper of your bathroom. When water gets (and stays) between the wall and paint, it separates them. From where you sit, it looks like you need to repaint or repaper but it’s a water leak in need of repair.
  7. Water meter running. If you’ve stopped using the water inside and outside your home, check the water meter. If the meter is running, you either have something on like the landscape watering system or you have a leak. Check the yard for muddy areas as the water leak may be outside.

Whether it’s outside or inside, a residential water leak can cause damage beyond just fixing a plumbing problem. The team at Forrest Anderson is ready to solve your sneaky leak problem!


Restaurant Plumbing Needs

Restaurateurs don’t usually pay attention to the plumbing until there is a problem. A clogged drain, backed up toilet, or a broken grease trap are among the most common restaurant plumbing problems.

When these problems are ignored, they can become disasters, causing damage not only to plumbing but damaging the floors or walls of your restaurant.

Avoid a disaster with regular plumbing maintenance.

Toilets & Sinks

If you’ve got a busy restaurant, you can almost guarantee regular problems with toilets and sinks. Even with the most careful use, busy restaurant kitchens and bathrooms experience wear and tear faster than most other establishments.

Clogs and mineral deposit build-up from the hard water in Phoenix are the most common issues making it important to have routine plumbing maintenance. We can clear clogs and replace parts as needed and before you have to hang the closed sign on the bathroom, or worse, the restaurant.

FOG – Fats, Oils, & Grease

Customers eat at your restaurant. Dishes are bussed to the kitchen where they’re rinsed, washed, and put back into use. Seems like a simple process but not if the grease trap isn’t working or isn’t installed in the right place in your restaurant.

If your restaurant produces a high amount of FOG – fats, oils, and grease – you likely have a grease trap installed in the plumbing system. Designed to catch FOG before it hits the municipal sewer system, grease traps should be strategically placed.

Too far from the drain and fats get into the drained water.

Too close to the dishwasher and the hot water melts grease, sending a fatty mess into the sewer system and creating the potential for build-up in the pipes of your establishment.

Make sure you can get to the grease trap so that it can be properly cleaned.

All too often we see them installed below larger appliances, making it almost impossible to clean. Left untouched, it will clog and overflow causing a flood and damage to your restaurant.

As a restaurateur the last thing you want to worry about is if the plumbing is working. Regular plumbing maintenance puts your mind at rest and keeps your restaurant running smoothly.