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Eric Brophy

I’m Eric Brophy, a carpenter and homebuilder with 16 years experience doing the job right, the old-fashioned way. What they used to say is true — measure twice, cut once. If you plan out a project from the start, with blueprints, a bill of materials, the whole nine yards, you may seem to be wasting time at the start, but it’s time saved on having to do the job again when it just doesn’t fit. Whether you’re building in the city or off the grid, ground-up or touch-up, I can guarantee you’ll find home improvement tips for your next DIY project at home.

Ensure Your Compressed Air System Remains in Optimum Condition

Written by Eric Brophy. Posted in Air compressor tubing, Compressed air piping material, Compressed air piping materials

Compressed air piping material

Were you aware that more than half of all manufacturers utilize compressed air systems? Recent figures indicate this this applies to around 70% of all businesses within this industry. Given this, it’s essential that these systems be kept in optimum condition to ensure that compressed air distribution flows properly.

When leaks occur within compressed air fittings or with other aspects of the compressed air piping materials, this can be expensive. When a one-eighth inch diameter hole is present within a 100 psi system, for example, this can waste over $1,200.00 worth of energy

Roofing Your Options And What Is Best For You

Written by Eric Brophy. Posted in Roofing company, Services

Roofing tar

The fact is that quality roofing can make a major difference in the overall quality of your home. If your roof is old of made of lower quality materials, you may find yourself deciding on a roof replacement sooner rather than later. This will lead to a lot of different questions — do you want the tear off the old roof, or build on the new one? What kind roofing materials are right for your priorities? Deciding on the type of roofing you want can also lead to other questions. The type of roofing you choose may affect whether or not you want to make an addition to your home — and if so, the kind of addition you want. Different roofing companies might have different options that they prefer. But the fact is that ultimately, you need to

What American Housing Is Doing To Become More Energy Efficient

Written by Eric Brophy. Posted in Electrician, Energy efficient heating, Energy efficient windows

energy solutionsIt isn’t only those Americans who want a lower electric utility bill who are aiming to reduce energy output in the American home. Cities across the United States have begun making changes to their housing in order to make homes more energy efficient. This is because after power plants, residential homes emit the highest amount of carbon gasses.

But how specifically are houses changing in order to become more energy efficient? And what can you do in order to find energy solutions?

Energy efficient lighting
It isn’t always a bad power company that causes you to have a high electric bill. Halogen lights can be incredibly detrimental to the environment because of the amount of heat they give off. Fortunately, LED’s popularity has been increasing. Not only do LED lights give off less heat, which makes them less of a fire hazard, but they also provide up to 85% more light than standard halogen bulbs.

Solar paneled roofing is also becoming more popular. While it’s still not a standard part of housing, Tesla, Inc. has begun to increase its solar panel production and plans to begin production of these roofs in Buffalo, NY as early as December 2017, according to The Buffalo News.

High-efficiency appliances
Air conditioners’ coolants are infamous for their impact on the environment. However, HVAC systems and water heaters have been changing in their designs and energy solutions. Faced with unpredictable electricity rates, these systems have changed in order to give off fresher air and to reduce their environmental impact.

R410A, for instance, is a new refrigerant used in modern air conditioners that allow for homes to remain cool without using chlorine. When chlorine is released into the atmosphere, it can cause the ozone layer to be eaten away.

What you can do
Be proactive about the energy you consume as a homeowner. While it may not be necessary for you to completely change your life, by making small and simple changes you can make a big impact.

Use LED lights instead of halogen lights for cheap electricity that will last longer and use less heat. Unplug your devices to keep them from using up to 75% of the energy they consume. And finally, check your vents in order to make the energy you douse go a long way.

By making small changes, you can make a big impact on the environment. You can also make a big impact on your electric bill by making small changing to reduce your energy output. For energy solutions that work for you and your utility bill, contact Amos Electric Supply today.

Facts On Air Conditioning Units

Written by Eric Brophy. Posted in Energy efficient home, Furnace repair lexington ky, Furnace repair service

Furnace

The world of heating and cooling can be quite complex and that is why HVAC technicians will make an average salary of just about $60,000 per year. As time goes on, more and more homeowners in the United States are falling in line with the idea of trying to build energy efficient houses and energy efficient homes. People want to save money on their appliances that are used and do not want to lose money on wasting heating and cooling.

In order

Checklist: Preventative HVAC Maintenance You Should Be Performing This Summer

Written by Eric Brophy. Posted in Heating and air conditioning, Heating and air conditioning repair, Heating and air conditioning units, Heating and cooling, Hvac company, Hvac repair companies

hvac maintenanceIf your home has air conditioning, it’s likely that you’re focused on efficiency, especially throughout the summer. Considering that switching to high-efficiency air conditioners can reduce energy usage by up to 50%, it makes sense that you’d be focused on that aspect.

But there are other ways to increase efficiency in your current HVAC system. To help you determine what those are, we’ve devised three HVAC maintenance checklists for you to follow this summer and all the summers to follow.

Right Now
First, you need to start thinking in the present. What can you do right now to create a more functional air conditioner? Aside from working with a reliable air conditioning company, here are three things you can do today to help your AC out:

  • Invest in a high-efficiency air filter for your AC unit.
  • Make sure your AC unit is free of leaves, grass, dirt, and other outdoor debris.
  • Clear an area at least two feet wide around the entirety of your AC unit.

Monthly
Monthly maintenance is just as important as making adjustments to your daily HVAC maintenance routine. Some of these tasks should be performed by your HVAC company, but the majority of them simply require your attention and a little bit of extra time. Here’s what you should be checking on a monthly or semi-monthly basis.

  • Have your HVAC company inspect refrigerant lines.
  • Replace or clean your high-efficiency filter to ensure high air quality.
  • Clean any AC vents inside of your home and keep them free of debris.

Seasonally
The most efficient HVAC systems are inspected twice annually: once in the fall and once in the spring. If you want to ensure your AC will work for many summers to come, it’s important that your HVAC company does the following:

  • Inspects all parts of AC unit for spring inspection.
  • Prepares furnace for fall and winter during autumn inspection.

Annually
You might not have to perform these maintenance tasks every single day, but that doesn’t make them any less important. Yearly HVAC maintenance tasks include the following:

  • Make sure your AC unit is sitting on level ground.
  • Replace any carbon monoxide detector batteries.
  • Clear out your AC drain. This may be a task you should leave to the professionals though!

Whether you’re a new homeowner or a veteran who’s about to pay off an entire mortgage, make sure you’re keeping these HVAC duties in mind all year long for a safe, cool summer.

Downspouts Protecting Your Roof and Home

Written by Eric Brophy. Posted in Cincinnati gutter installation, Deck cleaning solutions, Exterior gutter washing

Gutter repair service

Gutters channel water away from the foundation. That’s their job. Without gutters, houses are likely to be flooded, water damaging the property. But even with gutters, it’s important to look for clogs and mechanical difficulties, else the gutters overflow and water seeps into the house through the facade.

Here are some tips on how to clean and manage gutters.

First, there are downspouts. A downspout is a pipe that carries water from the gutter onto the ground or asphalt surrounding a home. It’s often called a water pipe, down pipe, drain spout, roof drain pipe, or leader, depending on the area.

Maintenance of the downspout is critical. Water accumulates on top of the roof, then fills in the gutters. If the downspout is not properly maintained and cleared, water will become clogged and spi

What Is Ductless Air Conditioning? And Other FAQs

Written by Eric Brophy. Posted in Ac repairs, Ductless ac birmingham al, Home heating maintenance

Emergency hvac repair

Keeping your home comfortable should be a primary concern. Most homeowners today find that having a central heating and air conditioning system is a must. But have you ever wondered whether there might be a less costly option? Ductless air conditioning is a more targeted system that can keep your home comfortable when a conventional system is impractical or too expensive to install and run. Below, we’re answering your questions on ductless AC units and how they may solve your cooling woes.

How does ductless air conditioning work?

Ductless AC systems have an outdoor condensing unit (consisting of a compressor, condensing coil, and fan) and an indoor u

To DIY your Fence or to Hire Professional Fence Contractors?

Written by Eric Brophy. Posted in Building a new deck, Deck contruction, Nj decks

Benefits of a vinyl fence

Are you tired of the lack of privacy you have in your backyard? A backyard should be a place of relaxation and entertainment. You should be able to sit in the beautifully landscaped yard and enjoy yourself, without loud neighbors drawing your attention. Fortunately, there is an easy solution to this problem. Building a fence is a relatively simple project, whether you choose to build it yourself or hire a fence construction company.

Choose your fencing materials

There are many fencing materials that you can choose from. If you simply want something that separates your backyard from your neighbor?s backyard, you can go with a metal chain link fence. However, if you prefer somethi

The Hose Man’s Way of Preserving Nature

Written by Eric Brophy. Posted in Food service, Hose, Rv water hoses

Rv water hose

There’s that moment. The sun is shining. The air feels warm. Soil has been dug. That moment–when the garden has bloomed.

The number of people who gardened from spring 2013 to spring 2014 was 113.5 million. It’s a hobby for some, a craft for those who put the work in, and a field of study for those that do the research. But the end result is that moment when all the hard work, the digging, the planting, observing which areas have the most sunlight…all pays off.

The flowers that can be planted:

  • Geraniums
  • Daisies
  • Phlox
  • Hibiscus
  • Roses
  • Pansies
  • And many others

Growing a garden free of weeds, with the correct sunlight, the strongest soil, the most nutrient rich compost…all takes a strong effort, caring after the flowers day after d

Is Your Air Conditioner Not Working? Here Is What You Can Do

Written by Eric Brophy. Posted in Air conditioning service, Jupiter ac repair, Mold caused by malfunctioning air conditioner

Central air broken

When it comes to having a comfortable and relaxing home life, much of it depends squarely on the kind of home appliances that you have available at home. If you live in areas that experience extremes of weather, it is important that you have the right kind of home appliances installed properly and maintained efficiently, to ensure that you have the most comfortable environment possible inside your home. Air conditioners and climate control systems are used by a large amount of families in the country, and for good reason. If you are looking to find the right air conditioner for your home, or have had one for a while and thinking of making a change, there are important things to consider.

Is your air conditioner not working according to your expectations? This can often happen due to lapses in main