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3 Great Benefits of High-Efficiency Toilets

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High-Efficiency Toilets

According to the EPA, toilets are the main source of water usage in residential buildings, accounting for roughly 30 percent of a home’s total water bill. With such a large portion of water going to the toilet, it’s in your best interest to conserve whenever possible. Breakthroughs in toilet technology have allowed toilets to use 1.28 gallons of water per flush instead of the normal 1.6 gallons while operating with the same efficiency. If you’ve never thought about a high-efficiency toilet in your Lubbock, Texas, home, check out some of the benefits you’re missing out on.

Save Money

Because high-efficiency toilets’ lower water usage by about 20 percent compared to regular toilets, you’re in for some substantial savings. This can translate to a monthly savings of 20 percent or even more if you have old-school toilets that can use anywhere from 3 gallons to 6 gallons per flush. Plus, the improved efficiency can also translate into fewer repairs.

Amazing Performance

Even though high-efficiency toilets use less water, they’re actually every bit as powerful as other models. As soon as you drop the handle, you’ll notice the water escape with a ferocity that’s as impressive as a jet engine. Not only does this remove waste, but it helps prevent any sewer backups from happening.

Reduce Water Usage With a Dual-Flush Toilet

Popular in Europe, Australia, and several other places around the world, dual-flush toilets are a way to reduce your water usage and save money even more. These toilets have two buttons on them, with one for a number one and the other for a number two. When used appropriately, the dual-flush system uses less water than even most high-efficiency toilets, reducing the number of gallons of water you use daily and adding to your savings.

With so many spectacular benefits of a high-efficiency toilet, you should definitely consider replacing one or all the toilets in your home. If you want to get the installation done right, call BTAC today at 806-589-1014.

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Choosing the Right Faucet

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 Right Faucet

When considering upgrades for your kitchen or bathroom, your faucet is one thing in your Lubbock, Texas, home that isn’t just about looks. Although aesthetics are important, the right faucet could also make your life easier and be safer for your home.

Energy-Efficient Upgrades

A popular choice for energy-conscious consumers are low-flow faucets. A faucet aerator or a low-flow faucet significantly cuts your water consumption. You likely won’t notice much of a difference in the water pressure, but you will notice a difference with your water bill. You should definitely consider a low-flow when you’re upgrading, and consider installing an affordable aerator for the faucets in your home that aren’t ready for upgrades. 

Technological Advances

When choosing a new faucet, you may want to consider technological advances for your home. Consider a motion-sense or touchless for your kitchen or bathroom and turn your faucet on and off just by waving your hand. This also senses when something like a cup is underneath the faucet. Although this technology is a little pricey, it also is energy-efficient and will reduce water usage in your home. The touchless faucet is also a good way to prevent spreading germs in your home. 

Single of Double Handled Faucets

When considering a faucet, you should also consider whether you want a single-handle or double-handled one. For many people, the difference is just in appearance, but for some, it can make a real difference. A single-handled faucet is much easier to work than a double, making this option recommended more appropriate for those with arthritis or older generations. Many kids just grab and turn one of the knobs, which could cause harm if they go for the hot. A single-handled knob is more appropriate for children since it’s less likely to be turned toward the full-hot direction. 

If you have questions about which type might be right for your plumbing needs, we are the people to call. Contact BTAC at 806-589-1014 to schedule an appointment today. 

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Should You Keep The House Sealed to Prevent Allergies?

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allergies or sick

If you’re prone to seasonal allergies during allergy season, then sealing up your Lubbock, Texas, is quite tempting, but that might be counterproductive. Depending on the cause of your allergy symptoms, you might sacrifice your home’s indoor air quality and your health by not getting fresh air.

Distinguishing Allergies

Before trying to prevent your allergy symptoms, you need to make sure the problems are actually caused by allergens. People are more prone to viruses in the fall and can mistake those viruses for allergies. Low humidity is also a trigger for allergy-like symptoms like a runny or stuffy nose, which people confuse for allergies. Key differences are that allergies tend to last longer and are more constant. After determining if seasonal allergies are really the problem, then you can decide what’s best for your household.

Indoor Air Quality Concerns

Indoor air quality issues are also a cause of allergy-like symptoms in your home. If you have poor indoor air quality, it’s just as bad to seal up your home as it is to come into contact with outdoor allergens. Have the indoor air quality tested before sealing up your home, and carry out strategies to improve indoor air quality. Brush and groom pets regularly, dust, vacuum, and don’t smoke in the house. Don’t forget to check and replace your air filter often as well.

Finding a Balance

If you have seasonal allergies, you want to limit your contact with those allergens. Sealing up your home is important for energy-efficiency, but you need to make sure the air inside is clean as well. If you’re not sure that allergies are the problem, enjoy the fresh air as much as possible, and save energy by keeping the windows open as opposed to using your air conditioner during the fall or spring. 

If you have air quality or HVAC concerns, we are the people to call. Contact Bruce Thorton Air Conditioning at 806-589-1014 to schedule an appointment with an experienced HVAC contractor today.

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Going Tankless Means More Comfort

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Tankless Water Heating

If you’re in the market for a new water heater, it’s important to know that you don’t just have to replace your old system with the same standard model. Instead, a tankless model could be the ideal choice for your Southland, Texas, home. Find out how a tankless water heater works and why this type of system could offer more comfort for your family.

Enjoy Unlimited Hot Water

Unlike conventional storage tank water heaters, which warm water until you’re ready to use it, tankless water heaters operate on demand. Every time you take a shower, turn on the dishwasher, or wash a load of clothes, a tankless water heater warms up only as much water as you need, right when you need it. That means your supply of hot water is almost unlimited, and you can look forward to hot water at any time of day or night. Now, that’s comfort!

Waste Less Energy

Since standard water heaters work around the clock to keep dozens of gallons of water warm, they aren’t as energy-efficient as you might like. Because tankless models work on demand, however, they’re up to 34 percent more efficient than storage tank water heaters in the average home. Since tankless water heaters are so efficient, you can keep comfortable while saving money on wasted energy.

Regain Space

If you’ve dealt with a standard water heater for years, you know that these models require specific placement and quite a bit of extra space. So you might be surprised at just how much flexibility a tankless model offers. Install it on an out-of-the-way wall, and reclaim all that lost space you’ve been missing.

Whether you’re ready to upgrade your outdated water heater or you want to learn more about tankless models, we’re here to help with all your plumbing needs. Call Bruce Thornton Air Conditioning today at 806-589-1014.

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How Can I Know if I Have a Gas Leak?

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Beware Gas Leaks

In recent news, there have been several house explosions from gas leaks. While that’s an extreme outcome from having a gas leak, it’s not an impossibility. Fortunately for those in the Lubbock area, these explosions were elsewhere. Gas leaks are quite dangerous and threaten both your family’s safety and health.

Signs You Might Have a Gas Leak

The most obvious sign of a gas leak is a stinky smell. Gases used in homes for appliances and heating are odorless, so manufacturers add ethyl mercaptan because its potent “rotten egg” smell is easily noticeable. People sometimes say gas smells like sulfur or cooked cabbage.

When air gets saturated with gas, it doesn’t contain enough oxygen for adequate breathing. Symptoms of a gas leak might include headache, dizziness, confusion, nausea, and sleepiness. If symptoms decrease once you’re outside in fresh air, there might be an indoor leak.

Appliances like your stove, water heater, or furnace have pilot lights that stay lit constantly. When you use one of these, check the pilot for a blue flame, which means there’s a correct ratio. A yellow or orange flame could indicate a leak.

If plants in your home die without reason, a leak may be the culprit, especially if the plants are near a gas appliance. Outside, if unexplained patches of dead grass appear or dead plants are surrounded by healthy, green ones, have your lines checked.

What to Do if You Suspect a Leak

Get out of the house right away! The smallest spark can trigger an explosion or fire. Call your utility company and then a professional.

How Our Professionals Can Help

Our skilled technicians will check your gas lines for leaks. We’ll quickly repair or replace the line so your family can get back to life in your home.

If you suspect a gas leak or your gas bill has mysteriously increased, give Bruce Thornton Air Conditioning in Lubbock a call at 806-589-1014 today. We’re here to help with any questions or concerns.

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