Forgot About The Air Filter Again?

Air Filter Replacement


Boise Heating & CoolingWhy is it Important to Change my Filters on a Timely Basis?

The frequency of Air Filter Replacements is best determined by a heating and cooling professional. Heating and cooling units differ in size and output.

A licensed heating and cooling expert can assist with determining how often filters should be changed based on the specification of your unit. This is based on the size of the home vs. the size of the heating and cooling unit. Some homes have dual systems due to the home's custom built size.

It is important to change your filters on a timely basis to avoid reducing the heating and cooling unit's operating efficiency. The unit has to work harder to provide heating and cooling when the filter becomes clogged with dust particles. This is often the cause of damage to the unit that may require costly repairs.

Climate Affects Timely Change of Filter

The other factor of importance in the frequency of changing filters is use. Heating units in some certain climates get more use due to early colder temperatures. The reverse is true in high heat climates where cooling units are used sooner and more often. The other issue is the type of filter the unit requires. Today's filters are manufactured for longer wear, efficiency and durability. HEPA filters are todays most popular. HEPA filters provide more protection from airborne allergens. This results in higher levels of indoor air quality. Filters are sold in a wide range of sizes that meet heating and cooling unit standards.

How Often Should it be Replaced?

Air FilterWhen all of the specifications of the unit, the size of the home or commercial building and the volume of use are considered, filters should be replaced when they appear to be coated with dust particles. The volume of dust depends on how well maintained air ducts are.

Filters need to be replaced more often when air ducts have not been properly and regularly cleaned. When air ducts are maintained, filters are changed less often, depending on the type of filter fabric. It's best to consult with a heating and cooling professional on the best type of filter fabric for your particular unit.

Change Your Filters or Replace Them?

Air quality within a home or commercial building emits a dusty odor or increases allergens in air streams. This is a sign your filter needs to be changed or replaced.

Does your Boise home need urgent air filter replacement? Dial (208) 466-9447 now to contact Wickstrom Plumbing Heating & Cooling's top notch services. 

Get Rid That Nasty Kitchen Smell With One Call

Maintaining a Garbage Disposal


Garbage DisposalGarbage disposals are wonderful and necessary appliances; however, they can quickly become smelly and awful. There is nothing quite as awful than a terrible odor coming through your kitchen, giving you a loss of appetite and an overall disgusting feeling.

Do this First!

Before you do anything about your smelly garbage disposal, it is import to first find out what is causing your garbage disposal to smell so bad. There are various causes of a smelly garbage disposal such as chicken skins, animal fat, egg shells, celery, beans and vegetable peels.

Garbage Disposal Cleaning Steps

There are some simple steps you can take to clean your garbage disposal such as first running hot water down the sink. Then, put a mixture of hot water and degreasing dish soap down the drain. Follow this mixture with two minutes of hot water. The next step is to turn off the power to your garbage disposal, take a bottle brush and scrub the black flaps on the drain and go far down into the disposal—only as safely as you can reach. Next, turn off the power to your disposal again and put three cups of ice cubes down your disposal. The ice will sharpen the blades and get rid of any remaining goo and gunk out of your disposal.

Maintaining your Garbage Disposal

Boise PlumbingTo maintain your garbage disposal, always run the water in the disposal while it is grinding up your food. Do this for at least 30 seconds after the food has finished grinding. Another tip is to every week rinse hot water and baking soda or hot water and dish soap down your disposal. This will clean out your disposal. Or, put a load of ice cubes through the disposal once a month. However, if all of the above doesn’t work, call you plumber and have him replace your garbage disposal.

To conclude, no one likes a smelly garbage disposal and it can be embarrassing when friends and family members gather for special mean at your home. However, there are things you can do, as mentioned above, that can solve this problem. If after trying to clean your garbage disposal and you find that nothing is working, that is the time to call your plumber. He has the knowledge and experience to get your drain going again or replace it with a new one.

If your home is in need of garbage disposal services, call Wickstrom Plumbing Heating & Cooling at (208) 466-9447 for the best services in the Boise area. 

Save Money With A Thermostat Today!

Benefits of a Thermostat Upgrade


Thermostat InstallationA thermostat is a means of making sure that a room or home is cooled or heated to a temperature the homeowner desires. The right thermostat is often essential if the person's home or office space is to be heated or cooled effectively. Many types of thermostats are available for purchase. Most people own a standard thermostat. This kind of thermostat can provide basic heating and cooling choices that allow the homeowner to heat or cool their home as necessary.

How Does a Wi-Fi Thermostat Work?

Newer thermostats are also available. One of the most common is known as a wi-fi thermostat. A wi-fi offers several advantages over that of the standard, traditional thermostat. The wi-fi thermostat works by allowing the user to program it to their exact specifications. The user can do so when standing directly in front of the thermostat or from a cell phone or other device that uses wi-fi technology and allows for internet access.

Can It Save Me Money?

Heating & CoolingThis kind of thermostat thus offers the homeowner several important advantages over traditional thermostats. These advantages can help the homeowner potentially save money on their heating and cooling bills. A wi-fi thermostat allows the user to make very specific changes in their home's use of heating and cooling energy. For example, if you come home everyday at five in the evening but aren't home the rest of the day, you can program the thermostat to start heating your home to your desired temperature before you get home. You can also program the heat to remain off when you are not home.

This can help the user save money when they are not home by not having the heat on unnecessarily. The user can also program the thermostat from a remote location. If they are running late, this means they can use their smartphone to make sure the heat isn't on until much later. The user may later find out that their wife will be home earlier than expected. They can have the wi-fi thermostat turned on a little earlier in order to provide a warm home when she walks in the door.

A wi-fi thermostat can also help users track down how much money they are spending on heating and cooling costs and suggest ways to reduce such costs. This can easily help the buyer pay off the cost of purchasing the thermostat and have lowered energy costs as well.

Is the varying temperature in your Boise home making you consider a thermostat installation? Call Wickstrom Plumbing Heating & Cooling today at (208) 466-9447 for top quality installation services.

Plumbing Rule You Must Never Forget

Drain Clog Prevention


Drain CleaningClogged drains are frustrating for home owners the world over. While major drains can clog and lead to your sink being overfilled and damaging your kitchen, slow draining sinks are also annoying and irritating to have over a long period of time and should be fixed with professional Drain Cleaning services.

What are the typical causes of clogged drains.

One of the most common causes of a clogged drains is simply food or other waste matter that gets stuck in the drain and prevents the functioning of the drains in a normal matter. There are sometimes obvious causes that lead to clogged drains such as a large piece of food that gets stuck in the drain or a liquid that congeals.

Another thing that can lead to a clogged drain is an outside impediment. An example of this could be a tree root that grows next to a pipe and exerts pressure on the pipe causing it to bend inward. This can lead to a blocked pipe that is not clear and free of debris and can be easily clogged as a result. Other plant matter such as tree roots can become lodged in a drain and can prevent the pipe from operating effectively.

Finally, sometimes plumbing systems are poorly designed by bad plumbers or do it yourselfers who create sharp 90 degree angles that lead to pipes that become very easily blocked with debris. If you are having a new plumbing system built in your home it is essential to always use a licensed plumber who can design your plumbing system in an effective way to reduce the risk for clogs.

How can I keep drains from being clogged?

Boise PlumberFirst, make sure no large pieces of food go down your drain and use a drain catcher to prevent this from happening. Never poor oil or other liquids that can congeal down your drain. In addition, avoid using chemicals that you put down your drain to clear clogs as they can damage the integrity of the pipes and lead them to be more easily clogged.

Finally, have your system inspected by a plumber on an annual basis to make sure that it is working effectively. Many plumbers use high tech augers which can go deep into your plumbing system to make sure that it is effectively designed and operating in a sound manner. If a problem does come up avoid trying to fix it yourself and contact a high quality plumber with the skills and know how to solve your problem.

Are you looking for Drain Cleaning services in the Boise area? Look no further than Wickstrom Plumbing Heating & Cooling, call us today at (208) 466-9447. 

The One Home Tip You Must Never Forget

Heating & Cooling Systems' Air Quality


Air QualityThese days, many homeowners are attempting to optimize their living space by making it as healthy and functional as possible. However, many of these homeowners are unaware that indoor air quality can play a primary role in determining the quality of one's private living space. To learn more about this important issue, please review the brief outline that appears below.

The Importance Of Indoor Air Quality

Indoor air quality is an important topic to discuss for many reasons, including the fact that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that exposure to pollutants in the air can greatly exceed those found outdoors. Although broadly defined, air quality basically references how clean and well-functioning the air coming from your AC is. There are a plethora of factors that can compromise the purity of your air, some of which can include dirt and debris in your filter. When your air becomes impure and you ingest it, you can expose yourself and other loved ones to a plethora of health problems. Some of these problems include dry, itchy eyes and allergy-type symptoms such as watery eyes and sneezing.

Determining Your Indoor Air Quality

Boise HVAC ServicesIn order to determine the air quality of an individual's home, professionals will collect air samples, monitor human exposure to possible contaminants, and collect samples on the surfaces of the building. Indoor air quality is classified as a component under the broader umbrella of indoor environmental quality (IEQ), and this wider field also includes the psychological and physical aspects of indoor life such as thermal comfort, acoustics, visual quality, and lighting.

What Does An Air Handler Do For My System?

Air handlers are helpful for your AC system because they circulate conditioned air that has been produced by HVAC machines in your house. When you have a high quality air handler, it is quite easy to humidify, dehumidify, or filter your air stream whenever necessary.

How We Can Help

Our company is comprised of passionate professionals who love optimizing your AC equipment to provide you with the cool, clean air that you need in order to feel comfortable in your private living space. By optimizing your air quality and air handler, we'll ensure that your home life with family and friends is convenient and fun

Concerned about the air quality inside your Boise home? Take action and call Wickstrom Plumbing Heating & Cooling today at (208) 466-9447. 

Must Know Home Owning Tip!

Saving Money With Preventive Plumbing Maintenance


Boise PlumberTo ensure that your vehicle runs efficiently all year, you bring it to a mechanic for an annual tune-up. Letting this go too long and your vehicle can experience engine failure. The same can be said about the plumbing in your home. Neglecting to have preventative maintenance performed on your plumbing and eventually something is going to break and cause you serious money to repair.

Modern Technology Makes Things Easier

In the past, when you hired your local plumbing company to inspect the system, they had to use visual techniques to diagnose problems. With today's preventative maintenance technology, the plumbing specialist can see inside the pipes just as easy as they can the outside. Today a plumber can use a pressure testing device to locate any weak spots in the pipes. These weak spots can easily become areas of trouble and lead to a serious plumbing emergency. The plumber also has access to in-line cameras that can travel deep down into the pipes to see if any problems exist. These cameras allow the plumber to be able to maintain the health of the pipes, basically extending their life much longer into the future.

Preparing Your Drains Properly

Plumbing MaintenanceThe kitchen drains especially are subject to all types of food particles that can easily cause a clog and slow down the flow of water down the pipes. The garbage disposal is supposed to turn the food into liquid, and when it is not working properly it send larger pieces of food into the drain. Your local plumbing professional will clear the lines with organic cleaning solutions so that any contaminants virtually slide right down the drain. This will ensure that no back ups will occur in the sinks, and help to keep the integrity of the pipe. Using store bough drain cleaners will eventually wear down the strength of the pipes, causing bigger problems in the near future.

How Does Preventative Maintenance Save Money?

Regardless what the cost for a years worth of preventative maintenance, it is a fraction of what the cost to fix a plumbing emergency. One broken hot water pipe and in addition to paying for the plumbers time, you may need to replace carpet, furniture, and even sheet rock in the walls. Damage from plumbing emergencies can easily run in the thousands of dollars. Having the system inspected and treated annually will save you money every year.

Looking to save money in the long run? Call Wickstrom Plumbing Heating & Cooling today at (208) 466-9447 for plumbing maintenance services in the Boise area.

Must Know Water Leak Prevention Tips

Precautions For Water Leaks


Boise PlumberIt can be frustrating discovering a new water leak in your home. Speaking from experience this is an issue only a licensed plumber should take care of as they can take care of the leak but any underlying problems that caused the leak.

New Leak Protocol

You are home and hear rain falling inside? This is not rain but a small leak that is rapidly getting bigger. What do you do?

Like most of us, you shut off the water main in hopes of fixing this yourself. I have learned the hard way to never try to fix plumbing issues yourself. If there is a leak it is most likely caused by an underlying issue. Keep the water off if possible and call the plumber to come in. Once the plumber arrives, they will not only check the leaking area but check surrounding areas to make sure there is no problem to any other structures.

What Can a Plumber Do?

Water LeakIn these situations the plumber will become your best friend. Make sure you have an open line of communication in regards to the water leak or any underlying issues. Your plumber is just like your doctor. Be sure to mention any past issues that you have had with your pipes, previous water leaks, or when the pipes were last replaced. Do not be alarmed if the plumber mentions replacing a section of pipe or a valve. Like most things pipes and valves can wear out with time and need to be replaced.

The Effects of a Leak

If you know that you have a small leak but are worried about the costs of a plumber don’t wait. Small leaks can cause huge problems such as: extensive water damage to ceilings, walls or foundations, or spreading black mold. Both of these issues would cost considerably more to repair than your small leak.

If you happen to have these issues, your plumber can help refer you to companies certified in water damage restoration or the removal of black mold. Again do not attempt to remove these things yourself especially black mold as removing mold without the proper protective gear can cause health issues.

Is there a pesky leak troubling you? Call Wickstrom Plumbing Heating & Cooling today at (208) 466-9447 for quick and effective plumbing services in the Boise area.


Clogged Furnace? Time For Inspection

How Often Should My Furnace Be Tuned Up?


Boise HVACChanging the filter on your furnace is an important job that is often forgotten. It is literally out of sight and out of mind, until you become aware of smelling a stale aroma in the air of your home. The dust mites can be seen clearly as they float in the ray's of the sunbeam. The family is sneezing and coughing more than usual. These are the behaviors that alert the homeowner to check the furnace filter. We can help you with our furnace tune-up services.

How Often Should I Change My Furnace Filter?

Some furnaces have a two fold purpose, they heat and cool off the home. The filters should be checked and changed from once a month or every ninety days, depending on your lifestyle. The filter will not be able to collect the dust, dirt, particles of bacteria and other allergens in the air if the filter is clogged. Pet dander will add to the collection of debris that has settled on the filter. If the home is located near or in the forest or a large population of plants, particles of pollen will be floating in the air. These particles settle on all the surfaces in the home. The furnace is blowing the loose dust and dirt from the filter into the air.

The electric bill is higher because the furnace is working harder and the energy is wasted. The dust and dirt can damage the internal workings of the furnace because of a clogged filter. This could result in buying a brand new furnace. Changing the filter with the recommendation of the manufacturer is the best solution to save money.

Furnace Repair Why Your Furnace Should Be Checked Each Year

The HVAC fellows are trained and have excellent skills and years of experience in checking the furnace for any problems.

If you have an oil, heat pump or gas furnace, having it checked yearly is a wise decision. Some furnaces work throughout the year. They can replace and repair any furnace components that are needed. The HVAC fellow has an extensive checklist to follow. They check the air filter to where the heat flows through the pipes and the vents. They can tell you different ways to clean the debris off the vents. Call the HVAC fellow, they are the experts in their field.

Serving your Boise community everyday. Give Wickstrom Plumbing Heating & Cooling a call at (208) 466-9447 for guaranteed quality furnace inspection services!

Remodeling Your Kitchen? We Can Help!

Why Do I Need a Plumber to Remodel My Kitchen?

Kitchen RemodelingWhy Do I Need a Plumber for This Job?

Kitchen remodeling is an option for people looking to have a contemporary home without the rigors of a real estate sale and the logistics involved with moving a family. Remodeling can also be an option in buying a cheaper home in a high end neighborhood or to update a home for sale. All of these are options because remodeling for profit is not an easy task. In fact, most home renovations will not recoup the money that is put into them. However, kitchen remodels can sometimes recoup up to 90 percent of the renovation’s costs. This is the case when the remodels are done correctly both in design and construction. Good carpenters and finish people are obviously necessary for the proper design, but designers, architects and plumbers are also. In the planning process, architects and designers will consult with master plumbers and plumbing engineers to determine the capacity of the space to be modified. Plumbers can advise on the specifics and costs of relocating certain devices and components of the kitchen, as well as, requirements for certain appliances. This can save the designers and homeowners the expense of hiring inspectors without knowing of existing problems that can be addressed prior.

Boise PlumberWhat Are The Benefits?

In smaller or do it yourself renovations, plumbers can advise the homeowner and renovation team of any existing problems, as well as, new technology and local code issues that an inexperienced remodeler may encounter. In addition, plumbers can map the existing pipe structure. This will enable the contractors to avoid compromising any water or gas pipe. Because master certified plumbers in most cases are also certified for gas and gas appliances, they can be employed for those important renovations or updates. These jobs will have to be inspected by governmental authorities and must be supervised by a licensed master plumber. This is for the safety of the inhabitants of the domicile. Plumbers will also be qualified to advise the homeowners of the proper time to engage in a re piping circumstance. Recent technological advances can retrofit a home’s plumbing with plumbing systems that require very little maintenance. These systems also reduce the risk for breaks and leaks. Because a majority of plumbing is in kitchens and bathrooms, when renovating these areas, retrofitting can be more cost effective at this point. Kitchen renovations should never proceed without a consultation with a reputable licensed plumber.

Are you looking to turn your Boise kitchen into an exquisite space for culinary creations? Call Wickstrom Plumbing Heating & Cooling at (208) 466-9447 for the plumbing help you need to make this dream come true.

Top 7 Heat Pump User Tips

7 Heat Pump User Tips

Boise HVACThe use of heat pumps is trending with homeowners today because it is a proven way to save on energy bills. In general, heating and cooling professionals explain a heat pump as proven devices to provide heating energy from the heat source to an area of a residential or commercial property for improving heating performance and to save money on electricity usage. The homeowners goal is “better heat flow” inside the house. Thus, the heat-pump transfers energy from the home’s heat source to cold spaces and other areas where the heat is needed.

In general, a heat pump is an HVAC unit used for heating or space cooling with a standard “refrigeration operation cycle” to help release heat into a set space rather than just dumping the heated area into the general inside home environment. A homeowner commented online about liking his new heat-pump because it helps draw heat from the cold outside air, and “that means less energy and cost savings.”Heat-pumps save owners money
According to home heating and cooling professionals, the 7 best heat-pump user tips include:
1. Request a home-heating evaluation from your heating and cooling company to determine how you can save money on energy bills by “reducing the load.” In turn, a heat-pump is viewed as both “green” and a time-tested energy saver.2. Because a properly working heat-pump features a control system that drops its output when the outside temperature drops, the use of a heat-pump is highly recommended.3. Posting an interior heat pump unit in a location around the home where a bit of noise from the unit will not bother anyone.

4. Professional heating and cooling experts think the installation of a heat-pump is a great idea, but they recommended thinking hard about protecting your heat-pump from the elements when the unit is placed outside.

5. Always have your heat-pump professionally installed by home heating and cooling experts to ensure there is plenty of piping to avoid the typical “noise transfer.”

6. Professional heating and cooling professionals often comment online about the need for all residential heat-pump owners to understand the “heating seasonal performance factor" because the HSPF helps the owner in best practices for saving energy on heating. For instance, homes located in colder regions of the country have a higher HSPF rating.

7. Decide why size heat-pump is best for your home. For example, a small house requires a smaller heat-pump; while advocates of mini-split heat pump use, say large does not always mean best when it comes to the size of a homeowner’s heat pump.

Heat PumpHeat pumps helps with space heating

In general, the advice from home heating and cooling professionals is to consider the use of this unit to accomplish the work of transferring energy from the heat source to various areas of the home.
Overall, the use of a heat-pump can save lots of money on home energy bills at a time when it is getting colder outside and utility rates are rising. The best advice is to call a home heating and cooling professional to sort you out with a heat-pump.

Want to install a heat pump in your Boise home? Call Wickstrom Plumbing Heating & Cooling at (208) 466-9447 today for quick and reliable services.