Gibson's Heating and Plumbing
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Gibson's Heating and Plumbing would like to thank all our customers for choosing us for their plumbing, heating, air conditioning and geothermal needs. Here are are few comments from our loyal customers this month!

"Shane and Paul were awesome! Both very professional and polite. Explained everything they needed to do and then showed me everything they did! They answered all of my questions and they left everything as neat as it was when they arrived! Both were personable and easy to communicate with. This company is the only one we turn to for heating/ac/plumbing issues! Thanks guys!!!!"
– Facebook Review By Kelli Martin A. on 06/22/17

"All staff have been awesome! Heath, Dave, Paul and Shane! Very professional and courteous. All are friendly and easy to communicate with. Always leave areas clean and tidy."
– Review Buzz on 06/24/17

"Gibson's is always on time, and very professional. They give you several options when quoting the repairs you that will get you through, or the complete repair and the total cost on the spot. I appreciate honest and up front communication. Tom B. did a great job, and left my house just as clean as it was before the repairs!"
– Google+ By Lee G. on 06/19/17

"Air conditioner needed some serious help.....called and Kevin/ Austin came fixed it within a short time....very polite and professional guys.....Thank you so much......your help was appreciated..."
–BBB By Joyce B. on 06/13/17

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During the summer months, does the upper level of your home feel hot and stuffy while the lower levels are freezing cold? In multi-level homes it's not uncommon for there to be an 8-10 degree difference between the lowest level and the highest level in the home during the summer months. Here are some steps you can take to even out the temperatures.

First, it's important to leave all of the air ducts open throughout the house. Central heating and cooling systems are designed to work with the air volume of every room. Closing air ducts can reduce the performance of the system and waste energy.

Leaky Ductwork
Even minor leaks from poorly aligned or uninsulated ducts can dramatically reduce airflow, making it difficult for conditioned air to reach the outer reaches of the home. An HVAC professional can help find and seal leaks with with special pressurizing equipment.

Check Insulation Levels
Improving attic insulation can mitigate air leaks and can reduce the effect of environmental factors on the temperature inside of the home. The US Department of Energy has some great tips for installing insulation here.

Consider a Zoning System
A zoning system allows you to control the temperature on multiple levels of the home independently using thermostats installed on each floor. The thermostats are rigged to control panels that adjust dampers installed inside your ductwork.

In addition to balancing the temperature on different floors, a zoned system will allow you to heat or cool individual rooms on demand, or close off unused rooms entirely.

Have questions about maintaining even temperatures throughout your home? Give Gibson's Heating and Plumbing a call, we can help.

If you are considering replacing your old central air conditioner, there are a few important things to consider when it comes to selecting a new AC unit for your home.

1. Reliability - An air conditioner is a major investment that you will depend on for years to come. Do your research and go with a proven brand and you'll reduce the chances of having problems down the road.

2. Efficiency - By choosing an EnergyStar® rated system you can save you up to 30% on your annual cooling bill.

3. Variable Speed Operation - One of the features that has improved heating and cooling efficiency and comfort in the past decade is variable speed operation. By more precisely controlling the speed of the fans, the system runs quieter and provides more advanced control.

4. Professional Installation - The most important day in the life of your air conditioner is the day it's installed. Proper sizing and correct installation is critical. Choose a heating and cooling company with experience and one that stands behind their work, now and down the road.

5. Indoor Air Quality - To reduce indoor pollution consider attaching a whole house air cleaner to your furnace or air handler. You can have peace of mind knowing your new system is capturing small contaminants that can cause health problems.

Have questions about choosing a new air conditioner? Call Gibson's Heating and Plumbing. We're here to help.
Your central air conditioner works hard to keep your home cool during the hot and humid summer days. However, much of the heat and humidity could actually be coming from inside your home. Here are the main heat sources in the home that can make your AC work harder.

1. Lighting - If you're using incandescent light bulbs as much as 90% of the energy sent to the bulb is converted to heat. Consider upgrading to more energy efficient CFL or LED, which run much cooler while using far less electricity.

2. Cooking - Kitchens are a major source of heat and humidity inside the home. When the weather is hot, cook outside on a grill or use a microwave instead of an oven or range.

3. Laundry - Clothes dryers generate a lot of heat and humidity. Consider hanging clothes outside on a laundry line. Or, have an exhaust fan installed in the laundry room to vent the hot air outside.

4. Dishwashers - During hot weather washing dishes in the sink will reduce heat and humidity. If you run the dishwasher turn off the heat dry and let the dishes air dry instead.
If your water heater is not heating enough or is running out of hot water too fast, there are many possible causes. Here are some of the most common.

1. The Dip Tube Is Broken

Cold water enters the water heater through the dip tube where it is forced to the bottom of the tank for quick heating. When the tube is broken the water remains at the top of the tank, where the hot water outlet is, causing it to return cold water with the heated water.

2. Sediment Has Built Up at the Bottom of the Tank

Over time, minerals in the water can build up at the bottom of the water heater tank where the burner is located. This causes a gradual reduction in heating efficiency that will make the water heater work harder and eventually resulting in less hot water. Flushing the tank annually will prevent sediment build up.

3. The Heating System Is Malfunctioning

Most water heater problems occur with these systems:
  • Thermal switch
  • Thermostat
  • Heating element

A licensed plumber should inspect the water heater and repair the pasts as needed.

4. Hot Water Heater Is Too Far From Where It's Needed

If the water eventually heats up, the problem is sometime a hot water tank that is too far from where it's needed. In the cold months in particular, pipes will cool the hot water before it reaches the faucet where it's needed. Insulating the pipes can help reduce heat loss.

5. The Water Heater Tank Is Undersized

If you have recently noticed that your water heater suddenly seems to supply less hot water, or runs out suddenly, it could be that your water heater tank is too small to keep up with demand. Installing a larger tank or tankless water heater will ensure that you have all the water your household needs.

Have questions about your hot water heater? Call Gibson's Heating and Plumbing, we can help.
For most homeowners a water heater is something hidden away in the basement or closet that never comes to mind until the hot water stops flowing. A tank-style water heater will generally last 8-12 years. By inspecting your water heater at least once year and performing some basic maintenance steps, you can ensure that you are getting the maximum lifespan from the unit. Here's what to check.
  1. Is the supply of hot water inconsistent? Sudden drops in hot water supply could signal a problem with the burner, or a build up of sediment in the tank.
  2. Is it making unusual sounds? Gurgling sounds coming from a hot water heater are often a sign that sediment has built up at the bottom of the tank. Flushing the tank regularly can prevent sediment build up.
  3. Are there burn marks at the base of the water heater? This is often a symptom of combustion back drafting. Because this is a safety issue, have the water heater inspected by a professional plumber.
  4. Check for proper ventilation. Ensure the draft hood is securely connected. The flu should be properly connected using a minimum of three screws per joint. Flues that are run out a chimney should be properly lined and connected to prevent carbon monoxide from re-entering the home.
  5. Is there a drain pan under the water heater? If the water heater is on an upper level of the home, a drain pan will ensure that water leaks do not cause damage to the floor and ceiling below in the event of a leak.
  6. Ensure a drip pipe is in place and is not leaking. The T&P or pressure relief valve should have a pipe that extends 6 inches from the floor.
  7. Ensure that there are no combustable materials near the water heater.
Need help maintaining your water heater? Call Gibson's Heating and Plumbing, we can help with all your hot water needs.
If you're ready to replace or upgrade your window air conditioners, you may want to consider a ductless, or mini-split system instead. While initial installation costs are usually higher, in most cases a ductless system will offer better aesthetics, efficiency, convenience and versatility that will pay for itself.

Here are a few of the advantages ductless systems offer versus window AC units.
  1. No window needed. A window air conditioner blocks the view outside and can present security issues. Window AC units can also be unsightly both inside and outside the home. Ductless systems are typically small, narrow units that can be mounted up high near the ceiling or in the floor where they won't get in the way.
  2. Heating. In addition to cooling, some ductless systems can provide heating.
  3. Expandability. Mini-split systems can be connected together to cool and heat up to 8 rooms.
  4. Less Noise. Because the condenser is located outside the house, ductless mini-split systems are typically much quieter than window air conditioners.
  5. Advanced Features. With some models you can monitor and adjust your ductless system with a remote control and create programs and schedules from your smartphone or tablet.
If you're considering replacing your window air conditioners with a ductless cooling system, call Gibson's Heating and Plumbing. We can help answer all your questions.
As the population continues to age, many homeowners are finding that their home does not provide the level safety and convenience that it once did. Bathrooms in particular can present safety and access issues. Thankfully, their are many ways you can update your bathroom to increase your safety and improve your quality of life as you age.

Updating a bathroom to make it more safe and user friendly doesn't have to involve a complete remodel. Some bathroom upgrades can be performed with a few simple skills and basic tools.
  1. Toilets - Low toilets can make it difficult for individuals with low mobility. Installing taller "comfort height" toilets, as well as grab bars, can make access much easier. Ensure that grab bars are securely anchored to studs with screws.
  2. Faucets - Faucets with knobs or hard to turn levers can be replaced with designs that use large paddle style levers or a single lever. Motion detecting faucets offer effortless function.
  3. Showers and Bathtubs - Grab bars can be attached to provide secure entry and exit. A stable shower seat combined with a hand-held shower head will allow for bathing while seated. Shower curtains can be easier to operate and provide greater access than shower doors.
  4. Floors – To prevent slips, use rubber-backed rugs and ensure that showers and tubs have good traction.
  5. Lighting - Good lighting is essential to any safe and user-friendly bathroom design. With compact, bright LED lighting you have light exactly where you need it, even in the shower.
Have questions about making your bathroom safer and more accessible? Call Gibson's Heating and Plumbing. We can help with all your plumbing upgrade needs.
If your air conditioner is more than 10 years old, you may be surprised by how far home cooling technology has improved. These are just a few of the advancements that you can expect with a new central air conditioner.

Less noise - Advanced designs with quieter fans and newer refrigerants have enabled air conditioners to run much quieter than previous generations.

Green - Unlike the Freon® coolant used over a decade ago that caused damage to the earth's ozone layer, newer R410A are environmentally friendly and also perform better.

Reduced Energy Consumption - Decades ago it was not uncommon for a central air conditioner to consume 6,000 watts of electricity every hour to cool a typical house. Today, that level has been reduced to around 1,700 watts an hour, thanks to technology like variable speed fans and scroll compressors.

Have questions about central air conditioners? Call Gibson's Heating and Plumbing. We can help answer all your home cooling questions.
With over 50 percent of the average household's energy bill going towards heating and cooling, many homeowners are looking for economical and greener alternatives than traditional gas, oil or electric systems.

Geothermal works on the simple principle that regardless of the temperature above ground, the temperature deep underground is very consistent. This means that during the hot summer months, the underground temperature is often much cooler than the ambient air temperature. During the cold winter months, the underground temperature is warmer than the outside air.

The take advantage of this temperature difference, geothermal systems act like a large heat pump, extracting the warm air underground during the winter and exchanging it with the cooler air inside the home, then reversing the process in the summer to cool the home.
The result is a renewable source of heating and cooling that provides a virtually supply of energy.

While a geothermal system does require electricity to power the heat pump, it uses far less power than a conventional central heating and cooling system. For every one dollar of electricity used they return up to four dollars of heat.

Have questions about geothermal heating and cooling for your home? Give Gibson's Heating and Plumbing a call, we can help answer all you questions.
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