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UPDATE: You can only vote for the same company in 3 categories so please choose best AC/Heating service, Plumbing and Customer Service!

Precision PHCE is proud to have won this prestigious award every year for over a decade. In order to continue our fantastic winning streak, we are going to need the help of our loyal customers. So please, visit http://www.dailycamera.com/vote/ and choose Precision under “Best Services, Faces and Places.”

The Daily Camera is choosing 3 random voters to win a $250 visa gift card, so it is definitely worth taking a few minutes to fill out the form!

 

There are a couple quick guidelines to consider:

- You must vote for at least 10 companies within the categories. You can vote for Precision in any category, so please write in our company name under all 4 of the following if you love us!

o 1. AC/Heating Service

o 2. Customer Service

o 3.Plumbing

o 4. Best Local Employer

- Then, write in 6 more local companies for other categories in order to have your votes count.

Voting runs from July 10 – 21 so don’t delay and go vote now! You can also find instructions on how to Mail in or hand-deliver your ballot on the voting page.

So, go to http://www.dailycamera.com/vote/ right now & click through to the Best Services, Faces and Places Category to Support Precision Plumbing, Heating Cooling & Electric and get a change to win $250 from the Daily Camera!

 

 

Thanks Boulder County, we appreciate your votes and are confident that you will choose us once again as the area’s top Home Services Provider!

 

 

precision donates to crpio.org

 

Here at Precision we truly value giving back to the community we live and work in. We believe that local companies have a responsibility to support the area they do business in, and that it creates a beautiful cycle that makes everyone’s lives better. So, we were thrilled to have the opportunity to assist Community Re-Entry Place Inside/Out.

Precision Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electric teamed up with Winair of Longmont to donate 2 coolers to this outstanding organization. CRPIO aids those who are coming back to the community after being incarcerated. This transition can be tough for many people who earn their freedom only to face the struggle of re-entering society with no money, employment or place to live. CRPIO ensures these people can really reform their lives and gives them the support they need to get them headed in the right direction.

The dedicated staff at CRPIO meet individuals as soon as they are released, immediately providing identification and helping them acquire food stamps and proper clothing if needed. Within the first few months, individuals are provided with access to education (GED/Higher Ed) as well as career counseling and assistance in finding employment. They also aid with physical and mental healthcare when necessary.

This outstanding program gives people a second chance and makers our community a better place for everyone. Precision was proud to be able to help them by donating a brand new cooling unit. We were pleased to be able to fill their cooling needs and keep the residents comfortable and healthy  while they work to get back into the community and support themselves.

Unexpectedly, our supplier, Longmont Winair, decided to match our donation and give away one of the coolers free of charge. Words cannot describe how thrilled we were to see that other companies around Boulder County care as much as we do. Precision is proud to be part of a community that comes together to lift up its own!

 

 

You can visit CRPIO.org for more info about Community Re-Entry Place Inside/Out.

Garbage

One common plumbing and drain problem we see is the infamous clogged garbage disposal. So, we compiled this list of 5 items you should avoid sticking down the sink. Some of them may seem obvious, and we clearly cannot cover everything that could do your disposal harm, but this list should help clarify a couple common things that we see mucking up customers’ machines.

1.       Corn husks

With summer upon us, you may find yourself enjoying some fresh ears of corn during a backyard barbeque. Do not make the mistake of tossing the husks into your disposal unit, or you will be in for some trouble.

2.       Fruit skins and cores

Fruit is commonly cut or peeled near the sink, which can lead to accidental spilling of the skins or cores into your drain. Try to place the cutting board several feet away from the sink if possible, or block the drain while preparing your favorite fruits. We have also seen people try to toss some thinner skins like that of a kiwi down into the disposal in the hopes that it will grind up, but this is something we do not recommend.

3.       Oil/grease

Most folks are probably aware that cooking oils or bacon grease (and other oily substances) should not be dumped down the drain. However, it is still one of the most common problems that we come across. After you fry up that delicious, greasy food collect the oils in a dish and dispose of it separately.  You may even be able to save and reuse the oil depending on how dirty it becomes during your first cooking attempt (and what you were preparing). When you are ready to get rid of it, place it in a sealable container and escort it to your local landfill.

4.       Egg shells

When you are cracking eggs it may seem simple to toss the empty shells into the sink. They are relatively weak and could be chopped up by a properly working disposal unit, however too many of them could lead to issues. Egg shells should be discarded with your normal trash to avoid this mistake.

5.       Certain vegetables

Believe it or not, many of your favorite veggies could cause your disposal blades to stick. Anything high in starch (potatoes, asparagus, kale and artichokes to name a few) are made of tough fibers that make them difficult to grind up. Those fibers can get tangled up in the blade, which is a nightmare for the homeowner.

 

If you notice that your home’s garbage disposal is clogged, you may be able to fix it with a simple Allen wrench (hex key) depending on what type of unit you have. If you have the time and can track down your owner’s manual, the manufacturer may have instructions about how to fix minor clogs. Obviously, you should NEVER stick your fingers down into the drain for risk of getting injured by the sharp blades.

If you are unsure about how to safely fix this problem yourself, or simply would prefer the convenience of having it done professionally, contact Precision Plumbing immediately and one of our trained technicians will come out and take care of it for you. We are here to help around the clock.

 

 

 

Air Conditioning is an absolute must have for most Colorado residents to get through the sunny summer months. However, keeping that cold air inside the house is almost as important as running the AC in the first place. When the heat attacks your home, you need to do everything you can to keep the heat out and the cool inside in order to maintain a comfortable life for your family. These 5 simple steps will make sure that you do the best job you can:
1.       Seal Your Walls
The most important factor that determines how well your walls seal your home is insulation. Investigate your insulation to see if it fully covers your wall space and that it is made from up-to-date technology. Once you have proper insulation, look for holes or cracks in the walls themselves. Believe it or not, small spaces left by old or poorly installed electrical outlets can give cold air generated by your AC an outlet of its own.  Take a quick look at all of your electrical outlets and make sure the panels are flush with the walls and seal them with caulking if needed.
2.       Insulate your attic
Speaking of insulation, did you know that attics and lofts in most homes are not sufficiently insulated? Your ceiling and walls at the top of the home should have approximately 12 inches of good insulation all around. Scope out all the corners, nooks and crannies. Remember, the laws of physics are forcing the air conditioned cold to look for ways to escape into the warmer outdoors. You cannot afford to overlook any details in the battle against nature!
3.        Assess your windows
Windows often account for the greatest losses of cold air in people’s homes. These glass openings that lack the insulation present in the other areas of your wall, so of course they cannot keep in the cold nearly as well. They also let in hot sunlight that counteracts all the work your air conditioner is doing.  If you have the budget, tinting your windows with commercial grade film can block a great deal of heat – however it can be pricey depending on the size of your home. Consider getting curtains to block the sunlight and sealing solutions to make sure the edges of the windows are not leaking air.
4.       Block Your doors
Many homeowners make the very modest investment in door draft sweeps to prevent the massive outpour of air that can come through the space at the bottom and on the side of the door jam. These inexpensive, easy to install products are widely available at local hardware stores and online. Plus, they are available in a wide variety of styles (as pictured above). Quickly check the spaces left when your doors are closed and see if this could be the solution for you. In extreme cases, you may even want to replace the door itself and get a new unit professionally installed so that it closes and seals flush.
5.       Get an A/C Tune Up
Air conditioning units, like any other machine, require regular maintenance. Some basic upkeep can make a huge difference in the way your A/C runs, making your home more efficient and saving money on those expensive summertime electric bills. More importantly, a faulty AC could cause a dangerous electrical problem, putting your home and family at risk. Despite the importance of this simple attention to maintenance, many homeowners forget to check up on their AC units until there is a glaring problem (at which point repair or replacement costs could be very high!). Precision’s skilled HVAC technicians are available 7 days a week to perform Check-Ups and Tune-Ups on your home air conditioning units. Prevent a potentially harmful electrical problem or find a small issue before it becomes a big one by having your ac examined by a Precision cooling expert today. Call us now at 303-581-1455. Operators are standing by 24/7 to assist you!

 

When it comes to efficiently heating and cooling a home, having a furnace or air conditioner that is the appropriate size for your house makes a big difference. While we would love to have a rule of thumb to determine what size is best, it is difficult to determine which size system is right for you without having your home evaluated by a professional. For example, depending on how your house was built, one ton of air conditioning could sufficiently cool anywhere from 300-800 square feet of your home.

 

 

Incorrectly sized systems leave homeowners in a tough situation. If the system is too large, the homeowner can pay much more on their utility bill than they should. If it is too small, you may be left with one or more rooms that are not sufficiently heated and/or cooled. To ensure that your system is a perfect fit, you should have a professional perform an in-depth analysis of your home to ensure that you do not waste money on either side of the equation.

 

If you are interested in having a full Comfort Analysis done on your home, please give us a call! Precision Plumbing & Heating will send a qualified Comfort Adviser to take a look free of charge. This will help to ensure that you have a system that meets your home’s needs, as well as your budget!

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