Concerned about the air quality in your home? Contact A&L Plumbing today to schedule an appointment with one of our Air Quality Specialists at 860-599-9600.
Have you recently put in new windows or doors? Considering new insulation for your new home or renovation? Do you see mold? Are you suffering from allergies? Contact us today and let our experienced air quality specialist provide an in home inspection. We can help you answer questions and assist you in improving the air quality for your home, children and pets.
Some of the ways A&L Plumbing can help improve your indoor air quality:
- Ultra Violet Lighting
- Mold Removal
- Thermal Imaging
- Air Exchange
What is your IAQ (indoor air quality)?
(IAQ) is a term which refers to the air quality within and around buildings and structures, especially as it relates to the health and comfort of building occupants. IAQ can be affected by gases (including carbon monoxide, radon, volatile organic compounds), particulates, microbial contaminants (mold, bacteria) or any mass or energy stressors that can induce adverse health conditions. Source control, filtration and the use of ventilation to dilute contaminants are the primary methods for improving indoor air quality in most buildings. Residential units can further improve indoor air quality by routine cleaning of carpets and area rugs. EPA has guidelines for frequency of cleaning based on traffic, number of household members, pets, children and smokers. Carpets and rugs act like an air filter and must be cleaned.
Determination of IAQ involves the collection of air samples, monitoring human exposure to pollutants, collection of samples on building surfaces and computer modelling of air flow inside buildings.
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A&L Plumbing’s Drain Cleaning Specialists are available to assist you today – Call us at 860-599-9600.
Have your found yourself asking these questions? Whats that smell? Where is all this water coming from? Should I have opted for the courtesy flush? Pick up the phone and call someone who cares and has seen it all! A&L Plumbing can provide 24 hour 7 day a week emergency drain cleaning service. 860-599-9600
Backed up Toilet or Sink? Whole building back up? Our drain cleaning service can set that mess free. We have many options available, whether you’re in need of a Drain Cleaning, Hydro-jetting, Sewer Cleaning, Camera Inspection, Leak Detection or even Sewer Location. A&L Plumbing is your number one choice in drain cleaning servicing Westerly, Charlestown, Narragansett, Pawcatuck CT, Watch Hill, Providence and surrounding areas.
Commercial Drain Cleaning Menu:
- Camera Inspection
- Cutting Snake
- Location Detection
- Floor Drain Maintenance
- Grease Trap
- Save time and money with our value plan membership
Contact A&L Plumbing, your licensed professionals for your gas piping and gas service installation or repair today! 860-599-9600
Natural or Propane Gas Piping
Installing a natural or propane gas line to your home is the best source of clean energy available. However, you might think doing the installation yourself or hiring a handyman might save you money but can cost you everything. Protect your family and your home, make sure you hire a professional licensed contractor for your gas line installation. Contact A&L Plumbing today for more information on gas piping.
Natural Gas Leaks
Natural gas is the most widely used source of energy for household heating and cooking, and for the most part it’s quite safe. However, homeowners need to be vigilant about the risk of natural gas leaks. Every year, people die because of undetected or unrecognized gas leaks. The most common cause of death is asphyxiation, but sometimes a gas-filled basement will explode into a fireball that quickly consumes the entire house.
Though natural gas, or methane, isn’t poisonous, it displaces the levels of oxygen we need to breathe. At sea level, the atmosphere contains 21 percent oxygen, and you need at least an 18 percent concentration to breathe normally. As the methane displaces the oxygen in an enclosed space, you’ll start to get dizzy and disoriented, lose concentration and coordination. As oxygen levels continue to decrease, you’ll feel tired, even exhausted. Your heart rate and breathing will increase. Eventually, you’ll feel nauseated, lose consciousness and stop breathing.
Methane gas is highly combustible, with a small amount producing lots of heat. But it requires just the right mixture with oxygen to cause an explosion in an enclosed space. Less than 5 percent of natural gas in the air isn’t enough to ignite, and more than 15 percent doesn’t have enough oxygen,. So for an average home, at least 10 percent of the gas needs to permeate the air before it can combust.
Also keep in mind that some leaks may start in your basement, which means that if you start to smell gas on the second floor, a large amount may have already accumulated downstairs.
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Heating in Rhode Island, South Eastern Connecticut and the Northeast at times can seem like a year round task. Did you know that your boiler can typically run five times more per year then your car? High prices for fossil fuels like oil, gas and electricity have put great pressure on many families and businesses. We can help you alleviate some of that pressure by assisting you in choosing the right type of heating system to fit your home or business needs.
Is now the right time to upgrade your existing heating system? Building a new home? Starting a new project? Do you know all of your options? A&L Plumbing, is a trusted heating contractor. We offer a complete line of repairs and services to existing boilers, furnaces and appliances.
Considering upgrading your existing system to a more energy-efficient product? A&L Plumbing proudly sells and installs energy star approved equipment and products. We install hot water boilers, condensing boilers, furnaces, geo thermal heat pumps, air source heat pumps, solar products and more.
Do you have questions about your existing heating system? Don’t know if what you heard is correct? Call your licensed and locally owned experienced heating comfort providers at A&L Plumbing to speak with a heating specialist today at 860-599-9600.
Typical Heating Options:
- Hot Water
- Radiant Heat
- Fan Coil
- Warm Air Furnaces
- Air Source Heat Pump
- Bio Mass
Hot Water Heater
Never run out of hot water again! Call A&L Plumbing today to schedule a FREE home hot water evaluation! 860-599-960.
A&L Plumbing has been installing hot water heaters throughout Rhode Island and Connecticut for over fifteen years. Gas (natural or propane), electric are professionally installed by our licensed plumbers. Ask us today about energy-efficient hot water heaters. You can depend on us to provide you with a hot water heater that will meet your needs for today and tomorrow. Below we found an interesting article which we hope will help understand how hot water is brought into your home.
The water coming into your home makes a journey through a system of pipes, and it’s usually cold or cool, depending on the time of year. To have water warm enough to take a hot shower or bath, or use your dishwater or washing machine, you need a water heater.
Water heaters are familiar fixtures in most homes. They typically look like big metal cylinders, tall drums that are often consigned to a laundry room or basement. Newer styles have some interesting features, like losing the tank completely in favor of water-on-demand, but the old, reliable water heater design that’s most widely used in the U.S. today is really a pretty simple appliance; it’s basically a drum filled with water and equipped with a heating mechanism on the bottom or inside. Even though they lack drama and complexity, water heaters are still pretty amazing. What makes them interesting is that they exploit the heat rising principle to deliver hot water right to your faucet with a minimum of fuss. Don’t let the simple shape shrouded in its wooly insulating blanket fool you. Water heaters have an ingenious design on the inside for something that looks so ordinary on the outside.
Schedule one of our Certified Inspection Specialists for your home or business plumbing and mechanical inspection today! 860-599-9600.
A&L Plumbing takes a great deal of pride in protecting your home and business. We offer complete plumbing and mechanical inspections. Our trained technicians are qualified to inspect your plumbing, mechanical piping and gas piping utilizing state of the art inspection equipment such as the Gen-Eye 3 camera and the Ridgid Seesnake . Our inspections are thorough and provide the owner with knowledgeable information and a piece of mind. We are capable of providing diagnostic testing. Michael Loffler, co-owner of A&L Plumbing, is a certified building official in the State of Rhode Island. He has been the plumbing and mechanical inspector in the Town of Narragansett, Rhode Island for the past seven years.
A&L Plumbing services, installs and repairs Oil Tanks - Contact us today at 860-599-9600!
A&L Plumbing will help you find the right type of oil tank for your home or business. We proudly installs Roth oil tanks as well as many other brands and models. A heating oil storage tank offers an important advantage to a homeowner – the ability to safely store an adequate supply of heating oil that’s ready for immediate use whenever cold weather arrives or a need to heat the home arises.
Oil storage tanks, either aboveground or underground tanks, can be found in three locations:
- An aboveground tank may be inside the home, usually in the basement, utility room or garage. The most common tank is the inside 275-gallon basement tank.
- Some aboveground tanks are located outside the home, either in the rear of or at the side of the house. Like inside tanks, these tanks usually hold 275 gallons of oil.
- Underground tanks are found in various locations outside the home, buried in the yard. They are usually larger than aboveground tanks, holding 550 or 1,000 gallons of fuel.
Tank leaks are common and lead to financial ruin.Truth: Every once in a while there will be a news story about a major oil leak that’s reported in a way that tends to sensationalize the issue and negatively shape perceptions. Most leaks can be prevented if tanks are properly maintained and replaced when testing has shown they have reached the end of their life span. In some states, there is a public fund for covering any cleanup costs that result from leaks. In other states, private insurance or a tank protection program may be useful to the homeowner.
Options for Aboveground Tanks
The term “aboveground tank” refers to any tank not buried in the ground. Most oil tanks are now built of corrosion-resistant materials. The newest generation of aboveground tanks generally can be installed in small or unusually shaped spaces in basements or garages. Tanks can also be installed outdoors and hidden in a tank enclosure. Many new heating oil tanks are also being installed below ground using new, innovative technologies.
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A&L Plumbing, locally owned and operated in Pawcatuck CT on the Westerly RI border, is a trusted name in the plumbing industry. For over fifteen years, business partners and friends, Steve Antoch and Michael Loffler, have been providing quality, long-lasting plumbing repairs and installations.
No job is too big or too small. We service all brands, makes and models not just what we install.
- Water Heaters
- Water Piping
- Drain Piping
- Sump Pumps
- Drain Cleaning
- Seasonal Turn On’s and Off’s
- Kitchen and Bath Remodel
- Whole House Installations
Do you know some of our satisfied customers?
- Weekapaug Inn, Weekapaug RI
- Ocean House, Watch Hill, RI
- Cooked Goose, Avondale, RI
- Ashaway Line and Twine, Ashaway, RI
- The Bridge Restaurant, Westerly, RI
- 84 High Street, Westerly, RI
- Dr. Jon Solis, Westerly, RI
- Westerly Land Trust, Westerly, RI
- Parker, CCI, East Providence, RI
- Hope Club, Providence, RI
- Newport Federal Bank, Stonington, CT
- A-Z Corportation, North Stonington, CT
- 41 North, Newport, RI
For fast, dependable repairs on all of your plumbing and heating equipment, contact A&L Plumbing at 860-599-9600.
Trust us at A&L Plumbing, where your plumbing or heating repair is done right the first time. We have been providing repairs on plumbing mechanical systems in the Westerly, Charlestown, Newport, Providence, South County, Mystic, Pawcatuck and surrounding areas for over fifteen years. With their combined forty years of experience they offer you knowledgeable tradesmen who will repair your toliet, sink, faucet and all kitchen fixtures. Having a problem with your hot water tank? A&L Plumbing can quickly and efficiently repair your hot water heater and tankless water heater. Repairs on mechanical systems include condensing, hot and steam boilers.
Emergency? Call 860-599-9600 We are available 24/7.
Tankless Water Heater
Considering installing a Tankless Water Heater? Let us help! A&L Plumbing will install, maintain and repair your tankless water heater; contact us today at 860-599-9600.
What is a Tankless Water Heater?
Tankless water heaters, such as Eternal Hybrid, are also known as demand-type or instantaneous water heaters, provide hot water only as it is needed. They don’t produce the standby energy losses associated with storage water heaters, which can save you money. Tankless water heaters heat water directly without the use of a storage tank. When a hot water tap is turned on, cold water travels through a pipe into the unit. Either a gas burner or an electric element heats the water. As a result, tankless water heaters deliver a constant supply of hot water. You don’t need to wait for a storage tank to fill up with enough hot water. However, a tankless water heater’s output limits the flow rate.
Typically, tankless water heaters provide hot water at a rate of 2–5 gallons (7.6–15.2 liters) per minute. Gas-fired tankless water heaters produce higher flow rates than electric ones. Sometimes, however, even the largest, gas-fired model cannot supply enough hot water for simultaneous, multiple uses in large households. For example, taking a shower and running the dishwasher at the same time can stretch a tankless water heater to its limit. To overcome this problem, you can install two or more tankless water heaters, connected in parallel for simultaneous demands of hot water. You can also install separate tankless water heaters for appliances — such as a clothes washer or dishwater — that use a lot of hot water in your home.
Other applications for demand water heaters include the following:
- Remote bathrooms or hot tubs
- Booster for appliances, such as dishwashers or clothes washers
- Booster for a solar water heating system.
Advantages and Disadvantages
For homes that use 41 gallons or less of hot water daily, demand water heaters can be 24%–34% more energy efficient than conventional storage tank water heaters. They can be 8%–14% more energy efficient for homes that use a lot of hot water — around 86 gallons per day. You can achieve even greater energy savings of 27%–50% if you install a demand water heater at each hot water outlet. ENERGY STAR® estimates that a typical family can save $100 or more per year with an ENERGY STAR qualified tankless water heater.
The initial cost of a tankless water heater is greater than that of a conventional storage water heater, but tankless water heaters will typically last longer and have lower operating and energy costs, which could offset its higher purchase price. Most tankless water heaters have a life expectancy of more than 20 years. They also have easily replaceable parts that extend their life by many more years. In contrast, storage water heaters last 10–15 years.
Tankless water heaters can avoid the standby heat losses associated with storage water heater. However, although gas-fired tankless water heaters tend to have higher flow rates than electric ones, they can waste energy if they have a constantly burning pilot light. This can sometimes offset the elimination of standby energy losses when compared to a storage water heater. In a gas-fired storage water heater, the pilot light heats the water in the tank so the energy isn’t wasted.
The cost of operating a pilot light in a tankless water heater varies from model to model. Ask the manufacturer how much gas the pilot light uses for the model you’re considering. If you purchase a model that uses a standing pilot light, you can always turn it off when it’s not in use to save energy. Also consider models that have an intermittent ignition device (IID) instead of a standing pilot light. This device resembles the spark ignition device on some gas kitchen ranges and ovens.
Selecting a Demand Water Heater
Before buying a demand water heater, you also need to consider the following:
- Fuel type and availablity
- Energy Efficiency (energy factor)
Installation and Maintenance
Proper installation and maintenance of your demand water heater can optimize its energy efficiency.
Proper installation depends on many factors. These factors include fuel type, climate, local building code requirements, and safety issues, especially concerning the combustion of gas-fired water heaters. Therefore, it’s best to have a qualified plumbing and heating contractor install your demand water heater. Do the following when selecting a contractor:
- Request cost estimates in writing
- Ask for references
- Check the company with your local Better Business Bureau
- See if the company will obtain a local permit if necessary and understands local building codes.
If you’re determined to install your water heater yourself, first consult the manufacturer. Manufacturers usually have the necessary installation and instruction manuals. Also, contact your city or town for information about obtaining a permit, if necessary, and about local water heater installation codes.
Periodic water heater maintenance can significantly extend your water heater’s life and minimize loss of efficiency. Read your owner’s manual for specific maintenance recommendations.
Improving Energy Efficiency
After your demand water heater is properly installed and maintained, try some additional energy saving strategies to help lower your water heating bills. Some energy-saving devices and systems are more cost-effective to install with the water heater.
Are you considering a new thermostat system for your home or business? Contact A&L Plumbing today to review all of your options! 860-599-9600.
Quality digital thermostats can help HVAC systems both maintain a comfortable temperature differential and maximize their performance while prolonging equipment life. A&L Plumbing proudly installs HoneyWell Pro series Thermostats. Considering a Nest Thermostat? We install many wifi based home t-stats.
Homeowners expect their HVAC systems to first and foremost provide comfort. Studies show that consumers value comfort, ease of use and energy savings above all other HVAC benefits. The critical role thermostats play in the performance of an HVAC system is often overlooked. Thermostats are typically undervalued—even though they are the link between the HVAC system and the homeowner’s comfort.
Over the years, the market has moved to more feature-rich digital thermostats to meet consumer demand for greater comfort control. The human body can feel uncomfortable with temperature changes greater than ±2° F, but with today’s digital thermostats a consistent temperature can be maintained throughout the home.
Thermostat accuracy equates to comfort
Thermostat accuracy also is known as operating differential [“differential”] which is the difference between the cut-in and cut-out points as measured at the thermostat under specified operating conditions. In NEMA testing, different heating-/cooling-load conditions are applied to measure differential. Differential is sometimes referred to as “swing.”
Of particular importance is the relationship between the differential and cycle time. As the graph illustrates, narrower differential results in shorter equipment-cycle times, while wider differential time results in longer equipment-cycle times.
The right balance
The ideal temperature differential for personal comfort is zero. However, a zero differential is neither practical nor achievable. Zero differentials require rapid short cycles that sacrifice efficiency and equipment life. For increased efficiency and longer equipment life, long cycles are perfect. Long cycles however, unfortunately are not practical for personal comfort.
Since the differential must be wider than zero, the key is finding a differential that does not cause homeowner discomfort while ensuring optimum equipment cycling. Since most occupants will notice temperature changes of as little as ±1°F and feel discomfort at ±2°F or more, the maximum differential should always be less than ±2°F.
The cooling differential for a compressor is typically a minimum of 10 minutes constant run time to ensure proper mechanical lubrication. If it cycles too quickly, compressor life will be reduced. Additionally, cooling equipment has another design consideration—humidity removal. In cooling, longer cycles (wider differentials) more effectively remove humidity.
Heating equipment does not have the same compressor minimum run-time constraints. Therefore, heating equipment run times can be shorter—up to the point where rapid cycling results in excessive wear—with or without a compressor.
Because cooling equipment has longer minimum run-time requirements than heating equipment, the minimum differential for cooling should be greater than the minimum differential for heating. High-quality digital thermostats typically have two differentials, one for cooling and one for heating. To optimize both temperature- and humidity-comfort control, and to protect against excessive equipment cycling, the cooling differential should be between 0.8°F and 2°F; the heating differential should be between 0.5°F and 1°F. A heating differential below 0.5°F is too narrow and causes excessive cycles.
Droop: a drag on performance
Another leading contributor to wide differentials is a condition called “droop,” which is more prevalent in mechanical thermostats due to the heat created by the heating or cooling anticipators. Under high-load conditions, heat from the anticipator builds up within the thermostat, causing it to cut out and cut in at lower temperatures than under lighter loads. The lower cut-out and cut-in points result in a lower control point known as droop.
Droop also can occur in digital thermostats, but it is typically less pronounced than that found in mechanical units. Digital thermostats that use triacs instead of relays to energize heating and/or cooling are more susceptible to droop. Triacs generate heat inside the thermostat, and like anticipators, the heat builds up on longer cycles, leading to greater droop and less accuracy.
The easy way to identify digital thermostats that use triacs is the absence of an audible “click” from a relay when turning on heating or cooling. Relays minimize heat buildup and are a more accurate, but more expensive, way to minimize droop.
Maximizing HVAC performance/comfort
Heating and cooling differentials are critical to the comfort of a homeowner. Even the benefits of the best designed system can be negated by using an inferior digital thermostat because of excessive differentials and droop. That is why it is important that quality digital thermostats are automatically included on a contractor’s punch list. A quality digital thermostat will help to maximize the performance of the HVAC system and increase homeowner comfort.
Tim Burke is the Education and Learning Manager at Emerson Climate Technologies. He has 30 years developing educational solutions for the HVAC industry on behalf of Emerson Climate Technologies and can be reached at Tim.Burke@emerson.com.