Service King Plumbing & HVAC Blog : Archive for August, 2014

3 Advantages of Upgrading Your Outdoor Lighting

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

It’s easy to pay attention to the quality of the indoor lighting in your home because you spend most of the evening inside your house, not outside it. But you may be missing out on some important benefits of redoing your home’s outdoor lighting. A professional electrician in Palatine, IL can help you create superior outdoor lighting that will make your home more enjoyable, attractive, and safe.

To learn about the possibilities for outdoor lighting upgrades—from landscape to security lighting—contact the electricians at Service King today. We offer numerous electrical services for homes in the Fox Valley and surrounding Chicagoland suburbs. Whether you want new lighting for your home, or repairs for a malfunctioning circuit breaker panel, one call to us will take care of everything.

3 Benefits of Installing Better Outdoor Lighting

  1. Security: Multiple studies have come to an identical conclusion: criminals such as burglars and vandals will avoid well-lit homes. A house will attractive illumination on the exterior and the landscape presents the appearance of a house that is well-maintained, which discourages thieves and other potential troublemakers. However, not just any bright lights will do the job. Harsh lighting creates shadows that are easier for unwanted people to hide in. Make sure that a professional electrician assists with setting up lighting that will heighten your home security.
  2. More use of outdoor recreation areas: Does the outside of your home have a pool, verandah, patio, or other area for relaxation? There’s no reason that you have to retire to the inside just because the sun goes down: you’ll receive extended enjoyment of these recreational places with increased lighting. The setting sun shouldn’t mean an end to the festivities.
  3. Safety: The walkways, stairs, ramps, and driveways around your home can turn into potential hazards without quality lighting. You don’t want to struggle to move from the outside drive to reach the front door, nor do you want to risk tripping when trying to navigate the side of the house during the evening. Increased illumination for safety is especially important if you have a pool, or if children or elderly people live in your house who are at risk of falling.

Taking care of the electrical system in your house is an important task to ensure that you live in a pleasant, energy-efficient, and safe home. If you need work for either the inside or the outside of your home, you can count on Service King to deliver the job necessary. If you think it is time to raise your home’s outdoor lighting in Palantine, IL to the next level of comfort, safety, and security, give our electricians a call.

How Proper Insulation Saves You Money

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Insulation may seem like a winter-season topic, but the truth is, poor insulation will affect your comfort and energy efficiency levels year-round. There are a few ways good insulation can save you money, but the most important way is through energy efficiency. Your insulation in Schaumburg can mean the difference between staying on budget with your energy bills or not. Service King offers professional, comprehensive insulation services to help you with all your indoor air quality needs.

Why Is Insulation Important?

The main job of insulation is to block the transfer of heat. During the summer, insulation blocks outdoor heat and heat gain from the sun from entering your living spaces; during the winter, insulation blocks heat from escaping through the walls and attic to the outside. When you can maintain a comfortable level of cooling during summer and heat during winter, you can reduce energy usage in your home. Good insulation helps you achieve this, which is why it’s so important.

How Does Good Insulation Save You Money?

There are several ways in which proper insulation can save you money:

  • Year-round comfort – as we discussed above, insulation blocks heat transfer, and this is needed year-round, particularly during summer and winter.
  • Better energy efficiency – insulation can block up to 70% of heat transfer in your home – that’s a lot of heat to gain or lose if your home isn’t properly insulated. Proper insulation allows you to cut back on energy usage, which saves both money and energy.
  • Better for the environment – using less energy reduces your carbon footprint.
  • Can help reduce noise – good insulation acts as a natural noise barrier, helping to reduce noise from outside.
  • Less stress on your system – lots of heat transfer into your home during summer means your AC has to work harder to achieve the cooling you want; this can put stress on your system, which may increase incidences of malfunction and breakdown.

Good insulation in Schaumburg can take the stress off your air conditioning system and your wallet. If you suspect your insulation may not be as good as it should be and need assistance with it, call Service King today and schedule an appointment with one of our insulation specialists.

Schedule Your Commercial Water Heater Services

Monday, August 11th, 2014

No matter what type of business you own or what type of commercial property you operate, you are going to need to be able to count on your commercial water heater. The best way to ensure that you will have sufficient hot water for your commercial kitchen or that your employees have hot water available to wash their hands throughout the day is to schedule your commercial water heater services in Schaumburg, IL with a skilled, trained professional. In order to do so, just call the professional commercial plumbers at Service King. We’ll make sure that your commercial water heater services are completed with the utmost care.

We install and replace commercial water heaters, and we will guarantee that your new system is appropriately sized for your particular needs. You don’t want an undersized commercial water heater, obviously, as this will be overwhelmed by the demand you place upon it. However, it is no better to invest in an oversized system that hold more water than you need, falling prey to excessive standby energy loss. When we complete your water heater installation and replacement services, rest assured in knowing that you will have the right system for your needs.

Of course, there is no such thing as a perfect water heater. You are going to have to schedule routine water heater maintenance for your commercial water heater if you expect it to operate as efficiently and effectively as possible. Even so, it is very likely, if not inevitable, that you are going to find yourself in need of professional water heater repairs at some point. When you are, you can count on our technicians to handle the service properly.

At Service King, we believe in comprehensive services. If you need a new commercial water heater, or if you must schedule any other commercial services in Schaumburg, IL, we hope that you will do so with us. Give us a call today to discuss all of the services that we have to offer.

Your Safety and Your Electrical System

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Of all the luxuries that we enjoy as homeowners in this day and age, few are quite as vital to our day to day lives as our electrical systems. Electricity is so ubiquitous that most homeowners probably cannot even imagine living without it. Even if you could, though, why would you want to? From powering your water heater and your coffee maker to illuminating your home, electricity really is a wonder energy source. However, it is not all about comfort and convenience. There are a few components in your electrical system which actually help to keep you safe, and that is what the professional electrical technicians at Service King want to focus on today. Remember, if you require any electrical services in Schaumburg, IL, just give us a call.

Two of the most important components in any electrical system are the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors integrated therein. It is of the utmost importance that both of these detectors are installed and serviced by a skilled, licensed, and experienced electrician. Only then can you be certain that your smoke detector is hard wired into your electrical system properly, that its batter backup is working properly, and that it is situated in an area conducive to its operation.

Equally as important to your safety is your carbon monoxide detector. For all of the reasons above, it is necessary that a qualified electrician handles your CO detector. Carbon monoxide, remember, is entirely odorless, tasteless, and colorless. It can also be deadly when exposure levels are high enough. Clearly, a dependable and effective carbon monoxide detector is necessary if you want to live in as safe an environment as possible.

Remember too that fire and carbon monoxide are not the only dangers to your safety and security. The world we live in is hardly perfect, but you can make your home safe than ever with a quality security system installed by the experts on our Service King team. We can also help to design an outdoor lighting system that can protect your comfort. To learn more about the options available, or if you have any other questions about our electrical service in Schaumburg, IL, give us a call today.