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Raising Energy Efficiency with Attic Insulation

Attic Insulation is the Most-Bang-For-Your-Buck

Way to Save on Your Energy Bills

With the cost of heating and cooling your home rising every season, you probably would like to know “what is the best way to save on your energy bills?” The answer is simple, insulate your attic.

Insulating your attic is the least expensive way to reduce your energy loss in your home.  You lose approximately 50% of your energy through your attic.  Just by adding a new layer of insulation you can reduce your heating and cooling costs by 20% or moreCheck out your options.

We offer free estimates. Give us a call at (314) 428-6095 or email us at insulation@professionalind.com and we will be more than happy to discuss your needs.

 

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Pool & Spa

Pool Leaks are Like Finding a Needle in a Hay Stack

Was your pool leaking last season?  Doesn’t it drive you crazy to have to fill your pool up with water every day?  I bet you ask yourself, “what am I doing wrong?” And I would say, probably nothing at all.  It may just be evaporation.

A quick and easy way to check to see if your pool is leaking or if it is evaporation is to do a “Bucket Test”.  Here is what you do…

  1. Bring the pool water to its normal operating level.
  2. Fill a 5 gallon bucket with pool water about 3 – 4 inches from the top.
  3. Put the bucket on the second step of your pool.  Do not submerse the bucket.
  4. With a marker or piece of tape, mark the water level on the inside of the bucket.
  5. Mark the water level of your pool with a piece of tape.
  6. Wait 24 hours.  No swimming is allowed during this time period.

After 24 hours, compare the two levels.  If the amount of water lost is the same in the bucket and the pool, then it is evaporation.  If the water in the pool has gone down more than the water in the bucket, then you have a leak.  Trying out this “Bucket Test” before calling is a great way to save the expense of a service call.

If your pool has a leak, then here are some potential causes:

Unless you can see water dripping around your equipment, chances are the leak may be somewhere in your pool’s underground pipes.  Your swimming pool has hundreds of feet of piping underground surrounding your pool.  Determining where that leak is, is a difficult task.  It is like finding a needle in a hay stack.  Professional Industries, Inc., has trained technicians to locate your potential leak.  We have sonar equipment that helps us listen to detect the area where your pool is leaking.

Underground plumbing is where approximately 75% of leaks occur.  It is also possible for leaks to occur around your light fixtures, around your skimmers, in your tile, a crack in the pool surface, or a hole in your liner.  For these types of leaks we perfom dye testing to determine whether or not your pool is leaking.  The last place to look for a leak is in the equipment.  For this we are able to do a visual inspection to determine what the best course of action is.

If you think your pool is leaking, you can call us at (314) 428-6095 or email us at pools@professionalind.com and we will evaluate your situation and discuss your options.

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Pool & Spa

Rising Costs Make Pool Automation an Attractive Choice

Swimming Pool Automation is a Great Choice for Energy Efficiency

With the cost of electricity, natural gas, and water rising it is important to consider automating your swimming pool.  Automating your pool makes it very easy to control your pool equipment with a remote control.  Another reason to consider adding an automated control to your swimming pool equipment is because they are really cool!  Check out our pool and spa page for more information!

There are many levels of automation.  Most use a remote giving you the ability turn up your or down your heater, turn on your pool lights, or turn on your pool cleaner.  All from the comfort of your recliner.  Some systems let you control your outside lights or your sprinklers.  The coolest automated systems allow you to control your pools equipment with the use of your smart phone.

Now that I mentioned the cool stuff about automated systems here are reasons why they make your pool more energy efficient.  Automated controllers communicate with your variable speed pump saving you hundreds of dollars per year in operational costs.  The ability to easily adjust the temperature of your heater saves on the amount of energy it takes to heat your pool.  Automated systems provide detailed efficiency readouts allowing you to adapt to the pool’s energy usage.

If you would like more information about automating your pool please call us at (314) 428-6095 or email us at pools@professionalind.com.


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Insulation

Ways To Cut Down on Your Energy Bill with Insulation

Day 1: Turn Down the Heat

Here’s a quick, easy solution that will save you money and save energy: turn down your thermostat. Lowering your heat in winter by just 2 degrees can cut your energy bill by 10 percent. Get an automatic or programmable thermostat to make it easy to save on heating; set it to turn down when you’re away from home or sleeping, and to turn back up half an hour before you’ll be up and about.

Day 2: Unplug Gadgets

  • Electronic equipment
  • and appliances suck up energy even when they’re turned off — they’ve actually earned the nickname “vampires.” Americans waste $1 billion a year powering items like TVs and DVD players while they’re turned off. So unplug your TV, stereo, computer, microwave, and other equipment when you’re not using them — or plug a bunch of things into a power strip that you keep turned off unless you’re using one of the items. And make sure to unplug your cell-phone and MP3 chargers as soon as the devices are powered up. Get tips from Grist advice columnist Umbra Fisk on using power strips and electric-use meters.

Day 3: Wash Clothes Efficiently

When it comes to laundry, there’s lots of room for savings. Ninety percent of the energy used in clothes washing goes to heat the water, so washing in cold is a simple way to cut energy use drastically. Wash only full loads. When it comes time to dry, make sure to check the lint screen before every load and clean it afterward. And if you want to take efficiency a step further, hang some or all items and let them air-dry instead of running them through the dryer. Check out advice from Umbra Fisk on air-drying laundry and buying an efficient washing machine.

Day 4: Eat Less Meat

Meat production requires heaps more energy and resources than growing vegetables or grains; in fact, 18 percent of human-caused greenhouse gases comes from the livestock industry. You don’t have to be a strict vegetarian to make a difference in this area: try skipping meat just one day a week. If every American had one meat-free day per week, it would reduce emissions as much as taking 8 million cars off the roads.  Read more reasons to cut meat consumption from Grist advice guru Umbra Fisk, Grist staff writer David Roberts, and activist Bruce Friedrich.