• Is Your Sewer Line Damaged?

    Damaged sewer lines can create a messy problem. They can also become a health risk. If you suspect your sewer line has sustained damage, you’ll need to call an emergency plumber right away. One of the first indicators of this plumbing problem is usually the odor of sewer gas. You may detect this noxious odor inside or outside your home. 

    A gurgling toilet is another possible sign of sewer line damage, as is slow-draining fixtures. If one sink is slow to drain, it’s probably an isolated clog. But if all of your drains are slow, it could be a sewer line problem. It’s also possible to get mold and mildew growth inside your home. This is usually caused by a leaking sewer line. 

    If you need an emergency plumber in Berkeley, you can call Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating at (510) 843-6904. Our professional and courteous plumbers will use the latest cutting-edge technology to fix your sewer line, including trenchless sewer repair techniques. 

  • How Do Water Heaters Work?

     Water heaters fulfill two main functionsThey are a conductor of heat and an insulator. Within the tank itself, the metal components of the water heater make excellent heat conductors that can quickly warm water. But to prevent the heat from escaping to the outside area, which would be energyinefficient, the water heater also needs a thick layer of insulation. 

    You can learn more about the inner workings of water heaters when you watch the accompanying video. You’ll see a water heater disassembled to reveal the inner components, and you’ll learn the science behind how it all works. 

    Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating offers prompt and reliable water heater repairs and installations in the Berkeley area. You can reach a friendly associate at (510) 843-6904 to request residential or commercial plumbing services. 

  • It’s Time to Upgrade to a Smart Thermostat

    Any thermostat will let you adjust your heating and AC settings. While it’s true that you can run an energy-efficient home with a regular thermostat, it’s far easier and more convenient to let a smart thermostat take care of the adjustments for you. Not convinced? Talk to an HVAC professional about why you should upgrade to a smart thermostat. 

    Energy Use Reports 

    Some smart thermostats, such as the Nest Learning Thermostat, provide monthly energy use reports. Your emailed report will show you how much energy you’ve saved that month. Plus, you’ll get tips for saving, even more, the next month. 

    Learned Behavior 

    One of the primary differences between smart and regular thermostats is that smart thermostats have the capacity to “learn” from your past behaviors. Your smart thermostat might learn, for instance, that you like to set the temperature at 66 degrees before going to bed. When this behavior is learned, the smart thermostat will take care of it automatically for you. This is particularly helpful for people who might forget now and then to adjust the thermostat before bed. 

    Remote Access 

    Many smart thermostats allow you to access your HVAC data remotely. No matter where you are in the world, you can check in on the settings in your home. Perhaps you’ve just left on a business trip and want to double-check that you turned down the heat. Your smart thermostat can do that for you. Or perhaps you’re away from home and want to make sure that the kids haven’t turned on the AC on the highest setting. All it takes is the touch of a button. 

    Alerts 

    Some smart thermostats will send you an emailed alert if something’s changed that you should be aware of. For instance, you might get an alert that your thermostat’s been disconnected from its network. This might tell you that your home is having a power outage. You could also get alerts about routine maintenance, such as when an air filter is dirty and needs to be changed. 

    You can discuss your plans for upgrading your heating and cooling system with a professional at Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating. Our HVAC experts in Berkeley are always on the lookout for ways to save our customers money by installing energy-efficient appliances and high-tech devices like smart thermostats. Get in touch today at (510) 843-6904. 

  • Common Myths About Indoor Air Quality

    The air you breathe every day can have a major effect on your overall wellness. But if you’re like many Americans, the air inside your home probably isn’t as clean as it should be. If you’ve never had a heating and AC professional perform indoor air quality services, it’s time to make that call. A professional duct cleaning and air filtration system installation can significantly improve the comfort and health of your home. 

    Myth: In urban areas, indoor air is superior to outdoor air. 

    In sparsely inhabited and trafficked areas, the outdoor air is almost certainly healthier than the air indoors. Because of the air pollution that lingers in urban and suburban areas, it’s often thought that the indoor air is healthier in these regions. But actually, the indoor air can be just as contaminated, if not more so. When a building has poor air circulation, there is little to disperse the dust mites, allergens, chemicals, and combustion pollutants. The only way to ensure that your indoor air is clean is to install an air filtration system. 

    Myth: Poor indoor air quality is only problematic for asthmatics. 

    Families affected by asthma know all too well the importance of indoor air quality. Poor air quality can easily trigger an asthma attack. The same applies to families affected by allergies. Because of this, it’s often thought that people without asthma or allergies have little to worry about. Unfortunately, air pollutants can still cause health issues, such as headaches, eye irritation, and fatigue. Some air pollutants, such as radon, can also cause cancer. 

    Myth: Air fresheners can eliminate the need for an air filtration system. 

    Many Americans like to use air fresheners to make indoor spaces smell more pleasant. Unfortunately, air fresheners don’t get rid of contaminants. In fact, they are a contaminant. The use of air fresheners is one factor that can significantly lower your indoor air quality. 

    Breathe more freely with the air filtration services available from the HVAC experts at Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating. Call us at (510) 843-6904 to schedule an air filtration system installation or duct cleaning. Our heating and AC experts in Berkeley also provide repairs on all furnaces, water heaters, and ductless mini splits.