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Articles on Berkeys Blog by Jamie Wooldridge and the Berkeys plumbing and HVAC specialists are meant to provide educational, entertaining, newsworthy and helpful information regarding residential air conditioning and plumbing for homeowners in Dallas, Ft. Worth. Always consult a professional, licensed plumbing or HVAC contractor like Berkeys before doing any work on your home.

Dallas Homeowners Will Pay More for New Water Heaters in 2015 Thanks to DOE Energy Efficiency Regulations »

DOE Regulations increase energy efficiency for Residential Water Heaters, but will also mean higher costs and concerns for homeowners with two-story houses In 2010, the DOE announced mandatory standards changes to be in effect by April 16, 2015. As a result, prices will be up to 50% higher for new units according to manufactures, and larger sizes will cause problems for homeowners with water heaters in the attic. wh-regs-under55_03 wh-regs-over55_03 According to DOE: Changes to Residential Water Heaters will save approximately 3.3 quads of energy and result in approximately $63 billion ... Continue Reading »

Radon In Your Home »

Recent news stories have raised concerns about the possibility of an increase of gases released due to fracking and radiation coming from granite countertops. Granite, as with most rocks and soils, contains naturally occurring radioactive elements like uranium, and potassium commonly referred to as Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM) in small amounts. The amount of radioactivity in most granite is quite small. While it is possible to get a measurable level of direct radiation from some granite, in general it emits less radiation than we are regularly exposed during an average day. These levels are so low that they ... Continue Reading »

BERKEYS Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electrical expands into new 16,000 square foot building »

Expansion represents company growth and provides jobs to DFW communityDALLAS, TX, Thursday, July 30, 2015—BERKEYS Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electrical is excited to announce the expansion of their facilities in Southlake, Texas in August 2015. The company will continue use of their current headquarters while adding over 16,000 square feet in office and warehouse space at the adjacent property. The expansion allows BERKEYS to continue its incredible development from a one person operation in 1975 to over 80 employees and growing.Growth Equals Higher Quality Service and ProductsThe expansion includes more space for BERKEYS training facilities dedicated to the continuing education ... Continue Reading »

Signs Your Contractor Is Just Scamming You »

Many HVAC contractors hear terrible stories about their fellow service companies that are trying to swindle homeowners - especially this time of year. Some scams start with telemarketing solicitations claiming to offer free inspections because “we are in your neighborhood,” then they claim some component is bad, or a relatively new HVAC system needs replacing, or you have toxic mold. Then the price tag for that “free inspection” just keeps rising. But there are many others. Homeowners should look for these signs that ANY contractor isn’t reputable: - Just going with the lowest price could cost you later. If you see an ... Continue Reading »

Berkeys Featured on CBS 11 News DFW »

Do-It-Yourself Ways To Save $500 On Energy BillsOn July 22, 2015, Berkeys was featured on CBS 11 News in DFW providing DIY tips on saving money on energy bills. Featured in the interview is Adam Mennenga, HVAC Manager for Berkeys Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electrical.To see the full story, visit: http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2015/07/22/do-it-yourself-ways-to-save-500-on-energy-bills/

How To Survive Without An Air Conditioner »

It’s 9,000 degrees and we’re not some sort of tropical orchid. We need air conditioning in Texas. But, when your air conditioning system finally gives up and the repair appointment is far too many hours away, there are some ways to combat the oppressive heat that don’t involve locking yourself in the local Walmart. Some are really easy. Others are more involved and are probably best tackled on a day that isn’t melting the lawn furniture.First, you can make your own air conditioner in 15 minutes! But, if you’re not that crafty, there are other options. During the day, close ... Continue Reading »

Is Using Air Conditioning Bad? »

In a recently published article in TIME Magazine, the pros and cons of air conditioning was discussed. While Texas residents consider good air conditioning vital, there are some issues and benefits with using it.Badly maintained air conditioning systems can make you sick, like worsening asthma problems and allergies. the article also mentions the “sick building syndrome”. People who spend most of their day in an office building may complain of “nasal congestion, breathing problems, headaches, fatigue and irritated skin”. These complaints can be caused by microorganisms and molds that may grow in under maintained air conditioning systemsThe article also ... Continue Reading »

Global Market for LED Lighting Is Growing Fast »

In recent years, the United States government has taken steps to promote more efficient use of our resources - especially our energy consumption - through legislation like The Energy Independence and Security Act. The reasoning behind the lighting provisions is pretty direct. Incandescent bulbs convert less than 10 percent of the energy pumped into them into light. The other 90 percent is lost mostly as heat. More-efficient bulbs could save billions of dollars, decrease dependence on foreign oil, and significantly reduce greenhouse gases.The answer to some of our biggest energy questions might be the light-emitting diode (LED). LEDs are a ... Continue Reading »

In the News: Tips to Stay Cool During the Summer Months »

Berkeys featured in the article called: "Tips to stay cool during the summer months" With the mercury on the rise temperatures will soon hit triple digits. Jamie Wooldridge, president of the Southlake ­based air conditioning company Berkeys, provides some tips to stay cool this summer.Wooldridge said it is important to install a programmable thermostat. “You can adjust the temperature throughout the day automatically, particularly advantageous when everyone is at work and school, easily adjustable, and newer thermostats have seven ­day features so the weekends can be different,” he stated in an email. “I recommend the WIFI ... Continue Reading »

The Latest In Plumbing Innovations »

When you think about where technology has had the most impact, plumbing probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. But, product innovations are increasingly important in the plumbing department, like new products designed to make the kitchen and bath more comfortable, keep living spaces more sanitary or reduce the impact on the environment.Understanding what new options are available will be important you look to spruce up your home or replace broken or old plumbing fixtures.When replacing items like faucets and fixtures, most people are also trying to add value to their home. Much of the time they consider projects ... Continue Reading »

New Government Rules »

New Government Rules Proposed To Improve Our EnvironmentEarlier this year, several government agencies, such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), have proposed many final “rules” for President Obama’s last two years in office. The rules that these agencies are expected to propose in the next year or two include safety standards for everything from ATVs and train tank cars.Here's a few of the proposed rules that may affect you and your home:Waterways across the U.S.: The EPA is working to define “Waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act in a final rule that is scheduled to be ... Continue Reading »

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