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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 »

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 »

BERKEYS Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electrical Earns Esteemed Angie’s List Super Service Award for Third Year in a Row »

Berkeys Super Service Award reflects company’s consistent high level of customer serviceBerkeys Air Conditioning Plumbing Electrical Earns 2014 Angies List Super Service Award in Dallas Fort Worth SouthlakeDALLAS, TX, Monday, May 26, 2015—BERKEYS Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electrical has earned the coveted Angie’s List Super Service award for the third year in a row. This award reflects an exemplary year of service provided to members of the consumer review site in 2014.Angie's List Super Service Award 2014 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an "A" rating ... Continue Reading »

Berkeys Plumbing Reviews Fort Worth TX »

Here's another great review from a Berkeys Plumbing customer in Fort Worth, TX."We had and outstanding experience on our annual plumbing inspection. Our Berkeys technician, Bryce, was on time, fully prepared, knowledgeable, friendly and courteous. He said our plumbing is in good working order, no problems at all. At my request, Bryce arrived ready to discuss upgrade options (I'm thinking of installing whole-house tankless water heaters, removing 40-gallon tanks). He knows his business. Great job."Robert B. - Plumber Review for Fort Worth, TX - April 28, 2015See why more customers are calling Berkeys the best plumber ... Continue Reading »

Berkeys Customer Service Team shows their support of Red Nose Day on May 21, 2015. »

Berkeys Supports Red Nose DayAccording to RedNoseDay.org, "Red Nose Day is a campaign dedicated to raising money for children and young people living in poverty by simply having fun and making people laugh. The inaugural Red Nose Day will be held in the US on May 21st, 2015. People across the country will come together to have fun and raise funds and awareness. The day's events will culminate in a three-hour entertainment TV special on NBC featuring the country's favorite comedians, musicians and Hollywood stars—it's a show not to be ... Continue Reading »

DOE Water Heater Changes April 2015 »

Important Changes About Water Heater Standards Every Homeowner Should Know Federal regulations go into effect on April 16 which require water heaters to be more efficient than they currently are. “Water heaters are pretty inefficient,” said Jamie Wooldridge, president of Berkeys Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical in Southlake. “Water heating is about 12 percent of an average utility bill.” Changes to the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act by the U.S. Department of Energy will require higher energy factor ratings on all residential electric, gas and oil water heaters. Wooldridge said these changes roughly bump water heater efficiencies from 58 percent to 62 percent which could ... Continue Reading »

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