Independence Day

Is Your Home Ready for this Year's Independence Day Festivities?

How To Prepare for Your Epic 4th of July Blowout!

Throwing the biggest and best Independence Day bash on the block is about more than just cooking up a delicious feast and making sure there are plenty of drinks in the fridge - as important as those things are. It's also about keeping the guests safe and happy and making sure everything goes smoothly. And that means making sure the home's plumbing is in good shape. 

Everything from the kitchen to the bathroom to the gas appliances needs to be ready to handle the day's festivities. A smelly drain, a clogged sink or toilet, or worst of all, a gas leak - these can all bring the fun to an abrupt end. So read on to learn a few ways to prevent any issues in advance to ensure a safe, fun, and free Fourth of July!

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No 4th of July bash is complete without lots of great food. Prepping and cooking can be quite a time-consuming process for such a feast - but it's nothing compared to cleaning up once the party's over. And without a garbage disposal, the task becomes so much bigger (and nastier). 

All the little bits of scraps and food waste are no fun to scoop out of the drain grate - but the pieces that escape into the drain can lead to bigger problems, like a clogged sink. No one wants to spend their holiday evening contending with that! A garbage disposal can make short work of most foods, grinding them into harmless little pieces. And if the kitchen sink already has a garbage disposal, it's worth checking for problems before the big day - leaks, strange sounds, electrical issues, etc.

Have the Gas Lines Inspected

In homes that utilize natural gas for any appliances, it's a good idea to get all of the gas lines and gas-connected appliances inspected. This should be done regularly regardless, but there's no better time than before a big get-together if it hasn't been done in a while. A gas leak is hazardous and can't always be detected easily. A faulty burner or pilot light on an appliance can also lead to carbon monoxide poisoning or fire hazards. 

For the safety and well-being of everyone in the home and every guest, it's best to schedule a professional inspection with a qualified plumber or gas company technician to make sure everything is working properly.


Get the Bathroom Ready for All Those Guests

Of course, the kitchen isn't the only place that sees a lot of action during a party. With a big group of guests, the bathroom is sure to get plenty of use throughout the day. Giving it a good scrub goes without saying, but the plumbing fixtures may also need a little attention. 

A buildup of hair, dirt, and soap scum in the drains can cause them to drain slowly or back up and cause unpleasant odors. Pouring baking soda, vinegar, and boiling water down the drain may help, but a professional drain cleaning may be necessary in some cases. One should also check the toilet for cracks, leaks, a wobbly base, or flushing issues. Nothing crashes a party like a busted toilet, so it's always best to get it dealt with ahead of time!

About Cardinal Heating & Air Conditioning

Cardinal Heating & Air Conditioning has handled the HVAC, electrical, and plumbing needs of Sun Prairie, WI for over 35 years. Their courteous, background-checked technicians always arrive on time in clean uniforms and fully-stocked trucks, ready to solve any problem. Cardinal offers 24/7 emergency service, financing, and membership perks. Call now for gas line leak repair!

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Finding The Best Heating & Cooling Deals This Year's Black Friday

Essential Tips for the Best HVAC Deals this November

It’s that time of year again: when companies and stores open their doors at midnight and offer huge deals and cost savings on seemingly anything and everything. That’s right. Black Friday is right around the corner, and its never too soon to start planning!

But while it seems like buying a new TV or the best model of smartphones could be an amazing score, one of the best things you can do this Black Friday for your wallet is look for the deals and options you can find on HVAC systems. Not only do you save money, but you can enjoy plenty of other benefits too!

HVAC Installation Deals

hvac installationIf you’re looking to save the most money possible this Black Friday, then perhaps an entire HVAC system upgrade is the best choice for you and your home.

Not only could a new HVAC system save you money in energy efficiency, it’s often better for the environment, and also your health and comfort in your home, too.

If this sounds like something you’re interested in, look to popular name brands such as Trane or Lennox International. They often have Black Friday deals on HVAC installation, saving you even more money on a system that will already be a cost-saving to you and your utility bills.

Ductless HVAC Options

But for some homeowners, a new HVAC system is out of the question. Perhaps it’s too expensive, or, more likely, it just wouldn’t work with your existing home. Maybe you don’t have the attic space, or perhaps you’ve recently added an addition to your home but don’t want to replace the entire HVAC system for one new room.

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Don’t worry! That’s where mini-split systems come in handy! Mini-split systems don’t rely on an existing central unit, which means they’re an alternative choice for many homes. They also come with a lot of benefits:

  • Great for Small Spaces: Because these systems don’t require ductwork, they’re great for adding heating or cooling to a recent home addition or to a smaller house. Not to mention a home without an attic space
  • Better Air Quality: Because this system doesn’t use ducts, it pulls air directly from outside, limiting allergens that can cause you discomfort
  • Simple Installation: And again, because there’s no ductwork, installing this system is often a lot easier
  • Energy and Cost Savings: The ductless system focuses on cooling or heating individual rooms or spaces, resulting in energy and cost savings for you

If a new HVAC system doesn’t work for your home, look to a ductless system as a possible option.

Consider Improved Your Indoor Air Quality

Indoor air quality is one of the most important, unseen, aspects of homeownership. Poor air quality can impact your comfort and your health, which is why it’s a good idea to check out the Black Friday deals on home air purifiers. Air purifiers can help remove impurities from the air in your home, from dust, pollen, dander to even smoke, carbon monoxide, and radon.

air qualitySome of the more common air purifier options include:
  • HEPA filters
  • Ionizers
  • UV lights
  • Carbon filters
  • Electrostatic filters

Each of these air purifiers works in a different way, so it’s important to pick one that best fits your needs, and then look for the best deals this Black Friday to return health and comfort to your home.

Cardinal Heating & Air Conditioning is Your HVAC Expert

Cardinal Heating & Air Conditioning prides itself on its honest advice, personal attention, and fast and responsive customer service. They’ve been serving the Herndon area for over 35 years with a goal of providing top-notch service. They have full-service contractors, membership plans, and coupons for additional cost savings on their website.