Stop Small Drips from Becoming Big Leaks

Dripping Faucet, Stop LeaksEven the smallest of drips around your home or office needs to be repaired as soon as possible. In fact, a slow drip can waste 15 to 20 gallons of water a day which over time becomes costly!   Although some leaks are easy to fix, others require a professional plumber.  Most leaks can be heard or seen, but some are a bit more difficult to detect.

Often homeowners don’t realize they have a leak until they receive a large water bill.  Your water meter might be your most useful tool in identifying water leaks on your property. When monitored properly, you will see fluctuations in your current water usage. Contact your local plumber to learn more about leak detection

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Spring is here! We KNOW you are ready, but is your AC System?

Spring is here!  We KNOW you are ready, but is your AC System?

It’s Time to Schedule Your Spring Air Conditioning Tune Up.

Even though our weather hasn’t caught up with the calendar, we should start seeing some warmer temperatures sooner rather than later—we’ll keep our fingers crossed! Once the temperature starts to rise, you’ll need to make the switch to air conditioning, but is your system ready? At Crisafulli Bros., we can help you with all your spring HVAC tune up ensure your home is in tip-top shape for the coming season! Call us to set up an appointment today! (518)449-1782

Heavy rain can cause problems for your home:  Helpful Tips and Solutions to Keep You and Your Family Comfortable

The Capital Region commonly experiences heavy rain showers and thunderstorms. With this heavy rain, you may begin to experience a few problems. Basement flooding, mold growth, musty smells, and damage to possessions are common occurrences in weather like this.  So what can you do?  See some helpful tips to help you keep your basement dry and prevent moisture problems!

  • Ensure your sump-pump is in good working order – have it serviced by a licensed and reputable plumber annually.
  • Consider having a licensed plumber install a back-up sump pump in your basement if you a prone to flooding and you are in an area where power outages are frequent.
  • To reduce humidity levels in your home, have a professional add a dehumidifier to your HVAC system.
  • Keep your basement windows closed at all times.
  • Look for ways to divert rainwater away from your home—extend rain gutter down-spouts away from home and make sure the grade of your yard surfaces slope away from your home.
  • Make sure rain gutters are clean and unobstructed.

At Crisafulli Bros. our service experts are available 24/7 for you and only a phone call away (518)449-1782

Go green and save money with low-flow toilets

Did you know that every time you flush your outdated toilet, you’re literally flushing your hard earned money down the drain? With the average person flushing the toilet six times a day that can really add up! If you live in the Albany Capital Region and you’re in the market for installing a new energy saver toilet, you should call us and inquire about a high-efficiency, environmentally friendly, low-flow toilet.

Traditional toilets use approximately 3.5 to 7 gallons of water per flush. For the average family, that can equate to hundreds of gallons of water every day, However, high-efficiency, low-flow toilets use no more than 1.6 gallons per flush (with some as little as 1.28). This means that a low-flow toilet can save your household up to 16,500 gallons of water in just one year – conserving not only water, but money as well.
Aside from your sprinkler system, the average household toilet uses more water than any other fixture inside or outside your home.  However, by installing low-flow toilets you can cut over $90 from your average annual water bill. Additionally, some low-flow toilets may qualify you for a tax rebate under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 which provides a tax credit to help offset the costs of making energy efficiency improvements to your home.

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Benefits of a Tankless Hot Water Heater

Hot Water Heater, Plumbing, Albany NYDid you know that hot water heaters are one of the top five appliances that use the most energy in your home? For those in the Northeast region of the U.S., a standard 50-gallon electric hot water heater typically costs as much as $800 per year to run. The biggest issue with tank-style hot water heaters is that they use a lot of energy to keep water heated, even when you’re not using it. This can literally add up to hundreds of wasted dollars each year.

Fortunately, there is an alternative – tankless hot water heaters. Tankless hot water heaters are a great solution for replacing costly tank-style heaters because they heat water without using a storage tank, which helps to avoid standby heat loss. (Standby loss is the energy wasted to maintain a specific temperature within the tank). The basic premise behind a tankless heater is that it only heats water when you need it, which can save you 30% or more on your energy bills.

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The Dangers of Indoor Air Pollution

Take a deep breath – do you feel the toxins, pollutants, and dirt that exist in the indoor air of your home? Probably not, but they exist.

In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency released a statement that “indoor air pollution is one of our biggest environmental health threats … bigger than toxic wastes sites and the destruction of the ozone layer.”

Because people spend 90% of their time indoors, it’s important to maintain a clean air system throughout your entire home. You wouldn’t subject your family to toxins and pollutants that you can touch and feel – why should the air in your home be any different?

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The Environmental Benefits of a Garbage Disposal

Each year in the United States, nearly 19 million tons of food waste is trucked to landfills. Once there, it quickly decomposes and produces methane, an environmentally harmful greenhouse gas at least 21 times more potent than CO2.

While composting provides one approach to tackling America’s food waste management challenge, it isn’t always practical for today’s busy lifestyle.



Enter InSinkErator®. Our food waste disposers provide a convenient and environmentally friendly alternative to transporting leftovers to landfills. Plus, capable wastewater treatment plants can even recycle food scraps into energy and fertilizer.

Durable. Practical. And environmentally responsible. A recent Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of common ways to dispose of food scraps reported that disposers can help reduce globalwarming potential vs. landfills and in some cases, can even aid in energy production at the wastewater treatment plant.

For more information on the full line of InSinkerator products including service, installation or to receive a free estimate, Call Crisafulli Bros.

Should You Repair or Replace Your Air Conditioner System?

Do you have plans to relax this Spring and Summer, but your concerned your central air conditioning system may take some time off too? You’re left with a decision to make; do I invest in a costly repair or do I consider a replacement?

Here are some ways to help you decide whether you should replace or repair your Air Conditioning system:

  • Age matters. The age of your unit is important. If your system is more than 10 years old, it’s time to replace it.
  • Help the environment and your wallet. If you’re looking to save money on energy costs, then it is probably time to replace rather than repair. Newer units have more energy-efficient features so you can save over time, realizing a return on your investment. Plus, with tax rebates provided by the government, choosing a more eco-friendly system is less costly than you think.
  • Audit your utility bill for answers. Take a look at your energy bills during a 3-month period. If you see that your energy costs are going up while your output remains the same, then it is time to bring in a professional. An experienced HVAC technician can perform an inspection, at which time you can decide if it’s more cost effective to repair or replace. When in doubt, bring in a professional.
  • Get an Estimate – It’s best to get two estimates; one to repair and one to replace. If the repair estimate is more than half the cost of a new unit, replace your system.
  • Check the Warranty – If your Air Conditioning system is still under warranty, have it repaired.  It’s almost always a good decision to take advantage of your warranty while it is in effect.

Since 1939, Crisafulli Bros. in Albany, NY has helped homeowners like you make important decisions for their home.  Our professional HVAC team will never recommend a costly Air conditioning repair or replacement unless it’s the right answer for you. Call today and let us provide the Red Carpet Treatment you deserve! (518)449-1782

7 Tips for Protecting Your Air Conditioning System in Albany NY

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Staying cool and comfortable during the summer can be both expensive and stressful on your Central Air Conditioning system. A taxed system performs less effectively, costs more to function, and can break down before its natural time. There are ways to stay cool and protect your air conditioning system from overwork

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The Importance of Routine AC Maintenance in Albany NY

Did you know that without routine air conditioner maintenance your unit can lose up 5% of its efficiency annually over time? Your air conditioning system is much like an automobile; it is a tough piece of equipment prepared to withstand a good amount of use. However, much like an automobile, it requires a tune-up and scheduled maintenance.

Studies also indicate that regular AC tune-ups will maintain up to 95% of its original efficiency. In terms of finance, the cost of annual AC maintenance is recovered very quickly in savings on your monthly utility bill and reduced repair costs.

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