Whole House Fan Vs Air Conditioning

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Keeping your entire home at a comfortable temperature can often be a challenge.

Still running your air conditioner at night?

Well, you really don’t have to. And, you could be even MORE comfortable than you now are.

Running an air conditioner is expensive. Not only that, but the air just doesn’t feel as fresh or smell as good as the air outdoors — assuming you don’t live next door to an oil refinery or the Chicago Cubs.

Outdoor temps at night typically dip down to eighty degrees or less in the St. Louis area. Wouldn’t it be great if you could simply bring that cool air inside your house and shut-off that air conditioner from running all night?

Whole House Fan Vs Air Conditioning

There’s another way to cool your house other than just air conditioning! You can do so with a “Whole House Fan,” the thing that many ERRONEOUSLY refer to as an “attic fan” (more about that later). You’ve probably seen a whole house fan, but may not have known it. Ever been in someone’s hallway, and notice on the ceiling a big square vent-looking thing with louvers? Yep, you need one of those. When that fan runs, the louvers open up, it sucks in air through all the open windows and doors, pulls this air throughout the house, then pushes the house’s existing air through the vents in your attic. This keeps your home cool and comfortable, and at a fraction of the cost of running your air conditioner. For this reason, we recommend using a whole house fan to keep your home cool at night.

Now, you’d never want to run a whole house fan at the same time as your air conditioner. All that air you’d be paying to cool would be shot out of the house and into the atmosphere by the whole house fan!

However, an ‘attic fan’ is a completely different kettle of fish. That’s a fan that some people have in their roof or gables that sucks hot air out of the attic, not out of a home’s living space. It keeps the ceiling of your upstairs cooler so that your air conditioner doesn’t have to work as hard. So, you CAN run an attic fan at the same time as your air conditioner.

Here at Fix St Louis, we’re big fans of whole house fans. They cut down on our customers’ air conditioning bills, allowing them to start using their air conditioners later in the year (or just less in general)!

As you know, the best things in life are free. That includes not just the outside cool air I’ve been talking about, but also getting an estimate from Fix St Louis. Got heating or cooling questions?  Contact us today and find out how much it costs to put a whole house fan — and cool night air — in your home!

That Door that Makes You Unhinged

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You know what I’m talking about.

That door that’s really hard to open. Every time you grab the knob, it’s a game of tug-of-war. And it always ends the same way – the other side suddenly just gives up, the door flies open, hits your foot or throws you off-balance.

Or the door that gets stuck before it swings shut all the way, requiring a full body slam to close that last quarter of an inch and turn the lock.

How about the door that rubs against the carpet, dating back to the time you got a new, fluffier one? You’re also feeling bad that you’re wearing out the new carpet prematurely.

Unfortunately, many homeowners live with these many-times-a-day nuisances simply because they have no idea who to call to fix it. A ‘doorman’? No, those are the folks who stand guard at the Ritz Carlton. A ‘carpenter’? Not a bad idea, but the only two names people seem to be able to come up with are Geppetto and Jesus. ‘Bob the Builder‘? Only parents who have small children even know who I’m talking about, and they’re all sick of his theme song.

Don’t get unhinged with the home repairs you need to make – call us!

The answer, of course, is Fix St Louis, the company that specializes in small jobs, but does big jobs, too. That can handle just about every home repair. That’s distinguished itself in our trade not because we have great customer service, but because we have ANY customer service at all – a full-time customer service rep, professional technicians who show-up at firm scheduled times, with our work guaranteed for one full year.

Who should you call to fix your doors? Knock, knock. Who’s there? Fix St Louis.

Welcome to McToilet: May We Take Your Order?

Man fixing toilet. St. Louis toilet repair Fix St LouisIf America can send a man to the moon, why can’t we make a reliable toilet? You know what I’m talking about—every once in awhile you have to jiggle the handle to make it stop running. Sometimes it doesn’t stop running at all, or it runs for a few minutes, then stops running, then runs again, then stops – all night long.

The good news is that until mankind conquers this final frontier, there will always be Fix St Louis. We spend a lot of our time with our heads in toilets, and know more about them and how to fix them than you would ever want to know.

What Do We Know About St. Louis Toilet Repair?

– Within the tank, we know our filler valves from our flush valves, and our floats from our flappers.

– We can deal with that drip-drip-drip from the bottom of your tank, or from that strange faucet handle sticking out of your wall.

– We can deal with that ominous fluid crawling out from the base of your toilet, and those cracked or rusted Frankenstein-head-like bolts down there.

– We can stop your toilet from acting like a rocking chair.

– We can even help save your marriage by installing one of those new, no-slam toilet seats!

At Fix St Louis, YOUR business is OUR business. Fill out our form or call us for a free estimate on a repair, and fall in love with your toilet all over again!

Patio Doors: The Doors that Never Get Fixed

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Many of you have sliding glass doors to your deck or patio. And most are broken in one way or another. But you never think to get them fixed, right? And, you’re not alone.

You know what I’m talking about. The glass doors are hard to slide. They sometimes fall off their tracks. The latch doesn’t work. There’s a hole in the screen. Or, the screen is missing altogether.

Why don’t people ever get their patio doors fixed? I think it’s mostly because they erroneously believe their sliding doors are something that is an integral part of their house, and that throws-up all kinds of erroneous red flags in their minds: “I’d have to replace the whole thing” or “my house is old, parts won’t be available.” Or, “I don’t even know who made them because there’s no brand name and the builder is out of business.”

The truth is you don’t have to live with your patio door problems. Fix St Louis CAN get replacement parts for your doors. We CAN make your doors slide better and your latches click, often without replacing ANY parts. We can also build a new sliding screen door and replace torn screens.

So when you’re at your July 4th barbecue, sliding those broken doors back and forth all day long, with a plate full of burgers in one hand and a pitcher of beer or lemonade in the other, vow to restore your freedom as an American to have patio doors that work. Give us a call and you’ll have one more thing to celebrate next July 4th.

Happy Independence Day to you and your family!

For a Better First Impression, Think Outside the Mailbox

unnamedIt’s one of life’s great mysteries. Why do so many people living in upscale subdivisions have mailboxes fit for an Old West ghost town? Posts are slanted like old tombstones, mailboxes are rusted, and the posts look like something you’d hitch a horse to.

They spend so much time and money on flower beds, siding, and exterior painting, and yet the very 1st thing that 1st time visitors see, when finding the house for the 1st time, is a mailbox that makes a bad 1st impression.

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Deck Restore – How to Stain Your Deck Less Often

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Can you never really enjoy using your deck unless you choose not to look at it? There are splinters and cracks you don’t quite know what do about. And it looks like it needs to be stained but you don’t want to spend that kind of money too often.

Well, the deck industry has actually been working quite hard to meet the needs of deck-owners like you, even though they haven’t done a particularly good job telling you about it. They realize most people don’t really enjoy spending the time and money to stain their deck, and are willing to trade-off maintaining its natural appearance for the opportunity to stain it less frequently.

Below you’ll find our “6 Degrees of Restoration” if you are seeking to stain your deck less often!

The 6 Degrees of Restoration When it Comes to a Deck Restore

1. Transparent Stain: Highlights the wood’s natural appearance, but provides the least protection. You may have to stain every single year to protect the deck from weather.

2. Semi-Transparent Stain: Contains some pigment and more protection. So, prepare to stain every other year.

3. Solid Color Deck Stain: Now we’re getting more serious about protection, and less serious about highlighting the wood. Ought to last 4-5 years before you need to stain again.

4. Deck Paint: So, let’s forget about the wood’s natural appearance and concentrate more on overall color and protection. Maybe we’re up to every 5-6 years now.

5. Deck Restorer: Oh, there’s wood under there? Now we’re talking about layering a new thin surface over the deck boards, perhaps even filling in all the cracks and masking the wood’s overall texture. Some manufacturers claim this product will last for 12 years.

6. Composite Decking: If you like the look of wood but don’t care whether or not it’s real, NEVER want to stain your deck again, and your financial situation is comfortable, this is the right solution for you. Replace your wood boards with these. Call us and we’ll show you samples.

If you want to stain less and enjoy your deck more, give us a call and we’ll figure out the right solution for you.

Dr Steve
Fix St Louis