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Air Conditioning is Important for Elderly Binghamton Homeowners

When summer arrives and the temperatures start to heat up, people in Binghamton rely on AC to keep cool. Air conditioning is a great way to escape from the hot, humid outdoor weather. Most people just think of it as a way to keep comfortable once the mercury rises. For some, however, having AC in their home can be a lifesaver.

One population that is particularly prone to heat-related illness is the elderly. There are a few reasons why older people have more trouble than others when it’s hot out. In a report by the UC Davis School of Medicine, they note that hot weather is a big concern for the aging population. The report indicates that senior citizens account for a large portion of heat-related hospitalizations and deaths.
How can air conditioning help seniors in Binghamton?
To see how air conditioning helps, it’s important to understand why the heat affects seniors more than other groups. First of all, many older people have poorer circulation. That makes it harder for them to keep blood flowing properly, which helps people stay cool. Many take medications that make regulating body temperatures more difficult. Some have weight and mobility issues that keep them from being able to move to a cool area when the temperatures soar. And, those with dementia may not be aware that they feel thirsty or hot. Home cooling for the elderly is not only important, but often necessary.

If you have an elderly family member, knowing that hot temperatures can be harmful or even fatal is your first step. Helping them get reliable home cooling is the next. At Petcosky & Sons, our ultimate goal is working with people in Binghamton to ensure their air conditioning needs […]

Allergy Sufferers Can Enjoy Relief with Air Scrubber Plus®

For many people, the arrival of spring also means the arrival of allergy symptoms. Itchy, watery eyes, sneezing, head congestion and coughing are just a few, and they are uncomfortable. The American College of Allergies, Asthma and Immunology, or ACAAI says that 40 to 60 million Americans suffer from allergies that cause the symptoms of allergic rhinitis listed above. The ACAAI also indicates that for most, allergic rhinitis takes two different forms. Mold and pollen trigger seasonal sufferers. Perennial sufferers deal with symptoms year-round, and are usually triggered by dust, pet dander and mold.

What can you do if you’re dealing with the uncomfortable side effects of allergies? Too often, people just try to live with them. Most organizations like the ACAAI recommend using air filters or cleaners to reduce the amount of allergens in household air, but many people don’t take that advice. People worry about the expense, or a unit taking up space in their home. They are concerned about noise, or having to replace filters on a frequent basis. Rather than finding a solution that helps them feel better, they suffer all through allergy season – when they don’t have to.
Petcosky & Sons offers innovative air quality solutions, like the Air Scrubber Plus.
The first thing any allergy sufferer should do is find a company to help them improve the air they breathe. They should look for someone who offers a number of air quality solutions, like filters and cleaners. Allergy sufferers should also look for someone who understands and uses new technology. Nowadays, people spend more time indoors than ever before, and that means inventors are coming up with new methods for cleaning the air we breathe all the time. A reputable company will look […]

Allergic to Detergents? With Laundry Pro™, You Have Options.

You’ve noticed that your skin seems to be flaky and itchy whenever you use a particular brand of detergent. Or, every brand of detergent causes your skin to flare up, but you don’t have much of a choice if you want clean clothes. For some people, the simple act of washing clothes and towels can cause a whole host of conditions. That’s because they’re allergic to the detergent they use. Reactions to soaps and detergents are considered a chemical allergy, and can be very uncomfortable for the sufferer.

According to WebMD, most people with laundry detergent allergies have a reaction known as contact dermatitis. This causes skin to become red, scaly and itchy, accompanied by a burning sensation. The website says this is usually due to the chemicals and fragrances in laundry detergents. Considering your clothing, toweling and bedding comes in contact with pretty much all the skin on your body, suffering from an allergy to detergent is definitely no fun at all.
You might be surprised to discover you have a choice, thanks to Laundry Pro.
The Laundry Pro by Aerus works by using activated oxygen to lift dirt and grime from clothing and other fabrics. The biggest benefit of a Laundry Pro system is that it does not require detergent or bleach. Plus, it removes the old buildup from detergent and fabric softener on your clothes and towels. As a result, your fabrics will be restored to their natural softness, and the chemicals causing your allergies will be cleared away!

Besides providing an allergen-free way to wash clothes, the Laundry Pro has many other benefits. First of all, it’s easy to use. All you need is to set your machine to cold and turn it on. And, Petcosky […]

Concerned About Flood Damage in Your Home? FloodStop™ Can Help.

Anyone who has had to deal with a flood in his or her home knows the damage it can cause. Not only do you have to pay a lot of money to repair damages and replace items like furniture and appliances. Flooding can cause you to lose items that are irreplaceable, like family heirlooms and photos. Flooding due to natural causes can’t necessarily be avoided, which is unfortunate. But, what if you could easily prevent other types of floods in your home?

RestorationEze, a flood remediation conglomerate, says that many times when they’re called into water-damaged homes, the flooding happened because of leaky household appliances. They cite five common household appliances as the main culprits. Fortunately, at Petcosky & Sons we have a solution that can help keep these appliances from flooding – the FloodStop system.

FloodStop products help stop flood damage before it really starts. They automatically shut off the water supply to appliances whenever they start to leak. Not only that, FloodStop valves are of the highest quality – they are the only product of their kind that uses solid, lead-free brass motorized ball valves. In fact, they have been named one of Reader’s Digest’s top 100 new products. Available for every appliance in your home, FloodStop units can be powered either by batteries or AC.
Does FloodStop make valves for all of the most problematic appliances?
According to RestorationEze, the appliances below cause the most flooding in homes:
Refrigerators

Why do they flood? Refrigerators that are equipped with an ice machine are most prone to flooding. That’s because the water line that leads to the ice machine can become unattached. Therefore, you could be looking at some serious flood damage in your kitchen if the line […]

6 Things You Should Ask When You Need Help with Plumbing in Your Binghamton, NY Home

If you’re in need of plumbing services for your Binghamton, NY home, you probably are wondering how you can know who the right plumber for the job is. According to an article on Angie’s List, “hiring a plumber is an important decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly by homeowners.” They cite that plumbers install and repair in very important parts of the home – places that can be costly to fix if the plumbing isn’t done right the first time.

The article suggests six questions you should ask when hiring a plumber for your home, and how Petcosky & Sons stacks up:

Are they licensed? At Petcosky & Sons, we are a fully licensed master plumber. That means the work we do on the plumbing in your Binghamton, NY home will be completed professionally by expert plumbers, using the best products available. Count on us to use brands like Rinnai, Kohler, Moen, Delta and Bradford White.

Are they insured? Insurance protects both the customer and the plumber in the incidence of accident or injury. Petcosky & Sons is fully insured for your safety and peace of mind.

Do they offer a warranty? At Petcosky & Sons, we work hard to provide you with the best plumbing services for your Binghamton, NY home. We’re never finished with the job until you are completely satisfied. Our goal is to offer you the best plumbing contractor services available – guaranteed.

Will they provide an estimate? If a plumber gives you a price that seems too good to be true, it might be. Estimates that come in much lower than others can be the result of corners being cut or lesser quality parts being used. At Petcosky & Sons, we always provide a […]

By |August 24th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Do You Need Fire Protection for Your Binghamton, NY Business? Petcosky Fire Protection Systems Can Help

Nothing can be more devastating to a business or institution than a fire. Not only is valuable property destroyed, but where fire is involved, there is also the potential for the tragic loss of life. If you’re concerned about how your Binghamton, NY business, school or organization is protected against fire, you should know that Petcosky Fire Protection Systems, a division of Petcosky & Sons, can help you with your safety needs.

Petcosky Fire Protection Systems provides a number of services that can make your building safer, including the expert installation, inspection and retrofitting of fire suppression and sprinkler systems. We’re pleased to offer fire protection to Binghamton, NY businesses and institutions, as well as a comprehensive lineup of products for fire protection as well. We proudly provide:

Wet Fire Sprinkler Systems
Dry Fire Sprinkler Systems
Fire Pumps
Deluge Systems
Standpipe Systems
Anti-Freeze Loops
Fire Hydrants

According to a 2014 report by the National Fire Protection Association, or NFPA, structure fires accounted for 38 percent of the fires in the United States that year. The estimated property damage cost of fire that year was $11.6 billion. With such a large percentage of fires taking place in buildings, and the extreme cost of fire in this country, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Our experts can design, install and retrofit your sprinkler system, keeping your employees and clients safe.

We have helped numerous businesses, schools and organizations in Binghamton, NY and the surrounding areas get the fire protection they need for the safety of their building. Our clients have included Best Buy, SUNY Cortland, SUNY Delhi, Binghamton University, the Flannery Apartment Building, and the Elmira Housing Authority. We provide commercial and institutional properties with:

Sprinkler System Design
Sprinkler Installation
Fire Sprinkler Repair

We strive to […]

By |August 17th, 2016|Uncategorized|

5 Ways You Can Improve the Indoor Air Quality in Your Binghamton, NY Home

People are spending more time than ever before indoors, and that’s one of the reasons why good indoor air quality is so important. Indoor air quality, or IAQ, is defined by the US Environmental Protection Agency as “the air quality within buildings and structures, especially as it relates to the health and comfort of building occupants.” The agency goes on to say that it is important for people to understand and control common indoor pollutants in order to mitigate health concerns. How can you make sure that the indoor air quality in your Binghamton, NY home is up to par?

There are certain indicators that let you know that the air you’re breathing in your home isn’t as good for you as it should be. If you’ve noticed an increase of allergy and asthma symptoms while spending extended periods of time indoors, there is a chance that your IAQ needs improvement. Other symptoms include dry, itchy skin, sneezing, headaches and throat and nasal irritation. If you’re dealing with any of these problems, it probably is a good time to consider making some improvements to the indoor air quality of your Binghamton, NY home.

Fortunately, there are many options available for homeowners who want to improve their home’s IAQ. A qualified HVAC dealer can help you choose the air quality products and services that will help make the air quality in your Binghamton, NY home my better for the health and comfort of you and your family. There is a broad range of IAQ products that can be installed in your home that will help with the air quality concerns you may be having. At Petcosky & Sons, we want out customers to be as comfortable as […]

By |August 11th, 2016|Uncategorized|

A Fan-Tastic Way to Maximize the Air Conditioning in your Binghamton, NY Home

If you have central air conditioning, but you’ve noticed that the upstairs of your home stays uncomfortably warm even while your AC is running, then the changes are you have some issues with air circulation. Assuming that your central air unit is large enough to cool your whole house, you simply might not be getting the circulation you need. According to thesimpledollar.com, fortunately that can be easily remedied by the addition of a couple of ceiling fans in your upstairs rooms.

The website suggests that the benefits of installing and running ceiling fans in your upstairs rooms far outweigh the initial cost of installing them, and in the long run you will actually save money on air conditioning for your Binghamton, NY home. Did you know that the average ceiling fan uses only around 60 watts of energy, even when you run it on its highest setting? In comparison, the average central air conditioning system uses approximately 3500 watts of energy when running. So, if running upstairs ceiling fans all day allows you to rely on your air conditioning system less, even by 30 minutes a day, you could save energy – and money on your utility bills – over time.

By running the ceiling fans continuously in the upstairs of your Binghamton, NY home, you should be able to set your air conditioning system at a higher temperature. While fans won’t actually cool the air, they will help to circulate the conditioned air more efficiently, and will provide a breeze that helps you feel cooler. According to the website, for best results you should keep ceiling fans running on high during the summer months, with the blades set to push the air down. (Helpful hint: […]

By |August 10th, 2016|Uncategorized|

3 Signs You May Need AC Repair for Your Binghamton, NY Home

There’s nothing quite like taking a relaxing break from the summer temperatures, right in your own Binghamton, NY home. Kicking back on a hot day with a tall glass of lemonade and the AC running is a great way to beat the heat… unless your air conditioning system isn’t working as well as it should be. Nobody wants to think about their AC system not working properly when the temperatures start to soar, but that’s usually the time it happens. That’s because the hotter it is outside, the harder your system has to work to keep it cool inside, and if something’s ready to break down on your system, then overexertion doesn’t help. There are some telltale signs that can alert you to an AC breakdown, though.

You’re not getting cool air. Either the air blowing through the vents isn’t as cold as it was, or it’s not cold at all. If this is happening with your system, then it might be time for air conditioning repair in your Binghamton, NY home. Two possible culprits are low refrigerant levels, or that the compressor has failed. The best way to find out if either of these is causing a lack of cool air with your system is to call Petcosky & Sons for assistance.

The airflow is weak. One of the top reasons residents in Binghamton, NY call for AC repair is this very reason. Fortunately, it’s usually a relatively simple fix. Most of the time, poor airflow is the result of dirty filters or obstructed ductwork. Over time, debris and dirt collects in your ducts and can cause health concerns like allergy flare-ups, congestion and sneezing. Getting your ducts cleaned by a pro helps your air […]

If You Live in the Southern Tier, Trust Your Air Conditioning to Petcosky & Sons

When you live in the Southern Tier, you know that summers can get pretty hot and sticky. That’s why having an air conditioning system in your home that works both effectively and efficiently is so important. Whether you currently have air conditioning currently in your home, or are considering having a new unit installed, what you need most of all is an air conditioning contractor who is reliable and can help with all of your needs. For full-service air conditioning, you should know you can count on Petcosky & Sons.

When you choose us for air conditioning in your Southern Tier home, you’ll be working with a company that has provided quality HVAC services for three generations. Since 1957, we’ve taken great pride in offering our customers the best air conditioning units available – and the best service. We provide you with top-of-the-line air conditioning products and services, so you can rest assured you and your family will enjoy the best indoor comfort, no matter how hot it gets outside.

New Central Air: If you’ve been enduring the summer heat, either because your old air conditioning unit isn’t working as effectively as it used to, or because you never had central air, your wait is over. That’s because Petcosky & Sons offers our Southern Tier customers new central air conditioning that will provide them with cool comfort all summer long – and energy efficiency at the same time. We offer the industry’s best central air conditioning; so choosing the right system for your home – and your budget – is simple.

AC Repair: Nothing is worse than having your air conditioning break down on the Southern Tier’s hottest day of the year, but you’ll be glad to […]