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Did You Know Progressive Provides Raleigh Commercial Electrical Services?

August 20th, 2010

It’s true! The name you’ve come to trust for all your plumbing and HVAC repairs also offers electrical services too, including installation, wiring and repairs for businesses.

In our Raleigh electrical services division, we pride ourselves on affordable pricing and a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Here are just a few of the services our Raleigh commercial electricians offer:

  • Outlet installation: Electrical, phone & computer
  • Electrical wiring
  • Indoor & outdoor lighting installation & repairs
  • Outdoor security and landscape lighting installation & repairs
  • Motor & control wiring installation & repairs

Next time your office or commercial building needs a code upgrade, wiring repairs or lighting installation, think Progressive Electrical Service! We’re Raleigh’s trusted commercial electricians.

Is Your Air Conditioner Giving You This Much Trouble?

July 30th, 2010

If you’ve ever seen the Brave Little Toaster, you know that for most of the movie, the A/C unit is pure evil. He doesn’t function right, he’s got a bad attitude, he’s noisy, he’s either blowing air too hard or he’s -gasp!- overheating. Sound like the air conditioning system in your home?

You don’t need to deal with an A/C unit that’s gone rogue. Call in Progressive Heating & Air and our Raleigh HVAC specialists will have your home cooling system under control and running smoothly in no time.

Don’t let your A/C act like this:

Durham Air Conditioning Repair from Progressive Heating & Air

July 23rd, 2010

You may have noticed a change on the Progressive Plumbing & Drains homepage — this new banner:

It’s a hot, hot summer and we’ve added this quick call-out to draw your attention to our AC repair services available to Durham, Raleigh and other Triangle-area customers. Progressive’s Heating & Air division provides the same dependable, prompt services as our other divisions — only for your HVAC system!

Call us to install your new cooling system, for routine AC system maintenance or to repair a broken air conditioning unit. We offer both residential and commercial HVAC services so whether you’re feeling the heat at home or at work, we’ve got you covered!

Our Durham air conditioning repair professionals look forward to helping you beat the heat. Call Progressive today!

Fun Friday Bathroom Facts

July 9th, 2010

For your amusement, I’ve rounded up some interesting facts about bathrooms and toilets. Next time you happen to be chatting about your household plumbing, impress your friends with some of these gems:

  • Brits spend an average of an hour and 42 minutes per week on the toilet.  (source: The Scotsman)
  • Brites spend another hour and 25 minutes of each week in the bathtub or shower (source: The Scotsman)
  • Over their lifetime, women spend the equivalent of one year, seven months and 15 days in the bathroom, a month more than men do. (source: The Scotsman)
  • The average desktop is covered in 400 times more bacteria than the average toilet seat. (source: ABC News)
  • Americans use more toilet paper than people anywhere else in the world: seven sheets per bathroom trip, on average. (source: ABC News)
  • The most common bathroom blunder is falling into the toilet when the seat is up. (source: Angel Soft)
  • King George II of Great Britain died by falling off of a toilet. (source: Squidoo)
  • Americans use 433 million miles of toilet paper annually, which is enough to stretch to the sun and back. (source: Squidoo)
  • In the U.S., the toilet is flushed more times during the Super Bowl halftime than at any other time during the year. (source: Articlesbase)

Heat Wave in Raleigh!

June 24th, 2010

With current Raleigh temperatures reaching into the 100s (!!!), it’s a good time to learn more about how your home air conditioning system works. While we’re all escaping Raleigh’s heat in the comfort of our air-conditioned homes, knowing how your A/C system works will help you know when it may be time for repair, maintenance or a whole new air conditioner installation.

This short video gives a good primer on the basic functions of your home air conditioning system:

And, as always, call Progressive Heating & Air for professional Raleigh air conditioning system repair!

Brave Summer in Raleigh Without Turning Up the Air Conditioning

June 18th, 2010

Ok, you can turn it up a little! But really, when we crank up the A/C system, it not only means big utility bills, it also means extra energy expenditure, which isn’t great for the environment. With some planning, you can handle Raleigh’s summer heat without creating a utility bill that’ll give you a heart attack.

Here are some ideas for staying cool in Raleigh this summer without relying on round-the-clock air conditioning at home:

Strategic A/C system use

If your air conditioning is on and you’re about to leave your house for more than a half hour, turn it off! Switching it on and off every time you step outside won’t help (it takes some energy to get it going again), but turning it off when you’ll be out for a significant amount of time will help you save money and energy.

Programmable thermostats are also a good way to use your home’s A/C system efficiently. If you know that everyone in your family is out during the day on weekdays, install a programmable thermostat and set your air conditioning to turn off when your family leaves in the morning and turn back on when you get home.

Easy peasy, nice and breezy

Take advantage of Raleigh’s natural climate on cooler, breezy days. Turn off the air conditioning, open the windows and let the breezes in! It’s important to remember to open windows on more than one side of your house to take advantage of cross breezes.

Ceiling and standing fans can also be a good way to cool down. If you know you’re only going to be at home for brief intervals on a given day, forgo A/C in favor of turning the fans on when you’re around.

Nighttime tips

Though Raleigh’s summer heat can be unbearable during the day, it does cool off a little at night. Set your programmable thermostat to turn the A/C off during later evening hours and sleep with the windows open instead.

The lack of nighttime air conditioning will be a lot more comfortable if you’re not sleeping under all those blankets – in summertime, make a switch from the heavy blankets you usually use in favor of lighter versions that are more appropriate for the season. A fun trick: Turn your pillow case into a cooling agent by sticking it in the fridge or freezer for a half hour before going to bed.

Water, water everywhere

Skip the A/C during even the hottest parts of the day by taking the family outside to cool down while washing the car in driveway, playing in the sprinkler, or hanging out at the neighborhood pool. The Raleigh area is also fortunate to have plenty of rivers and lakes nearby. Find the one closest to you here.

Quality Commercial Plumbing Services in Raleigh

June 11th, 2010

We talk about residential plumbing and piping services a lot on our blog, but did you know that Progressive Plumbing & Piping also offers commercial plumbing services for businesses in the Raleigh and Durham areas? We’ve been doing commercial plumbing for years and have the tools to get the job done right.

Our Raleigh commercial plumbing services include:

In addition to these commercial plumbing and piping services, Progressive also offers water conservation solutions to our commercial customers in Raleigh, Durham and the surrounding areas. As always, feel free to contact the Raleigh commercial plumbing experts at Progressive for more information.

Priceless: Plumbing Peace of Mind

June 3rd, 2010

Came across an article this week that reminded me why plumbing work is so important: it offers peace of mind. We don’t often think about the plumbing system in our homes until there’s a problem with it. That’s a good thing — who wants something else to worry about? At Progressive Plumbing and Piping, we pride ourselves on doing high-quality plumbing work so you can go about your life with one less thing on your mind.

Here’s the column, by a writer for the East Aurora Advertiser:

In Praise of Plumbers

It’s actually true: you never do miss the water ’til the well runs dry.

We lost our water last Friday afternoon, just as the long holiday weekend was about to get underway. The clothes washer was churning, my son was watering newly seeded grass, and-boom. Just like that. No water.

Was it the well? Pump? Both? Of course I feared the worst and pictured our household without water for three weeks while we paid 10 grand for a new well to be dug.

Lucky for us, a Facebook friend recommended a wonderful local plumber, who arrived before 8 a.m. on Saturday. It took him several hours, but he gave us back the liquid of life: water.

I was so grateful for that water on Saturday after the plumbing was fixed. But if I had made a list Friday morning of the things I’m grateful for, “water” might not have occurred to me. It’s funny what you can learn after just 24 hours of living without something so precious.

Click here to read the full article (the part quoted above is near the bottom).

Bone Up On Green Plumbing, Solar and Electrical Facts

May 28th, 2010

One big part of making plumbing, electrical, HVAC or solar upgrades to your home is knowing what to change and why. While you can always ask the team at Progressive for advice, it’s helpful to have the base knowledge so you know what home upgrades you’re interested in.

Many of our clients ask us what they can change at home to help them go green and save money at the same time. That’s why this Friday we’ve aggregated a few quizzes to share with you. These fun, simple quizzes will help you learn about green home options for energy use, plumbing upgrades and more. Ready to test your knowledge of water conservation and green plumbing and electrical options?

  • Learn more about home energy use and what you can do to reduce it with this quiz.
  • To understand the green tax breaks available for upgrading to energy-efficient and water-conserving systems in your home, try this quiz.
  • To learn more about the role green appliances can play in your home, this is the quiz for you.
  • Interested in solar photovoltaic panels or a solar water heater in your home? Test your knowledge of these upgrades here.
  • Now it’s time to test your toilet — try these three tests on your toilet to see if it’s wasting water.
  • Tired of tests? Give yourself a break with this game: Designed for kids (but helpful for adults too!), the TipTank game helps players learn about water conservation.

Interested in green upgrades for your home in the Raleigh, Durham or Chapel Hill area? Learn more about our green plumbing services, solar water heaters or photovoltaic system installations.

The Power of Plumbers!

May 14th, 2010

This video is a favorite, and not just because it highlights the power of plumbers…it also features an adorable puppy! Last summer, a four-year-old boy in London flushed his puppy down the toilet in an attempt to give the puppy a bath. Needless to say, the dog got more than a bath — he got a wild ride down into the home’s plumbing system.

Don’t worry – this video has a happy ending, thanks to the power of plumbers (and video drain inspection)! And without further ado, the cutest drain clog ever: