Why You Should Drink More Water in Shawnee and Stilwell

You’ve heard the advice from doctors, friends, and family members time and time again: drink more water. And while most of us know that we should have about 8-9 glasses of this liquid goodness a day to stay hydrated, many of us don’t really understand the health consequences of not drinking enough water.

So put down that can of soda, pour yourself a nice refreshing glass of water, and read on.lba heroes

Healthier Skin – Water helps flush out toxins from the body and can reduce the risk of pimples. Plus, it’s cheaper than any acne treatment you can find.

Weight Loss – Looking to drop a few pounds? Drink more water! Drinking water helps us feel full, so we consume fewer calories.

Strong Muscles – As we exercise and sweat, we lose water. And when our body’s water is reduced by just 5%, our muscle strength and endurance suffers. Drinking water before, during and after exercise helps muscles function properly.

Healthy Joints – If the body is dehydrated, bones and joints can feel stiff and achy. Water helps lubricate your joints, preventing stiffness and keeping your movements smooth.

Healthy Digestive System – Drinking enough water helps maintain a healthy colon, keeping things moving smoothly and preventing constipation.

Proper Kidney Function – Did you know that your kidneys process about 200 quarts of blood on a daily basis? They sift out waste, and transport urine to the bladder. And they need adequate amounts of water to do so properly.

Fatigue Fighter – Fatigue is one of the most common signs of dehydration. So instead of reaching for the coffee, try a tall glass of water.

Proper Hydration – Yes, water keeps us from getting dehydrated. But what does that really mean? Well, when don’t drink enough water, you may feel tired, have a reduced urine output, your blood pressure can drop, and your skin loses elasticity. What’s more, the blood flow to your tissues is reduced. So drink up!

How’s the quality of the water in your home? If you have any doubts at all, contact LBA and ask for more information about a water softening system, or click here to read more now.

Air Conditioning Cleaning & Inspection in Prairie Village and Roeland Park

blogYou know what? Nothing says “spring” quite like an AC cleaning and inspection.

Okay, we admit it: maybe our preventative maintenance service ISN’T as much a fun as an afternoon in the park or watching your kids play baseball, but it’s every bit as important. Especially if you’re looking forward to summer-long indoor comfort!

Well, now you can ensure just that with our multi-point tune-up and inspection service.

Here’s what you can look forward to once the job is completed:

  • Extended system lifespan
  • More consistent temperatures throughout your home
  • Lower energy costs
  • Added safety

If we do uncover any small repair issues, we’ll give you a guaranteed upfront price to fix them now before they become more problematic and costly to repair. Plus, by having preventative maintenance performed in the spring, you can relax knowing your system is ready for even the hottest and stickiest of summer days.

Oh, and for the record? It’s not just us recommending annual preventative maintenance. So does your system manufacturer. That’s because they want you to be happy with your purchase for a long time to come. And with proper care and maintenance, there’s a far greater chance of that happening.

Contact LBA to schedule service today, and get your house ready for the warmer weather to come.

Go Green With Your Water Heater in Kansas City
and Overland Park.

blogWhat’s not to like about the color green this time of year?

Green symbolizes not just St. Patrick’s Day, but the return of spring, and the effort we’re all making to live healthier and more energy efficient lives.

Well, now you can take a big step forward in that regard with a new water heater from LBA. But not just any water heater, because right now, we’re offering “next generation” water heaters that can help you save up to $350 per year on your hot water related energy costs.

Here’s what’s available now LBA

Gas Condensing Water Heaters – Rather than venting natural or propane gas through the system’s flue, the gas is reclaimed so that greater amounts of hot water can be generated from the same amount of gas. That improves energy efficiency, cuts down on greenhouse emissions, and will help you save about $100 per year in water heater energy costs.

Electric Hybrid Heat Pump Water Heaters – Think of a refrigerator working in reverse, and then you’ll get the concept of an electric hybrid water heater…the next generation of electric storage tank water heaters. The heat pump component of a hybrid system draws warm, ambient air from the space around it to assist in heating the water inside the storage tank. The net result? You can expect to save more than $350 per year in water heater operating costs.

Gas condensing and electric hybrid water heaters are here to replace conventional storage tank water heaters.

In fact, conventional gas and electric water heaters will no longer be manufactured for use in our country of April 16, 2015. And while the new, higher efficiency water heaters will cost more than those they’re replacing, you’ll more than make up the difference in energy savings over the life of your replacement system.

To learn more about your water heater options – especially while we still have conventional gas and electric water heaters in stock – contact LBA today. Never will you have as many choices as you do right now – but only for a limited amount of time.

 

How to Make Your Home Spring-Ready in Kansas City and Olathe

As February comes to a close and we eagerly await spring’s arrival, it’s a good time to start thinking about your spring home maintenance checklist. After all, once the ground thaws and the sun producing some extra warmth, you want your house properly prepped so you can enjoy as much time as possible outdoors in post-hibernation.

And while many tasks certainly can’t be performed until the weather permits, there are plenty of pre-spring responsibilities you can tackle right now.

  • Take an inventory of your spring lawn care tools and equipment. Service gas or electric powered mowers, replace broken rakes, and sharpen cutting blades to make yard work easier.
  • Inspect window and door screens for damage and replace if necessary.
  • blogCheck wooden window and door frames for cracks, gaps, or signs of wood rot and repair to prevent heat (and eventually cool air) loss, not to mention rain water damage.
  • Inspect your siding for cracks and peeling paint.
  • Check outdoor railings and decks for signs of wood rot or damage.
  • Do a visual inspection of your roof and repair or replace any loose or damaged shingles.
  • Make sure the gutters are securely fastened to your home and free of any debris so rain water can move freely.
  • If you’ve not had your chimney cleaned by a reputable chimney service recently, make that appointment now as the season comes to a close.
  • Take note of tree branches or shrubs that are beginning to encroach on your home and plan to trim them back.
  • Start a checklist of – and perhaps a budget for – items that might need to be replaced once the warm weather hits, such as fences, decks, and even your home cooling equipment if it’s nearing the end.

At the same time, maybe your AC system has some useful months and maybe even years ahead of it yet. If that’s the case, there’s only one sure way to find out: contact LBA today and request our multi-point AC system cleaning and inspection service. It’s the kind of preventative maintenance that should be performed once a year, no matter how new or old your system might be, to help prevent or minimize repairs, extend its lifespan, and keep your energy costs under control. Whatever your home heating or cooling needs might be, LBA is here to provide the service you need, when you need it.

House Noises You Shouldn’t Ignore in Kansas City and Mission

blogIn the course of an ordinary day, we are surrounded by various “warning signs” that alert us to potential problems. One you hear in newer cars, for example, is a beeping sound as you back out of the driveway, alerting you that something or someone is behind you. Or how about when the smoke detector goes off, pointing that your cookies are burning inside the oven. And on and on we could go.

But not all warning signs are that obvious. Some are quiet and easy to ignore, like those occasional dings and clanks that you chalk up to the wind or the house settling.

So which ones should you pay closest attention to – those that require an immediate response? The following should be on any home owner’s list.

  1. No one using the plumbing, yet you still hear water running. This could be caused by many things, from a leaky fixture to a broken pipe, and even the irrigation system. Try turning off the main water supply to the home. If the noise stops, your plumbing is telling you that somewhere within the system there’s a leak.
  1. You hear strange noises from your attic or behind your walls. If you hear scratching or chittering in any area of your home, you need to act fast. Rodents and other animals not only carry diseases, but can chew threw insulation and electrical wiring, putting your family at risk of fire.
  1. Your furnace is making a whistling or sucking sound. In this instance, you probably have a dirty air filter that is causing your furnace to work too hard to reach the desired level of indoor comfort. But wasted energy isn’t the only consequence, since a furnace that puts in that kind of extra effort might start drawing exhaust gasses into your home. So change or clean the filter regularly – once a month is a good way to play it safe.
  1. You hear clinking and knocking when you turn the heat on. While some heating system noises are common, like the clinking and knocking you might hear with a baseboard hot-water system, any noises from the boiler itself could be a sign of impending failure. Call a technician to check it out pronto, before you’re left out in the cold.
  1. There’s a bubbling or cracking sound coming from your hot water heater. If it’s been a while since you’ve had your tank-style hot water heater flushed, you might be due. You see, over time, sediment and minerals can build up on the bottom of the tank, forcing the burner to work harder.

While we’re not exterminators, LBA is your local and experienced resource for all things plumbing and heating. So if you even suspect something might be amiss with your water heater, general plumbing system, or home furnace, contact LBA today for fast response and dependable results.

Valentine’s Day Gifts for Yourself in Kansas City and Lenexa

Relationships are hard work. They require patience, understanding, respect, and above all, love. So this Valentine’s Day, don’t forget to romance the one who is always there to comfort you through every season, the one who keeps you warm when the outside world turns a cold shoulder – your home.

Here are just a few ways to spoil your home rotten this Valentine’s Day:LBA Heroes

Treat it to a spa day. There’s something very satisfying about a clean house. Show your home a little TLC and tackle those areas of your home you’ve been neglecting. Vacuum behind the furniture, shampoo the carpets, or wash all the windows. Focus on one job at a time to make it a little more manageable.

Buy it a little bling. Everyone loves a little something pretty every now and then. Something a bit frivolous instead of purely functional. Maybe you’ve had your heart set on a sparkly chandelier, a metallic wallpaper feature wall, or something as simple as a new set of wine glasses or pretty vase.

Or perhaps perfume. Whether it’s a scented candle, an essential oil diffuser, or a home-made air freshener, a little scent can make a home feel more welcoming. And remember, scents have an impact on our moods. Need a pick-me-up on a gloomy day? Dab a little lemon juice on a cotton balls and place them around the house.

Make reservations. Have you been putting off that heating system inspection or chimney cleaning? It’s never too late in the season for such vital services. Annual routine maintenance is essential to keeping your family comfortable and safe all year round.

Don’t forget flowers. Flowers have the power to brighten up any day. Pick up a few inexpensive bunches at the grocery store and break up into smaller arrangements. Place a couple on your kitchen counters, one in the bathroom, and one on your nightstand. You don’t even need fancy vases. Use empty glass jars, drinking glasses, or glass beverage bottles.

So how exactly, you ask, are these Valentine’s Day gifts for yourself?  It’s simple:  the better you take care of it, the better it will take care of you and your family.  And always here to lend a helping hand are your friendly, neighborhood LBA heroes for any home plumbing, heating, drain, or similar indoor comfort need you might have.

When to Call a Plumber in Kansas City and Leawood

Of all the things that can go wrong in your home, plumbing problems are among the most common. From the seemingly minor – but highly annoying – leaky faucet, to the toilet that mysteriously flushes on its own, it doesn’t take much before you find yourself scrambling for the name and number of a professional plumber, especially when the “fix” is something you have neither the time nor the skill to handle on your own.plumber2

And yet, even if you are the handy type, there are certain plumbing repairs that are far better left to your local LBA heroes. Here are just a few of them:

  • Flooding due to a frozen, cracked, or burst pipe. This is something you want to act on without delay, since the more time that passes, the more damage your home can suffer from the lack of attention. Our plumbers can quickly locate the “offending” pipe and begin taking the appropriate corrective actions.
  • A habitually slow moving drain. At one time or another, we’ll all experience a clogged drain. But a drain that clogs and backs up repeatedly usually indicates an invisible problem that won’t go away on its own. If you have hard water, for example, the inside of your pipes might have corroded and caused one or more cracks or leaks. It’s also possible that tree or shrub roots have infiltrated an underground sewer line, making it increasingly more difficult for water and waste to pass through.
  • Anything to do with a gas line. Maybe you’re knocking down a wall to open up your living space. Or finishing your basement. Or perhaps you’ve finally decided to build that high-tech outdoor kitchen this spring. Whatever your project, please do not attempt to install or move a gas line on your own. The risk is not worth the few bucks saved.
  • Sump pump installation or repair. A sump pump can definitely save you the frustration, time, and all the costs and headaches associated with a flooded basement. But that’s true only if it’s correctly installed and tested. And that can be a tricky proposition, even for an experienced DIY’er.

The fact is, here at LBA Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing, we tackle plumbing problems large and small for home owners throughout the Kansas City metro area, and we’d be happy to do the same for you. Just give us a call (or send us an email) and let us know how we can help.

How to Get Rid of Mold Inside Your Toilet Bowl in Kansas City & Raytown

blog“Honey, I’d love to go out to dinner Saturday night, but I was really counting on staying home and cleaning the bathroom. Do you mind terribly?”

Now there’s a conversation that’s probably NEVER taken place in your household, and no doubt never will. Why? Because we clean our bathrooms when we have to, and not for the sheer joy of it.

But what happens when something unexpected comes along – a bathroom cleaning issue you’ve never encountered before? Kind of upsetting right, especially when you’re not quite sure how to handle it.

Well here’s one our customers tell us about from time to time, often enough that we thought we’d devote a blog to the subject. And that is: how to get rid of mold from inside your toilet, and keep it from re-appearing.

So let’s get started, shall we?

  1. The materials you’ll need: an empty spray bottle, a bottle of distilled white vinegar, and a toilet scrub brush.
  1. Pour about a cup of vinegar into the spray bottle and thoroughly spray the inside of the bowl.
  1. Spray a little extra on the black mold spots.
  1. Next, thoroughly scrub the entire inside of your toilet bowl, including above and below the water line.
  1. Allow the vinegar to sit for one hour.
  1. Next, rinse your toilet bowl by flushing it and spraying the surface areas with water, especially above the bowl’s water line.
  1. Then pour 4 additional cups of vinegar inside the bowl and let it sit for another hour.
  1. Repeat the rinsing process in step 6 above.

We hope you never get mold inside your toilet, but if you do, you’ll be very pleased with the results of this recommended cleaning process. And yet, for all those things that can go wrong in your bathroom that you don’t have the time or skill to fix yourself, you can count on LBA Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing. We are home plumbing specialists for your bathroom and every other area of your house, and we’re always glad to lend a helping hand.

 

Extreme Cold Safety Tips in Kansas City and Parkville

Turn on the TV, radio, or hop on a social media outlet and you can quickly learn just how cold it is outside. And that’s useful information here in the Kansas City area where it can be 53 degrees one day in January or February, and 23 or even colder the next.

Well, short of staying at home until spring rolls around, your next best bet for protecting yourself from bitterly cold temperatures is to prepare for the worst. And here are a number of suggestions to help get you started:

  • Dress in layers and cover as much skin as possible to prevent body heat loss, hypothermia, and frostbite.heater
  • Limit the amount of time you spend outdoors in below freezing temps.
  • Bring your pets indoors. If it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for them, too.
  • Equip your car with a flashlight, batteries, and blankets in case you have a break down. And don’t forget the antifreeze and some ice melt.
  • If you must use a space heater, place it on a flat, level surface at least three feet away from furniture, drapery, and bedding.
  • Never leave a space heater on when you leave the house or while you’re asleep.
  • Never use your oven or cooktop to heat your home.
  • Make sure that all embers in your wood burning fireplace or stove are completely extinguished before going to bed.
  • If you don’t have family or friends nearby, familiarize yourself with local warming shelters should your home lose power.
  • Check in on elderly neighbors and relatives to make sure they’re alright during extreme weather conditions.

While there’s never a good time to have a home heating problem, things are always worse when it’s freezing cold outside. Because then, the temperature will go down much faster indoors, too. If you’ve lost heat, you can contact LBA right now for high quality professional service. We repair all makes and models of home heating systems, and we offer 24/7 emergency repair service, too.

We can also help you prevent heating problems in the first place with our cleaning and inspection service. So if it’s been a year or more since your system was last professionally serviced, contact LBA today, and give yourself one less thing to worry about for the rest of this winter.

Resolve to Enjoy Cleaner Indoor Air in Kansas City & Raytown

Question:  are all your New Year’s Resolutions your own – assuming you make them at all – or to you turn to others or elsewhere for inspiration?

Relying on those we trust and care about for a little inspiration is a great way to start striving for positive change now and in the coming New Year.  At the same time, one always has to consider the source.

Here, for example, is a condensed list of humorous New Year’s Resolutions as compiled by Hubpages.com

  • Watch more movie remakes.
  • Go back to school to avoid paying my student loans.
  • Watch more cute and cuddly kitten videos on YouTube.
  • Help kids stay safe by not texting on my cell phone while eating McDonald’s and speeding through crosswalks in school zones with a frost covered windshield.
  • Check my work e-mail account at least once this year.
  • Talk with a robot voice all the time.LBA Heroes
  • Find a more accurate scale.
  • Stop buttering my doughnuts.
  • Save some money for a rainy day. That way I can shop online instead of having to go to an actual store.

Funny stuff, but not exactly the stuff that positive change is likely to spring from.

So instead, how about this for a very serious, worthwhile, and doable New Year’s resolution:  start breathing cleaner indoor air, and keep it up all year long.

Talk about the ultimate win, win, win.  And you’ll be amazed at easily that goal can be accomplished once you start implementing the following tactics at home:

  • Wash your bed covers once a week, along with sheets and pillow cases, to keep your dust population to a bare minimum.
  • If you’re prone to dust allergies, purchase plastic covers for your mattress and box spring. Dust and dust mites just love the warm, nurturing atmosphere of unprotected bedding.
  • Not quite the “green thumb” type? You’d be amazed at how easy it is to learn, especially once you realize that certain types of house plants permanently remove bacteria and viruses from the air.  This impressive list of natural air cleaners includes:  Aloe, Spider plants, Gerber daisies, Weeping Fig, and many others.
  • Leave your shoes – along with all the bad stuff on their soles – at the door. That will prevent you from traipsing dirt and pollutants like pesticides and pollen all over your house.
  • Swap out your vacuum cleaner for one with a HEPA filter that traps dust, dirt, and other particles vs. releasing them back into the air.
  • Don’t let anyone smoke inside your house – PERIOD!
  • Start using green cleaning products made from all-natural ingredients.

LBA offers several high quality and effective indoor air quality solutions of our own, including whole-house air purifiers.  These are easy to maintain and designed to trap 99.7 of airborne bacteria and other pollutants inside your ductwork and before they can reach your living quarters.

Contact us today for this and other indoor air quality solutions, especially since we’d love to see your “cleaner air” New Year’s Resolution become a reality.