Friday, May 18, 2018

London Plumbing & Remodeling: Attic Fans: Do they work, and should I get one?

Fun Tip Friday by London Plumbing & Remodeling

Before you know it the hot summer days & warm summer nights will be upon us. The air conditioner will be running & the electric meter will be spinning! Can an attic vent fan help reduce cooling costs & keep our homes cooler during the hot summer months?

Yes, they can IF properly installed. An attic fan will remove hot air from the attic space and discharge it to the outside of the house. Did you know that attics can reach temperatures of 150 to 160 degrees F during a summer day, although outside air temperatures are only 95 to 97 degrees F.

Exhausting the hot air allows the outside air to cool the attic. With a cooler attic less heat enters your home thru the ceiling and makes it easier to keep your house comfortable during those hot summer months. Your air conditioner or cooler will work less as the inside temperature of your home will be lower.

It is important to have the fan set with a thermostat (at about 100 degrees F +/-). We also like to install a switch to turn the fan off during the winter months, but this is optional. Many homes already have an attic fan but it is no longer working. Other homes have attic fans but they were installed improperly…what I mean by that is the fan is installed in the gable but there is no blocking around the rest of the vent. A large portion of the exchanged air is limited to the immediate area of the fan instead of having the air drawn thru the attic and cooling it.

Finally what is the cost of an attic fan replacement or new installation? That depends on many factors but the fans range in price from about $ 89.00 to $ 400.00 or more. Differences in price are due to energy efficiency, noise, & how effective are they at changing the air in the attic. Sometimes additional vents may need to be installed. Installation price will vary as well depending on the complexity of the job.

Please feel free to call London Plumbing & Remodeling at 209-296-3613 for an estimate & to review options. BTW we also install ceiling fans & whole house fans (but we will talk about them next time).

ACWN Presents Wendy Cookson "Capsuling Your Wardrobe and Dress for Success" - Wed May 23

Friday, April 27, 2018

Important Spring safety and energy saving tips from London Plumbing & Remodeling

LONDON PLUMBING & REMODELING (Formerly Stuart London Handyman)

Well, Spring has arrived quickly in the Mother Lode. We had an amazing winter with lots of rain and now the lakes and reservoirs are mostly full. So with moving into spring there are a few home maintenance things we should do that will save us money and help to keep us safer.

When the season changes, you should change the batteries in your smoke & CO detectors.  This is a life and health safety item.  If you have high ceilings, there are some replacement batteries that will last longer so you may not have to replace the batteries as frequently; however, the rule of thumb is to replace smoke and CO detector batteries when you reset your clocks for Spring and Fall. Why is this so important, you ask?  Smoke or CO (Carbon Monoxide) can kill you while you sleep! The early detection of these items helps to make our homes safe for our family and friends.

You may have an erratic smoke or CO detector which alarms frequently. There can be a number of reasons that this happens. First of all, a smoke detector that has been working properly for a number of years and now alarms often may have a bad battery. Another cause is a buildup of dust or dirt on the sensor, or improper placement of the unit.  Other times it’s just old and needs to be replaced.  New smoke detectors can be purchased locally at any hardware store.  Some need to be "hard wired" to the existing electrical system and in older homes, a battery-only replacement is used. Some people don't like the look of the large smoke or CO detector on the walls in their house and bedrooms.  For those people there are much smaller units which meet the safety requirements and are ascetically pleasing.  If you are unable to replace batteries or need new or additional units, we can install them for you.

As the season has changed, we should consider air filter replacement for the HVAC (heater and air conditioner).  These filters should be changed every 30 to 90 days, but more frequent replacement improves air quality in your home.  Some filters are pleated and offer more surface area (and can be changed at a longer interval) but even though the manufacturer may recommend replacement in 3 months in reality 60 days is a much better time frame.  Why do I need to replace the filter so frequently, you ask? It's because with a clean filter the heater or air conditioner work more efficiently. If your equipment isn't working so hard, then it will work better and save you money on your energy bills.

A lot of people and businesses have "Mini Split" units.  These units almost always have a washable filter. This unit should be gently cleaned according to the manufacturer's instructions at least every 30 days. Thanks for taking the time to read these hints.  Let us know if we can be of service to you, and please like us on Facebook.

Enjoy the Spring weather.

Stuart & Team

Thursday, April 19, 2018

ACWN: Motivational Coach Vicklyn Marie - Wed Apr 25

Guest Speaker Vicklyn Marie, and a new meeting format - come join us!
We are combining some Fast Track elements with regular meeting elements - let's see if it can work.
See you next Wednesday!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

ACWN's "Baskets & Bows" - Wed Mar 28

Baskets and Bows! The professional Wildflower floral staff at the Jackson Rancheria is showing us how to make exquisite custom gift baskets and bows to use for your work, charity or personal gifts!

Lunch catered by the Jackson Rancheria and a $10 free play voucher is provided.

Easter baskets for sale too! Pick up your pre-made baskets for your loved ones this Easter... all proceeds go the ACWN scholarship fund!

Wednesday, March 28th @ 11:30am
RSVP Debbie, or pay online

Thursday, February 8, 2018

10th Annual Margaret Dalton Golden Acorn Awards Dinner honoring Dennis Dalton, Karl and Patty Knobelauch - Fri Mar 2

JACKSON, CA- Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort and the Amador County Chamber of Commerce welcome you to join us for the 10th Annual Margaret Dalton Golden Acorn Awards Dinner on Friday, March 2, 2018. Dinner will be held in the Grand Oak Ballroom and Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort in honor of the late Dennis Dalton. The 2018 Golden Acorn Awards will be presented to Karl and Patty Knobelauch. Through their years of volunteering, notable dedication, and the love they share for Amador County; they have undoubtedly earned this cherished award.
The doors open at 6:00 p.m. with a no-host bar, a plated dinner will be served at 7:00 p.m., and awards to follow.
In 1979, Margaret Dalton was elected Tribal Chairperson of the Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians, a position she held uncontested for 30 years.  She had a dream to help the people of her Tribe build a better life.  Through determination and hard work the Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians achieved self-reliance. But her compassion to help people didn’t stop there.  Margaret was an advocate for helping anyone in need.  Her immeasurable contributions and tireless devotion to charities and organizations in Amador County inspired the Chamber of Commerce to create the estimable Margaret Dalton Golden Nugget, now known as the Margaret Dalton Golden Acorn. This award honors and recognizes our unsung heroes, like Margaret Dalton, and gives them the thanks they deserve for their generosity.  
Tickets are on sale now, starting at $50 per person or $500 for a table of ten people, through Monday, February 19th, 2018. You can RSVP to the Amador County Chamber of Commerce at (209) 223 -0350 or at  
Karl and Patty Knobeluch

Sunday, February 4, 2018

ACWN Presents: "Pruning Roses 101" by Steve Jones - Wed Feb 28

Spring fever is approaching and what better way to prepare for it than learning the art of “Pruning Roses” with guest speaker Steve Jones.
Lunch menu choice courtesy of the Jackson Rancheria. 
Network and promote your business at the next ACWN meeting on Wednesday, February 28th @11:30am.
RSVP to Debbie, or

Friday, January 5, 2018

Amador Council of Tourism - Thurs Jan 11

Happy New Year, Amador tourism supporters-
Below is the agenda for Amador Council of Tourism’s board meeting, Thursday, January 11 at 9 am, at Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort’s hotel conference room.  Also attached are the minutes for November and December meetings, and information regarding San Francisco Chronicle advertising. The meeting schedule is as follows:
2018 Meeting Schedule, 9 am, Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort Hotel No July, September Meetings

January 11
February 8
March 8
April 12
May 10
June 14
August 9
October 11
November 8
December 18, Tuesday, evening meeting

All are welcome to attend our meetings. If you cannot attend, please do call me, Maureen, at 209-969-5065, with any questions, concerns, suggestions. A light breakfast is generously provided by Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort.

Visitor Guides are expected to arrive today, Thursday. I will be delivering boxes throughout Amador over the next few days. Thank you to our advertisers. This publication has a shelf life of 18 months. Expect our next edition to publish July 2019.

San Francisco Chronicle will publish Amador and Gold Country inserts in February and March, respectively. Attached (see below) are details regarding ad costs, specs, and deadlines. Ask about discounts if you plan to advertise in both inserts. Please contact Claire Sumalinog at 415-777-7314, or email her at Some of you have already received phone calls from the editorial side for the February insert. We pay for the editorial in March along with the advertising and we are sharing the costs with Amador Vintners, El Dorado County and Tuolomne County. These inserts have been very successful for Amador.

Save the date: Wednesday, January 17th, 11:30 am to 2:30 pm, Amador Council of Tourism is hosting a Visioning Workshop. Please plan to attend and assist with setting the direction for your Destination Marketing Organization. Details to come.

I wish you all a prosperous and healthy New Year.
Thank you for your support,

Maureen Funk 
Amador Council of Tourism
PO Box 40/460 Sutter Hill Road, Ste. D
Sutter Creek CA 95685
Phone: 209-267-9249