January 16th, 2017
Every time we address the topic of home heating in a place like Las Vegas, we place a focus on making sure that our customers receive value. Obviously, heating systems do not do as much work during the year in our climate as air conditioners do. But this makes it especially important to find a heating system that provides a sufficient level of heat during the time it is running without costing too much to run.
One of the best choices available for energy efficient home heating here in the Las Vegas valley is a ductless mini split system.
January 10th, 2017
We enjoy a short winter season in Las Vegas, but we still need to have heating systems running during some of our evenings. During the time when you routinely run your furnace or heat pump, pay close attention to your energy bills. This is simply a good precaution for being able to tell if there’s something wrong with the heater.
If you are seeing a rise in your energy bills during the winter, and it isn’t because you’ve been using the heater more often, you’re probably wondering what’s causing it. There are a number of possibilities:
January 2nd, 2017
It’s nice when the hot weather in Las Vegas cools off for the winter. It’s a mild winter, of course, but it’s a pleasant break from the sweltering heat of much of the rest of the year.
On the other hand . . . our homes will need heating when the temperature drops below the 50s during the night. This is where having a heat pump is great: it does a fantastic job of cooling of a house during the many hot days, and can handle our occasional cold days and nights easily.
We want to help you keep your heat pump in good shape until it settles back into cooling mode. Here are some winter troubles your heat pump may encounter.
December 27th, 2016
The weather in Las Vegas has cooled down to the point where we can actually call it “cold.” (Although somebody from Wisconsin would probably fall down laughing if they heard that.) If you’ve got your heat pump or furnace working to provide pleasant warmth for the close of the year, make sure that you aren’t running it in a way that wastes energy. Because we don’t run our heaters that often, it’s easy for us to fall into traps about how best to set the thermostat.
December 19th, 2016
Even though winters in Las Vegas are about as mild as they can get in the country, that doesn’t mean we get to escape a major part of winter: its flu and cold season! Our dry air can especially contribute to the fast spread of illness in households over the winter.
There are ways to combat flu season, and not all of them have to do with medicine. There are improvements to your HVAC system that will eliminate many of the germs and flu viruses that can move through your house and spread sickness. But not just any air purifier will handle the job. You either need extremely powerful filters—which will probably end up cutting off airflow—or you can have a UV air purifier installed. The latter is the best way to go.
December 12th, 2016
Usually the words, “my heater died,” are spoken with an exclamation mark at the end: “My heater died!” Here in Las Vegas, a broken heater is a bit less of an urgent problem, since our coolest weather is down in the 40s, not in the negatives! But you can’t go through the winter with a broken heater, and if the system is beyond reasonable repair (i.e. any repair would be more than half the cost of getting a new heater) it’s time to have a replacement put in.
December 5th, 2016
This is a common concern that any HVAC company hears from customers during the start of cooler weather. When furnaces first turn on for the season, people often notice a peculiar acrid odor coming from the vents. Nobody wants to smell anything burning in their house, since it immediately creates worry of an electrical or gas fire somewhere. However, in most cases this burning odor from a furnace as it first comes on isn’t a reason to worry.
November 28th, 2016
We’re at the tail-end of the year, as you’ve certainly noticed now that winter holiday decorations are everywhere. Although we don’t expect to run into extremely cold weather this winter—this is Las Vegas, after all—it’s important to have heating systems prepped for those occasional cold nights. Heating maintenance from professionals is necessary to see that a heater is ready to do its job, and that it will operate safely when it comes on.
If you’re thinking that it’s already too late and you might as well just skip heating maintenance for this year, we urge you to reconsider!
November 21st, 2016
We’ve recently written about how the fall is an excellent time to schedule duct sealing for your home. In that post we emphasized how you can save money this way, eliminating up to 30% of the air that goes to waste through air leaks in the ventilation system. Scheduling duct testing is the best way to find out if you need to have leaks sealed up to improve your home’s energy performance.
But there’s another important reason to have your air ducts made airtight, and that’s to protect your indoor air quality. Those air leaks can lead to unhealthy air getting into your living space.
November 14th, 2016
It’s highly likely that you use natural gas in some way in your home. It’s the most common way to power furnaces, as well as stoves and ovens. Natural gas is inexpensive compared to electricity, and it’s convenient and burns cleanly. It’s no wonder that it is so widespread across the country for use in homes and businesses.
But using natural gas brings with it a note of caution: carbon monoxide (CO). Carbon monoxide is not actually natural gas—this is a common misunderstanding—but a byproduct of the combustion of natural gas. Anything that burns can produce CO, but the most common source in a home is natural gas appliances like a furnace.