Careful with Those Winter Thermostat Settings!

Tuesday, 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.

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A UV Air Purifier Can Mean a Healthier Winter Season

Monday, 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.

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My Heater Died—What Type of Heater Should I Replace It With?

Monday, 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.

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My Furnace Just Came on and I Can Smell Burning!

Monday, 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.

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