Why Going Ductless Is Great for Home Heating

Monday, 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.

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My Heating Bills Seem Higher Than Normal, What’s Wrong?

Tuesday, 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:

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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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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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It’s Still Not Too Late: Schedule Your Heating System Inspection!

Monday, 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!

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Let’s Talk Carbon Monoxide and Protecting Your Family from It

Monday, 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.

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Curious about Heating Maintenance? Here’s What We Do

Monday, November 7th, 2016

Even in the heat of Las Vegas, we encourage all of our residential customers to schedule a fall inspection and tune-up for their heating system. This regular maintenance is essential if you want your heat pump (or furnace) to work for as many years as possible, run into a limited number of repair problems, continue to function reliably, and keep your power bills under control. The heater won’t lay dormant the whole winter, so make sure that it’s ready to go when it needs to.

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How to Save the Most on Heating This Winter

Monday, October 31st, 2016

Las Vegas enjoys mild winters, with the coldest nights only dropping down into the 40s. The heating system in your home won’t need to run constantly during this time of year, but it can still raise your energy bills higher than necessary if you aren’t careful.

To avoid paying more for your home heating than you should this winter, there are a number of steps you can take. We’re here to help you whenever you need assistance with improving your residential heating.

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A Word about Heating Maintenance (Yes, You Need It)

Monday, October 10th, 2016

When you see the word “heating” in a post right now, you’ll probably think that we’ve lost our minds. Yes, it’s a bit cooler right now in Las Vegas—meaning temperatures are now in the high 80s at their peak, and maybe dipping into the high 60s at night—but that’s still nothing that requires using a heating system for comfort.

However, October is the time of the year when we start advising our customers to arrange for annual maintenance for their heating systems. During the winter, Vegas will start to experience some cold nights when the temperature drops into the low 40s. That may sound like tropical vacation to a person who lives in Minnesota, but it is still cold enough that your house will need to have its heating system running. You want to make sure that your home’s heater will run, and will run without wasting power.

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