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Did you know that the insulation in your home is important year-round?
We often think of insulation as something we want around only in the wintertime to keep out the cold. And while that is exactly the kind of thing good housing insulation does, it can work the other way too.
A home with good insulation can keep the heat and humidity out of your home for longer, improving your comfort. Or, at least, it should. If you have started to notice the house is heating up faster or maybe there are areas of the home that have hot spots, it may be a sign something is wrong with your home’s insulation.
This summer is already ramping up to be a challenge. We are all going to have to be smart about how we go about our days in order to stay cool and relatively comfortable.
If you are going to be relying on your air conditioner in Farmington, NM to keep you cool, you aren’t alone. This system is meant to keep you cool! But it can cost you if you aren’t careful. Running an air conditioner improperly or inefficiently can create energy bills that make you question if your comfort is worth it!
Here are some tips to help you run your AC this season in a way that is energy efficient and effective at once.
When it comes to using your air conditioner, you want your system to work effectively and without any trouble. There is a chance that your air conditioner seems to be working right but it has started to make some odd noises. But is a noisy AC really a problem if your system is still working right?
The answer is that a noisy AC is still something to be concerned about. Those noises are indicators of trouble in your system and, even if it seems to be working properly, the core cause of the sound is already undermining its operation. So what are these noises? We’ll tell you below.
It is only going to get hotter. As we near summer and the highest temperatures of the year, you’ll want to make sure that you are doing everything you can to keep your air conditioning in Bloomfield working right. If you schedule system maintenance already then you are off to a great start!
We want to bring up something that we see too many Bloomfield residents forget about during the cooling season though. While maintenance does include a filter change, you should still make a habit of checking and changing your filter for your AC throughout the season.
Let us explain why you need to change your filter more often than you may realize and why it is so important to do so.
Refrigerant is the substance that makes your air conditioner the system that it is. Without it, your AC would essentially just be a large and rather overly expensive fan.
This is why, if you see any indicators that you have a refrigerant leak in your AC, you should schedule air conditioner repair in Aztec immediately. Getting that repair as soon as you can will help save you money on your energy expenses and can end up meaning the difference between a repair and replacement.
Let’s delve into what refrigerant is, why it is important, and why a refrigerant leak is a big problem.
You don’t want to try to get through a summer in our area without a good air conditioner to rely on. So if your AC has been acting up without any improvements, despite maintenance and repairs, it may mean it is time to consider an AC replacement in Farmington, NM. Getting this service ahead of time, before the system completely breaks down, is a far better choice than waiting for it to give out.
Getting a new air conditioner isn’t always as easy as just selecting the same system that you had before. Technology has changed rapidly and the options available for AC systems today are somewhat different than they were 10-15 years ago. To help, we’d like to give you some input on different factors to consider when choosing a new air conditioner.
There are many options to consider when deciding what kind of AC unit is most efficient for the climate you’re living in. What your sister is using at her home in Buffalo, NY may not be what’s right for you in the high desert, like San Juan County, NM, even if she raves about how well it works for her home. If you’ve kicked around the idea of purchasing an evaporative cooler, read on to find out more about this option.
How do “swamp coolers” work?
Evaporative coolers aka “swamp coolers” use water to wet a cooling pad inside the unit, when outdoor air passes over the pads the cooled air is blown into the space. This is similar to taking a cold shower on a hot day or putting a cold cloth against your skin. They add humidity to the air which can be a great benefit in our dry desert climate. Evaporative coolers can also add fresh air into the space, which is great in environments where lots of people may be present. Evaporative coolers also don’t use any refrigerant. Replacement parts have a lower cost and can be found at a local hardware store. Many owners find the know-how to perform repairs with DIY training or YouTube University.
What are the cons to using a swamp cooler?
Cooling with outside air does have its drawbacks. Because outside air is the source, the temperature will only be 20-25° cooler than the outdoor temperature at best. Likewise, any outdoor smell can travel into the cooled space, i.e.; the neighbors’ barbeque grill, skunks, etc. Evaporative coolers also continually use water which may be an extra consideration to make in drought conditions.
Although the initial cost is lower, the frequency of repairs is high and most manufacturer warranties are typically only 12 months or less. Additionally, IAQ solutions are not compatible. Electricity costs are also another detail to factor in when budgeting for this type of cooling unit. A common belief is evaporative coolers are less expensive to operate than AC. This may be true when compared to older AC systems but is not the case when considering newer, high efficient systems.
How do I know which option is right for me?
Depending on what your needs are, you may have a strong preference for a certain system to use. When in doubt, call a professional like Robbins Heating and & Air Conditioning, and we can help guide you through questions or which option would be better for your home or business. As always, our in-home evaluations are free of charge.
Would you go on a road trip without having your car checked out? Or would you participate in a marathon without any training to prepare yourself physically? We’d hope that the answer to both of these questions is no!
Preparation is vital to so many different things and this includes your home comfort. We aren’t just talking about preparing to switch your air conditioner on though. Much like training for the marathon, your air conditioner needs maintenance services in Aztec to prepare for the challenge of summer.
Have you scheduled your maintenance appointment yet? If not, read on to discover how it will benefit you, and then contact us to book a visit from an expert technician.
Was that a warm breeze you just felt? Spring is around the corner and things are going to be warming up faster than we might think possible. This is why we want to make sure you and your home are prepared. We aren’t just talking about putting away your thick wintertime blankets. We are really talking about making sure that you get AC maintenance in Farmington, NM before the heat hits.
While the temperatures outside may not be too warm right now, it doesn’t mean we aren’t headed into the hottest months of the year. So, while you don’t need your air conditioner right this moment, now is actually the perfect time to get it tuned up!
If you’re in Farmington or anywhere in San Juan County, you’re thinking about basic home maintenance and repairs, you probably imagine a list of tasks that have to be tackled over an entire weekend.
But one of the easiest ways to get ahead on any major HVAC repairs or issues is to stay on top of HVAC system maintenance with these three easy steps.
Change your filters regularly
As a landlord or homeowner, you may not realize that the best thing you can do for the life of your HVAC system is to change your filter. A dirty filter is the #1 cause of repairs in peak seasons. Based on your situation, the recommended filter replacement is as follows:
Single occupant without pets or allergies: 6-12 months
A suburban home without pets or allergies: 90 days
A suburban home with pets or allergies: 60 days
Not all filters are created equal! Although pleated filters are the most popular filter to use, they may not be what’s best for your system. In the summertime, they can restrict airflow and freeze up your AC system if your current ductwork isn’t efficient enough. Consider whole system solutions that tackle pollen, pet dander, bacteria, and viruses such as the Reme Halo. This is a small unit that is placed in your air supply ducts and improves the air quality of your home.
Schedule regular maintenance on your HVAC system
Regular maintenance is required by most manufacturers as warranties may be void without regular maintenance. The average life to expect from a forced-air system is 15 years. Regular maintenance gives you more life from your system! Over time this gives you a higher return on investment.
Budget for scheduled maintenance to occur on your HVAC system twice a year. Unless you have a swamp cooler, preventative maintenance can happen at ANY time during the year. In the middle of summer, your system can be tested under working conditions and problems can be spotted easier than if the system has sat cold all winter, similar to a cardiologist’s heart stress test. If maintenance is performed as the season is closing, it’s easy to catch any parts going out before they cause problems next season. This regular upkeep will ensure the parts remain in good working order and your system is functioning optimally.
Keep the area surrounding your unit clean
While it may go without saying, sometimes we need reminders to check on the outdoor unit to make sure that the most recent storm didn’t cover the unit in debris, or to determine if nearby trees and foliage may need to be trimmed to allow safe and easy access to the unit.
Always call Robbins Heating & Air in Farmington, NM to perform maintenance on your AC units or if you have questions about how to improve the air quality of your home!