Choosing the Best Water Heater

When you purchase anything nowadays, it seems like you are bombarded with a plethora of choices. Buying a new water heater is no different. To ensure you are picking out the right one for your home and budget, your expert Las Vegas plumbers have compiled a handy guide. What to Consider When you walk into the store with the intention of purchasing a new water heater, ask yourself the following questions: What size do I need? Do I want an energy efficient heater? What fuel type do I need? Should I upgrade to tankless? What is my budget? Of course, you may not be able to easily answer some of these questions. Let’s start by discussing the size. Often times, people assume bigger is better. This isn’t always the case, though. If you live in a home with just you and your significant other, you can certainly get by with a 50 gallon tank. Keep in mind though that water heaters can last a couple decades. So, if you plan on expanding your family, you may want to go bigger now rather than later. Talk with your trusted Las Vegas plumbers about your water use and they will help you determine the best size for you. It’s unlikely that you wouldn’t want an energy efficient water heater. It’ll save you more money in the long run. The type of energy efficient water heater you purchase will ultimately depend on the amount of money you can pay up front. A solar water heater is naturally going to save you the most money. In turn, it’ll also cost you the most...

Should You Have Your Air Ducts Cleaned?

No one wants to breathe in pollutants, especially when they are safe inside their homes. Although there is no direct evidence stating that dirty air ducts pose a risk to your health, it only seems to make sense to keep your air ducts clean. It may not be necessary to clean the air ducts on a regular basis, but it certainly doesn’t hurt to do so. It’s best to simply get it done along with the regular maintenance by the Las Vegas plumber and air conditioning experts. There are certain circumstances in which a homeowner should go out of their way to clean the air ducts. These include the following: Visible mold growth on the ducts Ducts infested with vermin Ducts clogged with excess debris When you have a professional clean your air ducts, they may tell you different things. Some may suggest that a chemical biocide needs to be applied to the ducts to effectively kill the bacteria and fungi. Others may suggest that a sealant be applied to prevent dust from leaking into the air in your home. Before agreeing to either one, be sure to do your research. The chemical biocides and sealants may sound appealing, there is no research that states the effectiveness of either. Also, it is unknown whether or not they cause adverse health effects. In order to make an educated decision to have your air ducts cleaned, you need to know exactly what duct cleaning entails. First and foremost, it refers to cleaning the components inside the air conditioning and heating system. This will include the grilles, diffusers, cooling coils, condensate drain...

Safety First When Removing an Old AC Unit

Now that your air conditioning unit is turned off, it’s the perfect time to upgrade to a newer model. Old, rusty units can suck up large amounts of energy. You’ll just be throwing away your money every month on the power bills. Now is the time to get a better unit. When choosing the best unit for your home, talk with the air conditioning and heating repair Las Vegas experts to determine which one is the right choice. The downside to upgrading your unit is that you have to remove the old one. If done incorrectly, you could seriously injure yourself. In fact, it is illegal to dispose of the unit on your own. Avoid injury and legal troubles by contacting your trusted A/C and heating repair Las Vegas company. You may be wondering what the big deal is. You’ve likely repaired minor problems on the unit yourself, so why can’t you be trusted to remove it? Well, let us explain. Every air conditioning unit that was made prior to the 1990s contains chemicals. These specific chemicals are known as refrigerants, which allow cool air to blow out. Being as they are chemicals, they do have negative effects specifically on the Ozone layer. Research found that, in large quantities, the refrigerants are causing the destruction of the Ozone layer. This protects us from ultra violet rays so it’s likely you want to preserve it. After this was found, the US government regulated the use of these chemicals. This danger means that removing the unit yourself and just placing in on the side of the road is a big no-no....

Keep Your Home Cozy and Ventilated

The cold weather is upon us. This means drinking hot cocoa, snuggling up by a fireplace and wrapping ourselves up in warm blankets. Some of us will be using a few more blankets than others if their home has poor heat retention. Damp homes leave the people residing them at risk of getting sick with a cold or flu. Your trusted heating repair Las Vegas experts have compiled tips to stay warm and avoid getting sick during the holiday season. Keep out the humidity Humidity coming into your home won’t make it feel any colder, but it can make the home feel more stuffy and encourage illness. Your home just isn’t liveable with high levels of humidity. The following tips seem very simple but they can significantly reduce the humidity in your home. When you are cooking on the stove, use lids to place over the pans. It doesn’t seem like a lot of condensation coming from the steam but it’s enough to have a negative impact. This is Las Vegas, so the winter truly isn’t so bad. There are more than a handful of days in which the sun is shining and the weather is actually quite beautiful. On these days, open the windows to allow fresh air in. Finally, you’ll want to be sure that your drainage system outside is working properly. For this you’ll need an expert Las Vegas plumber to thoroughly inspect it. Let in fresh air Now that your home feels less stuffy, you can further enhance it by taking steps to encourage fresh air circulation. Again, opening the windows on warmer days is...

Choosing the Right Heating System For Your Vegas Home

Though it may only get cold for about two months out of the year, us Las Vegans would truly be at a loss without a proper heating system. We’re so used to the heat that when temperatures drop below 60 degrees, we’re freezing. For the most part, we don’t really think about our heating system. We know it turns on when we need it to and, for the most part, it’s cheaper than the A/C. However, if the system is not properly maintained or your home has energy leaks, your bills could start racking up substantially. For those budget conscious people, the experts you trust at the heating repair Las Vegas company have compiled a list of different types of heating systems that can help save you pennies. Hydronic Heating This uses water to transfer the heat. The liquid is initially heated up in the water heater and is then circulated through the water coils. This type of system is most commonly used in condos and apartment buildings. The most unique part of this type of heating system is that it can be installed throughout the walls and floors of your home. That means that, on a cold winter day, you can walk barefoot in your home without freezing. Advantages – The cost of piping is fairly cheap. The transfer of water rather than energy will save you up to 40 percent on your bills. Disadvantages – There is the possibility of water leaking from the system. In the event of extreme cold temperatures, the plumbing throughout your home could freeze. Gas Heat Often referred to as Forced Hot...