Tips to Inspect Your Furnace This Fall

Even though we Las Vegans heat our homes for only a couple months out of the year, we have to remember to care for them. Because our furnaces are left off for so long, they have a higher risk of developing costly repairs. Thankfully, with the right preventative measures, you can keep your furnace happy for as long as you’re in your home. Use the following checklist to ensure your furnace keeps your family cold throughout the winter. Check the ventilation system Before you really start turning up the heat, make sure your furnace can breath. Inspect the ventilation system for any holes, cracks, or dirty vents that can compromise the effectiveness of your furnace. For this same reason, check to be sure that everything is connected securely. Check for debris During your furnace’s off season, lots of dust is sure to have collected around it. There could even be little critters that have built nests in the area. So, check for anything that is too close to your furnace to avoid starting a fire. Clear the area around your furnace of all debris, but especially flammable items. Check the moving parts You’re looking for fan belts or pulleys that seem dry, cracked, or loose. If you notice something is off, call a professional in Las Vegas who can effectively repair your heating system. Fan belts and pulleys, if installed incorrectly, can cause you even bigger problems in the future. Save yourself time and money by letting the pros handle it. Check the controls Look for connections in the controls and switches that may be loose or damaged. Again,...

Common Repairs For Your Geothermal Unit

We’ve talked before about the energy benefits of switching your home’s heating system to a geothermal heat pump. If you’ve made the switch, good for you. It shouldn’t be too long before you’re reaping the financial benefits. Because this system is much different than what you are used to, maintaining and fixing it could pose a bit of a challenge for you. When taking care of it properly, this system could last you over 50 years. Take note my friends, you’ll want to learn these simple repairs. Leaks in the ground loops The geothermal heating system contains two loops. The main one is considered the refrigerant loop and is buried underground. The second loop is used to transfer a mixture of water and anti-freeze. This loop is made from high-density polyethylene which is commonly used in the production of plastic bottles. This means that the loop is not completely sturdy and is at risk of developing leaks. Though a minor leak isn’t going to cause dire problems, if left unfixed, it can eventually cause major damage. In order to detect a leak, you’ll want to place colored dye into the system. Inspect the loop to find where the colored liquid exits. From there, you can simply patch it up using a product known as Fix-A-Leak. Flushing out the system If your geothermal heating system uses open loops, it is at risk of being contaminated by hard water. This will leave minerals behind that can create clogs in the system. Naturally, the clogs prevent it from working properly. When this happens, you are in need of an acid flush. This...

Geothermal Heating 101

Forget the sun’s natural energy to power your home. It’s time to start looking underground to find a solution to high energy costs. Geothermal heat pumps are the new way to heat your home using minimal energy. What it is As we all know, the core of the Earth is molten rock. Now, we aren’t saying that the geothermal heating comes from that low in the ground. The Earth just becomes warmer the further below the surface you go. Even a distance as seemingly shallow as six feet under contains warmth. The pumps are buried underground to obtain that warmth and then move it into your home. How it works That almost sounds like magic. The heat from the ground is pushed upwards to your home. You’re sure to be scratching your head by now. Let us explain further. A high-pressure refrigerant is used to capture that heat and move it towards your home. This is similar to the use of a conventional heat pump. The heat moves through liquid-filled pipes buried underneath your home. This process only uses about one kilowatt-hour of electricity to produce 12,000 Btu of heating. On average, the cost of using only one kwh is 16 cents. Switching heating systems So, why hasn’t everyone in the US switched to this new energy efficient method? Well, it’s not cheap to install. While the savings in the long run will make it worth it, having all that money up front makes a lot of people nervous. You’ll need about 1,500 square feet of pipe for the average sized home. Factor the cost of the pipes as...

Avoid These Home Heating Mistakes NOW!

If you’re a native to the Las Vegas desert, you’re probably a wimp when it comes to the cold weather season. Normal people can walk around in shorts in the pathetic 60 degree winters we get. Desert rats, on the other hand, wrap themselves up in five blankets with the heat blasting in their homes. Because the natives are a bit dramatic in terms of trying to stay warm, they fail to take in account common sense. This leads them to make silly mistakes in regards to their heating system which leads them to pay the price later on. Well, this ends today. Your trusted professionals at the heating repair Las Vegas company have laid out the most common mistakes and provided simple fixes. Mistake 1: Extreme Temperatures Because you all are blasting the heat to extreme temperatures while you are home, in a last ditch effort to save money on your energy bill, you turn down the temperature drastically low when you are away. Only naturally, this causes your home to reach frigid temperatures leading you to up the heat even more when you return. This rapid rollercoaster you are putting the heating system on isn’t doing your energy bill any good. The most you should turn down the heat is 15 degrees. Any more is putting too much strain on the system. Mistake 2: Washing in Hot Water Perhaps you seem to think that washing your blanket in grueling hot water will make it feel warmer once you can use it again. Or maybe you think the steam from the washing machine will radiate off and provide...

Save on Winter Heating with Our Handy Tips

After what felt like the longest summer ever, it’s finally time to break out the winter coats and turn off the A/C. As lovely as the change in season can be, homeowners always seem to forget that the energy bills don’t stop coming. Sure, cranking the A/C will make a greater impact on the cost, but heat isn’t exactly free. Don’t go breaking the bank when heating your home. Instead, follow our tips to keep the costs down low. Insulate your home Insulation is the home’s equivalent of cuddling up in blankets to stay warm. The first place you should insulate is the attic or basement. Even though you won’t find yourself hanging out in there during the winter time, the cold easily slips in and circulates throughout the rest of your home. Program your thermostat If you don’t already have a programmable thermostat, do yourself a favor and go buy one right now. This is extremely beneficial to your energy bill year round. It’s very simple to use. For the hours you are away at work, set the thermostat 10 degrees cooler. This means that for 40 hours a week, you will be using hardly any energy. This can save you a whopping 20 percent on the total energy costs. For installation, you can hire professional heating repair in Las Vegas. Lower hot water heater temperature We know that it’s winter time and you want to clean yourself in steaming hot water, but a few degrees won’t make that much of a difference. Typically, water heaters are preset to 140 degrees. Well, this is actually considered to be...