It’s Air Conditioning Time In Las Vegas

It is air-conditioning season time. Ready or not, it’s here! People often ask what is the optimal temperature to set an AC unit here in the Las Vegas desert. That’s a great question! According to Consumer Reports, the Energy Star efficiency temperature standard is 78°. We also recommend to start with 78° and then you decide what is comfortable for you and your family. As we know, personal comfort is subjective and there is not a perfect one-temp-for-all. Try out a warm day at 78° and see how that feels for you and your family. Then you may increase or decrease the temperature by 1° at a time for a period of time to determine your optimal temperature and comfort level. Ceiling fans are great to circulate the air in a room and to spread the cooler air around. Many families find they can set the temperature up to 5° when using fans, which can be a great energy savings. But when you are not home it is best to turn the fans off, as they don’t provide an energy benefit, just higher energy bills. Don’t forget that keeping your air conditioning units properly and regularly serviced is the best way to save energy. Regular maintenance ensures that your units are ready to handle the heat and help to avoid possible breakdowns. Replacing filters at least quarterly, and monthly during the long hot summer, keeps your unit(s) running efficiently as well. Call JMAC Plumbing & Air today to schedule a comprehensive A/C unit(s) inspection and routine maintenance. Your family’s comfort is important to...

How Correct A/C Design, Installation and Maintenance Can Save You Money

The design of an air conditioner, how and where it is installed, and whether or not it is properly maintained all play a significant role in the efficiency of the system. Following are some tips along these lines that can enable you to reduce your energy consumption while keeping your home at a comfortable temperature. A/C Design The first step in reducing energy consumption and saving money is to choose the right type of air conditioner for your home. You will need to not only consider the brand name and seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) rating but also find out what refrigerants and ducting materials are used, how the thermostat works, and whether or not the system has a computerized control system. The size of the A/C unit will also have an impact on how energy efficient it is. If the unit is too small, it will not provide sufficient cold air to all rooms of the home. This will usually lead to a homeowner turning down the temperature in an effort to keep cool, thus increasing energy usage. However, an oversized unit is also ineffective, as it does not reduce humidity in the home, once again causing the homeowner to lower the temperature and use more energy than would have otherwise been necessary. Naturally, newer units are more energy efficient than their older counterparts. If your air conditioner is more than ten years old, you can reduce energy consumption by up to 40% if you install a newer, more efficient model. Installation In order for a split system air conditioner to function properly, the outdoor unit housing the...

Our 18 Point Preventative Maintenance Service Ensures Peace Of Mind

Be Proactive To Ensure Comfort All Season Long Here in the desert, our HVAC equipment takes a beating throughout the hot months. There is only a short window after we get to shut off our A/C before needing our heat. One of the best things you can do to ensure that your unit recovers from the heat of the summer, is to have your unit(s) set up to have a Preventative Maintenance service. By being proactive, you can eliminate worry that your unit may fail when you really need it and avoid extra costs. Regular maintenance gives you peace of mind knowing that any potential problems are discovered before they become BIG problems. Here at JMAC Plumbing & Air, we recommend a minimum of two maintenance service calls a year, one before the heat of the summer and one after. When you schedule a Preventative Maintenance service you can expect the technician to give your unit(s) a thorough evaluation and any necessary adjustments. At JMAC we do a full 18-point Maintenance to get your system ready for the colder weather: 18 Point HEATING Inspection & Maintenance Inspect air filter(s) Inspect thermostat operation Inspect burner operation Inspect heat exchanger Inspect safety controls Inspect fan/limit controls Inspect flue pipe at furnace Inspect wiring Inspect belts and pulleys (if applicable) Inspect flame sensor Inspect blower compartment Lubricate all moving parts (if applicable) Check voltage at furnace Check amp draws Check belts and pulleys (if applicable) Tighten loose screws on panels Tighten wires and wire connections Check temperature rise There are many benefits of preventative maintenance, but none more important than ensuring your...

It Is Important To Maintain Your AC Units

It is important that you keep your air conditioning system running properly. If you properly maintain your air conditioning unit then you can save your money in the long run. JMAC Plumbing & Air Conditioning can help to maintain your air conditioning unit.   By having your air conditioning unit maintained you can: Lower your utility bills Extend your equipment life Have fewer repairs and breakdowns Your system will be more reliable Increase heating and A/C capacity Protect your investments   JMAC Plumbing & Air Conditioning can provide an 18-point cooling and heating inspection & maintenance program which consists of: Inspection of air filter(s) Inspection of thermostat operation Inspect condenser coil Inspect blower compartment Inspect safety controls Lubricate all moving parts Check temperature split Wash condenser as needed Check voltage at condenser Inspect contactor Check starting capabilities Check amp draws Inspect wiring Check operating pressures in system Inspect belts and pulleys Tighten loose screws on panels Tighten wires and wire connections Check condensate drain Inspect burner operation Inspect heat exchanger Inspect fan/limit controls Inspect flue pipe at furnace Inspect flame sensor Check voltage at furnace Check temperature rise   When it comes to maintaining your air conditioner make sure that you are having someone work on it that you know you can trust. Call JMAC Plumbing & Air Conditioning—your Las Vegas air conditioning...

Benefits of Having an Air Conditioner

Living in Las Vegas, especially during the summer time, it is important that we do what we can to keep cool. If you have lived here long enough, you know that not having air in your home can make your life miserable. There are many benefits to having an air conditioner, especially in Las Vegas.   Air conditioners provide a comfortable environment while you are work or at home during all times of the year.   An air conditioner can have two functions: heating and cooling.   Anti-fungus filters are used in modern air conditioners which will help to catch dust and allergens in order to purify the air that you are breathing.   Air conditioners remove warm air from the home.   Doors and windows are able to stay closed when you have an air conditioner. This helps with the security of your home.   Air conditioning units can get expensive to run, but when you have them they really do make your life better. During the summer your home becomes like a sanctuary, where you spend the majority of your day. If you are going to be going outside, you try do it at night when the sun is not beating down on you. While nights can still be hot, they are a lot better than the middle of the day.   When it comes to keeping cool during the summer months, call JMAC Plumbing and Air Conditioning—your Las Vegas air conditioning...

Summer Time Heat Part 2

Summer temperatures can make you feel really terrible about yourself. It is worse if you are inside and your air conditioner stops working. When that happens, it can be worse to be in your own home than being outside.   Here are some facts about air conditioners that you may not have known: The term “air conditioning” came from a North Carolina textile manufacturer who came up with the phrase because the technology increased the quality and condition of the cloth being produced in his plant. The development of modern air conditioning has allowed for advanced in medical technology. This has helped to lengthen human life and decrease the spread of diseases. 60% of U.S. homes are heated with gas fired forced air furnaces. A thermistor is the resistor inside a thermostat that changes resistance when the temperature changes. This allows the thermostat to adjust accordingly. Air conditioner sales skyrocketed in the 1950’s. By 1953 more than one million air conditioners were sold. In 1998 over 6.2 million air conditioners were shipped to homes and businesses. Old radiators were built out of cast iron Before air conditioning was common, many business and government offices would take the summer off   Air conditioners make life here in Las Vegas bearable, especially during the summer time. When summer hits, many people start spending a lot of time indoors because it is so hot outside. If your air conditioner breaks, you are going to be suffering until it is fixed. JMAC Plumbing & Air Conditioning is able to repair your air conditioner so that the time you have to spend without it...