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Weather in the Sierra

It’s a funny weather time of year, and we never know if it’s going to be broiling hot or snowing. This week is a great example. Highways were chain controlled over the summits due to a late spring snowstorm, the valleys were windy with rain showers, and by next week, it will be pushing 90 degrees.

So, while you may not be thinking about your air conditioner today, in six days, you will be. May is a great time of year to prep your AC for summer. Here’s why:

Energy Bills

A system that’s not operating at its fullest efficiency can burn up to 30% more energy. That means your power bill can rise throughout these coming months when we will be fondly remembering those days in May when it was only pushing 90.

Wear and Tear

Your AC unit may cycle on and off, on and off throughout the day. Some of that is ok, but during the dog days of summer, your system should run fairly consistently. If it can’t keep up with the thermostat, or if it’s cycling too often, it could wear out your unit. A trained technician can evaluate your system to help ensure you won’t suffer some catastrophic mechanical failure when you need it most.

Air Quality

Ok – all together now: Change your filters! It is the one thing, the least expensive thing, you can do for your HVAC system, and the thing we talk about the most. Keeping filters clean and free from dust and debris during months of heavy use will help your system last longer and operate more efficiently and remove particulates – dirt, allergens, and other nasty stuff – from your indoor air.

Peak Efficiency

To keep your AC running right, annual service on your AC will keep it running at peak efficiency. Regularly scheduled maintenance will improve reliability, lower your energy bills, result in fewer costly repairs, help your equipment last longer and provide a safer, healthier indoor environment.

Reduce the likelihood of major repairs down the road

You called your trusty technician and he’s recommended repairs. Do it. For the life of your equipment, make the repairs.

Hiring a skilled, professional service company to fix your equipment will reduce the cost of a crisis later on. AC professionals are trained in the ways of AC equipment and will make repairs properly in less time than hiring a handyman or trying to figure it out yourself.

Making a mistake or ignoring the warning signs could lead to unpleasant consequences. Find a company whose technicians gain new techniques and knowledge to keep up with an evolving industry. Bonded, licensed and insured contractors remove the risk from you and take it on themselves.

Makes sense, doesn’t it?

 

2020-05-21T12:59:20-07:00May 21st, 2020|

Ask Dirk: What does the V stand for in HVAC?

We talk about your HVAC system all the time, so it’s easy for us to speak in jargon like saying HVAC instead of heating, ventilation and air conditioning. And while the V-for-ventilation is very important to us when we are checking your system, you may not know what it means, or why you should pay attention to it.

Here’s why  V-for-ventilation is so important.

Simply put, ventilation is the exchange or replacement of air in your space. It is responsible for providing better air quality by removing particulates like allergens, smoke (a big plus during fire season, for sure!), our desert dust, airborne bacteria, and gasses like carbon dioxide. Proper-ventilation also replaces the stale air in your space with fresh air and helps maintain temperature control.

Your mechanical system is truly a wonder. Too much fresh air creates air balance problems, particular smells coming from one room to another (restaurant kitchens or restrooms come to mind) or doors that open and close by themselves. You might have thought you had a ghost, but it’s probably poor air balance!

Too little air movement makes a room feel stuffy, and the system can’t move out all the bad stuff to make way for the good stuff, like oxygen.

So, how does V-for-ventilation work?

Air return: This works kind of like your lungs. Air is sucked into the return air grate in your home – usually located in the ceiling – through a filter, and into the main system. You’ll want to keep the return air grate clean and free of dust.

Filter: I know, I know, we talk about filters a lot in our trade. Filters are just that important. Change these filters regularly to avoid excess dust and particulates from getting into your system. Clean is good.

Ducts: Air travels through your mechanical HVAC system through a series of ducts.

Outdoor unit: Comprised of a compressor and coils, the outdoor unit also contains the fan that provides the push that air needs to get through the system. This unit, which is what most people consider to the AC part of the HVAC system, should be kept free from debris and scrub. It’s not pretty when plant life gets sucked into this part of your mechanical system.

Compressor: The compressor converts refrigerant from a gas to a liquid and sends it through the coils, which cools the air. These components will be checked in your professional maintenance as potential system failures may be caught before they happen with regular service.

Blower: while it sounds contradictory, the blower draws warm air into the main part of the system. This should also be kept clean for efficient air movement.

Exhaust: Mechanical systems create exhaust that is expelled through your chimney flue or vent stack. Keep these clean with regular service.

So you’re starting to see the overall picture – your mechanical HVAC system is a complex series of components that work together to bring you comfortable temperatures and a steady supply of fresh air in any building with HVAC.

Regular maintenance by a professional technician will keep your system humming along with greater efficiency and fewer catastrophic repairs.

Call us to schedule your service appointment today!

2020-04-23T13:17:06-07:00April 23rd, 2020|

Ask Dirk: Spring cleaning check list for your HVAC system

Well, you may be stuck at home for now and looking for a good home improvement project. What better time to get your HVAC system ready to rock and roll for summer than while you’ve goBlurred flower background with saying, You can cut down all the flowers but you can't stop spring from comingt time on your hands. Believe it or not, prepping your HVAC system doesn’t just begin or end with your system.

Dusting

Dust mites and allergens gather in bedclothes, furniture and window coverings. Start by washing your window coverings and all bed linens. Machine wash throw pillows and hang dry and fluff in the dryer on low heat, if appropriate. Dust furniture, lamps and artwork. Then, thoroughly vacuum or sweep. Get behind furniture, use the attachments on your vacuum to get between the cushions and to go around baseboards.

Tile

Grout has pores, like your skin does, so it can trap dirt, dust and mold. The internet offers a myriad of ways to clean your grout – do your research and get it done!

Fans

Have you ever stood on a chair and looked at the tops of your ceiling fan blades? Yuck. It’s a good place for dust to gather, so clean them at least once a year.

Also – turn off power to your bathrooms, remove the covers of your bathroom exhaust fans and clean them in warm soapy water, don’t forget the fan blades.

These measures will reduce the dust in the air and improve your indoor air quality. And while you’re at it, check out the tops of your kitchen cabinets. They probably need your attention too.

Windows

And doors. Caulk around the edges of your windows and doors each year to reduce drafts in the winter and hot air leaks in the summer. This also helps to keep out dust and dirt.

Dryer vents

Remove lint from your dryer vent by removing the dryer vent and pulling out any lint and build up. This removes additional particulates floating around in the air, and could prevent a dryer fire. Be sure you’ve turned off the power to the dryer before disconnecting the vent.

Finally, your HVAC system

Clear out any debris, weeds and other foliage from around your air conditioner outside. Clean off any debris collected on the top or sides to improve airflow and efficiency. Check the drainage hole beneath the evaporator fins to ensure proper drainage.

Then, change your filter in your HVAC system. A dirty filter can recirculate dust mites, pollens and other allergens throughout your house, undoing all that dusting you just did.

Last but not least, schedule your seasonal HVAC system maintenance. Spring is a great time to call for service before the heatwave begins and we start running summer service calls.

Home maintenance is considered an essential service, and so we are here for you throughout these uncertain times. Stay safe and stay clean!

2020-04-10T10:28:40-07:00April 10th, 2020|

A note to our valued customers

As defined in the Nevada Health Response COVID-19 Risk Mitigation Initiative, home maintenance and repair services such as ours are considered essential services.

The health and safety of our customers and our staff is our top priority during this stressful time. In keeping recent announcements from the CDC and state and local government officials, we have implemented new safety measures in response to COVID-19.

We are maintaining safe social distancing practices, as well as providing a clean and healthy office and shop environment for our staff. Each of our team members has been instructed to wash their hands regularly and use hand sanitizer, and to clean all surfaces they come in contact with.

Our staff has also been instructed to stay home if they are not feeling well, and we have implemented sick leave programs to help them and their families weather this extraordinary event.

We are grateful for your trust in Roper’s Heating and Air Conditioning and look forward to continuing to provide you with the best customer service and safe handling of your heating, air conditioning, and ventilation systems. We’re here for you.

Click here to download the Nevada Health Response COVID-19 Risk Mitigation Initiative from March 18, 2020.

2020-03-20T14:47:30-07:00March 20th, 2020|

AskDirk: What is a zoned HVAC system?

Zoned air systems divide sections of your home into different areas or zones, which are then each controlled by separate thermostats. In contrast, a standard heating system treats your home with all of its rooms as a single area and is controlled by a single thermostat. Based on your home’s size, floor plan and level of comfort desired, either option could be a good fit for your family.

Here are some benefits of zoning:

MORE CONTROL

Assuming everything is working correctly, a home with a standard heating and cooling system will bring the entire space to roughly the same temperature. But what if your home is multi-storied or has one side that gets more sun than the other?

With a zoned system, you have control of your zones and their individual temperatures.

Because heat rises, a two-story home will usually have a warmer upstairs than downstairs—especially in the summertime. Placing a zone on each floor could allow you to set different temperatures on both levels, meaning you wouldn’t need to over-cool the downstairs to maintain a bearable temperature upstairs.

It would work similarly in a home with an east/west orientation that gets a full day of sun on the south side of the home and none at all on the north side. Naturally, the south side would need more cooling in the summer and less heating in the winter. A zoned system could help balance the needs in both seasons.

ENERGY SAVINGS

Because you can control the temperatures in each zone, you’re not wasting energy to heat or cool all of your space endlessly. Instead, your system is working more efficiently, saving energy and potentially reducing your utility bills. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, homeowners can save up to 30 percent on their heating and cooling bills.

HOW DOES ZONING WORK?

A zoned air system relies on a network of electric dampers within your ducts to open and close to deliver air to the desired areas. Depending on the set temperature in each zone, these dampers will open and close as needed to reach and maintain the climate.

Zoning a home with a standard system already installed can be a challenge, but it’s not impossible. If it’s something you’re interested in, give us a call and we’d be more than happy to walk you through your options and the installation process.

2020-03-04T10:28:58-08:00February 7th, 2020|