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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|

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|

6 ways to keep your home warm this winter

It’s no secret folks, wintertime is here and heating season is truly in full swing. Our northern Nevada winters have many of us retreating into our homes to keep out of the winter weather. When your home isn’t kept warm, it can cause household issues like burst pipes and raise some health concerns related to the cold.

Even if your furnace is functioning correctly, your home may be losing heat, wasting energy, costing you money and making you uncomfortable. If this sounds like something you’re experiencing, you can try implementing some simple steps to keep your home warm.

1.  Change your air filters

Making sure you have clean air filters is one of the easiest things you can do to keep your system running efficiently. If your furnace’s air filter is clogged by dust, dirt, pet hair, or other particulates, your blower motor may be working longer and harder to achieve the desired temperature. An additional benefit of clean filters is that they will provide cleaner, healthier indoor air.

2. Switch your ceiling fan

As mentioned in a previous column, Ask Dirk: Will running my ceiling fan in the winter save money, your ceiling fans can be used in the winter to help boost your home heating system. Your fan usually works by pushing air down and creating a wind-chill effect that helps you feel cooler. If your fan has a switch to change direction, it will instead pull cold air up towards the ceiling and push the warmer air near the ceiling downward without uncomfortable drafts.

3. Cover wood floors

I haven’t yet found a person who enjoys stepping barefoot on a tile or wood floor during the cold months. These surfaces often feel colder than other surfaces in your home and, if uninsulated, can make the rest of your home colder. It’s estimated an average of 10 percent of heat loss occurs through the floors in our homes, but that number can be reduced a bit by utilizing rugs or carpet rolls during the heating season.

4. Use your window coverings

Even if your windows are well sealed, there is still some heat loss that occurs near them, especially on a frigid night. If you’ve got window coverings, use them as a layer of insulation to keep warmth in your rooms. In sunny areas of your home, you can open the same coverings up during the day to aid in heating your home.

5. Get your ductwork checked by a professional

Your ventilation system works by moving heated air throughout ductwork and into your home. Any tears, holes, clogs or disconnected parts can make the system use more energy and cause heat loss that leaves you feeling uncomfortable.

A final thought I’d like to leave you with that can go a long way in keeping your home comfortable:

6. Keep a maintenance calendar and look into a maintenance agreement

A maintenance calendar can help you keep track of your system’s repairs and recommended servicing schedule. Similarly, many HVAC professionals offer a maintenance agreement, so your system can undergo scheduled regular maintenance and inspections, ensuring everything is running smoothly. If you have a maintenance calendar and receive consistent service, you can financially prepare and schedule times to change out worn down or aging parts before they break. Be sure to ask your trusted HVAC technician about your maintenance calendar and find out if they offer a maintenance agreement.

 

2019-12-23T11:04:53-08:00December 21st, 2019|

Ask Dirk Q&A: Common Questions Homeowners Ask

Ask Dirk Q&A: Common Questions Homeowners Ask

Over the past 30 plus years, we’ve been asked countless questions from customers throughout western Nevada. Many of them have been asked enough times that I felt it important to share.

Does a bigger HVAC system provide better performance?

In short, the answer is no. The size of your HVAC system depends entirely on the total square footage of your home. A system that is too small will run nonstop trying to reach and maintain your desired temperature, whereas a system that is too large will heat and cool your home in frequent, short cycles.  Either way, you may end up with a higher energy bill due to an inadequately sized system for your home.

 

How can I reduce my energy costs?

                    • Consider using a programmable thermostat to control temperatures throughout the day. Or if you’re leaving for more than a couple hours and able to remember, set your thermostat 10-15 degrees lower in the winter and 5-8 degrees higher in the summer. Energy Star estimates that users who do this can save 5-15 percent on their energy bill.
                    • Get your system serviced twice a year, once at the start of air conditioning season and once at the beginning of heat season.
                    • Make sure your vents are not closed, covered, or blocked by furniture.
                    • And last but not least, change your filters regularly.

How often should my filters be changed?

Your filters should be changed twice per year at least, during your summer and winter maintenance services. Even better—change them quarterly. Best—during high use periods, change them monthly.

 

 

 

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How long will my HVAC system last?

The length your system lasts is reliant upon how well the unit is maintained. You can expect your HVAC system to roughly last between 15-25 years—IF—the recommended service and maintenance is performed throughout the last of the system. Certain elements of your total system may have different lifespans.

                    • A/C Units: 10-15 years
                    • Gas Heater: 15-30 years
                    • Heat Pumps: 10-15 years

 

If you have a question or comment, I’d love to hear from you. Please send it to me at dirk@roperhvac.whitepeak.xyz and I’ll try to answer it in an upcoming column.

2019-08-02T17:07:13-07:00July 15th, 2019|