As the Albuquerque and Rio Rancho area heads into the summer, it doesn’t mean you should stop paying attention to your thermostat. If you have a high-efficiency air conditioning unit, you can still use a programmable thermostat during the summer. By using a programmable thermostat, you can get the most from your HVAC system, save money, and keep your home cool.
During the summer in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho, your home can be stuffy and sweltering. Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling recommend you keep your temperature settings around 78 degrees Fahrenheit. Make good use of the “at home” setting on your programmable thermostat and set it to turn on thirty minutes before you arrive home. This will give it time to prepare the temperature in your house for when you get home and ensure it’s a nice comfortable temperature.
Now you may not have considered this, but when you’re away for an extended period, it’s better to keep your thermostat set a few degrees higher. We all want to take care of our pets and house plants, so you should keep your thermostat around 83 degrees. If it’s any higher than that, the temperature will start to affect pets, plants and possibly your electronics. Use the “away” feature on your thermostat if you’re planning to not be home for eight hours or longer.
When it comes time to hit the hay, you should keep your temperature anywhere between 60 and 67 degrees. The reason for this is based on your body’s natural lower temperature when you’re sleeping. A good way to keep your home cool at bedtime, but use less energy, is to set your thermostat to 70 or 72 degrees and turn on a ceiling fan. During the summer months, anything higher or lower than that temperature can cause restlessness.
Stick to our recommended temperatures in this article to keep your home cool and running efficiently. You can call Affordable Plumbing, Heating and Cooling to have us service your existing HVAC unit or install a new one! Visit our website to schedule an estimate today or call us! We service Albuquerque, Rio Rancho and the surrounding areas for air duct cleaning.
Everyone likes saving money on their utility bills. Affordable Service has a few tips on how you can save money on your water heating bill! And with Albuquerque and Rio Rancho’s dryer climate, these tips benefit our cities too!
Use Cold or Warm Water
It may not seem obvious, but when you stop and think about all the places in your home that you use hot water, the more you’ll start to notice where you can cut back on its usage. A good example of this is while you’re doing dishes. You’ve probably been using hot water to clean your dishes in the sink. But using cold or warm water while busting suds will suffice just fine, especially if you’ll be loading those dishes into a dishwasher. If you have a recirculating pump, adding a timer to it can help you save money on your water heating bill. A recirculating pump installed on your water heater will return any unused hot water back to the water heater. With a timer, it will allow you to set it to shut off automatically at night or while you’re at work.
Replace Old Appliances
On a similar note, washing machines and dish washers more than a decade are most likely not energy-efficient. Newer models use less water and are far more energy-efficient!
Don’t Take Baths
There’s nothing wrong with wanting to take a hot bath to relieve soreness or have some “you” time. But, making baths part of your regular bathing can use dozens, if not hundreds, of gallons of hot water! Your water heater will need to be completely refilled and that takes time and energy. The best way to save money here is to limit your bath tub time and use a water-efficient, low-flow shower head. Also, there isn’t a law stating that you can’t bring your rubber ducky into the shower!
Upgrade your Water Heater
Older water heater systems lose their heating elements over time, plain and simple. Older units tend to not retain heat as well as they once did. Newer models tend to be more energy efficient. This may seem like a large expense instead of a tip to save money on your water heating bill but making the investment could save you money in the long run. If this is the route you decide, you could also consider a tankless water heater system. Tankless water heaters produce an infinite supply of hot water and only use energy when hot water is needed. So, you’ll use less energy and save yourself some money on your water heating bill!
Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating and Cooling services Rio Rancho, Albuquerque and the surrounding areas. Call us today and we can help you with servicing your existing water heater or replacing it. We can help you save money on your water heating bill. Visit our website to schedule a free estimate today!
It’s Springtime in New Mexico! While we prepare for the hotter months by having Affordable Service switch our heating units over to air conditioning and swamp coolers, an old friend who makes us sneeze and our noses run returns – allergies! Now, there may be no way to avoid the pollen and juniper in the air outside but, could switching over your air conditioner or swamp cooler make our allergies worse? It’s very possible if your air ducts aren’t cleaned!
It’s Spring cleaning time, so what do you do when you pick up those old picture frames and knick-knacks? You blow the dust off them, and that dust blows into the air and we might sneeze a little! This same principle works when you turn on your HVAC and your air ducts haven’t been cleaned. Here are just a few things that could be circulating through your home.
Dust Mites – Allergy sufferers are very familiar with the dust that spews-forth from our air ducts. You may have just dusted, but if you haven’t cleaned your air ducts first, it’ll be time to dust again tomorrow!
Pollen – As we mentioned earlier, it’s hard to avoid pollen. It gets tracked into our homes and it’s the sworn enemy of allergy sufferers. Even worse, it’ll just be spread among your home via the air ducts.
Pet Dander – We all love our fur babies! But, those fuzzy, cuddly little friends can cause allergic reactions in three out of every ten people according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Your air ducts may just help spread these sneeze-inducing dander clouds.
Mold and Mildew – Mold is a common culprit for allergy symptoms. Cleaning your air ducts will help eliminate the moisture that can turn into mold.
Bacteria and viruses – When someone in your family is sick, they can be lying in their bed in another room and a coughing or sneezing fit will happen. Those germs can travel through the air ducts and right into whichever room you’re currently in.
Odors – Sometimes, cleaning your ducts can help with that mysterious odor that you haven’t been able to pinpoint! Sometimes, small birds, lizards and other creatures can become trapped in your air ducts and that is something you want to get removed and cleaned as soon as possible.
Affordable Service is ready to help you clean your air ducts and get you ready for Spring and Summer! We service Albuquerque, Rio Rancho and the surrounding areas. Call Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating and Cooling today or visit our website to schedule a free estimate!
As Spring and Summer approach Albuquerque and Rio Rancho, you may realize that the air conditioning in your house is either in need of replacement or repair. Your initial thoughts may be “Great, another expense I can’t afford”. But, did you know that the utility companies offer huge rebates for installing energy efficient equipment? Surprisingly, a lot of people are unaware that these rebates exist, and some may even think that it seems counterintuitive. Affordable Service helps break down how to take advantage of these rebates and why they’re offered in the first place.
In Albuquerque and Rio Rancho, renewable energy is a high priority. Utilities and government agencies have reserved tax dollars for reducing energy usage. There are two reasons for this; one is limited energy is high in demand and the other reason is capital. It is more cost-efficient to offer incentives on energy-saving products than it is having to build newer and larger energy-producing facilities.
Again, we understand that the cost of an unexpected repair or an older, inefficient energy unit needing to be replaced can be a cause for stress. But, when you consider the rebates available to you and add in the potential year over year savings, you can save money on a new HVAC system! PNM offers rebates on swamp coolers (large or window mounted), large refrigerated air conditioning units, heat pumps, and smart thermostats.
PNM has a cooling rebate program that offers residents of Albuquerque and the surrounding area a reduced cost to purchase and install certain energy efficient units in their home. They’ve even made it convenient for you by being able to file your claim online. This year you can also take advantage of a rebate up to $300 for certain evaporative coolers. They also have air conditioner and heat pump rebates. The installation of your new cooler must be done by a PNM certified installer, such as Affordable Service! Call us today at 891-8907. We service Rio Rancho and Albuquerque.
One of the most unfortunate things to happen to you in the shower is a sudden absence of hot water. No one wants to be cold and shivering in their shower. While a cold shower will certainly help wake you up in the morning, it’s not the most preferred method of doing so. That’s why Affordable Service wants you to know how your hot water heater works and what kind of maintenance it requires. We can help you avoid that sudden, freezing cold shower!
Your water heater is a water storage tank that is usually found in the garage, laundry room, or utility closet in your home. Your water heater will use electricity or gas to heat water at a specific time. Then it will use inlets that will distribute hot water to the various utilities or appliances in your home such as the shower, dishwasher, laundry machine, etc. Affordable Service can assist in water heater installation.
Your water heater needs space and ventilation to work properly. Vent placement is paramount as vents will allow the release of gases, particularly carbon monoxide. When having a water heater installed, it’s best to call the professionals at Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating and Cooling to ensure everything is done properly.
Another thing to check for a healthy water heater is to have the water heater flushed. All water heaters come equipped with a temperature pressure relief valve (T&P Valve). This valve will open if too much pressure builds up and will prevent damage to your water heater. If it hasn’t been tested in years, your water heater may start leaking. It’s best to have a certified professional check your relief valve once a year and have them replace it every three to five years.
A few things that you can do to maintain your water heater yourself include testing the temperature relief valve, cleaning your water heater tank, and checking the burner. These tasks only need to be done once per year. You should also check and possibly replace your anode rod every two to five years. Affordable Service services Rio Rancho and Albuquerque and we’d be happy to help you with any water heater maintenance or repair.
You may walk by your water heater every day or you may not even see it at all if it’s in a utility closet, but it is certainly not an appliance you should ignore. Maintenance is simple and if you read the owner’s manual, water heater maintenance is substantially cheaper than having to buy a brand new one altogether. You can extend your water heater’s life just by servicing it annually.
If you don’t feel comfortable performing these tasks yourself, we recommend calling Affordable Service Plumbing Heating and Cooling to ensure your water heater is performing efficiently and keeping your costs low. Call us today at 505-891-8907. We service Rio Rancho and Albuquerque. Call today!
Spring has arrived in Albuquerque and while we still have a few weeks here and there of cold weather, the warmer months are approaching quickly. Summer will be here before we know it and with summer comes high temperatures. You’re going to want to make sure you have the right cooling system in place to combat those high temperatures and keep you and your family nice and cool. If you’ve been using a swamp cooler, maybe it’s time to investigate refrigerated air and the benefits it can provide over your evaporative cooler. But, how do you know if changing over is the right thing for you to do currently? Don’t worry, Affordable Service Plumbing Heating and Cooling can give you the answers. Let’s look at some of the many benefits that refrigerated air can offer you!Humidity
If you’ve lived in Albuquerque or Rio Rancho for any given amount of time with a swamp cooler, you know what happens: when the humidity rises during monsoon season, it means that your home won’t stay cool! This is one of the most common complaints from people with swamp coolers. There is a myth that refrigerated air removes all moisture from a home, but that is false. It will remove most moisture, but it will still maintain a comfortable 20-30% level of moisture. If you’re tired of having sleepless nights because your house won’t stay cool during the monsoon, it may be the right time for refrigerated air.Less maintenance
Swamp coolers need start up and shut down services each year, replacement pads, belts, and pumps. Refrigerated air will cut down on the cost of that maintenance. Plus, if your swamp cooler is a rooftop mounted unit, it will eliminate the need to climb up on your roof. Not needing to get on your roof can be an issue of safety, especially if you’re older. Allergies
Swamp coolers use evaporated moisture to cool your home. If you have allergies, asthma or if you’re sensitive to mold, a swamp cooler certainly isn’t your best bet for cooling. Refrigerated air will deliver a higher level of air quality into your home which means you’ll spend more time relaxing in comfort instead of blowing your nose or fighting off illness.Security
Window-mounted swamp coolers require you to leave a window open so the unit can process the air outside and filter it into your home. Obviously, leaving a window open for your swamp cooler adds the potential for a security issue. Those of us with pets also want to keep our homes cool for them as well during the hot summers. Refrigerated air can resolve this issue for you!Consider the future for your home
Lastly, adding refrigerated air to your home can increase its value if you’re looking to put your home on the market whether it be in the near future or down the road. If you’ve decided to pursue a refrigerated air system, call Affordable Service at 505-891-8907. We have various financing available for conversion. You can schedule a free estimate today! We’ve been servicing Albuquerque and Rio Rancho for over 33 years. Call Today!
The age-old struggle in many homes is the battle over the thermostat. Many families argue over the temperature in their households. Typically, this argument boils down to one person wanting to be comfortable and the other wanting to save money on their heating or cooling bill. Thankfully, this argument can be a thing of the past with a mini-split HVAC system.
A mini-split HVAC system is a “whisper quiet” ductless comfort system which offers more control of the temperature in any given zone of your home. This is perfect for extra hot bedrooms, sun rooms and additions. The mini-split can use individual, wall mounted blowers to cool or heat your home via a central condenser. They do not rely on existing ductwork, they’re highly flexible and can be used to heat or cool any area of your home. Unlike swamp coolers, they do not use water to cool; even if it’s humid, a mini-split will cool as well as a larger refrigerated air conditioner.
Some of the benefits of a mini-split system include small size, separate thermostat controls, no ductwork and longer lifespans. They can function as air conditioning or heating systems and will save you money and energy. If your goal is to reduce your energy bill, a mini-split system from Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating and Cooling is for you.
Another benefit is how a mini-split system is installed. Mini-splits use small pipes to transfer air between units which makes them less invasive to your home. They are also not window mounted like swamp coolers, which makes your home just a little bit safer as the window will not have to stay open!
Lastly, PNM is offering rebates of $400 per mini-split system and Affordable Service will handle all the paperwork to process them for you. Only PNM certified contractors, such as Affordable Service, can offer them! Call Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating and Cooling today to learn more about mini-split HVAC systems. We’re available in Rio Rancho, Albuquerque and the surrounding communities, so call us today at 505-891-8907.
Most HVAC systems work by exchanging your house's air with the air outdoors. This means holes in the exterior of your house for vents, and that in turn could mean possible openings where insects and other household pests can find their way inside.
However, you can reduce the risk of critters invading your house through the heating or cooling ducts with a few common-sense steps, including:
• Don't let water pool near your outdoor air conditioner. Pests seek out water. Redirect the water away from the house. • Cover duct entrances. A mesh screen or louver can help close your ducts off to invaders while still allowing free air flow. • Keep your ductwork maintained. Gaps in ducts are potential entry points. Look for cracks or worn duct tape and replace or repair as necessary. • Control vermin or insects. Regular pest spraying can help keep problems away, particularly home defense sprays that are applied directly to your house around vulnerable areas to discourage invaders.
Regular professional maintenance of your system can also help identify problem spots where pests might get in. Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning can offer HVAC check-ups and repair. If you have reason to think your system might not be running smoothly, call Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning and have it checked out. We’re available in Rio Rancho and Albuquerque and the surrounding communities, so call us today at 505-891-8907.
When it comes to finding an affordable service for all your HVAC or heating and cooling needs, Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning can help. Even when there is an issue with the second story of a house being hotter than the ground floor, the first thing to remember is that hot air rises. The second floor in your home in the summertime is uncomfortable because of all that hot air rising from below. Warmth is not good in extreme conditions, especially in the hot New Mexico summers. It’s even worse when there is an HVAC issue.
Although the heat rising to the second floor is just one factor for why your home is hotter than the ground floor, consider having Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning do a thorough examination of your home and your HVAC system. By pinpointing the key issue for why the second floor is hotter than the ground floor, it can help to reduce your costs and uncomfortable living situations during the summertime. The fluctuations in extreme warmth and cold on an upper house floor can be alleviated with the help of our knowledgeable staff at Affordable Service.
When it comes to your air conditioning unit, the more ductwork there is, the more of a chance that there are leaks due to unknown gaps. Our company can pinpoint where that cold air from your AC unit is going and why it is not getting to those upper floors. A substandard installation of your AC unit could be the culprit. The good news is that Affordable Service is here to help you enjoy any floor or room in your house in any season, especially the sweltering months. Call Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning today at 505-891-8907.
When it comes to focusing on the key factors of the price of replacing your furnace, consider Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning. Our knowledgeable staff can give you an estimate on that furnace replacement and assess your home’s current situation. The key is having the right expertise from experienced technicians that can save your furnace but can also save you money!
Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning can apply our knowledge about HVAC to a specific situation at your home. The main thing to pay attention to foremost is the size of your furnace and the BTUs. Homeowners must properly size this critical part of your home. Our trained HVAC technicians can help to explain the size differences and calculate why it matters to your wallet and more. The exact size of your home as well as the electrical situation matters when figuring out what size your furnace should be. An assessment of the energy efficiency of your home is also an important thing to consider. Additional factors to consider are if your home has insulation, solar panels or even double-paned windows.
Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning has the staff to provide you with the proper calculations because you could end up purchasing the wrong size, which can be a frustrating and costly. However, by calling Affordable Service, we can help reduce the chance of error and give you a great price when it comes to a furnace replacement. We service Rio Rancho and Albuquerque so call us today at 505-891-8907
Storm season will always bring the risk of an electrical surge. Surges can ruin electronics and lights and be dangerous to people using these items. Luckily, there is an easy and affordable way to protect your home from this dangerous electrical phenomenon: a Surge Protector.
A Whole House surge protection system will make your home and electronics safe no matter what time of year it is. At Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning you will be met with great customer service and an experienced staff to help make your surge protector installation easy.Before you choose which protector is right for you and your family, you may be taken to a local showroom so that you can see all the different options and make a more educated decision. Once you have made your choice, the protector will be installed onto your breaker box. It takes up relatively little space and will not make any huge changes to your home.
After installation of your whole house surge protection system, you will be good to go during any weather, no matter how crazy.
Affordable Service Rio Rancho will also help with your decision. Free estimates, easy instant financing, and affordable prices are offered from Affordable Service. We’re available in Rio Rancho and Albuquerque, so call us today at 505-891-8907.