Hard Water and Your Swamp Cooler

Hard Water and Your Swamp Cooler

In Rio Rancho, we live with hard water. That means it has a lot of dissolved minerals, largely calcium and magnesium, which can create buildup much faster than if your water was soft. For homes that use evaporated cooling, what we know as swamp coolers, hard water can be especially...

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Energy Savings from Blown-In Insulation

Energy Savings from Blown-In Insulation

In New Mexico’s cold winters and hot summers, energy use is becoming a bigger factor for homeowners as energy costs increase. Other than piling on blankets and sweaters in the winter, or sweltering in your home by setting your summer A/C thermostat to 80 degrees, how can you have a...

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Protecting your HVAC System during Rolling Power Outages

Protecting your HVAC System during Rolling Power Outages

Across the Albuquerque region, our local power company has said that the summer of 2022 may see rolling brownouts. The peak summer months will challenge the utility’s ability to produce enough electricity to meet demand for it’s 525,000 customers across New Mexico. Brownouts are planned...

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Why the Shower Head Drips

Why the Shower Head Drips

If your shower head drips when the water is turned off, it can create an annoying sound but it can also add quite a bit to the cost of your water bill. One estimate for just 30 drips per minute calculates to 1,000 gallons of water in a month, which could increase your monthly water bill...

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What is a BTU?

What is a BTU?

The abbreviation of BTU is short for British Thermal Unit which is a unit of measurement for the energy needed to heat or to cool. Technically, it’s the amount of heat needed to raise the temperature of one pound of water by one degree, measured in Fahrenheit. Air conditioning units also...

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The Best Time to Clean Air Ducts

The Best Time to Clean Air Ducts

You may not think much about the air ducts in your home that deliver heated air from your furnace or cooled air from your air conditioner or swamp cooler. Their vital to your HVAC system, but they also need periodic cleaning to remove dust, allergens, mold, even bugs or rodents that may...

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Indoor Air Quality

Indoor Air Quality

Managing your home’s indoor air quality is just one way to help manage conditions such as asthma, COPD, and other lung conditions. Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning, and Electric offer the Air Knight Whole Home Air Purification System for families that want to take...

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Beware of $39.95 Offers for HVAC Services!

Beware of $39.95 Offers for HVAC Services!

You might see commercials on television or ads in monthly publications with low-cost offers to check your furnace or air conditioner, or for a free furnace with the purchase of the air conditioning unit. “Get Your $39.95 Tune-Up” may sound like a good deal that will save you money, but...

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When Should You Replace Your Outside Spigot?

When Should You Replace Your Outside Spigot?

Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning, and Electric have some tips on how you can tell if your outside spigot needs to be replaced Or, if the spigot is corroded, you might be headed for a major blow-out! Some points to remember: A leaking spigot can lead to freezing and...

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Should I Have My Ductwork Insulated?

Should I Have My Ductwork Insulated?

Your home’s ductwork is one of the more essential parts of your home. Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning, and Electric want you to know why insulated ductwork is important to keeping your energy bills low. Ductwork is the branching network of tubes within your walls,...

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Do’s & Don’ts If My Pipes Freeze

Do’s & Don’ts If My Pipes Freeze

Nightly temperatures are set to keep dropping, and Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning, and Electric have do's and don'ts when your pipes freeze. Pipes that freeze are more frequently exposed to severe colds, such as hose bibs, sprinkler lines, pipes that run along the...

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When Do I Leave A Faucet Dripping?

When Do I Leave A Faucet Dripping?

Have you heard that you should leave a faucet dripping but aren't sure when that applies? This is often recommended in areas of the home with less insulated pipes and in rooms that aren't heated when temperatures outdoors are supposed to be below freezing. When water freezes, it expands,...

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