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Reasons your AC Unit has Low Airflow

Nothing is worse than coming home to a sweltering home and turning your air conditioning unit on for some much-needed relief. You find the nearest vent and put your face up to it, expecting a nice chilly breeze to relieve you from your sweaty discomfort. But, instead, you only get a wisp of cool air. You stand with your face at the vent, waiting for more cool air to come, but it never does! This is low airflow and here are a few reasons why your air conditioning unit may have it!

First things first, let a professional look. Call the experts at Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling, they service Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, and surrounding areas. Low airflow can be red flags for a much bigger breakdown, so let’s rule that out right away. If it is a bigger issue, let’s get it taken care of immediately.

The first thing that may be giving you low airflow problems in your home is a dirty air filter. This is the first place to look! A dirty air filter can quickly fix several HVAC problems and if it’s not addressed, it will cause even more problems down the road.

The next potential issue you may have is a frozen evaporator coil. If the inside of your HVAC unit looks like the North Pole, it’s not a sign that Christmas is coming. It means all of the ice is stuck to your coil and will restrict airflow into your house. Alternatively, this problem could be caused by leaking refrigerant. If not addressed, a frozen evaporator coil can become even more problematic as time goes on. Affordable Service can inspect your entire system if freezing is occurring!

Lastly, you may have some potential issues with your air ducts. Most air duct issues are caused by leaks. Or in some cases, holes or tears in your ductwork. These can be hard to pinpoint, so have Affordable Service perform an inspection. Another reason for low airflow problems related to ductwork is efficiency. Too many bends and turns won’t move the air from one place to another. Affordable Service can help reconfigure your ductwork to make it more efficient.

Pinpointing these issues won’t be easy, so call the professionals at Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating and Cooling. When you come home at the end of a hot day this summer, your home should be nice, cool and relaxing from the moment you step through the door! Call us today at 255-4328 or visit our us online to schedule a free estimate!

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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.

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Energy Efficiency Myths

Let's look at a few energy efficiency myths about heating and cooling we've heard at Affordable Service and the reality behind them. Myth #1 Attic Insulation Only Helps in Winter The fact is insulation works just as much in the summer as it does in the winter. In the summer, it keeps cool air in and keeps hot air out. You will likely see more effect in winter, but your summer air conditioning bills should also be lower. Myth #2 A Larger HVAC Unit Is Better The idea is that a larger unit won't have to work as hard, which is true. However, a larger unit costs more upfront. Plus, because it switches on and off frequently, you may see higher repair costs for the electric control. HVAC units need to tailor made to your home or they’ll short cycle. At Affordable Service, we’ll help you choose the correct unit for your home. Myth #3 Keeping Temperatures Steady Keeps Energy Use Down This is another myth we hear at Affordable Service all the time. The truth is, when you aren't at home, it's better to adjust the temperature to a more efficient setting. You can do this manually. However, the better choice is to have a programmable thermostat installed and set to handle the adjustments automatically. Myth #4 Closing Vents Saves Money If you aren't using a room, it would seem to make sense that cutting off the vents in that room would save money. The experts here at Affordable Service Heating know better. What happens is the air pressure in the vents increase because the air cannot exit as it should. This can cause the HVAC system to be less efficient. To learn more about energy efficiency, call Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning today at 505-891-8907
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<>Having a fireplace within your home can help to make it cozy and inviting. You may enjoy spending time near your fireplace relaxing and engaging in various activities, such as reading a nice book. These are great activities, especially during our recent snow storms in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho. However, a fireplace may have a negative impact on the overall air quality within your home. <>Fireplaces can release harmful pollutants into the air, such as carbon monoxide or nitrogen dioxide. Carbon monoxide can cause many side effects including headaches, dizziness, blurry vision, difficulty breathing, nausea, etc. Carbon monoxide poisoning can also be fatal. Nitrogen dioxide can cause respiratory issues, which can lead to coughing, colds, influenza, and bronchitis. Lastly, the particulates released can irritate the lungs and cause serious damage as well as other issues. <>If you do decide to use a fireplace, it is important that you ensure it is properly vented. Many people often overlook the importance of the air quality within their homes. However, this can be dangerous and lead to many health issues. It is often better to use alternative sources of heat that don't have so much of a negative impact on the air that you and your family are breathing. <>Overall, the heating source you decide to utilize in your home can make a large impact on your health in the long run. If you are interested in learning more about heating, cooling, and air quality, contact Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho. We can provide you with more information, so you are able to make a well-informed decision and can provide you with affordable service. Call us today at 505-891-8907.
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What is a heat pump and how does it work?

<>In most parts of the US, it's necessary to have some sort of system to heat and cool your home to make it comfortable during times of the year that experience more extreme temperatures. Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning provide Albuquerque and Rio Rancho with HVAC products for homeowners. Whether you're in need of heating or cooling, a heat pump can be an effective option for your home. <>A heat pump removes heat from the air either inside or outside your home. It's a mechanical system, so it's quite efficient. The heat pump works as an air conditioner that also runs in reverse to blow heat throughout your home. When the weather is warm, it takes the warm air from your house and blows it outside, cooling the house. In cooler weather, it may be surprising, but a heat pump pulls the heat from outside and blows it inside to provide the heating that you need to keep your home warm and toasty. Heat pumps will work until the temperature goes down to -4 degrees. <>Heat pumps tend to be more popular in areas of the country that are more humid. However, some people prefer them for “living off the grid” in New Mexico. Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning keeps them in stock on a regular basis. <>In the Albuquerque area, your leading option for HVAC systems is Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning. We are ready to work for you and provide you with the great service that you deserve. Call Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling at 505-891-8907.
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Why You Should Hire a Licensed Plumber

Why You Should Hire a Licensed Plumber

A plumbing problem is an upsetting experience. Most of us worry about the damage and expense associated with a leak or other issue, and that makes it tempting to think about doing repairs ourselves.

However, this is not a good strategy. Having plumbing services handled by a professional is a much better choice in the long run. There are several reasons why.

Qualifications

Plumbing looks very simple, but it is not. A licensed plumber in the Albuquerque and Rio Rancho area will know not just how to install or repair your plumbing features but also how to comply with local regulations and codes

. Peace of Mind

You might be able to patch together a repair today, but what happens if it fails while you're out of town? Affordable Service Albuquerque will make durable, lasting repairs that won't give you another breakdown just months or weeks later.

Availability

No one likes to wake up at 4am to the sound of running water, and they sure don't like to try to make the repairs at that time of night. Affordable Service Albuquerque is ready to respond any day, any time, to provide emergency plumbing services.

There are a few things you should always have access to, and one of those is a plumber. A good licensed plumber in Albuquerque will have you prepared to react whenever problems of any size occur in your home’s plumbing. You can call Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating and Cooling 24/7 at (505) 891-8907, and we’ll be there.

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