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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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