Easing Your Home Cooling Load Will Lower Your Energy Bills

Easing Your Home Cooling Load Will Lower Your Energy Bills

Easing Your Home Cooling Load Will Lower Your Energy Bills

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Easing Your Home Cooling Load Will Lower Your Energy Bills

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easing your cooling load with insulation, Las Vegas, NevadaEven in Nevada, where you’re used to running your air conditioner much of the time, it’s easy to get upset when the electric bill arrives. If you’re like most other Americans and trying  to make your hard-earned salary stretch, you’re certainly interested in lowering your energy bills. One significant way to do that is by easing your home cooling load.  

In effect, your cooling load is the amount of energy needed to keep you comfortable when you’re using your air conditioner. The better your home is at keeping the hot air out and the cool air in, the lower your cooling load will be. You can take several steps — both big and small — to ease that cooling load.

Investments that pay off in terms of easing your cooling load

Boosting your insulation is one of the smartest things you can do when a priority is easing your cooling load. Pay attention to the attic, which can get extremely hot and radiate heat into your living space. Also pay attention to your ductwork, which can be a significant source of energy loss. Seal rips, tears and loose connections, and talk with your HVAC contractor about insulating your ductwork.

Low-cost and no-cost ways to ease your cooling load

Begin by raising your thermostat incrementally. You can shave as much as 3 percent off your energy bill for every degree you raise your thermostat above 72, according to California’s Consumer Energy Center. Doing this over a period of time allows you to adjust to the new temperature. Give serious thought to getting a programmable thermostat, as well. It will automatically adjust your temperature when you’re gone — a surefire way to lower your energy bills. Consider these other measures to lower your energy bills:

  • Close your drapes and blinds during the day.
  • Run ceiling fans along with the air conditioner. The wind chill effect will make you feel comfortable even when your thermostat is set at a higher temperature.
  • Seal air leaks around your windows and doors, as well as the spots where cable, utility and plumbing lines penetrate your exterior.
  • Switch from heat-producing incandescent light bulbs to Energy Star bulbs.
  • Use your microwave instead of your range.

For other ways to ease your cooling load, call Las Vegas Air Conditioning. We’ve been the comfort people since 2002 — because we know that you can’t be really comfortable until your energy bills are minimized.

Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about air conditioners and other HVAC topics, .

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Repair Or Replace Air Conditioning? A How-To Guide For Choosing The Best Option

Repair Or Replace Air Conditioning? A How-To Guide For Choosing The Best Option

Repair Or Replace Air Conditioning? A How-To Guide For Choosing The Best Option

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Repair Or Replace Air Conditioning? A How-To Guide For Choosing The Best Option

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repair or replace air conditioning,  NevadaOn a hot summer day in Nevada, there’s nothing better than walking into an air conditioned home. There’s nothing worse than realizing that your air conditioner has conked out when you walk in the door. When that happens, the first order of business is calling your HVAC system contractor. Once he’s on the job, you might be faced with a question: repair or replace the air conditioning? Undoubtedly, he will advise you, but it pays to inform yourself as well.

Important considerations are the age of your system and your warranty. If your air conditioner is less than 10 years old, a repair could well be your best bet. If your unit is newer, you probably won’t gain much energy efficiency by buying a new A/C. Also, a newer air conditioner might still be under warranty. This would cover some — if not all — of the cost of the repair.

On the other hand, there are certain signs that tell you it’s time to replace your air conditioner.

  • It has broken down before: If your air conditioner keeps breaking down, it may be near the end of its life. It’s probably more cost effective to replace the unit rather than continue to pay the repair bills.
  • It’s not an energy-efficient model: Today’s energy-efficient air conditioners generally have a seasonal energy efficiency ratio of 14 or higher, and many have the Energy Star label. An energy-efficient air conditioner can save a significant amount of money on your utility bills. Over time, the savings can repay the cost of the new unit.
  • It’s more than 10 years old: New technology has significantly improved the ability of air conditioners to cool your home better for less money. In addition, air conditioners begin to have issues as they age. Over the years, all the dust, pollen and other particulate matter that pass through your air conditioner can build up, and refrigerant can begin to leak. A new system will start off clean, and regular maintenance can help to keep it that way.

For more information on when to repair or replace your air conditioning in Nevada, contact Las Vegas Air Conditioning.

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Weatherize Your Nevada Home, Reduce Energy Costs

Weatherize Your Nevada Home, Reduce Energy Costs

Weatherize Your Nevada Home, Reduce Energy Costs

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Weatherize Your Nevada Home, Reduce Energy Costs

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weatherize your  Nevada home, Las Vegas, NevadaSummer in Nevada is long, hot and humid, and your electric bills reflect all the hard work your air conditioner is doing to keep you comfortable. But when you weatherize your Nevada home, you’re taking steps to lower your electric bills — without sacrificing any comfort. In fact, weatherizing can help to increase your comfort.

Consider these easy projects to improve the energy efficiency of your home:

  • Prevent heat gain through your windows. Simple ways to do this include putting up sun-reflective drapes or blinds. Alternatively, consider reflective film over your windows or shutters. If your budget allows, Energy Star windows can go a long way toward eliminating heat gain.
  • Insulate your attic. If your attic is already insulated, boost it. In the summer, your attic can reach a temperature of 150 degrees. This heat radiates through the floor of the attic and makes the rooms below feel warm. Your air conditioner is forced to work harder. Also consider running an attic fan to keep the space cooler.
  • Seal all air leaks. Insert a dollar bill along the rim of all exterior doors. Wherever the bill easily slips out, caulk or weatherstrip. Do the same along the edges of your windows. Other areas to check and seal include along the baseboards, outlets on exterior walls and openings for dryer vents and plumbing.
  • Inspect the ductwork for loose connections, tears and holes. Seal these spots, using mastic sealant and mesh. This measure alone can help you trim more than 10 percent from your cooling costs. Next insulate your ductwork, paying special attention to lengths that run in unconditioned spaces, such as your attic or crawl space. You can do some of this job yourself but will probably need the help of a contractor to get at hard-to-reach ductwork.

Also consider changing a few of your habits. Use the microwave, for example, instead of the range. Use your ceiling fans in tandem with your air conditioner. This won’t lower the temperature, but the wind chill effect will help you feel more comfortable.

Interested in more tips to keep your home comfortable when it’s really hot outside? Contact Las Vegas Air Conditioning.  We’ve served homeowners in the area since 2002, and we’re happy to answer all of your questions.

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With A Quality Air Conditioning Installation, You’ll Maximize ROI

With A Quality Air Conditioning Installation, You’ll Maximize ROI

With A Quality Air Conditioning Installation, You’ll Maximize ROI

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With A Quality Air Conditioning Installation, You’ll Maximize ROI

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air ducts figure in quality air conditioning installation, Las Vegas, NevadaA quality air conditioning installation involves much more than selecting the right equipment and using an expert contractor. A quality air conditioning installation involves many steps, and if your contractor doesn’t follow them, your system won’t perform to your expectations.

These are key elements of a quality air conditioning installation:

  1. Sizing: Sizing your system correctly is paramount to performance. A system that’s too large will cost you more to purchase, and it will cycle on and off too frequently, placing stress on the internal components and decreasing the system’s life span. To size the equipment, your contractor should use the industry-standard method, Manual J.
  2. Ductwork: Leaky ducts will contribute to poor comfort and energy loss. Your contractor should evaluate your entire duct system, identify leaks and then address problematic areas by using mastic or aerosol-based sealant or metal tape to seal the ducts.
  3. Refrigerant: Having the correct refrigerant charge is also vital to performance. An incorrect charge will increase the operating pressure on the compressor, reduce efficiency by up to 20 percent and lead to expensive repairs. Therefore, verifying the refrigerant charge should be part of a quality air conditioning installation.
  4. Airflow: The final factor that will ensure a quality installation, airflow must be set to the correct level, corresponding to the capacity of the A/C and the size of your ductwork. Your contractor should test the airflow, making adjustments as necessary.

As further proof of how important a quality installation is, Energy Star estimates that when these four factors are optimized, a system can operate at nearly 100 percent capacity. But failing to take them into account can lower your system’s cooling capacity by more than 25 percent.

The next time you buy HVAC equipment, make sure your contractor installs it correctly. You’ll maximize your return on investment and ensure that your system will keep your home cool. For more expert advice, contact Las Vegas Air Conditioning. We have served homeowners in Nevada since 2002.

Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about air conditioners and other HVAC topics, .

Las Vegas Air Conditioning services Nevada including cities Henderson, Las Vegas or anywhere in between. Visit our website to see our special offers to get started today!   

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Upgrading? Look For These Top Air Conditioning Features

Upgrading? Look For These Top Air Conditioning Features

Upgrading? Look For These Top Air Conditioning Features

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Upgrading? Look For These Top Air Conditioning Features

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air conditioning features,  NevadaWith the summer heat bearing down on Nevada, you might be wondering how well your cooling system will hold up for the duration of the season. In fact, you may be looking at new systems right now. 

If you’re thinking about shopping, or you’re actually taking the initial steps to replace your system, the first thing you’ll want to consider is the efficiency rating of each unit. An air conditioner’s cooling efficiency is measured in terms of its seasonal energy efficiency ratio. While many older units have SEER ratings as low as 6, all units manufactured today must have a SEER of at least 13. The higher the SEER, the more efficient the equipment. Also look for the Energy Star label.

You will also want to consider various energy efficiency and home comfort features. Among the features you should consider are:

  • A dual-stage compressor: A cooling system with a dual-stage compressor runs on high when it’s very hot and at a lower speed when the weather’s milder. On most days, it runs at low speed for a longer time. This means a more even temperature and better humidity control, as well as operation that’s quieter and more energy efficient.
  • Thermal expansion valve: This device controls the superheat in the compressor. Used in place of a capillary tube or other fixed orifice device, it helps to ensure that the evaporator coil operates at maximum efficiency, regardless of the outside temperature. It also helps to ensure compressor dependability.
  • A fan-only switch: You can use this for nighttime ventilation when the temperature’s moderate.
  • A filter light check: This will remind you that it’s time to change the filter.

Unfortunately, the best system in the world won’t give you the economy and comfort you want if it’s not sized and installed correctly. Make sure your contractor uses Manual J to size your system. One that’s too big will cycle on and off too frequently, failing to remove sufficient humidity from the air and detracting from your comfort. One that’s too small just won’t do the job.

For 20 years, Las Vegas Air Conditioning has provided reliable air conditioning sales and service to residential and commercial customers in Green Valley and Nevada. for expert advice when you’re upgrading.

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