Using Ceiling Fans With Your A/C? Here’s Why You Should Be

Using Ceiling Fans With Your A/C? Here’s Why You Should Be

Using Ceiling Fans With Your A/C? Here’s Why You Should Be

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Using Ceiling Fans With Your A/C? Here’s Why You Should Be

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using ceiling fans with your a/c, Las Vegas, NevadaUsing ceiling fans with your A/C creates a wind-chill factor to make your home more comfortable in the summer. Most people associate wind chill with breezy winter days when cold air moving over your skin makes it feel even cooler than the thermometer says it is. The same effect happens in the summer if cold air produced by your air conditioner is moved through your home. A ceiling fan circulating air down from overhead generates a wind chill that can make an air conditioned room feel up to four degrees cooler than it really is. This allows you to set the thermostat up a few degrees. Over an entire summer, using ceiling fans with your A/C can significantly cut your cooling costs.

Ceiling fans date to the 19th century but they’re even more useful in the 21st century, when combined with an air conditioner. Here are the basics of selecting and installing your ceiling fans:

  • You need at least an 8-foot ceiling, and the blades of the fan should be no less than 7 feet above the floor.  Position the fan so it’s at least 18 inches away from the nearest wall.
  • Because you want high-volume, low-velocity air circulation, use blade length instead of motor speed to size a ceiling fan. Fan blades up to 36 inches can ventilate 100 square feet or less while a 225-square-foot room requires a fan with 48-inch blades. Sixty inches is the practical limit for rooms that are over 400 square feet.
  • Blade pitch means the angle of the fan blade as it moves through the air. Too much pitch may blow papers around or disturb other activities like dining. Too little pitch doesn’t move enough volume to produce a cooling effect. A slow-speed motor with a 14-degree blade pitch is best for most residential applications.

Like the professionals at Las Vegas Air Conditioning in Green Valley, ceiling fans have a long history of cooling South Nevada homes. for more information about using ceiling fans with your A/C for greater interior comfort.

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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Air Conditioner Leaking Again? Get Expert Help

Air Conditioner Leaking Again? Get Expert Help

Air Conditioner Leaking Again? Get Expert Help

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Air Conditioner Leaking Again? Get Expert Help

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air conditioner leaking, Henderson, NevadaIs your air conditioner leaking again? Clogged drainage lines are indicators of a serious underlying issue. It’s smart to call your HVAC professional as soon as you even suspect a leakage issue. This can ensure that your system works properly, and you’ll avoid any water damage.

Cause and effect
An air conditioner has two drain lines. The main drain line runs outside your home via gravity or a condensate pump. But your unit also has an emergency drain, in case the main line develops a clog. This drain might run outside your home or have a shut-off switch attached to it. Although the emergency drain is designed to serve as a backup, it too can become clogged. And if one line — or worse, two lines — become clogged, you can have a water problem. These are some of the issues that contribute to clogged condensate lines:

  • Mineral deposits and algae growth inside the lines
  • Insect and rodent nests that block the lines
  • Poor installation and even home settling and shifting, which can compromise the drainage slope
  • A/C strain caused by inadequate refrigerant charge or airflow blockage

Air conditioners produce substantial quantities of water via condensation. When both drain lines become clogged, the condensation quickly fills the drain pan and water overflows in your home. This typically occurs wherever the evaporator is located. Because it’s often an area that you don’t use much, the water problem can go unnoticed until you have serious damage.

Professional solutions
Regularly scheduled maintenance is the only sure preventive measure. These are some of the checks and measures to expect of your maintenance technician:

  • Debris should be removed from condensate lines.
  • The air filter should be changed, and the evaporator and condenser coils, along with the outdoor blower assembly, should be cleaned.
  • Electrical connections should be checked and cleaned. Poor connections contribute to A/C wear and tear.
  • The system should be checked for refrigerant leaks, and the refrigerant should be recharged. Precise refrigerant charge is required for optimal efficiency and system performance. An incorrect refrigerant charge burdens the system and causes ice accumulation on the evaporator.

If you suspect any moisture issues with your air conditioner, contact Las Vegas Air Conditioning. We have proudly served homeowners in Green Valley, Las Vegas, Las Vegas and Henderson since 2002.

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Upgrading Your Home Air Conditioner? Use Cooling Terminology Like The Pros

Upgrading Your Home Air Conditioner? Use Cooling Terminology Like The Pros

Upgrading Your Home Air Conditioner? Use Cooling Terminology Like The Pros

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Upgrading Your Home Air Conditioner? Use Cooling Terminology Like The Pros

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upgrading your air conditioner,  NevadaIt can feel like you need to learn another language when you’re upgrading your air conditioner, with all of the industry-specific terms used by HVAC professionals. But with this handy glossary, you can understand the terms and make informed choices when you’re upgrading your air conditioner.

  • British Thermal Units: The basic unit of heat transfer. This term is used in the industry because air conditioners transfer heat out of your home. What inches are to distance, BTUs are to cooling.
  • Ton: When used in reference to upgrading your air conditioner, a ton has nothing to do with weight. Rather, an air conditioning ton represents 12,000 BTUs of heat transfer per hour.
  • Cooling load: The number of BTUs needed to cool your home on a hot day. You must calculate your home’s cooling load to determine how many tons of air conditioning you need.
  • Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio: The average number of BTUs provided for each watt of electricity. A higher SEER number indicates higher A/C efficiency.
  • Delta T: The change in temperature as air passes through the evaporator coil of an A/C.
  • Air handler: The indoor half of a central air conditioning system and the part that actually cools your house. An air handler can be single-speed or variable-speed, with the latter being more energy efficient.
  • Condensing unit: The outdoor half of an A/C system. It transfers the indoor heat to the outdoor air.
  • Compressor: The pump that circulates refrigerant through the system. Some compressors are two-stage, which means they operate more efficiently.
  • Coils: There are two coils in an A/C system: the outdoor condensing coil and the indoor evaporator coil. The evaporator coil absorbs heat from the air, and the condensing coil releases that heat to the outdoors.
  • Refrigerant: The substance that flows through the coils, alternately evaporating (to absorb heat) and condensing (to release heat).

For assistance in upgrading your air conditioner, contact the Nevada professionals at Las Vegas Air Conditioning. We serve homeowners in Green Valley, Las Vegas, Henderson and Las Vegas County.

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Best Practices For HVAC Contractor Selection

Best Practices For HVAC Contractor Selection

Best Practices For HVAC Contractor Selection

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Best Practices For HVAC Contractor Selection

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hvac contractor selection, Las Vegas, NevadaFinding the right HVAC system contractor can feel like a daunting experience. You might not use one contractor regularly, and many communities have quite a few to choose from. Add to that the expense of a major repair or replacement, and you want to choose wisely. There are steps, though, that you can take to make your job easier. Here are six steps that will help to ensure that you make the right choice in HVAC contractor selection:

  • Ask your friends, neighbors and coworkers for recommendations. Contractors rely on satisfied customers getting the word out, so if someone you know recommends a specific contractor, the chances are good that you won’t wind up unhappy with your selection.
  • Consider how long the contractor has been in business in your town. If the company has been in business for quite some time — and has been owned and operated by the same people — you have some assurance that it has been making customers happy and won’t be going anywhere soon.
  • Ask for and check references. Any contractor can give you a list with a bunch of names on it. Take the time to call those references, and verify that the contractor did the work to their satisfaction.
  • Contact the Better Business Bureau. See if any complaints have been filed, and if any complaints were filed, see if they were resolved to the customers’ satisfaction.
  • Make sure the contractor has the required licenses and insurance. Also make sure your contractor will obtain any permits needed for your job.
  • Ask the contractor for a work estimate. You should get a written estimate and a time frame for completion of the work.

When you’re looking for an HVAC contractor, you want the best company for the job. At Las Vegas Air Conditioning, we know this and go the extra mile to ensure that you’re happy with our work. In fact, exceeding your expectations is a priority for us. We’ve served residents of Green Valley, Las Vegas, Las Vegas and Henderson since 2002. Give us a call. We’re happy to help you with all of your home comfort needs.

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A Variable Speed Air Handler Responds To Outdoor Temperature Demands, Increases Comfort

A Variable Speed Air Handler Responds To Outdoor Temperature Demands, Increases Comfort

A Variable Speed Air Handler Responds To Outdoor Temperature Demands, Increases Comfort

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A Variable Speed Air Handler Responds To Outdoor Temperature Demands, Increases Comfort

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variable speed air handler, Las Vegas, NevadaAir circulation from your HVAC system is a vital element of your overall home comfort. If the cooled or heated air produced by your system cannot be distributed properly, you won’t be comfortable, and you’ll waste energy.

The blower motor in your air handler pushes the Las Vegas air Conditioning into your ductwork, which then delivers the Las Vegas air Conditioning to the various rooms in your home. The blower motor determines the amount of air that’s delivered. A single-speed blower motor is set when your system is installed and cannot be adjusted. It’s on or off. When it’s on, it runs at the same speed. But a variable speed blower motor can operate at different speeds, delivering the right amount of Las Vegas air Conditioning and making your system much more efficient. Typically, a variable speed blower motor offers these options:

  • A soft start: The motor goes on at a low speed — perhaps at half speed — and ramps up only if you need more cooling or heat. The soft start is ideal for moderate outdoor temperatures.
  • Continuous operation: Your system can run at a low speed for a prolonged period. Once it reaches the desired temperature, it maintains that temperature without cycling on and off. In addition to keeping you sufficiently cool or warm, the variable-speed blower motor helps to keep the right humidity in your home.

The benefits of variable speed air handler motors include:

  • Reduced energy consumption: A variable speed motor uses up to 60 percent less electricity than a single-speed model.
  • Lower utility bills: Because a variable speed motor uses less energy, your system is less expensive to operate.
  • Consistent temperatures: The variable speed motor shifts to accommodate changing outside temperatures, which results in more consistent cooling and heating.
  • Better performance: The variable level of operation causes less overall wear on the motor and the fan, enhancing system longevity.
  • Quiet operation: The variable speed blower motor is much quieter than single-speed models.

For 20 years, Las Vegas Air Conditioning has provided reliable air conditioning sales, maintenance and repair to residential and commercial customers in Green Valley and Nevada. for more information on variable speed air systems and any other home comfort needs.

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Ease the Cost Of Summer Vacation By Saving Energy Dollars While You’re Away

Ease the Cost Of Summer Vacation By Saving Energy Dollars While You’re Away

Ease the Cost Of Summer Vacation By Saving Energy Dollars While You’re Away

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Ease the Cost Of Summer Vacation By Saving Energy Dollars While You’re Away

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ease the cost of summer vacation, Las Vegas, NevadaTaking a summer vacation is a good way to relax and leave behind the hassles of everyday life, but it can be an expensive proposition, as well. Your travel expenses, vacation rentals and dinners at the restaurant can add up. One way to ease the cost of summer vacation is to make sure your home isn’t wasting energy while you’re gone. Tend to the following before you take off. 

  • Air conditioner: Leave your air conditioner set at 80 to 82 degrees. This way it will run less often but still provide some dehumidification. If you have a programmable thermostat, set it to kick on shortly before you return home. But if your pets are staying behind — with someone checking on them regularly — turn up your thermostat only a few degrees.
  • Lights: Turning off the lights before you leave for vacation is a no-brainer, but some homeowners like to leave the lights on for security purposes. If you prefer to leave some lights on, select just a few and hook them up to a timer or motion sensor. That way, the lights will come on only when you need them to, rather than blazing away 24/7.
  • Freezer and refrigerator: Get rid of highly perishable items such as meat and dairy products before you leave, and put your refrigerator and freezer at the highest temperature setting while you’re gone. If you plan to be out of the house for a month or more, completely empty your fridge and unplug it. Leave the door propped open so you don’t come home to mold and mildew.
  • Water heater: Shut your water heater off at the fuse box or circuit breaker panel before you leave to avoid heating water unnecessarily while you’re away.
  • Swimming pool: Set your pool pump so that it runs just a few hours each day instead of around the clock.
  • Household electronics: Devices like stereos, computers and televisions draw power even when they’re turned off, so eliminate this needless expense by unplugging them before you leave.

To learn more about energy savings during summer vacation, contact Las Vegas Air Conditioning. We’ve been serving Green Valley, Las Vegas and all of Nevada since 2002.

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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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How Two-Stage Cooling Will Optimize Your Home Comfort

How Two-Stage Cooling Will Optimize Your Home Comfort

How Two-Stage Cooling Will Optimize Your Home Comfort

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How Two-Stage Cooling Will Optimize Your Home Comfort

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two-stage cooling,  NevadaToday’s air conditioners offer homeowners a selection of energy-efficient features, ranging from thermal expansion valves to filter-check lights. One of the most useful features is the two-stage compressor.

A traditional single-stage compressor runs at maximum speed all of the time. This provides optimal cooling when it’s very hot outside. But when the temperature’s more moderate, a single-stage compressor can cycle on and off frequently to maintain the right temperature. This can cause your unit to consume more energy than needed and ultimately lead to excessive wear and tear on your system.

But many air conditioners and heat pumps on the market today have two-stage compressors. Sometimes called dual-stage compressors, they run at two different speeds, depending on how hot it is outside. When the outside temperature is very hot, the compressor runs on high. When the temperature drops, the compressor shifts to a lower speed.

Most of the time, the compressor can run at the lower speed. Although it’s lower, the cycle is longer, so your home reaches and keeps a sufficiently cool temperature. This maximizes both your home comfort and your system’s energy efficiency.

The longer cycles provided by two-stage cooling has additional benefits, including quieter operation and improved humidity control. Two-stage compressors can remove almost twice as much moisture from your indoor air as single-stage units.

When you’re buying an air conditioner, the features are an important consideration. Just as important are your new unit’s seasonal energy efficiency ratio and correct sizing. Make sure your new unit has a SEER of at least 13. Also talk with your contractor about the sizing methods he uses, as you definitely want to avoid a unit that’s either too large or too small for your home. Your contractor should use Manual J for this job.

For 20 years, Las Vegas Air Conditioning has provided top-notch air conditioning sales and service to residential and commercial customers in Green Valley and Nevada. for more information on high-efficiency air conditioning and how two-stage cooling can keep your home comfortable and energy efficient.

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