Fido May Need to Chip in for the Next Energy Bill

Pet care and HVAC
January 10, 2017

Hopefully you consider your furry friends to be a part of the family. Dogs, cats, and the occasional chinchilla should be a valued part of your family with all of the comforts and safety that you would provide to your human children. 

While being given access to the outdoors is perfectly acceptable, an animal should never be forced to stay outside for long periods of time no matter what the weather. Unless you are prepared to heat and air condition a dog house (and provide furniture to keep your pup comfy), just keep them inside.

Do You Smell Something?

What your nose can tell you about your heating system
January 3, 2017

If you are noticing a strange odor in the air, it might be your HVAC system or it might be your Uncle Al. Some of the smells emanating from your heating system can signal danger, while others are just an indicator that something needs to be cleaned.  We can help you with both. (We can't help you with Uncle Al). Keep reading to find out when you should and shouldn't contact an HVAC technician.

Creating Humidity in Las Vegas

When the heating turns on, skin dries and cracks
December 27, 2016

Have you noticed the skin on your hands cracking? Do you electrocute poor Fido every time you cross a carpeted room to pet him? Do your lips feel as if you've been trudging across the Sahara desert for weeks?

Living with Pets Shouldn't Bring Tears to Your Eyes

Dog hiding under the covers
December 20, 2016

If you've ever sneezed yourself out of a room, watched your eyes puff up to twice their size, or had horribly itchy skin... you may be allergic to your pets. Of course, as these little furry monsters are a part of the family, and you'd no sooner surrender your 4-legged children as you would your 2-legged ones, you've likely resigned to just dealt with it.

What is Hydronic Heating?

Hydronic heating system
December 13, 2016

If you are planning a new construction or a remodel of your existing home, you may have heard the term "Hydronic Heating" and wondered it it's right for your family.

Sometimes called radiant heating, this system utilizes tubing to run a hot liquid beneath the floor, along baseboard heaters or through radiators.  This differs from a traditional heating system that circulates air through ducts in the ceiling and then forces it out of vents, creating unequal temperatures throughout your home. 

What Is a BTU?

Cooling diagram
December 6, 2016

Are you shopping for a new heating or cooling system and overwhelmed by acronyms? Deciding on new HVAC equipment for your home can seem a bit frightening, but it doesn't have to be. Let's take a look at the first term you need to know, BTU.

A BTU (short for British Thermal Unit) is a nothing more than a unit of measurement for energy. One BTU is equal to the amount of energy needed to raise the temperature of one pound of water one degree (Fahrenheit).

Understanding EER and SEER

Energy Guide sample
November 29, 2016

Ever find yourself in the middle of an appliance store staring at those yellow Energy Guide labels as if they were written in a foreign language? Don't worry. When it comes to understanding and choosing your next air conditioner, you are not alone. Let's take a look at one of the terms you need to know, "EER".

What You Should Know Before Hiring an HVAC Technician: NATE Certification

NATE Certification logo
November 22, 2016

You wouldn't allow a surgeon without a medical degree to operate on your body, so why would you allow a repairman without the proper credentials to operate on your house?

Improper installation or repair not only costs more in the long run, but can also cause a safety issue due to electrical wiring or carbon monoxide buildup. If you intend to hire an HVAC technician to install, maintain, or repair your heating or cooling system, it's important to find someone experienced and certified, who will do your job correctly and put your mind at ease.

Energy Star Certification

Energy Star logo
November 15, 2016

Is your home heating or cooling system not living up to your expectations? If your HVAC equipment is more than 10 years old, it might be time to replace it. Whether you are driven by a desire to save money or to save the environment, shopping for air conditioners, heaters, etc. can be confusing. There are so many options, how can you tell which appliance is the right choice for your home and your family?