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Home Ventilation Safety Tips

Home Ventilation Safety Tips

Home ventilation safety tips are important because a well ventilated house is a healthy house. The term ventilation refers to the exchange of indoor and outdoor air. Without proper ventilation, pollutants get trapped inside causing harm to humans and pets.

Natural Ventilation

Opening windows and doors is a great example of natural ventilation.  This allows natural air to flow through the home and is found in older construction. Natural ventilation is the most common because it allows the fresh outside air to flow.

Spot Ventilation

The use of exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathroom are good examples of spot ventilation. The fans pull inside air through vents then deposits the air outside. Most spot ventilation is used n conjunction with other types of ventilation covering a greater area.

Whole Home Ventilation

Whole home ventilation includes duct work and exhaust systems covering every room in the home. In Las Vegas, this type of system is usually the HVAC system installed in most homes. The system covers the house and includes filter areas to sort out larger particle while making the inside air a little cleaner. This helps protect pets and humans including those with respiratory illness.

Home Ventilation Safety Tips

With each type of ventilation precautions are available. Here are a few helpful tips to improve the air quality in your home.

Natural Ventilation – screens on windows and doors are effective in filtering large particles. While smaller particle can still enter the home, reduce the amount of time windows and doors are open.

Spot Ventilation – motorized fans are a good source of ventilation but are also a hazard. Unattended fans with a power source can lead to fires. Watch the duration of a fans use to reduce fire hazards.

Whole Home Ventilation – Regular HVAC maintenance and replacing air filters are great ways to keep the system running smooth. Preventative maintenance reduces the risk of mechanical failure.

At Superior Heating & Air, we service all household and commercial units.  For a free estimate on your ventilation unit, call us at (702) 324-7597 today.

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Energy Efficient Air Conditioning

Energy efficient air conditioning

Energy efficient air conditioning units are more common given government regulations. While older systems can still be used, when replacing a unit, minimum standard will apply. According to Energy.gov, “Today’s best air conditioners use 30% to 50% less energy to produce the same amount of cooling as air conditioners made in the mid 1970s. Even if your air conditioner is only 10 years old, you may save 20% to 40% of your cooling energy costs by replacing it with a newer, more efficient model.”

What Is A SEER Rating?

The SEER measures air conditioning and heat pump cooling efficiency. A SEER rating is a maximum efficiency rating, similar to the miles per gallon for your car. Your car might get 28 miles per gallon on the highway, but if you’re stuck in city traffic it could be lower. If your air conditioner is 21 SEER, that’s its maximum efficiency. For Las Vegas, we are in the Southwest region of the country, It’s recommended that we have a SEER rating of at least 14. This efficiency is designed to give us the best running system while keeping the energy costs to the lowest point possible.

For the latest minimum standards, visit Energy.gov

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At Superior, we install energy efficient air conditioning units based on the job specification. This means that depending on the duct work and the size of the current unit, we recommend what’s right for you. This is not a one size fits all.

Cost depends on the location of the unit (roof or on the ground), current condition of connections and duct work and other factors depending on the age of the home. We are always at your service to repair or replace and HVAC unit. For questions regarding the replacement of your HVAC unit, call us (702) 324-7597.

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Cleaning Las Vegas Air Ducts

Cleaning Las Vegas Air Ducts

Cleaning Las Vegas air ducts is a dirty job. At Superior Heating & Air, we have the equipment needed to service your air ducts and improve indoor air quality. As a locally owned and family operated HVAC company, we take pride in keeping the air flowing all year long.

What Is Air Duct Cleaning?

Air duct cleaning is a process to clean out the wall and ceiling registers, vents and floor grills (if applicable) thereby reducing the dust in your home. This process also makes your air conditioning unit run more efficiently. In the long run, a more efficient unit lasts longer too.

An important note: this is not a do it yourself job. When cleaning air ducts, the process is dirty and without the proper equipment, a bigger mess will be made than necessary.

A trained Superior Heating & Air professional indentifies the problem areas where dust gets clogged in the ducts. These areas are cleaned to alleviate dust particle traveling into your home. In addition, the vents on top of the roof will also be cleaned. The process usually takes a few hours because of the small access areas to reach the ducts. When complete, the air ducts will be clean and ready for regular use.

In the rare case a serious problem (i.e. mold) is found, we will remediate the problem. There may be an additional cost associated with more serious problems.

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We are at your service 24/7 for all your heating and cooling needs. In our harsh desert conditions, every HVAC unit should be serviced two times per year. Ask us about our VIP Membership for $99. This includes an HVAC tune-up plus a plumbing inspection and water heater flush from Superior Plumbing & Drain. To make an appointment, please call (702) 324-7597.

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Las Vegas Cooling Technicians

Las Vegas Cooling Technicians

Las Vegas cooling technicians are the first line of defense for HVAC issues. At Superior Heating & Air we get one common question: What does an HVAC tech actually do?

Well, the answer to the question is actually pretty intense. The actual answer can vary depending on the job but the work that our technicians do doesn’t vary at all.

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Heating and air conditioning systems control the temperature, humidity, and overall air quality in homes, office buildings, schools, hospitals, factories, stores, and other facilities. They help keep us comfortable – and healthy. By providing a climate controlled environment, refrigeration systems make it possible to store and transport food, medicine, and other perishable items.

A typical workday in the life of an HVAC technician starts with learning about the specific job that needs to be done. We assign technicians to travel to a customer to resolve whatever HVAC-related issue they have. The job can be to repair a pipe that is leaking, replace a damaged or defective mechanical part, or adjust equipment settings for better performance. Generally our HVAC techs find themselves studying blueprints, testing pipes for leaks, testing electrical circuits or components for continuities, repairing or replacing defective equipment and improving HVAC system performance.

Installation

Our HVAC technicians install a unit based on the specifications provided by an architect or architectural engineer. Before performing the installation, we complete the calculations required to determine which HVAC system is appropriate. Once the unit is installed, we’ll test piping and connections and connect the HVAC unit to the ductwork or distribution system.

Maintenance

To ensure efficiency, heating, ventilation, and cooling systems must undergo regular maintenance checks; normally twice yearly, at the beginning of spring and at the beginning of autumn. These checks, performed by an HVAC technician, generally include testing and cleaning the blower fan, checking the level of coolant in the cooling system, and testing the system’s thermostat and operation.

To schedule an appointment with one of our Las Vegas cooling technicians, call Superior Heating & Air at (702) 324-7597.

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HVAC Summer Tune-Up

HVAC Summer Tune-Up

An HVAC Summer tune-up from Superior Heating & Air is a great way to identify issues. Our team has the experience required to fix your heating and cooling problems. The weather in Las Vegas can be unpredictable but preparing in advance puts you ahead of the game. Changing air filters is an easy way to keep the system running well. For help understanding which filters to buy and when to buy them, ask our technicians on their visit.

A quick check of the system can save big money down the line. In addition to local residents, we also service commercial buildings. For service on your commercial units, call our office to set-up an appointment.

VIP Membership

With a Superior VIP membership, you receive a plumbing inspection, water heater flush and two HVAC tune-up visits. For only $99, we cover your systems to identify any issues. With harsh weather changes in the desert, a system check is always needed. When you don’t have the time to stay on top of all the things a home needs, call the experts at Superior and get the VIP Membership.

Superior Plumbing & Drain

Whole Home Plumbing Inspection comes with a VIP Membership from Superior Plumbing & Drain. Our team of experts provides a variety of services with the whole home plumbing inspection at the top of the list.

Over time, pipes, seals, faucets and drains can leak. When water finds its way to out of the way places, damage occurs. Leaving water damage unattended brings larger damage including mold. Performing a whole home plumbing inspection reduces damage by identifying problems before they occur. Preventative maintenance is a key function for safety.

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As a result, contact our team for an HVAC Summer tune-up . We’re on call 24 hours a day and we’re always prepared for the unexpected. Call now,

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Residential Thermostat in Las Vegas

residential thermostat in Las Vegas

A residential thermostat in Las Vegas is mission control for your HVAC system. When the system is working properly we hardly notice the unit on the wall. However, the residential thermostat can be the cause of higher heating and cooling bills.

New thermostat technology, including digital, has been proven to regulate temperatures in home more accurately then older technologies. To find the right fit for your residence, consult your local home improvement store.

Another option is the NV Energy Smart Thermostat program. It’s typically a free program with installation. Find out more information here.

https://www.nvenergy.com/save-with-powershift/smart-thermostat

Regular Maintenance

Heating and cooling problems in residential homes can usually be avoided. Regular maintenance of an HVAC unit reduces wear and tear. It also allows a technician to identify problems before they cause major damage. Using basically the same components for heating as it does cooling the fan simply reveres to circulate warm air. Working almost 365 days a year, your unit will become fatigued. Setting the residential thermostat in Las Vegas also helps.

If you like the home remedy, changing air filters is the easiest for of maintenance. Allowing air to easily flow keeps the system from getting overworked. Change them as recommended by the manufacturer of your preferred filter.

VIP Maintenance Plan

With a Superior Heating & Air VIP Maintenance Plan, regular services are performed to keep each unit running smoothly. In addition, we also perform regular plumbing inspections while in your home. It’s a level of service to give each customer peace of mind.

For questions about our VIP Maintenance Memberships or to schedule an appointment, call Superior Heating & Air at (702) 324-7597 today. We live and work in your neighborhoods. Superior Heating & Air and Superior Plumbing & Drain are Locally Owned and Operated.

*Neither Superior Heating & Air or Superior Plumbing & Drain are directly affiliated with NV Energy or the Smart Thermostat Program.

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Superior Indoor Air Quality Tips

Superior indoor air quality tricks from the experts. Winter is a festive and cozy season that brings holidays, and cold-weather fun like caroling. But it can also bring low quality indoor air. Heating systems can make your home’s air dry and dusty if they are not well cleaned and maintained. Bad indoor air can make your family sick, especially if any of your loved ones have respiratory problems.

To keep your family safe and healthy this winter, here are 4 tips and tricks to raising the indoor air quality in your home.

Keep it Clean

The key to keeping your indoor air healthy is to make sure your home is clean and well-maintained. Dust and vacuum your home regularly to avoid spreading germs, dust, debris, and allergens that can float in the air. Seems simple but it will help all year long.

Replace Air Filters

Your home heating system has filters that need to be replaced regularly. In the winter, your heating system is probably on most of the time, which means filters are doing extra work and need more maintenance than usual. Check them every 60 days.

Increase Ventilation

The more fresh air in your home, the better the air quality will be. If your ventilation system isn’t working properly, you may notice accumulated dust on walls near vents. After dusting and replacing the filters, allow some fresh air to circulate through your home.

Use a Purifier

An air purifier captures particulate matter, as well as gas, smells, and chemicals—depending on how advanced it is. Some can even remove bacteria, allergens like pollen, and animal dander from your air. When purchasing an air purifier, make sure it can handle your house size and pollutant levels. For example, if you have a large home and 3 dogs, you may need a heavy-duty air purifier, while a pet-free studio apartment can use something smaller.

Want Better Indoor Air Quality?

If you want Superior Indoor Air Quality this winter, give Superior a call or email today. One of our skilled, licensed HVAC technicians will make sure your heating and ventilation system is clean and running well. Contact us today!

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Heating System Service Las Vegas

Heating system service is not a common option when talking about your home needs. However, with changing temperatures, holidays, and sentiments of good cheer, the time is now for a heating system service. When all signs point to the season of cozy celebrations, don’t leave your family and friends out in the cold.

With every heating system service, Superior Heating & Air checks air filters, adjusts thermostats and checks air flow. Annual maintenance, including a thorough examination of the fan, pilot light, and heat exchanger helps prevent potential problems that put your party on ice.

In addition to regular maintenance, experts say HVAC units should be serviced by a professional at least once per year. Doing so ensures that your heating system will keep you warm throughout the fall and winter months.

ENERGY TIPS     

To help before a system check, you can replace air filters plus check and clean all vents. Next, set your thermostat to a comfortable temperature where it won’t run all day/night. To help keep energy costs down, place a few cozy blankets around the house for some extra warmth. This not only helps with your heating costs, it also provides an alternative to constant thermostat changes. Another option is to find that comfortable night ware and snuggle up under the covers at night. Studies show that some get better sleep at night when the room temperature is cold but they are bundled up.

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At Superior Heating & Air, we offer Annual VIP Memberships. Memberships include annual heating, air & plumbing inspections with VIP discounts and priority scheduling. The plan also includes a plumbing inspection from Superior Plumbing & Drain. This is a plan that makes sense for homeowners, landlords and even renters. The minimal expense keeps you in comfort all year long.

Be prepared for anything mother nature throws your way by calling Superior Heating & Air at (702) 324-7597 to schedule your VIP inspection.

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Insulation Increases Efficiency

Attic Insulation Increases Energy Efficiency for a variety of reasons. In winter, a significant amount of heat is lost through the roof, which makes the attic an important area to insulate. In summer, heat gets trapped in the attic thereby heating up the wood beams. As a result, your home warms up and the air conditioning unit works harder.

Attic insulation works like a cap – it traps the heat inside, increasing comfort and efficiency and serving as the first line of defense when protecting against outdoor weather and temperatures.

In today’s world, the efficiency of home insulation is a science and so, of course, there’s a numerical system of measurement. The material’s ability to resist heat transfer is tracked with something called an R-value. As insulation becomes thicker and more effective, the R-value goes up. Not all insulations, however, are created equal when it comes to lower energy bills—even if they have a solid R-value. Take a look at the two most common types of attic insulation for hot climates:

Pink Fiberglass Insulation

This pink-colored material is the most common type of insulation because of its affordable price and efficient R-values. However, it does have some drawbacks. It tends to settle as it ages, meaning it becomes less efficient over time. It’s also prone to rips and tears so if a critter gets into your attic it could cause leaks and a broken seal.

Injection Foam Insulation

This type of attic insulation is installed via liquid foam pumped into the various spaces of your attic, regardless of shape, hardening after several seconds. Its flexible nature means that there will be no area left unsealed. It’s a bit more expensive than pink fiberglass insulation, but the average lifespan of injection foam insulation is about 80 years, compared to 10 to 25 for fiberglass, which means you’ll spend significantly less money over the life of your home.

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