Roadrunner Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing Blog: Archive for January, 2015

Don’t consider a rinsed sponge clean. Once a week, toss sponges into the top rack of the dishwasher to get rid of food and bacteria.

Monday, January 12th, 2015

Are your sponges REALLY clean???

Don’t consider a rinsed sponge clean, even if you rinsed it with hot water. Especially if you are cleaning dishes, counters and sinks with them. After you are finished using it, toss sponges into the top rack of the dishwasher to get rid of food and bacteria. This way you know you are using clean sponges and not spreading around bacteria!! #roadrunner

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Save on Energy Costs

Friday, January 9th, 2015

Save on Energy Costs

New Energy Standard Adopted for Central Air Conditioning Systems

As of January 2008, manufacturers can no longer produce residential central air conditioners with efficiencies less than 13 SEER. The minimum seasonal energy efficiency ratio, or SEER is up to 10, which was in place since 1992. The higher the SEER ratio, the more energy efficient. You’ll pay hundreds of dollars more for an oversized unit.

Hiring the right people

Many people send mailers which advertise one low rate for a whole lot of stuff! Most of the time those offers don’t include fine print subjections, and you’ll end up paying more. Be sure the person you hire adheres to the standards. For more information visit which shows the NADCA standards and watch a podcast video on air duct cleaning, furnace cleaning, heat exchanger, blower motor, wheel and housing cage and evaporator coil.

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Sizing Your System

Friday, January 9th, 2015

Sizing Up & Sizing Calculations

According to ‘Home Energy Magazine’, over 40 different load calculation methods were submitted by contractors. It was found that most contractors oversize. A lead calculation is important because it determines what proper size system is for your specific home. This is to make sure your system operates at maximum efficiency. Most homes have systems that are oversized,  meaning you end up paying more than you should to heat and cool. Systems which are oversized seem too cycle either to quick or too slow and that leads to maintenance problems, uneven temperatures, and inability to control humidity. Make sure your equipment is not sized by “Rule of Thumb.” Oversized systems will not remove adequate moisture from the indoor air due to short cycling. This will leave you feeling stuffy and uncomfortable, who knew??? An oversized furnace is similar to an oversized air conditioning system. The run time is short, creating uncomfortable air strati faction and less air filtration. Frequent cycling of the unit on and off can cause undue wear and tear on internal working components.

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Is It Time To Replace Your Air Conditioner?

Monday, January 5th, 2015

If you own and operate a whole house air conditioner—be it a heat pump, central air unit or ductless mini split—it is imperative that you take care of it by having it professionally installed and maintained throughout its years of service. But over time, even the most trustworthy stalwart of a cooling machine will suffer enough wear and tear to warrant replacement. Are you ready for air conditioning replacement? It can difficult to tell. It’s also a big decision, one that involves investing in the future of your home comfort with a new piece of equipment, though some of your existing components (air ducts, etc.) may be reusable.

It’s impossible to say whether you need a new air conditioner in your home without having a professional evaluate it closely. Even if it has broken down, repair may still be your best bet. It’s important to keep an eye on your air conditioner during its operation to take care of any issues that might arise. The key to longevity is professional service. But there are some reasons to consider air conditioning replacement.

For example, if your system has broken down completely, and one of the major components has suffered significant damage (such as the compressor), then it may be in your best interest to replace the entire system, particularly if it is quite old, and the repair costs would be high. With a new AC in place, you’ll be in good shape for many years to come. Another reason to consider replacing your air conditioner is if your system requires frequent repairs. This is not only frustrating but also costly. If you feel as though you’re shelling out your hard-earned dollar too often, then it’s important to consider your options. It may be the case that you’re better off with a new system rather than putting your money into an old and obsolescent one.

You can get in touch with the professionals at Roadrunner Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration any time. Just let us know what you need. Call us today to schedule air conditioning replacement service in Santa Fe, NM.

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Why Air Conditioning Maintenance?

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

Many homeowners are under the impression that once installed, their air conditioners will simply work indefinitely.

Nothing could be further from the truth. It’s absolutely imperative that your air conditioner be routinely serviced, including a thorough cleaning of the major components, a tune-up, and a detailed inspection of its operational effectiveness and efficiency. There’s simply no other way to make sure that your system will be there when you need it most. Still, you may be unconvinced. What’s in it for you? In today’s post, we’ll review some of the many benefits to be had as a result of having your AC regularly taken care of by a professional.

  • Reduced system repairs. One of the most important benefits of having your central air unit maintained is that it will be subject to far less system repairs than if it were neglected. When professionally installed, your AC should last a good long while. And while problems will arise eventually, no matter what, you can greatly reduce the chance of both minor and major repairs by having your system cleaned and tuned up. Moreover, during the inspection phase of AC maintenance, a trained professional will be able to tell you what’s going on with your cooling system. Catching problems early on can prevent premature replacement and reduce expenses.
  • Improved system longevity. Another chief benefit of having your air conditioner maintained regularly is boosting the longevity of your air conditioner. When your system goes neglected for years, dust and other debris can build up inside and damage your system’s components. By keeping your system clean and tuned-up, you can add years to the overall life span of your cooling system. It’s a shame when homeowners ruin a decent system by not having it maintained.
  • Increased energy efficiency. We all know that running a central air conditioner all summer long is a major expense for our households. It’s important that you make sure your AC is energy efficient. While each type of system has its own efficiency rating, this is just an estimate, and it is ultimately dependent upon the cleanliness of the system as well as the way it’s integrated into the home. Having your system maintained can reduce energy bills, which can add up to significant savings in the long term.

Call us today for more information about our outstanding air conditioning maintenance service.

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When New Year’s Day Was Not on January 1st

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

Some holidays fall on shifting calendar days for every year, such as Thanksgiving (fourth Thursday in November) and Easter (the first Sunday after the first full moon to occur on or after March 21). Other holidays, such as Valentine’s Day and Halloween, are fixed. No holiday has a more solid calendar date attached to it than New Year’s Day. It has to fall on January 1st because it celebrates the first day of a new year. That only makes sense…

…except that, like most things that at first appear obvious, there is a bit more to the story. The beginning of the year was not always on the first of January. As with an enormous numbers of traditions in the Western World, the establishment of January 1st as the inaugural day of a new year goes back to the ancient Romans.

The modern solar calendar is derived from the Roman model, but the earliest Roman calendars did not have 365 days in a year spread over 12 months. Instead, there were 304 days spread over 10 months. The Romans believed this calendar originated with the mythical founder of the city, Romulus. If Romulus were a real person, we can credit him with a poor understanding of the seasons, as this abbreviated calendar soon got out of sync with Earth’s orbit around the Sun. Numa, one of the Kings of Rome (probably also fictional) receives credit for creating a longer year with two added months, Ianuarius and Februarius, bringing the number of days in the year to 355. The new month of Ianuarius, named after Ianus (Janus in contemporary spelling), the god of beginnings, would eventually be known in English as January. But when this new calendar was instituted, January was not the first month. March, named after the god of war, remained the first month, and March 1st was New Year’s Day.

This extended calendar still did not keep in synch with the seasons. In 45 BCE, Julius Caesar instituted reforms to align the calendar correctly according to calculations of astronomers, with an additional 10 days distributed across the year. January also became set as the first month, and offerings to the god Janus on this day started the tradition we now know as New Year’s. The date still fluctuated during the ensuing centuries, with a number of Western European holy days treated as the beginning of the year instead. It wasn’t until the next calendar reform in 1582, the Gregorian Calendar, that the date of the New Year was fixed at January 1st.

However you choose to celebrate the beginning of the current calendar, everyone here at Roadrunner Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration hopes you have a wonderful 2015!

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