Roadrunner Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing Blog: Archive for the ‘Uncategorized’ Category

Prevent AC Repair with This Important Service

Monday, April 4th, 2022

While changing your filters and cleaning debris from around your AC unit is important, it’s still not good enough when it comes to tuning up your air conditioner. In general, it’s recommended to have a professional come out once a year for AC maintenance–or twice a year if you’re utilizing a heat pump system. 

We hear you asking, “Why is maintenance so important for my air conditioner?” That’s what we’re here to answer. In this article, we will lay out 5 benefits that come with regular maintenance from a professional. 

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Why a Ductless System Is a Great AC Installation Choice

Monday, February 21st, 2022

A ductless AC system may seem like a thing of the future, but it’s actually growing in popularity in the United States as more and more people discover the benefits of going ductless. A ductless system works by linking mini-indoor units to an outdoor compressor.

Unlike conventional units where everything is connected to a duct, ductless systems put an individual unit in each room. They can be mounted in a myriad of ways as well, allowing you to decide on the right installation for your needs.

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Are You Using Your Heater Efficiently Enough?

Monday, January 28th, 2019

dog-under-blanketIf you’re like most homeowners, you’d probably like to do anything you can in order to save money on your energy bills. And there are a couple appliances in particular that heavily contribute to these costs—your air conditioner and your heater. We’re going to focus on your heater today, given the time of year we’re in.

Did you know there are some simple steps you can take to not only ensure your heater is performing efficiently, but also boost its efficiency? You don’t have to sacrifice your comfort to save money. You can just follow the tips below, many of them small adjustments, to see huge benefits.

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Is Your Toilet Leaking? Tips to Follow

Monday, June 6th, 2016

It goes without saying that one of the biggest nuisances and messiest plumbing problems to deal with is that of a leaky toilet. However, the good news is that some toilet leaks can be an easy fix. We’ve shared some tips below to follow if you do discover a toilet leak, which includes how to shut off your water if needed. Should you find that your leak is a more serious matter and you need a professional plumber, our staff is standing by.

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Which Water Heater Type Will Serve You Best?

Monday, September 14th, 2015

For many years, the only real option for having hot water at your beck and call was to have a tank water heater installed in your home. In recent decades, however, the rise of the tankless water heater has given people an alternative option. This has led to some confusion over which water heater would best serve a homeowner’s individual needs. The best thing to do, of course, is to consult with a professional before making a decision. In order to make things a bit easier, however, let’s take a look at the pros and cons of each water heater type.

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Lupercalia: The Origin of St. Valentine’s Day

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

Many people may think of Valentine’s Day as a holiday essentially created by card and gift companies, but the truth is that the holiday has long-standing roots going back to the Roman Empire. The name “Lupercalia” has its origins in the word “lupus”, which means wolf, and the reason for this is that according to Roman pagan religion, the she-wolf Lupa nursed the two orphaned infants Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome.

The Festival

The Festival of Lupercalia spanned two days each February, from February 13th to 15th. The festival was about fertility and was led by Luperci priests, known as “brothers of the wolf”. The festival was serious with intention (fertility) but was executed as quite a romp for both the priests and citizens of Rome. The process was this: two male goats and a dog were sacrificed at the beginning of the festival by the priests; two young Luperci were then anointed with the blood from the animals, and the hides of the animals were cut into straps. As food and drink flowed, the male priests would run around the city wearing nothing but thongs made from the animal skins, and they also carried a strap from one of the sacrificed animals. The strap was used to strike the palms of Roman women waiting for the priests in the city, as it was believed that being hit with the strap could help with infertility issues and a safe, healthy labor for women who were pregnant.

The Transition to St. Valentine’s Day

The Christian influence of the holiday came around the 5th century. The Roman Empire was still strong, but Christianity was rapidly taking hold throughout the world. It is believed that to try and remove the paganism from the holiday, the deaths of two men, supposedly both named Valentine, were added into the mix. During the 3rd and 4th centuries, a law created by Claudius II forbade young men eligible for military service to marry, because Rome wanted a strong army. The two men named Valentine were priests, and married young couples in secret. Both were found out and executed on February 14th, although in separate years. The Church made Valentine a saint (they chose one), and Lupercalia became St. Valentine’s Day.

Here’s wishing you and your loved ones a Happy Valentine’s Day!

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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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Refrigeration Fact

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

“How Long Will Food Last if the Power Goes Out?”

According to the FDA, a refrigerator will only keep food “chilly” for about 4 hours. A full freezer will keep food frozen for 48 hours. If it is half full, only 24 hours. You can add block ice or dry ice to your freezer.

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