Roadrunner Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Taos’

Is Water Hammer a Problem?

Monday, December 28th, 2020

Let’s say you’re sitting in your home one night—relaxing, watching something mindless on TV—when suddenly your tranquility is rudely interrupted by a loud metallic clang coming from the walls.

First off, it’s probably not a ghost or an unwelcome intruder you’re detecting. What you might be hearing is actually something to do with your plumbing system, and it’s called water hammer.

So, this name probably sounds at least a little bit intimidating. But the thing is, it’s actually really common and something our plumbers can easily fix. We’ll dive into what water hammer is below, so you can get to know more about it, what it does, and how we can remedy it!

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Have You Had Your Water Tested Recently?

Monday, September 23rd, 2019

Does the water you drink and bathe with come from a city water main? If it does, and doesn’t come from a well, then you likely know that water supply goes through a treatment process before it reaches your home. The efficacy of these water treatment plans vary from city-to-city, though most are good enough to remove the majority of harmful materials from the water supply. It’s vital that you remember, however, that this water treatment process can never be 100% effective.

Your water has a long way to travel before it reaches your home. That said, there’s always a chance that some trace elements of contaminants such as lead or cyanide will make it into your home’s water supply. There is no “safe” level of exposure to these materials. If you want to add an extra layer of protection, you should consider the installation of a whole-house water treatment system.

To determine which system or which combination of systems will benefit you most, you’ll first want to have your water tested. And below, we’ve shared some signs that it’s time to call and make that water testing appointment.

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Want More Efficient HVAC Performance? Consider Going Ductless!

Monday, September 24th, 2018

When homeowners shop for a new air conditioner or heater for their home, they’re typically looking at two main factors—how affordable the system is, and how efficient it is. If you, too, are serious about boosting the efficiency of your HVAC system, then you would do well to consider a ductless mini split installation as your next air conditioning service in Taos, NM.

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How a Humidifier can Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

Friday, February 20th, 2015

All too often, we hear and talk about humidity as a negative thing. The old line “at least it’s a dry heat” comes to mind as an expression of how lower humidity is preferable to higher humidity. It’s no surprise, really. Areas with high humidity promote mold growth, as well as making it harder to breathe. Add to that the fact that humid days are just all-around wet, sticky, and uncomfortable. However, humidity that is too low is just as bad for your health as humidity that is too high.

Let’s take a look at why a balance of humidity in your home is best, and how a humidifier can help you reach that balance.

The Consequences of Low Humidity

Humidity is a measure of the amount of moisture in the air, as you probably already know. The human body is mostly made of liquids, which you probably also know. The issue with low humidity is that it actually deprives your body of moisture that it needs to help protect you. Extremely dry air can cause the mucus membranes in your sinuses to dry out, severely limiting their ability to keep germs from entering your body. Those membranes also tend to crack and bleed in very dry weather. This is why some people get nose bleeds on planes, where the air has very low humidity. It also contributes to more illnesses during winter, when people run their heaters more often, which dries out their indoor air.


Humidifiers correct this balance by releasing water vapor into the air. There are a number of different types of humidifiers, such as vaporizers that use electricity to generate steam, or simple misters that just spray small amounts of water. The general concept is the same, however. Making use of a humidifier can achieve the right balance of humidity in your indoor air, helping to keep your body healthy and improving the quality of your indoor air.

If you’d like to know more about humidifiers, call Roadrunner Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration. We provide humidifiers throughout the Taos area.

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