This Earth Day, make plans to save energy this summer

April 22 is Earth Day, and there are a lot of great events happening here in Albuquerque. What’s more, many organizations around town will be planting trees and doing trash pickups in parks.

It’s this time of year where many homeowners wonder how they can improve their own energy-efficiency, both to save money and to use less energy. In this blog, we’ll run through four ways your air conditioner can save you energy and money.

The best ways to save energy this summer

There are many ways to save energy in your home this summer. Here are a few of the ways you can get more out of your air conditioner this summer:

#1. Schedule an AC checkup with Wagner

Spring is the best time to schedule your air conditioning checkup from the team at Wagner. By having one of our professional techs inspect your system this season, we can not only make sure your system is less likely to break down in the summer, but also increase your energy-efficiency.

An unmaintained air conditioner is an inefficient one. Over the course of summer, fall, winter, and early spring, your air conditioner gathers dust and debris that keep it from running at peak capacity. Our checkup tightens parts, checks systems, and ensures that your unit is ready for the hot weather ahead.

SCHEDULE YOUR AC CHECKUP

#2. Replace your old, struggling air conditioner

If your air conditioner is old, it probably isn’t as efficient as it once was—and is far from as efficient as new systems are. Even with an AC checkup, there’s only so efficient that a 15-year-old air conditioner can be.

Most homeowners replace their old air conditioner when it dies for the final time, or when the repair costs finally outweigh the system’s value. However, during your checkup, ask your Wagner tech about the state of your system. Here are just a few signs that it’s time to replace your old system:

  • Reduced energy-efficiency, and higher bills
  • More frequent breakdowns and repair needs
  • Less comfort in your home

LEARN MORE ABOUT A NEW AC SYSTEM

#3. Consider investing in a programmable thermostat

You may have seen programmable thermostats for sale in your local hardware store. These systems offer homeowners greater control over their comfort and home energy use, even when they’re not at home.

These thermostats, true to their name, can be programmed to cool and heat at certain times on certain days of the week. Most models can also be connected to WiFi, which allows you to adjust or check the temperature of your home on-the-go or while you’re at work.

By allowing for this level of consistent control, programmable thermostats can help make your home more energy-efficient. For example, if you only need your home colder when you’re falling asleep, you can set your thermostat to turn down the AC after 10 p.m.

WE INSTALL PROGRAMMABLE THERMOSTATS

#4. Keep your home consistent

Many homeowners believe the best way to save energy is to turn off their air conditioner during the day while they’re at home, and then turn it back on at night.

However, contrary to popular belief, this practice actually ends up using more energy. When your AC has to play catch up and cool your home down after a long, hot day, it uses more electricity than it would have needed to just maintain a temperature throughout the day.

Instead, using either your regular thermostat or a programmable model, set a consistent, slightly higher temperature for your air conditioner to stay at during the day. Then, you can make small, 1-3 degree adjustments when you get home at night.

Call Wagner for an AC checkup this Earth Day

Your air conditioner is one of the primary users of energy in your home. By making it more efficient—along with some other common-sense changes in your home like switching to more efficient light bulbs—you can cut back on your energy use, saving you money and lessening your home’s footprint.

To schedule your AC checkup, contact Wagner today!

Here’s how Wagner can help with Albuquerque hard water treatment

Many homeowners here in Albuquerque have been dealing with hard water problems for years. That’s because Albuquerque hard water levels are higher than in most cities in the United States.

In this blog, we’ll review the dangers of hard water to your home, and why you should call Wagner to learn more about our water softeners.

Hard water is prevalent in Albuquerque

Hard water is water that contains a greater proportion of minerals than standard surface water. This typically happens when drinking water is retrieved from underground aquifers—as the water moves between rock for years in massive underground lakes, it scrapes off minerals and sediment, making it harder.

The Albuquerque Water Utility Authority states that most of the water in the metro area is considered between “moderately hard” and “hard.”

Different zones in the city have different water sources, and, therefore, different water hardness levels. Follow the link below to learn what zone your home is in:

SEE WHAT ZONE YOU’RE IN

What can hard water do?

Hard water is safe to drink and bathe in, although some people either like or dislike the taste. It will leave cosmetic damage on your faucets and fixtures in the form of water stains or calcium deposits.

Damages your plumbing

However, the main problem with hard water is that, over time, it can cause damage to your appliances and start to clog your home’s plumbing, choking out water and leading to the need for major repiping work.

If your home is more than 20 years old, there’s a risk that years of hard water moving through your pipes has started the process of scale buildup. As the minerals leech out of hard water, some of them stick to the interior walls of your pipe. Over days, weeks, months, years, and decades, this builds up into a layer of buildup that clogs the pipe.

Damages your appliances

Of course, hard water’s negative impact isn’t just limited to your pipes. Any fixture, faucet, or appliance—including your dishwasher, water heater, and washing machine—can be negatively impacted by hard water moving through it and scaling building up inside feeder lines and internal pipes.

How can scaling be prevented?

By softening your water, you can prevent the addition of more minerals to any existing scale buildup. Wagner offers whole-home water treatment services right here in Albuquerque that can do just that.

Our expert plumbers can install a water softener that will remove “hardness” from your water, thereby protecting your pipes and appliances.

To learn more about our plumbing services or to schedule service, contact Wagner today.