Wagner is Albuquerque’s air conditioning services provider. From 24/7 emergency repair to new system installation, we’re the team to call. Our NATE-certified technicians are ready to help you with your cooling needs. We work with all makes and models of air conditioners, evaporative coolers, ductless systems, and heat pumps.
Back in 1982, Daikin invented the Variable Refrigerant Volume technology, or “VRV,” as it’s commonly known. This quickly turned into being called the “Rolls Royce of the HVAC world” for commercial buildings. Daikin is now bringing this awesome technology into your home to increase efficiency, add flexibility, and improve your home’s overall comfort. This is where the Daikin VRV Life system comes into the picture. In this article, we’ll discuss all of the exciting things that this system has to offer for homeowners here in Albuquerque, NM.
What exactly is VRV technology?
A VRV system usually consists of an outdoor unit connected by refrigerant piping inside to multiple air handlers. These VRV systems combine electronic valves with inverter technology. This allows the system to precisely control the speed of the compressor, as well as the amount of refrigerant flowing into each unit.
This allows for maximum efficiency. This precise control allows for zoning that can keep every room in your home at exactly the right temperature. It will also use up to 30% less energy and regular, non-inverter AC units.
Another huge advantage of the VRV system is that it is very flexible with its layout. You can easily add to your system when needed. The refrigerant piping that it uses takes up far less space than traditional ductwork does in homes. This especially comes in handy when working with older, historical buildings that were not built with central HVAC and ductwork in the first place.
How will this system benefit my home in Albuquerque?
Many homes here in Albuquerque have furnaces in them that would normally have an outdoor AC unit, but then they will have a second floor to their home with a master bedroom, a kid’s room, or even a den that either gets too hot or too cold and won’t stay regulated either way.
When you choose to work with Wagner and allow us to install your new system, we can either put in an air handler or furnace, and have the VRV Life system outside. We can also put in an indoor mini-split to further control temperature in the master bedroom or the kid’s rooms. Doing this allows you to be able to control each individual space to get the room to its best possible comfort level.
One of the nicest things about this system is that it gives us lots of options for retrofitting and it is incredibly quiet compared to other units in the market. It also has a very small footprint, so it can virtually fit anywhere.
Daikin is leading the way for the future of cooling and heating. They’re not content to just follow what other HVAC companies have been doing for decades. In fact, the opposite is true: other companies started to see what Daikin was doing and immediately wanted in on this revolutionary technology, because they were the first to pioneer it.
Call Wagner for a free in-home estimate on a new Daikin system
When you choose to work with Wagner, you are also choosing to work with Daikin and their advanced, energy-efficient systems. To learn more about the VRV Life system and whether or not it’s a good fit for your home here in Albuquerque, call us today for a free in-home estimate.
What do you associate with summer? For many, summers in Albuquerque mean sunshine, hiking, golf, baseball, and outdoor adventures with the family. For far too many, however, there’s a reason to dread summer: high summer electric bills. If you’re one of these homeowners who is not looking forward to opening your utility bill this month, keep reading: in this article, we’re going to discuss some of the causes of high electric bills and some straightforward ways you can reduce your home’s energy use and save money.
Keep your AC in good, working order
If your electric bills have been on the rise, your HVAC systems are probably to blame. For most homes, cooling and heating makes up the largest portion of residential energy use—sometimes, even more than 50% of all the electricity used in the home is spent making it cool or warm. This means that the best way to lower your summer energy bills is by making your air conditioner and home more energy-efficient.
What causes inefficiency?
As air conditioners get older, they often don’t work as well as they once did. This problem typically manifests itself on two fronts: first, the AC unit is more likely to break down and need repairs, especially after heavy use during the summer. Second—and of consequence for your energy bills—older air conditioners just aren’t as energy-efficient as they used to be.
When you compare them to a new model, they’re not only old—all the wear-and-tear of multiple hot summers adds up—but they’re also obsolete, in that new systems on the market today are more efficient than ever.
Improve your cooling efficiency
What can you do about this? You’ll probably want to start by scheduling a checkup with our team on an annual basis. Maintenance is one of the best ways to get the most of any air conditioner, new or old, and can give your system’s efficiency a much-needed lift.
However, if you’re getting hit with the combo of high electric bills and frequent breakdowns this summer, you should also explore replacing your older air conditioner with a new system. Wagner installs new, energy-efficient Daikin air conditioners and heat pumps here in Albuquerque. If you really want to put a serious dent in your home’s energy waste and trim those bills, a new Daikin will do the trick.
On the hottest days of summer here in Albuquerque, your air conditioner works hard to cool your home. It’s actually fighting an uphill battle: not only does it need to cool down your hot home, but it also has to replace the cooled air that is being lost through your ductwork, into your attic, and through the roof. This same process is even worse for your energy-efficiency in the winter since heat naturally rises. Without anything to stop it, heat energy will rise right out of your home.
There are two ways to cut down on this energy waste: adding insulation or have a professional seal your home’s air ducts. Let’s start with insulation. Most homes here in Albuquerque have some degree of insulation, but could use more. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, northern New Mexico is located in Zone 5, which means homes here need to add R38-R49 rated insulation to an existing layer of insulation, and R49-R60 insulation to an uninsulated attic.
Additional insulation helps trap both cold (summer) and hot (winter) air in the living spaces of your home, keeping it from escaping through your roof. That, in turn, means that your HVAC systems don’t have to work as hard or as long, which both cuts down on wear-and-tear and helps lower your summer electric bills. That’s a win-win in our book.
Have your ducts sealed
Traditional HVAC systems send cooled aor heated air through the air ducts of your home and through vents to your living spaces. However, air is actually a pretty poor conduit for energy. This means that much of this cooled or heated air is being lost before it even gets to the vents. This is especially true in homes with leaky ductwork. Cooled or heated air quickly finds places to escape in tiny pinholes, cracks, or other gaps in the ducts. All-in-all, these leaks can mean that up to 20% of the output of your air conditioner is being wasted. That adds up to higher energy bills.
One of the reasons our team offers duct sealing services here in Albuquerque is because we know how much money this can save homeowners for years to come. We use specialized equipment to find leaks in your ductwork and then permanently patch them, so that the air leak is no more. No matter how new or old your home is, duct sealing can make a big difference in how much energy your home uses on a monthly basis, especially in the summer.
Make other improvements to lower your bills
Beyond making improvements to your air conditioner, insulation, and ducts, there’s many other things that homeowners can do to cut their energy bills:
- Turn it up: Just increasing your home’s temperature by 1-2 degrees at the thermostat can yield major savings. Consider upgrading to a programmable thermostat that allows you to schedule these temperature changes.
- Use your fans: Using ceiling and floor fans won’t actually cool down the temperature of the room, but it will make you feel a lot colder. This allows you to keep the thermostat higher and avoid paying to cool parts of your home that you’re not in at the moment.
- Salad for dinner: Avoid using heat-generating appliances such as the oven or stove during the hottest parts of the day. Prepare more meals for the family using a crock-pot, or make cold dinners, such as salads and sandwiches.
Talk to our energy-saving experts here in Albuquerque
At Wagner, we love helping local homeowners find ways to save energy and get more out of their home’s air conditioner—including comfort. Contact us today to see how we can help you with your air conditioning, insulation, and duct seal needs.
Summer is right around the corner and that means hot weather is on its way to Albuquerque. Before you turn on your air conditioner for the season, our experts recommend scheduling professional AC maintenance. We’re nearly to summer, but it’s not too late to have an expert look at your system! In this article, we’ll review the top benefits of an air conditioner tune-up here in New Mexico.
To schedule your AC tune-up or other cooling services here in Albuquerque, call your trusted HVAC professionals at Wagner. Our team has been serving generations of families since 1928.
5 major benefits of an air conditioner tune-up
1. Reduce your energy bill
An AC tune-up from Wagner can help you keep your energy costs down. Equipment that is out-of-date or malfunctioning can make your air conditioning unit work harder than necessary and use more energy doing so. By tuning up your system, our techs can reduce the amount of energy your air conditioner or heat pump uses, which in turn means lower energy bills for your home this summer.
2. Improve the comfort level of your home
Your AC unit is meant to help keep the interior temperature of your home at a comfortable level. A routine checkup can make sure everything is working properly and check for potential issues. Our AC specialists can optimize your home’s cooling and fix any issues before the weather heats up. That means that you and your home are in for a pretty cool summer here in Albuquerque!
3. Lessen the risk of costly repairs
Major repairs to an AC unit can be expensive and unexpected. Routine maintenance can help catch looming, potential issues before they even get to that stage. That’s because our AC experts will conduct a thorough evaluation of your air conditioner to make sure the whole unit is operating properly. Preventative maintenance can save you money in the long run and keep your AC working.
4. Helps your system live longer
One of the best benefits of an air conditioner tune-up is the potential for a longer system lifespan. Regular service for your AC unit can keep the parts operating in good condition. Otherwise, the machine may fail years before it should, and your home might be without a working AC unit until you can get a new one installed.
5. Improve your home’s air quality
Lastly, a checkup can make sure the air quality inside your home is good. After all, the AC unit has probably not been used in recent months, so it may be full of dust and debris. Your air filter, similarly, might need to be either changed out or cleaned.
Contact the experts today
Your air conditioning unit helps you live comfortably at home, but it requires maintenance just like your car. Contact Wagner today to schedule AC maintenance so you can experience these benefits of an air conditioner tune-up for yourself and feel the peace of mind knowing that your AC unit is ready for whatever summer throws at it.
Many people think that air quality is only a major concern when they’re outdoors. After all, there’s air quality warnings, traffic smog, and more. However, numerous studies have demonstrated that indoor air quality in most homes can be just as bad, if not worse. Compounding the issue is that fact that most people spend the majority of their time breathing indoor air. In other words, you need to test the air quality in your home.
Here in Albuquerque, Wagner makes that easy. We offer indoor air quality testing throughout ABQ. Our test can reveal what’s in your home’s air and what you can do to clean or clear your air. Contact us to schedule your IAQ test today.
3 steps for keeping the air in your home safe to breathe
Step #1: Contact Wagner for an indoor air quality test
There’s a common saying: knowledge is power. A professional indoor air quality test can make a world of difference when it comes to knowing what’s in your home’s air. At that point, you can do something about it. Our IAQ test is a thorough, professional-grade examination of your indoor air. Most often, the test comes back with elevated levels of dust, pet dander, and pollen—any of these are common allergy triggers. But, in some cases, the test could come back with evidence of radon or mold spores, either of which would indicate a much more serious issue that needs to be addressed.
The point is that you don’t know until you test the air quality in your home. That’s why we recommend starting here.
Step #2: Act on the information
Now that you have a better understanding of what is in your home’s air, you can work with Wagner to mitigate the problems. In many cases, additional air filters may be needed to purify and clean air. In others, the source of the foul air—such as a mold infestation—may need to be addressed as part of the remedy. After completing your IAQ test, our technicians will meet with you and go over what you need to know and recommended remedies for each issue.
Step #3: Remain vigilant
Many respiratory ailments and allergies are caused and exacerbated by poor air quality. If you or a loved one develop worsening allergies or experience frequent bouts of sickness, it may be time for you to evaluate the air in your home and take measures to improve its quality. Besides the use of certain plants, you may benefit from using an air purifier to help remove harmful toxins out of your home’s air.
Keep in mind that air quality is an ongoing issue that requires your attention.
Have the team at Wagner test the air quality in your home
Contact us to schedule your indoor air quality test from our certified IAQ experts.
On average, most air conditioners last 15-25 years. That’s a wide range: to make sure that your air conditioner is near the top of that range and beyond, you need to take care of the system. That starts with regular seasonal maintenance from the team at Wagner. Help your AC live longer by having our experts take care of it.
To schedule your spring AC tune-up, call our team today. Our technicians are ready to help get your air conditioner prepped for the summer ahead.
Have a professional tune up the unit
Your AC unit is like a car. It requires regular check-ups to ensure everything is running smoothly. You should have an HVAC professional from Wagner inspect your unit at least once a year. That way you know if any problems are developing you need to fix right away.
Keep the outdoor AC unit clean
Many properties have the AC unit in the backyard. You need to be mindful you do not stack a bunch of items and debris around the device. If too much builds up, then it will negatively impact the functionality of the unit. You also want to make sure the unit is kept a couple inches off the ground.
Your AC unit works harder during the summer because it is naturally hotter outside. It works a lot to get your home to the desired temperature, and blinds can help with that endeavor. Blinds prevent additional sunlight from getting inside, so your AC does not have to do as much work.
Invest in an advanced thermostat
You should adjust your home’s thermostat throughout the day. For example, you probably do not need your AC running in the middle of the day when you are at work. A programmable thermostat makes this so much simpler, and you end up saving a lot of money on your electric bills, too.
Change your filter regularly
All AC units have filters that need to be swapped out once every couple of months. The purpose of filters is to catch dust and debris, so it does not circulate around your house. A dirty filter forces the unit to work harder than it should.
Call Wagner for AC maintenance services
The professionals from Wagner offer to make sure your unit is running optimally. Maintenance helps keep your AC system running smoothly, so you can enjoy it all year long. Contact our team if you are ready for a tune up.
If your home needs an HVAC system with greater efficiency and flexibility, then a simpler solution may be just want you need. Ductless split systems are easy to install and offer tremendous flexibility with a number of great benefits, including zoned comfort in your home and improved indoor air quality.
What are ductless split systems?
As it says in the name, “ductless” systems do not need existing ductwork. This makes them perfect for historic properties, home additions, or rooms of your home that need additional heating and cooling attention. Installing new ductwork can be expensive and intrusive. Ductless splits systems are often a better way around the problem.
With this concept, your home uses one outdoor unit that can support up to five indoor wall-mounted systems. These are easy to control with one switch, which means you can manually adjust for temperature fluctuations throughout the day as you move in-and-out of rooms.
Ductless is easy to install
Because your ductwork resides behind your walls and in your attic, it can be a complex process to make changes or add new spaces to the system. Ductless units are easy to install, and without the requirement of duct attachment, they can be placed just about anywhere in your home.
A significant amount of cool air and heat can be lost as it journeys through the ductwork throughout your home. This results in lower energy-efficiency. Not only do ductless split systems eliminate this downside, but they also improve your efficiency by giving you the option to zone your comfort.
More control, more comfort
With a ductless system from Wagner, you can add up to five temperature zones to your home. Each designated area can then be controlled separately, allowing you to alter air and heat levels as you wish.
Some areas of your home may require more or less cooling or heat than others. The purpose of each zone can also be a factor in how you adjust the temperature. For example, you may want additional cool air flowing into a home gym or a room that receive a lot of direct sunlight.
Less ducts, less dust
Ducts collect a significant amount of dust, and eventually that dust enters your home through your air vents. This can be detrimental to anyone’s wellbeing, especially allergy sufferers. Split systems also filter air as it is pushed through, creating an additional layer of purified comfort.
Call Wagner for a free in-home estimate
No matter what issue you’re facing with your current heating and cooling system, you’ll likely see great improvement when you go ductless. Contact Wagner today and let us start the easy installation process.
Did you know that heat pumps can both heat and cool your home? These appliances can serve as an excellent energy-smart alternative to traditional air conditioners and furnaces. Understanding how heat pumps work can help you select the most budget-friendly and energy-conscious methods for your home.
How heat pumps work
Heat pumps work similarly to air conditioners. AC units absorb heat inside a building with refrigerant, and then move it outdoors. However, here’s where heat pumps are different: a heat pump can reverse operation, transferring heat from outside to the inside of the home. This allows it to heat your home during the winter, and then cool it in the summer.
How does this work? Even on the coldest of days here in Albuquerque, the air outside has some radiant heat energy in it. The heat pump is able to pull this energy out and move it, effectively heating your home.
The energy requirements of a heat pump are far less than those of traditional furnaces. That’s because this appliance transfers heat as instead of creating it by burning fuel. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, your heat pump may use up to 50 percent less electricity than a furnace to heat your residence.
What kinds of heat pumps exist?
Heat pumps often perform double duty in homes with moderate heating and cooling requirements. Thanks to modern technology, three styles of appliances are typically available on the market: air-to-air, water-source, and geothermal. Each type accomplishes its objectives using slightly different methods:
- Air-to-air pumps transfer heat between your home at the air outdoors.
- Water-source pumps move heat between your home and a nearby water source.
- Geothermal pumps rely on moving heat between your home and the nearby ground.
Most homes rely on standard air-to-air versions while mini-split pumps are ideal solutions for houses without ducts. Mini-split units are comprised of a compressor or condenser, an air-handling unit, and a conduit that links the two.
Absorption heat pumps are a recent innovation, fueled by either natural gas, propane, solar-heated water, or geothermal-heated water. These units depend on an ammonia-water absorption cycle, using ammonia as a refrigerant to either absorb or release heat to cool or heat your home.
Smart heating and cooling solutions from the experts at Wagner
At Wagner, we’re happy to help Albuquerque-area homeowners with vital heat pump information. Count on our professionals to recommend the best energy-smart options to keep your home comfortable. To learn more about heat pump installation, simply contact us online.
Swamp coolers—also known as “evaporative coolers”—are great options for homeowners here in Albuquerque. They emit cool air in a much more efficient way than the typical air conditioner. However, there comes a time when you made need a swamp cooler replacement. In this blog, we’re going to run through the signs you should replace your swamp cooler.
Signs you should replace your swamp cooler:
#1. The unit has significant corrosion
Because swamp coolers use water to operate, they’ll eventually start to develop water damage. Much like your water heater, the combination of metal and water can only last for so long before it starts to rust. Minerals in the unit’s water can lead to scaling over time, and rust to spread like a virus through the interior of the system.
This will eventually impact the energy-efficiency of the system, making it that much more expensive to operate. This will continue until it just doesn’t run anymore.
#2. The unit has not been regularly maintained
If you haven’t given your swamp cooler the attention it demands, it’s possible that the unit can no longer function. Wagner can help you stay up-to-date with your swamp cooler’s maintenance schedule, including seasonal start-ups and shutdowns.
#3. The system is getting up there in age
This fits with the first point, too: eventually, your swamp cooler just isn’t going to run as well as it did on the first day it was installed. If you’re relying on your system to make your home habitable in the summer, it might not be worth it—financially or comfort-wise—to tough it out for another year with a failing unit.
Regular maintenance can guarantee that you go years before needing an evaporative cooler replacement. However, if it’s been a long time and it is not functioning at top efficiency, you may need to consider replacing it.
#4. The airflow is either non-existent or not cool enough
Cool airflow is the primary purpose of a swamp cooler, so if your unit’s not delivering, you’ll want to have it inspected. If the issues run too deep and new parts can’t fix the problem, a new unit may be the solution.
#5. Water is leaking from the unit
When the cooler is leaking water, it’s often a sign that the unit has not been properly maintained during the winter months. If the problem goes too long without being tended to, it can create some irreversible problems.
Take care of your swamp cooler, and it’ll take care of you
Ultimately, your swamp cooler will last a long time if you take proper care of it. It’s important to have your unit as fall approaches and started back up just in time for summer. Wagner can help you with this, so your unit is good to go all year long.
If you notice any of these signs you need to replace your swamp cooler, let the Wagner team of experts assist you with your cooler replacement and continued maintenance. Contact us today to learn how we can help.
When summer temperatures begin to soar, you need to know you can count on your air conditioning. Heat causes discomfort and impacts the health of people and pets alike, so it’s important to recognize any red flags in your home’s cooling system. Here are the major signs you need summer AC repair here in Albuquerque.
Warm air is coming out of your system
The last thing you want during summertime is more heat in the house, but a problematic air conditioning system can lead to this very situation. There are actually a number of potential causes of this issue, including:
- A failing AC compressor, which is unable to transfer refrigerant as needed
- Cracked or damaged coils that are allowing refrigerant to leak
- Problems with the actual thermostat controls
It’s advisable to get input from an experienced service provider (like those here at Wagner!) if you notice any of the above, so as to quickly pinpoint problems and minimize potential downtime.
Two of the most common signs you need summer AC repair include outdoor units that start or run harder than usual. Shaking, rattling, and rumbling are some of the readily observable warnings; they usually indicate a problem with the fan or condenser.
It’s not recommended that you switch on your air conditioning when any of these issues exist, as additional use can make things worse. Instead, call Wagner for 24/7 emergency AC repair here in Albuquerque.
Circuit breakers are designed to protect against electrical overloading, a dangerous condition that’s capable of damaging your air conditioning system or even causing a house fire.
If using your AC regularly trips breakers and shuts the system off, it may point to excess power being drawn by an overheating compressor. Play it smart and have a Wagner tech inspect your system as soon as possible.
We’re here for your summer AC repair needs
Summer AC repair problems can be a big headache, but Wagner is always ready to deliver for you. We provide a full slate of residential air conditioning services, from new installations to professional repairs and replacements.
Give us a call today and let us know how we can help make your home the place you want to be all season long.
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