For superior heating service here in Albuquerque, call Wagner! We work with all types of heating systems in your home: furnaces, heat pumps, ductless setups, and much more. From emergency repairs in the cold of winter to fall checkups, our NATE-certified techs are here for you and your system. Call us today!
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.
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.
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.
When the temperatures drop outside, you want to stay warm and cozy inside, but what if your heating system isn’t up to the challenge? In this article, we’ll review the signs that it’s time to replace your heating system, from age and energy-efficiency issues to the unit no longer providing good heating to your home.
For a free in-home estimate here in Albuquerque, contact Wagner! We install new furnaces, heat pumps, and ductless systems.
How old is it?
It’s easy to lose track of how old your heating system is until it starts to show signs of age. Like most of the parts of a home, you may not be aware of how much your heating system struggles to work.
Any unit that is over ten years old may need to be replaced with a more energy-efficient system to work better and smarter to warm your home. Wagner can help you determine how old your system is and if makes more sense than repairs.
Did you hear that?
When first installed, you may not be aware that your heating system is running. It should be relatively quiet. When your furnace is on its last legs, however, you’ll probably hear it. Any banging, humming, rattling, groaning, or buzzing is an unavoidable signal that something is wrong with your current heating system.
You may not notice those typical loud noises; instead, you may just hear it starting and stopping more often than it used to. That frequent on-and-off sound is telling you that your system is working too hard to do its job.
What about your bills?
If you don’t know any other obvious signs that your heating system isn’t working properly, you can definitely tell by the size of your power bills. Older furnaces use more energy than newer ones to heat your home. That’s both because they don’t work as efficiently as they used to, and because the heating systems designed by manufacturers today are more energy-efficient than ever.
Take a look at your utility bill and compare last winter to this winter. If you’ve noticed a significant jump in costs without a corresponding explanation (such as increased utility rates, increased usage, or significantly colder weather), your furnace could be to blame.
Make the call to Wagner for a free in-home estimate on a new system
You don’t need to be an expert on heating systems—that’s why we are here! Wagner can evaluate your furnace (or heat pump!) and let you know if it’s time to replace your heating system. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.
Now that it’s getting chilly, you’ll be firing up the heater on a regular basis. A properly working heat pump or furnace is crucial to keeping your home comfortable during winter. This means it’s crucial to stay aware of any of the signs you need heating repair.
In this article, we review some of the most common warning signs your heating system is failing. If you notice any of these, you should contact the professional technicians at Wagner right away for heating repair.
6 signs you need heating repair
Your home isn’t getting warm enough
It’s possible for your furnace to be working, but not be working right. Here are some things to consider:
- Are you shivering despite turning the heat on?
- Do you notice cold spots around your house?
- Is the air from the vents lukewarm?
If any of these things are true, there may be something wrong. Common reasons for insufficient heating include faulty heating parts and thermostat issues. You deserve a heater that does its job.
Energy bills are increasing
Are your utility costs getting higher each month? If so, your furnace might be operating less efficiently than it should be. This means your system is working harder to keep the inside of your home at a comfortable temperature. With a heating repair (or, if catch it early, a heating checkup), you can save money each month.
The heater is making weird sounds
Problematic heating noises include:
These sounds can occur for a variety of reasons. Thumping can indicate an ignition problem, while squeaking may mean there is a deteriorating belt or loose bearing. Rattling can be a symptom of loose screws or unsecured ductwork.
In any case, you need to call in the professionals when your furnace starts to keep you up at night. Not only is a loud heating system annoying, but it can be the canary in the coal mine for larger furnace problems that might lead to a system breakdown.
Your air ducts or home is getting a lot dustier
As a furnace stops working properly, problems with the blower can mean that the air pressure being sent out through your air ducts isn’t quite what it used to be. The result is that dust starts to accumulate in the air ducts or physically on the grates. If you’ve been noticing an increase in dust that accompanies one of the other symptoms in this article, you should consider calling Wagner for furnace repair.
The carbon monoxide detector is beeping
This is one of the most critical signs you need heating repair. Never ignore a carbon monoxide detector going off. In certain circumstances, a cracked heat exchanger inside your furnace can release carbon monoxide—a colorless, odorless gas that’s extremely dangerous. A carbon monoxide detector (yes, every home with a furnace needs to have one of these!) will be the warning sign that something has gone wrong with your furnace. Evacuate and call emergency services.
You smell something foul
When you run the heater, you shouldn’t smell anything distinct. If you notice a strange smell coming from the vents, this could mean that something is burning or something is wrong with the system. In either case, call Wagner for emergency heating repair from our experienced technicians.
Call Wagner when you detect signs you need heating repair this winter
When it comes to your furnace and keeping your family warm this winter, it’s important to get any issues resolved sooner rather than later. Contact our team here at Wagner to learn more about our heating repair services and how we can help you with your heating, cooling, and plumbing needs.
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.
Wagner is proud to be a Daikin dealer. We install Daikin systems, simply, because they’re some of the best air conditioners, furnaces, and heat pumps on the market today. In this blog, we’ll review what sets Daikin apart from other HVAC brands.
A new Daikin HVAC system starts with a phone call to Wagner for a free in-home estimate. Contact us today!
What it means to be a Daikin Comfort Pro Certified Dealer
The Daikin Comfort Pro Certified designation isn’t something that just gets slapped onto a business. To qualify, HVAC companies need to be in great standing with the Better Business Bureau (Wagner has an A+ rating) and techs need to take regular classes on maintaining and installing Daikin systems.
Daikin regularly checks on its dealers to make sure customers are happy (as ours are) and satisfied with their installation. Wagner is proud to be a Daikin dealer because we know that not every HVAC company earns the designation.
Daikin is a name you can trust
Daikin is considered by many to be one of the world’s premier HVAC manufacturers. In fact, they’re the number one manufacturer of indoor comfort systems in the world. As such, their air conditioners, furnaces, and heat pumps lead the field in energy-efficiency, reliability, and more.
That reliability translates into longer system life, which—in turn—saves you money years down the line by delaying the date you have to replace your system.
Daikin backs their systems
Daikin believes in the manufacturing process. It’s one of the reasons that they back their products with some of the best manufacturer’s warranties in the market today.
For example, many of their systems come with limited warranties protecting the parts or even the entire unit, should it need to be replaced, for an entire 12 years. Their furnaces come with a lifetime heat exchanger limited warranty, as well.
Daikin, installed right by Wagner
If you’re looking for a new Daikin system here in Albuquerque, look no further than New Mexico’s original home services company, Wagner!
Our NATE-certified technicians are among the best in the business, and they have the right Daikin training, tools, and experience to install your system right.
Ready to get started? Contact Wagner today to schedule your free in-home estimate.
Ductless HVAC systems have many advantages when compared to standard air conditioners, furnaces, and heat pumps. Namely, you don’t need ductwork to get cooling and heating in your home! In this blog, we’ll review what’s different about how ductless gets put in your home.
Ready to learn more? Schedule a free in-home estimate with the Wagner team by contacting us today.
Here’s what’s different about how ductless HVAC gets installed
#1. You don’t need ducts (but homes with them can still get ductless)
Ductless cooling and heating is perfect for homes or buildings without existing ductwork. This includes historic buildings that pre-date modern air conditioning and heating, garages, and commercial buildings. Since ductwork installation can be a major expense for a homeowner or business owner, ductless allows you to access comfort without that step.
However, if your home or business currently has ductwork, you can still get ductless installed, either as a replacement for your centralized system or as an addition to it. In the case of the latter, this would be to add extra cooling and heating to select rooms of your home.
#2. You get to pick-and-choose where comfort lives
With central cooling and heating, you more-or-less are going to be sending conditioned (either heating or cooled) air to wherever the ducts take it. You home gets all-around heating or cooling, but it’s not quite as customizable as with ductless HVAC systems.
With ductless, you can put the indoor units in whatever room you need them to be in. For example, have a family room that’s the place for parties, but a craft room that doesn’t get used very often? You may choose to put a ductless unit in the living room, but not in the craft room.
#3. Multiple indoor units, one outside unit
Many indoor ductless units can be connected to a single outside unit, which allows you more flexibility in how many ductless units you need for your home.
#4. Wall-mounted for convenience
Most of the ductless HVAC systems we install are wall-mounted, near the top of the wall. Typically, these systems blend in with the surrounding furniture and decor. They’re designed to be less noticeable and—this is certainly true for the Mitsubishi systems we install—beautiful and modern.
This setup not only prevents you from needing ductwork installation, but provides you with more floorspace for furniture.
For a free quote on ductless HVAC installation, call Wagner!
Wagner is where you’ll find professional ductless system installation, right here in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Our friendly techs know the ins-and-outs of installing these advanced systems. As a Mitsubishi Diamond Contractor Elite dealer, we have the right tools and experience to handle your install the right way.
Ready to get started? Contact our team today to get a free in-home estimate on a new ductless HVAC system.
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