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Air Conditioning Maintenance

Should You Leave Your AC on During a Thunderstorm?

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When thunderstorms creep into the forecast, the air is often hot and humid – the prime setting for keeping cool in your air conditioning. However as much as you may want to sit back and relax in the AC, keeping your unit running during a storm could be dangerous. Consider these reasons:

With thunder, comes lighting. Lightening is possible whenever you hear thunder. In fact, bolts can strike 10 miles or more from their point of generation and while a strike is rare, they are certainly possible. One strike to your electric could cause 5 billion joules of energy to surge through your wiring – toasting your AC unit.

Surge protectors don’t ward off a lightening strike. These devices are used for protecting appliances against power spikes, not the surge of a lightening strike. Even if your unit is plugged into a surge protector, if lightening hits your electric damage could still be done.

The damage done. While air conditioners are electrically insulated for safety, a strike to your electric could melt the plug and damage the electrical circuits in your unit’s control panel. If you have a central cooling system with an outdoor compressor, lightening could knock out the controls to your entire system if it hits while the unit is running. Repair will be a major one.

Whether you have a central air system or a window unit, air conditioners normally aren’t vulnerable to rain. In fact, running your system while raining can be beneficial as the evaporative coils inside the home draw moisture from the air and lower the humidity, which can make the space more comfortable on warm days.

If you have additional questions about your home’s air conditioning system, contact the heating and air experts here at Patterson Plumbing & Heating. We’re the Pueblo, Colorado area heating and air conditioning specialists, offering upfront pricing and clean and courteous technicians. Call and make an appointment that’s convenient for you today! 719-544-4922.

#WellnessWednesday – Is Your AC Making You Sick?

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Imaging working in a building or living in a home with no methods to keep cool in the peak of summer heat? Doesn’t sound too appealing. As much as we rely on our air conditioners, truth be told they may not always be the best for our health, and here’s why:

1. Breathing Problems
If your AC is not cleaned properly and the filters are not changed regularly it can easily create an environment for all sorts of mold and bacteria.Once this bacteria and microorganisms go airborne, they can lead to a variety of breathing problems and potentially fatal infectious pneumonia. To avoid this, make sure you clean your units regularly and change out your filters every few months.

2. Fatigue, Headaches & Feeling Ill
Many individuals find that after a day at work, they are more tired than normal, have headaches, or generally feel ill. Often times office buildings with central air are set at a cooler temperature – which doesn’t always agree with the body. Try raising the temperature slightly and make an effort to step outside a few times throughout the day to regulate your body temperature.

3.Contamination
Since central air conditioning circulates old air instead of bringing in new, fresh air you are more likely to be exposed to pollutants inside your home. Mold, dust and other airborne infections now have the opportunity to circulate through your living space, exposing any individuals that come in its path. Try letting in a slow “leak” from the outside – open up a window a crack to get in some fresh air.

4. Dry Skin
Cold and dry air can cause your skin to lose its moisture. Thus the longer you stay in an air conditioned environment, your skin (and hair) may face the consequences. A quick fix for this? Get a great moisturizer and apply daily!

While there are some steps you can take on your own to maintain your air conditioning system, it’s best to leave the tune-up process to one of our experts here at Patterson Plumbing & Heating. We’re the Pueblo, Colorado area heating and air conditioning tune-up specialists, offering upfront pricing and clean and courteous technicians.

Call and make an appointment that’s convenient for you today! 719-544-4922.

3 Air Conditioning Myths

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With the first day of summer just days away and the heat already taking it’s toll – you may have started cranking your air conditioners. So in preparation for another hot summer season, many people are going to be looking to keep cool while keeping costs down.

As such – before you make any major changes to your home’s air-conditioning, here are a few myths to watch out for:

Myth: Upgrading to a larger unit will provide better results.

Fact: If you resort to upgrading to a larger unit – you won’t be cooling your home effectively and instead, increasing your energy use! As with any appliance, your AC needs some TLC. Before you think it’s time to replace your air conditioner, give it a good cleaning and call us for a tune-up. Also be sure to check for any cracks or air leaks around the windows and home. Poor insulation can let the air escape.

Myth: Cranking the temperature down will cool my home faster.

Fact: Central air conditioners are designed to work consistently to reach your desired temperature, then shut off. That being said, turning the temperature down won’t actually cool it faster – but rather make your home frigid when it finally does reach that setting. If you use window units however, switching to a high setting WILL cool it faster (just make sure to readjust when comfortable).

Myth: It’s more efficient to leave your AC running all day than to raise/lower the temperature.

Fact: Programmable thermostats are a great way to save money on energy bills during both the winter and summer months. Take advantage of setting your thermostat while you aren’t home to dramatically cut down on energy usage.

If you’re looking for a new air conditioning system or have questions about your current one – we’re the Pueblo, Colorado area heating and air conditioning specialists. At Patterson Plumbing & Heathing, we offer upfront pricing and clean and courteous technicians. Call and make an appointment that’s convenient for you today! 719-544-4922.

 

Customer Testimonial Spotlight

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Summer vacation brings a full house and hotter temps, making it vital to be sure your home is prepared. With Memorial Day Weekend upon us, use this unofficial start to summer as a reminder to make sure your plumbing and air conditioning has received their seasonal service from us. Just take a look at what some of our customers have said recently about our work:

“I called this company as I had a major plumbing problem that needed repaired in the downstairs bath. They were able to do it the next day and sent Greg C. out. He was the most courteous, qualified person I have ever dealt with. He went right to work on this big job and got it all done on the same day. He cleaned up every bit of debris caused by this repair and left the area as good as new. He did not track mud or snow in and wore covers over his shoes. He explained why he was doing everything he did and was very open to any questions I had. I will always use this company and hopefully I can get Greg every time. I would trust any job to this company and to Greg.” – Linda R.

“Very professional and thorough. EXCELLENT Pueblo company- they called when they could come earlier than the scheduled appointment time, Thank You. Very prompt on meeting their scheduled appointment. Tony quickly determined the problem, and quickly resolved the problem. After repair was finished, Tony provided feedback to me on how he fixed the problem. As an engineer, I really appreciated his thoroughness and dedicated to providing quality work. A job WELL DONE, Tony. I highly recommend Patterson Plumbing for their work ethic and value they place in customer service!” – Terri K.

“Tim, my service tech, instilled confidence from the moment we met. His appearance was neat and his uniform clean. He explained the job and what the charges would be. His work was done in a timely fashion and completed to my satisfaction.  I would recommend Patterson to all who asked.” – Steven M.

For over 25 years, Patterson Plumbing has been Pueblo, Colorado’s go to company for plumbing, heating, cooling, water treatment, and remodeling needs. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

Prepare Your AC for Summer

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Hotter temps are around the corner and your best defense? Your air conditioner of course. However, when your air conditioning system sits idle for months it does require a bit of TLC to get it back up and running properly.
So act now – on the first sweltering summer day, the last thing you’ll want to do is turn on your AC only to find it doesn’t work. See below for some tips to help get your AC into tiptop shape before the heat really kicks in:

  • Remove any obstructions – Look around your outdoor unit. If anything is around it or restricting its airflow, remove it.
  • Check/replace your filter – Dirty filters restrict airflow, reduce efficiency, and result in poor indoor air quality. Be sure to check and replace your filter as needed (often once a month).
  • Call us for a tune-up! – A tune-up from a Patterson Plumbing HVAC professional is important for ensuring your system’s components are in working order to prevent costly and inconvenient breakdowns later on.

Maintenance and tune-ups are recommended by all manufacturers to provide all of the above benefits and more. While there are some steps you can take on your own to maintain your air conditioning system, it’s best to leave the tune-up process to a Patterson Plumbing & Heating professional. We’re the Pueblo, Colorado area heating and air conditioning tune-up specialists, offering upfront pricing and clean and courteous technicians.

Call and make an appointment that’s convenient for you today! 719-544-4922.

Pueblo Colorado HVAC Service

Do you have a heating, ventilation, or air conditioning problem and need it fixed as soon as possible? Has it been a long time since the last time you had the HVAC system in your home or at your office maintained?

Finding the right HVAC contractors can sometimes be hard. That’s where we come in:

We’re proud to offer the best services in the field. From sale, installation, to repair & maintenance – we take each project with care and focus on open communication and getting the job done right, the first time.

At Patterson Plumbing & Heating, we’re available for all of your home’s plumbing, heating, and cooling needs. Should you have questions about your systems’ operations give us a call. Our technicians provide the highest level of service and technical excellence: 719-544-4922. Don’t forget to LIKE us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for more updates and industry news.

What Services Does Patterson Plumbing Provide?

Patterson Plumbing & Heating provides the highest level of service and technical excellence. Broken plumbing, heating or air conditioning can make life uncomfortable and unpleasant. We make these problems go away FAST! When you call us, you’ll talk with a friendly customer service professional who will listen to your questions and needs. We’ll dispatch a professional technician whose training matches your needs. Let’s take a look at the services Patterson Plumbing provides:

Plumbing

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We offer complete plumbing, water heater, drain and sewer services for Pueblo, Colorado area homeowners. We focus on quality and lasting value because that’s what customers want. We only hire the best plumbers in Pueblo. In short, we won’t send anyone to your home that we wouldn’t want in our own homes.

Water Treatment

The professionals of Patterson Plumbing promise to show up on time, listen to your water softener, water filtration and purification problems, diagnose your situation, make recommendations and prepare pricing by the job, not by the hour, so there are no surprises. Our water quality technicians will take great care of your home. They wear shoe covers, put down drop cloths, are trained to perform the work you need and will thoroughly clean up the work area. We follow up with a phone call to be sure you are satisfied, and stand by everything we do.

Heating

Our heating technicians can solve any home heating and air problem from noisy furnace or boiler equipment to inconsistent room temperature. Patterson Plumbing is a full service company prepared to repair the smallest heating problem to the largest heating problems.

Air Conditioning

Keeping your air conditioning operating in top condition or installing a more energy efficient model not only keeps you cool, but saves you money on energy bills. Our certified technicians have extensive experience and knowledge of all types of air conditioners and are ready to diagnose your problem and repair it.

As you can see, our plumbers, drain cleaning techs and home heating and air conditioning professionals can repair any problem with your home’s plumbing, furnace, boiler or air conditioning. To learn more about what we can do for you, dial (719) 554-4922 today!

Plus, don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @PatPlumbingInc to keep up-to-date with Patterson Plumbing.

Caring for Your Air Conditioner

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The worst thing that could happen in the midst of summer is having your AC blow out and stop working. Generally, air conditioners should last for 15 or more years if cared for properly.

Here are 5 tips to help maintain the life span of your AC.

Hiring a highly rated technician for service

  • This should happen once a year
  • Give a Patterson Plumbing & Heating technician a call to clean the outdoor condenser coils
  • It is important to check the blower and motor, return and supply lines and refrigerant levels

Changing the Filter

  • Change the units filter at least 4 times a year
  • A dirty filter restricts the air flow
  • Changing a dirty filter can lower a unit’s energy consumption by 5 to 15 percent

Avoid constant temperature changes

  • This creates highs and lows where the system has to work harder to drop the temperature during the lows
  • Keep a small range of temperature settings and keep it consistent

Conduct an Energy Audit

  • Ensure your home is sufficiently insulated and that your A/C is properly sized for your home

Avoid ice buildup on AC

  • A unit that is too small to cool a large space can cause this
  • Turn off the unit immediately to allow it to cool down
  • Call your trusted Patterson Plumbing & Heating technician to see what’s causing the problem to avoid further damage

We’re the Pueblo, Colorado area heating and air conditioning tune-up specialists, offering upfront pricing and clean and courteous technicians.

Call and make an appointment that’s convenient for you today! 719-544-4922.

Keeping Your Home Cool This Season – Without the AC

Let’s face the facts – it’s hot, and it’s going to get hotter as the summer months go by. As tempting as it is to crank the AC, having high energy bills aren’t good for your wallet or the environment.

So fight that urge, and check out the below tips for keeping your house cooler – naturally:

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Vent at night – Take advantage of the drop in temperature, open your windows and doors in the evening to let a cooler breeze in. You can even create a wind tunnel by setting up your fans to create the perfect cross breeze.

Close up during the day – As the sun starts to rise, close up your windows, doors, and shades/blinds. Keeping your windows open on a hot day can equalize the indoor and outdoor temperature. But note, should the indoor temperature reach the same as outdoors, it’s time to open the window.

Switch on your bathroom fans (or exhaust fan in the kitchen) – These fans are made to pull the hot air that rises – out of your home.

Speaking of fans, rotate your ceiling fans counter-clockwise – Doing so at a higher speed produces airflow that creates a wind-chill breeze effect, which will make you and your guests ‘feel’ cooler.

Avoid the oven – If it already feels like 100 degrees in your home, turning on a 400 degree oven won’t make it feel any cooler. Opt for using your outdoor grill or select menu items that don’t require heating – like a salad or sandwiches.

Or for a more long term investment, look into planting trees on the side of your house that gets the most sun. Having extra shade will protect your home in the summer months.

Hopefully the above will help cool your home without you solely relying on air conditioning. For those extra hot days, just be sure your air conditioning unit is in proper working condition. When in doubt, give our air conditioning technicians at Patterson Plumbing & Heating a call!

#WellnessWednesday – Health and Air Conditioning

When we think of summer and hot or humid weather – the thought of sitting in a cool air conditioned room is not far behind. But is being too cool good for you? Unfortunately, abusively low temperatures and poor maintenance have led to health problems and other daily irritations. But as long as you take proper precautions you should have a healthy start to this AC season.

Thanks to Hello Magazine, we have a quick list of the benefits and risks that come with air conditioning:

Benefits:

  • Improves comfort levels at leisure and at work – thus improving job performance
  • Can result in increased physical and intellectual activity
  • Lower temps reduce the presence of insects or parasites
  • A CLEAN air conditioning system helps exclude external allergens such as pollens
  • A properly installed and maintained system renews and improves air quality

Risks:

  • Sudden changes in temperature and humidity affect the respiratory system
  • It has a drying effect on skin and mucous membranes
  • Air conditioning an irritate the eyes (ie: contact lens wearers, risk of conjunctivitis)
  • Air conditioning is associated with throat irritation and hoarseness

To reduce the above risks, it’s important that air conditioned spaces are regularly ventilated. Rooms should be kept between 68 and 77 degrees Fahrenheit as well as an average humidity of 60% – 70%. And as always, any installation or AC tune up should be done by a professional.

While there are some steps you can take on your own to maintain your air conditioning system, it’s best to leave the tune-up process to one of our experts here at Patterson Plumbing & Heating. We’re the Pueblo, Colorado area heating and air conditioning tune-up specialists, offering upfront pricing and clean and courteous technicians.

Call and make an appointment that’s convenient for you today! 719-544-4922.