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Tips To Managing Your HVAC System This Holiday Season

When you’re hosting a holiday gathering at your home, you want everything to be perfect. And while it may seem as though you’re paying attention to every last detail, few people give thought to their HVAC system. Living in the desert, HVAC upkeep is especially important. Here are 5 tips for managing your HVAC system for your upcoming holiday gatherings:

  1. Schedule Your Annual Maintenance

The best solution to any problem is always to take action before a problem begins. Schedule your annual Las Vegas HVAC maintenance before the day of the celebration. Then you can rest assured that your guests will be comfortable.

  1. Dust the Vents

In any large group, there is bound to be somebody who suffers from allergies. Things your family might not be sensitive to could be a trigger for one of your guests. Go around and dust any visible vents in your home. You can also wipe them down with a damp rag to remove any dust that may have accumulated.

  1. Change Your Filter

Your HVAC system’s filter keeps dust, dirt, allergens and other contaminants from blowing into your home. This makes a huge difference in your indoor air quality. Usually, these filters should be changed once a month, or once per season at minimum.

  1. Adjust the Thermostat

When you’re hosting a party, the temperature tends to rise due to all of the extra body heat from your guests. Plus, you probably have a turkey or ham cooking in the oven, which is also warming up the house. A few hours before your holiday gathering begins, turn your thermostat down by a few degrees, ensuring your home will still feel comfortable while filled with guests.

  1. Keep the Door Shut

Every time you open the door, the warm air from inside escapes. This makes your HVAC system work harder to recover. Try to minimize the number of times you are opening your door and avoid leaving it ajar.


Schedule a Maintenance Visit for Your HVAC System

If you take the time to consider your Las Vegas HVAC system in advance, you will be rewarded with a nice, warm home throughout the holiday season. Call us today at 702-385-2665 to schedule an appointment.


How to Know if the Door-to-Door AC Inspections Solicitor is a Scam

The BBB, our national business watchdog, has issued a flurry of “scam alerts” notifying homeowners around the country about door-to-door hucksters trying to sell everything from AC inspections and duct cleaning services to gutters and siding.

You might think that anyone who tries to drum up business by going door-to-door is on the shady side. But the BBB isn’t willing to go that far, saying that some door-knockers “operate ethically and represent reputable companies.” They are simply trying to make a living — and often seize the opportunity to do so after a neighborhood has been struck by an act of nature, such as torrential rains, hail, high winds, floods or other natural disasters. In times like these, they can provide a much-needed service (though their inflated fees don’t always conform to their purported compassionate presence).

It’s the shady characters you have to stare down, and we want to help you put on your game face. After all, you didn’t schedule an appointment for these people to visit your home. They’re showing up with the hope they can sell you something, so heed these five “buyer beware” tips from the BBB:

  • Stand your ground if you have a “no solicitors” sign near your front door. A Las Vegas code reads that “no person engaged in peddling or soliciting shall…attempt to peddle or solicit at any dwelling where there is displayed near its entrance a sign bearing the words ‘no peddlers or solicitors’ or other words of similar import…”
  • Ask to see identification. An honest sales person won’t hide anything, especially identification. Door-to-door sales people may not wear shirts imprinted with their name and company – unlike the technicians at Instant Air – but they should offer a photo ID and business card.
  • Resist offers that are accompanied by deadline pressure. “One-day only” offers are often extended by “contractors” who won’t be in town two days later. And “group” discounts that are conditional on the mutual acceptance of neighbors are suspicious, too. Reputable contractors don’t resort to high-pressure tactics.
  • Know your rights if you do sign a contract. The Federal Trade Commission’s “three-day cooling off rule gives consumers three days to cancel purchases of more than $25 that are made in their home or at a location that is not the seller’s permanent place of business.” A sales person should provide a receipt and a cancellation form that a consumer can send to the company to cancel the contract. By law, a company must provide a refund within 10 days of receiving a cancellation notice.
  • Trust your gut instinct. Better to talk with strangers outdoors. But if you do invite a stranger into your home and he (or she) gives you any reason to fear for your safety, ask the person to leave. If they delay or refuse, call 911.

Be Safe and Avoid the AC Inspection Scams

With worries like these to navigate, it’s no wonder that so many Las Vegas residents simply do not answer the doorbell for sales people. And if they need an important service such as an AC inspection or duct cleaning, they call a reputable, trustworthy company that has long called Las Vegas home – and has the satisfied customers to prove it. Give Instant Air a call at (702) 385-2665 and you can rest easy knowing our technicians put our custom

5 Ways HVAC Maintenance in Las Vegas Can Prevent Breakdowns

The last thing you want in the dog days of summer is for the AC to stop working. From an uncomfortable home to missed work for a service appointment, a sudden breakdown can be a hassle. As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Here are five ways a Las Vegas HVAC maintenance team can prevent troubling breakdowns.

1) A Thorough Cleaning

When the evaporator coils in your AC unit get dirty, they cannot effectively remove heat from the air to cool your home. The result is an increased workload for your air conditioner and a potential midsummer breakdown. Instead, an annual cleaning will stop this problem in its tracks.

2) Electrical Connections

From deteriorating wires to hungry rodents, electrical issues can cause an instant breakdown of your HVAC system. Regular tune-ups from your Las Vegas HVAC maintenance company will find and repair electrical problems before you get burned.

3) Clogs and Debris

Your outdoor condenser unit sits in the yard, usually ignored until something goes wrong. An annual inspection by a qualified technician will reveal what that neglect can lead to: breakdowns. When weeds, plants, trash and debris accumulate around the unit, trouble is only a matter of time. When drains and condensate lines become clogged, your AC unit will go down and you could have water damage to clean up too.

4) Refrigerant Levels

Proper refrigerant levels are crucial to the functioning of your air conditioner, but it’s not something most homeowners should be checking on their own. On the other hand, checking for refrigerant is a standard checklist item for any routine AC maintenance. Plus, if low levels are detected, your technician can top off the refrigerant before it leads to a shutdown.

5) Wear and Tear

As with any appliance, a little wear and tear is a normal part of the machine’s operation. Discovering worn parts before they stop working will keep your home comfortable without interruptions. During an HVAC tune-up, your entire system will be checked for parts that may be on the brink of failure.

Staying on Top of Repairs with a Las Vegas HVAC Maintenance Membership

Regular maintenance will keep your HVAC system operating at its best throughout the season. You’ll reduce avoidable and costly repairs and cut down on system downtime. At Instant Air, we offer three tiers of coverage so you can pick a maintenance plan that’s just right for you. Plus, when you choose a plan, you’ll be assigned a dedicated technician who will stick with you for the duration of your membership.

To learn more or to schedule your Las Vegas HVAC maintenance appointment, contact Instant Air today by calling (702) 385-2665!

When Las Vegas AC Repair Can’t Fix Your Broken System: A Home Air Conditioning Buyer’s Guide

Choosing an air conditioner is one of those “eventuals” in life because every piece of machinery, no matter how well you maintain it, won’t last forever. In the case of an air conditioner, the U.S. Department of Energy says many people start to experience problems with an air conditioner at the 10-year mark. So if you have eclipsed this milestone with your air conditioner, you have done a great job maintaining your unit over the years but the likelihood of this good fortune lasting much longer is exponentially diminishing.

When your air conditioner is beyond the typical Las Vegas AC repair, these five criterion are particularly important in selecting a new air conditioner:

The 4 Home Air Conditioner Buying Criterion:

  1. Size: A conscientious contractor will carefully evaluate many factors about a home, including its square footage, number of occupants and their cooling preferences, number of windows and exposure, insulation, exterior shading and the climate. Purchasing an air conditioner that is too small will cause an air conditioner to run longer to reach the temperature set on the thermostat. And that extra run time costs money. Most air conditioners are sized too large and this scenario also is a waste because they will “short cycle” – or run and then quickly turn off before they’ve had a chance to properly dehumidify the air. So a home with an oversized air conditioner might feel cool, but it will feel clammy, too. The best contractors measure the size of an air conditioner in tons – a measurement that refers not to the weight of the air conditioner but the equivalent of how much cooling you will get from 1 ton of melting ice.
  2. Efficiency: Every air conditioner carries a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating (SEER), and all of those sold in the United States are required by law to achieve a SEER of at least 13. Higher efficiency models carry a SEER between 14 and 25.5. Air conditioners that carry the Department of Energy’s coveted Energy Star label cost more, but you typically recoup the difference in lower utility bills.
  3. Cost: Naturally, cost plays a big role in choosing an air conditioner. It requires a significant investment in your home in both the pricetag of the unit and the accompanying installation service. But the department warns consumers: “Don’t be tempted by the lowest bid. Be willing to pay for the time the contractor must spend to do the job right.”
  4. Installation and maintenance: Installing an air conditioner is complex and not considered a do-it-yourself job; it requires the experience and skill of a licensed air conditioner technician, like those at Instant Air.


Contact the Las Vegas AC Repair and Installation Experts

Our reputation for reliability and handling every type of Las Vegas AC repair and installation is unparalleled. We also provide the annual maintenance your air conditioner will need to achieve the lifespan outlined by the manufacturer. Call Instant Air at (702) 385-2665 for a consultation – update your air conditioner and trust in our expert service to set you up for a solid 10+ years of reliable AC.

When to Contact an Expert for AC Repair in Las Vegas

Air Conditioning RepairEvery summer day, in hundreds of sweltering homes across Las Vegas, a sweating homeowner stands before a thermostat with a flushed mixture of frustration and fear.

When your air conditioner isn’t turning on, or your home isn’t cooling as it should, these emotions fight for control. So allow the most reliable and trustworthy air conditioning company in Las Vegas help you take control with a three-step plan:

  1. Check common triggers that may be causing your air conditioner to malfunction.
  2. Look for signs your air conditioner might need a repair.
  3. Then call Instant Air for AC repair in Las Vegas so you – and your home – can regain your cool.

Put first things first with common triggers

  • Ensure the thermostat is set to “cool.” If it is, lower the temperature by a few degrees to see if it turns on. If your thermostat relies on a battery, replace it.
  • Slide out your air conditioner filter and replace it if it’s choked with dust and dirt. Filthy filters can incapacitate an air conditioner and a clean filter can restore it to working order.
  • Switch the circuit breaker devoted to your air conditioner off and then back on again. A power surge – one so minor you may have been unaware of it – can stall an air conditioner.

Search for signs you need to call an expert

Look for the following trouble signs, which signify you should call a licensed air conditioner expert for AC repair in Las Vegas:

  • A buildup of dirt on the coil, compressor or fan. Like dirt on the filter, dirt on an air conditioner’s components can cause it to malfunction. This is why an annual air conditioner tune-up is so crucial; it keeps your air conditioner clean and lubricated.
  • Damaged wires, connections or a burning smell when (and if) your air conditioner turns on. If you don’t immediately discover damaged wires or connections, you’ll definitely catch the burning smell. An annual air conditioner tune-up will also prevent these problems.
  • Your air conditioner is short-cycling repeatedly. Some quick on-and-off cycles are expected, especially on very hot days or when people are letting outdoor air indoors. But repeated short-cycling can eventually cause an air conditioner to shut down.
  • A puddle of water near the compressor. Water is a sure sign of a crack in the condensate pan or drain line or a blocked drain line.
  • The compressor is covered with ice or slush. This condition is a result of restricted or blocked air flow.
  • You hear unusual noises. These can run the gamut from high-pitched squealing or buzzing to banging and clanking noises. You know your air conditioner. A noise you’re not accustomed to hearing is like a cry for help.

Reach out to Instant Air for AC repair in Las Vegas

Answer your air conditioner’s cry by calling the efficient and skilled Las Vegas AC repair technicians at Instant Air. Next to your vehicle, your air conditioner is the most complex piece of machinery in your home. Let us restore the cool air to your home – and quickly put your frustration and fear on ice.

Call (702) 385-2665 to set up an appointment today.

No, it’s not you; some AC problems are common

HVAC Problems

You might not subscribe to the notion that “misery loves company.” But when it comes to heating and air conditioning repair in Las Vegas, it sure can help to know that some problems are common.

Just consider the functions of your heating and air conditioning system. A gas, forced-air heating system shifts into high gear when the thermostat sends a signal that the room temperature has fallen below the setting. The thermostat sends a signal to the furnace to turn on the blower and open a valve for the gas. Once heat is created in the heat exchanger, the warmed air is pushed out through the ducts while the combustion gas is vented through the chimney.

Your air conditioner is even more complex: It pulls warm air out of your home, blows it over cool pipes, changes from a liquid to a gas and then back again, moves refrigerant between coils and then sends excess moisture (called condensate) through a condensate drain. Along the way, plenty of things can go wrong.

When it comes to heating and air conditioning repair in Las Vegas and many other places across the country, some problems are common. The U.S. Department of Energy cites these five problems as the most common of all:

  • A dirty filter. The soft, cushion-y feel of an HVAC filter belies the powerhouse function it serves. A clean filter actively traps dust and dirt to ensure proper air flow; a dirty one inhibits air flow and prevents your air conditioner from cooling the air and reducing humidity and your furnace from efficiently generating warm air. In the worst cases, a thoroughly clogged filter can shut down your heating and air conditioning system. Checking the filter every month and replacing it when you can no longer see through it is the single most important step you can take – followed by an annual tune-up – to ensure your HVAC system’s efficiency and staying power.
  • Refrigerant issues. If you feel air blowing from the registers but it’s not cool, your air conditioner could either be low on refrigerant or might have sprung a refrigerant leak. Small leaks at the valves can be difficult to pinpoint and require the expertise of a licensed technician who knows exactly what to look for – and how to fix it – so cool air blows freely once again.
  • Drainage problems. Here is another potential mystery that requires a licensed “detective” schooled in the ways of central air conditioners. Even if you spot a puddle near the compressor, a heating and air conditioner technician must trace whether the problem emanates from a blocked drain line or a crack in either the drain line or condensate pan to restore your air conditioner to full efficiency.
  • Electrical failures. A series of tests will determine whether your air conditioner is failing to turn on – or stay on – because of dirty, damaged or corroded wires or connections or a worn compressor or blower component. An annual tune-up is your best defense against electrical failures, which have a way of occurring on some of the hottest days of the year. But if you detect a burning smell as your air conditioner turns on, don’t delay making a call for service.
  • Thermostat disparities. It seems like the simplest of tasks: Set your thermostat to the temperature that suits you and then wait for your air conditioner or furnace to respond. But several factors can conspire to undermine a thermostat’s ability to function as it should, including its calibration and placement in your home. It’s easy to overlook a thermostat as the root of a heating and air conditioning repair in Las Vegas, but it’s a common culprit.

Common or not, HVAC problems can cause anyone to lose their cool. Leave it to the licensed heating and air conditioning experts at Instant Air Air Conditioning and Heating to track down the problem vexing your HVAC system and then repair it with skill and efficiency. We don’t believe that “misery loves company,” either; we believe that “comfort loves company.” You can count on Instant Air to restore comfort to your home – and help you keep your cool.

Contact Instant Air at 702.385.2665 today to schedule your heating and air conditioning repair.

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