Cold Temperatures and Hot Rebates Heater Edition

Brrrr. Fall can always be full of surprises for your heater. A sudden cold snap can lead to a restless night’s sleep if you haven’t switched to your heater. If you are tired of the bi-annual swamp cooler switch, then install a new system. New Mexico Gas company is offering rebates on both heaters and hot water tanks. PNM is offering rebates on energy efficient air conditioning units. Lucky for you, we can help you find qualifying equipment and get it installed for you.

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https://www.pnm.com/coolrebate

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There are a number of energy saving benefits to upgrading your water, heating and cooling systems in your home. Improved technology has increased efficiency of both gas and electric units for your home. Consult with an HVAC Professional like Jones Mechanical to find out the best fit for your home. We offer a variety of reliable appliances that can fit your personal use.

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Preparing for a Power Outage in Rio Rancho

What would you do if the power went out in Rio Rancho?

Depending on where you are, let’s say Home?

Are you ready for this? Can you find out if it’s your house or your town?

What if it was a power outage for an extended period?

“One of our customer’s recently retold the story of a power outage that happened while they were on vacation at an individual cabin resort. The place had all the amenities of home, if you had power. Lightning struck the area’s transformer and the nearest new one was 3 hours away. They were luckily prepared for camping, so when the power came on the next day, they were no worse for the wear.”

Are you familiar with the rule of 3s in survival?

Three minutes without air.

Three hours without shelter.

Three days without water.

Three weeks without food.

And according to a teenager, 3 seconds without a device.

Items you should have on hand at home in an emergency

  • Flashlight or lantern
    Check every month that your flashlights work and your lanterns are fueled or charged
  • Supply of Fresh Water
        Don’t assume that your water will work in your home if the power goes out. If the main system’s water pumps aren’t operating or if you have a pumping system yourself you may not have water. A 5 Gallon jug lasts 4 people drinking normally only 2 days.
  • A fully charged cell phone or iPad (a back up battery)
    Also, have your favorite movies downloaded on a device. While everyone else is playing Parcheesi, you can be watching movies. But, remember, no power, no wi-fi. And cell towers may be affected by power outages as well.
  • Dry foods / Foods that don’t require microwave or electric stove
  • Important documents like Driver’s License and Passport
  • A Battery or hand cranked radio
    Yes you need a radio with batteries. If the power goes out the internet goes down, local radio may be one of your only sources of information.
  • First Aid Supplies
  • Poncho or rain coat
  • Utility knife / Cooking knife
  • Cordage / Rope

For extended periods, consider a gas cooking stove so you can boil water and cook food.

Items you should have in your car for an emergency

  • Jack and tire iron
  • Flashlight / Floodlight
  • First Aid Kit
  • Glass or stainless water bottle with water
  • Poncho or rain coat

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Summer is warming up, cooler days for you ahead

Time to Schedule Maintenance

Heat Trends and Air Conditioning

dirty ac compressor coilWe have been telling everyone for a couple months now that the heat would sneak up on you. How’s your air conditioning unit working? It’s June and that means warmer temperatures. Based on June averages, New Mexico can see it’s hottest temperatures of the year at the end of June and beginning of July. Combine that with higher precipitation trends in July and your swamp cooler can’t even keep up. Dirty air conditioning units can reduce efficiency.

Swamp Coolers

June is a time for making sure your equipment is running optimally. If you are running an evaporative cooler, you need to make sure to refresh your pads and make sure connections are clear of mineral build up. Pads need to be getting thoroughly saturated for full cooling potential. Caring for you cooler is a lot of work, schedule routine maintenance with us to stay on top of it.

Refrigerated Air Conditioners

If you really want to keep cool with the smallest amount of work, then you should convert that swamp cooler or upgrade that low efficiency air conditioning unit. Jones Mechanical is your HVAC expert that can walk you through the right unit for your space.

I can’t tell you what a difference it has made since we switched to refrigerated air. We’ve had it a couple years now and besides normal up-keep it has been worry free. It keeps the house right where I want it on a hot day.

Call Jones Mechanical to schedule a Free Estimate for changing your old cooler into an air conditioner.

For refrigerated air conditioning maintenance, it is recommended that you do an annual check-up. We aim to keep the unit running in optimal condition and maintain it’s energy efficiency. Regular cleaning of your air conditioning compressor and coils is recommended in New Mexico weather conditions. Rio Rancho air conditioning units and air filters collect a lot of dust and require cleaning and replacements. Jones Mechanical annual customers receive an annual check up that includes evaluations and recommendations.

Our check up includes:

  • Checking temperature variance between the home’s thermostat and the unit.  We don’t want to see energy efficiency go out of wack by 5 degrees and suddenly your electric bill is rising with the temperature.
  • Check freon levels. Decline in efficiency can indicate other problems like low freon levels.
  • Checking condition of compressor / coils. Regular cleaning to make sure coils are free of dust and debris is recommended.
  • Check home for carbon monoxide emissions.

For an additional fee, we will include:

  • Complete cleaning of AC Coil and removal of debris from the compressor.
  • Clean and evaluate compressor unit.
  • Charge Freon if needed.
  • Replace air flow filter if appropriate.

Changing your air filter on a regular schedule is highly advised in Rio Rancho’s dust, wind and heat.

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Change over to swamp cooler

Warm temperatures are rising fast. Don’t be caught off-guard by a sudden heat wave. Contact Jones Mechanical and get your seasonal change over scheduled today! No need to mess with it yourself. Your mechanical team can do it for you. Take the hassles out of the annual ritual of changing from your heater to your evaporative cooler. We can do it for you.

If you are looking to make the big move to refrigerated cooling, we can help you there too. Ask us about switching to a new energy efficient Airtemp AC system and keep the cold air coming rain or shine.

The Dangers of Carbon Monoxide

Carbon Monoxide in Your Home

Carbon Monoxide is a real danger to you and your loved ones. While natural gas is one of the cleanest burning fossil fuels available, a malfunctioning heater unit could be responsible for a fatal carbon monoxide build up in your home. One of the main reasons we recommend an annual inspection of your heater and hot water heater as well as a full test for carbon monoxide in your home is to detect the issue before it becomes an emergency. If you ever suspect that your home may have carbon monoxide, get out of the home immediately. Exposure may include symptoms like nausea, trouble breathing, nausea and headache.

wall-heaterIn case of an Emergency

If you have reason to suspect carbon monoxide, leave and call 911. Or for a non-urgent situation, New Mexico Gas Co. at 888-664-2726.

Recommendations to stay ahead of Carbon Dioxide

  • Install carbon monoxide detectors in your home. They should be place near bedrooms and your natural gas appliances
  • Have your natural gas heater and water heater checked and maintained annually. This should also include a bi-annual testing of your home to see if we detect any presence of carbon monoxide.
  • Maintain your appliances to make certain that they are receiving enough oxygen. A blue flame indicates normal oxygen levels, yellow flame is an indicator that something is off.

Call us today, if you haven’t already scheduled your winter maintenance service call.

505-934-0817

Professional Maintenance Matters as the seasons change

Balloons are in the air and that means time to do routine maintenance on your cooling and heating systems. As the seasons change and we head into fall temperatures, it’s always a good idea to have your equipment serviced by a professional. There are a number of factors that play into a successful seasonal change-over in New Mexico. Your plumbers in Rio Rancho know what to look for. First, for swamp coolers, change-overs can be tricky and may require access in the attic. For AC units, the New Mexico Sun and dust can plaster coils with debris and mud, reducing the efficiency of the unit.

  1. Switch over swamp-cooler or clean and inspect your AC Unit.
  2. Have your heater inspected and tested by a professional at start-up.
  3. Change your air filter.
  4. Clean up Debris and inspect ductwork.
  5. Check for leaks in the system.
  6. Go roast some chili!

Balloons are in the air time for HVAC Maintenance by your plumbers in Rio Rancho