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With temperatures escalating into the triple digits, you may feel that certain parts of your house feel “hotter” or “cooler” than others, and ask yourself, why? To fully understand why some parts of most homes are either too hot or too cold, you first need to understand what heat load is. Heat load is how much heating or cooling is needed to appropriately heat or cool a particular room. Everything from square footage, ceiling height, how many windows are in a particular room and what side of the home they are located on, can all play a factor. 

Certain areas of homes have a lot more heat load than others. Here’s a few examples: 

  • Rooms with east or west facing windows, high ceilings or rooms located over a garage are more likely to be uncomfortable because the heat rising from below. Any of these conditions could cause that room to warm up faster than other areas in the home with less heat intruding in or being generated. 
  • A single speed motor that turns on and off is another way to cause heat loading. 
  • Leaky ducts are major causes of poor indoor air quality, drafts and uneven temperatures, allergy symptoms and short equipment life.

To help reduce the amount of heat loading in your home and to help keep your HVAC bill low, keep all doors and windows closed, with shades drawn during the day – especially those east and west facing windows. Installing a programmable or smart thermostat can save money by adjusting the temperature setting when you leave home.

To help lower heat loading in your home, get your system checked by a professional at least once a year. Contact a Yes! Air Conditioning and Heating professional by giving us a call at (702) 545-6260 or visit us at http://www.yesairconditioningandheating.com/air-conditioning/

This summer has already proven to be a hot one. Temperatures have reached record-breaking highs, making it the hottest June in Las Vegas history1. For Yes! Air Conditioning and Plumbing, the high temperatures are a problem easily solved. We’re always prepared to get your home hot-weather ready.

We took a look at the hottest days in Las Vegas history, and they sure were up there! And guess what? They all took place in July and August! 

Here are the top 10 hottest days on record. Get ready for one hot summer, Las Vegas. 

July 24, 1942 - 117 degrees

July 5, 1973 - 116 degrees

August 1, 1979 - 116 degrees

August 3, 1979 - 116 degrees

July 5, 1985 - 116 degrees

July 16, 1998 - 116 degrees

July 17, 2005 - 116 degrees

July 18, 2005 - 116 degrees

July 19, 2005 - 117 degrees

July 5, 2007 - 116 degrees

If you’re worried about your home’s HVAC system in preparation for the upcoming hot months, give Yes! a call at (702) 545-6260 or visit us at http://www.yesairconditioningandheating.com/air-conditioning/.

1 http://www.reviewjournal.com/weather/las-vegas-sweats-through-hottest-june-record 

2 https://las-vegas-nv.knoji.com/10-alltime-hottest-weather-temperatures-in-las-vegas/

This month, Yes! Air Conditioning & Plumbing had the opportunity to help a local family in need. The four Gribbin family members had been living in a home with a broken air conditioning unit for over 5 years. After learning of the family’s hardships and their defective air conditioning unit, we quickly decided that the Gribbin family was in need of a new HVAC system, especially with the extreme heat we’re currently experiencing this time of year. Yes! was happy to help by donating and installing a complete HVAC system to the family.

Jodyn Gribbin is a single mother of two who also serves as a caregiver to her elderly mother. When Jodyn Gribbin’s youngest son was diagnosed with cancer 8 years ago, she was unable to pay to fix her defective unit, and buying a new unit was not an option, due to growing hospital expenses. During the summer months, when temperatures reached 110 degrees, she was forced to take her family to stay in hotels overnight. Now cancer-free, Jodyn’s son attends school at a local college and lives in the home with her elder son, a Las Vegas police officer. With her elderly mother moving in from New Jersey, Jodyn was forced to either sell her home or call her friends at Yes! in hopes of help.

The new HVAC system installed in the Gribbin’s home will help lower energy costs, improve air quality, and keep their home cool and comfortable in the hot Las Vegas summers. Poorly maintained or out-of-date air conditioning units can lead to a number of problems in the home, including unclean indoor air, higher energy bill costs, and potentially expensive repairs from the system working overtime. Yes! happily donated the unit and labor costs by installing the complete system at no charge.

“Words cannot express how grateful I am for what Yes! has done for my family,” said Jodyn Gribbin. “Throughout my life, my family has faced hardships. I’ve worked so hard to provide for my family, but sometimes you just can’t afford to fix everything. Yes! has made my house livable and safe, and we cannot thank them enough.”

For more information about Yes! Air Conditioning and Plumbing’s heating, air conditioning and plumbing services, visit http://www.yesairconditioningandheating.com or call (702) 545-6260.

Yes! Helps the Gribbin Family

Yes! Helps the Gribbin Family

Summer is here! As we transition to even warmer temperatures here in Las Vegas, it’s time to look for ways to keep cool without skyrocketing energy bills. To ensure you’ll be comfortable when the high temps hit, take a look at the below tips from Yes! Air Conditioning and Heating to prepare your home for the summer heat. 

  • Have your ducts checked – During a tune-up, a certified technician will check that your duct connections are intact and sealed so that energy is used to cool only the air inside your home, not your attic or garage.  Adequate airflow is a key factor in having a comfortable home this summer.
  • Change your filters regularly – Dirty filters make your system work harder, therefore using more energy to operate. Make sure your air vents are open and not blocked to ensure proper airflow throughout your home. Change AC filters at least four times a year to save energy and money, and keep your indoor environment cleaner!
  • Turn up your thermostat – If your house is empty most of the day, why have the air conditioner running?  Install a programmable thermostat that can keep the temperature a few degrees higher in the daytime, and then cool your home before you get there, helping you save energy.
  • Keep interior doors open – By keeping your doors open, even just an inch or two, you will help the air circulate so that an even temperature can be maintained throughout the home.
  • Maintain your system year-round – The best defense against air conditioner problems is to maintain your system year-round, especially right before the heavy heat of summer sets in.  This is the time of year when your air conditioning system works its hardest.  Regular tune-ups reduce your risk of experiencing common malfunctions and will help you stay cool when everyone else is sweating the heat.

If you’re interested in speaking with a HVAC professional about keeping your home cool this summer, visit http://www.yesairconditioningandheating.com or call us at (702) 545-6260.

In recent years, Las Vegas hotels including those located on the famous “Las Vegas Strip”, have turned their attention and focused their efforts toward becoming more environmentally-conscious. Many have even received the prestigious LEED award (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) for their energy efficiency and efforts to reduce energy usage from air conditioning and heating. 

Las Vegas hotels are doing their part to contribute to the sustainability of the planet, and Yes! Air Conditioning and Plumbing is proud that other businesses have taken “green” initiatives to improve the lives of our Las Vegas residents.

We’d like to highlight a few of these outstanding hotels which are “going green” in Las Vegas:

Palazzo Hotel
The Palazzo has been awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver award for their minimal use of energy. Green features include a state-of-the-art water-recycling project and special sensors installed to automatically adjust the temperature in each room to a comfortable level according to guest occupancy.  Rooms are equipped with master light switches making it easy for guests to remember to switch off the lights before leaving. 

Encore at Wynn Las Vegas
Another well-known Las Vegas destination, Encore at Wynn was built and designed with conservation in mind. The building is equipped with a management system that controls outside lighting to respond to nighttime hours, allows temperature controls in unoccupied spaces, and utilizes energy-efficient HVAC equipment such as motors, pumps and light fixtures. 

M Resort, Spa and Casino
M Resort’s commitment to environmental responsibility and energy conservation is evident in the construction of the resort. The orientation of the tower itself is energy-efficient by facing north and south, reducing the impact of direct sunlight from the east and west. M Resort also utilizes natural lighting via skylights to reduce the lighting requirements, and energy-efficient lighting fixtures.

Yes! Air Conditioning and Plumbing encourages all residents of Las Vegas to conserve and “go green” in an effort to save our precious resources and cut down on energy consumption. If you would like to talk to a service professional about ways to go green, give us a call at 702-545-6260 or visit us at http://www.yesairconditioningandheating.com.

May is Clean Air Month, dedicated to maintaining clean air in our homes and in our environment. The professionals at Yes! have a few expert tips on how to keep the air in your home clean, this month and in the future. 

  • Have a whole-house air cleaner installed in your home. These effective air cleaners are designed to minimize indoor air pollutants and potential allergens to help you and your family breathe cleaner air inside your home.
  • Protect your family’s health by installing an ultraviolet (UV) light in the air filtration system or ductwork. This will help to eliminate bacteria and viruses by breaking up the cellular structure of any microorganisms present in your HVAC system.
  • Clean your ducts! This is one of the most effective ways to maintain the quality of the air in your home. Make sure the ducts are insulated and properly sealed to prevent air from leaking and particles from getting inside. Sealed ductwork will also improve the operating efficiency of your system, too!​
  • Schedule a routine maintenance check of your HVAC system twice a year. This will help your system stay cleaner and moving clean air efficiently throughout your home.

Yes! Air Conditioning & Plumbing is here to help keep the air in your home cleaner and safer for you and your family. To schedule a visit from a Yes! professional, contact us at (702) 545-6260 or visit http://www.yesairconditioningandheating.com.

American households are happily embracing the benefits that have come along with installing Wi-Fi enabled thermostats. We use wireless connections to control many aspects of our lives, which has become a source of comfort and convenience upon which we now depend. Knowing that many of the important details of our lives are just a finger tap away has changed how we live our lives and now, as we welcome this fascinating technology into our homes, how we control our household.  

With a Wi-Fi enabled thermostat, or Smart Thermostat, homeowners are able to remotely control the temperatures in their home creating a smarter, more energy-efficient way of living. If you’re wondering if your home could benefit from a Wi-Fi enabled thermostat installation, below are a few facts from the experts at Yes! Air Conditioning and Plumbing.

  • Amazing Accessibility:  Wi-Fi enabled thermostats can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection. With the help of a mobile device, you can access your heating and cooling system from literally anywhere, from the comfort of your own bed or from a hotel room on the other side of the world. All you need is a stable internet connection. 
  • Piece of Cake Programming: Smart thermostats often have a clear and intuitive design which can send alerts if there’s a system issue, indicate when it is time for a maintenance check, and be easily programmed to your desired temperature settings from anywhere.
  • Serious Savings: According to the EPA's Energy Star program, homes with Wi-Fi enabled thermostats save an average of $180 per year on heating and cooling. Those savings really add up over time! 
  • Coordinated Connections: Wi-Fi enabled thermostats do an excellent job of communicating with your heating and cooling system, allowing for precise control over the comfort of your home. Many also communicate with outdoor sensors, displaying accurate readings of outdoor conditions while adjusting your home’s HVAC system accordingly for peak efficiency. 
  • Wonderfully Waste-Free: If you're the forgetful type, "learning” models have the ability to turn off when you leave your home and turn on just in time to reach your desired temperature as you return home. Your thermostat will learn to keep your home comfortable whenever you're there, while powering down and saving energy when you're not. All you have to do is go about your day while it learns your habits!

Yes! Air Conditioning & Plumbing is happy to help you find out which model of thermostat would best fit your home. To schedule a consultation with a professional on the efficiency and state of your current thermostat contact us at (702) 545-6260 or please visit http://www.theyesmancan.com.  

The hot Las Vegas summer is quickly approaching. Now is the perfect time to make sure that your air conditioning system is up-to-date and as efficient as possible. This time of year, you may be considering an upgrade to a high-efficiency air conditioning system. Although the initial cost may be higher than less-efficient systems, over the life of your system, your cooling bills will be lower.

Air conditioning efficiency is generally described by its SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) rating, which currently ranges from 13 to 231. The higher numbers on the SEER scale indicate the most efficient units, offering the most energy savings, year after year.

Consider these facts when deciding on a high-efficiency HVAC unit: 

  • In the average air-conditioned U.S. home, air conditioners use more than 2000 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year2.
  • Producing the electricity needed to cool the average U.S. home causes the average power plant to emit about 3,500 pounds of carbon dioxide and 31 pounds of sulfur dioxide per year3
  • Even if your air conditioner is just 10 years old, upgrading to a new energy-efficient air conditioner could save you 20 percent to 30 percent off your cooling costs4

If you’re interested in learning more about upgrading your air conditioning system, give Yes! Air Conditioning & Plumbing a call. We’re happy to help! You can reach us at (702) 545-6260 or visitwww.yesairconditioningandheating.com.   

 

1 http://www.consumerenergycenter.org/residential/heating_cooling/heating_cooling.html 

2 http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/central-air-conditioning

3 https://www.sparkenergy.com/blog/tips-for-buying-new-energy-efficient-central-air-conditioner/

4 https://www.epb.net/power/home/energy-efficiency/education/

Have you been saving up for a family vacation this summer? Don’t let your vacation cost you more than it should. Prep your home so that the money you’ve saved can go towards your trip! 

Yes! Air Conditioning & Plumbing can help you get your home ready, to ensure that you’re not spending extra money this season.

  1. Unplug appliances, in and out of your home: Anything that is plugged into a power source uses energy, even when the appliance is turned off. Make sure to unplug all electronics, lamps and lights, and even your large appliances to help save on your energy bill. Depending on how long you’ll be gone, consider emptying your fridge and unplugging the unit. If you live in an area prone to rain in the spring and summer months, make sure to unplug all outside electronics, so you can avoid any power surges in extreme weather.
  2. Turn off the lights: A common tip to most homeowners is to turn off lights before leaving the house. If you’re worried about unwanted intruders or security issues, invest in an automatic timer to turn certain lights on at night, making it look like your family is home. This way, there’s no need to keep any lights on for the entire duration of your trip away.
  3. Adjust your thermostat: Here in Las Vegas, it’s common for us to experience a substantial heat wave. Before leaving your home for a vacation, it’s important to adjust your thermostat to only come on when the temperatures really rise. Raising your thermostat to 85 degrees will ensure that your house never gets too hot, but cuts back on the energy you’d be using if you kept the temperature down at 70 to 75 degrees. Another option is to invest in a programmable thermostat with a “vacation” or “away” mode. For an even easier option, install a WiFi thermostat with similar functionality that also allows you to access the device from a smartphone. On your way home, you can turn on your air conditioner remotely and walk into a cool house!​
  4. Adjust your water heater: Just like a programmable thermostat, most water heaters also feature a “vacation” or “away” mode. If not, just switch your heater to “low” before leaving home for a vacation.

If you’re interested in learning more about steps to take to prep your home for an upcoming family vacation, give Yes! Air Conditioning & Plumbing a call. We’re happy to help! You can reach us at (702) 545-6260 or visit www.yesairconditioningandheating.com.   

And lastly, have a great vacation!

Is your air conditioner older than ten years old? Does it require frequent repairs? Can it be heard making strange noises? It can be difficult to know whether you should continue to repair your existing system, or whether it makes more sense to replace it with a brand new unit. The air conditioning replacement experts at Yes! Air Conditioning & Plumbing in Las Vegas aim to help you through all phases of maintaining, repairing or replacing your heating and air conditioning system. Here are just a few considerations to keep in mind when it comes to your HVAC system:

Are certain rooms in your home hotter or cooler than others?
Problems with your ducts, insufficient insulation or incorrect equipment operation could be to blame for uneven temperatures around the home. Your best option is to contact a skilled HVAC technician to discuss all of your options.

Are you noticing excessive dust around your home? If you haven’t cleaned your home in a while, that could be the reason for excessive dust around the house. But, it could also be your HVAC system! Ducts can pull dust and particles from your attic and basements if not properly sealed.

Have you been experiencing frequent repairs and HVAC costs in the past year, much more than usual? If you find yourself making frequent calls for repairs and incurring higher costs for your HVAC unit, it may be time to bring in the experts to evaluate your system and make a recommendation. Over the years, heating and cooling systems becomes less efficient and, eventually, a replacement will be needed. 

How old is your unit? If your unit is ten years or older, it may be time to consider a new heating and air conditioning system. A new unit with an ENERGY STAR label could save up to 20 percent on heating and cooling costs per year1

Is there excessive noise that is coming from your central air conditioner? There a number of reasons you could be hearing noise from your system, such as a problem with an undersized duct system or the indoor coil of your cooling equipment. Just as you would call a mechanic if your car is making strange or excessive noise, you’ll want to call your trusted HVAC experts if your air conditioner is doing the same.

Is your home feeling humid? Your home is bound to be humid during the hot summer months, right? Not if your system is working correctly. A number of things can cause the air to be uncomfortably dry in the winter and humid in the summer.  One of which is that the ducts are not properly sealed. Call in the experts to help you determine if your system is not working properly and evaluate the options.

If you are interested in scheduling an appointment to determine if your system needs maintenance, repair or replacement, or if you have any additional questions about your HVAC unit, please call the Las Vegas heating, air conditioning and indoor air quality specialists at Yes! at (702) 545-6260 or visit www.yesairconditioningandheating.com.   

1 http://www.houselogic.com/home-advice/heating-cooling/replace-home-air-conditioning-equipment/ 

2 https://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=heat_cool.pr_checklist_consumers 

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