Aurora Plumbing Company Blog: Archive for May, 2014

How Does High Elevation Affect My Plumbing?

Monday, May 26th, 2014

We live in Denver, where the air is thin and the elevation is high. The atmospheric conditions here in the Mile High City have the propensity to affect a number of appliances and household features that people in lower elevation don’t need to deal with. For example, during the initial flat-screen TV boom about a decade ago, we didn’t see a lot of plasma screen TVs in Denver because the gases required to make the technology work will expand in higher levels. Technological advances have since overcome the issue, but the principles remain the same.

“So How Does High Elevation Affect My Plumbing?” You Ask

Air pressure in high altitudes is lower than it is further down the mountain. Pressurized bags, such as those that carry potato chips, can often burst as the air inside the bag presses against the lower-pressure air outside. Water doesn’t have the same problems, though the pressure does affect its boiling point and hence how hot water is dealt with.  Water boils at about 203 degrees Fahrenheit here, ten degrees lower than it would in Los Angeles or New York. That can leave some foods uncooked, since people sometimes assume that the boiling water is hotter than it is.

The good news is that Denver has been around for a long time, which means that plumbers and building specialists have had a long time to work on the problem. Kitchens often include pressure cookers, for instance, while hot water heaters can be set slightly higher to compensate for the lower boiling point. Beyond that, however, plumbing and piping differ little from the plumbing found in lower elevations, which means that plumber can use the same skills and techniques to fix any problems that arise.

And regardless of how high elevation affects your plumbing, the right plumbing service should be able to handle any problem. Professional plumbing services in Denver can be provided by APC Plumbing & Heating. If you’re experiencing difficulties with your system, give us a call. We’ll solve the problem with professionalism and pride, and we won’t rest until you’re satisfied with our work!

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Choosing a New Water Heater: What You Need to Know

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Modern life is filled with decisions. You have to weigh your options at all times in order to make sure that you find the right product for your needs. The same holds true when you’re shopping for a new water heater. We offer a number of different water heaters for installation in your home, including conventional tank models as well as tankless, hybrid and solar water heaters. Finding the right one for your home involves knowing what your options are, but also knowing what your budget is and how much hot water your home requires on a daily basis. After all, you don’t want to have to put up with substandard results in the end.

What to Consider When Choosing A New Water Heater

  • Tank or No Tank. One of the big decisions you’ll have to make is to decide upon a tank or tankless water heater for your home. While tank models remain the most popular, there are some advantages to having a tankless water heater in your home. While tank systems suffer from standby energy loss because they have to keep a large amount of water constantly heated, tankless systems only heat the water that you need when you need it. This is obviously a much more energy efficient way to go about your hot water production, and it can lead to some serious savings in the long-term.
  • Hybrid or Solar? For the ultimate blend of efficiency and performance, you may want to look beyond conventional systems and opt either for a hybrid or solar water heater. The hybrid system uses either a tank/tankless combination or a heat pump-based heating system, while a solar water heater draws on solar energy to supply much of the energy for your hot water. Both are excellent alternatives.
  • Size, size, and size. Above all, please make sure that your water heater’s hot water capacity matches your hot water needs. When your water heater is sized appropriately, your new equipment will work exactly as it should for years to come. Overly small or large systems are neither efficient nor effective.

Give APC Plumbing & Heating a ring today if you want to make sure that your water heater installation in Denver is taken care of properly.

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Why a Swamp Cooler Might Be Right for Your Home

Friday, May 16th, 2014

During the summer months, you need to keep the interior of your home cool. That means having a whole house air conditioner that can withstand the high temperatures and also perform efficiently. After all, you don’t want your comfort to come at too high a cost. If you don’t want to go broke keeping every cubic inch of your indoor air crisp and refreshing, then you may want to consider an alternative system. The majority of air conditioning systems—from heat pumps to central air units and ductless air conditioners—use a refrigerant cycle in order to produce drastic changes in temperature through shifts in pressure. While effective, this method of cooling the air can also lead to high energy costs throughout the cooling season.

Why You May Want To Consider a Swamp Cooler

Swamp coolers are not designed to work in swamps, despite their name. In fact, they would work fairly horribly in a swamp or high humidity climate. They are designed for relatively dry climates like ours. The swamp cooler is also known as an evaporative cooler because of the way it cools the air. Whereas a conventional air conditioner works by a complex refrigerant cycle, involving the evaporation and condensation of a chemically designed refrigerant, a swamp cooler works by passing incoming outdoor air through moist pads. As the water on the pads evaporates, it causes the air to cool. A swamp cooler is a relatively simple device, consisting of a box with cooling pads, a pump to keep the pads wet at all times, a water tank, and a ventilator motor to keep air flowing into the device.

What Are The Benefits of a Swamp Cooler?

The benefits of swamp coolers are excellent. A swamp cooler may use up to 75% less energy than a standard air conditioning unit. When you consider how money you spend on a monthly basis during the summer, that’s a fair amount of cash that you could keep in your wallet. They are also an environmentally friendly device, which does not require the use of chemical refrigerant, and which cuts down on your electricity needs. Let APC Plumbing & Heating know if you’d like to learn more about the benefits of swamp coolers in Denver and what they can do for your home. Call us today.

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Common Air Conditioning Repairs

Monday, May 5th, 2014

Does your AC’s performance and efficiency leave much to be desired? Are your energy bills high? Does your AC make a terrible noise? Unfortunately, there will come a time when you need to get in touch with a professional for air conditioning repair service. Just like any other mechanical system or other part of your house, your AC suffers a fair amount of wear and tear over the years. Professional installation and follow-up routine maintenance are the primary ways of keeping your system in good working order, but they will not make your cooling system invincible.

While every home is different and no two setups exactly alike, there are some common problems that befall air conditioning systems. Below, we’ve given you some signs to look out for. If you notice anything out of the ordinary, it’s important to get in touch with your local Denver HVAC professional before the issue becomes serious. Neglecting problems can also lead to premature replacement.

List of Common Air Conditioning Problems

  • Loud and/or strange noises. If you find that your air conditioner makes a loud or strange noise, then it may be time to have it checked out. If you hear a banging noise, there could be a loose component within the air handler or somewhere within the ductwork. Grinding noise could be a serious problem related to the breakdown of your fan motor. Any hissing or whistling sounds are related to refrigerant or air leaks in the system.
  • High energy bills. We’re sure you keep a close watch on your energy bill, but there’s more to it than just making sure that your utility company is honest. If you notice a spike in your energy consumption, then you may have a serious efficiency issue. There are various causes to such issues, and only a hands-on diagnosis can provide a solution.
  • Bad cooling. If you find that your cooling is uneven or insufficient, then you’ve got yourself a case of bad cooling. Don’t let it ruin your summer. Make sure that you have your entire HVAC system inspected so that the root of the problem can be discovered and eliminated.

Don’t settle for anything less than comfort and convenience from your cooling system. If you suspect that you need air conditioning repairs, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. APC Plumbing & Heating offers quick and easy air conditioning repair service in Denver. Call now.

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