Aurora Plumbing Company Blog: Archive for September, 2014

Benefits of a Two-Stage Furnace

Friday, September 26th, 2014

The name “two-stage furnace” may sound fancy, but what it describes is a furnace that runs on two stages to better accommodate for the coldest days of the winter. The first stage, at which the furnace will operate most of the time, has a low-level output. The second stage, which will operate on the coldest days, has a high-level output. Most furnaces operate at single-stage, so they are running at a high output level all of the time. A two-stage furnace can better accommodate your needs, making your heating very efficient. At APC Plumbing & Heating, we know that saving money is important, so if you are interested in a two-stage furnace, call us today.

What Are the Benefits of a Two-Stage Furnace?

Here are some benefits a two-stage furnace offers:

  • Consistent, even comfort – because a two-stage furnace runs at least 75% of the time at a low capacity, it runs for longer periods of time and provides more even heat distribution.
  • Increased energy efficiency – it may seem that because a two-stage system runs more, it will use more energy. If it were running at a high output, this would be true. But the system runs at a continuous low output, and as such, actually uses less fuel.
  • Quiet operation – a two-stage system doesn’t have to kick on; as such, you won’t hear it start up or operate.
  • Improved indoor air quality – low capacity allows the air filters in your system to capture more particles and contaminants because air is constantly moving through them; this can improve your indoor air quality.
  • Less system cycling – there is much less on-and-off cycling with a two-stage furnace, which can help reduce wear and tear on your heating system.
  • No big swings in temperature – a two-stage furnace doesn’t blast on and shut off once the desired temperature is reached, only to blast back on again. Instead, the heating is gradual, reducing dramatic temperature shifts.

If you’ve been looking for your heating to be more comfortable and energy efficient, a two-stage furnace may be just what you’ve been waiting for. Call APC Plumbing & Heating today and schedule heating service in Denver with one of our installation specialists.

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Heating Upgrades Before the Heating Season Starts

Friday, September 19th, 2014

It’s always difficult to say “goodbye” to the summer and look past the fall toward the beginning of cold weather. But if you have an effective heating system ready to warm your home through the winter, those goodbyes won’t be so bad. To make your life even easier for the upcoming cold weather, you can have upgrades for your heating system with the assistance of the professionals at APC Plumbing & Heating.

Below are some of our suggestions for heating upgrades, large and small, that will make your winter more enjoyable and energy-efficient. Be sure to include a pre-season maintenance visit for your heater as part of your winter preparations: the best “upgrade” for any heater is to make sure it remains in the best condition possible.

Add Zone Controls

When the central heating in a home turns on, it distributes warmth to all the rooms that are connected to the ventilation system. This means energy is wasted on spaces that don’t require it, such as empty guest rooms. However, if you add a zone control system to your home, you can shut off heat to different rooms and only warm up the places that need it. To install zone control, professionals place dampers inside the ductwork and hook them up to individual thermostat, which then network into a central control. You’ll have a more even spread of heat, save money on heating bills, and give people in your home the ability to control the temperature to their liking wherever they are.

Upgrade the Thermostat

Do you still have an old manual thermostat with sliders and dials? Or a standard digital thermostat without programmable features? Then it’s time to change to a higher technology model that will help with precision temperatures and energy-saving features. A wide selection of thermostats exist for professional installation, including “smart” thermostat that develop their own energy-conserving programs and which can operate wirelessly, giving you control from anywhere you have Wi-Fi access.

Go Ductless

If you are considering a full replacement for your heating system, now might be the ideal time to opt for a ductless mini split heat pump. Like any heat pump, it works as both a heater and air conditioner, making it a great double comfort solution. The lack of ducts (ductless systems use blower units mounted in the different rooms) means higher quality indoor air, zone control, less loss of heat, and greater space in your home.

There are many ways that our technicians at APC Plumbing & Heating can assist you with updating your heating system in Denver. Contact us today to find out more, and also to arrange for you annual pre-season maintenance visit.

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How Professional Plumbers Clear Drain Clogs

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Despite commercials and advertisements that indicate liquid drain cleaners eliminate drain clogs, licensed plumbers will tell you otherwise. Professional plumbers do not recommend these toxic products to homeowners because they are generally unsafe, and because they simply do not work in most cases. Instead, professional plumbers have the right tools and expertise to locate and remove all sources of clogging. Here is the process many plumbers in Denver use to extract blockage.

Finding the Source

First, the plumber will assess the location of the clog. If slow drains are confined to a bathroom, there is probably no major blockage in the main sewer line that leads to your home, and a plumber knows to address the biggest problem area first. The type of tool a plumber uses also depends on what type of blockage is clogging your drains. Common sources of clogs such as hair, tough buildups of mineral deposits, or even tree limbs in the sewer line may all require different equipment.

Hydro Jetting and Drain Snakes

Some of the most common tools plumbers are equipped with include hydro jetting technology and drain snakes. Electric drain snakes or hand augers can be used to reach into pipes and pull out debris through the drains or to break up clogs so they can move down the pipes. A drain snake may be either hand-operated or motorized, and can reach clogs that are too far away for a plunger to reach. Hydro jetting utilizes a pressurized water source that blasts the pipes with water so that the insides are clear of any blockage. This may even work on tough mineral buildup that forms from hard water.

Video Pipe Inspection

Finally, a technician will check your pipes to ensure that no further blockage remains. Usually, this means inspecting the pipes with a small camera. As a fiber optic cable moves through the pipes, the technician views the video feed to check for additional problems.

Looking for professional plumbers in Denver? The experts at APC Plumbing & Heating show up with the right tools to inspect and clear your pipes. For dependable plumbing service from a trained technician, give us a call!

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Your Air Conditioner Can Fight Against the Humidity

Friday, September 5th, 2014

We don’t have a lot of humid days in our part of the country, but there is always a level of humidity to deal with wherever you live, particularly during the summer months. One of the many great benefits of having an air conditioner in Denver is that it removes both heat and humidity. Cooling the air without removing the moisture in it can create an atmosphere just as uncomfortable as warm, humid air. APC Plumbing & Heating has been helping customers with their air conditioning since 1984, and we’ll explain below how your AC helps fight humidity.

Evaporator Coils

There are two sets of coils in your air conditioner: the condenser coils and the evaporator coils. The condenser coils release the heat from your indoors to the outdoor air while the evaporator coils absorb the heat from your indoor air. As the evaporator coils absorb the heat, the air above the coils chills, and your indoor blower blows this cool air into your home. But a second process occurs with the evaporator coils at the same time: when the warm air from your indoors comes into contact with the cooled evaporator coils, water from this warm air condenses. This moisture drains to the condensate tray, and then leaves your home via the condensate pipe.

Proper AC Sizing Is Important

One of the ways in which the dehumidifying process can be interrupted is with the installation of an air conditioner that is too big for your home. Removing the heat and humidity from your home is a process that is controlled by temperature. With an oversized AC, your home cools too quickly and proper dehumidification can’t take place. This can leave your indoors feeling cool and clammy.

There is no point to installing an air conditioner that doesn’t also properly dehumidify your home. One of the best ways to ensure that you have an AC that is correctly sized is to work with experts from the beginning of your purchase to the end of installation. APC Plumbing & Heating NATE-certified technicians can help you with the sizing, choosing and installation of a new AC in Denver. Call us today and let us help you fight the heat and humidity.

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