Top Home Show Questions
What you learn at a Home Show
Your weekends are busy. Maybe you didn’t make it out to the home show because you were out making home improvements. That’s OK. We kept tabs on all the top questions we get asked at a home show, so we could share them with you. If we don’t answer your question here, use the form below to ask us your own.
What are the differences and advantages between Swamp Coolers and Refrigerated Air?
There are different advantages to Swamp Cooling versus Refrigerated air. Most of those are factors of economy. An evaporative system can be cheaper to purchase and to operate. While you will be using water and electricity to run an evaporative cooler, the motor and pump do not require the same energy demand that a refrigerated compressor requires. So if you are looking to save money, a swamp cooler may be the way to go. The trade off is that your cooler won’t be very effective on hot and wet days. We live in New Mexico and it has been a very dry year. This is where evaporators really shine. If it is hot and dry, they work great. Bring in the monsoon season and not so much. Also, PNM offers Cooler Rebates for new qualifying units.
You also typically have to choose between heater or air conditioner. Most swamp coolers share the same duct system as your furnace. Twice a year you have to switch between the heater and the cooler. We provide seasonal change-over service for this.
With a Refrigerated Air unit, you can move from furnace to AC with the touch of a button on your thermostat. You need to maintain your air filter replacements to protect your equipment. Otherwise, maintenance only requires a seasonal check up and the occasional cleaning of the compressor and coils.
The equipment is more expensive to purchase and operate than a traditional evaporator. These days, however, high efficiency units are available to bring down operational costs.
What are the pros a cons of a conventional hot water heater and a tankless hot water heater?
Depending on your homes hot water demands, a tankless hot water heater might be a great investment. Tankless water heaters offer a list of features that can help reduce energy costs and environmental impact:
- More energy efficient and water efficient
- Lower operating costs
- Space saving benefits
- Longer lifespan
Tankless water heaters are more expensive to purchase and install than traditional units. But they have a 20 year lifespan compared to the 10-13 years of a well maintained traditional tanked unit. Beyond price, there are other issues to consider when installing a tankless unit. Tankless heaters have higher BTU demands. If your gas pressure isn’t up to the task, you may need to buy an electric unit which is typically more expensive to operate. Also, if you hav a large household that may demand hot water for multiple applications, one unit may not be enough. If you are trying to cycle multiple people through the shower, while doing laundry and dishes, one unit will not be enough. You will like need more than a single heater. These units have a limited output. In this case, a large tanked unit may be the way to go.
Do I really need to soften my water? What’s different about the Nuvo Water Conditioning system?
New Mexico has always typically had hard water. Your municipality and their water source can contribute to a higher amount of scaling. If you are looking to reduce build up of deposits on your beautiful glass shower and tiles, a Nuvo system may be perfect for you. They work with city water sources, well sources and they work well with sceptic tanks.
However, these systems are for scaling (water build up, and the “feel” of soft water). If you are looking to address pathogens, taste and odor, you will need additional equipment. These include UV, Carbon and Iron filtration. A whole house or at the tap reverse osmosis configuration can help as well.