What Are the Benefits of a Ductless Air Conditioner?

July 25th, 2014

Many homes come equipped with sheet metal ductwork that connects to an air conditioning system to deliver cool air. But what can homeowners do if their older homes or new building extensions are ductless? Many choose to call a technician for duct installation. But this is a big task and can be a hassle for many homeowners as the layout of some homes makes ductwork installation nearly impossible.

Ductless air conditioners are a great solution for those without any ductwork installed in the home. During installation, an air conditioning technician installs an outdoor condenser unit and connects it to a series of indoor air handlers. These air handlers suck in warm air and remove the heat in order to deliver cool air to the home. Your home will likely need multiple air handlers in order to cool evenly. Each outside unit can generally accommodate up to four air handlers, each of which usually comes with its own thermostat.

What are the Benefits of Ductless AC System?

  • No Ducts: For many reasons, the absence of ductwork may be the biggest benefit of ductless air conditioning. Of course, ductless installation eliminates the disturbance caused to your home by adding extensive ductwork. But another benefit is the elimination of air leaks. Ducts often form leaks over time due to loose connections, and these leaks are responsible for a lot of extra spending since homeowners essentially pay to cool an unused area of the home.
  • Zone Control: Multiple air handlers in different areas of the home means your family benefits from zone control. If some areas of your home tend to be warmer or cooler than others, or if you’re fed up with hearing your family members argue about the temperature, you can control each area separately to keep everyone happy.
  • Energy Savings: The money you’ll save every month on your energy bills with ductless air conditioning is rather impressive. Ductless systems tend to have a much higher SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) than ducted systems, and taking advantage of zone control can save you even more.

Ductless air conditioning in Salt Lake City is a great solution for many homeowners without central air conditioning. To talk to a technician today, call Rentmeister Total Home Service.

Consider Upgrades with Your Air Conditioning Installation

July 18th, 2014

Installing a new air conditioner for your home doesn’t have to be the “same old, same old.” Your replacement AC will almost certainly have greater efficiency than your previous system because of the many advances in home comfort technology, but you don’t have to settle for having everything else about it be just the same. Scheduling a few standard upgrades as part of installation will give you a cooling system that rises far above your old one in comfort, convenience, and energy savings.

At Rentmeister Total Home Service, we don’t just handle air conditioning installation in Salt Lake City. We also offer numerous upgrades to help take cooling and comfort to the next level. Call us today and speak to our experienced installers to learn more about your upgrade options for your next installation.

Here are a Few Popular Upgrade Options to Consider for Your AC

Zone Control Systems

Installing zone control allows you to manipulate the temperature of different areas of your house independent of each other. You no longer have to cool down the entire house each time the AC comes on. This permits you to create more even temperatures throughout a home, adjust cooling to fit the needs of particular rooms and people, and save money on cooling by shutting down cooling to rooms that are not in use, such as guest bedrooms.

Cutting Edge Thermostats

Don’t settle for the same manual thermostat or out-of-date digital thermostat that you’ve been using for years. Have the thermostat replaced along with the air conditioner, and put in a digital programmable model with extra features that will help you with its precision controls and energy-saving settings. There are also wireless models available that permit freer thermostat placement and can come equipped with remote control.

Humidifiers

Low humidity is often a serious problem in Salt Lake City during the summer, and because air conditioners remove extra moisture from the air they can contribute to making the air inside your home uncomfortably dry. Low humidity indoors can cause health problems and damage furnishings. But professional installers can equip your new air conditioning system with a whole-house humidifier that will balance out the humidity in your home to the ideal level, something that smaller portable humidifiers cannot achieve.

There are many other options available to you to upgrade your new air conditioning system, including air filters and air purifiers that can deal with numerous indoor air quality issues your home might encounter. If you hire quality professionals for your air conditioning installation in Salt Lake City, UT, you will learn all about the many possibilities for expanding your comfort and savings.

For reliable AC installation (and numerous other home comfort services), call on the staff at Rentmeister Total Home Service today.

What Are the Benefits of a Zone Control System?

July 11th, 2014

You perhaps haven’t realized that you can divide your house up into separate heating and cooling zones the same way that commercial buildings do and control the temperatures in each zone independently. It isn’t as difficult a task as you might imagine: expert installers can set it up with a series of dampers placed inside the ventilation system and additional thermostats placed throughout your home to control each region. You can have any central heating and air system retro-fit for zone control, or you can have it done as part of new installation.

There are some major advantages of switching to zone control for heating and air conditioning in Salt Lake City. Call Rentmeister Total Home Service today to learn about our services for installing new zone control systems. We also offer repairs and maintenance for whenever you need them.

3 Benefits of Zone Control to Consider

  1. Energy savings: When a central force-air heating and cooling system comes on, it conditions every room connected to its ventilation system, regardless of whether it needs it or not. With zone control, you only need to cool or heat the rooms that need it. Empty rooms, or even an entire upstairs, don’t need to have energy wasted when no one is there to benefit from it. You will find this especially useful if you have guest rooms that only see occasional use.
  2. Personalized comfort: Different people have different temperature needs; some are more sensitive to cold temperatures than others. If enough people live in your house where arguments over the right setting on the thermostat are common, zone control permits everyone the ability to adjustment the temperature in their zone to their liking. This is also useful if you have an infant, whose room will benefit from higher warmth than the rest of the house.
  3. Cooling to fit room purpose: Zone control allow you to fit the temperature in a room to its purpose. A home gym and a kitchen will need stronger cooling, while larger and more draft rooms will benefit from warmer thermostat settings. Upstairs bedrooms can have higher cooling to combat rising heat, while the downstairs bedrooms can get by with reduced cooling. With proper use of zone control, you can help to create an even spread of temperatures through a home, creating a more pleasant environment.

Our installers at Rentmeister Total Home Service can pay a visit to your home to see how best to fit the HVAC system for zone control. We have years of experience with this work: we’ve delivered comfort to homeowners in Salt Lake City, UT with air conditioning and heating service since 1953.

Leading the Way with Independence Days!

July 3rd, 2014

The term “Fourth of July” is the popular name for the U.S. federal holiday officially known as Independence Day. It isn’t surprising that we would come up with a different name from the official one, since “Independence Day” is one of the most common holiday names across the globe. Most of the nations in existence today won their independence from another power, whether through wars, treaties, or long transitions.

What might surprise many people is how old U.S. Independence Day actually is compared to the similar holidays of other nations. Although the U.S. is still considered a young nation, it was one of the first to make a full break for its colonial master with a new constitution. Most countries that celebrate a national Independence Day are commemorating events that occurred in the second half of the 20th century, when many older empires at last relinquished control over their colonies.

How substantial is the difference in time for the U.S.A. and the rest of the world? U.S. Independence Day celebrates the signing of the Declaration of Independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain in 1776, making our country unusual in that almost no existing nations celebrate an independence event from the eighteenth century.

In terms of age, there is only a tiny handful current countries that celebrate an independence day that occurred earlier than the United States. Switzerland celebrates its independence from the Holy Roman Empire of the Germans in 1291 with “Swiss National Day,” held every August 1—although this only gained status as a national holiday in 1994. Sweden Celebrates “National Day of Sweden” to commemorate events in 1523 and the election of King Gustav I during the War of Liberation against Christian II of Denmark and Norway. Romania comes almost a hundred years after U.S. Independence, with its 1877 freedom from Turkish rule.

The most recent Independence Days to come into existence are for Montenegro, which gained independence from Serbia in 2006 and celebrates the day on May 21, and South Sudan, which gained independence from Sudan in 2011 and celebrates the day only a day after the U.S., on July 5.

Does anyone else celebrate a literal “Fourth of July,” an Independence Day that also falls on the fourth day of the seventh month? Yes: Abkhazia, a small Central Asian country that declared its independence from the Republic of Georgia in 1999 (although not all countries recognize it). Coming a day (like South Sudan) on July 5 is the independence of the small Atlantic island nation of Cape Verde, which became free from Portugal through signed agreement in 1975.

Everyone at Rentmeister Total Home Service hopes you and your family enjoy a vibrant Independence Day/Fourth of July this year!

How to Make Your Air Conditioner More Efficient

June 27th, 2014

During summer, you might try to lower cooling costs by running your system less frequently than you’d like. However, there are other ways to increase the energy efficiency of your AC system without giving up your comfort. This guide contains energy saving tips for your air conditioning system in Salt Lake City this summer.

Cleaning or Replacing Air Filters

When your air filters are dirty, the efficiency of your AC system seriously suffers. Dirty air filters restrict airflow, which means your system has to work excessively to compensate. Replacing your air filters about once a month, or cleaning them if yours are washable, can increase energy efficiency up to 15%. You may need to do this more or less often depending on how often you run the AC.

Insulation

Heat moves naturally from a warm space to a cooler space. Even though your air conditioner is responsible for releasing the inside heat back outdoors, the building structure may allow heat to flow back into your home too easily. Insulation within the walls, ceilings and floors increases heat resistance by preventing heat from entering your home during summer and preventing it from flowing outside of your home in winter. Insulation may have been installed in your home when it was built or it can be retrofitted by blowing it into the walls through a small hole.

Regular Maintenance

Scheduling regular maintenance on your air conditioning system helps prevent problems in the future. If you schedule maintenance every year at the beginning of the cooling season, you can help prevent sudden breakdowns. A technician will clean system components and let you know of any issues that could be inhibiting your AC’s efficiency.

Schedule Repairs as Soon as Possible

If something is off with your air conditioning system, don’t wait to call a professional for repairs. If your system has to work harder to make up for any damaged AC components, it will use a lot of energy to do so. Fixing problems as soon as possible helps to ensure that your system continues to be efficient.

Contact Rentmeister Total Home Service for energy efficient solutions for your air conditioning system in Salt Lake City.

What Are Some Signs That I Need To Upgrade My Air Conditioner?

June 24th, 2014

Your air conditioner has done a good job of keeping you cool over the years, but can you get more out of your AC system? An HVAC technician can install upgrades to your air conditioner that allow you to manage your energy bills and your comfort more efficiently.

We’ve detailed some of the signs indicating that you may be ready for an air conditioner upgrade. For upgrades, replacement and more, contact Rentmeister Total Home Service for air conditioning installation in Salt Lake City.

High Energy Bills

If your energy bills suffer every month from your family’s AC use, this may be a sign that it’s time for an upgrade. A zone control system is an innovative way to lower energy bills. It seems wasteful to adjust the temperature to the same degree throughout the house if you and your family are sleeping soundly upstairs. With a zone control system, you can turn off or adjust the air in rooms you’re not using, thus lowering the cost of cooling your home.

Different People, Different Needs

Sometimes, the members of your household have different temperature needs. A zone control system not only helps with high energy bills, but can also help family members feel more comfortable as they adjust the temperature in their rooms to whatever setting they prefer. If your family members would benefit from custom temperature settings, it may be time for an upgrade.

Inaccurate Thermostat Readings

Do you feel like your thermostat reading is not always accurate or is hard to read? If you’re still relying on a manual thermostat, you may have an inaccurate temperature gauge that keeps your home cooler or warmer than you want, causing discomfort and possibly forcing you to use too much energy. Upgrading to a digital thermostat will give you an accurate, clear reading you can count on. You can also program it to come on at certain hours for increased reliability and ease.

Whether you’re considering a zone control system installation or a new programmable digital thermostat, Rentmeister Total Home Service can take care of all of your needs for air conditioning installation in Salt Lake City.

How Water Softeners Prevent Plumbing Repair

June 20th, 2014

Hard water is a condition that affects the water supply entering some homes through the municipal system. Hard water contains an excess of minerals, usually calcites and magnesium. This is rarely dangerous for your health, although it can reduce taste quality and make it difficult to form soap lather.

The major problem with hard water is what it can do to your plumbing and fixtures if left untreated. Installing a water softener in your home’s plumbing will counteract water hardness and help you avoid needless plumbing repair in Salt Lake City, UT. Contact Rentmeister Total Home Service for water treatment solutions that will help you with water softener installation.

How a water softener helps your home

The large amount of minerals inside hard water can cause numerous issues inside your plumbing. One sign that you have hard water is the appearance of off-white flaky substances along faucets and edges of drains. These are the calcite deposits from the minerals in the water. They are unpleasant to look at, but imagine what kind of problems they can pose for the inside of your pipes, where they will start to build up.

Excess calcite deposits inside a pipe will start to reduce the space within the pipe. Although it is extremely rare for these deposits to close off a pipe entirely, the lessened space in the pipe will cause a spike in water pressure. High water pressure will inflict damage throughout your plumbing and will lead to numerous leaks springing up along connection points. You can expect to call for many plumbing repairs to seal leaks when you have hard water.

Hard water is also a serious problem for your home’s water heater. The high temperature inside a water heater tank will turn the minerals in hard water into limescale that will develop along the interior of the tank. Limescale acts as an insulator, and this will cause an imbalance in the tank’s heat and create overheating. A water heater will need regular de-scaling to fix the problem… unless the hard water can be counteracted.

How does a water softener deal with hard water? This whole-house treatment system balances the minerals in hard water with salts. Calcium and magnesium ions in water will switch places with sodium ions. A water softener only needs to add a small amount of sodium (12.5 mg per 8 ozs.) to the water supply to make this switch, which is well below the minimum set by the Drug and Food Administration for “very low sodium” levels.

You need to have professionals handle installing a water softener. Call Rentmeister Total Home Service today to arrange an appointment to look at your home’s issues with hard water and come up with a solution. Should you need plumbing repair service in Salt Lake City, we are available 24 hours a day for emergency service.

Serving Breakfast and Serving our Community

June 16th, 2014

Rentmeister Total Home Service is proud to be sponsoring the Pancake Breakfast benefiting Chloe’s Sunshine Park for our fourth year in a row during Heritage Days. We invite our wonderful customers, friends and family to join us at the Community Center on Saturday, June 28 from 7:30-9:30am for a delicious pancake breakfast. Rentmeister’s staff will be cooking, serving and cleaning up from this event that is sure to be a blast for the whole family. The cost is $3 per person or $20 per family (up to 8 family members).

Proceeds from the breakfast benefit the proposed Chloe’s Sunshine Playground project. The project is named after Chloe Bennett, a Syracuse City child who has been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and West Syndrome which limit her ability to speak, walk, and to play on traditional playground equipment. Chloe’s mother felt inspired to gather support to create a community playground that would accommodate all children where they could play together and bridge the gap. The proposed playground would be fully accessible and feature ramps, shade structures, slides, swings, a water splash pad and restrooms. 

Come out to the Pancake Breakfast to learn more and help show your support. We look forward to seeing you!

Proposed plans for Chloe's Sunshine Park

Steps to Take When You Detect a Plumbing Leak

June 12th, 2014

Plumbing leaks are fairly commonplace, but that doesn’t negate their severity. If left untreated a leak can destroy drywall and other portions of your home, as well as putting strain on the plumbing system and costing you a great deal in monthly water bills. Even a minor leak can become a big headache if you aren’t careful. The good news is that in a big town like Salt Lake City, plumber services are on call to handle the problem professionally. You should always let a plumber repair the leak itself – it will ensure that the job is done right – but there are still some steps to take when you detect a plumbing leak.

The first thing you need to do is determine if the leak is in your household or if it stems from the larger water system. If it does, then it’s the city’s problem and you shouldn’t need to retain a plumber to deal with it.  The secret to doing that is your water meter. Read the meter and then refrain from using any faucets, toilets or other plumbing fixtures for at least two hours. Then check the meter again. If it has dropped at all, the leak is coming for your property any further steps must be taken. Otherwise, call the city and inform them of a leak in their system, near your home.

Once that’s complete, you need to determine if the leak affects the whole house or just one fixture. If you can’t pinpoint the exact location of the leak, check the nearest affected fixture, then check other fixtures in the house to see if they’re affected the same way (such as with lower water pressure). If they are, you should shut off water to the entire house and call a plumber. If you can definitely track the leak to a single fixture, however, you’ll probably be okay just shutting off water to that fixture.

In any case, you should call a plumber immediately upon completion of the steps to take when you detect a plumbing leak. If you’re looking for a plumber in Salt Lake City, the experts at Rentmeister Total Home Service are standing by to help. Give us a call today!

3 Common Sources of Plumbing Clogs

June 5th, 2014

If you’re a plumber in Salt Lake City, clogs in the pipes are practically a daily issue. We’ve seen every conceivable source of clogs in kitchen and bathroom plumbing, and we can spot the culprits fairly readily when they show up. That’s one of the reasons why you should always call a professional plumber rather than trying to treat clogs yourself: we can apply the right tool for the job rather than taking a one-size-fits all approach (like a store-bought cleanser) and hoping for the best.

Here are 3 common sources of plumbing clogs to give you an idea of the variety of causes for this seemingly simple problem.

  • Hair and soap. Human hair is surprisingly strong and when soap suds solidify in the pipes, they can become extremely viscous. Put them together and you have a recipe for disaster: a gummy, glue-like mixture that can stop pipes up as sure as putting a plug in the drain. A good drain catcher in your sink or shower can help prevent these kinds of clogs, but a plumber can usually clear them up quickly if they do occur.
  • Food particles. Food particles can include obvious culprits like peach pits and bones, which should never be thrown down the drain. But they can also include things like potato peelings, which are very fibrous and tough. When they get caught in the drain, you usually need a mechanized snake to deal with the issue.
  • Hot grease or fat. This is perhaps the most insidious source of plumbing clogs you can find. When grease or fat is in liquid form, it seems perfectly natural to pour them down the drain. But they will solidify once they’re in the cool pipes, and can easily form a blockage.

If you’re looking for a plumber in Salt Lake City to deal with common sources of plumbing clogs, then the experts at Rentmeister Total Home Service are standing by to help. We have the tools to handle most any kind of clog, as wells as the experience to treat it right the first time, every time. Give us a call today to set up an appointment. You’ll be glad you did!