Axiom Home Services, Inc. Blog

Gas vs. Electric Furnaces

January 29th, 2018

air-vent-floorIf it’s almost time for a new furnace, it’s best to be well-informed before making a final decision about which type of heater will go in your home. Too often, people are willing to let contractors make that choice for them, and give little input themselves into what type of system they would prefer and what they would like to pay in the long term.

We think it’s important to go over all of your options before installing that new heating system. This includes deciding whether you would like a furnace powered by natural gas or electricity. We compare the two fuel sources in today’s guide.

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Picking Out Your New Water Heater Installation

January 15th, 2018

shower-steam-hotYou take a lot of time picking out a new home, a new vehicle, or even a new book to read or TV show to watch. That’s because these are things you care about and pay a lot of attention to. Picking out a new water heater, though, may be a task you don’t want to put much effort into. It seems like all water heaters would be the same, but this simply isn’t the case.

While it helps to have a professional technician to advise you before you make the final decision, we think it pays to take time to consider all of your options before choosing a new water heater installation. Here are our tips on what to consider for a system that deserves some thought, one you want to keep around for many years to come.

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How to Avoid Scheduling Heater Service

January 1st, 2018

technician-changing-filterIt’s a pain to have to call in a technician when a heating system stops working. It’s even worse when this happens during a storm or in the middle of the coldest night. However, this is when problems are most likely to occur—when heating equipment is working the hardest. If this has ever happened too you, you know you want to avoid calling for emergency repairs at all costs.

There are ways to prevent your heating system from requiring repairs. In fact, most heating issues are preventable, if you only take the time to keep your system in good shape and do your research. It all starts with the installation!

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How Home Boilers Differ from Furnaces

December 18th, 2017

red-boiler-heatingWhen an icy chill hits and its time to get some heat into the home, you’re probably only thinking of one thing: the setting on the thermostat. Few people actually take the time to think about what processes actually move that heat into the home and how their heaters really work—and that’s okay!

For the most part, it’s not up to you to know how a heater works, as a qualified technician will have the information necessary to make any repairs and only an installer is experienced enough to put in a new heater properly. However, there is one thing we think any new homebuyer should know, or anyone purchasing a replacement heater: the difference between a boiler and a furnace.

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Axiom Tees Up for Education: The 5th Annual Karl G. Larson Charity Golf Outings

December 15th, 2017

Mario LoPrinzi, owner of Axiom Home Services, Inc. got a little help from someone in-the-know before he was able to run a successful HVAC company. Now, he wants to give back to the next generation and make sure that more students see the value and need in the HVAC industry.

The Gustave A. Larson Company helped him to do just that at the 5th Annual Karl G. Larson Charity Golf Outing in Salt Lake City this summer. The money raised from this charity event, which was hosted in 4 cities across the US, helps fund research and scholarships for the HVAC industry.

Karl Larson, who passed away in 2012, loved this industry as much as we do. The Larson HVAC Lab at the College of Engineering & Applied Science at the University of Colorado – Boulder helps to keep that legacy going, allowing students to conduct research in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning.

Because of the efforts of Mario and people like him, the events were able to raise a substantial amount of scholarship money, which can help someone with drive to get started in the HVAC industry. Entering into this field has been great for Mario and his family, and we want to see more people prosper in and benefit the industry.

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The Problem with a Sloppy HVAC Installation

December 4th, 2017

two-technicians-door-ladderWe understand the urge to price items before settling on one or the other. We do this every time we go to the grocery store—deciding if it’s really worth it to get the name brand ketchup or if the store brand will do just fine. Of course, picking out a new air conditioner or heating system isn’t the same as selecting condiments from a grocery shelf. Why would you shop as though it is?

Many people attempt to save money on air conditioning and heating installations—HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) systems—by shopping around for the best price. Unfortunately, the best price doesn’t always translate to the best company. Often, we find that “cheap” companies are just that. You may end up with an installation that doesn’t meet your standards, and costs far more to fix than it did to install.

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Is Your Furnace Safe to Run?

November 20th, 2017

furnace-flame-blueLong ago, owning a central heating system was a little risky. There was little protection from gas leaks, fire, and carbon monoxide leaks that could turn deadly. Today, furnaces that run on natural gas are much, much safer. Still, if it’s been a while since you’ve used your heating system, you might have some concerns. And these could be justified.

So is your heating system safe to run this season? To find out, ask yourself these questions. If you have any concerns, call our team and we would be happy to give your system a full inspection.

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HVAC FAQ: What’s a Heat Pump?

November 5th, 2017

heat-pump-outdoor-unitHVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) and the industry that surrounds it contains a lot of terminology that, frankly, no average homeowner needs to know. Still, there’s one term we think people in most parts of the U.S., especially those in warmer climates, should know: heat pump.

While it may sound like a “heat pump” would be a heating system, this is only half true. A heat pump is primarily an air conditioner, but it has the ability to heat a home as well. This heating and cooling all-in-one system is ideal for New Mexico residents and is capable of keeping you comfortable efficiently all year long.

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Why Convert Your Swamp Cooler?

October 23rd, 2017

swamp-cooler-roofYou’ve been using your home’s swamp cooler for a long time. You’ve come to rely on it…well, for the most part. But there are some times when you walk into a store air conditioned with refrigerated AC, and you simply feel a sense of relief. If you ever have the feeling your swamp cooler simply isn’t delivering the quality of cooling you deserve, you’re not alone.

More and more people in our service areas are ditching their swamp coolers for refrigerated air conditioning. Is it worth converting to standard central AC (or a ductless system) for you?

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Why You Should Always Schedule Heating Service Early

October 9th, 2017

time-for-service-clockThe most common calls we get for heating service are about what you might expect. Most people call us in the winter, saying something along the lines of this: “My heater won’t turn on at all!” or “The heating system is blowing out cold air!” Heating repair calls in our area tend to be emergency calls, and that’s because so few people realize that heating repairs are usually preventable.

Heating repair should always be taken care of as early on as possible, as soon as you first notice a problem within your heater. Heating maintenance, though, is just as important, and can prevent you from noticing problems with your heater all season long.

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