Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Tanks…or No Tanks.

Pardon the grammar.  It isn’t what you think it is.  This is about the virtues of a Tankless water heater in your Colorado Springs home.  It boils (no pun intended) down to one major question.  Is a tankless water heater worth the money?  Let us throw this important point at you.  Tankless water heaters actually save you bucks in the long run!

Please understand that tankless water heaters may cost three times more than conventional ones.  You have to ask yourself…is it worth starting your day trying to get ready for work and getting a cold shower because someone else used all the hot water?  It takes a good amount of time for the tank to fill back up, turn on the burner, and heat the water.

Tank or tankless…that is the question.  Whatever the answer, it is easy to decide who should install it in the Colorado Springs area.  That answer is always Altitude Heating and Air serving the HVAC and plumbing needs of our area for many years.  If you seek professional water heater installation, call Altitude Heating and Air at (719) 209-4955.    

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Faucets and Drains and Gas Lines…Oh My!

That last one doesn’t seem to fit…does it?  When you think of plumbers you often think about toilets, faucets, clogged drains, but it’s important to remember that the gas systems in your home also rely on a configuration of pipes, so a plumber needs to address any kind of propane or natural gas installation issue.

Let’s just talk about a gas fireplace in your Colorado Springs area home.  A plumber is needed to acquire the necessary building permit and determine whether your chimney needs a liner or not. You will also need a plumber/HVAC pro if you plan to install a whole-house generator which is a very popular choice because they are dependable and cost-effective.

Gas can be very tricky…and very dangerous!  A professional gas line installer and inspector will be needed.  In the Colorado Springs area, you can always call on Altitude Heating and Air for your gas line installation needs.  For any plumbing problem, you also know the number for Altitude Heating and Air.  It’s (719) 209-4955.   

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Give Me Good Ventilation.

If your Colorado Springs home could talk it would tell you that (it might also say “pick up your socks”!).  Ventilation refers to the exchange of indoor and outdoor air. Without proper ventilation, an otherwise insulated and airtight house will seal in harmful pollutants, such as carbon monoxide.

Whole house ventilation entails using one or more fans and duct systems to exhaust stale air and supply fresh air into the house.  Whole-house ventilation systems provide controlled, uniform ventilation throughout the house.  Balanced systems include both exhaust and fresh air intake components.

In case you have ever contemplated the “V” in HVAC…now you know!  My name is Lonny Crawford the owner of Altitude Heating and Air.  It is my and my tech’s jobs to know the ins and outs of every heating and air conditioning system in Colorado Springs before you invite us into your home.  Just call us at (719) 209-4955.  

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Sump Pumps in the Rockies.

No, this is not an obscure John Denver song.  It’s about having and maintaining a sump pump in the Colorado Springs area.  In The Rocky Mountain State, most homes have basements. A growing number of homeowners are also expanding their living area into the basement.  It can be frustrating completing your new addition, only to have it flooded a few short months later.

Sump pumps are usually hardwired into a home’s electrical system and, occasionally have a battery backup.  In homes with finished basements, a homeowner may also decide to have a second sump pump as a backup.  Since water may begin to overflow if not constantly pumped, a backup system should be considered for prolonged power outages.

What is right for your Colorado Springs home?  Let us help you determine that with an in-home visit from sump pump installation and maintenance professionals Altitude Heating and Air.  Together, we can give you 2020 flooding vision in the New Year!   One sump pump or two?  Just call us at Altitude Heating and Air (719) 209-4955.  

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

A Salute to General William Jackson Palmer.

You may not know the name, but our city of Colorado Springs is beholding to him.  He was a 19th century railroad builder who founded our fair city as a resort town.  You see, railroads brought tourists and visitors to the area from other parts of the United States and abroad.  In the early days, the city was on the junction of seven railways.

Fast forward to the 20th century when NORAD The North American Space Defense Command was located within the city.  Things really got rolling in the 1960’s!  The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Pikes Peak Community College, and Colorado Technical University were established in our fair city.

Today, Colorado Springs is the home of nearly half a million people.  Here at Altitude Heating and Air Conditioning we are proud to serve the HVAC needs of that population which continues to grow.  From all of us at Altitude Heating and Air Conditioning to your family have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

It’s Not the Time of Year for a Tank Top!

However, it may be the right time to go tankless…a new tankless water heater that is.  It is widely known that tankless water heaters use 30 to 50 percent less energy than units with tanks, saving a typical family about $100 or more per year, depending on water usage.  Add in the comfort of always having hot water in your shower and now we’re talking!

The primary disadvantage of an on demand or instant hot water heater is the upfront cost.  The smaller units that you often see won’t produce enough hot water to serve most area households. They’ll only serve one faucet at a time.  It’s a problem if you want to shower while the dishwasher is running.  There are larger units that can handle the demand of a whole family.

What is right for your Colorado Springs household?  We can help you determine if it is the proper time for you to go tankless.  Just give us a call at (719) 209-4955.  We are the Colorado Springs’ HVAC experts at Altitude Heating and Air.  Let’s explore tank or tankless in your home and we will steer you in the right direction.