Why hard water can be dangerous for your plumbing and appliances

You may have heard the term “hard water” as it pertains to the water at your home. Hard water is the term used for water with extra minerals in it, particularly magnesium and calcium.

Unfortunately, hard water can take its toll on your plumbing and appliances, and the water here in Lake Havasu City is especially hard. Over time, it may wreak havoc on your appliances and plumbing.

Pictured: Sink being filled with hard water. Over time, hard water can have a detrimental impact on drains, pipes, and more.

You can combat hard water by having Air Control install a water softener in your home, which removes the minerals and allows you to avoid the problems that come from hard water. Without a water softener, it is likely you will need a professional plumber to check your pipes and appliances regularly for damage.

Pipe blockages are common with hard water

While this issue may not cause problems immediately, the concern is that the pipes can become blocked over time. At first, it may be a small blockage that just creates pressure on the pipes, but eventually the buildup may completely block the pipe and cause leaks or broken pipes.

Realistically, almost any plumbing fixture is affected by hard water. You may notice damaged washers and seals and ruined finishes on all your pipes and fixtures.

It is detrimental to fixtures

Once the hard water mixes with soap, there is a reaction that takes place that is hard on bathroom and kitchen fixtures. This develops scale and film on faucets, sinks, showers, toilets, and any other plumbing fixture.

Not only will hard water in Lake Havasu City eat through your fixtures, but it can also leave dark spots that are easy to see and make your fixtures appear dirty.

It can affect the efficiency of appliances

As minerals from the water build up in certain appliances—such as a water heater—over time, lime scale develops and can reduce the efficiency of the appliance. This forces the appliance to work harder and it may wear out faster and force you to replace your water-based appliances earlier rather than later.

Air Control Home Services offers services to counteract hard water

Our plumbing services include scaling, repair, installation, and maintenance on all plumbing affected by the water here in Lake Havasu City. Contact us today if you want to discuss how hard water is affecting your home.

Here are the best ways to save energy in your home this summer

With temperatures in Lake Havasu City easily climbing above 110 degrees (or more!) every June, July and August, cooling costs can be one of your biggest monthly household expenses. Luckily, there are lots of easy ways you can save energy this summer.

By following the tips in this blog, you can cut down on your bills and stay nice and cool at the same time. Take a look at these home energy-efficiency tips you can start implementing right away.

Pictured: Save energy this summer with our HVAC services.

1. Use your thermostat efficiently

Many homeowners have no idea how they can get the most out of their thermostats to save energy in the summer.

For obvious reasons, the primary way to save is to set your thermostat to the highest comfortable temperature during the summer. Set the temperature higher during times you’re away from home. Don’t set your thermostat to a super-low temperature when you want to cool the house, as this doesn’t speed up cooling.

A programmable thermostat makes temperature management easy. Air Control Home Services can help you find the right programmable thermostat so you can save energy.

2. Upgrade to Energy Star cooling equipment

If your cooling unit is no longer working efficiently or is more than 10 years old, you should have your system evaluated by a qualified HVAC professional here at Air Control. One sure way to save energy this summer is to have our team install a new air conditioner or heat pump.

Energy Star units are designed for home energy-efficiency and can save you up to 20 percent on your home-cooling bill. It’s easy to find these units because they have an Energy Star label on them. Our professionals know how to advise you in choosing the best Trane unit for your home’s needs.

3. Use other home-cooling resources, like fans and blinds

Ceiling fans help circulate conditioned air more effectively. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, by using fans, you can raise your thermostat setting by 4 degrees without this increase affecting your comfort.

You can also help lower your energy costs and keep your home cooler by ensuring that window blinds and curtains are closed while you are away from home. This keeps out the sun’s hot rays.

Call Air Control for advice on how to save energy

Take action now before the summer sizzle sets in. Call Air Control for more advice and tips on energy-efficiency and boosting your home’s energy savings.