Helpful Tips & Tricks of the Trade
At Williams Mechanical, your comfort comes first! To discuss your HVAC, electrical or plumbing questions with our team of experts, give us a shout-or connect online. In the meantime, remember these useful tips to extend the life and performance of your systems.
Aging cooling and heating equipment or ductwork can increase energy bills and reduce indoor comfort, so itâ€™s important to schedule regular system inspections. Williams Mechanical offers affordable maintenance programs that lengthen HVAC lifespan while pinpointing issues before they become costly repairs. We also keep your HVAC system clean and performing at optimal efficiency. The best times to schedule system maintenance are before peak usageâ€”during the fall and spring.
Carbon Monoxide Safety
Carbon monoxide is an odorless gas that leads to symptoms like nausea, dizziness, headaches, respiratory distress, and even death. Carbon monoxide detectors are an affordable way to protect occupants from carbon monoxide poisoning, but they should be tested regularly and replaced every three to five years (per manufacturer recommendations).
Importance of Indoor Air Quality
Indoor air quality is especially important for those suffering from allergies or asthma. Keeping ductwork clean and installing proper filtration and UV air cleaners can reduce indoor pollutants. Most importantly, invest in high-quality filters for your HVAC system. Cheap, inefficient filters allow bacteria and particulates to pass into your indoor environment, exacerbating respiratory conditions. High-efficiency filters are relatively inexpensive, and are an investment in the health of your family.
Your plumbing is used more often than any system in your home, and a properly functioning system is necessary for health and comfort. To keep it in good working order:
- Make minor repairs promptly. Slow drains, leaky faucets and broken toilet valves are inconvenientâ€”and a waste of money.
- Trust major repairs & new installations to the supervision of a licensed contractor. Williams Mechanical uses the highest quality materials, and provides industry-leading workmanship guarantees for your protection.
- Unclog drains safely. Chemical drain cleaners can damage pipes, and are harmful to skin. Instead, unclog drains using a plumbing snake or a biodegradable enzyme digester.
In case of a plumbing emergency, it is important to locate your main water shut-off valve. Shutting down the main water source can prevent severe structural damage and interior flooding. The water valve may be located in the basement or in the garage.
Electrical System Maintenance
Regular electrical system inspections are important in maintaining the comfort and safety of your property. Check cords, outlets and fixtures for loose wires, and keep bushes and trees trimmed to avoid contact with exterior wiring. If you have concerns about your homeâ€™s electrical system, contact Williams Mechanical and we will recommend a contractor who can inspect and update aging or damaged system components.
Energy-Efficient Solar Power
Solar systems are ideal for the sunny Albuquerque and central New Mexico region. Systems can be mounted on areas of the roof, or ground-mounted if the roof is not an option. While solar systems require a significant upfront investment, they provide inexpensive power year-round, reducing energy bills and producing a prompt return on investment in most cases. In addition, youâ€™ll reduce your carbon footprint and contribute to a cleaner New Mexico!