Here's an overview of this week's three-hour homeowner radio broadcas
Outdoor Living Hour
Special Hour With The Central Arizona Project! You may have heard on the news about possible Tier 1 Water Restrictions. Special Guests Chuck Collum and Don Crandall of CAP explain how they've been planning around drought conditions for years and how this marvel of engineering has kept the water flowing thru Arizona.
We will also be taking your landscape and garden questions so give us a call!
Homeowner Topic: Rosielocks And The Three HVAC Units
When buying a new home heating and cooling system, it can be hard to find the one that's "just right." Jeff Heller of Rosie on the House Certified-Partner, Trane, explains the process of selecting the appropriate size HVAC unit. It's important to know what you want most and what combination of system and features offers the best solution for your home. The best way to get started is to remember and follow these three steps as suggested by TRANE: Prepare, Research and Shop...
Homeowner Topic: Open Lines!
Got a question? Call In! Chat with Rosie & Romey!
Drought is a serious challenge for Arizona's water supply. With the possibility of Tier 1 water restrictions, The Central Arizona Project discusses how they have planned for it.
CAP's Chuck Collum is the Colorado River Programs Manager. Discusses how proper management and preparation for drought has been ongoing for years.
The historical 1968 US Supreme Court win that led to the building of the CAP.
Explains why CAP hasn't utilized its full allotment of Colorado River water because of good management and conservation since 2014.
The Drought Mitigation Plan designed to respond to shortages avoiding Government intervention.
Chuck discusses the 3 strategies to build a more reliable Colorado River water supply: Inner state collaboration with partners and The Arizona Department Of Water Resources, collaboration with other Western States using the Colorado River and an agreement with Mexico.
Two new reduced water technologies being tested for agriculture: The Alfalfa Project and Ndrip developed in Isreal. A micro drip system using gravity, not electricity to move water without flooding rows.
Don Crandall is the Water Control Manager of Lake Pleasant & CAP Operations.
Don talks about a typical day managing water thru the CAP canal and distribution to customers. Starting at the Mark Wilmer Pumping Station on the Colorado River.
Don explains managing electrical usage to power the many pumps on the system.
Lake Pleasant is 'the holding tank' for the CAP. From the Colorado River to the lake, water is pumped in and generates electricity when moved out of the lake.
Don discusses how water from the canal gets distributed its users. They are a wholesale provider filling water orders for many customers under their contracted allotment.
How the CAP manages the delivery process from its headquarters across the 336 mile system. Thanks to a fantastic asset management program, its one of the most efficient systems in the country.
Jeff Heller of Trane Air Conditioners talks about proper sizing of your air conditioning unit.
Jeff's connection to the construction to the Central Arizona Project!
Sizing an air conditioner is a science. Jeff explains the many factors to consider. Every home is different even if you have the same model home. The challenges in sizing for an Arizona summer.
Air conditioners are more efficient when its running longer. Not starting and stopping which uses more energy. Letting it run longer achieves proper SEER rating, eliminates hot and cold spot, completely dehumidify the home and better indoor air quality.
Why its better for an A/C unit be slightly undersized.
How swamp coolers have given way to more efficient air conditioning systems.
Rosie's recommendation when you're going to install a new air conditioning unit if a contractor is not doing their due diligence.
TEXT: Regarding swamp coolers used in the home, its nice to keep your widows and doors open. Well.....
Jeff explains Air Conditioning 101: Removing heat and humidity. Having more returns than you need is not a bad thing.
CALLER: Wants some information on air scrubbers. Jeff explains how they work.
Listener Email: Success story on Super Cooling with pictures of new units and electric bill savings.
Is Super Cooling hard on the equipment? How time of use plans says no.
CALLER: Has an A/C unit from 1995. Wants to replace the air handler portion with a newer unit. Could that be compatable with the existing outdoor unit? Rosie has a few questions for the homeowner.
Takeaways to consider: Don't replace like for like. Have a Manuel J Calculation or Home Energy Audit done. Check the integrity of the ductwork. Go with a slightly undersized A/C unit.
A visit to The National Memorial Cemetery Of Arizona for Memorial Day Weekend.
CALLER: A Super Cooling testamonial! Explains in detail the changes and upgrades he made and saved money on his cooling bill with the SRP EZ Plan (On Peak Hours 3-6pm). Procedural focused!
CALLER: Has a stucco home and a new flagpole for an American flag. How do you mount a flagpole on a stucco wall?
Memorial Day moment!
CALLER: Has a 1948 red brick Hallcraft home 1200 square feet with a swamp cooler and vented attic. Added an additional 1200 square foot section and two new comfort units. New addition is sealed with foam ceiling. Remodeling the original part of the house removing the swamp cooler and ducts replacing with flex duct and new registers. Concerned about issues with the efficiency of the two units.
CALLER: Thanks Rosie for helping him save money by the results of a home energy audit replacing with a smaller ton unit at his home. Has a drywell for the pool used to drain for backwashing. Noticed some of the underside of the pool decking is crumbling into the drywell.
Sanderson Ford (hey, its live broadcasting so things happen :)
Back to the previous caller on the pool decking crumbing into the drywall issue.
Weekly To Do on the benefits of a Home Energy Audits. David Byrne of Green ID talks about his background. What a low cost audit on components of the home can do for the homeowner in saving money and keep the comfort you want.
More places to visit for Memorial Day Weekend. The USS Arizona Memorial Gardens at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale. And The Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza in downtown Phoenix.
Takeaways from the show!