Fall Maintenance of HVAC Systems

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Autumn checkups keep the system in top shape

Autumn is here and there still is time to make sure the furnace and the other heating appliances in the house are in proper shape. It may seem funny to worry about winter when the house happens not to be in Minnesota or Vermont, but every house owner has to keep something in mind: there doesn’t have to be one speck of snow on the ground for winter to be unbearably cold. Nights can get frigid, and the heating system in Mesa  still has to produce to keep things comfortable. Maintenance in the weeks before winter officially begins can help prevent a person feeling like a Popsicle in January.

 

The maintenance does not have to be a major overhaul. The important thing is to be sure that there is nothing to clog the airways, the filters have been replaced, and there is no damage in the combustion chambers of the furnace and the area is clear of any debris. A professional furnace technician can also check to make sure there is no chance of carbon monoxide back drafting into the house due to a clog in the system. Air ducts can also be checked to make sure that they are free of any obstructions, and that the heat gets into the living space. The maintenance work done in the autumn can actually cut energy costs, since less energy has to be expended to generate and conduct heat if everything is in good shape.

 

A professional is perhaps the best person to do all this work. It is important that there is no chance of carbon monoxide accidentally leaking from the furnaces, and an HVAC professional will be on the lookout for that. The cost of a routine maintenance job is not that expensive, but it will get costly if a person waits until winter to do the maintenance work. Winter can still bring in cold wind, and the discomfort can be avoided with just a routine maintenance job performed on HVAC heating.

 

 

Window Unit or Central Air which one would benefit my home?

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Central Air VS Window Units

Mesa, Arizona homeowners often ask what type of air conditioning unit would best fit their needs. Both window units and central air systems can effectively cool an enclosed area.  There are differences between window air conditioning units and central air systems.  The type of air conditioning model that is best can depend on a number of different factors. The size of the space that customers want to cool is the most important factor. The power of both Window and Central Air conditioning units are measured in EER’s, which stands for Energy Efficiency Ratio.

Window Units are great for Small Areas

Window air conditioning units are great for cooling small spaces.  A smaller home can be perfect for window units because there is not a lot of space to cool.  They are also great for cooling down one specific area and are a great options for those who are low on funds.  Most  window units rate around 9.4 to 10.7 EER’s.

Central Air are great for large structures

It is one of the most common home improvement projects and they add value to a home. The amount of windows a home has and how the sun hits are factors that can determine which type of air conditioning unit is best. Many different factors are considered for what size central air unit is required.   There are four major brands that we prefer to install which are Trane, Rheem, Carrier and Ameristar.  Central air systems also rate in EER’s minimum of 12, but are measured on a different scale. They are reliable and can last a lot longer than typical window units.

Call a Professional to help with your decision

Customers should contact a Mesa A/C contractor to help them get accurate and reliable information prior to making their purchase to ensure it is the best educated decision for their home.

Copper Theft is on the rise!

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Tips to Protection You from Being a Victim of Copper Theft

The increase in copper prices has caused a major issue for both Home and Business owners. Copper prices have been on the rise for the past few years which has caused an increase in copper theft. The easiest target for the copper thief is an outdoor air conditioning system.  May Home and Business owners may be surprised by how quickly copper thieves can dismantle an outdoor unit and steal the copper.  The Home and Business owners are faced paying the insurance deductible when copper theft occurs. There are a few things that homeowners and commercial buildings can do to reduce their risk of being victimized by copper thieves.

Ideas on how to protect the unit from Copper Theft

We suggests that AZ residential and commercial air conditioning customers install fencing to the surrounding area.  If fencing in not an option then we recommend putting outdoor lighting around their unit.  Motion sensor lights will deter most Thieves as they are less likely to target a home or business that is well lit to avoid getting caught red handed. Phoenix A/C Contractor also recommends placing a cage around the air conditioning unit to prevent copper theft.  The easiest way to put a stop to copper theft is to keep the air conditioning unit out of view.

Learn More Information

The Copper thieves make $20 to $75 for the copper they take into their local scrap metal dealers, but homeowners and commercial businesses face large and expensive repair bills.   Keep in mind that most times the thief is successful in getting the copper regardless of the challenge or obstacles they have to go through.  There has been two Copper Theft laws in Arizona  passed  Bill 2262 Department of Public Safety will register scrap metal dealers and Bill 2396 which requires the thieves that are caught to be charged based on the amount of damage not off the low value of the scrap metal.  If you see suspicious activity call your local law enforcement to investigate the situation.

Purchasing The Perfect Air Conditioner

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Tips on How to Purchase the Perfect Air Conditioning Unit

There are many different factors that are important to consider when choosing an air conditioning unit for a home In Mesa, Arizona. There are also numerous types of air conditioning units to consider. There are window units, HVAC systems, and portable units to consider. The size of the room or home can be the most important factor to keep in mind when choosing an air conditioning unit. Other factors to consider when purchasing an air conditioning unit can include the following:

  • Number of windows that are located in the area.
  • The exposure of the room.
  • Quality of the room’s insulation

Purchasing the Perfect AC Unit

Air conditioning units are measured in British Thermal Units, which are often referred to as BTUs. Energy efficiency ratio measures the cooling efficiency of a model per hour in watts. It is best to get the smallest BTU rating that will suit the size of the room and the highest EER rating. Energy Star models are often the best systems to choose because they have great efficiency ratings and can help lower heating and cooling bills. It is recommended that consumers purchase air conditioning units and HVAC systems during the off season to save more money. These systems and units are in high demand during the summer.

2013 Tax Credit for New AC Unit Purchases

There is currently a tax credit offered for mesa homeowners that purchase Energy Star HVAC systems during the 2013 tax year. This credit can help homeowners save as much as five hundred dollars on their taxes. Some HVAC Energy Star purchases made during 2012 may even be eligible for this federal tax credit currently being offered. This tax credit only applies to Energy Star HVAC systems. An AC unit that is too small will not efficiently control the humidity and comfort of a room. This credit also only applies to homeowners.

2013 Tax Credit Offered By Energy Star

Federal Tax CreditHow to Qualify for the 2013 Federal Tax Credit

As of January 2013, President Barrack Obama passed the federal tax credit that allows homeowners to enjoy a federal tax credit if they purchase an Energy Star HVAC system during the 2013 tax year. This credit is also being applied to some 2012 Energy Star HVAC system purchases. Homeowners will have to check with their local tax professional to learn if their 2012 purchase can qualify for this tax credit. This tax credit can only be taken advantage of by homeowners.

Qualifications and Requirements to Receive the 2013 Federal Tax Credit

HVAC systems are not the only items that qualify for this incredible federal tax credit. Heat pumps, water heaters, and even boilers can even qualify for this tax credit if they are stamped with an Energy Star label. The maximum amount a homeowner can receive back is approximately five hundred dollars. Each homeowner can receive as much as ten percent of their overall purchase price back. The Energy Star purchase must be a brand new unit. This offer expires in December 2013. Do not delay in purchasing a new Energy Star HVAC unit to reap the benefits of this tax credit.

Purchase a New Energy Star HVAC Unit

We offer a long line of Energy Star products to choose from including major brand names like Ameristar, Trane, and Rheem. Our company takes a great amount of pride in presenting their customers with the lowest possible prices on all brands of HVAC central air units. We walk their customers through every step of the buying process and are always happy to answer any questions our customers may have. A unit needs to be replaced if it is ten to fifteen years old so that it functions properly. Do not wait any longer to take advantage of the Tax Credit.

Are Electronic Air Filters Worth the Purchase?

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Do Electronic Air Filters Really Work?

Many consumers are wondering if electric air filters for HVAC systems actually work. The answer to this question is yes. Electronic air filters for HVAC units are very efficient at removing dander, allergens, and other potentially harmful things in the air that are invisible to the naked eye. These air filters are practically a must have item for those who suffer from allergies. Electronic air filters are over ninety nine percent effective. There are many major brands of electronic air filters.

Electronic Air Filters 

Trane is one of the most popular brands of electronic air filters. Rheem, Ameristar, and Carrier are also very popular brands. Trane models have cleanable and reusable air filters, which makes them one of the most cost friendly brands on the market. Air Care in Mesa AZ has a long line of Trane products to offer to their customers.  They are known for providing their customers with the best service and the best prices, who also have a long history of installing, selling, and maintaining Trane products.

Reliable Heating and Cooling Experts in Mesa, AZ

Electronic air filters  are made to last. We are more than happy to answer any questions that their customers may have about electronic air filters or HVAC systems in general. Our staff members are trained and certified so that they are true experts on heating and cooling systems in Mesa AZ and products like electronic air filters. There has never been a better time to get in touch with the friendly customer service team at  to learn more information about electronic air filters and the numerous services they have to offer. Residential and commercial services are offered.

Smart Thermostats

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What Consumers Need to Know About Smart Thermostats

The thermostat of an air conditioning unit in Mesa AZ is more than likely the farthest thing from busy consumers’ minds. It may seem like an unimportant part of an air conditioning unit, but it in fact plays a vital role in the functionality of a unit. Consumers probably do not give these items a second thought, but a thermostat plays a huge role in the overall comfort of the home and the efficiency of the unit. Thermostats are the devices that regulate the overall temperature of a central air unit. When the unit has a reached a specified temperature, the thermostat will stop the unit from continuing to cool.

Thermostat Installation Services and So Much More

We has a long history of providing thermostat installation, service, and repair to their customers. Air Care is more than willing to help their customers decide whether or not their thermostat needs to be replaced. An air conditioner will not kick on or maintain a consistent temperature if the thermostat has gone bad. There are ways to determine this, but this task is best left to the professionals.  There are many different types of air conditioning thermostats on the market. The newest technology that has been released are “smart thermostats.” These thermostats are said to have a lot of nifty new features that other models do not.

Smart Thermostats: Are They Worth the Extra Cash?

Air Care is always up to date on all of the latest advances in the field so that they can provide their customers with the very best. Smart thermostats can be set just like any other type of thermostat. Many consumers are wondering why these models are so special. Smart thermostats do more than just digitally display the temperature and control the comfort level of a home with the power of a remote. These types of thermostats can “learn” from the user’s behaviors to automatically set themselves. Users do not have to worry about a thing. Smart thermostats can be managed by apps or Android devices. These devices work a lot better at cooling the home than to turn the thermostat way down in hopes that it cools off method. That does not work at all. All that theory does it run up energy bills. Smart thermostats use less energy.

We can handle the Installation of Smart Thermostats

Smart thermostats can also be programmed manually. The best models allow consumers to manually program the settings and learn from the user’s behavior. These models are some of the most expensive on the market, but smart thermostats pay for themselves with the savings and perks that they provide. We are up to date with the latest line of smart thermostats. Our staff can help customers learn the ins, out, ups, and downs of their new smart thermostat. Our company knows how to install smart thermostats with ease. Do not delay in contacting a trained professional. We know how to leave a customer satisfied.

The Benefits of Weather Stripping

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How Weather Stripping Helps Cool Your Home

Weather stripping is not something we typically talk about when we talk about Air Conditioning; however, it plays a very important role in helping to keep your home cool.

What Is Weather Stripping?

Weather stripping is strips of insulated material of varying thicknesses. Weather stripping creates a seal eliminating loss of cool air from your home or business.  Weather stripping is also the process of installing the insulated strips around doors and windows.  Its purpose is to prevent rain and water from entering, it also keeps interior air in and exterior air out, providing energy saving on Air Conditioning.   

Where Is the Weather Stripping At In Your Home

Weather stripping can and should be placed around all doors and windows.  Although weather stripping can be installed as a do it yourself project, it is still best to hire a professional to ensure a snug fit with doors closing comfortably and easily

What to check your weather stripping for

Weather stripping must be in good condition to do its job of helping your home stay cool by eliminating leaks.  Check that is has a snug fit round doors and windows, no light should ever been seen around door frames.  Get a flashlight and shine it through and have another person watch on the other side for any light, if light comes through then you are losing your cool air too.  The more light you are seeing, the more cool air you are losing.

Also inspect for any dry rot, if the weather stripping is starting to crack or peel.  Cracking or peeling weather stripping has lost its efficiency and needs to be replaced immediately, don’t wait until the effects are more obvious.

Weather Stripping is an integral part of keeping your home cool

Anything that boosts efficiency in cooling your home saves you money.  Anything that saves you money and helps keep you cool is worth the time and investment.  The best part is that Weather Stripping is relatively inexpensive for the strips themselves as well as the installation; in fact it is the easiest, fastest and most likely to be a candidate for do it yourself installation.

Keep Cool & Save Money

Keeping cool is what it is all about in the hot summers in our Desert Valley.  To stay cool requires a lot more than just a good Air Conditioning Unit.  It is a system with many integral parts and sometimes it is more about the parts that have nothing to do with the Air Conditioning at all.  Improving the efficiency is accomplished simply by keeping the cool air in and the hot air out, weather stripping can save more money than almost any other aspect of your Cool Air plan.

Invest and Save Big

Take the few minutes to check your weather stripping and replace if necessary.  Or make that one phone call that can give you the biggest savings possible over our long intense summer heat.  Have your weather stripping checked and replaced and take the savings to the bank.

How A Freon Leak Damages Your A/C System

 

How A Freon Leak Damages Your A/C System

      We all know a Freon leak is a problem, however do we fully understand how big of a problem it is and why?  Being informed is what will keep you, your family and business cool through the extreme heat of the summer and your budget balanced.

A Little Bit about Freon

     Freon or the refrigerant is a colorless, odorless, nonflammable, noncorrosive gas or liquid that runs through your Air Conditioning System pipes and compressor; it is the stuff that keeps you cool.  Without this gas or liquid you do not have an air conditioner, just a blower unit circulating air.

What clues do I have to know my Freon needs to be checked?

      There are many ways to know you may have a Freon leak, although you will not smell it, probably will not see it and it is not causing any danger by being in the air. The first clue is when your air is not blowing as cold as you are accustomed to or worse yet, if it is not even cold air anymore and it is warm.  Another big clue is if your air conditioning unit, compressor or coils freeze.  If you notice even the slightest change in the temperature of your air or any amount of freezing contact a technician immediately.

Damage Caused by A Freon Leak

      Beyond the obvious that you and your space is not being cooled off when there is a Freon leak and the Freon level is low, the leak can be so subtle that it is not obvious at first but the long term damage has already started.  Any loss of pressure from Freon and the compressor is instantly under additional strain, reducing its life expectancy and causing unnecessary wear and tear on the entire air conditioning system.  Starting at the very first pound of pressure lost; even though the air still feels cool it is a sufficient reduction of temperature to cause your Air Conditioning System to need to run longer to maintain the same temperature.  As Freon loss increases, the run time of your system also increases just to maintain the same room temperature.  This in turn raises the cost of cooling your space incrementally in direct correlation to the loss of pressure.  As your Air Conditioning System runs longer periods of time without a break, everything is being worked twice as hard and the entire system is wearing out at more than twice the rate it normally would if it had sufficient Freon and refrigerant.

Get Your Freon Level Checked routinely

      The best cure is prevention, have a routine service of your Air Conditioning System to include Pressure testing and leak testing for Freon.  Get it fixed if there is a leak and always call immediately if you suspect a leak.  The cost of an inspection is far less than the cost of a compressor, a whole unit and even one month’s bill of inefficient cooling of your home or office.

 

         

What Is A Surge Protector?

We hear people talk about Surge Protectors, but do we know what they are?  More importantly what does a Surge Protector have to do with our Air Conditioning Systems and is it something you need to know about to stay cool this summer?

What Is Surge?

Surge is high amplitude, short duration electrical fluctuation which can cause harm to electric, electromechanical and electronic equipment, basically anything connected to the electrical box in your home.  Surge can be caused by lightning and storms, power outages, large appliances kicking on and other natural phenomena.

A Surge Protector Is

A box or unit designed to provide consistent power flow to anything electrical including your Air Conditioning System  even in the event of incoming surges, bounce surges from in rush current, outdoor moisture conduction from local lightening, or transient surges which are most common caused by other major appliances and electrical devices in our homes.

Different Types Of Surge Protection for A/C Systems

There are whole house surge protectors, which cover everything electrical in general.  However, this does not protect everything sufficiently and especially in regards to the one primary electrical unit placed outside in the elements, separate from the home itself, your Air Conditioning System.  There are specific Surge Protectors that can be installed at the Air Conditioner to protect the largest electrical unit at your home, well worth considering if staying cool in the hot summers in the valley of the sun is on your list of things that are important.

Why A Surge Protector just for Your Air Conditioning System?

The Air Conditioning Unit is outside in the elements it is more prone to and has an increased probability of being affected by storms.  In addition the A/C Unit pulls such a large pull as it starts up it is more likely to not only cause surges but more likely to be adversely affected by surges.   Surge Protectors installed specifically for the Air Conditioning System protects it from electrical surges caused by lightening, outages, hurricanes and any other natural events.

Insurance/Assurance, Are You Protected? 

Do you have a whole home surge protection?  If not, you are leaving every electrical, electromagnetic and electronic device in your home at risk of being destroyed by surge.  Do you have an Air conditioner specific Surge Protector?  If not, your greatest asset during the summer months at risk of being put out of commission and leaving you and your family and business sweating and running elsewhere to be safe from the sweltering heat of the Arizona Desert.

Enjoying the Assurance Plan

Insurance only protects you in the event something went wrong and you need to have it fixed.  Assurance is the protection that prevents anything going wrong in the first place.  Invest in surge protection and invest in peace of mind, the best plan you can have in regards to your Air Conditioning Units in Phoenix in the valley of the sun.