Maintaining Efficient Ducts

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The US Department of Energy estimates that the typical duct system of a house will lose anywhere from 25 to 40% of either heating or cooling energy. Those statistics are more than just sobering. Many Phoenix, Arizona homeowners will invest a great deal of money in energy-efficient HVAC systems, but if the duct system is not working properly, any savings brought on by the energy efficiency is negated.

Suspect Areas

The energy loss primarily comes from leaks in the duct system. Small perforations or openings can cause warm or cool air to escape from the ducts. The leaks are in effect heating or cooling the atmosphere, and this also means that the central furnace has to expend even more energy to keep rooms at the desired temperature. The areas where there is potential for such problems include the attic or crawlspaces. The ducts ought to be inspected in those locations and the right type of sealant must be used to seal up any openings. Once that is done the ducts should be wrapped in sturdy insulation to prevent excess heat in the summer or winter cold.

Possible Health Hazard

While the level of risk may not be life-threatening, leaky ducts present an opportunity for lower pressure within the system and that can pull gases from the furnace. This includes carbon monoxide, which could circulate in the atmospheric especially around the furnace. There’s also the chance of radon gas leaking into the atmosphere through defective ducts. These possible health hazards are enough to warrant the ducts be inspected in an annual checkup.

If the owner does not feel confident inspecting the ducts or if he or she does not have the proper equipment, Air Care Phoenix HVAC contractor can provide the service necessary. These companies have trained technicians who inspect the ductwork thoroughly and will do maintenance. Investments in energy-efficient HVAC equipment is a good idea but the proper conditions for less use of energy need to be maintained. Routine checkups on the duct system will prevent leaks from creating higher utility bills.

Contact our office a certified technician will be available 480-238-2273.

 

Have You Scheduled Your Routine Tune-Up?

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Schedule the Appointment during Other Activities

 

A/C tune-ups usually do not take a long time. Most technicians can have routine maintenance completed in just a couple of hours. If there is a problem the service might take a bit longer, but rarely are there problems with air conditioners that take more than a day to fix. If homeowners are able to plan a day away from their home, they can spend the time in a comfortably air conditioned public space while service is performed. Service could also be performed while a homeowner is away at work, enjoying the cool comfort of the office air conditioning. As long as the air conditioning service company is trustworthy and there is a way to arrange entrance and exit from the home, this is often the best solution for everyone.

 

Homeowners that must be at home during the repairs can also benefit from a schedule. Determine how many times per year the air conditioning needs a tune up. For most homes, a once a year AC check up is enough, but for those running their air conditioning year-round, tuning it up at least twice a year is a good idea.

 

Determining When to Schedule during the Year

 

Most people find the best time to schedule AC maintenance is at the change of a season. This allows a break of about six months between appointments and locks in a convenient time when homeowners can remember to put the service appointment on their schedule. Many homeowners schedule their AC tune up as part of their spring and fall cleanup, but those living in a temperate climate year-round might not have that much cleaning up to do with the change of the seasons. Still, this is a good system that creates a set habit of scheduling air conditioning maintenance.

Various Heat Pumps to Consider

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People who are thinking of doing some home improvements want to get as much out of their investment as possible. A reason why homeowners are willing to invest in heat pumps is the energy efficiency and low utility bills that will result. There is more than one type of heat pump on the market, and these will provide both heat and cooling service to a house.

The Basics of Heat Pumps

Heat pumps are a viable alternative to traditional furnace and air conditioning service. Essentially, they use electricity and heat pumps will transfer heat from one area to another depending on the time of the year. The energy efficiency comes from the fact heat pumps move heat and do not generate it. It means less fossil fuel is used to create needed warm or cool air.

The Types of Heat Pumps

Air  source heat pump is widely used and this transfers heat from the outside to the inside of the residence. This type of heat pump is an exceptionally good dehumidifier, and can provide excellent air-conditioning service in warm months. It also can cut the use of electricity by over a third of the normal use. Because these types do not work very well in very cold climates, a secondary source of heat will have to be available.

Geothermal heat pumps will transfer heat from the ground or any water source that is close by. These have low operating costs and can be used in cold climates where an air – source heat pump is not very effective. The absorption heat pump is a new model and will use heat as the energy source. This particular heat pump is fairly flexible in that any number of heat sources can be used.

The homeowner has the decision to make of which heat pump to be used. Before making a purchase that individual should take in consideration the climate, the subsoil of the property, and whether or not a backup source of heat is needed. Heat pumps provide both good heat and air conditioning service, and will do this using less energy than ordinary fossil fuel burning systems.

 

Summer….It’s just around the corner


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The holiday season is over and all the Christmas boxes and wrapping paper have been thrown in the trash. In case people aren’t noticing, the days are gradually getting longer minute by minute. It also should come as no surprise as the weeks go by how the outdoor starts to get a little bit warmer. It’s all gradual but summer is going to happen sooner than anyone thinks. The air conditioner has not been called on to do much in the past few weeks but that will change. Now is the time to get ready for June with an air conditioning checkup.

 

The Main Components

A homeowner might not have the skills to do the inspection, but this person should at least have an understanding of what the HVAC technician is talking about at the time of an air conditioning checkup. Modern air conditioning units are situated outside of the house and pump liquid refrigerant into what is known as the air – handling unit (AHU) inside the building. The AHU generates the cooling air and will force it through the ducts into the living spaces of the house. The ducts themselves are made ordinarily of sheet metal and moved the cooling air into the living spaces. Ducts by the way also return the air to the AHU. Thanks are the openings through which the cool air enters into the room.

 

Possible Problems That Need To Be Investigated

Refrigerant leaks are the most important concern because the liquid chemicals can be an environmental danger. Ducts have to be sealed properly to avoid air leaks that either emit cool air into the atmosphere, or permit warmer outside air to come uncooled into the ventilation system. Both vents and ducts have to be free of dust accumulations or mold so as to provide air freely and without having mold spores get into the atmosphere. The air conditioning inspection does not have to be expensive, but the system ought to be looked at to make sure that there is nothing that prevents top efficiency of a service so often used. An air conditioning checkup done now is a good idea because it is not as expensive as it will be in May, when everyone is trying to get their air conditioner ready.

Keeping the Heat Pump in Prime Shape

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Heat pumps are very efficient ways to cool as well as heat a home. Because of the constant need for air-conditioning it can happen that the machinery will start to experience problems. This may require some repairs or full replacements; it all depends on the circumstances. A good heat pump service contractor  can take a look at the situation and decide what needs to be done to keep the heat pump working.

It may be as simple as replacing the air filter. Filters congested with dirt and dust cannot deliver the type of cooling air expected by the residents in the house. A clean air filter can be installed that will allow air to flow without any restriction. The indoor air quality (IAQ) is important, so that will mean that the humidifiers and ventilation should be checked. Heat pumps are very durable and should last for a number of years but constant use will cause breakdowns. Other parts of the machinery may be either worn down or broken, and they need to be replaced. Getting heat pump service from professionals with years of experience is the best way to see to it that things are made right.

The sunny climate in Arizona is beautiful but very hot. A heat pump can see to it that air-conditioning units have the right amount of energy needed to keep the house comfortable in even the worst of days. This equipment does need attention and a smart homeowner stays on top of things. The first sign of problems signal the need for immediate attention to be given. This type of HVAC equipment is meant to be very durable and last throughout the years. Taking care of a heat pump when there’s any sign of malfunction assures that this domestic piece of machinery provides great service well into the future.

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.

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.

Routine Maintenance In Mesa Arizona


Routine Maintenance is Mesa Arizona

Routine Maintenance

 

Air Condition System Routine Maintenance

    Too much can ever be said about routine maintenance.  It is called routine for a reason, routines and habits are considered just about the same.  In other words, maintenance should be just as habitual as breathing, eating and sleeping.  If we don’t take care of our body we all know what can happen and it applies even more so to our air conditioning systems in Mesa Arizona.

Do I need routine maintenance even if my system is working well?

        Yes, routine maintenance is what is done to keep it working well and the best time to do it is when it is working well.  If routine maintenance Mesa AZ is only done if there is a problem, this is not routine maintenance, this is emergency maintenance.  Air Conditioning Systems run long and hard throughout the summer months and we expect it to maintain a routine of keeping our space cool, so we have to maintain it on a routine basis too.

How often is routine maintenance work done?

      The minimum routine maintenance for any Mesa AZ Air Conditioning System is considered to be an annual checkup, which is best done in the summer.   If summer has passed and you have not had it done yet, now would be a great time to make that appointment with your professional.  In addition any extreme weather as dirt storms and more would indicate a need for routine maintenance.

Do it yourself or Hire a Professional?

       Routine maintenance is definitely a professional choice, as there are many things checked that the Do it Yourselfer is not qualified to do and usually does not have all of the right equipment Mesa Arizona service calls. 

What gets done during routine maintenance?

      During routine maintenance on AC units in Mesa AZ the entire system gets put through checks to include voltage checks, pressure checks and temperature checks and more.   In addition the condensing unit coils should be cleaned, fan motors should be oiled, belt adjustments verified and more.  Any deficiencies that are noted should be corrected and repaired at this time also.

Routine Maintenance Savings

     A little now or a lot later that is the motto of routine maintenance versus emergency maintenance.  air conditioning systems maintenance in Mesa Arizona recover some of their lost efficiency and have a longer life span when they receive routine maintenance.  Your comfort in your office or home is increased and they save you money both in their efficient operation as well as saving emergency repair and major replacements costs. The cost of routine maintenance is recovered more than once within a season through efficient operation and lower power bills.

 

 

 

 

         

Air Conditioning Maintenance in Mesa AZ


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When was the last time you changed your A/C filter

          Do you even think about your A/C filter? My home is in Mesa AZ.  In Mesa Arizona Air Conditioning is the last thing on my mind when I come home from a long day of work.  Your Air Conditioning Units Filter is the one thing you have control over that determines not only the quality of your air but how efficient your system runs and more.  Even after a long day of work….remember A/C maintenance is important.

What does an Air Filter Do?

          An Air Filter is the guard that protects your Mesa Air Conditioning System, standing sentry to keep it clean and operating smoothly.  You Air Filter will establish the quality of air being distributed throughout your home.  In addition it is the first determinant in the efficiency of your system and how much it is going to cost to keep your home cool this summer.

Is it OK to Just Clean Out my Filter?

          Air filters are designed with particulate matter that breaks down with usage and has a limited efficiency factor.  When you blow out and shake out your filter although it may appear to be clean and capable of collecting and protecting it will have reduced capacity.  This reduced capacity will leave your Mesa A/C unit vulnerable and unprotected and your quality of air lowered.

 

How Often Should I Change my A/C filter?

         Living in Mesa Arizona one of the hottest spots in the Country if you want to avoid air conditioning repair.  Once a month is the generally recommended rule of thumb on changing your Air Conditioning Systems filter, although there are some factors to consider that are specific to you and your personal circumstances.   Air Conditioning Filters should be changed at the beginning of the season even if your system has not been in use.   Filters should be changed after every dust storm, haboob or major wind storm. Filters should also be changed any time your system is serviced.

Best Efficiency Best Air Quality

          To maintain the best efficiency, protecting your unit and keeping the highest air quality in your home, the Air Filter is the one thing You are in control of.  Take charge of your Air Conditioning System in Mesa AZ changing the air filter as recommended.