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.

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.

 

         

Gilbert Air Conditioning Upgrade

 

Gilbert Air Conditioning Upgrade from a Regular Thermostat to a Programmable Thermostat

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Have you been considering upgrading to a programmable thermostat on your air conditioning unit?  Have you been hearing the buzz about programmable thermostats for air conditioning in Gilbert AZ?  Wonder what the big deal is?  Or maybe you are just now hearing about programmable thermostats.  Is it right for you?  How can you know for certain?  The secret of programmable thermostat options are about to be revealed.

The first big step in thermostats came when they went digital versus manual.  Almost everyone now has digital and if you are one of those who made this change, versus someone who has always had digital, you know the distinct benefits and precision that comes with a digital thermostat.  The step from regular (digital) to programmable is more of a leap than a mere step, taking you into a world of programming and commands much like owning a long distance remote control for your home Air Conditioning unit.

Imagine if you will, as you are on the plane to your distant business meeting for the next couple of days, or looking over the rails of your cruise ship, or just on your way to work in the morning transit and being able to send your commands to your thermostat to conserve power while you are gone, or even to send it instructions as you are returning home so your home can be the perfect temperature when you enter after being away.

This description of the long distant remote paints a perfect picture of the benefits of a programmable thermostat; however, it works even better than that.  With the programmable thermostat you can preset all of these instructions and have no reason for the long distant remote, providing you with peace of mind while you are gone so you can focus completely on your business meeting, your vacation, your workday or whatever you may be doing.

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Programmable Touch Screen T-Stat

With a Regular Thermostat, you have to manually change the temperature to a lower preset if you want to conserve power while you are away, lowering it or raising it based on the current season.  Then when you arrive home it will be cooler or warmer than is actually comfortable for your in home experience.  So, you arrive home, manually change the thermostat for your optimal at home settings and wait uncomfortably until that temperature is arrived at.  Oftentimes, you can forget to manually change the temperature before leaving your home and realize that it is costing you a fortune while you are away to cool or heat your home and there is nothing you can do about it.

With the Programmable Thermostat, as long as it’s installed by licensed heating & cooling company, it can be preset to raise or lower the temperature settings for your home for a regular daily experience or even long term when you will be away for more extended periods of time.  Providing you not only with savings, but also ensuring your home is already the optimal temperature when you arrive home, never experiencing discomfort.  A Programmable Thermostat can provide peace of mind, great savings and comfort.  Isn’t it time for you to consider investing in a Programmable Thermostat and owning peace of mind and comfort in your home?  For more info on upgrading your thermostat, contact your local contractor for air conditioning in Gilbert Arizona visit http://www.aircareaz.com/