HVAC Improvements for House Selling

There comes a time when a person has to consider selling the house. It may be due to a job transfer or simply moving to a bigger home that causes the decision to be made. Getting the house ready for sale may take some time and a few home improvements will add to the value of property. Work on the HVAC systems, including the air-conditioning and heat pumps, can raise the selling price.

Repair/Renovation

Too many homeowners will make unnecessary renovations to try to improve the value of their house. Some of these are very cosmetic and a prospective homebuyer could care less about them. Working on the HVAC system is different. Seeing to it that the ducts have been properly sealed and that the heat pump is in good working order can be beneficial. Prospective buyers want to be assured that the systems in good working order, so scheduling an inspection and maintenance a few weeks before the viewing will help. A homeowner may even want to keep a copy of the inspection to show to people interested in the house.

Installing New HVAC

Energy-efficient air-conditioning units and heat pumps are definite value adders to the selling price. A homeowner may want to consider installation of either and if that is the strategy, it would be a smart idea to check with a tax accountant on what possible breaks are available. Depending on the terms and conditions, a homeowner could get tax rebates and incentives for installing ENERGY STAR approved HVAC machinery. The HVAC system may also qualify as a capital improvement to the home and that is tax-deductible. It is important, however, to speak with a knowledgeable tax person before making the investment in a new HVAC system.

 A well running HVAC system adds value for no other reason than it keeps utility bills low. That can add a few thousand dollars on to the final selling price of the house. A homeowner should do some planning and get a few cost estimates before doing anything major, but even fine-tuning the HVAC system is going to mean extra cash when the house is finally sold.

How to Know When to Replace an AC Unit!

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Is the System Working Well?

 

In addition to an AC unit being operational, it should also be working well. It should cool evenly and make the house comfortable. The home should not be humid and there should be a noticeable difference in the air temperature as a result of running the unit. A poorly working air conditioner in Mesa is a sign that major repairs are needed, so unless the unit is new enough to still be under warranty, it might be time to consider a completely new one.

 

What to Expect in a Replacement

 

New air conditioning units are expensive. Energy efficient models with the best ratings will cost more than $3000. However, repairing and maintaining an older unit, and paying the energy cost for it each month, can add up to that quickly. If a homeowner has plans to replace a furnace, replacing the air conditioner at the same time is the most efficient option. The systems usually share a blower motor, so using an inefficient motor with a new high-efficient air conditioner can negate any energy savings that might be available with an upgrade.

Downgrading to a smaller unit might also be an option, especially if other steps are take to upgrade the efficiency of the unit. For instance, if a homeowner takes the time to thoroughly insulate the home and clean the duct system, a less powerful machine might work just as well as the older, bigger unit.

Replacing an air conditioner is a huge expense for a homeowner, but it is one that will eventually come down the pike. If the home is located in a warm climate in which air conditioning is used year round, replacing the machine is likely to come sooner than later.

Is it time to replace an old conditioner? What type of replacement is the best option? Contact Air Care Cooling & Heating LLC to arrange an assessment and help with determining when to replace the AC and what type of replacement to choose.

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.

 

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.

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.

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

Smart Thermostat

Smart Thermostat

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.

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.

 

         

Heating Repair Mesa Arizona

Heating Repair Mesa Arizona

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Duct cleaning & heating repair in mesa

 

Did you know that this winter so far has produced the coldest days within the last 3 years. Heating cost have sky rocketed in the last week and heating units have been working overtime. Your heating cost in an average home has a total annual usage of 14% ! One of the main suggestions for helping reduce utility costs are to check your ducts. They say you should check to ensure that as much warm air as possible is being delivered to your central system. Also check to ensure you have no leaks or even any blockage going on. Also having your bi-annual check up done is another recommendation for helping reduce your heating costs. Heating repair in Mesa Arizona is expensive but cost is greatly reduced with a regular checkup

             Not only is winter a good time to start thinking about having your ducts cleaned, but it is a good time to have your provider out to check other issues that raise your utility costs. For instance having your system checked to ensure you have no air leaks in the duct and ventilation system can prevent any problems from occurring than to wait until something goes wrong and have to fix them, which will be a headache not only for you but your wallet. Did you know that the amount of air lost while being transported from your furnace through your duct work to the vents is almost 30%. Not only getting your air leaks sealed can help you feel more warmth coming into your home but it also plays another factor in help with the efficiency of your heating and cooling system.

              Duct cleaning is a must when it comes to your yearly maintenance. Like a daily chore it needs to be cleaned. Just because you don’t think about it doesn’t mean it wont have an effect on the air your breathing. The duct system is the heart of your system, which means if its not functioning correctly it effects your whole system. A typical duct system looses 25% to 40% of the heating and cooling energy of your home system. One way your air ducts loose energy is by an air leakage. An air leakage is a poorly connected duct system or accidental holes in the ducts. The energy it takes to make up for the leakage not only adds to your bill, but it takes more energy to heat the cold air than it would if the ducts were clean and circulating properly. Therefore the cold air will pull out and the warm air will come in making your system put in more work than its actually putting out. Aside from energy loss it can become a health problem.

                 Allergies are a big factor of having your ducts cleaned. The air your breathing inside may be worse than the air your breathing outside if you have dirty ducts. Its surprising how dirty they can get. They can get anywhere from pet hair to mold, from fumes from the insulation particles and households chemicals. Sealing your ducts helps stop the pollutants from entering your home. This has a bigger effect with those who already have allergy problems. Especially with a basement or a garage, the fumes that return from a leaky air duct can bring in gas fumes which are very hazardous for they may contain carbon monoxide. Which is a big factor when it comes to the air you and your loved ones will be breathing in. It could also bring musty odors into your home. Cleaning your filters is another step in maintaining your system. Keeping your air filters clean also helps keep up proper air quality in your home. It is important to keep your filters clean because it helps keep out the germs and dust from entering you air system. Its very easy to maintain your filters also they air very cheap. I buy my filters for air conditioning mesa at the local home depot. By keeping up with the filters you can prolongs the lifetime of your Heating / Air conditioning system. If they look dirty they need to be cleaned. Some filters may be reusable and there are some that are disposable and may need to be replaced, if that is the case get the type of filters and let your provider know so they can get that taken care of for you. In addition to your air ducts and filter cleaning your condensing and evaporator coils is another good way to keep your system running properly. It doesn’t necessarily effect the air quality in your home but it does have an effect on how your system will perform. Cleaning the condenser coils and evaporator coils are basic maintenance that should be cleaned as if it were to clean your kitchen floor. This cleaning is not of the easiest among others, whether its in a tight dark spot, or 20feet up ahead it is still there and still needs to be taken care of. That’s part of the cleansing like your ducts, when you have your service maintenenced on.

               So if your not wanting to spend thousands of dollars worth to get a new a.c unit then it may be time to get the proper maintenance that is available for you. Just remember to think about your air ducts, filters, and coils as they may be building up not only dust, germs and fumes, they’re also building you up for a monthly price that can be preventable with your basic yearly maintenance.