Understanding How Often to Change HVAC Filters

To properly maintain the efficiency and condition of the heating, ventilation and air conditioning, or HVAC, system in your home, it is important to replace the air filters on a regular basis. These filters remove allergens and debris to freshen the air in your home and keep the heating and cooling system components in excellent condition. The filter replacement interval you should follow depends on the filter type, your household size, and other important factors. Utilize this guide to learn just how often to change HVAC filters to maintain the efficiency and condition of your heating and air conditioning system. Types of HVAC Air Filters The type of filters you have in your HVAC system will greatly influence the ideal replacement interval to follow. The filters available for residential heating and air conditioning equipment including: Pleated Washable HEPA Fiberglass The washable filters will last up to five years with cleanings performed on a quarterly basis. All of the other filters require regular replacement intervals to continue to remove dust and other particles from the air in your home. Ideal HVAC Filter Replacement Intervals Under normal use, pleated and fiberglass filters are designed to only last about three months before requiring...

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Partnering with Warrior Flask to Make Things a Bit Cooler

If considering a new home HVAC system in Scottsdale, most homeowners are usually thinking about getting the most for their money, improving their environment control (heating and cooling), and maybe reducing their utility bill. The idea of also benefiting our military on the front lines doesn’t automatically come to mind when first thinking about HVAC issues and products. However, along with obtaining a great HVAC system replacement or installation from AAA Cooling Specialists, it’s now also possible to get yourself a quality reusable high-grade water container as well as send the same to a military service member on assignment overseas at the same time. That’s because AAA Cooling Specialists has partnered with Warrior Flask to provide both you and a service member a top grade water bottle container with the purchase of a new system installation. As a small way to say thank you to our military service members, we’ve partnered with Warrior Flask! When you receive an HVAC installation or replacement from AAA Cooling Specialists, you’ll get a FREE, high quality water bottle from Warrior Flask. In addition to your free gift, we’ll also send a Warrior Flask to one of our service members on assignment overseas. Call now...

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How Candles Affect Indoor Air Quality

Candles add a warm glow to any room in your home. The right candles can add a hint of fragrance to the air as well. While many people burn candles in attempts to create an inviting atmosphere for friends and family, it could be having a negative effect on your indoor air quality. Know Your Candle’s Base Most mass marketed candles today have paraffin bases, which is a petroleum derivative and a known carcinogen. When burned, it releases a variety of toxins into the air inside your home, including: Acetaldehyde Formaldehyde Acrolein Toluene Benzene That’s before you even get into the fragrances that are added to the candles and the effects they can have on your health and that of your family. Some of the health problems include: Allergic Reactions Asthma Attacks Respiratory Reactions Skin Irritation Headaches Hives Itchy, Watery Eyes Obviously, you don’t want to expose yourself, your friends, your family, and other loved ones to these harmful chemicals and toxins. But what can you do if you love the atmosphere burning candles in your home creates? Safer Candles to Burn in Your Home The safest solution is to seek out natural alternatives to paraffin-based candles. You may pay...

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Monsoon Season: Maintenance and Preventing Leaking Condensation Lines

Living in the hot, dry climate of the Phoenix region, monsoon season is often something we all anticipate. A fierce summer storm is almost jubilant. As the pressure drops and the air cools, many Arizonans can’t help but smile at the impending storm. While it’s great to revile in the joy of a good rain, it’s also important to understand how extreme weather impacts your most important appliance. The Monsoon Threat While you’re enjoying the temporary reprieve from heat and dryness, your air conditioner might be struggling. Monsoons can damage AC units in a number of ways, and any of them would be enough to leave you in an emergency situation. At the most extreme end, high winds and lightning can cause physical damage to units. While that’s not fun, a proper installation should provide good protection from both of these threats. A more common issue is the extra dust. Even though the heavy rains help get dust out of the air for a change, the winds that typically precede a storm can put a lot of extra dirt into your HVAC system. Fortunately, the remedy to this problem is easy: just change your filters on time (typically every 30...

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Programmable vs. Smart Thermostats: What You Need to Know

Perhaps you’re ready to upgrade your manual thermostat to save money and cut your energy use. You need to determine whether you want a programmable or smart thermostat. A programmable thermostat lets you set temperature options on a digital display with greater accuracy than manual units, usually within 1˚F. Smart thermostats don’t require you to touch the unit to alter its settings because you can use an app on your cell phone, computer or tablet via a Wi-Fi network. Programmable Thermostat Advantages Programmable thermostats, the first-generation digital thermostats, offer manual entry on a digital display. You can refine the temperature. You can program the unit to automatically adjust the temperature in the structure. For example, you can set up a program to automatically adjust the temperature to its lowest setting while at you’re at work. The same program can turn up the temperature automatically for you just before you return home to cool down or warm up your home. This uses less energy and translates to cost savings on your utility bills. They cost less than smart thermostats but lack key features, “the extras” that make smart models truly convenient. Smart Thermostats Advantages Smart thermostats offer more features, easier use,...

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Careers in the HVAC Industry

Are you looking for a career in an industry whose demand never wanes? Consider a career in HVAC. Nearly every company and residence has a heating, ventilation, and air control (HVAC) system which creates the demand for HVAC professionals. The employment opportunities available for qualified HVAC professionals include: System Engineers or Designers Often, HVAC control systems are computerized and connected to a central command point. The system engineer or designer has to plan, implement, modify, and sustain the control system. For this position, an individual has to be qualified in mechanical, computer, electrical engineering, or HVAC technology. An HVAC engineer may have to work with the customer to develop new HVAC control systems, troubleshoot existing ones, and train or advise them on how to use the system controls effectively. HVAC Installers These individuals are responsible for the installation of the HVAC units according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. They also play a part in the designing of HVAC ducts and fittings, apart from installing them and wiring outdoor and indoor units. It is also the installer’s responsibility to start-up these systems as and when they are required. While qualifications for this post vary from one company to another, most firms require...

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What Does a SEER Rating Mean?

When your AC units run efficiently, it will consume less energy and make your home energy-efficient hence saving you a lot of money in the long run. One of the critical factors that will determine your air conditioner’s efficiency is its Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio that is commonly referred to as SEER. Technically, the higher the ratio, the more energy-efficient your cooling equipment is. Each state in the United States has a minimum SEER rating standard for new air conditioning systems which is either 13 or 14 depending on where you live. So, what exactly is a SEER and how is it essential when it comes to energy savings? What Is SEER? A SEER is simply the ratio of the overall cooling output of your AC unit over a typical cooling season, divided by the electricity it consumed during that period in Watts per hour. It is good to note that this figure represents the average figure that is usually calculated over the entire cooling season. Think of the SEER as being just like the MPG for your vehicle. How SEER Ratings Affect Your Air Conditioner Before an AC installation in Scottsdale, you need to remember the fact that SEER...

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How Does Air Conditioning Work?

At least you know that the primary function of your air conditioner is to keep your home or business in Scottsdale cool during the hot summer months. However, have you ever wondered how the AC system functions? How does it cool your home or business premises so efficiently? One fact that you may already be aware of is that your air conditioning system and your refrigerator primarily work in the same way. The only difference is that your fridge only cools a small and enclosed space whereas your air conditioner cools your entire home or business premises. In this article, we shall look at the working mechanism of a typical air conditioning system. What is the AC Process? The air conditioning system uses various chemicals that convert gas to liquid and back so quickly that you won’t notice it. The primary function of these chemicals is to transfer the heat from the air inside your house to the outside air. The AC unit comprises of three main parts namely the condenser, compressor, and the evaporator. Warm air inside your property is sucked in through a grille located at the base of the AC unit. The warm air then flows over...

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How Does Upgrading Your AC Unit Actually Save You Money?

Many people put off upgrading an air conditioner year after year for the fear of the upfront costs of the upgrade. You keep pouring in money after money making repairs to your existing unit when you might find that you actually save money by purchasing a new AC unit. These are just a few of the ways it might actually pay to take the plunge and invest in a new AC unit for your home. Greater Energy Efficiency This benefit is bigger than you realize. Not only does it help you save money from day one, but over the lifetime of your air conditioner, energy savings in Scottsdale, Arizona may be sufficient to cover the costs of the unit. Improvements in energy efficiency, especially if you’re replacing a unit that is 10 or more years old, can be substantial thanks to improvements in energy efficiency and technology. Modern Coolant Another benefit that is bigger than you realize. In 2015, production of R-22 Freon was reduced by 90 percent sending the price of adding new Freon to your air conditioner up by approximately 90 percent, or more in some areas. Modern air conditioners use a planet-friendly coolant (R-410A) that is widely...

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How You can Benefit From the AAA Energy Savings Agreement Program

With heating and cooling costs accounting for more than half of the average home’s energy consumption in Scottsdale, having an energy saving plan that ensures your heating and cooling systems are energy efficient is vital. Here at AAA Cooling Specialists, we take your home’s energy efficiency very seriously, and that is why our Energy Savings Agreement program is designed to keep your entire home energy efficient while ensuring you continue enjoying the convenience of your cooling and heating systems all time. Our energy saving agreement program can be beneficial to you together with your loved ones in many ways. For instance: It helps ensure all those small problems in your cooling and heating systems aren’t ignored, and they are repaired promptly before escalating into expensive repairs Offers a yearly safety checkup to eliminate any dangerous problems that may risk your life as well as that of your loved ones Helps prevent the need to do significant repairs by ensuring that your cooling and heating systems undergo routine maintenance Helps ensure your cooling and heating systems are professionally maintained by certified technicians, therefore providing you with peace of mind Our services Apart from our Energy Savings agreement program, we also offer...

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