Are You Ready for Monsoon Season?

The yearly monsoon season has arrived in the Scottsdale area. With it comes expected higher than normal temperatures and plenty of rain. While the rain might be welcomed, the added humidity combined with high temperatures is not so great for residents in this area of Arizona. Your family’s main refuge from the heat and storms is your home. But the question remains: Is your home’s air conditioning system ready to stand up to the test? Heat and Humidity Put AC Systems to Task With the high temps, torrential rain, and humidity that Scottsdale does not normally experience during the rest of the year, monsoon season can become a sticky mess. If your air conditioning system has not been serviced in a while, it might not be able to keep up with the demand for cooled air. Even though monsoon season officially arrives in June, it will continue through the end of September. There is no better time than now to get back on track with maintaining your air conditioner to avoid a breakdown at the worst time of the year for it to happen. Why Is AC Maintenance So Important? When your air conditioner is regularly maintained by a professional,...

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The Best Way to Cool Older Homes

Older homes are architecturally beautiful, but their structural differences tend to make them more difficult to keep cool. Houses built before the turn of the century often lack the ductwork necessary for modern forced air cooling systems. That means a traditional central AC may not be the best way to cool an older residence. That doesn’t mean you have to suffer through the hot Scottsdale summers without air conditioning. Fortunately, our technicians at are knowledgeable about energy-efficient cooling solutions for older homes. 1. Ductless HVAC System Ductless systems, as the name implies, don’t require the installation of any ductwork. For this reason, ductless systems are ideal for homes that simply don’t have the room or infrastructure to support a duct system. Instead, ductless HVAC systems rely on an exterior pump to move conditioned air throughout the property. 2. Mini-Duct System Mini-ducts are smaller than standard ductwork and can be more easily installed into older homes that don’t have room for traditional forced-air systems. With a diameter of only three inches wide, mini-ducts can be installed behind walls and above ceilings. Plus, mini-duct vents are small and won’t disrupt the beauty or historical integrity of your home. 3. Install Ceiling Fans...

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5 Signs You Need Air Conditioning Duct Repair

Your ductwork is one of the most important components of your air conditioning system. Without it, the cool air would never get where you need it to go. Unfortunately, your ductwork won’t last forever. If you spot any of these five signs, you need air conditioning duct repair. 1. Strange Odors A foul smell emanating from your air conditioning system is never a good sign. In many cases, your ductwork will be to blame. Mold or even dead animals in your ducts can quickly spread nasty odors throughout the house. A professional repair should easily remedy the issue, however. 2. Insufficient Air Flow If you have noticed that your AC system doesn’t seem to be blowing as much air as it once did, your ductwork might be the culprit. Blockages, disconnections, and punctures can all greatly reduce the flow of air throughout your home. To get your system back up to full strength, a repair is in order. 3. Warm Air A cooling system that only blows warm air won’t keep your home at a comfortable temperature during those warm summer months. The issue is often caused by blockages or punctures in the ductwork, so if you notice your system...

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What is a SEER Rating?

SEER ratings may be something you’re accustomed to seeing on new air conditioners. You might be wondering why this rating is so important. It’s because it indicates the efficiency of an air conditioning unit. SEER Basics SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. The number is calculated by taking the cooling capacity in a typical season and dividing it by the energy input used in the same period. The higher the number, the more efficient the unit. Which Level Is Ideal? Minimum SEER ratings for Arizona are either 14.5 or 15. (It depends on whether your system is over or under 45,000 BTU/hr.) Ratings can go up to 21, indicating that a unit is quite efficient. The way that such efficiencies can be achieved is typically through a two-stage blower system. With this in place, the low mode would be the default and the high mode would kick in only when needed. Remember that units with higher SEER ratings can be significantly more expensive than less-efficient models, but you’ll see returns in the form of lower energy bills. In some situations, there are rebates and tax credits that could reduce the initial price of an advanced unit. At , we...

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The Importance of Product Warranties

Your home’s air conditioning system is your last line of defense between you and the blistering Arizona sun. Given this importance, you will no doubt be keen to ensure that your AC keeps running smoothly for a long time to come. Product warranties are great if you want to avoid dealing with prolonged outages. After all, they provide some important benefits. No Surprise Bills When you have a warranty, you can sleep soundly knowing that if something should go wrong with your air conditioning system, you will not be looking at an unwelcome repair bill. Instead, the repair will be covered under the warranty. All you need to do is reach out to the contractor and let him or her get to work. Easy-to-Locate Parts If an old air conditioning system is broken down and in need of some new parts, it can often be difficult, or even impossible, to find the one you need. After all, the manufacturer may have stopped making it years ago. However, you will never run into this issue when your system is under warranty. As long as you are covered, you’ll be able to find the right parts easily. What Can Void a Product...

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AC Won’t Turn On? Try These 3 Tricks

Nothing is worse than coming home after a sweltering day in the Scottsdale heat only to discover your AC won’t turn on. Don’t panic just yet! While some problems are serious enough to require professional attention from our technicians at , you may be able to get your AC running on your own. When your AC won’t turn on, try these three simple at-home fixes to get it running again: 1. Check Your Thermostat Some AC issues can be solved with a quick check of your thermostat. If the batteries are dead or dying, your air conditioner may not be getting the signal it needs to lower your home’s temperature. Freshen up the batteries to see if this solves the problem. Be sure to double check that the temperature is set correctly. If a family member or visitor raised the temperature, then your AC won’t turn on as expected. 2. Change the Air Filter If your air filter is clogged, it can cause the cooling system to turn off. Usually, this happens when the filter is dirty enough that it severely restricts air flow to your AC. We recommend changing your air filter once every three months to avoid dust...

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What to Look for in a HVAC Repair Company

Choosing the right HVAC repair company can be the difference between a comfortable home or a terrible headache. When you need a repair, be sure to look for these three things in the company you hire. 1. A Quality Guarantee When you pay a company to perform a service, you expect that service to be done properly. If not, it’s expected that the company will come back to complete the job. However, some companies don’t offer that guarantee of a job well done. A good company knows that it has experienced technicians to fix your problem, and the company is willing to guarantee their work. It also helps to get a guarantee that the company’s technicians will be there on time, too. Professionalism is part of doing great work. 2. Good Reviews Every company has an online presence these days. Look up the company you plan to use to see their online reputation. You’ll get a good sense of this by reading reviews. Remember to read multiple reviews to get a full picture of what to expect. The more positive reviews, the more likely the company is to do a good job. If you have a stellar experience, it’s a...

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3 Ventilation Hotspots in Your Home

Everyone has had the experience of walking into a sunny room and seeing particles of dust floating in the air. Over time, all sorts of particles like dust, dander, and pollen can build up in your home’s atmosphere. Even worse are the volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, that you cannot see but can build up as you use cleaning products and beauty products. Air quality can be a real concern for homeowners, and ventilation is part of the solution. Here are three areas where it is especially important to think about ventilation. 1. The Kitchen When you are cooking your favorite meal, you are also sending chemical traces of your cooking into the air. This is what gives food its distinctive smell. When you fry food, you are sending out tiny drops of cooking oil. Of course, if you burn your food, the smoke is hard to remove from the atmosphere. Make sure to use stove exhaust fans when you cook, especially with oil. Open a kitchen window to maintain an exchange of fresh and stale air. This can help remove kitchen odors like fish or smoke. 2. The Bathroom The bathroom is the place where homeowners produce the most...

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Helping a Family in Need

is proud to offer comprehensive HVAC services to the residents and business owners of Scottsdale, AZ, and the surrounding areas. Recently, our locally owned and operated company decided to support a local family in need. We’re proud to be involved with the local community and ready to reach out and help when people are struggling. Not having a functional HVAC system in your home can be uncomfortable, and even dangerous, especially during summers in the Valley. Helping a Family in Need This spring, we donated an AC unit to the Nelson family so that they can keep their home cool as the temperatures start to rise. A family of six, the Nelsons had come across some hard times and needed a new air conditioner for their home. We were proud to step in and turn their needs into reality. We provided them with a unit that was properly sized for their home. This energy-efficient unit will end up saving them a lot of money in the long run. We took care of the entire installation process and made sure that this new AC unit was cooling their home evenly and efficiently. We hope that the Nelsons will enjoy their new...

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How to Deal With Uneven Cooling at Home

During the hot times of the year, you may notice that certain spots in your home always seem abnormally cold or warm. Uneven cooling is a common issue, but you do not have to just give in and accept that parts of your house will not cool properly. If you have uneven cooling in your house, there are a few things you can do to address the problem. Adjust Your Insulation Levels If you notice that your upstairs is warmer than your downstairs, the problem may be that hot air is entering the attic and shifting temperatures in the home. This issue can be fixed simply by adding insulation upstairs to keep cool air in and hot air out. Check Your Ducts Uneven cooling can be caused by blockages or leaks in your ducts. For those living in Scottsdale, has duct cleaning services that may be a good solution to this problem. Cleaning out ducts and identifying leaks will ensure cool air can travel to all parts of the house. Install a Zoning System Adding an HVAC zoning system to your house is the most reliable and permanent solution to the problem. This type of product lets you adjust the...

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