Don’t Ignore These Heating System Red Flags!

The holiday season is finally here, and if you’re like most residents of the Scottsdale area, your schedule just got really hectic, seemingly overnight. Your to-do list is so long you’re not sure how you’re going to get all the shopping and cooking done plus prepare your home for an influx of guests.  You don’t have time for anything to go wrong with your home’s heating system. You don’t have room in your budget to pay for expensive repairs. We understand how you feel. However, if you notice something isn’t right with your heater and you ignore it because you’re just too busy, you’re risking a breakdown at the worst possible time. Your friends at AAA Cooling Specialists want to make sure your holiday season is warm, cozy and as enjoyable as possible. If you notice any of the following red flags in your heating system, give our team a call right away to schedule heating repairs.

Home Comfort Systems 101: Key Factors to Consider When Replacing Your HVAC System

Fall is the perfect time to think about that one nagging item on your to-do list that you might have been putting off, not wanting to invest the necessary time or money. Yes, we’re talking about replacing your home comfort system. Most people balk at the idea of dipping into their household budget for a new air conditioner or heater, thinking they can get by for another year, and then another year, with a system that’s outdated or past its prime. What they don’t realize: If they choose their new system wisely, they’ll most likely only have to go through this process once or twice in their entire lifetime! At AAA Cooling Specialists, we’ve spent four decades empowering residents of the Scottsdale area with the knowledge and resources they need to choose effective, dependable home comfort solutions that will keep their family safe and happy for many hassle-free years to come. If you’re considering taking the plunge on a new AC installation for your Scottsdale, AZ home, stop procrastinating and let’s get started together — right now! Here are the key factors to consider when choosing a new HVAC system.

September HVAC Maintenance Tips

Top 5 Ways to Maintain Your HVAC System in September During the month of September, the temperatures can begin to change outside as residents attempt to remain comfortable indoors. The HVAC system is often in use to control the climate in buildings. As a homeowner, it’s important to maintain the HVAC system to ensure it can continue to operate well. 1. Clean or Replace the HVAC Filters The filter that is installed influences the airflow and needs to be replaced every three to four months, depending on how frequently the HVAC system runs. Replacing the filter will improve the air quality in each room and can also prevent the parts from working harder than necessary, which can increase the lifespan of the appliance. 2. Schedule an Inspection When you hire professionals from , serving Scottsdale, to perform a thorough inspection of your HVAC system, we’ll assess if any underlying issues are present. One of our technicians will examine all of the parts and can clean everything to prevent the appliance from developing any issues throughout the season. 3. Reprogram the Thermostat September is an ideal time to reprogram the thermostat as the weather begins to change. You’ll want to lower...

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Is Air Conditioning Healthy?

The Health Benefits of Good Air Conditioning Air conditioning does much more than cool us down. It provides us with air that’s clean. It’s also the No. 1 defense against heatstroke and other heat-related illnesses. If you have pets, children or seniors in the home, they depend on it even more than most others. Without air conditioning, illness would spread much faster and pose a much greater risk to the household. In our Arizona desert climate, we have unique climate-control needs. That’s why our air conditioning systems should be maintained by expert-level service providers, such as , to ensure they work well year-round. Your Air Conditioning Keeps Your Home and Valuables Safe Not only is air conditioning great for those with allergies and breathing issues, but it’s also great for our homes. In a desert climate, it’s essential to maintaining our properties. Without air conditioning, we’d become overheated and our appliances and electronics would falter. Floors and even roofs are affected by a lack of proper temperature control and ventilation. Some things you can do to protect your air conditioner include keeping it out of direct sunlight and having routine maintenance and tune-ups performed by . Since we depend on...

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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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