Static Electricity in the Home

Static electricity builds up in your home over time. Movement from each room contributes to the accumulation, and the air quality in your home will decline over time. However, there are ways you can control the static electricity in your home. These tips from the crew at AAA Cooling Specialist of Scottsdale can help you find a solution. Improving Indoor Air Quality The first step toward reducing static electricity is understanding the humidity in your home. When you have dry air in your house, you’ll increase your chances of a shock. Humidity can actually improve the air quality in your home, so you’ll want to find a way to take care of this issue. There are products you can buy to increase humidity. A humidifier can reduce static electricity in your home in a significant way. Take the time to contact professionals when you decide to purchase this investment. The Winter Season and Static Electricity During the winter season, dry air can increase static electricity in your home. In Scottsdale, AZ, and its surrounding area, this is a common problem. The weather promotes electric charges on surfaces. During these months, you should use a humidifier to reduce the static electricity...

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Our Proud Partnership with Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest!

We are so excited to announce our partnership with Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest. Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a simple mission; showing kindness, doing justice and serving those in need. They have a vision for a just world where all people can fulfill their basic needs. We strongly believe in this mission and vision and are thrilled to be partnering with them to give back. Earlier this year, Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest received a referral from a sister church regarding an Arizona family in need. This family of 6, including a 13, 11, 6 and 4 year old, has been struggling after job layoff last year. Making ends meet was already a battle when medical issues struck. Unfortunately, COBRA was unwilling to cover these expenses, creating more financial ruin. When it felt like things couldn’t get worse, their heating and air conditioning system broke down. They’ve been without heat all winter and were terrified of the impending summer heat. Our team at AAA Cooling Specialists was introduced to this family in February, and we were blown away by them. We immediately knew this was a deserving family that we...

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Indoor Air Pollutants and How to Avoid Them

By avoiding exposure to indoor air pollutants, you can reduce health risks. Of particular concern are the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are part of life inside our homes and businesses. Here is some basic information about these contaminants and what you can do about them. What Are VOCs? These gases come from products made from hydrocarbons. The number of products that contain VOCs is nearly endless. You’ll find them in cleaning supplies, makeup, perfumes, air fresheners, anything with artificial perfumes, vehicle exhaust, yard and pool chemicals, dry cleaning, and home remodeling products. Products that contain VOCs tend to off-gas more when the weather is warmer, which is what makes them such a concern in Scottsdale where the weather is warm practically all year long. The odds of VOCs affecting you is higher with prolonged exposure. They’ve been known to cause nervous system problems, along with milder reactions like respiratory irritations, headaches, or the flu. Avoiding Exposure Avoidance is the best way to minimize your exposure to indoor air pollutants. To some extent, avoidance is possible. Look for labels on plastics, paints, finishes, flooring and wood products for your home that indicate they’re low in VOCs. Using Mechanical Means Fortunately,...

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Ways to Increase the Ventilation in Your House

The quality of the air inside your home is influenced by the level of ventilation. Proper ventilation also reduces the risk of mildew or mold that can grow due to too much moisture in the air. If you want to learn how to improve your home’s ventilation, there are a few important tips to follow. Install Additional Vents on the Roof The attic can become hot and humid during the summer season. This can cause the HVAC system to work harder than necessary to operate. If you want to have more control over the climate in the building, install additional vents on the roof at the eaves and the ridge of the roof with the help of a professional. All of the screens and vents need to be painted to protect the materials and prevent them from deteriorating when exposed to the elements in each season. Add Vents on the Foundation The foundation is a common area that can lack proper ventilation, which can lead to a moist area that rots the crawlspace. Professionals can add extra vents to prevent the space from becoming damp. The vents can be maintained similarly to how you maintain any vents on the roof....

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5 HVAC System Sounds You Don’t Want to Hear

In most cases, HVAC systems operate quietly. You may notice clicks or blower noises when it turns on to heat your home, but other than that, this is a system that chugs along softly in the background of your everyday life. So, when you hear an unusual sound, it can be startling. Here are five sounds that you don’t want to hear. 1. Rattling Noises When your HVAC system starts rattling, it probably has a loose part or a bit of debris that became caught in its housing unit. Sometimes, rattling noises come from air vents. In this case, there could be a piece of debris stuck inside. 2. Squealing Sounds If your unit starts emitting a squealing sound, then this likely means that it has a loose or worn out belt. This type of noise also comes from a lack of lubrication in the fan. If it’s the belt, then this is an affordable thing to repair. Catching it early is good news because doing so can prevent a major problem from developing. Our technicians at can help with these kinds of repairs. 3. Excessive Clicking Repeated clicking sounds indicate that the HVAC unit may have an electrical problem....

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HVAC System vs Air Conditioning

Although the term “HVAC” is used interchangeably with “air conditioning,” each has a very distinct meaning. HVAC is an acronym for a system that includes heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, while an air conditioner is a standalone unit used for indoor cooling. can help you to decide whether an air conditioning unit or an HVAC system is the best option for you. Different Types of Air Conditioning Units Residents in Scottsdale and the surrounding areas fully understand the importance of air conditioning. There are several types of air conditioning units that suit a variety of different needs and settings. Window air conditioning units are typically the most inexpensive option for cooling a room or other small space. A more common method of cooling an entire home is central air conditioning. Central A/C is connected through a series of ductwork that runs throughout the house and is connected to indoor and outdoor components. The upfront costs associated with installing central air conditioning can be high, but these systems tend to last longer and are very effective. Ductless air conditioning is most similar to central air conditioning. These systems don’t require the installation of extensive ductwork, however. Different Types of HVAC Systems...

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Should You Close Vents in Rooms You Aren’t Using?

Saving money on your monthly energy bill sounds great, but lowering costs can be tricky. There’s a common idea out there that you should close the vents in your unused rooms. Unfortunately, that isn’t always sound advice. The Thought Process It seems like closing vents would direct all the hot or cold air into the rooms that you actually use. While this is true, there are a lot of side effects that can negatively affect the performance and life span of your heater or air conditioner. What Really Happens Closing vents create a situation in which excess air needs a place to go. Since it can’t go into a room when the vent is closed, it can actually cause air leaks in your system as it pushes its way toward other places. When those air leaks occur, your whole unit needs to work harder to make the same impact. At the same time, blocked vents can alter the pressure in those closed-off rooms. In the winter, that pressure differential can end up drawing in cold air from around your windows and doors. How You Can Save Money on Your Energy Bill Rather than closing vents in certain rooms, there are...

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What an HVAC System Is and How It Works

If you’re like a lot of homeowners, you don’t think about your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system too much. However, this important system in your home performs a lot of different functions. Each home may have a slightly different HVAC system and setup, and it is important to have a basic understanding of how the types of equipment work. Furnaces People who live in places that have cold winter weather typically have a furnace for heat. A furnace uses a fuel such as natural gas. A pilot light in the burner chamber ignites the natural gas, producing a flame and heat. An air blower moves air that captures the heat. The heated air passes through an air filter and makes its way into your home’s air ducts. The air ducts end with vent openings. These openings allow the warm air to enter your home’s living spaces. Heat Pumps Homes located in moderate climates often have a heat pump instead of a furnace. A heat pump operates on electricity. It has an outdoor compressor and an indoor condenser. During the wintertime, the heat pump captures heat from the outdoor air. A chemical refrigerant absorbs the heat. It heats air...

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4 Benefits of Annual Heat Pump Maintenance

During the frigid months of winter, you rely on your home’s heat pump to keep you warm and comfortable. And more than likely, you take your functioning heat pump for granted—until something goes wrong. The good news is that many common heating problems can be avoided with an annual heat pump inspection and tune-up. Not entirely convinced? Consider four key benefits of scheduling annual heating maintenance. 1. Prolong the Life of Your Heat Pump When you take care of any appliance in your home, including your heat pump, it’s more likely to last longer before needing replacement. And when you consider the fact that a new heat pump can easily cost you several thousand dollars installed, it’s worth extending the life of your home heating system as much as possible. 2. Avoid Costly Problems and Repairs With routine maintenance and tune-ups, you’re also less likely to run into the need for major repairs. That’s because an inspection will likely detect issues before they turn into larger (and more expensive) problems. As a result, you can tackle small repairs as needed and keep your heat pump running strongly. 3. Save on Your Utility Bills A well maintained heat pump is also...

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How Often Should My Heat Pump Be Replaced?

No matter how hard you try to keep something in good shape, eventually, you will need to replace it. A common question that many homeowners have is how long can they expect their heating equipment to last. If you have a heat pump, here is some information about how often you should replace your heat pump. How Long Will My Heat Pump Last? When it comes to how long you can expect your heat pump to last, there are so many different factors to consider. Some heat pumps can remain in good condition up to two decades. However, the average lifespan of a heat pump is 15 years. As long as you have your system inspected on a yearly basis, you can expect your heat pump to easily last you more than 10 years. The Model Matters The model and make of the heat pump will have a major impact on its life span. Newer systems tend to last longer than older units. The quality and frequency of heat pump maintenance is also a major factor. If you want to maintain the warranty of your heat pump and keep it clean and running efficient, you should schedule heating maintenance every...

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