4 Reasons Duct Work Needs to Stay in Good Shape

Indoor air quality usually has a significant impact on your home’s overall comfort. Particles such as mold spores and dust can cause severe irritation and a wide range of other health problems. For those who suffer from allergies and other respiratory complications, airborne particles such as pet dander and pollen can be more problematic. Identifying problems with your ductwork and working on them is an effective way of improving your air quality. If your HVAC system has leaky ducts, then it’s more likely that your energy bills are skyrocketing. Here are some of the key indicators that your duct needs to be repaired. Lower Air Quality Typically, compromised ductwork connections will affect the quality of your indoor air. If you have stored chemicals such as pesticides, fertilizer, and paint thinner in your basement, you will start smelling the fumes of the chemicals inside your home. This is one of the earliest indicators that you need to inspect your duct for any problems. Excessive Household Dust If you also notice that your home dustier than usual, or you are forced to change the air filters more than usual, then call in an expert to examine your ductwork. If you haven’t done...

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Why is Duct Cleaning Necessary?

Are you informed on how to clean your ducts? Are you pondering why duct cleaning necessary? Duct cleaning entails the removal of refuse from air ducts, grilles, and registers. A single cleaning session removes about five pounds from your home. Our firm offers unique duct cleaning services in Scottsdale. 5 Benefits of Duct Cleaning It Prevents Unpleasant Odors and Smells Cleaning agents, mold, paint fumes and pets results to foul smells inside your air ducts. Every time your air conditioner or furnace is running, the odors spread all over your house. Moreover, the gradual accumulation of dirt causes unpleasant smells in your ducts. A thorough cleaning removes odor-causing particles hence having fresh air in your home. Increased Air Flow Air ducts and registers with accumulated grime interfere with the airflow from your air conditioner and the furnace. Therefore, the system is overwhelmed with cooling or heating your house. It decreases air flow efficiency. On the other hand, a clean duct system has a peak efficiency and performance. It reduces your energy bills. High Air Quality A family inhales the air that passes through its ducts. Improper maintenance contributes to the occurrence of allergens such as pet dander and pollen. They...

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How Does Cold Weather Affect Humidity in My Home?

Contrary to popular belief, being outside in cold weather will not cause you to catch a cold. Ironically, it’s being inside during the winter that can make someone susceptible to colds and flu. Humidty: The Hidden Enemy How does such a thing happen? The answer is simply humidity. Cold winter air is low in humidity doe to having less moisture. When cold air slips into your warm home, the heat causes the air to expand. This significantly reduces the humidity. The air dries up and siphons moisture wherever it is, with the biggest deposit being the human body. It’s even worse in modern homes that are practically air tight. This can lead to dry, itchy skin and can make you more susceptible to colds and other infections. And that’s not even considering the damage low humidity can do to paint and furniture. What to do About Humidity Ideally, your home should have an indoor relative humidity between 30 and 50 percent. Your air filters must be changed regularly. Cleaning your ducts and HVAC system can improve indoor air quality. The duct system must also be checked for leaks that can cause inefficiencies in the heating system. A room humidifier is...

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Why Do Air Conditioners Freeze Up?

Your air conditioner just froze? Air conditioners can freeze due to various reasons. Improper Air Flow The main one being lack of proper airflow that keeps the coil warm. The loop needs warm air to stay above the freezing point while remaining cool. If this is not possible the coils freeze, and malfunction before all the condensed water is drained from the unit. The air filters can also impede airflow and cause a freeze up. Also, this problem can occur due to a faulty fan and low refrigerant operation. When the refrigerant levels are low, the coil becomes too cold, and the fan prevents smooth movement of air. Malfunctioned Thermostat A faulty thermostat combined with drainage problems will make the air conditioners freeze up. When the coils freeze, the AV continues running, but it doesn’t cool your home correctly. It uses a lot of power while your home remains too hot to give you the comfort you need. At this point, you will notice all is not well with your cooling system. Is It Really Frozen? It is not easy to tell why your air conditioners have frozen, so you need to call a technician to check and detect the...

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How to Put Refrigerant in Your AC Unit

If your air conditioner system is sluggish and not keeping up with cooling your home, it might be an issue with low refrigerant levels. It is easy to add refrigerant yourself be knowing the basics. Determine the type of refrigerant needed for your system. This information is often found on the manufacturer’s label on the AC unit. The most common are R-22 and R 410-A. Check your system for escaping refrigerant. If a leak is located, fix the leak prior to buying new coolant. The most common device used to locate a leak is the Nitrogen Leak Detector. The second most common is the Electric Detector. These can be borrowed, rented or bought for a reasonable price. Determine how much refrigerant you will need. The amount depends on the size of the unit. Purchase 2 to 4 pounds of refrigerant for each ton. So, a 3 ton Ac unit would require somewhere between 6 to 12 pounds of refrigerant. If you still aren’t sure of how much to purchase, start with a lesser amount. You can always add more if it still is low. Remember to protect yourself while installing the refrigerant. Before inserting the refrigerant, ensure that the unit is...

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Avoiding Scams from AC Contractors

Running air conditioning systems are crucial in Arizona homes, and failure of the unit during a heat wave can lead to rash decisions. Most homeowners aren’t familiar with the finer points of AC repairs and rely on the contractor’s expertise. Although you hope that the contractor is honest, it’s unfortunate that many aren’t. Some will try to scam you into believing you need extensive repairs or expensive part replacements which will result in you paying much more than necessary for repairs. However, you can avoid scams in the Glendale area by following these tips: Read Reviews and Ratings Before you call the first air conditioning service contractor that shows up in your Google search, read their reviews and ratings. Previous customers provide a wealth of information, and if they have been scammed or had an unfortunate experience, you will be able to read about it online. Check multiple review sources before deciding on which contractor to call, including the Better Business Bureau(BBB). The BBB lists reliable companies who are BBB members and have excellent ratings. Beware of Paying Upfront It is normal for a contractor to ask for a deposit for larger AC repairs, but they should never ask for...

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Should I Continue Repairing My Scottsdale AC Unit?

We often get asked by customers if they should continue repairing their air conditioners, or if they should just go ahead and replace them. There are various factors that go into this hefty decision. We suggest they consider the following questions: How old is your unit? After a unit has been in use for 10-15 years, it’s time to replace. By this age, parts start to break down and air quality is compromised.   How often are you repairing your AC unit? If you’re repairing your air conditioner often, it could mean the unit needs to be replaced. Think about how much money you’ve spent on repairs and what portion of the cost of a new system that could cover.   How efficient is your system? Older systems have poor energy efficiency ratings, and you could notice a big difference with a new, efficient system.   How much are you spending to cool your home? The more efficient a system, the less you’ll spend on energy bills. Whether you’ve decided to continue with AC repair in Scottsdale or to go ahead and schedule the installation of a new, energy-efficient system we have you covered. Our knowledgeable techs will provide you...

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Upgrading your AZ home to a Wi-Fi Thermostat

Here at AAA Cooling Specialists, we pride ourselves in offering premier air conditioning service in Scottsdale. Part of our commitment to quality is a commitment to affordability and savings. With your heating and air conditioning system accounting for nearly 50% of your energy consumption, small changes can have a big impact on your bills every month.   One small change you can make is to upgrade your home to a Wi-Fi thermostat. A Wi-Fi thermostat is exactly what it sounds like, a thermostat that is connected to the wireless internet in your home. This connection has several benefits that save money and energy.   A Wi-Fi thermostat can be controlled remotely from any device that connects to the Internet. What this means is you can turn your thermostat up or down from anywhere you have the wireless service. Rather than either paying more for heat no one is using or running home on your lunch break, you can control your thermostat wirelessly and turn the heat down from your smartphone or computer. This is also very useful if you go on vacation and realize at the airport or in the car that you forgot to set your thermostat to an...

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Why Get an AC Tune Up?

With summer here in and temperatures starting to heat up, it’s time to make sure your A/C is up to speed. The best way to do that is to get an A/C tune up. This is important because cooling and heating can account for almost half of a typical homeowner’s energy costs. Energy Star says that investing in an annual A/C system tune up can help improve your unit’s efficiency and reduce your energy costs. Build-up from not cleaning your unit can reduce efficiency by as much as 5% a year – and that can really add up. When temperatures rise, too many people just turn on their A/C unit without even thinking about it, even though they haven’t thought about cool air in months. Not only can this damage your unit and make it inefficient, it can cost you big over the long run. Don’t be penny-wise and pound-foolish – the average cost of an AC tune up from a reputable AC repair company is only around $70. Here’s what an AC tune up and professional cleaning includes: A thorough cleaning of condenser coils Clean air filter Inspect indoor coil if accessible Check condenser coil and remove debris A...

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Reasons to Get an AC Check Up

Your air conditioner can sit for months without use. In your cooling system, dust and dirt build up from the summer before, and those dust and dirt particles collect and lead to mold and mildew, which could result in a foul smell coming from your system. The mold, mildew, and bacteria often or found on or near the AC filter, coils, and ductwork. The only way to rid the system of this odor is clean it, clean it thoroughly. You have some serious AC repair and maintenance ahead of you: When is the last time your air conditioner’s filter was changed? The filter gathers dust and dirt from the air that can accelerate mildew growth when exposed to moisture. Last summer’s filter has been collecting odors for months. If you haven’t changed your system’s filter since last summer your whole home may be getting dirty air blown back into it. Problem solved? Not necessarily. That stench may have another source. The evaporator coils become both cool and damp, creating the perfect conditions for bacteria to grow. Knowing that evaporator coils may need regular cleaning does come in handy, but remember that the best prevention for this is purchasing high-quality air...

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