Tips for Reducing Scottsdale Heating & Cooling Bills

With the triple digit temperatures that are typical of Arizona summers, you can count on your monthly energy bills to be on the rise for the next few months. Fortunately, your trusted Scottsdale heating and cooling company is here to provide you with easy, money saving tips. Implement these tips and you may just find yourself with enough extra money to plan a well-deserved day of fun with the family before they head back to school at the end of summer. Preventative Maintenance- By now, you have probably heard about air conditioning maintenance services and may even know a little bit about their benefits. An unmaintained AC system loses efficiency (5% per year, in fact), causing it to work harder to keep you cool and therefore, using more energy. Unfortunately, this costs you more money. A certified HVAC specialist can inspect and clean your system to ensure that this isn’t the case! DIY: Maintain Your System- While leaving actual maintenance tasks to your Cave Creek air conditioning specialist is always recommended, there are simple tasks you can perform on your own. It is essential that you check your air filters each month, changing them at least every three months, or more, if they become dirty sooner...

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Phoenix Air Conditioning Systems Experiencing Phaseout of R-22 Refrigerants

If your home or business has a Phoenix air conditioning system or heat pump, you probably understand the importance of refrigerants in ensuring that your system provides only the coolest air. What you may not know is that this refrigerant may be helping to deplete the ozone, and adding to the problem of global warming. If your system uses R-22 refrigerant, also known has HCFC-22, you may be surprised to learn that the production of this substance is being gradually phased out, worldwide. In accordance with the Montreal Protocol, established in 1987, the U.S. has agreed to reduce production and importation of R-22 and other ozone-depleting substances over the next few years, until 2020 when it will cease entirely1. Initially this may sound alarming, but it is important to understand that its production is being restricted and not its use.Scottsdale AC repair companies will still be able to provide your existing systems with R-22 when they need serviced or recharged. Although as time passes, supply will decrease and prices may ultimately increase. While this is a gradual process, you may be wondering about the proposed options for a solution to the phaseout. You may have your system retrofitted into compatibility with environmentally safe refrigerants such...

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Importance of Regular AC Maintenance Featured on ABC 15 News

The Arizona heat has officially arrived! Whether you were prepared or not, triple digit temperatures settled over the Phoenix Valley area over the weekend. While you may not have realized it during the mild winter months, your AC system is one of the most important in your entire home. It is responsible for keeping you and your family cool, comfortable, and safe from the harsh elements just outside your front door. A while back, we did a blog entry on the importance of spring air conditioning maintenance. More recently, Phoenix ABC 15 News did a story on this very topic. If you did not have routine maintenance performed on your equipment prior to the heat, you may have found that your system was not operating as it should over the weekend. Especially if this was the first time you turned it on for the year. The ABC 15 News AC repairs story discussed not only the importance of air conditioning maintenance services, but also the hardworking AC repair companies that have been working overtime to help residents prepare for the heat. AC maintenance services are recommended in order to clear your machine of debris such as dirt and dust, which...

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Determining the Efficiency of Air Purifiers

When it comes to your home, you expect the utmost level of comfort. Unfortunately, spring means increased levels of pollen from the trees and plants outside, which can mean severe discomfort for many. With 72 trillion particles entering your home each day1, it is no surprise that your symptoms are not relieved when you are indoors. A few weeks ago we did a post on indoor air quality services, and the installation of air purifiers/air cleaners in your home. There are a wide variety of systems to choose from not only portable vs. whole home, but also the brands, features, and efficiency of each. Your Mesa air conditioning company is the best source for information and assistance in choosing a reliable system. Fortunately, standards have been established to help test and rate the efficiency of air purification systems. One such method is the Minimum Efficiency Rating Value (MERV), which evaluates the efficiency of the filter to remove particles of varying sizes from the air. Another common method is known as the Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR).This measures the efficiency of the purifier to remove three common household air particles: dust, pollen, and tobacco smoke. The purifier is tested to determine not only...

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Can your AC catch a cold?

We may not have been swarmed by 150 mph Santa Ana winds, but the temperatures have definitely given Arizona residents a rush. Going from 80 to below 50 is a shock to anyone’s system, but can it effect your A/C unit? One concern that may warrant a call to your Scottsdale air conditioning provider is frost. If blocked with frost or ice, an air conditioning system will not operate properly and will lose cooling capacity. When the cooling coil develops a thick ice build-up on its surface, cool air cannot be produced by the air conditioning system — at all. Many conditions (requiring immediate AC repair) cause the level of refrigerant in the cooling coil to be too low. Surprising, it’s not the cool temperatures that cause the frost block. What is the likely culprit? Dirt, debris, damage or malfunction. So letting the ice melt during the day isn’t going to solve the problem. So just because you switched off your unit for the chilly days doesn’t mean it doesn’t need a check up. Now is the perfect time to get your AC needs taken care of while there’s still time and while many great rebates are available. As any...

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Air Leak Problems In Your Home

Air leak problems in your home can not only make your life during the winter unpleasant, even in a warm area like Arizona, but can also end up costing you excessive amounts of money on energy bills, and in some cases, major repairs. For these reasons, it’s a good idea to inspect your home for certain air leak problems that can arise and to contact a licensed professional if you encounter any of the following situations: Wet insulation – The insulation in your attic and throughout your home should be completely dry. If you find any wet insulation, or even a little bit damp, it’s one of the telltale signs that your roof is leaking. Contact a professional right away to get to the root of the problem. Vents exhausting warm air into the attic – Check your household’s vents, specifically the ones for your kitchen, bathroom and clothes dryer. These vents all need to be pushing their warm, moist air directly outdoors rather than inside your home. Make sure that this is the case in your home. Moldy rafters – Take a look at the rafters and floor joists in your attic. Are they showing any signs of mold or rot? If they are, you’ve...

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Why to get your AC serviced before summer

While most of the country is begging for a few signs of Spring, we Arizonans are relishing the cool nights as we dread the impending heat wave just on the horizon. You’ve likely been wearing your flip flops for weeks (if not months) and you already have a pretty decent base going on your tan. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the temperatures are about to hit triple digits. That means your air conditioner is about to get a workout and you’ll want to make sure neither you nor your unit breaks a sweat. You’ll find AAA Cooling when you search for AC service Mesa, because we believe in servicing the entire unit from installation, to tune-ups and preventing large scale repairs. Preventative maintenance for your air conditioning is no different than rotating your tires or changing the oil on your car. We all know that investing in small maintenance keep our cars functioning properly so we can avoid major and costly issues down the road. The same applies to your air conditioning system. Scheduling a service appointment during the spring can help ensure that your air conditioning will keep you cool during the summer. As the...

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