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a new air conditioner or heater, thinking they can get by for another year, and then another year, with a system that’s outdated or past its prime.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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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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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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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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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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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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Partnering with Warrior Flask to Make Things a Bit Cooler

If considering a new home HVAC system in Scottsdale, most homeowners are usually thinking about getting the most for their money, improving their environment control (heating and cooling), and maybe reducing their utility bill. The idea of also benefiting our military on the front lines doesn’t automatically come to mind when first thinking about HVAC issues and products. However, along with obtaining a great HVAC system replacement or installation from AAA Cooling Specialists, it’s now also possible to get yourself a quality reusable high-grade water container as well as send the same to a military service member on assignment overseas at the same time. That’s because AAA Cooling Specialists has partnered with Warrior Flask to provide both you and a service member a top grade water bottle container with the purchase of a new system installation. As a small way to say thank you to our military service members, we’ve partnered with Warrior Flask! When you receive an HVAC installation or replacement from AAA Cooling Specialists, you’ll get a FREE, high quality water bottle from Warrior Flask. In addition to your free gift, we’ll also send a Warrior Flask to one of our service members on assignment overseas. Call now...

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How Does Air Conditioning Work?

At least you know that the primary function of your air conditioner is to keep your home or business in Scottsdale cool during the hot summer months. However, have you ever wondered how the AC system functions? How does it cool your home or business premises so efficiently? One fact that you may already be aware of is that your air conditioning system and your refrigerator primarily work in the same way. The only difference is that your fridge only cools a small and enclosed space whereas your air conditioner cools your entire home or business premises. In this article, we shall look at the working mechanism of a typical air conditioning system. What is the AC Process? The air conditioning system uses various chemicals that convert gas to liquid and back so quickly that you won’t notice it. The primary function of these chemicals is to transfer the heat from the air inside your house to the outside air. The AC unit comprises of three main parts namely the condenser, compressor, and the evaporator. Warm air inside your property is sucked in through a grille located at the base of the AC unit. The warm air then flows over...

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