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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How Does Upgrading Your AC Unit Actually Save You Money?

Many people put off upgrading an air conditioner year after year for the fear of the upfront costs of the upgrade. You keep pouring in money after money making repairs to your existing unit when you might find that you actually save money by purchasing a new AC unit. These are just a few of the ways it might actually pay to take the plunge and invest in a new AC unit for your home. Greater Energy Efficiency This benefit is bigger than you realize. Not only does it help you save money from day one, but over the lifetime of your air conditioner, energy savings in Scottsdale, Arizona may be sufficient to cover the costs of the unit. Improvements in energy efficiency, especially if you’re replacing a unit that is 10 or more years old, can be substantial thanks to improvements in energy efficiency and technology. Modern Coolant Another benefit that is bigger than you realize. In 2015, production of R-22 Freon was reduced by 90 percent sending the price of adding new Freon to your air conditioner up by approximately 90 percent, or more in some areas. Modern air conditioners use a planet-friendly coolant (R-410A) that is widely...

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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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Scottsdale Air Conditioning Alert: Teens Huffing Freon

The Freon in your air conditioning is responsible for keeping you cool and comfortable inside your home, but did you know that it can also be deadly? Teenagers all over the country are abusing refrigerants to get high, and many are dying or becoming seriously injured as a result. Why has this become so popular among today’s youth? Unfortunately, inhaling the gases in AC refrigerant causes a short-term high that is much similar to being very highly intoxicated. Lasting mere minutes or even seconds, the high is gone and undetectable by parents. What teens do not realize is that this high can result in death, even on the very first exposure. How can you protect your family and your Scottsdale air conditioning system? Find out what you need to know below… How Is It Dangerous? Considered to be a toxic substance, Freon is a chlorofluorocarbon used in aerosol products. When inhaled, it can remove oxygen from the lungs and brain, freezing these organs much like frostbite. Signs of frostbite may even be evident on the nose after exposure. Additionally, it destroys brain tissue. What Is The Danger? According to a report by the American Association of Poison Control Centers, more than 7,000...

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