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a new air conditioner or heater, thinking they can get by for another year, and then another year, with a system that’s outdated or past its prime.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.

Monsoon Season: Maintenance and Preventing Leaking Condensation Lines

Living in the hot, dry climate of the Phoenix region, monsoon season is often something we all anticipate. A fierce summer storm is almost jubilant. As the pressure drops and the air cools, many Arizonans can’t help but smile at the impending storm. While it’s great to revile in the joy of a good rain, it’s also important to understand how extreme weather impacts your most important appliance. The Monsoon Threat While you’re enjoying the temporary reprieve from heat and dryness, your air conditioner might be struggling. Monsoons can damage AC units in a number of ways, and any of them would be enough to leave you in an emergency situation. At the most extreme end, high winds and lightning can cause physical damage to units. While that’s not fun, a proper installation should provide good protection from both of these threats. A more common issue is the extra dust. Even though the heavy rains help get dust out of the air for a change, the winds that typically precede a storm can put a lot of extra dirt into your HVAC system. Fortunately, the remedy to this problem is easy: just change your filters on time (typically every 30...

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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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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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The Great Scottsdale HVAC Debate: Repair or Replace?

Excessive heat warnings have been in full effect this summer, leaving customers across the Scottsdale AZ area with overwhelmed air conditioning units. If the system in your home or business has not been providing the results that you need for optimal indoor comfort, you may be in need of repair. But what if it is a more deep-seated problem that can only be resolved with system replacement? How can you be sure? Answering this question will require a bit of inquiry into your specific system history and symptoms. Initially, it is recommended that you contact a Phoenix air conditioning contractor, who is reputable and trustworthy, to evaluate your system and offer recommendations. You may even choose to get a second opinion. This step is important in ensuring that the problems you are experiencing are properly diagnosed. Why spend thousands of dollars to replace a system that could have easily been repaired? Ask yourself the following questions when deciding whether to repair or replace your equipment: How old is your system? As systems age, they begin to lose efficiency. If the system in your space is 10+ years, it may be time to upgrade to a system that is more efficient and capable...

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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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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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