The Truth About Closed Vents and Doors and How They Affect Energy Efficiency

Living in Arizona, cool indoor air during the summer is a precious commodity. Homeowners are continually trying to find ways to boost indoor comfort, while lowering cooling costs. Many homeowners will attempt to limit the square footage that needs to be cooled by closing doors to room and closing vents in unused rooms, in hopes that the cool air will reach the other desired areas and energy efficiency will be boosted. Unfortunately, this tactic is a myth and attempting this will have the opposite effect on your system’s energy efficiency. When you close vents and doors, the corresponding rooms become pressurized. The rule we learned in grade school science class that most things will travel from areas of high concentration to areas of low concentration will occur in your home. In this case, the path of least resistance for your air may not funnel back into your home. When air is lost from your indoor spaces, the air conditioner will work hard to replace it, which can increase the percentage of air being drawn from 300 to 900. This will greatly sacrifice energy efficiency, causing your cooling bills to go up. Another issue is that when this air is replaced,...

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What Is Ductwork?

Your home’s ductwork is a very important part of the HVAC system.  The ductwork carries air from the heating and cooling system to all of the rooms in your house. The following are the reasons why ductwork is so import, and why issues can greatly compromise indoor comfort and energy efficiency: The size of the duct and register leading to each room controls the amount of air that goes to that room. When the size of the duct and register is not proportionate, there will be an imbalance in the system. When a small room gets too much air, the larger rooms in your home will suffer and you will notice uneven heating and cooling. Ducts are responsible for carrying clean air to all of the rooms in your home. If there is dust and debris in them, that will be circulated into the rooms in your home. It is important to have a professional evaluate and clean your ducts if necessary on a regular basis. Airflow is dependent on the correct layout of the ducts, as well as the shape they are in. When a ventilation system’s layout was poorly planned, there will be sharp corners and dead spaces...

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How To Conserve Energy During an Arizona Summer

There’s no doubt about it, Arizona summer are hot. Many homeowners cringe when they think of summer, not only because of the heat, but also because of energy costs. AAA Cooling encourages homeowners to follow these tips to stay cool and comfortable, without spending an excessive amount on energy bills. –          Replace old, inefficient air conditioning systems. Old AC systems had very poor energy efficiency standards, and the amount you will save every month with a new, energy efficient system will quickly make up for the cost of the upgrade. Don’t forget to have your system properly maintenanced by a professional to keep energy efficiency high and contact AAA Cooling today for air conditioner installation in Mesa. –          Keep blinds and curtains closed during the day to block sunlight that will heat up your home. Consider purchasing insulated curtains that will block even more heat. A temperate house is easier to cool than a warm house. –          Insulate your home. Poor insulation means poor energy efficiency. Put radiant barrier behind walls, insulate the attic, caulk around windows, and place weather stripping around doors. –          Use ceiling fans to help cool the room you’re in. By using ceiling fans, you will...

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Should I Replace My Air Conditioner?

How well did your air conditioner cool your home last summer? Here in Fountain Hills, an ill-functioning cooling system is more than just a matter of comfort, it is a matter of health. If your air conditioner couldn’t sufficiently cool your home, now may be the time to make an upgrade so you aren’t caught in the heat during the installation period. There are many reasons to consider upgrading your AC system: –          Energy efficiency. A system’s energy efficiency is key! Older systems had poor energy efficiency standards, and therefore if you have an outdated system, it is likely that you are paying too much to cool your home. Here Newer systems are far more energy efficient, and it is often more cost effective to purchase a new system than to continue paying for high energy bills, costly repairs, and frequent maintenance. –          Ability to cool. If your system can’t properly cool your home, there’s a good chance it will never be able to. Sometimes this issue is caused by a problem with the thermostat or a part that’s in need of repair, but more often it’s a sign that the system was improperly sized in the first place. There...

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Tips for Choosing a Scottsdale Heating System

While we have been experiencing mild temperatures this fall, winter is mere weeks away and soon it is likely that we will be left to rely on our home heating system to keep us warm. If you are considering replacing your Scottsdale heating system this year, you may be wondering which system type is best for your comfort needs. Replacing your system can be a stressful time considering the expense, but improved comfort and reduced energy bills make this one investment that is well worth it! Before you make a decision, take the time to explore your options. There are two main types of heating systems that homeowners typically choose: Furnaces: Furnaces use an internal burner and a fuel source (usually gas or oil) to heat the heat exchanger. The heat is then distributed through the rooms in your home via the blower. Furnace energy efficiency is rated by Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE), which is expressed as a percentage. The most efficient furnace will have the highest AFUE percentage. The higher the energy efficiency, the more you can expect to save on monthly energy costs! Oil furnaces tend to be less efficient than gas-fired ones, with Trane systems ranging from 82-85%...

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4 Benefits of Scottsdale Heating Maintenance

Thanksgiving is just days away and fall weather is becoming more prominent as the season progresses. If you have yet to turn on your heating system for the first time this year, there are a few things you should consider. Allowing aScottsdale heating repair professional to perform routine maintenance before the peak of the heating season is essential for a number of reasons, which are addressed below: Safety: A dirty system, cracked heat exchanger, or over-fired burners in your furnace could be serious fire hazards. In addition, carbon monoxide emissions are a safety concern which a heating expert could address, ultimately preventing a potential disaster. Your maintenance technician will inspect your system thoroughly to catch problem areas before they grow into something more serious. A carbon monoxide detector may also be installed at this time. Indoor Air Quality: Your system has sat unused for many months, allowing dirt, dust, and other irritants to settle within. When you turn your system on for the first time this season, all of this matter will be distributed through the air in your home. This can create uncomfortable symptoms, especially for those with allergies or asthma. Your maintenance technician will clean your system to remove all particles...

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3 Tips for Relieving Fall Allergies with Scottsdale HVAC Solutions

Fall has finally reached the Sonoran Desert, and with it comes relief from the summer heat. Unfortunately, it also brings an unwanted companion: allergies. While the fall allergy season is typically less severe in Arizona than the spring season, this year is expected to be worse than usual as a result of above average temperatures and rainfall this past summer. In fact, in a recent report by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), Phoenix ranked #75 on a list of the 100 most challenging cities to live with fall allergies1. This is up from its rank as #91 just one year ago. You may think of allergens terrorizing you when you are outdoors, but unfortunately they may be among the millions air particles circulating inside your home. Luckily, your trusted Scottsdale heating specialists have put together 3 easy tips for alleviating symptoms in your home. Install Indoor Air Quality Solutions: Of course the best way to prevent a reaction is to remove the allergens themselves. Humidity plays a major role in your indoor air quality, as dry air fosters dust and overly humid air fosters the growth of mold. A whole-home humidifier can easily be attached to your HVAC system to ensure...

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5 Tips for Preparing Your Home for Fall in Phoenix AZ

As summer winds down and fall makes its way to the Valley of the Sun, locals can expect a relief from the record heat that left them in need of Phoenix AC repair this season. While autumn isn’t set to begin until September 22nd, now is the time to start thinking about preparing your home for the cooler weather that is to come. We’ve compiled a list of 5 important things that you should do to improve the safety and comfort of your home as the seasons change. Change Air Filters– The air filters in your heating system play a vital role in its operation, as well as the quality of air that is blown through the vents in your space. You can pick up replacement filters inexpensively at your local hardware store, but make sure you choose the right type for your system.  Aren’t sure? Call your Mesa AC company for filters that are specifically for your system type. Schedule HVAC Maintenance– You hear it all the time: “Schedule maintenance!” But we can’t stress enough, the level of importance that this service plays in improving the performance and efficiency of your equipment, and ultimately extending its operational life. And while you may not...

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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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