What to Expect During an AC Inspection

Your HVAC system is one of the most important and expensive components of your home, so it is crucial to maintaining it properly. Not only will a properly maintained air conditioning system work better to cool your home to make it more comfortable, but it will also help keep your utility bills more affordable. Professionals recommend a preventative maintenance service for customers in Phoenix and Tucson, AZ for the air conditioning system each season to ensure your HVAC system is running efficiently. Here are some of the reasons preventative maintenance for your air conditioning system is so important: Less need for emergency repairs throughout the year Significantly lower energy bills A longer lifespan for your system Overall better comfort every day Insight into when it may be time to replace the system What to Expect During an AC Inspection When a licensed technician comes to your home for an AC tune-up, they will gather information from you about your needs and any system concerns you may have. They will inspect, clean, and make any repairs necessary within the scope of the project. They can also perform an energy audit to give you more insight into the overall condition of the...

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The Importance of 24 Hour Emergency Service

You need your heating and air conditioning system to work properly throughout the year. If your air conditioning goes out during the heat of the summer or your heater stops working during cold Arizona nights, tasks can quickly become difficult. Since an HVAC emergency can happen at any time during the day or night, having access to 24-hour service is critical. Here’s why 24-hour emergency service is so important. Gas Leaks Can Be Dangerous A gas-powered furnace has the potential to leak, especially if it is an older model. When gas is leaking, you may notice an odor like rotten eggs or sulfur. While gas doesn’t naturally have an odor, the scent — called mercaptan — is added to make leaks easier to detect. If you suspect that your gas is leaking, you should shut off your main line immediately and contact a 24-hour emergency HVAC technician. Gas leaks that aren’t repaired right away can increase the risk of fire and explosions in the home, or health issues from breathing the toxic fumes, particularly in areas of the home that aren’t well ventilated. Heating and Cooling May Be Imperative for Health and Safety For small children and individuals who are...

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What Does a Factory Authorized Carrier Dealer Mean?

Being a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer, like Western States Home Services in Phoenix & Tuscon, Arizona, is a level of certification that few Air Conditioning dealers and retailers can attain, and they have to go through a rigorous testing to retain it on an ongoing basis as well. In exchange, the dealer is then allowed to display the certification status on its marketing and advertisement. What Kind of Dealer is Eligible? Again, there are a lot of AC dealers and after-market shops in the industry. Just looking online or in the phone book yellow pages proves this point. However, only a small subset, five percent, are specifically factory-authorized dealers. And that means the given dealer has been put through a regimen of objective and subjective testing designed only by the Carrier Corporation itself. So, when it comes to air conditioning (installation, maintenance & repair) and heating (installation, tune-up & repair), the certified dealer is affirmed by Carrier on its level of professional service, technical training, and knowledge, the speed at which performs work for the consumer, and dealership overall performance. How Does Certification Benefit the Customer? Professional service is more than just the salesperson. It involves every personnel aspect of...

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Can Plants Improve Indoor Air Quality?

Residents in the greater Tucson and Phoenix areas rely on their air conditioning systems to provide the temperature control necessary to create a comfortable home. Many of our clients often ask us about how air conditioning can affect the indoor air quality of their homes. At Western States Home Services we provide top quality HVAC products that contain the technology that provides you with good indoor air quality. We are also asked about house plants and the effect that they can have on indoor air quality. Is It True that House Plants Improve Indoor Air Quality? While no one is sure of the exact level of improvement that plants provide, they do filter your air and remove microbes and mold spores by up to 50% more than homes without plants. Another great function that indoor plants perform is the absorption of known carcinogens such as benzene and formaldehyde. While you may not purposefully bring contaminants into your home, they are found in most household cleaners and detergents. Benzene is found in most plastics and fabrics that are commonly used for clothing and household items. While the level of contaminants in your home is likely at a safe level, why not...

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What Should I do if my AC Unit Won’t Turn Off?

In the Arizona heat, residents rely on air conditioners to stay cool during hot summer days. However, some homeowners often take the AC for granted, and that can cause random failures. It can be disappointing and costly when your AC unit won’t turn off, especially during cooler months or nights when you actually don’t need it. AC failures often occur if the unit hasn’t been serviced by a professional for a long time. Here are some quick steps you should take immediately to troubleshoot the issue before contacting an air conditioning repair service provider. Check the Thermostat Sometimes the thermostat can be reset accidentally or set incorrectly so that the unit is in constant demand of cool air. It is possible that the thermostat temperature has been set too low, so the AC won’t turn off automatically when necessary. The remedy to the problem is to try and set the thermostat above your room temperature. But, if the AC doesn’t turn off after taking this action, then it is possible that the thermostat is faulty or the problem could be somewhere else. Get help from a professional AC maintenance company. Clean the Condensing Unit The condenser coils work by dispersing...

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How Does an Energy Audit Work?

Energy audits have helped homeowners save a lot when it comes to energy consumption, especially with the rising cost of energy. Conducting an energy audit helps you to identify and fix problems that increase your energy consumption. There are three major ways in which energy audits work to reduce energy costs: Thermographic Imaging This uses a temperature sensitive camera to detect changes in temperature. The difference in temperature between the exterior and the interior of the home needs to be between 15 to 20 degrees for the camera to work. When the camera is pointed at a wall, it shows the walls, ceiling, and floors that have poor insulation in bright colors, so you can see the problem and fix it. They are so sensitive that they can show the hidden wood in the walls and even nails because they conduct heat differently. They can also show leaks around the home, including those around windows and doors, holes, and glass that doesn’t insulate well. This information helps you to know what needs immediate fixing to minimize energy costs. Blower Door Test Equipment that resembles a big fan is connected to a computer and mounted to a door in your home....

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5 Common AC Problems

It is on the hottest day of the year that you notice that your air conditioning unit is struggling and not working optimally. In some cases, the equipment might be faulty but in most cases, the system is poorly maintained and hence it is performing poorly. Before your unit stops working, it helps to know the common AC problems and how to fix them. 1. Low Refrigerant Refrigerant refers to the stuff the air conditioning unit uses to cool your home or office. Once in a while, the system will develop leaks in the refrigerant lines. In the end, you will find that the system does not have enough refrigerant to cool the air. Replacing the refrigerant is not an effective solution to the problem because it will still leak. The solution is to call an HVAC technician to find and fix the leaks. 2. Fan Problems The air conditioning unit has a fan that is responsible for blowing hot air over the evaporator coils which then cools the air. There is also another fan that blows air over the condenser so as to repel heat that it had absorbed. There are a number of reasons why the two fans...

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Why Choose Aerosol Duct Sealing for Your Arizona Home?

Have you noticed your energy bills are high?  Or is your AC unit and heating units working properly but still your home does not remain at a constant, comfortable temperature?  The problem may very well be that you have tears and leaks in your ductwork.  When this happens, air can escape in and out of your home and cause the related issues above. To correct this problem, aerosol duct sealing from Western States Home Services is your solution.  When your air ducts are working properly, you can enjoy your air conditioned home in the summer and a nice, warm home in the winter without having to worry about wasting energy. What is Aerosol Duct Sealing Technology? What makes aerosol duct technology so superior is that it seals torn or faulty ducts from the inside out.  This means that air can no longer escape through these leaks and tears because aerosol duct sealing creates a perfect seal.  Once your ducts are sealed, you can expect your indoor temperature to remain how you want it, which will save money on your energy bills.  You will also reduce your carbon footprint by no longer wasting energy to produce air that only leaves your home. Aerosol duct technology is the most efficient duct sealing technology available today. It is a...

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How Can Temperature Affect Your Sleep?

There is a lot that can affect good quality sleep, but one of these things is the temperature of the room. Having the right temperature can help you fall asleep and stay asleep so you wake up more rested. How Does Temperature Affect Sleep? As you fall asleep, the temperature in your brain goes down. An easy way to think about it is as an internal thermostat. If the internal thermostat is too hot or too cold, the body struggles to achieve its set point. A drop in temperature can help induce sleep. If you are cooler than the room, then it can help you fall asleep. If the room becomes too hot or too cold, it can cause you to wake up. The comfort level of the temperature can also affect the quality of REM sleep, which is the deep state where you dream. What’s the Best Temperature? The right temperature will depend on the person. The typical recommendation is between 60 to 67 degrees, but each person is different. In addition to checking the thermostat and paying attention to the temperature, create other ideal sleeping conditions in a cool, quiet, and dark room. Foam pillows can feel good...

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The Best Time to Get an AC Unit Installed

Our customer service representatives in Chandler and Tucson, AZ are often asked when the best time is to get an AC unit installed in our area. If you’re buying a room air conditioner off the shelf, with plans to install it yourself, the answer is probably to look for deals during the offseason when many manufacturers are pulling inventory. However, with our moderate climate, there really isn’t an offseason. The daily high rarely falls below the mid-sixties. So, rather than look for a date on the calendar, we recommend you consider performance and comfort as your guiding factors: Performance Indicators Signal it’s Time to Install a New AC When making recommendations to lower heating and air conditioning bills, Energy.gov recommends homeowners consider installing a new AC if: Your heat pump or air conditioner is more than a decade old. The system requires frequent repairs, and you are experiencing rising utility bills without a provider increase. You notice hot spots that never seem to be as comfortable as the rest of the home. Your system did not come with a programmable thermostat that allows you to adjust the indoor temperature based on when you are home when you’re at work, and...

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