Preventing Health Risks From Your Gilbert AC System

Gilbert, Arizona is a beautiful city, but the scenery doesn’t reduce the local pollens allergy sufferers battle. You may think it’s only important to tune-up your AC system for efficiency, but preventative maintenance is an important part of protecting yourself and others who share your air-conditioned space from certain health risks. Consider these ways to prevent health hazards your AC system may be increasing. Indoor Air Pollution Indoor air pollution can increase in air-conditioned buildings because the same air continues to recycle around. Viruses linger in spaces that are sealed tightly. Additionally, AC units with lower-quality filters will let outside pollutants like dust slip through the vents into your home. It’s not always possible in the heat of Arizona summers, but when possible open windows and air out the house on cooler evenings. Respiratory Sickness Living and working in environments where cold air is constant can weaken your immune system. Air conditioners in combination with low humidity make it easier for viruses to travel. Moving from the warm air outside to air-conditioned office or house stresses our bodies and weakens our immune systems. Low Humidity AC units lower humidity inside. Dry air leads to dry skin and dry nasal passages. Dry...

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How Re-Painting Your Home Affects Energy Efficiency

Although the moody charcoal color you picked out for your Victorian home sounds intriguing, it may become a practical nightmare. The problem with painting your home in a dark color is that dark colors love to retain heat, turning your home into a sweltering oven. Not only are you likely to roast in your home, but you will end up spending more on your electricity bills to maintain a comfortable temperature. Why? When you paint the exterior of your home in dark colors, the dark hue will retain heat from the sun’s rays compared to lighter colors like a sky blue or light yellow, which reflect the sun’s rays. The trapped heat takes much longer to dissipate and will heat the interior of your home, putting your AC system through its paces. Although you can generally get away with dark colored interiors, heat can still get trapped inside your home if sunlight can pour through open windows. However, you have alternative methods to prevent heat from being absorbed into your home’s dark interior color scheme. To reduce heat retention due to your interior decorating and paint choices, consider only painting walls dark colors if they are not exposed to heavy...

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Which HVAC System is Right For You?

Whether it’s the height of summer or the depths of winter, you expect your HVAC system to cool and heat your home with reliable efficiency. Many homeowners, however, don’t realize their system may not be the best choice for their lifestyle. If you notice your unit is failing to fulfill your heating and cooling demands, it may be time to consider where the system in your home is falling short and which variety of HVAC unit can better meet your needs. Split Systems A split system, or split heat pump system, refers to a unit with components that are quite literally split between the interior and exterior of your home. Often, these products may include condenser and evaporator coils, furnaces, heat pumps or fan coils. Split systems, as a whole, offer the best one-size-fits-all package that allows you to effectively heat and cool all the rooms of your home from one easy-to-use thermostat or remote. Hybrid-heat split systems operate in a similar manner to your everyday split unit, but include one unique touch that may be able to reduce your energy use. Standard split HVAC units are susceptible to inefficient heating when the temperature drops below 30 to 40 degrees....

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3 Reasons You Should Upgrade to a Wi-Fi Thermostat in AZ

You may have heard about the benefits of programmable thermostats, but the Wi-Fi equipped thermostat has taken energy savings, convenience, and comfort to a whole new level. Gone are the days of the old thermostats that adjusted by a radial dial. The following are reasons you should consider upgrading to a Wi-Fi equipped thermostat in your AZ home: Convenience. If you are on your way out of town and remember that you forgot to adjust your thermostat for your absence, there is no need to call a neighbor to go through the hassle of finding your spare key, adjusting it themselves, and worry whether or not they did it right. Simply use the free app you downloaded and adjust it yourself.   Efficiency. Don’t know when you’re going to be home? No worries – you can simply adjust the heat or air in your home so it’s exactly to where you want it to be when you walk through the door without coming home at a set time every day.   Reliability. You’re human and you sometimes forget to change your air filters or perform routine maintenance on your heating and cooling unit. A Wi-Fi equipped thermostat can send you...

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Increase the Efficiency of Your Valley Home’s Outer Envelope

Your home’s envelope is the outer aspects that encase your home. This includes exterior walls and doors, windows, and the roof. When the envelope is poorly insulated, your air conditioner will work much harder to cool your home. This is vital for Arizona residents as we rely heavily on our AC units for a large portion of the year. Consider these options to bring up the R-value of each aspect: Walls – Add rolled insulation or radiant barrier to your walls to block the outdoor temperatures. This will keep the desired temperatures inside, and the temperature from weather fluctuations out. There is foam you can have pumped into your walls that will also insulate. The added benefit of the foam is that it also blocks pests. Windows and doors – Make sure your windows are low-E and doors are a material like fiberglass that doesn’t transfer temperatures easily. Windows should be well-sealed with caulking and doors should be sealed tight with weatherstripping. Attic – Your attic should have a certain amount of insulation depending on the region you live in. Each part of the country has different R-values recommended and assigned to get the highest energy efficiency. Attic insulation options...

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5 Tips to Keeping Your Home AC Unit Running Efficiently in Chandler

While fall is approaching us, Chandler’s temperatures are still reaching triple digits! So, recommends you get an AC tune up. While our trained technicians will check everything to make sure your HVAC unit is summer-ready, there are a few steps you can take to keep your unit running at its best: Change your air filter every 30 to 60 days, depending on how often the system is in use. This is the equivalent of checking your car’s oil on a regular basis. Put in a new filter at the start of the summer, and at least once every one to two months after that. If you live in a windy area or you suffer from allergies, consider changing it more often. Keep the area around your AC unit clean. Remove debris like leaves from the area, and sweep up and remove other foreign objects that could impact its performance. Pay attention to your vents. Take a vacuum to indoor vents to keep them unblocked, and vacuum dust and other debris from indoor supply vents to help keep a steady flow of air from your system. Keep furniture, blinds, toys and litter boxes away from vents, to keep from blocking them....

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Save Energy This Summer with Aeroseal

If there’s one thing Arizona residents know, it’s that summertime energy bills are no joke. With daytime temperatures reaching well over 100 degrees, many homeowners have simply accepted that their energy bills will double or triple from June through September. However, homeowners can rest easy knowing they can reduce their energy usage while cooling their home more efficiently with Aeroseal. What Is Aeroseal? Heated or cooled air is distributed throughout your home or business via ducts in your ceiling or walls. These passageways are vital to ensuring your home is efficiently cooled or heated to the temperature you specify on your thermostat. However, ducts can occasionally spring small leaks, resulting in the loss of cooled or heated air and more energy usage to make up for the deficit. With Aeroseal, your ducts can be sealed safely and properly without the sticky mess of pastes and tapes. Aeroseal is a completely non-toxic injectable particulate sealant that is light enough to be carried by your air conditioning unit’s current. How Does Aeroseal Work? Rather than slathering messy pastes over all your ductwork, Aeroseal takes the precision approach to tracking down air leaks. Your certified Aeroseal HVAC technician will block your home’s vents...

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Are Expensive AC Filters Worth It?

Your wallet is important to you. It’s what holds your future in it— your money. And that money should be spent as wisely as possible. You worked hard to get that cash, worked hard to be financially stable. So when you decide to buy something, you want to know that you’re getting the most bang for your buck and there’s no time where that’s more important than when buying AC filters. Your AC unit is a huge part of your life, after all. It keeps you cool in the summer and makes sure your home is as comfortable as possible. At , we know that the decision about what to spend on filters is a tough one. You might feel that there’s no need to pay for more expensive filters but in reality, there’s every reason to spend that little bit extra for great quality. All air filters have a MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) rating and the higher the rating, the more efficient your filters are. There’s bound to be dust, pollens and other irritants swirling around in your air conditioning unit so it’s highly important that you get a filter that catches them all. It might be tempting...

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How to Alleviate Allergies with Your HVAC Unit

If you have allergies, going outside can trigger a number of uncomfortable symptoms. Your home is supposed to be a reprieve from the dust and pollution of the outdoors. Unfortunately, indoor air quality can be just as poor as outside air quality. Here are a few ways to help alleviate allergies in your home with the help of your indoor heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system. Common Home Allergens Indoor air pollution is usually higher than that of the outdoors. There are a number of dirt and debris sources inside the home that can antagonize and worsen allergy symptoms. Some of the most common pollutants include: Pet dander from any four-legged friends within the home. Microscopic insects called dust mites feed on human skin flakes, but their waste and shell debris is particularly allergenic. Mold grows easily in damp areas of the home. The spores it releases can be spread through the ventilation system and cause serious health issues when inhaled. Pollen from indoor plants, as well as neighboring trees or bushes, can enter your home through windows or open doors. Smoke from cigarettes is one of the most poisonous indoor pollutants, but also the easiest to control. If...

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3 DIY Tips for Home HVAC Maintenance

While most professionals recommend you have your HVAC system inspected at least once per year, here are a few things you can do on your own to keep it working efficiently. Share this Image On Your Site. Copy and Paste the code below. Please include attribution to westernstateshomeservices.com with this graphic. Contact Western States Home Services here.