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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How You Can Save Money with an AC Replacement

Summertime is upon us, which means you’re going to be spending more money on seasonal activities. From day trips to the amusement park and the beach to that two-week vacation on your itinerary, money is just flying out of your pocket. Now’s not really the time to spend more cash on a new air conditioner replacement, right? Actually, you’d be surprised. While yes, you are investing a lot of money into your new AC unit in the short-term, in the long-term, most of that cash will come back to you. Here’s how. Older AC Units Need More Energy to Run The more your air conditioner chugs and groans when cooling your house, the harder it’s working. The more energy it uses = more money you’re going to spend on your monthly bills. You’ll need your air conditioner most often in the summer, (especially living in Arizona) which is also when you’re paying more for other activities. In short, your wallet could be pretty drained by the time September rolls around if you keep your old AC unit for another year. They’re Not Energy-Efficient All that energy your air conditioner sucks up to run is not good for the environment, either....

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How Does AC Work?

Everybody knows that an air conditioner keeps our rooms cool during the hot summer days, but how many people know how an AC actually works? Well, not so many. This is one of the subjects that most people find extremely boring. But if you find physics interesting and you are curious about how ACs work, you are in the right place. In this article, we take a deeper look into the inner workings of an air conditioner to help you understand how the piece of equipment helps keep your room cool. Here’s how the entire air condition plays out: The Cooling Process The AC unit converts gas (the air inside your house) to liquid and back with the help of a refrigerant and a bunch of coils. The refrigerant then transfers the heat from the air in the house to the outside and then back inside, while absorbing and casting the heat out in the process. This refrigerant- a chemical that quickly transforms from a liquid to a gaseous state, cools and goes back to the home to start the cycle afresh. HCFCs, or hydrochlorofluorocarbons commonly used as refrigerants. Parts of an AC Unit Did you know that an air...

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Benefits of Home Energy Audits

A home energy audit can help make your home more efficient. It is often the first step in a starting the process of saving money through energy efficiency. A home energy audit can help show areas where your home needs work and provide you with many benefits. If you have already noticed issues in your home, such as drafty rooms or condensation on your windows, an energy audit can help determine the cause. Even if you haven’t noticed any issues at home, you will find reasons why a home energy audit makes sense. Western States Home Services is happy to provide you with solutions to all your home energy audit needs! Energy Bill Savings An audit will show where you can save money on your energy bills and help you prioritize fixes that will give you the most ROI. Within a short amount of time, a home energy audit can help pay for itself with your energy bill savings. Stay More Comfortable By being more energy efficient, you should be able to feel the difference in the comfort of your home. Whether it’s adding insulation or replacing the air conditioning, using the suggestions from the home energy audit will help...

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6 Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Contrary to popular belief, the air inside your house might be quite a lot more harmful, dirty and even toxic than the air outside. Mold, dust mites, bacteria, and fungi may act as allergens in your house. Other toxins in your house may include fumes from paints and furnaces, fragrance aerosols, furniture as well as chemicals from home cleaning agents. To improve the air quality inside your house, some of these tips may come in handy, especially for all those who suffer from respiratory illnesses such as asthma and bronchitis. 1. Air out your house Adequate aeration of your house is probably the simplest yet most important way of improving air circulation in your house. Open your windows to let out toxic fumes as well as allergens and let in cleaner outside air. In addition to this, you could get a portable or a ceiling fan to encourage the circulation. 2. Clean your Ducts When your heating and AC system blows air into your home, that air must pass through the duct system. Over time the ducts build up dust and dirt, so a dirty duct becomes a source of dirty air in your home. Regular duct cleanings can go...

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Why is AC Maintenance Important?

In Arizona, going into a cool home from outside is one of the most rewarding feelings. Unfortunately, most homeowners forget about their AC maintenance until it breaks down, something that frequently occurs during summer. Most homeowners spend a lot of money purchasing state of the art AC system but forget to maintain. They forget that such an expensive unit is similar to other machines. For your AC system to keep your home cozy and comfortable, regular maintenance is mandatory. Maintain high-performance Efficiency Each year, a new AC unit loses approximately 5% efficiency due to the deterioration and wearing out of essential components with time. Therefore, without proper maintenance, homeowners end up spending more on repairs, energy bills, and part replacements. Fortunately, you can maintain your AC system operating at 99.9% efficiency by scheduling a regular tune-up. Efficiency is crucial when it comes to most home electrical appliances, and an AC system is one of them. An efficient unit means it runs smoothly with less wear and tear. You will sleep comfortably knowing there are no surprises in indoor temperature fluctuations other than the one set Increased Lifespan When a system is regularly tuned up, its longevity is enhanced. Once you...

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Should I Buy A New Air Conditioner?

Deciding whether you want to repair your air conditioner (A/C) or buy a new one can be a tough decision. Expense is not the only thing you have to think about, weighing in the comfort that comes with having a functional A/C is critical as well. This particularly holds true if you are living in hot and dry places like Arizona, where having a functional A/C during the months of summer is a necessity. Places with moderate weather also benefit from having air conditioning as it improves air circulation, reduces humidity and gets rid of harmful pathogens. If the HVAC system is not properly installed it can consume energy and reduce the lifespan of the air conditioner. It is important to get second or third opinions from different contractors before making a decision of replacing your A/C. A new A/C lasts 15-20 years, but after 10 years most units should be inspected to determine if it makes sense to replace with a new one or repair the existing one.  Some things to keep a note of before you invest in a brand new system: Buy a branded A/C that comes with warranty and guarantee of resolution if the unit runs into issues Choose a...

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Why Proper Home Sealing is Important

It’s no secret that a home requires routine maintenance. Over time, appliances and fixtures lose what was once perfect durability. Windows, roofs, air ducts — these don’t last forever. However, it behooves the homeowner to take good care of the appliances and fixtures in a home. This not only keeps a home comfortable but also saves money over time. Air Ducts Home comfort for most means living at room temperature. In Arizona, especially in the summer, weather can get very hot and humid. This means that homes will be running their air conditioning quite a bit. The primary problem with air ducts seems to be reduced air flow. This happens when there are cracks in places throughout the air duct. There might be a crack in one main area or in differences locations. To maximize the air flow it’s important for all holes or cracks to be patched. The Aeroseal Difference We offer a product called Aeroseal. It seals holes and cracks from the inside out. This is especially important because the solution isn’t only a bandage. Sealing from the inside out is a complete lock and any possible air reduction. This guarantees the air flow to be maximized through the...

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How to Protect Your Skin From Dry Winter Weather

Winter will be officially here soon, but in many places in the country, the winter weather has already started. Use these four tips to keep the winter weather from destroying your skin. Lip Balm Arizona air already has its way on our skin, and it only worsens in the winter. Lips can often take cold very hard. Without protecting them, you could face cracking and bleeding, which is painful and inconvenient. Save yourself the trouble of mending chapped lips by using what you’d use to cure cracked and bleeding lips anyway – lip balm.  Lip balm usually contains camphor which acts as an analgesic. This is good for lips that are already dry and cracked as it numbs the nerve endings sensitive to sensations of hot and cold. Water Obvious, but drinking water is not typically practiced in dry winter weather. You probably don’t notice when you’re thirsty in the winter. However, even though the body doesn’t sweat noticeably in the winter, it’s supply of H2O is being depleted more rapidly in the dry cold. Lots of water producers are now labeling their bottles with the pH of their water. The higher the pH of water the more alkaline it is....

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Things to Do In Phoenix

Now is Also the Perfect Time to Service Your HVAC Unit! Trust Western States Home Services for Your Seasonal HVAC Maintenance.