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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When Is It Time to Have Your Air Ducts Cleaned?

Your home relies on properly functioning air ducts as well as many other components to deliver air evenly and efficiently throughout your home. To keep things running smoothly, you likely have regularly scheduled maintenance performed every so often. Should cleaning your air ducts be a part of your regularly scheduled maintenance? That all depends. What is Air Duct Cleaning? It’s somewhat self-explanatory, but air duct cleaning is a process performed by an HVAC technician using a combination of brushes, vacuums and various chemical solutions to clean the inside of your home’s HVAC system. That includes cleaning supply and return air ducts, evaporator coils, heat exchangers, throughout the ductwork itself and more. Most states and municipalities don’t require any sort of license for cleaning air ducts. If you’re in the market for an air duct cleaner, it’s best to use a reputable HVAC service company with clean credentials or one that’s a member of the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA). Reasons to Have Your Air Ducts Cleaned The EPA and NADCA agree that there are some benefits to having your air ducts cleaned periodically. However, it’s most beneficial when serious contamination threats or significant blockage is present. Essentially, you should...

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How Energy Efficient are Solar Panels?

Solar power and renewable energy are major topics today, especially in a place that receives a lot of sun throughout the year such as Chandler, AZ. However, before a homeowner decides if they want to spend the money to install a solar system they need to consider the efficiency and if it is worth their initial investment. So how energy efficient are solar panels? Current statistics show that solar panels around 15% efficiency and the energy efficiency of solar panels vary due to the following factors: How much sunlight do the panels receive each day; Are the solar panels angled properly; How much shade is on the panels; And how clean the panels are. Although 15% efficiency may not seem like much, it does provide a home with quite a bit of renewable electricity which results in outstanding home efficiency. Maximize Your Solar Power Any homeowner looking to maximize the efficiency of solar power needs to address the following issues: Keep Panels Clean: When solar panels are clean and free of dust and debris they can absorb sunlight better and produce more output. Place Panels in Full Sun: If you place your solar panels in areas where they are shaded throughout the day by trees and...

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Simple Ways to Make Your House a Home

After a long day of work, most of us just want to relax. More often than not, though, we come home to total disarray. You may have mail to sort through, trash piling up on the counter or clothes strewn about the closet. These stressors add up, turning your house into a chaotic whirlwind, rather than a place of respite. Fortunately, there are a few simple rules you can follow to simplify your home and maximize the comfort it provides. Implement these improvements and you’ll be kicking back on the couch in no time, enjoying an atmosphere in which you can truly decompress. Color Bright colors, especially reds, oranges and yellows, are great for creativity, but terrible for relaxation. If pops of color capture your personality, choose more muted versions of your favorite colors, incorporate them as accent colors or save them for the rooms where you need the most energy, like the kitchen, workout room or studio. Soft blues and greens add a soothing quality to any room, as they are reminiscent of nature. Imagine your ideal landscape and pinpoint the colors you see. This may be just the place to start when repainting. Neutral tones are always a...

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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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