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Important Steps For A Smooth HVAC System Replacement In Phoenix

By // 2014.10.21

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HVAC system Replacement There is no denying the fact that an HVAC system replacement in Phoenix can be a major headache. Finding a reliable HVAC company, picking a new system and then trying to find ways to afford all of this work is a major expense. Plus, it’s time consuming. However, there are a few things you can do that will help reduce stress and ensure your new air conditioner replacement job goes off as smooth as possible.

Easy Steps To Find A Reliable HVAC System Replacement Company 

Step #1 – Searching For An HVAC System Replacement Company In Phoenix

There are dozens of HVAC companies that install HVAC systems in Phoenix, so how should you pick one? Well, there are three important characteristics that you need to insist on with any company you hire for this major job.

  • –> Make sure they have an outstanding reputation within the community you live. There are several ways of verifying this such as:
    • • Checking out reviews on Angieslist.com.
    • • Asking your friends and neighbors who they count on for AC and heating repairs, service and installation.
    • • Verifying the records of the company with the BBB.org.
  • –> Make sure they are licensed, insured and bonded to complete AC installation.
  • –> Make sure they are authorized dealers, installers and repair experts for the brand of system you want to purchase. This is often overlooked, but it’s very important to find a company that has the ability to install the system and maintain the new unit for maximum efficiency.
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HVAC Maintenance Tips For Phoenix Arizona Home Owners

By // 2014.10.14

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HVAC Maintenance TipsThere is an old saying that states, “If you want something done right, you better do it yourself.” Although this applies to several everyday chores, it’s commonly understood that when it comes to keeping major appliances running smooth, it’s best to defer to the professionals. However, there are a few HVAC maintenance tips that Phoenix home owners can do themselves – all designed to increase energy efficiency, keep your indoor air quality better and might even save a few dollars on those energy bills.

Three Helpful Maintenance Tips For An Efficient Heating And Cooling System

Tip #1 – Keep The Area Around Your HVAC System Clear

Most HVAC systems in Phoenix are mounted outside of the home, traditionally on the side or back of your home. These units are also often exposed to the extreme weather elements that we get here in the Valley of the Sun such as blazing hot sunshine, high winds, lots of dirt and those pesky tumbleweeds. However, one of the easiest and most effective ways to keep your HVAC unit running smooth is to make sure that the unit has plenty of ‘room to breathe’, by removing all obstructions that are close to the system.

Items like leaves, cut up grass, tumbleweeds, and other ‘natural’ ingredients tend to be attracted to an HVAC unit. But when they block the airflow of the unit, it can seriously reduce the efficiency of your cooling system.  This is why a great DIY maintenance tip that you can complete is to make sure your HVAC unit is clear of obstructions every week.

Tip #2 – Keep Those Filters Clean

The first tip referred to doing something to help the HVAC system breathe. Well, this second tip is helping at the other end of the spectrum. Indoor filters are designed to block dirt, debris and other materials from entering the mechanical system of an Air Conditioning unit. The air inside your home is sucked through these filters and into the cooling system to ‘chill out’ and then return to your home as cool air. However, if the filters are blocked with dirt, dust and other ‘stuff’, it means your HVAC system needs to work harder in order to cool the air.

By changing out your indoor filters once per month, you can significantly improve the energy efficiency of an HVAC system. Plus, this also helps you increase indoor air quality, which is always a good thing.

Tip #3 – Schedule Routine Maintenance Check-Ups Periodically

Keeping your HVAC system clean and free to breathe are easy steps for homeowners to keep their units running strong when you need it most. However, it will take a professional HVAC technician to complete most technical maintenance on your cooling unit. This is why it’s always suggested for homeowners in Phoenix to contact a professional HVAC contractor in Phoenix to inspect their unit before and during summer.

Although many HVAC maintenance tips in Phoenix can be completed by home owners, when you take time to call in a professional, they will go above and beyond to keep your AC system running strong. Always remember to take proactive measures to instigate a routine maintenance program for your HVAC system. It can and often does save you a ton of money in the short and long term.

Keep your HVAC unit running smoothly and efficiently all year around!
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How Attic Insulation In Phoenix Helps Year Round HVAC Efficiency

By // 2014.10.07

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attic insulation phoenixIt’s suggested by many HVAC installation experts in Phoenix that having good insulation throughout your home is the best way to keep your home comfortable. However, one of the most important features that significantly retain cold and hot air during summer is attic insulation in Phoenix. Since it’s a scientific fact that heat rises and cold air descends there is some credibility to support the claim of the importance of good insulation installed in your attic in Phoenix.

Keep Your Home Comfortable Year Round And Save With Attic Insulation

 

First – Good Attic Insulation in Phoenix Can Save Money on Utility Bills

It’s estimated by the EPA, that the majority of warmth and cold that enters a home comes through the roof. And if your roof and attic are protected with a solid barrier of quality-grade insulation, it stands to reason that it will block air (both cold and warm) from entering a home. The result is that your home will maintain a constant temperature around the clock, all-year-long. This is especially true in the summer when the outside temperatures can exceed 100-degrees on a daily basis.

However, what is not commonly known is that when your indoor temperature is consistent, it allows your heating and cooling units to operate much easier and efficiently. And as we all know – better energy efficiency leads directly to money savings on monthly energy bills.

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How To Maintain Air Conditioner Efficiency In Phoenix AZ

By // 2014.09.30

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Air Conditioner EfficiencyComing up with affordable methods of saving electricity are a challenge for many Phoenix Valley residents and business owners. However, one of the easiest ways of saving money on electricity is by increasing air conditioner efficiency in Phoenix. When an AC system is running smooth it is estimated that it can save as much as 30% on monthly consumption of resources. And in the end that can add up to huge financial savings.

Three Easy Ways To Increase Your AC System Efficiency In Phoenix

First – Change Those Filters Monthly

It’s very likely that if you’ve lived in Phoenix long enough, you are very familiar with the location of AC filters at your local hardware store. We live in a dusty town the filters inside our homes that filter air to and from the AC unit tend to get dirty quickly. However, did you know that if these filters are not changed out frequently it can lead to premature wear and tear, poor indoor air quality, and most importantly, significant loss in energy efficiency?

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Air Scrubber Review: A Great Asset For Complete Indoor Comfort

By // 2014.09.23

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Air Scrubber ReviewIt’s common for Phoenix area homeowners to find creative and affordable ways of increasing indoor comfort. But when was the last time that you heard of a device that truly ‘scrubbed’ the air that you breathe daily? This is just one of the cool features of the Air Scrubber Plus a new full-service indoor comfort system that is beginning to pop up in several Phoenix Valley homes and office locations. When you read most Air Scrubber review articles posted online, you’ll quickly discover how improved indoor air quality can be achieved for any building that depends on deep cleaning Air Scrubber technology.

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Improper Installation of Wi-fi Thermostats Is A Problem

By // 2014.09.16

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Improper Installation of Wifi ThermostatsImproper Installation of Wi-Fi Thermostats by Cable and Security Companies

Did you know that an improperly installed WiFi Thermostat could lead to significant issues for homeowners in the Phoenix Valley? From increases in energy bills to complete system breakdown, a recent outbreak in poorly installed programmable thermostats by inexperienced cable and security technicians are causing more problems than they should. There are several reasons for this.

Why An HVAC Specialist Should Always Install Anything Related To HVAC

First – Lack Of Proper Training Leads To Several Improper Installations Of Wi-Fi Thermostats

It’s often assumed that if you have basic knowledge about electrical components you can pretty much install anything electronic inside a house. This statement holds true when the piece of electronic equipment is not specialized. However, programmable thermostats are very detailed systems that require extensive training directly from the manufacturer and a complete understanding of the HVAC system they operate.

Sadly, many cable and security companies have begun to offer programmable thermostat sales and installations as an extra service for creating ‘smart homes’. Most of these companies have their technicians take a quick one-hour training class on how to install these systems.

Lacking from these training courses includes:

  • Detailed instructions on how to install programmable WiFi thermostats for specific HVAC systems. Contrary to popular belief, not all HVAC systems are created equal. In fact, every manufacturer, type, style and size of AC or heating system requires specific types of thermostats, wiring, and set up procedures to be completed. This experience is often gained through years of practical, on-the-job training.
  • No instruction on emergency situations. A common problem with HVAC thermostat installation is that they don’t always go ‘by the book’. This is when an experienced HVAC technician has the practical knowledge to adapt to changes and properly install, calibrate and test the unit.
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Facts About Thermostat Setting For Summer In Phoenix Arizona

By // 2014.09.09

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thermostat setting for summerBesides the remote control, the thermostat is arguably the most contested piece of equipment that is fought over inside any home. And due to the fact that many people have different tolerance or preference to heat or cold that the thermostat tends to be adjusted more frequently during the summer. However, this tends to bring up a common problem – energy costs. So, in order to separate some of the myths about thermostat setting for summer in Phoenix, here are some facts to consider.

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Why Trane Air Conditioning Units Are Awesome

By // 2014.09.02

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Trane air conditioning unitsYou simply can’t go wrong with Trane Air Conditioning Units. As a dependable manufacturer of quality built HVAC units for over 100 years, Trane has truly set itself apart from the competition for several reasons.

Three Reasons Why Trane AC Systems Are Perfect For Arizona Homeowners

First – Trane AC Units Are Dependable

It’s easy to make a claim about a product; however, the proof in the pudding is when a claim can be supported by facts. Here is why Trane air conditioning units are regarded as one of the most dependable air conditioning systems sold in America today:

  • • Trane AC system is manufactured using high quality materials. When you buy any major appliance, what is the first thing that sales people will often tell you? Traditionally it’s that the unit is ‘Made in the USA’. However, have you ever wondered why that is important? The primary reason is the raw materials used in construction in the United States are not shipped from overseas. When you have access to quality materials instantly, and you use those high-end materials in every product you manufacture, the direct result is a quality piece.
  • • Trane Systems are a shining example of ingenuity in action. When Trane launched several decades ago, they were setting a standard in new technology. Nothing has changed in over 80 years on the consumer market. Today’s Trane AC systems lead the pack in new technology, including several systems that are controlled by remote access so you can program them from virtually anywhere on earth.
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How To Shop For The Best Programmable Thermostat For Your AC

By // 2014.08.26

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best programmable thermostatAs technology advances, comfortable living inside your home tends to improve as well. And one of the best improvements in modern comfort systems in recent years is the invention of the programmable thermostat. Today it’s quite possible to program your internal thermostat from virtually anywhere on the planet. With Wi-Fi connectivity, built-in smart phone applications and even advanced temperature controls installed on the new programmable thermostats, it’s become wise for homeowners to actively seek the best programmable thermostat for the best possible price.

3 Tips To Help Find The Best Thermostats For Your Comfort & Pocketbook

First – Speak With Your HVAC Contractor

Believe it or not, your best source of information about programmable thermostats is the company or individual that sells and installs them daily. Here is why:

  • • HVAC contractors work on several brands and different types of AC systems each day. They know the reality that every traditional system operates best with specific supporting components. Another way to describe this is that they understand that just because you have Brand “A” appliance, doesn’t always mean that Brand “B” is best suited to work with it. So, don’t be afraid to ask the HVAC expert their opinion. They’ll steer you in the right direction.
  • • HVAC contractors traditionally don’t work on commission. Believe it or not, most of the installers work on an hourly basis and are not usually compelled to upsell a unit that people won’t need.
  • • HVAC contractors know which units give the best value. Installing and showing up for home repairs, an HVAC contactor can often give input as to which programmable thermostats are ‘less than reliable’.
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Top Summer Air Conditioning Tips To Keep Your Energy Bills Cool

By // 2014.08.19

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AC Tips for summerOne of the constant realities of life in Arizona is that during the summer the monthly energy bills skyrocket. There are many reasons for this but mostly it’s attributed to the additional resources needed to keep a home in Arizona cool during the hot summer months. There are a few things, however, you can do inside your home every month to reduce the internal temperature and the amount of energy needed to power your AC systems. Here are a few AC tips for summer that are sure to save you a pretty penny each month on your utility bills.

3 Tips To Keep The Monthly Bills Low

Tip #1 – Depend On Those Window Shades

Most homeowners in Arizona have two forms of window protection inside their homes: shades and blinds. Using blinds to keep direct sunlight from entering your home has been shown to reduce your indoor temperature up to 10 degrees in mid-summer. However, did you know that by adding a sunshade, such as a window treatment, drapes or even a window tint could further reduce your internal home temperature another 5-10 degrees? This is why we recommend you make sure every window in your home has some sort of window treatment that will reduce the amount of direct sunlight entering your home.

If you want to ensure your home doesn’t look like a dungeon, try opening your blinds to windows that are not directly in the sunlight then switching later in the day to the other windows.

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