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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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Top Air Conditioning Maintenance Tips From AC Experts In AZ

By // 2014.08.12

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ac expertsIt can get down right hot during summer in Arizona. Not only does this statement qualify for the Captain Obvious award for 2014, but it’s also a leading reason why many home owners in Arizona tend to seek out the advice of AC experts to ensure they are doing everything possible to keep their cooling systems cool. Fortunately, we have some of the best air conditioning experts on staff.

AC Experts At Hays Cooling & Heating Give Four Top AC Maintenance Tips

Tip #1 – Replace those Air Filters Frequently

Most homes in Arizona have central air conditioning installed. This requires the use of two different parts to keep a home cool:

  • The outside HVAC system (where the air is filtered and cooled)
  • The inside fan (designed to circulate warm air from the home into the outside system and then return cool air into the home).

In each component there are filters designed to trap dirt, dust, debris and other contaminants that can enter the air conditioner and impact indoor air quality. Since dust and dirt are often kicked up with high winds we experience in summer, and your AC system runs more frequently, it’s recommended to replace indoor air filters monthly in summertime. This will reduce the amount of drag that the AC unit experiences in summer, and allow the units to circulate air efficiently. The result is that the AC unit will not have to run as long to keep your home cool – saving you money on monthly utility bills too.

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How to Find the Best Air Conditioning Units in Arizona

By // 2014.08.05

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air conditioning unitsIf you’re in the unfortunate position of having to replace air conditioning units inside your Arizona home, don’t feel alone. Believe it or not, it’s estimated that nearly 10% of all homeowners in the Phoenix metro area are forced to replace their AC systems right in the middle of summer. However, there are a few things you can do to ensure that you get the best possible deal on a replacement AC system even when time is a factor.

3 Tips On Finding The Best Replacement AC Unit

First – Always Define Your Needs Before You Shop

One of the biggest mistakes home owners make when shopping for a replacement air conditioning unit is they rush into buying without looking at the big picture. For example, if you’re replacing an older AC unit, it’s quite possible that the unit is at least 10 years old. The reality of the matter is that technology and manufacturing capability has significantly changed in the past 10 years. So it begs to reason that if you’re looking to simply replace your old unit with its current equivalent, you might not be getting the best bang for your buck.

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Phoenix Monsoon Storm Preparation – Protecting Your AC Unit

By // 2014.07.29

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phoenix monsoon storm preparationLast week the Phoenix metro area was hit once again by a powerful monsoon storm. This time the damage done was not limited to strong winds and heavy rain. In fact, according to the Department of Arizona Public Safety, nearly 23,000 customers did not have access to electricity the following morning. As the Phoenix Monsoon season kicks into full-force into the beginning weeks of August, there are several important things that Phoenix area residents should be concerned about in regards to how these strong and rapid-moving storms can cause significant damage to an AC system in Phoenix.

Steps To Protect Your Home And AC System During A Monsoon Storm

First – Remember: Individual Safety First

The storm that ravaged the Phoenix metro area last Saturday delivered heavy rain, strong wind combined with damaging hail that brought down power poles, trees and several other large structures in the area of Greenway Road and 40th Street. This example of the potential damage these storms can produce is a primary reason why the safety of individuals living at your home should always be your top priority. As tempting as it might be to cover up your AC system during the storm, it’s always recommended to take cover indoors before the monsoon storm hits. Equipment can be repaired or replaced – but people can’t.

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Common AC Problems Caused By Extreme Temperatures In Arizona

By // 2014.07.22

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air conditioning problemsIt’s well understood that the more a machine operates, the quicker mechanical items can breakdown. And with temperatures reaching the century mark on a daily basis during one-third of the calendar year in Arizona, it’s not surprising that homeowners experience several air conditioning problems that can be directly linked to extensive heat.

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Common Myths About Correct Air Conditioning Sizing

By // 2014.07.15

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air conditioning sizingWhen it comes to picking the right air conditioner, size is not everything. In fact, it’s estimated by the US Department of Energy that nearly 30% of American households currently have AC units that exceed their usage simply because they are not sized correctly. Although there are many reasons for this, picking the right size air conditioning is essential to maximize comfort, ensures you get the best possible value and saves money each month on utility bills.

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Selecting Quality Air Conditioning Contractors in Phoenix AZ

By // 2014.07.08

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air conditioning contractors phoenixHow to Select Quality Air Conditioning Contractors in Phoenix

It’s often a challenging task trying to pick one person out of a highly qualified group of candidates. This is especially true in regards to finding the right air conditioning contractors in Phoenix to complete your home or office AC services. With several very good contractors operating in the Phoenix metro area, this decision can be a difficult one for anyone to make.

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Should I Repair Or Replace My AC Unit?

By // 2014.07.01

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replace an AC unitIt’s often debated by homeowners in Arizona on whether or not they should have an AC unit repaired or replace the AC unit inside their homes. Both sides have good reasons for repair or replace but, in order to provide you with the best resources to make a more informed decision that is applicable for your individual needs, here is some pro arguments for each.

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What To Expect With An HVAC Installation In Anthem

By // In HVAC Maintenance, HVAC Tips // 2014.06.24 // , , , , , , , // No Comments // Read More

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hvac installation in AnthemOne of the biggest questions about HVAC installation in Anthem that homeowners have is what to expect during the replacement process. The primary reason for this is due to the fact that many HVAC companies simply don’t take the time to be transparent about the process and steps that are a part of the complete installation process of any new AC system.

Why Do I Have Water Leaking From My Air Conditioner?

By // In Air Conditioner Problems, Air Conditioning Tips, HVAC Tips // 2014.06.17 // , , , , , , , // No Comments // Read More

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water leaking from air conditionerNothing is more frustrating that finding a leak coming from your air conditioning unit – especially when the Arizona summer heat is quickly approaching. However, just because there is some water leaking from the air conditioner, does not always indicate that a major repair job is in order. In fact, sometimes finding a small leak coming from your AC unit can simply mean it’s time for a routine check-up.