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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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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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