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What Do You Need in a Commercial HVAC Company?

July 9th, 2018

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When you choose an HVAC service for your commercial needs, you’ll find that a lot of HVAC companies do offer commercial services. But you don’t want an HVAC company that just offers—you need one that truly understands the needs of businesses and commercial building owners.

How can they prove this? By providing any number of services and perks that truly make the difference for commercial needs. In this post, we’ll go over just a few things that you need from a commercial HVAC company.

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R22 Refrigerant Phase-Out: Know Your Options

June 25th, 2018

Close-up photo of the insulated refrigerant pipelines connected to the air handling unitRefrigerant. It’s one of those terms you’ve likely heard before. You probably have an idea of what it is, and maybe even a very basic understanding of how it works, but that’s probably where your knowledge ends.

You may have even had a handyman or misleading professional tell you at some point that refrigerant needs to be refilled (what we in the HVAC industry call recharged) once a year—this isn’t true. If your system is losing refrigerant, it means you have a leak that must be repaired before being recharged. Ideally, your air conditioner is supplied with enough refrigerant upon installation to last its entire lifespan.

If you have an older system (10 years +) chances are very likely that it has refrigerant in it called R22. This type of refrigerant is being phased out due to its harmful effects on the environment, particularly its ozone-depleting properties.

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What Is a Slab Leak?

June 11th, 2018

pretty home interiorAs the saying goes, we all need a solid foundation for our lives. In the case of your home, that metaphor becomes reality as you want its foundation to last for the lifetime of your house. One potentially serious issue is a plumbing leak under your home’s slab.

These leaks can be difficult to detect and be present for an extended period before you realize there is a problem. The damage caused, though, can be significant. We’ve detailed below the signs of a leak you should always be on the lookout for.    

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3 Ways Plumbers Can Clear Clogged Drains

May 28th, 2018

drain-clearingWhen you have a clogged drain, your first impulse may be the nuclear option: Pour as much of the most caustic cleaner you can find down the drain. Not only are there other options, every other option is better than this one.

Caustic cleaners may provide some relief in the short run, but their use – especially repeated use – will corrode pipes to the point you’ll have bigger problems than a stopped-up drain. Plumbing professionals have access to powerful equipment with specialized capabilities to unclog drains without creating more trouble in the future. 

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How to Improve Your Air Conditioner’s Performance

May 15th, 2018

air-conditioner-outdoor-unitHow do you keep cool during the summer? Most of us move from one air-conditioned space to the next, and with all that wear and tear on your AC, your system may start to misbehave. Perhaps, it’s already starting getting a bit louder than normal. Or perhaps you’ve noticed a sudden, unexpected rise in your energy bills. You may even be concerned as your AC moves past the 10-year mark.

The first call should be to a pro technician, like those on our team. That’s the quickest way to a resolution. There are some powerful ways to improve your air conditioner’s performance.

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The Benefits of a Whole-Home Air Purifier

May 14th, 2018

homeowner-blowing-noseEveryone is thinking and talking about home comfort as the temperature skyrockets in Sun City, but are you keeping tabs on your air quality?

Air quality is about much more than just temperature. It’s about what types of contaminants and pollutants may be floating throughout your home, including dust and dander but also mold spores. It’s also about the humidity level: is it too dry or too damp?

As your local Sun City HVAC specialists, we offer a number of air quality solutions, including air purifiers, which can have a tremendous impact on your family’s well-being. Let us take you through the basics:

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Watch Out for Short Cycling in Your Air Conditioner

April 30th, 2018

short-cycling-ACSpring is here, and summer won’t be far behind. Here in the Phoenix area, that means triple-digit temperatures and homes in desperate need of cooling. Your air conditioner will be called upon to work for days on end to keep the heat from creeping into your home.

In light of that, now is the time to pay close attention to the way your air conditioner runs, and to call for a repair service in the event you spot anything out of the ordinary. Generally speaking, anything out of the ordinary should be cause for concern, but in particular, watch for the appearance of short cycling: turning on and off again far more frequently than it should. It doesn’t sound like a huge issue, but in fact, it can be devastating.

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Consider UV Germicidal Lights in Your Home

April 17th, 2018

UV-germicidal-lightsGerms and allergens can be a big concern for many households, especially those with infants, the elderly, or people with sensitive lungs. Most HVAC systems come equipped with a filter that screens out dirt and dust. But if you’re specifically worried about germs, there’s a much better option for you: UV germicidal lights can kill most any kind of biological contaminant and with a proper system installed in your home, you can help your family be a lot healthier.

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The Benefits of Ductless Mini-Split Systems

April 16th, 2018

ductless-air-conditioningAir conditioning season starts early and stays late in Arizona, and selecting the best kind of system for your home is of paramount importance. Air conditioners need to be properly sized and suited for the specifics of the building in question, and while traditional centralized air conditioners are often the best fit, they’re not the only option for your home.

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3 Ways to Lower those AC Bills This Summer

April 2nd, 2018

air-conditioning-systemSummer will be here soon, and hot weather seems to come earlier and earlier every year. Your air conditioner is more than just a luxury in these cases, and you’re going to need it to perform reliably every day without fail in order to keep your home cool and comfortable.

That means you’re very likely going to pay more for your air conditioning bills than you would during cooler parts of the year. Some of that is inevitable and unavoidable. You’re running your system for longer periods of time by necessity in the summer, and that’s going to cause your bills to spike. But just because you’re paying more doesn’t mean you should pay more than is absolutely necessary.

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