The Coronavirus and Our Promise to You

March 18th, 2020

We know that readers usually come to our blog for informative and educational posts about the systems and services that we offer. However, as is the case across the country and the globe right now, there is one topic at the forefront of our minds. That is COVID-19, or the Coronavirus. 

We understand that homeowners everywhere are exercising extreme caution when it comes to mitigating the chance of exposure to this virus in their homes. Trust us, we are doing the same in ours. And we promise you that every member of our team will take these same precautions when working in your home and on your property. 

If you have an appointment scheduled with Cool Touch, rest assured that we’ll continue to provide you with the exceptional service that you deserve in this uncertain and trying time, and that we’ll do so while making your health and safety our top priority. 

Our entire staff is well aware that prevention starts at their homes, that it continues in the workplace, and that it extends into the residences of our valued clients. They have the information and supplies that they need to do their jobs while protecting both themselves and the clients that they serve.

If you have any questions or concerns about your upcoming appointment, or if you are thinking about booking an appointment but want to know more about our specific preventative measures, please do not hesitate to contact a member of our team.

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Why You Have a “Start-Stop-Start-Stop” Air Conditioner

April 12th, 2021
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You’ve been searching online to find out why your air conditioning system seems caught in a rapid start-stop loop. Of course, you expect your AC to turn on for a stretch and then turn off for a period before it turns on once again: this is the regular operation as long as your house is warm enough for the AC to need to turn on in the first place. 

But an air conditioner shouldn’t start and stop repeatedly over a short time. If you have an AC that is running for less than ten minutes, staying off for about the same time, and then coming on to repeat the cycle, you’re right to believe there is a problem.

Fortunately, you’ve found the contractor who offers the Glendale, AZ air conditioning services that can solve this problem.

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How Long Can I Expect My Central AC to Last?

March 29th, 2021
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Knowing when it’s time to schedule an appointment for a new air conditioning installation in Glendale, AZ is the key to making a smooth transition without enduring any roasting hot days in your house. After all, you don’t want to get caught with a failed AC during one of the hottest summer days in Phoenix— when it’s more than 110°F outside!

Understanding how many years you can expect from your current AC is an essential tool in the “fight” to ensure you always have a working cooling system. The trouble is that it’s not easy to give a straightforward, one-number-fits-all answer to the question in the title. Many factors come into play when determining how many years an AC has left in it. We’ll get into details below, but the best way to get a health-care check on your air conditioner is to schedule regular maintenance for it this spring and ask our technicians about how its future is looking. 

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Some Special Advantages of Scheduling AC Maintenance

March 15th, 2021
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We declared February to be “Air Conditioning Maintenance Month.” In a place that gets as hot as Phoenix, February is the right time to get regular air conditioning maintenance in motion. 

But if you still haven’t scheduled your AC tune-up and inspection with our team, March is a great time as well. In fact, there isn’t such a thing as an “expiration date” for air conditioning maintenance; it just needs to be done every year. Still, the sooner you have it done, the more you’ll enjoy the benefits of it through the imminent hot weather.

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Your Air Conditioners Probably Needs to Be Replaced If…

March 1st, 2021
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While many parts of the country are dealing with record-shattering cold spells, we’re enjoying the best of early spring weather. And because this is Arizona, extreme heat is just around the corner. Air conditioning systems are standing by in homes, ready to help. Or at least many of them are ready to help. Yours may not be. In fact, it may be ready to head to the recycling yard and a new system take its place. 

If this is the case, you’ll definitely want to have a new air conditioning installation in Glendale, AZ before the big heat hits. Now is the right time to ask if your current air conditioning system needs to be replaced. We’re cooling experts in the area, so we’ve put together a list of situations where an AC probably needs a replacement. 

Your AC is ready for a replacement assessment if…

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February Is Already AC Maintenance Month

February 15th, 2021
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If an HVAC company in Wisconsin started to tell its customers they need to get on the schedule right away for their air conditioning maintenance, most people would think they had serious brain freeze. After all, let’s see, right now it’s [checks weather] 11°F in Milwaukee—and that’s in the middle of the day! Who can think about their air conditioning systems when the temperature is hovering close to zero?

But here in the Valley, the temperature as we write this is [leans out window] 76°F. Yes, that’s a pleasant temperature for us. But it doesn’t take much more before it pushes us into hot weather. Air conditioning weather. So February is absolutely the month for air conditioning maintenance in Glendale, AZ

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Last Stretch for Heaters: What to Watch For

February 1st, 2021
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We have short winters here in Arizona, so when the calendar turns over to February, it means we’re in the last stretch before we have to start thinking seriously about having our air conditioning systems tuned-up for the coming hot weather. 

But this time of year is also when you should pay close attention to your heating system in Tempe, AZ. A heater has a higher chance of failing during the end of the winter compared to any other time. This is because, even with heating maintenance in the fall, a heater will have had enough time and labor over the winter to accumulate strain on its parts. This can lead to the heater starting to fail as it nears the end of the season. 

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Why Your Electric Furnace Tripped the Circuit Breaker

January 18th, 2021
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You don’t run your electric furnace for long stretches during the short winters here in the Valley, but you do expect the furnace to work when you turn it on. If you turn it on one day and it soon after shuts down as if no power is going to it, one of the first things to check is the electrical panel. See if the circuit breaker for the furnace has tripped, and then reset it. An electric furnace uses a large amount of electricity to run, so a temporary power surge from it may overwhelm the circuit. 

However, if the breaker continues to trip again and again, you’re probably looking at something that requires furnace repair in Scottsdale, AZ from our professional technicians. 

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The Heat Pump vs. The Electric Furnace

January 4th, 2021

Deciding on central heating can be tricky for some homeowners. The most common type of heating system used in the country is the natural gas furnace, but this is not an option for the many homes in our area which do not have natural gas. For many decades, the only alternative was to have an electric furnace put in. But now the heat pump, which serves as both an air conditioner and a heater in a single installation, offers a different option. 

So, is there a clear winner between these two choices when it comes to home heating in Mesa, AZ?

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An Enemy of Winter Energy Efficiency: Duct Leaks!

December 21st, 2020
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Keeping energy efficiency high in your house during an Arizona winter is a tricky balancing act. You won’t run your air conditioning system as often, but you’ll still need it on occasion. You won’t rely daily on your heater, but it will put in some steady periods of work. Utility bills each month can zing back and forth, unlike the summer when you’ll have a good idea of what you’ll see because the AC runs nearly every day.

But if you’re noticing that your energy bills are higher than normal this winter, no matter if you’re using the AC or the furnace, the problem may come from one of the big foes of home energy efficiency. It’s a thief that can hide in the walls and in the attic—leaky air ducts!

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Understand the Electric Furnace AFUE Rating

December 7th, 2020
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When it comes to heating homes, electric furnaces are common in Arizona. We don’t rely on heating systems as much in our warmer climates, and electric furnaces are effective ways to provide warmth in these conditions. They’re smaller than gas furnaces, cost less to install, and don’t take up much space.

However, there’s some confusion people have about the cost to run an electric furnace compared to a gas furnace, and that’s due to their AFUE ratings. We’re going to look into this confusion in this post to help you better understand how an electric furnace works.

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