Cool Touch Air Conditioning and Heating Blog: Archive for the ‘Indoor Air Quality’ Category

October Is National Indoor Air Quality Awareness Month (And We Can Help!)

Monday, October 11th, 2021
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If you polled a hundred people about what comes to their mind immediately when they think of the month of October, 90% would answer, “It’s National Indoor Air Quality Awareness Month, of course!” The other 10% would say “Dracula.” 

We’re joking of course. You probably just learned this moment that October is National Indoor Air Quality Awareness Month. But that only means that NIAQAM is working to get out its message! And that message is that indoor air quality in homes and businesses is often poor, but there are many ways to improve it. 

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Why You Need Professionals for Duct Cleaning

Monday, May 24th, 2021
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Have you ever received a cold call from someone who offered your duct cleaning services for a special “low, low” price? If you have, you might have wondered if it was a scam of some kind. The answer is, “probably.”

Unfortunately, the prevalence of dishonest people offering bad duct cleaning services has often soured homeowners on the general idea of duct cleaning. We need to emphasize this: duct cleaning is a valuable service, but amateur duct cleaning is not worth it. When it’s time to arrange for duct cleaning in Glendale, AZ, don’t let a door-to-door salesperson or random fellow on the phone take on the work. For duct cleaning that makes a difference and does what it promises, you’ll want to work with trusted professionals like ours. 

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An Enemy of Winter Energy Efficiency: Duct Leaks!

Monday, 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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Know the Signs It’s Time to Schedule Duct Cleaning

Monday, August 31st, 2020
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Do you need duct cleaning at all? If your house has ducts, the answer is yes. The ductwork of the average six-person home circulates 40 lbs. of dust through it per year—and plenty of that gets trapped along the duct walls, creating an even greater build-up over time. It only takes a year for a thin layer of dust to develop, and that’s enough to start causing a drop in HVAC system efficiency.

(This, by the way, is one of the reasons more homes today are built for ductless HVAC systems. No ducts, no need to clean them.)

We recommend our customers schedule duct cleaning in Glendale, AZ every three to five years. If you have never had your ducts cleaned, you’re probably overdue for this service. However, if you’d like some more solid indicators telling you it’s duct-cleaning time, we’ve put together a list of ways to tell.

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Clearing the Air: How to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Monday, October 15th, 2018

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The worst of the summer is over, but that doesn’t mean we won’t still be running our air conditioning in Phoenix, AZ for at least another month. Through all the time that your air conditioner was running, however, it was inhaling dust and dirt. While some of this gets captured by the air filter, a lot more of it ends up inside your home. Here’s what you can do about it:

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The Benefits of a Whole-Home Air Purifier

Monday, 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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Consider UV Germicidal Lights in Your Home

Tuesday, 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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Air Duct Leaks – Is There A Leak Test For My Home?

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

How can I find out if my duct system is leaky?

So how do you know if your duct system has leakage?  If your home seems dusty, or has dust around registers, there may be leakage.  If you have rooms that are too hot or too cold in comparison to the rest of the home, you may have duct leakage.  The best way to determine if a duct system has leakage is by performing a duct leak test on the home.  First, one of our home comfort specialists will take measurements of your home and system, and visually inspect the ductwork for any problems.  We then install an infiltrometer into an outside door on the home.  The infiltrometer is basically a giant fan that will suck the inside air from the home and blow it outside, causing a vacuum in the home.  While the home is in a vacuum, our home comfort specialist will test each supply register and return grill for any air leakage using special tools.  After getting the needed measurements, our specialist will check the shell of the home for any leakage that could have a negative effect on the system.  Once he has completed his inspection, he uses advanced computer software to calculate how much air is being lost from the duct system, and determine the overall effect it is having on the efficiency of the unit.  Our specialist will then explain the situation and give you options on how to solve the issues. The cost for Cool Touch to perform a duct leak test is just $99.00 per system, and usually takes about 2-3 hours to perform the test.

What Causes a Leaky Duct System?

In many cases the duct system is leaky because it was never sealed when the home was built.  It wasn’t code to seal ductwork until recently, and most contractors didn’t fully understand the effect that a leaky duct system had on the unit.  There are also many duct systems that were sealed using inferior products such as duct tape.  The brutal Arizona summers tend to deteriorate many products that contractors use to seal ductwork, and the ducts separate from the seal or the product falls off of the connections.  Even new homes will occasionally have severe leakage, depending on the materials used by the contractor who installed the duct system.  It is important to use the proper materials when sealing the duct system, because of the heat created in the attic.  Many contractors today will use a sealer that is not designed for extreme temperatures in order to save money.  This allows the contractor to pass the code requirements when the job is inspected, but the seal cracks and separates after being exposed to the extreme heat during the first summer.

It is actually somewhat rare to find a duct system that is leaking because of disconnected ducts or crushed and torn ductwork.  In those cases, it’s usually because someone was in the attic (like a cable guy or phone repair tech) and accidentally caused the damage.  We usually find that leaky duct systems don’t have one certain spot where there is excessive leakage.  It’s usually several very small leaks throughout the entire system that gradually add up to become the equivalent of a large hole.  In most cases, the existing ductwork is still in good condition, and the leaks in the duct system can be repaired without replacing the ductwork.

Find out if your home has air duct leaks

Contact Cool Touch today or contact our office team at (623) 584-3762. Cool Touch, an Arizona LLC serves the entire state of Arizona for residential HVAC service and commercial HVAC service, repairs, replacements, installations and regular maintenance. We also offer great deals on new HVAC unit sales, as an Authorized Dealer for Amana.  Need a new air conditioner?  Then our deals are the best in the west! A family owned business with an excellent reputation in business since the 2002 located in the Phoenix West Valley city of Peoria Arizona. Our service area extends all over the Phoenix Valley including Scottsdale, North Phoenix, Surprise, Buckeye, Goodyear, Tolleson, Laveen, Avondale, Estrella Mountain, Verrado, Vistancia, Peoria, Sun City, Sun City West, Sun City Festival, Sun City Grand, Glendale, Deer Valley, Arrowhead, Marley Park, and many more.  For more information or to schedule an appointment —  contact us, visit our website or call us at (623) 584-3762.

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Eco-Friendly Products ~ Going Green

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

We’ve Gone Green With Eco-Friendly Products

It’s Earth Day, the perfect day to honor Mother Earth!

At Cool Touch we are proud to offer environment friendly “eco-friendly” products and services that help homeowners to be more energy efficient and make a smaller carbon footprint on Mother Earth. Are you thinking of going green?  We offer a varietyeco-friendly-product-sticker-29541280676384aida of products and services that can help you transition to an energy efficient “green” home.

Let’s talk about the attic – air duct work and insulation. Our team at Cool Touch are experts at air duct cleanings, air duct repairs and proper insulation.  All of which are necessary to have an energy efficient property.  The insulation product that we offer is Owens Corning’s fiber glass and foam building insulation which is GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified.  The GREENGUARD Certification is awarded to products that are low-emitting and help to maintain better, cleaner indoor air quality.

What does GREENGUARD Certification mean to me?

greenguard-logoProducts certified by the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute have been subjected to rigorous tests and found to produce low emissions of formaldehyde, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), respirable particles and other pollutants. Therefore, GREENGUARD Certified products meet stringent indoor air quality standards. GREENGUARD Certification provides customers with an independent third party’s assurance of the indoor air quality performance of Owens Corning’s insulating products.

When you choose Cool Touch you can be confident that we are doing our part to honor the Earth. And, after your appointment you will be doing your part too! Let’s celebrate Mother Earth together!

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Cool Touch is a family–owned, Phoenix area business established in 2002. The owners, Chris & Charmaine Funk, have over 20 years of experience in the air conditioning, heating, plumbing and electrical industry.  We install American Standard, Goodman, and Amana equipment, but we service almost all other makes and models. We also offer service agreements for preventative air conditioning and heating maintenance. Cool Touch installs and repairs air conditioning and heating systems throughout the greater Phoenix and surrounding cities. Our air conditioning and heating technicians are highly skilled and provide exceptional customer service to both our residential and commercial clients. The team at Cool Touch has a combined 50 years of experience in the Arizona heating and cooling, plumbing and electrical industry. To learn more about us CLICK HERE TO VISIT OUR WEBSITE.

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Sweet 16 – The last A/C you’ll ever need!

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

Sweet 16 Winter Savings Promotion – The Last Air Conditioner You’ll Ever Need!

 

Winter Savings Sweet 16 Deal at Cool Touch HVACPurchase a 16 SEER Total Comfort System with a variable speed furnace – or Variable Speed Air Handler.  This system carries a lifetime unit replacement guarantee and qualifies for up to a $300 utility rebate.  Have it installed by March 30, 2016 to receive an installed price that is absolutely ironclad guaranteed to be the best value at the lowest cost you can get in the Central Arizona in that time period.

At a 20% discount from our normal price. Normally $9,850 we will discount 20% to $7,880 PLUS a $200 Cash Rebate and $300 from our utility so $7,380 installed after rebates.  16 SEER package unit is $6,728 after 15% Discount & Rebates  (3 ton/80,000 BTU, same discounts and rebates apply to all tonnages. Plus tax).

Here’s how we make the offer even sweeter….

This system comes with a 16 years parts and labor warranty for service and repairs. That’s right – 16 full years of no worries, in writing 10 Year Parts and 16 Year Labor Warranty on Package Equipment.  No one offers this — no one!

You will also receive a 3 Year Maintenance Agreement and we will add one High Tech Honeywell Vision Pro 8000 Touch Stat Thermostat.Amana Equipment

ON TOP OF ALL THAT – Cool Touch Ironclad Peace of Mind Guarantees:

  • 2 Year Money Back No Questions Asked Test Drive Guarantee
  • Best Value at the Lowest Cost in Writing Guarantee
  • 2 Year Hotel Guarantee
  • Both the A/C and Furnace come with a LIFETIME UNIT REPLACEMENT guarantee should a compressor or heat exchanger fail you get a brand new unit (On Split Systems, 99 Year Compressor Warranty on Package Equipment).

HURRY! OFFER EXPIRES 3/30/16

 

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Cool Touch is a family–owned, Phoenix area business established in 2002. The owners, Chris & Charmaine Funk, have over 20 years of experience in the air conditioning, heating, plumbing and electrical industry.  We install American Standard, Goodman, and Amana equipment, but we service almost all other makes and models. We also offer service agreements for preventative air conditioning and heating maintenance. Cool Touch installs and repairs air conditioning and heating systems throughout the greater Phoenix and surrounding cities. Our air conditioning and heating technicians are highly skilled and provide exceptional customer service to both our residential and commercial clients. The team at Cool Touch has a combined 50 years of experience in the Arizona heating and cooling, plumbing and electrical industry. To learn more about us CLICK HERE TO VISIT OUR WEBSITE.

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