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Watch Out for Short Cycling in Your Air Conditioner

Monday, 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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Air Duct Leaks – Is It Happening In Your Home?

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

AIR DUCT LEAKS – HOW A LEAKY DUCT SYSTEM AFFECTS YOUR HOME AND UNIT

    Air leakage in your duct system can have a poor effect on your heating or cooling unit, reducing the efficiency, lifespan, and performance of the system.  Air duct leaks can increase your energy bills, create excessive dust, and cause poor indoor air quality.

    In order to fully understand how air duct leaks and a leaky duct system can affect your unit, it is important to know how the duct system works in conjunction with the unit to heat or cool your home.  We will use the example of cooling your home, rather than heating, because we have such harsh summers it helps put things into perspective.  When you turn on your A/C at the thermostat during the summer, the unit turns on and a motor turns a fan to suck air through the “return” ductwork to the inside of your unit.  The air from inside your home is sucked in through that “return” duct and passes over a filter to catch dust particles. The air is then blown over a coil that is made of copper and aluminum, and looks similar to a giant radiator.  That coil has refrigerant inside of it that cools the coil ice cold in the summer.  The air gets sucked through that coil and cooled down.  After the air gets sucked through the coil and is cold, it gets pushed out the other side of your unit into the “supply” ductwork.  The ductwork is either made of metal tubes or rectangular boxes that are connected together in sections, or it can be flex tubes that are like a giant slinky wrapped in insulation, or sometimes a combination of both.  The air travels through the “supply” ductwork and is spit out of all the different registers in your home.  

    You also have a “return” duct that connects to a filter box and grill.  Some homes have multiple return ducts, each connecting to a box with a filter grill.  In many cases, those “return” boxes are leaking at the seams and at the main collar connection where the ductwork is attached to the box.  The return ducts may also be leaking at various connections in the ductwork, and at the main connection at the unit.  The unit should pull air from the inside of your home over the filter to remove particles, and blow it over the coil to be cooled and distributed throughout the home.  If the return ducts have leakage it causes some of the air to bypass the filter.  That means that the unit is sucking in some air from your home and the filter is catching the particles, and some of the air is sucking in through all of the seams, gaps, and holes in the “return” ducts from the attic.  That attic air is full of dust and debris, as well as fiberglass insulation that you don’t want to breathe.  Also, the attic air is usually between 120-170 degrees in the summer, much hotter than the 75-85 degree air inside your home.  So the unit has to work much harder to cool down 120-170 degree air, rather than 75-85 degree air.  That reduces the lifespan of the system and increases your energy bills.  The system is also affected by the particles that bypassed the filter.  You don’t want to breathe the attic air full of dust and fiberglass, but it also hurts the unit.  The air from the attic gets blown over the coil to be cooled, and that causes the coil to sweat condensation.  Some of the dust and fiberglass particles from the attic air end up sticking to the wet coil, and it creates build up, sort of like a lint trap in a dryer.  Most manufacturers recommend that you clean the indoor coil every 2-3 years, and APS and Energy Star recommend cleaning it every 2-4 years, but with leakage, it needs to be cleaned more often.  Cleaning the coil is difficult and costly, so sealing the ductwork will help keep that coil cleaner.  When the coil gets residue and build up, it causes the motor to run harder in order to suck the air through that coil because it’s impacted with debris so the airflow is restricted.  When the motor runs harder, the amp draw increases, and so does your energy bill, not to mention the fact that it reduces the lifespan of the motor.  The dust and fiberglass particles that make it through the coil are pushed through the “supply” ducts and distributed in the air throughout your home.  Those particles also build up in both your “return” and “supply” ducts as well.  So if you have leakage in your “return” ductwork, it creates poor indoor air quality, an increase in dust throughout the home, an increase in your utility bills, and it reduces the efficiency and lifespan of the unit.

    There can also be leakage from the “supply” ductwork.  The leaks are usually also found at connections, as well as the seams and gaps inside the trunkline, distribution boxes, or the “supply” boxes that have the registers attached to them.  So after the air is sucked through the unit and cooled from the coil, it travels into the supply ductwork and some air just blows into the attic.  So besides cooling down your home, you’re also cooling down your attic, which is a waste of money.  

    The other issue is that the leakage from the supply ductwork will cause a vacuum effect on the home.  A five ton unit is made to suck in 2,000 cfm of air through the filter, and spit out 2,000 cfm through the registers.  So if that five ton system has 10% air leakage from the “supply” ducts, it’s sucking in 2,000 cfm, but it’s only blowing about 1,800 cfm into the home, and 200 cfm into the attic.  The unit still needs to suck in 2,000 cfm, and since it can’t get all of the air back that it spit out because 200 cfm went in the attic, it causes a vacuum in the home.  That vacuum pulls in warm outside air from doors and windows, and it also pulls in dusty and polluted air from behind electrical outlets and switches, as well as from any gaps at plumbing penetrations, light fixtures, ceiling fans, recessed can lights, and so on.  So once again, the leakage is affecting your indoor air quality.

HOW DO YOU REPAIR A LEAKY DUCT SYSTEM?

    Sealing air duct leaks in your duct system is usually an all day job, and in some cases it may take 2 or 3 days.  The total cost to make the necessary repairs depends on the size of the home, the type of ductwork used in the system, the amount of air leakage detected during the negative pressure test, and the overall condition of the duct system.  The cost can be as little as a few hundred dollars, or as high as several thousand dollars.  The good news is that both APS and SRP offer rebates to homeowners who have their duct system properly sealed by a certified contractor.  APS will refund up to $325.00 towards repairs and SRP will refund up to $400.00 towards repairs.  In many cases, customers who seal their duct system see a reduction in their utility bills and a return in their investment in just a few years.  Our home comfort specialists seal all of the supply and return ductwork in the attic at all seams, connections, and collars using a high temperature fiberglass reinforced elastomeric sealer.  We also seal any distribution boxes and trunklines at seams, collars, and end caps using the same sealer.  Our specialists then remove all supply registers and seal the ductwork from the inside at seams, joints, collars, and connections with a high temperature fiberglass reinforced elastomeric sealer.  Then we fill up any gaps in the drywall behind the registers using a silicone latex caulk, and reattach the registers.  They also seal inside all return boxes at seams and collars with the sealer, and fill up the gaps in drywall around the filter grills using a silicone latex caulk.  Some circumstances require additional sealing.  Duct systems that use return air platforms may require plating off areas using duct board or sheet metal and sealing over the plates.  Systems with fresh air return ductwork also usually require plating off areas and sealing over the capped section with sealer.  Sometimes leaks in the duct system are located at torn or deteriorated flex duct runs, or damaged hard duct runs or distribution boxes that cannot be properly sealed.  In those cases we replace or repair the ductwork as needed, and proceed with sealing the ductwork after making the repairs.

    Some homeowners have conditioned air loss from the shell of the home, referred to as the home envelope.  In some cases, customers request that Cool Touch make the necessary repairs to reduce the conditioned air loss as well as seal the duct system.  Our specialist can explain the benefits of sealing the home envelope after performing the negative pressure test, and inform you of the priority of the repairs, depending on the issues (allergies, asthma, COPD, dust, warm or cold rooms, energy consumption, etc.) each customer is concerned about the most.  There are a variety of repairs that can be made to the home to help reduce conditioned air loss, ranging from replacing leaky can lights with air tight can lights and sealing around plumbing pipe penetrations and installing weather stripping around door frames, to sealing inside electrical outlets and switches and sealing around speakers, sky lights, and light fixtures.  In some circumstances Cool Touch is unable to repair the issues we locate, such as replacing a leaky window.  In those cases, our specialist will inform you of the problem, and recommend a company that can perform the repairs.

    Once we have completed all of the necessary repairs to all of the leaky ductwork and conditioned air loss that we detected in your home, we perform the air duct leak test again to ensure that the duct system is properly sealed.  We guarantee that you will have a 60% or more improvement in air loss from the duct system after we have completed the sealing, and in many cases we have made a 70%, 80%, or even 90% improvement in the leakage.  We use high quality products when sealing your duct system, so the seal should last decades, and you will most likely never need to seal your ductwork again in the future.

FIND OUT IF YOUR HOME HAS AIR DUCT LEAKS – Contact Cool Touch today!  ON CALL 24 HOURS (623) 584-3761

Cool Touch LogoCool 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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San Diego Water Damage Caused by Leaky A/C Units

Monday, August 4th, 2014

San Diego Water Damage – Air Conditioning Units Among Top Troublemakers

As temperatures begin to soar and the warmest days of the year are just ahead, a San Diego Flood Restoration company warns that this is a good time to protect one’s home from water damage by inspecting the air conditioning unit for condensation line leaks, and “Water damage from an air conditioning condensation leak is much more common than someone might think” says Joe Colombo, owner of Gold Coast Flood Restorations. “Condensation leaks can create a lot of water damage, this is because they often go unnoticed. Many leaks are hidden by walls or they are in low traffic areas, and frequently the leak is not spotted until somebody sees a visible spot on the walls or feels a wet spot on the carpet.”.

The elevated humidity and dark space around the condensation lines may also make them prone to mold growth. As the mold grows, it gets distributed through the air conditioning unit or HVAC system to the remainder of the home. Mold growth within the home can be very devastating. If left unchecked, mold can cause major structural damage to a home as well as be a health hazard.

There are two kinds of black mold, or “toxic mold”, Stachybotrys and Memmoniella, that present a very significant risk to people’s health and wellness. These types of molds have a black and slimy appearance. They can flourish from where water has already saturated into wood, rugs and carpets, furnishings or other building materials. It is essential to have any type of black mold, that is found in the home, tested to establish what level of danger it may present. Inhaling or handling black mold can come with some really considerable health consequences.

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Possible Issues With Your Air Conditioner in Phoenix Arizona

– Uneven Temperatures

If the rooms or offices of your commercial property are not all kept at a comfortable climate, you probably will receive complaints from those who occupy the building. Uneven cooling indicates that you should call on a commercial specialist, as it could be a result of one of many factors, including faulty ductwork or dampers, a damaged component, or a thermostat that needs replacement.

– Unfamiliar Sounds

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Phoenix AZ Sky Line

Most commercial packaged units are located on the roof, so that noise is kept to a minimum. If you begin to hear loud rattling, clanking, or grinding noises coming from the vents, these are signs warning that something is seriously damaged inside of your AC. Besides distracting your employees, customers, or tenants, these sounds may indicate that your system is at risk for sudden breakdowns.

– High Cooling Costs

A slight rise in cooling costs shouldn’t come as a surprise in the summer. Your bill is certainly higher in August or July than in April, but if your bills seem to spike uncontrollably, it likely means that your air conditioning system has run into problems. Damage to your system can often affect efficiency; as your unit attempts to reach the desired temperature, it runs for longer periods of time, draining energy in the process.

If any of these situations apply to your air conditioning system then you need to act fast to prevent further damage. Call Cool Touch and we’ll take care of everything. You’ll get an honest assessment so you can get back to relaxing in the Cool air. https://cooltouch.us/contact/contact

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The Advantages of Using a Humidifier in Your Home

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

People are usually more concerned about overcoming humid air than dry air. A “dry heat” means a more comfortable heat, after all. However, humidity levels that are too low can cause as many health and comfort problems as humidity levels that are too high. You can purchase small portable room humidifiers to deal with the low humidity trouble on a small level, but to take care of dry air throughout a home, you need to contact professionals in indoor air quality and have them install a whole-house humidifier.

Arizona Home

Arizona Home

There are a number of good reasons for you to consider humidifiers in Phoenix AZ. We have many decades of experience finding comfort solutions for homes and businesses in Phoenix and Peoria Arizona, and we’re ready to help you find the ideal balance of humidity in your home.

Some benefits of installing a humidifier

Increased comfort: High humidity makes you feel hotter because the moisture in the air slows down your body’s ability to release heat. Low humidity does the opposite. It draws water—and therefore heat—rapidly from your body, making you feel cooler. This is an advantage during the summer, but a severe handicap during our winters. A humidifier will give the balanced “just right” moisture level to keep you comfortable.

Decreased health issues: Low humidity causes problems from dried-out skin, causing itching and flaking. It will also lead to eye-irritation, nose bleeds, and sore throats. In addition, the dry environment makes the transmission of illnesses easier, and a number of viruses thrive in arid atmospheres. You can eliminate these discomforts and dangers with humidity raised to a safe, balanced level.

Protect you home and furnishings: When the air in a home becomes excessively dry, it will begin to cause cracking and splintering in wood. This will not only damage your floors and wooden furniture, but it can ruin precision devices such as wooden musical instruments. Low humidity will also cause paint to peel and chip and wallpaper to peel. Keep all this from happening with the right humidifier working to keep the humidity at a safe level.

A whole-house humidifier goes into your HVAC system, and a professional installer will make sure that the unit will function well with your heater and air conditioner and not make your home too damp.

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Is Turning Off Your A/C a Smart Idea?

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

A recent Slate article made fun of a new trend in the Northeast. Apparently, homes and businesses are shutting off their air conditioning in the middle of summer as a way to save the environment. Supposedly, air conditioning is an unnecessary “comfort” and people should simply learn to adjust to whatever temperature is outside.

As Arizonans, we all just shake our head at this logic. It would be absolutely crazy to turn off our a/c in the middle of a Phoenix AZ summer. While “adjusting” to an “extreme high” of ninety degrees for a few days each summer is certainly possible in New York, residents of Phoenix, Arizona have to deal with temperatures and a heat index that regularly go over 109 degrees for months at a time.

With these kind of really extreme temperatures, it’s dangerous to turn off an air conditioning system. Every year, thousands of people who live in the lower latitudes die because they are unable to cool down. This isn’t just limited to third-world countries. Several years ago, a heat wave in France was blamed for the deaths of over 3,000 people. Despite the country being very developed, too many homes and small businesses did not have an air conditioning system and many were exposed to severe heat exhaustion. When the body uses up it’s energy sources and electrolytes to keep the body hydrated and cool, you can go into shock or suffer from heat stroke.

Air conditioning is more than a comfort. Just last September, Chicago Public Schools had to close several of their schools and send students home early because temperatures inside the classrooms reached unsafe levels. Administrators and teachers reported that students were fainting and getting nosebleeds, even though they had opened windows and passed out cold water. Elementary schools without air conditioning were hit the hardest. Because young children cannot cool themselves through sweating as efficiently as adults, they are much more prone to heat stroke and other heat related problems.

Even empty buildings can be damaged by a lack of air conditioning. Most computer equipment and modern electronics such as television sets has to be kept at a temperature below ninety degrees. Many of these items contain rare earth metals and gases that have very low melting points. That means that getting these devices too hot will cause circuitry and other components to melt. A non-air conditioned building in the middle of summer can easily get over 110. By turning off an air conditioner to save money, it is possible to cause thousands of dollars of damage to the equipment inside a house or business.

While preaching that everyone should turn off their air conditioners might make some people sound environmentally conscious, the truth is that residents of Phoenix,AZ should not even think of attempting this. If you’re looking to save money, make sure your system is operating at peak efficiency (a licensed HVAC technician like Cool Touch can help with this) or consider making an investment in a programmable thermostat. Our professionally trained technicians could help you program your thermostat so you know how to do this efficiently all year round.

Contact our office today and we’ll help you get the most from your air conditioning system as well as help you save money. Our recommendations will not only be cost effective but will also aid in helping the environment.

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Clean Out Household Duct Contaminants

Sunday, October 6th, 2013

Air moves from your central HVAC unit through the ducts into the rest of your house, exiting through the vents and warming or cooling your home in the process. In a perfect world, that wouldn’t be affected by anything else. Sadly, we don’t live in a perfect world. Leaks and contaminants spring up, reducing your system’s efficiency and lowering the quality of air in the process. You can address these problems with professional duct cleaning. Cool Touch has qualified technicians that can perform such operations, but it helps if you know what common duct contaminants to look for, and how they might affect your ducts’ ability to function.

  • Dust. The bulk of duct contaminants is dust, which gathers as air moves through the ducts. Over time, it builds up: passing into your home whenever you turn on your HVAC unit and lowering the quality of your air in the process. Dust can come from any number of places, and might include pet dander, tracked-in dirt and dust from your HVAC unit in particular. In Arizona, the sand and dust of the desert are a constant presence, and will invariably find their way into your ducts by hook or by crook.
  • Pollen. We don’t have as much of a problem with pollen here in Arizona as other parts of the country do, but local gardens can still produce pollen, and similar allergens can be found in duct systems as well. Check the conditions in your local neighborhood if this is a concern, and note the kinds or plants or trees likely to product airborne allergens.
  • Insect droppings. Bugs often thrive in out-of-the-way places in your homes, which includes the duct work. Over time, droppings from roaches, dust mites and other pests can accumulate in your ducts, then move through your household when the air blows.

Regardless of the source of contaminant, the Phoenix duct cleaning experts at Cool Touch can get rid of it with a solid cleaning. Once you know the common duct contaminants to look for, give us a call and let us get rid of them for you properly.

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Buyer & Seller Energy Audit Benefits

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

It may be a well kept kept secret in the real estate industry.For a couple hundred dollars, a potential buyer thinking about writing a contract on an existing house can ask for a formal energy audit along with the standard inspection clause.

That audit, in turn, can save the buyer thousands of dollars in future operating costs, and pinpoint the specific features of the house that need correction to improve efficiency.

It might also be a tipoff to a sobering reality! This house is an energy guzzler. Either the asking price comes down, the seller fixes the problems, or I walk.

Though energy audits have been available to consumers for years the best known is the Home Energy Rating System, which virtually nobody in the real-estate field promotes them to buyers.

Of the 120,000 HERS audits completed last year in the country, according to experts, just 12,000 were done on existing houses. The rest were performed on newly built homes.

Since energy costs rank high on the list of ongoing expenses for many homeowners, and studies have demonstrated that energy-efficiency renovations more than pay for themselves in utilities savings, why aren’t more audits performed?

In an era of $4-a-gallon gas and autos marketed on the basis of their low fuel consumption, shouldn’t buyers know about the operating costs of the houses they are bidding on?

Shouldn’t energy-audit contingency clauses in purchase contracts be as commonplace as home-inspection clauses?

Realty agents who primarily list houses and represent sellers say buyers seldom ask for them. Nor do sellers, who prefer to avoid giving purchasers ammunition to make lower offers during negotiations or costly demands for repairs before closing.

Even real-estate agents who carry the “EcoBroker” green designation, described on the EcoBroker website as “the premier green designation for real-estate professionals”, don’t necessarily push the subject.

Frances Vernon, an EcoBroker with Dilbeck Real Estate Real Living in La Caqada, Calif., said she’s “never been asked by a buyer or seller” to order a HERS energy audit on a house. “It’s just not done here. It’s not a pressing issue.”

Of four EcoBroker designees randomly selected for interviews around the country, only one said he regularly recommends energy audits to both sellers and purchasers, and finds they help sell houses — even raise prices — rather than wrecking deals.

Leland DiMeco, owner and principal broker of Boston Green Realty, said that although not all clients opt for one, “I do bring it to the table” with everyone.

“It just makes sense. Most buyers want to feel comfortable that they’ve done their due diligence and know what they’re getting,” DiMeco said.

Even sellers are warming to the idea.

DiMeco recently made the pitch to a seller of an 87-year-old New England colonial that had significant energy leakage and efficiency problems.

The seller agreed to do a HERS audit, then spent money putting spray cellulose insulation in the attic, replacing the leakiest windows, upgrading interior lighting and replacing some low-efficiency appliances.

The result: Shoppers loved seeing the energy audit, the upgrades and the seller’s full disclosures.

The house sold six days after listing for $50,000 more than any nearby, energy-wasting comparables. Doing the HERS audit “turned out to be a great marketing benefit for the sellers,” said DiMeco, even though they needed some convincing up front.

Steve Baden, executive director of RESNET, the organization that trains and certifies inspectors conducting HERS audits, says that although the “adoption rate” on existing homes “has been low,” builders of new homes have been enthusiastic.

Forty percent of all new homes constructed in the country now get HERS audits and scores, he said.

About 4,000 auditors are certified to conduct HERS studies. They can be found along with information on contractors to do energy efficiency improvements at www.RESNET.us.

Equally important to homebuyers, said Baden: RESNET has negotiated agreements with two of the largest home-inspection networks to begin offering lower-cost energy efficiency surveys and performance audits as add-ons to standard inspections.

Once this becomes commonplace, there may be little need for separate contract contingencies for energy. Energy efficiency will just be part of the package.

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Take Care of Your A/C Unit…It’s Important

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

When you live in a desert, keeping cool is a huge priority. But with all the use that your air conditioning system gets, it should come as no surprise that air conditioning repairs can be very common in Phoenix AZ. Getting regular maintenance for your AC unit is a great idea because it offers homeowners huge benefits. Here are some of them.

Air Condition Maintenance Benefits:

Reduced Repairs – It’s never a fun time when your AC system breaks down during a heat wave. With regular air conditioning maintenance, you can potentially reduce the frequency of costly AC repairs. During regular maintenance visits, our technicians will find small issues and repair them before they cause your AC unit to break down. This is a huge benefit for homeowners that want to keep their homes comfortable and save a lot of money.

Efficiency – While we all want to stay comfortable, we don’t want to have a huge energy bill every month. As part of their regular inspections, our technicians will be able to find any inconsistencies that could be slowing down your AC system. Small issues can have a big impact on how hard your AC system has to work to cool your home. With those things removed it could increase the efficiency of your system.

Longer Life – We often get called for air conditioning repairs in Phoenix and Glendale where the entire system needs to be replaced because a small issue was allowed to get worse with time. With regular maintenance, those small problems can be resolved before they destroy your whole system.

If you’re interested in setting up regular maintenance for your air conditioning system in Phoenix, call the experts at Cool Touch.

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Global Warming in Arizona

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

The impact of global warming is becoming increasingly apparent in many parts of the nation, and Arizona is no exception. Already plagued by droughts that some scientist lay at global warming’s feet, Arizona residents can expect a variety of issues to become more important as average temperatures in the region continue to increase.

The most known effects of global warming are the increases in average temperatures, combined with growing unusual weather. This is especially serious for south western states such as Arizona, which are already subject to very hot summers. In fact, some groups estimate that Arizona’s average temperatures are increasing faster than any other part of America.

Secondly, global warming is also likely to result in chaotic weather, including long droughts, unexpected rain and damaging storms. This will impact both residents and farming activities in the state, as it will be harder to predict the weather and make plans outdoors. This will dramatically change the working patterns of many residents, especially those who work in professions that require them to be exposed to the elements.

Because global warming is likely to lead to more and longer droughts, the cost of water will continue to rise. A major component of rising water costs will be the growing demand for water, not simply in Arizona, but in other western states. This will result in increased competition for available water supplies, and will limit the amount of water that is available to Arizona citizens and businesses. When coupled with Arizona’s rapidly growing population, it is certain that Arizona will have to husband its water resources with increasing care.

This will result in more cities enacting drought ordinances that require homeowners and businesses to work to control their water usage. Homeowners may have to start using desert plants for gardens rather than the current water intensive landscaping that is popular in many parts of Arizona. In addition, it is likely that evaporative coolers will become less attractive as the rising cost of water makes them more expensive to use. In many cases, they will likely be replaced by energy efficient air conditioning systems. This will be especially important for households and businesses that serve the elderly and young alike, as those two groups are vulnerable to high heat.

In addition, global warming is likely to drive power costs up. Like California, Arizona may find itself experiencing brownouts and rolling blackouts in the summer months, especially in urban regions where many businesses and homes will be using coolers and air conditioners during the hottest parts of the day. Homeowners will have to be certain to ensure that their air conditioning repair Phoenix contractors keep their systems running at peak efficiency during the day.

Finally, the rise in power costs will likely contribute to the growing popularity of home photovoltaic (PV) solar panels, which will allow homeowners to reduce their utility bills. It is likely that most new homes will eventually be built with PV panels already installed. These systems will become especially useful as they are most effective during the daytime, when power usage is at its greatest. The general adoption of PV systems will help reduce strain on the power grid, reducing the danger of blackouts during the hottest part of the day.

Effective air conditioning will become a vital part of most Arizona homes and businesses. When combined with insulation, modern air conditioning installations will allow home life to continue normally, even in the face of rising temperatures. The use of more effective insulating materials will also help to keep energy bills low. However, in order for these measures to remain effective and economical, home and business owners must make certain to ensure that their Phoenix air conditioning repair services keep their equipment in excellent working order.

Global warming will represent a variety of challenges to Arizona residents and businesses alike. While it will be possible to mitigate the financial and environmental consequences of global warming, it is important to start doing so as soon as possible. In this way, Arizonans can ensure that their future remains a bright one, no matter how hot it gets outside.

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Has Your Air Conditioner Quit on You in this Phoenix Heat?

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Here in Phoenix AZ we are hitting triple digit heat already and air conditioners all over the valley are breaking down. In this heat the last thing you want to see go down is your A/C as it’s the only thing keeping all of us sane during these summer months.

When temperatures reach 105-117 degrees your air conditioning unit works much harder to keep your home cool then it does when temps are in the high 80’s and 90’s. If your unit quits on you, for your own safety, you need cool air as soon as possible.

In previous blog posts we’ve touched on things to do in the event you here your system acting out of the norm and what things might be causing certain issues. because of the recent heat wave Phoenix has been experiencing, and for the safety of all our fellow Phoenicians, we want to go over a new “what to do” checklist in the event your A/C system calls it quits on you.

A/C Unit Check List in the Event of Breakdown:

1. Check your thermostat making sure it is in the “AUTO” position. If it is not, move it to “AUTO” and see if your system turns on.

2. Is the thermostat indicating a low battery? If you have a low battery symbol or your screen is blank, replace the batteries to see if that was why your unit was not working.

3. Check your circuit breaker to make sure it has not been tripped.

4. Check your filter. Clean you and replace your air filters if necessary. A dirty air filter can clog the system.

5. Inspect your unit if it is completely off, blowing hot air from your vents or making suspicious noises. When calling for repair it is helpful for the technician to assist you as quickly and efficiently as possible.

6. Turn your unit to the off position and Call Cool Touch (623)584-3762 for emergency service.

7. While the technician is dispatched, use the following tricks to stay cool:

A. Close your blinds and turn off your lights.

B. Avoid using appliances that produce high levels of heat.

C. Do-It-Yourself Air Conditioner: Blow a fan over a metal bowl of ice.

D. Drink plenty of cold water to keep hydrated and your body cool

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