Cool Touch Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Air Conditioning’

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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The Benefits of Ductless Mini-Split Systems

Monday, 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

Monday, 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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Does Your Air Conditioner Need Replacement?

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

air-conditioning-replacementSpring will officially be here this week, and summer will be along before you know it. As the weather warms up, we’re going to be using our air conditioners more and more often, until we’re running it all day every day to counteract our scorching Arizona heat waves.

If your air conditioner is on its last leg, now is the time to get it replaced. You have plenty of time to schedule a replacement session, and your new air conditioner will save you a great deal of money and worry.

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Get Your Air Conditioner Serviced Today!

Monday, March 19th, 2018

Today is the first day of spring, and in terms of your home, it usually marks the point when you’ll gradually stop running your heater and start running your air conditioner Before you know it, temperatures will have hit triple digits and you’ll need your air conditioner every day.

The last thing you need is an unexpected breakdown right in the middle of a heat wave, and while you’re likely paying more for your air conditioning bills in the summer simply because you’re running your system more often, you shouldn’t pay any more than is necessary.

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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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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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The First Air Conditioner and What People Did Before Air Conditioning

Monday, August 26th, 2013

Could you imagine if air condition had not yet been invented, especially living here in the Phoenix heat during the middle of summer? It would be unbearable! I’m not one that sleeps well at night if I don’t have cool air blowing over the top of me and I certainly couldn’t stand trying to sleep in temps that exceed 80 degrees. I, and I imagine a lot of others, would be miserable.

The image below shows a home that was built in the late 1800’s. Back then people did not have the luxury of  nice cold air circulating through their homes like we do today. They had to resort to other tricks to stay cool. Some homes were built with more windows and higher ceilings to allow air to flow through the house more freely and to avoid moisture from settling in rooms with no windows or low ceilings making household temps a bit sticky and warm.

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A Modern Home of the 19th Century

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Others, who did not have the luxury of owning a home with an abundance of windows and high ceilings resorted to building larger porches outside their front doors that wrapped around the house. The reason for porches, or bigger porches, was if it was a hot day, the family could spend the day in the shade on the porch and avoid their hot home until the sun set. Sometimes families would even set up cots on their porches and everyone would sleep out on the porch to keep cool.

People who had homes with no porches had other tricks up their sleeves in order to stay cool! Some did the obvious and went swimming all day to keep their body temperatures down while others decided to sleep the days heat away. They would wake up in the evening after the unbearable heat had given way to the cooler night air and be able to relax more. Many kept man made fans with them at all times trying to wave cooler air int heir faces with a flick of their wrist.

It wasn’t until around 1902 when the first machine resembling an air conditioning unit was built. The man responsible for this first version of an A/C unit was Willis Carrier. Born in Angola,NY in 1876, Carrier eventually moved to Buffalo,NY after graduating from Cornell University in 1901. As you can see Mr. Carrier dove right into his goals, and a year later, this first unit was created.

Willis Carrier Invented the Air Conditioner

Willis Carrier Invented the Air Conditioner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Soon afterwards, industrial buildings and hospitals started to adopt this technology in an effort to cool their works spaces and environments. The first person to air condition his private home was Charles Gates, son of industrialist and profligate gambler John Gates, who set up a cumbersome system at his house in Minneapolis in 1914.

During the 1920’s, specifically during the depression years, technology allowed A/C units to be made in smaller and safer versions. Even though this was a lot more convenient at the time, most places could not afford to have air conditioning. However, there was one type of business that saw a potential and rewarding investment in these new lines of A/C systems and that was movie theaters. Theaters across America thought since most places and people could not afford these cooling systems, if they made their theaters nice and cool, people would spend their money just to sit and watch movies all day long in the nice cool air. It was a huge success for the movie theaters.

It was during the postwar period that air conditioning arrived in American homes, with more than one million units sold in 1953. The machines were heavily promoted by two key industries. Air conditioning served the needs of homebuilders eager to build huge numbers of cheap houses and utilities were only too happy to keep ramping up electricity sales to the burgeoning suburbs. AC for cars became a status symbol, too, so much so that some people without it supposedly drove around with their windows up in 100 degree heat to give an impression otherwise. The suburban American dream was built on the sweat of air conditioners.

Many of the central changes in our society since World War II would not have been possible were air conditioning not keeping our homes and workplaces cool. States like Florida, Arizona, Texas, Georgia, and Southern California all experienced significant growth during the later half of the 2oth century. It’s hard to imagine life without air conditioning.

The advent of air conditioning has shaped our homes and family lives. Houses are designed not for ventilation but for central cooling systems. Porches, where they exist, are relics of another age, and few new homes include them. Families gather inside, in the comfort of 72-degree living rooms, to watch TV. Would television have even gained its central place in American family life if the rooms from which we watch it were not so enjoyably cool?

As Americans think about reducing their energy consumption, many are considering keeping their air conditioners off. But air conditioners haven’t merely chilled the air around us — they’ve reshaped our infrastructure, our entertainment, and our habits. I don’t know about you, but thank God for Willis Carrier and those who came after him. If it wasn’t for nice, cold air flowing through our homes, I think the world would have gone mad by now.

 

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AC Tip: What is a Packaged HVAC Unit?

Monday, October 29th, 2012

Packaged heating and air conditioning units are very popular in parts of the United States where it is often warmer. One of the reasons for this is because packaged air systems save space and they are very energy efficient. In this blog post, we’re going to describe the different types of packaged air systems and how they work.

Packaged HVAC

Virtually any kind of heating and air conditioning system can come as a “packaged” system. As the name implies, a packaged air system has all of the parts needed for heating and cooling in one, compact package. For a packaged AC unit, the air filter, coils, compressor and air handler are all in one unit. In the case of a packaged heat pump, all of the component for both heating and cooling would be conveniently tied up in one unit.

Electrical Strip Heat

For some packaged air conditioning systems, they can also heat your home using electrical strip heat. With this system, an electrical strip unit comprised of several coils of wire is placed inside the air handler. In heating mode, the strip produces heat using electrical resistance. The strip heats the air as it is blown across it and warms your home.

Space Benefits

As you might guess, having all of the heating and air conditioning components in one unit would save a lot of space. Packaged units are commonly placed on a flat surface outside or on horizontal roofs. Not only does this save room indoors, but it also keeps the noise level down inside.

Energy Efficiency

Packaged air conditioning and heating systems offer a high SEER and AFUE rating. For some models, a 13 SEER and 80% AFUE rating are achieved.

Maintenance Benefits

With all of your heating and air conditioning systems in one place, it makes maintenance very easy. When you have your packaged HVAC system maintained on a regular basis, your technician only has to go to one place to do all of the work. Regular maintenance can potentially extend the life of your unit and allow it to operate more efficiently.

If you have any questions about packaged air systems or if your interested in having one installed at your home in Scottsdale, then call Cool Touch today. Our trained technicians can talk with you about your home to make sure that a packaged HVAC system is right for you.

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