Cool Touch Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Glendale’

Desert Valley Aire in Glendale, AZ is Closed, Now What?

Monday, April 15th, 2019

technician-paperworkLocal HVAC contractor Desert Valley Aire has abruptly closed down, leaving many of their customers asking, “Now what?”

We can understand how many of those customers must feel, especially if they have had ongoing maintenance plans with the company. That’s why we’ve created an offer to help these homeowners recoup some of the losses they may have incurred. More details on that down below.

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Yes, Now is a Good Time for AC Maintenance!

Monday, April 1st, 2019

For many residents across the nation, they’re gradually using their heaters less, they’re venturing outdoors without a jacket, and they’re ac-maintenance-techniciansbeginning to think fondly of the coming warm weather.

Here in Arizona, we’re already experiencing some moderate heat that other states would consider a “sweltering summer day.”

That being said, there are much hotter days ahead of us. Now is going to be the best possible time to get your air conditioning maintenance done and out of the way so that you can go into summer with full confidence in your air conditioner. And not just for your sake, either—your AC will thank you for it.

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Practicing Good Plumbing Hygiene

Monday, March 18th, 2019

rusty-pipesJust as we perform good hygiene by brushing our teeth and bathing regularly, there’s something to be said about maintaining “hygiene” for your plumbing system as well.

Whether it’s to protect your health or to increase the lifespan of your plumbing, there are several services and products that a plumber in Glendale, AZ can perform or install to improve “plumbing hygiene.”

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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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Backup Heating Options for Heat Pumps in Glendale, AZ

Monday, November 12th, 2012

Heat pumps are a great option if you want to have one system that both heats and cools your home. Heat pumps are also desirable because they are very efficient systems. But in extreme weather conditions, like during the winters in Glendale, AZ, heat pumps can actually become more inefficient. In this blog pots, we’re going to discuss why that happens and what the options are to account for that.

Heat Pumps in Extreme Cold

In heating mode, heat pumps move heat from outside into your home. Depending on the type of heat pump that you have, this can present difficulties for the efficiency of your heat pump. If you have a ground source heat pump, like a geothermal system, this may not be that much of a problem because the ground stays relatively the same temperature. But if you have an air source heat pump, which is very common in Glendale, as the temperature drops there is less available heat in the air. Depending on the model of heat pump that you have, that temperature can be between 30° F and 40° F. Other heat pumps can still operate at temperatures lower than 30° F.

Backup Heating Options

In order to supplement the work of the heat pump, some heat pumps need a back-up heating system. This system will work in tandem with the heat pump and, if it gets really cold, can completely replace the heat pump. There are a number of options available for backup heating systems. Here are just a couple of them.

Electric Resistance

Your toaster is uses electric resistance to generate heat. As a back-up heating system in a heat pump, these are called electric heating strips. This type of heat is generally very inefficient but can activate very quickly. They are also very easy to install when compared to a back-up furnace because they don’t need a gas line. Heating strips can normally be installed in the air handler and connected to a power source.

Back up Furnace

When you use a back-up furnace, the system is referred to a hybrid heat or dual fuel system. If you’re using propane, oil or natural gas for your home already, adding a furnace that uses one of those fuels won’t be that difficult. This is a great way to back up your heat pump.

If you’re interested in learning more about back-up heating or if you’d like to install one in your home in Glendale, contact Cool Touch today.

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AC Question: How Do Ductless Mini Split Air Conditioners Work?

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

Ductless mini split systems, or just ductless mini splits, are actually very simple devices. Despite their small size and sleek appearance, they are less complicated than many alternative systems. The elimination of centralized ductwork is to thank for this simplicity, as well as making ductless mini splits a great option for Phoenix residences without room for bulky duct systems.

Like more traditional centralized cooling systems, the noisy components of a ductless mini split system are kept outside. The wall units themselves emit little more than a hum as they disperse the conditioned air throughout your home. These wall units each contain a refrigerant coil and blower internally. Because both the refrigerant coil and blowers are found within the wall unit it is simple to control the temperature of different rooms separately. This zoning process adds to the system’s overall efficiency, allowing you to cool only those rooms in use through the use of multiple wall units.

It is the connection between these indoor and outdoor components that make the installation of ductless mini split systems so convenient. Installing a traditional forced air central cooling system can be a big project. When installing a ductless system all that is needed is a three inch hole drilled in your wall. Small copper pipes connect the components of the system, piping refrigerant between the compressor and the indoor wall units.

Like any HVAC unit, it is important to remember that ductless mini splits do have some possible drawbacks. While the lack of ductwork does make for easier installation and eliminate the need for a lot of space, it also means that a ductless mini split system does not provide ventilation. This is not a problem in most residences where operable windows allow for easy ventilation, but some commercial spaces may require an AC unit capable of ventilation.

If you are considering a ductless mini split system with heating in mind, know your climate. Some models come equipped to heat with an electric source, but there are also heat pump type ductless systems that work much like an air-source heat pump. These can be supplemented electrically, but if you live in an area where extremely cold weather is common you may want to consider a different HVAC system.

As is the case with any investment, you want to be sure that you are getting a product that will work for your specific needs. Ductless mini splits are not right for everyone. Call the professionals at Cool Touch Air Conditioning, Heating, Plumbing and Electrical to help you decide what system you’ll benefit most from.

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Air Conditioning Tips: How to Avoid Mold Problems and Rust Issues in HVAC Blower Compartments & Ductwork

Monday, June 11th, 2012

Mold and rust are not just unsightly, they can be corrosive to the structure of your home and possibly hazardous to your health. One of the last places you want those two things to take root is within your Glendale AC system, where they could be hidden from view for months.

So, follow this brief guide to prevent mold and rust problems from developing.

1.     Use high quality filters

A poor air filter lets through all kinds of contaminants, including organic matter. If mold spores get into your blower compartment or ductwork, it can bloom undetected for quite some time. Use a high quality filter that keeps out mold spores and other biological contaminants.

2.     Keep filters clean

The best filter in the world is no good if it is too dirty to function, so keep yours clean. Replace and/or clean them regularly in accordance with manufacturer recommendations.

3.     Pay attention to and fix leaks right away

The big problem with both rust and mold is moisture. Excess moisture that gets inside your AC system can wreak havoc. The water can corrode the metallic parts inside, giving rust free reign of your blower compartment or ductwork. Even worse, if water is added to some of those mold spores from the poor filter (see #1), the environment is perfect for mold to grow.

So, be aware of things like wall and ceiling leaks, wet insulation or moisture accumulating around the blower compartment. These are not uncommon problems with AC systems because of coil icing, poor condensate drainage and other issues, and they can easily turn into mold and rust problems if left unchecked.

4.     Be aware of humidity

If your home is too humid, even while the AC is running, get it looked at. This could be a symptom of an extra moisture source somewhere.

5.     Have AC problems fixed professionally

Finally, when you need to perform air conditioning repairs, have them professionally repaired. Many AC issues are related or the symptom of a larger problem, so fixing one thing may not solve the real issue. De-icing the condenser coil, for example, but not fixing the associated leak, could mean that the problem will come back, and in the mean time there’s plenty of water to cause rust and mold problems.

Call Cool Touch Air Conditioning & Heating Specialists for professional air conditioning maintenance services.

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How To Save Energy and Money This Summer in Phoenix

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Though Phoenix residents hate to admit it, we all do it without thinking: turn the AC higher instead of turning on a fan, or forget about the thermostat settings which are set to full-blast when we are not at home.  Oftentimes it is the simple things which can have the most impact, and with saving energy this is true as well.

Households throughout the US will spend somewhere between $1,200 and $2,200 per year on energy costs.  With the cost of living in many areas of life skyrocketing, it’s nice to know there are some easy ways to lower at least one household bill: the energy bill.  Of course, some of these fixes are free, and some cost a little time and energy, while others must be paid for as long-term investments.

Free, Do-It-Yourself Energy Solutions

These quick and easy, do-it-yourself, no cost solutions produce energy saving results almost immediately!

  • Adjust the air conditioning thermostat to higher numbers, such as 78 while at home and 85 or higher when away.  Supplement AC usage with a ceiling or room fan, as moving air feels cooler on the skin.
  • Eliminate wasted energy by turning off appliances, lights, and equipment when not in use, unplug electronic chargers when not in use, and get rid of spare appliances such as refrigerators which are plugged in but not in use.
  • Put those dishwashing gloves away and let the dishwasher do the dirty-work!  Dishwashers use less water than washing by hand.  In addition, let the dishes air-dry rather than running through the heat-cycle to save even more.
  • Do laundry more efficiently by washing and rinsing in only cold water, and line dry instead of using the dryer.
  • Use the microwave to cook and not only speed up the cooking process, but use two-thirds less energy than a stove or conventional oven.

Low-Cost, Economical Energy Solutions

Most of these energy saving options can be procured at the local hardware store, are fairly inexpensive, and can be easily done by any competent home-owner.

  • Perform air conditioning maintenance and replace air filters as often as the manufacturer’s specifies.
  • Weather-proof your home by plugging air leaks on doors and windows with weather stripping, sealant, or caulk where applicable.
  • Purchase and install ENERGY STAR® certified products such as porch lights, floor and table lamps, pocket lights, and even programmable thermostats to ensure energy using items are using as little energy as possible.

Invest in Energy Solutions

If it is important to you to save energy and money long-term and on a larger scale, there are a number of durable energy-saving investments to consider.

  • Purchase new windows, a new air-conditioning unit, refrigerator, or other household appliances which use less energy than older units
  • Install window and house shading such as patio covers, or strategically plant trees to shade the home during peak times of heat
  • Install a whole house fan which can suck cool air into the home after sundown or in the early morning in order to cool the entire house thus reducing air conditioning usage
  • Seal and insulate all household ducts in crawl spaces and attics
  • Increase or upgrade attic insulation to higher than the standard grade to keep housing temperatures more constant

To save energy also means to save money, and by following any of the simple steps listed above the average consumer can save energy and save money almost immediately.  Please contact Cool Touch Air Conditioning & Heating Specialists with and questions or concerns

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Key Components for Annual Maintenance of Your HVAC System in Glendale

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Annual service checkups in Glendale are an important component of your HVAC system’s ongoing operation. Without this anual air conditioning maintenance, the system may not run properly when the hottest days of the summer are upon you. While there are some tasks you can perform yourself, most of the vital maintenance tasks need to be performed by a professional annually.

As you look for a contractor to perform your annual maintenance, make sure you find someone who will perform each of the most important tasks listed below for your system each year:

  • Electrical Connections – These should be tightened, tested and replaced as necessary.
  • Thermostat – A professional thermostat calibration ensures the system runs at the right temperature throughout the summer.
  • Control Panel – The control panel is checked for error codes and recalibrated to ensure it continues running as intended for another year.
  • Blower Parts – The fan and motor are checked and serviced as needed. Replacement parts are installed.
  • Condenser Coils and Evaporator – Both are cleaned and checked for signs of wear. Any bent coils are repaired.
  • Gas Connections – An inspection of your gas lines, if applicable, is made. Additionally, if you have electrical components, they will be checked for damage.
  • Exchanger and Combustion Components – If you have a packaged system, these are checked for the entire system.
  • Refrigerant Check – If you have a refrigerant filled air conditioning system, it will be checked to ensure levels are high enough for another summer.
  • Air Filters – While you can do this yourself each month, a professional will check permanent and replaceable filters for wear and tear.
  • Moving Parts – All moving parts are inspected, oiled, and checked for damage. If a part needs replacement it is done now to avoid future problems.

Good annual maintenance is necessary to keep your system running smoothly year round. While there are plenty of cleaning tasks you can perform each month, the most important tasks are those performed by your contractor.

If you are interested in learning more about how maintenance will be performed on your system, call Cool Touch Air Conditioning & Heating Specialists today.

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