Cool Touch Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Glendale’

Choosing the Right AC for Your Home

Monday, June 10th, 2019

Choosing a brand new air conditioning system for your home can certainly be a little overwhelming — with so many options on the market today, how do you know which system is going to be a good fit?

Narrowing down your options can be quite tricky, which is why we are here to help! Below, we have listed some of the best air conditioning systems on the market today to give you a bit of a head start. All you have to do is keep reading to find out more! So, what are you waiting for?

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Here’s How to Spot a Slab Leak

Monday, May 27th, 2019

You have your regular leaks, like those under the sink or behind the wall. They’re annoying, and they can cause some damage, but it’ll be OK if everything is taken care of in time.

On the other hand, you have slab leaks. These leaks can be sneaky and devastating. That’s why it’s important to know the signs of one so that you can call in for repairs as soon as possible. Down below, we’ll go over some of the signs of a slab leak.

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Don’t Save Furnace Repairs for Next Season

Monday, May 13th, 2019

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Winter is over, but that doesn’t mean you’re not still using your heater on those particularly chilly nights. And as long as your heater is running just fine, there’s no reason to stop using it, right?

That usually is right unless your heater suddenly develops a repair issue… But what with it being so close to the end of the heating season, it might be better to just stop using the heater, hold off on that repair, and then have it fixed later when it gets cold again.

That’s definitely a solid plan if your goal is to save a few bucks right now, but other than that, we can’t see it being any good for you. We can assure you that having your heater repairs performed as soon as they arise will always be the better option. Here’s why:

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3 Noises Your AC Could Do Without

Monday, April 29th, 2019

noisesWhen you turn on your air conditioner, does it start making banging, buzzing, or hissing noises?

If it’s making even one of those noises, then you’ve got a problem. The only thing you want to hear from your AC is the sound of the blower pushing cooled air through the vents. You might even hear a very soft whistling as the air exits the air vents or a click when the thermostat turns on—but that’s the most.

Hearing odd noises from your air conditioner is usually a bad sign, no matter how you look at it. Your best course of action is to turn off the system and contact a certified expert of air conditioning in Glendale, AZ. They’ll be able to perform a proper inspection, make the repairs, and get it back and running.

But if you’re curious about what those noises are, we’re happy to tell you:

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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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