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Trusting Your A/C & Heating Contractor is Important

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

We’ve all heard the stories about home owners and commercial businesses getting ripped off by their local HVAC contractor. Too many times people have called upon A/C and heating companies to come to their home or business for what they thought would be a simple tune up only to be taken for hundreds, sometimes even thousands of dollars. We’ve even heard of a homeowner who’s issue had to do with a simple adjustment to their thermostat, however, the HVAC company they called told them they needed a whole new cooling system which ended up costing them a few thousand. Ridiculous!!

Cool Touch A/C & HeatingCool Touch Air Conditioning and Heating is proud to state that we have a perfect rating with the Phoenix Better Business Bureau. We also have an outstanding reputation on the social website Yelp. Our technicians are professionally trained and certified and offer the best customer service you will find around Phoenix and the east and west valleys. If a customer doesn’t need an expensive part, repair or system replacement, our techs will be the first to tell them. We’re not in the business of increasing profits through lies. Cool Touch is in the business of gaining our customers trust so they become a customer for life.

In order to prevent getting ripped off by a dishonest air conditioning & heating company in Phoenix, please follow the list of tips below.

How to Find a Credible Air Conditioning & Heating Company:

— Find out about license and insurance requirements for contractors in your state. And before you call a contractor, know the model of your current system and its maintenance history. Also make note of any uncomfortable rooms. This will help potential contractors better understand your heating needs.

– Ask for referrals — Ask friends, neighbors, and co-workers for contractor referrals. You can also contact local trade organizations for names of members in your area.

– Check your local Better Business Bureau and popular local business social websites (Yelp, Magic Yellow, Brown Book, Angies List, Google Plus, etc)

– Call references — Ask contractors for customer references and call them. Ask about the contractor’s installation or service performance, and if the job was completed on time and within budget.

– Find special offers — A heating and cooling system is one of the largest purchases you’ll make as a homeowner. Keep your costs down by checking around for available rebates on energy-efficient ENERGY STAR qualified heating and cooling equipment. Begin your search at www.energystar.gov.

– Look for ENERGY STAR — ENERGY STAR qualified products meet strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and offer significant long-term energy savings. Contractors should be able to show you calculations of savings for ENERGY STAR heating and cooling equipment.

– Expect a home evaluation — The contractor should spend significant time inspecting your current system and home to assess your needs. A bigger system isn’t always better; a contractor should size the heating and cooling system based on the size of your house, level of insulation, and windows. A good contractor will inspect your duct system (if applicable) for air leaks and insulation and measure airflow to make sure it meets manufacturers specifications.

– Get written, itemized estimates — When comparing contractors’ proposals (bids), be sure to compare cost, energy efficiency and warranties. A lowest price may not be the best deal if it’s not the most efficient because your energy costs will be higher.

– Get it in ink — Sign a written proposal with a contractor before work gets started. It’ll protect you by specifying project costs, model numbers, job schedule and warranty information.

– Pass it on — Tell friends and family about ENERGY STAR. Almost one-quarter of households knowingly purchased at least one qualified product last year, and 71% of those consumers say they would recommend ENERGY STAR to a friend. Spread the word, and we can all make a big difference.

– Don’t Assume The Lowest Price Company Is The One You Should Hire. While price matters, don’t let the initial price be the only consideration when choosing a heating and cooling contractor. As with most things in life, price is usually an indication of quality. And high quality is essential for a new heating and cooling system. The long term costs to own it usually far exceed the initial cost to buy it. Another concern is that the low price you see advertised or are quoted may not be the price you end up paying. Some contractors offer an unrealistically low price to get the job and then pressure you into paying a lot more after starting.

If you want to get the best value for your money, solve existing discomfort or dust problems, fix repairs and prevent them, or end up with a new comfort system you’ll be proud to own and enjoy for many years to come, take the time to identify one of the few contractors who can really put your new system in right. This is a unique opportunity. Don’t waste it.air-conditioning by Cool Touch

And always remember Cool Touch is one of the highest rated HVAC contractors in Phoenix AZ. We have a solid reputation and our customers always do repeat business with us. If you have any questions please visit our website https://www.cooltouch.us.

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Why a Little More Humidity in Your Home Can Help

Sunday, January 5th, 2014

If your throat feels a bit dry or your skin feels itchy, scratchy and uncomfortable, it may have a lot to do with your indoor air – or what’s missing from it. Efforts to keep your home warm throughout the winter months may also remove much of the water vapor present in your home’s indoor air, effectively drying it out. Heavy use of your furnace can cause your home’s humidity to fall well below the 40 to 50 percent threshold needed to maintain a comfortable environment.

Home Air Quality

Home Air Quality

While too much moisture in your home can be a bad thing, the same goes for having too little moisture in your indoor air. A low-humidity environment not only causes dry and itchy skin, but it can also make you more susceptible to infections, as well as viruses that cause colds and flu.

Woodwork, hardwood flooring and walls can also crack, warp and shrink due to the lack of moisture in the air. The dry air also can cause an increase in static electricity, putting your electronics in danger, as well as giving you a nasty shock now and again.

Restoring your home’s humidity levels is simply a matter of adding more moisture to the air. Although everyday activities such as showering and cooking create additional moisture, installing a whole-house humidifier to your heating and cooling system is one of the best ways of managing your home’s relative humidity.

A whole-house humidifier accurately provides balanced indoor relative humidity levels based on outside temperature and indoor, allowing for just the right amount of moisture in the air for improved indoor air quality. These systems require only minimal maintenance and are relatively inexpensive to operate. If you just want to control moisture levels in a single room, a portable room humidifier is also up to the task.

For more tips on how you can improve your homes indoor air quality please visit www.cooltouch.us or call us 623-584-3762.

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Poorly Sized Ducts Can Lead to Heating Repair

Saturday, December 28th, 2013

You probably haven’t considered how important your ductwork is for your heating system. If it’s a gas furnace or a heat pump the reason people often forget about ductwork is because most of the ducts remain out of sight, hidden in walls, floors, ceilings, and rooms you rarely go in.  Ductwork that suffers from leaks, bad connections, or poor construction, can have a large negative impact on your heater, possibly leading to it requiring repair.

Another problem with ductwork that can affect your heater is improper sizing. If the installers who put in your ducts in the first place picked the wrong size, too large or too small, your heater will struggle. Here are some of the heating repairs that we often encounter because of poorly sized ductwork.

If your ducts are too large, you’ll probably notice the issue right away, because the system will make noise from the restriction on the air flow. The reduced air flow from the constriction will build up pressure inside the ductwork.

If the ducts are too large for your heating system, they will cause low airflow, and this will result in uneven heating throughout your home, since the air will not reach all the vents.

Recent studies have shown that improper ductwork design can cause as much as a 60% loss in heating efficiency. This is not only bad news for your pocketbook, it’s also bad news for your heater, which will struggle to reach the temperature set for it and begin to degrade and age rapidly. This means more repairs to things such as motors, fan belts, and compressors. And it can also end up with a need for an early retirement for your heater and the expense of purchasing a new one.

You should never let any heating repair go without proper attention. Cool Touch knows both your heater and your duct work. Our professionally trained staff can provide repairs for your heating system and the correct cleaning and sealing services to take care of your ducts. Give us a call for your heating repair, serving Phoenix and the entire valley. Let us take a look at your ductwork so we can advise you on what you should do. You can reach us at 623-584-3762

 

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Why Schedule a Heat Pump Tune Up

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Think about it! When was the last time that you had your heat pump looked at? Now that September is winding down and your heat pump, which also serves as your home’s air conditioner, has been running through the hottest months of the year, it is the perfect time to give Cool Touch a call and schedule your tune up. Why? Here are three important reasons.

A Heat Pump Tune-up Can Save Homeowners $$

Tuning up your Phoenix home’s heat pump before the new heating or cooling season begins helps to keep things running smoothly. When your equipment has maintenance performed, it increases efficiency, which in turn decreases the amount of work it takes to heat up or cool down your home. When this amount of work is decreased, heat pumps use less energy and can save homeowners quite a bit of money!

 

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Avoid Expensive Repairs with Heat Pump Tune-ups

In the Phoenix, AZ area, homeowners tend to rely on heat pumps twelve months out of the year. While there are back up air handlers or furnaces for days when the weather drops below 35 degrees, heat pumps are typically the main source of heating and cooling year round. With this piece of equipment being used on a daily basis, it is important to get it checked out at least twice a year. This will make sure things are running efficiently and will allow technicians to fix small problems before they become big, costly ones.

Tune-Ups Help Extend the Life of Your Equipment

In the heating and cooling world, it is a fact that regular tune-ups extend the life of your equipment. When you give heating and cooling companies, such as Cool Touch, a call to perform regular maintenance, we ensure that your equipment is working effectively in your home. This helps you avoid spending extra money on repairs and even replacements down the road.

To stay ahead of the crowd and schedule your home’s heat pump tune up before the weather begins to change. Give Cool Touch a call today at 623-584-3762!

 

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