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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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Capitalize on the Efficiency of Your Home’s Energy

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Imagine your home as a giant storage space with connected ducts, which are highly effective tools for accomplishing consistent energy efficiency.  Just as a business is only as strong as their employees, no overall energy system is more efficient than its most inefficient component.

Your home comfort system comprises about half of the full amount of your total residential energy usage.  It’s only logical and quite obvious that maximizing energy efficiency must also begin at the biggest source of waste – HVAC.

Below is a basic overview of the best ways to harmonize all systems in order to optimize overall energy efficiency.

Peak energy efficiency cannot possibly exist where inner air constantly seeps outside.  As long as warm air can escape during colder weather and enter throughout sizzling summers, your heating/air conditioning equipment must work overtime to compensate in order to maintain programmed interior temperatures.

Take a long stroll through the inside and outside of your house at least once a year to look for potentially air leaks, such as:

– Worn/damaged weather stripping around windows and door casings

–  Gaps between windows and/or doors and surrounding framework

– Cracking or gaps between exterior siding and underlying foundation

– Open spaces around holes bored into walls to provide entry points for pipes or wiring

Replace  Insulation

Insulation is designed to decrease heat entrapped within interior wall spaces.  Verify whether existing insulation complies with current Zone 1 and Zone 2 R-value specifications.  Start in the attic and work your way down into smaller areas and exterior wall insulation.

Duct Work

Schedule a professional duct inspection to ensure sufficient insulation, sealing, and absence of any blockage in your duct work. Cool Touch specializes in duct testing and will run a thorough test to determine where leaks and blocks may be coming from.

HVAC Machinery

If your HVAC system was installed more than fifteen years ago or requires excessive repair, consider replacing it.  Consider switching to an energy star unit and are easily identifiable by a bright yellow sticker on the side.  A large black number printed on its surface reveals the relative energy efficiency of the equipment it is attached to.   That number is far more important than the digits displayed on the price tag.

Cool Touch has been serving the valley for almost 10 years. We have a very strong reputation and have a team of professional technicians that will assist with any heating or cooling issue. Call us today to schedule an appointment 623-584-3762

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Heating System Maintenance Saves

Monday, September 30th, 2013

Just when you get through one hot summer and start thinking “thank God that’s over”….BAM, the cold winter nights hit you right between the eyes and your heater system fails.

Here at Cool Touch, there’s not one little thing we can do to brighten a cold Phoenix forecast.  We can, however, make all the extra time you spend indoors that much more relaxing and stress free:  and that’s with our home heating tune-up and inspection service.

Why You Need Cool Touch Home Heating Maintenance?

Since the average heating system lifespan is about 10-12 years, it needs all the help it can get  to perform at its best.

Even if your system is relatively new, it still needs its annual check-up to continue to perform at the top of its game.

What Benefits Does a Cool Touch System Tune-up Provide?

With our multi-point heating system tune-up and inspection, you’ll benefit in four major ways:

  • Fewer repairs
  • Improved safety
  • Longer system lifespan
  • Lower utility costs

During our tune-up checks, we’ll clean or, most likely, replace the filter and that means cleaner indoor air.  When the system fan is blowing against a dirty filter, dust, bacteria, mold, chemicals, and other contaminants are forced through your air ducts, into your living space, and into your lungs

We have other indoor air quality solutions we can tell you about, as well.

What Does a Cool Touch Heating System Tune-up Consist of?

We maintain and repair all makes and models of home heating systems.  During our annual tune-up and inspection, these are just a few of the critical steps in the process:

– We will check and clean the burners and heat exchanger, replace any dirty filters, lubricate the blower fan motor bearings and check the electrical connections throughout the system.

– We will check the ductwork and closely inspect the air handler and chimney flue to make sure they are working properly as well.

– Test for carbon monoxide leaks

– Check furnace filter

– Check ignition and firing

– Test for gas leaks

The entire process takes no more than 2–3 hours, but when done properly on an annual basis, it ensures that your system is in good working order for a long time to come and that you will get your money’s worth whenever you turn on that furnace each winter.

For a nice and steady winter season, instead of one with lots of ups and downs, contact Cool Touch today to schedule annual heating system maintenance.

 

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Special Factors for Commercial Air Conditioner Repairs

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Residential and commercial business use similar kinds of cooling systems, and although most are the same, they can have fundamental differences as well. These differences depend on the size of the workspace, type of AC unit, ventilation and budget for installation and maintenance. A commercial HVAC system lets your business control the climate of your work environment, in order to promote production, to make clients feel comfortable, and to keep sensitive materials in good condition. Whatever the reason, you need the guidance and expert skills of a commercial AC repair technician. One of our skilled technicians here at Cool Touch can help you!

If your commercial AC is no longer operating as quietly as it once did, or the cool air is not as cold as it once was, then it may need to be serviced, repaired, or even replaced all together.

In order to understand some of the factors involved in repairing your commercial air conditioning system, it’s necessary to take a look at some of the major differences between residential and commercial AC systems:

  • Size. In general, office and industrial spaces often require greater cooling capacity, especially if the business keeps long hours or requires 24-7 climate-control. Size therefore determines what types of AC units are being used in the space, which helps the repair team know what to look for.
  • Rooftop. Depending upon the application, commercial AC units are often placed on the roof of the building in order to be out of the way.  The placement of the condenser outdoor unit will often determine the approach of the repair specialist, and will inform him of the duct layout.
  • Controls. Depending on the size and the function of the AC, a commercial cooling system may come with a more complex set of controls than with a simple residential unit. It may involve multiple thermostats, zone-control and computer interfaces. More complex systems may be easier to diagnose because so much of the process is computerized, but determining problems in the mechanical systems may be more time-consuming due to the sheer quantity of components.

Don’t let your business and office space get too hot. Call a Phoenix commercial AC repair specialist at Cool Touch today.

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How to Clean Your A/C Condenser

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

For the most common homeowner, an air conditioning system is just a complicated appliance that requires a trained and certified HVAC professional to maintain and service it. While the bulk of this statement is true, there are definitely some procedures on how to clean the AC condenser that can be done by a careful and attentive do-it-yourselfer.

One of the most important factors that determines whether an AC system runs safely, reliably and affordably is the condition of the condenser unit. The condenser is the part of the air condition that is responsible for cooling off the refrigerant and thus the air. In actuality, the condenser merely removes the bulk of the heat form the air and then leaves a much cooler refrigerant behind.

The condenser is that part of your Phoenix AC system that sits outside your home. If you stand near it, you will notice that there is a substantial amount of heat that is generated by the unit. This heat needs to be rapidly dissipated for the condenser to work efficiently. Keeping the vents, tubes and fan blades clean and free of debris will improve your machine’s reliability, durability and affordability.

Cleaning the Condenser

AC condensers are self-contained units! As long as you keep any water or detergent away from the electrical connections, you will have no problems with cleaning it.

1) First, turn off the power to the unit to avoid any accidents.

2) Next, remove any debris like dirt, dust, sticks, stones, leaves or garbage.

3) Third, rinse the tubes and vents with water from a hose.

4) Finally, trim any trees, plants or shrubs that might be affecting the free and easy flow of air to and from the unit.

These few easy steps on how to clean an AC condenser can be accomplished in less than 20 minutes and will ensure a cool and stress free summer for your home. If there are additional issue with your system please call Cool Touch at 623-584-3762.

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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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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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Ventilation Cleaning Offers Many Benefits

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

During the summers here in Phoenix,AZ, most people spend between 60-90% of their time in-doors trying to keep cool. While spending time in the cool air conditioning, people are breathing air that is being filtered through their vents by their A/C system. Sometimes we forget to take the time and think about cleaning these vents and how important it is to breath in clean air.

Over time, dirt, dust, mold, debris and even animal droppings can begin to build up inside your home’s ventilation system. This in turn can contaminate the air from your heating or cooling system, spreading airborne particles throughout your living area. These pollutants can cause a number of health problems including aggravating allergy and asthma related symptoms. The best way to eliminate this problem is through ventilation cleaning.

Ventilation cleaning should be done on a regular basis as a part of regular maintenance. Signs that your ventilation system may be dirty include visible dirt or mold inside your ductwork, signs of pests or rodents living inside your ducts and unpleasant odors or excessive dust coming out of your heating registers.

By cleaning your vents, this could cut back on these health ailments:

– Sinus Congestion
– Asthma
– Sore Throats
– Coughing
– Fatigue
– Congestion
– Eye, Nose and Throat Irritation
– Nausea

Hiring a professional such as Cool Touch to clean and inspect the ductwork in your home can help improve indoor air quality, allowing you and your loved ones to breathe fresh, clean air. Make sure that the company you hire to handle the ventilation cleaning is fully licensed and insured. Consider asking for references from past clients, as well. The last thing you want is to hire a company that leaves your home a mess, or worse, causes damage to your ventilation system.

Along with cleaning your duct work, you may want to have the company clean and inspect the components of your heating and cooling system. Removing dirt and debris at the source is the best way to prevent it from being spread throughout your home. Blower fans, evaporator coils and air filters are all common trouble-spots for pollutants. Typically, if your vents are dirty enough to require cleaning, the rest of your system will benefit from cleaning as well.

Ventilation cleaning is an important part of making your home a comfortable, safe place to live. Taking the time to improve indoor air quality can help you and your loved ones breathe a little easier all year long.

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