Cool Touch Air Conditioning and Heating Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Phoenix’

Clearing the Air: How to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Monday, October 15th, 2018

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The worst of the summer is over, but that doesn’t mean we won’t still be running our air conditioning in Phoenix, AZ for at least another month. Through all the time that your air conditioner was running, however, it was inhaling dust and dirt. While some of this gets captured by the air filter, a lot more of it ends up inside your home. Here’s what you can do about it:

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What Are Duct Leaks and What Do I Do About Them?

Monday, October 1st, 2018

attic-duct-insulationIf everything with your AC unit looks fine, but you’re still getting higher than usual energy bills, duct leaks are probably the culprit.

Anyone with a central air conditioner or furnace must rely on ducts to transport air through their home. While ducts are a highly effective system for treating your entire home with conditioned air, they do need to be taken care of, just like any other component of your air conditioner.

So, what are duct leaks, how do they form, and what can you do about it? Read on to find out.

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When Is Repiping My Home Necessary?

Monday, September 17th, 2018

corroded-pipesThere’s actually not going to be very many scenarios where you can avoid repiping if it’s truly necessary. A water softener can prevent hard water from destroying your plumbing, making it one of the best methods of preventing a large repiping job.

Repiping, especially whole-house repiping, may sound like a huge undertaking. But with the help of a professional plumber in Phoenix, AZ, though, it can be done quickly and efficiently. Whole-house repiping is like a last-resort method, so most jobs that do call for repiping are for good reason that’s hard to dispute. Luckily, a repiping will prevent these problems from happening for a long time. Problems such as:

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Why Is My Air Conditioner Frozen?

Monday, August 20th, 2018

frozen-pipeLet’s say one day your air conditioner doesn’t seem to be blowing cool air into your home. It certainly sounds like its working, but your home is still hot. You open the indoor AC unit’s cabinet to see if you can spot any problems. What you find is a steel block and copper tubes caked in frost.

The air conditioner makes cold air, so logically, a little ice on the components isn’t a big deal, right? Unfortunately, this is where some AC owners go wrong. A frozen air conditioner is not something to be happy about, but we’ll help you figure out where things went wrong.

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What Pinhole Leaks Mean for Your AC

Monday, July 23rd, 2018

ac-coil-copper-bends-through-sheet-metalPinhole leaks in an air conditioner have to be in the top running for “most irritating AC problems.” When they happen, there’s not much you can do except to have them fixed by a professional air conditioning repair service in Phoenix, AZ. Luckily, understanding how they happen and their warning signs can significantly reduce the damage they might bring.

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R22 Refrigerant Phase-Out: Know Your Options

Monday, June 25th, 2018

Close-up photo of the insulated refrigerant pipelines connected to the air handling unitRefrigerant. It’s one of those terms you’ve likely heard before. You probably have an idea of what it is, and maybe even a very basic understanding of how it works, but that’s probably where your knowledge ends.

You may have even had a handyman or misleading professional tell you at some point that refrigerant needs to be refilled (what we in the HVAC industry call recharged) once a year—this isn’t true. If your system is losing refrigerant, it means you have a leak that must be repaired before being recharged. Ideally, your air conditioner is supplied with enough refrigerant upon installation to last its entire lifespan.

If you have an older system (10 years +) chances are very likely that it has refrigerant in it called R22. This type of refrigerant is being phased out due to its harmful effects on the environment, particularly its ozone-depleting properties.

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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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Consider UV Germicidal Lights in Your Home

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

UV-germicidal-lightsGerms and allergens can be a big concern for many households, especially those with infants, the elderly, or people with sensitive lungs. Most HVAC systems come equipped with a filter that screens out dirt and dust. But if you’re specifically worried about germs, there’s a much better option for you: UV germicidal lights can kill most any kind of biological contaminant and with a proper system installed in your home, you can help your family be a lot healthier.

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Plumbing Tip: Do I Need to Worry About My Pipes Freezing This Winter?

Monday, January 7th, 2013

If you are a homeowner in a cold climate you should always be mindful of your pipes in the winter. Frozen pipes can be a serious problem, whether or not they get bad enough to burst. You can cut down on a lot of worrying about your pipes freezing this winter by taking some simple yet effective precautionary steps. Do not let frozen pipes disrupt the comfort and convenience in your Phoenix home. Contact Cool Touch today with any questions you may still have about how to keep your pipes safe this coming cold season.

One of the most common ways in which people keep their pipes safe during the winter months is to leave a trickle of hot water running through their pipes. This is, in fact, a pretty effective way to care for those pipes that supply water within your home. It is not really feasible for those outdoor water connections, though.

Before temperatures really start to drop be sure to disconnect your hoses and sprinkler systems. Shut off the water to outside connections if possible. Be sure to drain any water that is still in these fixtures. Ice skating is a fun winter pastime, but it is a lot more fun when you are expecting to do it (and, for that matter, wearing ice skates). Reduce the likelihood of dangerous, icy conditions by caring for your outdoor pipes and fixtures.

An often overlooked tool to help keep your pipes safe this winter is insulation. Your pipes should be properly, professionally insulated to keep the water inside of them from freezing up and potentially damaging the pipe. Contact a professional Phoenix plumber to have the insulation on your piping system checked out. If it is inadequate, torn or otherwise compromised you may have a problem.

If you want some more information about ways in which you can prevent your pipes from freezing this cold season, contact Cool Touch. We are the local service provider you can depend on in Phoenix. Let us know what we can do to make your home more winter proof. Call today to schedule service.

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Water Heater Tip: What Does AFUE Mean?

Monday, December 17th, 2012

When you purchase a new boiler, water heater, furnace or any other equipment depending on fuel combustion to operate you need to know that that equipment will work efficiently. With the costs of fuels such as oil, electricity and natural gas as high as they are you simply cannot afford to waste energy in your Phoenix home. Luckily it is actually pretty simple to ensure that the furnace, boiler or tank water heater that you are investing in will live up to your efficiency expectations. You just need to check out the AFUE of that piece of equipment. If you are unsure of what AFUE means in relation to your boiler, furnace or tank water heater, let the pros at Cool Touch help you understand.

Basically, the AFUE is the measurement of a fuel-burning machine’s fuel efficiency. It stands for annual fuel utilization efficiency. The Federal Trade Commission mandates that all new devices display the AFUE at which they operate so that consumers can easily compare their furnace, boiler and tank water heater options.

The AFUE is a ratio comparing the heat output of your furnace, boiler or tank water heater over the course of a year against the amount of fossil fuel energy that it consumes. If the AFUE of your tank water heater is 85%, then, that means that 85% of the fuel used is actually utilized to heat water, while 15% is wasted. This ratio is specific to the tank water or heating system itself, and does not take into account any energy wasted by ductwork or air leaks.

To learn more about how you can get the most out of your tank water heater in Phoenix, call Cool Touch today. We are happy to help you better understand AFUE ratings. Everyone deserves to get the most efficient equipment they can to use the energy they pay for as completely as possible.

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