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

An Enemy of Winter Energy Efficiency: Duct Leaks!

Monday, December 21st, 2020

Keeping energy efficiency high in your house during an Arizona winter is a tricky balancing act. You won’t run your air conditioning system as often, but you’ll still need it on occasion. You won’t rely daily on your heater, but it will put in some steady periods of work. Utility bills each month can zing back and forth, unlike the summer when you’ll have a good idea of what you’ll see because the AC runs nearly every day.

But if you’re noticing that your energy bills are higher than normal this winter, no matter if you’re using the AC or the furnace, the problem may come from one of the big foes of home energy efficiency. It’s a thief that can hide in the walls and in the attic—leaky air ducts!

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The Line Set for Your AC: Another Reason to Only Trust Pros!

Monday, July 20th, 2020

You never want to run into air conditioning troubles during an Arizona summer. It’s one of the worst problems that can affect a home in the state, since temperatures above 100°F are commonplace through the middle of the year. We take our job as air conditioning technicians seriously because we know how important it is to the health and happiness of our customers.

We’re often called on to help people with air conditioning replacement in Sun City, AZ when their old systems start to fail. Often, we discover that the contractor who installed the first system took shortcuts that caused problems. We want to bring your attention to one of these shortcuts because it helps explain why hiring professionals from the start is so vital.

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Is Your AC Acting Kooky?

Monday, June 24th, 2019

Has your AC being acting weird off lately? Is it making strange noises? Or is it not cooling as you would expect it to? If you answered yes, then several things could be causing these problems. However, a problem area that often gets neglected when trying to find the fault with a malfunctioning AC is the air filter. Often, it is that air filter that is at fault.

A frequently overlooked part of an air conditioner, air filters are crucial for the efficient functioning of the AC. In addition to improving the home’s air quality by filtering out dust and pollen, air filters act as the first line of defense against the larger infiltrations such as the loose insulation bits that can enter the system and make it vulnerable to fire or damage.

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The Benefits of a Whole-Home Air Purifier

Monday, May 14th, 2018

homeowner-blowing-noseEveryone is thinking and talking about home comfort as the temperature skyrockets in Sun City, but are you keeping tabs on your air quality?

Air quality is about much more than just temperature. It’s about what types of contaminants and pollutants may be floating throughout your home, including dust and dander but also mold spores. It’s also about the humidity level: is it too dry or too damp?

As your local Sun City HVAC specialists, we offer a number of air quality solutions, including air purifiers, which can have a tremendous impact on your family’s well-being. Let us take you through the basics:

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3 Ways to Lower those AC Bills This Summer

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

air-conditioning-systemSummer will be here soon, and hot weather seems to come earlier and earlier every year. Your air conditioner is more than just a luxury in these cases, and you’re going to need it to perform reliably every day without fail in order to keep your home cool and comfortable.

That means you’re very likely going to pay more for your air conditioning bills than you would during cooler parts of the year. Some of that is inevitable and unavoidable. You’re running your system for longer periods of time by necessity in the summer, and that’s going to cause your bills to spike. But just because you’re paying more doesn’t mean you should pay more than is absolutely necessary.

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Heating Tip: How to Choose a New Furnace

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Are you thinking of purchasing a new furnace? Are you not sure what features to look for or how to get the most efficient furnace for your home? Whether you are in the market for a furnace replacement, or you are looking for the most cost-effective way to heat a new home, there are several features to look for to ensure that you get an efficient furnace.

Call the Scottsdale heating experts at Cool Touch if you want to know more about choosing the right furnace for your home. Here are a few things to look for as you start your search.

The first is the annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) rating, or you can simply look for the Energy Star label to know whether you are getting a high-efficiency system. If you aren’t sure how to interpret the AFUE ratings, call a heating contractor with questions. All new furnaces should be rated above 80%, but if you want a high-efficiency furnace, look for ratings above 90%, which means that at least ninety percent of the fuel is being used for actual heat.

New furnaces will also have variable speeds so that the system can run at lower speeds for longer to help maintain comfortable temperatures more efficiently. Look for models that have multiple speeds for the fans. This feature is usually listed as a multi-stage furnace or variable speed fans. These multispeed furnaces are more efficient because the various fan settings use less energy to get the temperatures at the desired setting.

The last thing to consider besides the size and output is the condition of your ductwork and how well you home is insulated and sealed. We can help you determine this and size the furnace according to your square footage, number of windows, etc. If your ductwork needs improvements, this should be taken care of prior to the installation in order to get the most out of your new high-efficiency model.

Feel free to contact Cool Touch to discuss your options with one of our Scottsdale furnace specialists. We can help you select the right furnace for your home, and we’ll make sure that it is installed properly and maintained for years of efficient heat.

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Furnace Tip: Common Furnace Repairs

Monday, October 15th, 2012

With routine maintenance, the furnace in your Sun City home is less likely to need repairs; however, there’s always a chance that something could go wrong, or perhaps your furnace is simply old and has more issues than it did in previous years. In any case, furnace repairs should be handled by a professional who is trained to work with this type of equipment.

Call Cool Touch for all your furnace repair needs. Here are a few reasons your furnace may need repair.

Cracked Heat Exchanger

If you own a gas furnace, always make sure you have a working carbon monoxide detector in your home in case of carbon monoxide intrusion. The heat exchanger is a common cause of this problem. When it is damaged or cracked, the waste fuel can seep into the living spaces. Your heating technician should always check the heat exchanger during any type of service. You can also routinely inspect your heat exchanger if you know where to locate it. Call a professional if you notice any damage, such as large holes, cracks, corrosion, or other issues. Newer furnaces often feature heat exchangers made of stainless steel and other durable materials to prevent this.

Broken Pilot Light

The pilot light on your furnace should always burn blue. If it is burning orange or yellow, you could have an issue. One way to check for other flame issues is to perform a flame test. First, you’ll need to shut down the furnace for about ten minutes or so, and have someone slowly turn up the thermostat as you watch the flame for any changes in color or flickering. If you suspect any issues, call a professional heating contractor. Gas furnaces should be repaired and maintained by a certified technician who is trained to work with gas-burning appliances.

Don’t hesitate to call the Sun City heating experts at Cool Touch if you have any issues or would like to schedule a furnace repair service.

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Air Quality Question: What is Air Purification?

Monday, September 24th, 2012

We get a lot of questions about indoor air quality in Sun City West and what exactly air purifiers do to protect homes and their residents against airborne contaminants. Air purification in its simplest sense is the process of removing unwanted allergens, contaminants and pollutants from your air using a combination of devices such as filters, air cleaners and germicidal lights. Here’s exactly how it works.

Types of Air Cleaners

There are three major types of air cleaners you can have installed in your home (there are some systems that contain all three components for a single air purification solution):

*  Air Filters – Filters are mechanical systems that remove particles depending on the grade and size of the filter. Most homes come with stock MERV 4-6 rated filters. There are models that offer protection as much as twice as efficient as these stock filters and there are also HEPA filters which provide best-in-industry protection against most particles.

*  Air Cleaners – Electronic air cleaners focus on a different kind of contaminant – the smoke and exhaust particles that tend to gather in homes near busy streets or in large cities. They ionize the air and separate such particles out of it to keep it clean.

*  UV Germicidal Lights – UV germicidal lights kill germs like bacteria and viruses as they pass through the ductwork or air handler where the system is installed, reducing the risk of illness in your home.

Using these Air Cleaners Together

By default, your home comes equipped with an air filter that can be easily upgraded for better protection against unwanted particles. However, the best way to ensure your air is truly purified, especially if someone in your family suffers from allergies or asthma, is to have a full air purifier installed that contains all three components above. While not necessary for every home, they do wonders for those in which they are.

If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of having an indoor air quality system in Sun City, contact Cool Touch Air Conditioning, Heating, Plumbing & Electrical today.

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Indoor and Outdoor AC Components Should Be Replaced at the Same Time in Peoria

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Does one of your ductless air conditioner components need replacing? If so, you are probably tempted to just replace whichever unit is failing in order to fix the problem quickly and cheaply. This is not always the best way to go, however. Here are six reasons why you should replace both the indoor and outdoor units at the same time.

#1: Cost

Although replacing just the failing component – whether indoor or outdoor – will be less expensive up front, that choice often proves more costly overall. You will see just what that means in the rest of these reasons.

#2: Advances in design

Heating and cooling technology is always advancing, so since you purchased your AC system, the products on the market have gotten quieter, more efficient and better overall. By replacing just the failing indoor component, you won’t reap all the benefits of this new technology, as the older outdoor component will still lag behind the times.

#3: Higher efficiency

When both units are replaced at the same time, and with models that have the same technology, they work together more efficiently. That means more savings on your bills and a more comfortable home.

#4: Matched system

Split AC systems are designed such that the indoor units are engineered to work best with a matching outdoor unit. When the system is matched, you get optimum performance and efficiency. By replacing just one component, you lose the benefits of that matching, meaning degraded efficiency and performance.

#5: Warranty considerations

A new system means new warranty coverage. Replacing both units at once means a whole new warranty that covers your whole cooling system, so you won’t have to worry about paying for any more replacements jobs for a long time.

#6: Wear and tear

Finally, think about the wear and tear your air conditioning system has undergone since it was installed. Maybe only your outdoor unit needs to be replaced now, but since your indoor unit has tolerated the same number of hours of use, it may be on its way out sooner than later. It’s like when you buy new tires for your car– you don’t buy one or two, you buy a whole set of four so that the whole system starts fresh. That way you only do it once, and not again in six months or a year.

For all these reasons, replacing both components of a split system is often the best and least expensive route to choose when facing a replacement.  For help with air conditioning replacements please call Cool Touch Air Conditioning & Heating Specialists.

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Outdoor Air Conditioning Components for Tempe Homes

Monday, May 21st, 2012

As long as all the parts are working well, air conditioning in Tempe is a modern convenience we can easily take for granted and overlook. Cool air makes our lives simply better, but is a complicated process based on an old theory and modern technology.

No matter the size, in every unit, the basic purpose is one of extracting heat from the conditioned space and moving it to the outside, leaving cool air in its place. This process easily divides into indoor and outdoor components.

Air Conditioning 101

Utilizing the basic principal of thermal energy that heat gravitates toward cooler temperatures, compounds known as refrigerants travel through a closed looped system, repeatedly transforming between liquid and gas forms. Chosen for their ability to rapidly change at low temperatures, they alternately absorb and release heat along the way.

Having expanded to a vacuous state with plenty of room between molecules to absorb heat, the refrigerant is compressed tightly, condenses back into liquid form and releases the heat to the outdoors.

In the Box Outside

Placed on a small slab on the ground alongside many homes or on the roof of large buildings, air conditioning units contain the compressor and condensing coils that enable the main (and noisiest) function of the process.

The refrigerant is contained within a closed loop, entering the compressor as an expanded gas full of heat.  Under pressure, that heat is released when the molecules are squeezed so tightly together the refrigerant returns to its liquid state.

The passing into the condensing coils, a series of delicate fins, the released heat is allowed to dissipate through the fins into the air where a small fan blows it away.  Water is also a by-product of the condensation and drains into a pan and eventually into the ground.

The condensing coil ends at the exchange valve where it is held to create just the right pressure for the evaporating coil indoors to operate at its maximum efficiency.

Refreshing Maintenance

If air conditioning maintenance is performed regularly, the system requires little attention and over sight beyond scheduled appointments with a company like Cool Touch Air Conditioning & Heating Specialists.  Even in the most brutal of climates, relaxed and comfortable in our spaces, we are able to do our stuff and sleep well at night.

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