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“Winter is Coming” Phoenix Style

The thermostat has finally dipped, and is holding. We made it through yet another Valley of the Sun summer. While for us, your AccuTemp Team, this is a bittersweet moment, we know this is the time of year we remember why we live here. Can’t shovel sunshine, right?  So, with that in mind, how do we prepare for the cooler temps? We have a guide for you, of course. Check these Phoenix Winter tips below to insure your Heating is in order for the coming months.  Change your air filter. If you have a disposable filter, remove the old one and insert a clean replacement. If your filter is reusable, wash it according to the manufacturer’s directions and allow it to dry entirely before reinserting it into the filter compartment. 
 Inspect all registers and return air grilles in your home to ensure they have not been blocked or shut. These vents should never be blocked, as doing so will restrict airflow through your HVAC systems, which could create performance issues and system overheating. 
Move all carpets and rugs, furniture, and other items away from vents. Check to see that vent louvers are open; if you wish to shut off…read more →

Sounds crazy, but now is the time to prep that Furnace.

Now that we are finally feeling some cooler temps, its time to make sure your furnace is ready to provide your home with ample heating performance. There are plenty of things you can do to prepare your furnace this winter: Make sure you check and change your furnace filter. This is the most important, yet most overlooked aspect of preparing your furnace for the coming winter. A clogged furnace filter can easily hamper your furnace’s overall performance and lower your home’s indoor air quality. You should always replace your old filter with a new, clean filter at the start of each season. Check and properly set your thermostat. Make sure your thermostat is able to start your furnace without any issues. If you haven’t upgraded to a programmable thermostat, now is the time to do so. With a programmable thermostat, you’ll be able to control your home’s temperature while you’re asleep or away. Check the flue for debris and other obstructions. Take a look at the flue and make sure there’s no significant soot buildup. Also be on the lookout for leaves, birds’ nests and other debris that could cause a fire hazard while your furnace is in operation. Inspect and clean the…read more →

Did You Know We’re NextDoor?

Need to find help fast? Get recommendations from your neighbors? Give your favorite locally owned and operated HVAC company a virtual high five? Find us on NextDoor.  NextDoor is the private social network for you, your neighbors and your community. It’s the easiest way for you and your neighbors to talk online and make all of your lives better in the real world. And it’s free. Thousands of neighborhoods are already using Nextdoor to build happier, safer places to call home. People are using Nextdoor to: Find businesses that are supported by your community Quickly get the word out about a break-in Organize a Neighborhood Watch Group Track down a trustworthy babysitter Find out who does the best paint job in town Ask for help keeping an eye out for a lost dog Find a new home for an outgrown bike Finally call that nice man down the street by his first name Nextdoor’s mission is to provide a trusted platform where neighbors work together to build stronger, safer, happier communities, all over the world.

Fun Facts & 10 Products You’re Likely Using Wrong

Many people see product labels as an afterthought, if they see them at all. You have used this product before, so why should you bother brushing up on the specs and directions? Well, as it turns out, there are quite a few products you might have been using wrong without ever knowing. On top of that, there might be some dire consequences. Here are a few examples. 1. Aluminum Foil On either end of a box of aluminum foil, you will see perforation marks that are labeled ‘push to lock in place’, or some similar statement. This solves the problem of the foil or plastic wrap roll from shifting inside the box. In turn, this means you won’t need to fumble around to find the end of the foil. Though it might seem like a mild inconvenience at the time, the boxes for these products have sharp metal teeth that cut the wrapping material. Once you cut your finger on these, you’ll know how frustrating they can be. 2. Storing Flammable Cleaning Supplies A logo with flames followed by a number from 0-4 indicates a product’s flammability. When a product is given a three or higher on this scale, the product…read more →

Love Us? Let Us Know On Yelp

Love our service? Support your favorite locally owned and operated HVAC company and give us some love on YELP! Thanks to all of our customers for sharing your reviews and AccuTemp for your Air Conditioning, Heating, and Commercial Refrigeration needs. We are deeply grateful to our community and customers for over 30 years serving you in the valley. Since 1981, AccuTemp Refrigeration and Air Conditioning has provided air conditioning, home heating, and business refrigeration system installation, repair, and replacement for the Phoenix Valley Metro Area. AccuTemp is a top HVAC contractor and our BBB A+ rating, NATE certification, and numerous additional certifications mean you can rest assured that our service technicians are professionally trained and reliable. We know exactly what it takes to keep your refrigeration and air conditioning systems running at peak performance. From large specialized commercial systems to everyday residential units we have the knowledge, certifications, and experience to ensure you have the optimal air temperature for your needs. We handle all repairs, installation and maintenance issues that may arise and stand 100% by our work.

Wine Storage 101: 7 Basics You Need to Know

So you bought some wine that you’re not planning on drinking right away. Now what do you do with it? First off, it’s useful to remember that only a small percentage of fine wines on the market benefit from long-term aging. Most wines are best enjoyed within a few years of release. If you’re looking to buy wines to mature, you should really consider investing in professional-grade storage—a totally different ballgame.  For everyone else, however, following a few simple guidelines should keep your wines safe until you’re ready to drink them.  1. Keep It Cool Heat is enemy number one for wine. Temperatures higher than 70° F will age a wine more quickly than is usually desirable. And if it gets too much hotter, your wine may get “cooked,” resulting in flat aromas and flavors. The ideal temperature range is between 45° F and 65° F (and 55° F is often cited as close to perfect), though this isn’t an exact science. Don’t fret too much if your storage runs a couple degrees warmer, as long as you’re opening the bottles within a few years from their release. 2. But Not Too Cool Keeping wines in your household refrigerator is fine…read more →

4 Foolproof Air Conditioning Repair Tips For Your Home

There is nothing worse than your air conditioning unit not working during the scorching heat of the summer. Regular maintenance will usually keep your AC running smoothly. However, some situations require air conditioning repair by an HVAC professional. Before you call for air conditioning repair services, here are six foolproof repair tips for your home. With a bit of investigative work and DIY repair, your air conditioning will be up and running, keeping you cool, even on the hottest days. 1. Getting Your Air Conditioning Maintenance Regularly scheduled maintenance on your AC unit is essential to your HVAC system’s longevity. It will also help prevent home air conditioning problems or the need for an AccuTemp repair service call. A maintenance checkup is an ideal time to take note of any damage or trouble with the unit. 2. Looking At The Signs  Because issues with an air conditioning system are not always apparent at the time of maintenance, there are several indications your unit needs AC repair. It is important you pay attention to any of the following: unusually high energy bills, poor performance, outdated equipment, odd noises or odors and system failure. If you notice any of these signs, it is time to…read more →

Keeping It Cool In Phoenix: Summer HVAC Maintenance

Summer is in full swing! We’re deep in the heat, with no end in immediate sight. Monsoons are mixing it up, and it’s already time for the kids to head back to school. This is Phoenix summer. Let’s make sure you and your family are comfortable for the remaining months of heat. Let’s keep your cooling system operating and your home at safe temperatures when outdoor temperatures skyrocket throughout the summer! With these HVAC maintenance tips, you’ll know exactly how to care for your cooling system throughout the summer. If you need help completing any of these tasks, contact AccuTemp Refrigeration for expert assistance! Check your air filter. During periods of heavy cooling system use, the filter should be inspected monthly to make sure it has not become full of contaminants, dust and grime. You may find it necessary to replace it sooner than the 3-month mark during our hot summer season, so have a replacement ready just in case.   Inspect all registers and return air grilles in your home to ensure they have not been blocked or shut. These vents should never be blocked, as doing so will restrict airflow through your HVAC systems, which could create performance issues and system overheating….read more →

Expert Answers to Your AC & Air Conditioning Questions

There’s nothing like walking into a cool home or business on a hot summer’s day! Cooling systems, such as air conditioners, make that comfort possible! Many homeowners aren’t particularly familiar with these systems, so the pros at AccuTemp Refrigeration are here to answer your most common AC & air conditioning questions! Air Conditioning Questions: How Does My AC Work? Air conditioners work to cool a home using refrigerant that absorbs and discharges heat. Here are the steps an AC takes to cool your home. Warm air from you home moves across the air conditioner’s evaporator coils. The refrigerant within the coils absorbs the air’s heat. Refrigerant converts from cool liquid to hot vapor, cooling the air. The vapor travels to the compressor located in the outdoor air conditioner unit. The refrigerant vapor is compressed here, raising temperature and pressure. Refrigerant travels to the condenser where it is condensed into a liquid form again. This causes heat to release, and heat dissipates to the outdoors through the exterior unit’s fins. The refrigerant is now cooled and in a liquid state. It cycles back to the indoor unit, regulated by the expansion device, so the cooling process can continue. AC Questions: What Are…read more →

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