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Musty Air Conditioner and How to Fix it

Are you suffering from musty AC odors? We know you want your air conditioner to run optimally to provide a comfortable environment. However, odd, musty odors circulating through your house are not only uncomfortable but can be very concerning. If you’re a resident of Arizona and notice your air conditioner emitting unpleasant odors, you’re in the right place. We understand the frustration of dealing with musty air conditioner smells, and we’re here to help you tackle this issue head-on. Let’s dive into the common causes of musty odors in air conditioners and find practical solutions to freshen your home and help you enjoy cleaner air.    Identifying the Source of Musty Odors When faced with musty odors emanating from your air conditioner, it’s crucial to pinpoint the source of the problem. Several factors can contribute to these unpleasant smells, including mold and mildew growth, clogged air filters, or stagnant water accumulation in the drip pan or condensate line. A thorough inspection of your air conditioner’s components is necessary to identify the source of the musty odors. This inspection includes air filters, drip pan, condensate line, and ductwork. You may find dirt build-up, standing water, debris, dead animals, mold, fungus, or…read more →

Why is My Thermostat in Recovery Mode?

If there’s one thing we understand, you desire to maintain optimal comfort inside your Phoenix area home or business. Your thermostat is a small but essential tool for reaching your comfort goals. If you’ve recently noticed that your thermostat says recovery and you’re wondering how to reset your thermostat, you’re in the right place. Recovery mode is a standard setting on newer thermostats, so if you understand how recovery mode works, it will ensure you can set your HVAC to maximize energy efficiency. As the region’s go-to expert for 24-hour AC repair and HVAC services, AccuTemp aims to provide helpful everyday information, superior customer care, and unparalleled workmanship to ensure your year-round comfort. What Is Recovery Mode? You may have noticed a new feature on your thermostat if you’ve recently upgraded your HVAC system. Recovery mode is a common but still relatively new feature that shows up on many different brands of thermostats. It may say “recovery,” “smart recovery,” or have a light on the screen to indicate its recovery status. If you aren’t familiar with recovery status, you may be worried about what it means. Fortunately, recovery mode only means the system is recovering from energy-saving mode. Reasons Your…read more →

What is SEER? How to Choose the Best SEER?

Making your home comfortable is essential, and there are a lot of factors that go into choosing a new HVAC system. Your home’s size and layout, your local climate, and perhaps a confusing element – a system’s SEER rating – all play a crucial role in determining the best HVAC for your home. If you’re here, you’re likely on a quest to optimize your home’s comfort while maintaining a keen eye on energy efficiency. As your local HVAC expert since 1981, AccuTemp is delighted to be your guide to understanding the world of SEER ratings, helping you make informed decisions for your heating, cooling, and refrigeration needs. Understanding SEER Ratings Let’s start by examining the fundamentals of SEER ratings. What exactly is a SEER rating, and why is it a pivotal factor in the performance of your HVAC system? At its core, the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) is a metric that quantifies a central air conditioner or heat pump’s efficiency over an entire cooling season. The rating is calculated when the cooling output is divided by the total electric energy input. The higher the SEER rating, the more energy-efficient the system is. In other words, SEER ratings help you understand…read more →

How to Test Air Quality in Your Home

If your family’s health is a priority, being proactive is essential. One of the easiest ways to protect their health is to give them a safe and clean home environment. The air quality within your Phoenix area home can have a major impact on your health, so indoor air quality testing is essential. At AccuTemp, we’re here to help you understand how air quality affects your health and how our professional air quality services can improve the environment in your home.   The Importance of Testing Air Quality in Homes Your health is directly impacted by what you breathe in, which means polluted air can lead to severe health consequences, including, but not limited to, cardiovascular and respiratory issues. When you have your home’s airflow and quality professionally evaluated, you can determine if there are pollutants or contaminants beyond what you can see or smell.  Signs of Poor Indoor Air Quality There are numerous signs of poor indoor air quality, which include, but are not limited to:  Persistent musty-smelling air, strange or odd odors  Mold or mildew  Condensation, water-damaged ceilings or walls Dampness Humidity above 50%  In addition, you may also experience a variety of health issues when you are inside…read more →

What are the Best Types of AC Units

Are you in the market for a new air conditioning unit but unsure which type is best for your needs? With so many options available, it can be overwhelming to make the right choice. However, with a little knowledge about the different types of AC units and their benefits, you can make an informed decision that will keep your Arcadia home or office cool and comfortable all year round. When it comes to air conditioning, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Each type of AC unit has its own advantages and disadvantages, and understanding these differences is crucial in selecting the right one for your space. AccuTemp, a leading provider of air conditioning systems, recognizes the importance of choosing the best AC unit for your specific needs. AccuTemp understands that selecting the right air conditioning unit is a significant decision. To help you make an informed choice, they offer a range of AC units that cater to different requirements. By understanding the benefits of each type and how they will complement your needs, you can ensure optimal comfort and efficiency in your Arcadia home or office. Central Air Conditioner The central air conditioner is one of the most common types of…read more →

Top Ways to Save on Air Conditioner Bills

Living in a hot climate can be challenging, especially when it comes to keeping your home comfortable without breaking the bank on energy costs. As temperatures rise, so does the cost of running your air conditioner, which can become a major budgetary expense. However, with the right techniques, you can learn how to save money on air conditioning bills without sacrificing quality of life. AccuTemp understands the importance of energy conservation and offers top ways to prevent your home from getting too hot while using your air conditioner wisely. With these tips, you can enjoy a comfortable living space while saving money on your monthly energy bill. Shade the House Shading the house can be an effective method to keep the home cool and comfortable during hot weather. One of the most natural and eco-friendly ways to shade your house is by planting leafy trees in strategic locations around your property. Trees can act as a long-term solution to blocking the sun’s rays and reducing the amount of heat that enters your home while also providing many other benefits, such as improving air quality and enhancing the aesthetics of your home. In addition to planting trees, there are other options…read more →

HVAC Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency

Getting your home comfortable should be as easy as setting the thermostat to your desired temperature and r When it comes to energy conservation and saving money, Americans now have more opportunities to save money upfront and, in the long run, by receiving HVAC tax credits when making their homes and businesses more energy efficient. In addition, while reducing energy costs and demand for energy, Americans can utilize the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, which provides federal tax credits and deductions for qualifying energy-efficient home improvements. At AccuTemp, we believe in continued education and that knowledge is power, which is why we stay abreast of changes in HVAC technology as well as how that affects home and business owners when installing new HVAC equipment. Not only do we encourage energy efficiency, but we also encourage homeowners, builders, and business owners to research energy-efficiency tax credits and their potential benefits. Savings for Homeowners Through the year 2032, there are federal income tax credits that provide as much as $3,200 per year in energy-saving tax credits to help lower the cost of home upgrades that improve energy efficiency. The types of improvements or installations that may be covered include, but are not…read more →

HVAC Troubleshooting and Solutions for AC Not Reaching Set Temperature

Updated: March 7, 2024 Getting your home comfortable should be as easy as setting the thermostat to your desired temperature and relaxing. However, it can be more complicated. If your thermostat is not reaching the set temperature and not cooling your home correctly, there could be a few different reasons. As a full-service HVAC company, AccuTemp is experienced in diagnosing and repairing air conditioning problems, so let’s explore some of the issues you could be facing.  Why Does My Thermostat Setting Not Match My Home’s Temperature? If you’ve noticed that the temperature in your home isn’t reaching the thermostat setting you have set, there could be many potential causes. This can be an issue for both comfort levels and energy efficiency. From a faulty thermostat to a dirty air filter, these are the most common reasons why your AC may not reach its set temperature. Not Calibrated Correctly Your thermostat needs to be calibrated, and if it is incorrectly calibrated, it could cause a difference in temperature between its setting and the actual home temperature. The thermostat may need to be calibrated if it is new, if you have experienced a recent power outage, or if a digital thermostat setting…read more →

How Much Electricity Does an Air Conditioner Use

How Much Electricity Does an Air Conditioner Use If you are trying to find ways to reduce your energy bill or considering replacing your air conditioning unit, you may be wondering how much electricity an air conditioner uses. Many factors affect how much electricity an air conditioner uses, and understanding those factors can help you calculate your energy usage and adjust as necessary. At Accutemp, we can ensure you are using an energy-efficient model appropriate for your home.  What Affects the Cost and Electricity Usage of Air Conditioning? The many factors that affect your air conditioner’s electricity usage vary, which therefore causes costs to differ as well. Some of these factors include: your unit’s specifications the time of year the size of your home  indoor temperature settings  your maintenance routine How Much Electricity Does an Air Conditioner Use? Your electric usage will depend not only on the above factors but also on the type of air conditioner you use and what settings you use.  Central Air Conditioner? Central air conditioners that run on the cool setting will average between 3000 and 3500 watts per hour during the warmer months. In warm regions like Phoenix, you can expect your central AC…read more →

2023 DOE HVAC Efficiency Standards

2023 DOE HVAC Efficiency Standards At AccuTemp Refrigeration, we understand the importance of energy-efficient appliances. We have put together this post to inform you about the new 2023 DOE HVAC Efficiency Standards. As you may know, the Department of Energy (DOE) sets energy consumption standards for modern appliances, including HVAC systems. The DOE updates these standards every six years, and the 2023 standards are now in effect. These new standards will result in more energy-efficient HVAC systems that will help you save money on your energy bills while reducing your carbon footprint. The DOE estimates that these standards will save American households over $9 billion on their energy bills and reduce carbon emissions by more than 110 million metric tons over 30 years. Whether you’re in the market for a new HVAC system or want to upgrade your current one, we can help. With an energy-efficient HVAC system that meets the 2023 DOE standards, you can save money on your energy bills and reduce your carbon footprint while enjoying reliable heating and cooling all year round. New Energy Conservation Standards for 2023 Starting in January 2023, new HVAC energy efficiency standards will be implemented that set the minimum efficiency of…read more →