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How to Improve the Efficiency of Your HVAC System

Energy efficiency is not some unattainable goal. Well, easy for you to say, but I cannot afford to invest in a new HVAC system right now. That’s totally understandable, and many, many homeowners find themselves in that same boat even as they pine for better energy efficiency in Phoenix, AZ. However, this also makes our point for us: you don’t have to! Investing in a brand new, high-efficiency HVAC system is a great idea, but it’s not the only way to scale back energy costs. Now, the following tips are not going to result in the kind of efficiency increase that such a new system would. Just because you plan to replace your vehicle with one boasting a better gas mileage sometime in the future doesn’t mean that you just stop maintaining the one that you currently have, though, right? Of course not! So keep these tips in mind, and remember that we are here to handle any HVAC services that you may need. Ceiling Fans: Use’em If You’ve Got’em Those ceiling fans up there above the living space sure are nice to look at, aren’t they? Well, if you’re just keeping them around because they add a nice aesthetic touch to…read more →

Thermostat Not Working?

In our homes and businesses, we control our air conditioning systems with a thermostat. It’s a modern word based on two ancient Greek ones: thermo (meaning heat) and statos (which means standing and is related to words like stasis, status quo, and static—meaning to stay the same). When our home is too hot, the thermostat switches on the air conditioning so things quickly cool down; once the temperature reaches the level we’ve set, the thermostat switches the AC off so we don’t freeze. When your air conditioner thermostat is not working the temperature is not staying at the level you have selected. Thermostat not working? Consider the following: The thermostat is a critical piece of technology in any home or business, especially in the Phoenix summer. An improperly working thermostat may cause a room to be too warm or too cold. If it is too warm then people will be uncomfortable and possibly sweaty. This may cause guests or customers to leave and will make family members and co-workers short-fused. If the AC is running too cold then you are wasting power and money. Problem #1: Thermostat is Placed in Direct Sunlight Is your home cooling all summer long? You…read more →

How Does a Thermostat Work?

The thermostat on your air conditioning/heating system is the most obvious part of your system. It is probably located in the hallway of your home or some other central area. Homes with multiple systems often have more than one. What Is A Temperature Differential? Did you know that most thermostats have a temperature differential of plus or minus 2 degrees? In other words, most systems will not turn on until the temperature is within 2 degrees of the set point. For example, if your heating system is set for 72 degrees, most systems will not turn on until the indoor temperature is 70 degrees. This prevents the unit from turning on and off all the time for short periods of time. The majority of electricity used by your system is when it turns on, therefore, if your unit is turning on and off all the time, your utility bills will increase. It also creates unnecessary wear and tear on your system. It is important to keep this in mind when reading your thermostat and wondering when the equipment is going to start to run again or shut down. You may want to set it a few degrees cooler or warmer…read more →

How Often Should You Change Your Air Filter?

Keep your units blowing strong! AccuTemp wants remind you to change your air filter regularly in Phoenix, AZ. It is important to change your air filter, or clean it if you have a washable air filter, at least every 30 days. Change Air Filters more often if Animals or Dirt are present Your air filter may need to be replaced, or cleaned, more often if you have animals, or if there is a considerable amount of dirt near your home. In those cases we recommend replacing or cleaning your air filter every 2 weeks. Animal dander and dirt tracked in from outside will plug your air filter more frequently. When the air filter is dirty your HVAC unit is not getting sufficient air and air flow is restricted. This can can lead to a multitude of other problems. Dirty Air Filter can cause a Frozen Coil One of the most common problems associated with dirty air filters is a plugged, or frozen, coil. The dirt from the dirty air filter gets sucked up in the coil and restricts it. A dirty or restricted coil makes your entire system work harder, by putting a strain on the operating components, causing unnecessary…read more →

These 3 Air Conditioning Mistakes Are Raising Your Bills

When you consider just how hot our summers can get here in Phoenix, it makes sense that you want a fully functioning, and efficiently operating the air conditioner. This starts with having your cooling system installed by a professional, and ensuring it is properly matched and sized for your specific home. Without this, there’s no way to be sure that your air conditioner will run as effectively as it should all summer long. But this is just the beginning. Properly caring for your air conditioner is another important part of efficiency, keeping your bills down at a reasonable level and preventing the biggest and costliest of air conditioning repairs in Phoenix. This means avoiding the following 3 air conditioning mistakes. 1. Skipping Pre-Season Maintenance Preventive maintenance gives our technicians the chance to thoroughly inspect your air conditioning system. During this inspection, we’ll make any adjustments necessary, clean the system inside and out, and alert you to any repair needs that exist. Maintenance not only helps improve the efficiency of your air conditioner, but it also helps the system last longer. If you are alerted to repair needs during your system tune-up, do be sure to get them on your schedule right away….read more →