Without a doubt, an air conditioner is a major purchase that can take a big chunk out of a family budget. You definitely don’t want to be blindsided by an unexpected air conditioner replacement. Fortunately, there are signs to watch for that can enable you to prepare for this upcoming expense.
The Age of Your Air Conditioner
While there are plenty of air conditioners that will function perfectly for 20 years, it’s wise to begin saving for this expense once your unit has reached 10 years of operation.
Rising Monthly Energy Bills
It is sometimes a subtle clue but one that you shouldn’t ignore.
Here in the greater Phoenix metro area, there are plenty of pollutants, as well as dust, in the air which ultimately filters into our homes. These irritants are then circulated through our HVAC system, posing health risks to those with compromised immune systems, allergies and asthma. During the winter, indoor air quality issues are compounded when we keep windows and doors shut. This is why it’s important to start your annual spring cleaning by focusing on your HVAC system.
Common Indoor Air Pollutants
Many individuals are surprised to learn that indoor air is typically more polluted than that outside.
With a growing influx of snowbirds and a rising number of year-long residents, the greater Phoenix area is a literal and figurative hot spot for investing in rental properties. While there’s plenty of money to be made here in the Valley of the Sun by investing in residential properties, you need to effectively manage your rentals to ensure you’re generating consistent return on investment. One of the most important considerations to rental investment success is the HVAC system.
Purchasing a Rental Property?
Just as you would with any residential real estate transaction, it’s important to have the HVAC system carefully checked in any property you’re considering buying for the purpose of generating rental income.
Over time, cities acquire colorful nicknames. New York is the Big Apple. Los Angeles, the City of Angels. Phoenix is alternately referred to as the Valley of the Sun. One other alias could be the Capitol of Air Conditioning. For Arizonans, AC holds a special place in their hearts. Great air conditioning is the key to enjoying the desert lifestyle, especially in the summer months when temperatures soar to triple digits. Paying for air conditioning is another issue altogether. Are your cooling dollars going out the window?
Air Conditioning and Your Utility Bill
Air conditioning comprises more than half of most people’s electric bills.
If you’ve ever been driving down the road when your, “check engine” light comes on, you know it’s crucial to get your car to a mechanic quickly. Wouldn’t it be great if all household products could give advance warnings? Unfortunately, air conditioning compressors don’t come with such an indicator, so it’s difficult to know when a breakdown is imminent.
Compressors are located outside your home – out of sight, out of mind. And, many homeowners inherit existing air conditioning units when they purchase a home without knowing the date the compressor was installed or the maintenance history.
Sneezes, wheezes and plenty of dust. These are the most common signs that your HVAC system air filter is past its prime. If you’re guilty of not replacing your air filter each month, you’re not alone. It’s common among homeowners. However, it’s one of the top home maintenance tasks that you should prioritize.
Unlike pulling weeds and washing windows, replacing your HVAC system air filter only takes a few minutes, and the benefits are substantial. Not only will you improve the quality of your indoor air, you’ll increase the functionality of your system while saving money with reduced energy consumption.
Whether you’re headed to the mountains or a tropical beach, a winter getaway is the perfect opportunity for some post-holiday downtime. However, just as it’s important to consider your HVAC system if you’re going on a summer vacation, you need to do the same in the winter.
The following are a few HVAC system tips to ensure you’re not wasting energy and money while you’re away.
Turn Your Thermostat Down, Not Off
Yes, it can be tempting to just switch your unit off while you’re out of town. However, this can be short-sighted,
Like any technology, there are terms in the HVAC industry that are worth knowing as an owner of an HVAC system. Scroll down this page to find the technical definitions of some of the most common terms used when referring to home comfort systems.
Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency. This is a measure of a furnace’s heating efficiency. The higher the AFUE percentage is, the greater the efficiency.
This is the part of your HVAC system that pushes heated or cooled air throughout your home’s ductwork.
The temperature at which a heat pump’s output equals the heating needs of the home,
Before singing Auld Lang Syne or watching the ball drop in Times Square, it’s a good idea to commit to a few resolutions to guide the year ahead. While most New Year’s resolutions revolve around self-improvement, why not consider a goal of improving your home’s comfort? In 2018, focusing on the optimization of your HVAC system makes perfect sense – especially here in the Valley of the Sun.
In 2017, Phoenix set many records for heat, including an extended heat wave in June that resulted in temperatures exceeding 120 degrees. In other words, maintaining your HVAC system isn’t just a good idea,
There’s no place like home for the holidays, yet, it’s no fun when you’re fired up for a celebration, but it’s downright chilly. With temperatures dipping into the 30s in the evenings and early mornings, here are a few home heating tips for the holidays and throughout the winter.
Get Your HVAC Winter Maintenance
If you haven’t already, schedule your routine maintenance check for your HVAC system. During the check, your system will be evaluated for heat-hindering issues like loose belts, gas pressure problems and cracks in the heat exchanger.
Have Your System Ducts Inspected
Leaky and dirty ducts are among the most common reasons for sky-high heating bills.