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.
Although the greater Phoenix area is known for its summer heat, it can be downright, bone-chilling cold on winter nights. While no one enjoys paying for high heating bills, it’s sometimes necessary to turn the thermostat up to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. This begs an important question for any homeowner on a budget. Is it more energy or cost-efficient to use a space heater while keeping the thermostat low or to turn up the temperature on your thermostat?
Like with most questions pertaining to HVAC, the answer is – it depends. There is no one right answer because there are several factors which can impact your energy consumption.
You know when your home is feeling a little too toasty or chillier than you like. So, when the temperature doesn’t match up with what your thermostat is saying, it can be a bit of a head-scratcher. At Chandler Air, we hear from plenty of homeowners who experience this problem. This is why we wanted to address the most common reasons why a home thermostat is reading the wrong temperature.
Your Thermostat Is Just Getting Old
Just as some of us get a little overheated as we age, so do thermostats. As with any home appliance,
Take a listen to your HVAC system this Halloween. Is it making spooky sounds that make your home sound more like a haunted house? The following is your guide to identifying the unknown scary noises that indicate it’s time to call Chandler Air.
Clunk, clunk, clunk. Is that banging sound coming from your furnace? It’s unlikely that the walking dead are causing this commotion. Most often, banging is a sign of an ignition problem. When the gas valve opens the pilot light or electric starter should light immediately. If it doesn’t the gas can cause a bang.
If you’re like most homeowners in the greater Phoenix area, you are relieved that temperatures are starting to drop. It’s time to open the windows for some fresh air and delight in the lower utility bills. It’s also a great time to ensure your HVAC system is ready for the upcoming chilly months. While the mild fall weather is delightful, downright cold nights will soon be here. Is your heating unit ready?
Clean the Exterior of Your HVAC System
Although monsoon storms were relatively minor this year, dust, dirt and debris have likely accumulated in and around your exterior HVAC unit.
Are you in the market for a new air conditioner? Not sure if your current unit is performing as it should be? It may be time to take a look at your air conditioning load calculation.
It may sound mathematical, but it’s the best way to ensure you get the right-sized system for your home or business. Choosing the wrong size or type of air conditioner can have serious ramifications that range from an inability to keep your interior cool to excessive running that reduces your unit’s lifespan.
An Air Conditioner That’s Not Too Big or Too Small
It’s a basic fact that every home or commercial building is unique.
An unexpected repair on an air conditioner or heater can wreak havoc on even the most well-planned budget. Just as you protect your home, life and vehicles with insurance, it only makes sense to protect the components of your HVAC system with an HVAC preventive maintenance contract.
Benefit from Twice-Yearly HVAC Preventive Maintenance
Many costly repairs can be prevented by simply having an HVAC contract with regularly scheduled maintenance. During twice-yearly tune-ups of your HVAC system, a complete system inspection is performed. For air conditioners, this means checking the refrigerant, oiling the motors and ensuring it is functioning optimally.
It’s an unfortunate reality that air conditioners don’t last forever and eventually need to be replaced. If you’re facing this reality right now, you may be unsure of how to choose a new air conditioner that will meet the needs of you, your family and your budget. The following are five questions to ask your AC contractor before you say “yes” to any new unit.
How will you size a new air conditioner?
A qualified, experienced HVAC contractor will take time to calculate which air conditioner is right for you. Be suspicious of any contractor who has a quick answer to this question,
Uh oh! It’s getting uncomfortably hot inside your home, but it sounds like your air conditioner is working as it should be. It can be a perplexing problem for many homeowners. This common air conditioner issue often indicates the failure of a key component of your compressor and fan motor called a capacitor. While small, the capacitor helps to circulate refrigerant through the compressor and blow cool air into your home. In other words, if you’re facing this problem in your Phoenix area home, you don’t want to delay in calling for service.
Signs of an Air Conditioner Capacitor Problem
Although the telltale sign of an air conditioner capacitor problem is no cool air blowing through your home,
Are you shopping for a new air conditioner? You might be surprised by the volume of available options. There are certainly many considerations, including brand, capacity and price. You may also notice that models are given a specific SEER rating.
What Is a SEER Rating?
SEER is an acronym stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. And, this rating is an important tool for comparing air conditioners because it can help you determine a model’s specific level of energy efficiency. In other words, it will provide insight into how much you’ll be spending each month on your utility bill.