Tips for Reducing Prescott Heating & Cooling Bills

With the early arrival of the desert heat, there is a good chance that you turned on your Prescott air conditioning months ago. Unfortunately, the temperatures will continue to heat up this summer, leaving you with astronomical utility bills. We’ve put together a list of easy, money-saving tips that are easy for you to implement and save significantly on cooling costs this summer. Professional AC Check-up- Our best advice is to have your Sedona heating and cooling company perform routine maintenance on your system. These AC “check-ups” allow the technician to inspect and clean your system, while also looking for problem areas before they become a major issue. This allows your system to operate as energy efficiently as possible, which means it will cost less to operate. Upkeep for Your Outdoor Unit- While we never recommend cleaning or fixing your system on your own, there are some simple tasks that you can perform to ensure that your system operates efficiently between check-ups. This includes checking and changing your air filters on a regular basis. It is also a good idea to clear away any debris from your outside unit, such as dirt, grass, leaves, or overgrown bushes. In addition, be...

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Prescott Air Conditioning Systems Affected by R-22 Refrigerant Phaseout

When it comes to keeping you cool, there is no doubt that your Prescott air conditioning relies on refrigerants to evaporate heat and provide cool air throughout your home or business. Did you know that the refrigerant in your home may be a greenhouse gas contributing to global warming? The production of the commonly used refrigerant known as R-22 (aka HCFC-22), is being legally phased out by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in accordance with the international initiative the Montreal Protocol1. Starting in 2010, newly manufactured air conditioners and heat pumps were required to be designed for use with R-22 substitutes such as the R-410A, and by 2020 its production will cease completely2. It is imperative to understand that it’s production is being phased out, but not its use. Your Sedona AC repair company will still have access to the R-22 during the phaseout, but it is important to keep in mind that as supply goes down, cost may increase. This means that your existing system will still be able to use R-22 as long as there is access to its supply. Over the next eight years until the phaseout is complete, you may consider having your system retrofitted...

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Air Conditioning Installation Sedona

It is not uncommon for the spring and summer months in central Arizona to reach triple digit temperatures. This leaves many relying greatly on their air conditioning systems to keep them comfortable. If you are considering having a new air conditioning installation for your home in the Sedona area, it is important to take the investment seriously and do your research. Besides brand and price, there are a number of other important considerations that will ultimately affect your overall home comfort. These considerations include: SEER The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio is essential. This rating determines how efficiently your air conditioner uses energy to cool your home. The higher the ratio, the less energy that is used and the more efficient the system is. In 2006, the Federal government established that newly manufactured AC systems must have a SEER of 13 or higher1. Not only is SEER important to consider for environmental reasons, but also in saving you money. The less energy you use during the month, the less your utility bills will be! Size/Cooling Capacity Did you know that air conditioners have different sizes and cooling capacities? After all, a unit that is used to cool a two bedroom house...

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Evaluating the Efficiency of Air Purifiers

While many associate spring with thoughts of sunny days and blooming flowers, others are left with the discomfort of allergy season. Unfortunately, the above average temperatures have allowed for overly high pollen levels, which may ultimately allow this spring to become the worst allergy season on record1. In order to be comfortable in your own home, you may begin to look into air purification systems to provide relief from the irritants causing your symptoms. Portable air purifiers are available at your local retailer but work only on a very small scale, typically a single room. A Prescott Valley air conditioning service can install a whole home air cleaning system, which attaches to your ventilation system and work in conjunction with your air conditioning unit to provide purified air to each room in your home. There are a few ways to measure the efficiency of an air purifier and its filtering media. Some systems are evaluated with the Minimum Efficiency Rating Value (MERV) which focuses solely on the filter. Others use the Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) which was developed by the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) to measure the ability of a device to reduce the amount of tobacco...

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Reducing Energy Costs Through Geothermal

Are you spending a fortune each year on energy expenses? According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the average homeowner spends $110.55 on electricity costs1. Unfortunately, nearly half of this amount is spent on heating and cooling your home2. With the recent arrival of spring, it won’t be long before the cooling season is in full swing and your Prescott air conditioner becomes a necessity for the overall comfort of your home. In an effort to preserve energy, and ultimately reduce their monthly energy bill, many businesses and homeowners are installing geothermal systems. While you may have heard of geothermal, you may not know exactly what it means or how it works. Basically, a geothermal system uses heat from below Earth’s surface to heat or cool your home. Not far below the surface near the frost line, the Earth maintains a constant, mild temperature that is warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. By placing pipes (also known as a loop) below ground, this air is pumped to and from the earth, through a heat pump, to the home. The air is further heated or cooled by the heat pump and circulated through the home’s air vents. Sedona...

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Warm Winter Increases Need for Indoor Air Quality Services

All across the Sedona area, everyone is talking about this mild winter weather. While many are enjoying the unusually warm temperatures and lack of precipitation, others are beginning to discover its negative effect—allergies. While seasonal allergies typically do not arrive until Spring, the mild temperatures have allowed the pollen count to stay at a heightened level, when the cold should normally have lessened it. Although there is no way to change the air outside, there are things you can do to purify the air inside your home. You may be surprised to discover that your local heating and cooling company can help you with this task. TDK Home Comfort Systems offers indoor air quality service, with only the best air cleaners and air purifiers that are capable of removing up to 99% of irritants and allergens from the air in your home. According to the Air Conditioning Contractors of America, outside air can contain up to 30 million dust and pollen particles per cubic foot1. When we let this outside air into our home, by simply opening doors and windows, the air can become trapped by the insulation in the home, allowing it to be continuously recirculated. This can leave...

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Sedona Furnace and Air Conditioning Maintenance

Having routine maintenance on your Sedona air conditioning unit is essential in not only preventing problems that may arise in the future, but also in saving on energy costs. Things such as dirty air filters and duct leaks can cause your energy bills to be more costly. For example, if the majority of the cold air being produced is escaping due to a leak in the duct, it will be harder for the unit to cool your space to the desired temperature causing it to run more frequently.  Scheduling this maintenance is simple, and is best if conducted before the peak season to prevent the inconvenience of having problems when the functionality of your Prescott Valley air conditioning unit is an absolute necessity. Upon arriving at your business or home, a certified technician will inspect, clean, and evaluate the performance of your heating and cooling system. This is helpful for not only preventing problems with your AC unit, but also in preventing the need for furnace repair in Sedona. The cabinet, coils, vent, and ducts will be cleared of any debris such as leaves and dirt, and the unit and its electrical controls will be checked for any damage to...

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