Your home cooling system is a precious resource. Especially in the Phoenix Arizona area. If you live in climate where you can cook bacon on the side walk in the summer, you need an A/C unit that is up to the task. Unfortunately, not all cooling systems are maintained well enough to accommodate scorching temperatures for long periods of time. However, did you know you can increase the life expectancy of your 5-10 year old A/C unit if you conduct preventative maintenance?
Customers often ask us what they can do to care for their cooling system properly. You asked and we answered! Here are 5 ways to extend the life of your cooling system.
If It’s Not Too Hot, Shut It Off
Like with most tools, cooling units tend to wear down over time. Turning the unit off when you are leaving the house is always a good idea because it spares the unit from running unnecessarily. Likewise, another good idea is to turn up the thermostat in the night time just a tad. This will save you tons on your energy bill every month and increase the life expectancy of your unit. If you’re thinking about ways to improve your unit all around, giving it a break might be the solution.
Clean the Unit
Yes, your cooling unit needs to be cleaned relatively frequently. As a result, you can expect your unit to function longer and more efficiently. To properly clean your outdoor cooling unit, be sure to remove dust, dirt, and leaves. Also, watch for anything surrounding the unit that might block it from ventilating appropriately. Not only does this increase life expectancy, but it prevents mechanical breakdowns that could be extremely costly.
Allow Air Circulation
By clearing your vents and ducts of debris or foreign objects, you’ll be improving your A/C unit greatly. This includes bookshelves, couches, chairs, or other things that could block the circulation. Cool air circulation is important because when your thermostat reaches the desired temperature it will stop your unit from running. As a result, your air won’t be running itself into the ground trying to cool your home. Furthermore make sure your ventilation is unblocked if you want a long life for your cooling unit.
Change the Air Filter
Changing the air filter works along the lines of allowing air circulation. Also, when you replace the air filter, you’ll be ridding the air in your home of must and dirt. This poor air quality can really cause trouble for those who are elderly or have asthma. Changing the filter will keep your unit from being overworked and keep it from breaking down. You can’t expect a long life for your unit if you don’t clean or replace the filter when needed.
Call Christian Brothers
When you call Christian Brothers, you will receive an excellent tune up for your air conditioning unit and cooling system. The expert level technician will provide you with top notch customer service and ensure your unit is running efficiently.
As a Service Partner Plan member you’ll receive an annual tune up of your unit at no cost to you. We want to see your cooling unit last as long as it can and give you the most bang for your buck.
Have any questions? See our Service Area for services near you. We have a truck in your area! Call Christian Brothers today at (623) 499- 9794 or read our reviews to hear what customers like you have said about us.
Summer Savings For Your Air Conditioning With Christian Brothers HVAC
Are you looking for the answer on how to heat or cool Arizona home with a ductless heat pump or a ductless air conditioner? You are on the right site. Ductless units can be the only source of heating or cooling in the house or co-exist and nicely compliment a central air or forced air systems in the same building.
It’s hot out there Phoenix! Be sure to get your AC unit double-checked, before it gets any hotter. There are many things you can do now to prevent discomfort for your family in the Arizona heat. Call Christian Brothers at 623-499-9794 for service.
Up until recently, ductless air conditioners have not been very popular in Arizona and for good reason. A window air conditioner, while noisy, could be bought for only a few of hundred dollars. It was hard to justify spending several thousands more on a ductless unit, and then use it only a couple of weeks a year during short AZ summer. The situation has changed with the arrival of high efficient ductless heat pumps.
There are several strong factors favoring acceptance of ductless heat pumps:
A heat pump essentially is a traditional air conditioner. It means that the infrastructure – manufacturers, distributors, contractors – is here.
A heat pump can be used all year around for both heating and cooling. That’s instead of a couple of weeks only for air conditioning, you might need AC Repairs.
Heat pump efficiency is 300% compared to traditional electric heat.
Ductless units are able to supply heat and cool to selected spots only and saving on the rest. This is compared to central air (forced air) systems wasting energy on the entire house. Think of intelligent vs. bruteforce ways of heating and cooling.
This same ability to take care of selected spots makes ductless heat pumps a nice addition to the central air in the house.
Here are a few examples – an addition to your house; rooms upstairs are always hot and cold at a wrong time of the year.
Ductless heat pump price came down significantly in the last couple of years. These days they cost only a couple of hundred dollars more than comparable air conditioner.
Many of us take air conditioning for granted. It’s easy to forget that before central air systems were commonplace throughout America, many people went their entire lives without enjoying the cool, refreshing indoor air provided by good air conditioning units.
Humans have been trying to keep cool for as long as we have recorded history. Even though air conditioning and central air are relatively new additions to the modern residential dwelling, we’ve been finding innovative and exciting ways to manage the temperature for hundreds of years.
Keep reading to see our favorite ways that generations before us kept cool without the benefits of AC:
Most houses built after WWII tended to have large, covered front porches or wraparound porches attached to them. While these porches are used largely for decoration these days, decades ago they were critical for keeping cool and getting a good night’s sleep.
It wasn’t uncommon for individuals and even entire families to migrate out onto the porches at night to sleep and enjoy the (slightly) cooler evening air, rather than be trapped in a musty, humid house.
Some modern homes have high ceilings which are purely for aesthetic purposes, but there’s a good reason that many “character” homes and apartment complexes have towering ceilings and windows: air circulation. We all know that hot air rises, so the higher the ceiling, the more top up the heat can go, keeping the floor a little cooler. Not just that, but taller ceilings allowed for taller windows; tall, narrow windows improve air flow and move more air through a room than the short, stout windows we see in most homes today.
If you could afford it, building tall houses with thick walls made of stone and brick were commonplace to insulate homes and help keep them cool during the warm months. Many older homes have walls which are between 12-24 inches thick, and by building them with stone and bricks they were able to absorb heat during the day and release the heat at night once the evening set in. This also helps explain why some brick homes are so expensive to purchase: the added insulation (bricks) helps keep energy costs low.
Cross-ventilation is the practice of placing inlets and outlets (usually strategically placed windows and doors) to optimize the flow of air through a building. For example, the famous “shotgun houses” in New Orleans weren’t just built tall and narrow to avoid the high property taxes; the strategically-placed windows allowed for optimal airflow and helped homeowners beat the Southern heat.
Stay comfortable with the help of qualified professionals and call 623-499-9794 to reach Christian Brothers Plumbing, Air Conditioning, and Electrical in Glendale, AZ for fast, efficient solutions.