5 Ways To Extend The Life Of Your Cooling System

5 Ways To Extend The Life Of Your Cooling System

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.

 

 


The Ultimate Guide To Heating Options For Your Home

The Ultimate Guide To Heating Options For Your Home

When faced with a decision, its always best for a homeowner to know their options. It seems like whether its choosing a stylish tile for your floor, deciding exactly where to put each piece of furniture, or selecting the correct heating system. Your choices matter greatly. This is why its always best to know every option. Even when it comes to your home heating. But, finalizing a decision without exploring every possible choice can leave you wondering if you made the correct one.

As a homeowner, feeling like your home heating choice isn’t up to par can lead to wasted money, lost time, and needless frustration. To make matters worse, finding the data necessary to make the right choice can cause a big headache. Not to mention knowing how to apply this data correctly to your situation is almost impossible. When it comes to knowing heating options, nobody wants to left out in the cold.

Christian Brothers wants every homeowner to know exactly what their options are with heating systems. We know how valuable information can be when it is accurate and easy enough to understand. This is why we’ve put together the ultimate basic guide describing each heating option for your home:

Fireplaces

We’ll start with the basics. Great for decoration and overall comfort, a fireplace fits any home perfectly. However, due to modern technological upgrading, fireplaces are not recommended as a primary heat source. Although great for a family gatherings, you may want a more convenient source of warmth for your home.

Space Heaters

Electric space heaters are very convenient and easy to use. They move easily around the house due to their small size and light weight. Furthermore, they heat a small area very quickly to provide maximum comfort.

Being quartz infrared or oil filled most of the time, these heaters deliver heat converted by electricity. This may sound great, but it comes with a steep price. Space heaters are cheap to buy initially, but your electric bill will skyrocket if they are used too much.

If you were to use a 1,500 watt electric heater for an hour, your electricity cost would go up in cents by 50%. This isn’t the only reason why space heaters aren’t a valid recommendation. They can be a worrisome fire threat as well. Plus, they don’t heat the entire home. They only provide small areas with heat.

Boilers

Operating as both air and water heaters, boilers distribute heat by circulating warm water through radiators and other devices. These radiators are typically located in bedrooms and offices. When the water circulating into these devices eventually cools down, it streams into the boiler again. This reheating process ensures your boiler is running at top efficiency. Similarly to other types of heaters, a boilers heat source is usually natural gas or oil based heat.

Boilers are perfect if you choose to have radiant floor heating. If you have a steam boiler, the process is a tad different. This boiler creates steam which is carried into the home through ducts and vents. This type of boiler isn’t used very commonly any more due to the more convenient options of heating that are becoming more popular.

Regular boiler heating systems come with their own set of pros and cons. They are typically easier to install if you’re looking to put “zone” thermostats in your home. With zone thermostats, you’re able to control the temperature of a single room. This can be useful when it comes to managing the heat production in your home. However, the cost of boilers is substantially more than most other heat sources.

Heat Pumps

Normally described as a two way air conditioner, heat pumps can provide coolness to your home in the summer as well as heat for you in the winter. They do this by simply removing hot air from the home. Thanks to an electric device attached to the mechanism that ejects improper temperature air outside, this system is ideal if you want an option that works relatively similarly to central air. When it comes to heat pumps, you have a couple of different options.

The first option is an air source based heat pump. This option operates much like the previous paragraph explained. Cold air is taken from outside the home, charged by an electrical component, and pushed into the home. In the summer, warm air is removed from the home. The installation process for this is relatively similar to that of central air.

The other option is purchasing a geothermal heat pump. Geothermal heat pumps work by taking heat from underground and converting it into warm air. The expenses that come from installing and maintaining geothermal heat pumps are very high. Due to the high expenses, this heat pump is not a great recommendation.

Furnaces

Central heat furnaces heat most of the homes in the United States, and for a good reason. They are the number one recommendation for most homes because of their “forced warm air distribution system”. Their high recommendation also comes from their growing technological efficiency over the past thirty years. Furnaces create warm air by mixing it with burning oil. Pushing the air through the vents and ducts of the ventilation system, they are able to heat every part of the house.  A fan propels the warm air from one part of the house to the other.

A furnace can also be completely controlled with the help of a thermostat, making them even more convenient than fireplaces, heat pumps, or electric heaters. Furnace efficiency can also be measured more accurately using the AFUE measurement. The higher the percentage calculated, the better efficiency at which the furnace runs. Furnaces are a number one recommendation when it comes to heating.

Call Us

If you have any questions regarding heating, electricity bills, or HVAC systems, give us a call! We can set you up with an HVAC technician who specializes in air conditiong, heating, and customer service. You can reach us at (623) 499- 9794.


5 Steps to Basic Furnace Maintenance

5 Steps to Basic Furnace Maintenance

The late fall and winter seasons are the perfect time to gather family and friends inside to enjoy the warmth of your hearth- and the warmth of each other’s company. In addition to a few extra steps, like storing firewood outside and trimming tree branches away from your chimney, these tips are highly recommended to make sure that your fireplace is safe and fun for your family to enjoy.

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1 – Clean out the Firebox Regularly

As a safety measure (but also as a way of keeping the area around the fireplace cleaner) make sure that you remove the ashes from inside the firebox on a regular basis (weekly is ideal). If you use your fireplace often, you’ll need to clean it often as well (once the ash reaches three inches deep or so).

2 – Chimney Cap

Even though a chimney cap is a tiny installation, many homeowners wonder if it is necessary. Rest assured, for a small piece of equipment; a chimney cap does a huge job, preventing loads of potential damage.

Animals will sense warmth in the winter coming from your chimney, making it an excellent nesting spot. These nests can cause dangerous build-up below when fires are burning. It’s also a real barrier for flying embers, which could easily spark low-lying branches.

3 – Keep your Hearth Clean

With soot and other debris a constant presence with your fireplace, it is important to maintain the hearth, to keep it looking good and to prevent damage. Clean the soot off with a wet cloth. After the surface has dried, shine it up with a small amount of lemon oil. It makes it glow and seals it as well.

4 – Clean the Chimney

Every year, call in the chimney sweep to do a full cleaning of your chimney, and it’s components to make sure everything is in working order. Build-up and residue can cause smoke and be hazardous. The chimney sweep will make sure the damper and flue are not damaged as well. They also check for leaks and cracks in the structure. Even if you don’t use your chimney often, get it cleaned and checked.

5 – Crack the Window

Don’t let a smoky fire deter you from using your fireplace. A simple solution is that there is insufficient air in the room itself. Letting a little air in from outside can create the cross-ventilation needed to reduce the smoke. The extra oxygen can help the fire burn brightly as well.

Christian Brothers Plumbing in Glendale, AZ always have time to share home maintenance tips with our clients. Give us a call today at 623-499-9794 to learn more.