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Happy Thanksgiving

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Connecting with family, friends, and neighbors on Thanksgiving Day is one of the most special times of the year. Of course, this holiday brings to mind thoughts of eating savory turkey, gravy, stuffing, cranberries, rolls, sweet potatoes, green beans, pumpkin pie, and other beloved holiday side dishes. So many delicious foods to enjoy! Americans like recreating the same Thanksgiving menu year after year as a tradition. Along with celebrating the beauty and bounty of the fall season, you’ll want to make sure your HVAC system is running impeccably, so it’s ready for the festivities. With these simple tips, you can be confident that you won’t have a malfunction that ruins your celebration.

Replace or Clean Air Filters

When was the last time you replaced or cleaned your HVAC air filters? This one easy task will not only improve the quality of your indoor air, but it will also extend your HVAC system lifespan. Remember to buy the right size air filter to maintain optimal air flow.

Learn How to Use Your Programmable or Smart Thermostat

If you already have a programmable or smart thermostat you can change the settings specifically for Thanksgiving. If you don’t know how to program it, take a few minutes to learn how to program temperature settings when you’re at home, away, sleeping, and for eco saving modes. You’ll want to set the heat temperature a few degrees lower on Thanksgiving when they’ll be additional guests over.

Clear Space Around Heating Equipment and Vents

For most of the year, you’re not thinking about heating your house. If you haven’t already done so, you’ll want to change the thermostat setting to heat or heat and air conditioning at some point before Thanksgiving Day. Before you do, you’ll want to make sure all flammable materials, including books, blankets, decorations, and area rugs are away from heating equipment and air vents.

Check Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

House fires and carbon monoxide leaks increase significantly during cooler months. Take a few moments to make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are functioning and replace batteries if they haven’t been changed in a year. Remember, carbon monoxide isn’t detectable by sight or smell.

Your Holiday HVAC Services Partner

At Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating, we’re here for you throughout the holidays and all year long. With 24/7 emergency service, we’re only a call away when you need us. Call us at 480-968-5652. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Six Helpful Ways to Save on Heating Bills

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Keeping your house warm during the winter months in Arizona can be costly. According to Energy.gov, heating your home typically costs about 29% of your monthly utility bill. Before you start flinching at what your next month’s heating bill will be, Bruce’s has six helpful ways to save money on home heating costs. You’ll be able to reduce your energy bill while still keeping your house warm and cozy.

1. Get an Energy Audit

It’s not always easy to determine where your home may be losing heat. Windows, door frames, inadequate insulation, and open chimney vents are four of the top offenders for heat loss. Your professionals at Bruce’s can look for all the places where your house is losing valuable heat and provide a list of recommendations on how to fix them. Best of all, a home energy audit is eligible for a $150 energy efficient home improvement tax credit.

2. Monitor Your Thermostat

One easy way to lower your energy bill is to turn down your thermostat. The magic number is 68 degrees according to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Saver website. Turning the thermostat down by seven to 10 degrees when you’re away from home, sleeping, or even at home can save you up to 10% on your annual heating bill.

3. Check and Change Your Air Filters

Increase your indoor air quality, lengthen the lifespan of your HVAC system, and decrease your energy bills by checking and replacing air filters. This is an easy project that can be done each month by replacing dirty, clogged air filters.

4. Turn Down the Water Heater Setting

The hot water heater is one of the primary users of electricity or gas in your house. Turning down the temperature setting to 120 degrees or even a bit lower can go a long way towards reducing your heating costs.

5. Open South Facing Drapes, Shades, and Curtains

Keep south-facing drapes, shades, and curtains open during daylight hours to let natural sunlight in to help heat your house.

6. Schedule Preventative Maintenance

The top tip to keep your heating system working optimally is preventative maintenance on your heating system. A heating system that’s inspected, serviced, and repaired properly will use less power and increase system lifespan.

Our Customers are Top Priority

At Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating, we pride ourselves on making our customers the number one priority. If you’re in need of an energy audit, HVAC system maintenance, or other helpful money saving heating tips call us to schedule an appointment today at 480-968-5652.

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Commemorating Veterans Day

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Veteran’s Day, November 11, pays tribute to all American Veterans, living or deceased, who served our country honorably during war or peacetime. In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower officially changed the name of the holiday from Armistice Day to Veteran’s Day.

With temperatures finally starting to drop, it’s time to also think about saving energy and keeping your family comfortable in the Valley of the Sun. Here are some efficient heating tips to stay warm and save money during the upcoming cooler months.

Keep Your Chimney Closed
If your house has a fireplace, don’t forget to keep the damper closed when it’s not being used. You might also want to think about purchasing a chimney balloon, an inflatable device that goes inside the chimney, to help keep cold air outside and warm air from escaping up the chimney. It’s only designed to be used when the chimney is not in use.

Seal Cracks and Ducts

Doors and windows account for the majority of heat loss during cooler weather months. Installing weather stripping and caulking cracks can save you up to 10% on heating expenses. Leaks in ductwork add up to an additional 25% to 30% of heating loss. This is a great opportunity to have your local HVAC professionals conduct an energy audit to discover all the areas where warm air is leaking outdoors. Plus, $150 of the energy audit is eligible for a tax credit on your federal taxes.

Ceiling Fans

You can adjust your ceiling fans to help save additional energy. All you need to do is flip the switch to spin the blades clockwise. This will push warm air near the ceiling back down to the floor.

Adjust the Temperature Down

You’ll want to switch over the thermostat setting to either heat or to the heat and cool setting. 68 degrees is the best setting for saving energy during the cooler months. Lowering the setting when you’re away or asleep below this setting will save up to an additional 10% on your heating bills.

Inspect and Replace the HVAC Air Filter

Dirty air filters restrict airflow and increase energy usage. A clean air filter can save an additional 4% to 6% on utility bills. It will help prolong the life of your furnace along with twice-yearly servicing.

Contact Bruce’s

Bruce’s has over 50 years of HVAC experience serving customers in Arizona. Call us anytime at 480-968-5652 for professional, quality heating and cooling service.

A heartfelt thank you to all our veterans for your service to our country from Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating.

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Easy Ways to Prep Your Heating System for Arizona’s Cooler Temperatures

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Fortunately, throughout Chandler and the Valley, we don’t have to deal with extreme winter weather very often. But energy efficiency is still key in making certain your energy bill doesn’t balloon to excessive heights when the temperature dips. Follow these easy tips to get your HVAC system ready for the Arizona winter which can make a world of difference to make it through the short heating season.

Visually Inspect Your Outdoor Unit

Before chilly evening and early morning temperatures hit, you’ll want to do a brief check around the HVAC unit outside. You’ll want to make certain the area around the unit is free of any debris such as branches, shrubs, tall grasses, and weeds. Remove any large rocks or gravel that may be blocking vents.

Change Air Filters

Air filters play a critical role in keeping your HVAC system running efficiently. Checking and changing out the air filters on a regular schedule can help prevent your system from working harder, using more energy, and potentially breaking down. If you haven’t already, replace all your air filters before you turn on your heater. This will help minimize dust, mold, and other particulates being forced through your system and into your inside air.

Schedule Air Duct Cleaning

Have you noticed any unusual smells, atypical sounds, or excessive dust emitting from your indoor air vents? Your home’s air duct system, like your air filters, needs to be regularly cleaned. Dust and debris that ended up in your air conditioning unit due to summer monsoon thunderstorms and dust storms can be in the ductwork. By scheduling air duct cleaning with Bruce’s, we’ll thoroughly inspect and clean the air ducts. This will improve your indoor air quality and increase the lifespan of your Chandler home’s HVAC system.

Check Thermostat Settings

Check your thermostat settings to make sure it has been switched over from cool to heat. The

thermostat’s fan setting should be set on “Auto” to avoid blowing cool air through the vents. This allows the thermostat to modulate indoor temperatures without using excessive energy.

Contact Bruce’s Heating and Cooling Professionals

Looking to prepare your heating unit for the cooler winter months? Contact our expert technicians for a duct cleaning appointment at 480-968-5652. We have extensive experience performing full HVAC system inspections to ensure your heating system is working optimally and well-prepared for winter.

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HVAC Trick-or-Treat Halloween Tips

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It’s Halloween season in Arizona, and you’ve been busy as a goblin preparing for the fun-filled evening. Between carving pumpkins, setting out black cat, ghost, and skeleton decorations, and hanging cobwebs on shrubs, trees, doors, and windows, you’re ready to pass out candy to all the neighborhood families and pets dressed up for Halloween. In other words, you don’t need any unplanned HVAC problems.

Treat the Air Filters

The HVAC air filter traps airborne like dust, dander, dirt, and other debris and keeps it from blocking the blower and clogging up the coils. Clogged coils can’t cool or heat air passing over them, meaning damage can occur to your system. Change out the air filter to help the HVAC run more efficiently and enjoy a longer lifespan to celebrate future Halloween holidays.

Spice Up the Thermostat

Halloween day and night can mean temperature fluctuations both indoors and outside. You’ll want to keep your HVAC system happy by reviewing the thermostat settings. Having a smart or programmable thermostat will make this task even easier as it can accommodate spikes and drops in temperature. If it’s going to be warm, you’ll want to set the thermostat a few degrees higher so that air-conditioned air isn’t blowing outside every time the door is opened for trick-or-treaters.

Keep Jack-o-Lanterns Off the HVAC

Hanging decorations outside is a long-standing Halloween tradition. But you’ll want to keep any decorations far away from the HVAC unit outdoors. Adornments on any HVAC components can result in blocked airflow or even compressor damage. You’ll need help from your local professionals to rectify these problems which can be costly.

Don’t Scare Any Air Vents

It may seem like a good idea to decorate air vents with Halloween themed items. Decorations or home furnishings shouldn’t be blocking or covering any air vents indoors. This can lead to improper air circulation or even blocked airflow.

Flames Can Be Frightening

Flammable items should be kept far away from any HVAC components. Wax candles used for Halloween decorations are highly flammable. You may want to look into safer alternatives like battery-powered candles, small flashlights, or solar candles.

Avoid Halloween HVAC Hiccups by Contacting Bruce’s

Make sure your HVAC is working at top performance levels and not bumping into anything scary. Call your professionals at Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating to inspect, service, repair, or replace your HVAC system at 480-968-5652. Have a frighteningly safe and fun Halloween