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UV Lights and Indoor Air Quality

What’s the story with UV lights helping to clean your home’s indoor air? UV (ultraviolet) lights have frequently been in the news during the COVID pandemic. This light, invisible to the human eye, is responsible for creating summer sunburns. It’s also remarkably effective battling certain types of bacteria found in our homes. Like your AC air filter, UV light systems can help reduce indoor air pollution.

Mold, viruses, fungi, and bacteria can circulate throughout an HVAC system. These can pose serious health threats like breathing issues such as asthma or COPD. UV lights at certain frequencies can kill these microbes and inhibit their growth inside an HVAC system. UV radiation has been used for decades in hospitals, factories, and buildings to disinfect air, water, and nonporous surfaces to reduce the spread of bacteria.

There are two types of UV lights manufactured for sanitizing your HVAC system—air sanitizing lights and coil sanitizing lights. The type of system to add depends on your home’s HVAC system.

UV Air Sanitizing Lights

This type of system is installed in your home’s ductwork to kill airborne mold, fungi, and germs along with eliminating odors. HVAC air sanitizing lights must be hardwired and sometimes are timed to turn on and off when the blower motor does.

UV Coil Sanitizing Lights

Coil sanitizing lights sterilize the coils when you have central air conditioning. Coils condense moisture from the air to dehumidify your indoor air. A perfect setting for mold and bacteria growth spreading throughout your house. Coil UV lights are installed to generate UV spectrum light on the surface of the coil.

UV Light Installation Systems

Installing a UV system can help reduce the harmful effects that microbes have on your breathing and overall health with the added benefit of controlling odors. UV lights must be installed properly due to safety risks for people, animals, and objects. If these lights are not installed correctly, there can be eye injury, burn-like skin reactions, and damage to materials, such as plastics and dyed textiles.

Call Bruce’s today for more information on UV systems at 480-968-5652.

HVAC Technology Innovations for 2021

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HVAC technology is rapidly advancing to AI (Artificial Intelligence) based heating and cooling systems. Growing demand for clean energy solutions to slow down climate change is leading the way for these exciting innovations. These innovations are already available and can help you improve your home’s efficiency. Let’s look at some of these HVAC advancements!

Ductless HVAC Systems

Used in Europe and Asia for many years, ductless systems differ from traditional home cooling and heating systems. If you live in an older home with no ductwork (baseboard heat or radiators), have expensive monthly electric bills, outdated central heating and cooling systems, or rooms not regularly occupied, a ductless HVAC system may be right for you.

These systems use infrared technology to transmit data to cool and heat your home. They are very efficient, easy to install, and cost effective for Arizona homeowners. For ductless systems, you can set the system to only cool or heat a particular room or area of your house.

Smart HVAC Technology

Adding IoT (Internet of Things) technology can completely automate your home. Your HVAC system can be connected to other smart appliances and automatically heat or cool, based on climate conditions and personal preferences. Let’s say it’s a 100-degree day outside, and you’re away from home. The AC can be programmed to turn on a cool, low fan setting, lower window blinds, and turn on ceiling fans to circulate air and help keep energy costs down. When you’re home, you can use voice commands to trigger your smart HVAC system.

Predictive HVAC Maintenance

We all know HVAC repairs and maintenance can be time consuming and costly. What if you could be alerted using smart HVAC technology to predict the best time for maintenance? This intelligent technology uses information from your HVAC equipment and home air quality to predict when to optimally change an air filter or alert you to a problem before it causes serious system failures. The mobile app can notify you to contact an HVAC professional to run additional diagnostic tests remotely if necessary.

With the global IoT market expected to grow over 21% annually through 2025, the trend for HVAC systems, to sense and automatically make efficient, energy-saving decisions for your home, will help further reduce HVAC system costs and increase the lifespan of your cooling and heating system.

Bruce’s HVAC technicians are deeply knowledgeable about HVAC innovations to provide you with affordable solutions to make your home more comfortable and efficient. Let our certified professionals help you today. Just give us a call at 480-968-5652.

Spring Maintenance Checklist for your HVAC System

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Spring is the ideal time for deep cleaning. But, as you create your to-do list of what to clean, don’t forget to include your HVAC system. With a thorough cleaning and inspection, your system will run better, with decreased risk of expensive breakdowns. Your system will also run more efficiently with improved air flow.

Here’s your spring HVAC system checklist:

Change Your Air Filter

The number one tip for spring HVAC system maintenance is to replace your unit’s disposable air filter. If you have a washable air filter clean and wash it. This will have the biggest impact on the health of your HVAC unit. And your home air quality will be improved when the clean air filter traps airborne particles like dust, mold, and allergens.

Close Windows and Doors

In the spring when tree pollen counts are at their highest levels, keeping windows and doors closed keeps out not only allergens and dust but also hot air.

Inspect Ductwork

Another way to extend the life of your system is to inspect your home’s air ducts. Check for cracks, holes, and leaky joints not properly sealed. A qualified professional can help with inspecting and servicing ductwork. Before taking a detailed look at the outdoor HVAC unit, check every vent in your home to make sure it’s open. A closed vent will place additional stress on the AC.

Dust Ceiling Fan Blades

Ceiling fans are fantastic for cooling down a room, yet they easily collect dust on the blade edges. To prevent dust from flying around the room when cleaning fan blades, use an extendable fan blade duster or a microfiber cloth.

Install a Smart or Programmable Thermostat

Want to save money during peak energy use season? Consider automating your air conditioner by installing a smart or programmable thermostat. By programming the thermostat to match your schedule, you’ll save money and conserve energy. Smart thermostats can quickly learn your schedule and adjust accordingly. And you can monitor and control it from anywhere with your smart phone app and even get an alert when your HVAC system needs maintenance.

Check the AC Drainage Hole

Look for the HVAC drainage hole usually found at the unit’s base. When the drainage hole is clogged, it prevents your unit from properly draining. Remove any debris and check the nearby P-trap to make certain it is clog-free.

Clean Outdoor Areas Around the HVAC Unit

Remove loose items, debris, and vegetation around your unit. Anything within two feet of your unit needs to be trimmed or removed, including gardening tools, plants, weeds, and tree limbs. The HVAC unit needs this amount of space to allow the air conditioner to pull in the air it requires to control the temperature in your house.

If you haven’t had time to do your spring cleaning HVAC maintenance, give Bruce’s a call today at 480-968-5652. They can identify and address small maintenance issues before they become major problems.

Earth Day and Your HVAC System

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Earth Day is upon us and serves as a reminder to think about ways to reduce energy consumption for the benefit of our environment. Because your HVAC system consumes more energy than any other system in your home, we thought we’d offer these efficiency tips that can help you save all-year round.

Get a Seasonal Tune Up

Even tiny changes can directly impact our planet. By properly maintaining your HVAC system, which contributes up to 46% of combined energy use in your home, you can help ensure it’s running smoothly and conserving energy. An HVAC tune up is essential to maximizing the efficiency of your system.

Reduce the Exposure

Think about this. By reducing the amount of solar heat entering your home, you can save substantially on your monthly utility bills. Simply drawing the blinds or shutters, even closing curtains or installing UV window film, helps keep direct sunlight out, reducing the work your HVAC system must do to keep your home comfortable. An easy Earth Day makeover!

Get HVAC Ductwork Sealed

Typical home cooling and heating ducts can have airflow leakage up to 30%. Sealing your ducts eliminates air conditioning loss, improves HVAC system efficiency, and decreases cooling costs.

Change Air Filters

Earth Day is the perfect day to change out your system’s air filters. Dirty air filters waste precious energy, make your HVAC unit work harder, and contribute to air pollution. With a clean filter, air can circulate, enabling your system to work efficiently while keeping your indoor air cleaner.

Call Us Today!

These simple steps can save you money on air conditioning, reduce your carbon footprint, and help make our planet a better place to live. Want to learn more about HVAC energy savings this Earth Day? The experts at Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating are happy to answer your questions. Whether you’re in Tempe, Gilbert, Glendale, Mesa, or any city in greater Phoenix, call Bruce’s today at 480-968-5652.

How Often Should Air Conditioner Coils Be Cleaned?

With summer rapidly approaching, there’s no better time to ensure your air conditioner is up for the challenge of continuous cooling in triple digit heat. For your system to work efficiently, it must be able to transfer heat from inside your home to the outside effectively. If your system’s coils are coated with dirt, dust, and other debris, it can hinder the efficiency of this heat transfer process. This is why coil cleaning, as part of regular HVAC system maintenance, is so important.

Dirty evaporator and condenser coils can seriously impact the efficiency of your air conditioner. In fact, it can increase your energy consumption by up to 30 percent. This means higher monthly utility bills. As well, dirty coils cause a host of other problems, including poor cooling performance, frozen evaporator coils, and compressor overheating.

Preventing Dirty Coils

First and foremost, you’ll want to check your air filter at least once a month and replace it when it’s dirty. A dirty air filter allows dust and debris to gather on the evaporator instead of the air filter, preventing airflow in the system. To keep condenser coils clean, you’ll also want to keep vegetation away from the condenser unit.

Cleaning Coils

Because evaporator and condenser coils can be bent easily, it’s a smart idea to leave the cleaning of coils to the experts. This is something that is performed during routine maintenance. Between visits, you can keep your condenser coils clean by removing large debris and rinsing the coils with a hose, after shutting the power off. The evaporator is more difficult to access and should be cleaned by an air conditioning contractor.

Gain the Benefits of Preventive Maintenance

Along with coil cleaning, regular maintenance also includes identifying and addressing issues that have the potential of turning into major problems. With twice-yearly maintenance, you will not only extend the life of your HVAC system, you’ll also keep your utility costs in check.

Consider an ongoing air conditioning maintenance agreement with Bruce’s. You’ll get the benefits of flexible appointment schedules, savings on maintenance, and discounts on necessary repairs. Call us today to learn more about our HVAC maintenance agreements at 480-968-5652.