Looking to stay up on the latest home improvement tips and tricks to live efficiently and comfortably? Subscribe to our blog today and we’ll keep you in the loop with useful HVAC tips and home comfort advice.

Subscribe Today for the Latest Tips
Modern ceiling fan with three blades spinning.

Beat the Arizona Heat and Save with Ceiling Fans

When it comes to surviving scorching summer temperatures in Arizona, your HVAC system is probably running on overdrive to keep your home comfortable. But did you know that you could be reducing the workload on your air conditioner while trimming energy costs just by utilizing ceiling fans throughout your living spaces? Fans offer an economical and eco-friendly way to enhance overall cooling and air flow.

Air Circulation Benefits

The key benefit of ceiling fans is their ability to circulate the air and create a wind chill effect that makes you feel several degrees cooler. As the moving air passes over your skin, it increases the evaporation of perspiration and helps you feel more refreshed. This allows you to raise the AC thermostat by a few degrees while still feeling just as comfortable. For every degree you can bump up the temperature, you can save 3-5% on cooling costs.

AC Cooperation

Ceiling fans don’t actually lower the temperature in a room – their secret is helping the cool air your HVAC system produces get dispersed more evenly throughout that space. Fans push down a concentrated flow of air to prevent hot and cold pockets. This allows your air conditioner to cycle off sooner since it won’t need to work as hard to overcome heat stratification.

Summer and Winter Help

Most quality ceiling fans feature a reverse switch that allows you to alternate the blade rotation direction between seasons. In summer, blades should spin counterclockwise to push air straight down in a cooling breeze. In winter, switch to clockwise rotation which pulls cooler air up from the floor and circulates the rising warm air outward.

Energy Savings Potential

Just how much energy and money can ceiling fans save? Most models use about the same wattage as a single LED light bulb. Running continuously during peak cooling seasons, ceiling fans only cost $40-$80 annually in added electric costs. However, they can slash your air conditioning energy usage by 25-35% by reducing run time and allowing you to nudge the thermostat upward.

This summer don’t just rely on air conditioning to stay cool in Arizona’s triple-digit heat. Ceiling fans are invaluable at making your HVAC system work smarter, not harder. At Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating, we are experts at repairing, maintaining, or replacing your cooling and heating equipment. Call us today at 480-968-5652 to schedule an appointment. It’s always cool with Bruce’s!

Gray air conditioner mounted on the side of a house.

Keep Your Evaporator Coil Clean for Maximum AC Efficiency this Spring

As a homeowner in Arizona, you know that your air conditioning system is one of the most essential systems in your house, especially as the intense desert heat arrives each spring. But did you know that the condition of one particular component—the evaporator coil— can have a major impact on how efficiently your AC runs all season long? Taking steps to ensure a clean evaporator coil is a smart investment in lowering your home cooling costs.

What Is the Evaporator Coil?

The evaporator coil is a critical part of your HVAC unit’s refrigeration cycle. It’s located inside the air handler, where it absorbs heat from the air blowing over it, causing the refrigerant to evaporate and cool the air before it’s circulated through your home’s ductwork. This cooled air is what makes your living spaces comfortable on those sweltering Arizona days.

Impacts of a Dirty Coil

Over time, the evaporator coil can accumulate dirt, dust, and other airborne contaminants. This buildup acts as insulation, reducing the coil’s ability to effectively absorb heat. As a result, your AC has to work harder to reach the desired temperature, running for longer periods and consuming more electricity. A dirty coil can increase your cooling costs by 30% or more.

Springtime Maintenance Is Key

The spring season is the ideal time to have your HVAC system serviced and the evaporator coil cleaned. As the weather starts to warm up, your cooling needs ramp up quickly. Getting ahead of any potential issues with the coil ensures your AC will be running at peak performance when you need it most. Regular maintenance also helps the entire system reliably operate all summer long.

Don’t Overlook This Critical Component

Your air conditioner’s evaporator coil is an often overlooked but essential component that directly impacts the system’s efficiency. Keeping it clean through regular professional maintenance and occasional DIY upkeep is a simple way to lower your home cooling bills, extend the life of your HVAC equipment, and ensure optimal indoor comfort all spring and summer long. Stay ahead of the Arizona heat by prioritizing evaporator coil care!

Call Bruce’s Today

At Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating, our experienced technicians can service your evaporator coil and your entire HVAC system. Call us today at 480-968-5652 to schedule an appointment. We’re here 24/7 to answer all of your questions.

A thermometer against a blue sky, indicating the temperature.

Beat the Phoenix Metro Heat: Why Spring is Prime Time for AC Maintenance

Valley of the Sun residents know all too well the scorching summers that define the Arizona desert. During springtime with our great temperatures, it’s easy to forget about the looming heat. But this is precisely the time to schedule your air conditioning maintenance. Here are some of the important reasons why.

Avoid Summer Breakdowns:

Imagine the misery of a broken AC unit during a Phoenix summer. Spring maintenance acts like a preventative checkup for your AC. Technicians can identify minor issues before they snowball into major breakdowns, leaving you cool and comfortable when the heat arrives.

Save Money on Energy Bills:

A well-maintained AC runs more efficiently. Dust, dirt, and clogged filters can hinder airflow, forcing your unit to work harder and use more energy. A spring tune-up ensures your AC is operating at peak performance, potentially reducing your energy bills by up to 15%.

Extend the Lifespan of Your AC:

Think of your AC like a car. Regular maintenance keeps it running smoothly and extends its lifespan. Catching minor problems early can prevent them from turning into expensive repairs or even a complete AC replacement down the line.

Improve Indoor Air Quality:

With dust storms and high pollen counts, a neglected AC can struggle to filter these allergens, impacting your indoor air quality. Spring maintenance includes cleaning the air filters and coils, ensuring cleaner and healthier air for you and your family to breathe.

Spring vs. Summer Rush:

Scheduling maintenance during spring allows technicians ample time to diagnose and address any issues your HVAC may be experiencing. Waiting until the peak of summer can lead to longer wait times and potentially higher equipment costs due to increased demand.

Spring Cleaning for Your AC:

Just like you clean your house in spring, your AC deserves a refresh too. A spring tune-up is like spring cleaning for your AC, ensuring it’s operating efficiently and ready to tackle the summer season.

By prioritizing spring maintenance for your AC unit, you’re investing in your comfort, saving money, and extending the life of your appliance. Don’t wait until the summer heat arrives. At Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating, we are here to answer all of your AC maintenance questions.Call us today at 480-968-5652 to schedule your home visit from our experienced technicians. As a locally owned business, Bruce’s is committed to servicing your HVAC system day or night.

A person adjusting a wall thermostat to control the temperature.

When to Fire Up Your Air Conditioner for Arizona’s Scorching Heat

For Arizona residents, the start of air conditioning season is not dictated by a date on the calendar, but by those first few days of skyrocketing temperatures. We all have our own tipping point when dealing with the arrival of triple digit heat. So how do you know when it’s time to switch from fan to AC mode? Here are some guidelines to help you decide the ideal timing for cool relief.

Consider the Temperature Trends

Many HVAC professionals recommend turning on your air conditioning once outdoor temps consistently hit 80-85°F during the daytime hours. This gives you a transition period when you’ll still get some energy-saving natural ventilation at night before sustained highs settle in for the long haul. Monitor the weather forecast for stretches where the daily highs will exceed this range. That’s your cue that warmer weather has arrived.

Evaluate Indoor Comfort Levels

A less scientific but equally valid gauge is when indoor temps make your home feel uncomfortable and sticky despite using ceiling fans and other passive cooling methods. Once you find yourself sweating while lounging inside, the AC becomes essential for maintaining an acceptable living environment.

Start the Season Gradually

When you do decide it’s AC season, try easing into it by setting the thermostat a few degrees higher than normal at first, around 78-80°F. Let your home and AC unit adjust over a couple days. Then work down to your regular comfort setting of 75°F or lower. This gradual approach prevents spikes in energy usage from that first extended run cycle.

Prep for Home Remodeling

With the intense summer heat quickly approaching, it’s imperative that any major home remodel accounts for HVAC accommodations. Plan early and partner with your qualified HVAC contractors at Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating to ensure your heating and cooling systems will function reliably and efficiently after the construction dust settles on your newly renovated Phoenix metro residence.

Listen to Your Body’s Signs

Ultimately, your own physical response to the transition of seasons may be your most accurate sign that AC is required. If you find yourself feeling uncomfortably hot, sweaty, lethargic, or unable to sleep at night due to the heat, don’t push it any longer. Call Bruce’s today to schedule an appointment to discuss your air conditioning system at 480-968-5652. We’ll help you beat the heat!

A small tree growing from a globe-shaped pot with "happy earth day" text, set against a sunlit, barren landscape.

Earth Day 2024 Energy Saving Tips

With Earth Day 2024 celebrated on Monday, April 22, it’s a great time for Arizona residents to take a look at ways we can reduce our energy consumption and carbon footprints. Our hot desert climate leads to high energy usage for cooling, but there are lots of effective strategies to cut costs and be more eco-friendly. Here are some top tips for saving energy and the planet.

Maintain Your AC Unit

Your air conditioning system accounts for a huge portion of your electricity usage during those blazing Arizona summers. Make sure to replace your air filters regularly and have your unit serviced twice a year. This keeps it running efficiently and prevents costly breakdowns.

Seal Air Leaks

All that cold air your AC produces is wasted if it leaks out through cracks and openings around windows, doors, attics, and crawl spaces. Use caulk, weatherstripping, and insulation to seal up any drafty spots.

Install a Programmable Thermostat

These nifty energy saving devices adjust the temperature automatically based on your schedule, keeping things comfortable when you’re home but allowing the AC to cycle down when you’re away at work or running errands.

Use Ceiling Fans

Keeping air circulating allows you to raise the thermostat a few degrees while still feeling comfortable in your home. The breeze from fans makes rooms feel 4 degrees cooler without having to crank the AC.

Upgrade Insulation and Windows

While upfront costs can be high, improving insulation levels in your attic, walls and crawl spaces reduces heat transfer. Installing double or triple-paned windows with spectrally selective coatings also cuts cooling needs substantially. Plus, there are federal government tax incentives for these upgrades.

Adjust Lighting and Electronics

Use LED bulbs, turn off lights in unoccupied rooms, set computers to sleep mode, and unplug chargers around your house when not in use. Smart power strips make it easy to cut standby power use.

Happy Earth Day

Whether you implement a few simple changes or make larger efficiency upgrades, reducing your energy footprint is a win-win situation. You’ll save money while helping the planet! Take some steps this Earth Day to make your Arizona home more eco-friendly.

Contact your cooling and heating professionals at Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating today at 480-968-5652. We can provide tips on how you can improve the efficiency of your HVAC system. Our technicians are available 24/7, including holidays and weekends. Join us in celebrating the world’s largest environmental movement on Earth Day 2024.