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It’s Murphy’s Law that air conditioners often fail on the hottest day of the year. This is why it’s always a good idea to stay proactive with maintenance and repairs – especially as we enter into the hot weather months. If your aging unit is already showing signs of not being able to make it through the season, you may want to consider replacement sooner than later. By getting ahead of the game when it comes to swapping out your air conditioner, you can prevent the misery and inconvenience of an unexpected breakdown. And, the good news is that you don’t have to pay for it all at once.
At Bruce’s Air Conditioning, we know that a new air conditioner is a big investment and offer a variety of financing options to meet your specific needs. Of course, you always have the option of paying with a check or your Visa, MasterCard or Discover Card. And, there are benefits in doing so, especially if you have a credit card that offers air miles, points, or other incentives.
Another option is choosing to purchase a new air conditioner through our financial lending partner. The approval process is fast, and you’ll have a line of credit for future purchases, too. Monthly payments are low with a competitive interest rate and no down payment required.
Air Conditioning Is a Smart Investment
While many home purchases are just purchases, a new air conditioner increases the value of your home while also making it more comfortable and energy efficient. Many homeowners are surprised by how much they begin saving on their monthly utility bill with a new high efficiency air conditioner. The savings is often up to 20 percent of a monthly utility bill. In other words, you’ll gain a valuable return on your investment that begins immediately.
At Bruce’s Air Conditioning, we always offer free estimates on new high efficiency air conditioners, as well as heating equipment, air handlers, duct-free systems and indoor air quality products. Call today to speak with an HVAC services expert for your free estimate at 480-968-5652.
Even in sunny Arizona, the average person spends about 80 percent of their lives indoors. Increasingly airtight, today’s homes require less energy for cooling and heating, yet they also have higher rates of toxic gases that can be potentially troublesome, and even toxic, to those who breathe them. Carbon monoxide, ozone and volatile organic compounds can all emanate from paints, carpets, furniture and home office equipment. Particularly during the summer months, when doors and windows are often kept shut due to the extreme heat, it’s important to use strategies to improve air quality. One of the most overlooked ways to counteract toxins and pollutants is to add more plants in your home.
Plants: More Than Just Decorative
Interestingly, most homeowners only think about indoor plants in terms of their aesthetics. Yes, they add color and style to a home, but they actually do much more. Plants improve air quality by absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen through photosynthesis. They also increase humidity and passively absorb pollutants on the surface of their leaves and through their root system.
In the 1980s, NASA performed a research study to investigate ways to create healthy, breathable environments in outer space. They discovered that certain tropical plants, which are commonly used as house plants, were effective in removing toxins like formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethane from the air and replacing it with breathable oxygen.
While all plants provide some air quality benefits, tropical plants are especially effective. These include:
- Bamboo palm
- Chinese evergreen
- Gerbera daisy
- Peace lily
- Mother-in-law’s tongue
- Spider plant
Don’t Forget Your HVAC System
Although plants are beneficial to improving your home’s indoor air quality, it’s also important to ensure your HVAC system is not adding air pollutants. Replacing or cleaning your system’s air filters is vital to keeping your indoor air clean. Regular maintenance is also necessary. Breathe easier by calling Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating today to schedule a maintenance visit at 480-968-5652.
Arizona summer heat can be relentless by anyone’s standards. Yet, it’s business as usual here in the desert – even when temperatures soar above 100 degrees. To keep operations rolling on the most scorching days, it’s vital to have your commercial air conditioners working both effectively and efficiently.
As your commercial HVAC experts, we want to partner with you to ensure you have the expertise, equipment and service needed to effectively maintain your temperature-controlled environments. Whether you have a one-person office, a commercial retail space or an expansive warehouse, you don’t want to take chances with your air conditioning. It only takes one system breakdown to make operations come to a screeching halt.
We’re here to help when you need repairs on an air conditioner unit. More importantly, we can provide proactive maintenance to prevent you needing service in the first place. Seasonal tune-ups are a wise business decision and your first line of defense when it comes to maintaining consistent interior climate control.
Struggling with an Old Air Conditioner?
Like with any piece of business equipment, you need to carefully determine the return on investment of a new air conditioner. To maximize the value of this purchase, it’s vital to choose the right type and size system. At Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating, we make sure you always get exactly the system you need for your business – nothing more, nothing less. We consider all factors when determining your optimal unit specifications. This includes:
- Square footage of your facility
- Usage of space
- Size and location of outside walls
- Zoning requirements
- Special needs, such as computer rooms or laboratories
Don’t take chances by waiting for a system failure or by choosing an unproven HVAC service provider. Call Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating today at 480-968-5652 and gain the peace of mind that your business will stay cool and comfortable all summer long.
What did the surge protector say to the lightning bolt? “I’m shocked by your destructive behavior. Until you learn how to conduct yourself properly – you’re grounded!”
When it comes to electricity, where it comes from and how it works, most Americans are somewhat “unenlightened.” Often misunderstood, electrical power is so intricately woven into the fabric of our lives, most people only think about it when it’s not there, like when a power outage occurs. Utility companies in the United States generally do an excellent job of keeping the power flowing and the lights on. However, there are numerous causes for occasional power surges which can do damage to home appliances and knock your air conditioning unit out of service. With summer storms just a few months away, it’s a good idea to consider the benefits of installing a surge protector to shield your air conditioner from the dangerous effects of power fluctuations.
When Lightning Strikes
Did you know lighting strikes the earth 100 times per second? That adds up to over eight million times per day. Phoenix residents are familiar with spectacular displays of lightning, especially during the monsoon season. Located in Tucson, the NLDN (National Lightning Detection Network) monitors all lightning strikes in the continental United States and reports that Arizona averages over 600,000 strikes per year. Lightning is a significant cause of power surges due to the fact that one bolt of lightning can generate over 100 million volts of electricity. That kind of voltage can do a tremendous amount of damage and fry your air conditioning unit in a matter of seconds. A surge protector on your HVAC unit will prevent damage to your components and channel the lightning bolt into the ground.
There’s also more to be concerned about when it comes to electrical surges than lightning. Extreme power usage throughout the Valley of the Sun during summer heatwaves can cause power dips on the grid and resulting power surges when power goes off and back on.
It Will Never Happen to Me
Phoenix television stations do a great job of reporting the weather. Whenever we see dramatic footage of lightning bolts hitting trees or power lines during a thunderstorm, we always think, “That’ll never happen to me.” Hopefully, you never will experience lightning closeup, and your home will go untouched for as long as you live there. However, the relatively low cost of a surge protection unit can provide peace of mind for you and your family for years to come.
To learn more about surge protection to protect your HVAC system, call Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating at 480-968-5652.
Gone with the —-. Ride like the —-, whichever way the —- blows. Chinook, sirocco, haboob; a gale, a gust, a breeze, a blast. If you’ve got questions about the mysterious movement of desert air – the answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind. In songs and poetry, the wind is a welcome muse. However, in the Arizona desert, the wind isn’t always a harmless metaphor and it can be the adversary of your air conditioner.
Residents of Phoenix know a thing or two about wind. A cool breeze is your friend on a hot day. However, high winds in monsoon storms are routinely clocked at up to 60 miles per hour and can do significant damage to your home. The wind is a carrier of many surprises through the desert. The question is, how much of what the wind has to offer do you want inside you home? Standing guard between you and clouds of pollen, ragweed, desert dust and sand is one of your most trusted but unsung appliances – your home air conditioning unit.
Dust Devils and Desert Storms
Observing a massive cyclone-of-sand a mile-high obliterating the sun in the middle of a summer’s day is a sight that inspires awe and fear at the same time. Arizona desert haboobs bring high winds and tons of dust into the Phoenix area numerous times per year during the monsoon season. Extreme winds cause flying tree branches and wind-whipped debris which may do damage to your outdoor or rooftop air conditioning system. Your air conditioner faces extreme weather conditions with relatively little or no cover at all. Leaves and moisture can be blown into your unit and cause problems. If your air conditioner has not been checked lately, it’s a good idea to schedule a late spring tune-up.
Air Conditioning Filters – Phoenix Resident’s Best Friend
When it comes to unwelcome house guests, the wind brings a host of unhealthy visitors. From allergens to desert dust, pollen to pollutants; Phoenix area homes need protection from particulates. Clean air filters are your first line of defense for improving your indoor air quality. People (especially children) who suffer from asthma, allergies and respiratory conditions should be particularly vigilant in their quest for clean air. Bruce’s Air Conditioning tune-up includes:
- Replace all air filters and check AC unit for standing moisture or mold.
- Inspect air conditioning unit for damage from winter weather and storms. Eliminate leaves, branches, bird nests and check for rodents.
- Inspect all electrical circuits and wires for wear and tear. Pesky rodents sometimes chew on wires. The sun’s UV rays can degrade plastic or make wires brittle; an older unit may simply be suffering from normal aging.
The professionals at Bruce’s Air Conditioning understand the extreme summer heat and fierce monsoon winds will push your AC unit to the limit. It’s best not to wait for small issues to become big problems. Call the experts at Bruce’s Air Conditioning today at 480-968-5652.