With the start of a new decade, it’s a great time to consider a new approach to your HVAC system. If you’ve been struggling with an aging system, you may want to start planning for a new high-efficiency solution. Or, consider upgrading to a smart thermostat, taking maintenance more seriously or just taking a few do-it-yourself steps to better manage the cooling and heating of your home.
Change Your Air Filter
The easiest resolution that you can stick to when it comes to your HVAC system is changing your filter on a regular basis. It takes only a minute, and it can have a big impact on your system’s functionality. A clean air filter prevents dust, dirt and other airborne particles from entering your system, improving air quality while reducing the load on your system.
Schedule Regular Maintenance
At Bruce’s, we recommend regular maintenance for your HVAC system. This includes a tune-up for your air conditioner in the spring and your furnace in the fall. Consider scheduling maintenance before you turn on your system for the season to enable our technicians to find any performance issues before they impact your home’s comfort.
Install a Smart Thermostat
Are you still relying on a manual thermostat? If so, you’re missing energy-efficient features that can save you money! Upgrading your thermostat is quick and easy – something that one of our technicians can do for you in a matter of minutes. Not only can a smart thermostat immediately help you start saving by adjusting the temperature based on your lifestyle, it can track your energy usage so that you can learn new ways to make your home more efficient and environmentally sound.
Upgrade Your HVAC System
If your system is approaching its end of use – usually 10 to 15 years – consider it time for an upgrade. Yes, a new system is a major purchase, but it can significantly improve your home’s comfort while reducing your monthly energy costs. Today’s systems are more efficient than ever. At Bruce’s we’re here to help identify the optimal system for you and your home to optimize energy efficiency and comfort. And, we have a variety of options for financing, as well as the latest information on tax incentives and rebates, too!
Happy New Year
In 2020, don’t take chances with unproven HVAC contractors. Choose Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating. With almost 50 years of experience in the Valley, we’re the trusted pros who can ensure your HVAC system is working as it should be all year long.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year
With the kids jingle belling
And everyone telling you be of good cheer
It’s the most wonderful time of the year
The lights are up, the decorations are on the tree, the kids are off school, and everyone’s excited about Santa’s upcoming visit. At the end of December, HVAC stands for Holiday Vacation for All Children (while parents pull triple duty and feverishly prepare for the parties and festivities ahead.) As Andy Williams’ Christmas carol from the 60s reminds us, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” In our opinion, there’s no better place to be for the holidays than right here in Phoenix, Arizona.
It’s All About You
With the holidays fast approaching, we’d like to take a moment to reflect on what makes our business possible. You guessed it – it’s you! We’re deeply grateful for all our wonderful customers. Thanks for trusting us to be your go-to HVAC service provider. We truly appreciate your business. Here in greater Phoenix, you have many companies to choose from and you chose us. We’re thankful for the opportunity to serve you and we hope you and your family have a “warm” Christmas (just call us if it’s not warm enough!) We’ve been in business a long time and we’re convinced that Arizonans are amongst the friendliest, happiest people in the United States. We think it has something to do with the perfect winter weather. Who wouldn’t be thrilled just to be here?
Our Lines Are Open
We understand that issues may come up at any time. If you have a furnace or HVAC related problem come up during the holidays, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We’re here and ready to serve you, day or night.
This holiday season, we’re especially grateful for you, our valued customers. You make it possible for us to serve our community and help our neighbors stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
Our HVAC Gratitude List for 2019
When it comes to heating and air conditioning, there’s also plenty for all of us to be grateful for, including:
- High Efficiency HVAC Systems – The biggest energy hog in your home is your HVAC system. So, having a high efficiency system can make a big difference, in terms of home comfort and cost. In fact, you can begin saving money on your very first utility bill following installation.
- Air Filters – We’re sure you get tired of hearing us say it, but clean air filters do so much to contribute to the indoor air quality inside your home. That’s why we advise changing them out at least six times per year (more if you have pets.) Air filters also make your air conditioner run cleaner and easier. The desert is a dusty place – air filters make us all breathe easier.
- Smart Thermostats – This handy home device is far more than just a trendy thing to install on your hallway wall. A smart thermostat can do things that a traditional thermostat can’t, including saving you money. A digital, wi-fi connected thermostat enables you to check and control your home’s AC and heat remotely from an app on your phone. It also uses machine learning to optimize energy use based on your usage patterns and your personal temperature preferences.
- Annual Inspections – Yes, we are HVAC nerds here at Bruce’s, and we appreciate greatly our customers who choose regular maintenance to keep their systems clean and working at their highest levels of efficiency.
The holiday season is a time for joy, reflection and gratitude. We thank you for giving us the opportunity to service your HVAC needs. If you have any questions, or (heaven forbid) if something goes wrong with your air conditioning or heating during the season, don’t hesitate to give us a call!
There’s an old saying, “Arizona – where summer spends the winter.” The Valley of the Sun is a beautiful place to be for the holidays. People migrate to Phoenix during the winter months precisely because the desert weather is so delightful. However, December is here, and nighttime temperatures have been dropping into the 40s and below. January, which is generally considered the coldest month of the year, is just around the corner. If you haven’t done so already, you might want to spend a few hours preparing your home for the cold weather ahead. Consider a pre-winter walk through your house to review your heating system and to make sure there are no surprises during your holiday celebrations.
Pre-Winter Walk Through
By December, your furnace has been sitting idle for many months. Taking the time to go through your house and check all the various elements of your heating system will pay big dividends when the cold weather rolls in. Here are a few important things to review during your walk through:
Check Your Gas Furnace to Make Sure the Pilot Light is On
We often receive calls from customers on the first truly cold day of winter claiming their heat won’t go on. If you’ve got a gas furnace, check the pilot light before you do anything else. If you’re not familiar with the procedure, lighting a gas pilot can be tricky. Furnaces get dusty and this can cause issues. You will also notice an unusual smell the first time you fire up your furnace as the dust burns off. These are all items we can take care of during your pre-winter tune-up.
Is the Area Clear Surrounding Your Heating Elements?
Over the summer, stuff can accumulate around your furnace and heating elements. Furnaces located in the garage particularly are in a position to be surrounded by boxes, toys or other household items. Make sure there’s nothing combustible anywhere near your furnace.
Walk Through Your House and Check All Vents and Registers
The key to properly heating your home is to make sure the heated air is unobstructed and circulating properly. Sometimes vents are covered by furniture, boxes, suitcases or throw rugs. Are all the registers fully open? Dust can accumulate on the registers, so it’s a good idea to vacuum them or blow them out if you can.
Indoor Air Quality – Check Your Air Filters
One of the best ways to improve your overall HVAC performance and your indoor air quality, is to make sure you are changing your air filters on a regular basis. Clean air filters are the key to removing desert dust, pet dander and other irritants from the air circulating in your home.
Heavy Curtains Can Cut Down on Energy Costs
Many homeowners think of curtains as a design or aesthetic choice, which they certainly are. However, when we observe lightweight or sheer curtains adorning a house, we see energy dollars going out the window. Heavy or black out drapes help hold heat in and they also keep the sun out in the summer.
Check Window and Door Insulation – Don’t Forget the Garage Door
One of the biggest heat-stealers in your home is the off-kilter garage door that leaves a gap open at the bottom all winter long. In fact, you might be surprised during your walk through to find you have gaps in your window or door insulation. Yes, these are annoying problems to fix, but they can have a major impact on the efficiency of your home heating costs.
Our Friendly Service Technicians Will Be Happy to Help You Prepare for Winter
If the above list sounds daunting, give Bruce’s a call at 480-968-5652, and we’ll schedule one of our highly experienced professionals to come over and help you get your entire HVAC system ready for winter.
Each year, many of us struggle to come up with unique holiday gift ideas. If you’re looking for something special that will keep on giving throughout the year for a loved one, consider an HVAC-related gift.
Put a red ribbon on this useful device that can save both energy and money while making their home a little more comfortable. With intelligent HVAC control, your loved one can remotely access and manage their home comfort settings from anywhere – improving system efficiency and longevity.
Seasonal HVAC Service
An HVAC system service that includes inspection, cleaning and tune-up is a great gift for anyone on your gift list. Not only will they gain greater efficiency to lower cooling and heating costs, they’ll gain the benefit of a better functioning, safer system.
Do you have a loved one who suffers from allergies or asthma? Consider giving them the gift of clean ductwork. Professional ductwork cleaning effectively removes symptom-inducing contaminants like dust, pollen, dander, mold and bacteria, ensuring that they don’t continue to be recirculated through the HVAC system.
Yearly Maintenance Agreement
Do you have a procrastinator to buy for this holiday season? If you have someone who tends to postpone routine HVAC care, give them a nudge with an annual preventative maintenance agreement as a gift. This includes twice-yearly service to ensure that all components of the system are functioning optimally throughout the year.
A New Air Conditioner
While the air is chilly now, we all know that the heat will be back soon enough. A high-efficiency air conditioner is a must for any Phoenix-area home, and a wonderful gift for any homeowner. If you’re searching for an impactful gift for a spouse or family, consider a new air conditioner. It’s a gift that will keep on giving for many, many years to come.
At Bruce’s Air Conditioning and Heating, we’re here to help you with all of your HVAC gift-giving needs. Call us today at 480-968-5652.