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Has Pollen Got You Down for the Count? Your Air Conditioner Can Help

Spring training is underway. When the crack of baseball bats echoes through the Cactus League stadiums, Phoenix residents know that’s the sound of the seasons changing. Winter has been unusually mild this year, and temperatures are already climbing. Spring is in the air. As the trees and flowers awaken and bloom, pollen, ragweed and other allergens will be floating about causing sneezing, wheezing, watery eyes and stuffy noses. Your air conditioner is crucial to removing these little devils from the air circulating inside your home. If you suffer from allergies, asthma or other pulmonary conditions, you’ll want to schedule a March tune-up for your air conditioner.

How to Achieve Pollen Free Clean Air Inside Your Home

Allergy experts report that 30 percent of Arizona residents suffer from hay fever or allergies during this time of year. Here are some of the steps you can take to reduce the effect of ragweed, pollen and other allergens in your home:

  • Replace Your HVAC Air Filters

    Replacing air filters on a regular basis is always a good idea. When your filters are overloaded, dirt, dust, pollen and other particulates can find their way into your home. A clean HVAC air filter forms the first line of defense in safeguarding your indoor air quality (IAQ). Changing air filters is recommended at the start of spring and at least six times throughout the year. This will not only improve your IAQ, it will also lengthen the life of your air conditioner.

  • High Efficiency Particulate Air Filters

    For individuals with extreme allergies or respiratory conditions, high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters remove more than 99% of particles. These special HEPA filters can be added to your existing HVAC system. Our service technicians will be happy to discuss the benefits of the HEPA option.

  • Ducts and Dust

    One part of your HVAC system that is often overlooked, HVAC ducts are glossed over because they’re hidden behind walls and ceilings and are difficult to reach. However, dust and dirt can build up inside your air ducts and directly impact the quality of air inside your home. Given that summer is coming, when people spend most of their time indoors, having clean ducts can make a huge difference. Also, leaking ducts can cost you bucks! Losing cold air through leaks in your duct system impairs the efficiency of your AC.

  • Spring Is in the Air – Just Call Us and We’ll Be There

    Do you have a child with asthma or someone in your home suffering from COPD? If you’ve found yourself sneezing and wheezing more than usual, why not give us a call? We’ll be happy to perform an HVAC assessment, change your air filters, get your HVAC system ready for summer and improve your indoor air quality immediately.

The Problem with Reusing Air Conditioning Filters

First, it’s important to note that there are specific types of air conditioning filters which are designed to be reused. However, unless you know for certain that you have this type of filter in your HVAC system, you shouldn’t assume that it’s wise to clean and reuse them. In other words, unless your filters are built for reuse, you should remove them when they’re dirty, discard them and install new ones in their place.

Why Cleaning Filters Isn’t Enough

In the dry, desert environment where we live, HVAC filters trap a tremendous amount of debris which lodges in the fibers of a filter. There is no amount of surface cleaning, scrubbing or vacuuming that is going to completely remove the dust, dirt and pollen that collects over the course of time. Rather, these particulates create a barrier which can hinder the passage of air through the filter. This makes a unit less efficient. And over time, it can cause it to break down.

Mold and Mildew

Cleaning with water can lead to retained moisture that promotes the growth of mold and mildew on the filter. This is then distributed throughout your home, negatively impacting your indoor air. It can even cause a variety of health problems for you and your loved ones.

Damaged Filters

Don’t be tempted to slap dirty filters against a hard surface to remove dirt and debris. This will only damage the delicate construction of the filter and compromise its functionality. Ideally, replaceable filters should be changed every few months to maintain your home’s indoor air quality and to support the efficiency of your entire HVAC system. Make it a point to keep replacement filters on hand and to establish a regular schedule for replacement. It only takes a minute, but it is a truly valuable home improvement task that you don’t want to ignore.

Have questions about your HVAC system? Call the experts at Bruce’s today.

Spring Training for Your Air Conditioning System

This year, the vernal equinox or first official day of spring is on March 19th. However, Arizona residents know the real change of seasons occurs in mid-February when Major League Baseball’s spring training camps open. While the rest of the country counts the weeks until winter’s end, thousand of baseball fans from all over the world flock to Phoenix for Cactus League practices and games. Baseball players utilize February and March to work themselves into shape while pitchers knock the rust off their fastballs. Likewise, early spring is the perfect time for homeowners to get a jump on HVAC maintenance and make sure their air conditioner in tip top form for the summer season ahead.

Here’s a brief list of items for a spring HVAC checkup:

  • Replace Air Filters

    Checking and replacing your air filters on a regular basis makes good sense. Clean air filters trap pollutants and particulates as air recirculates through your HVAC system. People with allergies, respiratory issues and pets should install new air filters at least six times per year and ideally more often. Air filters improve your indoor air quality and make your air conditioner run more efficiently.

  • Does Your AC Unit Pass the Smell Test?

    Your air conditioner has been sitting idle during the winter months, so it’s a good idea to perform a smell test and check for standing water, mildew and mold. We often receive calls in spring when people first turn on their air conditioners with questions about the dirty socks smell emanating from AC vents. Even if the odor is faint, it’s not something to ignore. The mildew smell is an indicator that you have leaking water somewhere within your system.

  • Ducts and Dust

    One part of your HVAC system that is often overlooked, HVAC ducts are glossed over because they’re hidden behind walls and ceilings and are difficult to reach. However, dust and dirt can build up inside your air ducts and directly impact the quality of air inside your home. Given that summer is coming, when people spend most of their time indoors, having clean ducts can make a huge difference. Also, leaking ducts can cost you bucks! Losing cold air through leaks in your duct system impairs the efficiency of your AC.

  • Let One of Our Experienced Professionals Perform a Spring Training Checkup on Your System

    Our friendly and knowledgeable AC pros are ready to perform a spring checkup on your air conditioner so you’re ready for summer. Give Bruce’s a call today!

Why Winter Is the Right Season to Install a New Air Conditioner

It’s sweater season – even here in the Valley of the Sun. You probably aren’t thinking about the state of your air conditioner since it won’t be needed for at least a couple of months. But, if you have an aging HVAC system that you struggled with last season, you may want to consider a replacement before spring comes.

At Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating, we’re here for all your HVAC needs, including installations, all year long. So, doesn’t it just make sense to plan for an air conditioner installation when it’s a cool 70 degrees outside? It’s an undeniably stressful situation when your air conditioner suddenly fails in the scorching heat of the summer. By taking a planned approach to your HVAC system, we can come out and provide you with a free quote, answer all your questions and install your new unit when it suits your schedule.

A new air conditioner is an investment. So, why not take the time now, when it’s still cool, to evaluate SEER ratings, learn about your insulation options, obtain an energy audit, and find out about rebates and discounts? All these things can greatly impact what you pay up front, as well as what you’ll be paying later in terms of your utility bills.

Another consideration is the newly enacted ban on R22 (Freon). If your unit is more than 10 years old, it may still be running on this now banned refrigerant. This means higher repair bills if you need refrigerant replacement.

Perhaps, Benjamin Franklin said it best – “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” Why not plan your air conditioner installation before the summer hits and save yourself money, time and hassle? We’re here to help you and can present all your options. And we’re happy to evaluate your system to determine if replacement is even the best decision. Our goal is to do what’s best for you whether it’s replace or repair. Call us today and prepare for a cool, comfortable summer season ahead.

2020 New Year’s Resolutions for Your HVAC System

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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.