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Energy Saving HVAC Tips for Earth Day

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Started in 1969, Earth Day was introduced by the government to bring additional awareness to our environment and planet. There are ways to make your HVAC system more earth-friendly that will boost its efficiency and make a difference in your monthly heating and cooling bills. Here are a few ways you can make your HVAC and home more environmentally-friendly for Earth Day and every other day.

Programmable Thermostat

When you have a programmable thermostat for your home, the thermostat monitors your home and runs only when it needs to. You set it and forget it! A programmable thermostat saves up to 15% on your utility bills and reduces wasted energy cooling down your home when you’re away.

Air Filter

Earth Day is the perfect opportunity for replacing your HVAC air filter and establishing a regular habit of changing it out. A clogged air filter compromises air conditioning performance and indoor air quality.

Water Filtration

Installing a kitchen-based water filtration system stops the need for buying bottled water in plastic bottles. An estimated 583 billion plastic bottles were produced in 2021 according to Statista.com and Americans spend up to $4 billion a year to purchase bottled water.

Duct Work

Leaky ductwork is one of the most common HVAC issues and most wasteful energy-wise. Air leaks result in decreased indoor air quality, reduced heating and cooling efficiency, increasing utility costs, and potential mold and mildew growth. To maintain a consistent indoor temperature set by the thermostat, your HVAC system will continue to run, wasting costly energy.

HVAC Tune Up

HVAC systems are durable and long-lasting, but only when well-maintained. Some specific reasons to schedule a tune-up include:

  • Warranty: If something goes wrong with your HVAC system, the manufacturer’s warranty will only cover repairs if regular maintenance was performed by a qualified HVAC contractor.
  • Efficiency: A regular tune-up keeps your system running smoothly and helps identify issues that may lead to a breakdown when you least expect it.
  • Wear-and-Tear: Preventative maintenance prevents premature parts breakdown. HVAC systems are designed to last at least 10 years. With preventative maintenance your system not only needs fewer repairs, but it also extends the lifespan of the unit.

Call Bruce’s

Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating professionals are happy to answer all your questions about your HVAC system and Earth Day tips. Reduce your carbon footprint and help make our planet a healthier place to live by calling us today at 480-968-5652 to schedule your tune up.

Spring Cleaning Advice for Your HVAC System

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If you’re currently in spring cleaning mode around your home, don’t forget about your HVAC system. Spending a bit of time and money now, will pay big dividends on your monthly utility bills while improving your home’s comfort all year long. These five tips will help keep everything running properly, even during the hottest days of spring and summer.

1. Change Your Air Filter

If your filter is clogged, it can restrict air flow. Your air filter is one of the most important HVAC components and should be changed at least monthly from April to September.

2. Clean Your Evaporator Coil

The external evaporator coil needs to be cleaned to work efficiently. A dirty or clogged coil results in reduced indoor air flow. This causes inefficient cooling which may be the reason your home seems to take forever to cool down. A dirty coil impacts other HVAC components leading to potential component damage and system malfunction.

3. Clear the Condensate Drain

A clogged condensate drain pipe will cause your AC drain pan to overflow. Drain lines can be blocked by rust, dirt, algae, and other debris. The condensate drain line is critical to the proper functioning of your HVAC system. The drain line’s most important function is to drain excess moisture outside of your home. When air is cooled inside your AC system, humidity is released. The humidity turns into condensation and the condensate line keeps moisture from building up inside your home and HVAC unit. Moisture can lead to mold, mildew, and corrosion. Check the drain line located near the outdoor condenser unit and make sure it’s not restricted by vegetation or blocked by dirt or debris.

4. Check the Outside HVAC Unit

Check your outdoor HVAC unit to make certain it’s not blocked by leaves, grass clippings, gravel, or sticks. Clear the top and sides from excess debris and clear a three-foot radius around the unit to ensure nothing is blocking air flow.

5. Schedule an AC Check-Up

Some HVAC spring cleaning tasks can be easily done by you or a family member, and others require the assistance of a skilled HVAC technician. Scheduling a spring maintenance appointment is necessary to make certain your entire AC system is running safely and efficiently for the impending summer heat. Your expert technicians at Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating will conduct a complete inspection, servicing, and cleaning, ensuring your HVAC system and all its parts are working properly.

Call Bruce’s

Regular cleaning and maintenance provide many benefits. It keeps your HVAC system running smoothly, with less system breakdowns, fewer hassles, and longer system lifespan. Don’t wait another day. Call your locally owned HVAC professionals at Bruce’s at 480-968-5652 to schedule spring maintenance.

Spring HVAC Tips for Allergy Sufferers

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Spring brings warmer temperatures with desert trees and plants springing back to life, longer days to enjoy your favorite outdoor and indoor activities, and like clockwork, those dreaded seasonal allergies. Between 10% to 30% of all adults in the U.S. and as many as 10% of children suffer from allergic rhinitis, commonly known as hay fever. Symptoms may include runny nose, coughing, itchy eyes, sneezing, sinus pain, headache, and overall feeling miserable. There’s good news though because your HVAC system may be one of the keys to reducing seasonal allergy symptoms caused by indoor air. Let’s see how.

AC Allergy Relief

Some of the most common contaminants found inside your home causing allergies may be:

  • House dust mites triggered by warmer temperatures
  • Pollen from trees and grasses entering your home when doors and windows are opened or carried inside on your clothes, skin, or hair
  • Dander from beloved pets such as cats, dogs, rabbits, and horses
  • Condensation and mold in your walls, carpeting, and attic

So how can you utilize your HVAC system components to your advantage?

  • Change HVAC air filters monthly. Your best defense against indoor allergens is a high-quality air filter with a MERV rating of 8 or higher. These filters collect microscopic particles as small as three microns.
  • Keep your windows and doors closed and limit time outdoors between 5 am and 10 am. This is when pollen counts tend to be highest.
  • Consider adding a High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) air filter to help remove even more circulating allergens inside your house. These filters remove up to 99.97% of allergens and contaminants.
  • Check online or use a smartphone app pollen tracker to know when pollen counts are high.
  • Clean around inside and outside HVAC units to reduce the number of allergens and levels of dust being pulled into the system.
  • Reschedule outdoor exercise and run errands later in the day when pollen counts are lower.
  • Wear sunglasses to decrease allergen exposure to your eyes.
  • Stay hydrated as even mild dehydration can activate your body to produce more histamines which trigger allergy symptoms.
  • Shower and wash your hair before bedtime to remove pollen from your hair and skin.

Although you’ll never be able to eliminate 100% of all allergens from your home, Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating professionals can provide you with the information you need to best control indoor air pollutants with your air conditioning system. We are here to help you combat those pesky allergens and create a preventative plan to breathe easier and sneeze less. Call us today at 480-968-5652.

When to Call for Emergency 24-Hour HVAC Repair

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What do you do when you arrive home in the early evening and the house feels blazing hot inside? Should you wait until morning to call for repairs? Fortunately, you can call Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating for 24-hour, year-round AC and heating repair. When you need to call for emergency repairs after normal business hours, these HVAC issues stand out as emergency repair situations.

No Cool or Warm Air

When your air conditioning system is on the fritz, and the outside temperatures are excessively hot, it can be uncomfortable and even dangerous for your family. Expecting warm air to be blowing out of your vents? When your heating system isn’t producing heat, it’s a cause for alarm when temperatures drop near freezing. Don’t place your family at risk, call for emergency repair.

Burning Smell

Burning smells emanating from your HVAC system can be especially frightening. Often the smell can be acrid, like burning plastic. Electrical smells don’t always produce a noticeable odor. Sometimes, you may hear a buzzing sound. Don’t ignore these odors or sounds. It may be a burned-out wire or overloaded capacitor. It’s a good idea to call professionals who know how to diagnose and quickly repair these systems.

Leaking Refrigerant

Leaks in your air conditioning unit coolant lines can cause major issues. Without enough coolant, your AC system will run constantly, but there will be no cool air. Finding and fixing refrigerant issues requires expertise, and Bruce’s technicians can tackle this job any time of the day or night.

Broken Thermostat

The thermostat runs your entire HVAC system. When it doesn’t function, your cooling and heating system goes down. It can be difficult to tell if it’s broken just by looking at your thermostat. Calling our experienced emergency repair services should be your first call.

Emergency AC Repair Service, Night and Day

Don’t wait until you have an HVAC problem to find a local emergency HVAC repair company that you can trust. You want to make certain the business offers service seven days a week, 365 days a year, including holidays, is fully insured and bonded, provides upfront written estimates, and a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating specialists are highly qualified, fully trained, and trusted professionals meeting these criteria. You can assure your emergency HVAC issues will be properly identified and safely repaired. Call Bruce’s today at 480-968-5652.

Time for Spring HVAC Maintenance

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As you prepare for the shift in seasons from winter to spring, don’t forget about your HVAC system. Investing in regular servicing will help extend the system’s lifespan, keep utility costs down, improve indoor air quality, and help maintain your HVAC warranty.

The best time to schedule an air conditioning tune up is now. Any damage or stress placed on your system over winter can be visually inspected and repaired. HVAC system maintenance includes a professional inspection, tune up, and system cleaning by a highly trained HVAC technician. Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating recommends scheduling twice-yearly HVAC system maintenance. Once in the fall for heating, and once in springtime for your air conditioner.

Why Schedule HVAC Servicing Now?

Triple-digit temperatures will be here before you know it, compelling you to turn on your air conditioner. It’s no surprise that late spring and summer are peak times for HVAC system repairs, when HVAC technicians are in high demand.

By scheduling a professional tune up before peak temperatures arrive, you’ll be guaranteed a convenient appointment. You’ll also have peace of mind knowing that your HVAC system is ready to keep your home cool all summer long.

Why put off HVAC servicing when you can schedule maintenance now? Be prepared by taking the preventive route and handle any repairs proactively. You’ll be glad that you did when summer arrives.

Air Conditioning System Tune Up

A tune up and cleaning from one of our expertly trained technicians at your home includes:

  • Air filter– Clean or replace if needed
  • Bearings– Inspect for wear and lubricate
  • Blower motor– Measure amperage and voltage
  • Capacitors– Inspect and test
  • Compressor– Monitor, measure amperage and volt draw, and wiring connections
  • Condensate drain– Flush and treat with anti-algae
  • Condenser coil– Clean and remove debris
  • Contactors– Test and inspect for burned or pitted contacts
  • Ductwork–Inspect for energy loss
  • Electrical disconnect box– Inspect for proper rating and safe installation
  • Electrical wiring– Inspect and tighten connections, and inspect for exposed wiring
  • Fan blade– Inspect and clean
  • Indoor coil– Inspect and clean
  • Refrigerant– Monitor operating pressures
  • Safety devices– Inspect for proper operation
  • Service valves– Inspect for proper operation
  • Thermostat– Test for proper operation, calibrate, and level

Remember to ask your friendly Bruce’s technician about our HVAC maintenance contract. By signing up you can gain valuable customer benefits, including priority service, discounts on maintenance appointments, repairs, and more.

Call today to schedule your spring maintenance with Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating at 480-968-5652.