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Dirty Filters, Dirty Life – Is Your Air Conditioner Blowing Cold, Dirty Air Around Your House?

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We’ve all heard the adage, “happy wife, happy life.” In Arizona, if your air conditioner isn’t working, it makes for an unhappy wife, unhappy kids and an unhappy life for everyone. However, what if your AC is working like gangbusters, blowing cold air throughout the house yet you’ve forgotten to change the air filter? Or, what if you can’t remember the last time your air conditioning unit, air vents and filters were checked out? Now you’ve got an issue but it’s not a problem you can see, which is why so many people tend to overlook it. If your HVAC system air filters are maxed out, and your vents are dirty, then quite simply, your unit is going to be blowing dust and other allergens into and around your home. Unfortunately, what you don’t know about the air quality inside your home definitely can hurt you and negatively impact your health and quality of your life, which is why so many AC experts say – dirty filters, dirty life.

Indoor Air Quality – You Deserve the Best

Newcomers and visitors to Arizona are astounded when they observe their first major dust storm in conjunction with a monsoon. Many people can’t believe their eyes when they see the ominous, swirling dark clouds of dust and silt miles wide towering hundreds of feet in the air. You don’t need to be a clean air expert or an environmentalist to understand the implications of that much particulate dust and dirt churning in the air. Unless you filter it out, that dust is getting into your house and ultimately in the air you breathe inside your home. In addition to silt, sand and dust, Arizona desert air may also contain allergens, such as:

  • Pollen
  • Ragweed
  • Air pollution from combustible engines
  • Animal dander
  • Mold

All of these allergens present serious challenges for people with asthma or respiratory conditions. Did you know asthma is the number one illness-related reason for children missing school? Many retirees move to Phoenix to get away from winter weather and enjoy the desert lifestyle, but respiratory conditions can worsen with age and are not to be taken lightly.

The only way to insure you’re getting clean air inside your home is to have your air filters changed regularly and have your HVAC vents inspected by a professional. Why not call the experts at Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating today? We’re here to help you breathe easier.

Replacing Your HVAC Filter

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How often do you think to replace your HVAC filter? If you’re like most homeowners, the answer is not often enough. Although this simple task can seem like a hassle, it’s one that can save you substantially over the long run.

Better Performance of Your HVAC System

Along with getting regular tune-ups, changing your filter is the next most important thing you can do to maintain the performance of your air conditioner and heater. Why is a clogged filter so bad? Actually, it can cause a number of problems.

First, a filter clogged with dirt, dust and dander hinders airflow. This results in your system working harder and higher utility bills. It also produces substandard heating and cooling throughout your home. The next issue has to do with air quality. As air is pushed through the ducts, particulates trapped in the filter can eventually start circulating back into your home. Many homeowners are surprised to discover that allergies and other breathing problems can be dramatically improved by simply replacing their filters.

How Often Should HVAC Filters Be Changed?

Industry experts recommend filters to be changed at least once a month. Here in the greater Phoenix area, where conditions can be particularly dusty, filters should be changed even more frequently. This is especially true during monsoon season. A good rule of thumb is if the filter appears dirty, replace it.

Instructions on How to Change Your HVAC Filter

Changing an air filter is a simple job that nearly every homeowner can do. Here are the steps:

  1. Identify what size air filter is the right size for your system.
  2. Purchase a filter. These are available at hardware and home stores and at many grocery stores.
  3. Open the air filter panel.
  4. You’ll see that the filter rests on metal supports. There’s a small space to move the filter back and forth which allows you to remove one end of the filter and take it out of the compartment.
  5. Place the new filter. Make sure to check the new filter for an arrow that indicates the air flow direction to ensure you’re installing the filter in the right direction.

Want to learn more about air filters or maintenance on your HVAC system? Contact Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating today at 480-968-5652.

3 HVAC System Tips to Improve Your Home’s Comfort in 2018

Whoever said that life begins at the end of your comfort zone never experienced summer in Phoenix! In 2018, why not make home comfort your new year’s resolution by optimizing your HVAC system? The following three tips can help improve your home’s comfort throughout the year while also enabling you to save a few dollars in reduced energy consumption.

  1. Get an HVAC System Tune-Up
  2. Perhaps the single most important thing you can do in 2018 to protect the function of your HVAC system is to get a tune-up. HVAC systems require regular maintenance to keep them running properly. During a tune-up, problems also can be identified before they result in a system failure. And, the good news is that HVAC system maintenance is a lot easier than you think. Don’t delay in scheduling this vital step toward having a perfectly comfortable year ahead. And, consider purchasing a maintenance plan for even greater peace of mind to help you stay on track with your maintenance and to save on any repairs you may need down the road.

  3. Replace Your Air Filters
  4. Clogged, dirty air filters not only hinder the function of your HVAC system, they also reduce the quality of your indoor air and drive up the price of your monthly utility bill. By changing out filters once a month, you can do a tremendous service to your system, your family and your budget. Don’t forget this simple step!

  5. Choose a Quality, Local HVAC Company
  6. Based in Chandler and dedicated to homeowners throughout the greater Phoenix area, our HVAC technicians live and breathe air conditioning and heating 24/7/365. Since 1972, Bruce’s Air Conditioning has provided expert service at affordable prices on all makes and models of residential (and commercial) air conditioning and heating systems. Don’t take chances with an unproven HVAC services provider. With our 100% satisfaction guarantee, you can feel confident about your system’s maintenance and repairs every time.

Happy New Year from the entire team at Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating


Is Your HVAC System Ready for Fall?

With fall officially here in the Valley of the Sun, you’re probably more than ready for a break from the heat. Is your HVAC system ready for the seasonal change? The following are some tips to ensure your home is prepared for when the temperature dips and you need heat.

Clean Your System (Exterior)

Summer storms often result in leaves and debris accumulating around exterior air conditioning units. With monsoon season now over, this is the perfect time to clear vegetation, dirt and dust that can impact your system’s functionally. Trim back bushes and landscaping that surround your unit. Remove dead leaves, branches and weeds.

Clean Your System (Interior)

Summer winds also can wreak havoc on the interior of your HVAC system, causing dust to quickly collect inside your unit, ductwork and filters. With the season over, replace or clean your indoor air filters. It’s a simple task that can dramatically improve your indoor air quality and the efficiency of your system.

Inspect Your System

While much of your system isn’t visible, you can still conduct a preliminary inspection to determine if there are any obvious issues. Grab a flashlight. Inspect the outdoor unit, as well as your furnace, vents and any visible areas of ductwork. Look for potential problems like leaks, loose seals or cracks.

Next, turn on your system. Check to make sure air is moving through every vent. If you haven’t used your heater in six months or more, you will likely smell a burnt odor for a few minutes. This is normal as dust that has built up on the furnace or heat pump will burn the first time you use the heat. If the burnt smell continues or if something doesn’t seem quite right, don’t delay in calling for service.

Call for a Professional Tune-Up

Not every issue can be discovered through a visual inspection. This is why it’s important to get regular tune-ups to ensure your system is working as it should be. A professionally-trained HVAC technician knows exactly what to look for, as well as what to do to extend the life and efficiency of your system. This includes lubricating moving parts and tightening electrical connections.

Kick Off Fall with a Tune-Up

Winter chill is just around the corner. Be prepared by scheduling a fall tune-up with Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating. It’s the best way to ensure the efficiency of your system and prevent a small issue from turning into a costly repair. Call us today at 480-968-5652 to schedule a time that’s convenient for you.

Why Your Business Needs a Trusted HVAC Contractor

Not all HVAC contractors are the same. Most specialize in residential services and have limited capabilities to provide the air conditioning and heating required for a business. Because nearly every commercial space in the greater Phoenix metro area requires climate control, having a trusted HVAC system repair provider on hand is an important part of your business strategy.

Yet, it can be challenging deciphering qualified commercial HVAC contractors from those who just claim to provide services to businesses. The following are some questions to ask to help you choose the best one for your business or commercial property.

Do You Have Referrals from Other Businesses?

An experienced commercial HVAC contractor should have plenty of referrals from other businesses. Don’t be shy about asking for a few names and numbers of businesses that you can call. Online review sites, such as Yelp, can also be beneficial for reading the opinions of commercial customers.

Are the Technicians Factory Trained?

Don’t put the comfort of your employees or the quality of your products in jeopardy by trusting a technician who isn’t qualified to do the job. Use only certified, factory-trained HVAC technicians.

Do You Provide Emergency Service?

Whether you have around-the-clock operations or store valuable inventory that needs to be kept at a consistent temperature, you require an HVAC contractor who can be there for you whenever you have an emergency. It’s not just important to have a provider of HVAC services available 24/7, it’s essential for your business success!

Do You Offer a Maintenance Plan?

Ongoing upkeep of your commercial space is a given. The best way to ensure your air conditioners and heaters are running as they should be is to invest in a maintenance plan that includes seasonal tune-ups and system checks.

Are You Licensed, Bonded and Insured?

You can’t take chances working with an HVAC contractor that doesn’t have the necessary credentials that guarantee their work. Not only can a system failure impact your employees’ comfort, it can result in a business shutdown and even legal issues.

Need a Commercial HVAC Contractor?

Call Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating today to learn more about our commercial HVAC solutions for businesses in Chandler and across the Valley of the Sun at 480-968-5652.