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:
- Identify what size air filter is the right size for your system.
- Purchase a filter. These are available at hardware and home stores and at many grocery stores.
- Open the air filter panel.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- Get an HVAC System Tune-Up
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.
- Replace Your Air Filters
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!
- Choose a Quality, Local HVAC Company
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
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.
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.
Are you risking a big-ticket repair because you don’t have an HVAC maintenance contract? It goes without saying that you need insurance to protect your home, life and vehicle. It’s understood that the peace of mind you gain from this protection is worth the cost. Few individuals can afford the financial impact of an unforeseen accident, illness or other unfortunate event. Yet, many homeowners choose not to invest in protection for one of their most important and costly aspects of their home – their HVAC system. This unfortunately can be a very unwise and expensive decision.
The Many Benefits of HVAC Preventive Maintenance
The single best way to prevent budget-breaking repairs or replacement of your air conditioner and heating unit is to have an HVAC contract that includes regular HVAC maintenance. Tune-ups of your air conditioning and heating units include identifying and repairing small maintenance issues before they turn into big, system-hindering problems. This helps to minimize the chance of unexpected breakdowns during peak cooling and heating seasons. As well, regular maintenance extends the life of your HVAC system and maintains its peak efficiency for as long as possible. This results in lower utility costs, as well as longer stretches of time before requiring new installation.
Which Air Conditioning and Heating Maintenance Contract Is Right for You?
At Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating, we recommend a biannual (twice a year) HVAC maintenance agreement to ensure your system is working optimally for both summer and winter, as well as throughout the rest of the year. We offer contracts for both residential and commercial customers.
With an HVAC maintenance contract, you save on the cost of maintenance appointments while receiving valuable discounts on necessary repairs for issues that are discovered during these appointments. You also have the flexibility to schedule maintenance appointments when they are convenient for you!
Don’t spend another day without any protection for your HVAC system. Call Bruce’s today to learn more about the value of an HVAC maintenance contract.