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Are These Air Duct Problems Impacting Your Home Comfort?

If you’re like many greater Phoenix area homeowners, you may be unaware that your HVAC system’s air ducts play a very important role in your home’s comfort, as well as its energy efficiency. Although your heater and air conditioner primarily control your indoor air temperature, your system’s ductwork is responsible for circulating the air throughout your home. In other words, an air duct problem can lead to an uncomfortable, energy inefficient home.

The following are the most common air duct problems that can affect your indoor air and HVAC system’s efficiency.

Design Flaws

You may be surprised to learn that many homes are built with a problematic layout of air ductwork. This is commonly seen when air must run through an extended area of attic. This problem can often be corrected by redirecting ducts to a more direct route to increase efficiency.

Poor Airflow

Another frequently seen air duct problem is inadequate airflow. Along with having a direct route for ductwork, it’s also important to have sufficient return for supply ducts. Your HVAC system requires a sufficient supply of air to heat and cool your home.  Without enough air, your system must work harder and can’t produce as much cooled or heated air.

Duct Blockages

Kinks and twists in ductwork can reduce airflow and decrease efficiency. Holes, tears and gaps in air ducts also cause air to leak out. Leaking ducts also lead to contaminants from the attic, crawl space or basement entering into air within ducts that then flows into your home.

Dirty Air Ducts

Indoor air can be 10 to 70 times more polluted than outdoor air. Dirt, pet hair, dust, pollen, smoke and more can get trapped in your home and continuously circulate through ducts. High humidity and hot temperatures can also spawn mold, fungus, spores and dust mites. This is why it’s important for air ducts and air filters to be cleaned on a regular basis.

At Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating, we can test your home’s air and determine if pollutants and particulates are circulating in your home and provide guidance on the best options for improving your home’s air quality and function of your HVAC system. We can evaluate your HVAC system, including your ductwork, to optimize your home’s comfort and efficiency.

7 Ways to Lower Your Home Energy Bill in 2018

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Tired of escalating utility bills? Want to increase energy efficiency in 2018? The following energy-saving tips can help you save more in the coming year.

  1. Seal Air Leaks

    Are you overlooking cracks and gaps around windows, doors, plumbing and wiring? By sealing these openings, you can save up to 10 percent on your home energy bill. Caulking and weather stripping is easy to install and can fill cracks around windows and doors.

  2. Consider Replacing Single-Paned Windows

    Many older homes in the greater Phoenix area still have single-paned windows. Not only do these windows make it more difficult to heat or air condition a home, they can increase heating and cooling costs by 10 to 25 percent. This investment in your home can provide both short-term and long-term savings, as well as increase its overall value.

  3. Lower Your Thermostat During the Fall and Winter Months

    When it starts to get chilly, it’s natural to want to turn up the heat. Yet, lowering your thermostat just five to seven degrees can save you up to 10 percent on your home energy bill. Too chilly during the day? Turn down the thermostat only at night when you’re snuggled under blankets and still save a substantial amount.

  4. Stop the Draft Under Exterior Doors

    Drafts enter your home under doors and make it more difficult to heat your home during the cool weather months. A simple step to lower energy bills is to use draft blockers on all exterior doors.

  5. Replace an Aging HVAC System

    An outdated furnace or air conditioning unit is inefficient compared to today’s models. Like with refrigerators, washers and dishwashers, Energy Star also certifies HVAC system equipment. Today’s Energy Star models are up to 15 percent more efficient than older models.

  6. Replace HVAC System Air Filters

    Your home’s interior air filters should be changed or cleaned on a monthly basis to ensure your HVAC system is working efficiently and to help sustain your indoor air quality. This inexpensive task can help you save a measurable amount on your bill by enabling your system to work effectively with less energy.

  7. Schedule a Seasonal HVAC Tune-Up

    Your HVAC system requires regular maintenance to keep it working properly. A Bruce’s HVAC technician can determine if your system is working efficiently, and if not, how to improve it. Call Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating to schedule a tune-up today at 480-968-5652.

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.

Air Conditioning Tips During Monsoon Season

Monsoon rain, wind, thunder and lightning will be here by the middle of the month. Although Valley residents enjoy the cooler temperatures that can come with summer storms, the associated water, wind and dust can wreak havoc on air conditioning units. Not sure how to care for your air conditioner during monsoon season? The following are a few proactive steps that can go a long way toward ensuring your system is ready when the storms hit.

Prepare Your Yard – Gale force winds are not uncommon during monsoon storms. Tree branches can easily break and hit your air conditioning unit, as well as your home. Before the season begins, remove any dead branches and thin out leaves to avoid breakage during high winds.

Stock Up on Air Filters – Dust can blanket the entire Phoenix metro area during a monsoon storm. This ultimately collects in your air conditioner’s filters. Change out filters at least once a month or more often if there is a series of dust storms.

Check Condensation and Moisture – Dust can also clog your air conditioning unit’s drain lines. If water is collecting in your drain pan, it’s likely you have a clogged line. You can either unclog a line using a wet/dry vacuum or call a professional air conditioning technician for assistance.

Schedule a Service Call – If your air conditioner hasn’t been serviced in a while, schedule an appointment today. Not only can any problems be identified and repaired proactively, your unit can be evaluated for efficiency.

The old adage “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” certainly rings true when it comes to maintaining your air conditioner during the wild and wooly Arizona monsoon season. By taking a few preliminary steps to ensure your air conditioner is protected and working properly, you can have a summer free from air conditioner problems.

Call Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating today at 480-968-5652 for valley-wide service during monsoon season and throughout the rest of the year, too!