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This holiday season, we’re especially grateful for you, our valued customers. You make it possible for us to serve our community and help our neighbors stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
Our HVAC Gratitude List for 2019
When it comes to heating and air conditioning, there’s also plenty for all of us to be grateful for, including:
- High Efficiency HVAC Systems – The biggest energy hog in your home is your HVAC system. So, having a high efficiency system can make a big difference, in terms of home comfort and cost. In fact, you can begin saving money on your very first utility bill following installation.
- Air Filters – We’re sure you get tired of hearing us say it, but clean air filters do so much to contribute to the indoor air quality inside your home. That’s why we advise changing them out at least six times per year (more if you have pets.) Air filters also make your air conditioner run cleaner and easier. The desert is a dusty place – air filters make us all breathe easier.
- Smart Thermostats – This handy home device is far more than just a trendy thing to install on your hallway wall. A smart thermostat can do things that a traditional thermostat can’t, including saving you money. A digital, wi-fi connected thermostat enables you to check and control your home’s AC and heat remotely from an app on your phone. It also uses machine learning to optimize energy use based on your usage patterns and your personal temperature preferences.
- Annual Inspections – Yes, we are HVAC nerds here at Bruce’s, and we appreciate greatly our customers who choose regular maintenance to keep their systems clean and working at their highest levels of efficiency.
The holiday season is a time for joy, reflection and gratitude. We thank you for giving us the opportunity to service your HVAC needs. If you have any questions, or (heaven forbid) if something goes wrong with your air conditioning or heating during the season, don’t hesitate to give us a call!
There’s an old saying, “Arizona – where summer spends the winter.” The Valley of the Sun is a beautiful place to be for the holidays. People migrate to Phoenix during the winter months precisely because the desert weather is so delightful. However, December is here, and nighttime temperatures have been dropping into the 40s and below. January, which is generally considered the coldest month of the year, is just around the corner. If you haven’t done so already, you might want to spend a few hours preparing your home for the cold weather ahead. Consider a pre-winter walk through your house to review your heating system and to make sure there are no surprises during your holiday celebrations.
Pre-Winter Walk Through
By December, your furnace has been sitting idle for many months. Taking the time to go through your house and check all the various elements of your heating system will pay big dividends when the cold weather rolls in. Here are a few important things to review during your walk through:
Check Your Gas Furnace to Make Sure the Pilot Light is On
We often receive calls from customers on the first truly cold day of winter claiming their heat won’t go on. If you’ve got a gas furnace, check the pilot light before you do anything else. If you’re not familiar with the procedure, lighting a gas pilot can be tricky. Furnaces get dusty and this can cause issues. You will also notice an unusual smell the first time you fire up your furnace as the dust burns off. These are all items we can take care of during your pre-winter tune-up.
Is the Area Clear Surrounding Your Heating Elements?
Over the summer, stuff can accumulate around your furnace and heating elements. Furnaces located in the garage particularly are in a position to be surrounded by boxes, toys or other household items. Make sure there’s nothing combustible anywhere near your furnace.
Walk Through Your House and Check All Vents and Registers
The key to properly heating your home is to make sure the heated air is unobstructed and circulating properly. Sometimes vents are covered by furniture, boxes, suitcases or throw rugs. Are all the registers fully open? Dust can accumulate on the registers, so it’s a good idea to vacuum them or blow them out if you can.
Indoor Air Quality – Check Your Air Filters
One of the best ways to improve your overall HVAC performance and your indoor air quality, is to make sure you are changing your air filters on a regular basis. Clean air filters are the key to removing desert dust, pet dander and other irritants from the air circulating in your home.
Heavy Curtains Can Cut Down on Energy Costs
Many homeowners think of curtains as a design or aesthetic choice, which they certainly are. However, when we observe lightweight or sheer curtains adorning a house, we see energy dollars going out the window. Heavy or black out drapes help hold heat in and they also keep the sun out in the summer.
Check Window and Door Insulation – Don’t Forget the Garage Door
One of the biggest heat-stealers in your home is the off-kilter garage door that leaves a gap open at the bottom all winter long. In fact, you might be surprised during your walk through to find you have gaps in your window or door insulation. Yes, these are annoying problems to fix, but they can have a major impact on the efficiency of your home heating costs.
Our Friendly Service Technicians Will Be Happy to Help You Prepare for Winter
If the above list sounds daunting, give Bruce’s a call at 480-968-5652, and we’ll schedule one of our highly experienced professionals to come over and help you get your entire HVAC system ready for winter.
Each year, many of us struggle to come up with unique holiday gift ideas. If you’re looking for something special that will keep on giving throughout the year for a loved one, consider an HVAC-related gift.
Put a red ribbon on this useful device that can save both energy and money while making their home a little more comfortable. With intelligent HVAC control, your loved one can remotely access and manage their home comfort settings from anywhere – improving system efficiency and longevity.
Seasonal HVAC Service
An HVAC system service that includes inspection, cleaning and tune-up is a great gift for anyone on your gift list. Not only will they gain greater efficiency to lower cooling and heating costs, they’ll gain the benefit of a better functioning, safer system.
Do you have a loved one who suffers from allergies or asthma? Consider giving them the gift of clean ductwork. Professional ductwork cleaning effectively removes symptom-inducing contaminants like dust, pollen, dander, mold and bacteria, ensuring that they don’t continue to be recirculated through the HVAC system.
Yearly Maintenance Agreement
Do you have a procrastinator to buy for this holiday season? If you have someone who tends to postpone routine HVAC care, give them a nudge with an annual preventative maintenance agreement as a gift. This includes twice-yearly service to ensure that all components of the system are functioning optimally throughout the year.
A New Air Conditioner
While the air is chilly now, we all know that the heat will be back soon enough. A high-efficiency air conditioner is a must for any Phoenix-area home, and a wonderful gift for any homeowner. If you’re searching for an impactful gift for a spouse or family, consider a new air conditioner. It’s a gift that will keep on giving for many, many years to come.
At Bruce’s Air Conditioning and Heating, we’re here to help you with all of your HVAC gift-giving needs. Call us today at 480-968-5652.
As the end of the year draws near, many Phoenix residents set time aside to prepare their home for the holidays. Thanksgiving decorations are pulled out of storage bins, Christmas lights are put up, and houses are decked out for parties and family visits. Around this time of year, we often receive calls from customers who want to purchase a new HVAC system before the end of the year.
What’s the Rush – Why Purchase Before New Year’s Eve?
There are a variety of reasons to purchase a new air conditioner in December. The EPA’s ban on R22 takes effect on January 1st, which means older AC units (manufactured before 2009) are using outdated, ozone depleting R22 Freon and need to be upgraded. That doesn’t necessarily mean you need to replace the entire unit. However, you may want to consider stepping up to a new, energy efficient air conditioner for 2020. Some Phoenix residents experienced a rough summer with sub-par performance from an air conditioner that has seen better days and want their unit replaced. Still others just want to give their family the gift of fresh air and cool comfort as a holiday gift. Whatever the reason, we’ve got you covered.
Here are a few important details to keep in mind if you are planning a big purchase before the end of the year:
What Are the Key Points to Consider?
Take time to review your past utility bills and add up repair expenses for the last three years. If your current AC unit has a low SEER rating or if you’ve had multiple major repair bills exceeding thousands of dollars, it may be time to replace.
Higher SEER Rating = Lower Monthly Electric Bills
Check the purchase date and SEER rating on your old unit. If your SEER rating is below 10-12, calculate the potential savings if you replace with a new, more energy efficient AC unit with a higher SEER rating. It may surprise you to learn how much you can save. Our friendly service techs can perform an overall evaluation of your HVAC needs and help you determine the size necessary to efficiently cool and heat your home. Avoid purchasing an oversized air conditioner, which can cause problems – bigger is not always better.
Work with Professionals
Researching options and choosing a new HVAC system for your home can be a daunting process. Our advice is don’t try to do it all on your own. Our experienced pro’s can guide you through the process and just so you know, we don’t always advise buying a new system. We will assess your needs and help you make the right decision.
December 31st Will Be Here Before You Know It
We all get busy with holiday parties and happenings in December. If you’re considering a new system purchase before the end of the year, why not call us today and start the process with a consultation with one of our HVAC experts – and happy holidays!
Temperatures have been dropping, and with Thanksgiving just around the corner, most Phoenix homeowners will soon be firing up their furnace for the first time this year. To get ready for the holidays and avoid common furnace frustrations, please take a few minutes to perform a brief checkup to ensure the safe and successful operation of your furnace before you turn it on. It’s important to remember, where there is heat there is always a potential for danger. We’re not trying to alarm you, just providing a friendly word of caution. Your furnace has been sitting idle for six or more months – you never know what may have happened over its long summer vacation.
What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
In our many years of providing HVAC service to Phoenix homes, we’ve seen it all. Furnaces are sometimes shoe-horned into unusual places – small HVAC closets, utility rooms or garages. One of the most common mistakes we see is allowing clutter and miscellaneous stuff to pile up on or around furnaces. Whether it’s toys, bikes, tools or storage boxes, the area around your furnace should always be completely clear. Take special care to be on the lookout for old newspapers, rags, combustible chemical cleaning solutions or aerosol cans.
Forced air heating can be broken down into four main phases; temperature control or
Gas furnaces do a dependable job of economically heating homes. With gas being highly flammable, you should always maintain a safety-first attitude. If you notice the smell of gas at any time, you should immediately open doors and windows and call for service. The ignition sequence for your gas furnace is triggered by the pilot light, which should be on and ready to go. If it is not on, you will need to follow the instructions carefully to reignite your pilot light. If you’ve never performed this task, it can be slightly challenging. Until your pilot light is on, your furnace will not work at all. If you’re having difficulty lighting your pilot, just give us a call.
The importance of unobstructed airflow in forced air heating cannot overstated. Both in terms of exhaust and distributing heat throughout your home. The danger of gas heaters is real. Burning fossil fuels produces carbon monoxide, which can be lethal if not properly vented from your home. It is recommended that you have professionals check your HVAC system once a year to guard against CO poisoning. During a fall tune-up we will also inspect your draft inducer fan which feeds air to the heat exchanger and check your blower fan which pushes warm air throughout your house.
One of the most common problems we encounter in service calls this time of year is the case of mistaken identification. Many times, homeowners go to turn on the heat for the first time and nothing happens. People often assume something is wrong with their furnace. However, many times the issue is with the thermostat – not the furnace. Is it time for you to replace your old thermostat with a new wi-fi enabled smart thermostat? Our service technicians can fill you in on all the advantage of going digital.
The Heat Is On
Having the heat work properly and safely in your home should be a top priority with the holidays approaching. Why not give us a call and we’ll schedule your fall furnace tune up pronto!