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Air Duct Cleaning Can Improve Your Health

Vent - Air Duct Cleaning Can Improve Your Health - BrucesAC.comDid you know that dirty air ducts can affect the efficiency of your home’s central heating and cooling system?

It’s not a problem that homeowners often consider when maintaining their HVAC systems, yet regular cleaning is not only essential to the operation of your HVAC components, it can also have apositive effect on your health. As your Chandler, AZ, experts for all HVAC issues, Bruce’s Commercial and Residential Services can perform air duct cleaning to restore your HVAC system to its original cleanliness and operating efficiency.

Duct Contamination Increases Over Time

Over time, a home’s air ducts become contaminated with dust, pollen and other debris. Mold can also grow, resulting in the release of spores into your home’s living space. Such undesirable particles result in indoor air pollution that can affect the health of those living in the building.

The only way to avoid serious duct contamination is to have a qualified service provider clean all of the components of your duct system. Components that should be cleaned include supply and return air ducts, diffusers, registers, grilles, heat exchangers coils, condensate drain pans, fan motors housing, condensate drain pans, the air handling unit housing and other associated components. Failure to clean one or more of these components can result in re-contamination of your home.

In a typical air duct cleaning, our technicians will use special tools to dislodge contaminants and debris from duct surfaces. Next, we will use a high powered vacuum to remove the debris into one of our trucks. Once this is completed, Bruce’s Commercial and Residential Services will sanitize your air ducts with biocides to kill microbial agents that will keep your HVAC system cleaner for a longer period of time.

Living In Arizona Creates Greater Duct Contamination

The desert climate of Chandler and surrounding areas of Phoenix’s East Valley naturally lends itself to contamination of HVAC systems with dust. Thus, it is doubly important to have periodic air duct cleaning to avoid the problems associated with contaminated systems. Call Bruce’s Commercial and Residential Services today to have one of our qualified technicians come out to assess the state of your HVAC system and recommend duct cleaning and other essential maintenance services.

Keep The Air In Your Home Clean & Healthy – Make An Appointment By Calling Us Today!

Can Rain Damage My Air Conditioner?

Can Rain Damage My Air ConditionerAs we’ve seen recently, we can get some pretty severe weather here in the southwest. Despite our heat and desert conditions most of the year, rain storms are common and can cause a great deal of damage. Rain and other types of weather can definitely do some damage to your air conditioner. In fact, excess rain or water near your unit can flood and severely damage your air conditioner. You’ll want to work with our professionals at Bruce’s Air in Chandler, AZ for most things. However, there are things you can do to prepare your air conditioner and HVAC system for impending storms or inclement weather.

Preparation For Storms And Mother-Nature

One thing you’ll want to do is make sure your system is installed properly and anchored securely. You will also want to keep the ground near your air conditioner free and clear of any excessive growth of plants or grass. If you know there’s a storm coming, you may want to turn off the unit entirely (if possible) and cover it securely with some kind of tarp. Unless it’s excessively hot (which could be the case here in Arizona!), this is a good precautionary measure to take to avoid a short circuit or electrical damage.

Other things to consider during heavy rainstorms are the objects in the yard near where the air conditioning unit is located. Items such as toys, grilling equipment, patio furniture and lawn tools can become dangerous when the wind tosses them about. They can also cause damage to parts of your home, including the air conditioner. As a general rule, remove all toys, patio furniture, grilling equipment and other debris you feel may cause damage to your air conditioner.

Additional Help Might Be Needed

One of the best things you can install in your home is a sump pump. A sump pump will help prevent water damage to your air conditioning unit. They do this by automatically activating whenever the water levels in the air conditioning basin reach a certain depth. The excess water is pumped up and out of the location, keeping water away from the air conditioner unit and causing further damage.

Remember! When you need air conditioning service, look no further than Bruce’s. We’re your go-to source, rain or shine, 365 days-a-year.

Monsoon Season And Your Air Conditioner – What You Need to Know

Monsoon Season And Your Air ConditionerDust storms, torrential downpours, thunder, and lightning. Oh my! Monsoon season is officially starting in June.

While there’s not much you can do to prevent the summer storms, you can prepare your home so you can minimize the chance of damage. This includes protecting your air conditioner. As one of the most important and valuable components of your home, isn’t it worth a little TLC during the upcoming monsoon?

4 Ways  To Protect Your Air Conditioner During Monsoons

As your Chandler air conditioning repair specialist, we have several recommendations to help keep your air conditioner safe throughout the summer and beyond.

Trim Back Vegetation

Leaves, branches, and twigs are not an air conditioner’s best friend – particularly during a storm! Take the time to ensure shrubs, grass, and trees limbs are cleared away from your unit before the monsoons start. This can prevent something falling on it during a storm, or it getting clogged with debris.

Replace Your Filters

System air filters can get clogged quickly during dust storms. Start off the season by replacing them, and then make sure to check them frequently – particularly after a storm. By doing so, you’ll enable your air conditioner to run more efficiently while also improving your indoor air quality.

Get A Tune Up

This is the season when you definitely don’t want to experience a malfunction. Temperatures can soar into the 90s inside your home if it’s not cooled. Don’t take risks! Get a tune up to ensure everything is running as it should be. Call Bruce’s today to schedule a maintenance tune up. We’re your go-to source for all of your Chandler air conditioning service needs or anywhere in the Valley.

Get Familiar With Your Home’s Electrical System

Electrical storms are notorious for taking out the power in homes this time of year. A circuit breaker protects your home’s electrical system. Under normal use, there won’t be a problem. However, during a storm, circuit breakers can be tripped. If you experience a system malfunction after a storm, check the circuit breakers to see if this is the problem. It could save you from requiring a service call.

5 Common Sense Air Conditioning Tips

5 Common Sense Air Conditioning TipsYour air conditioner is an important component of your home and something you count on to work properly – especially during the hot summer months. This is why it’s one of the things you should monitor on a regular basis to keep it working at top efficiency when you need it.

5 Tips For Optimal Operating AC System

Let’s go over 5 things that we all should know, and should be doing ourselves. We don’t realize how important our AC system is until it stops working.

Tip #1

The most important piece of advice any professional air conditioner technician will tell you is that regularly scheduled maintenance is an absolute must. This is the best way to head off any problems before they occur.  When you consider the cost of a new unit, you can’t help but see the value in protecting it with a regular tune-up. Your system should be checked 1-2 times a year, to guarantee the system is working properly. Make sure you check your warranty on your system, some brands require you to have a schedule maintenance performed to keep your system warranty valid.

Tip #2

The next important preventative tip is to change the filter monthly. Our dusty surroundings can quickly clog filters which can put extra stress on your air conditioning system and reduce its ability to cool your home. By getting into the regular routine of changing out your filters on a monthly basis, you can definitely extend the life of your A/C.

Tip #3

Air Conditioning Installation

The third tip is to hang on to your air conditioner’s paperwork. There will be important information concerning its use and warranty that you may need if a problem should arise. It’s also a good idea to read the system’s manual so that you can get an understanding of how it works.

Tip #4

If your unit is located outside, you will want to remove vegetation and debris from around it on a regular basis. Both the coils and the drain can quickly get clogged – putting your system at risk of a failure.  As part of regular maintenance, a technician can clean both the coils and the drain to keep it running efficiently.

Tip #5

Install a programmable thermostat to efficiently regulate the temperature of your home. This can reduce the load on your system and also save you money on your monthly utility bill. Since 1972, Bruce’s Air Conditioning has been providing professional air conditioning service throughout the Phoenix metro area. Schedule a maintenance check today. Call anytime you need service or the installation of a new unit. We’re your trusted source for keeping your home cool and comfortable.

Tips For Getting Your Air Conditioning System Ready For Spring

Tips For Getting Your Air Conditioning System Ready For Spring

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spring-tuneupUnlike most of the country that is still dealing with the remnants of an especially harsh winter, we, here in Arizona, are already enjoying balmy daytime and evening temperatures. Soon, it will be time to once again turn on that air conditioning system. Are you ready?

It can be incredibly frustrating when you want to turn on your air conditioner on a hot Arizona afternoon and it doesn’t work. The good news is that this can be prevented with these four simple steps that you can take now before we hit triple digits. Here’s what you need to do:

Test the System

A large percentage of system failures occur when they are turned on for the first time after a long break. Why wait to find out if your system has a problem when you actually need it. Today, turn down the temperature on your thermostat and flip your switch to “cool.” Make sure you hear it turn on, and then check to make sure that you feel cool air coming from the vents in each room. If not, you may need to do some troubleshooting. It could be something as simple as a blown fuse, or you might need to call out a technician.

Clean Or Replace Your Filters

A/C filters get dirty very quickly in Arizona. A fast moving dust storm or even a light breeze can kick up enough particulates to clog your system. This causes your system to work harder and increases your energy consumption. Translation – higher electricity bill!

Keeping your filter clean can cut energy use by 5 to 15 percent and increase the lifespan of your air conditioner. In desert regions such as the Phoenix metro area, it is highly recommended that you clean or replace your filter every month or even more frequently if you have pets that shed or allergy/asthma sufferers in your home.

Check Your System’s Drainage

Air conditioners tend to get clogged over time. This is particularly true for those with outside condensers. This happens when dirt, leaves, and other debris get built up in the drain pan and around the unit. When an air conditioner can’t drain properly, not only can it impede water flow, it can cause mold and mildew to grow inside the hose. This can impact your indoor air quality, so it’s definitely worth your time and effort!

Get A Tune Up

A seasonal maintenance tune-up isn’t just a good idea. It’s really a must for keeping your air conditioner working at optimal performance, and in some cases, necessary for maintaining your system’s warranty. At Bruce’s, we highly encourage our customers to take advantage of our spring tune-up cooling service. We make it affordable at only $59 and convenient. Call us today  to schedule your tune up!