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The Right Attic Insulation for Phoenix Area Homes

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When it comes to attic insulation, homeowners commonly have two options – large pieces of insulation, called batts or blown-in cellulose.  Batts are constructed of cotton or fiberglass and cellulose is made of recycled newsprint, treated with fire retardant.

Cellulose vs Fiberglass

Cellulose is only available as a loose-fill (blown) material. It has some advantages, including being resistant to rodents, insects and mold. It also offers soundproofing qualities and is environmentally friendly. In contrast, fiberglass is available, both as loose-fill and in batt form. Many homeowners believe that rolled insulation is the most effective. Yet, they often find out that’s not always the case.

Blown vs Batts

There are certainly benefits to rolls of insulation, especially for the purpose of hanging under floors or used in open-framing in new construction. It also provides a cleaner appearance. Yet, there are downsides to rolled out insulation. It must be placed between each ceiling joist and over, under and around components of an attic, such as pipes and electrical conduit. This can create gaps and other areas that can cause leaks.

What about Existing Attic Insulation?

Unless you’re in a new home, it’s likely there already is existing attic rolled insulation. Placing additional rolled material on top of it can also result in a less than effective fit. This is why most insulation experts will tell you that rolled fiberglass should only be installed in homes without existing fiberglass.

There Is a Third Option

Besides batts and blown-in cellulose, Simply the Best offers blown-in fiberglass insulation. This is considered the gold standard of attic insulation for good reason. It fills the entire space of an attic floor with no gaps without the settling issues that cellulose has.

In the greater Phoenix area, there are extremes in temperature that warrant every homeowner to consider their insulation needs. At Simply the Best, we work with you to ensure you get the best possible insulation for your specific needs. This includes an initial assessment of your existing insulation and professional installation of blown-in fiberglass. We even offer discounts for seniors and veterans.

The benefits of proper insulation are substantial. Not only will it help retain cool air in the summer and warm air in the winter, it will reduce the load on your HVAC system. Have you just purchased a new home? Are you looking for a way to reduce your monthly utility bills? Call Simply the Best today to learn more about attic insulation services throughout the entire greater Phoenix area.

Maintaining Home Air Quality All Summer Long

For many homeowners in the greater Phoenix area, windows and doors are kept tightly shut during the summer to keep cool air in and to minimize blowing dust from monsoon storms. With reduced natural ventilation, air quality can be negatively impacted. Yet, there are steps to improving your home air quality during these months.

Clean or Replace Your HVAC Filters

The most important task to not only maintain air quality, but also ensure the efficiency of your air conditioner, is to regularly replace or clean your air conditioner’s filters. Clogged, dirty filters hinder airflow and can blow dust and pollen in your home. Not sure where to find your HVAC system’s filters? The most common filter locations are in walls, ceilings or in the air conditioner itself. Some filters are reusable and can be cleaned periodically. Other filters need to be replaced. Cleaning or replacing filters is something that should happen at least every month or two, if not more frequently during monsoon season.

Schedule Air Duct Cleaning

Of course, dirt and dust from a Phoenix dust storm doesn’t just sit in your air conditioner’s filter. It can collect throughout the ductwork leading into your home. Airborne particulates, including bacteria, spores, mold and toxins can reside in your HVAC system’s ducts. When your air conditioner is turned on they can blow through the registers and into your home. This is why it’s necessary to have your system professionally cleaned. Call Simply the Best to learn more about this cost-effective solution for improving your home air quality.

Consider UV Light Installation

At Simply the Best, we also encourage homeowners to consider UV (ultraviolet) lights to improve their air quality. This solution, which involves UV lights being installed in your central air conditioning system to prevent the growth of harmful mold, bacteria, viruses and other microbes, can improve air quality and air flow.

Want to learn more about indoor air quality solutions? Contact the experts at Simply the Best to find out the latest solutions to help you breathe easier.

Should You Leave Your Air Conditioner on When You’re Not at Home?

If you’re like most homeowners, you dread summertime electricity bills. Air conditioning can drive up monthly costs by tens and even hundreds of dollars. While there is no way to get around using your air conditioner during the hot Arizona summer, there are ways to keep costs under control. One of those ways is to think strategically when it comes to when and how your use your air conditioner. This includes determining if it is more economical to keep your AC on or off while you’re away from home.

Should You Turn It Off?

Many homeowners wonder if it’s better to turn off their air conditioner while they’re at work all day. This is really a question of indoor climate control efficiency. Many believe that it is more economical to leave their air conditioner continuously on rather than jumpstart it upon returning home.

This is a myth that will be disproven by any experienced air conditioning professional. It’s a reality that leaving the air on all day results in a higher use of energy which can increase your monthly bill. The ongoing fluctuation to sustain a constant temperature is more taxing on an air conditioner than if you flipped on the system when you returned home. With more use, you’ll also decrease the lifespan of your air conditioning system. By turning your air conditioner off when you’re not home, you will see an immediate difference in your utility bill, as well as increase how long your system functions.

Other Cost-Saving Air Conditioner Tips

Along with turning off your system when you’re not home, there are other ways to reduce your energy consumption.

  • Lower your thermostat to 78 degrees when you are home.
  • Use screens to shade your windows.
  • Add more plants around your home.
  • Turn on your ceiling fans.
  • Limit use of your oven and burners.

It’s also important to maintain your air conditioning unit’s efficiency with ongoing maintenance and proactive repairs. At Simply the Best, we’re here to keep you cool throughout the summer with expert service across the greater Phoenix area.

When Is It Time to Call for Air Conditioner Service?

Temperatures are heating up in the Valley, and it’s time to turn on the air conditioner. If you’re already experiencing cooling issues, you may be wondering if you should call an air conditioner service provider. Before you schedule a service call, there are some quick fix tips that may help you diagnose and solve your own air condition problem.

Thermostat

At the start of the summer season, we always get a flurry of service calls that are related to improper thermostat settings. It’s important to switch your thermostat to “Cool” and “Auto” if you want it to start cooling your home or business. If you have a digital thermostat, you’ll also want to check the time/date/room setting. If you’re not able to reconfigure the settings, it may be a battery issue within your thermostat. By simply changing your batteries, you can save yourself the aggravation and headache of an air conditioner service call.

Air Filter

In the desert, dust and debris quickly collects in air filters. We recommend changing out disposable air filters at least once a month. This will help your system run more efficiently and can even save you money on your monthly utility bills.

Check Your Circuit Breaker

Is your system not turning on at all? Before you assume that your air conditioner has broken, it’s worthwhile to try resetting the power to the unit. Often an air conditioner can trip a circuit breaker. To make the fix, flip the breaker to the off position and then on again. If your circuit breaker isn’t clearly labeled, ask your service technician to help you.

The Outside System Isn’t Working

If your air conditioner system isn’t working at all, you don’t want to take chances with trying to fix the problem yourself or by calling for outside help.  Instead, call us! At Simply the Best we specialize in cooling and heating services, as well as indoor air quality. Call us today to schedule an appointment at 480.361.8458.

Sleep Better at Night with a Preventive Maintenance Agreement

Hot weather is right around the corner. In Arizona, you just can’t take chances with an air conditioning system that isn’t properly maintained. A system breakdown can quickly lead to soaring interior temperatures and unexpected repair costs. As the old adage goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” This certainly applies to cooling systems, particularly when temperatures begin climbing into the triple digits.

The Peace of Mind of a Well-Maintained AC System

Air conditioning systems require regular maintenance to run efficiently and effectively. A twice-yearly tune-up can save you money by greatly reducing the risk of costly breakdowns. It can also reduce your monthly utility bill. In the Phoenix metro area, cooling systems are used heavily during the summer months. Then, they go unused for several months during the short but surprisingly chilly winter. Without regular maintenance, the wear and tear can lead to a decreased lifespan of a system. As one the most important components of your Arizona home, it just doesn’t make sense to neglect the maintenance of your HVAC system

When to Schedule AC Maintenance

With an air conditioning maintenance plan, it’s your choice when you want to schedule tune-ups. With Simply the Best’s Gold Service Protection Plan, you even get preferred scheduling for your convenience. Ideally, HVAC systems units should be tuned up before the hot summer months begin and before you switch over to indoor heat in the winter. This will ensure that your system is functioning properly and will eliminate any uncomfortable surprises when it’s time to heat or cool your home.

During your tune-up, it’s also a good time to ask your technician any questions you have regarding your system. You can also get some cost-savings tips and ideas for maximizing energy efficiency. A few simple strategies can save you substantially! For example, sealing exterior gaps and spaces around your windows and doors can prevent cooling energy from escaping outdoors.

When Repairs Are Needed

During a tune-up, a problem or potential problem that requires repair may be found. Simply the Best Heating & Cooling technicians also keep their trucks well-stocked with heating and air conditioning system parts. In most cases, repairs can be made during the same visit. This eliminates the hassles of requiring multiple service calls, and most importantly, the surprise of discovering a system malfunction.

The return on your investment when you purchase a preventive maintenance agreement is significant when you add up the savings. From extending the life of your system and increasing energy efficiency to greatly reducing the need for costly and time-consuming service calls. Want to learn more? Call Simply the Best Heating & Cooling today at 480-361-8458.