An air filter is an important part to your HVAC system and there are a couple major types to choose from – electrostatic, HEPA, and pleated. But how do you know if electrostatic filters are the best choice for you?
If you want to save money, time, and hassle of the air filtration of your home HVAC system, but don’t mind a slightly higher upfront cost, an electrostatic filter is might be the right choice for you. But, if you suffer from allergies or asthma, Simply the Best HVAC recommends a HEPA filter. Continue reading
HVAC systems, including furnaces, air conditioners, and heat pumps are a vital part of your home. They can control temperature and humidity while keeping you comfortable. But these systems usually require some regular tune-ups in order to keep them running smoothly and prevent expensive breakdowns.
Many companies offer different types of HVAC preventive maintenance plans that are meant to mitigate that cost or at the very least, spread it out over a year. But are these plans worth the cost? We’ll answer a few questions you might have about HVAC maintenance plans that should be able to help you make your decision.
Today we’re going to be looking at how to prepare your air conditioning unit for the upcoming monsoon weather.
Arizona has a defined season called the Arizona Monsoon. The monsoons are also known as haboobs (which comes from the Arabic word habb). This is a time where humidity levels increase. Weather conditions like wind storms, dust storms, and periods of heavy desert rains occur. This can be a dangerous time and it’s important to make sure you are well prepared. There are a few things you can do around your house to help protect your ac system. Let’s look at how to keep your system running strong through the monsoon season and longer.
Cranking up strong and reliable air conditioning systems is the best way to beat the summer heat, especially if you don’t have a pool or lake nearby where you can take a quick dip. As a result, it should come as no surprise that, in 2012, an estimated 87% of American homes used some form of AC. But, unfortunately, even the most dependable units do not last forever, even if homeowners invest in the necessary air conditioning services and upkeep. In the same way that your beloved old car isn’t going to run forever, at some point you’ll need an AC replacement. Thankfully, there are a handful of signs that let you know when it’s time.
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.