How To Improve Your AC Efficiency

Has your electricity bill recently shot up?

Your inefficient air conditioner could be to blame. As energy costs are on the rise, it certainly pays to maximize the efficiency of your unit. Not doing so can affect the value of your home, advises paramountpmr.com.

While replacing an old unit with a new one may be the quickest solution, there are low-cost or free alternatives for increasing a cooling system’s efficiency.

In this article, we’ll look at practical ways you can improve your AC efficiency. By following these tips, you’ll slash your electricity bills while making your home more energy-efficient as well.

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FAQs About Replacing Your HVAC System

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Purchasing or replacing an HVAC system is a huge decision. Working with the right HVAC Company may be your most important choice in the purchasing process. An experienced, licensed HVAC organization will manage you through the entire process with expert advice and guidance. 

These FAQs are questions that should be considered when you are thinking about replacing your HVAC system. Hopefully our answers will educate you on some of the important things to consider for both you, and your home or business.  

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Top 10 Reasons To Get Professional HVAC Help

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Professional HVAC maintenance is the best and least expensive way to ensure sure that your heating and cooling equipment runs safely and efficiently year round. While there are some minor things homeowners can do, you should know when it’s time to hire a professional HVAC contractor.

Making sure that the system is fixed correctly, keeping your HVAC units running with high energy efficiency, improving your indoor air quality, and giving you peace of mind are just a few of the benefits of hiring a professional.

Here’s a more in depth look at the main reasons you should seek professional help:

1. Fix Your HVAC System Correctly

Certified HVAC Technicians are well trained on a variety of air conditioning and heating systems. They have spent years working on many types of HVAC repair issues. They can fix any problems you face and even diagnose other issues that you may not have noticed. 

HVAC technology is continually advancing every year – professional HVAC technicians can find what’s causing malfunctions and correct it right away.

2. HVAC Companies Have Insurance

When you hire an HVAC contractor, their technicians are covered by liability insurance, which helps to protect both you and them. If they happen to get injured on the job, you won’t be held liable.

While this may seem like something that won’t occur, accidents can and do happen, and you could end up paying for it if you hire an amateur to save a few bucks.

3. They Will Keep You Up To Date

HVAC professionals know a lot regarding the new technologies and advancements in the fields of heating, air conditioning and ventilation.

By speaking with an HVAC professional, you will learn the most efficient and up-to-date ways to heat, cool, and ventilate your home. 

They will also keep you informed of different HVAC upgrades and modifications, such as smart thermostats, HEPA filtration, dampers, and humidification systems.

4. Help in Emergencies

If your HVAC system stops working, it can be very important to get your system back up and running quickly. A professional HVAC technician will be able to properly get your air conditioning systems or heat system back up and running in no time.

Heating and cooling systems can be dangerous, which is why it is important to schedule annual, or bi-annual maintenance. Contact a professional if you suspect any safety issues.

5. Preventative Maintenance

Certified HVAC professionals work efficiently and help maintain your HVAC system(s) in a very smooth and preventative manner. 

They ensure that all facets of your HVAC system, including heating, air conditioning, ventilation, and air quality are maintained properly by the HVAC experts in the most efficient and professional way.

Preventative Maintenance is much less expensive than reacting to an HVAC problem due to lack of maintenance.

6. Provide Top Notch Customer Service

Your HVAC professional should provide you with not only professional work and equipment, but also excellent customer service! 

Our mission at Simply the Best Heating and Cooling is to exceed our customers expectations. We do this by treating your HVAC system as if it was our own. 

We want to provide you with the best service to earn both your trust and future business. The best compliment we get is your 100% satisfaction and your referral to others.

7. Identify the Correct HVAC System for your Home

When it comes to replacing your system, your certified HVAC Professional will know the correct system to install based on the design, layout, and the size of your home. 

HVAC Professionals are up to date on both code and latest equipment technologies to ensure the safety and comfort of your home.

The correct HVAC system should not only run more efficiently than your previous system, but with the right equipment, should provide better air quality as well.

8. Safety

For your personal safety and the safety of your family and home, it is extremely important and recommended that if your do not fully understand your HVAC system that you call your HVAC Professional.

With natural gas, electricity, ventilation, and emissions we at Simply the Best Heating and Cooling, do not recommend the inexperienced homeowner to try to DIY your HVAC System. There are so many variables that can affect your family and home’s safety. Call a pro.

9. Proper Diagnostics

It can be both dangerous and costly to mis-diagnose your HVAC systems issues.  For these reasons we recommend calling a Professional HVAC Technician for your HVAC needs and maintenance. 

They will be able to properly diagnose and troubleshoot your system safely, efficiently, and correctly to ensure that your system is running properly.

10. Air Quality

As you may know, the air quality is very important to your family’s health and comfort. HVAC Professionals have equipment and the proper training to be able to measure and improve you air quality. 

With the proper equipment, maintenance, and tuning, your HVAC technician will be able to provide you with excellent air quality.

Recap

Why Choose A Professional HVAC Contractor

  • They will get your HVAC System running properly
  • They have liability insurance in case something goes wrong
  • They will keep you up to date on the latest HVAC equipment
  • They will help you in emergencies
  • Preventive Maintenance will save you money in the long run
  • Excellent Customer Service
  • They will provide the right system and equipment
  • For you and your family’s Safety
  • Proper Troubleshooting and Diagnostics
  • Provide you with better Air Quality

At Simply the Best Heating and Cooling, we pride ourselves on providing our customers with the best service and workmanship. All of our technicians are highly trained and certified. We want to earn your business and provide you with the best HVAC service in the greater Phoenix area. 

Thank you for trusting us with all of your HVAC needs!

The Simply the Best HVAC team

 

Are HVAC Maintenance Plans Worth It?

HVAC technician checking over an ac unit.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.

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How to Get the Most From Your Heat Pump

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You’ve decided to install a heat pump! Good for you! Heat pumps are an excellent choice for Arizona residents because our winters are relatively mild. This means that you don’t need the power of a furnace unless you prefer a warmer home in the winter rather than the more mild temperatures that a heat pump creates. Aside from your personal preferences, a heat pump is a suitable heating system for homes and businesses in the Greater Phoenix area.

Even though heat pumps are great heating systems, not all are created equal. To get the most from this investment, you need to buy smart and use smart.

Choose the Right Heat Pump

When buying a heat pump, do your research and get a recommendation from your local HVAC service in Gilbert. HVAC techs see all types of issues with heating systems and are familiar with the best manufacturers and models.

For instance, at Simply The Best AC, we recommend Daikin heat pumps to our customers. We feel that they offer exceptional heating and cooling efficiency throughout the year, plus have lower operating costs compared to other models.

If you don’t want to purchase an Daikin model, at least look for an Energy Star qualified heat pump. These models are energy efficient and will save money on operating costs. To qualify as an Energy Star model, the unit must have a baseline rating of 8.2 HSPF (Heating Seasonal Performance Factor).

Additionally, an Energy Star qualified model is tested to work well in cold environments, providing that it’s the right size. This might not make a huge difference living here in Phoenix, but it’s something to think about. You are buying a heat pump to keep warm, after all.

Install the Heat Pump Correctly

When it comes time for installation, be aware of what’s going on. Hiring a trusted HVAC repair company in Gilbert is important because the tech will make sure that the heat pump is the right size and properly installed. Here are some things to look for.

  • Insulation. If you insulate your home prior to installing a heat pump, your home will be cheaper to heat, and you can buy a smaller system.
  • Brand Name. Always choose a quality brand that you can count on. The product should also come with a warranty.
  • Correct Size. The heat pump should be the right size – not too big, not too small. A system that’s overly large will generate more heat than needed, and a system that’s too small will have to work overtime.
  • Proper Installation. Correct location and installation is key to optimal performance. Again, hiring a trusted professional will ensure proper installation.
  • Climate Considerations. When The temperatures drop, the performance of your heat pump will, too. Temps don’t dip too low in AZ, but you still want to know that your heat pump is right for our desert climate.

Smart Use of Your Heat Pump

Let’s talk about how you can see the most from your heat pump. First thing’s first: Only use heat when you need it. There is no reason to keep your heat pump on when you’re at work all day. Second, only heat the rooms that you’re in. You can keep the rest of the rooms warm by closing windows and shutting curtains.

Also make sure that you keep on top of the thermostat. If you buy a programmable thermostat, you can set the temperatures for when you leave, return home and go to sleep. Lastly, take care of your heat pump just as you do your AC unit (providing that you do a good job!). Change the air filter regularly and schedule maintenance checks with an HVAC service in Gilbert.

Whether you’re in the market for a new heat pump or you’re still unsure of whether a furnace or heat pump is right for you, give Simply The Best AC a call. We’ll be happy to come out for a consultation and determine what is best for your needs.

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