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 Prepare Your AC Unit For Monsoon Season in Arizona 2019

A desert monsoon, also known as a haboob, coming in to a city. These bring high winds which stir up sand and debris.

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.
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Five Signs That Your AC System Needs to be Replaced

An expert HVAC technician checking an AC unit to see if it needs to be replaced

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.
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5 Tips For Reducing Your Home Heating Bill This Winter

Piggy bank sitting on money, showing you how you can save money on your heating bill this winter.

Brrr! Nights and even days can be cold this time of year in the Valley of the Sun. With temperatures often below freezing throughout the Phoenix metro area, most homeowners are turning up the heat and facing rising utility bills.

While these bills are often less than those of the summer when air conditioning systems are on around the clock, they can be high enough to put a significant dent in a typical budget. What’s a homeowner to do?
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HVAC Manual J Load Calculations

An experienced HVAC technician doing a Manual J load calculation.Manual J and Manual D load calculations are the way HVAC contractors measure the amount of heat gain and loss that each room undergoes during peak – extremely hot or cold – conditions. These measurements allow contractors to ascertain the size of HVAC equipment a building needs.

Having a properly sized HVAC system is extremely important. Equipment that is too powerful for a building will use more energy than necessary to keep it hot or cold. Weak systems will not be able to keep a building at a comfortable temperature reliably.

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