4 Tips to Get Your AC Ready to Tackle the Summer Heat

When it’s still chilly outside, it’s hard to think about the summertime heat as being just around the corner. But, as Arizonans know all too well, summer will be here before we know it.

On the first hot day of the year, you expect to turn your thermostat down and have your AC unit fill your home with cooling air. Before that can happen, however, your unit needs to be in prime working condition to reliably deliver the clean, cold air whenever you need it. Don’t wait until the summer hits to get your system in working order. In Chandler air conditioning repair is one of the best services you can get for your home or office. 

With just a little bit of time and attention. You can ensure that your air conditioning unit is ready to operate at peak performance throughout the summer months and that it won’t quit on you when it matters most.

These four important tips can help make you a home AC maintenance pro, saving you time, money, and headaches this summer.

Keep it Clean

The dirtier your filter is, the harder your AC will have to work to generate cool temperatures for your home. More importantly, your air conditioner’s filter is what catches all the dust and debris, preventing it from going into your system and your lungs. Without regular maintenance, that dust and debris build until the filter is incapable of holding anymore, leading to the unclean air blowing through your ducts and into your home. Changing or cleaning your air conditioner’s filter on a monthly basis is the simplest and most efficient way to care for your system. Whether you have a model that uses disposable filters or a reusable one that can be cleaned with water and elbow grease, it is vital that you clean or replaces your air conditioner’s filter regularly to maintain a healthy home and a working unit.

Check Your Ducts

Though we seldom need to think about our ducts, they need some seasonal TLC too to keep your summertime cooling system is working properly. While it is important to have the interior ductwork cleaned and inspected by a professional, there are some parts of your ducts that you can maintain all on your own. Duct registers should be removed, inspected, and cleaned every season, but it is particularly vital to do this type of maintenance before summer hits. When you dust your registers, be on the lookout for signs of water damage. Ductwork can be a breeding ground for mold and fungi, so if you see any signs of condensation accumulation in or around your AC registers, call a professional to inspect your unit and correct the problem in the months before you need your air conditioning repair Mesa.

Clear the Outdoor Unit

Just before the winter weather hits, Arizonans can count on monsoon season to kick outdoor weed growth into high gear. Though we do a great job of maintaining our yards and other outdoor areas, one item that often goes overlooked for weed maintenance is your outdoor air conditioning unit. Weeds and other debris can build up around your outdoor condenser and clog your unit, causing damage in the process. Unfortunately, it can be too easy to forget about your outdoor unit when winter is in full swing, but now is this time of year is the best time to tackle the job. With your thermostat switched off, head outside and clear away any plants and debris. After clearing away debris, use a clean cloth to gently clean the coil and the fins, careful not to bend or damage them. Keeping your outdoor unit clean will help your air conditioner’s overall efficiency and can prevent summertime damage.

Get a Professional Tune-Up

A professional tune-up and inspection of your system will provide you with peace of mind knowing that your unit is in tip-top shape and will perform flawlessly in the summertime. There are a lot of moving parts and pieces in your AC unit, and a professional technician has the tools and know-how to maintain your system and fix any malfunctions on the spot. Having a professional technician perform a tune-up also means that their years of experience can spot problems before they arise, as so often happens during the summer months when your unit is working its hardest to cool off your home. Catching a problem early on can save you a lot of money in the long run, so it is smart to invest in maintaining your unit and instead of paying thousands of dollars to replace it. Schedule services in Gilbert AZ air conditioner repair@ 480-695-7834 or Schedule Online today!

10 Plants That Improve Indoor Air Quality: Part One

It’s an unfortunate truth that we seldom think about the air circulating through our homes every day and how important it is to your family to have that air be as healthy as possible. Once you experience the benefits of professionally clean indoor air quality, however, you will wonder how you ever lived without the sweet, sweet smell and health benefits of pristine air in your home.

As indoor air quality professionals, we know how first-hand important it is to create a home atmosphere that promotes healthy breathing. Some studies show that many homes have air which can be upwards of five times more polluted than the air outside.

There are many great products that can be used to create ideal indoor air, including premium air filters to air purifiers that work in tandem with your HVAC unit. While we at Sharp Air Conditioning and Heating are always here to help you choose the right indoor air quality solutions for your home and family, there is one thing we recommend to make a big difference to your home’s air quality – houseplants.

Through a process called phytoremediation, indoor and outdoor plants and trees absorb compounds from the air that can be dangerous for humans. By absorbing pollutants and gases into their leaves and roots, plants help us all breathe better. This is especially beneficial for people who suffer from breathing conditions like asthma and allergy sufferers.

If you are considering adding plants to your home to create a healthier home environment, these 10 houseplants are a great choice.

1. Spider Plant

It may sound creepy, but the spider plant is an excellent choice for your home. Spider plants are easy to care for and they grow very well with little effort. Not only do they add a spider leg-style burst of green to your space, but they also remove xylene and formaldehyde particulates from the air.

2. English Ivy

Said to be the most air purifying of the houseplants, English Ivy is a gorgeous plant that compliments any home space, modern or classical, with ease. English Ivy is noted for its ability to remove multiple compounds and pollutants from the air as well as pesticides and fecal matter, which is very useful if you have a pet in the house. Just be sure to keep these growing out of your animal’s reach – they are poisonous if consumed.

3. Bamboo Palm

Bamboo palm is a tall indoor grass that not only looks great but packs a punch when it comes to air purification. Bamboo is pet-friendly, and it is their size that makes them such rock stars at filtering out formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, and benzene. Bamboo palms can grow as tall as 12 feet indoors. They are also a natural humidifier if kept well-watered!

4. Peace Lily

Did you know that your home products, including your furniture and electronics, can generate indoor pollutants? Lucky for you, the beautiful peace lily is ready, willing, and able to help rid your home of those harmful contaminants. The peace lily is one of NASA’s most prized plants that they bring on space missions because it is a great air cleaner and delivers lots of fresh oxygen to your home (or space shuttle).

Check back in for Part Two of our blog to discover more great plants to help keep your home’s air quality perfect all year long!

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Spring is Here! Time to Spring Clean Your Home’s Air Quality

Springtime is here again, and that means that it is time for the great annual Spring Cleaning! We all want our homes to smell of fresh, clean spring air, especially at this time of year, and we can all do without the dust buildup that comes along with Phoenix-area living. Spring cleaning allows us to dig down deep and clean everything thoroughly, to get rid of the things we no longer need, and restore our homes to optimal health and happiness (at least once a year!)

With so many items on your list to tackle for spring cleaning, it can be difficult to figure out where to start the process of getting your home or office back to sparkling clean. While many online magazines, blogs, and tips sites will recommend a myriad of places to begin your spring cleaning home makeover, what they won’t tell you is that before you clean the surfaces of your home, you should turn your attention to the one item in your house that can make your home healthier, cleaner, and of course, cooler: your air conditioning Chandler AZ.

Before you fold, store, scrub, dust, and vacuum your home to back to cleanliness, read up on why it is important to tackle the quality of your home’s air first.

Air quality affects us every day, whether we realize it or not. Without regular care and maintenance, your air conditioner can contribute to the poor air quality of your home. In turn, that contaminated air puts your family at unnecessary risk for environmentally-related breathing conditions and illnesses. Instead of making your home immaculate only to pollute it with unclean air, start your spring cleaning projects and to-do lists with a professional tune-up, maintenance inspection, and cleaning from your local air conditioning repair and maintenance service (we know a great one)!

There are ways that you yourself can take great care of your A/C unit, like sprucing it up before it becomes your most-relied item in your home this spring and summer. As a part of regular air quality maintenance, homeowners need to keep their air filters clean (by changing them no less than four times a year, but ideally monthly), wiping down air intake vent slats, and prevent dust, animal fur, and debris from getting into the air conditioning system with regular floor sweeping and mopping.

Beyond those small ways to keep your air conditioner from circulating unhealthy air throughout your home, the best thing that you do to keep your A/C in great condition is to schedule a maintenance and tune-up with an HVAC specialist.

Professional technicians of heating and cooling Mesa AZ will be able to perform a number of maintenance inspections and operations that will keep your air conditioner in premium shape through the long spring and summer months. Not only will your unit be inspected by a professional who is able to troubleshoot and diagnose small problems before they become larger issues that threaten your system and lead to your A/C failing when you need it most, but they safely clean your unit from the inside out.

By inspecting your unit’s wires, cables, plugs, and parts, cleaning evaporator coils, and tuning up the unit from top to bottom, you can rest assured that your home’s air is as clean, healthy, and cool as you want it to be before you transform your home into its spring best.

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Benefits of hiring an AIR CONDITIONING COMPANY

Benefits of Hiring an Air Conditioning Company

Sharp Air Conditioning & Heating, LLCThere are many companies that are “Jack of all Trades” business models. They may take care of your air conditioning, plumbing, and many other issues. Admittedly, this can be convenient for the customer. It makes life easy when you can hire one company to take care of all of your needs. What you will often find though, is that the old saying very often rings true.

Jack-of-all-trades, master of none.

With the amount of technology and skill now required for everything, including your air conditioning system, we believe that having a trained technician to handle you air conditioning needs can make sure your repair or installation is done right, the first time. This saves you time and can save you money, knowing that the job was done correctly the first time instead of having multiple calls for the same issue.

A misconception of the word “specialization” is that it also means more expensive. At Sharp Air Conditioning & Heating, this could not be further from the truth. You will find that our prices are among the most competitive in the Valley, while not compromising on quality. Give us a call and let us show you the benefit of specialization at an affordable price!

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Sharp Air Energy Saving Tips!

Sharp Air Energy Saving Tips!

If you have lived through even one Phoenix summer, we don’t need to tell you what 110+ for over a month can do to your electric bill. Your A/C system is a major and necessary culprit of this, and at Sharp Air Conditioning & Heating, we want to give you a few tips to help keep that bill a little more manageable!

  • Sharp Air Conditioning & Heating, LLCSetting your air conditioner just 5% higher can save up to 20% on cooling costs. You don’t want to turn the thermostat completely off when you leave the house, but if you can get in the habit of bumping the temperature up to at least 80 when you leave you will notice a significant decrease in your electric bill.
  • Ceiling fans! These use very little energy and can help keep cool air circulating throughout the house. This can help make you feel a few degrees cooler and as a result, you can set your thermostat a bit higher and still be comfortable.
  • Heat rises. If you have a multiple story home, try shutting doors and reducing the space that your A/C system needs to keep cool on the top floor. The less amount of space you need to cool, the quicker and easier your system will be able to do so, leading to savings on your bill.
  • This may go without saying, but make sure to keep windows and doors closed during the day. You want to cool your home, not try to cool Mother Nature.
  • Make sure nothing is obstructing your air conditioning system. Your A/C system operates most efficiently with free flowing air. Items such as furniture or other things should not block returns. Also regularly check your air filters.
  • Regular maintenance will help your system operate at its peak efficiency, keeping your electric bill down. A properly maintained A/C system can cut your cooling costs by 17%. Give Sharp Air Conditioning & Heating a call today and ask about our Sharp Air Maintenance Program specials!

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Check those Air Filters!

Sharp Air Conditioning & Heating, LLCGilbert AZ air conditioner repair recommends that you check your filter about once a month. It’s a very simple procedure and replacement filters are very reasonable. If you have any more questions please contact us and we’d be happy to send out one of our certified technicians to walk you through the process, as well as let you know about our Sharp Maintenance Program that provides you with a years supply of air filters as well as air conditioning Chandler AZ.

Clogged filters can result in the following:

  • Blower Motor Failure – If you have a clogged air filter, then your motor continues to work even harder until it overheats or possibly fails. Your blower motor pushes your heated or cooled air through the ducts in your home. If the filter is clogged this becomes more challenging for your motor.
  • Compressor Failure – Clogged and dirty air filters greatly reduce airflow through your AC system. This reduction of airflow can cause ice to build upon your indoor coil and lead to compressor failure. Make sure you are changing your air filters to avoid one of the most costly repairs in the HVAC industry; compressor replacement.
  • Short-cycling – One very common problem related to a clogged air filter is called short-cycling. This basically means that your furnace/AC unit will turn off and on very frequently. When it can’t complete an entire heating or cooling cycle it causes your unit to work very inefficiently. Inefficient operation of course results in added costs and a shorter life span of your unit.

It’s a perfect time to check your air filters. Of course, we think it’s important to check your filters regularly, but alas not everyone in the Phoenix area remembers to do so. Your filter stands between the dust and debris of the valley and the fragile components of your heating and cooling Mesa AZ. If your unit starts to get clogged up with dust you run the risk of poor heating, reduced efficiency, and even premature failure. It’s not a particularly difficult task, but very important; take the time to change your filters.

Be nice to your unit! Easy Do-it-Yourself HVAC Maintenance Tips

We all do it, no matter how often we are reminded not to. For a myriad of reasons, from cost to lack of time, homeowners wait until after something breaks before they call a professional to their home to tackle a repair. While this approach may make sense for some major home appliances like your refrigerator, when it comes to your HVAC system, it is a grave misstep.

HVAC systems control heating, ventilation, and air conditioning in your home (thus the acronym HVAC), and it is a critical part of your home’s year-round comfort. We rely on these systems throughout the entire year, and when a component fails or breaks down, it can throw your whole home into upheaval. Not only does your schedule, comfort, and lifestyle become affected by a malfunctioning unit, but it can cost you financially as well.

Regular HVAC maintenance is not only good for your home and wallet, but it is also the smart way to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of your HVAC unit, and extend its life in the process. Contact Sharp Air Conditioning & Heating, LLC for HVAC maintenance and air conditioning repair Mesa.

There are several times each year that you should be maintaining your HVAC unit, and those are: immediately, monthly, seasonally, and annually. By breaking down your HVAC maintenance several times throughout the year, you can be certain that your HVAC system is running perfectly so you can depend on it to work when you need it most.

Immediately

Immediate maintenance includes things like ensuring that you have a clean and properly sized and pleated air filter inside of your A/C unit and keeping your outdoor unit free of debris and leaving build-up that can become lodged inside of the unit or interfere with the fan.

Monthly

Every month, perform a visual inspection of your refrigerant lines and look for signs of leaks or damage. If you see something out of the ordinary, Contact the specialist of air conditioning Chandler AZ, to make any necessary repairs.

Seasonally

Air filters do an incredible job of keeping your HVAC unit clean and keeping unwanted particles, dust, pollens, and other unwanted debris from entering your air conditioning system, but they need to be changed at least every 90 days. For optimum air quality, it is recommended that air filters are changed monthly.

Annually

It is a good idea to inspect the area around your HVAC unit and ensure that the ground is level and that there are no indications of the ground sinking or sloping in any way. To prevent algae and debris build-up in the condensate drain line, pour a mix of 1 cup bleach to 3 cups of water down the tube.

Renewing your HVAC maintenance program is an essential part of ensuring your system is running perfectly all year long, so be sure to mark your calendars so you can stay on top of your maintenance program renewal. A regular maintenance inspection protects your HVAC unit by preventing small issues from becoming big (and expensive) headaches down the line.

When an air conditioning and a heating specialist perform a routine maintenance check, they will tune up your unit, inspect and clean various, integral parts of the HVAC system to catch small problems, from leaks to wear to build-up, which, if not caught early, can lead to costly repairs and even system failure down the line. We also offer the services of heating and cooling Mesa AZ. Contact us to schedule a service.

Choosing the Right Programmable Thermostat for the Southern Arizona Heat

There are a whole lot of things to love about living in Southern Arizona, but no matter how much you sell the perfect Phoenix life to your friends who live out of state, one thing that non-locals can’t wrap their heads around is how we can live in such a hot climate. As I’ve explained to many visitors before they come to visit: one, it’s a dry heat (our favorite motto), and two, every place you go has air conditioning Chandler AZ.

Air conditioning repair Mesa, that phenomenal modern invention, is what allows us to live comfortably in this desert environment, and honestly, what would life be like without it? The answer: we don’t want to know!

One of the smallest improvements that you can make to your normal air conditioning system that can pay off handsomely is replacing your outdated thermostat and installing a programmable one. Not only will a programmable thermostat allow you to have much better control over your home’s temperatures, but it will also help reduce your homes’ energy bills.

If you’re already sold on upgrading to a programmable thermostat, you still have a big decision to make when it comes to choosing the right thermostat for your home. The kind of thermostat that you choose will depend on a few factors. When considering which type you might need, think about:

  • Flexibility of options
  • System requirements
  • Individual room vs whole home needs
  • Voltage
  • Remote access
  • Home integration

Though there are a few additional factors that go into selecting a thermostat, there are three basic types of programmable thermostats to choose from. Each has its own advantages, and you should speak with an HVAC specialist before selecting one for your home.

Programmable

Though it may be hitting triple digits by mid-day, most mornings and nights are still fairly chilly. Programmable thermostats allow homeowners to set multiple temperatures for different times of the day, which makes your home perfectly comfortable no matter the hour.

Programmable thermostats are the best way to keep your energy costs down since you can be sure that your A/C will only be on when it needs to and at a temperature that suits you.

Wi-Fi or Remote Programmable

Wouldn’t it be nice if, after a long weekend of camping with your family, you could tell your home’s air conditioner to turn on exactly 30 minutes before you arrive home so that the house is cool when you walk through the door? That’s exactly what a remote programmable thermostat does.

Wi-Fi-enabled thermostats allow users to have control over their home’s temperature from anywhere by monitoring and adjusting it with their phone, tablet, or computer. The modern standard, Wi-Fi-enabled thermostats are making their way into thousands of homes a year.

Learning

There are modern thermostats, and there are modern thermostats. Learning thermostats, like Wi-Fi thermostats, make it easy for homeowners to set their temperatures remotely, but more importantly, they are interactive, and “learn” your home’s preferences, when you’re away, and can be integrated into your home’s electronic systems.

Popular models of learning thermostats include the Ecobee 3, Honeywell Lyric, and the most popular model, the Nest thermostat.

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Rising Costs of Maintaining Older AC systems

As mechanical equipment ages, it goes without saying that repair costs can start to rise with the age of the equipment. This is especially apparent in the A/C industry. Currently, one of the fastest rising repair costs is directly related to the rising cost of Freon that your A/C system uses; R-22.

This refrigerant has been used in A/C systems for the past 40+ years. Needless to say, you can bet that if your unit is 10 years old or older there is a high probability that it uses R-22 Freon. Studies by the EPA have found that this chemical has wide-ranging negative effects on our environment

Sharp Air Conditioning & Heating, LLCOften times with an older system, a very common repair is the need to charge a system that may be low on Freon. Since the Freon that has always been used is now starting to be phased out, the cost of that Freon is rising exponentially. In response to these rising costs, manufacturers have started selling “drop-in” refrigerant as a cheaper alternative., specifically o-zone depletion. As a result of these findings, regulations have R-22 being phased out by 2020. Now, what does all this have to do with you, the homeowner?

These alternatives can be a quick fix in the short run but can cause issues for your system long term. For example, the different Freon types use different pressure/temperature characteristics that can confuse the system software, giving inaccurate pressure and temperature readings. This can damage your A/C system and void the manufacturer’s warranty. When you need the best service of air conditioning Chandler AZ. Contact Sharp Air Conditioning & Heating.

R-22 refrigerant can be reclaimed and recycled, but as the supply continues to be reduced, the cost will continue to rise. This leaves homeowners with an important choice; pay the rising cost for R-22 refrigerant to maintain your older system, or replace your system with a new air conditioning system that uses the more environmentally friendly refrigerant, R410A.

These newer systems offer greater efficiency, and quieter operation, which may prove to be a wiser investment when faced with repairing or replacing an older unit that uses R-22. However, fully replacing your system may not be the best option for you and your family. At Sharp Air Conditioning & Heating, we are committed to working with you to find the best option possible and consider the many factors in your life that lead to making these decisions. We are happy to answer any questions you may have on this topic and work with you to find the right solution. Contact us for heating and cooling Mesa AZ

5 ways to extend the usefulness of your HVAC system

In Mesa AZ air conditioner repair there are many ways that you can help your air conditioner run more efficiently and last a few summers longer than expected. While the typical life of an HVAC system is about 14 years, below are a few tips to help you bump that number a little higher, and get some bonus years out of your system.

Sharp Air Conditioning & Heating, LLCRegularly Change Your Filters

These might be the most basic maintenance points for homeowners. It doesn’t take too much time or effort and can save you costly repairs down the line. When a filter gets clogged up, airflow is restricted to your system which can cause a host of issues. At Sharp Air Conditioning & Heating, we recommend using throw-away filters that can be found at your local hardware store and changing them sometimes as often as once a month. We can even help you with one of these steps by providing you with a year’s supply of air filters through our Sharp Air Maintenance Program. Give us a call for AC repair Gilbert!

Take an AC Time Out –

Like with anything mechanical, your HVAC system will wear out more quickly if it is on at all times, day and night. Try to turn your air conditioner off if you plan to leave the house for an extended period of time. Dialing up the temperature just 5 degrees will allow your air conditioner to get a much-needed break during hot parts of the day, without letting the temperature climb into the 90’s inside during the hot Arizona months.

Give Your Outdoor Unit Some TLC –

If you live in the Valley of the Sun, you are probably familiar with what seems like a new phenomenon… the dreaded Arizona “Haboobs”. If you are not familiar with these yet, it is basically a wall of dirt that covers everything in a fine layer of dust once the storm leaves. This includes the outdoor component of your HVAC system. While one of these storms usually wont deposit enough dirt to have an effect, the build up of a few storms and normal debris outside can build up on the condenser coil and cause problems. Every now and then, try to clear any debris that you can see, i.e. leaves, dirt, etc., even just hose down the outdoor unit. This will continue to allow airflow through the coils and keep you cooling efficiently.

Check For Leaks –

When we say to check for leaks, we aren’t really saying to check for air leaks in the duct system. While this might be a good idea normally, checking for air leaks is something best handled by a technician that can get into the attic to check your ductwork. The type of “checking for leaks” that you as a homeowner can perform, is making sure there isn’t any evidence of leaking Freon at your outdoor unit. If you can see an oily substance on any of the surfaces, turn off your system and call Sharp Air Conditioning & Heating for services of heating and cooling Mesa AZ. If your system is leaking Freon, it can be a costly fix if not caught early on, and a system running without Freon can cause other damages to the system as well.

Is your HVAC System Draining? –

Through normal operation, your HVAC system can build up condensation from cold surfaces exposed to the Arizona heat. All good operating and well-maintained HVAC systems will have good drainage as well to allow this condensation to run off to the ground, or anywhere else besides in your home or back into the unit. Annual maintenance through our Sharp Air Conditioning & Heating Program can make sure your HVAC system is draining properly, saving you from costly water damages that can occur when these drains are clogged, blocked, or installed improperly.

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