Tips for Lowering Your Summer Cooling Costs In Arizona

June 20th, 2014

iStock_000004663434XSmallAs the temperature soars in Tucson this summer, you may be concerned about the cost of your utility bills. Fortunately, there are many ways you can save money while maintaining a cool and comfortable home. Your Tucson A/C repair service can help by ensuring your air conditioner is operating at peak capacity to deliver cool air at a lower cost.

Draft-Proof Your Home

Holes and cracks in your home that allow cold air to escape raise the temperature inside, causing your A/C to work overtime. You can save money on your cooling costs this summer by repairing any holes to keep cooled air inside instead of allowing it to escape. Check around doors and windows for damage to frames or seals. Replace crumbling or missing weatherstripping to create a tighter seal against the outdoor environment. Use caulk or foam to close any holes around vents or pipes where they exit your home.

Use a Programmable Thermostat

A programmable thermostat can help you save energy and money this summer by making more efficient use of your A/C. Use your thermostat to create a cooling program based on your schedule. Set the temperature higher during periods when your home is unoccupied, then lower the temperature during the time you spend at home.

Get a Professional Tune-Up

Just like your car, your A/C system needs regular tune-ups to ensure it is in good working order. Contact an A/C repair specialist to examine and maintain your air conditioner once a year. He will check the unit and replace damaged or failing parts, as well as clean out your A/C to prevent dust and dirt from affecting its efficiency.

Do you need A/C repairs or a tune-up in Tucson, AZ? Contact Temco Air Environmental today by calling (520) 622-2909 to find out more about our comprehensive A/C repair services and current specials. We invite you to check out our blog for more air conditioning tips to keep your home cool and comfortable all year long.

Potential Health Effects of Living With Poor Indoor Air Quality

June 5th, 2014

78748219Poor indoor air quality is often a result of a poorly maintained air conditioning system. When your A/C is dirty or damaged, airborne pollutants can circulate through your home and cause a number of negative health effects. If you are concerned about the quality of your indoor air, Temco Air Environmental offers A/C repairs and air filtration systems in Tucson.

Short-Term Health Effects

The short-term health effects of poor indoor air quality worsen while you are home and improve when you are away. These effects may include irritation of the eyes, nose, mouth, and throat, headaches, lethargy, and difficulty sleeping. Individuals who suffer from allergies or asthma often notice that their symptoms are worse in areas with poor air quality. This is because a dirty A/C or filter allows dust, pollen, animal dander, and many other common allergens to circulate through your home. Some studies indicate that cockroaches pose a particular threat to health, as exposure to cockroach allergens in indoor air may cause the development of asthma in children.

Long-Term Health Effects

In addition to the short-term symptoms and worsening of allergies or asthma, poor indoor air quality can also cause long-term health effects. Poor indoor air quality can shorten your lifespan by an average of 8.6 months, while mortality rates rise by 0.3% with every additional 10 micrograms per cubic meter of air pollution. These factors cause an estimated two million people to die prematurely as a result of long-term exposure to poor indoor air quality. Living in a home with poor indoor air quality may also raise your risk for cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease, and some forms of cancer.

Regular A/C maintenance and filter changes can prevent the buildup of allergens in your home that could affect your health. If you need A/C service or repairs in Tucson, call Temco Air Environmental today at (520) 622-2909 to schedule a service visit at a time that is convenient for you. Don’t forget to check out our blog for more tips on maintaining a comfortable and healthy home.

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Turning Your Home Furnace Off for the Summer

May 20th, 2014

139726833During the summer cooling season, your AC takes center stage in your home. However, summer is a great time to turn off and inspect your furnace to determine if it needs repairs or even replacement. Take a look at the information below to learn how to turn off and care for your furnace this summer.

Turning the Furnace Off

Turning your furnace off for the summer may require a few steps. First, make sure your thermostat is set to “cool” so it activates your AC rather than your furnace to make temperature adjustments. If your furnace is gas-powered, you can turn off the gas intake at the appliance itself. You can also turn the furnace off using its on/off switch. If you have any questions about how to turn off your furnace or its gas supply, your heating and AC specialist can answer them.

Protecting the Furnace

There are a few simple ways you can protect your furnace this summer. Keep the area around your furnace clear for a few feet in every direction. Don’t store seasonal items, furniture, or equipment near the furnace—these items could fall and damage the unit. Make sure to change your HVAC filter regularly, which will protect your furnace as well as your AC.

Scheduling Furnace Maintenance

Regular furnace maintenance performed by a professional will ensure your furnace is in good repair and functioning properly. The best time to schedule maintenance for your furnace is during the summer, when there is little demand for furnace care. If your technician discovers any problems, there will be plenty of time to address them before your furnace is needed again. Talk to your HVAC specialist about scheduling a maintenance visit for your furnace at the earliest convenient date so you can’t forget this important task.

Temco Air Environmental of Tucson offers AC and furnace care for residential and commercial customers. Our services also include indoor air quality solutions, custom wine rooms, and energy-efficient heat pump sales and maintenance. You can find out more by calling (520) 622-2909 or visiting us on the Web.

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How Poor Indoor Air Quality Can Affect Your Lung Health

May 5th, 2014

182262426The quality of your home’s indoor air is important. Poor indoor air quality refers to air that contains high levels of airborne contaminants, such as pollen, dust, mold, and animal dander. A poorly-functioning AC unit can contribute to increased airborne particles inside your home, which in turn can affect your family’s health.

Allergies and Asthma Attacks

Many airborne contaminants found in homes with poor air quality are common allergens and asthma triggers. These allergens include dust mites, pollen, animal dander, cockroach shells, molds, and bacteria. If your home suffers from poor air quality, your family may experience an increased incidence of allergies and asthma attacks. Studies indicate that the development of asthma may also be linked to poor indoor air quality. Symptoms of allergies and asthma caused by poor indoor air quality include coughing, wheezing, congestion, a sore or itchy throat, watery eyes, and fatigue.

Secondhand Smoke Effects

Tobacco smoke contains hundreds of chemicals and pollutants. If any member your family smokes tobacco indoors, these pollutants can remain and circulate through your home. Non-smokers can suffer from the effects of secondhand smoke inhalation, which can cause asthma, pneumonia, heart disease, and some forms of cancer. Smoking should always be limited to areas outside the home, regardless of the air filtration system your AC may employ.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Combustion from wood-burning stoves, fireplaces, and some appliances creates carbon monoxide gas as a byproduct. If this gas is not properly vented to the outdoors, it can build up inside your home. Low levels of carbon monoxide can cause headaches, confusion, fatigue, and nausea. Higher levels of exposure could cause dizziness, fainting, and even death in extreme cases.

Could your Tucson home or business be suffering from poor indoor air quality? Call Temco Air Environmental today at (520) 622-2909 to find out about AC repair, HVAC maintenance, and indoor air quality solutions to improve your comfort and health. Click through our website to learn more about our company and its dedication to excellence.

 

 

Getting Your Home Air Conditioning Ready for Summer

April 21st, 2014
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Regularly servicing your Air Conditioner will make sure it’s working properly when you need it most.

During the hot Tucson summer, you want to know your air conditioner is working at peak capacity. Before the need for cooling arises, there are a few simple steps you can take to get your A/C ready for the summer heat. In addition to performing a few maintenance tasks yourself, don’t forget to schedule your A/C’s yearly tune-up with a qualified Temco Air Environmental cooling professional.

Check Your Ducts

Your home’s ductwork distributes cooled air throughout your home. If your ducts are dirty or in poor condition, you will lose much of the cooled air produced by your air conditioner before it can reach every room. If your vents are blocked, cooled air cannot exit the ducts into your home. Check that all your vents are clear by moving any rugs, furniture, or other items that may be blocking them. Next, remove the vent covers with a screwdriver and use a flashlight to check the interior of your ducts. If you find excessive dust, mold, or pests, address these issues now for more efficient cooling during the summer.

Change Your Filter

Your HVAC system uses a filter to screen out dust and other particles before drawing air into your furnace or A/C. This filter needs to be changed once every 30-90 days to ensure proper airflow. Leaving a dirty filter in place will reduce your A/C’s cooling efficiency and negatively affect the indoor air quality in your home. If you don’t have experience changing your filter, now is a great time to learn. The filter is usually located near your furnace or A/C unit; however, it may also be located near an intake air grill in your home. If you can’t find the filter, ask an HVAC professional for help.

Is your A/C ready for summer? You can schedule your next HVAC maintenance visit with Temco Air Environmental by calling (520) 622-2909 for residential and commercial heating and A/C repair, maintenance, and installation in Tucson. We invite you to visit us on the web for more heating and cooling information and tips.

Is Your Air Conditioner Outdated?

March 20th, 2014
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Is your air conditioning unit on its final season?

Many people try to save money by keeping their air conditioner as long as they can. However, it is important to remember that air conditioners are not built to last forever. Below are some of the signs that you may need to replace your unit:

Your Air Conditioner Is More Than 15 Years-Old

The average air conditioner can last about 15 years depending on its useage. If your air conditioner is older than that, then you definitely want to consider replacing it. Keep in mind that you could possibly save money if you replace your air conditioner when it is 10 years-old. Some experts believe that air conditioners are not designed to last more than 10 years.

Newer air conditioners are more energy efficient, which can lower your monthly electric bills. Replacing your air conditioner will not only help you save money, but it can also help improve the indoor air quality.

Your Air Conditioner Frequently Requires Repairs

When your air conditioner frequently needs expensive repairs, holding on to it just is not worth it. You will probably end up spend a lot more money on repairs than you would if you were to replace the air conditioner.

Your Air Conditioner Is Not Running Efficiently

As your air conditioner gets older, it will begin to run less efficiently. One of the signs that your air conditioner is running less efficient is it runs for a longer period of time. An outdated air conditioner will have to run longer in order to cool your home. If you have noticed that your utility bills are increasing, then your air conditioner is probably outdated. Outdated air conditioners typically use up more energy.

Furthermore, if your home is no longer comfortable, then it is time to get your air conditioner replaced. If you are looking for a new air conditioner, or need Tucson A/C Repair, then you should consider contacting Temco Air Environmental.

Summer’s Coming – Has Your AC Been Serviced Lately?

March 6th, 2014
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Can you feel it? The hot Tucson summer is fast -approaching.

Summer is coming up, and along with it higher temperatures. The last thing you need is a poorly running AC unit, or one that is not running at peak performance. There are some tasks that can be performed to get your AC unit ready to accept the anticipated workload. Your best bet is to have a qualified technician give your AC unit a thorough inspection and make the necessary maintenance repairs so you will be ready when the heat wave hits.

A qualified technician is your best bet for a preliminary inspection. Dirt and clogs are a real problem when it comes to air flow. A technician will check inside the AC unit and furnace for debris, dust, animal and insect infestation and soot. Sometimes a cleaning is necessary as well as inspection of the vents and registers. A filter change-out will be mandatory, since the pleated filter materials have likely been exposed to moisture and dirt over the winter months, a potential restriction problem. A cleaning will also remove pollen, pet danger and harmful bacteriological agents that might prove unhealthy.

A certified technician will have the necessary tools and gauges to inspect for refrigerant leaks or low level conditions. They AC system must hold its manufacturer’s specified refrigerant level as well as the correct refrigerant type. A test run will determine proper pressure and temperature.

Safety is a big issue with your HVAC system. Gas and oil HVAC systems use fossil fuel for energy, producing hazardous chemical by products like carbon monoxide. Technicians look for leaking seals, valves and loose connections that can potentially spark a fire or emit dangerous gases into the living space. Wire and electrical connections should be cleaned and tightened to make proper contact. Any chaffed or split wires will be replaced, negating any shorts or damage to electrical components.

Performance issues with the motor, moving components (shafts) and bearings should be inspected for integrity. A bad electrical motor may produce metallic noises like scraping, whining and buzzing. Such noises are an indication that the internal parts are misaligned, worn or defective. A technician can easily discover how many amps a unit is requiring to run efficiently by checking voltage parameters and wire resistance. Maximum flow and cooling temperature are important, indicating that the system is operating effortlessly and drawing only the amount of electricity needed. AC units that perform at maximum efficiency save on monthly energy bills.

Don’t delay. Temco Air Environmental specializes in Tucson AC repair and is equipped to handle inspections or emergency situations. Get ready for summer by having your HVAC system inspected and serviced. Routine re-maintenance procedures are inexpensive compared to the problems that may occur and result in major component failures and safety issues that may require major system replacement.

Common Issues With Air Conditioning Systems

February 23rd, 2014
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Air conditioners break; but they shouldn’t have to!

 

Very often, problems will crop up with your air conditioner due to lack of maintenance, improper installation or because of its age. A good way to make sure your system operates correctly, no matter how hot it is outside, is by having routine maintenance performed. A good technician will test your thermostat, filter, compressor, condensate lines and other components to ensure they are in good working condition. Below are some of the more common problems you should be on the lookout for with your air conditioning unit. Addressing these problems early by calling Temco Air Environmental will minimize the risk of a more costly repair later on.

 

  • Leaking Refrigerant – If you notice your house isn’t getting cool enough, you might not have any refrigerant in your unit, or it might be leaking. In most cases, a leak is the cause of the unit not cooling properly. An air conditioning technician can come out and assess your unit, diagnose where the leak is coming from and fix it so that your home is cool once again. Even though the government is phasing out Freon in newer air conditioning units, the older units can still be charged full with Freon.
  • Making Noises – Another complaint with air conditioning units is that they makes strange noises, almost like a wailing sound. This is usually due to a dislodged fan belt. This is a job for air conditioner professionals unless you have a great deal of experience. In most cases, the job involves inspecting the bearings inside the fan motor and adding some lubricant.
  • Clogged Lines – If the lines in the air conditioning unit are clogged, the unit can shut down completely. This is fairly common during the early part of the cooling season after the unit has been sitting idle for months. Because water sits inside the lines, algae and other contaminants can build up. When the unit is turned on, the blockage won’t allow the water to circulate properly. Consequently, the house won’t cool efficiently.

Always keep a close eye on your air conditioning unit, and call Temco Air Environmental as soon as something goes wrong. they offer the best AC repair in Tucson, Arizona. Being diligent will give you the best chance of staying comfortable and cool all summer long.

The History of Air Conditioning

February 5th, 2014
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How have Americans beaten the heat in the past?

When the weather turns hot, most people look for ways to stay cool. Before the advent of air conditioning, people went to extraordinary lengths to try and keep cool. They fanned themselves and sometimes put their clothes in the icebox to try to cool off. But the invention of modern air conditioning changed all this as the following history will show.
First American Cooling Machine
The first American cooling machine on record was made in the 1830s. Invented by Dr. John Gorrie, it was a simple machine that consisted of a container for ice and a fan that blew air across the ice. This was mainly used in hospital rooms.

First Modern Air Conditioners
In 1902, Willis Carrier built a precursor to today’s modern day air conditioning units. It was called an Apparatus for Treating Air and it operated by using cooling coils to cool off the air. The device also helped to lower the humidity in the air to help provide additional comfort levels. These units were very expensive and very big. They also could be dangerous if they developed a leak because the coolant that was used was ammonia, which could be toxic. These early units were usually installed in factories, mills and hospitals.

In 1917, the first movie theater was air conditioned in Alabama. Until 1930, the air conditioning industry concentrated on providing cooling for factories, hospitals and movie theaters.

Smaller Units
In 1922, ammonia was replaced with dielene, which was a much safer coolant. They were also able to reduce the size of the air conditioning units. This meant that air conditioning could now be installed in smaller buildings like stores and office buildings.

By the time that World War II was over, air conditioners had shrunk small enough that they could be installed in residential homes. They quickly increased in popularity and by 1953 they were selling over a million units a year.

Modern Air Conditioners
As the air conditioning industry continues to evolve, the units have become smaller and more efficient. The refrigerant used has become more environmentally friendly.

Modern air conditioning has caused increased migration to the south and southwest. Working and living conditions are much more comfortable when homes and buildings are air conditioned.

When choosing an air conditioner for your home or business, it’s important to choose the right unit. Temco Air Environmental will help you choose the unit that’s right for you. We’re proud to offer our clients the very best answers in the world of heating and air conditioning.

Central Air Conditioning Vs. Swamp Coolers

January 20th, 2014

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Do you know the difference between swamp coolers and central air conditioning units?

When it comes to staying cool and comfortable inside your home, areas of the country like the Southwest that have warm, dry climates pose unique challenges. There is no place on earth that has a climate quite like the one we have in Tucson, AZ.

Conventional air conditioners extract humidity as well as heat from the air, and inefficient models can make the indoor environment feel uncomfortable when outdoor conditions are dry. In the past, households in states like Arizona often chose swamp coolers over traditional air conditioning systems because they both cool and humidify indoor spaces. Which option is best for you?

Upfront Cost vs. Long-Term Maintenance

There’s no denying that swamp coolers, (also known as evaporative coolers), are cheaper to buy. Because they use less electricity than conventional air conditioning, monthly utility bills are lower too. Swamp coolers demand a lot of care to keep them running at optimal efficiency, however, often requiring maintenance services several times in a single cooling season. Because most homeowners install swamp coolers on their roofs, leaks and water damage are always a major concern as well.

Comfort and Performance

Swamp coolers work by passing outdoor air over pads saturated with water. The water evaporates into the air, cooling it. Since the unit only cools incoming air, you need to keep a window open at all times to allow warm air to escape outside, which poses security concerns. Central air conditioners use refrigerant to pull heat from the air. As the cooled air is distributed throughout your home, household air is returned to the equipment for re-conditioning.
Swamp coolers are most effective when the weather outside is very dry. They are not appropriate for use in humid conditions. Technological advancements in the industry over the past few decades have resulted in highly energy-efficient central air conditioning products that no longer over-dry indoor air. Although a high efficiency air conditioner costs more to install, they deliver reliable cooling that you can count on to keep your comfortable whenever outdoor temperatures soar.

At Temco Air Environmental, we provide professional preventive maintenance services and AC Repair for all types of air conditioning systems, from swamp coolers and heat pumps to traditional air conditioners. Whatever cooling product you choose for your home, you can count on our team to help you maintain the system to ensure that it always operates in peak condition. Trust the Tucson heating and cooling specialists at Temco Air Environmental.