Archive for 2013

What To Consider When Choosing an A/C & Heating Company

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013
Air conditioning done right, Temco Air Environmental in Tucson, AZ

Have you chosen the right heating and air conditioning company? If you chose Temco you have!

When you need repairs for your heater or air conditioner, it is important that you pick the right company to do the job. If you are having trouble with this decision, going over the qualities to look for can help. Some of the most crucial characteristics include affordable prices, great customer service, and experienced technicians.

If you are on a budget, price will be one of the main factors in your decision. Luckily, you can get an idea of the amount you will spend by calling around and requesting free estimates. While there is no way to get an accurate estimate on repairs until a technician comes to your home to diagnose the problem, you can often request a quote online or over the phone when you need a replacement unit.

Every time you call a local cooling and heating company, you should pay attention to the customer service you get. If the person you talk to cannot answer your questions or does not sound very happy to be helping you, it is best to turn to another company that understands customer service. You deserve to be treated as a valued customer during every interaction.

Once you have made an appointment for repairs, you should expect the technician to arrive on time. He or she should also be courteous from the start. After all, you are trusting the technician to come to your home and then diagnose and repair the problem. You should be able to feel at ease and welcome to ask any questions you have. This is a major component of great customer service.

Of course, you should also feel confident in the technician’s ability to make repairs. This means he or she can provide thorough answers to your questions while also handling tools and replacement parts with ease. In addition, hearing good reviews about the company in question can help you rest assured you will get great results.

At Temco Air Environmental, we have a reputation for possessing these important qualities. We invite you to contact us to find out more about our ability to make heating and cooling repairs of all kinds. Call us today to find out more about our heating and cooling services in Tucson.

The Evolution of Heating Systems

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

When the pilgrims landed in America, the standard home heating system was a fireplace. The fireplace was fine when most houses were small. When wealthy people started to build bigger houses, they needed a more efficient home heating system. This problem was temporarily solved with the invention of the Franklin Stove.
The Franklin stove was a cast iron stove that was used to heat the entire house. The stove was free standing and required fewer pieces of wood to operate efficiently. The Franklin stove later became the basis for the cooking appliance used in modern kitchens.

Central heating systems were introduced in the 20th century. The concept of central heating was first introduced in the time of the Roman Empire. The ancient Romans heated public bathhouses and the homes of the wealthy with a hypocaust system. Modern central heating systems use gas, propane and electricity. Furnace units are still used today, but there are also other heating options available. Homes can be heated using electricity or solar power.

Since the latter part of the 20th century, most of the homes constructed in the United States have and use some sort of central heating systems. Fireplaces and space heaters are often used along with central heating systems. The temperature on a central heating system can be used to heat one room or an entire home.

Temco is a leader in the service and installation of central heating systems for homes in Tucson. More than 80 percent of their customers find them through referrals. After every visit, customers are given a survey to ensure they are providing excellent customer service. Feedback is taken seriously. In fact, customer feedback has led to changes in their business process. Besides central heating, they also install radiant floors. Their exceptional level of customer service is noted in customer reviews and on the BBB website.

Need heating and cooling solutions for your Tucson home? Call Tucson Air Environmental at (520)622-2909 today for all your heating and cooling needs. We are proud to provide Tucson Heating and Cooling at the highest level. 

What is a SWAMP COOLER? And what is that fishy smell?

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Many homes in the Tucson area have a swamp coolers (also called an evaporative cooler) instead of a central air conditioning system. Until now,  many homeowners chose swamp coolers to cool their homes instead of a traditional central air conditioning system to save on energy costs. Swamp coolers used to be a good cooling choice in the past, however, recent advances in high efficiency Air Conditioning systems have made them less attractive because of the many disadvantages of swamp coolers. Swamp coolers work best in very dry conditions.  They are not effective when humidity levels increase or during warm, rainy weather.  They also can create a “fish smell” in your home, which could be the reason for the nickname “swamp cooler”.  Swamp coolers require frequent maintenance and since they are usually located on the roof, maintenance can be inconvenient for the homeowner and the cost of professional maintenance can add up. Not to mention the need for water running through the swamp cooler, potentially dumping water onto your roof. Although an evaporative cooler can cool a home to a lower temperature than the outside air, they do not have the cooling capacity of a central air conditioning system. The big advantage of a swamp cooler had always been its lower energy usage, but not so much anymore. Modern energy efficient central air conditioning systems use 30% to 50% less electricity than those made years ago.  That means that the advantage of using a swamp cooler is much less than it used to be, especially once the cost of maintenance is factored in.

To schedule a free in-home estimate to replace your evaporative cooler with a new, high efficiency central air conditioning system,

Call Temco Air today at (520)622-2909. 

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Temco Air’s the best in Tucson… just ask our customers…

Friday, March 29th, 2013

We are really impressed with John! He’s a great explainer, very thorough and very patient with questions. He diagnosed the problem with our largest unit and gave us information on the repair and replace options. (We’ll probably have called you to replace before you get this note). And the unit is atop a guest house. Neither of us has been on the roof – advanced age – but John brought down pictures on his phone to show the problems with the ductwork and coils. He’s an excellent communicator. Thanks, -J. Spadora March 2013
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Don’t Miss the 12th Annual Boys and Girls Clubs Event in Tucson at LaEncantada

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

T h e B e s t B i t e s ! T h e B e s t T u n e s ! T h e B e s t L i b a t i o n s ! T h e B e s t E v e n t !
Proceeds from THE EVENT support the 8,000 youth club members served annually by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson.

Purchase your tickets by clicking below. Be sure to enter Jon Rankin’s name as your Board Solicitor. See you at the event on April 14th, 2013.
The Event 2013 – Ticket Form

Homeowners Beware: Price of R-22 Refrigerant Through The Roof!!

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

Homeowners Beware!

If your home has an older air conditioning unit, it could use R-22 refrigerant. The EPA’s phaseout of R-22 will impact refrigerant availability and raise the price of adding refrigerant to your air conditioning system.

Here is some background on the phaseout of R-22, the ban on production and imports of ozone-depleting refrigerants:

In 1987 the Montreal Protocol, an international environmental agreement, established requirements that began the worldwide phaseout of ozone-depleting CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons). These requirements were later modified, leading to the phaseout in 1996 of CFC production in all developed nations. In 1992 the Montreal Protocol was amended to establish a schedule for the phaseout of HCFCs (hydro chlorofluorocarbons). HCFCs are less damaging to the ozone layer than CFCs, but still contain ozone-destroying chlorine. The Montreal Protocol as amended is carried out in the U.S. through Title VI of the Clean Air Act, which is implemented by EPA.

 

What does this mean to homeowners?

HCFC-22 (also known as R-22) had been the refrigerant of choice for residential heat pump and air-conditioning systems for more than four decades. Unfortunately for the environment, releases of R-22, such as those from leaks, contribute to ozone depletion. In addition, R-22 is a greenhouse gas and the manufacture of R-22 results in a by-product (HFC-23) that contributes significantly to global warming. As the manufacture of R-22 is phased out over the coming years as part of the agreement to end production of HCFCs, manufacturers of residential air conditioning systems are offering equipment that uses ozone-friendly refrigerants. Many homeowners may be misinformed about how much longer R-22 will be available to service their central A/C systems and heat pumps.

In 2012, U.S. government regulations began reducing production of the refrigerant known as R22 by 45 percent. This reduction caused the price of R22 to triple on Jan. 23, 2011. Since then the price of R22 refrigerant has continued to spike and will be felt by consumers with older A/C systems needing repairs requiring adding refrigerant. The price of R22 is only going to climb as we get closer to meeting the phasout of R22 by the year 2020. Every major air conditioner manufacturer in the United States has selected R-410A as its choice to replace R-22 in new equipment, and there are at least a dozen brands of R-410A air conditioners or heat pumps available today, with more coming soon.

The Clean Air Act does not allow any refrigerant to be vented into the atmosphere during installation, service, or retirement of equipment. Therefore, R-22 must be recovered and recycled (for reuse in the same system), reclaimed (reprocessed to the same purity standard as new R-22), or destroyed. After 2020, the servicing of R-22-based systems will rely solely on recycled or reclaimed refrigerants. It is expected that reclamation and recycling will ensure that existing supplies of R-22 will last longer and be available to service a greater number of systems.  This may be optimistic as many HVAC companies are not reclaiming or recycling refrigerant (it’s much cheaper and easier to simply release the refrigerant into the atmosphere), so be sure your HVAC company is ethical and that their technicians are  EPA Certified.  Also, many older systems have significant refrigerant leaks, and many unethical HVAC companies are comfortable simply adding r-22 over and over as needed, with disregard to the damage the escaping refrigerant does to the atmosphere.
 

A Common Sense Approach To Servicing Your System

Along with prohibiting the production of ozone-depleting refrigerants, the Clean Air Act also mandates the use of common sense in handling refrigerants. By containing and using refrigerants responsibly — that is, by recovering, recycling, and reclaiming, and by reducing leaks — their ozone depletion and global warming consequences are reduced. The Clean Air Act outlines specific refrigerant containment and management practices for HVAC manufacturers, distributors, dealers and technicians. Properly installed home comfort systems rarely develop major refrigerant leaks, and with proper servicing, a system using R-22, R-410A, or another refrigerant will reduce its impact on the environment. While EPA does not mandate repairing or replacing small systems because of leaks, system leaks can not only harm the environment, but also result in increased operation and maintenance costs.

One important thing a homeowner can do for the environment, regardless of the refrigerant used, is to select a reputable HVAC company that employs service technicians who are EPA-certified to handle refrigerants. Be sure that your HVAC company recovers and recycles refrigerants as mandated by the EPA.

 

A Common Sense Approach To Purchasing a New System

Along with the assurance your new system utilizes a more environmentally friendly refrigerant, another important thing a homeowner can do for the environment is to purchase a highly energy-efficient system. Energy-efficient systems result in cost savings for the homeowner. Today’s best air conditioners use much less energy to produce the same amount of cooling as air conditioners made in the mid-1970s. Even if your air conditioner is only 10 years old, you may save significantly on your cooling energy costs by replacing it with a newer, more efficient model. Products with EPA’s Energy Star® label can save homeowners 10% to 40% on their heating and cooling bills every year.

For more info, go to http://www.epa.gov/ozone/title6/phaseout/22phaseout.html