Tips On Increasing Your Home’s Energy Efficiency

January 5th, 2014

Many homeowners and apartment dwellers overlook some of the most simple means of cutting down energy costs in Tucson, AZ. As electricity usage and fuel oil becomes increasingly expensive, turning the home into an efficient energy consumption unit is imperative. Here are some tips that you will find useful.

Tucson Heating And Cooling Made Easy

Aside from the usual weather stripping of windows and the purchase of energy-efficient window frames, there are other practices that will aid tremendously in the lowering of heating bills. If you have bare floors, for example, covering them with rugs or carpeting will significantly lower your energy costs.

Always make certain that air vents and baseboard heating strips are fully exposed. Placing furniture or drapes near them creates unusual swirling patterns of warm air, and this affects your thermostat’s ability to correctly read the indoor temperature.

In the wintertime, make sure to leave your drapes or blinds open when it’s sunny outside. The effect isn’t immediately noticeable, but the additional warmth provided from by sunlight will help save a good amount of fuel oil or electricity.

When running the air conditioner during the hot Tucson summer, make certain that interior doors are left open. Keep the thermostat set to Auto. Have your home air conditioning unit inspected for possible problems. You may qualify for a rebate if you have your unit serviced regularly.

Power And Appliances
A power strip saves money, plain and simple. Connect your appliances to one strip, and hook up your TV and entertainment system to another.

Place your lamps in the corner of the room. Two walls reflect light more efficiently, meaning that you can use bulbs of lower wattage. Invest in CFL bulbs. They last much longer than regular light bulbs and pay for themselves in no time. Remember to turn off all lights and unplug your power strips every night before going to bed.

Shop for ENERGY STAR appliances and TV sets. These use up to 35 percent less electricity than antiquated heating and cooling devices.

Fix Your Windows
Applying an approved window film will help to reduce heat transfer. Solar window screens are an excellent way to eliminate hot spots in the interior of your home. When shopping for new windows, look for the NFRC label. These certified products are the most energy efficient windows in the industry.

Roofing Improvements
If you are a homeowner, think about improving your roof’s ability to reflect light. Applying a reflective coating will reduce the amount of summer heat that enters your home from above!

A reflective roof also cuts down on energy expenses because it will not significantly expand or contract. This means less cracks through which heat can enter the attic.

Looking for an AC Repair company in Tucson that you can trust? Look no further than Temco Air Environmental, your trusted Tucson heating and cooling company.

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

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

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?

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. 

Don't spend another uncomfortable summer!

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

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

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!!

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

Join us for the Holiday Open House at the CRIZMAC Marketplace & Gallery

November 27th, 2012

Holiday Open House at the CRIZMAC Marketplace and Gallery

Join us for a party to welcome the holiday season! Enjoy seeing work by local artists and a demonstration by Oaxacan woodcarver, Agustin Cruz Tinoco. We invite you to view the art and start your holiday shopping!
Join the Party at CRIZMAC … Where Art Hangs Out!

Friday Reception:
November 30, 2012 5:00 to 8:30pm.

The Show Continues:
Sat. Dec. 1 and Sun. Dec. 2
10:00am. – 5:00pm.
A portion of the proceeds of the sale will benefit the Tucson Community Foodbank.

The CRIZMAC Marketplace is located at 1642 N. Alvernon Way, Tucson (East side of Alvernon, just south of Pima)

Temco Air Needs Your Help in Spreading Holiday Cheer in Tucson

November 16th, 2012

HOW YOU CAN HELP… 

Purchase new toys or gifts for children from birth to age 18, or house wares for formerly homeless young people and families. You can drop your items in the collection boxes at Temco Air Environmental, 3136 E Grant Rd. open Monday through Friday 8 -4. Our Family Services will add these items to their Holiday Gift Tree Store and let their clients shop for the items they and their families need.

If you have any questions call our office at (520)622-2909 Mon – Fri 8am to 4pm

Happy holidays to you and yours from your entire Temco Air Team

 

 

“Our Family Services provides shelter and support to homeless children, youth and families. We promote peace and understanding by helping people talk to each other. We help some ofTucson’s highest-risk children learn to read. We help troubled families cope with addiction and find healing. We help people learn to be better parents, improve their lives and their relationships, and build stronger families. We help older and disabled people live safely and with dignity in their own homes.”

For more information about Our Family Services, click here

Choose a contractor you know and trust

September 12th, 2012

You don't need me to remind you there are unethical contractors out there taking advantage of  trusting homeowners. We have all seen the sting-type news stories where contractors come to the set-up home and tell the homeownner they need a brand new air conditioner or that their furnace is no longer safe, even though there is nothing wrong with the system. These unethical contractors are not rare and no city is immune to them. I received the following message via Facebook from a Tucson residence who experienced this first hand just last week…

“We got scammed yesterday re one of our two A/C units having a bad valve. Called Temco and Chad came this morning. Nothing at all wrong with the unit. Signed up for Comfort Club. Thanks for having a first rate operation!”                              – S. Franano