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Turning Your Home Furnace Off for the Summer

Tuesday, 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.

Central Air Conditioning Vs. Swamp Coolers

Monday, January 20th, 2014

swamp coolers vs. central air conditioners in Arizona

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.

Tips On Increasing Your Home’s Energy Efficiency

Sunday, 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.

Is Your Family Safe?

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

mother and baby
With symptoms such as headache, fatigue, nausea, dizziness… you think your family has the flu, right? Unfortunately many people with carbon monoxide poisoning mistake their symptoms for the flu.

The National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) reports: Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that is extremely poisonous and can kill within minutes. In the US each year, nearly 500 die while as many as 20,000 visit emergency rooms for exposure primarily from poorly-maintained heating systems or gas stoves and gas-powered generators used for heat or power during storms.

To View their informative video, “The Quiet Killer”, click here

Protect Your Family!

At the beginning of every heating season, have Temco’s professionals check your gas furnace.
Call 622-2909 today.

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Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

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Lower doesn’t mean faster…..

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

We have all been there, its hotter then blazes outside and we come home to a house that’s 80+ degrees so we quickly look at our air conditioner thermostat and crank it down to 69 degrees thinking that it will cool down FASTER!!! Unfortunately this is NOT the case, Simply turning down your thermostat below your comfort point will not make it cool down any faster. The air conditioner is designed to lower the temperature in the house at one speed. Lowering it that low will just make the poor unit run much more longer then necessary and in some cases can cause the air conditioner to “ice up”. If you find yourself in this situation the best thing to do is set your thermostat only 3-4 degrees cooler that what the current temperatures is in your home and let the air conditioner do the work. If it is still to warm in the house for your comfort level, wait about half an hour to give the air conditioner a rest and then lower it again. You can also purchase a programmable thermostat that will cool and heat your house on a preset schedule. If you would like to get more information on what products are currently available and what might work best for you, please call our office at (520) 622-2909.

Mother knows best, Right?

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

Before any technician is sent to a customers house, they must pass the in-laws test first. Every new technician is sent on a service call to�Cathy’s parents� house for an evaluation. The techs don�t know they are at the owner�s parents� house, and�her parents are instructed to �give the tech a hard time�. If they pass the �Bob and Louie� test, we know they are then ready to send to our customers� homes.

Are you being mislead?

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

 HVAC is in the top 3 categories most inquired about through the Better Business Bureau for good reason. If you look in the phonebook under air conditioning contractors you will find 50+ ads all promising the same things (customer satisfaction guaranteed, quality work). If everyone was truly doing what they promised in their ads, our industry would not have such a sad reputation.  There are a lot of false advertising and marketing ploys out there right now and we would like to make sure that you do not fall victim to these. Here are a few of the examples that we have received from Temco Air customers:
Letter in the mail stating that the “federal tax credits may pay you up to $1500 back”. This is simply not true. The federal tax credit it’s just that, it’s only a credit applied to your taxes at the end of the tax year. There is no “cash” given to the consumer for this at any time. There has also been a “coupon” in print in the newspaper stating that the federal tax credit expires 6/15/09. This is not true either; it is a credit good for the 2009 and 2010 tax years. For additional information on this particular credit, please go to:

http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=products.pr_tax_credits#7

Advertisement in the paper stating “$250 Utility Rebate” with an expiration date of 6/15/09. This is not accurate or complete information. They are referring to the Tucson Electric Power (TEP) Efficient Home Cooling Program. TEP is currently offering up to $250 cash rebate on units 14 SEER or higher. For additional information on this particular rebate, please go to:

www.tep.com/efficiency/home/efficienthome/

Advertisement in a magazine stating “No complaints with R.O.C.” This is simply not the “whole” truth. While yes, they do not have any current complaints under the ROC number that was listed; they however were denied their license renewal under their “old” business name. Now if you were to go the ROC and just simply look them up by the number listed you would never know any different. It is important when you research a company that you look them up both by the business name and business owner’s name. If you search under the owners name you would see that he has multiple business names with the same type of licenses just with one word of the business name different. To investigate any registered contractor in the State of Arizona, please go to:

http://www.azroc.gov/

 Advertisement showing that they are a “BBB accredited business”. Just because they are a member of the BBB does not mean that they are an “A+” rated business with no complaint history. It is possible to be a BBB accredited business and have a “C” rating with 76 complaints in the last 36 months. It is also possible to have the same owner with multiple business names for the same business under different listings with the BBB and have different ratings as well. The ROC search will help you to know what other “business names” the business might be listed under in the BBB database to make your search more effective. To look up a business on the BBB, please go to:

http://tucson.bbb.org/consumers/

 Letter in the mail stating that “your warranty is about to expire”. There has been a mass mailing of these around Tucson, claiming that your warranty is about to expire as a way to get you to purchase a new unit. If you ever receive a letter like this that is not directly from the manufacturer of your equipment, disregard it. Any manufacturer of your equipment would have sent a letter out on official company letterhead with your warranty number on it and all of your equipment information. If at any time you are in doubt about a letter that you received in the mail regarding this, please feel free to call Temco Air at (520) 622-2909 and we will contact your manufacturer on your behalf and find out about a warranty you may have.

 If you have found that you were mislead or given false information, please share your thoughts with us by simply leaving a comment below.

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Thursday, June 11th, 2009

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