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Potential Health Effects of Living With Poor Indoor Air Quality

Thursday, 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.

Is Your Air Conditioner Outdated?

Thursday, March 20th, 2014
new air conditioning units in Tucson, AZ

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?

Thursday, March 6th, 2014
A broken air conditioner in Tucson can be fixed

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.

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. 

Don't spend another uncomfortable summer!

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

PRESS 1 FOR ENGLISH?

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

 

 Tired of companies that have computers answering their phones? At Temco Air, you will ALWAYS reach a real person.  24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Because your call really IS important to us. Yes, it would be cheaper to have an automated answering system, but customer service is the bottom line with Temco Air. It’s simply more of that Golden Rule thing.

What you MUST know before you hire a contractor…

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Before you hire any contractor for home repairs, renovations, or heating and cooling equipment, get referrals from friends, family, or neighbors. This is the MOST important step you will take in the process of selecting a contactor.
Once you have several recommended contactors, your next step is to evaluate each contractor. Begin with how long the contactor has been in business in your area. Check your phone book to see if the contractor is listed. Most serious contractors are. Then, visit the public library and ask to see a phone book that is five years old. More then 90 percent of contractors fold their businesses within three years, HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) contactors come and go in this town. Does your contractor have enough solid business history to assure you he will be in business to stand behind his work a year from now?
Then check with your local Better Business Bureau to ensure 1) the contractor is a member of BBB (if they are not, move on), 2) and to inquire about their complaint record, it is not only important to know the number of complaints, but even more importantly, that complaints were resolved satisfactorily.
Is the contractor licensed with Arizona Registrar of Contractors? (Registrar’s phone number: 1-800-271-9286). Is the air conditioning contractor certified to handle refrigerants? This certification is required by law.
Does the contractor offer service for equipment they install, as well as on equipment installed by others? Is service available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including holidays and emergency situations? Will your contractor be able to respond fast enough when it is 110 degrees outside and your air conditioner fails?
Will you always be able to speak with a person, not a computerized answering system when you call for service? Is the contractor locally owned and managed or will you be calling an 800 number somewhere in Florida?
Is your contactor professional? Visit their office, look at company vehicles, chat with their employees, and visit their website.
Does your contractor offer free in-home estimates for new equipment? A professional will not be able to give you an exact price over the phone. He will need to come to your home to adequately determine your specific needs. Is there adequate insulation in your walls, attic, etc? Do you have large windows with Western exposure? Will you need additional return air to support the new system? Do you normally experience hot or cold spots in your home?

Temco Air Environmental
Heating, Air Conditioning, Custom Wine Rooms
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Love Letters

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

We love reading our fan mail.. here are just a few love letters we received this week:

“It was big decision time three years ago. My home air conditioning system was ready to “retire”. It was an easy decision. My Fellow Rotarian Marshall Dennington, Owner Temco Air Environmental lives the Four Way Test with his employees and CUSTOMERS!!! Every Spring and Fall, Temco Air Environmental inspects my system. I am pleased to say—I made the correct decision three years ago.” – Joe Nevin

“Everyone at Temco is top notch. Every technician who has ever come to our home has been courteous, friendly, and extremely knowledgeable.” – Linda Evans

“Carlos is a sweetheart, does thorough work, explains everything clearly, and puts up with me! If I had gold stars, he’d get gold stars!” -Lucinda Larson