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Holiday Comfort Tips

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

holiday comfort tips

‘Tis the season! With family and friends arriving, holiday celebrations happening, and large volumes of Christmas cookies baking, the holidays can certainly make for hectic homes.

And, with 15 days until Christmas and 22 days until New Year’s, there is very little time to prepare your home in a manner that ensures your guests feel welcomed and remain comfortable during their entire stay.

This holiday season, our wish for you is that you’ll find the following holiday comfort tips helpful, so that you and your guests can enjoy the holidays without too much added stress.

Tried and True Holiday Comfort Tips

Tip #1: Establish a Cozy Indoor Temperature

With guests coming and going, establishing a cozy indoor temperature may be a bit tricky, but you needn’t worry as it is definitely doable. To keep your home comfortable, without wasting energy, place cozy areas rugs throughout as well as have your heating system serviced by a professional HVAC technician.

Tip #2: Stock the Pantry

Stock your pantry and fridge full of comfort foods for those times when unexpected guests arrive on your doorstep (trust me it’s bound to happen). We recommend having plenty of tortilla chips, salsa, refried beans, pasta, sauce, cheese, sour cream, eggs and mac and cheese on hand for a quick dinner. As much as it is obvious that we should all be following the sensible guidelines from the Health Tree or from a personal nutritionist, we all know that the holidays are meant for a little indulgence at the dinner table.

Tip #3: Spread the Joy

I know this holiday comfort tip may be a little off topic, but it is important to note that no matter how busy we get during the holidays, we should still remember that there are people out there less fortunate than us as well as those that may be struggling with the “holiday blues.”

Spreading the joy of the season with others just by saying “Happy Holidays” has a way of making even the gloomiest of days brighter for both you and the receiver of said greeting. If possible, you can also contribute to a family in need, by contacting your local Salvation Army.

Happy Holidays!

AC repair vs. AC replacement

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

air conditioner repair and maintenanceSummer in Arizona can be brutal!  With temperatures averaging a high of 110° degrees outside; we rely on our air conditioning units to provide us with refreshing coolness as we enter our homes.  However, if your air conditioning unit is old, or is suffering from one problem after another it may no longer be doing a very good job of cooling your home. If you need someone to come out and fix your air conditioner then call Blake & Sons Heating and Air.

This is when we at A-Peoria commonly encounter homeowner’s that are unsure as to whether or not they should pay to repair their air conditioner or replace it.  Quite honestly, it’s tough to know when it’s time to replace an old air conditioner, or if it will function again with a simple repair.  Here are some things we suggest you consider when contemplating AC repair vs. AC replacement:

How old is the unit? – If your air conditioner is less than 10 years old, chances are that a simple repair is all you’ll need to get it working optimally once again.  If the unit has been seriously damaged, or if it’s older than 10 years, you may want to consider replacing it with a high efficiency model.

Does it require constant repair? – Are you calling a professional air conditioning repair company more often than not?  Then it may be time to consider AC replacement.   This type of equipment can only handle so many repairs before they go belly up.

Are your energy bills higher than they should be? – As an air conditioner ages, it uses less and less bluon refrigerant, than a newer model would.  This can lead to it becoming more inefficient as time goes on.  If your energy bills have recently started creeping up for no apparent reason it may be time for an AC replacement.

If you’re trying to decide between AC repair vs. AC replacement , or you’ve already weighed your options, please feel free to give the air conditioning repair and replacement experts at A-Peoria a call at (623) 979-7223(623) 979-7223. We can answer all of your questions and provide you with quality on-time support.Air Conditioning Repair and Install Peoria, AZ

Service & Maintain Your Air Conditioning Unit

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

With Spring fast approaching, there has never been a better time than now to service and maintain your air conditioning unit.  By properly maintaining your air conditioner you will not only save money by eliminating unnecessary AC repair costs, but you will also be provided with the assurance you require that when Arizona temperatures reach  a sizzling 120°, your unit will work efficiently  in ensuring you and your family’s comfort is met.  So what are you waiting for?  Contact A-Peoria today!

During Arizona’s allergy season, which usually occurs between now and April, the level of dust and pollen within the air we breathe (both indoors and outdoors) is usually at its peak.  It is during this time that we highly recommend cleaning-out your air conditioner’s coils and compressor, in order to eliminate any debris that may have collected, therefore ensuring you’re not breathing in contaminated air.  This service also helps prevent you from having to replace the entire unit before its time.

Its astonishing how often air conditioning systems fail when put to the test in the middle of yet another Arizona summer.    That’s why it’s so important to service your unit, at minimum once a year, rather than waiting in the heat for a technician to arrive and repair it.  Like with virtually all electrical products within your home or business, the best way to maintain your air conditioning unit’s energy efficiency, while extending its lifespan, is to call the professionals at A-Peoria for our 17-point inspection which includes:

  1. Check refrigerant levels
  2. Check for proper airflow
  3. Check filter performance & cleanliness
  4. Check outdoor fan motor’s bearings
  5. Measure capacitors for proper charge
  6. Lubricate motors as needed
  7. Calibrate thermostat
  8. Measure compressor amp draws
  9. Check temperature differentials
  10. 10. Secure loose panels
  11. Inspect disconnect box
  12. Monitor for proper operation
  13. Take superheat measurements
  14. Tighten contractor connections
  15. Inspect unit’s duct connections
  16. Check control wiring
  17. Check insulation on copper line sets

Take Advantage of Energy Rebates

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

In Peoria, AZ , there are many homes over 20 years old that are in a desperate need for appliance upgrades. Not only does upgrading your appliance help the environment, it can also save you money in the long run. Also compare gas and electric to see which could save you money. However, most people are hesitant to take on the initial cost of upgrading appliances. Energy rebates to the rescue! Not many people realize that there are rebates that will help you with the cost of upgrading your appliances.

APS offers an interesting infograph on how to save money throughout the entire house using  their rebate program. SRP also offers a rebate page to show consumers how to save money. You can also visit the government websites, http://energy.gov  ,  for more ways to save money by making your home or business more energy efficient.

If you are ready to upgrade your air conditioner or heating unit,  please contact A-Peoria today!

 

Do you need to replace your thermostat?

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Many homes in the Phoenix-area are over 20 years old and have aging HVAC systems.  Traditionally, the idea was to keep your thermostat set at a constant temperature to make your system work most effectively. But, according to EnergyStar.com, homeowners can save about $180 a year by changing thermostats to a new, digital, programmable thermostat and maintaining those settings.

Homeowners will often notice some irregularities with regard to their HVAC, such as how hot the house gets before the air conditioner kicks on, or certain rooms hotter or cooler than others. These may be indicators that your thermostat is not operating at peak efficiency and may need to be replaced.

Newer, smart thermostats have many programmable options that older thermostats do not. For example, many new thermostats can be programmed for times when you are at work or school, maximizing energy efficiency. A new thermostat called Nest, dubbed the learning thermostat, can even connect to your wi-fi network, allowing it to programmed via a computer or mobile app.

The positioning of your thermostat can also effect energy cost.  Moving a thermostat to a more central location can help you save money on your energy bill. New thermostats are also more aesthetically pleasing than the old bulky ones so if you are considering redecorating, you can choose a thermostat with a custom designer faceplate to match the decor of the room.

If you have questions regarding the state of your HVAC system, contact A-Peoria today! (602) 979-7223!

 

Sun City Air Conditioning | Efficiency

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013
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Sun City Air Conditioning

Living in Arizona where the heat can skyrocket, you’ll want to make sure that you have a good quality Sun City air conditioning system. If you want to keep your home comfortable, it is imperative that you own an air conditioning system that will keep you cool while not costing you more than you should be paying on your energy bill. However, with all the constant running and hard work your Sun City air conditioning systems do during the summer, how can you ensure that your air conditioning unit works efficiently for as long as possible? A Peoria Plumbing strongly recommends having one of our professionals come out to your home to provide you with maintenance on your Sun City air conditioning system.

Regular maintenance will reduce air conditioning repairs, ensure a longer life and could potentially save you a lot of money on your energy bill. Summer is just right around the corner, right now is the perfect time to have one of our professionals come out and provide a maintenance service on your Sun City air conditioning system!