Change Your Air Filter Often, Get These Benefits

December 28, 2020

It may seem like a small task, but changing your HVAC air filter can bring great benefits. A dirty air filter makes your cooling and heating system less efficient, because it has to work harder to maintain a consistent indoor temperature. That means you’ll spend more on energy each month. You should change your air filter as often as recommended by your equipment’s manufacturer, usually about once a month. If you do, expect to see these results: A clean air filter means good airflow through your cooling

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Improve Ventilation With An Attic Fan, Get These 3 Perks

December 28, 2020

Attic fans are a great investment in central Arizona, where summertime temperatures are regularly sustained at well above 100 degrees through the summer months. Even with insulation and radiant barriers installed, when the sun’s heat falls onto your roof it heats up the air inside the attic. Attic fans remove this heated air, and cooler “makeup” air is drawn in through remote vents. Vents in the ridge and in gables, along with dormer vents, are all passive; they work by allowing natural draft air convection to take place. Even turbine vents only extract hot air when the wind is blowing outside.

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Why High-Efficiency Air Conditioning Is A Must-Have In The Phoenix Valley Area

December 28, 2020

Phoenix is one of the hottest places in the country and if there’s anywhere that people benefit from high-efficiency air conditioning, this is the place. The minimum efficiency standard for central air conditioners stands at 13 SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio). A/C systems with higher SEER ratings may have advanced features that provide greater energy efficiency like: Dual-speed compressors. A dual-speed compressor runs at different speeds, depending on the need for cooling. You save money on electricity during the spring and fall, or when temperatures fall after sunset.

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A/C Operating Tips That Improve Phoenix Valley Homeowners’ Energy Costs

December 28, 2020

The Arizona summers make it difficult and expensive to keep your home cool and comfortable. The cost of energy is rising constantly, and homeowners like to stretch their energy dollars whenever possible. Take advantage of these no- or low-cost A/C operating tips to keep your home cool and comfortable: Keep an eye on the thermostat Develop good thermostat habits. Turn the temperature up when the house is empty and while you’re sleeping. Consider installing a programmable thermostat for more efficiency.

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Upgrading Your A/C? Get Familiar With These Cooling Terms

December 28, 2020

Air conditioning is essential in Phoenix, and it helps to know what the terms mean when you’re upgrading your unit to make better choices. Since we use our air conditioners for more than half the year, knowing what you’re choosing has a big impact on your comfort and your energy budget. These terms describe A/C essentials:     SEER and EER: Both of these terms indicate the energy efficiency of the air conditioner. SEER stands for seasonal energy efficiency ratio, while EER stands for

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With Air Purification You Can Expect These 3 Benefits

December 28, 2020

Microscopic contaminants floating throughout the air can create a variety of problems in your home. Fortunately, with the help of an air-purification system, you can remove the contaminants and expect at least three benefits for you, your family and your home:     Improved indoor air quality Air purification removes the tiny particles floating throughout your home’s air, including fungal spores, dander, dust, chemical vapors, allergens, bacteria and pollen. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the indoor air can be up to five times more polluted then the

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Ductless Mini Splits: Why Annual Maintenance Is Critical To Ensuring Peak Performance

December 28, 2020

In central Arizona, many homeowners are choosing ductless mini splits as the best choice for cooling and heating room additions and retrofits. To get the most out of your system, or if you’re considering purchasing a ductless mini split, remember that annual maintenance is important for optimal home comfort and maximum energy efficiency.     Ductless mini splits are split-system heat pumps, which accounts for their excellent efficiency. Their compact design make them suitable for almost any location, and their unobtrusive installation is a breath of fresh air compared to renovating

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Heat Pump Problems? Easy Troubleshooting Tips To Try Before You Call For Help

December 28, 2020

Heat pump problems in the midst of a Phoenix Valley summer is a serious matter. Going without cooling for even a day is not an option. And neither is an unnecessary service call. Before you dial your local HVAC contractor’s number, there are a few actions homeowners can take to troubleshoot their heat-pump systems. Beyond these simple steps below, however, any other problems should be left to the pros.     Most basic heat pump problems are due to either trouble with the thermostat, a blown fuse or a tripped home

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Need An HVAC Contractor? Follow These 9 Tips To Find The One That’s Right For You

December 28, 2020

When you’re hiring an HVAC contractor, you need to know the criteria to use when vetting potential candidates. Every contractor should meet certain criteria. If they don’t, you can feel good about checking them off your list. At Wolff Mechanical, we know how important it is to use an expert HVAC contractor. With the right contractor, you can ensure that your newly installed equipment will operate well or that maintenance service will be done right — the first time — because your contractor has the background and expertise to address your comfort needs and any problems that

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Ceiling Fans And Your Cooling System: Why They Work Better Together

December 28, 2020

If you’re not using your home’s ceiling fans to assist your air conditioner, you could be losing out on two distinct advantages they afford: better home comfort and increased energy savings. And while you could conceivably use any type of fan to boost your air conditioning, ceiling fans are ideal. They circulate the air in your home well and create the best wind-chill effect, compared to other types of fans such as a floor or portable fan. Comfort When you turn on a ceiling fan, it creates a draft in the room, and if

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