The days are getting longer, the temperatures are getting higher, and summer will be in full swing before you know it. Whether this is your first Arizona summer, or you’re a seasoned vet, you can use the expert advice in these guides to make sure your home is up to the challenge. Here are ten resources to help you, and your home, stay cool and safe all summer long.
After months of mild temperatures with no need for air conditioning, your home may not be ready for the triple-digit summer heat. Thankfully, there are tips you can use to make sure you’re ready for a worry-free summer. In 7 Tips to Get Your Home Ready for Summer, we cover everything from changing filters and scheduling HVAC maintenance to changing the direction of your ceiling fans.
Every drop counts when it comes to water usage in and around your home, especially during summer when demand is higher. Even the smallest actions can make a real impact in terms of gallons and dollars saved. For example, replacing that pesky leaking faucet can save more than 3,000 gallons of water per year. Do your home (and your wallet) a favor and check out the 9 Ways to Conserve Water in the Summer.
Weather, power outages, and other factors can strike at any time, and within minutes your home can go from comfy and cool to agonizingly hot. During the heat of the summer, a broken air conditioner is an HVAC emergency. But, while you wait for a professional to arrive, you can take advantage of short-term solutions to keep your home as cool as possible. From creating a cooling cross-breeze with indoor fans, to unplugging major electronics, How to Keep Your Home Cool in an Emergency is full of smart solutions from our HVAC experts.
It’s hard not to panic when your air conditioner suddenly switches off in the middle of summer. But, if you stay calm and know what to check, what to fix, and when to call a professional, you can minimize the amount of time you go without reliable air conditioning. It could turn out that the problem was something as simple as a tripped circuit breaker or bad thermostat batteries. Before you assume the worst, here’s What to Check When Your A/C Won’t Turn on.
Summer brings the start of Monsoon season, and rough weather can knock out your power at the most inconvenient times. Simply turning on your thermostat might not be enough, especially if your thermostat doesn’t have backup battery power. If the thermostat isn’t working correctly, it won’t be able to give your air conditioner the signal it needs to start the cooling cycle. In How to Reset Your Thermostat After a Power Outage, we cover an easy four-step process you can use to get your thermostat back up and running.
The compressor is essentially the heart of your air conditioner. It takes the brunt of the damage and wear and tear from a harsh Arizona summer. Replacing a compressor is expensive, so keeping it in good working condition is important. That’s where a start assist kit comes in. Also known as a hard start kit or a compressor saver, this electrical tool provides extra voltage to help the compressor start up faster and run more efficiently. If you want to save energy and prolong the lifespan of your compressor, be sure and check out What is a Start Assist Kit? An Important Air Conditioner Tool.
Air conditioners aren’t always silent, but not every noise is cause for concern. With so many moving parts in an air conditioner it’s no surprise that things can get a bit loud. Train your ears to differentiate between regular clicks and whistles and troublesome signs of equipment failure in Air Conditioner Noise: What’s Normal and What’s Not.
When you start relying heavily on your air conditioner, it’s only natural that you’ll start seeing an increase in your monthly energy bill. But that doesn’t mean that sky high bills should be the norm. In fact, high bills are often a sign that something’s not quite right—like a refrigerant leak or a failing part. We cover the reasons why you may suddenly be paying more than usual in 7 Reasons Your Energy Bills are Getting Higher.
Your air conditioner can only do so much—make sure you’re not making its job harder. You may be adding several degrees of heat into your home without even realizing it, just from going about your daily routine. Everything from keeping the blinds open, turning on too many lights, or not replacing your air filters regularly can warm up your home. Learn more about the 8 Ways You Are Adding Unnecessary Heat to Your Home to help keep things cool all summer long.
During the unrelenting heat of summer, we all end up spending more time indoors, enjoying cool air. But, did you know that indoor air can be two to five times more polluted than the air outside? From adding houseplants to your décor and monitoring humidity levels to improving ventilation and regularly replacing your air filters, here are 7 Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality.
For all your air conditioning and plumbing needs, trust the experts at Chas Roberts to make things right. With more than 75 years of serving families throughout the Valley, we always go the extra mile to ensure great service. Contact us to get started.