Have Home Heating Questions? Let Us Answer

At Chas Roberts Air Conditioning & Plumbing, our Tucson and Phoenix air conditioning contractors have been serving Arizonans for 72 years. In fact, we’re the state’s largest HVAC contractor. So you better believe we’ve heard every air conditioning and heating question there is.

As the temperatures cool and Arizona homeowners start turning on their home heating system for the first time this season, we thought we would share some of the most common questions we get regarding Phoenix and Tucson AC repair and installation – and the answers, of course.


  • What’s the ideal temperature to set my thermostat at for keeping my home warm this winter? According to the U.S. Department of Energy, setting the thermostat to 68 degrees while you’re home is the optimum temperature. Then, lowering it 10-15 degrees while you’re out or asleep can save you 5-15 percent a year on your heating bill. If you’re worried about having to remember to change your thermostat back and forth each day and night, consider installing a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat allows you to adjust the times you turn on the system, according to a pre-set schedule.


  • How can I increase the efficiency and prolong the life of my heating and air conditioning system? One of the best things you can do to ensure your system is operating at peak efficiency, for the life of the system, is to have maintenance done on the system by a professional Tucson or Phoenix air conditioning contractor. A properly maintained system will greatly improve the odds against mechanical failures and costly Phoenix and Tucson AC repairs. A professional inspection can identify worn or damaged parts before they become major issues. Take a look at Chas Roberts’ Comfort Assurance Plan. This maintenance agreement offers you two check-ups per year, priority service and discounts on repairs.


  • Is there anything I can do myself to help maintain the system? Regularly replacing the unit’s filter is one of the easiest things you can do to keep your system in tip-top shape. It’s recommended that disposable filters be replaced once a month. Good news – you can buy filters online from Chas Roberts easily and at a competitive price.


  • My system wasn’t keeping me as cool this past summer as it had in previous years. How do I know if it just needs repair or if I should invest in a new system? In Arizona’s long summer season, the HVAC system in your home runs 12 to 15 hours a day, 7 days a week. Add onto that a few months of heating in the winter and you can see that your system is constantly getting a workout. If you’re system is getting up there in age, the cost of repair may exceed the value you will receive from the repair. If the unit isn’t that old and just has a minor part failure, you may be able to get by with a repair.


Consider calling in the expert Tucson and Phoenix air conditioning contractors at Chas Roberts to help you weigh the decision of repair vs. replace, or to take care of your system maintenance. If your system isn’t living up to it’s full potential, you can take advantage of Chas’s current offer for a $49.95 service call, where an experienced Chas technician will check out your system to make sure it’s running properly and let you know if it’s in need of repairs (through December 15, 2014). Set up an appointment today! Visit ChasRoberts.com or call (602) 943-3426 in Phoenix or (520) 292-6858 in Tucson.