Do I Need Home Surge Protection For My HVAC System?

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At one time, home surge protection was only associated with computers or big-screen television sets. Now, as technology has become more sophisticated and our level of comfort has grown with it, we are surrounded by devices using printed circuit boards in our homes much more often.

Our home phones and even our HVAC systems fall into this category now. They can be vulnerable to a power surge caused by an issue with the power grid or a lightning strike. These surges can be devastating, since even a small surge has the potential to cause irreparable damage to sensitive electronic components.

Power Surges And Damage To HVAC Systems

Do I Need Home Surge Protection For My HVAC System - Cool Breeze ACAt one point HVAC systems had very few electronic parts, and were mostly mechanical in nature. Modern, higher efficiency systems are designed differently, though. The issue with newer models is that when a power surge hits, you have no way of determining how much damage one of them will do to your equipment.

Large surges can cause immediate failure to your HVAC unit and extensive damage that is difficult to repair. In a number of cases, damage caused by a power surge means that the HVAC unit must be replaced, instead of being repaired.

Even if your HVAC unit survives a power surge and appears to be working just fine, there may be hidden damage. Over time, this damage may lead to premature failure. This is not a result you want to see happen to an investment you have made in your HVAC system.

What You Can Do To Protect Your HVAC System

Even though you cannot stop power surges from occurring, there are steps you can take to protect your HVAC system and other appliances in your home from becoming damaged.

  • Have a whole-home surge protector installed at the main breaker box to prevent excess power from being a problem for items tied into the power line, rather than an outlet.
  • Buy individual surge protectors and using them at each outlet where you have electronic equipment plugged in.

We are your local heating and air conditioner experts in the Tucson, AZ area and we can assess your system to determine its level of protection.

We are your local heating and air conditioner experts in the Tucson, AZ area and we can assess your system to determine its level of protection.

If you still have concerns about surge protection and your HVAC system, call Cool Breeze Comfort Solutions now!

Why HVAC Maintenance Is Important

If you have made the decision to invest in an HVAC system, it makes sense that you should also take the time and effort to maintain it properly after installation. You expect that your system will last for a number of years, and if you are going to get the maximum life out of it, you will need to invest in proper HVAC maintenance.

Benefits Of Regular HVAC Maintenance

Better Air Quality

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Keeping your HVAC system maintained regularly will not only keep your home comfortable in winter months and cool during the summer but it will also ensure a better air quality environment inside your home.

Making sure that your air filter and coils are clean means that all members of your family will have healthier air to breathe. If anyone in your family suffers from asthma or allergies, they will benefit substantially from the improved air quality.

Lower Energy Costs

If your unit is running efficiently, you will be spending less money on your utility costs. Scheduling regular HVAC maintenance checks is a good way to catch issues with your system early, before they turn into bigger and more expensive problems to fix.

Fewer Emergency Repairs

Most HVAC systems need some emergency repairs from time to time. A well-maintained unit is less likely to fail during the peak seasons of operation (June-September and December-March). Making a point of keeping up to date with regular inspections will help to ensure that your system is running well and will lower the likelihood of needing an emergency service call.

Warranty Available

If you run into a problem with a part that was replaced in a regular maintenance check, it may be covered under a warranty. You’ll want to keep a list of all work performed on your HVAC system, as well as the date it was performed. A faulty part can often be replaced at no cost.

Longer System Life

A well-maintained system will be able to function well and last longer than one that has not been as well cared for over the years. By scheduling regular maintenance checks, a system can last for well over 10 years. The HVAC system is an investment in your home, and it makes sense to keep it running well as long as possible.

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Will An Air Conditioner With A Higher BTU Cool My Room Faster?

If you want to maintain the right temperature in a particular room, it is important to choose the right room air conditioner for your home. You need to consider the size of the room and its purpose before making your decision to buy an air conditioning unit.

What BTU’s Have To Do With Properly Cooling Your Room

It’s important to match the room size to the BTU rating so that the air conditioner will be able to cool the room properly.

BTU: British Thermal Unit

Will an Air Conditioner Higher BTU Cool my Room Faster - CoolBreezeCSBefore you can make a decision about an air conditioner for a particular room in your home, you will need to know more about BTUs (British Thermal Units). A BTU is an international measure of energy that is used to describe the amount of heat needed to raise one pound of water one degree Fahrenheit.

In the heating and cooling industry, BTUs are used to measure the amount of heat that an air conditioning unit can remove from a room per hour. As the BTU rating on a particular unit increases, the size, weight and cost also goes up.

Recommended BTU By Room Size

If you are looking for an air conditioner for a room measuring say 10’ x 15’ (150 square feet), the recommended BTU range is up to 5400. If your room is 10’x 20’ (200 square feet), you’d need to look at a 6,000 BTU unit. Once you get into 340 and 400 square feet per room, you’d need an 8,000 or 9,000 BTU air conditioner, respectively.

Kitchens need more cooling power, since you’ll be operating the oven, which adds heat to the room. Add an additional 4000 BTU to the recommended size for an air conditioning unit in your kitchen.

High ceilings or unusual floor plans also require additional cooling power, which means you should plan for another 10 percent above the standard BTU level. Living in a warmer climate also means you need to add on between 10-20 percent more BTUs per room.

Air Conditioner Size And Cooling Ability

So you’re still wondering if an air conditioner with a higher BTU will cool your room faster, right? Read on:

If your air conditioner has a bigger BTU rating than the room size needs, it will cycle off too quickly, waste energy, and will not adequately dehumidify the space. So a higher BTU than needed is definitely not recommended.

Installing an air conditioner that is too small for the space is also not recommended, since it will run continuously. It will not be powerful enough to cool the space adequately.

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Whether you need to better cool just one or two rooms or your entire home, our air conditioning experts are here for you!

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3 Interesting And Helpful FAQs About Your Heater

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When your home’s furnace is working properly, you may not give it much thought. However, when it is not performing efficiently or has stopped working, your heating system is brought to the forefront of your attention. Check out the answers to these interesting and helpful FAQs to learn about your heating system.

FAQs About Your Heater

1. Why Does My Heater Keep Shutting Off?

Helpful FAQ's About Your Heater - Cool Breeze Comfort SolutionsIn most cases when your furnace is shutting on and off, it’s due to a problem called short cycling. If it is not diagnosed and corrected promptly, it could not only end up costing you more in heating costs but could lead to permanent damage.

If you notice that your furnace is short cycling, a dirty air filter may be the culprit. If the filter hasn’t been cleaned or changed recently, warm air cannot pass through it easily.

You can help prevent this issue by changing the air filter regularly. It should be changed at the start of each season and checked monthly in between changes. Put a reminder on your calendar or electronic device so that you do not forget.

The problem may also be caused by a faulty thermostat. Make sure that it is set to an accurate setting and not too close to another heat source or located in direct sunlight before assuming the heating unit needs to be repaired.

Other causes of short cycling include an improperly sized heating system for your home, a corroded flame sensor, or a foreign object lodged in the air vent or the chimney.

The best recommendation is to schedule a service appointment with one of our licensed technicians to have the issue properly diagnosed and repaired.

2. How Are Heaters Rated?

Furnaces, water heaters and boilers are rated using a thermal energy efficiency measure called Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE). It is pronounced “A-FEW”. The higher the AFUE rating, the more efficient the heat-producing unit will be.

In the case of a natural gas furnace or boiler, typical AFUE numbers would be as follows:

  • Conventional: 55-65%
  • Mid-efficiency: 78-84%
  • Condensing: 90-97%

3. Can I Use An Extension Cord With My Space Heater?

If you are using an electric space heater, you should never use an extension cord to plug it into a power source. Doing so puts you at risk for causing a house fire due to the extra wattage that they carry and the amount of amperage that they use.

You can use a space heater in your home as long as you plug it into a separate outlet on your wall. If the fuse blows or the circuit breaker trips on the circuit that you are plugged into, unplug the heater and try another circuit.

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Preparing Your AC for Winter

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140376700As the weather starts to cool down, it is important to get your air conditioner service to ensure that it is ready for winter. Not only can this save you money and prevent future repairs, but it also means that your air conditioner will be ready to use when the summer rolls around again. Keep reading to find out how to prepare your unit.

Inspect the System
The professional air conditioner service people can come to your home to inspect every part of your unit. If they see any areas that need repairs, they can make them right away instead of allowing them to get worse until you need to spend a lot of money for a major fix. They can also clean the coils and other areas that might have buildup.

Clean the Filters
It is important to clean your air conditioner filters regularly to ensure that the air can move through them properly. Cleaning and changing the filters every few months helps you enjoy optimal function and efficiency from your air conditioner.

Keep the Area Around the Unit Clear
Even if you do not use the air conditioner during the winter, it is still important to keep it clear. Try to clean out any debris or leaves that might surround the unit. If you do not keep it clean, some of these materials could find their way inside the unit and cause problems when you start to use it again. Try to leave about 2-3 feet of space around the air conditioner so it stays clean throughout the winter.

Cool Breeze Comfort Solutions is Tucson’s top air conditioner repair and service center. We can install, service, and maintain your air conditioner to ensure that you get the most use out of it. We also handle salt-free filtration, home heating, and indoor air quality services. To learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment, visit us online or call (520) 495-2227.

What Causes Poor Indoor Air Quality?

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156534187The indoor air quality in your home affects the way you breathe. If you do not have good indoor air quality, you and your family might be exposed to potentially harmful contamination that can spread germs and cause certain air problems. Keep reading to learn about the major causes of poor indoor air quality.

Pollutants
Mold, bacteria, and viruses are some of the leading biological pollutants that affect the air quality in your home. Pollen, animal dander, and even dust mites or cockroaches might also affect the way you can breathe at home. If these biological pollutants affect your air quality, it might lead to infections, allergic reactions, or even asthma attacks.

Smoke
If you or anyone in your home smokes, you probably have poor indoor air quality. Secondhand smoke has more than 200 poisons like carbon monoxide and 60 chemicals that increase the risk for developing cancer. If secondhand smoke is polluting your indoor air quality, it puts your lungs at serious risk for health problems like lung cancer, pneumonia, and respiratory tract infections.

Combustion Pollutants
Certain appliances like a furnace or a fireplace might release combustible pollutants that negatively affect your air quality. Most of the time, these combustion pollutants are the result of colorless and odorless gases. Carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide are impossible to see, but they can have a negative affect on your health. If you are exposed to extremely high levels, it can even cause death.

Asbestos
Older homes often have asbestos in the carpets, the particle boards, and plywood paneling. Asbestos is made with formaldehyde, which can pollute your air quality and lead to serious health issues.

The experts at Cool Breeze Comfort Solutions can come to your home to improve your indoor air quality. We provide air cleaners and air filtration systems that can improve the air that circulates through your home. We also offer air duct cleanings. To learn more about our indoor air quality or our heating and cooling services, call (520) 495-2227.

The Environmental Benefits of Solar Air Conditioners

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486883413Air conditioning plays a vital role in your health and comfort during the hot summer months in Tucson. While traditional air conditioning units rely solely on electricity to provide cooling, solar air conditioners can reduce or even eliminate the need for electricity altogether. Solar air conditioners are available as both hybrid systems and completely solar-powered absorption chillers, the latter of which can be run without the need for outside power at all. Choosing a solar-powered air conditioning system offers many benefits, both in terms of your finances and your environmental impact.

Reduced Electricity Consumption
The main benefit of a solar air conditioner is its reduced demand for electricity. Current estimates state that as much as five percent of all electricity produced in the United States is used for cooling, which releases 140 million tons of carbon dioxide into the air. Whether you choose a hybrid air conditioning system or a solar-powered chiller, these units’ lower demand for non-renewable energy automatically translates into a smaller carbon footprint. In most cases, electricity is generated via the consumption of non-renewable resources, also releasing carbon dioxide and other contaminants into the air. Thus, a reduced or eliminated dependence on this type of energy holds many valuable benefits for the environment, including the conservation of natural resources and a smaller impact on climate change.

Less Material Consumption
The use of solar air conditioners can also reduce the amount of material required to make and maintain your air conditioner. If your home already utilizes solar panels for water heating purposes, you can use these same solar panels to power your solar air conditioner. Because solar air conditioners utilize fewer materials and moving parts, they are also more cost-effective and environmentally-friendly to maintain over the long term.

If you’re interested in installing a hybrid or solar-powered air conditioner in Tucson, Cool Breeze Comfort Solutions can help you save money and contribute to a healthier environment. We invite you to visit our website for more details or to check out our current promotions. Call 520-495-2227 in Tucson and 928-252-6966 in Globe to schedule air conditioning service today.

Choosing a Water Softener for Your Home

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naturesoftAcross America, millions of gallons of water are consumed each day. However, standard water treatment may not be sufficient for the health and comfort of your family, particularly in Arizona, where the water is notoriously hard. If you’re considering installing a water softener in your home, contact Cool Breeze Comfort Solutions to learn more about our whole-home salt-free water filtration systems available in Tucson and Globe.

Capacity
One of the most important factors that will influence your choice of water softener is its capacity. Just like any other appliance in your home, water softeners are available in varying capacities. Especially if you have a large family, you’ll want to ensure you choose a water softener capable of treating the amount of water you use. Keep in mind that purchasing a water softener that is too larger for your needs won’t help you save money—instead, it will make your system less efficient, costing you more in the long run. Talk to a professional if you have questions about calculating the right size water softener for your needs.

Type
Water softeners are available in a variety of designs, including both salt-based and salt-free options. While salt-based water softeners are the most common type of system, they can add small levels of sodium to your home’s water. If you are concerned about your sodium intake, consider a salt-free water softener that uses potassium chloride rather than sodium chloride to remove minerals. Reverse osmosis systems can also be used to remove salt from your drinking and cooking water.

Cool Breeze Comfort Solutions is pleased to offer effective and affordable water filtration systems in Arizona. You can find out more about our high-efficiency water softening solutions when you visit our website or call 520-495-2227 in Tucson and 928-252-6966 in Globe to speak with one of our staff. Check out our blog for even more great home air conditioning and water filtration information.

Designing a Connoisseur’s Wine Cellar

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137158861If you love wine, you can easily create the ideal environment for your most valuable bottles in your own home. Keep reading for some tips on designing a connoisseur’s wine cellar in your house.

Get the Temperature Right
One of the most important aspects of a wine cellar is the temperature control. Wine experts have found that cellars should ideally be between 55 and 58 degrees Fahrenheit to keep each bottle at its best. The room should also have a humidity level between 55 and 75 percent. This amount of moisture helps prevent mold growth and evaporation, and keeps the labels in their original condition. Maintaining a steady temperature prevents environmental factors from decreasing the quality of the wine so you can always enjoy the perfect bottle.

Include Enough Storage
When designing your own wine cellar, you should plan for future growth. Be sure to include plenty of wine storage that can accommodate your impressive collection. You might want to include a few different storage methods like racks, bulk storage, and display shelves to create an interesting visual effect with your bottles. When you utilize the best storage, it helps you optimize your connoisseur’s wine cellar options.

Find the Right Lighting
The way you light the room can change its mood and help you navigate the different bottles to find what you want. Add some ambiance with mood lighting that gives your wine cellar a unique aesthetic effect. You should also avoid incandescent lights, which could increase the temperature of the room. Stick to LED light to get the best function without affecting the temperature.

Cool Breeze Comfort Solutions can help you build your ideal connoisseur’s wine cellar in your Tucson home. Our air conditioning experts are here with temperature and humidity control options that help you create the ideal storage for all of your wine. We can also help you perfect the temperature in the rest of the home with our air conditioner and heating services. To learn more, call (520) 495-2227.

Cleaning the Evaporative Coils on a Central AC Unit

157086997If you want your air conditioner to function at its best when you need it the most, you must make the effort to properly maintain it. Cleaning the coils allows the unit to continue moving air to cool down the interior of your home. Read on for more information on cleaning the coils.

Causes of Coil Dirt

Since the unit is consistently working to circulate and cool down the air, there are many factors that could contribute to dirty coils. Moisture, dust, debris, and even sediment might affect the way your air conditioner works as a whole. All of these factors can build up and eventually decrease the function of your entire AC system.

Professional Outdoor Coil Cleaning

Cleaning the coils requires specific skills and tools, which is why you should call in the professionals when you need this service. An air conditioner expert can come to your house and remove the grille from the outdoor section of your unit. He or she will then use a vacuum to clean out the interior. If there are any bent fins, the technician can straighten them and check the coils to ensure that they are in proper working order.

Clearer Areas Around the Unit

If you want to prevent unnecessary buildup in your air conditioner, you should make an effort to clean up the area around the unit. Before you start to use the air conditioner, you should trim back and bushes or trees that might deposit leaves and debris. About once a year, hire the professionals to come out and thoroughly clean the system to ensure that it is functioning at its best.

Cool Breeze Comfort Solutions is here to help you keep your air conditioner running at its best. We can also improve your indoor air quality and your home heating to make it more comfortable inside your house. To learn more about our services or to request a visit, check out our website or call (520) 495-2227.