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Ductless Air Conditioning and Heat Pumps

If you are adding on to your home or are looking for a lower cost option to replacing a swamp cooling unit with a central air conditioning system, then a ductless air conditioning and heat pump unit might be the right fit for you.

Ductless air conditioning and heat pump units have become incredibly energy efficient.  These systems offer flexibility as well since you are not tying them into an existing ducting system.  They can be placed nearly anywhere and are very easy to install.  Ductless air conditioning and heat pump units are also extremely quiet; unlike some units seen in hotels, the systems we install and maintain are whisper quiet as well as energy efficient.

Ductless systems have a lot of benefits that make them a good choice of supplemental air conditioning and heating.  As most units are equipped with a heat coil, it makes it possible to warm a space on chilly mornings or evenings without needing to use the main heating system.  This could be a great savings in seasons that have temperature extremes in the late evenings and early mornings in homes with large heating systems.

Some very strong advantages to ductless units are:

  • The actual loss of the duct.  Duct losses can account for more than 30% of energy consumption for space conditioning, especially if the ducts are in an unconditioned space such as an attic or on top of a roof.
  • They are lower cost than central air conditioning units
  • Easier to install
  • Units take up less space than traditional room units

Cool Breeze Comfort Solutions specializes in energy efficient ductless systems in the spaces that make a lot of sense.  We use premium name brands such as Hitachi that are guaranteed and warranted.  These units have a world wide reputation of efficiency and reliability.  Contact Cool Breeze Comfort Solutions today at 520-495-2227 and let us give you a free quote and work with you to create the perfect heating and cooling solution.  We service the Greater Tucson area and the surrounding communities.

2012 Winter Checklist

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It’s just about that time of year again to prepare for the mild Tucson winter. While for Tucson we’re seeing above average temperatures for this far into the season most Tucsonians know how quickly the weather can change once the heat finally relinquishes.

Here are a few tips and suggestions as we approach the middle of December:

Check Your Air Filters
This task is just the kind of thing that people forget about during the day. It’s easy to miss because it’s out of sight and out of mind. But here at Cool Breeze, we recommend constant vigilance on air filter maintenance. Not only is it a low cost and easy task to perform once you get a rhythm going, but it is vital to maintaining performance and ensuring your equipment lasts a long time. Make sure you inspect and replace filters often – as frequently as once a month if you notice they begin to collect a significant amount of debris.

Get Your Unit Checked Annually
While we understand that this may be an arbitrary step to most, the reason we recommend this is that in many cases major problems start out as minor problems. Having a compressor beginning to go out or a unit showing signs of stress can many times provide a number of options before they become full blown issues. In these cases it’s always a major cost savings rather than a cost incursion. Think of it as an investment in the long term care of your air conditioning and heating unit.

Cool Breeze Comfort Solutions have the professional knowledge and the experience to ensure your unit is running its very best. Give us a call today and see how we can provide peace of mind that your air conditioning or heating unit is ready for winter!

Summer provides unique challenges in making sure cold air stays inside while creating barriers against hot air coming into the home. Winter is the same way – make sure you adapt as many low cost options as possible to keep warm air in your home. Escaping air can many times be an easy fix and can provide a big savings on your monthly energy bills.

Obviously the biggest change is to move from single pane inefficient windows to dual pane energy star rated windows. This may be too extreme for some homes and if upgrading isn’t an option, using adhesive weather stripping on windows and self installed door guards, weather strips and low cost window coverings to create insulated barriers can go a long way in lowering your heating bills.

Doing basic things can go a long way in ensuring a more efficient home. Having clean ducts with frequently changed filters, well insulated rooms and doors and windows are prepared by at least the very basic level of insulation will start you on the path to lower heating bills and keep your system running at top performance. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to call us – we’re here to help you in any of your Tucson heating and cooling needs!

Tucson Amana Air Conditioning, Amana Heating, Amana Tucson

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It was Amana who manufactured the world’s first walk-in cooler. It was Amana who manufactured the Radarange microwave oven. It was Amana who brought these and other innovative appliances to the American people. According to experts in the HVAC industry, the Amana brand name means trouble-free quality. For example, Amana manufactures the MillionAir® heat exchanger.

That’s why Tucson homeowners often turn to Amana for their heating and cooling needs. They know that when it’s hot or cold outside, indoor comfort is just a click away. Tucson air conditioning shoppers can rely on the Amana brand name.

Not only are Amana brand HVAC systems reliable, but they provide some of the most energy-efficient air conditioning systems available today. In addition, they offer a premium warranty on these products. It is not surprising that Amana has retained its reputation as an industry leader for nearly a hundred years. Continue reading

Your HVAC System and Electricity: A Tip From Catalina

While not every HVAC system in your Catalina home requires electricity, many of them do. Your air conditioner, electric furnace or ventilation system all need access to the central power line. So what does that mean for your system and what problems should be you beware of?

How Your HVAC System Uses Electricity

How your HVAC system works depends largely on which components need electricity to operate. Here is a quick summary of how each system uses electricity:

  • Air Conditioning – Most air conditioners are electric and therefore use electricity based on the number of BTUs produced. For example, if your air conditioner produces 25,000 BTUs and has a SEER of 16, it can produce 16 BTUs for every watt of electricity consumed per hour. As a result, it consumes 1,562.5 watts per hour when the system is running at maximum capacity. If it runs at full capacity for 8 hours per day, 30 days a month in the summer, that’s 375 kilowatt hours – which is the measurement unit you’ll see on your electric bill.
  • Heating – Your heating system may not use electricity, as many homes today use gas or oil combustion furnaces or boilers to produce heat. However, if you have an electric furnace, that electric power is used to heat the filament in the furnace. Electricity also powers the blower fan motor which pushes air across the filament and into the air handler. An electric furnace sized to heat a 1500 square foot home can use up to 8,000 watts per hour to produce enough heat for your home. That converts to roughly 5,000 kilowatt hours per month. The current price of electricity will determine how much this actually costs, you but it can really add up quickly.
  • Ventilation – Your ventilation system is almost always going to use electricity to circulate and filter air. While mechanical filters rely on the movement of air to remove certain particles, ventilation systems have a variety of components including fans and possibly even condenser coils to conserve energy as air is exchanged between the inside and outside.

Electricity plays an important role in your HVAC system no matter how your system works. To ensure yours continues to operate as intended, have your power system checked on a regular basis when the rest of your HVAC system is serviced.