Tips for Reducing Gilbert Heating & Cooling Bills

June 19, 2012 7:34 pm

With your Gilbert air conditioning system running nearly non-stop to keep your family cool from the triple digit temperatures outside, you have probably noticed a rise in the cost of your monthly utilities. Unfortunately, cooling a home is not cheap. Below is a list of tips that are great for reducing your energy use, and therefore reducing your energy expenses. By implementing these simple tasks, you will see a reduction in your utilities in no time! Routine Tune-ups- Having a routine tune-up performed on your AC system is essential in making sure that your system will run efficiently, and is a great way to prevent the need for repair services during the cooling season. Our technicians provide comprehensive checkups, inspecting all aspects of your unit, cleaning it, and offering suggestions for problem areas they may have discovered. Maintaining Your Unit- Maintenance not only falls on the HVAC professionals, but on you as well. You can maintain your unit by checking your air filters each month and changing them as needed. Replacing them at least every three months is a good rule of thumb to follow. Things such as grass, dirt, leaves, and even overgrown shrubbery can clog your system. Clear...

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Mesa Air Conditioning Systems to Face R-22 Refrigerant Phaseout

May 30, 2012 7:29 pm

In the Arizona heat, your Mesa air conditioning system works around the clock to provide your space with cool air that is essential in keeping you comfortable, whether at home or work. What you may not realize is that while your system operates, the refrigerant used to produce cool air may be having detrimental effects on the environment. The commonly used R-22 freon refrigerant (also known as HCFC-22) has been established as an “ozone depleting” substance which may contribute to global warming1. In agreement with the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone, the U.S. has planned a gradual phaseout of the production of R-22 refrigerants over the years, which will end in 2020 when its production is set to stop completely2. Does your system use R-22? If it were manufactured prior to 2010, there is a good chance that it does. In January of 2010, the EPA stopped production of systems that use it, leaving newly manufactured AC systems to use less detrimental substitutes such as R-410A. So what exactly does this mean for those of you who have systems that use R-22? It is essential to understand that this phaseout simply applies to production and not its...

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Air Conditioning Installation Phoenix

May 1, 2012 7:51 pm

With the early arrival of heat this year, you have more than likely turned on your air conditioning already. You may have been disappointed to find that your old system isn’t working like it used to. If repair can’t fix it, you may be in need of Phoenix air conditioning installation services. Buying a new system is a big investment, and should be considered with care. Doing research and consulting a specialist are recommended. If you have already begun research into air conditioning systems, you may be considering things such as brand and price, but there are other, very factors things to consider in your quest for a new AC system as well. Size/Cooling Capacity Did you know that air conditioners come in different sizes, and that depending on the size of your home, the size of the system that is appropriate will vary? The size of the system determines the cooling capacity, which is stated in British Thermal Units (BTU). If a system is too small for your space, it will have trouble cooling your home, which may result in higher energy costs. Systems with larger BTU have a greater cooling capacity. An air conditioning specialist can help you...

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Measuring Efficiency of Air Purifiers

April 13, 2012 6:27 pm

Are the season’s extremely high pollen levels causing you severe discomfort? Unfortunately, researchers say that spring 2012 could be the worst season ever for allergies1. While you can’t control the environment outside, there are some things you can do to find relief from your symptoms indoors. A few weeks ago we did a story on our indoor air quality services, including the implementation of a whole home air purifier. Simply installed by your Ahwatukee air conditioning company, these systems are ideal for removing airborne allergens and other irritants from the air, to provide your family with only clean air. If you aren’t familiar with the equipment, it can be overwhelming when shopping around for a system. Fortunately, testing standards and rating systems have been developed to help evaluate the efficiency for easy comparison shopping. There are two common methods of evaluating the efficiency of air purifiers and their filters. One such method, the Minimum Efficiency Rating Value (MERV), measures the efficiency with which a purifier’s filter removes air particles on a scale of 1-16. The greater the MERV the more efficient the filter is. Other systems, including Trane air cleaners, use the Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) which was developed...

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Save Energy, Save Money: Geothermal Installation

March 21, 2012 2:25 pm

Arizona is no stranger to warm temperatures, and with the recent arrival of spring, the summer heat is just around the corner. Unfortunately, this also means an increase in cooling costs as your Peoria air conditioning system is kicked into overdrive. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 45% of monthly electricity expenses come from heating and cooling1. With the average household spending nearly $2,200 each year on energy bills2, this can be a hefty expense. Did you know that there are technologies allowing you to tap into Earth’s renewable energies to heat and cool your home for less? Better known as a geothermal heat pump, this system uses an underground loop of pipes to transfer heated (or cooled) air to the heat exchanger, where it is pumped into the home and circulated through the air ducts. This system works because the air below the ground remains at a near constant temperature of 54 degrees3, making it easy to heat or cool to the desired temperature set on your thermostat. There are various types of geothermal systems, such as the open loop, pond loop, horizontal loop, and vertical loop. An HVAC specialist can help you determine which system is the...

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Allergy Relief from an Arizona Heating and Cooling Company?

March 1, 2012 3:28 pm

The Environmental Protection Agency reports that there are more than 30 million pollutant and dust particles in each cubic feet of air1. Unfortunately, this unusually warm winter we are experiencing has allowed for tree pollination to begin earlier thus resulting in allergy symptoms for many across the Phoenix Valley. Pharmaceuticals may relieve your symptoms, but your Glendale HVAC company can provide you with an even better solution to help you completely remove the allergens from the air in your home. Mason Mechanical offers indoor air quality services to help you find the relief you deserve from your home. When you open windows or doors, air from outside rushed in. While the insulation in your home helps to keep outside air out of your home, it also traps polluted air inside, which is then recirculated and breathed by your family. A heating and cooling technician can come to your Peoria home and help you determine the best course of action for improving your indoor air quality. This may include the installation of a whole home air cleaner or air purifier. These systems work by receiving airflow from the home, filtering out pollutants and allergens, and recirculating clean air back into the...

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Pre-Season AC Maintenance Scottsdale

February 9, 2012 5:34 pm

With spring just around the corner, it won’t be long before your Phoenix air conditioning units are put into overdrive. While you may not currently be using your AC units due to mild winter temperatures, now is an ideal time to call Mesa Mechanical and schedule preseason maintenance on your air conditioning system. This maintenance is a great way to prevent problems in the future, when the proper functionality of your system is a necessity. After all, having problems with your unit in the middle of summer is not only inconvenient, but AC repair can be rather costly. Before you have a problem, take the opportunity to get a tune up on your Phoenix heating and cooling unit. When one of our certified technicians arrives at your home or place of business, your unit will be properly inspected and tested for any operational issues to ensure your Scottsdale air conditioning system will function optimally throughout the upcoming season. Outdoor units will be cleaned to clear away dirt and debris that may have accumulated on the components and inspected for any damage. The electrical control unit will also be checked to ensure that it is functioning properly. In addition, the technician...

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Have you been in your attic recently?

July 3, 2011 12:44 am

Don’t let costly conditioned air escape your home.  A quick way to see if you need more insulation is to look across your uncovered attic floor. If your insulation is level with or below the attic floor joists, you probably need to add more insulation. The recommended insulation level for most attics is R-38 (or about 12–15 inches). Mason Mechanical can help you with your insulation needs. We use blown in cellulose to increase your attic insulation.

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Hail Damage?

June 3, 2011 12:17 am

Yes, it’s been 9 months since the big hail storm in the Valley of the Sun. Have you had your A/C system checked for hail damage? It’s hard to believe that hail can have an effect on your A/C equipment but it can.  Damage can range from dented coils needing combing to coils needing to be replaced. Depending upon the age of your system possibly even system replacement. Dented coils prevent your systems from operating normally and can have a long term effect on the internal components. So if you had hail during the storm in October take a look at your outside component, hail damage can be seen visually.  Or better yet, call Mason Mechanical for your annual Spring Check and we’ll check for hail damage at the same time. We can work with your insurance company if you do have hail damage.

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