5 Smart Reasons to Invest in a New HVAC System

You’ve been nursing along an older HVAC system trying to put off the inevitable expense of the new HVAC system. You know the day is looming when the repairs just won’t work anymore. However, you could be missing the opportunity to make a very smart investment. Those nagging repair bills will only continue to mount. Seize the opportunity to improve your home while spending your money wisely.

Here are 5 smart reasons to invest in a new Air Conditioning System.


Repairs Can Be Wasteful

Do the math. How many times have you called the HVAC crew over to patch up your failing system? On average, what was the cost of each visit plus parts? Have you paid extra fees for emergency calls? (Because these units are apt to fail on the hottest or coldest day of the year!)

Some repairs are expected. Your HVAC system is a mechanical unit with parts and pieces that get worn out and need to be replaced. However, if your system is nearing the end of its useful life cycle, repairs can become wasteful of your money.

In addition to the math that you just did, look at your wasted time. If you’ve had to leave work early or skip important family outings to wait for the HVAC technician, that’s wasted time that you can’t recover.

Installing a new HVAC system can save you both time and money.


Smart Technologies

If your HVAC system is over 5 years old, you’re probably missing out on the convenience of cutting-edge smart technologies.

New technological advances allow you to control your HVAC system from anywhere in the world via your cell phone. So, if you leave for your vacation and realize you left the A/C set to your own optimal comfort level of 72 degrees, you can pull up an app and change the temperature to a toastier temperature of 82 while you are away. Bon voyage!


Increased Comfort in Your Home

A new HVAC system can also benefit you in terms of increased comfort in your home. As your system ages, it’s likely that you’ve developed zones in your home that are more comfortable. Maybe you have a stuffy room or a room that’s always the coolest place in the house.

Your unit is not running as efficiently. All members of your family will be equally comfortable when you finally take the plunge and invest in a new unit.

Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Going green. It seems like everyone’s doing it. You recycle your plastic bags, use your grass clippings as mulch, and shop for organic veggies. But, you’re still clinging to your old energy-sucking HVAC unit.

Because of new technologies that have emerged since you installed your unit, HVAC systems have become more efficient than you can imagine. New units are designed to run more efficiently, so they consume less energy and run less frequently.

That’s the way to go green!


Save Money on Your Utility Expenses

Not only can you save money on your HVAC repair bills, but you can also save even more cash on your monthly utility expenses. Because the efficiency of your old unit is declining, it needs to run longer to achieve the proper temperature. Therefore, your unit is using more energy than ever before, and you’re seeing the increases on your utility bills.

Replacing that aging unit will help minimize your monthly spend on utilities.


The Takeaway

A new HVAC system can save you both time and money. In addition, it can create a more comfortable and greener home for your family.

Your repaired HVAC unit is nearing the end of its life. The need for a new HVAC unit is inevitable. Would you not prefer to budget for a replacement now in a controlled manner or to scramble to gather up the cash later on?

5 Telltale Signs that Your Home Suffers from Poor Air Quality

Does your home suffer from poor air quality? Many homes do, and the issue goes largely undetected. We go about our days assuming that our home is safe, secure, and healthy. It’s often not until a family member becomes ill with allergies or has an asthma attack that we start to look at the issue of air quality.
Before we look at those symptoms of poor air quality, let’s take a look at a few of the leading factors that can cause the quality to deteriorate:

  • The presence of mold or mildew due to high humidity levels
  • Smoking cigarettes inside the home
  • Dirty ductwork, air intake, or air filters in your HVAC system
  • Household chemicals such as cleaners, pesticides, or paints
  • Improper ventilation which allows in toxins from outdoors or traps in too much moisture

Signs of Poor Air Quality in Your Home

When people live in a home with poor air quality, there are telltale signs. Here are 5 of the most common symptoms of bad air. Please note that while everyone in your home breathes the same air, some people are not as prone to exhibiting these symptoms.

That does not improve the air, but rather it explains why people sometimes overlook bad air as the cause of the issues.

More Dust Than Usual

An early indicator that you have decreased quality in your air is the presence of more dust than usual. Some homeowners will notice that while they used to be able to dust once or twice a week, they now see a dust buildup after just a day or two.

This can mean a number of things from changes in your humidity to dirty ductwork. These issues need to be identified and remediated before anyone becomes ill from all that extra dust.

Musty Odors

If you walk in your door after being outside and musty odors hit you when you walk in the door, you have an issue. Musty or moldy smells are not normal. They indicate that there is a problem. It could be anything from mold to standing water in a basement to a dead mouse caught in a trap.

The source of the odor must be found and eliminated. Ignoring it won’t help. The smell will only get worse and people can become ill as it will continue to contaminate your air.  Musty odors are always a sign of a problem!

Allergy Symptoms and Cough

Does someone in your home have a constant and persistent cough? This cough, when no other signs of a cold or illness are present, can be a leading indicator. It’s especially true that children and the elderly are more likely to be sensitive to this.  The only way to relieve this nagging dry cough is to restore the wellness of your home.

Nausea or Headaches

Do household members complain of headaches? If people who have never complained of headaches in the past suddenly seemed plagued by the, your air could the underlying cause. Many times, people describe a headache that actually makes them feel nauseated. Sometimes, they express that they need to step outside to clear their head, and then the headache subsides.

This headache could be triggered by the very air you breathe.

Skin Sensitivity and Rashes

While some people might cough or get headaches, others might feel perfectly well but begin to suffer from odd rashes or skin sensitivity. Rashes, dry patches, skin irritations, and red bumps can appear when there are certain irritants or chemicals trapped inside without proper ventilation.  If your family member has never had a diagnosis of a skin condition but has developed this new condition, look to the air for answers.

To alleviate this, check with two professionals. Check with your doctor to rule out any illness and check with your HVAC specialist to rule out poor air quality.

Next Steps

You’ve now identified that you may have a problem with the air circulation or ventilation in your home. You now must make two important phone calls.

First, schedule an appointment with your family doctor. Make sure there are no other underlying causes that are making you ill. He can rule out allergies or other health concerns.

Second, call your HVAC specialist for an evaluation. He can test your air and customize an action plan to restore your air to good quality so your family can get well. Recommendations will probably include duct cleaning, replacing air filters, or sealing leaking ductwork. It could also involve improving or restoring the humidity levels in your home to conquer molds and a maintenance program to prevent future occurrences.

Once you’re aware of the impact of air quality on your home and the health implications, you can be vigilant in ensuring that this problem doesn’t happen again.

4 Clear Signs It May Be Time For A New Air Conditioner

Do You Think You May Need a New Air Conditioner?

Your home’s air conditioning system plays an important role in keeping indoor spaces comfortable throughout the year by maintaining optimum temperature and humidity levels.

If your home’s AC fails on you unexpectedly, you will be stuck with an uncomfortable house, characterized by uncomfortably high or low indoor temperatures, in addition to the unanticipated cost of installing a replacement unit or conducting expensive emergency repairs.

HVAC systems are designed with high quality components to ensure that they serve home owners diligently over an extended period of time, with minimal maintenance and repairs. However, they do not last forever; by identifying the signs that your AC system is ready for replacement you will be able to prepare accordingly, and with it, avoid suffering the negative effects of a serious break down.

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Here’s a list of the clear signs that your AC system is ready for replacement.

Rising Electricity Bill

As AC systems near the end of their lifecycle, they become inefficient in their operation. To make up for the losses in inefficiency, the system will need to work harder, consuming more electricity as a result.

If you have noticed a consistent and significant, but unexplained, increase in your home’s electricity bill, it’s likely that your inefficient AC is to blame. Replacing the current system with a new and efficient system will definitely combat the costly increase in your monthly power bill.

Uncomfortably Warm Home

As previously stated earlier, the air conditioning system in your home is designed to keep indoor temperatures as comfortable as possible.

If your system consistently fails to reach the set thermostat temperature, then it’s time to consider getting a replacement. Furthermore, if you find that some rooms in your house are too cold while some are too hot, then you would be correct in assuming that the system is dangerously close to the end of its useful life date. This could also be from poor duct installation or a leak in the duct system.

Regular and Frequent Repairs

Air Conditioning Fan Belt ReplacementIf your air conditioning system always seems to break down, over and over, when you need it most, especially during those unending hot summer days, then it might be in need of replacement.

Although air conditioners require routine maintenance from time to time to maintain optimal performance, regular repairs within a short period of time may signal the inevitable approach to the end of their useful life. You should have your air conditioner checked every other year if not every year. This can help catch potential major problems and even prolong the life of your air conditioning unit.

Old Age of Your Unit

Even the best air conditioning systems eventually reach the end of their useful life. AC systems are usually designed to last for about 10-12 years. Over this period, the systems experience dust and allergen build-ups in addition to regular wear and tear to the moving parts. Their continued use can not only result in the circulation of poor indoor air quality, but can also result in a major breakdown, like the compressor going out. You can avoid this and the risk of living in a home without air conditioning after a serious breakdown by getting a timely replacement. A newer AC unit will also be more energy efficient which can aid in the reduction of your electric bill each month.

If you notice any combination of the above mentioned signs that your AC is need of replacing, then be sure to start your search for a worthy, if not better, replacement by consulting a qualified HVAC installation company in Arizona like Spartan Plumbing, Heating & Cooling. We have been serving all of Tucson for over 30 years. Spartan is the right company for the job and we will tell you honestly if your air conditioner can be fixed or if you will need to get a new unit.

The Truth Behind Going Green

How to Make Your Home Energy Efficient this Spring

Tucson PlumberSpring – The Best Time to Review Home Energy Efficiency

Spring fever may be the catalyst to consider home efficiency issues and put a different perspective on energy in the home.

After a long, seemingly endless winter, spring is a good time to consider energy costs and make changes where necessary.

If homeowners find their heating costs have increased over the past year, this may be due to heat loss through doors and windows or a heating unit that has begun to decrease efficiency, while in operation.

An annual inspection by a plumbing and heating professional helps minimize increases in energy costs for heating and cooling units, avoid unnecessary repairs and provide the assurance of comfort and convenience.

Is Your AC Unit Efficient?

In spring, homeowners begin to focus on the summer months ahead. One of the biggest concerns is their AC units. It’s best to have all air conditioning units inspected before the start of operation.

This avoids down time on hot summer days when humidity is oppressive and temperatures make life indoors uncomfortable.

The plumbing professional cleans and tests the AC unit for efficiency and makes recommendations specific to the type of unit or central air conditioning system.

What About Your Water Heater?

Water heaters are generally the most ignored equipment in homes. Yet, they are expected to be reliable and dependable. Water heaters vary in size, capacity and quantity of use.

In homes with more than two occupants, water heaters get a real workout every day, with up to six showers or baths and gallons of water required. A professional plumber should inspect the home water heater at least once a year to look for signs of wear.

Plumbers drain bottom sediment that occurs when water develops particulate that is passed into home water pipes from municipal sources.

Tucson Energy-EfficiencyNew and existing water heaters should be inspected to insure heating elements are operating at proper temperatures and delivering the water capacity specified by the manufacturer.

Spring into Savings

Have faucets, drains and piping checked by licensed plumbing pros. Often, leaks may begin as a small, unnoticed droplet.

This can develop into a major repair if not repaired soonest. Spring is a good time to repair drippy faucets, clogged or slow running drains and pipes.

As temperatures rise, clogged pipes and drains can emit gasses and odors. Contact your plumber to spring into savings before major repairs are necessary.

Interested in going green? Call Spartan Plumbing at (520) 623-6100 to make your Tucson home more energy efficient today.