Dec 03 , 2019
If you are in the market for a new HVAC system, here are some things to consider making sure your home is comfortable and cost efficient for years to come:
Before purchasing a new unit, we highly recommend that you have a professional review your current duct work to make sure it is in good condition since poorly sealed joints can cost you money and cause up to 30% energy loss in your system. The contract can fix any insulation and debris issues.
New furnaces have much high efficiency ratings, up to 98% which are achieved through improvements in the design of the air handler. There are 3 basic choices for air handler types:
Single State Air Handlers – have one speed setting and the motors run at maximum speed regardless of indoor heating requirements that results in wasted energy.
Two-Stage Air Handlers – have two speed settings (high and low) Usually the low setting is adequate to maintain desired heat.
Variable Speed Air Handlers – Multiple varying speeds allow for greater energy efficiency since you can choose the desired speed needed. You will need to calculate the size of the heating system that your house needs to ensure optimal and efficient operations.
Air Conditioner Units
You want to choose the correct SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) Rating for your home. A higher number indicates higher energy efficiency. We recommend you purchase air conditioners with variable-speed scroll compressors, these models produce less noise. An all-aluminum evaporator coil is less susceptible to leaks and corrosion compared to the copper and steel evaporator coils of older units.
If you are looking for an all-in-one heating and cooling system, consider buying a heat pump. These are the most efficient electrical heating systems currently available on the market. Heat pumps work just like air conditioners – when in cooling mode, it uses a refrigerant to remove heat from the inside of your home. In heating mode, the reverse valve changes the direction in which the refrigerant flows allowing the heat pump to heat your home by picking warmth from the outside and bringing it inside the house.
Call us to determine the best choices for your home today!
Nov 01 , 2019
If you are considering a HVAC replacement for your home and confused about SEER options, you are not alone! Family Air offers professional HVAC installation and can help you make sense of it all so you can make the right decision.
Types of SEER Ratings
The federal minimum is a 14 SEER with the highest being 25. The prices escalate based on the higher SEER ratings.
What does a SEER Rating Mean?
SEER Rating stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio and is an efficiency rating taken into account the typical cooling output divided by the total electric energy input. The higher an air conditioner unit’s SEER rating, the more efficient it is.
However, there a few factors you need to consider when determining whether to replace your current air conditioner with a higher SEER rated unit.
What SEER rating is right for my home?
There are a lot of determining factors to consider when making this decision. Typically, a 14 SEER can be used to replace your 8 to 10 SEER air conditioner. Keep in mind larger is not always better. Purchasing a higher SEER AC unit will cost 50% more and will not always deliver the energy savings to make it cost effective.
A 14SEER AC unit will keep your home at the same temperature as a higher rated unit, such as a 16 SEER AC unit. It is the thermal rating on you home that can play a much bigger part in lowering utility consumption.
While a higher SEER AC Unit will save you money over years, doing the math is often the best way to determine which is best for your situation.
How long do you plan on living in your current home?
If it is less than 5 years, getting a return on your investment in a higher SEER air conditioner may not likely.
Do the math. Take the BTUs divided by the SEER and then divide that by 1000 to see how many Kwh consumed each hour. Then multiply that by hours of operation annually and finally by cost of Kwh for that unit.
Therefore, while the higher SEER units are more efficient and deliver energy savings, determine the right SEER AC unit for your situation simply comes down to determining how long before you see the savings versus the initial cost.
If you need help determining which SEER air conditioner replacement is right for your home, call Family Air. We offer full-service installation and replacement to keep you comfortable!
Oct 03 , 2019
If your HVAC unit is over 10 years old and starting to have problems, it’s time to shop for a replacement. A new unit will offer you save energy, lower electric bills and provide you with continuous comfort. Here is a check list of how to start:
If your current unit is not performing, contact us to conduct an inspection to learn if a simple repair is in order or if a new system is needed. Most HVAC systems can last anywhere from 10 to 20 years but get less efficient with time.
We can help you choose which unit would be best for your home by considering the size of your house and family. A larger HVAC won’t save you money if your home is small. There are a lot of different brands to choose from. You want to make sure that they endorsed by your HVAC specialist. Family Air has experience with a lot of different brand models and has easy access to the parts and accessories for those brands. You should consider BTU output, energy efficiency, the size of the HVAC, available warranties and finally the cost of the system.
Since a new HVAC unit can be expensive, Family Air has financing options to help you pay for the system. Contact them for all available options.
We hope you find this checklist helpful. If you need more information on choosing a new HVAC system, please contact us at 520-399-5850 today!
Sep 03 , 2019
Family Air Heating and Cooling is a licensed and insured HVAC contractor. Sometimes our technicians are called to homes were the previous HVAC work was done by an unlicensed worker and their equipment failed. As a result, the homeowner is unable to locate the unlicensed worker whom they have already paid and has unresolved repair work. Our technicians address customer questions and concerns to ensure they feel comfortable with our work before starting any service and our work is guaranteed.
Here are the reasons why it is important for you to always hire a licensed contractor:
- Warranties and System Safety
Manufacturer warranties are only reimbursed if work is performed by a licensed contractor. Find out how long the contractor or the business they work for has been licensed and is certified to perform warranty work. We guarantee our work and the warranty on the equipment we install.
- Personal safety
Make sure the contractor has a proper identification badge and uniform. Unlicensed contractors have been linked to crimes. You can pre-check if a worker you hired is licensed by going to https://roc.az.gov/before-hire
- Worker safety
Ask if the worker is covered under an insurance policy or worker’s compensation. If not, you could be responsible if the worker injures themselves on your property.
Unlicensed contractors do not have to abide by any laws, they are not actively pursued by the law because they are difficult to locate, and they don’t pay worker’s compensation or insurance to their workers. They may provide you with a bid that is cheaper, but it is far from better. For your personal peace of mind and a better investment, always use a licensed contractor.
Aug 05 , 2019
Our summers in Tucson can create surges in your utility bills. Cooling costs can account for about 50% of your home energy budget. Figuring out the best way to ventilate your home can result in serious savings. Here are some tips that require minimal effort on your part to help lower those bills.
- Adjust the temperature of your AC when you leave your house. For every degree the thermostat is raised, 4%-8% can be saved on your cooling costs. A programmable thermostat can be a huge help and has can lower electricity bills by 20%!
- Switch to Energy Star appliances which meet rigorous energy efficiency guidelines set by the US government in order to decrease greenhouse emissions. An air conditioner that has been certified with an Energy Star rating uses approximately 15% less energy or more than non-certified models.
- Check your home insulation for air leakage from outside your windows and doors. Caulking and weather stripping are a very simple solution to this problem. Use caulking to fill in cracks and openings around doors and window frames.
- Make sure your air conditioning vents and units are clean. Replace air filters regularly and save yourself 5%-15% in energy consumption.
- Use your ceiling fans to circulate air and help cool the room by 4 degrees.
- Block the sun into your home with blinds and drapes. Keep them pulled down or closed over windows that have a lot of sun exposure. Blinds can reduce heat gain by up to 45% and drapes by 33%.
Jul 01 , 2019
The triple digit temperatures are upon us. How are you going to survive another summer of blazing heat? Your home has lots of items that create heat and contribute to slowing down the cooling process. Wherever possible, eliminate these heat sources:
- Appliances: Your fridge and freezer need to be on 24/7, but try not to use the dishwasher, washing machine and clothes dryer during the hottest part of the day. These are big heat makers!
- Cooking: Using the oven or range can increase your room temperature by several degrees. Summer is the perfect time to enjoy salads and sandwiches and your outdoor BBQ!
- Computers and Screens:Keeping your computer on all the time may be convenient, but it adds heat to the room. Make sure you shut them down when you’re done working to help keep your room cool and you’ll lower your electric bill at the same time!
- Light Bulbs:All sources of light give off some heat, so shut the ones off when not in the room. Switch your light bulbs to CFLs or LEDs if you haven’t already done so for more energy savings.
- Sunlight: Sun shining in your windows really heats things up during the day. This is especially true of south and west facing windows. Consider using insulated curtains or blinds to add a layer of protection against the sun’s rays.
Jun 01 , 2019
If your air conditioner is more than ten years old, you probably need to start shopping for a new cooling system. Here are the benefits to replacing your outdated unit with an energy efficient newer one:
Lower Utility Bills
Newer AC models offer reduced energy consumption which in turn means you will have lower utility bills. The savings is usually found on the yellow Energy Guide label of the unit you are looking at and estimates the average electricity the unit will use over the course of a year.
Multiply that savings of the average life of the system and you will be pleasantly surprised at how much money you’ll be saving.
Family Air recommends Energy Star certified units. Models that have Energy Star certification must meet strict efficiency standards which can substantially reduce your household energy consumption.
Improved Indoor Air Quality
In addition to cooling your home, air conditioners are responsible for controlling the quality of your indoor air by keeping it clean. The newest air conditioners offer superior air purification, humidity control and even ventilation.
As air conditioners age, they don’t always keep you quite as cool and can become noisy. New units enable the air conditioner to vary its operating speed by tiny increments for consistent air temperature. They also come with a compressor sound insulator, so you won’t even know it’s working hard to keep your family cool.
Older air conditioners are not always compatible with high-tech features or add-ons, but most new cooling systems have a long list of options. For instance, if you’ve been waiting to invest in zoning systems or switch to a smart thermostat, you can finally do both with a new air conditioner. From custom cooling options to energy-efficient features, high-tech air conditioners have it all.
Thinking about investing in a new air conditioner? Call Family Air LLC Cooling and Heating today at 520-399-5850. We can determine the best choice for you and your home.
May 01 , 2019
Here are the signs:
We are going to have a hot summer so it makes sense to get your AC unit tuned up this month before the triple digits hit. There is nothing worse than flipping on the AC switch and experiencing problems. Here are some common AC problems that can be trouble-shooted by an AC tune up:
- The AC vents are outputting a weak airflow – if the air is cool but is not blowing out very well you may have a clogged filter or leaky air duct.
- There are unusual sounds coming from your AC – if your system is old you know the way it sounds normally. If it starts to sound strange, you need a tune up ASAP to identify and fix the source of these sounds.
- Your AC is blowing warm air – if your system is running for a long period and not providing cool air your energy bills will suffer.
- You have a difference in room temperatures from room to room – you need a tech to look at the inner workings of your AC unit to determine the cause.
- You smell a mold-like odor and you notice an increase in humidity in your home – this can indicate a leaky or blocked compressor/drain tube.
Contact Family Air today at 520-399-5850 for our $85 AC tune up special to make sure your AC is working efficiently and keeping in cool comfort throughout our summer!
Apr 01 , 2019
Are your air filters ready for summer? Energy Star recommends changing you your air filter monthly especially during summer months when your HVAC units get the most use. At minimum change at least every 3 months. Why is it important?
- Extends the life of your HVAC unit – One of the most common reasons for HVAC malfunction is a dirty filter. When dirt accumulates, air is unable to pass and the system overheats. This causes the motor to work harder.
- Helps with energy costs – When you consistently change your air filter, you can save anywhere from 5% to 15% on your utility costs. . Changing the filter is a cost effective way to save.
- Improves air quality – if anyone in your family suffers from allergies or asthma, a dirty filter will exacerbate their systems. Pets dander can accumulate in the system and spread allergens through your home
In addition to changing your filter, it is important to get an HVAC tune up and regular maintenance at the start of the summer season. Family Air has licensed HVAC employees that will make sure your system is ready for the summer! Call to schedule an appointment with us today!
Mar 05 , 2019
How do you know when you need to replace your current HVAC unit? Here are some signs you should look out for to help you decide:
- How old is your system? – The average lifespan of an air conditioning unit is approximately 10-15 years. If your system is over 10 years old, it may be more cost effective to replace than repair the unit. A new system will work more efficiently and help lower your electric bill which accounts for roughly 45% of your total utility costs. Your unit may also use R22, a refrigerant that is being phased out to meet environmental protection regulations and expensive to replace.
- Is your system noisy? – If your system is noisy, there is a good possibility that your duct system does not accommodate the square footage of your home or there is an issue with the unit’s outdoor coil.
- Do you have excessive dust? – If you see a constant presence of dust in your home, you may have leaks in your ductwork. The leaks will compromise your unit running efficiently and result in higher operating costs.
- Are you having constant repairs? – The amount of money you are putting into repairs and the frequency of repairs is a good indicator that the unit is beyond its shelf life.
- Inconsistencies in temperature – When a unit is not maintaining consistent temperatures throughout your house your equipment is malfunctioning or there are issues with your ductwork.
The above signs may be an indication that you should think about replacing your unit. A new unit will eliminate the constant repair cost, lower your utility bills, raise your home value and keep you and your family in year-round comfort. Call us at Family Air at 520-399-5850 for an analysis of your current system and a free quote today.