November 23rd, 2015
Think of your home as a complete energy system, rather than a collection of various devices and appliances. How well does your home rate when it comes to energy conservation? Answering that question is the purpose of a home energy audit, also known as a home energy assessment. Energy auditors use blower doors, thermography, and careful inspections of your HVAC system to evaluate the ways your home consumes energy and places where heat and air may be escaping. After you have professionals perform an audit for your home, you’ll find out how best to increase the home’s energy performance. Continue Reading
November 16th, 2015
Although people who don’t live in the Valley of the Sun might find the idea of heating a home here absurd, residents know that we can experience some cold evenings during the winter. It’s important that you have your home’s heater in the best shape for when it finally has to turn on after long months of hot-weather hibernation.
November 9th, 2015
Fireplaces and chimneys are very durable parts of homes. In fact, they can sometimes outlast the rest of a home! But this toughness often creates the illusion that fireplaces don’t need regular professional care and maintenance. The truth is that fireplace must have routine inspections from certified professionals to keep them working efficiently and without danger to a household. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standards recommend annual inspections to check on the integrity, safety, and cleanliness of a fireplace and chimney. Continue Reading
November 2nd, 2015
Although we don’t worry as much about keeping our homes warm during the year in Tempe, AZ as we do keeping them cool, the fireplace is an interesting exception. In most homes, the fireplace isn’t there to serve as a heating system. It’s a luxury, a decoration, a central place for the family to gather. Even on warm nights, a fireplace can add beautiful ambience to one of the rooms in your house.
October 26th, 2015
At Magic Touch Mechanical, we’re much more than an air conditioning and heating company. We are also leading home energy efficiency specialists and have helped thousands of homes (as well as commercial buildings) save money thanks to our services, which include the installation of insulation, solar shade screens, energy recovery ventilators, and high velocity duct systems.
October 19th, 2015
The heat seems to show no signs of abating here in Phoenix, with days that still crest over 100°F. Your air conditioner has probably not received much of a break and has worked continuously for months. As you might imagine, this can end up creating major troubles for the system because of the intense wear and tear. Even with maintenance done in spring to prepare for the summer, an air conditioner may abruptly break down on you because of all this strain. Continue Reading
October 12th, 2015
You might think that a thermostat is “just a thermostat,” and it doesn’t really matter which one you have installed in your home because they all pretty much work the same. But the type of thermostat you have controlling your home’s heating and cooling system can make a significant impact on performance, affecting both household comfort and energy bills. When you are looking for a thermostat installation, you need to give the choice some thought. We have advice to help you locate the ideal thermostat for your home. Continue Reading
October 5th, 2015
Garages are usually a part of a home that doesn’t need air conditioning. Most of what gets stored inside a garage isn’t heat-sensitive, and people in a house only spend enough time in a garage to get in and out of a car. If your garage only serves the purposes of storing cars and a number of other items that aren’t sensitive to heat, you won’t need to worry about spending money on air conditioning it.
September 28th, 2015
Swamp coolers are popular in Tempe, AZ and throughout the Valley of Sun. We’ll look into some of the reasons why in this post. But first, of course, we have to answer the question that comes up the most when talking about swamp coolers:
What exactly is a “swamp cooler”?
September 21st, 2015
To say that we’ve experienced a hot summer here in Phoenix is an understatement. We only have to look at our own company records to see the proof: we’ve had the most AC service calls during the last two months than at any time in our company history. Of course, we’re always glad to be of service when anyone’s air conditioner starts to malfunction. That’s why we’re in this business. But we also want you to stay as comfortable as possible with an AC that has the lowest chance of having a malfunction. Let’s take a look at how these searing temperatures have an effect on your air conditioning system. Continue Reading