Benefits of Fireplace Cleaning

January 26th, 2015

Any heating system requires regular maintenance in order to run safely and efficiently, and your fireplace is no exception.

In fact, cleaning a fireplace from time to time is vital for your family’s safety at home, and can help to prevent chimney fires, carbon monoxide poisoning, and poor heating capacity.

Cleaning a fireplace properly can be difficult for the average homeowner, however, as it can be difficult to differentiate between what is a normal sign of wear and tear and what types of damage indicate an area that requires additional attention.

When you call a professional for chimney cleaning, you can rest easy knowing that an expert in the field has taken the time to not only make sure the firebox area is clean, but also to inspect for anything that may turn into a larger problem later on. Read about the benefits of regular fireplace cleaning in Gilbert in this guide.

Prevent Chimney Fires

Chimney fires are one of the leading causes of home fires in the United States, and preventing this from occurring begins with professional fireplace cleaning. The biggest risk to your safety is if creosote has built up in the flue, which makes it highly combustible. Sometimes, a chimney fire can do major damage to a home, while in other cases it can be small and nearly undetected. But even a small fire can have a lasting effect on your fireplace, causing it to run inefficiently and allowing the potential for carbon monoxide leaks.

Find Out about Potential Trouble with the Fireplace

During fireplace cleaning, a professional should also perform a thorough inspection, during which you may learn about any potential signs of trouble such as a carbon monoxide leak or any damage to the firebox (the area in which the fire burns), flue, or fireplace inserts,

Improve Efficiency

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, even a seemingly small amount of soot can reduce a fireplace’s ability to transfer heat by up to 50%. With a thorough fireplace cleaning, your fireplace will perform better and run more efficiently, allowing more heat to radiate into the room.

Calling the experts at Magic Touch helps to prevent fires and improve heating performance when you schedule fireplace cleaning in Gilbert. Contact our skilled team today.

Why Can’t a Swamp Cooler Cool a Swamp?

January 23rd, 2015

It’s not entirely clear why the “swamp cooler” was named as such, because this misleading term suggests that this is a type of HVAC system intended to cool a swamp. Despite this misnomer, it stands as an attractive name, partially because it sounds so exotic, especially where we live. A swamp cooler is an unusual type of cooling system that works much differently than ordinary central air units, ductless mini splits and heat pumps. Instead of utilizing a chemical refrigerant to transfer thermal energy from one place to another by means of compressing and decompressing it through liquid and gaseous states, the swamp cooler uses an evaporative cooling method.

On a hot day, the presence of moisture on the skin cools the body when wind passes over it. This is precisely the principle behind perspiration, which is that evaporation cools the body. When water molecules evaporate into the surrounding air, they release thermal energy, thus removing it from the body. Evaporative cooling methods have been around for a very long time, but this method of cooling is not designed to work in climates that are particularly humid. When there is a lot of moisture in the air already, the evaporation does not work as effectively or efficiently. This is why it’s hard to cool down on those particularly humid days (or if you’re in a swamp).

The basic setup of the swamp cooler is very simple, especially when compared to systems that use refrigerant. Air passes over moistened pads, thus being humidified and cooled during the process. That’s it, in a nutshell. It’s an ideal system for our climate because we tend to have low humidity year-round, whereas other parts of the country have high humidity levels during the summer months. If you want to make sure that your swamp cooler works well for years to come in your home, then hire a pro.

We’re here to take care of your swamp cooler services, so don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team today.

4 Signs that You Need an Air Purifier

January 16th, 2015

We’ve all seen portable air purifiers. Whether you’ve searched for them online or at your local home improvement superstore, there is no shortage of options when it comes to portable air purifiers. They promise quite a bit, and many of them work fairly well in small, confined spaces. But they’re hardly a total house solution. If you want to make sure that your indoor air is thoroughly cleaned and the presence of airborne contaminants and pollutants neutralized, then you must seek a whole house air purifier. Only then will you feel confident that your indoor air quality problems have been abated.

So how do you know that you could benefit from a whole house air purifier? Let’s have a look at 4 common signs.

  • Allergic reactions. If you suffer from allergies, life is hard enough without having to worry about the influx of noxious particles coming through the air ducts into your living space. Whether during the winter or summer, our doors are tightly sealed against the elements, and this can lead to poor conditions for clean air.
  • Foul odor. Another issue related to poor indoor air quality is a foul odor wafting through the living space. While it could be your toddler or even your visiting brother-in-law, it could also be an indication that your air has biological contaminants floating throughout your home, such as mold, mildew, and bacteria, among others. A whole house air purifier can do wonders for such issues.
  • Stuffy or stale air. A related problem is the presence of stuffy or stale air. If you find that your air is less than fresh, then this may also indicate that your indoor air quality is suffering. If it’s simply a ventilation issue, then you might wish to consider an energy recovery ventilator or heat recovery ventilator, but a whole house air purifier may be helpful in some cases as well.
  • Visible dust, dander and other debris. If you can see dust and other debris plume out of your air ducts, then that’s not a good sign. An air duct cleaning may be in order, but that won’t do much to eliminate the dust already floating throughout your space. An air purifier installed within the air ducts can eliminate this issue and also prevent it from happening in the future.

Contact our team to get started on the path to cleaner indoor air

Choosing the Right Wine Refrigerator

January 6th, 2015

Wine is an ancient delicacy, and for wine lovers throughout the area, it’s an experience to be savored. That’s what makes having a professionally installed and service wine refrigerator so important. You need to protect your investment, whether your restaurant’s sommelier needs to have options at his disposal for your guests’ discriminating palette, or you run a large wine shop that needs several refrigerators to feature its most expensive product. You need an excellent wine refrigerator (or perhaps multiple models) to ensure that your wine sales are successful.

Whether you’re in the market for a new wine refrigerator, or you find that your existing wine refrigerator no longer functions as it should, and you’re looking to replace it, here are some considerations to take into account.

How many bottles of wine do you have?

This likely fluctuates quite a bit throughout the year, depending on your rotation of stock, the timing of shipments, and so on. But you probably have some sense of how many bottles you need to keep at perfect temperature. Refrigerators come in a wide variety of sizes, mostly determined by the number of bottles they can hold at any given time. Whether you need a relatively modest 80-bottle unit or a large unit that will hold well over 300 bottles, our professionals can help you decide.

How many zones do you need?

Another consideration is how many zones the wine refrigerator has. This comes in handy when storing wine, rose, and red wines in the same unit. This typically ranges from one to three zones, although further options are available for those looking for customized systems. This ensures that each type of wine is stored at an optimal temperature.

Where will it be located?

Location is key. Whether you need a simple unit to sit behind closed doors away from your customers, or an elegant front-room statement, a local wine refrigerator specialist can help you determine the best option.

There are additional considerations, of course, including your budget as well as the various features available in today’s wine refrigerator market. Call our team today to get started.

Common Reasons to Call for Freezer Repair

December 30th, 2014

Running a business is hard work, particularly in the food industry, when controlled temperatures are absolutely critical to maintaining your product. Whether you run a high-end restaurant that serves exceptional cuisine, or you need to feed a lot of hungry kids each today for lunch, it’s important that you hire a professional to keep your freezer in good working order from day one. Whether you have several reach-in freezers or one large walk-in freezer, it represents a serious investment in your commercial freezer operation.

But over time, you may find that your freezer no longer functions quite as it should. There are plenty of reasons for this, and there is really no determining what the problem is until it is looked at by a professionally trained technician. What may seem like a relatively minor problem could turn out to be serious, while what looks serious could be a relatively quick fix or part replacement. But whatever the issue is, it’s important that you recognize it as soon as possible.

One of the most common reasons to consider freezer repair is the presence of frost inside the temperature-controlled compartment. Because it’s important that your freezer be a sealed compartment, frost is also an indication of a lack of performance and energy efficiency. It could indicate a leak somewhere in the seals of the door or perhaps elsewhere in the system itself. Whatever the issue may be, it’s important to have it looked at immediately so that you can avoid further issues down the line. This is the type of problem that does not go away on its own.

Another sign that you need freezer repair is a strange or unusually loud noise coming from your freezer. While you should expect your system to make a certain amount of sound during operation, if it sounds bad, it likely is. It’s important to catch such problems early on so that you can make sure your freezer lasts as long as possible.

Contact our team today so that we can get started on your freezer repair.

Is Your Air Dry? Signs that You Need a Humidifier

December 23rd, 2014

Considering our dry climate, it’s important that your home’s indoor air quality remains a priority. If you suspect that your home’s indoor air is unusually dry, then you may want to look beyond the portable humidifiers that you can find in any hardware store, and settle on a system that will significantly improve your entire living space. How do you know if you need one? Let’s have a look at some common signs.

  • Dry skin and scalp. Low moisture content in the home can be a real hassle, especially considering the effects it can have on your body. If you find that you have to constantly moisturize your skin because of severely dry skin, then you may want to seek out a better solution. A whole house humidifier can properly humidify your entire home so that such issues are eliminated at the root. This is not only an issue that affects your comfort, but also your health.
  • Air is difficult to breathe. When air has low moisture content, it can often be difficult to breathe. This is because it dries out the nasal passages, the mouth and the throat. In order to optimize your indoor air quality and to ensure that your family breathes pleasant air throughout the driest times of the year, a whole house humidifier is best. While portable units have their use-value, a whole house model is integrated directly into your ductwork so that your entire home’s air will be improved substantially.
  • Home is difficult to heat. If you own a forced-air heating system such as a heat pump or gas furnace, then you may find it challenging to heat your home without the proper level of humidity. This is because heating requires a certain level of moisture in the air to be retained. Low humidity therefore causes your heating system to work harder, often for less than satisfactory results. If you find that your home is difficult to heat, then just let us know, as the problem could be resolved with a professionally installed whole house humidifier.

Low humidity is a fact in this part of the country, but it’s important that you take the necessary precautions for making sure that your home has what it needs to be comfortable all year long. Contact our friendly technicians today to learn more about our range of whole house humidifiers.

Common Signs that You Need Heating Repair

December 16th, 2014

If you find that your heating system fails to work as it should, then just let us know. We specialize in restoring the effectiveness and efficiency of nearly all makes and models of heaters. We can do the same for you. Here are some common signs that you should get in touch with your local HVAC professional.

  • Insufficient heating. One of the most common signs that you need immediate heating repair is insufficient heat. Because the entire purpose of a whole house heater, such as a gas furnace, heat pump or ductless mini split, is to keep you warm, this problem can be particularly frustrating, especially considering that you’re still paying good money for heat you’re not getting. There are plenty of causes for this problem, but the solution is always hiring a local technician to examine the problem and fix it.
  • Uneven heating. If you find that your home has numerous hot and cold spots throughout the various rooms, then it’s important to seek professional assistance. If you have a ducted heater, such as a gas furnace or heat pump, then this could be an airflow problem, related to impeded or leaky ductwork. If your system is also zoned, then it could be an issue with one of the electronically controlled dampers therein. Whatever the problem is, it’s important to get it fixed immediately so that your heating system works properly at all times.
  • High energy bills. One of the most common signs that your heater is acting up is a raise in your energy bills without a corresponding increase in the amount of heating that you require. Sure, you should expect your heating to fluctuate slightly, but if you notice a spike, then it’s important to take care of it straightaway. It could be a rather serious problem that requires immediate attention if you want to avoid premature replacement and other issues.
  • Cold air. If you experience cool air coming out of the ducts instead of warm air, then it could be a number of different issues, including thermostat malfunction or a more serious problem with your heat pump or furnace.

We can make sure that your heating repair service is carried out properly. Contact our techs today.

Should You Upgrade Your Heating System?

December 9th, 2014

Whether you’ve moved into a new home with a heating system that fails to get the job done, or you’ve lived in your home for years and years, and you know it’s time to upgrade your heater, it’s important that you choose wisely. After all, a heating system is a large investment of your financial resources, and it’s also something that you don’t want to do very often. With that in mind, you want to find a system that is appropriately sized for your home and one that works for your budgetary requirements. Only a professional can guide you toward the successful installation of a new heater.

But how do you know when upgrading is the right choice? Perhaps, your system could simply be repaired? While the line between replacement and repair is fuzzy, there are some clear indications that heating system replacement is the right choice for you.

  • Frequent repairs. Does your heater seem to break down too often for your liking? This can be truly frustrating, and it’s important that you put your money into a system that is worth having. Frequent issues with your heating system are more often than not a sign that your heating system is on its way out. Even if it’s still possible to squeeze a few more years out of the system, it’s also important that you invest your money into the future of your heating system rather than the past.
  • Energy efficiency. If you find that your energy efficiency leaves much to be desired, then you might want to consider upgrading to a different heating system entirely. For example, if your air ducts are old and leaky, and your gas furnace is no longer cutting it, then investing in a ductless heating and cooling system may drastically reduce costs in the long-term, and also provide to be beneficial in terms of indoor air quality.

Contact our friendly technicians today to learn more about your heating upgrade options. We’re always happy to sit down and speak with customers about how to effectively and efficiently heat their homes.

Why Insulation is Important

November 25th, 2014

Considering where we live, you may not be entirely convinced that your insulation needs are all that, well, necessary. Isn’t insulation primarily for areas with brutal winters? Isn’t the insulation in my home sufficient for my needs? There are plenty of misconceptions out there when it comes to energy efficiency and the way that your building envelope controls the flow of thermal energy, but it’s important to realize the critical significance that insulation plays in your home. Without it, you simply cannot expect your HVAC system to function effectively or efficiently.

Insulation comes in various types. There is, of course, the pink or yellow cotton-candy-like material, which is typically installed in rolls. This batt insulation remains a standard in the industry, and its shape reflects its installation location: in between wall and ceiling framing. There are also plenty of other options as well, including spray foam insulation that can come in handy for renovations and retrofitting, as well as foam boards that are typically installed on the building’s exterior in new construction projects.

But all of these materials share a common trait: limiting the passage of thermal energy from areas of heat to areas of cold. During the summer, your insulation prevents the hot outdoor air from entering your home, and during the winter, it prevents your heated air from escaping into the cold outdoors. It is crucial, therefore, to your year-round indoor climate.

The chief reason to consider upgrading your insulation, or for making sure that it’s completed by a professional in the first place is that it will keep your energy bills to a minimum. You insulation materials need to be of high quality, but the installation also needs to be completed properly to ensure adequate coverage and spacing. A properly insulated home should have no trouble keeping warm and cool throughout the years.

Insulation is also about keeping your home consistently comfortable. You don’t want to have to worry about drafty areas of the home and other problems related to efficiency.

Contact our friendly technicians today to get started on your insulation service.

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November 18th, 2014

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