Swamp Coolers Work Best in What Climate? (Answer: Ours!)

February 13th, 2017

Air_Conditioning_iStock_000041910608_Double-meAir conditioning is just a part of living in a place like Phoenix. It’s almost impossible to imagine going without crisp, cool air coming from a well-working AC system.

But the standard air conditioner is not the only type of cooling system for homes. In our desert climate, swamp coolers (also known as evaporative coolers) are used widely. If you’ve considered using a whole-house swamp cooler in Scottsdale, AZ or the surrounding cities for your house, call our offices and speak to one of our HVAC experts. They can help you find out if using a swamp cooler is ideal to meet your comfort needs.

We offer all types of central air conditioning systems for installation in Tempe, AZ. No matter how you want to cool your house, we can offer the best service for installations, replacements, and more. Continue Reading

Trane vs Lennox – Side by Side Comparison

February 8th, 2017

Trane vs Lennox – A Side by Side Comparison of Two Premium Air Conditioner Brands

Our central air conditioner side by side comparisons are undoubtedly the most read articles on our blog. One matchup that seems to be among the most frequently researched is Trane vs Lennox. Both Trane and Lennox are considered premium brands in the HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) industry so it’s natural that these two are compared to each other often.

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Going Ductless for Home Heating and Cooling: Is It for You?

January 31st, 2017

ductless-heating-and-cooling-air-handlerDuctless mini splits are becoming more and more popular in residential homes, particularly here in Arizona. We install ENERGY STAR-certified ductless heat pumps in Scottsdale, AZ and the surrounding areas, so we’ve seen first-hand the major advantages that they offer homeowners. Ductless heating and cooling units offer unique features that may be right for you as well.

If you’re considering going ductless, below are some important facts about these systems to keep in mind. Of course, all of us at Magic Touch Mechanical are always available to answer any additional questions you may have! Continue Reading

What Brand Do Phoenix AC Company Owners Put In Their Own Home?

January 26th, 2017

Do I Really Even Need Central Heating Near Phoenix, AZ?

Having a broken central heating unit in Phoenix, AZ might not sound like a big deal to people that live in other parts of the country where temperatures are below freezing right now, but anyone that lives near Phoenix knows we really need our heat right now.

Lennox LRP16It’s currently 45 degrees Fahrenheit at 10am, January, 26th near Mesa, AZ, and the highest temperature we’ve seen this week so far was 55F. Last night the temperature got down to the mid 30’s. So yes, it gets cold in the desert!

If you read my blog regularly, you know that I’ve owned Magic Touch Mechanical, a heating and air conditioning company in Mesa, AZ for the last twenty years. I have a large fleet of HVAC service and installation vehicles well stocked with ac repair and install parts, and operated by certified Master Heat Pump Technicians, at my disposal. Suffice to say, I can get a nonfunctional central heating and cooling system repaired or replaced very quickly!  Continue Reading

What Is a Radiant Barrier and How Is It Used?

January 16th, 2017

Even when the temperature drops here in Phoenix, AZ, the sky is still frequently clear and the sun pressed down on us. If you’re outside, walking along asphalt when the sun is shining, you’ll feel waves of heat coming from below you. That’s radiant heating, one of the three ways that heat moves. (The other two are conduction and convection.)

We’re bringing up this bit of science to start to answer questions people have about radiant barriers. You may have heard about radiant barriers for homes and wondered exactly what they are, and if they’re something useful.

No matter what questions you have about insulation and home performance in Tempe, AZ, you can call our experts for the answers—and the solutions. Continue Reading

Why Does My Heater Keep Tripping the Circuit Breaker?

January 10th, 2017

Here in the Phoenix area, an AC that causes a circuit breaker to trip isn’t a big surprise. Just think of how much work your air conditioner does during even one of the milder hot months of the year. Any electrical appliance that starts to strain when it works can put the extra demand on the circuit that causes a breaker to trip.

Speaking of which, you’ll probably need your AC to take on some work during this winter. If it’s giving you trouble, we’re ready to help with air conditioning repair in Tempe, AZ.

However, if your heating system—which doesn’t put in as much work as the AC—starts to trip circuit breakers, it might be a bit confusing. Why is this happening? Continue Reading

What Does Your Commercial Kitchen Need for 2017?

January 2nd, 2017

We take immense pride in the wide range of different commercial HVAC services that we offer to companies in Scottsdale, Phoenix, and the surrounding areas. We’re also experts with commercial kitchen appliances. If you’re looking to improve or expand your commercial kitchen for the coming year, the best way to get started is to contact us and tell us what you’re looking for. Below are just a few of the types of commercial kitchen equipment we work with. Continue Reading

Upgrade Your Commercial Refrigeration Equipment for 2017

December 27th, 2016

As a new year starts, you’ll be looking ahead at the prospects for your food service company, searching for places to improve and expand. There are many aspects to running a successful business, but when it comes to the food service industry there are a few critical areas, such as refrigeration. Almost every restaurant, bar, cafeteria, convenience store, or other food service company requires dependable refrigeration equipment with enough space to keep food and beverages chilled or frozen.

draft-beer-system-install-mesaIs it time to have your older commercial refrigeration equipment replaced? Or perhaps upgraded? We’re here to give you the best help! We install, replace, and repair the top brands in commercial refrigeration. Our professionals find the solutions you need for a great 2017… and the years after as well. Continue Reading

3 Quick Heating Tips for Furnace or Heat Pump Owners

December 21st, 2016

Those of us who live in the Valley of the Sun often tell people we live in “Phoenix” when they ask where we are from because nobody ever knows where you’re talking about if you say Chandler, Tempe, or Mesa for example. Another local city people seem to notice in recent years is Scottsdale. It seems like you can’t watch TV without hearing it mentioned on a sitcom nowadays. I even saw a whole episode about Scottsdale on The Simpson’s recently!

furnace_install_azScottsdale, AZ has become a famous spot for winter vacationing for some excellent reasons: The main reason being, our mild winter weather is just what people from the colder parts of the country are looking for at this time of year. But those of us who are year-round residents understand that it isn’t always pleasantly warm like everyone seems to think. The temperatures at night often drop down into the 40’s and occasionally even drop below freezing—and that means we cover our plants and our heating systems run regularly.

If you’re considering a new heating system installation in Scottsdale, AZ this winter, contact our team and we’ll help find the right system for you and your family!

Gas furnaces and electric heat pumps are the two most common types of heating systems here in the Phoenix, AZ area, and we have three quick tips for you to help assure your furnace or heat pump works at its best through the heating season. Following these tips can help reduce the chance of malfunctions, a breakdown, and inefficient performance leading to higher utility bills this winter. Continue Reading

Why Does My House Get So Dusty?

December 18th, 2016

Why Does My House Get So Dusty? Let’s take a look at how, and what you can do to prevent, or at least reduce, dust in your home.

The buck stops with me when it comes to making sure a steady flow of business is coming in for everyone who works for Magic Touch Mechanical – Mesa, AZ. One of the ways I make sure that happens is by looking for the trends in what our clients are contacting us about. So, when we got three separate inquiries last week from people asking – why is my house so dusty, I took notice and it prompted me to write this article.

why-is-my-home-dustyActually, this isn’t so much a recent trend, it’s actually an ongoing reason people contact us. When people call us to schedule a Home Energy Audit, we always ask them what their main concerns are and why they’re looking to get an energy audit in the first place. The second most common answer (after high utility bills) is –  “My house is always dusty” and most people are quick to point out that they clean and dust their home regularly and usually say something along the lines of: “Two days after I clean my house is dusty again”. If you read last week’s post, Is Duct Cleaning Worth It? you already know it’s not you, it’s your house, but with one exception. So, let’s examine how dust is getting into your home and how to prevent it. Continue Reading