Does the Location of a Thermostat Make a Difference?

May 23rd, 2016

It’s easy to understand why a thermostat is such an essential part of home’s comfort system. After all, how else can you communicate with your air conditioner or heater and set it to match your family’s needs? But because thermostats are designed as small and unobtrusive parts of a home’s interior décor (they aren’t painted flashy gold or with bright primary colors), it’s also easy for people to underestimate their importance. Worse, it’s easy amateur or sloppy installers to underestimate them—and this leads to the problem we’re looking at today, the poorly located thermostat. Continue Reading

My Air Conditioner Is Making a Lot of Noise—Do I Need to Get a New One?

May 16th, 2016

As air conditioning technology advances, newer units run more quietly than ever. This means that when something goes wrong with an AC system, the resulting noise is more noticeable than ever… and more worrying.

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Why You Shouldn’t Close Vents When Air Conditioning Your Home

May 9th, 2016

The standard central air conditioning system in a home distributes air through ducts and into rooms through vents covered with a grill. Most of these grills have shutters behind them that can be moved with a lever to direct the airflow. The shutters can also be closed entirely, and people often think that this is a way to shut off cooling to particular rooms, possibly saving money.

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How Dirty Evaporator and Condenser Coils Affect Your AC

May 2nd, 2016

When we hit the mid 90’s in the Phoenix, AZ area a few weeks ago, it felt as if the summer weather had already arrived—but of course, it’s really only just getting started! You’ve certainly been relying on your home’s air conditioning system already (we’ve had our air conditioner running for weeks at our offices located in Mesa), but we have yet to experience the extreme heat that really puts our central cooling units to the test.

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Early Cooling Season and Air Conditioning Repairs

April 25th, 2016

The hot weather is already here in Phoenix, and your air conditioner is probably hard at work keeping your family comfortable during the day and sometimes into the night. We hope that you’ve already had your annual inspection and tune-up for your cooling system. (If you haven’t, contact us right away to sign up for our maintenance program.)

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5 Ways to Reduce Energy Waste

April 22nd, 2016

Today being Earth Day, we thought we would share a few ways you can help Mother Earth and your wallet at the same time.

Magic Touch Mechanical has been installing energy efficient central air conditioners and heating systems in the Phoenix, AZ area for almost twenty years now, but what you may not know is we’re also a “home performance contractor” and have been for the last fifteen of those twenty years.

Most people have no idea what that home performance means so let’s explain: In a nutshell, we take a holistic or “whole home” approach when evaluating the efficiency, comfort, safety, and air quality of a home or building. We consider how things like duct leakage, missing attic and wall insulation, and building air infiltration lead to energy waste.

As we conduct over 1000 home energy efficiency audits and commercial building energy consumption surveys annually, so we know a thing or two about energy efficiency and the carbon footprints of Arizona homes and buildings.

Here ‘s a list of 5 often-overlooked ways to reduce energy waste in your home:

  • SEAL THOSE AIR DUCT LEAKS! – The average Phoenix home has about 20% duct leakage. While this causes a multitude of other problems, this post is about energy efficiency, and it’s pretty easy to understand what a huge energy waste this is considering additional air conditioner run time to make up for all that wasted air cooling your attic.
  • INSTALL SOLAR SHADE SCREENS – Even with good dual-pane, low-e windows, the effect of heat transfer from relentless Arizona summer sun plays a huge role in heating up your home and making your air conditioner run longer. Shade screens go a long way in blocking that heat transfer, in fact up to 90% of it!
  • INSULATE YOUR ATTIC – The majority of home energy audits we conduct every year find most Phoenix homes are well below the Department of Energy’s recommendation of having a minimum of R-30 insulation in the attic. Gravity, the cable guy crawling around up there, even wind shear, can cause insulation values to diminish over time.
  • SHUT OFF THAT ATTIC FAN! – Attic fans are great, if and only if, your air ducts are properly sealed and your home has a good air seal between the conditioned space and the attic. Often times we find attic fans installed by homeowners and contractors that are actually the cause of energy waste! Fans can increase duct leaks and suck conditioned air right out of a home.
  • CLEAN YOUR AC COILS – Plugged up air conditioner coils (both condenser coils outside and evaporator coils inside) will cause your air conditioner to work harder and decrease efficiency by as much as 50%. If you don’t know how to do it yourself, call a licensed air conditioning contractor semi-annually to inspect your AC and Heating unit and clean your coils whenever necessary.

If you live in the Phoenix area and would like a Certified Building Analyst to conduct an energy audit on your home, call Magic Touch Mechanical today and we’ll tell you how you can reduce your power bill for as little as $99.00

Happy Earth Day!

Why You Should Schedule Regular Duct Testing and Sealing

April 18th, 2016

If you’ve noticed that your home’s HVAC system, both the heater and the air conditioner, are costing much more to run than before, one of the likely causes is a loss of integrity inside the ducts of the ventilation system. When you’re suspicious of leaky air ducts, you should arrange for duct testing services from HVAC professionals, who will then find out if you need to have the ducts sealed to restore their air tightness.

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Should I Have Solar Shade Screens Installed?

April 11th, 2016

Arizona residents are no strangers to the heat of summer. In addition to ensuring you’re well equipped with a high-efficiency, functioning air conditioner, you likely are looking for ways to save even more energy and thus save money. Your HVAC costs can actually account for about half of all your energy costs, so this is only natural. That being said, have you considered installing solar shade screen? Continue Reading

What Does an AC Technician Actually Do During Maintenance?

April 4th, 2016

We sometimes hear this question from curious customers, and it’s a good one to ask. It shows us that our customers care about the equipment in their homes and want to see that they perform at their best. By scheduling air conditioning maintenance during the spring to prepare for summer, you’re already making one of the best choices when it comes to seeing that your HVAC system enjoys a long life.

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Installing Ductless Air Conditioning for a Healthier Allergy Season

March 28th, 2016

Spring brings with it warmer weather (warmer than our already mild winters, at least). It also brings with it an increase in allergens in the air. As soon as the temperature remains consistently high for 3 to 4 days, which usually doesn’t happen until April but started early this year, the pollen count in the air rises steeply. This can make life unpleasant even for people with modest allergies.

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