Need to Cool Down Your Garage? Here’s a Great Way to Do It!

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.

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Is a Swamp Cooler and Effective Way to Cool My Home?

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”?

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How Extreme Heat Affects Your Air Conditioner

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

Does a Hot Room in Your Home Mean There Is Something Wrong with the AC?

September 14th, 2015

One of the early signs that an air conditioning system is losing cooling power due to a malfunction is a “hot spot” in the house. If you find that a room in your home is abnormally warm even though the AC is running, you’ll probably assume that it’s trouble with the system. However, there are other possible issues in your home that can account for a hot spot. We’ll look at some of the possibilities to help you figure out the source of the problem. If it seems that the source is indeed that air conditioner, make sure to call for professionals to repair it as soon as possible. Continue Reading

How To Bring In Fresh Outside Air During The Summer Without High Utility Bills In Phoenix!

September 10th, 2015

How To Bring In Fresh Outside Air During The Summer Without High Utility Bills

It wasn’t until central air conditioning in homes and commercial buildings became a standard rather than a luxury, that the population of Phoenix, Arizona and surrounding cities grew to its present numbers.

In fact, a number of cities in the Phoenix Metropolitan area are amongst the largest cities in the country thanks to central air conditioning! As of the 2014 Census, seven Arizona cities rank in the top 100 most populated cities in the USA*…and it’s all because of two letters; AC!

*Phoenix, AZ is the 6th largest city in the USA, Tucson: #33 – Mesa: #38, Chandler: #78, Gilbert: #86, Glendale: #88 and Scottsdale: #95.

This article wasn’t intended to tout the many wonders of modern air conditioning however, as much as it was to point out one of its flaws.

A major flaw with central air conditioning is recirculating the same “stale” air over and over again, and with that same air, we also recirculate the same odors, germs, pet dander, bacteria, viruses and other nasty contaminants.

The problem is, we pay good money for air conditioning so we don’t want to let in 100+ degree, or 40- degree “fresh air”. So what’s the answer?

energy recovery ventilator phoenixAn Energy Recovery Ventilator (ERV). ERV’s are mechanical ventilation systems that remove stale, polluted air from homes and replace it with fresh outdoor air, while saving energy.

In the winter; ERV’s save energy by passing the outgoing warm air from inside the house through a component known as a heat exchanger. Heat from the outgoing return air mixes with cool incoming air. This “mixing” or heat recovery saves considerable energy because the your heating system doesn’t need to heat the cold incoming air.

In the summer; the cycle is reversed and the outgoing return air cools the incoming hot air. Here in Phoenix, AZ we install Energy recovery ventilators in your attic or garage where they are connected to your central air and heating system’s ductwork in order to circulate this filtered fresh-air throughout your home.

Another type of ventilator is known as a Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV). HRV’s operate in a similar manner but are especially well suited for the AZ area because of our low humidity conditions.

Most ERV’s and HRV’s can recover up to 80% of the energy in the exhaust return air and deliver that energy to the incoming fresh air. They are very cost-effective in climates with extreme summer temperatures like the Phoenix area.

Phoenix area residents originally from the mid-west where whole house fans are commonplace will really like the benefits of an ERV or HRV as they can be used similar to a whole home fan in the milder temperatures when neither air conditioners nor heaters are being used.

If an ERV or HRV sounds like something for you, give us a call today for a no cost in-home consultation!

3 Reasons You Should Schedule Duct Sealing for Your Home

September 7th, 2015

Duct sealing isn’t a task that homeowners often think about. The reason for this is simple: the ductwork in a home is almost entirely hidden from sight—and when something is out of sight, it’s out of mind.

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Watch Out for Failed Air Conditioning Capacitors During the Heat!

August 31st, 2015

When the heat rises to intense levels in Phoenix, air conditioners will put in an immense amount of work. Although ACs are built with durability in mind, even the best system can suffer from problems when the ambient heat becomes overwhelming. One problem that our technicians at Magic Touch often encounter during heat waves is the capacitors in air conditioners failing. Continue Reading

How Can I Tell if My Air Conditioner Is Low on Freon?

August 24th, 2015

Freon is the most common name used for the refrigerant that circulates through an air conditioning system. The name is actually a trademark of DuPont and is used for refrigerants in general, regardless of the chemical blend or manufacturer. (It’s similar to how Kleenex is used as a name for all types of facial tissues.) Under normal circumstances, an air conditioner will not run out of Freon: it will continue to cycle the same amount set at the factory, known as its charge, for its entire service life.

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Air Conditioning 101: How Your AC Keeps Your Home Cool

August 17th, 2015

Air conditioning is a basic fact of life in Arizona, especially in the Valley of the Sun, where we expect to have cooling systems operating through much of year. You certainly have an air conditioner installed in your home to keep back the often brutal heat. But how much have you thought about how that AC actually works?

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How Are Ductless Air Conditioning Systems Different from Window ACs?

August 10th, 2015

The invention of window air conditioning systems in the 1950s was a major step forward in affordable residential air conditioning. In fact, it was this innovation that allowed the boom in development in the Southwest U.S. and the growth of new cities such as Phoenix.

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