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What You Need to Know about SEER Ratings

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Is your air conditioning reaching the end of its usability? It can be daunting to evaluate options for a new air conditioning unit with such a wide array of brands, capacities and price points. To make this even more challenging, it’s important to evaluate the SEER rating of any specific units that you’re considering.

SEER: An Important Tool for Comparing Air Conditioners

SEER is an acronym that spells out Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. This rating was introduced by the U.S. Department of Energy to enable consumers to make better buying decisions when it comes to their HVAC systems. The rating indicates the level of a model’s energy efficiency. The higher the SEER rating, the more efficient the unit.

Typical 10-year-old air conditioners have SEER ratings under 10. Today, the federal minimum is 13. Many models have SEER ratings of 14 or above. Units with higher SEER ratings will have a higher price tag than those with lower ratings. However, there will be greater energy efficiency which translates into lower monthly utility bills. Often, the upfront cost of a new energy-efficient air conditioner can be somewhat offset with tax credits and manufacturer rebates. So, the return on your investment may be better with a higher SEER rating air conditioner with a higher price.

What’s the Right Air Conditioner for You?

An air conditioner is one of the largest investments in your home. In other words, it’s important to do your homework when it comes to selecting the right model for your specific needs. It’s wise to understand the value of higher SEER ratings when comparing your options. You will also want to choose a skilled HVAC system installer who can help guide you to your best options based on your home’s specifications and your family’s usage patterns.

At Ellsworth Home Services, we are certified dealers of Rheem, Day and Night and American Standard HVAC products. To learn more about our installation services, give us a call today at 480-593-2265. We’ll be happy to answer your questions and help you with all your installation and service needs.

5 Tips for Choosing an Air Conditioning Technician

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In the greater Phoenix area, there is a dizzying number of HVAC technicians who will gladly work on your air conditioner. Yet, not every technician is created equal. There’s a wide range of service quality, experience and knowledge out there. This is why it’s important to do your due diligence before hiring anyone to repair your air conditioner. To ensure your air conditioning repair, maintenance or installation is completed right the first time, here are a few tips to consider.

Factory Training

Today’s air conditioners are incredibly complex pieces of technology. Extensive training is necessary to be able to install and service them. The best technicians are those who have undergone factory training to learn the subtle nuances of each brand. There are differences that can be overlooked by inexperienced or insufficiently trained technicians. Before you hire a technician, it’s perfectly acceptable to ask what level of factory training they’ve undergone.

License and Credentials

There is risk involved in working on an air conditioner. In fact, a lot can go wrong. Don’t take chances with an unproven technician. A license proves that the technician has been professionally trained. Additional certifications such as NATE, HVAC Excellence certification and EPA 608 certification provide even more evidence that you’re dealing with someone who knows what they’re doing.

Experience

While you don’t need to hire the most senior technician out there, it’s always a good idea to choose one who has at least a few years under their belt. Many of the best technicians begin in apprenticeship programs and gain experience working alongside more experienced technicians.

Versatility

Ideally, you’ll want an air conditioning technician who has the ability to work on all major HVAC systems. There are benefits to developing a strong working relationship with a technician you trust. If the technician has this level of versatility, you’ll gain confidence knowing you can stick with them if and when you decide to install system components from other manufacturers.

References

It may be tempting to call the number on the ad touting cheap air conditioner repair, but what do you know about their work? Don’t roll the dice with your air conditioner. The risks are too high. The best way to find an HVAC repair company you can count on is word of mouth. If a friend or family member has had a good experience with a particular company or technician, you will likely have a similar experience. Other sources for finding quality service providers include the Better Business Bureau and online review sites. It’s also a good idea to ask any technician you’re considering to provide a list of references. And, take the time to call these references to get a clear picture of the technician’s work.

Ellsworth Home Services is proud to have an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. Ask us for references anytime!

Set Your Thermostat for Summer Savings

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Homeowners throughout the greater Phoenix area know firsthand just how quickly temperatures can rise inside a home during the late spring and summer. It can be downright unbearable without the benefits of a well-functioning air conditioner. However, home cooling doesn’t come cheap. Utility bills can quickly reach triple digits and can throw off an otherwise manageable household budget.

What’s the Right Thermostat Setting?

When it’s 110 degrees outside, it’s natural to want to lower the thermostat into the 60s. Not so fast! This can send your utility bill soaring! The key to keeping costs in check is setting the thermostat to a temperature that is tolerable. For most people, a setting of 78 degrees Fahrenheit is very comfortable. With each additional degree that you can tolerate, you’ll see a measurable savings on your bill.

Leverage the Advantage of the Programmable Thermostat

Most homes have programmable thermostats. These handy devices let you set your thermostat to different temperatures depending on the time of day. If you’re at work by 8:30 am, you can set your thermostat into the 80s when no one is home. You can also set it to return to 78 degrees when you get back home. By taking the time to automate the system to your schedule, you will save a significant amount by reducing your daily energy consumption.

Other Tips to Stay Cool

Along with optimizing your thermostat, there are several other simple ways to stay cool.

  • Turn on ceiling fans – Ceiling fans can lower the temperature in a room by up to five degrees. They are also highly energy efficient, so don’t be afraid to keep ceiling fans running throughout the day and night.
  • Cover windows during the day – Curtains, blinds, and shutters can keep out light and heat during sizzling afternoon temperatures.
  • Open windows at night – Even when temperatures are well into the triple digits during the day, they can drop 20 degrees or more overnight. Take advantage of this cooler air by turning off your air conditioner and opening up windows.
  • Schedule a Tune-up – A properly-functioning air conditioner is more efficient and can help you stay cooler while reducing your monthly bill. If you haven’t had your air conditioner serviced this year, call Ellsworth Home Services now to schedule service at 480-593-2265.

Summer Air Conditioning Problems to Avoid

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Here in the greater Phoenix area, homeowners are naturally very reliant on their air conditioners throughout the scorching hot summer months. Because even a few hours without AC can turn your home into a sauna during the days and evenings of triple digit heat, it’s vitally important to be aware of the leading summer air conditioning problems and learn how to avoid them.

Diminishing Air Flow

Do you keep turning the temperature on your thermostat lower but the temperature continues to climb? It might be an air flow problem. Decreased air flow can be caused by a variety of factors, including a dirty blower, old filters, leaking refrigerant or malfunctioning condenser coils. Decreased air flow is not something to ignore because it rarely improves on its own. In other words, it warrants a service call almost always.

The Air Conditioning Unit Won’t Turn on at All

Like with air flow problems, there can be many reasons why an air conditioner isn’t turning on. Everything from a faulty transducer or tripped circuit to a clogged condensate line can be the reason why it fails.

Rapid Cycling

Is your air conditioner turning on and off continuously? It’s likely that the condenser or the evaporator needs to be cleaned. The condenser unit can become partially or even completely blocked which will lead to the unit flipping on and off.

Stay Cool All Summer

Don’t risk an unexpected system failure by not getting your air conditioning unit tuned up. At Ellsworth Home Services, we are here for you with reliable, professional air conditioning maintenance, repair and installation. Family owned and operated in Gilbert, AZ and providing service throughout the greater Phoenix area, we can help you avoid unexpected problems and emergency repair.

Call us now at 480-593-2265 to learn more about why Ellsworth Home Services is the right choice for all of your air conditioning needs.

Are You Ready for a New Air Conditioner?

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If you’re like most Phoenix area homeowners, you dread the day that you need to replace your air conditioning unit. Yet, it’s not always simple to predict when that day will come. In some cases, it makes sense to continue to repair an aging, quality air conditioner. In other instances, installing a new air conditioner is the smarter decision. So, when is the right time for a new air conditioner replacement? Here are some telltale signs to watch for:

Your Air Conditioner Is Over a Decade Old

A good quality air conditioner typically lasts from 12 to 18 years. If your unit is malfunctioning but less than 10 years old, the best bet is probably to repair it because it likely has many good years of service left. However, if it’s over 10 years old, investment in repairs may not be worth the expense.

Utility Bills Keep Increasing

In the greater Phoenix area, we’re used to having some fairly substantial swings in our utility bills due to extremes in outside air temperature. However, if you are seeing your bill steadily climb month after month, this is a sign that there is an air conditioning problem that might indicate it’s time for a new air conditioner replacement.

Loud Noises from Your Cooling System

No HVAC system is without noise, but clanging or incessant buzzing is a sure sign of a problem. Often, it’s a problem with a coil or an undersized duct system. In these cases, the best decision may be a new unit.

Ongoing Repair Costs

How much are you willing to spend on a unit that continues to break? Most industry experts will tell you that if it costs more than $500, it may make more financial sense to just replace it. It’s necessary to calculate costs not just costs for repairs, but also time and reduced energy efficiency. Often, the writing is on the wall that a replacement is the smarter decision.

What If You Need a New Air Conditioner?

An air conditioner is an important and substantial investment in your home. Don’t take chances with an unproven installer. As a factory-authorized dealer of American Standard, Day & Night and Rheem air conditioners, Ellsworth Home Services can help you make the best decision for your home and provide expert, hassle-free installation. Call us today for a free estimate.