Can Leaky Windows Affect My Home Energy Costs?

March 17, 2022

The United States Department of Energy (DOE) estimates that heat gain and loss through your house’s windows account for up to 30% of your home heating and cooling energy usage. Poorly insulated windows also force your HVAC system to cycle longer, and the additional wear and tear can shorten the lifespan of your unit. Here are some ways to lower your monthly energy bills by minimizing heat loss and gain through your windows. Single-Pane Versus Double-Pane Windows All newly constructed homes now include double-paned windows, but they weren’t common in houses until the 1970s. Single-paned windows

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The Best Season to Install a New Air Conditioner

February 17, 2022

When the weather starts to heat up, many people start thinking about installing a new air conditioner. But, when is actually the best time to do it? Is there a specific time or season of the year that’s better than others? Here’s an ultimate guide to when is the best time to install a new AC unit. Summer Summer is the most popular time to install a new air conditioner because of the hot weather. However, it’s also when prices are at their highest. If you can wait until the fall or spring, you’ll likely

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4 Quick Tips for Cleaning Your Heat Pump or Furnace

January 13, 2022

Phoenix, AZ, is known for its intensely hot summers and plentiful sunshine. However, winter nights in the city can get downright cold. To keep your home comfortable this winter, follow these quick tips for cleaning your furnace or heat pump. 1. Clean or Change the Filter Once each month, check the heating system’s filter. If you see a layer of dust, wash the filter according to the manufacturer’s directions. If it’s a disposable filter, replace it. Don’t wait more than three months between filter cleanings or replacements. 2. Remove Debris From Vents

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3 Factors to Guide You When Considering Furnace Size

December 20, 2021

The size of a furnace will depend on your heating requirements and your location. Typically, you will require a furnace that will adequately provide enough heat for your home’s occupants. At Xtreme Air, Inc., we’ll guide you on the ideal furnace size for your home in Phoenix. Here’s what to consider. 1. Size of Your Home Large homes with lots of square footage will require a large furnace. On the other hand, a small home only requires a small furnace for heating. In most areas of the country, a furnace usually puts out a minimum of 3,000 BTU

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How to Proceed When Your Heat Goes Out

November 20, 2021

No one wants to be stuck at home in the winter when the heat goes out. Unfortunately, it does happen from time to time. By learning how to proceed after your heat goes out, you’ll be better prepared to handle this issue in the future. Go Over the Basics You’ll want to start by checking to see if your whole home has lost power or if it’s just your heating system. If it’s just your heating system, it’s time to check your thermostat. Make sure that it’s turned to the “Heat” function and that the temperature

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Do I Need a Humidifier or a Dehumidifier This Winter?

October 20, 2021

Humidity is an indicator of the amount of water in the air. You can remove the water by installing a dehumidifier or increase the water in the air using a humidifier. Your choice depends on the comfort level you prefer. What Do Humidifiers and Dehumidifiers Do? When air is too dry, nasal irritation and sinus blockages can occur. A humidifier can add needed moisture to the air. However, too much humidity can cause health issues for asthma sufferers. A dehumidifier can be used to remove excess water in the air. If you

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Don’t Void Your HVAC Warranty With These Mistakes

September 20, 2021

When you purchase a new HVAC system, it will come with a manufacturer’s warranty. This will help to pay for the cost of faulty parts and sometimes labor. However, if you make any of the mistakes below, it’s highly likely that you’ll void your HVAC warranty. Not Registering It For your HVAC warranty to be activated, you need to register it. There is usually a 30- to 60-day period where you can log online to register your system. Your HVAC system installer should provide you with the necessary information about registering your unit, including its serial

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3 Steps to Protect Your AC Unit From Dust Storms

August 17, 2021

Are you prepared for the next dust storm in your area? A dust storm can damage your air conditioner, so you should be ready to respond quickly. Here are three steps you can take before the inevitable whirlwind appears. 1. Turn Off Your Air Conditioner The minute you know a dust storm is headed for your home, turn off your AC. This will prevent the dust and dirt from being pulled into the home. It will also help stop the AC from receiving electrical damage if a power outage occurs during the dust storm.

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Which Thermostat Option Do I Choose?

July 30, 2021

Your thermostat allows you to operate your cooling and heating system at the temperature and settings you desire. By choosing a temperature setting and an operational mode, you control the indoor air in your home. Once the system mode is chosen, the equipment will heat or cool your environment. The fan will blow the conditioned air into the ventilation system and rooms of your house. Here are the operational settings most manufacturers include when building a thermostat. Are you using the right one, or do you need to make some changes? Thermostat Is Set

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How To Prepare Air Conditioner for the Summer

June 6, 2021

Summer is nearly here, which means now is a good time to begin making preparations for your air conditioner. Taking a few minutes to prepare your AC unit for the summer season is always important if you need to reduce wear and tear. Another benefit is that preparing your AC also improves its efficiency. Following a few simple tips can make a big difference in the performance of your air conditioner. Here are three methods to follow in order to prepare your air conditioner for the summer. 1. Inspect Your Outdoor Unit One

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