The summer of 2021 was brutally hot in many places. In 2022, it wasn’t much better. Temperatures regularly rose over 100F (38 C) in many places where such temperatures were unheard-of. Climate control is essential in these situations. Indeed, that kind of heat can be life-threatening for many folks, including seniors, those with underlying medical conditions that are susceptible to the vagaries of heat, or even just individuals who experience heat stroke. There are several ways that you can “beat the heat” even during extreme heat. At Honest Air Conditioning, we can help you stay cool even during the worst heat waves. Read on to find out more.
Central Air Upkeep
Central air conditioners need love too. You should have yours checked at least every two years if not every year. In Mesa, Arizona, where we all experience powerful heat every summer, we can provide you with exemplary service that will keep your central air purring contentedly. We give free estimates on such upkeep and repairs, and if you don’t happen to have the cash on hand or room on your credit card to pay for it all at once, then we offer financing options on approved credit through Wells Fargo.
The kind of maintenance we provide includes things like:
- Cleaning the outdoor coil from dust and debris
- Cleaning the indoor evaporator coil
- Checking the lines for current coolant leaks and corrosion that may lead to leaks in the future
- Maintaining and, if applicable, repairing the blower
- Providing you with a selection of smart thermostats
Temperature to Set Your Central Air
As much as you might like to have your central air set to 68 F (20 C) during a heat wave, that will put undue strain on your system and will drive your energy costs up. It’s far better to set your thermostat to 79 F (26 C) and use other means to stay cool. Yes, you’ll feel a bit warm at 79 F, but if you have a ceiling fan or two, then you can feel cooler as you become drier. We recommend that your ceiling fans be at least 7 feet (2.1 meters) from the air-conditioning vents. Even at that distance, the ceiling fans will spread the cooler air around and make the temperature inside your home even.
Closing Vents in Unused Rooms
It’s not a good idea to cool rooms you’re either not going to be using or will only be using sparingly. If you’re awake for the day, then you can shut the vents in your bedroom. A couple of hours before bed, you can then open them so that your bedroom cools down. While you’re asleep, you can shut off the vents in your living room. Not only will this reduce the burden on your system, but it will also save you money on electric bills and enable you to set the thermostat a little lower than 79 F for those periods when you’re not using all of your living space.
Heat pumps are versatile options. Not only do they cool your home in the summer, but they also warm your home in the winter. Unlike an air conditioner, which only cools hot air that it draws in, a heat pump moves the heat from one place to another. They’re reversible, which means that they can put heat into your house during cold months.
Heat pumps cost more than air conditioners. Their efficiency makes up for those high up-front costs, however. Also, with a heat pump, you don’t need a traditional furnace, so they’re a great choice when remodeling or building a new home. In Mesa, Honest Air Conditioning can both advise you on which system is best for your needs and provide you with either a heat pump or an air conditioner.
Take-Out, Delivery, and Dining Out
If possible, it’s better not to use your stove, microwave, toaster oven, or other similar appliances during a heat wave. That will also save you money because not only will you not be using electrical appliances, but your cooling system also won’t have to work as hard to keep your home livable. Ordering take out or delivery accomplishes that. By dining out, if you have a smart thermostat, then you can also turn it off while you’re out and then turn it back on shortly before you get home. Giving your cooling system a rest is also a good money-saving strategy because you’ll extend its life and not waste electricity on cooling when you’re not home. We can advise you on an overall cooling strategy to maximize your comfort and minimize both your expenses and your effect on the environment.
Why Use Our Services?
The first reason is easy: 35 years of experience. There’s almost nothing in the HVAC industry that we haven’t seen, so you can count on our experience when we advise you on your best courses of action. Fair and reasonable rates are just one of the benefits of working with us when you need help with your cooling system.
We hold an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and have been accredited since before the turn of the century. Currently, there are no complaints about us lodged with the BBB either. Additionally, we’re licensed, bonded, and fully insured, so you can have peace of mind while we’re at your property working on your cooling system. Aside from the respect of the evaluation industry, our customer reviews are equally glowing as a quick look at online review websites will show you.
Our technicians are savvy in the ways of HVAC systems. We can detect issues, fix those issues, replace all applicable parts, and recommend upgraded parts and systems as applicable. Best of all, should you have an emergency, we can assist you with it seven days a week.
When you contact us for a free estimate, not only will we work out the price for what you need, but we’ll also advise you on whether or not your unit is the right size and power for your property. Then, we’ll give you the estimate in writing so that there is no confusion. Once we’ve done that, we’ll only proceed with your permission. Of course, unforeseen problems might cause a change in the initial estimate, but we’ll always communicate with you about those possibilities honestly and forthrightly.
Currently, there are some cash rebates available that are based upon which system you upgrade or buy outright. These rebates vary from time to time in both amount and in the criteria for receiving them. We’d be glad to talk to you about any rebates that are available at any given time. At Honest Air Conditioning, we assure you that you’ll get any rebate you choose if you qualify for it.