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Blog Index 21

Blog Index 21

John’s Refrigeration Blog

Needs Addressed by Commercial Air Conditioning Systems

April 16th, 2014

Air conditioning a commercial space isn’t like cooling down a home. Although commercial air conditioning equipment uses similar technology to those found in private houses, the scale and power required makes them very different from the point of view of installation, maintenance, and repairs.

For a city like Mesa, where summer temperatures range in the mid-90s and the average high for the year is 86°F, proper air conditioning is critical for a work environment. We’ll look at what needs an effective commercial AC addresses in a business. For the assistance you need for commercial air conditioning in Mesa, AZ, contact Johns Refrigeration. We’ve kept the Valley of the Sun cool since 1970.

The necessity of commercial air conditioners

  • Better worker productivity: No matter the sort of business you run, you will have employees. Employees require a comfortable space to do their job, and nothing cuts into their productivity faster than a hot, damp, uncomfortable environment. It’s distracting and causes extra exertion leading to fatigue and mistakes. With the right AC keeping the workplace cool, you’ll have happier and more productive employees.
  • Content customers and clients: For businesses that see an influx of customers or clients, whether you run a store or a firm, it’s important to maintain a comfortable temperature level for them. Shoppers will quickly leave a store that feels too warm, and potential clients will start to connect negative feelings about their comfort with their feelings about the company they wish to hire. Professional air conditioning services will keep the people who support your business happy to keep supporting it.
  • A better bottom line: Having productive employees and content customers will certainly lead to a stronger bottom line for your company. But professionally installed and maintained commercial ACs will help the bottom line in other ways: reduced repair needs and greater energy efficient performance. A poorly installed system, or one that doesn’t receive regular maintenance, will quickly cause problems that will need expensive repairs. It will likely drain power as well and raise your bills. A commercial air conditioning system with professional work will save you money in the long run.

For your commercial air conditioners under 20 tons, look to Johns Refrigeration for installation, repairs, replacement, and maintenance—all done with the quality you expect to keep your company successful. We can handle air conditioning in Mesa, AZ for many types of businesses. (And if you need AC work for your home… well, we can do that too.)

10 Water Conservation Tips

April 15th, 2014

Conserving water is better for the environment, as well as for our wallets. Wasting precious water is almost a criminal offense, especially for those of us living in the desert. Conserving water is easy, though. A few simple steps is all it takes for everyone to protect this precious resource.

 

Here are 10 things you can do now to save water around your home:

  1. Repair leaky faucets and toilets. About 14% of indoor water use is lost to leaks.
  2. Showers are more water-efficient. It takes about 70 gallons of water to fill a bathtub, though long showers can use 5 to 10 gallons every minute, so keep showers brief.
  3. Load from the front. Most front-loading washing machines use around 20 gallons a load, while most top-loading machines use about twice that amount.
  4. Use a dishwasher. Energy Star dishwashers only use about 4 gallons of water per load verses hand washing, which generally uses about 20 gallons of water each time.
  5. Xeriscape. Nearly 60% of water usage goes toward lawn and garden maintenance, so replace your traditional landscaping with water-wise or drought-resistant plants.
  6. Cover it. The average pool holds 22,000 gallons of water and if you don’t cover it, hundreds of gallons of water can be lost due to evaporation every month.
  7. Drive a dirty car. Washing a car uses about 150 gallons of water, so cut down on the number of car washes.
  8. Turn it off. When brushing your teeth, just wet your brush and fill a glass to rinse your mouth; don’t let the tap run.
  9. Collect rain water. Although it doesn’t rain a lot here in the desert, collecting rain water, especially during monsoon, to water your xeriscaped yard will keep your yard looking lush.
  10. BYOB. Avoid using pre-packaged bottled water by filling your own bottle with tap water from home. Each one-liter bottle of water actually takes about three liters of water to produce.

John’s Refrigeration Heating and Cooling is not only committed to our customers, but also to the environment. John’s offers a home energy audit to find out where your home is losing energy. As your home comfort partner, call us so we can work with you to increase your home’s efficiency, reduce your energy usage, and save you money.

 

 

Xeriscaping and Allergies

April 10th, 2014

Xeriscaping refers to landscaping in ways that reduce or eliminate the need for additional watering. Xeriscaping uses native plants, which often have a low pollen count and will cause less trouble with allergies. So, not only does xeriscaping save water, but it can also reduce the allergens that are around your home, making it easier for you to breathe.

 

Xerogardening, another form of xeriscaping, involves planting a “low allergy garden” by establishing plants and flowers that are pollinated by insects, rather than those pollinated by the wind. A Xerogarden can also be an effective way of reducing dust in the garden and in your home’s landscaping. Both utilize water-wise or drought-resistant plants that are native to the area. You can even design your xeriscape or xerogarden as a lure for local wildlife, including hummingbirds and quail.

Another way to decrease the amount of pollen and other allergens from around your home would be by using ground covers in your landscaping. The ground covers, sometimes gravel, but also low, creeping plants, cover the soil to reduce the amount of dust that’s carried by the wind. Dust that ends up in your house, which can make it difficult for you to breathe.

Controlling the air quality in your home can reduce allergy and asthma symptoms and decrease the triggers that cause flare-ups. Air conditioners help reduce the humidity and also prevent outdoor allergens from entering the home, as long as the units are routinely serviced and running correctly. Most health risks associated with poor indoor air quality can be minimized with proper HVAC system maintenance.

At John’s, we offer several suggestions for homeowners to improve the quality of air in their homes, including something as simple as replacing inefficient air filters. To find out if your home could benefit from installing an air filtration system to help control allergens in your home, read our blog, Do You Need A Home Air Filtration System?

Energy Savings: 10 Ways to Save in Your Home

April 8th, 2014

Energy savings is on the minds of most homeowners, even if saving money uses more of our brain cells. However, energy savings and saving money often go hand in hand.

 

Looking for ways to do both has never been easier with these tips:

  1. Switch your ceiling fan to turn in a counter-clockwise direction in the summer, but clockwise in the winter. However, be sure to turn fans off when you leave; fans only cool people, not rooms.
  2. Replace your a/c air filters once a month to keep your HVAC system running at optimal performance.
  3. Set your thermostat fan switch to “auto”; leaving it in the “on” position keeps air running constantly.
  4. Block the sun from overheating your home by using shades, blinds and drapes; outside, use awnings, trees and shrubs.
  5. Give your a/c a tune-up. Proper maintenance saves money and energy and lengthens the life of your HVAC unit.
  6. Open interior doors so that cooled or heated air flows freely throughout your home.
  7. Don’t block air vents with drapes or furniture so that air gets to where it needs to.
  8. Repair leaky ducts to reduce heating and cooling costs, as well as to keep pollutants from irritating allergies.
  9. Install a programmable thermostat to automatically adjust the temperature in your home.
  10. Give your HVAC system space to work efficiently. Never stack anything against or on it.

We discuss several of these tips in further detail on our site’s blog section, so click on the links to find out more so you can start saving energy and money today.

 

Taxes and A/C Maintenance

April 4th, 2014

A lot of people dread this time of year. Not because of the weather – since here in the Valley of the Sun we usually enjoy fabulous, warm days while still enjoying cool nights – but because it’s tax season. In fact, many people delay filing their taxes because they don’t like the work involved or the low return on investment.

 

 

You may procrastinate on taking care of your taxes, but it doesn’t pay to put off your A/C maintenance.

The return on investment from keeping up on the maintenance of your HVAC unit is one that will keep you and your family cool throughout the scorching summers and warm during our chilly winters for many years to come. And the only work involved is picking up the phone to call one of John’s Certified Comfort Specialists. We do all the work. We review your entire system and make sure everything is running smoothly, because an efficient A/C unit saves you money.

If you are a member of our Peak Performance Club, you’ll save even more! There’s no reason to dread this time of year if your HVAC unit is in tip-top shape. It’s already starting to warm up and you’ll be using your air conditioning every day soon enough, so why not start saving money now?

At John’s Refrigeration Heating and Cooling, we pride ourselves on being your year-round indoor comfort providers. To have your a/c and heating system checked so that you can continue to enjoy the Arizona weather in comfort, Just Call John’s.

Are You Getting Ready to Turn on Your Cooling System?

April 4th, 2014

Right now, spring is treating us to warm and pleasant weather in Mesa, AZ. You may have already turned on your home’s cooling system, whether switching the heat pump to “cool” or activating the central air conditioner, for a few days. However, the real heat is lurking right around the corner, and that’s when your air conditioning will truly begin to earn it keep for the year.

Summers in the Valley of the Sun can turn brutal. We have some tips from HVAC experts to help make your transition into full-bore air conditioning mode go with as few troubles as possible.

Johns Refrigeration is here to help you switch to the summer heat. We have a maintenance program to prepare your system, and offer air conditioning repairs in Mesa, AZ for those times when the best preparations can’t stop malfunctions.

Here are a few things to consider before your AC comes on for the season

  • Schedule regular maintenance: You should always have a maintenance technician inspect your air conditioning and give it a tune-up once a year, and spring is the best time to have the work done so the system will be in top condition for the summer heat. An air conditioner running at its best will also operate without cost overruns, keeping your electric bill from making abrupt spikes.
  • Handle any repair needs: A maintenance check will identify places where you air conditioner should have repairs done before turning on for the season. You may already know about possible malfunctions because of unusual behavior from the unit (strange noises, a drop in airflow). Don’t procrastinate about scheduling the work to fix these problems: getting trapped in the summer heat waiting for repairs for a broken unit is no fun.
  • Change the air filter: This is a part of air conditioner and heat pump maintenance you can do on your own. The air filter that protects the inside of the system from damage will develop dirt and dust clogs while it works, and unless it’s changed regularly for a clean filter, it will start to cut off airflow and permit particles to enter the cabinet. During cooling season, you should change the filter once a month.

Start with maintenance

An annual maintenance program is the best way to protect your home’s cooling (as well as your budget). Call Johns Refrigeration and join our Peak Performance Club. Membership grants you priority scheduling and special discounts. You can select different levels of membership depending on your needs and budget.

Make sure you enjoy a cool summer in Mesa, AZ with air conditioning repair and maintenance from Johns Refrigeration.

3 Factors to Consider with Air Conditioning Installation

April 1st, 2014

A new air conditioner is a significant investment in your home, but as your old one slowly breaks down, it may be time to think of a new one. Spring is here and the cooling season is fast approaching. Now is the time to get rid of a wasteful or inefficient system in favor of one that can lower your cooling bills significantly once it’s installed. Here in Mesa, air conditioning installation services will be happy to put a new unit into your home. As with any purchase of this size, however, you need to prepare things properly before pulling the trigger.

Here are 3 factors to consider with air conditioning installation.

  • Sizing the unit. Air conditioners need to have enough power to cool your entire home, but not so much that they cycle on and off multiple times throughout the day. (Cycling is very hard on the unit and costs you wasted energy). Sizing it properly means factoring in the square footage of your home, as well as the presence of insulation and more nebulous factors like sunlight exposure. A trained technician can inspect your home and perform the proper calculations for you.
  • Getting an efficient unit. Air conditioning efficiency is measured in SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) ratings, detailing how effective the unit is at doing its job. The higher the rating, the more effective the air conditioner, and less it will cost in monthly fees to properly cool the house. Look for units with the highest SEER rating in you price bracket; the monthly savings they provide will help offset the cost of installation.
  • Adding bells and whistles. If you’re in the market for upgrades, you might think about adding a heat pump (which combines the duties of a heater and an air conditioner) rather than a more traditional air conditioning unit., You might also consider a zone control system, either installed into your existing ducts or added as part of a mini ductless split system. This is a good time to consider such changes, since they’re easier during the installation stage.

For more factors to consider with air conditioning installation here in Mesa, give Johns Refrigeration a call. We have the tools and experience to do the job right and we’ll give it our all to deliver the air conditioner you need.

What to Look for with Your Heating Installation Service

March 31st, 2014

Installing a new heater can be a big undertaking, both in terms of the investment involved and in the changes it will make to your house. A new heater can erase many of the problems an old heater suffers from, as well as giving you a chance to enjoy more reliable heat at improved monthly rates.

But the best way to ensure a clean and reliable new furnace is to hire the right heating service to install it.  Here in Gilbert, heating installation services are quite numerous, so how are you to tell the good services from the bad?

Here’s a few general guidelines that can tell you what to look for with your heating installation service.

  • Accreditation. The best and most reliable sign of a quality heating service is endorsements and affiliations with reputable third parties.  This can include the Better Business Bureau, the local Chamber of Commerce and specialized institutions like NATE (North American Technician Excellence), which gauge technician’s know-how in various technical fields. Good word of mouth helps too, but serious accreditations are a real stamp of approval when seeking the right service.
  • Longevity. A newly established company isn’t necessarily a bad one. Indeed, many can be quite good and every company was newly established at some point. But the more recently a company began, the more of a risk you’re taking in terms of quality. A company with a long history and successful track record means a long line of happy customers and reliability you can count on.
  • Service. When looking for a good heating service, you want to emphasize the “service” part of the equation. Does the company offer warranties or similar guarantees? Does it have 24-hour service to treat emergencies? Does it offer estimates before work starts so that you know what’s involved? These are signs of a professional organization that wants your business, and one you can presumably count on to do the job right.

Here in Gilbert, heating installation can be provided by John’s Refrigeration with an absolute assurance of quality. We’ve been in business since 1970, we offer emergency service and free estimates, and we proudly display accreditation with NATE, the BBB and the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce.

If you know what to look for with your heating installation service, you don’t need to look any further. Give us a call and set up an appointment today!

5 Family Friendly Things to do Near Mesa

March 31st, 2014

With near perfect weather in the Mesa, AZ area, it’s hard to stay indoors. Grab your family and friends and head to any number of great events and locations to enjoy yourself. Listen to local music, taste local foods, and make your friends in colder parts of the country green with envy with these five family friendly things to do near Mesa:

1. Gilbert Food Trucks

Take the family for a taste of local food on Friday nights and Saturday mornings at the Gilbert Food Truck Court in Downtown Gilbert. On Saturday mornings, the food trucks are part of the Gilbert Farmers Market. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gilbert-Food-Truck-Food-Court/111934015631239

2. Cactus League Spring Training

The Diamondbacks might be Down Under but there are lots of other teams to cheer for!http://www.cactusleague.com/

3. Arizona Museum of Natural History

Located in downtown Mesa, AZ, this museum features a variety of prehistoric exhibits and opportunities for learning for kids of all ages. http://azmnh.org/

4. Spark! Mesa’s Festival of Creativity

This is a FREE five day festival at the Mesa Arts Center March 19-23, celebrating a variety of crafts, art, and music. http://www.mesaartscenter.com/spark

5. Take a hike

Make your friends back east jealous when you take advantage of the weather and go for a hike in the Arizona sunshine. Trails run throughout the valley. http://www.everytrail.com/best/hiking-mesa-arizona

Have fun and don’t forget your sunscreen! Let us know what you’ve done this month to enjoy the Arizona weather.

 

Join us for a Night at the Gilbert Historical Museum

March 20th, 2014

We are pleased to be the soda and water sponsor for the annual Night at the Museum at the Gilbert Historical Museum. This is a terrific Gilbert event that helps to support this private, non-profit organization which relies on the support and generosity of the local community to preserve a record of Gilbert’s history for future generations.

Join us on Saturday, March 22nd for an evening of entertainment, with food presented by Brio Tuscan Grille, and a silent auction. Don’t forget live music and dancing to local band “Outside the Line”!

Auction items include:

  • 4 Phoenix Suns Floor Tickets to the April 14th game. Valet parking is included.
  • Paranormal investigation by the Phoenix Arizona Paranormal Society (PAPS) for eight people at the Gilbert Historical Museum.
  • 4 one day park hopper passes for Disneyland AND a $200 Visa gift card.
  • Vacation packages to White Stallion Ranch and Gold Canyon Golf Resort, plus a timeshare to winner’s choice of Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas or Cancun.

And don’t forget the raffle! Prizes include a stunning 14 karat white gold, Swiss blue topaz & diamond pendant with chain.

The Gilbert Historical Museum is the only local AZ landmark on the National Register of Historic Places.

For more information, please visit http://www.gilberthistoricalmuseum.org/Events.aspx.

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