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Posts Tagged ‘monsoon’


Keep Your A/C System Properly Maintained During Monsoon

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

Watch out for dust in your a/c

During monsoondirt, dust and other debris can easily clog up your home’s a/c system, which reduces airflow through the coils, as well as causes premature corrosion of your condenser coil. This reduction in airflow prevents the unit’s ability to transfer heat between your home and the outdoor air. A damaged a/c unit also uses much more energy trying to cool down your home, which leads to higher utility bills.

High winds, lightning, and thunderstorms during monsoon can wreak havoc on your a/c system. But taking a few steps to protect your a/c unit will better prepare it to weather monsoon and will also help protect your safety and comfort.

Here are a few things you can do now:

• Trim trees from around the air conditioner: Most damage that is done to a/c units during monsoon is due to falling trees and branches that can either become embedded inside the unit, clogging it up, or debris falling on it, damaging the unit.
• Install a whole-house surge protector: Electrical damage is a huge potential risk during monsoon. A whole-house surge protector ensures your system keeps running even during storms.
• Clear your condensate drain line: A clogged condensate drain can lead to many problems in a home’s a/c system, so keeping it open can prevent costly repairs.
• Change your air conditioner’s air filter: Changing the air filter every month keeps the system running more efficiently. If it’s a particularly dusty monsoon, consider changing the filter more often.

And while you might be tempted to simply cover your home’s outside unit, keep in mind that you should never cover it with a tarp or a plastic bag. Covering your a/c unit not only keeps the moisture in the unit, but also makes it more difficult for your unit to breathe while it’s running.

John’s Refrigeration can help make sure your air conditioning system continues running during monsoon, as well as after the dust storms and rains have passed. Just Call John’s to find out how we can keep you comfortable.

Is replacing your windows worth it?

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

When it comes to keeping your home cool, maintaining your home’s HVAC unit is key. An efficient unit will not only help keep your home cool and comfortable, but it can also help keep the dust out of your home, which means your home will be cleaner. Less dust also is directly related to fewer respiratory illnesses like asthma, but also annoying conditions like dry skin and bloody noses. For a/c savings, though, can replacing your windows also save you big bucks?

Most windows can actually be compared to having a giant hole in your home’s insulation. Especially if they are older, drafty windows. But new windows are expensive and installing them often costs just as much as the windows themselves. New windows aren’t the best cure for reducing your utility bills. There are easier and cheaper projects you can do, such as sealing all your home’s air leaks, which will have a bigger impact.

The energy savings from new windows don’t usually come even close to justifying their cost. And research shows that the payback period for replacement windows can be as high as 100 years. The new high-efficiency windows might offer twice the insulation value as the old single-pane windows you currently have. Which means new windows would cut your energy loss through the windows by as much as 50%. But some studies reveal only about 30% of your house’s heating and air conditioning disappears out the windows.

Before deciding to replace your windows for a/c savings, Just Call John’s to see what we can do to help you reduce your utility bills. John’s doesn’t just repair and replace HVAC units, we also offer a service that replaces the screens on your windows. We have thermostats that you can control even when you’re not at home. Check out one of our recent appearances on Sonoran Living Live where owner Andrew John talks about some of the options available for a/c savings.

Peak Performance Club Benefits

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

Preventing your air conditioning unit from breaking down can save you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars in repair costs or to replace your unit. John’s offers an annual a/c maintenance membership that allows you to know you will be comfortable in your home all year long. By giving your HVAC unit some preventive TLC, you can rest assured it’s not going to break down when our desert temperatures start heating up to 110+ degrees. Joining our Peak Performance Club also means your unit will last longer and the service keeps it running no matter what the temperature outside is.

When our NATE Certified technicians come out to inspect your unit, we don’t just check to make sure it’s running, we can also identify safety and health issues. A few of the Peak Performance Club Annual Maintenance Membership features include:

  • Two 51–point inspections
  • Clean indoor and outdoor coils, which maintains proper airflow and prevents issues to compressor valves.
  • Clear condensate to prevent mold formation and avoid water damage.
  • Priority service: You receive service first and ahead of non–club members (very important if your a/c stops working during monsoon).
  • Improved efficiency, which saves you money on your utility bills.

Although the cost of the annual membership is only $199.95, the actual value of this service is $574. You can think of the investment as only $17 a month.

Now that it’s already heating up outside, it’s also important to remember that houses breathe, so doors and vents should be kept open. Shutting interior doors and closing vents in unused rooms doesn’t allow your home to breathe the way it needs to for optimal efficiency.

If you’d like more tips on keeping cool this summer or would like to join our Peak Performance Club, Just Call John’s!

How does a dust storm affect my air conditioning?

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

The official monsoon season started in Arizona on June 15th and lasts through September. Often, along with rain, comes a dust storm; the worst of which is referred to as a haboob. In addition to causingallergies that drain your health, these storms can take a drain on your air conditioning unit.

How does a dust storm affect my air conditioning?

Much like our bodies, an air conditioner runs slower when there is dust and debris in the air. When the air is heavier, we get more tired doing our everyday tasks. We feel sluggish and need to exert more to accomplish the same activity. It’s the same for your air conditioning.

A typical monsoon storm begins with heavy winds, bringing dust across the Valley and into your home. Dirt enters the air conditioning unit, making the coil dirty, which reduces the unit’s performance. That means the unit is working harder and using more electricity to bring your home to the desired cool temperature. As a result, you will have a higher utility bill or may need additional maintenance to keep the unit clear of dust and debris.

How can I keep my air conditioning unit healthy during a dust storm?

Improving indoor air quality isn’t just for monsoon; it needs to happen throughout the year. At John’s Refrigeration we can:

  • Identify areas of the HVAC system where there are leaks that are allowing dust, pollen, and other contaminants into the home.
  • Install an electrostatic air filter that attracts and holds airborne particles so they do not enter your home or your lungs.
  • Clear the air conditioning unit of debris to help it work more efficiently.

The team at John’s Refrigeration is dedicated to helping families feel comfortable in their homes, during dust storm season and throughout the year. Call us today to learn how we can help keep your air conditioning running efficiently.

It’s the summer in Phoenix so it must be monsoon season!

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Late June and early July bring hotter temperatures and humidity to the Arizona desert in the form ofmonsoon. Marked by rainfall, high winds, and dust storms, Arizona receives half its annual rainfall during this season. While some might argue whether it is a monsoon by the strictest definition, we know for certain the rainfall brings added humidity that affects air conditioning units.

Dust, pollen, and other contaminants can strain your air conditioning unit, making it work less efficiently. The unit may, for example, run longer than normal due to the added humidity in the air. We’re not used to the moisture in the air and often lower the thermostat of an already taxed system just to stay comfortable.

How can we make sure the air conditioner works efficiently during monsoon season?

  • Clean the unit’s condensate drain of debris so it can operate efficiently.
  • Hose down the condenser coil after you turn off the electricity to the outdoor unit. The cleaner the coil, the more efficiently the hot air can be cooled.
  • Change the filter on a regular basis so the house can breathe. Yes, your home breathes much like we do. If the air is dirty or the filter is clogged, the system will pull in dirty air from the outside to the inside of your home.
  • Make sure the ductwork is sealed to prevent dust and debris from entering the home.

The most important thing you can do to keep your air conditioner running efficiently during monsoon is to have an annual maintenance check completed. At John’s Refrigeration, we offer the Peak Performance Club to keep your system running efficiently and keep you comfortable in your home. Contact us today to learn more.



Wind and your HVAC System

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Monsoon is not the only time the wind blows here in the Valley of the Sun.  Sometimes the wind kicks up and dust devils toss not only dirt and debris, but other pollutants, into the air. Where there are strong winds, there is blowing dust when you live in the desert. The dust creates a thick haze, affecting visibility while driving. Not only do high winds and dust make it difficult to drive, but they also make it difficult to breathe if you have respiratory issues like asthma or allergies.

Here are a few tips to help you get through these windy days and still be comfortable:

  • Since a home’s a/c unit filters the outside air, dust storms can strain it, making your system work harder and less efficiently. Learn more about how winds and monsoon affect your home’s ability to keep pollutants out of your home by reading “Monsoon”.
  • Because the EPA ranks indoor air pollution as the fourth largest environmental threat to our country, it’s imperative to keep the air we breathe while inside our homes as fresh as possible. An efficient HVAC unit can provide that. Read more about how to prevent dirt and dust from invading your home at “Indoor Air Quality.”
  • Pollen is the most difficult allergen to avoid and it’s almost impossible to do so when the wind starts blowing. Learn how, with proper air balancing, duct sealing, and using the correct filter, you can prevent pollen and other allergens from getting in your house at “Pollen and your HVAC system.
  • Pollutants increase the chance of upper respiratory infections and cause adults to miss work, children to miss school, and often require multiple visits to doctors’ offices and sometimes even the emergency room. “Asthma, Allergies, & Indoor Air Quality” discusses this topic in more detail.
  • Your heating and air conditioning system can either be contributing to asthma symptoms or causing asthma attacks by harboring and spreading pollen and other allergens. “HVAC and Asthma” mentions how a properly functioning HVAC system can help reduce indoor allergens in part by maintaining a consistent indoor environment free from external, airborne irritants.
  • Air filters are vital at keeping pollutants from infiltrating your home. Wind picks up dust and that dust makes it into your home if you have a dirty air filter. Read what else a clean air filter can do for your family’s health in our upcoming article, “The Importance of Changing Your Filter Regularly”.
  • Cleaning the air in your home so that your family is able to breathe easier is a priority at John’s. We install home air cleaners that will help you breathe easier and we talk about them in “What is a Home Air Cleaner.”
  • Whole-home air filtration systems make the air in your home as clean as possible by removing annoying particulates and allowing you to breathe cleaner, healthier air. Not only will your health improve with this system, but a significant energy savings can also be realized. To answer the question, “Do You Need A Home Air Filtration System?” read our blog.

John’s Refrigeration Heating and Cooling takes the way you breathe while inside your home seriously. If spring winds, monsoon, dust, pollen, and other irritating pollutants are interfering with your health, just call John’s.

Monsoon Season in Arizona

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Arizona’s official monsoon is June 15th through September 30th. These storms range from minor dust storms to intense thunderstorms. The monsoon usually starts with heavy winds, which can turn into a wall of dust hundreds of feet high moving across the Valley. These dust storms, called haboobs, are often accompanied by thunder and lightning and sometimes lead to heavy downpours. It’s the only season during which Arizonans don’t use the phrase “it’s a dry heat”.

The Arizona Division of Public Health Services describes AZ heat as “more than a nuisance – it is lethal.” And the severity of annual monsoons affects our roadways – including driving visibility and flash flooding – as well as air quality. A 10,000 foot-tall wall of dust, 30 or more miles wide can do a lot of damage, especially to a home’s HVAC system.

Since a home’s air conditioning system filters the outside air, the dust storms that are part and parcel of a monsoon can strain your unit, making it work harder and less efficiently. Because the a/c unit may run longer than normal due to the higher humidity, homeowners may need to lower the thermostat setting in order to keep comfortable. 77 degrees in a 50% humid home does not feel good. Cleaning the unit’s condensate drain will also help keep your HVAC system clean and clear out any debris, which makes the unit more efficient.

Because the electricity often goes out during the monsoon, it’s best to turn your air conditioning unit off so there’s not a huge power draw when the electricity comes back on. In fact, investing in surge protection is also a wise move, considering you’re a/c is the biggest power draw in your home.

Although you should call John’s Refrigeration Heating and Cooling if you have issues with your a/c unit during the monsoon, after all the dust has settled, make an appointment with us and our certified technicians will check your home’s HVAC, including duct work and air quality, to ensure your family is breathing fresh air. After all, we are your indoor comfort specialists.

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