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5 HVAC Trends From the 2014 Air Conditioning Season

The Effects of 5 HVAC Trends On Home and Office Air Conditioning

New and advancing trends in the HVAC manufacturing processes and the efficiency of digital A/C controls can’t be ignored. Whether replacing, upgrading or installing a new heating and cooling system in your Arizona home, you cannot afford to ignore the modern changes in air conditioning technology. For some homeowners, buying a new heat pump or A/C condensing unit means seeking the best deal from a cut-rate discount center. But conscientious quality-focused homeowners know the value of learning about:

  • New developments in heating and cooling technology
  • Identifying the best HVAC fit for your home
  • Avoiding obsolete and ineffective systems
  • AND better understanding the top HVAC trends from 2014.

 

American Cooling and Heating Discusses 5 HVAC Trends Worth Reviewing

 1) HVAC Trends in Economic Growth

Seems strange that economic growth should be listed as an HVAC trend for 2014, but as was predicted by ACHR News back in January of 2014, seventy percent of the surveyed HVAC/R manufacturers had visions of increased growth in demands for more efficient A/C equipment. And let’s face: Even with a staggering economy, the overall increase in available jobs, stable banking, and low interest rates has moved many people to reach out for the advantages associated with energy-efficient HVAC equipment – even if merely as a retrofit solution. It’s a good year to take advantage of current HVAC trends.

Hey, growth in the construction market means growth in the HVAC/R market. Housing startups are coming back. New homes require new air conditioning equipment. Competition pushes heating and cooling manufacturing firms to present value-added services and equipment. Contractors strive for your business. Some offer bottom-dollar pricing with minimal support. Quality HVAC contractors offer good pricing, reliable support, and guaranteed workmanship. When fitting a new home with heating and cooling, meticulous buyers tend to make quality service and support a top decision-making priority.

2) HVAC Trends in Digital Technology

Even if you haven’t had opportunity to experience the benefits of “smart” air conditioning technology inside your Arizona home, you have most likely reaped traces from the stores and malls that you visit outside the home. Programmable thermostats come in a host of formats and styles, and the efficiency increase associated with managed heating and cooling continues to attract homeowners as well as business owners. The quality of the units improves year by year. Wi-Fi and wireless models present homeowners with user-friendly management of home heating and cooling equipment, and even now, many companies continue to offer rebates on the HVAC digital technology for the home.

3) HVAC Trends in Data Management

Promised efficiency does not always translate into realized air conditioning effectiveness. Thus to ensure effective use of the advanced features in modern A/C equipment, the industry had to introduce new HVAC trends in data management. Many digital thermostats now include “smart meters” that enable homeowners and business owners to better track and measure effectual HVAC equipment efficiency. Top off home equipment with advancements in mobile applications that make energy monitoring and thermostat management a full-time option, and home heating and cooling efficiency leaps into a new age of performance and effectiveness.

4) HVAC Trends in Green Technology

Partly due to pressure from the government and partly due to respect for the eco-system, sustainability remains a primary focal point in HVAC/R trends. From Carrier to Trane and all the brand names in between, A/C manufacturing companies are committed to provide better, more energy-efficient systems for home, office and industry.

5) HVAC Trends – Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF)

Already dominant in China, Japan, and other countries, VRF has finally taken a foothold in the US. System design in a VRF unit enables an outdoor A/C condensing unit to link to multiple indoor fan coil systems. It’s energy efficient, effective, and driven by the commercial segment of the HVAC/R industry. But remember: Every thing that happens in the commercial industry eventually affects home lifestyles.

American Cooling and Heating Helping To Set Arizona HVAC Trends in 2014

Thus far, 2014 has been an exciting year for ACH, Arizona homeowners, and the heating and cooling industry as a whole. The above listed 5 HVAC trends affect every A/C vendor, manufacturer, and sales/service center. But give a call, and we will let you know how you can benefit from the current trends in HVAC/R equipment and technology.

 

 

Unlicensed HVAC Contractors Damage Industry Credibility – HVAC News Today

Unlicensed HVAC Contractors Make a MessIn HVAC News Today: A/C Industry Strives To Shut Down Unlicensed HVAC Contractors

Unlicensed HVAC contractors may work cheaper than a bonded, insured and licensed A/C service company, but are the upfront saving worth the long-term risks? Not according to Matt Bishop, Business Management Editor at the HVACR contractor’s HVAC news web center. When dealing with unlicensed air conditioning contractors, the typical homeowner experiences:

  • Shoddy craftsmanship
  • Deceitful troubleshooting techniques
  • Unreliable A/C services, including substandard A/C installation
  • Homeowner remorse over the entire venture
  • AND more.
TIP! Before having someone install new Arizona A/C services in your home, make sure they are insured. Uninsured contractors leave you unprotected, and financially responsible for the results of shoddy air conditioning repairs, installation or services.

Homeowners who deal with under-trained cut-price heating and cooling service techs often find that preconceived cash savings easily shift into the range of costly mistakes. Air conditioning technicians, so-called, who operate outside the laws of the nation typically ignore industry-accepted cooling and heating equipment installation and service regulations, and the expectations of the homeowner. According to ACCA senior vice president of government relations, Charlie McCrudden, such individuals “…take advantage of lax enforcement of permitting rules, licensing requirements, and the Clean Air Act.” Furthermore, Mr. McCrudden says that the government is currently unable to track or control the problem. Too many individuals, McCrudden says, “… are posing as professional HVAC technicians.”

TIP! Get bids from several companies before deciding who you are going to hire to install or repair your HVAC system. Most people know to avoid the company that has the highest quote, but you should also stay away from the one with the lowest.

 

HVAC News Today: Reputation or Unlicensed HVAC Contractors

In the air conditioning industry, a good reputation is paramount to the word-of-mouth advertising that so often establishes customer trust. In HVAC News today, A/C associations and reputable Arizona A/C installers are pushing the drive to focus on identifying and curbing unlicensed air conditioning contractors. For the good of the homeowners, and the industry, proper licensing is a must-have component of quality HVAC services.

According to the Yavapai County Contractors Association (YCCA) out of Prescott, AZ, homeowners have the right to hire unlicensed HVAC contractors. However, the foreword is simple: “Beware!” Sandy Griffis, YCCA Executive Director, says that contractor licensing does not assure technical skill, proficiency or even a measure of competence. “However,” Griffis also says, “…hiring an unlicensed contractor is certainly a hazard.” Here are three primary points to remember:

  • Unlicensed can mean low bids, but the financial and legal consequences may be more than your original bargain included
  • Hiring a licensed Arizona air conditioning contractor provides better protection than any after-event legal remedies
  • Most licensed AZ A/C contractors are competent, dedicated, financially responsible, and well trained
  • The State of Arizona promotes safety, health public welfare, and reliable construction practices via proper licensing and a well-designed regulatory system.
TIP!  For Great On-Sale  Arizona Air Conditioning Deals check out American Cooling and Heating today.

For the legitimate Arizona air conditioning installation and service center that plays by the rules, the battle against unlicensed low-bidders means missed business opportunities and higher cost margins. For you, the Arizona homeowner, this may mean a risky venture for the sake of possible money savings. In recent years, the number of complaints via the Arizona Registrar of Contractors has climbed quickly and suddenly. The cost of scamming affects legitimate contractors, society as a whole, and you.

To report unlicensed HVAC contractors in your area, Arizona residents can use the Arizona Registrar of Contractors on-site tip form.

 

Unlicensed HVAC Contractors Miss The Mark

According to YCCA, most homeowners could prevent construction problems just by learning their home improvement rights and then taking personal responsibility for the project. Informed consumers make better buying decisions. Working with reputable Arizona air conditioning contractors is one path to ensuring that you do not become the victim of unscrupulous or unlicensed HVAC contractors.

TIP! If you are having a new HVAC unit installed in your Arizona home, don’t overlook  the duct work. Even the most  energy efficient air conditioning equipment will waste energy if the home duct work is in need of repair or replacement.

Protect yourself. Avoid working with unlicensed craftsmen, so-called. Don’t get scammed, get cool. Licensed Arizona HVAC contractors follow sound business practices, including:

  • Paying taxes
  • Buying and maintaining yearly insurance
  • Running background checks on prospective new employees
  • Setting up a bonded practice
  • AND More.

To gain a state HVAC license, the contractor must show experience and capability. The test is designed to eliminate shade-tree A/C service techs. And although the licensing is not the “end-all, be-all” solution to finding an ethical and qualified heating and cooling contractor, it does evidence attention to matters pertaining to quality and good business practices. Furthermore, the heating and cooling industry is evolving, reaching beyond heating and cooling and into the area of indoor air quality (IAQ) and extended home comfort performance. Proven A/C technical understanding and knowledge, and the assurance thereof, is more important than ever before.

American Cooling and Heating: Bonded, insured and licensed. For more information on unlicensed HVAC contractors, click here.

Battling The Brutal Arizona Temperatures With Emergency Air Conditioning Service

Air Conditioning Service Expert American Cooling And Heating Announces Expanded 24HR AC Repair Service In Arizona To Help Residents Withstand The Heat Wave.

American Cooling And Heating Announces expanded A/C Service capabilities for AZ area residents, 24HR Service Crews are on standby to help meet the upcoming demand for A/C Repair and A/C Replacement.

In Phoenix, Emergency A/C Service can help bring relief from the brutal desert temperatures effecting Arizona and to help those in need. Air Conditioning System problems can occur day and night and when people must depend on their Air Conditioning to survive the desert climate. The elderly, small children, and persons with health problems are at risk from exposure to these high temperatures. Fast A/C Service is of paramount importance.

“American Cooling And Heating provides 24HR Air Conditioning Systems Service for Gilbert, Mesa, Tempe, Scottsdale, and most other towns and cities in Arizona. We are your Emergency A/C Service Company and we provide professional A/C Repair and A/C Replacement Service around the clock.” ACH Management.

Air Conditioning Units can fail for a multitude of reasons, from abnormal wear and tear due to a lack of maintenance, storm related damages, electrical power surges, or from ordinary wear and tear and component age. Air Conditioning Systems may become not economically feasible to repair and may warrant replacement.

The Service Techs at American Cooling And Heating can identify the best course of action to follow and bring a quick resolution to the identified issue. Expert Air Conditioning Services are provided for Trane, Amana, Carrier, Goodman, Rheem, and all major Air Conditioning Brands, bringing relief from the heat to restore comfort to homes or businesses.

Air Conditioning and Heat Pump Sales and Service, bringing timely and efficient solutions, along with prompt courteous service, servicing all types of HVAC systems, ACH also provides:

* Satisfaction with service.
* Flat-rate, up-front pricing.
* Friendly technicians.
* Reliability and honesty.
* A Reputation For Quality.

Schedule Now For Immediate Service:

East (480) 699-2516
Central (602) 734-5422
West (623) 335-7697

Please visit: http://www.americancoolingandheating.com/

How Do Split System Air Conditioning or Heat Pump Units Function?

The Components of a Split System

Split System air conditioning units use a compressor, condenser and evaporator to pump refrigerant fluid through a heat exchange process. However, unlike the layout of a conventional cooling unit, the components of a Split System are not self-contained in a single condensing unit.

Residential central air conditioning or heat pump systems typically feature a Split System design. The condenser and compressor usually makeup the outdoors component of the system. When installed correctly, the external unit is mounted in a shady area free of brush and unnecessary obstructions to air flow. Likewise, the evaporator, blower and ductwork function as components of inside sections of the unit.

The fined coils of the evaporator is typically mounted in the ductwork and downstream of the blower unit. The units are connected via two flexible refrigerant lines. In an energy-efficient design, each of the components is custom-selected to meet the exact physical requirements of each individual home. Refrigerant piping is also custom-fashioned make the best use of the equipment.

Fundamentals of Split System Operations

In any Split System heat pump or air conditioning layout, two fundamental processes are involved:

1) Some form of refrigerant fluid provides the principle cooling power

2) The primary components of the cooling unit, evaporator and condenser, are located in separate physical locations.

Two points mark the distinction between a Split System heat pump and a Split System air conditioner:

  1. Heat pumps are capable of reversing the condenser and evaporator functions
  2. Being dedicated to cooling only, central air conditioning systems typically provide a better cooling energy-efficiency ratio than heat pumps.

Evaporator: Typically considered the starting junction of the cooling cycle, the evaporator receives high-pressure refrigerant liquid through a thermostatic expansion valve. Due to pressure differences and heat drawn from the surrounding medium of air or water, the liquid within the evaporator boils. Thus the evaporator captures the heat from within the building and transfers it to the refrigerant gas as it leaves the evaporator.

Compressor: In simple words, air conditioning systems transfer indoor heat to the outdoors. Heat pumps can reverse this function. The compressor within the system draws refrigerant gas from the evaporator, performs a compression process on the gas and then releases the compressed gas directly into the condenser.

Evaporator: Typically considered the starting junction of the cooling cycle, the evaporator receives high-pressure refrigerant liquid through a thermostatic expansion valve. Due to pressure differences and heat drawn from the surrounding medium of air or water, the liquid within the evaporator boils. Thus the evaporator captures the heat from within the building and transfers it to the refrigerant gas as it leaves the evaporator.

Compressor: In simple words, air conditioning systems transfer indoor heat to the outdoors. Heat pumps can reverse this function. The compressor within the system draws refrigerant gas from the evaporator, performs a compression process on the gas and then releases the compressed gas directly into the condenser.

Drop Those Costs! Six-Point Air Conditioning Energy Efficiency Plan That Can Save You Money

Arizona Air Conditioning Service Center Introduces Energy Saving Tips And Advice

In Compliance With Energy Star Suggestions For Best Efficiency A/C Systems, American Cooling and Heating Presents Phoenix Area Residents With Six-Point, Energy Star Efficiency Tips, Including an Equipment Maintenance Check List

Staying cool costs money. In the summer, air conditioning is the big energy ticket item. The Alliance to Save Energy says that the 2012, residential household energy bill will run around $2,200. They also say that simple changes can ease the strain and keep your home more comfortable at the same time.

The following American Cooling and Heating Six-Point Energy Star Efficiency plan can help you ease the burden on your A/C system, your pocketbook and your family’s comfort demands:

1) Air Filters

When things appear to be functioning correctly, homeowners forget the importance of changing their HVAC air filter. Yet dirty filters reduce air flow, force your system to work hard and result in wasted energy. Change the HVAC filter once a month. It will reduce cooling expenses and prevent the build up of dust and dirt, which may even eliminate the future need for at least one service call.

2) HVAC System Tune Up

What would it cost to repair your automobile if you never changed the oil until the engine seized up? Although special circumstances such as landscaping-related dust and debris may prompt a need for a special maintenance call, once a year is typically sufficient for a home HVAC system. Spend a little to save bunches. The American Cooling and Heating, 24-hour on-call service center is every-ready at your disposal.

Use the following A/C maintenance checklist for a safety guide:

Reasonable thermostat settings 
Secure electrical connections 
Lubrication of moving parts 
Functioning condenser drain 
Functional controls 
Dirt on the condenser coils 
Refrigerant level – Typically requires a technician 
Clean blower components 
Clean filters.

Your local contractor American Cooling and Heating can perform the complete HVAC maintenance checklist at a very reasonable costs to you.

3) Programmable Thermostat

Not all home air conditioning systems have an installed programmable thermostat. Yet when correctly installed and properly used, a programmable thermostat can reduce your yearly energy costs by as much as $190. An American Cooling and Heating technician is on-hand now to help you update to an energy-efficient thermostat system.

4) Leaking Duct System

Low air pressure moving through your home may be the result of an improperly sealed heating and cooling duct system. As much as twenty percent of your cooling and heating cost may be coming to rest in the crawlspace beneath your home or in your attic.

Your American Cooling and Heating technician is more than willing to help you better understand the true cause of your heating and cooling complications.

5) Upgrade to a New Energy-Efficient HVAC System

Old systems cost more to operate than the modern energy-efficient products produced by Amana, Carrier, Rheem and others. A new energy-efficient home HVAC system can reduce your yearly energy bill by as much as $200.

If your system is older than ten years or if it is not keeping your home livable and comfortable, perhaps you should have it evaluated by a quality HVAC contractor.

American Cooling and Heating offers a free air conditioning inspection and estimate.

6) Proper Installation

Perhaps a new system is the only answer to your home cooling complication. If so, seek the best in performance, energy efficiency and installation services. Improper HVAC installation can reduce your energy efficiency by as much as 30 percent – not to mention the excess wear and tear on your equipment.

These tips presented by American Cooling and Heating, currently serving the entire Phoenix area, including Paradise Valley AZ, Gilbert AZ, Mesa AZ, and Scottsdale AZ, and all other areas in Arizona.

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