Tips to Extend the Life Expectancy of Your Air Conditioner

July 10, 2018

Air conditioning units have become a necessity. They are an investment and how long they serve you depends on how well they are treated. On average, an air conditioner usually last for about 12 years or more if they are well maintained. To help you extend the life of your unit, here are a few tips you can follow. Work with a Competent Contractor The installation of the unit will determine how long it lasts. Remember it is an investment, you do not want a quick fixing of the system only to cause more damage to the unit. You need a competent contractor to install the unit. Proper installation enhances the unit’s durability. Give the Unit a Break The unit is mechanical and if it is always on cooling the air it will wear out at a faster rate. You do not have to have the unit running when there is no one in the house hence turn it off when leaving the house. Also at night when temperatures are cooler you can turn off the system, open the windows when you sleep rather than overworking the unit. By giving the system a break you reduce the rate of wear...

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What is the REME HALO?

June 13, 2018

Phoenix weather didn’t earn its reputation by happenstance. Summers are long and brutal, and AC units work around the clock. With all of that air circulation, the risks of under-filtered air grow severe. Sick building syndrome, severe allergies and a number of other problems can spiral out of control. That is where the REME HALO comes in handy. It’s a revolutionary system that will keep your air clean and fresh regardless of how hard you run your AC. What Is it? REME is an acronym that stands for reflective electromagnetic energy. It sounds high-tech because it is. The system is a state-of-the-art air filtration device that uses innovative methods to improve air quality. Any purification system is going to work to remove contaminants, allergens, and microbes from the air. The REME HALO is different for a few reasons. First, it is designed to sit within existing HVAC systems. It doesn’t require demolition or redesign to work. Second, it works in tandem with existing filtration to maximize effectiveness. Basically, the REME system uses ionized particles to attack microbes and clump particles together. This gives it antimicrobial properties that reduce the risk of infection and sickness while simultaneously making existing filters better...

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How Does Duct Sealing Work?

June 7, 2018

Aerosol is a fairly recent technology that resolves duct leaks from the inside out. Aeroseal duct sealing works by placing leaking air under pressure. Polymer particles first attach to the leak’s edges. The polymer particles then attach to each other until the leak is sealed entirely. If you’re interested in having a technician perform Aeroseal duct sealing in your home, here is some information about the step-by-step process. 1. Prepare Your System The first step of duct sealing involves preparing the system. The technician will use foam to plug the registers, forcing the area in the ductwork to escape through any leaks. This step allows the technician to pretest the duct system before starting the Aeroseal duct sealing process. The pretest will measure the amount of duct leakage in square inches and the amount of air leaking in the ductwork. The technician will need to connect the Aeroseal machine to the duct work for the pretest, which is called the Air Duct Diagnostic. On average, the pretest identifies a duct leakage of 30 to 40 percent. The technician will cut a small access hole into the return or supply and attach a temporary collar. The technician will use a foam...

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How Do I Know My AC Needs Maintenance?

June 6, 2018

Most homeowners usually don’t think about their air conditioning systems until something goes wrong. Unfortunately, most air conditioning failures tend to occur at the most inopportune time, leaving you to sweat out during the hot summer. Luckily, most air conditioning failures can be prevented by keeping an eye on common indicators of failure or through preventive maintenance. As a homeowner, you should familiarize yourself with different warning signs that can help you identify any air conditioning problems before they become unmanageable. Here are five warning signs that your AC unit requires maintenance. Odd Smells Typically, your air conditioning unit should not produce any smell. It is the work of the unit to dehumidify and cool your home. However, if you notice any strange smells or smoke in your house, you should turn off your air conditioning unit and contact an expert immediately to check it. Avoid the danger of fire by maintaining and closely monitoring your system. Poor Performance Air conditioning units that are under good maintenance provide consistent performance. AC units that are not efficient will force you to keep on reducing the temperature of your thermostat to maintain the level of comfort that you require. This is a...

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Things To Know When Buying a Heater

February 5, 2018

Finding the Right Solution for Your Home Purchasing a new heater isn’t something most homeowners deal with on a regular basis. In fact, modern heating systems are designed to last anywhere form 15-25 years, depending on the type of system you have. So, when the time comes to buy a new heater, you might be unsure where to begin. There are a few things to know when buying a new heater. First and foremost, the type of heating system you’ll want to look into will depend greatly on your unique needs. Various factors, such as the size of your home, the amount of heat you typically need, and your budget will all dictate which type of heater is best for you. Are you looking for something relatively inexpensive to run? Consider a gas heating option. Need to quickly warm up a smaller space? A fan heater might be the perfect solution. There are an array of different types of heaters to choose from, including: Gas furnaces Electric furnaces Oil heaters Fan heaters Wood-burning heaters Geothermal heaters Heat pumps olar heaters You may also want to consider a zoned system, rather than a traditional central heating system, if you tend to...

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Tips to Reduce Energy Costs in the Winter

February 5, 2018

Solutions that Are Good for the Environment and Your Wallet Most residents of the Gilbert area are used to Southern Arizona’s hotter temperatures. But, with average temperatures dropping down to the low 30s/high 20s (and sometimes even lower!) in the winter months, it can be tempting to crank up the heat from November through March. However, as any homeowner knows, this can quickly become costly, as running the heater every day for months can drastically increase your energy bills. Plus, it’s bad for the environment, as most heating systems produce greenhouse gases and harmful emissions. So, how can you save money and help the environment without freezing? Here at Collins Comfort Masters, we’ve got some tips to help you stay warm and cozy all winter long that won’t up your monthly energy bill. Check out our tips below! Harness the Power of the Sun The great thing about the sun is that it produces the same amount of heat all year, even when the air outside is colder. If your house has a lot of windows, you can take advantage of this free, completely renewable source of heat. Even if you don’t get tons of natural light every day, you...

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Is Your Indoor Air Quality Harming Your Health?

February 5, 2018

Find Out How You Can Start Feeling Better Today While most people know that air pollution is a problem outside, they often don’t realize that air quality can be an issue inside, as well. In fact, indoor air quality has been linked to a number of health problems, including increased respiratory illnesses and more severe allergy and asthma symptoms. Poor indoor air quality can also lead to what is known as “Sick Building Syndrome” (SBS). SBS is a phenomenon in which occupants of a building experience various symptoms, often vague and subjective in nature, that can be traced back to the quality of air inside that building. But how do you know if your indoor air quality is affecting your health? Colds, flus, allergies, and asthma can be a result of so many different factors that it can be difficult to pinpoint the exact cause. That being said, there are a few indicators that your home may have poor indoor air quality and that it is affecting your overall health and wellbeing. You’re Experiencing Frequent Illness—and You Don’t Know Why If everyone in your office comes down with the flu and the next week you start feeling bad, it’s probably...

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What to Do If You Have a Pipeline Leak

March 5, 2014

A lot of homes use natural gas for energy needs, and in the majority of situations this is perfectly safe. However, it is still important to understand how the situation should be handled if a pipeline leak does occur.If you should find yourself facing such a leak, Collins Comfort Masters Plumbing would be happy to provide you with the professional assistance you need. What to Do If You Have a Leak The to-do list in case of a pipeline leak really boils down to two key ideas—evacuate and call for help. If you ever suspect that an area in your home has a gas leak, get everyone out of the house and move to a safe place. Once you are far away from the leak, call 911 and stay nearby to make sure that no one else enters the area until it has been deemed clear. What Not to Do If You Have a Leak The do-not-do list is a little less intuitive. You may want to review this with your family to make sure everyone understands how to handle a pipeline leak responsibly. Do not use your cell phone until you are clear of the leak area; these can...

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Know About Gas Leaks and Gas Leak Repair

February 10, 2014

Many of the homes that our Collins Comfort Masters team services every day rely on natural gas. Natural gas is an important energy source and when managed correctly it is quite safe and reliable. Understanding a few basic facts about gas leaks will help you identify the need for gas leak repair and related maintenance services. Are Gas Leaks Dangerous? This is the first question that our gas leak repair service members are asked. The answer depends on the circumstances. Outdoor gas leaks are not regarded as highly dangerous since the natural air flow will prevent the gas from getting trapped in a confined area. If you spot puffs of dust rising from the ground when no breeze is present or if you smell the rotten egg scent associated with gas leaks, then Gilbert plumbers ought to be notified right away. Stand away from the site until technicians arrive. Indoor Leaks If you are inside and suspect that you have a gas leak, follow these steps to minimize risk to yourself and your family: Family members and pets should exit the home. Do not use electrical appliances, including telephones, while inside your home. Contact your power company from a neighbor’s...

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Man Jailed For Fighting About Cost of Plumbing Repair

December 26, 2013

When you need a plumber to take care of a clogged toilet or another emergency plumbing problem, you probably want a plumber at your doorstep within minutes of making the phone call. At Collins Comfort Masters, our plumbing repair services are convenient, affordable, and won’t cause you to end up in a situation where you have to call the police. Plumbing Disputes and Jail Time Recently, a man threatened another man in Idaho with a gun over a dispute over some completed plumbing work. It all happened when two men were arguing on the phone over the cost of a plumbing repair that had been completed earlier. After the two men got off the phone, the plumber that had done the plumbing work earlier arrived at the man’s home with a gun in his possession. The plumber tried to open the door and come into the man’s home, but the victim blocked him from entering. When this happened, the plumber pulled out a gun and threatened to take the man’s life. The plumber eventually left the scene but was later picked up by the police and put in jail. Our Prices are Fair and Affordable When you have a plumbing...

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