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Ways to Keep Cool in the Arizona Heat

August 26, 2017 12:02 pm : Air Conditioning

Living in Tempe or Phoenix means year-round heat. Sometimes, temperatures will reach unsafe levels, and quite quickly. It is vital to know how to keep your body at a safe temperature to avoid dangerous situations. Here are some tips to staying cool and safe in the hot summer months.

Learn the Signs of Heat Exhaustion

One of the most important things to know when living in a hot climate is the signs of heat exhaustion. Heat exhaustion is the first sign of a serious problem, and if you don’t take proper measures to cool the person off, it can lead to heat stroke. Here are some warning signs from the Red Cross that mean it’s time to cool off:

  • Heat cramps in the legs or abdomen
  • Flushing of the skin
  • Pale skin that is cool or moist
  • Heavy sweating
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Weakness

If you see someone experiencing these signs, move them to a cooler location, loosen tight clothing, and mist them with water. Offer small amounts of cool water to drink if possible. Watch the individual closely for signs that the illness is getting worse. Avoid heat exhaustion by staying inside when temperatures are too high, and keeping hydrated and well-fed.

Avoid the Hottest Part of the Day

On extremely hot days, try to stay indoors if possible in an air conditioned location. If you must go outdoors, avoid strenuous activities during the hottest part of the day from 10:00AM until about 3:00PM. If you want to do any physical activity outside besides swimming, or be outside for an extended period of time, schedule it in the cooler morning time or later in the evening.

Wear the Right Clothing

Your clothing can actually help keep you cool. The CDC recommends loose fitting, lightweight, and light-colored clothing. Breathable cotton can be one of the best options for clothing. Moisture-wicking fabric can also help. Dark colors aren’t preferable, because they absorb heat and trap it on your body. Consider a cooling shirt or towel that has special temperature-reducing properties.

Stay Hydrated

When you’re hot, your body loses water quickly to sweat. Staying hydrated helps keep your internal temperature where it should be, and also helps avoid additional health concerns. Make yourself drink water even if you don’t feel thirsty. Drinking a glass of water before bed can also help keep you cool by replenishing the water lost when you sweat during the night.

Take a Cool Shower

If you’ve been outside in the heat, turn the temperature on your shower down. A cool shower can rejuvenate you quickly, as it reduces the core body temperature while also getting rid of the sweat.

Keep Your AC Maintained

Make sure you keep your air conditioner maintained before Arizona heats up for the summer, because you are going to want to be confident that it is working well. A tune-up will ensure all moving parts of your unit are functioning properly, which will help keep you cool through the highest temperatures.

Contact Shamrock now for AC maintenance in Tempe and Phoenix!

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Does the Brand of My Air Conditioner Really Matter?

July 31, 2017 11:32 am : Uncategorized

Replacing your air conditioner is no small decision. There are so many factors to consider: size, efficiency, brand, price…it can be hard to know where to start! This is also likely to be an unanticipated, time-sensitive purchase if your air conditioner suddenly broke down, which only adds to the pressure of the decision.

Shamrock Heating & Cooling is here to answer your questions about choosing your air conditioner brand. We promise to work with you to find the best cooling solution for your individual needs.

Contact us today for air conditioner replacement services in Tempe and Phoenix!

How to Choose Your Air Conditioner

Sizing

Did you know that your air conditioner can be too small OR too big for your home? A unit that is too small won’t be able to adequately cool your space, but a system that is too large will cycle on and off too often, leading to uneven temperatures and excessive humidity. You should consider the following when sizing your unit:

  • How many people live in your home
  • Square footage
  • How many floors you have
  • How many rooms you have
  • Insulation

Once we have these figures, we will be able to make an informed decision on what size unit will best suit your home.

Efficiency

When you run your air conditioner as often as we do in Arizona, efficiency is everything. An efficient unit will pay off significantly in energy cost savings. Luckily, the HVAC industry is aware that consumers want efficiency and have made some significant advancements over the past decade.

Efficiency is measured by a unit’s Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating (SEER). The U.S. Department of Energy has established SEER 13 to be the minimum rating for an air conditioner. The rating scale goes all the way up to 21, with most high-efficiency units falling between a rating of 16 and 19.

Many of these newer units are also “smart” and can be installed with a programmable or smart thermostat. These thermostats enable you to create a schedule for your unit so that your air conditioner isn’t running at maximum capacity all day. You can set it to run around your work schedule so that your energy usage is reduced but your home remains comfortable. Smart thermostats go one step further to learn your habits so that it can advise best how best to use your energy. You can also access control to a smart thermostat from your phone for ultimate convenience.

Schedule Air Conditioner Replacement in Tempe

We work with top brands in air conditioning to bring you the best products to keep your home cool and comfortable. These brands include:

We will work with you to find the best air conditioner for you and your home’s unique needs. The most important element in any air conditioner installation is that the technician has the experience and skills you need-—and you can count on Shamrock to get the job done well!

Call us at 480-755-7959 to schedule AC replacement services in Tempe now!

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How to Lower Your Energy Bills

July 19, 2017 5:53 am : Uncategorized

In Tempe, air conditioning is a year-round tool which can lead to costly electric bills. What can you do to ensure you aren’t paying more than you should to cool your home? At Shamrock Heating & Cooling, we want you to enjoy comfort in your home without worrying about high cooling costs. The good news is that there are small, simple changes you can make to lower your cooling costs and reduce those bills.

If you are interested in air conditioning maintenance to keep your unit running smoothly and avoiding unusual spikes in cooling costs, contact Shamrock today! Give us a call at (480) 755-7959 to schedule an appointment. 

Here are three proven strategies you can use to lower your energy bills by reducing your cooling costs:

Program Your Thermostat

Is your thermostat programmable? If not, we strongly recommend investing in one and then taking the time to learn how to program it effectively. Programming your thermostat enables you to avoid excessive cooling when you’re not actually home, which leads to significantly lower your energy bills.

Consider times when your home could be set to a higher temperature than normal. Do you leave all day for work? Change the temperature. Do you go to sleep at the same time each night? Set the thermostat so it raises the temperature after you’re asleep. Are you going on vacation? Set the thermostat so that you aren’t running the air conditioner like you’re at home even though no one is there. Even just a few degrees of adjustment will make a tremendous difference in your energy bills.

Flip the Switch

Turn off the lights in rooms you aren’t in and lights you don’t use to decrease your energy use. Doing so can also lower the temperature of the room, as the lights won’t be radiating extra heat into the room. The US Department of Energy recommends turning off the light if you’re going to be out of a room for 15 minutes or more.

When flipping the switch, flip the ceiling fan on too, but only while you’re in the room. This will help circulate the air so you feel more comfortable with a higher thermostat setting. However, this effect is only helpful when you are in the room. When you leave the room, turn the fan off.

Regular Air Conditioning Maintenance

Finally, make sure you’re investing in maintenance for your air conditioner. Regular maintenance will help ensure your unit is working at optimal efficiency which will contribute to lower energy bills. At Shamrock, we recommend having your air conditioning system maintained and fine-tuned at the beginning of the cooling season before you turn your unit on for the first time.

Schedule AC Maintenance in Tempe

If your energy bills have been steadily increasing and your unit hasn’t been serviced in the past year, contact Shamrock Heating & Cooling! Our experienced technicians will take a look at your air conditioner and see why your unit might not be running as optimally as possible. We know the Arizona heat demands top-notch air conditioning year-round and we are dedicated to keeping you cool through the worst of the summer heat.

Contact us today to schedule AC maintenance! We service Tempe, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Ahwatukee, Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler, and Glendale.

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5 Common AC Problems You Can Avoid

June 20, 2017 5:53 am : Air Conditioning

Air conditioning is a must for home comfort and good health here in the greater Phoenix area—so avoiding air conditioner problems is well worthwhile. Annual preventative maintenance from your local HVAC company can help you prevent cooling system problems such as the following.

Ready to schedule air conditioner maintenance for your AC unit? Contact Shamrock Heating & Cooling today!

Proper Maintenance Keeps Your Arizona Home’s AC Going Strong

During annual professional HVAC maintenance, our skilled technician inspects your air conditioning system. We’ll check the function of your system, look for worn components, plus clean and lubricate all moving parts. This helps us to prevent (or catch early) common cooling system issues like:

  1. Refrigerant leaks: With regular maintenance, our tech checks refrigerant pressure and locates the source of any leak for repair. Then we recharge your cooling system with refrigerant to restore its cooling ability (and your home comfort).
  2. Coil problems: A frozen evaporator coil or dirty condenser coil can render your AC less efficient, raising energy bills and cooling your home inadequately. Even worse, coil issues can make your equipment old before its time, leading to early replacement or complete cooling system breakdown. To avoid these expensive problems, your HVAC tech cleans your coils and checks system function at every maintenance visit.
  3. Faulty fan: One fan circulates your home’s warm indoor air over the evaporator coil for cooling. Another fan blows warm air to the outside. Air conditioner problems that affect your fans include neglected lubrication, dirt buildup in the system, worn out belts, and more. When fans break down, you’re headed for catastrophic compressor failure and great expense to get your air conditioner running again. Luckily, these fan-killing issues are preventable, with our expert maintenance each spring—designed to get your AC ready for summer use.
  4. Leaky duct system: Your Tempe area home’s ductwork can begin leaking from issues like rodents or simple aging. This creates energy waste, high utility bills and overworked air conditioning equipment (which may need early replacement or major expensive repairs.)
  5. Blocked drain lines: If your cooling system’s condensate drain clogs or the drain pan overflows, water backs up and can damage your system. Water damage may spread to walls, ceilings, and furniture, leading to structural rot and mold.

Schedule AC Maintenance for a Cool, Trouble Free Summer in Tempe, AZ

Greater Phoenix homeowners, if your air conditioning system hasn’t been inspected, cleaned, lubed, and tuned up yet this year, contact Shamrock Heating & Cooling! We’ll help you prevent common AC problems. Call 480-755-7959 today to schedule an appointment!

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Why Does My Furnace Smell Bad?

January 23, 2017 6:49 am : Uncategorized

Unusual smells in your home are usually a sign that something’s wrong. Sometimes it’s just an over-ripe garbage bag, but when the smell is coming from your furnace, then it’s time to dig a little deeper. Here are some smells you can experience from your furnace, and what they might mean for your home.

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Should You Replace Your HVAC System?

December 15, 2016 9:50 am : Uncategorized

Every day your HVAC system works hard to keep your Tempe home comfortable. It’s easy to forget about how hard it’s working, day in and day out, to protect the comfort of your home. Yet over time certain signs should not be ignored, as they may indicate that it’s time to start thinking about replacement!

If you’re noticing some of these signs, then it may be time to consider calling Shamrock Heating & Cooling for HVAC replacement.

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Why Your Heat Pump Is Leaking & What to Do About It

October 27, 2016 11:11 am : Uncategorized

If your heat pump is leaking, don’t panic! Like any other machine, heat pumps occasionally malfunction. If you address the problem in a timely manner, you’ll significantly reduce the odds of extensive damage that could become quite a costly problem.

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Why You Should Get a Whole-Home Humidifier

October 10, 2016 11:49 am : Uncategorized

Has your living or working space become uncomfortably dry? If it hasn’t yet, it may become dryer in the next few weeks when winter arrives in Arizona! Dry air causes all sorts of problems for your health, as well as your overall comfort. There is a surprisingly simple and low-cost solution to the problem of dry air: a whole-home humidifier. Give a whole-home humidifier a chance and you will be shocked as to how much more comfortable your home feels!

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Signs You’re in Need of Heat Pump Repair

September 19, 2016 12:15 pm : Uncategorized

Heat pumps are extremely efficient pieces of technology. These machines can warm or cool a living space without burning any fuel. All you’ll need is a source of electricity and a bit of patience. However, just like any other piece of machinery, heat pumps will inevitably require maintenance and repairs.

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Benefits of Installing a Heat Pump in Your Arizona Home

September 7, 2016 12:02 pm : Uncategorized

Many people out there have two HVAC systems in their home: a heating system and a cooling system. However, there is a way to use just one system to both heat and cool your home—by installing a heat pump!

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