Why Invest In A Whole House Dehumidifier?

It’s Arizona summertime. You can walk into a convenience store and buy a cold bottle of soda, and as soon as you exit the store, your container has acquired a fine layer of condensation. The water droplets that form make it uncomfortable to hold the bottle. The reason? When your cold bottle hit the hot air outside, it pulled moisture from the air and collected it on the cold surface.

In a sense, the cold bottle is dehumidifying the air around it. This means collecting moisture, so the air around it becomes dryer and more comfortable, the exact purpose of the dehumidifier machines used inside homes.

If you have ever been inside your home or office and felt the dampness in your clothing, found it harder to breathe, or became ill, you may have encountered indoor humidity.

Humidity is best defined as the amount of water vapor in the air, and it is formed based on the temperature in the room. Humidity is not your friend.

Because of potential health hazards, Phoenix-based HVAC experts recommend investing in a whole-home dehumidifier. Below are even more reasons to invest.

Humidity Attracts Pests

Cockroaches, centipedes, earwigs, and silverfish are four pests that love moisture. Mold mites, water bugs, drain flies, and termites are also attracted to wet areas.

Phoenix moisture bugs aren’t just seeking wet areas in which they can lay around and breed, which they do. Also, they go to work damaging your home. Termites eat away the wood used to build your home, including foundation beams. Drain flies get into your pipes and leave particles behind that can buildup.

Each bug has its method of destruction. Plus, they are just gross. If you see insects in places they are not supposed to be, it could be time to invest in a whole-home dehumidifier.

Heat Exhaustion

You probably didn’t think humidity could prevent your body from cooling itself, but it can be it. When you sweat, your skin gets wet. In dry air, the moisture evaporates, allowing you to cool down. Humidity prevents moisture from evaporating and causes your body to overheat.

Heat exhaustion is dangerous. Aside from cramps, dizziness, weakness, and nausea, heat exhaustion can also lead to dehydration and fainting.

Mold and Mildew

Many people believe mold and mildew won’t grow in Arizona. But here at Integrity HVAC, we know that Arizona is rank sixth out of all the United States for insurance claims for mold problems in the home. Nationwide, according to statistics, 4.6 million asthma cases are attributed to mold and mildew found in the house.

Arizona humidity creates the perfect space in your home for mold and mildew to grow. It can lurk behind walls, under floors, and in your attic spaces. Just because you don’t see doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. If your home is humid, getting a whole-home dehumidifier can help prevent mold growth and mildew.

Higher Utility Bills

When your home is humid inside, it can make the environment feel hotter than it is.

For example, you set your air conditioning thermostat at 70 degrees in the morning. As the day goes on, the air circulates through your home. It starts to feel like your home is getting warmer. You turn the thermostat down to 68, hoping that will help. It doesn’t.

All these readjustments are forcing your Phoenix HVAC system to run longer and harder, causing your utility bills to soar.

When your air conditioner is trying to do the job of both cooling and dehumidifying the area, it will be costly.

What’s So Special About a Whole Home Dehumidifier?

A whole-home dehumidifier is a system designed to assist your heating and cooling system. It’s like having two workers doing one job, double the power to make sure you receive comfortable air.

The dehumidifier pulls in air from your home and cools it. This creates condensation. The condensation is separated and falls into a drainage line that leads outside. The cold air, minus the humidity, is sent back into your home.

Many people purchase one room dehumidifiers. They realize how helpful they are and then buy similar machines for other rooms in the home. Before you know it, you are dumping buckets of water every day from each room. Whole-home dehumidifiers do all the work for you. All you must do is enjoy your indoor air quality.

Because the Arizona summer is just around the corner, call your Phoenix HVAC company today to discover the right system for your home.

Getting Your Air Conditioner Ready for Summer

The school year is ending. Outdoor temperatures are rising. The days are longer. You are almost ready to start wearing flip flops full-time. All of these are signs that summer is near.

If you are like many, you wish the entire year could be filled with sunny, 70 degree days with a light breeze, just enough to keep your home cooled by opening the windows rather than turning on the air conditioner.

You know this won’t happen. You also know it is time to start preparing to battle the summer heat.

Your air conditioner is one of your best weapons in the battle against high temperatures, especially in the desert. But ask any local HVAC expert, and they will tell you there are steps you need to be taking now to ensure your weapon (your AC) is ready for battle.

Below are some actions and DIY tips you should take before you even turn on your AC for the season.

Prep Before You Turn On AC

Much of what you want to do before you turn your AC on for the first time requires simple, visual inspection. Check indoor and outdoor vents, outdoor condenser, and fans to make sure there are no obstructions that would prevent air from flowing.

Check your air filter, and if it has buildup, replace it now. Also, look at your ductwork that is exposed, and if the duct looks damaged or worn out, this could hinder efficient air conditioning. Check to make sure the system is plugged in, and electrical connections are on.

Finally, look at your wiring, refrigerant lines, and coils to make sure nothing is damaged. For example, refrigerant lines should still be insulated.

The drain lines should be clear. Our first DIY tip is to flush your drain lines to prep for summer use.

                DIY TIP: Flush Your AC Drain

There is a drain near your furnace. If this drain gets clogged, your AC will not function properly. To prevent this, pour a cup of chlorine bleach down the drain. Then pour a gallon of water down the drain to flush out the bleach and all the buildup that may have accumulated.

Now you are ready to turn on your AC for the first time this season.

Prep After You Turn On AC

Once you turn on the AC, listen for any strange noises. Check to see if everything is working correctly. If you see debris flying out of a vent, or hear large clanking noises in the outdoor condenser, turn off your AC immediately. Your Phoenix-area HVAC technician will need to inspect the source of trouble.

Another part to check is the thermometer. With the AC running, is the air in your home cooling to match the temperature you set on the thermostat.

                DIY TIP: Thermometers

Thermometers are advancing, and with smart technology, you can save money on new thermostats. If you find your thermometer is not reading correctly, it may be time to invest in a new one. Before you buy a new one, however, check the location of your thermometer. If it is placed in a direct line with the hot sun, it could struggle to keep up. Move your thermostat to a shaded area of your home to see if that helps with its functioning.

Know When to Call for Help

You don’t want your HVAC technician to see your home uncleaned. You don’t have the extra money to have an AC check-up. You work during the day. Your AC worked fine last year. Your AC is only a few years old.

These are some of the excuses we use to talk ourselves out of calling an HVAC pro to service the AC. Some are valid, some not. However, the benefits of an AC service far outweigh the costs of repair or replacement.

While you can do a lot of AC prep work yourself, there are times when calling your local air conditioning expert is the right decision. They are trained to spot potential problems you can’t. Rather than waiting until your AC breaks down, calling for a maintenance check now can save you money and a lot of stress (and sweat).

If you encounter any of the following symptoms, call your Arizona licensed HVAC company now.

  • If you turn on the AC and you hear nothing. Air conditioners make noises, even the quiet systems.
  • Lack of insulation around the coils.
  • Damaged ductwork.
  • Loud noises upon starting or turning off the AC.
  • Strange smells when AC is running.
  • Leaks, anywhere, and at any time.
  • Thermometer issues.
  • If removing debris around your system may damage the AC unit.

This year, let someone else handle the maintenance work so you can be confident your AC will run smoothly all summer long.

4 Ways to Lower Your Cooling Costs This Summer

When you hear “lower cooling costs,” you may think that translates to “don’t use your AC so much.” And during an Arizona summer, that’s not happening. You may be willing to fight for the use of the air conditioner. With millions of people living in the Phoenix area, you are not alone.

Rather than get into a heated battle with members of your household, be prepared with the facts that prove you can still use the AC as you wish and lower your cooling costs this summer.

Below are four tips on how to help you out.

1 – Use an Energy Efficient AC System

Advancements in the HVAC industry include technology that helps you reduce the cost of your utility bills with internal timers. Back in the day, if you were leaving your home for the day, your parents would turn off the air to conserve energy. Upon your return home, you spent the first half-hour just trying to breathe because the air was so hot and humid.

Today, you can set a time for your AC to turn itself off automatically. And if you forget to set a timer, you can connect to your HVAC system through SMART technology. Some units allow you to communicate through your cell phone.

Some reports predict that before too long, air conditioners will be connected to online weather services and will be able to self-regulate the temperature in your home based on changes in the weather outside. That is amazing.

If this all seems too techy, don’t worry. Your local HVAC installers will be able to teach you how to use the systems. They can also show you how to get a tax break for installing energy-efficient appliances. Everyone could use a tax break.

2 – Keep the Sun Out

This seems crazy. Why would you want to keep the sun out when the sun offers so many positive health benefits? You are right, and soaking up the sun is highly recommended when you are home.

When you leave your house, however, the sun is just shining into your rooms, heating them. While the sun is making your home hotter internally, your air conditioning is working overtime to keep the room temperatures at your desired level.

When air conditioners work harder, they use more energy, which causes an increase in costs.

So, before you leave your house, make it dark in your home. Pull the curtains shut and blinds down. This will keep the inside of your home cooler, and your AC will work less.

3 – Keep It Clean

You may have heard this before; cleaning vents is essential for proper airflow. What you may not know is that clean vents and filters can also reduce cooling costs during the summer. When dirt and debris build up on any parts of your air conditioner, especially the vents and filters, your AC must work harder to meet the demands of its job.

To turn hot air into cold, to reduce humidity, and to push air through the vents, your AC system already has a lot of work to do. Weight it down with dirt and debris, and the struggle becomes real for your AC.

Changing filters should be done monthly or every other month, depending on how much dust and dirt builds up. Vents should be checked often. As you walk by them, glance into them to see if you see any obstructions.

Protect Your Thermostat

Your thermostat is what sends the signal to your primary system, telling it when to get busy and when to take a break. Where you hang your thermostat makes a massive difference in how your AC performs.

If you hang your thermostat in direct line of sunlight, where all day long the bright Phoenix sun is beating down on your thermostat, it is going to continually tell your AC to keep running to cool down the environment.

On the other hand, if you hang your thermostat in a cooler place, away from the sun, it will not need to work as hard.

You can continue protecting your thermostat by keeping it away from other hot appliances, like your stove or dryer. The further away it is from heat, the less energy it will expend. There are many more ways to lower your cooling costs this summer. To have a specific plan developed based on your lifestyle, call the local pros at Integrity HVAC.

Why Is My Air Conditioner Leaking Water?

There are times in a person’s life when a feeling of sheer panic overtakes you. When someone you love gets injured. When a driver ahead of you slams on their brakes, causing a chain reaction of brake slamming. And when you find a puddle of water near your air conditioner.

You know it’s true. It’s okay to admit it. When you see a puddle of water anywhere near your air conditioner, all the hot days from your past flash before you. Sweat beads roll down your forehead, just thinking about trying to make it through this upcoming Arizona summer without a working air conditioner.

And because if you didn’t have bad luck, you wouldn’t have any luck at all, you have convinced yourself this water puddle means you’re going to have to replace the whole air conditioner with money you don’t have.

Okay, so before we let anxiety get out of control, we want you to know it might not be that bad.

There are some common, very fixable problems that could be causing your air conditioner to leak water. Keep reading to find out what they are and what you can do to stop them.

Dirty Filters

For your air conditioner to work, it needs clean air filters that don’t restrict the flow of air. Otherwise, the air that hits your evaporator coils will freeze. Once it starts to melt, water will drip. The size of your water puddle will be based on how much moisture was frozen on the coils.

This leak problem can be avoided by simply changing or cleaning your air filters based on the recommendations of the appliance manufacturer. Typically, changing air filters should happen once every two or three months. You should check the status of the filter every month since the amount of buildup can vary based on the seasons.

This is a chore that doesn’t require the help of a Phoenix-based HVAC professional unless the water leak continues even after you have changed the filter.

Damaged Drain Pan

Drain pans, drip pans, condensate pans are different names for an item that has one job, to catch the condensation that forms. It’s placed under the coils, catching water, sending it down a drainpipe that leads to the outdoors.

If there is something wrong with your drain pan, like a crack or clog, then water will not be able to flow into the drain pipe. It will back up and overflow into your home.

Replacing a drain pan can be easy for an experienced DIYer. However, others should call a local licensed Arizona air conditioning repair company for assistance.

A drain problem from the pan can also be a problem with the drain pipe.

Clogged Drain Pipe

Any pipe can get clogged. Some are clogged by dirt and debris, while others are obstructed by the buildup of sediments from homes that have hard water. Bacteria, mold, and mildew can even clog some pipes.

When a pipe is clogged, this means it is closed and can’t allow water to pass through. If the water from your pan can’t get through the pipe, it will stay in the pan and eventually overflow, causing water puddles.

Some YouTubers want to teach you how to clean your drain lines with vinegar and water, and this may work. Just keep in mind this is an expensive unit. Calling an AC expert near you, like Integrity HVAC, is recommended.

Also, you may find your drain pan and pipe problems may be related to the condenser pump. This is the part that pushes the water out of the pipe when the water rises in the pan. A sensor triggers it when to shut on to force the water down the line and outside. If the pump is broken, this can’t happen.

We can help you figure out the actual cause of the problem so you can make the right choice when it comes to repairing.

Other Reasons for Leaks

Refrigerant leaks cause some water issues. Refrigerant is what makes the magic happen. It turns the hot air into cold air.

Leaks may also happen because the installation of your air conditioner was not done correctly. Even a slight tilt or uneven surface can cause the system to leak. To avoid any of these problems, call a Phoenix-area HVAC team who can provide maintenance and prevention services, so you never have to experience the fear of going without air conditioning, ever again.

How & When To Consider AC Replacement

Your Phoenix Air conditioning replacement guide.

Whether you are in Scottsdale or Phoenix, Tucson or Safford, you need an air conditioner during the hot Arizona summer months. And you don’t need any old air conditioner. You need the champ, the boss, the one that delivers on its promises.

Integrity air conditioning services understand this and want to help you know when it’s time to replace your air conditioning system, so you don’t get stuck needing emergency A.C. services in the middle of a heatwave.

The process of replacing your HVAC system can feel daunting. The most important step is choosing the best air conditioning service pros in your area. Knowing the right questions to ask is a great way to interview potential hires.

Below is a list of questions, as well as keywords you need to listen for in a quality Phoenix HVAC technician.

Why Do You Need a New System?

How the technician responds to this question is more of the answer than the technical terms used to describe a breakdown or damage.

An air conditioning service provider in Phoenix will teach you rather than tell you. He or she will want you to understand how HVAC systems work so you can feel confident in using the system. And you will be able to communicate with them in the future.

How specific their answer is, is another clue. If they give you a vague, fear-provoking answer, they are not the company to hire. There are specific reasons to get a new unit and your technician should be able to point those out.

Is Every Fee Included in the Free Estimate?

Air conditioning replacement and installation professionals in Phoenix typically offer free estimates. Some companies will provide a generic estimate, only to later charge you additional fees for services already provided.

To avoid this, ask the HVAC representative to include every single cost in the original estimate. Get it in writing that the final cost they present to you is the final cost you pay. Of course, there are times when technicians replacing your air conditioner will encounter issues they could not have seen or known about during the initial inspection. When this happens, you can work together to decide the best course of action based on the budget.

What Are Your Options for Air Conditioning Replacement?

If a Phoenix-area service provider gives you one option, to simply replace the existing unit with a matching one, call for a second opinion.

The HVAC industry is constantly improving and developing new products. For example, many people are choosing to put slim units in each room that connect to an outside unit rather than running ductwork throughout their home. If you have ductwork issues, this can be a less expensive option.

The best Phoenix A.C. replacement specialists will offer you more than one option for the size and needs of your home.

Are There Financial Benefits to Replacing Rather Than Repairing?

It’s normal to think of getting a repair rather than to replace your air conditioner. That’s because finances are a big deal to everyone. You have every right to ask your local HVAC professional about how you will benefit from replacing your system.

Good technicians will be able to show you that the newer energy-efficient air conditioners save you a lot of money in utility costs. This is because it takes less energy to run the newer models. Also, you can receive tax credits by purchasing energy-efficient air conditioners in Phoenix.

Furthermore, many Arizona HVAC companies offer rebates and discounts when you replace your system. Ask the person giving you an estimate about possible discounts, coupons, and rebates you can use to help with costs.

Can They Give Your References?

You are interviewing air conditioning service professionals in Phoenix, Scottsdale and surrounding areas. You have the intention of hiring the best company in your area. To do so, ask them to provide you with a list of references of their happy customers, who will give objective and fair feedback.

If a company refuses to give references, don’t hire them.

After all, you are not looking for feedback that is “perfect”. No HVAC company is perfect. You do want feedback that shows you when there is a problem, or a mistake, the company made you a priority and worked with you as professionals to come up with a solution to the problem. You want a company that takes responsibility and shows integrity, and who truly care about providing you with a good product and services.

Air conditioning repair and maintenance tips

Get 40% More With AC Repair & Maintenance

According to reports, 84% of all homes in the United States have some form of air conditioning. This same report states that if you call a professional to provide maintenance on your air conditioning unit, it will typically last 40% longer.

Unfortunately, only 42% of homeowners call for maintenance help. This is the group that will need air conditioning repair services more often.

The Department of Energy claims there are common air conditioning problems. These are discussed below.

Inadequate Maintenance

Air conditioning in Phoenix is needed throughout the hot summer months. The Department of Energy states the homeowner should be getting routine maintenance to check the basics. Coils, compressors, filters and other parts will not work properly if they get too dirty. Eventually, the unit can fail.

To avoid this, schedule an HVAC contractor in the Phoenix area to look at your air conditioning system now to avoid a breakdown in the summer.

Refrigerant Leaks

If your HVAC air conditioning system is not cooling as it should, it may need refrigerant added. This is not as simple as opening a car hood and pouring in liquids. You need an HVAC repairman to provide the service because you could be facing a leak.

Phoenix AC repair service providers, like the ones at Integrity, can fix the leak quickly. Because the leaks can be in a valve, access ports, evaporator or condenser coils, this is not a do-it-yourself project.

Drainage Issues

Phoenix weather in the summer means it is going to get hot. There are even days when it can feel humid. Too much humidity is uncomfortable, but for your air conditioning unit, it can mean clogging. This is especially true for room air conditioners.

Electric Control Fail

Wire and terminals can corrode. Compressors and fans wear out over time. And connectors can malfunction, especially if the system is older.

Call someone with a background in working with HVAC in Phoenix. Calling them for annual maintenance can help you avoid future breakdowns.

Thermostat Not Working Right

If you set the temperature to 69 degrees, you expect it to feel 69 degrees in your home. Occasionally, a communication breakdown between the thermostat and the temperature reader. When this happens, the correct temperature cannot be detected.

Steps to Air Conditioning Repair

Now that you realize something is wrong with your air conditioning unit, the next step is to find a solution. While you may be great at fixing and repairing stuff around your home, your air conditioning unit is not something to tinker with, especially when it’s hot outside.

Even if you’ve watched the YouTube video on how to fix it yourself, you don’t want to take a chance of turning a simple repair into a total overhaul or replacement.

Integrity HVAC is a Phoenix heating and cooling provider who can first, give you an accurate diagnosis on what is wrong with your unit. Once they diagnose the problem, they can offer solutions within your budget.

What to Look for in an HVAC Technician

The first thing you want to look for is the location of their business. Find a local provider who truly understands the weather and your HVAC needs. Below are some questions to help you find the right provider:

  • Do they offer 24 Hour Emergency Repair Service to the Phoenix area?
  • Are they APS certified?
  • Do they have good reviews?

What You Can Do to Help Your HVAC Technician

In the time between when you scheduled an appointment, to the time your Phoenix area contractor arrives, there are things you can do to prepare.

Declutter the area around your AC system so your technician does not struggle to inspect your unit. Locate your main unit, as well as vents, thermostats, and even ductwork and ensure these areas are easy to access.

In addition, locate your outdoor parts, like the condenser, and make sure it is cleaned of debris so the technician can do a proper job.

Communicate details of the issues you have encountered. If you tell them before the appointment, your Integrity HVAC technician can bring items like new filters and thermostats with them, saving both of you time.

Other tips are to lock away pets during the inspection, have paperwork, warranties and manuals readily available and make sure you are home when your technician arrives.

Finally, do what you can to build a positive working relationship with your local HVAC contractor. This is one long-term relationship that is valuable to you and your family.

Please share your overall experience with Integrity

How was your experience with Integrity?

Integrity’s main focus is providing quality parts and service for every customer. We would love to hear about your overall experience.

Your opinion matters to help us improve in any way possible. Post a reply about your experience below.