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Best Priced, Inexpensive AC Units on the Market

If you’re a homeowner or a commercial building owner looking to replace an AC unit, at Howard Air we understand that value is at the top of your list of concerns. You’re not alone! Generally, our customers tell us that saving money is one of the most important factors when choosing a new air conditioner, and they ask lots of questions about which variables are worth a little flexibility in order to stay within budget.

Spending less money doesn’t have to mean compromising on quality. You can outfit your home or commercial property with an excellent air conditioner, even if [...]

By |July 26th, 2016|Central Air Conditioning, HVAC|Comments Off on Best Priced, Inexpensive AC Units on the Market|

How Does Air Conditioning Work?

You know your air conditioning system keeps your home or business cool in the hot summer months, but have you ever wondered how it works? One interesting fact you might not know is that your air conditioner and your refrigerator work primarily the same way. The difference is your refrigerator cools a small, insulated space, and an air conditioner keeps your home, office, or commercial space at a comfortable temperature.

The entire process of making the air in your property a comfortable temperature is based on a very simple scientific principle, and the rest is achieved by mechanical means. Let’s [...]

By |July 19th, 2016|Central Air Conditioning|Comments Off on How Does Air Conditioning Work?|

What are the Best Air Conditioner Brands?

As with any other product, each AC manufacturer has its loyal fans. At Howard Air, with more than 30 years of experience installing and repairing air conditioners in one of the hottest climates in the country, we like to think we’ve got a pretty good handle on who builds the best products.

We don’t install or service any air conditioner brands we don’t trust to get the job done, but we’ve found that in our line of work, there really are some superstar manufacturers.

7 Best Air Conditioning Brands

Here are the brands we stand behind for their quality and consistency.

1. Carrier

By |July 7th, 2016|AC Installation, Blog|Comments Off on What are the Best Air Conditioner Brands?|
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    EPA Warns That Recharging Air Conditioners with Wrong Refrigerant Poses Injury, Fire Risks

EPA Warns That Recharging Air Conditioners with Wrong Refrigerant Poses Injury, Fire Risks

An air conditioner recharge not done properly can be very dangerous. Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) warned consumers of the numerous safety hazards involved in using propane in both home air conditioners and motor vehicle AC systems.

What’s the problem?

At Howard Air, we know what a serious issue it can be when someone uses a propane-based refrigerant in an AC unit that’s not designed to use propane. Not only does it cause a threat to technicians working on air conditioning repair, but it can cause serious danger for homeowners.

The main issue is that if a system is recharged with [...]

By |July 1st, 2016|AC Maintnance, Blog, News|Comments Off on EPA Warns That Recharging Air Conditioners with Wrong Refrigerant Poses Injury, Fire Risks|

Air Conditioning Actually Makes Phoenix Hotter

To say Phoenix, Arizona is “hot” is like saying rain is wet. If you’ve ever lived here or visited, you know that the “dry heat” argument holds little weight when it’s 115 degrees in the shade. But what might not be so obvious to natives is the fact that Phoenix air conditioning units actually make the city hotter.

Learn the science behind this sweat-inducing Catch-22 and how to cool your home using less energy.

How Air Conditioning Raises Outside Temperatures

The excess heat emitted from the city’s collective air conditioning units actually increases nighttime temperatures as high as 2.7 degrees according [...]

By |June 29th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Air Conditioning Actually Makes Phoenix Hotter|

7 Ways to Save On Air Conditioning Running Costs

For several scorching days in June, the Valley of the Sun has some of the highest temperatures on record anywhere in the world. Weather experts note that this is likely due to atmospheric trends which will also raise temperatures across the country.

As the temperatures rise, so will your AC bill, but there are some ways you can save money on AC. Use these simple tips!

Tips On How to Save Money On A/C

#1 Plants
Plants and trees are a great way to keep the sun’s light and heat from ever entering your home. Plant more shrubs and trees around your [...]

By |June 22nd, 2016|Blog, Central Air Conditioning, HVAC|Comments Off on 7 Ways to Save On Air Conditioning Running Costs|
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    Sonoran Palms Apartment Complex in Mesa Left without A/C & Water

Sonoran Palms Apartment Complex in Mesa Left without A/C & Water

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You know the relief that comes with opening your front door and stepping into a temperature-controlled home? We all take it for granted from time to time. A recent water and air conditioning outage at a local Mesa apartment complex was a hot, dry reminder for dozens of area residents that without water and air conditioning, life is a lot less pleasant.

Sonoran Palms Apartments

The residents at Sonoran Palms apartments have lost essential services before, and the laundry list of regular functions limited by the outage is very, very long. Residents were unable to brush their teeth, take [...]

By |June 14th, 2016|AC Maintnance, AC Repair, News|Comments Off on Sonoran Palms Apartment Complex in Mesa Left without A/C & Water|

Save Energy and Money on AC Bills This Summer

Air Conditioning Summer Tips
They say that time is money, but sometimes it’s the things that fill the time – such as your air conditioner running – that cost you money. You can’t live without your AC in the summer in Phoenix, but you might be able to make running it a little more cost-effective with these tips.

Use a programmable thermostat. Probably the number one recommended tip for saving energy and reducing cost is to install (and use!) a programmable thermostat. This allows you to set higher temperatures depending on the time of day: higher during the day when [...]

By |June 1st, 2016|AC Maintnance|Comments Off on Save Energy and Money on AC Bills This Summer|

AC Repair vs. Replacement

Should I Repair My Air Conditioner Or Buy a New One?
When summer comes, bringing the blistering heat with it, your home is your personal safe haven against the heat, and that’s all thanks to your AC unit. That makes it a big problem when the unit breaks down, especially because it brings up the pressing question of repair, or replacement. Which is the most cost-effective solution?

There’s a lot more than just money factoring into the answer to that question. Here’s what you need to consider.

Age and type of the unit
Maintenance
Efficiency of the unit
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By |May 27th, 2016|AC Diagnosis, AC Installation, AC Repair|Comments Off on AC Repair vs. Replacement|

Air Conditioning Repair Troubleshooting

AC Repair Troubleshooting Tips For Summer
As the weather warms up, it’s time for homeowners across the nation to start preparing their air conditioning units to get them ready for the coming heat waves. Unfortunately, many home owners are disappointed to find that their AC units are not functioning properly after the long winter months. There are a few simple steps you can take to troubleshoot your air conditioning unit before you call for the repairman.

Check for Power – Due to the high power draw of most air conditioning units, they are typically protected by several fuses and breakers to [...]

By |May 26th, 2016|AC Diagnosis, AC Repair, Heat Load Analysis|Comments Off on Air Conditioning Repair Troubleshooting|