New Federal Study Quantifies Efficiency Losses Due To Improper HVAC Installation​

New Federal Study Quantifies Efficiency Losses Due To Improper HVAC Installation​

October 15, 2014

ACCA, the nation’s largest association of indoor environmental systems professionals, announces the availability of a new report, which confirms that HVAC equipment requires a quality installation (QI) in order to perform at rated efficiency. The research, undertaken by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), found that substantial equipment efficiency is lost due to design and installation deficiencies. The NIST report presents faulty practices commonly-performed by contractors and details the resultant additional energy consumption.

The recently-published report is the culmination of a three-year [...]

By |October 21st, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Is it time to repair or replace my air conditioner?

Is it time to repair or replace my air conditioner?


A/C pros say you should consider age and the frequency of repairs.

Date Published: May 16 2014

by Tom Moor

Angie’s List member Nancy Thomas says she’s had enough with her old air conditioner.

Thomas paid an HVAC technician to top off the refrigerant in 2012 and, when her A/C unit broke down again recently, she wondered if it was time to repair or replace it.

But after receiving quotes of $4,000 to replace the 15-year-old unit and $300 to $600 to repair it – which came with no guarantee – Thomas says her best option was to [...]

By |October 1st, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Hail and Storm Damage to your A/C?

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

by Travis Howard, published October 2010

The condenser coil and sometimes referred to as the outdoor coil releases heat to the outdoor air that it has removed from the home.  For heat pumps in the heating season, the coil picks up heat from the outdoor air and transfers it to the home.  This is performed by pulling air through the coil.

Coil fins that are struck by hail or other objects are bent and damaged reducing and changing the airflow.  This airflow reduction and change inhibits the ability to transfer heat from the house to the outdoor air.  [...]

By |August 12th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

4 Ways Bad Ducts Lead to Bad Indoor Air Quality




Indoor air quality (IAQ) is a big deal. It doesn’t get near as much attention as energy efficiency or green building programs, but it should be one of the highest priorities for anyone who lives in a home. It’s actually part of an even bigger deal called indoor environmental quality (IEQ), but I’m just going to focus on IAQ here as I show you four ways your ducts might be hurting your customers’ indoor air quality.
1. Leaky ducts pull in bad stuff and distribute it throughout the [...]

By |June 24th, 2014|Blog|1 Comment|

Things to Check Before Calling an A/C Repairman

Things to Check Before Calling the AC Repairman

by kittyasmith 6 Followers 

You Are Not Alone

Central Air Conditioning systems are one of those modern day conveniences that many find they just can’t live without. The thought of calling a repairman fills us with dread. 
Before I married my husband who is a Mechanical Contractor, I found myself in need of the AC wizard. My air conditioning was suddenly cranking out ice cubes and I could not get my thermometer above the Antarctic setting. Is there really such a thing as an air conditioner working too well? 
The first guy that showed [...]

By |July 11th, 2013|Uncategorized|Comments Off|

What are the risks of hiring an unlicensed contractor?

What are the risks of hiring an unlicensed contractor?
    What are the risks of hiring an unlicensed contractor? 

Finding a contractor who holds proper license or registration credentials is an essential step for many home improvment projects.(Photo courtesy of Adam Burke)


Date Published: Jan 07 2013

by Angie Hicks

Dear Angie: What are the risks if I hired a remodeling contractor who is not bonded or insured? – M.K., Santa Maria, Calif. 
Dear M.K.: Hiring a contractor who is not bonded, insured – and licensed, if applicable – is a risk you don’t want to take.
Let’s talk about the importance [...]

By |January 16th, 2013|Uncategorized|Comments Off|

HVAC Tax Credit 25C: Approved 2013

A Primer On The 25C Tax Credit
By Charlie McCrudden | January 3, 2013  |

 The retroactive reinstatement of the 25C residential energy tax credits for 2012 have a lot of homeowners and contractors trying to remember the details of this federal incentive that last expired on December 31, 2011.

An eligible taxpayer (homeowner) may claim a tax credit for up 10% (up to $500) of installed costs of  a variety of qualified energy efficient retrofit improvements to the HVAC system, insulation, roof, windows, and doors, or hot water equipment of their primary residence. While the total amount a homeowner may [...]

By |January 15th, 2013|Uncategorized|Comments Off|

Howard Air Earns 2012 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Howard Air Earns Esteemed 2012 Angie’s List Super Service Award
for the 7th year in a row!
Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service
Howard Air has earned the service industry-coveted 2012 Angie’s List Super Service Award, an honor awarded annually to approximately 5 percent of all the companies rated on Angie’s List, the nation’s leading provider of consumer reviews on local service companies.
 “It’s a select group of companies rated on Angie’s List that can claim the exemplary customer service record of being a Super Service Award winner,” said Angie’s List FounderAngie Hicks. “Our standards for the Super Service [...]

By |January 15th, 2013|Uncategorized|Comments Off|

How to Choose a Heating System for Your Scottsdale Home

The temperatures we’ve been experiencing as of late have left many to wonder, “Is it really fall?” Soon enough it will be winter and the chilly temperatures will be an everyday occurrence. Is your Scottsdale heating system prepared to handle extended periods of use? Whether your furnace or heat pump is on its last leg, or just isn’t delivering the energy efficient results you expect, an upgrade may be a good idea. In fact, you can save money on monthly heating costs and benefit from improved indoor comfort.
But, what system type is right for your home?
How [...]

By |December 10th, 2012|Blog|Comments Off|

Why You Should Have Scottsdale Heating Maintenance

As Thanksgiving nears this week, it is becoming more evident that fall is fully underway. Cooler temperatures have already made an appearance, and many were forced to turn on the central heating systems in their homes as a result. Soon winter weather will be here and your heating system will get more use. That is why now is the ideal time to allow a Scottsdale heating repair company to perform preventative maintenance on your furnace or heat pump. Why? Because…
It saves you money.
When an HVAC professional performs maintenance, your furnace will be cleaned, inspected, and fine-tuned for [...]

By |November 21st, 2012|Blog|Comments Off|