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Officially summer does not begin for another week. But temperatures are already setting records as they soar higher than the triple digit mark.

Regularly scheduled service and maintenance of your HVAC or air conditioning does more than ensure your home remains an oasis from blistering summer heat. It can also be an investment. A recent government study determined that simply replacing a dirty or clogged filter can lower your air conditioner’s energy consumption by 5% to 15%.

But keeping your air conditioning unit running efficiently requires more than just regular filter changes. Months and years of service, especially in the Colorado River Valley with its blowing sand, can lead to clogged coils and condensers coils. This will result in its ability to absorb heat.

Dirt is not the only issue to be resolved with regular service. Debris such as leaves and sticks can clog coils. And foliage can restrict airflow further reducing the units effective operation. Ideally a unit will be set with at least two feet of unrestricted air space.

Foliage and debris can also damage delicate aluminum fins on evaporator and condenser coils. Proper use of a tool known as a fin comb can generally restore them to near new condition.

With Airzona Comfort Solutions, Bullhead City’s premier air conditioning company, a regular schedule of maintenance and service will ensure peak performace. It will also ensure a trouble free summer.

Aside from cleaning, our technicians can evaluate refrigerant levels. If needed they use a leak detector to evaluate the best course of action if repairs are needed. Linked with this is the proper capture of refrigerant if the system needs to be evacuated. This process will include checking for duct leakage and evaluating seals in central systems.

A service inspection will also measure airflow through the evaporator coil, check belts for tightness and wear, and oil the motor if needed. And thechnical expertise is needed to verify electric control sequences to ensure that the heating system and cooling system cannot operate simultaneously. Linked with this is inspection of electric terminals and connections, and the testing of the thermostat.

And if you have an older system, replacement with a newer, more efficient unit might be a cost saving measure in the long run. Nearly half of a homes energy costs are heating and cooling. A new HVAC system can be as much as 20% more efficient over a decade old unit.

To better understand energy efficiency we first need to know how this is measured. A system’s Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio is known as SEER. This value is calculated by comparing the cooling output of a system over a typical cooling season to the amount of energy input consumed over a set amount of time. The higher the SEER value, the more energy-efficient a system is.

The average SEER rating of a new air conditioner unit is between 15 and 20. For a fifteen year old system the average SEER rating would be around 10.

Reagardless of you air conditioning needs, Airzona Comfort Solutions in Bullhead City, Arizona is your one stop shop.

Written by Jim Hinckley of Jim Hinckley’s America


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