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When considering a new air conditioning system installation, many homeowners are not aware of all options open to them. Perhaps you have heard about the traditional window unit, the package unit, and the split system. But there is a new technology that is emerging and quickly becoming popular: mini-split systems.

 
These air-conditioning systems are self-explained by their name. They function in the same manner as a split system, with one outdoor unit and one indoor unit making up the system. However, there are several differences to note. Any questions after reading more, please contact JR Perkins, your local HVAC Company located in Scottsdale AZ serving the Phoenix market.

 

Quiet

 
If you have ever been in a home with a normal split system, or even a package unit, then you are familiar with the loud grumble of a compressor kicking in, accompanied by the flickering of lights for a split second as it draws startup energy. Mini-split systems have a very quiet outdoor unit that only produces a mild humming sound. Unlike other systems, you can barely hear it from several yards away.

 

Compact

 
The indoor unit simply blows the cold air across the room. It is lightweight and designed to fit any wall in the home, without the need of a window or ductwork. The installation process is simpler and easier for the technicians, which helps to reduce the price of these units.

 

Affordable

 
The system’s simplicity makes them perfect for someone who wants to add a new air-conditioned space to their home. They are also ideal for homes where there is no existing ductwork or central air conditioning, and where there is a need for an affordable air conditioning system.

 
In the air-conditioning business, products and services are constantly evolving. As a homeowner, you can enjoy the superior performance and look of the newest units even if you aren’t trying to keep up with your neighbors. With greater energy-efficiency, upgrades often result in money savings each month for your family.

 
JR Perkins is the first heating and air conditioning company in the East Valley. To learn more please visit our website at www.JRPerkins.com or call (480) 422-4437.

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Is it better to repair or get a new air conditioning installation? This is one of the most common customer questions. With an older unit, the choice is very often spending a few hundred dollars for a repair, with no guarantee something else won’t go wrong, or spending thousands on something new. The choice is not that much different from when your car starts to fail.
First, it is best to consider the air conditioner’s age. Angie’s List recommends using what they call “The 5,000 Rule.” Start with the price of the repair and multiply it by the age of the unit. It the number exceeds 5,000 then go with a new air conditioning installation. For example, a $350 repair on a 15-year-old unit produces 5,250. This unit needs a replacement.
We must also consider energy efficiency. The new air conditioning units are 40 percent more efficient than the ones from just 10 years ago. A professional air conditioning service person can evaluate your unit’s energy consumption. However, between the average lifespan and efficiency, 15 years is the typical recommendation for a new air conditioning installation.
Then, when you decide to buy new, which is the best? Consumer Reports states, “If you’re upgrading your central air, don’t assume you should buy the same-sized system. Any changes you’ve made to improve your home’s energy efficiency, such as upgrading your windows or adding insulation, can reduce your cooling needs. On the other hand, if you’ve added rooms, you might need more cooling.” A reputable air conditioning installer can answer these questions for you.
J.R. Perkins Heating & Cooling, an HVAC company that services the Phoenix AZ area including Scottsdale, has been a family owned and operated business since 1960. We treat our customers like family.
JR Perkins is the first heating and air conditioning company in the East Valley. To learn more please visit our website at www.JRPerkins.com or call (480) 422-4437.

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Installing a new air conditioning unit in your home might be a very good idea. With a new system in place, you can ensure that your AC unit that will do its job to combat the hot Arizona summers, and you can enjoy increased efficiency so that you can lower your cooling bills and cut down on the need for repairs.

 
However, even though you might be looking forward to the benefits of installing a new air conditioning unit in your home, you might be concerned about the price. Fortunately, following these tips can help you save money on your air conditioning installation.

 

Have it Done During the Off-Season

 
Even here in Arizona, the air conditioning companies often aren’t as busy during the fall and winter months. If you have your air conditioner installed during the off-season, you may be able to enjoy a good deal on your installation. At the very least, you’ll find that scheduling an appointment during the off season is more convenient and flexible.

 

Don’t Choose a Too-Big Unit

 
You might be tempted to buy the biggest air conditioning unit that you can so that you can be prepared to battle the desert heat. However, a too-big unit can be much more expensive to purchase and install, and it can actually be less efficient when it comes to cooling your home. Instead, allow a professional to determine the proper size for your unit to ensure that you buy one that will get the job done without being bigger than necessary.

 
As you can see, there are a few ways that you can save on your air conditioning installation in Carefree, AZ. For affordable yet reliable service, contact us at J.R. Perkins Heating & Cooling today.

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When it comes to air conditioning, it seems everyone knows someone who is “an expert.” There are several common misunderstandings that come up often in the industry. Understanding some simple HVAC basics will allow a homeowner or business owner to make better choices, ensuring satisfaction with their system. Let’s look at some of these misconceptions.

 

1. Bigger is always better!

 
This is a myth that causes HVAC companies massive headaches. People want their air conditioning system to operate like a refrigeration unit. They would like to set the thermostat to 50 degrees and feel the temperature in their home drop to 50 degrees in 15 minutes or less. There are many factors that go into sizing an air conditioner. The contractor takes the following things into consideration:

  • The square footage of the house
  • The number of windows in the house
  • The height of the ceilings
  • The type and degree of insulation in the house
  • The average number of people who will be in the house
  • Is the home exposed to direct sunlight?

Once the contractor has this information, he can responsibly choose the size of the HVAC equipment required. If he puts in an air conditioner that is extremely oversized, it will cause the air conditioner to “short-circuit.” This means it turns on and off continually. This can lead to coil freezing and disrupts the climate control in the home. It will dramatically shorten the life of the system.

 

2. All you need to do is change the filter.

 
Changing the filter of your air conditioner is very important. It is often neglected or worse. There are actually people who think it is okay to sweep the filter off or vacuum it and it is ready to go. Removing the top layer of dust from your air conditioning filter is not the same thing as changing your filter. For the air conditioner to operate correctly, it must have adequate airflow. As important as changing your filter is, it does not replace bi-annual coil cleaning. The condensing unit needs cleaning, it needs to be checked for leaks, and refrigerant levels need to be checked every spring. It is necessary to check the components (such as the fan motor) for wear and for signs of loose nuts and bolts.

 

3. You can do it yourself.

 
There are many reasons why maintenance of your air conditioner requires a professional.

  • Untrained people risk cuts, burns, and electrical shocks when attempting to access their system.
  • Allowing an unlicensed dealer to work on the HVAC system will usually void any current manufacturer’s warranty on the system. Many compressors carry a very long warranty and losing that coverage is costly if the system suffers a compressor failure.
  • The cost of repairing a system due to mistakes of a layman is usually more expensive than the original repairs would have cost.

 
We’re here to answer questions about the maintenance and operation of your system. Give the experts at J.R. Perkins a call today at (480) 946-5083!

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Most vacations last anywhere from a weekend to a full week. But, it is certainly possible to make plans for longer vacations that can go on for several weeks or even a month or two. These trips take more preparation as you may have to set up automatic payments for bills and request an extended period of time off of work. If you plan on having a pet sitter come over on a regular basis to keep an eye on your cats or dogs, you should also have an air conditioning inspection to make sure it works the entire time you are gone.

 

Do Not Rely on Pet Sitters to Get Help

 
It is important not to expect pet sitters to do what needs to be done to handle repairs. Sure, they can notify you when the air conditioner stops working, but you will need to get the service yourself. Without knowing a professional that you have worked with several times in the past, this becomes challenging. Getting an inspection before you leave will keep you from having to deal with this kind of problem while on vacation.

 

Feel Better About Your Vacation

 
When you go on a trip, the last thing you want to do is worry about what is happening at home. All it takes is a professional checkup to know whether your pets will be comfortable on your vacation. When you are going to be gone for a long period of time, you do not want any bad news to sour the trip in the beginning!

 

Make Sure Your Pets Are Safe

 
In the middle of summer, not having a working air conditioner can be quite dangerous for your pets. This is especially true if they have thick coats because it will be difficult for them to cool down.

 
Having your air condition inspected is just one of several things that you should do before a long vacation. When you’re ready to schedule an inspection make sure to call the experts at J.R. Perkins Heating & Cooling at (480) 946-5083.