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Long Realty is pleased to bring you tips for Living in Arizona, courtesy of our local Long Advantage business partners. The articles below covers an array of helpful and insightful tips for the Arizona lifestyle. We hope you find this information useful.

Keep Cool for Less: Simple Summer Tips from D & H Air Conditioning

June 26, 2014

Keep Cool for Less: Simple Summer Tips from D & H Air Conditioning

Sizzling summer temperatures mean our air conditioners are working their hardest! Following these tips can save you big:

Frequent Filter Changes: Filters are cheap insurance against high utility bills and expensive repairs. A dirty filter will reduce the air flow causing the unit to run longer and harder than necessary. Plan on changing the filter every month when you pay your utility bill. A simple 1 inch pleated filter found at your local Ace Hardware is a good choice. Purchase a 6 month supply. You are more likely to stay on schedule if you have new filters available. Have allergies? Look into the low voltage electronic filters. They are easy to install in your existing system and work great! Get rid of those washable filters. Depending on the type, they will either be ineffective or plug up too soon causing expensive problems. Part of failures from dirty filters is caused by maintenance issues and manufacturers warranties DO NOT cover these repairs.

Don’t Miss Your Maintenance: In Arizona, our air conditioning systems can run more than our cars. Regardless of the age of your equipment, professional maintenance is critical. It is never too late or too soon to get started and the benefits far exceed the small investment. Also, it will reduce your cooling cost and possible repairs. Protect your warranty; manufacturers now require proof of regular maintenance by an authorized service company to validate the warranty. This is a great deal considering warranties on new systems can be 12 years! Other perks include “top of the list priority” and discounts, should you need a repair.

Have Problems, Move Fast: If your system isn’t working properly, get it serviced right away. Don’t wait until it stops working completely. A simple problem with one component can cause other parts to fail. Use a reputable company for all maintenance and repairs. Avoid the temptation to use your friend’s friend. Modern air conditioners have become much more sophisticated and require the right training, tools, and parts to fix it properly.

Don’t Turn You’re A/C Off: When you leave for more than a few hours, don’t turn your air conditioner off. It will takes more energy to cool a hot house than if you raise the temperature just 3 degrees.

Keep The Heat Outside: A cooler house uses less energy. Anything you can do to block the heat from coming inside will cut your cooling bill. Close your drapes (especially on the sunny side), install sun screens on your windows, and seal gaps in your doors and windows with weather stripping and caulking. Keep in mind, strategically placed plants and trees not only block the heat, they look good.

Article provided courtesy of D & H Air Conditioning Co., Inc. For more information call 520-408-2665 or visit their website at: www.dandhac.com

More Living in Arizona Tips

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Prepare Your Pool for Summer Fun
Time to Change Those Air Filters!
How to Keep Your Plants Cozy this Winter
Considering the Tucson Valley's Many Climate Zones
Taking Care of Ceramic Tile
What To Do When Your Washer Won’t Drain
Security/Protection Systems for Homeowners
Cozy Home - Safe Home… Heating Season Tips
Sprucing Up Your Landscape for Fall
Benefits of Induction Cooking
Itching for Summer Vacation?
Maintaining Your Carpets
Getting Your Pool Ready for Summer
Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Home
Home Weatherizing Tips
Caring For Your Carpets
Three Easy Washer Maintenance Tips
Keep Cool for Less
Give the heart of your home a fresh new look in just 2-3 days!
Getting Your Pool Ready for Summer
Spring Cleaning Tips
Keep your drains running smoothly and smelling great!
What To Look For In A Moving Company
Caring for your Arizona landscape in Winter
Managing Winter Pests
Don't Forget About Your Pool This Winter
Choosing Home Accessories
It's Hot Out There
Ants Everywhere
Prepare Your Home for Monsoon Season Now
Tips for a Great Staycation
Dont Let Your A/C Break The Bank
How to Prevent Mold after Water Damage
Create a New Look in Your Home for Spring
Improving your Wireless Internet Experience
Families of the Sonoran Desert
Holiday Shopping Safety Tips
Preparing for Fall
Is Your Home Under Attack?
Becoming Green Clean Minded
Protect your recreational vehicles from extreme desert heat
Until there’s a cure… Cleaning for a Reason
Arizona Lightning and Lightning Safety
Monsoon Season and Your Home
Keep Cool This Summer with Air Conditioning Maintenance
Be on the Lookout for Bees As Temperatures Rise

The information contained in these articles are provided by local area businesses. We believe this information to be accurate and reliable, but it is not guaranteed.