Water Softening – What’s the Big Difference?

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We get asked this question a lot: “What is the difference between soft and hard water?” It’s a question we really like to answer because it allows us the opportunity to show you the difference, too! Hard water is your normal tap water. This is standard in every home. Hard water contains minerals like calcium and magnesium, which leaves a film on your dishes, tile, and surfaces when mixed with soap. In addition to that, the city or county usually adds chlorine to the water for decontamination purposes, which can be really harsh on your surfaces and skin, too. On dishes, this looks like water spots. On your bathroom and kitchen surfaces, this turns into a whitish scale we like to call “soap scum.” When you use soft water, created by installing a Water Softening System, it eliminates the water’s reaction with soap, leaving your dishes and surfaces beautifully clean.

You may be wondering what hard water’s affect is on your skin. This is a valid concern – after all, if it leaves a nasty “scum” on your dishes and surfaces, what is it leaving on your skin? Hard water can actually dry out your skin, as those minerals in the water don’t have a very healthy reaction with the soaps and pastes we use to keep everything clean. If you’re drinking this water, it can be really unhealthy for your body, too!

When you install a Water Softening System in your home, this process eliminates all of the minerals and chlorine, and the risk of damage to your surfaces, skin, and body. It also gives those surfaces, metal fixtures, and plumbing system an extended life, making it easier for the water to travel through the pipes and minimizes the risk of corrosion. It can also extend the life of your water heater, which without a water softener, has the life expectancy of about 5-7 years. On top of all of those benefits, it also makes your skin and hair feel so much softer!

If you want more information about installing a Water Softening System in your home, call us today to schedule your FREE estimate!

602-943-2000

You can schedule online, too, at: http://www.acehomeaz.com

Energy Savings

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When was the last time you gave serious thought to how much energy your home is really consuming? How about the last time you checked out your utility bill to assess the amount of money you paid last year, and how different that is from this year?

There are a lot of factors to consider when evaluating your energy consumption in your home, but we’re here to help!

First things first: what exactly can you do to improve your home energy consumption and save money on your utility bills? There are many appliances and equipment in your home that contribute to the general energy consumption, and its far more than you thought!

  • Air Conditioning System – including ducts and attic insulation
  • Boiler
  • Water Heater
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing Machine
  • Radiant Systems
  • Renewable Energy Systems (solar, geothermal, whatever you have)
  • Accessories (R.O. System, Water Softener/Conditioner, etc)
  • Pool/Spa

All of these items in a standard Arizona home can become weathered, forcing them to work harder (especially during our hot summers), using more energy and raising your utility bills. Having a home energy audit will help you determine what is working the most efficiently, what is not, and how to improve the efficiency (or determine if it’s more cost effective to just replace).

ACE Home Services can do a home energy audit on your home, as well as help you find a solution that will save you money in the long run, and reduce your carbon footprint to the environment.

Call us today and find out how we can save you money on your utility bills!

602-943-2000

Or schedule an appointment online: http://www.acehomeaz.com

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Why You Need an A/C Tune Up

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Having your A/C unit serviced is something that people normally do not think about until something goes wrong, right? Well, this is definitely not the proper way to take care of your investment. 

Let’s think about this for a minute: you spend thousands of dollars installing an A/C unit in your home, hundreds of thousands of dollars on your home, itself, and hundreds of dollars a month to keep it powered. That is quite an investment! So, shouldn’t you want to be more proactive in protecting your investment, and save yourself some money in the long run? 

Here are the facts:

1. Your A/C unit needs to be maintained at least once a year. 

2. Your A/C unit has a warranty, and that warranty is voided for neglect of regular maintenance. 

3. Arizona weather does horrible damage on your A/C unit that you might not even notice. 

4. Lack of maintenance can lead to extremely expensive repairs or premature replacement. 

5. Regular maintenance can actually improve the longevity of your system, as well as lower your electricity bills. 

 

Given the facts, do you think that you have been properly maintaining your A/C unit?

Here’s what we can do to help: We can perform an A/C Tune-Up on your home comfort system as a whole. The Tune-Up entails the following items:

  • Check thermostat operation
  • Inspect plenum
  • Inspect ducts for air leaks
  • Check condensation drain pan
  • Inspect the evaporator coils
  • Check indoor blower motor
  • Check blower motor run capacitor
  • Inspect condition of blower wheel
  • Measure air flow
  • Test safety controls
  • Check electrical wiring of system
  • Check operation and condition of compressor contactor
  • Check relays
  • Test run capacitors 
  • Check all starting components in system 
  • Check refrigerant pressures
  • Check condenser motor operation
  • Inspect condenser coils
  • Check insulation on tubes and panels
  • Calculate operating efficiency 
Call us today to book your A/C Tune Up and prepare for the heat! 602-943-2000
Or schedule online at: http://www.acehomeaz.com 

 

The Perfect Weather

What a strange title to have, considering the entire East Coast of our continental United States is being hit by massive winter storms and what meteorologists are calling “The Polar Vortex.” But, it’s true! Here in Arizona, we’re experiencing some very awesome weather of highs in the low 70s and no moisture or storm cells to speak of. In fact, it’s a little weird for us to be this warm this early in the year. If I recall correctly, last year around this time in January, it was snowing! Do any Phoenicians recall this?

Well, it certainly didn’t happen this year! While the East Coasters are seeing this:

We here in Phoenix are seeing this:

The weather is not too hot, not too cold. Most people aren’t using their air conditioning or their heating, and simply leaving their home security to their screen doors to let the cool air in. It’s easy to forget that you should be doing maintenance on your home comfort system during this time!

Winter is the perfect season to be getting your annual tune ups on your air conditioning units, as well as a duct cleaning. Spring is almost here, and we in Phoenix know that means that hot weather and dusty rain storms are on the horizon! Be proactive this year and get a head start on getting your home comfort system tune up today!

Give us a call to schedule an appointment: 602-943-2000

Or schedule online at: http://www.acehomeaz.com

FROZEN PIPES IN ARIZONA? REALLY? YES!

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Winter has hit the Valley – or at least, that’s what the weather advisory is saying! We’re looking at freezing temperatures in the wee hours of the night and mornings in the coming days, so we want to make sure that you have the knowledge to prevent your pipes from freezing!

Here are some tips to help keep your pipes from freezing and bursting:

  1. Wrap  your exterior pipes in pipe insulation and/or a standard terry cloth towel.
  2. Wrap your irrigation valves and your sprinkler back flow valves in the same way you would your pipes.
  3. If you own a pool, keep your pool pump running. This helps to prevent the surface of your pool from freezing. Yes, that can actually happen!
  4. If you have a fountain, either drain it or have it constantly flowing.
  5. If at all possible, try to keep water flowing through your pipes as often as possible. This helps keep the water flowing through your pipes and prevents them from freezing and bursting.
  6. Do not put flames to the exterior pipes if you see them starting to freeze. This will only make the problem worse. Water can expand within the pipes, causing them to split.

If you have any problems with freezing pipes or other cold-weather related issues, ACE Home Services Plumbing Department is happy to help!

Give us a call: 602-943-2000

Or check us out online: http://www.acehomeaz.com

Preventative Maintenance is KEY!

In the valley of the sun, the weather can be quite unpredictable. December is the time of year when residents turn on their heaters, as the desert can get quite cold. The problems can start from the moment the heater is turned on, as the time spent unused can cause all sorts of unforeseen issues to arise.

It is important to get preventative maintenance twice a year, for both peace of mind in knowing that you’re protecting your investment, as well as to help ward off any concerns that your equipment is malfunctioning before you have to actively depend on it.

We, as well as manufacturers, recommend getting two seasonal inspections, or “tune ups” on your equipment: the spring and the fall. This helps eliminate the risk of any major component or equipment failure and expensive repairs at unexpected times.

Here at ACE Home Services, we offer tune ups at affordable costs all year long in an effort to save you time and money!

So, what is a tune up? That’s a great question! Similar to a tune up you would do on your car, a tune up on your home comfort system is a detailed inspection that allows us to dig deep into finding any potential problems or ailments that your equipment might have. The purpose is to keep your home comfort system safe, working at optimum efficiency, and avoiding costly repairs from a lack of proper maintenance. Don’t worry – it’s very common to overlook your home comfort system as something that you should regularly maintain. Most people do! But, we’re here to help!

Let’s break it down. Here’s what you are recommended to do in order to preserve SEER rating in your equipment, protect your manufacturer’s warranty, and save money in your investment:

1. Have annual (recommended bi-annual) inspections or tune ups performed on your home comfort system.

2. Have BOTH your evaporative and condenser coils professionally cleaned annually.

3. Change your air filter(s) every month.

It’s that easy!

If you have any questions, want to learn more, or need to schedule YOUR annual tune up, give us a call at 602-943-2000 or schedule online at: http://www.acehomeaz.com!Image

How to Prepare for Cold Weather in Phoenix

Before you turn off your air conditioner and turn on your heater, here are some great tips on how to acclimate to cooler weather in Phoenix!

Step One: Get your evaporative coil cleaned.

Step Two: Get a tune-up on your whole home comfort system.

Step Three: Change your air filter.

Step One: Getting your evaporative coil cleaned is essential to do before turning your heating elements of your home comfort system on. Your evaporative coil is located in your furnace or heat pump, whichever you have. Getting this cleaned is a simple process, but due to the location of it, it can be complicated. You should never attempt this on your own. Only licensed HVAC professionals should perform this cleaning. It is recommended from the manufacturers to do this once a year, usually in the Fall.

Step Two: Getting a tune-up on your home comfort system is essential to do as the seasons change. You should do this twice a year, once in the Spring and once in the Fall. This allows you to find out if there is anything wrong BEFORE you actually need the cooling or heating element of your system to do its job. It is vital to do this, as it helps you to avoid major damage or problems that your system may have incurred in the time that it was off. It is also important in the maintenance of your system, which helps preserve the SEER rating, saving you money, and ensuring the benefits of your manufacturer’s warranty.

Step Three: Changing your filter in your ducting system seems simple enough, but its a step that people tend to forget. You should be doing this EVERY month, ONCE a month. But, in case you forgot, now is the time to do it. In Arizona, we have dust storms that carry all kinds of nasty things into our homes. Our ducting system is no exception. The filters do what they can to block the bigger particles from entering your home comfort system, but if they get too dirty, they can restrict air flow to your home. Restricted air flow can be a big problem on your wallet, as it makes your system run harder, which consumes more electricity. It is recommended to do this every month, but you should always do this before you turn on your air conditioning or heating elements of your home comfort system.

To schedule your appointment to get your heating checked out before you turn it on, give us a call at 602-266-5223! We would be happy to get you ready for the cold, winter nights here in the Phoenix Valley!

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