Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Is Your Air Conditioning Problem Actually a Thermostat Problem?


A thermostat seems like a simple tool that regulates the temperature in your home, but it plays a bigger role than its size would suggest. The thermostat is essentially the brain of your air conditioner. It controls when it turns on, and when it doesn't. Just like the actual working parts of your air conditioning system, the thermostat can also manifest problems. Unfortunately, thermostat problems often do not present themselves as thermostat problems. They seem an awful lot like air conditioning problems.
 

Short Cycling

This can be a common air conditioner problem if you have an AC unit that is too big for your house. It turns on and shuts off a short time later without running the full cycle. This means your home is not cooled efficiently. Your energy bills go up, the temperature is unstable, and it wears your unit down faster. However, if a thermostat has a temperature sensor malfunction, it can cause this issue all on its own.

Incorrect Temperature

You set your thermostat to a nice 70 degrees, but it sure doesn't feel like it. Using a thermometer, you find that your home is either much higher or much lower than that. This can be a case of thermostat miscalibration. Essentially, it thinks this incorrect temperature is what you set it to despite the reading.

Blower Fan Malfunction

The blower fan is responsible for circulating the cold air created in your air conditioning unit. However, if it is not cycling off or just never starts, it is likely that it is not getting the proper signals from your thermostat. If it runs constantly, sometimes the problem is as simple as the fan was set to "ON". However, both issues can be caused by faulty wiring in your thermostat.
Our team of experts at JR Perkins Heating & Cooling knows that while miscalibration can typically be fixed quickly, most other thermostat issues will require the thermostat to be replaced. The good news is that an air conditioning issue that is really a thermostat issue is much more affordable to fix.
JR Perkins Heating & Cooling is the first heating and air conditioning company in the East Valley, servicing the Phoenix area, specifically Scottsdale. To learn more, please visit our website at www.JRPerkins.com

Thursday, May 28, 2020

How to Handle Humidity Levels in Every Season


As the seasons change, this not only means the temperature will fluctuate, but the humidity as well. While we often blame the changes in temperature on how uncomfortable we feel, unseen humidity change often plays a big role in that as well.

In the summer when the air holds more moisture and the humidity is high, it often feels more sticky and muggy. In the winter when the air holds less moisture, the less humid air can make everything feel so dry that it is almost painful.

The optimal humidity level for your home is between 45 to 55 percent, and by keeping that optimal percentage, it will help you feel cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.

The most obvious advice to keeping these optimal levels is to install a whole home humidifier and dehumidifier. Obviously this will help a lot to keep optimum levels, but not every home needs it. In fact, sometimes small changes can be enough to control your humidity level.

In the summer, your air conditioner will naturally help dehumidify your air. However, it may not be able to keep up with the levels. In this case, you want to also use exhaust fans when showering or when boiling water on the stove. This will help to get rid of excess humidity to keep levels optimal.
In the winter, sometimes a small portable humidifier in sleeping areas can be enough to keep your house comfortable. Unlike an air conditioner, a furnace will not humidify your home. This is why if you have low humidity issues in the winter, you may want to consider a whole house humidifier

JR Perkins Heating & Cooling is the first heating and air conditioning company in the East Valley, servicing the Phoenix area, specifically Scottsdale. To learn more, please visit our website at www.JRPerkins.com.

Friday, April 17, 2020

Does Changing Your Air Filter More Often Make For Cleaner Air?


Our team of HVAC technicians at JR Perkins Heating & Cooling always stresses how important it is to change your air filter at least once a year when you change from heating to cooling or vice versa. Depending on the type of filter, how often you use the heating or cooling system, and other factors like if you are a smoker or the presence of pet hair, they will likely recommend you change it much more often. You may think it is for optimum air quality, but that is not quite true. While one of the benefits of changing an air filter is that you get better indoor air quality, the truth is that the air filter isn't necessarily there for you.
What the air filter in your HVAC system does is it keeps debris, dust, and other contaminants from the internal working parts. The air filter doesn't filter the air directly pumped into your home, instead it filters the air coming from the return duct as it goes into the blower fan. In its own way, because the air is filtered before it goes into the system, it does improve your air quality.
Unfortunately, air filters are often mistaken for being here to improve air quality. If you are really looking to improve the air quality in your home, then you will want to ask one of our experts at JR Perkins Heating & Cooling about adding a whole home air purification system into the mix. This will specifically target contaminants in the air being pumped in your home and can do a lot to improve your overall air quality. Air filters come with qualities that state they can reduce allergens or other air contaminants, and they will, but it is too often confused that doing so is your air filter's primary job. Instead, it is meant to protect your HVAC system from damage or excessive wear from the air coming in.
JR Perkins Heating & Cooling is the first heating and air conditioning company in the East Valley, servicing the Phoenix area, specifically Scottsdale. To learn more, please visit our website at www.JRPerkins.com.