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

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Proper Humidity Levels Contribute to the Comfort and Health of Your Home and Family

Most people don't give much focus to the humidity levels in their home, but indeed they should. Humidity levels contribute to the overall comfort and health of your family as well as to the well-being of your home. Incredibly dry air can have a variety of effects from increasing asthma symptoms and causing mold issues to ruining valuable artwork or even your home electronics.

With that said, the team here at JR Perkins Heating & Cooling wants to offer insight on the importance of maintaining proper humidity levels in your home and how you can accomplish this important task.

When you are faced with a moisture problem in your home, your first step should be to measure the current humidity levels with a hygrometer. If your levels come in at the 40 to 45 range, then your indoor air is satisfactory. If outside of these ranges, then you will need to give focus to resolving the problem at hand.

If the humidity levels are high, here are a few tips for you to follow:

  • Repair any plumbing or roof leaks
  • Ensure that your clothes dryer is adequately vented
  • Minimize the number of indoor plants you have
  • Install exhaust fans in your kitchen and bathrooms
  • Schedule annual routine, preventative maintenance on your HVAC system.

If your measured humidity levels come in low there is an increased risk of dry skin, cracking furniture and wood floors, or increased static electricity that can damage your home electronics. If the levels are low, try these helpful tips:

  • Add house plants to overly dry rooms
  • Hang your clothes indoors to dry
  • Boil water and distribute the steam with exhaust fans
  • Install a whole house humidifier to control the amount of water vapors in the air.
  • Maintaining an adequate amount of moisture in your home's atmosphere will not only improve your quality of life, but it will help your family to breathe easier and healthier all year round.

For more information on how to combat humidity in your home, or if you are in need of an expert whole house humidifier installation, then we are the team for you. Simply give a shout out to the professionals here at JR Perkins Heating & Cooling today for your free consultation and estimate.

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

Monday, February 24, 2020

Top 4 Reasons to Hire a Professional Air Conditioning Contractor

Whether you have a simple or complicated HVAC issue at your home or place of work, it's strongly recommended that you hire a professional air conditioning contractor to help you get it fixed. Here at JR Perkins Heating & Cooling, we think the following reasons are why you should consider doing so:

1. Safety
Attempting to repair an air conditioning unit yourself can be very dangerous, especially if it involves an electric fault. There are also risks of you getting injured by frayed wires, hanging fan blades or other sharp metallic objects. Refrigerant leaks and fumes can also cause serious health problems to children and pets. To be on the safe side, look for a professional who is trained to diagnose and fix HVAC issues without putting anyone in danger.

2. Knowledge of HVAC Systems
Professional air conditioning contractors have the relevant knowledge needed to keep heating and cooling systems in good working condition year-round due to their training and experience in the field. Apart from having the ability to diagnose various issues, they are also fully equipped with state-of-the-art tools that enable them to do their work in a timely and efficient manner.

3. Warranties
Most air conditioning models require regular professional servicing and preventive maintenance to work effectively. Hiring professionals gives you an added benefit of setting up an ongoing maintenance plan with the company. They will always update you on the servicing tasks needed and the right time to perform them.

4. Saves You Money
Being that our HVAC professionals at JR Perkins Heating & Cooling will be coming with our own tools and safety gear, you won't have to hire or buy any equipment for your project. You can only imagine how much you could have spent by worsening the problem.

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

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Does The Cleanliness of an Air Conditioner Matter?

Leaves, dirt, dust, basically anything that can waft in on the breeze – your air conditioner will be subjected to it. Usually outdoor air conditioning units are installed in pretty protected areas, meaning they won't see excessive exposure to a lot of debris. However, the cleanliness of an outdoor air conditioning unit is crucial to the health of your cooling system.

What many AC unit owners don't realize is part of yearly maintenance done on your air conditioner by a professional is just cleaning the unit. Our JR Perkins Heating & Cooling technicians ensure that during a maintenance check, they also go inside and apply lubrication and make sure everything seems to be working as designed, and go in and remove debris and clean the interior so that everything keeps working that way for another year.

Air conditioners are designed to be pretty adept at dealing with moisture such as rain exposure. It drains away and evaporates well, but debris on the interior will impede that ability. Furthermore, even if there aren't leaves, sticks, or large debris, dust and dirt must also be regularly cleaned away. It tends to stick onto the inner workings, which will inhibit the air conditioners ability to disperse heat. It makes the whole system work harder to cool your home and can shorten the lifespan of it. This is primarily why it is so important to have at least yearly maintenance. As an outdoor unit, the air conditioner is exposed to dirt and that needs to be cleaned away to keep it working.

While it might be tempting to keep your air conditioner cleaner by covering it, this should generally be avoided. Covering an air conditioner when it is used prevents it from getting the air intake that it needs. Covering an air conditioner outside of air conditioning season will prevent moisture from evaporating efficiently, making rust a likelihood. It is best to just make sure it is as clean as possible and leave the rest to your JR Perkins Heating & Cooling HVAC technician.

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