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    The Benefits of Zoning Your Home

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Zoning your home may seem like an unnecessary investment, but it can pay dividends during peak usage seasons. As the name suggests, HVAC zoning systems allow you to control the air flow to different “zones” of your home, optimizing your HVAC unit’s efficiency without wasting money on rooms you don’t use. Read on to learn more about how zoning systems work and if they may be right for your home:

    Keep Your Rooms Comfortable

    • Do you have a room in your home that always seems to be warmer or colder than everywhere else? Poor duct design and sealing is usually the culprit, but modifying your home’s ductwork can be an invasive process, especially if only one or two rooms are affected. System zoning allows you to keep one or several rooms at a desired temperature, as opposed to using a central thermostat to control ambient temperature.
    • Conversely, system zoning allows you to divert airflow away from rooms you don’t use regularly, such as a workout room or spare guest rooms. These rooms are cut off from the rest of the duct system via programmable thermostats and flex dampers so that there is little to no unintentional air leakage.

    Save Money on Energy Costs

    • When properly used, HVAC zoning systems can help you save significant amounts of money. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, system zoning can help homeowners save up to 30 percent on heating and cooling costs. Considering that the average American home spends nearly half of its energy bill on heating and cooling alone, this can quickly add up to a hefty sum.

    HVAC zoning systems should only be installed by a certified professional, and we here at Parker & Sons have over 35 years of experience in HVAC installation and maintenance for homes and businesses throughout the Phoenix Metro Area. Call (480) 963-1829 or contact us online to schedule a professional estimate.

    SEER and AFUE 101

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) and Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) are two industry standards used to assess the energy efficiency of air conditioners and furnaces. Although federal standards require both central air conditioners and furnaces to adhere to a minimum efficiency rating, it isn’t uncommon for older homes to continue running on older, less efficient units.

    As of 2006, all central air conditioner units are legally required to have SEER ratings of 13 or better. However, air conditioners with the same SEER ratings won’t necessarily perform the same; factors such as air leaks, air flow, refrigerant levels, and size can impact efficiency and operating costs.

    AFUE ratings assess how much heat is routed into the home and how much is lost in the flue pipe. Older gas and oil-fired furnaces can lose as much as half of their heat to exhaust, but most modern models are over 80 percent efficient.

    Keep your home comfortable year-round with professional HVAC maintenance and repair from Parker & Sons. Since 1974, we’ve been serving residents and business owners throughout the Phoenix Metro Area with superior customer care and reliable service. Contact us online or at (480) 963-1829 today to receive a professional consultation.

    Tips for Changing Your Air Conditioner Filter

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Your central HVAC unit is one of the biggest energy drains on your home, and neglecting to regularly change the air filter can lead to hundreds of dollars in maintenance costs. This brief video clip provides a few tips for maintaining your air conditioner on a budget.

    Always remember to turn off your air conditioner before performing maintenance to avoid injury and to prevent debris from infiltrating the system. Simply remove the air filter from its slot and check the sides for size and air flow direction. Remember to change your air filter every one to three months based on usage.

    Parker & Sons has been serving the Valley with reliable and cost-effective air conditioner services for nearly 40 years. Don’t get caught in the heat without air conditioning—call (480) 963-1829 today to set up a service appointment!

    [INFOGRAPHIC] Where Is Your Home Losing Money?

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Efficiency is a hot topic on everyone’s minds, but most people don’t understand the losses happing in their homes each day. Your home’s energy and water losses could be adding up to hundreds of wasted dollars each year. Luckily, most of these losses cost very little to prevent, and the savings will start adding up quickly.

    Take a look at this infographic from Parker & Sons, Inc., a Phoenix air conditioning repair company, to get a closer look at the common areas where homes lose money on a daily basis. If you have friends or family members who are interested in reducing their environmental footprint and cutting costs on monthly bills, please share this infographic with them!

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    A Look at HVAC Technicians

    Last updated 1 year ago

    HVAC technicians are professionals who service, repair, and install a wide range of heating and cooling equipment. While professionals in this field often learned their skills on the job in the past, today’s technicians must be properly trained and certified to service increasingly complex equipment.

    HVAC technicians spend much of their time troubleshooting problems. They need to firmly understand how various components of an HVAC system work together to do their jobs effectively. Once an HVAC technician detects a problem, he should be able to repair it quickly so that your system can operate safely and efficiently. Though hiring an HVAC technician may involve an initial expense, it’s a lot better than paying high energy bills, major repair costs, or buying a whole new system.                      

    At Parker & Sons, Inc., we value high-quality service above all else. That’s why all of our technicians are trained to the highest standards. To learn more about how our Trust-certified technicians can help you, call us at (480) 963-1829.

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