Air Control Home Services is the premier air conditioning services provider in Lake Havasu City, Bullhead City, and Mohave County. Our experienced techs repair, maintain, and install air conditioners and heat pumps. Don’t go without cooling during the hot Arizona summer. Instead, call our team!

Here’s why you should add insulation to your home this winter

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 50-70 percent of the energy used in the typical U.S. household goes into heating and cooling the home. Despite this, many American homes, especially older ones, are leaky and under-insulated. If there’s one thing you do this winter to boost your energy-efficiency for the summer ahead, have our team add insulation to your home.

Add insulation this winter and watch your energy savings skyrocket!In fact, adding insulation and sealing leaks is a cost-effective way to reduce your annual bill by up to 10 percent without having to spend a bundle on a new HVAC system. Paired with a spring AC tune-up and a fall heating checkup, increased attic insulation can really put you on the pathway to serious energy savings.

Air Control Home Services installs new insulation here in Lake Havasu City and Mohave County. To get an estimate and have our team add insulation to your attic, give us a call today!

Checking your insulation levels

Don’t assume that just because your home is a new build that it has enough installation. While it’s true that newer homes are generally better insulated thanks to stricter codes, there are still plenty of newly constructed houses that could use more. If you don’t know how much insulation your home has—or whether it has any at all—it’s a good idea to call Air Control and have us take an insulation measurement.

For the Lake Havasu City and Western Arizona region, Energy Star recommends attic insulation levels between R30 and R20 and floor levels between R19 and R25. We can help you determine whether or not your current insulation meets this standard, or if more is needed.

Sealing the envelope of your home

Even the best-insulated house ends up wasting energy if its envelope isn’t well-sealed. From around window and door trim to leaky ductwork, even small air leaks can lead to drafty rooms and high utility bills.

Full-envelope sealing also helps with humidity control, reduces outdoor noise, and prevents pests, dust, and pollen from entering the home.

Get year-round energy savings

Insulating and sealing your home is a smart investment that pays off all year. In addition to keeping indoor spaces more comfortable by keeping conditioned air where it belongs, your HVAC system won’t have to work as hard to do its job, leading to extra energy savings and fewer repair and maintenance costs down the road.

Increasing your home’s energy-efficiency

Whether you think your home is under-insulated or you’d like some help tracking down other sources of energy loss, our energy-efficiency upgrade team at Air Control Home Services can help.

In addition to specializing in retrofitting homes with easy-install blown-in insulation, we offer a personalized home energy audit to help you find hidden problems and improve your home’s comfort while saving you money.

Here’s why our HVAC technicians and plumbers are so great

Air Control Home Services is the company that it is today because of the people who work for us. Our family-owned and operated business believes that being the best means hiring the best. That’s why we look for HVAC technicians and plumbers who are a cut above the rest. They do better work faster for our customers, with fewer issues.

In this blog, we’ll run through some of the reasons that our HVAC technicians are so great, from our certifications to their training and experience. To experience amazing, local service for yourself, call Air Control with your air conditioning, heating, and plumbing needs.

#1. We’re a Trane Comfort Specialist Dealer

When you look for HVAC technicians to hire, you should check to see if the employees are Trane Comfort Specialists. This certification indicates employees have received training customer satisfaction, service, and installation. They also remain up-to-date with the latest technologies.

#2. We’re members of the Air Conditioning Contractors of America

The ACCA is a non-profit organization consisting of over 60,000 HVAC professionals from around the United States. These experts collaborate to promote healthy indoor air quality, energy efficiency, and contracting.

The association has created industry standards used in national building codes. The organization also allows contractors to come together to discover new learning opportunities.

#3. Members of the National Comfort Institute

Homeowners benefit greatly by hiring technicians associated with the NCI. Members of the organization use a variety of methods to solve a number of safety problems. They also have more of a focus on quantifiable results. They will recommend ways to make your HVAC system more energy-efficient.

#4. We have a field staff comprised of Building Performance Institute Building Analysts

BPI certification means our staff is specially trained to deal with energy-efficiency and home energy audits.

To show how proficient some HVAC professionals are, they go through the BPI test. This test consists of multiple-choice questions, as well as a hands-on portion employees must receive at least 70 percent to pass. They must re-certify every three years, so they need to remain up-to-date with their prowess.

#5. Our techs are NATE-certified

North American Technician Excellence (NATE) is the country’s largest non-profit organization for AC, heating, refrigeration, and ventilation experts. Certification validates the employees are competent in every aspect of the HVAC repair and installation processes. Ultimately, it shows employees are ready to enter the workforce.

At Air Control, we’re proud to employ NATE-certified technicians. Our techs have the training and experience necessary to help with your residential or commercial HVAC needs.

Call Air Control for HVAC services in Lake Havasu City

There are numerous services that Air Control Home Services provides. If you need repairs to your air conditioner or furnace, then you need to right away with any questions. With our staff’s certifications, you can rest easy knowing your HVAC unit will run efficiently once again in no time.

Fall is the perfect time to schedule a heat pump inspection

As you know, it takes a long time for the weather to cool down in Arizona. The last thing on your mind when you’re going through a long summer and fall season is your heat pump. However, fall is the perfect time to schedule a heat pump inspection from our techs at Air Control Home Services. Here’s why.

Pictured: A heat pump system in Lake Havasu City, AZ. Schedule your heat pump inspection in the spring and fall.Your heat pump has been running all summer

Heat pumps are year-round systems. In the summer, they operate like a normal air conditioner; in the winter, they reverse operation, pulling heat energy out of outdoor air and pulling it inside your home. Because of this, they go through a lot of wear-and-tear through the course of the calendar year. Spring and fall are the ideal times to have an Air Control tech take a look at your system.

You don’t want to be stuck with a heat pump problem this winter—or, worse, heading out of spring into next summer.

Save money on energy bills this winter

Summer is known as the time for high energy bills, but getting through the winter comfortably can be expensive. A heat pump that goes without maintenance is an inefficient system, which means you’re leaving money on the table throughout the entire year.

Call Air Control and schedule a tune-up. Our heat pump checkup can help you get more savings out of your system in winter, spring, summer, and fall.

Consider the age of the system

As your heat pump passes its 10-year mark, repair problems become more prevalent and energy-efficiency begins to drop. Combined with the system running year-round for a decade or more, your heat pump will likely need to inspected to make sure it’s still working properly.

Is it time to upgrade to a new system?

If your old heat pump isn’t heating or cooling your home quite like it used to, you should call Air Control for a tune-up or repair. However, you may also be in the position where you need to replace your older heat pump. Based on the results of our checkup, our techs can recommend the best course of action for your system.

In the event that your older heat pump does need to be replaced, we’ll provide you with an honest, straightforward assessment. We can also talk to you about your options for a new Trane heat pump system, installed the right way by our team.

Call us for a heat pump inspection

Get your heat pump ready for winter by calling us. Our NATE-certified techs are ready to help address your system’s needs and make sure it’s running its best heading into the colder months of the year. To schedule your heat pump inspection, call us today.

Here are several of the benefits of ductless HVAC systems

If you’re like most homeowners, you’re looking for ways to save both money and energy. Some of the benefits of ductless HVAC systems include greater energy-efficiency, greater control over your indoor comfort, and not needing existing ductwork.

If you’re considering a ductless HVAC system, contact us. Air Control provides free in-home estimates on new ductless systems.

Here are the 3 benefits of ductless HVAC systems

#1. Greater energy-efficiency

As the name implies, ductless cooling and heating eliminates the need for ductwork, which means there’s less energy loss being transported into the living spaces of your home. In fact, ductwork causes about a 25 percent reduction in energy-efficiency.

Install A New Air ConditionerGetting back energy-efficiency from not having ducts helps in any season. Homeowners who install a ductless system system will see savings on their energy bills in both summer and winter.

In addition to the reduction in energy costs, you may also receive a federal tax credit or other incentive from your local utility company for purchasing a ductless HVAC system. It’s worthwhile to look into the incentive programs available in your area.

Want to know more about the benefits of ductless HVAC units? Homeowners who opt for a ductless system from Air Control Home Services also eliminate the need to clean the ductwork. Dirty ducts add dust and allergens to the air you breathe.

#2. More control for homeowners

With ductless systems, homeowners have the ability to control the temperature in each room of the house. It never makes sense to heat or cool rooms you aren’t using. Empty nesters who no longer use all of the rooms in their house, for instance, can enjoy the benefits of a ductless system.

It’s also perfect for family members who find themselves arguing over the thermostat: they can independently control the comfort in their space.

#3. Ideal for homes without existing ductwork

If your home does not have existing ductwork, one of the main benefits of a ductless HVAC system is that you don’t need to spend a ton of money installing brand-new ductwork. Many historic homes, for instance, just weren’t built for traditional air conditioning systems. Ductless systems are also ideal for extra rooms such as sunrooms and garage apartments.

Of course, you can still reap the benefits of a ductless HVAC even if you have ducts and a traditional AC setup. For instance, a ductless system can come in handy if you have a room in your home that gets particularly hot in the summer or cold in the winter.

Turn to experts you can trust

If a ductless system is right for your home, contact the experts at Air Control Home Services. Our skilled professionals will ensure that your system is installed correctly and efficiently.

We’re proud to serve homeowners here in Mohave County, including in Lake Havasu City, Bullhead City, and Laughlin.

Here are the four big signs that your AC is breaking down

Do you feel like your home isn’t as cool as it should be, no matter how much you adjust the thermostat? Or, maybe you have an older unit that you feel might be starting to give out. In either case, you should learn to recognize the signs that your AC is breaking down, so you can develop a plan of action.

Here in Lake Havasu City and Mohave County, that plan should include calling Air Control for emergency AC repair. Contact us today to get started.

Here are 4 big signs that your AC is breaking down:

#1. There’s a lack of airflow

One of the most common AC problems is a unit that sounds like it works, but there’s no air coming from your vents. When this happens, it might be that your compressor has started to give out. Or, the issue might be with your ductwork.

Give Air Control a call for emergency AC repair if this is the case. We’ll inspect your system and determine what needs to be done to get your home cool again.

#2. No cool air is coming from your vents

Another one of the signs that your AC is breaking down is having proper airflow from your unit, but the air you’re feeling just isn’t as cool as it usually is. Again, the problem might be with your compressor, but it could also be that you need more freon in your unit.

Talk with an HVAC professional at Air Control to understand just what’s going on and what your options are.

#3. Your home takes a while to cool down

Where before your home cooled down in a matter of minutes, it might now take longer before you’re comfortable. It could be that more coolant is needed to get things up and running faster, or that another repair is needed.

#4. Your AC unit has moisture issues

Have you noticed moisture or leaking around your outside unit? That might be refrigerant leaking out of your unit. Alternatively, the problem might just be with your drain tube, which isn’t as major, but is still something that needs to be cleared up ASAP to keep other problems, such as mildew and mold, from occurring.

Call Air Control to schedule emergency AC repair

At Air Control, we’re committed to keeping you and your family comfortable all year-round. Contact us to schedule AC repair service, or to get a free in-home estimate on a new air conditioner.

Here are the best ways to save energy in your home this summer

With temperatures in Lake Havasu City easily climbing above 110 degrees (or more!) every June, July and August, cooling costs can be one of your biggest monthly household expenses. Luckily, there are lots of easy ways you can save energy this summer.

By following the tips in this blog, you can cut down on your bills and stay nice and cool at the same time. Take a look at these home energy-efficiency tips you can start implementing right away.

Pictured: Save energy this summer with our HVAC services.

1. Use your thermostat efficiently

Many homeowners have no idea how they can get the most out of their thermostats to save energy in the summer.

For obvious reasons, the primary way to save is to set your thermostat to the highest comfortable temperature during the summer. Set the temperature higher during times you’re away from home. Don’t set your thermostat to a super-low temperature when you want to cool the house, as this doesn’t speed up cooling.

A programmable thermostat makes temperature management easy. Air Control Home Services can help you find the right programmable thermostat so you can save energy.

2. Upgrade to Energy Star cooling equipment

If your cooling unit is no longer working efficiently or is more than 10 years old, you should have your system evaluated by a qualified HVAC professional here at Air Control. One sure way to save energy this summer is to have our team install a new air conditioner or heat pump.

Energy Star units are designed for home energy-efficiency and can save you up to 20 percent on your home-cooling bill. It’s easy to find these units because they have an Energy Star label on them. Our professionals know how to advise you in choosing the best Trane unit for your home’s needs.

3. Use other home-cooling resources, like fans and blinds

Ceiling fans help circulate conditioned air more effectively. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, by using fans, you can raise your thermostat setting by 4 degrees without this increase affecting your comfort.

You can also help lower your energy costs and keep your home cooler by ensuring that window blinds and curtains are closed while you are away from home. This keeps out the sun’s hot rays.

Call Air Control for advice on how to save energy

Take action now before the summer sizzle sets in. Call Air Control for more advice and tips on energy-efficiency and boosting your home’s energy savings.

Here are the top-3 reasons to spend your tax refund on a new AC

If you’re like most Americans, you’ve got a nice tax refund check on its way. You could go crazy and squander it—or you could use it to make your life more enjoyable for months and years to come. How? By buying a new air conditioner.

Take a look at three top reasons why this spring is the right time to buy your new air conditioner.

Pictured: If you're expecting a tax refund this year, consider spending it on a new AC unit.With a new AC, you’ll be up-and-running fast

When do most people call to get a new air conditioner? You guessed it—when their old one finally gives up the ghost for good, which usually happens during the blazing heat of summer. You may have to wait several days to get the help you need.

Instead, use that tax return to get your air conditioning system replaced now, especially if you already know it’s about 15 years-old and starting to show signs of wear. Think how great it’ll feel in a few months to push the “Cool” button and know that refreshing, chilled air is seconds away.

It’s the smart thing to do for your wallet and the environment

When you install a new air conditioner, your bank accounts all smile with relief. It’s easy to spend as much on AC repairs to an older air conditioning system that’s outlived its expected life span as you’d spend on a new air conditioner—and your new air conditioner is going to lower your summertime energy bills, since—as a Trane—it was designed with the environment and energy conservation in mind.

In addition, an updated air conditioning system increases the value of your home, so it pays off not just in cooler air and lower expenses now, but in the future as well.

Spend your tax refund on an upgrade for your home and comfort

It’s easy to forget about how much you love your air conditioner during the winter when the weather is colder. Now that we’re in summer, you want the comfort that only a new, reliable air conditioner can provide. Keep your entire family happy all summer long by replacing that aging air conditioner now, before you need it, and while you have that unexpected tax refund ready for use.

At Air Control Home Services in Lake Havasu City, we’re ready to help you enjoy the comfort that only a new AC can bring. Contact us today to see how we can help you lower your expenses while increasing your sense of chill.

Here’s why a DIY AC tune-up is a bad idea

It’s AC tune-up season here in Lake Havasu City. Temperatures are rising, and if you haven’t had our team inspect your system yet, now’s the time. However, many homeowners—wanting to save money—are trying to do their own DIY AC tune-up. In this blog, we’ll review why that’s a bad idea.

There are some things you can do with your air conditioner or heat pump to confirm that it’s in working condition, both prior to and after your tune-up. However, for the most part, you’re going to want to skip any DIY AC tune-up work. We’ll explain why.

#1. You could damage your system

Even if you have a video guide to help you, there’s a strong chance that attempting a DIY AC tune-up can cause damage to your system.

After all, not doing things exactly right could cause issues that are exacerbated later in the summer, when it’s incredibly hot out here in Lake Havasu City.

In such instances, Air Control is there for you and your air conditioner with emergency AC repair. However, it’s better to avoid the repair altogether by just scheduling your AC tune-up with our team in the first place.

It’s best to leave your air conditioning tune-up to the experts.

#2. You could void your system warranty

Most new air conditioners, installed by a professional HVAC technician, come with a manufacturer’s warranty that protects the system from defects and other issues that can arise over the lifespan of the unit. However, these warranties typically have two clauses that homeowners should take note of:

  • Most clauses require you to schedule annual maintenance from a professional HVAC company
  • Most clauses are voided if the homeowner attempts a DIY AC tune-up.

This means that whatever money you’re saving by skipping the expert tune-up, you could end up paying later in your system’s life if something goes wrong. It’s not a great deal for you as a homeowner.

#3. You won’t get the best energy savings possible

As we’ve detailed in a prior post, a tune-up is the best way to save money during the hottest months of summer, when your air conditioner will be working the hardest. When done by a professional, a tune-up optimizes the unit so that it can deliver great cooling without burning any more energy than it needs to.

Even a thorough homeowner doing their own inspection and checkup may not be able to get their air conditioner to this efficient state. Plus, as detailed above, there’s a chance that something could go wrong and you could lower the efficiency of your system.

Call Air Control to schedule your professional tune-up

With a hot summer on the way here in Lake Havasu City, now’s the time to call Air Control and schedule your professional AC tune-up. Learn more about us and then call (928) 680-0600.

How AC systems work

Almost everyone in Lake Havasu City has an air conditioner. But, how exactly do air conditioners keep your home cool, even on the hottest days of summer? It’s not magic: it’s science, and in this blog, we’ll break down how AC systems work and keep your home cool.

Air Control Home Services installs advanced, new air conditioners from Trane and Daikin. Contact us to get a free in-home estimate on a new Trane.

How do air conditioners work?

Every air conditioner has four main components: a compressor, an evaporator, a condenser, and expansion controls. These four parts work in sequence to cool your home.

Your air conditioner uses refrigerants (read more about the R-22 phaseout) and some basic physics to operate. In the evaporator, that refrigerant is run through coils, with fans blowing your home’s air over them.

The refrigerant absorbs the heat of the air, going from a liquid to a hot vapor inside the coils. It then runs to the compressor, which “compresses” it under greater pressure, increasing the heat.

Finally, this gas enters the condenser, located outside your home. The heat from the gas is released into the outdoor air. As the gas cools, it state changes back into a liquid. The expansion controls regulate the movement and flow of this restored refrigerant back into the evaporator, starting the process over again.

Why do air conditioners dehumidify?

All air conditioners also remove humidity from the air as they cool it. When that evaporator coil absorbs heat, it also removes moisture from the air. Warm air is much better at holding moisture than cold air (which is partially why summers are more humid than winters).

Luckily, this is considered by many homeowners to be a feature, not a glitch. Humid air feels hotter on the skin, so an air conditioner simultaneously cooling and drying air is making you more comfortable in two different ways.

What makes refrigerant special?

R-22 and the newer R-410A are hydrochlorofluorocarbons. Basically, this subset of chemicals are able to very easily “phase transition” between being a liquid or a gas. This makes them incredibly useful for the purposes of air conditioning.

R-410A is becoming widely accepted as the industry standard in air conditioning refrigerant because it does not contribute to ozone layer depletion like R-22 does.

To learn more or to get a new air conditioner for your home, contact us!

Air Control is Lake Havasu City’s top name in cooling and heating. We’re proud to install new Trane and Daikin systems for our residential and commercial customers.

To get started on your free in-home estimate, contact us online or give us a call at (928) 680-0600.

What is R-22 refrigerant, and what does the R-22 phase-out mean for me?

R-22 refrigerant, the chemical that makes cooling your home possible, has been the refrigerant of choice for residential heat pump and air conditioning systems for more than four decades. Unfortunately for the environment, the release of R-22 (often from air conditioning system leaks) contributes to ozone depletion.

Because of this harmful effect, the government has changed the refrigerant standards for residential air conditioners, leading to the phase-out and elimination of R-22 refrigerant by 2020.

This regulation also requires air conditioning manufacturers to cease the shipment of R-22 refrigerant with any newly produced air conditioning systems. In other words: R-22’s days are numbered.

What does this mean for my air conditioner?

So, what do you do if you are a homeowner with an R-22 system? Here’s the facts of the matter: there is no requirement to stop using your system, nor is there a requirement to replace your existing equipment. New air conditioners will use a new, more environmentally friendly refrigerant, but your existing system is, in a word, “grandfathered” in.

There is one scenario in which this switchover could impact you, however: a refrigerant leak.

Refrigerant leaks and R-22 scarcity

Since the switch is being made from R-22 refrigerant to a better solution, less R-22 is being made. As we rapidly approach the end of the decade and the start of this regulation, R-22 is being phased out, introducing scarcity. After 2020 arrives, no new R-22 is being made at all: the remainder will be from recycled or reclaimed sources.

As such, remaining supplies are increasing in cost in accordance with supply-and-demand. In all likelihood, you’ll still be able to get R-22 in the next decade, but it could cost you. A lot.

Can I change out my R-22 refrigerant for a different type in my existing system?

Technically yes, but this is highly discouraged by manufacturers because it could damage your system. As such, using a different refrigerant in place of R-22 will void your manufacturer’s warranty.

There are alternative replacement refrigerants (drop-ins) available, but there is an ongoing concern about the compatibility and the impact to system reliability. Because of this, most HVAC technicians you talk to will want an R-22 system to continue using R-22.

What are my other options?

Another option is to replace the entire system with one that uses the more environmentally-friendly R410A. New systems are by far more energy-efficient and can significantly save on energy costs and sound pollution.

Because R410A is a completely different refrigerant, it cannot be mixed or used in an existing air conditioning system designed for R22. When a new R410A unit is installed, both the outdoor unit and indoor coil must be replaced.

The indoor air handler/furnace may not need to be replaced, but sometimes it is more cost-effective or necessary to replace both the indoor coil and air handler/furnace.

Get a personalized R-22 refrigerant recommendation

At Air Control, we always make recommendations for homeowners based on their specific situation. Every home, homeowner, and their family’s needs are very different.

That’s why we recommend you contact us with your R-22 questions so that we can give you a more detailed explanation and personalized advice.