Do you know how much energy your home uses—or loses, for that matter? The answers don’t have to be a mystery. With a home energy audit from the BPI-certified professionals at Air Control Home Services, your home can save energy and money, in both summer and winter. Call us to schedule service!

Here are some smart ways to conserve water in your home

If you’re trying to be more environmentally friendly, or if you want to lower your bills each month, why not look into easy ways to conserve water? It makes no difference where you live or whether there’s a drought, it’s best to always treat water as the precious, finite natural resource that it is. With that in mind, here are a few ways to lower water usage in your home.

Here are 4 ways to conserve water this summer:

Shower rather than bathe

While you might enjoy the luxury of a nice hot bath at the end of the day, it takes more gallons of water to fill up the tub than it does for you to take a shower. That being said, the key to water conservation when it comes to showering is keeping them as short as possible.

Speaking of showers…

Pictured: Reducing the amount of water used in washing dishes is one of the great ways to conserve water here in Lake Havasu City.Take a navy shower

When you do shower, take what’s known as a navy shower. Essentially, you turn the water on to get wet, then turn it off while you lather up your body and shampoo your hair before turning the water back on for a final rinse. Using this method, one person can save as many as 15,000 gallons of water a year.

Read up on how your dishwasher works

Before rinsing your dishes off and sticking them in the dishwasher, read your appliance manual to see if you actually need to do so. Depending on your model, you may need to just scrape your dishes off before putting them in the dishwasher rather than unnecessarily using water to help the cleaning process.

Check for leaking pipes and faucets

You can use all the tips we propose and still not see significant water savings. This might be because you have leaky pipes or faucets that are wasting water. If so, you’ll want to have an Air Control plumber come out to your house and perform plumbing repair services.

Learn more about conserving water and plumbing repair by giving us a call!

For even more tips on saving water, or if you ever have problems with your home’s plumbing, air conditioning or heating unit, Air Control Home Services has you completely covered. to schedule service while you’re here at our site, and know that we offer emergency service as well.

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.

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.

Here are the reasons why your home’s attic insulation matters

For most Arizona homeowners, the attic is left out-of-sight, out-of-mind. Unlike in other areas of the country, very few of us use our attics for long-term storage; instead, our attics are best used for attic insulation.

But, how much insulation is enough? Is it worth adding more? In this blog, we’ll discuss the importance of attic insulation—and how it can save you money in both the winter and summers ahead.

Insulation Service in Lake HavasuInsulation prevents heat from getting in and cold from getting out

Let’s talk summers first, since we all know that the summers here in Lake Havasu City are the main priority when talking about energy-efficiency.

On the hottest of summer afternoons, your home’s roof is bathed in sunlight. Your roof absorbs much of this heat energy, but some of it goes through the tile, shingles, or other roofing material, heating up the attic. Meanwhile, your air conditioner is keeping the living spaces of your home cool and comfortable.

Not having sufficient insulation hurts you on two fronts. First, that heat energy has a much easier time getting into the living spaces of your home, which means your air conditioner has to work that much harder—and use more energy—keeping your home comfortable. Second, it’s easier for the cooled air to escape.

In the winter, the same phenomenon happens, but in reverse. It’s actually more pronounced during the colder months of the year: since hot air rises, a lack of insulation means that your heat pump or furnace will have to double its efforts to keep your home comfortable.

Insulation is the layer that prevents this inefficient exchange of air. In the summer, good insulation prevents hot air from breaching the living spaces of your home and cold air from rising into the attic, out the roof, and being lost.

How do I know if I have enough attic insulation?

This can greatly depend on a number of factors. Generally, the newer the home, the more insulation is in it: the standards for insulating homes have become more stringent in the past 30 years. However, this can greatly depend on the builder or what a previous owner might have done to the home.

Truthfully, all homes—even new ones with insulation that’s up to the standards of modern home builders—could probably use more insulation.

Insulation is measured by something called “R-Value.” This determines what kind of insulation you need, depending on where in the country you are. For example, Lake Havasu City and most of Mohave County is in Zone 3. (See a map)

The zoning will determine how many inches of insulation are recommended in your home. Again, for Zone 3 homes, 30-38 inches of insulation is what is officially recommended if you have a gas furnace. (See chart)

Are there other benefits to getting more attic insulation?

Yes, there are. For example, many utility companies, local governments, county governments, and the state of Arizona offer rebates for insulation installation. Here are some residential insulation rebates available right now.

How do I get more insulation installed?

Air Control Home Services offers professional attic insulation installation here in Lake Havasu City. We use spray-in insulation. This is easy to apply in your attic, fits around obstructions such as support beams, and offers superior cooling and heating retention for your home.

One of the best ways to identify if your home can use additional insulation is to give us a call and schedule a home energy audit. In addition to checking your insulation depth, this audit will find all sorts of other ways you can save on your monthly energy bills.

Here’s how you can make an energy-efficient home

Everyone wants to make their home more energy efficient. Besides being better for the environment, a home that uses less energy means lower bills for you and your family. Over the course of years to come, those savings can really add up. Maybe you’ll use that extra cash to take a vacation, or to buy a new boat. Either way, making an energy-efficient home can really pay off.

In this blog post, we’ll discuss the various ways that Air Control can help you turn your home into an energy-saving machine that saves you money every month.

Start with an energy audit

There’s a lot that goes into making your home more energy efficient, and it’s sometimes a ton of small things that add up to make a big difference. That’s why Air Control offers a home energy audit service.

Our Building Performance Institute-certified technicians will inspect your home and—using advanced technology—detect air leaks, places of inefficiency, and areas where you’re losing energy. They’ll then sit down with you to talk through the results of our thorough inspection. This isn’t just us pointing out problems and then leaving. Instead, we give you actual solutions that you can take to solve these inefficiency issues.

If you’re looking to make your home more energy efficient, an energy audit is a great place to start. Air Control can provide you with a roadmap on how to proceed. Some of the items on that plan are things you can do yourself, such as weatherstripping doors and windows. However, for others like attic insulation and duct sealing, you’ll want to hire the professionals at Air Control.

Energy-Efficient Home Lake Havasu City

We offer attic insulation service in Lake Havasu City.

Adding attic insulation

We offer attic insulation service in Lake Havasu City. You may not realize it, but most of the cooled or heated air in your home escapes by rising through your ceiling, through your attic, and through your roof. As it does so, your air conditioner or furnace (depending on the season, of course) needs to work harder to replace that air, costing your more and more energy. However, there’s a way to trap the cooled or heated air and prevent it from escaping.

By applying blown-in fiberglass insulation in your attic, the professionals at Air Control can significantly cut down on your energy costs. According to Energy Star, fiberglass insulation in the attic is one of the best ways to make your home more energy efficient. Our blown-in method allows us to cover the entire attic, avoiding leakage spots. It’s completely safe and not messy, and it can really make a difference on your cooling and heating bills.

To learn more about attic insulation, visit our page or check out this helpful guide from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Aeroseal for your air ducts

Besides your attic, one of the main places of energy leakage is your home’s air ducts. All year long, your air conditioner or furnace is pushing cooled (or heated) air through your ducts. Over time, however, your home’s settling and natural movement can cause tiny cracks and fractures to form, through which this air can leak into the roof. This means that the air never arrives in your living space or to your thermostat, which signals your HVAC system to try again. This can lead to serious energy costs.

Don’t worry. We offer Aeroseal for just this problem. Aeroseal is an advanced material and process straight out of science fiction. Invented by scientists at Berkeley, Aeroseal works by sending small sealant particles into your vents, where they’re attracted to the leaks and “stick” to the opening. From there, the sealant builds up until the leak is sealed, and then the particles are attracted to the next leak. This is a proven way to seal air duct leaks that requires no home renovation.

By sealing your home’s air ducts, you can save up to 30-40% off your energy bills.

Energy-Efficient Home Duct Sealing

Aeroseal is one of the best ways to save money on your energy bills.

Sign up for Club Air Control

Now that you have an insulated attic, sealed air ducts, and have made small energy improvements throughout the home, the last step toward an energy-efficient home is to keep your air conditioner and furnace in their most efficient shape with regular maintenance. Our Club Air Control program puts you on the calendar for annual cooling and heating tune-ups from our NATE-certified technicians, and you get a whole range of other perks, including priority service, lifetime parts warranty, no overtime charges, and much more!

Even if you’re not ready to sign up for our maintenance program, we strongly recommend scheduling spring air conditioning maintenance and fall heating maintenance with us. It’s one of the best ways to save money on energy throughout the year and turn your house into an energy-efficient home.

Get started on your energy-efficient home

Are you ready to make your home more energy efficient? Air Control can help, and the first step is to give us a call to schedule service. Get in contact with us to learn more about how our certified technicians can turn your home into a lean, green machine!

Advantages of a home energy audit

Your family’s money is valuable, and every dollar you save matters. It’s another dollar you can put toward buying a boat for Lake Havasu. It’s another dollar you can put toward going to get ice cream with your family when the heat of summer rolls around. So, when your home is using energy inefficiently, it is leaking money. Your money.

A home energy audit from Mohave County’s own Air Control Air Conditioning and Heating can help you identify problem areas that are costing you on your energy bills each month. As an added bonus, the audit will make your home heat and cool more efficiently, which means no more cold or hot zones in different rooms.

Reasons to get your home audited

air-control-home-energy-auditWe get it: “audit” can be a scary word, and perhaps is more often associated with owed taxes than with your home. But, an energy audit can actually be really useful, and end up saving you money. So, it’s kind of like the opposite of the other kind of audit.

  • Lower your monthly energy bills: Life is expensive enough already. You have stuff to save for, a family to care for, and, hey, it’d be nice to travel every once in awhile. An energy audit will help plug the leaks that are costing you extra heating and cooling money. Over the course of several years, that kind of savings adds up. Take that vacation to Hawaii.
  • Improve the comfort of your home: Ever been boiling in one room while your spouse is freezing in the other? An inefficient system won’t distribute heating or cooling to the rooms of your home equally, meaning that you’re wasting money and not even getting anything good for your trouble.
  • Sell your home for more: When it comes time to put your home on the market, telling a prospective buyer, “Hey, I got my home audited, and it’s now 20 percent more energy efficient” might be the difference between selling at the price you want, or watching that buyer grab the house down the street. An energy audit is a great bargaining chip, and it doesn’t even involve spending 20 hours painting your beautiful fuschia walls a neutral color.
  • Identify problems, before they become problems: For example, an energy audit of your home may reveal that your furnace or air conditioning unit is working twice as hard as it should be, and that it needs some upkeep before it breaks down under the strain. While we don’t want this to be the case, it’s better for you to know about it in advance, so that you can plan for what might happen.

Why Air Control?

We’re glad you’ve given some thought to a home energy audit. Here are some reasons that you should consider us for your heating and cooling services:

  1. We provide a thorough inspection: At the start of your audit process, a certified technician will inspect your home and system thoroughly to identify any gaps, issues, or looming problems. At every step of the process, he or she will keep you informed of what they’re finding, and provide you an honest assessment. Then, they’ll sit down with you and let you know what your options are.
  2. We offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee: We want you to be happy with the work we’re doing. Once we get to work on fixing any issues revealed by the energy audit, you can be sure that we’re going to do the job right—the first time. If, for whatever reason, you’re unsatisfied with our work, we’ll come and fix it for free 30 days after.
  3. We’re locally owned and a family company: Air Control is owned and operated right here in Lake Havasu, although we service a large part of the larger Mohave County area. We follow the Golden Rule: treat people right, and they’ll do right by you in return.

How can I get in contact with Air Control to schedule an energy audit?

You can schedule your audit with us online, or give us a call at (928) 263-2996. We look forward to working with you, and making sure your home is running as efficiently as it can.