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R-22 Refrigerant Phaseout FAQ | Air Conditioning & Heat Pump Units

by Penguin Air on October 21, 2016

If you purchased your air conditioner or heat pump before 2010, you are probably using R-22 refrigerant (aka Freon®). Sadly, this type of refrigerant is a hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC), which the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be completely phasing out of production and consumption by 2020. If you are thinking about replacing your air conditioner, now may […]

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National Fire Prevention Week: Fire Prevention and Detection Tips

by Penguin Air on October 14, 2016

In case you didn’t know, this week (October 9–15) is Fire Prevention Week, which was created to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. A lot of mythology surrounds this disastrous event that “killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres” (nfpa.org). Local legend blames […]

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ACCA Manuals S, T, and D | Load Calculations & Proper HVAC Installation

by Penguin Air on October 7, 2016

Unfortunately, over half of all new HVAC systems installed in the US are not properly installed according to ENERGY STAR. Improper HVAC installations can result in safety, health, and efficiency problems, including air leaks, insufficient dehumidification, and higher energy bills. If you are thinking about installing a new HVAC system for your home or business, […]

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Why Does My Air Conditioner Keep Running? | 5 Causes & Solutions

by Penguin Air on September 30, 2016

A typical HVAC system will run at 15-20 minute intervals, but sometimes it can seem as if the air conditioner is constantly running. An A/C that won’t stop running is a clear sign that there is something wrong, not to mention the huge waste of energy. If your A/C is running normal than usual (more […]

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Why is My Filter Wet? | Leaking Air Conditioner Problems & Solutions

by Penguin Air on September 23, 2016

When installed properly, your filter acts as a dirt and particle catcher for all the indoor air pollutants floating around you home. Unfortunately, you may discover that your air filter is wet. This is not good and is a clear sign that you have something leaking in your air conditioning system. A wet filter not […]

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5 Ways to Make Your Water Heater More Efficient | DIY Water Heating

by Penguin Air on September 16, 2016

From switching to energy-efficient light bulbs to sealing leaks around the house, many homeowners are looking for ways to reduce their energy use. Although there are many ways you can save energy and money at home, many people overlook their water heater, which is the second largest energy consumer in the home behind the HVAC system. […]

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How to Tell if You Have a Gas Leak | Gas Leak Detection

by Penguin Air on September 9, 2016

Even if you can’t smell gas, you might have a gas leak. It’s important for people of all ages to know how to identify and prevent gas leaks, inside and out. Not only can fuel leaks increase your energy costs, but they can also be deadly. While large gas leaks are easily identifiable by smell, […]

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Home Cooling Cheat Sheet | Phoenix Energy-Saving Tips

by Penguin Air on September 2, 2016

It’s back-to-school time and everyone could use a good cheat sheet. Learn how to save money and energy all year long with our useful home cooling cheat sheet. Cooling Cheat Sheet for Phoenix Homeowners 1. Update your thermostat If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, think about getting one. They will help heat and cool […]

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EnergyGuide Guide | Is Your A/C Meeting Its Efficiency Rating?

by Penguin Air on August 26, 2016

Most homes are equipped with various appliances, all marked with the yellow Energy Guide label. The Federal Trade Commission actually requires that ALL heating and cooling equipment be embossed with the label as well. A technician may not under any circumstances remove, alter, or cover this label. This label is on there to let the […]

DIY outdoor summer projects for comfort and savings

Outdoor Projects for Savings & Comfort | DIY Home Repair

by Penguin Air on August 18, 2016

Yes, it’s consistently triple digits in Phoenix, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t increase indoor comfort with a couple of changes outdoors. There are a couple things, such as shading your home and windows from the sun and fixing air leaks that can significantly impact your comfort and utility bills. So, get up early, […]