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Vacation season is back! If you’re one of the many Tucson-area residents who are fleeing the scorching summer sun for more moderate temperatures elsewhere, there are a few things you need to do before you depart. In addition to getting your mail held at the post office, you should double-check the various components of your heating and cooling system.

Decide whether to turn the AC off.

If you’re only leaving for two to three days, it may be best to leave your cooling system on. However, turn the thermostat up by about 5 degrees. Otherwise, when you return home, you’ll likely turn the thermostat down considerably lower than usual in an attempt to cool off your hot house faster. This places an excessive burden on your cooling system. Invest in a programmable thermostat. You’ll be able to program your home to begin cooling down at a moderate pace before you arrive back in Tucson.

Check the air filter.

If you’ll be leaving your cooling system on, you should check the air filter before you leave. A dirty air filter will decrease efficiency and wear and tear on your system. Either replace it or clean it, according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Install a surge protector.

Your home is likely your biggest investment, and your air conditioner is a considerable investment too. Protect them with an AC or whole house surge protector. It’ll prevent damage due to lightning strikes, which is always a concern in Arizona during monsoon season.

If you have any concerns about the performance or function of your heating and cooling system, you can get in touch with B & J Refrigeration Inc. – Heating and Cooling. Our highly trained technicians have been serving homeowners and commercial building owners in the Tucson, AZ area since 1970. Get in touch with our friendly office staff at (520) 355-4857.

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When families move their loved ones into assisted living facilities, they expect that the building will be a clean, safe place to live. As an administrator or property owner, you do your part to ensure the safety of your residents. But there could be unseen threats lurking in assisted living facilities that could compromise the well-being of the residents. These threats are invisible, airborne pollutants that jeopardize indoor air quality.

Dangers of Poor Indoor Air Quality

Indoor air pollutants can be harmful for anyone who breathes them in. However, older adults are at a particularly high risk of health complications from these contaminants. This is because older adults typically have multiple health problems, which may include respiratory ailments and conditions that weaken the immune system. These individuals are generally less able to fight off the ill effects of poor indoor air quality, and they are more susceptible to developing health complications because of it.

Scientific Studies Regarding Nursing Home Air

The significance of indoor air quality in assisted living facilities is an emerging topic of interest for scientists. More research is needed in this area to determine how airborne contaminants may affect specific populations; however, one study performed by European researchers revealed troubling results. The scientists discovered that nursing home residents were highly susceptible to lung problems after being exposed to even low levels of airborne pollutants. Seniors involved in the study displayed worrisome symptoms, such as shortness of breath, wheezing, and coughing. The researchers also found that the elderly are at risk of cardiovascular complications from these ailments. This initial research underscores the critical importance of improving a nursing home’s heating, cooling, and ventilation systems in order to support better indoor air quality.

Improving indoor air quality is easy when you partner with B & J Refrigeration Inc. – Heating and Cooling in Tucson. Our expert technicians provide fast and reliable heating, cooling, and indoor air quality services for residential and commercial clients. Get in touch today at (520) 326-9672 and let us know how we can help.

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There’s nothing quite like stepping into a cool, comfortable house after being out in the hot sun all day. But if your air conditioner is on the fritz, the pleasant anticipation of cooling down can quickly turn into frustration. There are a number of reasons why your AC might not be blowing cold air. A heating and cooling technician can diagnose the problem and perform prompt repairs to make your home comfortable again.

Clogged Condensate Drain Lines

As an air conditioner runs, condensation builds up on the evaporator coils. It forms water droplets, which go into the drip pan. The contents of the drip pan are then removed via the condensate drain lines. If the condensate drain lines are clogged, the performance of the AC can be negatively affected. Other potential signs of a clogged condensate drain line includes a full drip pan, standing water, a moldy smell, and indications of water damage in the home. Getting your AC serviced at least once per year by a heating and cooling technician will help prevent condensate drain line problems, as the technician will clean the lines to eliminate obstructions.

Dirty Air Filter

One of the most common reasons for poor air conditioner performance is a dirty air filter. Air filters can get clogged with debris surprisingly fast. As the debris builds up, it blocks the air flow and prevents the home from cooling down. Ask your technician how often you should replace or clean the air filter.

Air Duct Leak

If you live in an older home, it’s possible that your air conditioning malfunction is due to an air duct leak. Older air ducts may start to leak when they become unsealed or loose insulation. Other signs of an air duct leak may include higher utility bills, uneven cooling throughout the home, and excessive dust in the house.

If your air conditioner isn’t blowing cold air, get in touch with the expert team at B & J Refrigeration Inc. – Heating and Cooling. Our technicians deliver prompt and affordable air conditioning services throughout the Tucson area. Call us today at (520) 326-9672 to request a service visit at your home or business.

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Are you tired of an air conditioner that frequently breaks down? Are you fed up with coming home to an uncomfortable, stuffy house? It’s time to consider upgrading your central AC unit to an American Standard. American Standard has long been considered the gold standard in heating and air conditioning systems. Make the call today and start looking forward to lower energy bills and a more comfortable home for your family.

American Standard offers excellent energy efficiency.

Energy efficiency is among the most important considerations when upgrading your central air conditioner. AC manufacturers rate their products for energy efficiency based on the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating (SEER). A higher SEER number is desirable. Recently, the U.S. Department of Energy mandated that split systems sold in the southwestern U.S. have a minimum SEER number of 14. Of course, an even higher SEER number will reduce your energy bills further. You’ll find plenty of AC units by American Standard that meet or exceed the minimum SEER number for Arizona homes.

American Standard air conditioners have a range of features.

A cooling system technician can help you choose the right American Standard AC for your home. Before you make your decision, consider the available features on their models. For example, the Gold 17 model is equipped with two-stage cooling. This means it runs at peak energy efficiency on all but the hottest of days, when it automatically switches to a more intensified operation. Or, you might prefer the AccuComfort Variable Speed Platinum 18 model, which is almost certainly the quietest central AC you’ll find anywhere. It also features a wider operating range, which minimizes cycling on and off.

B & J Refrigeration Inc. – Heating and Cooling is proud to install, maintain, and repair American Standard equipment. You can count on our certified technicians to provide timely and reliable services for your home or business in the Tucson area. Call (520) 355-4857 to speak with a friendly member of our office staff.

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Purchasing a refrigeration unit for a laboratory is vastly different from purchasing one for a kitchen. Lab managers must consider a number of factors, such as the usage and temperature requirements for the fridge. It’s always best to check for institutional requirements before purchasing any new lab equipment. Lab managers can also check with an appropriate professional organization, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding usage-specific requirements.

Assessing the Usage of the Refrigeration Unit

A freezer compartment is a standard feature on most residential refrigeration units. However, when purchasing a unit for a lab, it’s best to choose one that’s a refrigerator or freezer, but not both. The CDC recommends this approach for labs storing vaccines, and it’s also a good practice to follow for any temperature-sensitive lab materials. A non-combination unit allows for better temperature control and stability. If you do need a refrigeration and freezer, purchase two separate units.

Considering the Size and Capacity

As a general rule of thumb, a smaller refrigerator will usually be less expensive than a very large one. It can be tempting to purchase the smallest possible unit for your lab. However, this will likely lead to an overstuffed fridge. If your fridge is completely full with samples and other lab materials, it won’t operate as efficiently because the sheer amount of items will adversely affect air circulation. This will cause some parts of the fridge to be too cold, while others will be too hot. Hot and cold spots can compromise your temperature-sensitive materials.

Evaluating the Temperature Requirements

The temperature of a lab fridge is arguably the most important consideration. The temperature range capacity of the fridge or freezer you select should reflect the storage requirements of the lab’s samples and materials. A standard lab freezer can generally reach minus 10 to minus 20 degrees Celsius. Ultra-low temperature units may reach minus 85 degrees.

Since 1970, B & J Refrigeration Inc. – Heating and Cooling has been a trusted provider of commercial refrigeration and air conditioning services. We take pride in delivering exceptional customer service with honesty and integrity. Call (520) 355-4857 to chat about your commercial refrigeration needs.

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Your home’s heating and cooling system directly affects how comfortable your family is. It makes sense that a comfortable home is one in which the temperature can be precisely controlled with a state-of-the-art thermostat. If you’re still using an outdated analog thermostat, the following information may convince you to make the switch to a programmable or smart thermostat.

A new thermostat can reduce your utility bills.

Newer, programmable thermostats will automatically reduce the energy usage of the heating and cooling system when the family is out of the house. While you could make an effort to adjust the thermostat before you leave each day, it’s all too easy to forget, and then you’ll be stuck paying to heat or cool the home while nobody’s home. With a programmable thermostat, you can enjoy lower utility bills without having to rely on your memory. Over time, the new thermostat can pay for itself.

Smart thermostats can improve your air quality.

Your home’s heating and cooling system is directly linked to indoor air quality. If you’re running a heating or cooling unit with a dirty filter, your family will be breathing in dirty air. This can be particularly problematic if anyone in your family has asthma or allergies. Smart thermostats can send you an alert when the air filter needs to be changed or cleaned. You might also want to look for a model with a humidity sensor. This type of smart thermostat can help keep your home at a comfortable humidity level.

You can even adjust your settings from anywhere.

Many newer thermostat models are Wi-Fi enabled. This means you can adjust your settings even if you’re out of the house. For example, if you’re on vacation or a business trip and you realize you forgot to adjust your pre-programmed settings, you can simply use the app to access your settings.

When you’re ready to upgrade your thermostat, you can turn to the experienced technicians at B & J Refrigeration Inc – Heating and Cooling. Call our office in Tucson at (520) 355-4857 to set up an appointment.

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Now that spring has arrived, summer is right around the corner. Before you know it, you’ll be cranking up your air conditioning to cope with the scorching hot Tucson summer. If you haven’t gotten your cooling system tuned up, you could be spending too much money to make your home comfortable this summer. Here’s a look at why you shouldn’t wait too long to schedule an air conditioning service.

Reduce Utility Bills

Getting an annual tune up for your air conditioner will improve its efficiency. In fact, for each year that you skip the annual maintenance visit, your cooling system’s efficiency will decline. By maximizing the efficiency of the air conditioner, you can reduce your utility bills. An annual service visit can optimize efficiency by doing the following:

  • Checking the condensate drain for clogs
  • Eliminating buildup on outdoor condenser coils
  • Lubricating the motor parts
  • Cleaning and adjusting the blower components

Prolong Longevity

Although there are variations depending on brand and model, the average central air conditioning unit should last about 12 to 15 years before it requires replacement. However, failing to get a tune up each year can shorten the lifespan of your unit. You can save money by scheduling a service visit and making your cooling system last as long as possible.

Fulfill Warranty Stipulations

If your cooling system is under warranty, you should carefully read the terms and conditions. The manufacturer may require you to schedule an annual service visit with a qualified technician. Otherwise, you risk voiding the terms of your warranty.

Improve Comfort

When an air conditioner isn’t maintained properly, it won’t work as well. If you skip the annual service visit, you may notice that your home isn’t consistently maintaining the temperature you set the thermostat at. Scheduling the annual visit can help keep your family more comfortable this summer.

You can schedule your annual air conditioning tune up at B & J Refrigeration Inc – Heating and Cooling by calling (520) 355-4857. Our highly trained technicians can also install a new system for you if it’s time to replace an old unit. We often recommend products by Rheem, American Standard, and Fujitsu because of their exceptional quality, energy-efficiency, and durability.

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Central air conditioning units always seem to break down at the worst possible times—right in the midst of a scorching heat wave. Spare your family the discomfort by taking good care of your AC unit all year-round. Additionally, you should call your HVAC technician promptly if your AC unit seems to be working harder than usual to maintain a comfortable air temperature.

Changing the Filter Annually
You probably already know that you should schedule a maintenance appointment for your air conditioner every year. But your filter probably needs to be changed more frequently than this. If you’re running your central AC constantly, it may need a new filter once per month. Otherwise, a new filter every three months should be sufficient.

Frequently Adjusting the Thermostat
Talk to your AC technician about installing a digital thermostat that can automatically lower the temperature during the hours when your family is home, and elevate it when you aren’t. This can help cut down on frequent thermostat adjustments, which usually happen when different family members change the temperature without consulting each other. Your AC is forced to work harder when the temperature is frequently turned up and down, and back up again.

Having Old Windows
Your windows might not seem related to your central AC unit. But actually, if you have old, drafty windows, they can indeed force your AC to work harder and potentially shorten its lifespan. A poorly weatherized home has air leaks that let the hot outdoor air in and trigger your AC to work overtime. If your windows aren’t Energy Star rated, consider getting a quote to replace them. After the initial investment, the new windows will result in long-term cost savings.

B & J Refrigeration is committed to your family’s complete comfort. We install, service, and repair residential and commercial air conditioners. To request an appointment, call our office in Tucson, AZ at (520) 308-6722.

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You’ve got a lot of options to choose from when you set up your modern HVAC system, so you should know a little bit about each one. Traditional systems use the building’s ductwork to circulate conditioned air throughout the space, while ductless HVAC systems get the job done without air ducts. Find out which one is right for your space by reading this comparison of traditional and ductless HVAC systems.

Traditional

The right HVAC system can make all the difference, especially in the thick of the summer or the dead of the winter, so make the right choice so you can stay comfortable without spending too much money. Traditional HVAC systems use air ducts that funnel conditioned air from the heater or air conditioner throughout the space. You might notice problems with your indoor air quality or a lack of efficiency in your appliances if your ducts are dirty, but this is a popular option for people who already have ducts.

Ductless

In stark contrast to traditional HVAC systems, ductless systems don’t use air ducts at all. Instead of moving air around through ducts, refrigerant is sent to air handlers, or blowers, which then spread the conditioned air throughout the room. They look like small boxes rather than vents built into the walls.

Your Home or Workplace

People who already have air ducts might go with traditional HVAC systems, but if you don’t have ducts and there’s no room to install them, ductless may be the better option. Ductless HVAC systems also help you deal with dust and set up different cooling zones. Whichever choice you make, find a professional installer.

If you have any questions about traditional or ductless HVAC systems, call B&J Refrigeration at (520) 308-6722. We specialize in commercial refrigeration as well as air conditioning services in Tucson. Take a look at our website if you’re interested in learning more.

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Indoor air quality is an important issue that many people are just beginning to understand. It’s natural to assume that you’re entering a safe and clean space when you go into your home, but in reality, there is a good chance that your indoor air is more polluted than the air outside. Your HVAC system is often a big contributor to the issue, since it can continuously spread contaminants through your home. However, there is a solution: UV filters. Could they be the answer for your home? Here is what you need to know.

How do UV filters work?

UV filters can be placed directly inside your HVAC system. There are two kinds of UV filters that are used in most residential systems. Coil UV sterilization looks like a stock light and is installed near the return air duct responsible for sterilizing the handler coil. The light is always on, so it is always sterilizing. However, the light cannot sterilize moving air. For that, you will need a UV air sterilization unit, which is installed in the return air duct. When your system cycles on, the UV system cycles on as well, to sterilize the air that moves through the ducts.

What are the benefits of using UV filters?

UV filters can dramatically improve the air quality in your home. They reduce mold, bacteria, and VOCs—all common causes of bad odors. They will cut back on the cold and flu germs that are circulated through the home when someone is ill, and they can stop algae growth in condensation drain lines, which will prevent clogs. Additionally, they keep coils cleaner, so that your HVAC works efficiently.

Are there any disadvantages?

UV filters that clean moving air can be expensive, but they are the most effective for HVACs. They can also cause drain pans and flex ducts to wear out faster than they would normally.

To find out if a UV filter or UV Air purification can help you achieve better indoor air quality in Tucson, call B & J Refrigeration Inc. – Heating and Cooling. Talk to a team member today by calling (520) 355-4857.

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