In Our climate Air Conditioning is a Must

In Our climate Air Conditioning is a Must

Air conditioning is a vital need for summer climates. What many people do not realize is that an air conditioning unit can also be used for heating a home in winter. Especially in places that have very hot summers and cool winters, such as Phoenix, AZ, an air conditioning unit is especially appropriate. There are a several options for heating and cooling, and the efficiency of each is determined largely by the climate of the home and surrounding area.air conditioning repair

For places that receive extreme cold winter weather, but cool summers, a furnace is ideal. Burning fuel such as natural gas or propane is the best option for extreme cold temperatures because it will not break down or need to be cycled backwards. Swamp coolers or room air conditioners are often adequate in climates that are only moderately above comfortable room temperatures in summer.

For climates that see very hot summers, such as Phoenix, a central air conditioning unit is the most efficient option. Swamp coolers are rather ineffective at high humidity. While Phoenix is ordinarily a very dry heat (due to its location in the Sonoran Desert) the monsoon season can bring enough moisture to render evaporative heating largely ineffective. By contrast, an air conditioning unit will cool a home even as the humidity rises, and indeed, will even de-humidify a home.

Furthermore, an air conditioning unit can be run backwards in winter. Technically, an air conditioning unit must be a heat pump for this to be possible, but the vast majority of air conditioning units in Phoenix are, and work well for this application. For a heat pump to be effective, the air needs to be cold, but not too much below freezing. Also, a heat pump works best as a heater when the winters are fairly dry. Phoenix, with normal humidity in winter hovering around 25% is ideal for this. This is because running a heat pump in reverse moves heat from the outside (even though it may be cold, outside air still has considerable heat energy), and uses it to warm coils on the inside. However, the coils outside the house have to be colder than the surrounding air for this to work. If the outside coils get too cold, ice will form on them (especially in high humidity), this prevents heat transfer, and to remove the ice the system will automatically run backwards, or in the same direction as the air conditioning in summer, to warm the outside coils and melt the ice. This is not a problem if it happens only a few times per night, but excessive backwards cycling is counterproductive to the point of the heater (since it blows cold air into the house when it is happening), and wastes energy.

But for Phoenix, a heat pump will effectively warm a house in winter and cool it in summer, making this single-purpose device ideal.

Scott Baker attended American Trade Instituted with a concentration in air conditioning, heating and refrigeration, and ventilation. He founded Air America Inc in early 2011, and also instructs at EVIT, the East Valley Institute of Technology.
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Ants – Hi-Quality Pest Control

Ants – Hi-Quality Pest Control

If you have a larger problem that your usual do-it-yourself product cannot resolve, you can rely on our Texas expert ants pest control services to clear it up. Hi-Quality Pesst Control can solve your ant problem quickly and, needless to say, our solutions are perfectly safe for your family and pets. Hi-Quality Pest Control offers methods of ants pest control that are targeted to specific species.Pavement AntsPavement ants are small ants about 1/8th inch long and dark brown to black in color. They are found throughout the eastern half of the US and are a major pest in the upper Midwest. The name for this ant comes from its habit of nesting under sidewalks and driveways and piling dirt removed from the nest in a mound on top of the pavement.Ants - Pest control

In addition to nesting under sidewalks, pavement ants colonies can be found under other items lying on top of the ground, including stones, logs, boards, bricks and patio blocks. They may nest in open soil close to building foundations or under mulch in landscaped beds. Only rarely do the ants nest indoors in walls, under floors or in insulation.

Control of pavement ants should begin with an attempt to locate the nest site. Ants entering buildings from outdoors can be discouraged by sealing as many cracks and gaps in exterior walls as possible. Also, correct poor foundation drainage and repair water leaks.Odorous House AntsOdorous house ants are small ants about 1/8th inch long and dark brown in color. They are found throughout the US and in spite of their name, are only an occasional pest in the house. Their name comes from the disagreeable odor similar to the smell of rotten coconuts that is given off when the worker ants are crushed.

Odorous house ants commonly nest outdoors in the soil under stones, logs, mulch, debris and other items. They will also nest indoors in wall and floor voids, particularly in moist or warm areas. If only a few workers (wingless ants) are observed in the house it is an indication that they are nesting outdoors and entering the house in search of food. If winged swarmers are found indoors, or if workers are consistently seen in great abundance, it likely indicates they are nesting within the house.

Control of odorous house ants should begin with an attempt to locate the origin of the ants. Careful and frequent observation may be necessary to develop an opinion about the source. Ants entering from outdoors can be discouraged by sealing as many cracks and gaps in exterior walls as possible.Pharaoh AntsPharaoh ants are very small in size, and light yellow to red in color with black markings on abdomen. Due to their extremely small size, they can be found in a diversity of places, appearing suddenly. They have a wide range of foraging and their nest are usually well hidden. They are very persistent, with large colonies.

Inside they are usually found in the kitchen and bathrooms, but workers are seen trailing along window sills, and baseboards. They can also be spotted near sources of water in the kitchen and bathrooms, counter tops, toilets,drains and sinks. They prefer to nest in recessed areas like wall voids,under some appliance, wall outlets, under carpet for protection, but they can also nest outdoors in lawns and gardens.Carpenter AntsCarpenter ants are one of the most common ants in our area. They are recognized by their large size (1/4 to 1 inch in length) and are commonly black in color. It is common for carpenter ants to nest in old decaying trees, or within your home as well. Often they will nest where they have access to soft, damp wood. Carpenter ants will actually destroy wood and can cause lots of damage to your home, but they do not consume wood like termites, they simply excavate it to use as a nest.
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