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27 07, 2012

Two Stage Compressor Improves Home Comfort

Air Quality, Consumer Information, Saving Energy, Saving Money|

Air conditioning systems that are used today can provide homeowners with a large selection of features to improve energy efficiency along with home comfort.  New improvements include everything from check filter lights to thermal expansion valves.  However, one innovation many find to be useful is the dual stage compressor. Use of the traditional compressor, which [...]

27 07, 2012

Save Money While On Vacation

Consumer Information, Saving Money|

Summer vacations offer a great way to leave the problems of everyday life and relax, but the expenses can add up quickly.  The travel expense, vacation rental and eating out at restaurants make the vacation an expensive proposition.  In order to give you the most cash for vacation, take some steps to make sure your [...]

30 05, 2012

How Phoenix Home Owners Can Evaluate their Energy Usage

Consumer Information|

When a Phoenix homeowner is interested in saving energy, many factors are involved in the plan. This includes evaluating every part of the home, from the way the duct system is designed to the exterior landscaping. Perhaps you have invested in a heat pump or other more efficient energy saving equipment. Has your thermostat has [...]

30 05, 2012

No Duct Tape Allowed!

Consumer Information, Saving Energy, Saving Money|

A comfortable home has an efficient system for heating and cooling the air. Unfortunately, a recent report from the US government’s Energy Star Program indicates that the duct systems in typical American homes lose 20 percent of air moving through them. This is due to leaking duct work that was poorly installed or has deteriorated [...]

30 05, 2012

Have You Cleaned Your Coils Lately?

Consumer Information|

If you live in Phoenix, it can be difficult maintaining low cooling costs. However, there are some things you can do to enhance your home's comfort while remaining energy-efficient. One highly important component of your semi-annual maintenance is having your HVAC technician clean your air conditioner's evaporator coils. Even though you do not normally see [...]

30 04, 2012

Accepted by Energy Star

Consumer Information, Saving Energy|

HVAC upgrades are an investment for the long-term. You want to select equipment that will give you value in the long run for efficiency, comfort and energy savings. How does one narrow down the choices? One useful tool is the label called Energy Star. When a product is sanctioned by Energy Star, you can recognize [...]

3 04, 2012

Indoor Air Pollution: It Really Exists

Air Quality, Consumer Information|

Most homeowners never think about indoor air pollution, but it’s a common occurrence in your home. Dust particles, smoke, chemicals in carpeting, asbestos, formaldehyde, pesticides – there are many ways that the air inside your home becomes a potential risk to the health of your family. Although you may not realize it, the air inside many [...]

1 03, 2012

MERV and Your HVAC Air Filter

Air Quality, Consumer Information|

Let’s discuss how MERV, not Merv Griffin the talk show host from years past, but, MERV. The  Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value, and how it is used when measuring air filter effectiveness.  The MERV rating reveals how well your system’s air filter traps air particles and pollutants in your home air. The MERV ranges from 1 [...]

1 03, 2012

Ductless Mini-Split Heat-Pump Systems

Air Quality, Heat Pumps|

If you’ve never heard of ductless mini-split heat-pump systems, you’re not alone. New to the U.S. market, these systems provide a way to heat and cool spaces without ductwork. The systems have outdoor compressors, like other heat pumps. But instead of a central air handler inside that sends conditioned air through your home’s ductwork, the [...]

23 01, 2012

UV Lights and Mold: What You Need to Know

Air Quality, Consumer Information|

The Problem Mold in the home has become a major public health issue and the leading culprit when it comes to poor indoor air quality.  Mold growth is accelerated in dark spaces with poor air circulation and ventilation. Forced-air HVAC systems or poorly working systems are susceptible to mold growth.  Old ductwork can help spread [...]

19 12, 2011


Consumer Information, Hobaica Awards and Causes|

It is a common notion among consumers that credentials and training certifications are just an excuse for a contractor to charge premium prices for their services. Not true. Proper credentialing insures customers they have qualified technicians working on their comfort system.  Additionally, certifications afford a level of security when allowing technicians access to your home. [...]

14 12, 2011


BEGIN Program|

2012 PROGRAM RULES Campaign Name: “Business Entities Getting Involved in our Neighborhood” (“BEGIN”) Company: Hobaica Services Inc. Address: 10636 N. Cave Creek Rd., Phoenix, AZ, 85020 Telephone: 602-235-0235 Hobaica Services Inc. will conduct “BEGIN” substantially as described in these rules and by participating, each participant agrees as follows: 1. Description of “BEGIN”: The purpose of [...]

8 12, 2011

BEGIN 2011 Recipient # 2 Leo and Diana Ferraro

BEGIN Program|

Leo and Diana had to short sale their home earlier this year and they purchased a mobile home to live in. They have fixed it up enough to make it livable. Leo has been 100% disabled for several years and Diana became 100% disabled in 2007. Their two sons have recently had to move back [...]

28 11, 2011

Heat Pump Upgrade: Pros and Cons

Heat Pumps|

Have you ever considered upgrading your comfort system by adding a heat pump? Heat pumps, especially a high-efficiency heat pump, are a smart choice for maintaining comfort in the Southwest climate. Heat pumps are extremely economical for our long summer season and yet very effective at producing the heat needed in winter months. High-efficiency heat [...]

14 11, 2011

Consumer Alert: New A/C Refrigerant Standards

Consumer Alerts|

If you own an older A/C unit, odds are its using R-22 refrigerant to keep you cool.  R-22 has been the refrigerant of choice for residential heat pump and air-conditioning systems for more than four decades.  The down side is that R-22 is considered a greenhouse gas, meaning that when released into the atmosphere, it [...]

14 11, 2011

Common Threats to Indoor Air Quality

Air Quality|

Did you know that our indoor environments can have up to 10 times more pollutants than outdoors?  Knowing what you’re up against is the first step to improving your indoor air quality. Below, are the three most common contaminants and their remedies. Biological Contaminants -Microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, dust mites and mold can grow [...]

7 11, 2011

Join Our Team in Giving BACK!

Consumer Information, Hobaica Awards and Causes|

Hobaica services is installing FREE Air Conditioning Systems for 8 families in need during November and December 2011 WAYS TO BEGIN GETTING INVOLVED! 1. Nominate a family in need of a new cooling & heating system. Visit www.hobaica.com for the nomination form. 2. Help us get the word out to collect nominations. Tell everyone to [...]

7 11, 2011

What is the Contractor of the Year Award?

Consumer Information, Hobaica Awards and Causes|

  From ContractingBusiness.com by Terry McIver, executive editor The ContractingBusiness.com Contractor of the Year represents an elite group: a forward-thinking class of HVAC contractors who are dynamic and professional in every aspect of their business. They constantly seek new ways to improve their businesses through quality contracting, and they strive to maintain the highest levels [...]

25 10, 2011

Air Conditioning Unit Yearly Maintenance

Consumer Information, How-to's|

 Proper care of your home’s heating /cooling system is essential for your comfort. Preventive maintenance is important for the life of the equipment and energy savings.  We all know that saving energy equals saving money, right? It’s a win-win situation. As the homeowner, you save energy, time and—money. But you also extend the life of [...]

18 10, 2011

Solar Hot Water – How it Works

Solar Hot Water|

Heating water is not cheap. Whether one uses fuel or electricity it costs a lot to heat water. Compared to air, the water is much harder to heat which means higher energy bill. However, users can save lots of money if they use solar hot water technology to heat the water. The sun is a [...]

18 09, 2011

Top-Ten Tips for Controlling Allergies in Your Home

Air Quality, Consumer Information|

Maintaining a healthy home goes beyond managing the temperature inside—especially if you suffer from allergies or respiratory illnesses. Controlling allergies in your home is directly related to the air you breathe. At Hobaica Services, we believe that maintaining your home’s indoor air quality is the best place to start in the war against allergies. Here [...]

22 08, 2011

The Super Seven Must Haves of a Comfortable Home

Consumer Information|

Our home comfort systems are essential to our comfort year round.  So what are the critical components to look for in a new system, when yours goes to the great hereafter?  Let’s take a look. Efficiency – it is important to choose a system based on the size of your home. Your comfort specialists at [...]

17 08, 2011

Affordable Comfort

Consumer Information, Saving Money|

When it comes to heating or cooling our home, we all want the biggest bang for our buck. Here in the Valley of the Sun, efficiency is the key to striking a balance between comfort and savings. Hobaica Services suggests the following tips to keep your system operating at its peak: Set the thermostat properly- [...]

9 08, 2011

Preventative Maintenance for Your Home Air Conditioning System

Saving Money|

Fact- preventative maintenance can save money and keep your system running efficiently. Regular maintenance also helps you avoid costly breakdowns. Who wants to be without AC during Monsoon season in Phoenix? When your unit is not performing at its peak, it can result in a home that has warm spots-causing your air conditioning unit to [...]

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