Who we are
Over the years, Air Assurance has received many awards including the ACCA National Contractor of the Year, Best of Tulsa, Best of Broken Arrow, and Best in Oklahoma along with Tulsa's Fastest 40 growing companies in 2011-2012. They have been recognized by Lennox as one of their top 1% of dealers in North America. Air Assurance was the first contractor in the nation to provide their customers with an all-NATE certified (highest qualifying certification) technician staff. This means, when they send a technician to your home, you can count on safe, effective, and efficient service and installations of today's most sophisticated heating, air conditioning, and plumbing equipment.
A Short History
"Our philosophy has always been and will always be to provide the best possible service to our customers. Exceptional service and customer satisfaction have been instrumental in our growth and we will, in fact, do everything possible to make your experience a positive one." -Mike Rampey
Awards and Recognition
- 2015 Tulsa World Best in the World
- 2015 Angie´s List Super Service award
- 2015 Broken Arrow Ledger´s Reader´s Choice
- Ok Magazine Best of the Best award 2010-2015
- Tulsa People´s A List Readers Choice Winner 2015
- PSO Top Performer 2013-2015
- GTR Readers Choice award 2008-2015
- Journal Record´s"Tulsa´s Fastest 40 Growing Companies 2012-2013"
- Dave Lennox Award Winner 2012-2015
- Daily Oklahoman Top Places to work 2014-2015
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Never ignore an air conditioner that’s tripping the breaker. Something, somewhere is wrong and it’s not an issue that’s likely to fix itself. A circuit breaker usually trips because of excessive current draw from a component on the circuit. Simply resetting the A/C circuit breaker, therefore, is treating the symptom instead of the cause. The result could be very expensive, permanent damage to the air conditioner.
Here are some possible reasons why an A/C is tripping the breaker:
- Insufficient airflow. If system airflow is obstructed, the air conditioner may run virtually non-stop. In this scenario the compressor overheats and draws excessive amperage, eventually tripping the breaker. Check the system air filter and if it’s clogged with dirt, replace it. If the breaker trips again, leave it off and call your HVAC contractor.
- Coil iced up. If the system refrigerant charge drops below specifications, condensation on the evaporator coil may freeze and form layers of ice inside the coil that eventually obstruct airflow and cause the breaker to trip. Low refrigerant charge is usually due to a leak that must be diagnosed and repaired by a qualified HVAC service technician.
- Outdoor issues. If air vents in the outdoor half of a central air conditioner are obstructed by encroaching weeds, or the outdoor condenser coil is coated with dirt, grass clippings or other debris, proper heat dissipation may be affected. This could cause excessive current draw and trip the breaker. Professional coil cleaning and routine maintenance to keep air vents clear is the solution.
- Weak start capacitor. The powerful motor in the compressor located in the outside unit requires a burst of electricity from a large capacitor to help start it every time the system cycles on. Over time, the start capacitor weakens and doesn’t provide adequate voltage to turn the motor. This causes the compressor to strain and draw excessive amperage, which trips the circuit breaker. A start capacitor is a component that can be replaced by an HVAC technician.
If your air conditioner’s tripping the breaker, get qualified service now and prevent costly damage. Contact the professionals at Air Assurance.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Tulsa and Broken Arrow, Oklahoma area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about circuit breakers and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 918-217-8273.
If you need flexible cooling for a home addition, an infrequently-used guest room, a getaway cabin or any other space, a portable air conditioner (PAC) may be ideal. To make an informed purchasing decision, weigh these factors:
The cooling capacity for portable air conditioners is measured in British thermal units (BTU) per hour, and a higher rating signifies more output. You’ll find the BTU rating on the EnergyGuide label of each PAC, which makes it easy to compare models. Be sure to choose a capacity that corresponds to the square footage of the space you plan to cool.
Depending on the capacity of the portable A/C you choose, it will need to be plugged in to either a 115- or 230/280-volt outlet, so check that there’s the right type near where you plan to use the unit. Placement of a PAC is also limited by proximity to a window for venting, since the exhaust hose is likely only seven feet long at the most.
You’ll find an Efficiency Ratio (EER) rating on the EnergyGuide label of each portable air conditioner, and the higher the rating, the more energy efficient the unit. If you want a unit that offer the greatest energy savings, look at different available models that match your budget and select the one with the highest EER rating.
Portable air conditioners condense moisture out of the air as they cool, and there are a couple of choices regarding its disposal. Basic, less expensive PACs have a built-in collector pan that must be emptied regularly. There are more costly “self-evaporating” models that send the condensate out through the air exhaust hose, or recycle the liquid to cool the coils.
PACs are self-contained units complete with a compressor, so they’re noisier than other types of A/Cs. You can find one that’s less loud by comparing the manufacturer’s data for decibel (dB) output on models that meet your other criteria.
If you’re considering purchasing a portable air conditioner and need expert advice, contact your Broken Arrow comfort pros at Air Assurance.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Tulsa and Broken Arrow, Oklahoma area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about portable air conditioners and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 918-217-8273.
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For some folks, their knowledge of the HVAC system that cools and heats their home is limited to that little white box on the wall that shows temperatures. Yet, knowing some HVAC basics is a great advantage for a homeowner when it comes to handling routine maintenance, conserving energy, and troubleshooting mechanical issues when they arise.
Following is a simple explanation of the most common residential HVAC set-up, the central forced-air heating and cooling system. Typically, this involves a combination of combustion furnace for heating and split-system air conditioner for cooling, though some homes use a heat pump for both heating and cooling. “Split-system” refers to the fact that there’s an indoor unit containing an evaporator coil and fan, and an outdoor unit containing a condensing coil, compressor and fan.
The process starts when a furnace blower — or A/C or heat pump air handler — draws household air into the appliance where it’s heated or cooled. The fan then blows the now-conditioned air throughout the house via a network of supply ducts and registers. The air returns to the main equipment through return ductwork, where the process repeats itself. In homes with furnaces, the furnace blower typically serves as the blower for the A/C.
You can help this process by taking care of routine maintenance, such as inspecting and changing the air filter when it gets dirty. A clogged filter will impede airflow through the system, forcing the equipment to work harder and consume more energy.
You can also aid your HVAC system by weatherizing your home – sealing air leaks in its outer envelope and making sure insulation is sufficient.
Scheduling annual professional maintenance for each part of your HVAC system (heating and cooling) is also essential. A poorly maintained furnace, A/C or heat pump will struggle to heat or cool your home, waste energy, and eventually experience breakdowns. Consider signing a comprehensive maintenance agreement with your trusted local HVAC contractor.
For more help understanding HVAC basics that can help you maximize comfort and save energy in your Broken Arrow area home, please contact us at Air Assurance.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Tulsa and Broken Arrow, Oklahoma area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about HVAC basics and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 918-217-8273.
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While many household fire hazards are well-known, could you be missing one that’s less so? The clothes dryer in your laundry room could contain the makings of a damaging and even fatal house fire. In fact, these fires happen over 3,000 times a year in this country. Lint accumulation in a dryer and the dryer vent duct can ignite with catastrophic results. These tiny fibers from fabrics placed in the dryer are highly flammable and burn extremely hot once ignited by an overheated dryer.
Dryers can overheat from two principle causes: a clogged lint filter or an obstructed dryer vent.
- When the lint filter isn’t regularly cleaned, proper dryer ventilation is reduced and the dryer may overheat. Lint residue accumulating on surfaces inside the dryer ignites and catches drying clothes and other fabrics on fire also.
- When airflow through the dryer vent duct is insufficient, layers of lint may accumulate inside the duct, further blocking ventilation. Fire that originates in the under-ventilated, over-heated dryer will rapidly expand into lint accumulating in the vent duct and then spread into the house.
To reduce the fire hazard from a clothes dryer, take these steps:
- Always clean the lint filter before each load goes into the dryer.
- Check your dryer vent duct. To reduce the accumulation of lint inside, the vent duct should be as short as possible and should be routed with as few bends and joints as possible. Most dryers include specifications for the maximum safe length of the vent. The dryer vent should be metal or aluminum — plastic flex-vent will melt if fire erupts and easily spread flames to the structure of the house.
- Have the dryer and vent duct inspected annually, including verifying that the dryer high-temperature cut-off switch is functional to reduce fire hazard. Professional duct cleaning services can blow out or vacuum the entire duct without dismantling it to ensure that all lint build-up is removed.
Ask the professionals at Air Assurance for more information about reducing the fire hazard from your clothes dryer.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Tulsa and Broken Arrow, Oklahoma area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about fire hazards and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 918-217-8273.
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You’re all set for summer vacation. Your neighbor will take in the mail and water the plants; you’ve put your lights on a timer so they’ll come on at strategic times; you’ve made provisions for Fido at the kennel. But wait a minute: what about the HVAC system? Have you included the most important system in your house in your vacation plans?
Here’s some valuable advice on how to get your HVAC ready when you leave home this summer:
1. Schedule maintenance. If you haven’t done this already, be sure to have your system professionally inspected. The HVAC tech should check refrigerant charge, condensate drain, coils, controls, thermostat, wiring and the blower motor and fans. This is your best assurance that your A/C will keep cooling your home properly while you’re away. Ask the tech to check for refrigerant leaks as well as problems with the condensate drain. You don’t want it overflowing while you’re away.
2. Change the air filter. A clean filter ensures there’s proper air flow to your HVAC system, so that it does its job more efficiently.
3. Install a programmable or Wi-Fi thermostat. With either of these types of thermostats you can set the A/C up at night so it’s using less energy. Be sure you don’t set it up too high; you want it to keep turning on. An additional benefit of a Wi-Fi thermostat is that you will have even more control while you’re away. Set the thermostat down a bit more during a heat wave to keep the house cooler, or adjust humidity as needed.
4. Make sure your indoor and outdoor A/C components are not blocked. Check around the condenser for weeds, limbs and any other obstructions that may block air flow around it; indoors, check supply and return vents for blockage by furniture, drapes or carpets. Vents should be cleaned periodically and cleared of dirt and pet hair.
For more on how to prep your HVAC system before you depart for summer vacation, contact Air Assurance. We’ve served Broken Arrow and the surrounding area since 1985.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Tulsa and Broken Arrow, Oklahoma area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about summer vacation maintenance and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 918-217-8273.
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Summer will be heating up all too soon in Broken Arrow, and that means turning on the air conditioner and watching your utility bills go up. Fortunately, modern air conditioners are more efficient than ever before. You can save by replacing your old electricity sapper with a new, high-SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) model.
But along with replacing old equipment, here are some additional ideas for summer savings:
Efficient Ideas for Summer Savings
1. Install ceiling fans. If you don’t already have ceiling fans, install them. Make sure blades are reversible. In the summer, run the fan blades counterclockwise to help lift warm air to the ceiling and disperse the cold air from the A/C around the room. In the winter, run the blades the opposite direction to push heat downwards. Ceiling fans won’t make the temperature cooler, but the home’s occupants will feel cooler as the air moves over the skin and perspiration evaporates.
2. Keep your air filter changed. Don’t push the use of that air filter beyond what the manufacturer recommends. You won’t be saving money, but you are probably causing your air conditioner to run inefficiently with a dirty filter that is slowing down air flow.
3. Install a programmable thermostat. To be sure, the programmable thermostat will not make your home more efficient unless you adhere to the schedule you program, but if you abide by an energy-saving schedule, you will save. Turn the thermostat down at least five degrees when the home’s occupants are sleeping or away from home.
4. Keep the sunlight out. Draw shades, drapes and blinds to keep passive solar energy out of the home.
5. Keep a lid on humidity. High humidity can make you feel warmer in the summer. Reduce humidity by doing the following:
- Take shorter showers
- Put all indoor plants in one room
- Install bathroom and range hood exhaust ventilation
- Fix leaks as soon as you find them
To learn more about summer savings through efficiency, contact Air Assurance. We serve Broken Arrow and the surrounding area.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Tulsa and Broken Arrow, Oklahoma area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about saving money and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 918-217-8273.
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Recessed lights offer a modern and unobtrusive style, while providing light practically anywhere in your home. However, there are drawbacks to recessed lighting fixtures — air leaks and heat gain/loss between your attic and living spaces. Energy losses make your HVAC system work harder and use more energy. Following are some tips to give your HVAC system more recess time and less work.
Types of Recessed Lighting
When you install recessed lighting fixtures, you are basically cutting a hole in your home’s ceiling that compromises the insulation barrier. Energy losses can be minimized or exacerbated, depending on the rating of your recessed lights, air tightness and insulation factors.
- Insulation Contact (IC): You need to know if your recessed lighting fixtures are rated “IC” for Insulation Contact. Fixtures with the IC designation may come into contact with attic insulation without the risk of fire.
- Non-IC rated: If you have non-IC fixtures installed, attic insulation should be no less than 3 inches away from the top and sides of the recessed lighting fixtures.
- Airtight fixtures: Airtight recessed lighting fixtures use gaskets to create a seal between the fixture and ceiling. Fixtures designated as airtight will be marked with “ASTM E283” on the canister.
Sealing and Insulating Recessed Lights
Take a look at all of your recessed lighting fixtures to see if you spot the IC and ASTM E283 ratings. If you do, then you don’t have to worry about sealing air leaks. Even more, you can pile insulation up to and on top of the light canisters: HVAC energy losses solved.
If your fixtures aren’t rated airtight and insulation safe, perform efficiency upgrades to keep conditioned air out of your attic and attic air out of your living spaces. One of the most practical solutions is installing air-tight insulation boxes over the top of your recessed lights. Browse your home store or talk to your HVAC professional about your best options.
If you adore your recessed lights but abhor wasting energy in your Broken Arrow home, contact Air Assurance to audit your home efficiency and find the best solutions to promote energy savings.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Tulsa and Broken Arrow, Oklahoma area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about recessed lights and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 918-217-8273.
If you’re dealing with common problems associated with dry air in your Broken Arrow home, then chances are you’re already using a humidifier. Humidifiers are an indispensable tool in restoring indoor moisture and tackling dry air-related issues, including skin irritation, dry throat and even static electricity buildup.
Unfortunately, mineral buildup caused by lime scale and calcium deposits can prevent your humidifier from working as effectively as it should. The following shows how you can prevent mineral buildup in your humidifier and tackle existing buildup, as well.
How to Prevent Mineral Buildup
Here are a few tips you can use to stop mineral buildup in its tracks:
- Empty your humidifier’s water reservoir after each use. Allow water to remain stagnant inside of the reservoir can allow mineral buildup to occur. It can also encourage the growth of mold and bacteria, which could spread throughout the humidifier. It’s important to empty the reservoir and wipe it down after your done using your humidifier.
- Always use distilled water with your humidifier. Distilled water is specifically processed to remove dissolved minerals and other impurities, making it less likely to encourage mineral deposit buildup inside of your humidifier. Tap water, on the other hand, is filled with impurities that could prevent your humidifier from working properly.
- Keep your humidifier clean and disinfected. This preventative step is important for keeping mineral buildup at bay. You should clean your humidifier on a regular basis to prevent mineral buildup as well as mold and bacteria growth.
How to Treat Mineral Buildup
In most cases, mineral buildup can be treated with undiluted white vinegar. Simply allow the vinegar to soak where mineral deposits occur for a few minutes, then wipe the area with a clean cloth. You can also use mild soap and water to clean up minor deposits.
Contact the professionals at Air Assurance and learn more ways to prevent mineral buildup. We proudly serve homeowners in the Broken Arrow area.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Tulsa and Broken Arrow, Oklahoma area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about mineral buildup and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 918-217-8273.
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Often when you hear about combustion furnace options, fuel efficiency is the main metric thrown around.
These are usually shown in terms of AFUE (annualized fuel utilization efficiency) percentage, in other words, the amount of fuel that gets converted into heat (furnaces with AFUE 90 percent and above are considered “high-efficiency”). High efficiency in a furnace is mainly accomplished with variable gas-valve staging and blower-motor speed. Modulating furnaces are considered the best in terms of both efficiency and performance.
Single-Stage Furnace Operation
To understand the benefits of modulating furnaces, it helps to realize that furnaces without multi-stage, variable-speed operation come with just one stage and one speed – meaning the gas valve is either open or closed, and the blower motor operates at 100 percent speed or not at all. When the thermostat signals the furnace to kick on, it immediately begins churning out heat at full blast, runs until the desired temperature is achieved, then shuts off.
The result is short-cycling, especially during milder weather, with the furnace alternating between full-blast and “off” at relatively short intervals. Not only does full-go operation use more fuel than necessary to heat a house, the most fuel is consumed at start-up, so frequent on-and-off cycling also wastes energy.
Short-cycling in a single-stage furnace without variable-speed operation also can result in uneven heating, as well as noticeable temperature swings.
Two-Stage and Modulating Furnaces
A two-stage furnace, with a gas valve that can open partially when it’s not fully open, is a big improvement over a single-stage furnace. Even better is a modulating furnace featuring a gas valve with multiple staging, with the heating needs at any given time determining the setting. Two-stage or modulating operation is generally combined with a variable-speed blower motor, which also adapts its running speed depending on heating needs.
These furnaces typically ramp up to full blast upon starting, then settle into lower-stage, lower-speed continuous operation, which results in more consistent temperatures throughout the house and less fuel consumption.
To discuss installing a new high-efficiency modulating furnace in your Broken Arrow area home, please contact us at Air Assurance.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Tulsa and Broken Arrow, Oklahoma area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about modulating furnaces and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 918-217-8273.
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Your air conditioner is built to last, but every now and then, a problem may arise. One of the most stressful A/C scenarios you can experience is when the unit just doesn’t turn on. So what steps are in order when that happens? Read on and learn how not to panic, but see if you can resolve the issue before you have to call for help.
Why Your A/C Might Not Be Turning On
1. No power. Believe it or not, but oftentimes when HVAC businesses get calls about an A/C not working, it turns out to be simply a matter of the power or the control being off. Before you call, do the following:
- Make sure the electricity is on in the house.
- Make sure the breaker that controls the A/C has not flipped.
- Make sure the unit is turned to “air conditioner” or “cool.”
- Make sure the unit is turned to auto or on. If it’s on auto, turn the thermostat down a few degrees to see if it comes on.
2. Thermostat is set too high. The unit will not turn on if the thermostat is set higher than the ambient temperature. Lower it to see if the A/C comes on.
3. Thermostat isn’t working. If your thermostat uses batteries and the digital window is blank, try changing the batteries. If the thermostat is wired, check the wires to make sure none are loose or frayed. It could also be that the thermostat has stopped working and needs to be replaced.
4. Air filter is dirty. Although this is less likely to cause the A/C to stop running altogether, it is possible. A dirty filter slows air flow and can cause the unit to freeze up. It may either stop cooling or stop running if this happens. Whenever you see ice on either the indoor or outdoor components, turn the A/C off and allow it to defrost before you turn it back on.
To learn more about reasons your air conditioner may not turn on, call Air Assurance, serving Broken Arrow and the surrounding area.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Tulsa and Broken Arrow, Oklahoma area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about air conditioners and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 918-217-8273.
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