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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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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While it may seem a little odd to be worrying about your furnace and heating system during months when you don’t typically need them, the truth is that it’s necessary. To get you started, here are a few tips that will help you protect your home until next winter:
If you’ve ever scheduled maintenance on your heating system after winter had begun, you already know that those days of waiting due to backed-up service contractors can be horrible. This is why your annual maintenance should be done during the warmer months. Even if you have to wait a few days, you won’t be freezing during that time.
Check and Replace Your Air Filter
It’s easy to forget about your furnace’s air filter once the heating season has ended. This is the best time for you to take a look at the filter and see if it’s ready to be replaced. This will ensure that once winter arrives, your furnace’s efficiency will already be ready to provide you with exceptional service.
Upgrade Your Furnace
If you walk into a home appliance store during the late spring or summer and tell them you’re looking for a new furnace, you’re probably going to get a funny look or two, but that’s okay. Since you’re not in any hurry to warm up your home with a new system, you can take your time and find the best deal possible. If you need help in selecting the best one for you, seek the assistance of a professional.
Maintain Your Carbon Monoxide Detector
When your furnace is up and running in the winter, you must be sure that your home is protected from possible carbon monoxide leaks. This can be done by changing out the batteries of your current detector or installing a new model, if needed.
If you’d like more expert advice on ways to protect your home, or if you have any other home comfort concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact the friendly professionals at Air Assurance. We’ve been serving the HVAC needs of Broken Arrow and the surrounding areas 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 maintenance and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 918-217-8273.
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We’re always looking for ways to save money. One great way to do that this summer is to make some small changes in the way you approach efficiency in your home. It’s not just about buying a more efficient system — although that’s certainly one major step you can take to save on your utility bills — but also about taking a more organic, whole-house approach to cutting back on energy use.
Tips for Cutting Back on Energy Use
1. Keep conditioned air in and unconditioned air out. Air leaks are one of the main ways your air conditioning dollars are wasted. Every home has them, but some have more than others. Perform your own energy audit by walking around your home, waving either a lit candle or incense stick in front of windows and doors and any openings from the exterior (wires, cables and pipes) to see if the smoke wavers. If so, you have a leak. Seal them with weatherstripping, caulk or insulation.
2. Make sure your system is running at its peak. The best way to do this is to schedule spring maintenance. Your HVAC tech will test the refrigerant level, inspect for parts that may be wearing out and require replacement, or places where conditioned air may be leaking out.
3. Change the air filter regularly. Be sure to change your air filter regularly. A dirty filter will slow down the system’s air flow, causing it to run less efficiently, and perhaps even damaging parts. A clean air filter will also help your A/C dehumidify the home better. Higher humidity levels in the summer make you feel warmer, so it’s important keep the relative humidity well below 50 percent.
4. If your home is too humid (a hygrometer can tell you), you can lower it by installing a whole-house dehumidifier.
5. Install ceiling fans. Run ceiling fans counterclockwise in the summer to feel cooler as the breeze passes over your skin.
To learn more small changes that will help you save on energy, contact Air Assurance of Broken Arrow. We’ve served our customers 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 saving money and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 918-217-8273.
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The HVAC system is generally the most expensive piece of equipment in any home. Likewise, it’s the most essential when it comes to the comfort of a home’s occupants. So when you’re looking at buying a house, you need to find out all you can about the heating and cooling systems. Here are some key questions to ask when you’re shopping.
1. How old is the HVAC system?
The age of the HVAC system should be considered as you negotiate a price. Older systems may have a lot of life left, but you’ll have to think about more frequent repairs as a system reaches the 10-year mark. Another important issue is what kind of refrigerant the air conditioner uses: Freon is being phased out, so be aware it will cost more, or else be more difficult to acquire in years to come, to keep an older A/C going.
2. What types of heating and cooling systems are installed in the home?
Most likely, you’ll be looking at a home with a basic forced air furnace and central air conditioner. But if the system is equipped with some of the latest HVAC innovations designed to improve comfort and efficiency — such as a Wi-Fi thermostat, condensing furnace, electronically commutated motor (ECM) or scrolling compressor — you may expect the seller to pass along some of the costs for all that technology. If the home comes with a heat pump or ductless mini split, radiant floor or wall heating, you’ll need to brush up on the ins and outs of that technology, and how efficient it’s likely to be in our climate.
3. Has the system been maintained?
Ask to see the documents for maintenance, so you’ll know if the system has been well maintained, and what sort of issues it may have had.
4. Is the warranty transferable?
Sometimes warranties are only good for the original purchaser. Find out before you buy.
At Air Assurance, we know the right questions to ask about the HVAC system whenever you’re buying a house. Call us at 918-894-5760. 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 important HVAC questions and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 918-217-8273.
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Even though it doesn’t get a lot of discussion, the electrical system in a home ranks near the top as an important component. Without it life wouldn’t be as we know it. Besides modern conveniences, a home’s wiring dictates how safe and comfortable it is.
How It Gets There
Power comes into your home from a thick wire that connects to a meter and into a breaker box that has individual circuits. Each circuit can handle a specific amount of electricity flowing through it at one time, and each of these has its own breaker. When the power flow exceeds the circuit’s capacity, the breaker heats up and snaps shut, which shuts the power off.
If you have an electric stove, dryer, or water heater, it’s likely each of these has its own circuit, since they draw a lot of electricity. Your central HVAC system also has its own circuit.
What to Know
If your home was built in the 1960s through the mid-1970s, there’s a chance it has an aluminum electrical system, which is a known fire hazard. You can check by looking at a switch or outlet. If you see copper wiring, it’s likely you don’t have aluminum wiring. If you find silver wiring, you should contact a licensed electrician who can assess its condition.
Check over your home to see where the GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) is. It stops the flow of electricity when anything electric contacts water. Sometimes these switches are in bathrooms or kitchens. They have a button to reset the circuits should the GFCI turn the power off outlets.
More recent building codes require AFCIs (arc fault circuit interrupters). Pounding a nail or inserting a screw into a hidden wire causes electricity to arc, which can raise the temperature to10,000 degrees F and start a fire.
Most homeowners are aware of home safety, but since it’s hidden and somewhat mysterious, many don’t think about the condition of the electrical system. If you have any concerns about yours, contact Air Assurance. We provide trusted HVAC for Broken Arrow homeowners.
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 electrical systems and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 918-217-8273.
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Each year, incidents involving natural gas leaks cause 68 injuries, 17 deaths and an average of $133 million in property damage. Given its potential suffocation and explosion risk, a natural gas leak can be dangerous for everyone in your home. This is why it’s important to understand the following gas leak signs and what to do if you encounter a gas leak.
- Rotten egg smell – The sudden odor of rotten eggs is one of several gas leak signs to look out for. If you smell this odor, there may be a gas leak somewhere within or near your home.
- Hissing sound – If you hear a hissing sound coming from one of your gas lines, you may have a large-scale gas leak on your hands. Keep in mind that a leaking A/C line can also produce this sound.
- White fog – The appearance of white fog, clouds or mist around your home could signal the presence of a ruptured gas line.
- Dead vegetation – You may see a large patch of dead grass surrounded by green foliage, signaling an underground gas leak.
- Sudden increase in gas bill – If your gas bill increases for little to no reason, it may be due to an undetected gas leak.
If you’ve detected any of the above natural gas leak signs, here’s what you’ll want to do next:
- Get some fresh air – Open all of the windows and doors in your home and leave them open to disperse the gas.
- Get outside – Get yourself and all other occupants out of the house and outdoors.
- Call your gas company – Contact your local natural gas provider immediately.
The best way to deal with any above ground or underground gas leak is to have a certified professional take care of the problem. For all your other heating and cooling needs, contact us at Air Assurance. We proudly 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 gas leaks and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 918-217-8273.
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The drains in your home are an essential part of providing quality home comfort for you and your loved ones. If you want your plumbing problems to remain at a minimum, then drain safety is an absolute must. A big part of that is ensuring that none of these things ever go down one of them:
Paper Towels and Similar Products
Many people seem to think that paper towels are no different from tissue paper and other flushable products. This is absolutely not true. If you want to clog up your toilet, flushing paper towels, cotton balls, baby wipes, and similar items is definitely the way to do it.
This is similar to the list above, but it is so common for these things to be flushed, it deserves its own point. Please do not flush feminine products down the toilet. These should be placed in the trash every single time.
Despite popular belief, kitty litter does not belong in the drain. What happens is that a bit of this sand-like product often stays behind and settles in the drain. It won’t take long before it’s fully clogged, which means you’ll be making a call to your local plumber before you know it.
It’s almost second nature these days to reach for a drain cleaner at the store for a quick DIY job. The problem is that these cleaners are corrosive and cause damage to your pipes. A HVAC professional can clear your pipes without hurting them.
Grease and Oil
Sorry, bacon lovers! Pouring grease down the drain is a great way to plug it up. Instead, collect the grease in a container, and once it’s full, throw it away in the garbage.
You know how pasta expands in size when you cook it in water? The same thing happens when you shove it down your drain, which can cause a clog quite quickly.
For more expert advice on drain safety or other home comfort issues, please contact the experts at Air Assurance. We’ve been serving the needs of Broken Arrow 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 drain safety and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 918-217-8273.
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