Nest Thermostat Review by a User

Nest Thermostat Review   Full disclosure upfront; if this is the first time you are reading my blog, I own an air conditioning & heating company in Mesa, AZ – Magic Touch Mechanical. My company sells and installs a lot of Nest thermostats and has for years, but we also install hundreds of Honeywell, Ecobee, […]

New AC Unit Rebates Spring 2018

Should I Wait for Manufacturer Rebates to Buy a New AC Unit? I’ve seen this question pop up several times in a Facebook Group I’m a member of so thought it would be good to share some industry insider secrets about the factory rebates manufacturers offer every year before the start of summer.     […]

What’s a Good SEER Rating for an AC

What is a Good SEER Rating for an Air Conditioner, I Don’t Know What to Choose!     When I started working in the air conditioning industry thirty years ago, a SEER rating for air conditioners weren’t even a thing yet. It wasn’t until 1992 that minimum air conditioner efficiency ratings came into effect with […]

How Does an AC Thermostat Work?

Thermostat Temperature Setting Does Not Change Air Temperature   Having owned Magic Touch Mechanical, an air conditioning company in Mesa, AZ for over twenty years, it’s easy to forget most people have no idea how central air conditioners work. Most of the time I get my blog article topics from listening to people outside of […]

Is Variable Speed Worth it – Part 2

Are Variable Speed Air Conditioners Worth the Money? How Much? I continue to read Facebook comments from people shopping for a new AC unit, and those who have recently purchased new air conditioning & heating equipment, that the HVAC salespeople they met with advised them; “not to waste money on a variable speed air conditioner.” […]

Magic Touch BBB Torch Award Finalist

Magic Touch Mechanical Named 2018 BBB Torch Awards for Ethics Finalist Back in 2008 Magic Touch Mechanical was named Winner of the BBB Business Ethics Award. Exactly 10-years later, we are excited to announce we were once again chosen as one of three in our category for this very prestigious award! This news marks the […]

How Often Does a New AC Unit Need a Tuneup?

My AC Unit is Brand New & Under Warranty – I Don’t Need a Tune Up Right?   You’ve just spent thousands of dollars replacing an older air conditioner with a new AC unit, and now your air conditioning company is telling you that it needs maintenance every six-months. That can’t be right can it, […]

Trane XV18 vs. Lennox XP20 Heat Pump

A Side by Side Comparison of Trane XV18 and Lennox XP20 Don’t let the numbers in the model name fool you. The Trane XV18 and Lennox XP20 Heat Pump Condensers are more of a fair fight than the manufacturers’ numbering system might suggest. Both are their respective companies “one model down” variable speed heat pump. […]

APS AC Rebate Going Away In 2018

APS AC Rebate Program Placed on Hold Effective 3-7-18   In a surprising twist of events APS Qualified Contractors and participants in APS’s AC Rebate Program received a message late Friday afternoon March 2nd, that effective March 7, 2018 no more rebates would be issued to APS customers who replaced their existing air conditioning and […]