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Heating and Air Conditioning Services from American Home Water and Air!

When anyone in the Phoenix, AZ area is in need of heating and air conditioning services, it’s important that they are assured of good, honest, knowledgeable and timely service.

What You Can Expect

  • Next-day, in-home service
  • FREE service call with repair or installation
  • Licensed and Insured Installers
  • 100% satisfaction guaranteed
  • Full service warranty

Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT MAKES WATER HARD?

Dissolved rock is what makes hard water hard.  Water is the universal solvent.  It dissolves everything it touches to some degree over some period of time – including rock.  Here in the desert, the water is highly saturated with dissolved rock.  Consequently, the water is very hard.  The way we use water in  the home precipitates the dissolved rock.  Heat, cold, acids in teas and coffee and the alkalinity in soaps all cause the rock to come out of solution and reform as solids.  These solids appear as hard white deposits everywhere you use water – tubs, tiles, toilets, shower doors, sinks, fixtures, clothes, washable fabrics, ice-makers, dishwasher, washing machines, hot water heaters, skin, hair, foods and beverages.

WHAT DOES A WATER SOFTENER DO? 

Water softeners eliminate dissolved rock.  Without a water softener, you will fight a never-ending war against ever-increasing amounts of hard rock deposits – a war that will waste considerable amounts of your time, energy and money. Soft water is clean water; not purified water.

WHAT DOES A WATER FILTER DO?

Water filters trap certain unwanted contaminants; they do not remove them  Consequently, they must be cleaned or replaced periodically.  The most common filters in residential use today are carbon filters.  Carbon filters trap extremely small particles as well as certain chemicals.  Carbon filters are used most commonly to remove the bad taste and odor of chlorine and algae. Dissolved rock, salts, heavy metals and pharmaceuticals pass right through carbon.

WHAT DOES A REVERSE OSMOSIS (RO) DRINKING WATER SYSTEM DO?

An RO removes up to 95% of everything that is in the water that is not water, down to the size of an atom.  Most importantly, RO’s remove salts, heavy metals  and pharmaceuticals that pass right through water softeners and carbon filters. Since ultra-pure water is not needed for general purpose cleaning, RO’s produce only enough purified water to satisfy cooking and drinking water needs.

WILL I NEED TO ADJUST TO SOFT WATER ?

HAND & BATH SOAPS

Use very sparingly. It will feel like you are not able to rinse away the soap; but what you are feeling is not soap; it’s your own natural body oil.

HAND & BODY LOTIONS

Since you are no longer clogging your pores with microscopic amounts of dissolved rock, your body oils flow freely to the surface of your skin where they moisturize your skin better than any expensive lotion.  With soft water, you can all but eliminate the use of hand & body lotions.

SHAMPOOS, CONDITIONERS & RINSES

Use no more shampoo than an amount the size of a dime,  or you will spend forever trying to rinse the soap out of your hair.  Conditioners & rinses are used to counteract the dissolved rock that builds up in your hair.  Since water softeners eliminate dissolved rock, you won’t need as much, if any, conditioner or rinse.

DISHWASHING – SINK

Just a few drops of dishwashing liquid in a  sink full of soft water are all you will need to get your dishes, glasses and silverware cleaner than they have ever been. If you can’t get beyond using a healthy squeeze of dish liquid, dilute it by four or five parts of soft water to one part of dish liquid. 

DISHWASHING – MACHINE

Use no more than one teaspoon of liquid or powder in only one of your dishwasher’s soap cups. Also, eliminate the use of a rinsing agent such as Jet Dry. If you continue to use the same amount of product that you have been using, you will be eating and drinking dishwashing chemicals.

LAUNDRY

If you continue to use detergents, cut whatever measure you are now using by ¼ to ½ or more.  If you use any of the soaps specially formulated for conditioned water, use a teaspoon to a tablespoon per load.  Determine the amount of laundry product you use by how clean your wash gets, not by the amount of suds the product makes. Letting clothes soak for one or two hour produces the best result.

BLEACH

Eliminating the dissolved rock that turns your whites dingy  allows you to use much less, if any, bleach in every wash. Use bleach only to get rid of stubborn stains.

FABRIC SOFTENER

Eliminating dissolved rock residue from your clothes eliminates the need for fabric softeners in the washer and dryer. If you want to eliminate static cling or add scent to your laundry,  ¼ of a softener sheet in your dryer is all you need.

FOODS & BEVERAGES

Since treated water is significantly more solvent than tap water; you can cut back on the amount of foodstuffs you normally mix with water.  For better tasting beverages, use less coffee grounds, tea leaves, beverage mixes as well as synthetic and natural sweeteners.  Vegetables, grains and cereals will cook faster.  Dried legumes (beans, split peas, lentils, etc.) will cook immediately without you having to  soak them overnight.  For adult beverage users, be sure to reduce the amount of spirits you mix with treated water. With treated water, alcohol goes a lot farther a lot faster.

Other FAQ’S

Can Water Softeners Save Me Money?

Conditioned water not only makes your life easier; it also saves you money. Figuring very conservatively, conditioned water will save a family of four between $80 to $100, or more, every month.  Our whole-house systems will pay for themselves within 12 to 24 months depending on the size of your family and the hardness of your water.  This means every year or two you go without conditioned water, you will have paid for a system.

Refurbished Water Softeners

American Home Water in an effort to be environmentally aware can provide refurbished or rebuilt water softeners to clients with limited budgets. These units are rebedded with the same high quality resin used in the Patriot and President water softener systems. All moving parts are replaced with new components. The refurbished Patriot has a 5 year parts and labor extended warranty and the refurbished President has a 10 year parts and labor extended warranty. The refurbished Patriot and President models does are black in color instead of white or chrome as shown in the photos, but they still look very nice. They have been reconditioned to as close to new as possible and will produce the same water as new units and should last almost as long. Because of the high quality resin and other components used in these units American Home Water has a great deal of confidence in these systems and we back them up with the same free extended warranty we put on the new units. So if there is a problem, it is our problem and not our customers.

 

No Salt Option

Customers who do not want to add sodium to their water, but still want the benefits of soft water have the option of using potassium; a salt substitute. At American Home Water. we recommend salt because of the cost advantage and the fact that water softeners only add about 20% more sodium to the water than is already in the water before it goes into the softener. Also you get far more sodium from other sources of food and beverages. For example, the sodium in one McDonald’s Big Breakfast meal is the same as drinking eleven gallons of soft water!! Also, sodium is only harmful if you are on a strict low sodium diet in which case you should only drink bottled or RO water and even avoid tap water. Check out our page on whether soft water is safe to drink.

No Salt Water Softeners and magnets

Many companies on the Internet and elsewhere advertise no salt softeners. These companies are misleading their customers into thinking that their systems will remove calcium from the water and produce soft water. Any consumer who is considering one of these units should do research by independent sources. These units are never sold by reputable companies in the water industry. If you measure the water hardness with a hardness test kit you will find that the hardness level is the same as before the units. These companies cannot provide any independent analysis that will verify that these units provide soft water and they can not get the Water Quality Associations to approve their units. They are similar to the companies that sell magnets that are supposed to give better gas mileage, but have never worked. We have replaced many of these units with real water softeners after customers have spent thousands of dollars only to find out they do not soften the water. They generally make the water taste better, but do nothing to remove the calcium from the water which is what causes all the problems associated with hard water, especially in Arizona. The only cost effective way to remove calcium from water is the ion exchange method employed by conventional water softeners. Salespeople love the thought of being able to provide soft water without using salt because it would be a great sales benefit to offer soft water without having to add salt to the unit. Unfortunately to this point it is an impossible dream. Check out this LINK that explains the difference.

Do It Yourself Kits

American Home Water can provide equipment for our Do It Yourself clients. We provide free delivery and instruction by installers and a courtesy return call to explain and set up the water softener after the installation is complete if necessary. If you are handy and can do basic plumbing you can save hundreds of dollars with our help and have a top quality water softener. The labor warranties on the water softener still apply to the system operation.

Why Are Water Softener Prices So Different?

A lot of customers ask why there is such a difference in the price of water filtration systems. The answer is that although the equipment cost almost the same on the wholesale level, on the retail level many companies do a lot of expensive marketing and pay high sales commissions which is then added to the price of the system driving the prices out of sight. The other reason is that most of these marketing companies sell very few systems and have to make their profits on only a few customers. American Home Water installs 40 to 70 systems a week and our operating costs are spread over more customers. The price has absolutely nothing to do with the quality of the equipment you are purchasing. In fact most marketing companies seek out equipment that they will have exclusivity so competitors will not be able to match products. This is usually equipment that is not well tested and without a history of reliability. American Home Water only recommends equipment with a long history of reliability that we feel comfortable backing up with a long labor warranty. At American Home Water we pay no sales commissions and do no mass marketing and then pass the savings on to our customers. Most of our sales come from referrals from our 50,000+ customers and the interest generated by our website which are then handled by the owners Tom Atkinson and Tom Knapp.

Why It Is Important To Have A Site Survey Done By A Installer Rather Than A Salesman.

Many times we have found out that a salesman from a different water softening company has told a homeowner that it is necessary to install the water softener outside, or in an inconvenient location. Then, we check out the layout of the home and find that it is feasible, and in many cases cost less money, to install the system inside or in a more convenient location. Also, a salesman is normally paid by commission and may not always have the customer’s best interest in mind. Commissions must be added to the cost of the water system thus raising the price by hundreds of dollars. At American Home Water we do not pay sales commissions and our site surveys are done by the owners Tom Atkinson or Tom Knapp who have literally installed thousands of water softeners, and have the customer’s best interest as the highest priority.

Does a Water softener harm the environment?

We are often asked if a water softener harms the environment. The overall environmental impact is actually very positive. Although water softeners use salt to function they are beneficial because they help households save energy and substantially reduce the amount of detergent and chemicals required for household cleaning. It’s a bit of a trade off, but cleaning products are much more harmful to the environment than the salt consumed by a water softener. Potassium can be used to even further reduce the environmental impact. It’s important to note that most of the negative information being promoted is by private companies who claim to have “salt free” products which in fact do not come close to the performance of a water softener. People who purchase products from these companies are gravely disappointed by the fact that calcium deposits still build up on their faucets and their soap and detergent usage is not reduced

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