Take Steps to Keep Your Air Conditioner Safe This Winter

November 23rd, 2015

“Winter” is a relative term here in San Diego, CA, where temperatures are warm year round and rarely dip below freezing. That said, we don’t get much call for our air conditioners in the winter months, and it will likely be March at the earliest before you have need of it again. You can do yourself a favor by properly winterizing it to keep it clean and safe, and prevent any nasty surprise for you when you have to use it for the first time. Here’s some steps you can take to keep your air conditioner safe this winter. Continue Reading

Muggy Air Needs a Dehumidifier

November 16th, 2015

San Diego, CA is a seaside community, which means that high humidity and muggy air come with the territory. Your air conditioner can do a certain amount to remove excess moisture from the air in your home, but it’s not built for such duties, and with winter on its way, you’re not likely to run your air conditioning much in the next few months anyway. A whole-house dehumidifier, on the other hand, solves the problem quite nicely, as well as reducing the strain on your air conditioner and lowering your monthly bills in the process. Muggy air needs a dehumidifier to handle properly. Here’s a brief look at why it’s so important. Continue Reading

Beware of Short Cycling with Your Heating System

November 9th, 2015

Our winters are very mild here in San Diego, CA, but that doesn’t mean that our heaters don’t see use during the cooler months, especially on those winter nights when temperatures can drop close to freezing. It’s important to watch for any signs of trouble with your furnace, and among the most subtle and pernicious is the issue of short cycling. This is where a furnace turns on and off multiple times throughout the day, often wither adequately heating the home first. It can be frustrating and troublesome, but that’s only the beginning. Here’s why you should beware of short cycling with your heating system. Continue Reading

3 Ways to Tell You Need Emergency Heating and Cooling Service

November 2nd, 2015

Your heating and air conditioning system could pick any time to develop a major problem, and that doesn’t always follow the workday. Here in San Diego, CA, we often run our heaters at night during the winter and our air conditioners at night during the summer. What if one of them conks out in the middle of the night or on a weekend? Even worse, what if you own or operate a commercial property and a problem with your HVAC system threatens to make your place of business a supremely uncomfortable place to be. In those instances, you need an emergency service to do the job quickly, regardless of the hour or the need. The question then becomes when do you need emergency heating and cooling service, and when can servicing wait for another day? We’re provided three general guidelines to help you tell below. Continue Reading

Things Addressed by a Heating Maintenance Session

October 26th, 2015

As the weather cools down here in San Diego, CA, you should probably plan for a maintenance session for your heater with a quality repair technician. Maintenance sessions aren’t really repairs, since repairs are designed to fix a specific issue plaguing the heater. Instead, it looks for any potential issues that may be brewing, as well as performing a lot of little tasks designed to cut down on the wear and tear on the system. What kinds of things does a heating maintenance session address? We have a brief list of some of the more important ones below. Continue Reading

3 Common Repair Issues with Heat Pumps

October 19th, 2015

Heat pumps make a natural fit for our San Diego, CA climate, combining the features of a heater and an air conditioner into one. They operate according to the same principles as air conditioners, but are able to reverse the cycle and release warm air into your home in the winter as well as cool air in the summer. With regular maintenance, you can keep repair costs to a minimum, but no system is perfect and sooner or later you’re going to need to get your heat pump fixed. Here is a list of 3 common repair issues with heat pumps that you should learn to watch out for. Continue Reading

Things to Look for in a New Air Conditioner

October 12th, 2015

Here in San Diego, CA, we’re finally cooling off after another long summer. If your air conditioner has shown signs of flagging over the last few months, now is the ideal time to get it replaced with a newer and more efficient one. Buying a new system in the fall gives you all the time you need to get your ducks in a row, as well as the luxury of installing it on your timetable instead of the weather’s. And when you’re ready to start using it in the spring, it will be all set to go. As you evaluate your options, however, it pays to keep a few specific things in mind as far as what makes the ideal air conditioner. Here are a couple of specific things to look for that will help your system work at its best! Continue Reading

Do You Need a New Heater?

October 5th, 2015

If you have experienced problems with your existing heater and you feel that the time has come to replace in, then it’s a good idea to act now, when temperatures in San Diego, CA are still warm and you can schedule the replacement without having to worry about going without a reliable source of heat. The trickier question is whether you actually need a new heater or not. That’s a question only you can answer, but certain telltale signs can help you make the decision. Keep in mind that if you decide to continue with your existing heater, it will need to last until next April or so at least in order to merit a delay. Otherwise, the following questions should be able to clarify the issue. Continue Reading

3 Ways to Improve Your Home’s Efficiency This Fall

September 28th, 2015

With fall finally arriving, you’re likely going to have your share of mild days in San Diego, CA, where you won’t have any use of your HVAC system. This makes it an excellent time to schedule any improvements, installations or upgrades to your system that can help improve your home’s efficiency. A number of products and upgrades to your system can help you cut down on heating and cooling cost, allowing you to enjoy a comfortable home without having to pay unnecessary costs. Here are 3 ways to improve your home’s efficiency this fall courtesy of your local service technician. Continue Reading

3 Features Offered by New Thermostats

September 21st, 2015

Thermostats are stalwart and reliable, and rarely run into problems beyond the occasional need to replace the batteries. But they undergo advancement just like every other piece of technology and if you’ve had yours for a while – especially if it still relies on old fashioned mercury switches – then you may be surprised at the new features up-to-date thermostats offer. Considering their importance in your home – allowing you to control the temperature and activate and deactivate your air conditioning – it may pay you to contact a reliable technician here in San Diego, CA and ask about the features offered by new thermostats. We’ve included three of them below. Continue Reading