Upgrade Your Thermostat to Help Cut Costs This Winter

September 26th, 2016

Winters in Escondido, CA aren’t the Arctic ordeals that they might be further east, but that doesn’t mean we don’t get our share of cool evenings or that you shouldn’t be able to warm your home without paying any more than is necessary. A reliable heating system is necessary, even though much of our attention focuses on air conditioning to deal with our longer, hotter summers. But you can take additional steps to help improve your energy efficiency, and if your heater is doing fine, you can still improve it in small, affordable ways with timely upgrades this fall.  Continue Reading

Look for Signs of Breaches in Your HVAC Ducts

September 19th, 2016

With cooler weather arriving in San Diego, CA, now is a great time to give your HVAC system a good look and correct any lingering problems. We don’t have as pressing a need for our air conditioners as we did earlier in the summer, but heating season has not yet begun in earnest. Most of us use centralized air conditioning and heating systems, which rely on a system of ducts to carry conditioned air (both warm and cool) through your home. Continue Reading

Time for Heating Maintenance

September 12th, 2016

Temperatures are still warm here in Poway, CA, but they will become progressively cooler in the coming months. And while the San Diego area is renowned for its mild winters, you still need a good heating system to keep warm during those cool December nights. Now is the perfect opportunity to get your heater ready for the fall, when you have time to schedule any services and make any repairs that you may need.

The first step is to schedule heating maintenance from a trained technician. It’s not the same as a repair call. It’s more like a tune-up, giving the technician a chance to look over the entire system, adjust any tiny flaws (such as a loose bolt or a dusty component) and generally look for significant issues that need addressing. This serves two important purposes: Continue Reading

Why Schedule Air Conditioning Replacement Now?

September 6th, 2016

If your air conditioning system is on its last legs, now is the ideal time to plan on a replacement. Summers in Poway, CA tend to be milder than they are in the rest of Southern California, but our AC systems still have to be working for months to keep our homes cool. If you have an older system that’s coming to the end of its life, you’ve probably been feeling it (either with faulty performance, higher bills or both). If you don’t think your air conditioner is up for another summer’s worth of work, it pays you to contact a professional now, at the end of the season, and set up your new system sometime in the next few weeks. Why? There are a number of extremely good reasons. Continue Reading

3 Options for Indoor Air Quality

August 29th, 2016

Indoor air quality has been on the minds of homeowners in Escondido, CA of late. The recent wildfires north of us serve as a reminder of just how important indoor air quality is, and how readily it can be taken away in the middle of a crisis. But not every home is the same, and if you’re looking for an indoor air quality product, you need to find one that fits your specific needs. We’ve listed three basic types below: Continue Reading

What to Look for in an Air Filter

August 22nd, 2016

The recent wild fires to the north of us have placed an added emphasis on indoor air quality, and while we’re not as affected here in San Diego, CA, that can change at anytime. (Many residents still remember the wildfires of 2003, which made the indoor air quality so bad that the Chargers had to play in Arizona.) If you don’t have a whole-house air filtration system in your home, now might be a good time to think about installing one. And at the very minimum, you should consider upgrading the existing filters in your air conditioning and heating system. It can make a big difference in times like these. Continue Reading

Is It Time to Replace Your System?

August 15th, 2016

If you have an older air conditioning system, you may be worried about the strain that a long summer can have on it. August is the time when systems past their warranty have been undergoing considerable strain, and with the ongoing high temperatures in Poway, CA, now is a good time to give it a long hard look. Replacing an older air conditioner is a good task for the off-season, when you can plan the operation at leisure and you won’t have need of an air conditioner while the new one is being installed. Before you get there, however, you need to determine if your air conditioning system is actually in need of replacing. We use three basic signposts to help answer that question. Continue Reading

The Right Air Cleaner for Your Home

August 8th, 2016

Air cleaners come in all shapes and sizes, and the right one for you depends both on your family and the needs of your San Marcos, CA home. A family with a newborn baby or someone with asthma, for instance, may be very concerned about the purity of the air, while homes struggling with high humidity might want to find a way to make the air drier. No home is the same, and if you want an indoor air quality product for yours, it helps to know what kind of options are available to you. We’ve laid out a few of them below. Continue Reading

Does Ductless Air Conditioning Work for Me?

August 1st, 2016

If you’re thinking about replacing your air conditioner, you may be involved in quite a scramble. Escondido, CA isn’t quite as hot as the rest of Southern California, since we’re just a short hop to the ocean, but the heat can still be serious trouble in the middle of the summer, and an air conditioner that needs replacing can become a high priority very quickly. That said, you need to consider all of your options before making a purchase this important, and that may mean eschewing a traditional centralized air conditioner in favor of a ductless mini-split system. What is ductless air conditioning and is it the right fit for you? Let’s take a look at the specifics. Continue Reading

How to Super-Power Your Air Conditioner

July 25th, 2016

Another Comic Con has come and gone here in San Diego, with legions of movie and superheros fans descending into the downtown area to turn our city into a celebration of all things super-powered. In the spirit of one of our city’s most enjoyable traditions, we present to you a few ways to super-power your air conditioner as well: helping to defend your home against the villainous scourge of high heat and humidity. Continue Reading