Why Professionals Must Complete Your AC System Installation

March 20th, 2015

Investing in a great air conditioning system is a good way to ensure that you are able to live with the comfort that you desire during the hot, sunny summers we enjoy around here. However, you must remember that no AC is going to excel and live up to its full potential if not properly installed in your home. To get the most from your air conditioner, you absolutely must schedule your AC system installation in San Diego with a skilled, qualified technician. That is as simple as dialing our number. When you hire Cal-West Air Conditioning to complete your AC installation you can count on the job being completed properly every step of the way.

The reasons for scheduling your AC system installation with an experienced professional are many. First of all, working with a pro is the best way in which to ensure that you decide upon the best air conditioner for your unique needs. There are a number of different cooling systems available on the market today. All have their own pros and cons, and it can be difficult to ascertain which best suits your cooling habits. We’ll make sure that you have the air conditioner that best fits the bill.

Once you’ve carefully chosen your air conditioner, it is vital to ensure that your specific unit is of the right size for your home. The last thing that you want to do is to spend the money on a brand new whole-house cooling system, only to find that it is too small to cool your home effectively or efficiently. Of course, bigger is not always better in this particular instance. If your system is oversized, then it will adjust temperatures too rapidly. This may sound like an odd concern, but it can result in decreased indoor air quality, as well as short cycling which can put a lot of unnecessary strain on your system.

Finally, there is the design of the system’s ductwork, when applicable, the mounting of thermostats, and all of the other nuts and bolts of the physical installation itself. This is a whole lot to consider, and only trained professionals have the knowledge necessary to guarantee that each and every component in your system is successfully integrated into your home.

Contact Cal-West Air Conditioning today for more details. When you work with us, you can count on a truly exceptional AC system installation in San Diego.

Common Questions for AC Contractors

March 13th, 2015

If you need air conditioning service in San Diego, you may have a lot of questions for your contractor. We’ve answered some of the most common questions we hear in the guide below. However, we always recommend that you speak with your local AC technician to find out more information about your particular issue. Call the friendly people at Cal-West Air Conditioning today to meet with a local AC contractor in San Diego.

How can I save money with my new air conditioner?

If you find yourself with a broken down air conditioner in need of a replacement, it’s probably come as a bit of a surprise. Spending money on a new unit is never ideal, and you want to save as much money as possible with this new unit. However, we feel that you’ll find it’s more expensive to select a cheaper system now that only breaks down and consumes energy in the future. Make sure you choose a quality contractor for installation and look for an ENERGY STAR system that saves you money each month. The overall savings will likely offset the cost. You can always check out financing option if the price seems undoable.

Can I do this repair on my own?

Granted, there is a lot of advice out there available for do-it-yourselfers who want to try a new skill on your own. However, using online advice or manuals for air conditioning repair is not recommended. Many homeowners who attempt this on their own end up finding that the problem reoccurs because they did not address the root of the cause. You should trust technicians for any repair job that does not involve changing the air filter.

How can I prevent repairs?

Changing the filter of your HVAC system each month is one of the best ways to keep problems from occurring. A dirty AC filter hinders airflow, which could lead to frozen coils, struggling fans, and more. Another way to prevent repairs is by calling a technician for maintenance. Once yearly maintenance can help to prevent breakdowns, ease wear and tear, increase efficiency, and lengthen the lifespan of your system.

Contact us today at Cal-West Air Conditioning to speak with an AC contractor in San Diego and get the answers to all of your questions.

Don’t Tolerate Hot or Cold Spots in Your Home

March 6th, 2015

There are few things more annoying to homeowners than being unable to heat and cool their homes evenly. If you find that there are hot or cold spots at different points throughout your home, then you should contact one of the professional technicians here at Cal-West Air Conditioning immediately. The longer you wait to do so, the greater the risk of discomfort and considerable inefficiency in your home. There are a few different reasons as to why you may encounter hot or cold spots in your home. Regardless of the precise nature of your problem, though, it is in your best interest to schedule hot and cold spot mitigation in San Diego as soon as possible. That way, you can get back to living in the true comfort that we know you so deserve. 

Damaged, leaky ductwork and imbalances of the pressure within an HVAC system are leading causes of hot and cold spots in homes using ducted forced air distribution systems to circulate conditioned air throughout the living space. By testing your ductwork thoroughly, using the right tools and technologies, as well as the right methodologies, in order to pinpoint the source of problems with your system, our technicians can go about balancing your ductwork in order to mitigate the hot and cold spots putting your comfort at risk. We will make sure that your air inlets and outlets are taking in and sending back out the right amounts of air to the right areas of your home, that drafts are eliminated, that the spread of the air stream upon leaving the outlet is optimized, that your registers and their damper assemblies are functioning properly, and more. There is a fine science to the way in which air flows throughout a home. There are a lot of problems which may upset the balance of this air, but there is one simple way in which to resolve any such problems. That is as simple as dialing our number.

We can answer any questions that you may have. When we complete our quality air balancing services in your home, you won’t have to worry about temperature shifts upsetting your comfort as you travel throughout your home.

If you are interested in learning more about the specifics of hot and cold spot mitigation in San Diego, contact Cal-West Air Conditioning today.


How Our Commercial Energy Management Systems can Benefit You

February 27th, 2015

Regardless of the size of the commercial space that you own or of the specifics regarding the type of business that you conduct therein, you are responsible for maintaining comfortable temperatures within that space throughout the year. You are also responsible for ensuring that the lights stay on within that building, that the hot water flows when needed, and that other amenities are available and dependable. All of this comes at a cost, of course, and paying for all of the energy necessary to keep conditions within your commercial space optimal can really drain a budget more quickly than you realize. That is why you are wise to consider the installation and use of a commercial energy management system. To get the quality system and commercial energy management services in San Diego that you need, contact the professionals at Cal-West Air Conditioning. 

A commercial energy management system can help you to make your commercial space more efficient, saving you money in the process and paying for themselves in energy savings over a short amount of time. One the ways in which commercial energy management systems can achieve this goal is by offering remote HVAC control. With such a system, you can review thermostat settings throughout an entire building and adjust them from one central hub. You can also put an adjustment range in place, or opt to restrict control entirely at the local level. Fiddling about with the thermostat is, after all, one of the biggest culprits of energy waste.

For all of the physical techniques by which a commercial energy management system allows you to boost efficiency, such as those mentioned above as well as the ability to eliminate necessary energy expenditure during off-hours, the sheer amount of information that such a system can arm you with can also not be overlooked. By tracking energy usage in different parts of your property, and even down to specific pieces of equipment, you can figure out just where your energy use is going wrong. With this information, you can go about making the changes necessary to correct such behaviors.

To learn more about the ways in which a commercial energy management system can benefit you as a commercial property owner, speak with a professional representative at Cal-West Air Conditioning today. We can answer any questions that you may have.

Should you decide that such a system is just what you need, and that boosting energy efficiency is worth pursuing, count on us to complete your commercial energy management services in San Diego with the greatest of care.

When Do I Call for Emergency Air Conditioning Repair in San Diego?

February 20th, 2015

HVAC problems tend to be progressive by nature, starting small and then getting worse as they start to affect more and more of the system. For this reason, you should never just ignore a problem that develops with your air conditioning system. Always call a professional right away and schedule an appointment. There are some problems, however, which you should not let sit even for a day or two after noticing them. Let’s examine what these air conditioning emergencies are, and how you can recognize them.

Short Cycling

Shorty cycling is evidenced by your air conditioner rapidly starting and stopping over and over again throughout the day. This can be caused by a number of things, but most often it is caused by a malfunction in the compressor. The compressor is designed to move the refrigerant gas from the evaporator to the condenser, where it can be compressed into a liquid and release the heat from inside the house. If the compressor is malfunctioning, however, the steady flow of refrigerant through the system can be interrupted. That will throw the air conditioner off its normal cycle, causing it to short cycle.

Short cycling can cause permanent damage to several parts of the system. If left alone long enough, a short cycling air conditioner can become so damaged that it needs to be replaced entirely. If you notice your air conditioner short cycling, turn it off immediately and call a professional.

Loss of Cooling Ability

A sudden drop in the cooling ability of your air conditioner is a sign that it is in serious trouble. This can be caused by a frozen evaporator coil, which can happen when the coil becomes too dirty to adequately absorb heat into itself. It can also be caused by low refrigerant, which is caused by a leak in the refrigerant line.If your air conditioner is leaking refrigerant, it’s only a matter of time before it breaks down completely. Call a professional as soon as you notice a drop in your air conditioner’s efficiency.

If you need emergency air conditioning repair, call Cal-West Air Conditioning. We provide emergency air conditioning repair throughout the San Diego area.

Some of the Unusual Movies Released for Valentine’s Day

February 14th, 2015

Hollywood has always tried to match movies up to the seasons to draw droves of viewers to the theaters: October is packed with fright-offerings, while the winter holidays skew toward warm and pleasing family films (as well as Oscar hopefuls). Valentine’s Day falls in an odd spot when it comes to the movie release calendar, however, since February tends to be a slower time for the film industry. The studios are as likely to slot strange movies that don’t fit anywhere else in their annual schedules into the Valentine’s Day weekend as they are films with powerful romantic appeal.

So, while the second weekend of February has featured hugely successful romantic comedies like Hitch, The Wedding Singer, and (of course) Valentine’s Day, some truly weird choices have debuted in this weekend as well. And a few have even gone on to tremendous success despite the bizarre match with the holiday. Here are a couple of the odder Valentine’s Day movie releases:

  • Dracula (1931): Yes, this Halloween perennial and the start of Universal Studio’s Classic Monsters actually came out on Valentine’s Day! But perhaps this makes some sense, as the Dracula legend has often received a “doomed lover” approach in the many years since Bela Lugosi made the aristocratic vampire a screen icon.
  • The Silence of the Lambs (1991): Does any film seem less appropriate for Valentine’s Day than this unnerving and sometimes very violent psychological thriller? What’s even more astonishing than the film’s release date is that The Silence of the Lambs eventually nabbed the Oscar for Best Picture, an almost unheard of occurrence for a movie released so early in the year.
  • Daredevil (2003): This Marvel comic adaptation featuring Ben Affleck as a blind superhero does contain a romantic subplot, but the stronger connection to Valentine’s Day may just be that Daredevil wears a bright red costume.
  • A Good Day to Die Hard (2013): The least successful of the Die Hard film franchise, this is an excellent example of a studio dropping a film into a weekend where it doesn’t fit in the hopes that it works as counter-programming. (It didn’t.)
  • Wayne’s World (1992): Now here is an example of counter-programming that clicked with audiences. This comedy based on a Saturday Night Live sketch turned into one of that year’s biggest hits and spawned a sequel.

Whether you celebrate Valentine’s Day with a trip to the movie theater, or you have your own special plans, everyone here at Cal-West Air Conditioning hopes you and your loved ones have a wonderful weekend.

What Are the Advantages of Enrolling in a Maintenance Plan?

February 5th, 2015

If you’ve been looking for a way to improve your HVAC system without having to spend lots of money on upgrades, consider enrolling in an HVAC maintenance plan for your San Diego home. Why? Not only will you receive special benefits, but you and your system will gain the benefits that maintenance has to offer.

Why Do Maintenance?

There are a number of reasons why every homeowner should schedule bi-annual maintenance for their HVAC system:

  • Improved energy efficiency – your HVAC system was made to operate at a certain level of energy efficiency; with a season or more of dirt, dust and wear and tear, it is very hard to achieve this level of energy efficiency. The full tune-up that your system receives during a maintenance appointment helps your HVAC system to operate optimally.
  • Prevent repair – during a maintenance appointment, your HVAC system is thoroughly inspected; this is to allow the technician to detect any existing or developing problems and nip them in the bud. Should a significant problem exits, the technician will discuss it with you and give recommendations for repair.
  • Extends life of the system – a system that works constantly under stress, which can happen with a system that isn’t well-maintained, runs the risk of premature aging. Conversely, when maintenance is performed regularly, your system works optimally, which helps extend the system’s life.
  • Better comfort – when your system operates as it should, there is no struggle to keep up with the temperature that you’ve set on your thermostat.

Why Enroll in a Maintenance Plan?

Maintenance plans, like the one we have at Cal-West Air Conditioning, offers the above-mentioned benefits, but there are also others, such as discounts on parts, priority scheduling, discounts on new systems and special promotions.

Call the experts at Cal-West Air Conditioning today to enroll!

Enrolling in a maintenance plan gives you access to the benefits of maintenance for your HVAC system in San Diego bi-annually, plus other money-saving benefits given just to members.

What Is a Commercial Cooling Tower?

January 29th, 2015

Your commercial HVAC system works hard to keep your commercial space comfortable year-round, but there is particular emphasis on cooling in our part of the country. The commercial air conditioning portion of your HVAC system can get very hot during operation which can lead to overheating and potential problems. One way to help your HVAC system maintain its cool is with the installation of a commercial cooling tower for your San Diego commercial space. Only commercial experts should work on your commercial HVAC system, so if you are considering the installation of a cooling tower, call the people with the experience and know-how needed for the job: Cal-West Air Conditioning.

What a Cooling Tower Does

A cooling tower is akin to a large heat exchanger as it helps reduce the heat inside your HVAC system by exchanging it with another medium and expelling the excess heat into the air with the help of the medium. The two mediums used are air or water, and the mediums correlate to the two types of cooling towers available: closed circuit and open circuit.

Closed Circuit

In a closed circuit cooling tower, there are two sets of tubes: one that carries the heated water from the HVAC’s chiller plant to the cooling tower and a second set of tubes that are equipped with sprays that sit above the tubes coming from the chiller. When the hot water flows from the chiller plant into the cooling tower, a large fan in a bottom corner turns on simultaneously with the sprays; this fan helps spread the cool water that is spraying all over the chiller plant tubes. The heat from the liquid in the chiller plant tubes transfers to the sprayed water on the outside and then dissipates into the air. The liquid returns to the chiller plant cooled and ready for use.

Open Circuit

An open circuit cooling tower cools by evaporation. The hot water from the chiller plant enters the cooling tower at the top and is sprayed via nozzles onto a medium called fill. Fill can be plastic or multi-layered tubing, but its purpose is to thin out the water and hasten the evaporation as air is allowed to pass through the fill. The cooled water that remains after the evaporation process drops to the bottom of the cooling tower and, once collected, cycles back to the chiller plant; the heat releases directly into the air.

The best way to know which type of cooling tower will work best for your business space is to work with an expert.

Call the commercial specialists at Cal-West Air Conditioning today and see what a commercial cooling tower can do for your San Diego commercial space.

Keeping Your Home Safe from Carbon Monoxide Leaks

January 22nd, 2015

Carbon monoxide is well known as a deadly and virtually undetectable gas. Most homeowners also know that any combustion system, especially natural gas systems, produce a sizeable amount of carbon monoxide during operation. Though heating systems that produce carbon monoxide are outfitted with safety measures to dispose of it, there are plenty of other precautions that can be taken on your part. Let’s take a look at the ways that you can keep your home safe from carbon monoxide leaks.

Install a Carbon Monoxide Detector

Carbon monoxide is more or less impossible to detect with human senses. It is odorless, tasteless, and completely invisible. The only way to know that you’ve been exposed to carbon monoxide is to begin feeling the symptoms, and that’s allowing things to progress much too far. Instead of trusting your senses, it’s a very good idea to invest in a carbon monoxide detector. These are widely available from many sources, including many HVAC companies, and can give you the advance warning that you need to get yourself and your loved ones out of the house in case of carbon monoxide leaks.

Have your Heater Serviced Regularly

This is a good idea regardless of carbon monoxide leaks. However, it works in this case for the same reason. Carbon monoxide leaks often happen due to either a cracked heat exchanger or a blocked exhaust flue. These are parts that you can’t really visually inspect without opening up the heater. As carbon monoxide is undetectable to human senses, you don’t really have any other way of determining whether or not there is a problem with these parts. Therefore, it’s always a good idea to have a professional inspect your heating system on a regular basis. If a problem is found with either the exhaust flue or the heat exchanger before it’s had a chance to progress to dangerous levels, it can be fixed without much trouble. The faster you catch issues like these, the safer you’ll be.

If you’re worried about carbon monoxide leaks, call Cal-West Air Conditioning. We provide carbon monoxide safety services throughout San Diego.

How Duct Sealing Saves You Money

January 15th, 2015

Ducts are things that most people don’t really think about very often. Truthfully, that’s not very surprising. Ducts are simple, uninteresting, and often unseen. That doesn’t make them any less important, however. Ducts are the reason that your central air and heating is even possible. In this article, we’ll take a look at why it’s important to take care of your ducts with duct sealing and what can happen if you don’t.

The Vulnerability of Ducts

Though most ducts are comprised of sheet metal, they are surprisingly thin in many areas, especially at the junctions where the different sections meet. This makes ducts quite prone to developing leaks. Though these leaks are usually quite small, if there are enough of them they can cause quite a bit of damage. The US Department of Energy has stated that the average home heating system loses as much as 30% of its heat to leaks in the ductwork. That translates to a staggering amount of money wasted each year, as almost a third of the system’s heat output leaks out of the ducts before reaching its destination. That’s where duct sealing comes in.

Duct Sealing

Duct sealing is a process by which the ducts are inspected and sealed to prevent leaks and other issues. First, the technician will visually inspect each section of the ductwork for leaks and other issues. In addition to wasting quite a bit of heat, leaks in the ducts can let in moisture and dust. This promotes mold growth, which releases spores that can lower indoor air quality and make people sick. Once the leaks are found and closed, a number of different chemicals can be applied as antiseptics. This kills any viruses or bacteria that might be lurking in the ducts. Though you may be tempted to try and seal the ducts yourself, it’s not a good idea. Professional technicians possess the tools and knowledge to find any possible leaks and seal them. If you try it yourself, it is very likely you will miss some of them.

If you’d like to know more, call Cal-West Air Conditioning. We provide duct sealing services throughout San Diego.