Centralized Air Conditioners vs. Ductless Split Air Conditioners

July 27th, 2015

If your air conditioner has given up the ghost, a replacement system is the perfect opportunity to reassess your air conditioning needs, and perhaps select an alternate form of air conditioning such as a ductless split system. Older centralized air conditioners are reliable and dependable, but ductless split systems offer certain advantages as well, and a San Diego, CA homeowner would be well-advised to consider them both when installing a new system. Here’s a quick breakdown of the benefits and drawbacks of both systems. Continue Reading

3 Problems Created by Duct Breaches

July 20th, 2015

Ductwork can be found in most modern homes with a centralized air conditioning or heating system. Ducts branch out from the main unit into the various corners of your home, carrying conditioned air (cooled in the summer and warmed in the winter) through the vents to ensure that your home is kept comfortable. They’re a staple of most homes here in San Diego, CA, where our mild climate makes them both practical and inexpensive. But because they’re often tucked into out-of-the-way spots in your home, you can’t always tell when a breach or a leak has developed in them. Breaches usually announce themselves in subtle ways, such as odd noises, reduced air flow and inexplicably higher bills. But if they’re not sealed by a trained technician, they can cause a number of problems. Here are three of them, which you should keep in mind when you detect one. Continue Reading

What Kinds of Benefits Do Air Cleaners Provide?

July 13th, 2015

San Diego, CA is blessed with pleasant air and a warm climate, but we still suffer from air quality issues just like any other big city does. Pollen, dust and other contaminants have a way of slipping into our household air, and our beachfront weather also means high humidity levels as well. A good air cleaner can help you counteract that, whether it’s a simple air filter, a UV germicidal light designed to kill bacteria, a duct cleaning service or a dehumidifier designed to pull some of the excess moisture out of the air. But what kinds of benefits, specifically, do those air cleaners provide? The answers depend on the type of air cleaner, but can be broadly lumped into a few categories. Continue Reading

What’s the Difference Between Centralized Air Conditioners and Ductless Mini-Split Air Conditioners?

July 6th, 2015

Ductless mini-split air conditioners are offered as an alternative to traditional central air conditioners, and can provide many benefits that other types of system can’t. Here in San Diego, CA, it behooves prudent homeowners to consider all of their options, which may include a ductless system depending upon the household. So what’s the difference between centralized air conditioners and ductless mini-split air conditioners? Basically it boils down to size and application. Continue Reading

Schedule a Heating Maintenance Session Now

June 29th, 2015

We’re at the height of summer here in San Diego, CA, which means that your heating system is probably the last thing on your mind. But now is actually the ideal time to schedule a maintenance session on your heater, to ensure that it’s ready to go when the temperatures start to drop. The benefits of doing so can be surprising, and can include the following:

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3 Benefits to Zone Control Systems

June 22nd, 2015

Zone control systems divide your air conditioning system into individual sections via a series of dampers. Each section has its own thermostat and control system, allowing you to tailor the temperature in each part of your home individually, or even turn off the air conditioner if parts of the home that aren’t being used. It’s not for every household, but those with concerns about bills and those with a lot of space to cool can really benefit from them. Here in San Diego, CA, air conditioning systems are a significant concern to any prudent homeowner, who should always weigh the pros and cons before pulling the trigger on an investment such as a zone control system. Here are 3 benefits that you should consider. Continue Reading

How Does Short Cycling Damage Your Air Conditioner?

June 15th, 2015

Short cycling is the term used for when your air conditioner turns on, turns off again after a very short running time, and then turns on again a short while later. It can be tricky to spot if you’re focused on other things, and our comparatively mild weather in San Diego, CA means that it may not seem all that unusual. In truth, however, short cycling indicates a serious problem, and if your air conditioner turns on and off multiple times throughout the day, it may end up costing you a great deal. What causes short cycling, and how does it damage your air conditioner? Read on for the answers. Continue Reading

3 Advantages to Installing UV Germicidal Lights

June 8th, 2015

UV stands for “ultra-violet,” a light wave that is beyond the human being’s ability to see. They’re used for amusement at rock concerts or theme parks (if you’ve ever noticed your white t-shirt glowing in the dark, you’re bathing in a UV light), but they can be much more useful than that. UV germicidal lights installed as part of your heating and air conditioning system can provide a huge boon to your household in numerous ways. With summer here in La Habra, CA, now is the perfect time to install UV germicidal lights in your existing system. Here are 3 advantages to help explain why: Continue Reading

What Are the Benefits of Dehumidifiers?

June 1st, 2015

San Diego, CA enjoys some of the best weather in the entire country, and while we have our share of hot days, a good air conditioning system can usually keep us cool and comfortable. Humidity levels are a different matter, however. Our proximity to the ocean leaves a lot of humidity in the air, and if left unaddressed, it can wreak havoc on your home comfort levels. A quality dehumidifier, installed by a professional technician, can improve things dramatically. How dramatically? Here’s a brief list of some of the benefits of dehumidifiers that you should consider this summer. Continue Reading

Drain Pan Problems with Your Air Conditioner

May 25th, 2015

Your air conditioner relies on electrical components to do its job, which means that water is an absolute no-no. Yet is also creates condensation when it cools the air, which liquefies the ambient moisture in the air leaving droplets similar to morning dew on the coils. How does it function without shorting out? The drain pan, which collects the condensation safely before removing it from the system with a line. Drain pans are an invaluable part of the system, and like any other component they can run into problems from time to time. In San Diego, CA, you don’t want to hesitate when that happens, since our humid sea air can create a lot of condensation. Drain pan problems usually boil down to a few simple things, but the consequences of letting them slide can be devastating. Continue Reading