How to Lower Your Air Conditioning Bills

August 24th, 2015

We’ve hit the hottest part of the summer here in San Diego, CA, and that means you’re likely looking at the highest energy bills you’ve had all year. Part of that is inescapable – when you need to run your air conditioner every day it’s going to cost more than when you only need to run it once a week – but that doesn’t mean you can’t save money on energy costs. Some steps are easy, and you’re probably already familiar with them: setting your thermostat to 78 instead of 75, for example, and keeping plenty of water around to stay hydrated. But others involve a little more planning and some help from a trained AC technician. Here are a few you should consider as ways of lowering your air conditioning bills. Continue Reading

Common Problems with Thermostats

August 17th, 2015

We tend to discount the thermostat when dealing with air conditioning problems. It’s so simple to use and rarely runs into trouble that we just assume that it will always be there. That’s why, when issues arise, it can be so frustrating. Thermostats serve as our control panel for the heating and air conditioning system. If they malfunction, we can’t operate our system the way we need to and all that heating and cooling power just sits unused. Even in San Diego, CA, with our mild temperatures and year-round warmth, common problems with thermostats still arise. Here’s a few to look out for. Continue Reading

Why Do SEER Ratings Matter With Air Conditioners?

August 10th, 2015

We enjoy great weather here in San Diego, CA, but that doesn’t mean we can do without a reliable air conditioning system for those days when the California sun gets a little too warm. When you’re in the market for a new air conditioning system, you should do your homework and evaluate all of the factors involved in a new system. Among the most important is the SEER rating, which stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, and which measures the system’s overall efficiency. Why do SEER ratings matter with air conditioners? Read on for the answers. Continue Reading

Why Isn’t My Air Conditioner Blowing Air?

August 3rd, 2015

It’s a common complaint that air conditioner technicians are called upon to fix quite often: the air from your system is cold enough, but the air isn’t blowing with sufficient speed. An air conditioner that doesn’t blow air is almost as problematic as one that doesn’t blow any cool air, and while we benefit from mild temperatures here in San Diego, CA, that doesn’t mean you want air conditioner to work harder than necessary to keep your household cool. The faster you can fix a problem with low air flow, the more effective your air conditioner will be. Some of the possible causes of low air flow include the following: Continue Reading

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