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

Does Your Air Conditioner Need Replacing?

September 14th, 2015

No homeowner likes to think about the cost and effort involved in replacing their air conditioner, but sooner or later, it’s going to be necessary. Now is actually an ideal time to think about it, with summer in its last throes here in San Diego, CA and cooler temperatures on their way. The winter gives you plenty of time to schedule the installation of a new air conditioner. But does your existing air conditioner need replacing? Only you can answer that question – every situation is unique, after all – but here are a few handy guidelines to help you out. Continue Reading

3 Steps to Get Your Heat Pump Ready for Fall

September 7th, 2015

If you own a heat pump, you’ve already enjoyed a number of benefits over more traditional air conditioners and heaters. These units combine the functions of both into one single system, using the principles of air conditioning to provide cool air in the summer and warm air in the winter. We’ve enjoyed a warm summer season here in San Diego, CA, but with summer coming to an end, your heat pump will need to start focusing on the “heat” part of its title. Here are 3 steps to get yours ready for fall.

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Watch for Late-Summer Air Conditioning Problems

August 31st, 2015

Summer in San Diego, CA will officially be over in a few weeks, but we all know that hot weather here won’t stop just because the calendar says so. Your air conditioner, which has been working hard all summer, will be called upon to keep your household comfortable for a short while longer. Its workload may have left it with some lingering issues, however, which can cost you more in higher bills and could even cause a breakdown in the most extreme cases. Learn to watch for late-summer air conditioning problems, and respond to them quickly by calling in a trained technician to deal with them.

Low Refrigerant

Your air conditioner depends on a set level of refrigerant to do its job. Many people assume that it consumes refrigerant the way a car consumes gasoline, but in fact, it needs the refrigerant to stay as a set level – cycling through its system – in order to cool the air. When leaks arise and your refrigerant levels drop, frost will form on the evaporator coil and the air conditioner will need to expend more energy in order to do its job. Continue Reading

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