How Do SEER Ratings Work?

May 30th, 2016

This can be a busy time of year for us, because so many San Diego, CA residents are installing new air conditioners to be ready for another hot and sunny summer. But a good installation only comes after careful preparation, and the more you know about what you need in a new air conditioner, the more informed your final decision will be. Along with the power levels of a new AC (which need to be balanced to match the size of your home), the most important number to keep in mind is SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio), which determines how efficient your air conditioner is.  Continue Reading

Do You Need a Dehumidifier?

May 23rd, 2016

Residents of Poway, CA are often shielded from the worst of the Southern California heat, owing mostly to our proximity to the cool breezes of the coast. But high humidity can often make it feel much hotter than it is, while fostering the growth of bacteria and mold that constitute a genuine health hazard. A whole-house dehumidifier could be the answer you need: keeping your air dry and comfortable and helping your air conditioning system do its job more readily. Now is the best time to have one installed, before summer hits and the temperatures start to climb. Here’s a quick breakdown on how it works and why your home could benefit from such an installation. Continue Reading

3 Ways to Protect Allergy Sufferers in Your Home

May 16th, 2016

The benefit of living in towns like San Marcos, CA is that the weather stays warm and comfortable year-round, helping you keep a handle on your heating and air conditioning bills. Unfortunately, temperature isn’t the only thing you have to worry about. Allergens are a constant problem throughout Southern California, especially during the summer months when the air can get dry or dusty. Your home needs to be protected from allergens in order to keep your allergies from making you miserable.

Unfortunately, you can’t simply tell the allergens “halt” when they get to your front door. You can, however, install a number of indoor air quality devices that can cut down on the allergens in the air of your home, helping the affected family members breather easier in the process. Here’s a quick list of 3 such systems to give you some idea of what we’re talking about. Continue Reading

Use a UV Air Purifier for a Clean Home

May 9th, 2016

If you live in National City, CA, chances are you’ve been to Disneyland at some point. Did you notice that your clothes were glowing in the dark on the Peter Pan ride? That’s caused by a dark light, also know as a UV light, which radiates invisible ultraviolet rays that interact with the chemicals in your laundry detergent to make white clothes glow. But you can do more than just enjoy the Happiest Place on Earth with UV lighting. A UV air purifier installed in your heating and air conditioning system can do wonders for purifying your home. Continue Reading

3 Signs That You Need a New Air Conditioner

May 2nd, 2016

Visitors always speak highly of the outstanding weather in San Diego, CA, and as a homeowner, you can take comfort in the fact that you enjoy a level of year-round comfort that few other areas of the country enjoy. Still, we need our central air conditioners, heat pumps, and ductless mini splits to ensure that our homes are kept cool all summer long. But your AC will not last forever. While it’s only the beginning of May, yours will get a workout this season, and you probably want to avoid any last-minute breakdowns. Here are some reasons to consider a brand new air conditioner. Continue Reading

3 Advantages to a Zone Control System

April 25th, 2016

With summer on its way in Poway, CA, you need every advantage you can get to keep your air conditioner running with the maximum possible efficiency. One option is to install a zone control system in your existing air conditioning system: a series of valves and shutters that let you control the temperature from room to room instead of setting just a single temperature in your entire house. There are a number of benefits to that, especially in larger houses that may get eaten alive by air conditioning costs. Here are three such benefits for you to consider. Continue Reading

Think About a New Thermostat

April 18th, 2016

With temperature rising here in Escondido, CA and another hot summer on the way, it’s time to think about any changes or improvements you might make to your heating and air conditioning system. We rarely take the time to think about our thermostats, which can last for decades and rarely suffer from damage or wear and tear like other components in the system do. There’s nothing wrong with such longevity, and if your thermostat is still going strong after 20 years, more power to you. There’s a downside to such longevity, however. It means you’re missing out on some exciting technological advances of the last few years. While there may be nothing specifically wrong with your thermostat, you may want to think about installing a new one just to take advantage of advanced  features. Continue Reading

Beware of Low Refrigerant in Your AC

April 11th, 2016

Here in San Marcos, CA we’ve already encountered our share of warm days, and they’re apt to get warmer as the year goes on. Now is the ideal time to check for problems in your air conditioner. Since it’s still spring, you can get it corrected at leisure, and have your system ready to go by the time summer hits. Among the issues to watch for is low refrigerant levels in your AC. Refrigerant isn’t consumed by the system the way most people think. It circulates throughout a closed loop in order to cool the air in your home. It’s not supposed to leak, but when it does, it can cause big trouble. Continue Reading

Size and Efficiency: Two Factors in Choosing a New Air Conditioner

April 4th, 2016

Spring is the season when we perform more new air conditioning installations than any other, and it’s not hard to see why. Here in National City, CA, we still have a few weeks before the weather gets too hot, and installing a new air conditioner to replace an old one means that you’ll be ready to go by the time the area’s first heat wave hits. There are a number of considerations you’ll need to work out with your installation service, who can help you pick out the perfect system for your home. The most important questions, however, can be divided into two basic categories: the power level, or size of the unit, and the efficiency with which it does its job. Continue Reading

Why Choose a Heat Pump over a Traditional AC?

March 28th, 2016

Spring is upon us, and soon enough we’ll be ready to turn on our air conditioners. If you’re considering an air conditioning system installation or replacement this season, you have a few considerations to make. You might be content replacing your current air conditioner with a newer version, but there could be better options for you. Take a heat pump for example. Heat pumps offer numerous benefits over traditional air conditioners, some of which we’ve highlighted below. Continue Reading