How to Understand Air Conditioner Ratings

Shopping for a new central air conditioner lacking a familiarity with air conditioner ratings is like going hiking barefoot. You’re not going to get very far. Ratings that show the cooling efficiency of an air conditioning system (in effect, how well the system converts electricity into cooling) will help you get the right A/C for your San Diego-area home. The most common residential central cooling system in Southern California (and the U.S. as a whole) is the split-system A/C or…

Here’s How to Troubleshoot Your A/C

Your air conditioner is a complex system of motorized parts, electrical components, refrigerant, fans, and more. If one part is too dirty, out of whack, or has simply gone kaput, your A/C won’t operate efficiently or, perhaps, it won’t work at all. Try these troubleshooting tips before you call your HVAC contractor. Unit Doesn’t Run The first component to check if your A/C isn’t running at all is the thermostat. Make sure it hasn’t been turned to HEAT accidentally. Adjust…

You’ll Want Clean A/C Coils this Summer

In the summer, few things are more infuriating than an air conditioning system that’s cooling your home inadequately or not working at all. You can avoid such inconveniences by performing some maintenance tasks, such as cleaning your air conditioning coils. Clean A/C coils can make a significant difference in your system’s performance. Why are Clean A/C Coils Important? Your air conditioner has evaporator and condenser coils that absorb indoor heat and release it outdoors. Dirt buildup on the coils prevents…

Advice for a Leaking Air Conditioner

One of the more common problems experienced with home cooling is a leaking air conditioner. This not only can damage the A/C; it also can damage floors, walls and other nearby fixtures and items. If you discover a pool of water near the inside unit of your air conditioning system, turn off the A/C. The water could damage electronic components of the system, plus pose a safety risk. At this point, your best bet is to call a trusted HVAC…

Get Answers to Your HVAC System FAQs

A well-functioning HVAC system is vital for your home comfort, so you need to know how to keep yours in optimal operating condition. Getting the answers to some HVAC FAQs is a good place to start: Is Preventive HVAC Maintenance Beneficial? Routine preventive maintenance keeps your HVAC system running safely, and it offers other benefits too. When the equipment is professionally inspected, cleaned and tuned up in the spring and fall, it operates at maximum efficiency. During a visit, your…

Proper Attic Insulation Can Help You Save Energy Year Round

When your attic doesn’t have enough insulation, your home can lose heat. This causes your heating system to run more frequently, leading to higher energy bills. Not having enough attic insulation can also result in drafty areas, making your home uncomfortable. Use the following information to help you understand more about insulating your attic.…

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HVAC Questions First-Time Home Buyers Should Consider

Buying a home is an exciting time in life. First-time home buyers often feel overwhelmed by the number of questions and considerations they have to make during this process. If you are buying a home, be certain that you give some attention to the condition of the heating and cooling system. Problems or replacement can be costly with these systems, so it’s best to know what you are buying before you make an offer. Here are some considerations to make.…

Don’t Forget to Complete Your Fall HVAC Maintenance Checklist

With cooler temperatures on the horizon, it’s time to prepare your San Diego area home and the HVAC system. After all, the efficiency of your home impacts your comfort, safety, health, and energy bills. Set aside a day to take care of it with these fall HVAC maintenance tips. Home Exterior Sealing: Inspect your home’s exterior for gaps and cracks in cladding, walkways, and the foundation. Use caulk, spray-in foam, and driveway filler to seal. Outdoor HVAC unit: Spray off…

How to Get Your Air Conditioner Unit Ready for the Fall Season

Even though the weather in the San Diego area is known for being mild and sunny for most of the year, it’s still important to perform annual maintenance work on your air conditioner unit. Here are some tips on how to prepare your air conditioner unit for the fall season: Remove portable A/C units from windows. They should be placed into storage away from windows or other sources of moisture. Plant material, such as dead leaves or overgrown plants, can…