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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…

Common A/C Condensate Drain Problems

During the normal cooling process, your A/C extracts water from the air and sends it outdoors through the built-in drainage system. Problems with the drain system can result in unpleasant odors, mold growth that degrades your indoor air quality, or even HVAC equipment and property damage. Here’s how to deal with three of the most common drainage system issues that develop, so you can avoid messy cleanups, prevent costly repairs, and maintain a healthier air supply. Dry Drain Trap Your…

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…

3 Things You Should Stop Doing to Your San Marcos A/C

Air conditioning is one of the best features of a modern home, especially in areas like ours that experience hot summers. It’s easy to take it for granted until it stops working. Here are things to stop doing to your A/C so that it stays in good working condition longer. No Energy Audit Poor insulation and air leaks make your home hotter and add to your air conditioner’s workload. This not only reduces comfort but can also decrease the life…

5 Ways to Protect Your A/C Unit From Theft

Air conditioning systems are a popular target for thieves because the condenser coils and refrigerant lines contain copper that’s worth a few hundred dollars when scrapped. Air conditioners are often placed out of public view for aesthetic reasons, so it is easy to quickly strip the system and carry the valuable portions away. By protecting your A/C unit from theft with the following suggestions, you can avoid the high repair bills associated with the crime. Have your HVAC contractor secure…

A/C Overwhelmed by Humidity? Here’s What to Do

It can be a real struggle to keep comfortable in California when the humidity spikes. Humidity makes air feel warmer without changing the actual temperature, which is what leads to those sticky days that make you argue with the thermostat. In addition to discomfort, excess humidity can also cause damage to your home and its surfaces over time, so it’s best to keep the humidity level indoors somewhere between 30% to 50%. An air conditioner automatically takes some humidity out of the air…