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It’s our AC Tune-Up Early Bird Special!  Get a Jump on Summer for just $49.

lennox_thermostatWith temperatures set to reach 90 this weekend, now is the time to take advantage of the Sherlock Air Early Bird Special to save on an air conditioning tune-up from your Vista HVAC company.

Why is Air Conditioner Service Smart Preventive Maintenance?

Our 25 Point Precision Air Conditioning Tune-Up gives you just the kind of preventive maintenance that you need to make sure that your air conditioner is fully functioning and ready for the warm months ahead.  Our air conditioning tune-up, developed and completed by the trained staff of our HVAC company, helps to keep your system running efficiently and reliably, no matter what the weather brings.

Preventive maintenance and quality air conditioner service at the start of the season means you reduce your risk of system breakdown when you need your A/C most.  Because the air conditioning tune-up allows us to spot problems before they get out of hand, it also helps you to avoid costly repairs in the future.

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Why An Energy Evaluation Is Vital For Your California Home

 Why An Energy Evaluation Is Vital For Your California HomeAnother scorching summer is on the way here in Southern California, and you may be wondering what to do to prepare your home for the weather. Air conditioner maintenance, energy efficiency, and proper sealing of air leaks are all essential to keeping your bills low and your cooling system functioning properly. The simplest way to figure out where problem areas exist in your home is to schedule a home energy evaluation.

During an energy evaluation, a professional inspector will visit your home and conduct a thorough inspection, searching for leaks, wasteful appliances, and other common issues. To prepare for your evaluation, be sure that all areas of your house are easily accessible. The inspector will need to examine every nook and cranny of your rooms, closets, attic, and basement to determine where any air leaks might be.

One of the major benefits of hiring a professional to conduct your evaluation is that the specialized tools that energy auditors often use are much more reliable at finding issues than the average homeowner is. This equipment is meant to locate air leaks that aren’t obvious or even visible. A blower-door test is a common part of an energy evaluation, and involves changing the pressure of the house, sometimes filling the whole house with a harmless smoke, in order to locate all air leaks. Another common tool used in energy evaluations is a thermographic camera. Thermographic cameras detect temperature when aimed at a wall or other surface, and be incredibly useful in locating areas with missing insulation or air leaks.

Perhaps the most important part of an energy evaluation is what follows the actual audit. After a careful inspection of your home, your energy auditor will present the findings of the evaluation, and give advice on what can be done to fix any problems. Once you have this information, get to work on sealing things up immediately, and fixing any other problems that were discovered during your evaluation.

For more information on energy evaluations and saving energy in your San Diego area home, contact Sherlock Heating and Air Conditioning today.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Diego and San Marcos, California area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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Ceiling Fans: A Simple Springtime Fix May Lie Overhead

Ceiling Fans: A Simple Springtime Fix May Lie OverheadSpring is afoot, and the key to saving money on energy bills and keeping your home cool this summer may be hanging overhead and depend on your ceiling fan direction.

Whether you live near the coast, in a valley or in the mountains, you’re sure to have those San Diego days when the temperature spikes and your home begins to feel a little warmer than you’d like it to. A great way to counteract Mother Nature’s heat waves is to make sure the rotation of your ceiling fan is counterclockwise.

A counterclockwise rotation will create a windchill effect, making the entire room feel cooler, even though you haven’t adjusted your thermostat at all.

According to the United States Department of Energy, a ceiling fan rotating counterclockwise will allow you to set your thermostat four-degrees higher in the warm spring and summer months without feeling any warmer in your home. Over the course of a long, warm San Diego spring and summer, those four degrees add up to significant savings on your energy bill.

Making sure your ceiling fan direction is counterclockwise in the spring, combined with proper air conditioner maintenance and even duct sealing, can help keep you cool–and help you save a lot of cash this spring and summer–regardless of whether you live near the ocean, in the valley or on a mountain.

For more tips about how you can reduce your energy consumption and save money on your bills, or to find the right ceiling fan for you home, contact Sherlock Heating & Air Conditioning today.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Diego and San Marcos, California area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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Warning Signs That Your Air Conditioning System Is In Trouble

Warning Signs That Your Air Conditioning System Is In TroubleLiving in the San Diego area, you rely on your air conditioner to stay cool in the summer months. Keeping your HVAC equipment properly maintained can help prolong the life of the unit and ensure good performance, though minor repairs are inevitable. Here are some warning signs to watch out for, all of which can signal bigger problems with your air conditioning system. Continue reading “Warning Signs That Your Air Conditioning System Is In Trouble” »

A/C Upgrades Require Expert Sizing And Installation

A/C Upgrades Require Expert Sizing And InstallationWhen you’re considering an A/C upgrade, it’s important to take your time and choose the best equipment for your home. Too many homeowners glance at their old A/C unit and run out and buy a newer version of the same equipment. That’s not always a good idea.  Continue reading “A/C Upgrades Require Expert Sizing And Installation” »

A/C Upgrades Are Not Based On SEER Alone: Other Key Considerations

A/C Upgrades Are Not Based On SEER Alone: Other Key ConsiderationsThe HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system in your home is one of the largest physical investments you’ll make and, in the San Diego area, your cooling unit likely may be operating from May through September. Therefore, with all of the energy-saving innovations hitting the market, it may be time to consider an upgrade to your air conditioning (A/C). Your energy savings will translate directly into savings on your utility bills. Continue reading “A/C Upgrades Are Not Based On SEER Alone: Other Key Considerations” »

A/C Operating Tips For Maximum Efficiency & Savings Through Summer

A/C Operating Tips For Maximum Efficiency & Savings Through SummerWith warmer weather here to stay, homeowners are looking for ways to stay cool. But staying cool also often means higher energy bills due to the operating costs of an air conditioner. In order to use your system to its maximum efficiency and to save energy, use these A/C operating tips this summer: Continue reading “A/C Operating Tips For Maximum Efficiency & Savings Through Summer” »