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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…

Two-Stage Cooling: The Benefits

Because single-stage cooling is more than you need most of the time, two-stage cooling offers better comfort control and lower operating costs. A one-stage air conditioner has only a single cooling output: 100 percent all the time, as long as the unit is running. This all or nothing approach has several drawbacks: Once the house is cooled to the desired thermostat setting, the single-stage A/C continues to operate at 100 percent output, causing the unit to cycle on and off…

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…

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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…

Consider Upgrading to a Variable-Speed Air Handler

If your HVAC system is 10 years old or more, it probably has a single-speed air handler. A new energy efficient A/C with a variable-speed air handler has many advantages over the single-speed model. Here are some important benefits of upgrading to a variable-speed air handler. Efficiency A single-speed air handler can only run at one speed. It cycles between zero capacity and 100 percent throughout the day, delivering air using its full capacity regardless of your home’s demands. This…

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…

Learn the 7 Components Crucial for Air Conditioner Function

An air conditioner is invaluable for getting through the hot San Diego and Encinitas summers comfortably. Because your A/C is so important, it’s worth taking the time to get familiar with how it works. The more you know, the better prepared you’ll be to plan maintenance, component replacements and upgrades. Evaporator coil – Located in or near your indoor air handler, this component receives cold refrigerant from the expansion valve. As the refrigerant flows through the coil, it absorbs heat from…