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Why the Right HVAC Placement is Essential

Proper HVAC placement can improve the efficiency, operating costs and service life of an air conditioner. The A/C air handler including the evaporator coil and blower fan are located indoors, usually in a dedicated HVAC closet. The other half of a central AC comprises the condenser coil and fan as well as the system compressor. It’s function is to receive compressed heat extracted from the inside of the house, then disperse it into the air. Here are some guidelines to…

When HOA Affects Your HVAC Requirements

For all the good they do, HOA associations can complicate the HVAC requirements for property owners. Homeowner associations exist to protect the property interests of all their owners. Central to their efforts are strict rules and regulations that govern the appearance and upkeep of the public and many of the private areas. Although federal law requires a heating system in every dwelling unit, they don’t stipulate that homes have air conditioning. Cooling Solutions If your community has restrictions covering the…

HVAC Covers: Should You Invest?

Are HVAC covers really necessary for an air conditioner? Once the cooling season is over, your central air conditioner is generally inactive until the weather heats up again. Some homeowners wonder if leaving the outdoor half of the unit exposed to the elements during the off-season is detrimental to components and the overall service life of the system. Here are some pros and cons of HVAC covers to help you make your own decision: The outdoor A/C unit is designed…

You Need to Know These Common Energy Myths

Saving energy in your North San Diego home helps you lower your energy bills while also helping the environment. In order to make sure you’re doing what you can to reduce energy usage, watch out for these common energy myths: Energy Myth: Electronics and Appliances Don’t Use Energy When They’re Off Even if you have your computer or other electronic devices and appliances turned off, they still keep drawing energy as long as they’re plugged in. To save energy, unplug…

Warning Signs That Your A/C System is Dying

If your air conditioning system seems to be acting up or if it’s not cooling your home off like it used to, it might be time to get a new one. How do you know if your A/C system is dying? Watch for the following signs, especially as the temperatures heat up outside. Running Constantly Your A/C system should run often enough to keep your home cool, but it shouldn’t be running all the time. If your system seems to…

How to Quiet Your Home’s A/C

Noisy air conditioner? The best option, whether yours makes noise from the indoor component or the outdoor compressor, is to upgrade with a modern HVAC system that features noise abatement technology. But if you’re not ready to go that far, there are some other things you can do for quieting A/C noises. The first step is to pinpoint the cause of the noise, which can derive from a whole range of issues. Why Is My A/C So Loud? Among the…

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…