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

How to Get Your Air Conditioner Unit Ready for the Fall SeasonEven 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 prevent outdoor air conditioners from working efficiently. The area around the coil should be checked for accumulated debris and cleaned as necessary.
  • After any debris has been removed, the condenser and evaporator coils should be checked. They can gather a heavy coating of dirt while they are being used, reducing airflow and efficiency. The coils should be checked at least once per year, so make sure to include this in your annual maintenance work.
  • Look at the condition of the air filters. They may need to be cleaned or changed as frequently as every other month.

Following these suggestions can help you to avoid unnecessary wear and tear on your air conditioner. For more information on how routine autumn maintenance visits can save you money, contact us at Sherlock Heating & Air. We have been keeping residents in the San Diego area cool since 2002 and look forward to helping you!

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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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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5 Ways Excess Humidity Can Damage Your San Diego Home

5 Ways Excess Humidity Can Damage Your San Diego HomeIn addition to the discomfort it can cause, excess humidity can also wreak havoc on your health and home. Here are five ways humidity damage can occur, and the steps you can take to prevent it from happening:

Trouble Below

Basements and crawlspaces are notoriously damp and are often humid, cool and dark. This, combined with moisture from the ground, can lead to condensation on walls, floors and other surfaces, leading ultimately to mold and mildew issues. Steps should be taken to minimize humidity levels, including:

  • Opening foundation vents to let it remain dry.
  • Keeping basement doors and windows closed on humid days.
  • Insulating basement walls using rigid foam insulation.
  • Using a professionally installed whole-house dehumidifier to remove excess moisture.
  • Installing a solid, thick moisture barrier in crawlspaces.

Flooring Issues

Carpeting and even hard flooring is susceptible to mold if excess humidity is present. Signs of excess humidity may include a musty smell, as well as damp carpeting and padding. A correctly sized and professionally installed air conditioning system can help control humidity levels, while keeping your home cool and comfortable.

Attic Concerns

Ventilation is the key to preventing moisture buildup in your attic space. A solar or electric powered fan can help create air movement to keep your attic cool and dry.

Wall Trouble

Walls may become spongy, and paint may bubble and peel if moisture pockets form within your walls as a result of excessively humid conditions. Sealing leaks around doors, windows, baseboards and wall outlets can help, as can beefing up wall insulation levels.

Storage Problems

Consistently high humidity levels can take their toll on stored items, such as food and clothing. Canned items may become rusty or leak, and dry foods may attract moisture and become stale. Allow air to circulate in closets by leaving doors open, removing unwanted items and leaving space between clothes. You can also store food in an air conditioned space.

For more information on the hazards of excess humidity, call the experts at Sherlock Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. We proudly serve homeowners in San Diego and the surrounding areas.

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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How Do I Know If the Air Conditioning Is Working Well Enough?

People often wonder how they can tell if an air conditioning system is working well enough. This is something that is very important to consider because your comfort is paramount, and you may have spent a great deal of money on your system. Determining whether or not your air conditioning system is working well enough can also be important if you are considering purchasing a new system.

Many people look for technical answers to these types of questions, and we will provide a couple of them for you. However, at first we would like to keep it simple.

Your body is a thermometer and barometer of sorts. When you are in your home and your air conditioner is running, stop and ask yourself how you feel. Are you totally comfortable? Or, do you feel a bit warm, clammy, or even sweaty?

If you are not comfortable physically this could be a sign that your air conditioning is not working well enough.

The next step that you should take if you feel physical signs the air conditioning may not be working well enough would be to check the thermostat. You set your thermostat to a particular temperature, and your air conditioner should automatically cool the home to that temperature.

If you look at the air conditioner setting and see one temperature, say 75°, and notice that the actual temperature in the room exceeds 75°, you can be pretty sure that your air conditioner is not working well enough.

Another telltale sign can be noise. If you are awakened in the middle of the night by some loud rattling, or if you hear a lot of bad-sounding noise when you are outside where the air conditioning unit is, your air conditioner is not functioning properly.

This does not mean that you will necessarily feel hot and uncomfortable in your home, but the unit is malfunctioning, and it will only get worse if you don’t take action to get the problem corrected.

Another thing to consider is your indoor air quality. Your air conditioner might not be working well enough if you or your family members are noticing a reduction in the indoor air quality.

An air conditioner that is working well should circulate clean air. There could be some type of maintenance that is necessary if the air quality is not up to par, and there could also be dirt, mold or debris in your air ducts.

Air conditioning is very important because it directly affects your quality of life, and it could even affect your health. If you suspect that your air conditioner is not working properly you should certainly contact a licensed professional to take a look at the problem.

Any time you want to do so you can give us a call at 760-295-5014.

Is San Marcos Air Conditioning Healthy?

People have a lot of questions about air conditioning in San Marcos, and one of them involves health factors. There are those who may have never thought about this before, but do you think San Marcos air conditioning is healthy?

We would like to examine this very interesting and compelling question in this post.

First of all, there are different types of health and different degrees of health challenges and benefits. When it comes to air conditioning for the most part we’re talking about subtleties, though there are some more profound factors.

Clearly, when you’re uncomfortably hot it can have a very negative impact on your mental state of mind. It is easy to confine the matter of health to your physical well-being, but your mental well-being is extremely important as well. Some experts say that you can actually make yourself sick or heal yourself to some extent depending on the way that you think.

There are few things more miserable than languishing in a very hot environment, especially a hot indoor environment, feeling sweaty and uncomfortable. You can’t think about anything else, so you are not very productive. You are certainly not going to be very motivated to move around and get exercise or tackle some creative project.

When you have an air conditioner to keep this heat at bay you’re going to avoid all of this negative mental activity. You may feel totally balanced, positive, and productive. So in this sense air conditioning is certainly quite healthy.

Another thing to consider is indoor air quality. A high-quality air conditioning system that is well maintained can go a long way toward ensuring healthy indoor air quality as the air that is circulating throughout the home is constantly cleansed and replenished.

Allergens that can be present can also be reduced by an air conditioning system that is working properly.

It’s really hard to find any evidence that air conditioning does anything negative to your health. However, you should definitely make sure that your air ducts are clean.

The air conditioning itself isn’t going to do anything unhealthy, and it can in fact keep your air cleaner as we stated previously. However, if the air that is cooling your home is blowing through ducts that are in some way unclean there can be some negative health consequences.

One thing to concern yourself with is mold. Mold can grow in air ducts. We’re not saying that this is the rule rather than the exception, but it happens.

If mold spores were to start circulating throughout your home family members who have asthma could experience more frequent episodes. Ingestion of the spores can also cause allergic reactions that are similar to hay fever symptoms. Skin eruptions can manifest in some people.

In the final analysis, any objective observer would have to say that San Marcos air conditioning is indeed healthy as long as the system is properly maintained.

 

Avoid Water Damage From Air Conditioning Leaks

 Avoid Water Damage From Air Conditioning LeaksYour air conditioning system naturally creates water as a byproduct of cooling your home. The water forms on the evaporator coil and drips into the drain pan, where the drainpipe siphons it off into your home’s plumbing system, or it runs outside and drains into your yard. When something goes wrong, the condensation can drain into your home, where it’s capable of creating significant water damage.  Continue reading “Avoid Water Damage From Air Conditioning Leaks” »

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 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” »