Browsing Tag:heating and cooling

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…

Top Mobile Apps All Homeowners Need

Mobile apps have come home. Many smartphone and tablet apps now help you manage your household and the home’s physical infrastructure to keep you on a maintenance schedule, guide you through how-to projects and help plan home improvements. Managing house and home is easier when you can utilize mobile apps to organize short-term and long-term priorities as well as access professional expertise. Here are some of the leading mobile apps on the home front: HomeSavvy helps you schedule home maintenance…

Best HVAC Tools for Any Job

When you call an expert to fix your heating or cooling system, it’s important that they come prepared. Some issues can be fixed with basic tools such as a wrench, screwdriver, pliers, etc. But many problems require specialized HVAC tools. Let’s take a look at some of the latest and most important tools an HVAC technician should have on hand. Refrigerant leak detector If the coolant is leaking from your A/C, not only will it force your system to work…

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…

Why You Should Use an Air Humidifier in the Summer

If you’re like many other San Diego homeowners, you probably use an air humidifier in the wintertime when a combination of low outdoor humidity and running the furnace makes your indoor air uncomfortably dry. You may not know that using a humidifier can also help combat dry air in the summer too, when your air conditioner is operating all the time. How Low Humidity Occurs During Cooling Season Your heat pump or air conditioner cools down your interior spaces by…

Bundling Up Your Water Heater During Winter Cold Spells

Most homeowners think about their water heaters when they develop problems. Obviously, that’s too late because you’ll not only have to spend money on repairs but also put up with cold showers. Prepare your water heater for the cold season by taking the following steps. Turn off the water valve — Start by shutting off the water valve then the gas valve of a gas water heater. Unplug an electric water heater from its power outlet. Drain the tank —…

Furnace Odor: What it Could Mean

If you notice a strange odor from your furnace, don’t ignore it. While it could be something as simple as collected dust in the HVAC system or a dirty filter, an unusual furnace smell may also signal a more serious or even dangerous situation. Read on to learn the cause of common furnace odors and what to do about them. Musty or Earthy Odors Musty or earthy odors are often caused by a dirty and contaminated air filter or mold…

How to Compare Home Heating Systems

Whether you’re in the market for a new heating system or looking to review your current one, it’s important to have a good understanding of the different options available. Each system will have its advantages and disadvantages. Let’s look at the different home heating systems, along with their pros and cons. Forced Air This is the most common type of home heating system. Air is heated in a furnace using different fuel sources such as oil, electricity, natural gas, or…