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The Most Important Areas of Your Home to Ventilate

Lingering odors, stuffy rooms, germs and moisture problems — a lack of daily air exchange has very unpleasant side effects for your comfort and health. In fact, most homes harbor at least one serious indoor air quality (IAQ) issue, according to the EPA. With a little effort and the right ventilation strategy, you can bring a breath of fresh air to your home in the rooms that need it most. Breath of Fresh Air You may fiddle with the thermostat…

Setting the Record Straight on Myths About Saving Energy

Common energy-saving myths can lead you to waste energy unnecessarily. Even in the mild San Diego climate, that can mean higher cooling and heating bills. Understanding these myths will help you avoid this. Myth: Closed air registers save energy. Closing air registers in unused rooms does nothing to reduce the demand on your A/C or furnace and therefore doesn’t save energy. This misguided technique only creates a pressure imbalance in your heating and cooling system that can damage the components.…

Make the Most of Your Thermostat this Season


When the seasons change, so do your home comfort needs. As you change your furnace filter and schedule your furnace check up for the fall, don’t forget to reset your programmable thermostat. Your programmable thermostat can be one of your best tools to lower your energy bills, if it is used effectively. Tips for Making the Most of Your Thermostat Fall is an excellent time to reevaluate your needs and ensure that your thermostat is set as efficiently as possible.…

Auto Versus Fan On: Learn Which Way Is Best for Setting Your Thermostat

Have you ever noticed that your thermostat features both an “on” and “auto” setting? Do you know when to use them? These two fan settings are points of confusion for many, so let’s have a look at each. The Difference Between “On” and “Auto” Setting your thermostat to “auto” makes the fan run only when your home’s air is being heated or cooled. Once your home reaches the desired temperature, it stops. The “on” setting means the fan runs 24/7, whether your…

Tips for Getting the Most Energy Savings From Your Programmable Thermostat

A programmable thermostat gives you the power to establish consistent temperature changeovers for energy savings and carefree comfort. By programming temperatures to serve your lifestyle, you can maximize the function of that simple device. Programming Tips With a programmable thermostat, you don’t have to remember to turn the temperature up or down when you leave for the day, arrive home, go to bed and wake up. Instead, program temperature changeover times to take place about 10 minutes before each event change. For…

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…

Troubleshooting Tips for a Malfunctioning Air Conditioner

With the summer heat around San Diego and San Marcos, a problem with your air conditioner can quickly leave you very uncomfortable. Knowing how to troubleshoot your A/C will help you get it running again or let you provide your technician with useful information about what might be wrong. Free Up the Airflow Poor airflow is a common cause of heating and cooling system malfunctions. It can impair the system’s performance and even shut down the system entirely. First, check…

5 Common HVAC Problems & How to Fix Them

When temperatures soar in San Diego and your air conditioning system chooses to stop working with little to no warning, you need a quick solution. Although most air conditioning problems require the knowledge of an HVAC professional, homeowners can also troubleshoot some issues. To help you stay comfortable in your San Diego home, consider these five common HVAC problems and how to fix them. Clogged Drain If there’s too much humidity in your home, the condensate from the evaporator coil…

How a Programmable Thermostat Enhances Your Heating Regimen

Setting your thermostat to one temperature and never making adjustments may be costing you money. Most people don’t change the setting multiple times each day. The result is your heating and cooling system is working hard to reach your set temperature at times when a lower degree of comfort would make more sense. This is not very energy efficient. There may be certain periods of the day when you would like a more comfortable setting, but you don’t want to change the temperature because of…

If You’re at Work, What is Your Thermostat Set To?

If you’re at work, you may be wondering if you should have your thermostat set differently than when you’re at home. After all, you’re away from home for eight hours, so does it make a difference in your energy savings? Eight Hours of Savings It may surprise you to learn that you can save 5 to 15 percent of your energy bill just by decreasing your thermostat 10 to 15 degrees when you go to work or when you go…