HOW BAD IS THE AIR IN YOUR HOME?

summer hvac tips

Indoor air quality is not something most people worry about on a daily basis. However, there can be serious consequences for poor indoor air quality. Dirty air often contains toxins and mold spores that can lead to allergy symptoms and even illness in some cases. We highly recommend taking certain steps to maintain quality indoor…

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10 WAYS TO SAVE MONEY ON YOUR UTILITY BILL

Although the green movement has been trumpeting the importance of energy conservation for years, it popped up on Americans’ radar screens in a major way after oil-price spikes in 2008 caused utility companies to add fuel surcharges to customers’ bills. Add to that droughts and water shortages in many regions of the country that forced…

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What are SEER and EER Ratings?

The higher an air conditioner’s SEER or EER rating means it is more energy efficient. SEER and EER are both measurements of an air conditioner’s energy efficiency, but what is the difference and how does it affect you? First, let’s define each of them.   EER (Energy Efficiency Ratio) EER is the Energy Efficiency is…

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Why you Can’t buy HVAC parts Yourself

In the world of YouTube and DIY sites, it seems it would be easy to go to the local DIY big box store and get the supplies necessary to complete HVAC repairs yourself. It is not that simple, and there are a good many reasons why.   In 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency made changes…

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The Best Time to Buy an Air Conditioner

Like with most seasonal products and commodities, there has been much debate over the best time to buy an air conditioner. Should it be the summer, when you need it most? Perhaps wait until the winter in hopes of getting a great price while demand is low—after all, how many people will be buying a…

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Is Your Landlord Responsible for Your Air Conditioner?

It’s always sunny in California, specifically in San Diego County where the summer heat beats down and winter is the furthest thing from a winter wonderland. If you’re renting a new apartment or home, you make have assumed your landlord is required to provide air conditioning. With as hot as it gets in California, we…

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How does an HVAC System Work?

Traditional central HVAC systems are composed of multiple units which are in turn compose of multiple moving parts. We’re going to break down your typical central AC unit in order to help you better understand HVAC systems and how to troubleshoot them, we’re going to list out each major component and what it does.  …

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What Is an Air Handler?

Residential Air Handlers are used to stabilize and circulate air for in home ventilation. Air handler units are usually found in attic space and are the indoor section of your homes central HVAC system (the outdoor AC unit is called a condenser). Air handlers usually come in the shape of a large metal box mounted…

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3 HVAC Tips for Summer

With summer in full swing, now is the time to be thinking about the things you can do around the house to help keep your heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit, or HVAC, at its peak. When you work to make your home and your HVAC unit complement each other, you can save more money…

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Is a smart thermostat worth buying?

Smart thermostats – they’ve been on the market for a few years now and many people are wondering if they are worth the extra cost? A lot of this depends on your comfort with the new technology and how you will be using it. Many of the new models on the market will save you…

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