AZ Air Conditioning and Heating Blog

Don’t Use Your Air Conditioner to Lower Humidity Levels

February 20th, 2017

Weather_Seasons_Outdoors_iStock_000013156211_XXXLarge-meMost of the country experiences low humidity levels in the winter, when falling temperatures dry out the air. For our service area, it’s the exact opposite problem. Winters are mild in Southern California, but also very wet, and with the high levels of rain we’ve experienced this year, you may be dealing with too much humidity, not too little.

People have a tendency to run their air conditioners as a way of lowering humidity levels. This works to an extent, but it’s also very inefficient, and can cause a number of serious problems for your system. A whole-house dehumidifier can do the job a lot better. Here’s how it works. 

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Use a UV Air Purifier to Cut Down on Colds This Winter

February 13th, 2017

We live in a very warm climate here in the Southland, and even our winters are unusually mild. But that doesn’t mean you won’t still be facing other common winter problems, like colds and flu bugs. We get them here just like everywhere else does, and they’re not any less aggravating just because we’re not buried in snow. Luckily, there’s something you can do to protect your family from colds and flu bugs: the installation of a UV air purifier in your home.

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AZ Air CEO Receives BBB Award of Excellence

February 6th, 2017

AZ Air - BBB - AwardHere at AZ Air Conditioning and Heating, we usually use this blog to give our customers tips and tactics for making the most out of their heating and air conditioning systems. But we’d like to make an announcement for an honor that we’re very proud of. Our President and CEO, Richard A Copelan, has earned the Better Business Bureau’s prestigious Award of Excellence on behalf of the company!

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Have You Thought About a Water Filtration System?

January 23rd, 2017

Worker hands fixing heating systemWe have terrific civic water systems in Los Angeles, CA, and we can safely depend on clean water for drinking and cooking in most cases. However, our civic sewer systems aren’t set up to take a lot of water, and this winter, the rains have returned in earnest. That puts the entire system under strain, and the chances of contaminated water getting through into your home goes up.

That’s a big concern when the rains fall as heavily as they are right now, but luckily you have some options in dealing with them. Water filtration systems installed in your home by trained professionals can provide an extra level of protection for you and your family alike. Here’s a brief list of a few options for you to consider.

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Comparing Gas and Electric Furnaces

January 16th, 2017

Like most of Southern California, Burbank residences tend to rely on forced-air furnaces for heat. They’re simple and efficient, able to do the job in our mild climate without a lot of energy being expended.

Furnaces are further divided into two basic categories: gas furnaces and electric furnaces, denoting the fuel source they use for heat. Both models tend to have benefits and drawbacks If you’re looking to replace your furnace — either in the spring or sooner — it pays to understand the benefits and the drawbacks.

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Which Homes Are Right for Ductless Heating Systems?

January 16th, 2017

Homes in the Thousand Oaks area come in all shapes and sizes, and what works for one home might not work for another.  Accordingly, you need to think carefully about the kind of HVAC system your home uses.

Most of us are accustomed to traditional centralized heating and air, in which a single unit generate hot air or cool which, then blows it through the ducts into your home. It’s an efficient system, but it’s not the only one out there, and another type may actually serve your home better.

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Now or Later? When Should You Replace Your Heater?

January 10th, 2017

Torrance, CA enjoys mild winters like a lot of Southern Calfornia, and that can make for an interesting dilemma when the time comes to replace it. Back east, if an old heater breaks down before spring arrives, you have to replace it. The weather is simply too cold otherwise. But here in So Cal, a heater that’s on its last legs might be able to limp through until spring, giving you the time to make the change at a more leisurely pace. In the end, only you can make that decision, but here are a few guidelines to help you make that choice.

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Check your Heater Before Calling for Repairs

January 2nd, 2017

Heating breakdowns always seem to happen when you least expect them, and with winter officially here in Los Angeles, CA, you can’t afford to wait around for a repair service. But just because your heating system won’t turn on, that doesn’t mean that the problem requires a professional technician. While laymen should never attempt to repair a faulty furnace themselves, you can always check your system for basic fixes that require no training to resolve. They could help you avoid a service charge from bringing a technician to your home for no reason.

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Why Install a Heat Pump?

December 27th, 2016

Winter has arrived in Burbank, CA, and if you’re looking at replacing your HVAC system, now is actually a very good time. Our cold weather never gets that cold in sunny Southern California, and replacing an old air conditioner – or even a heater – is rarely an emergency.  That gives you the time to make a duly-considered solution, which might include an alternative to the more traditional models of heating and air conditioning. Heat pumps, in particular, do quite well in climates like ours, and if you need a new system, this might be an ideal solution to your HVAC problems.

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Improve the Efficiency of Your Heater

December 20th, 2016

We don’t think about our heaters nearly as often as we do our air conditioning systems here in the Los Angeles, CA area. Winters are so mild here that our heaters rarely get a serious workout, and heating bills tend to be very low when compared with other parts of the country. That doesn’t mean we should pay more than necessary for reliable heating, however.  You can take steps to improve the efficiency of your heater, which will not only lower those monthly bills, but can help prevent wear and tear on your system too. Here are a few suggestions on the best ways to do that.

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