AZ Air Conditioning and Heating Blog : Archive for April, 2015

4 Ways to Improve the Efficiency of Your Air Conditioning

Monday, April 27th, 2015

Air conditioning systems consume a lot of energy and can occupy up to half of the total electricity bill of some homes. If your bills last summer seemed out of control, it’s time to think about what you can do to make your air conditioner run more efficiently. All of the following steps can help you see a difference in your air conditioning bills this year and even reduce the chances of AC repair.

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Replace Your Thermostat for More Efficient Cooling

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Oftentimes, when you replace an air conditioning system, your technician does not also replace the thermostat. This means that you may still have the same thermostat that you had many, many years ago. And while it may still get an effective reading of the temperature in the room, your thermostat may be contributing to higher energy costs each month (or, at least, not helping to lower them). We recommend replacing an older thermostat with a more efficient model with advanced programming settings that help you to save whether you are home or not.

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How Duct Sealing Improves Your Air Conditioning System

Monday, April 13th, 2015

When your air conditioning system is not running properly, you usually assume there is an issue with the unit itself. However, if the cooling levels in your home are not adequate or if there is uneven cooling from room to room, it may actually have to do with the ductwork. In fact, leaky ductwork may be the reason your air conditioning system struggles and requires repairs from time to time. Schedule a duct inspection with a professional today to determine whether duct sealing will benefit your home.

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How Healthy Is Your Indoor Air?

Monday, April 13th, 2015

When you run your air conditioning or heating system, it first sucks in air from your home before sending conditioned air back out through the vents. Unfortunately, this means it also sucks up any contaminants from the air in your home. Even though your HVAC system contains an air filter, this may not be effective at reducing some of the most harmful contaminants—which are often too small for the average home filter. But installing a new indoor air quality system or seeking IAQ services may do the trick.

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3 Things You Should Know about Air Conditioning Installation

Monday, April 6th, 2015

Getting to know the ins and outs of your new air conditioning system can help you to feel more prepared for AC installation. But no matter how much information you gather about the installation process, professional service is always best. Professional air conditioning technicians have years of training to help guide them in choosing the air conditioning system that’s right for your home and installing it safely, securely, and accurately. Learn more about some of the essentials of air conditioning installation in our guide.

Efficiency Standards Have Changed

If you currently have an older model installed in your home, you should know that standards for AC efficiency have changed dramatically. Even within the last five months, minimum efficiency standards for manufacturing and new installation have raised. While a SEER (season energy efficiency ratio) of 13 was once acceptable, any unit installed today in our area must have a SEER of 14 or higher. You can also find AC units with SEERs closer to 20, which is far more efficient than those made 15 years ago. Choosing an energy efficient system can help you to save a lot of money in the long run.

If It’s the Wrong Size, You May Be in for Trouble

No matter how efficiently your new AC is rated, it may not save energy at all if it is not the right size for your home. Sizing an air conditioner is not as easy as it may sound. An installer must collect important information about the layout of your home and perform some tough calculations. An undersized system will become overworked, while a unit that is too large may short cycle and wear out.

Professional Installation Is Vital

Professionals have the proper tools for installing a new unit, know how to make sizing calculations, and will perform a careful inspection with each installation to make sure it doesn’t run into trouble in the near future. And with professional service, you always have someone to turn to if your unit does encounter any difficulties later on.

Call the friendly professionals at AZ Air Conditioning and Heating for AC installation in Los Angeles.

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