AZ Air Conditioning and Heating Blog : Archive for May, 2016

Insulation Isn’t Just for the Winter

Monday, May 30th, 2016

Summers can be truly brutal here in Thousand Oaks, CA, and because of that, we tend to rely on our air conditioners to see us through. But you can help your air conditioner a great deal simply by looking at other aspects of your household, and whether they can be improved. In particular, there’s the question of insulation. We don’t usually have a lot of insulation in our homes in Southern California because our winters are so mild. But insulation isn’t just for the winter, and by adding more, you could easily help your air conditioner do it’s job more effectively.

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Key Upgrades Can Improve Air Conditioning Efficiency

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

We’re only in mid-May here in Torrance, CA and already our air conditioners have been put to the test: keeping our So Cal heat at bay and letting us enjoy a cool, comfortable home. That comfort comes at a price, however, with higher bills every month reflecting the energy spent to keep the high temperatures in check. Those bills will only get higher as spring turns to summer, but you can keep them low with the addition of a few upgrades to your system. Now is the perfect time to install such upgrades, before the heat truly kicks in around here. We’ve provided a quick list of  a couple of key upgrades to your air conditioner that can help your system and your bottom line alike.

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Problems with Cooling? Look to Thermostat Placement

Monday, May 16th, 2016

Does your air conditioner always seem to struggle, no matter what steps you take to help it perform at its best? That can be a big problem here in Burbank, CA, especially as spring turns to summer and the mercury starts to climb. There are a number of reasons why an air conditioner won’t perform the way you need it to — anything form a faulty component to a large house to an aging an inefficient system. But one common cause is often overlooked, and it has nothing to do with the system itself. Your thermostat may be in a poor location in the house, causing it to misread the temperature and turn on and off at inopportune times. The good news is that — assuming that’s the case — then a trained technician can move it very easily to a part of the house that more accurately reflects the temperature.

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The Importance of Checking Airflow Balance

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

Most centralized air conditioners rely on a series of ducts to carry the air cooled by the system itself. A fan blows the air through the ducts to the various corners of your home, ensuring that your household is cooled in an even and efficient manner. Most homes in the Los Angeles, CA area use centralized air because it’s comparatively simple and reasonably efficient. That efficiency depends on airflow balance, however: the ability of the air to move through the home evenly. When that balance is disrupted, it can lead to problems not only for your air conditioning system, but for your whole home. Here’s the breakdown on how and why it’s an issue.

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How to Save Money on Your Monthly Electricity Bill

Monday, May 9th, 2016

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA has already seen its share of hot days, and they’re only going to get hotter as May slowly turns to June. A good air conditioner can see you through it, but running it all day every day is going to cost you a great deal in monthly energy bills. You shouldn’t have to compromise when it comes to the comfort of your home, but running your air conditioner shouldn’t cost you an arm and a leg either. The good news is that there are several steps you can take to save money on your monthly electricity bill. You probably know and practice some of them, such as setting your thermostat to 78 instead of 75, or dressing in lightweight clothes around the home. But there are more substantial steps you can take to cut down on those bills. We’ve listed a few of them below.

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How Duct Leaks Affect Your Comfort (and Bank Account)

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

If you currently own and operate a whole-house air conditioning system, like so many of us here in Torrance, then you know all about ducts. They’re made out of sheet-metal or flexible tubing, and they are responsible for bringing your indoor air to the AC unit and for distributing the cooled air back throughout your living space. Sounds important, right? Well, if your air ducts are leaking at any point in the system, it can seriously disrupt your comfort, lead to significantly higher energy bills, and also cause your system to work harder than it needs to.

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