Smart Choice Heating and Air Blog

How to Choose the Right HVAC Installer

November 18th, 2019
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When you live in a climate like ours, it’s no secret that an effective and efficient air conditioner is absolutely essential to your comfort and health. You need this system to work flawlessly day after day, season after season. It’s no different for your heater—sure, we may not need our heaters quite as often as our AC systems, but when we do we’re happy to have them.

Of course, your HVAC systems can only work as flawlessly as you expect if you hire the right contractor to install and service the system—you need an HVAC installer you can trust!

This isn’t a partnership you want to rush into. Doing so could leave you with an AC system or furnace that’s improperly sized for your home, or installed incorrectly—preventing it from working as efficiently as it was meant to.

So how do you go about choosing the right HVAC installer for the job? Read on!

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Boost Your AC Efficiency with These Tips

November 4th, 2019
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We may have had some chilly mornings lately, indicating that fall weather is finally on its way, but as any Anaheim resident knows, the warmer temperatures aren’t done with us quite yet, as in the past we’ve had Novembers with 90°+ days. That said, our air conditioners aren’t done doing their job quite yet.

Since our HVAC systems make up half of all of our energy use, it makes sense you’d be resistant to still use yours in the coming weeks. But you don’t have to sacrifice your comfort to save money! Keep reading for a few tips on what you can do to boost AC efficiency and subsequently lower your bills.

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Consider the Installation of a Year-Round Heat Pump!

October 21st, 2019
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We haven’t exactly had much cold weather quite yet, but it will come soon enough. If last winter is any indicator, you’re going to need quality heating in your home to make sure you and your family stay comfortable and healthy. Preventive maintenance and prompt repairs as needed will be key to accomplishing this.

However, if you have an aging heater, and perhaps your air conditioner is getting up there in age too, then you may want to consider the installation of a heat pump system. These systems have a lot to offer! Read on to learn more.

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What’s Your AC Trying to Tell You?

October 7th, 2019
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Summer is over, and our temps cooled down for a bit, but as we all know, it’s going to warm right back up. We definitely aren’t done using our air conditioners quite yet, and you need yours to work as you expect it to for the coming weeks. If you have an aging system, you might be worried about its ability to get you through the rest of the year.

If you’re considering replacement, now is a great time to schedule it. Though we may still have a few heat waves ahead, we are heading into a generally milder time of year. Scheduling your air conditioner replacement now means you won’t have to scramble to do it next summer, nor will you have to risk trying to use an outdated system that could fail on you at any moment.

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Should I Schedule Heating Maintenance Soon?

September 23rd, 2019

The short answer to this is, “yes.”

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We understand, temperatures in Orange County have just barely started to cool down, and we’re likely to still have a few decent Fall heat waves. But if last winter was any indication, chilly temperatures are nothing to contend with, without an efficient and effective heating system in place.

There are many things you can do to prepare your home for the heating season, even if it’s brief in our parts. One of the best things you can do, is to go ahead and ensure your heater receives the maintenance it needs. Keep reading and learn why heating maintenance is so important to the health of your system, and why it’s imperative that you get it done before you need your heater on a daily basis.

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End of Season AC Care Tips

September 9th, 2019
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No home comfort appliance or heavy piece of equipment lasts forever, no matter how well it’s built or cared for. Your household air conditioner is no exception! It has a limited lifespan, and when it’s approaching that time, it’s a good idea to upgrade to a newer system before you find yourself dealing with a sudden, total breakdown.

The last thing you need is to be trapped on a hot day—this is the most likely time for a system to fail and break down—with no immediate relief in sight as you make a mad dash to try to schedule new AC installation.

We may be nearing the end of summer, but if you’ve lived in the Irvine area for even just a year, you know our warmer weather can extend well into fall and potentially even winter. This means that if you have an air conditioning problem now, you want to deal with it ASAP. But how do you know if your AC is about to call it quits? By following these tips:

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When Is a Cooling System Problem an Emergency?

August 26th, 2019
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Sometimes it can be hard to tell when an AC problem is a problem that can wait for a more convenient time on your schedule, or if it’s an emergency that could lead to further AC damage, or even property damage.

For instance, something like low airflow could just mean your air filter needs to be changed (you should be doing this every 1-3 months) while a lack of cooled air might mean your thermostat accidentally got adjusted or isn’t in cooling mode. The problems we’ve described below, however, constitute as emergencies and you absolutely should give us a call if they occur.

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Midsummer AC Efficiency and Home Improvement Tips

August 12th, 2019
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Summer is progressing right along, which means our air conditioners are working hard to do their job of keeping our homes as comfortable as possible. Now is a great time to start thinking about ways to boost your air conditioner’s energy efficiency, and potentially even make some adjustments around your home to improve efficiency even more.

When your cooling system is working as efficiently as possible, you don’t have to worry as much about costly energy bills. Fortunately, there are a number of affordable or even free things you can do around your home to boost this efficiency. Keep reading to learn more!

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“Who Turned Up the Heat?” This Sign Indicates You Need AC Repair!

July 29th, 2019
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Have you noticed your air conditioner doesn’t seem to be as effective as cooling down your home as it used to be? With the weather finally warming up around here—actually warming up may be an understatement—you want your air conditioner to work flawlessly, right?

And the middle of summer is undoubtedly the worst time for your cooling system to have problems. But… it’s the most likely time for problems to happen. So if you do notice a drop in cooling power, even if it’s slight, it’s reason enough to call in the pros for inspection and possibly repairs.

A drop in cooling power is the sign of AC repair needs we’re going to talk about here today. There are several possible reasons for this, and we’ve covered the most common below. Read on to learn more!

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Why You Should Join an AC Maintenance Club

July 15th, 2019
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How do you plan for summer? We’re not talking about vacation planning (though, of course, we do encourage that!) but rather how to make sure your air conditioner is ready for the soaring temperatures.

The best way to prep is with professional maintenance. During this service, our technicians thoroughly inspect your entire air conditioner, checking for anything that needs adjustment or repair, and comprehensively cleaning the system inside and out. This helps your air conditioner perform to the best of its ability, and do so efficiently so that you aren’t paying an arm and leg just to stay reasonably comfortable in your own home.

All that said, scheduling maintenance each year—or every 6 months, if you have a heat pump—is one thing, but have you considered enrolling in a maintenance program? Ask about ours! There are a number of benefits to joining a specialized maintenance program, or club, and ours is no exception. Below are just a few benefits to doing so.

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