Smart Choice Heating and Air Blog

Have You Scheduled Your Heating Tune-Up Yet?

January 13th, 2020
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With the little bout of typical warm weather we had last week, it’s easy to forget that it’s actually winter. But sure enough, temperatures are bound to drop again soon, and when they do you’ll be thankful for a fully functional and efficiently operating heating system—which you can’t have without routine professional maintenance.

The last thing you want to do is take your heater for granted—trust us! One way to ensure this isn’t the case is by scheduling regular maintenance for your heating system. Yes, we typically recommend that you have heating maintenance done in the fall before you need the system the most. But consistency is more important than timing—if you haven’t scheduled a heating maintenance appointment within the past year, then it’s not too late to schedule one now. Read on as we uncover the benefits of doing so.

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Why You Need a Pro for Your Heater Replacement

December 30th, 2019
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Chances are, if you’re already a licensed and certified HVAC contractor, you’re probably not reading this blog post. Because you’d already know why it’s so important to only trust a professional for something as important as a heating system replacement!

Here’s the thing—it’s been pretty cold in the Orange area over the last couple of weeks. Sure, we don’t get snow, but when you compare our temperatures now to our temperatures just a few months ago, the contrast is stark. So, you need a fully effective and efficient heating system now, right?

And of course, it’s tempting to rush out and buy the cheapest one you can find, but we assure you that you’ll be paying for this later. Not only do you want to make sure you’re matched with the right system for your home, but that it is correctly installed. Keep reading to learn more about the importance of professional heating system replacement.

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Sounds You Don’t Want Your Furnace Making

December 16th, 2019
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We get it—it can be easy to ignore some of the noises that the appliances and fixtures in your home make—especially when they’re not particularly loud or alarming. It’s human nature to deny that something is wrong because fixing it can be an expensive hassle. But we’re here to tell you that there are certain furnace noises you never want to ignore.

While a rattle, for example, might just indicate a loose panel, it may also suggest a cracked heat exchanger, which can lead to a hazardous carbon monoxide leak. We know how important it is to you to protect your home and your family, so if you hear the following suspicious noises coming from your furnace, then please don’t hesitate to give us a call.

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Did Your Heater Call It Quits? How to Choose a New One

December 2nd, 2019
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We haven’t needed our heating systems too much yet this season, but enough for you to know if it’s showing any troubling symptoms of disrepair. Perhaps you already know that repairs won’t do any good and it’s just about time for your aging system to be replaced. Of course, investing in a new heater is a big financial decision, and therefore a decision you don’t want to rush.

We always recommend consulting with a professionally trained HVAC technician to make an informed choice on what’s best for your specific home and needs. Selecting the right heating system for your home doesn’t need to be complicated—we’ve provided a quick guide below to help you with the decision making process with as little overwhelm about the process as possible.

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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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