Smart Choice Heating and Air Blog

As the Weather Warms, Heed These Cooling Efficiency Tips

March 23rd, 2020
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One of the most common questions we get from homeowners in regards to their air conditioning system is how they can improve system efficiency to lower cooling costs. Considering how uncomfortably warm it can get, and how long our summers can be, it’s only natural that you might wonder this as well.

We have good news! There are a number of air conditioning services to help with this, including preventive maintenance that helps you avoid repairs, and lowers bills. There are also HVAC and indoor air quality products that can help with this.

Even simple things like adjusting your thermostat a few degrees higher than usual and ensuring that you change your air filter every 1-3 months will help to improve efficiency. Read on for more details and additional tips to improve efficiency and cooling costs!

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Sounds You Should Never Hear from Your Furnace

March 9th, 2020
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We seem to be just about winding down on our furnace use. Though, as we all know, we can still be in for a cold spell in the coming weeks, and you never know if you might need your furnace for one last show. Whether you’ve already shut it down for the season or expect to turn it back on again, one thing is for sure. If it was making any unfamiliar noises, you need to have it checked out by an experienced professional!

There are certain noises that simply shouldn’t be ignored, and letting a furnace sit in wait until next fall can be detrimental to not only the heating system, but your air conditioner too—which shares components like ductwork and the thermostat. If you are hearing any of the following suspicious sounds, please don’t hesitate to schedule an inspection with one of our technicians.

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Don’t Let this Refrigerant Myth Ruin Your Heat Pump

February 24th, 2020
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What myth is this? The one that says your heat pump needs a refrigerant refill—what those of us in the industry call a recharge—on a routine basis. The fact is, your heat pump should ideally never need a refrigerant recharge!

We understand how you might have come to this conclusion. You may have been told a few times by other HVAC “pros” that this is an easy fix. The thing is, not only is this literally not an easy fix due to the limited resources of older refrigerant types, but it’s a “fix” you’re paying for over and over and not actually resolving anything. Read on to learn more!

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Heed These Signs of Furnace Failure

February 10th, 2020
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We can definitely say that our heaters are getting a bit more work than they usually did. Even with a couple of heat waves, our winter so far has actually been, well, cold.

That said, if you have an older furnace or if you skipped maintenance, your furnace is at risk of failing on you. We’d like to help you avoid that as much as possible! The best way to prevent a sudden furnace breakdown is by giving us a call and scheduling maintenance—better late than never!

It would also behoove you to know the signs of furnace failure so you can give us a call right away and fend them off as best as possible. What are these signs? Read on!

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Increase Heating Efficiency and Prevent Repair Needs

January 27th, 2020
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If you’ve lived in the Anaheim area for very long, you know that we tend to be thought of for our wonderful weather, and our heating systems don’t get much of a workout at all. You also know though, that this winter has been a bit of a surprise with temps hovering between 40-60° for the last several weeks.

Let’s face it, we need our heaters this year! But if you’re like any reasonable homeowner, you don’t want to pay an arm and a leg to use yours. You have to spend enough on your cooling costs each year, wintertime is supposed to be when we get a break from our utility bills, right?

The good news is, there are some simple things you can do to boost your heating efficiency, lowering these costs and even preventing repair needs. Curious? Read on!

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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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