Smart Choice Heating and Air Blog: Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

Boost Your AC Efficiency with These Tips

Monday, 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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What’s Your AC Trying to Tell You?

Monday, 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replacement now means you won’t have to scramble to do it next summer, nor will you have to risk trying to use an outdated system that could fail on you at any moment.

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End of Season AC Care Tips

Monday, 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?

Monday, 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

Monday, 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!

Monday, 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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Do Not Believe This Refrigerant Myth

Monday, June 3rd, 2019
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There is one question in particular that HVAC professionals get asked pretty often. In fact, you might have asked a professional this at one time—“How often does my refrigerant need to be refilled?”

If you did ask this, what was the answer you got? Did they tell you once a year during maintenance, or twice a year? Well unfortunately, this is incorrect.

The correct answer to your question is, “hopefully never!”

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No, You Shouldn’t Hear These Sounds Coming from Your AC

Monday, April 22nd, 2019
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Although this will probably exist someday in the future, we do not yet have air conditioners that can self-diagnose problems and malfunctions to report back to the homeowner. However, AC systems do have other ways of alerting us to trouble. There may be a drop in cooling power or a sudden spike in electrical costs, and maybe even frequently tripping circuit breakers.

One of the best ways to determine that your cooling system needs professional air conditioning repair is to listen for unusual sounds coming from it. Anything different from the hum of the fans and compressors, or the occasional clicking as the system comes on and shuts down, might be telling you of a malfunction. We’d discourage you from trying to investigate these problems on your own, for your safety and to prevent further damage to the system. We’re happy to share with you some of the common warning signs you should keep an ear out for:

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Know the Signs of a Struggling AC

Monday, April 8th, 2019
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Springtime is officially here, and although we’re still experiencing cooler-than-usual temperatures here in Orange County, you might have used your air conditioner already for those couple of warm days we had last week. Soon enough, you’ll be using it on a daily basis, and when that happens you’ll want it to perform to the best of its ability. The last thing you need, after all, is a sudden breakdown right when temperatures hit their peak.

The good news is, the signs that you need air conditioning repair in Anaheim, CA are usually pretty apparent. We don’t, however, recommend that you try to formally diagnose or repair a malfunctioning air conditioner yourself, as this can be potentially dangerous and your air conditioner could end up with more harm being done to it than good. But you can definitely still spot the signs that you need air conditioning repair, and take the appropriate measures to call in the pros.

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Boost Your Cooling Efficiency with These Tips

Monday, March 25th, 2019
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There’s a common question we get in the HVAC industry, and that’s how homeowners can improve their air conditioner’s efficiency in order to lower their energy bills. Considering how uncomfortably warm it can get in the summer, it’s only natural that you may be one of the homeowners wondering this!

There are actually a number of services as well as general tips that will help with this. For instance, routine preventive maintenance will help you avoid major repair needs and lower your bills as a result. There are also indoor air quality products, such as a dehumidifier, and HVAC products that will help improve efficiency. Read on to learn more.

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