The Advantages of Central Air in The Summer

The Advantages of Central Air in The Summer

With summer fast approaching, now is a good time to consider how you plan to stay cool when the heat hits. If you are in a home with window or wall units, it’s especially important for you to consider upgrading your home’s cooling system now, for your personal and financial comfort. Read on to learn more about the benefits of central air.

It Keeps Things Flowing, Baby
That may sound like a vague sales pitch, but it’s one of the most important points when trying to understand the value of central air as opposed to window or wall units. The concept is actually really simple. A big part of cooling a home is introducing cool air into it, but another, equally important part, is getting rid of the hot air that’s already there. Therein lies one of the greatest values of central air.

Because a window or wall unit has one location, it can only cool the area immediately around it. If there is just one such unit in a space that is too big for that unit to cool, it will require the unit to battle, ceaselessly, to replace that warm air in other rooms and in the walls with cool air. Consequently, you may have to keep your unit running all day and night. The bottom line is that you will either use an exorbitant amount of energy, and hence, money, trying, unsuccessfully, to cool your home, or you will feel uncomfortable because your unit just can’t deliver the goods.

Central air, on the other hand, sends the coolness throughout all parts of the house, much in the same way blood circulates throughout the human body. That means once cooling is achieved throughout your living spaces, you will only have to run the unit periodically to maintain that comfortable temperature—and you will be cool and relaxed along the way.

Air Quality and Safety
Another benefit of central air is its ability to keep the air you breathe fresh and clean, flushing out allergens and humidity regularly. In the winter, the warm, constant heat will do the same while being much healthier than that created by wood-burning stoves or fireplaces. So you will breathe cleaner, healthier air as you live and sleep.

Aesthetically Pleasing
Finally, no amount of interior design can hide the unpleasant look of a dated, unattractive window or wall unit. Conversely, central air units continue to be smaller and less obtrusive than ever. The bottom line is that you, and the visitors to your home, will hardly be aware of its presence.

In the end, yes, there is a cost associated with installing a central air unit. However, once installed, it will deliver exceptional, low-cost comfort and health for many years to come. Isn’t your family worth that?

6 Top HVAC Brands And Why They’re Rated So High

6 Top HVAC Brands And Why They’re Rated So High

Making an investment in an HVAC system is serious business. First, it will cost you a substantial sum of money. Second, it will be with you, hopefully, a long time. So it is important to do your homework and find a reputable make and model that fits your needs and your budget. Having said that, it is equally important to find a good installer, as this can impact the unit’s effectiveness as much as the quality of its production.

Nonetheless, here is our choices for the top six brands currently on the market:

1) Maytag: Though it is a smaller company, this maker seems to be one of the best HVAC producers at the moment, thanks to some cutting-edge advances in its production and design. Its M1200 PSA4Bl iQ Drive has garnered praise for its efficiency and quietness. It is Energy Star-qualified and meets CEE Tier 3 requirements, plus its stainless-steel cabinet is impressive, as is its 12-year warranty.
2) Trane: This Company also gets good grades from its customers, particularly in regard to its efficient and quiet operation. In fact, the Trane XV20i uses less energy than almost any model made by any other producer. Though it earned just a 21 SEER rating, its ability to sync with and be controlled by a downloadable phone app wins it extra points.
3) Lennox: This Company maintains its standing as one of the best because of the dependability of its products, and its insistence to only allow qualified installers to install their products. The Dave Lennox Signature XC25, in particular, is one of the most efficient HVAC products on the market. In addition, it is solar-power ready, so it can be used in conjunction with and powered by solar panels. How’s that for forward thinking?
4) Carrier: Carrier’s low percentage of units needing maintenance and its generous 10-year warranty keep it in the top six brands. Its 21 SEER has been surpassed by a number of brands, but the Infinity 21 24ANB1, in particular, is winning rave reviews for its ability to extract humidity from indoor spaces.
5) Rheem: This Company continues to make efficient, cutting-edge HVAC units that have low incidences of customer complaints. Rheem also offers above-average warranties on all of its models.
6) American Standard: Yes, this Company can be a bit pricey, but you get what you pay for. In American Standard’s case, that means excellent reliability and far fewer problems with such components as air conditioning and heat pump units.

In the end, which make and model of HVAC unit is right for you depends on a number of things. Spend the time studying the market and ask an expert their opinion. Chances are, you’ll end up with a system that lasts you many years.

Portable vs. Installed HVAC: What’s Right For Your Home?

Portable vs. Installed HVAC: What’s Right For Your Home?

 

Everyone wants to be warm during cold weather and cool when the heat arrives. Luckily, there are a number of good options to control the temperature of your home. Two of the most popular are portable and installed HVAC units. However, which one is best for your home depends on a few important considerations. Read on to learn which might be the best match for you.

 

Cost

Installed HVAC units sure are all-encompassing, reaching every room in your living space and every corner of those rooms. In addition, once they are working they can offer the most efficient performance of any type of system. However, they are also the most costly to install. Consequently, if you are considering one of these units you, should think over a few things. First, do you own your home, and are you planning to stay in it for the foreseeable future? If you can answer yes to both of those, an installed HVAC system can be a good investment and increase your resale value. Another factor is whether you really need one of these based on your location in the world and the severity of the summers and winters. Otherwise, consider a portable unit, which are much less expensive and can be used only when you need to control fairly extreme temperatures for short periods of time.

 

Space

How much of a living area do you have and how much space needs to be cooled or heated? This is a very important part of making the right choice in HVAC units. For instance, do you really need an installed HVAC system in your one-bedroom condominium unit, or can you make due with a portable unit? Conversely, do you really think a portable unit or two could effectively heat and cool your three-bedroom house?

 

Ease of Installation

Finally, how much disruption to your daily life are you willing to endure, and who would be doing the work? If you are having your HVAC installed, know that it will take some time, noise and dust to get the vents installed and the unit working, even with a professional doing the work. If you are installing yourself, it could take longer. Conversely, a portable unit is easy to install and operate, regardless of who is doing the labor.

 

Ultimately, you are the only one who can decide whether a portable or installed HVAC unit is right for you. Look deliberately at your space, consider your budget, and decide how much aggravation you’re willing to put up with. Then making the right choice will be easy.

5 Things To Look For When Choosing An HVAC System

5 Things To Look For When Choosing An HVAC System

Investing in an HVAC system for your home, business, or residential property is an important and necessary purchase for the health of those who inhabit those structures, and well as for the building itself. Before deciding on the make and type of your HVAC system, as well as its capacity, there are a number of factors to take into consideration, as not all units are equal. Precise Air Systems can help you every step of the way, from shopping and choosing your system, to installation and service thereafter. Before purchase, we recommend considering the following:

Climate
This first consideration is the most obvious, as what you need from your HVAC system depends largely on where your home or building is and what the climate is like there. Clearly, if you are in a northern location with long, cold winters, you will want to invest in a unit with a particularly strong furnace element. Conversely, if you are in a warm, southern location, you will want to invest more heavily in a strong air-conditioning unit.

Technology
Technological innovations are occurring quite rapidly these days, so it is important you read up on the latest breakthroughs in HVAC technology before purchasing a system. Read independent reviews of the latest products to help you decide which make and model is best for your particular circumstance.

Efficiency/Cost
Considering the cost of an HVAC system is, naturally, very important, but as a consumer who will be using this product for many years to come, it is also important to weigh the documented efficiency of the unit too. While some systems cost substantially more than others, their low operating cost through the years could end up saving you money in the long run, particularly as the cost of energy is extremely variable.

Installation
Again, look clearly at the price of a system, but don’t forget to consider the cost of installation. It is also important to be aware of the reputation of the company or individuals who are installing it. This one-time cost can be substantial, so you want to ensure it remains a one-time expenditure.

Maintenance
Knowing what the experts say about the reliability of your system, as well as the cost of repairing it, are also important to consider before making this major purchase. In addition, being aware of the reputation of those who you would rely on to do the work is equally important.

Ultimately, you can prevent problems down the road by doing a little homework about the system you buy, and the company from whom you purchase your new HVAC system. At Precise Air Systems, we always stand by our products, workmanship, and service.

HVAC FAN SETTINGS AFFECT YOUR AIR QUALITY AND UTILITY BILLS

HVAC FAN SETTINGS AFFECT YOUR AIR QUALITY AND UTILITY BILLS

The fan settings on your HVAC system have a powerful effect on your home’s air quality as well as your energy bills. You must decide whether to leave the fan on once your home attains its ideal temperature. Yes, you are making the decision between cost and your home’s comfort level; but if you’re tired of your energy bill making you weep, you might want to turn the fan off.

Two Fan Settings

HVAC systems generally feature two fan settings: “On” and “Auto.” The fan runs in conjunction with your air conditioner when your thermostat is on the “auto” setting. Forced air spews continuously from your home’s vents when the fan is “on.” It will keep running until you change the setting.

Energy Conservation

The “auto” setting on your HVAC system is an eco-friendly component designed to conserve energy and lessen the wear and tear on parts. This setting is especially designed to reduce wear and tear on the fan motor. Air does not pass through your HVAC system filter constantly when the auto setting is on, a fact that can help your filter last a little longer. Unfortunately, consistent use of the auto setting eventually causes the air in your household to become stale. Your home gets stuffy and uncomfortable unless the cooling cycle is on, making it a good idea to open a few windows. Fresh air circulating throughout the home prevents indoor air from becoming stagnant and nasty.

Fresher Air

The opposite is true when you are using the “on” setting, as the air in your home is consistently replaced. It will seem fresher, and assorted odors much less noticeable as a result. Continual air circulation via the “on” setting is ideal for asthma and allergy sufferers, as they do not have to dwell in a home filled with “old” air.

Yet pumping fresh, cold air through your home without stopping causes your energy bills to—you guessed it—spike. You will also need to replace your filters much more frequently. Additionally, more maintenance is necessary to maintain your hard-working system. This includes fan motor repairs and replacement.

The other not-great thing about keeping your system “on”? It can pull humid outdoor air into your residence between cooling cycles. This is mainly problematic if you reside in a humid climate. Whole-house dehumidification is recommended to solve this issue, though it won’t help your energy bills stay low.

Compromise IS Possible

It is possible to have the best of both worlds. Look for an air conditioner that features a varying-speed fan for better customization. You can program the appliance so the fan runs at a higher speed when the unit is on and a slower speed when it is simply circulating air.

Foul-Smelling HVAC Air Can Have Many Causes

If you’ve noticed a persistent foul stench emanating from your HVAC system, don’t allow it to go unchecked. Some odors are harmless and short-lived, while others severely injure your home’s indoor air quality and may result in bronchial problems among other health issues. Nasty-smelling HVAC air has many causes, making it important to identify the problem(s) and take action as soon as possible.

Mechanical/Electrical Issue

A smoky odor coming from your HVAC system likely indicates a mechanical or electrical issue. Moving parts, such as the fan or motor, can overheat or catch fire if the HVAC system isn’t maintained on at least an annual basis. If you think something within your HVAC system is burning and coming through the vents, shut it off immediately and observe the unit outside. Schedule an HVAC inspection and repair immediately to avoid further complications.

Mold and Mildew

Should that familiar musty scent waft out of your vents, you have a mold or mildew problem. Mold and mildew thrive in dark, damp conditions, and often form in ductwork and on coils. If the problem is allowed to continue, mold and mildew will easily spread to other parts of your home and cause a variety of health problems. You will also have to vacate your residence while mold remediation specialists rectify the issue. Causes of HVAC system-related mold and mildew include leaky ductwork, blocked drainage tubes, and poor insulation. Have a professional identify the cause and deal with the problem before it infiltrates the rest of your home.

Cigarette Smoke

If you or someone else in your home smokes cigarettes, know that the HVAC system will circulate the smoke—everywhere. Stale smoke stenches attach themselves to condenser coils and create a foul-smelling film within ventilation ducts. Special cleaning methods are needed to remove this stench from ductwork. Smoking outside of the home is also necessary to prevent further problems.

Dust

Using your furnace for the first time each year often results in an unpleasant smell throughout your home. This is due to dust settling on furnace heating elements during warm weather. The dust burns up once the system is turned back on, which is why inspection and maintenance are strongly recommended before winter’s chill takes over.

Don’t let any of the above odors permeate your home and cause a slew of unpleasant problems. Stay proactive about HVAC maintenance to enjoy odor-free vents and a system that functions at an optimal level for many years.

The Advantages of a Programmable Thermostat

Perhaps you feel like the heating and cooling systems in your home are working just fine. When you’re home, you’re able to achieve a temperature that’s comfortable, so why go and change things?

The fact is, that by choosing the simple installation of a programmable thermostat, you and your home will be receiving multiple benefits, including savings on energy bills that will soon add up to not only pay for the cost of the new thermostat, but will save you money for years to come. But saving money, though for many the most important advantage of a programmable thermostat, is just one of many benefits. Here are a few more.

  1. Increase the Energy Efficiency of Your Home: More and more homeowners are prioritizing making their home more energy efficient. In addition to saving you money, it is good for the environment. It also puts less strain on your heating and cooling systems, you’ll be able to get more life out of an older HVAC system, and keep a newer one running at full capacity for longer.
  2. Implement Precise Heating and Cooling Times and Zones in Your House: A programmable thermostat allows you to be sure that your home is at the right temperature from the moment you walk in the door, but while no one is home, the system isn’t wasting energy (and money) heating and cooling an empty home. Today’s thermostats can be programmed to set specific parts of your home to the correct temperature, so that whether some parts of the house are used less often, or there’s a desire to keep it a warmer or cooler temperature than the rest of the home, this can easily be achieved.
  3. With the High Tech Abilities of Today’s Programmable Thermostats, So Much is Possible: Today many models of thermostats allow for integration with Wi-Fi or blue tooth, allowing you to adjust the temperature from your phone, without even having to stand up, or monitor your home energy usage while you’re on vacation.

 

These are just a few of the benefits of installing a programmable thermostat, but as energy costs around the world go up, the annual savings are always a big draw. Every degree less that you are heating or cooling your home cuts 2% from your bill. On average a programmable thermostat will save you $150 every year.

 

The Do’s and Don’ts of When You Have an Air Conditioning System

Many people want to control their living environment as much as possible. Weather can be unpredictable and a lot of homeowners take comfort in being able to control the air temperature in their homes. Being able to walk inside a cool home after spending time outside during a hot day is a great feeling. However, whether you have a central air or a split system in your home, there are certain issues you need to be aware of in regards to your air conditioning system. The following is a list of do’s and don’ts on how to effectively keep whatever system you have in your home running as long as possible.  

Air Conditioning Do’s and Don’ts

  • Do proper maintenance on your unit, this keeps your system running efficiently, change filters regularly and keep condenser coils clean; depending on your system. A little bit of basic maintenance goes a long way.
  • Don’t replace old parts yourself, such as a heat pump, you may do more damage and in the end cost you more than calling a professional.
  • Do keep the doors in your home open, closed spaces make your air conditioning unit work harder than open rooms.
  • Don’t ignore loud or strange noises coming from your system, this could be a sign of a serious malfunction and should be diagnosed by an HVAC professional immediately.
  • Do have heavy light blocking curtains or drapes on all your windows to keep sunlight from heating the room, which puts more stress on your system.

Following these tips will help keep your air conditioning system functioning at it’s best. Also, remember to have it looked at at least once a year by a professional, in order to keep it properly maintained. If you have any questions about your air conditioning system, including the type which would be perfect for your residential or office needs, contact us today.

 

How to choose the right A/C system for your house

When you’re ready to replace your home’s existing A/C system, comfort, efficiency and the lowest cost of upkeep are most important. However, many homeowners assume meeting that goal is as simple as replacing the old system with a new one the same size. After all, A/C systems manufactured today are a lot more efficient than ones the same size were ten years ago. But what if you never had the correct size to start with? Or what if your size needs have changed?

Size matters

It may be obvious when an A/C system is too small for a space because it simply cannot keep the home cooled. But homes often have system that are too large. The system may not stay on long enough to effectively cool the space or remove humidity. And all that on-off cycling can lead to more maintenance issues.

Changes inside and out

Let’s say you have added more energy-efficient windows recently. Perhaps you have improved your home’s insulation, or the small tree on the west side of the house has begun to provide wonderful shade in recent years. Those and other changes can dramatically impact the A/C system that is right for your home. Conversely, if that tree fell in a recent storm, of if you added a new room since your last A/C installation, you may require a larger system.

The good news is, you don’t need to be conversant in BTUs, Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratios, or evaporator coils to choose the right A/C system for your house. A highly-trained HVAC professional will take all these factors and many others into consideration when determining and recommending which A/C system is the right fit.

How to tell if your HVAC system is not working properly

Here are five common issues to check if you suspect your HVAC system is not working properly:

  1. Is air flow unrestricted?
  2. If you see enough dirt and debris on the air filter to fill a moon crater, you need to replace it. Or clean it if it is the washable kind. Filters should be replaced about once a month, depending on the system you have. If you don’t you’re making your system work harder than necessary. Also, check the heat exchanger and coils for any dirt.
  3. Does it pass the noise test?
  4. If your AC or furnace runs so loudly you need noise cancelling headphones just to get some sleep, it could indicate an issue. You should hear only airflow and the smooth hum of the system. Anything such as rattling, thumping, loud clicks or squealing points to a problem.
  5. Are your bills rising?
  6. Utility rates adjust often. If rates have remained steady while your bill has increased, you may have an issue that needs to be addressed. For AC systems, the federal government increased minimum efficiency ratings in 2006. If your system is older than that, it may be another reason for your higher energy bills.
  7. Is the thermostat working properly?
  8. The HVAC system may be working fine, but the thermostat could be the issue. Perhaps it is failing to kick off the AC or heat when reaching the desired temperature, or it may be allowing the fan to blow when it should not be.
  9. Is the area around your system wet?
  10. On hot days when the AC runs continuously, a little extra condensation is normal. However, it may be another indication of a clogged filter. It could also result from a clogged line that drains the condensation.

There could be other problem indicators as well. Semi-annual maintenance by a trained HVAC technician can help identify issues before they turn into expensive problems.

 

5 reasons why you should replace your filter regularly

Maintaining an HVAC system is vital, if a homeowner wants to get the most of out it. Unfortunately, many homeowners forget to properly protect their HVAC systems from wear and tear. Ultimately, this will costs them a lot of money in either repairs or replacement of the system. One easy way to ensure proper functioning of an HVAC system is simply replacing the air filter. This can be done by most homeowners. The importance of this type of maintenance cannot be empathized enough. Here are 5 reasons you should replace your filter on a regular basis.

5 Reasons to Replace a Filter Regularly

  • Extends the life of your HVAC system by not allowing dirt and other debris to build up inside the system; this allows your system to last much longer before needing replacement.
  • Reduces indoor allergens from building up inside the home; reducing exposure to allergies.
  • Reduces energy costs since a dirty filter will cause an HVAC system to worker harder than it needs too due to the build-up of dirt.
  • A dirty filter will eventually negatively effect an entire HVAC system; causing needed repairs which could have been avoided and costing you money.
  • It will provide with you peace of mind knowing that you have a functioning, well-maintained HVAC system in your home.

Finally, check your filter once a month to see if it needs to be replaced or cleaned, depending upon the type of filter in your home. Be sure to have your HVAC system inspected twice a year to maintain optimum performance by a professional HVAC company. If you need assistance or have any questions about your HVAC system, contact us today,

 

Why the Cooling System Isn’t Cooling

When temperatures begin to climb, the last thing you want is for your air conditioner to malfunction. If your air conditioning system isn’t blowing cold air, contact a commercial AC contractor in Burbank from Precise Air Systems. There are several reasons why commercial air conditioning in Glendale doesn’t cool as it should.

A refrigerant leak is one of the problems that frequently affect AC performance, especially in the summertime. A leak in the cooling system is not something to be ignored. In other words, adding coolant, which is a temporary solution, isn’t the best option.

Repairing a copper line or replacing a coil may be required to stop the leak. Your overall cost will be reduced by getting the leak repaired by a commercial AC contractor in Burbank from Precise Air Systems.

One thing to keep in mind when you’ve had a leak is that you’ll want to flush out the system at some point.

A clogged air filter is another common problem that hinders the effectiveness of an air conditioning system. It’s possible that a new filter can become clogged as early as three months after installation. What affects the durability of the filters is the air quality. If there are pets, a lot of plants, or a home that’s frequently dusty, the filters get clogged faster.

If the filters for commercial air conditioning in Glendale require changing more frequently than every 5 months on a consistent basis, the use of air purifiers should probably be considered.

When weather conditions are hot, air conditioners are run a lot harder to keep a building cool, sometimes running continually throughout the day. As a result, mechanical issues can occur. The fan in the outdoor unit can go bad.

The compressor is, in essence, the primary component of the AC system. If the compressor goes out, the refrigerant won’t go anywhere. A new compressor may be required, which is costly.