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Energy Saving Tips
Every one dreams of living in the sunny, and inviting climate of San Diego…..until the relief of our mild winters and peacefully warm spring seasons come to an end. It is then, as the days become longer, and our kids’ ice cream cones melt faster, that our San Diego dream starts to turn into a hot, sweaty, nightmare!
Before the nightmare hits, it’s important to make sure that you and your family are prepared for the notorious Southern California heat, before it starts.
Here at Pacific Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. we want to share with you important money saving tips to help you stay ahead of the impending summer heat.
Tip 1: Close the blinds and windows
Once the sun rises in the morning, the clock starts ticking on how much naturally cool air you will have left in home.
It’s best to close your blinds and windows before the scorching summer sun rises. The less sun in the home, the more money you will save on air conditioning. This is an especially easy and practical tip for people who work during the day.
Tip 2: Keep a steady temperature
Everyone’s goal is to use their air conditioning unit as little as possible so they can save money. The best way to use your air conditioning unit less, is to keep a steady temperature in your home.
If you leave your home for an extended period of time, don’t shut off your air conditioner unit completely. Instead, set the thermostat higher. You want to avoid coming back home to an overly heated house that will take twice as long to cool down.
Tip 3: Place a fan in front of an open window on cooler days
Most of us run fans in addition to our air conditioner; this is a great way to aid in cooling your home and keeping energy costs low.
On cooler days and evenings, try placing fans directly in front of open windows. Doing so, will cool down your home more effectively than placing the fan in the corner of rooms.
Tip 4: Clean or replace your air filters once a month
Because our lives tend to be busy, changing the air filters in our home (and changing the oil in our car!) always seems get put off. But did you know that not changing the air filters in your home actually costs you more money?
Dirty air filter can cause reduced air flow which means your unit will have to run longer. In addition, dirty air filters can cause an increase in illnesses. Changing your air filter is an important part to keeping your family healthy and your energy costs low.
If you need additional help maintaining your air conditioning and heating unit, contact Pacific Heating & Air Conditioning at 619-535-1128. We have affordable maintenance packages available and helpful maintenance technicians so you don’t have to worry about adding another item on your “to-do” spring chore list.
It is a good idea to hire an HVAC company, to inspect and do maintenance on your system twice a year, every Fall and Spring, like Pacific Heating and Air Conditioning. We offer services like Service and Repair, Cleaning or replace air filters, inspect and clean wiring and mechanisms of the unit, testing of pressure switches and safety controls; which is a bit more challenging for the average homeowner. One thing a homeowner can do is remove any debris like leaves, dirt and grass clippings from the unit. Also, you should trim back shrubs and other plants from around the unit to keep from impeding air flow to and from the unit.
If you are planning on purchasing a new heating or cooling unit, be sure to check the energy efficiency rating. While energy efficient units cost more initially, they will save energy and money in the long run.
Call Today! Pacific Heating & Air conditioning Inc. (619) 535-1128
Is your furnace giving you trouble? If so, you may want to contact your local HVAC contractor to get it taken care of. The holiday season is now over but we will still have some chili nights and you do not want to be stuck with no heat to keep you warm. A repair can take a couple hours to do but a replacement can take a couple days, so call now and stay warm!
It is critical that you find a qualified Heating and Air Contractor if you are in need of new Heating and Air equipment for your home to ensure proper installation and that you have the highest energy efficiency. When looking for a contractor, there are three main things that you should look for. Be sure that you have references, that the contractor has a contractors License that maintenance and warranty plans are available.
While you can often rely on word of mouth from friends and family for referrals, you can also use the internet in your search. Check places like Angie’s List, Google, Facebook and Yelp for ratings and details about other customer experiences. You might also consider reaching out to trade organizations for a list of contractors. Once you have found a few that look promising, ask for a list of customers that you can contact for a reference. Make sure that you ask about the contractor’s reliability, adherence to budget and timeliness in completing the project.
Warranties and Maintenance
Equipment manufacturers often provide product warranties but no service warranties, as they cannot control how the equipment is installed. That said, Good Heating and Air Contractors always provide a labor warranty. Make sure that you ask about any extended warranties and if they cover parts and labor. With regards to the warranties.
Also be sure to ask your selected provider about any maintenance plans that they might offer. Yearly tune-ups will help to keep your systems safe and efficient all year around and will help to ensure a longer operating life as well as ultimately lower maintenance costs over time. Opting for a maintenance agreement will often save you money in the long run. Sometimes in order for a manufacturer to honor your warranty, they will check to make sure that you had your system tuned-up regularly.
Pacific Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. always will provide Parts and Labor Warranties to all our customers.