Russell's Heating & Air Conditioning Blog

How High Efficiency ACs Work

July 16th, 2018

air-conditioner-money-saverTechnology never stands still, and that means that the science behind refrigerant-based air conditioners is always finding new ways to cool better and cool more efficiently. Today’s air conditioners can have efficiency ratings that dwarf older models. Where central air conditioners once had SEER ratings below 12, the modern high-efficiency air conditioners can score SEER ratings in the 20s, almost doubling how efficiently they change electricity into cooling output.

If you have an AC that’s more than 15 years old, replacing it with any new system will be an efficiency improvement. But special high-efficiency units can make amazing differences. We’re here to explain exactly what the difference is with these advanced units that allow them to significantly reduce energy use.

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Why Your Air Conditioner Might Overheat

July 2nd, 2018

woman-before-fanAn air conditioning system is supposed to work when it’s hot outside. That’s what an air conditioner is for, after all! HVAC manufacturers design these systems to operate in scorching temperatures so they shoulder the work that homeowners need from them.

But no matter how well an AC is built, the summer temperatures we experience in the deserts of Southern California are the definition of “unforgiving.” When our temperatures fly up into the 90s and 100s, the stress on an individual air conditioner can become extreme enough for the system to overheat and stop working. Obviously, you don’t want this to happen, so when you need Palm Desert, CA air conditioning services to get your cooling system working once again, don’t hesitate to call our technicians. We are open 24 hours a day to assist you with keeping your home comfortable and safe.

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5 Things We Wish Everyone Knew About Air Conditioning

June 18th, 2018

air-conditioner-cabinetsLiving in Southern California makes air conditioners a part of daily life during the summers—as well as other parts of the year. But how much do you really know about the AC system that keeps your home cool? Below are five facts about air conditioning systems that we wish everybody knew, since they make it easier to understand when an air conditioner needs repairs or a full replacement.

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Hot Spots in Your House: Is It Bad Ducts or a Bad AC?

June 4th, 2018

ductworkAs the hot weather starts to really get underway here in Southern California, you’ll have your first opportunity to see how well your air conditioner is operating. If you had it professionally inspected and tuned-up, it should have a great start for the hot season. But no amount of maintenance can make an AC 100% repair-proof. If you notice hot spots in your house when the AC is running, it might mean the system needs repairs.

There’s another possibility, however: damaged ductwork. Air leaks in the ducts steal away cool air on its way to rooms, resulting in warmer air from the vents.

So which of these two is giving you grief during hot weather?

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To Heat Pump or Not to Heat Pump? That Is the Cool Question

May 21st, 2018

trane-heat-pumpAs you look toward the summer heat this year, do you think it’s time for a new air conditioning installation in Palm Desert, CA to keep your house cool? Temperatures are already rising into the 90s during the days, and if you think your current AC is no longer able to cut it, having professionals install a new air conditioner as soon as possible is the best planning. You don’t want to be caught on a 100°+ day with a busted AC.

But what if you don’t want a new air conditioning system? Maybe you want—a heat pump?

This is a big question homeowners in the area face when they plan to put in a new cooling system. They can have another central air conditioner installed, or they can opt for a heat pump, which is similar to the standard air conditioner and goes into the same space and uses the same ductwork and air handler. The difference is a heat pump can also work as a heating system during the winter. Heat pumps are ideally suited to our mild winter climates; they never have energy efficiency trouble the way heat pumps in colder parts of the country might.

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Air Conditioning Jobs Only a Professional Can Handle

May 7th, 2018

technicians-evaluate-air-conditioning-systemMany homeowners enjoy taking on small fix-it and improvement jobs on their own. It’s not only a way to save money, it can be an exciting adventure on its own and the feeling of accomplishment that comes after it is its own reward.

But not every job in a home can be done as a DIY project. Most work for a central air conditioner should be left to professionals only. In fact, aside from some basic maintenance work such as replacing the air filter regularly and some adjustments to the thermostat, air conditioning tasks are something only trained technicians can do right. Let’s look at a few.

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How Is Additional Refrigerant Put into an AC?

April 23rd, 2018

Air-conditioner-repairmanBefore we attempt to answer this question, we’d like to know the reason you’re asking it in the first place. Are you curious about how professional HVAC technicians do the job of putting more chemical refrigerant into an air conditioner? Or are you wondering how to do it because you think you might as well know how since you’ll have to do it on occasion?

If it’s the second reason, then we need to have a discussion about refrigerant and how it works in an AC. This is important because what refrigerant does and how it does it are critical for system operation.

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An HVAC Maintenance Plan for Business: Is It Really Worth It?

April 9th, 2018

commercial-rooftop-unit-fanWhat’s a nightmare scenario you can imagine for your company during regular business hours? You can probably think of a few—and don’t want to—but here’s a particular one we want to draw your attention to: an AC failure on a 100°+ day. We get plenty of roasting hot summer days here, and whether you run a restaurant, a retail store, or an office space, a loss of cooling can mean a complete work shutdown.

Almost as bad as a loss of cooling when your business needs it the most is the fear that this will happen. If you don’t trust your AC to make it through the summer, you’ll be on the edge all the time. For these reasons alone, an HVAC maintenance program from commercial specialists is worth the cost. Maintenance is essential for heating, cooling, and ventilation equipment, usually twice a year but sometimes more depending on the equipment. It’s true for homes, and it’s doubly true for commercial buildings, where much more is riding on the HVAC working right than just unhappy and uncomfortable family members.

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The Big Heat Is Coming—Do You Need a Better AC?

March 26th, 2018

man-in-front-of-fanWe enjoy our occasional cool days here in the deserts of Southern California. But we’re always aware that hot days are just around the bend. Now it’s spring and the summer months are in sight, the Big Heat is coming soon.

Are you worried that your air conditioner won’t be able to take care of those 90°F+ days when they arrive? Do you have doubts about the air conditioner’s performance? Or has it never worked as well as you think it should?

In other words … is it time to install a new air conditioner in Palm Desert, CA?

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Test Run Your AC—Then Schedule Maintenance

March 13th, 2018

flushed-man-in-front-of-fanThe official first day of spring isn’t something we watch out for carefully in the deserts of Southern California—because the hot weather here never truly goes away for long. The first part of March might as well be spring, and as far as your air conditioning in Palm Desert, CA is concerned, it’s the right time to begin planning for the major work it does during the middle of the year.

The essential part of prepping an AC is to arrange for regular maintenance. However, before your annual appointment with our HVAC professionals, you can find out some vital information about the status of your cooling system by giving it a test run.

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