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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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Last Minute “Touch-Ups” for Your Heating System

March 12th, 2018

strioping-electric-furnace-wiresWe can now expect hot weather for much of the rest of the year. However, this doesn’t mean you can forget about your heating system in the last days before you shut it down for the spring and summer. There are a number of last-minute repairs and touch-ups you can arrange for the heater that will make sure it’s in the best condition when it finally shuts off to hibernate for summer.

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4 Things You May Not Know About Your Indoor Air Quality

February 26th, 2018

pleated-air-filterPoor indoor air quality is a common problem for both homes and residential buildings. But it’s also poorly understood. People often don’t realize they have air quality issues until they develop serious symptoms related to whatever is floating around in their air.

Below we’ve put together a list of four things you may not have realized about your home’s indoor air quality. The purpose isn’t to alarm you—although a few of these facts may be unsettling—but to get you to take action to solve the problems before they worsen. Issues with indoor air quality in Palm Springs, CA can be solved with the assistance of IAQ professionals who work with air filters, air purifiers, duct sealing, humidifiers, dehumidifiers, duct cleaning, and more.

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February Is Already AC Maintenance Time Around Here

February 13th, 2018

service-reminderIf you told people in most other parts of the U.S. that they should start thinking about taking care of their air conditioning systems during February, they might laugh at you. They might even think you’d gone a bit nuts. But here in the deserts of Southern California, the temperatures are in the 80s during February, and allergy season is already getting underway. That means it’s time to plan for the big heat of the coming spring and summer with AC maintenance.

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Aeroseal Is the Best Way to Make Your Ducts Airtight Again

February 12th, 2018

inside-an-air-ductWhat is the best way to seal up leaky air ducts? There are a few options available:

  • Do it yourself by using duct tape. (This actually won’t work! Please forget we even mentioned it.)
  • Using a special resin-based mastic sealant. The mastic is applied along the leaks and breaks to create a flexible seal.
  • Apply metallic tape (the true “duct tape”) to the leaks to create a mechanical seal.

The second two methods, the ones that actually work, require HVAC professionals. They’ll first test the ducts to determine how serious the leakage is, then target the holes and gaps and close them and make the network of ducts airtight.

Oh, there’s one more method for duct sealing, and it’s not one you’ll find at every HVAC contractor. It’s the special Aeroseal process—and it’s the best way to have ductwork restored to its top condition. If you want to schedule Aeroseal in Redlands, CA or elsewhere in the Inland Empire and Desert Communities, we’re the local professionals to call.

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Why Are Gas Furnaces So Common for Home Heating?

January 29th, 2018

inside-a-gas-furnaceToday’s homes can have many different types of heating systems warming them: heat pumps, boilers, ductless mini splits, electric furnaces, and radiant in-floor heating. But the gas furnace is still the heating king, found in millions of home from the midnight sun regions of Alaska to the palm-dotted beaches of Florida—as well as here in the dry deserts of Southern California. What makes this type of residential heater so common?

There are benefits to all of the systems we listed above. Finding the one to meet a home’s comfort needs can be thorny, and this is why it’s necessary to have the assistance of HVAC professionals when it come to a new heating installation. The gas furnace, however, has a long list of benefits that often give it a leading edge. Here are some of them:

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