For homeowners throughout the Palm Springs area, air conditioning is not merely a luxury or a pleasant accessory to their homes, it’s an absolute necessity. With some of the highest temperatures in the country, residents of the area know how hot it can get during the summer, which means that their air conditioners have to work hard to combat the heat levels. Whatever type of system you have, and whatever condition it is in, it will inevitably endure significant wear and tear in this region. That’s what makes professional air conditioning installation so critical to your future comfort. If you’re in the market for a comprehensive cooling solution for your new home, or you want to replace your existing system with a highly energy efficient unit, call Russell’s Heating and Air Conditioning today.… Read more
We often encourage our customers to consider the installation of a high efficiency air conditioning system in Palm Desert, CA and the surrounding areas. In the extreme hot weather we experience in the Southern California deserts, this type of AC can make a big difference in cooling bills. We’ve previously written about SEER and EER, which are important measures of the efficiency of an air conditioning system. However, there’s another energy efficiency rating to discuss, COP, which stands for Coefficient of Performance.
What COP Means
Coefficient of performance is used in a number of applications, but it’s usually applied to air conditioners and heat pumps. It’s a ratio of work or useful output to the amount of work or energy input.… Read more
The days are beginning to warm up, and before long we’ll be in the middle of the hottest time of the year. That means it’s time to start getting your air conditioner prepped for the added stress of keeping you cool all summer long. Part of those preparations, however, include evaluating whether your air conditioner can even make it through another summer. If not, you’ll need to have it replaced with a new one. How can you tell if you need a new air conditioner? Read on to find out.
The easiest way to evaluate whether or not you need a new air conditioner is to look at the age of your current one. Most air conditioners are built to last around 15–20 years, with regular repairs and maintenance.… Read more
Getting a new air conditioning system installed in your home is a huge decision and one that you will have to live with for many years. You rely on your air conditioning system a lot—especially during the summer when it gets really hot here in the desert. One of the best things that you can do for the performance, consistency and efficiency of your AC system is to get it installed by a professional Palm Springs air conditioning technician. Here at Russell’s Heating and Air Conditioning, we offer a full range of air conditioning installation services and we wanted to share some of the benefits to getting your air conditioner installed by a pro. Give us a call if you have any questions or if you’re interested in getting help with your new air conditioning system.… Read more
There was a time when choosing a central air conditioning system for a home was straightforward, since there was little in the way of variety available. Professionals still needed to size the unit for the home and then take care of the actual installation work, but almost all ACs were split systems that used an outdoor condenser unit and an indoor evaporator and air handler connected to ductwork.
Today you have more choices when it comes to air conditioning. And with more choices comes some confusion. Which is the right unit for your home? Below are some of the air conditioning options available to you.
- Standard split units: There’s nothing wrong installing a traditional central air conditioning system. If you have a home with an extensive duct network already in place, this is often the best of your choices.
Now is one of the best times to consider replacing your old AC and installing a new system. Hotter weather is already arriving, and we can expect to experience another scorching summer, when it’ll be necessary to have air conditioners in our homes that are capable of handling 100°F+ temperatures on a regular basis.
But putting in a new air conditioner is also about having a system that will save money while working with greater reliability. One of the key components of the an effective and efficient air conditioner is a part called the thermal expansion valve (or TXV). We’re going to take a look at what this component does and how it significantly improves efficiency and performance in a cooling system.… Read more
For much of the rest of the country, thinking about installing central air conditioning during mid-February sounds a bit nutty. But here in Southern California’s desert communities, it’s always a good time to investigate options for better cooling. Especially when that better cooling also comes with energy-saving performance!
Going high efficiency with your AC
Every year, air conditioning technology advances farther. New ACs in general use less power than older ones, thanks in part to the development of thinner aluminum refrigerant coils that helps them absorb heat faster and more effectively before. The SEER rating of air conditioners (a measure of how much cooling a system produces compared to the electricity it draws) is risen significantly, and you should aim to find a system with a SEER rating of 14.5 of higher, which is the requirement for a system to earnt the ENERGY STAR label.… Read more
We’re in the middle of the time of the year when homeowners are often looking into replacing their air conditioning systems. Having a new air conditioning installation in Palm Desert, CA before the big heat of summer strikes is a good idea. If you have any suspicions that your current AC won’t make it through the coming season, make an appointment with our team to look over the air conditioner and offer you recommendations about whether to replace it or not… and what kind of system to replace it with.
The Question of Efficiency
When looking into the installation of a new air conditioning system, one of the key things to investigate is energy efficiency. Newer air conditioners have higher energy-efficiency ratings than ever before, and requirements of the U.S.… Read more
Congratulations to our July Employee of the Month, Lead Installer, Paul Bird! He has demonstrated an eagerness to excel in his field and willingness to broaden his knowledge. Paul has been with Russell’s for one and a half years and has always shown signs of being a true leader by stepping in beyond his regular duties. His true dedication and respect to his customers, the office staff and co-workers really sets him apart. THANK YOU Paul!
SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, and it measures the efficiency of your air conditioning system. The higher the rating, the more efficient the air conditioner. Systems made since 2006 need to have a SEER rating of at least 13, but some units can go as high as 24. This can have a profound effect not only on your monthly energy bills, but on the proper size of your air conditioner. Services that offer air conditioning installation in Beaumont, CA can explain the specifics based on your particular household.
Here’s Some General Information about How SEER Ratings Affect Air Conditioning Size
By “size,” we mean the power output of the air conditioner, which needs to be carefully balanced against the specifics of your home.… Read more
When your aging air conditioner dies on you during the summer, it’s a serious situation. You will need to schedule an emergency replacement for it right away if it is clear that it will not be able to operate again. Make sure that you hire only the best technicians you can find for the job of installing your new air conditioning system… people who can work fast but also deliver a professional and thorough job so that you won’t have to spend long in the heat.
At Russell’s Heating and Air Conditioning, we’ve performed our share of emergency air conditioning installation in Redlands, CA in the more than 30 years that we’ve served the Inland Empire and Desert Communities. When you need AC help, make our staff your first call—we’re here to assist you 24 hours a days.… Read more
We are officially in summer, with temperatures hovering close to 100 degrees just about every day – not the time of year when you want to be without air conditioning. Is it time to replace an outdated system or purchase new for the first time? Whatever your reason for needing air conditioning installation service in Redlands, Russell’s Heating and Air Conditioning is here to help from beginning to end.
Many factors go into the purchase of a new air conditioning system, starting with the different types of ACs currently on the market. It’s good to understand the different air conditioning products available because technology over the last decade has provided many more options for homeowners than before.
Lots of Air Conditioning Options
Challenging indoor architecture, no ductwork and lack of energy efficiency are all things of the past when it comes to today’s air conditioners.… Read more
You may have heard about something called ductless air conditioning before, a type of central air conditioning system that does not need a duct-based ventilation network to distribute air to the rooms in a house. Ductless ACs, also known as ductless mini splits, have been used in businesses such as restaurants and hotels for years. They are now popular in homes, particularly for new housing construction and historic buildings that lack the space for ventilation systems.
So how does central air conditioning work without ducts?
Think of a ductless AC as a cross between a window unit air conditioner and a conventional central air conditioner. Like a window unit, a ductless AC blows cooled air directly into a room from an individual unit that contains an evaporator coil and a fan.… Read more
As 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.… Read more
If you are wondering about whether you should have a heat pump installed to deal with the summer temperatures in Yucaipa, CA or other parts of the Inland Empire and the Desert Communities, than you probably already know something about how a heat pump operates. The concern that some people have about heat pumps is how well they work at doing the two halves of their job: heating and cooling. “Is a heat pump better at doing one than the other? And will it work for my home in particular?”
We’ll answer both those questions in this post.
A heat pump’s cooling power vs. heating power
If the main function of a heat pump in your home will be as an air conditioner—almost certainly the case if you live in Southern California—then you have nothing to worry about.… Read more
With a dependable air conditioning system, keeping your home cool and comfortable throughout the hottest time of the year is a fairly straightforward task. Doing so in an efficient way, though, can present more of a challenge. Do not let high energy costs prevent you from enjoying the full benefits of a quality air conditioning system this summer. The Palm Springs, CA air conditioning installation pros at Russell’s Heating and Air Conditioning have some tips to help you save energy this summer. Feel free to contact us with any further questions you may have. We are happy to help you get the most efficient performance possible from your air conditioner.
One great way to boost energy efficiency in your home during the cooling season is to supplement the performance of your air conditioning system with your ceiling fans.… Read more
We live in a part of the country that experiences summer weather best described as frequently brutal. When it gets hot in the Southern California deserts, it gets hot. Simply getting through the day requires a powerful air conditioning system putting in steady work. This translates into high electrical bills during the season.
You may just accept the steep costs of keeping your home livable during this time of year. There’s no way to avoid a rise in how much electricity you use during the summer—but you’re probably paying too much. Something as simple as poor use of the thermostat can waste power. (The Department of Energy has some good tips on effective thermostat settings for cost-cutting.)
We want to focus on the ways our team can assist you with making air conditioning costs less painful.… Read more
Finding a new air conditioning system can be a hard task for many homeowners. Here at Russell’s Heating and Air Conditioning we want to help make the process easier which is why we put together a quick list of some of the things to consider as you move through the process. Give us a call if you need any kind of air conditioning installation service in Palm Springs, CA or if you have any questions about your home’s AC system.
Palm Springs, CA Air Conditioning Installation Services
Getting a new air conditioning system installed in your home is a huge decision and one that you have to live with for many years to come. You want to make sure that you get the right system and then that it gets installed with good quality.… Read more
Are you curious about what AC is right for your new home? Have you already started the process, but are confused by the various details? Searching for the right system can be daunting, not only because of the range of available system types and brands, but also because it’s not clear how they are different from each other. While the quality of the equipment itself is incredibly important, it must be professionally installed if you want to ensure your new AC works well for the years to come. In today’s post, we’d like to examine a few different factors to consider when making your choice. Call the Palm Springs, CA air conditioning specialists at Russell’s Heating & Air Conditioning today for comprehensive installation services.… Read more
So you are in the market for a new air conditioning system for your home. What type of system should you choose? This is a difficult question to answer, and it has only become more difficult during the last ten years, when more and more models of AC have become available, many with very high energy efficiency ratings.
It may seem like the easiest way to pick an air conditioner for installation is to find the one the highest efficiency rating. But this isn’t always the best route; to make sure that you pick an air conditioning system that matches your cooling and budget requirements, speak to an experienced HVAC technician about the various options. (After all, you will need to technician to perform the installation itself, so bring the expert in at the very start.)… Read more