How Can You Alleviate Allergies with Your HVAC?

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There are times when no matter what you do, you just cannot make those pesky allergy symptoms disappear altogether. In this day and age, in a typical urban setting, potential allergens lurk from every nook and cranny. Dangerous microorganisms can invade your home or office, and even your HVAC unit can become infested with them. But when it comes to air conditioning and heating in Escondido and inland areas, doing without that indispensable element of comfortable living is hardly an option. The good news is that a regularly maintained HVAC unit can greatly contribute to the level of overall indoor comfort and the alleviation of allergies as well. What are the best furnace air filters for allergies? We have the answers.

The quality of indoor air is of paramount importance as it can have a detrimental or beneficial effect on our health. If you have pets, then that’s another reason why you want to make sure your HVAC unit is in top condition. Unless we are careful, our beloved animal friends can unkowingly team up with a poorly maintained HVAC unit to aggravate our allergy symptoms. The bottom line is, you owe it to yourself and your family or employees to do your best and make sure your home or office has the best air quality.

Here’s what you can do to minimize potential allergens in your home or office while enjoying all the advantages of your HVAC unit.

Air Filters

Replacing your air filters is the first step with benefits to your health and reduced energy costs. Low-quality and/or dirty air filters are unable to trap all the unwanted particles and make your unit less efficient to run.

Ducts

A contaminated duct in your HVAC unit might go unnoticed, but it can be an ideal environment for particles invisible to the naked eye. Clean ducts, on the other hand, mean clean and healthy indoor air. Action AC has trained duct cleaning professionals that use top of the line equipment designed to complete your duct cleaning project correctly and safely.

Humidity

Humidity is a powerful factor when it comes to HVAC efficiency and indoor air quality. Your air conditioner might make humidity levels too high, while your heating unit does the opposite. This leads to air that is too moist or too dry, both of which can make your allergy symptoms unbearable. For optimum humidity management, you can have a trusted professional install humidifiers and dehumidifiers for you. Newer HVAC units usually come equipped with these.

Ventilation

Ventilating your home or office is absolutely necessary if you want to enjoy your unit without worrying about allergies. Carpets, curtains, cushions, bed covers and the like – all of these can be home to microogranisms that thrive in dust. Without proper ventilation, the air that circulates can carry all these allergens straight into your lungs. Newer units tend to have higher ventilation power.

Consider an Upgrade

The air quality in Escondido and other cities in San Diego can sometimes be moderate. Perhaps the time has come for you to upgrade your unit. Not only do older HVAC units tend to be energy-hogs and potential electrical hazards, they can also aggravate your allergy symptoms. They simply do not have the capacity to filter out the contaminants or to deal with mold growth, which can quickly get out of hand and pose a health risk.

Do you want more advice and help from air conditioning and heating Escondido experts?

Want to know what are the best furnace air filters for allergies? Give us a call. Action AC, Heating & Solar has been San Diego’s go-to HVAC contractor since 1975. Our commitment to exceeding industry standards and customer expectations has earned us a coveted reputation in San Diego communities. We offer a full range of HVAC-related services and blue-ribbon customer care. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us for anything you need when it comes to installing, repairing and maintaining your HVAC system!

Let’s Talk Dirty Ducts

Heating Poway - dirty ducts Awareness about air quality has come in the spotlight in the recent years. It’s only understandable, considering that we spend around 90% of our day indoors. Ducts have a lot to contribute to the indoor air quality in your home or office. A moderate amount of dust is to be expected in ducts, but how much is too much? And is duct cleanliness really all that important? Here’s what your air conditioning and heating Poway specialist has to say (operating in the wider San Diego area as well).

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Energy Star: Tax Rebates for Residential Energy Efficiency

If you are looking to upgrade your home’s functionality, comfort, or to just be more energy efficient, now is the time to take advantage of all the great energy tax rebates available to homeowners. Here is some information from our team at Action Air to get you on your way to maximum savings while adding value to your home.

The Deal with Energy Star

The federal tax incentive program for Energy Efficient residential & commercial properties is known as Energy Star. The program was established by the Environmental Protection Agency in 1992, and was created to encourage homeowners to conserve more energy, in turn lowering US dependence on fossil fuels. Not only can energy efficient improvements give homeowners more independence from utility companies, energy efficient appliances and systems help the environment and significantly save homeowners on energy costs. Energy Star estimated that it saved homeowners $17 billion in 2009, and avoided greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 30 million cars.

Several tax incentives for residential energy efficiency have been renewed for 2016 and can even apply retroactively for purchases made in 2015. You can receive up to 30% back on residential energy efficiency improvements. The program encourages new home construction to integrate smart technology, green appliances, and other energy conserving infrastructures to the build-out plan, which will actually save the new homeowner long term.

How to Qualify for Tax Rebates

If you are looking to replace any of the following residential products or systems, you can qualify for the tax rebates:

  • Biomass stoves
  • Heating, venting, air conditioning, including:
  • Advanced main air circulating fan
  • Air-source heat pump
  • Central air conditioning
  • Natural gas, propane, or oil furnace
  • Insulation
  • Roofs (metal and asphalt)
  • Water heaters (non-solar)
  • Windows and doors
  • Gas, propane, or oil hot water boiler

Action Air guarantees the highest quality energy-efficient products, and efficient, professional installation services. Call us today or get your free quote for energy efficient products and installation!

Troubleshoot Your HVAC

Troubleshooting your HVAC system can save you on maintenance and repair costs, but it’s important to know the ABC’s of HVAC systems to safely and efficiently evaluate it. Your home HVAC system typically includes both central heating and central cooling which are two separate systems that share ductwork.

Commonly, the central cooling system includes a cabinet outdoors that contains a condenser coil and compressor and an indoor evaporator coil that is usually installed with your furnace or air handler. The compressor is the piece of equipment that moves refrigerant through the system.

The cooling part of the HVAC systems works by moving warm air across the indoor evaporator coil which transfers heat from the air to the refrigerant to cool the air. The refrigerant is cycled back to the compressor to repeat the job and the cool air is blown inside your home. The heat transferred to the refrigerant is removed to outside the home.

The heating system has a primary heating appliance which is usually installed in your garage or basement. A furnace is one type of heating appliance and it can run on either gas or oil, or on a hybrid system, depending on your region and needs. The furnace generates combustion gases that are passed through a heat exchanger. Air from your home is blown across the heat exchanger, which warms the air to be transferred through the ductwork and distributed back into your home. You should be especially careful when troubleshooting old furnaces considering the outdated parts, and hazards of CO2 and fires.

Most often, HVAC issues are related to one specific part of the system, such as the duct system, heat pump, or vents, to name a few – which makes troubleshooting a relatively methodical task. Start by inspecting the visible equipment and work towards the less conspicuous parts.

The first step of your diagnosis should be to confirm that your system has power. The furnace and air-conditioner will have separate fuses or circuit breakers. The thermostat will also have its own power source, either electrical or battery powered.

If cold air is blowing from your heater, there are a couple things you can troubleshoot to identify the issue. First, check the thermostat to see that it is set to “auto” instead of “on.” If it is set to “on,” the fan will blow continuously even if the furnace isn’t heating the air, causing the air coming out of the vents to feel cool. Next, check your air filter and change it if it is dirty. A dirty filter can restrict airflow and cause other equipment to malfunction.

Other causes of HVAC failures can include an outdated HVAC system/parts, poor drainage, frozen coil, a pilot light or ignition problem, inadequate fuel supply, large leaks in your ductwork, or a clog in your condenser. These type of issues are best identified by calling your local certified HVAC professional.

If troubleshooting your HVAC system doesn’t solve the issue, call the fully Nate certified staff at Action Air Conditioning, Heating and Solar today to schedule a maintenance and repair appointment to get your system working at optimal performance!

Avoid a Frozen Air Conditioner This Summer

This may seem like an oxymoron – a frozen air conditioner unit in the midst of summer – but it is actually a very common problem for homeowners. Our team at Action Air Conditioning knows how quickly a frozen AC system can make a nice summer day go awry, so here is all the information you need to prevent, troubleshoot, and repair a frozen air conditioner.

How do I know if my Air Conditioner is frozen?”

The first sign is leaking water around vents or the Air Conditioning unit. Check the registers inside your home while the AC is on. If the vents are blowing out warm air, it could very well be a frozen Air Conditioner. Locate the evaporator coil on your HVAC (typically near the furnace system inside the home) and open the access panel. Small hex-head screws should be holding the panel in place. You will be able to see the ice formed around the coil, or even outside the Air Conditioning unit in severe cases.

What should I do when I notice my Air Conditioner is frozen?”

Turn off your Air Conditioning completely and call a licensed HVAC contractor. This will allow the unit to de-thaw until an HVAC technician comes to the rescue. Don’t try to scrape off the ice by hand as this could cause even more damage to the Air Conditioning unit resulting in an expensive repair. Also check to see if the air filter is dirty as it could be the culprit to your frozen Air Conditioning. Even if the air filter is dirty and replaced, you should still get a licensed HVAC contractor to examine the unit for any other issues that contributed or caused the problem.near the furnace system inside the home) and open the access panel. Small hex-head screws should be holding the panel in place. You will be able to see the ice formed around the coil, or even outside the Air Conditioning unit in severe cases.

What causes a frozen Air Conditioner?

There are two main causes of a frozen Air Conditioner: restricted air flow or a lack of refrigerant. Without proper airflow to the evaporator coil, the condensation will freeze before it gets a chance to be drained from the unit. Restricted air flow could be caused by a dirty air filter, faulty fan, closed registers, or drainage issues. Refrigerant is necessary to prevent the evaporator coil from freezing. If the refrigerant is low, it could be the source of the problem and would require a licensed HVAC technician.

What can I do to prevent my Air Conditioner from freezing?

Performing regular maintenance on your HVAC is the best way to prevent AC malfunction and expensive repairs. We recommend an AC Tune Up twice a year for newer models, or 4 times a year for older HVAC systems.

Keep up with your air filter. A dirty air filter can not only cause a frozen AC, but poor indoor air quality, expensive utility bills, and put unnecessary wear and tear on your HVAC system.

Schedule a Tune Up or AC Repair

Schedule Your Service The experts at Action Air Conditioning & Heating are here to help. Schedule a routine tune-up with our NATE certified technicians and we 100% guarantee efficient, convenient, and professional services. We also offer 24-7 emergency repair services to make sure your every HVAC need is met, anytime. Call, live chat, or message us today!

We Care! Action Air’s 24-7 Emergency Service

Your HVAC system can’t take a break during the season’s most intense temperatures – and neither do we!

At Action Air, we know our customers need a company they can count on, especially during the hot summer months or chilly winters when you rely on your HVAC system the most.

That’s why Action Air’s NATE-certified technicians are on call 24-7 to take care of any HVAC emergency. Our emergency services include immediate repair for furnaces, AC’s, heat pumps, solar devices, and more.

We guarantee convenient, fast, and quality repair at the first service visit.

Your comfort is our priority. That’s why Action Air offers only the best for it’s customers:

  • Available 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Residential and commercial emergency repair services
  • Guaranteed quality repairs
  • Licensed, NATE-certified, professional, and reliable HVAC technicians
  • Prompt, helpful, and live customer service
  • Quick and efficient maintenance/repair appointment scheduling

How to Prevent HVAC Emergencies

Preventative maintenance is the the best way to protect your home, family, or business from inconvenient HVAC breakdowns. 90% of all HVAC system failures are due to a lack of maintenance. Performing regular maintenance by a certified HVAC contractor will also save you from expensive repairs down the road, keep your home safe and hazard-free, improve your indoor air quality, and save you on energy bills.
Replacing an outdated HVAC system is worth the initial investment. Aging heating and cooling systems have to work harder to keep your home comfortable – resulting in system malfunction and increased energy bills.
Reliable, NATE certified technicians make the difference between quality repairs and improper service. Inexperienced technicians can misdiagnose or perform improper service that will result in more expensive repairs, or even worse, put your HVAC at risk for total system breakdown.

Why HVAC Maintenance Is Critical to Your Home & Energy Bills

Did you know that 90% of all HVAC system malfunctions or breakdowns are caused by a lack of maintenance?

The best thing you can do for your heating and cooling system is to have a reliable NATE Certified technician perform regular service on it. Unmaintained gas furnaces, especially older models, are a safety hazard and could be potentially put you, your family, and home at great risk.
An Action Air NATE-Certified technician discovered this entire house was at severe risk for fire and carbon dioxide poisoning after receiving a routine repair call about a furnace not producing heat.
This can potentially happen to you. If you notice anything out of the ordinator about your HVAC system, it is important to immediately call an HVAC contractor, like Action Air.

Here are a few signs your furnace could be putting you and your home at risk:

  • Smell of burning coming from HVAC after heat is turned on
  • Strong smell of fuel
  • Carbon dioxide monitor goes off
  • No heat is being produced
  • Utility bills increase
  • Your HVAC is making loud or unusual noises (rattling, buzzing, banging)

Having your HVAC system regularly serviced (2 times per year) is the best way to ensure your furnace is safe and reliable. Additionally, regular maintenance will improve your home’s indoor air quality, enable your system to operate at optimal performance, reduce energy costs, and mitigate expensive repairs.

If you have not had routine ac or furnace maintenance performed this season, contact Action Air today to schedule your Quality Maintenance inspection for only $50* out of pocket. Our team is dedicated to your home’s safety and comfort and is available to you 24-7 through our on-call Emergency Service.