Del Mar Home Improvement Show

Visit Action Air April 11-13, 2013 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds for the Home Improvement Show. We will be in booth 426 exhibiting many of our exciting new products including home comfort systems and solar panels.

Come see our new products, talk with our solar experts, and learn how solar can help you reduce or eliminate your energy bills!

If that isn’t incentive enough, stop by our booth to enter to win a $200 Home Dept gift card!

About the Home Improvement Show

Over the past 38 years the Home Improvement Show at the Del Mar Fairgrounds has become the largest in the region. The show is spread out over 200,000 square feet of exhibit space and has become one of the highest attended home shows in California! Whether you are thinking about remodeling or just want to get some ideas for the future, the Home Improvement Show features top quality products, vendors and professionals ready to answer questions and deliver the goods that will make your home improvement project a reality!

For more information, please visit www.homeshowsusa.net

Show Hours

Friday: 10AM – 6 PM
Saturday : 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sunday : 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Easter Coloring Contest

1st Place $100 Gift Card for Toys R’ Us & 2nd Place $50 Gift Card for Toys R’ Us

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Click the image above to download and print.

Action Air Coloring Contest Rules:
Two Categories:
5 years and under.
6 – 10 years old.
Each Category will have two winners, a 1st Place and 2nd Place.

Email your entry to comfort@actionac.net or mail to: 
Action Air Conditioning, Heating & Solar
2750 S Santa Fe Ave.
San Marcos, CA 92069

All entries will be posted on Action Air’s Facebook by name and category. 1ST Place winners receive a $100 Gift Card to Toys R’ Us.  2nd Place winners receive a $50 Gift Card to Toys R’ Us.

Winner will be announced by the picture with the most “likes” so get your family involved and have them “Like” your picture!

WINNER TO BE ANNOUNCED ON ACTION AIR’S FACEBOOK PAGE April 30, 2014

Does Solar Work on Cloudy Days?

Thinking about installing solar on your home or business, but worried about cloudy weather preventing energy production? Don’t be!

Solar energy systems operate best in direct sunlight, but they will still produce energy on a cloudy day. On a normal cloudy day, there is still enough solar irradiance to allow the panel to produce electricity. Generally, on a fully cloudy day, you can expect a solar energy system to produce 50 percent or less of its normal capacity. On partially cloudy days, production can be significantly higher—especially on systems that utilize micro-inverters rather than string inverters.

A micro-inverter system has an inverter on every panel, allowing the efficiency level of each panel to vary while on a string inverter system, your production levels are only as strong as the weakest panel on each string. Micro-inverter systems can cost more upfront, but their improved efficiency levels can actually help your system pay for itself quicker if cloudy skies are frequent in your area or if you have trees or structures that shade a portion of your system every day.

What Happens To Your Power on a Cloudy Day?

If your home is still attached to the grid—like most are after having solar installed—then you have no reason to panic. Your home will simply pull the extra energy it needs from the grid and everything will continue on as normal.

It is no different than how your system acts during the night.

Cloudy Days in Southern California

Southern California’s climate offers more sunny days per year than almost any other area of the country. In the San Diego area, we average 266 sunny days every year—nearly 73 percent of all days in a year!

The San Diego metro area offers one of the best investment opportunities for solar energy in the world. With a mild climate (solar panels work at a higher efficiency in mild temperatures) and ample sunshine, your solar installation will pay for itself fast—sometimes in only a few short years, depending on system size, cost, and available incentives.

Want to Learn More About Solar in San Diego?

If you want to learn more about solar installation in San Diego and the surrounding area for your home or business, give us a call or fill out a contact form on the right. Our solar technicians can discuss the options that are available to you, assess your home’s solar potential, and even provide you with production and return on investment estimates!

Contact us today to get started!

Is An Energy Audit Worth It?

Considering an energy audit for your home, but not sure if they’re worth it or just a cleverly disguised sales tool? An understandable fear, and sadly, some companies do simply use energy audits as an opportunity to sell you products and services.

At Action Air, we do things a bit differently. We give your home a thorough home performance evaluation before quoting you on a new solar energy system or home comfort system.

Why is this advantageous for you? It provides great benefit to you, the customer, because we will identify areas where you can improve your energy efficiency—allowing you to make relatively low cost energy efficiency upgrades that can lead to significant savings on solar or home comfort systems.

Saving energy is significantly cheaper than producing energy, so having a home performance audit and making the recommended upgrades prior to installing a solar electric system or a new heating and cooling system can actually save you thousands of dollars—while also improving home comfort!

What Does An Energy Audit Consist Of?

An energy audit will consist of a thorough inspection and assessment of your home’s envelope and appliances. Energy auditors will generally look at the heating and air conditioning systems, thermostats, ducts, and filters. They will also assess windows, insulation, weather stripping and other ways a building can lose or gain heat. Additionally, they may look at appliances and water usage, shower heads, and water heaters.

These areas combine to make up the vast majority of a home’s utility bills, so making improvements to even just a few of the highest priority items can make a significant difference in the amount of energy your home uses.

What To Ask When Choosing an Energy Auditor

There are several things you should consider when choosing an energy auditor, including:

  • How many audits have you performed?
  • How long have you been performing energy audits?
  • Do you have any referrals?
  • What is the process?
  • Do I have to use your service if you perform the audit?
  • What do I get when the audit is complete?
  • What certifications do you have?

At a minimum, you want to ask these questions to ensure that your home energy auditor is trained, experienced, and accredited to perform energy audits.

Schedule a Home Energy Audit in San Diego

If you would like to save on your home’s energy bills, improve your home comfort, improve indoor air quality, and decrease your carbon footprint, contact Action Air to schedule a San Diego home energy audit today. Contact us today to get started!

Ground-Mounted vs. Roof-Mounted Solar

As you likely already know, there are a number of ways solar can be installed. Although no solar installation is a bad installation, there are things to consider to make sure you are getting the best solar system for your home or business.

Why Install a Roof-Mounted Solar System

You should install a roof-mounted solar system if most of these conditions are true:

  • You have a southern facing roof with good sun exposure
  • Your roof is largely free of obstructions
  • Your roof is in good condition
  • You don’t mind the look of solar panels on your house
  • You want the added security of having your panels out of reach on your roof
  • You have small children and don’t want to risk them coming into contact with electrical wires

Why Install a Ground-Mounted Solar System

You should install a ground-mounted solar system if most of these conditions are true:

  • You have plenty of available land
  • Your roof is unusually shaped and does not allow you to maximize your solar capabilities
  • You get a lot of snow in your area (not much of a problem here in Southern California!)
  • Your roof does not have good southern or western exposure
  • You roof is shaded by trees
  • You want the ability to adjust your panels seasonally to maximize solar potential

Want to Learn More About Solar?

No matter what your need or preference, rest assured that Action Air Conditioning, Heating & Solar can meet your needs. We have performed hundreds of solar installations throughout the San Diego, CA area, including roof-mounted systems, ground-mounted systems, and everything in between. Contact us today for a FREE solar evaluation.