Action Air Conditioning, Heating and Solar is excited to present its 2020 Fall Coloring Contest, beginning October 13, 2020. The Action team welcomes any child to participate and we look forward to everyone’s creations! One entry per child.
Download the page HERE, print & color! Take a photo of the colored page and post the photo on our @actionac Facebook page with #ColorwithAction, the name and age of the contestant. If you are unable to post entries through Facebook, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. One first place and one second place winner will be selected from each age category. Winners will be contacted through Facebook direct message or email!
Age Group Categories: 4–6 years
Winners in each age category will receive:
1st Place – $100 Target Gift Card 2nd Place – $50 Handel’s Homemade Ice-Cream Gift Card
Winners announced: November 7, 2020
For more information:
Are you wondering about the best time to buy your new air conditioning system? It’s good you’re asking the most trusted air conditioning service in San Diego! You are probably aware that off-season purchases are always the most money-wise, whether you’re buying a new AC or a new pair of shoes. But are you aware of ALL the advantages of buying or installing an AC in spring/fall? Let’s see together.
You get time
If you’re looking for an air conditioner before the weather gets hot, you have ample time to do your research and really find an AC that will meet your needs. You can do your research online, among friends and family and among professionals. Ask several providers of air conditioning service in San Diego to give you estimates and offers.
You can choose the timing for the installation
It’s possible to buy your system off-season and schedule the installation when the weather is more convenient. This also gives your installer time to customize your AC installation. Time is highly valuable when you are doing a major home project, not just in terms of saving money, but also nerves.
You can explore your cooling needs
Every home is different, as well as family. The best choice of air conditioner will depend on the answers to many questions. Some of these are:
What is the size, age and layout of your home?
Do you have central air or are you looking to install a system for the first time?
If you have a system installed, what are its downsides?
Are you looking for specific features – like high energy efficiency or inverters?
How well is your home insulated?
What is the condition of your ductwork? Is the ductwork design good?
You can research for the best provider of air conditioning service in San Diego
Find a trusted local company to work with for your installation and future HVAC works. Do online research and ask friends and family for recommendations. Getting an experienced HVAC installer could save you considerable money down the road by ensuring your system gets properly installed. Finding the right company to entrust your HVAC system to will also mean you have someone reliable to depend on for your regular maintenance. Remember, regular maintenance will give you the best return on your investment in home comfort.
Call Action AC for a full-range air conditioning service in San Diego
Action AC has been serving San Diego home and business owners since 1975. With decades of experience and commitment to excellence, thousands of satisfied customers and multiple industry-relevant awards, we are confident we can meet all your HVAC needs. Call us!
In Southern California, when temperatures start to quickly decline, it’s time to get your heating system back in gear. It’s important to consider how running your home’s heating system will affect your indoor air quality, especially when your furnace has been stagnate for the better half of a year.
How Your Heating System Works
When the temperature in your home falls under the thermostat setting, a low-voltage signal is sent to the furnace to activate the motor
Once the motor is activated, all the gas that is left over in the heat exchanger is purged
Ignition occurs to light the burner inside the combustion chamber, creating heat
Once your indoor air temperature reaches that of your thermostat, the gas valve will close and the burner goes out
The blower fan will continue to run until all the heated air is expelled through your ductwork
If your furnace filter is dirty during a heating cycle it will restrict the airflow, which means it won’t do a very good job pulling from your indoor air supply. Additionally, a severely clogged filter can stress your system components – reducing the functionality of your heating system and increasing your energy bills. Your air filter should be checked at least once a month and changed regularly during heating season.
If your ductwork has not been cleaned or maintained regularly, your indoor air quality – and health – will suffer as a result. Ductwork in your home has two systems; supply ducts that blow heated air into rooms and return ducts that inhale indoor air and return it to the blower. Moisture, debris, and dirt in your home will get stuck in your ductwork and become a breeding ground for molds, allergens, toxins, and other infectious compounds. Particles can end up inside your heating system, making it less efficient and degrading your indoor air quality.
How to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality during Heating Season
Breathing clean, fresh air can make the difference between good health and constantly fighting colds, allergies, and respiratory problems all winter. The good news is there are several preventative measures you can take to protect your home and family’s health.Buy High Quality Air Filters
You can check the quality of an air filter by the MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value). The higher the MERV rating, the cleaner your air will be. You should consult a certified HVAC contractor to make sure the filter is compatible with your heating system and it is properly installed.
Invest in Whole Home Purification Systems
Air Filtration Systems can remove as much as 99.9% of all allergens and 90% of all infectious agents. As a Lennox Certified Dealer, Action Air Conditioning, Heating and Solar can direct you to the best Air Filtration System for your family and home’s unique needs.
DuctWork Cleaning & Preventative Maintenance
Heaters enjoy a longer functioning life if they’re properly maintained, and if the air passages are not clogged with dirt and dust. Action’s NATE-certified HVAC technicians use NADCA (National Air Duct Cleaning Association)-approved duct cleaning techniques to ensure your furnace is running at optimal efficiency and improving your indoor air quality as a result.
It’s important to understand the health and safety hazards of your furnace. Our team of experts provide some valuable information below so you don’t have to Fear Your Furnace this Winter!
Age Risk For Your Furnace
Furnaces 10 years or older are especially dangerous since they all have pilot lights. The average life expectancy of a furnace is between 16 and 20 years. Newer furnace models with pilot lights have sensors that will automatically shut down if a problem is detected, however having a pilot light still poses a significant safety concern. Older furnaces are also at a higher risk for carbon monoxide poisoning, breakdowns, house fires, and higher energy bills.
Today’s furnaces are designed with new, high-tech heating systems whose greater efficiency helps homeowners save money, conserve natural resources and decrease the likelihood of HVAC hazards. Action Air wants to help you replace your outdated furnace – enter our Scariest Furnace Contest to win a New Furnace or WiFi Thermostat!
Carbon monoxide poisoning is especially common with outdated furnaces. Older pilot lights are typically controlled manually, and even a slight adjustment defect can produce carbon monoxide gas. Modern homes are built more “air-tight”, leaving furnaces starved of the necessary oxygen it requires to burn fuels completely. When this occurs, toxic gases build up inside the home.
House fires caused by pilot lights, bad ventilation, and/or gas line leaks are another major safety hazard of an outdated heating system. The combustible materials or any flammable objects near a furnace create an increased possibility of fire or explosion. Gasoline, solvents, or other volatile substances emit vapors that can be ignited by the heat or flame inside a gas furnace. Additionally, natural gas which has no odor, taste, smell or color can be omitted from gas line leaks and are extremely flammable and could cause a catastrophic fire or explosion.
The oxide required for older furnaces is known to destroy valves, cause gaskets to leak, and make bearings go dry – inevitably creating more risk of malfunctioning parts or total system breakdown. The older a furnace is, the more likely its parts will malfunction, causing repairs to become gradually more expensive. Older furnaces also require more gas to create heat. Replacing your furnace with a more energy efficient system will save you in long term repair costs and expensive utility bills. Our furnace experts will handle all stages of a furnace replacement to ensure maximum comfort and savings – from choosing a new heating system that’s right for you, to quality installation with Action Air Certified Technicians. We are here every step of the way.
There are many options when it comes to choosing the right air-condition system for your commercial business, but there one system that offers the highest efficiency and increased control-ability. This system is called variable refrigerant flow, or VRF and was recently introduced to the United States. VRF is a configuration of an air-condition system that consists of one outdoor condensing unit and multiple indoor units. The term “variable refrigerant flow” describes that system’s ability to control the amount of refrigerant that flows to the multiple indoor evaporator units. This allows for individualized comfort control as well as simultaneous heating and cooling in different zones.
Daikin Industries in Japan designed a VRF system in 1982 known as “variable refrigerant volume,” or VRV. The VRV technology allows for individual climate control in differing zones by circulating only the minimum amount of refrigerant needed at that time. The Daikin VRV system has endless benefits: it minimizes energy consumption, has a design that can be adapted to the local environment, has a flexible layout, and allows for individual control within the building.
VRF and VRV systems are complex, engineered systems that use a multipart refrigerant and oil control circuitry. They can be used for cooling only, heat pumping, or heat recovery. There are two basic types of VRF systems on heat pump models – heat pump systems and energy-recovery:
Heat pump systems allow for heating or cooling in all indoor units but not simultaneously. The units either cool or heat. These systems are applied successfully to open spaces, retail stores, cellular office or any other space that requires heating and cooling in the same operational timeframe.
Energy-recovery systems are known as VRF-HR and can operate simultaneously in heating and/or cooling mode. This allows the heat removed from a cooled space to be used instead of rejected to the outdoor environment as in traditional heat pump systems. The enhanced features and design of VRF-HR systems has a great potential to produce significant energy savings. Each manufacturer has a proprietary design with unique valve arrangements. VRF-HR systems are best used in buildings where some of the spaces need to be cooled and other spaces need to be heated at the same time, such as medium to large sized buildings with large core space or in spaces on the north and south sides of the building.
Several advantages of a VRF system for your building’s HVAC needs include:
User Comfort: the VRF system can respond to individual fluctuations in space load conditions. Each user can set the temperature in their space to their own comfort level versus one control for a variety of spaces in the traditional air condition system. The individuality of the VRF system also allows for separate billing in the case of multiple tenants within one commercial building.
Design Flexibility: A single outdoor condensing unit can be connected to several different types of indoor units of varying capacity. Current systems allow for up to 48 indoor units to be connected to one condensing unit.
Flexible Installation: VRF systems accommodate installation and commissioning on a floor by floor basis and they are lightweight and offer space-saving features.
Energy Efficiency: Testing has indicated that VRF technology can reduce energy consumption by as much as 30 to 40% per year compared to a traditional compressor and it offers high coefficient of performance (COP). This system also minimizes ductwork, or completely eliminates it in some cases, which can reduce duct losses of airflow.
Smart Communities are popping up all over the US and utilizing renewable energy resources to be self-sustainable and economically successful. They consciously leverage solar energy technologies to transform life in a fundamental way that benefits homeowners, communities, and the environment. These Smart Communities are creating a platform for future housing developments and smart-grid infrastructures.
Existing Smart Communities have successfully improved performance in buildings, increased property values, and reduced community debt. The formula for these Smart Communities is simple:
Efficiency + Renewable Energy = Sustainability.
Each solar powered residence helps the Smart Community by lowering energy costs and producing clean power. Energy efficient homes collectively create a resilient, self-sustainable community. These solar-powered homes and communities will be able to power themselves locally even when the broader electric grid goes down. Independent energy production is becoming increasingly important with the rise in energy costs and erratic/unpredictable weather caused by climate change.
The existing outdated – and expensive – infrastructure powered by centralized power plants is creatingthe problem of greenhouse gases producing climate change. Smart Communities that offer a solution this global epidemic by producing clean energy at a lower cost.
In order for our economy to remain sustainable, the green energy movement needs to take hold by enacting legislation and adopting local and city building codes for renewable energy requirements, and informing the public of the benefits of Smart Communities and tax rebates / incentives and financial assistance available. Newly developed Smart Communities are accomplishing just that – as the innovators and participants of Smart Communities understand the importance of shrinking carbon our footprint, being independent from utility companies, and saving on energy costs. New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision and California’s Distribution Resource Plans are setting the standard of moving toward green energy – which will hopefully create a trend among state governments to enact similar legislation to induce the development of these Smart Communities.
Transforming your home into a Smart Energy Residence will effectively increase your property value, save you on energy costs, and enable you to be independent from utility companies. The experts at Action Air are here for all your Solar Solution needs – from installing solar PV panels to purchasing solar battery back ups for an existing solar PV panel system. Contact us today!
The news about environmental pollutants, disasters and the greenhouse effect is increasing in frequency, but so is the rate of innovation with energy efficient technology. The use of clean and efficient energy systems can provide a solution to the impactful issue of environmental pollutants, and save home and business owners on energy costs. At the top of energy efficient technology is solar PV panels. Switching to solar energy power as an alternative energy solution for our every day needs can dramatically offset the negatives effects of fossil fuels, create independence from utility companies, and lower energy costs.
In addition to solar power, there are several more clean energy technologies that are helping the environment and saving home and business owners on energy costs:
Ultra Efficient Heat Pump Systems
The next generation of heat pump systems can reduce energy consumption as much as 30 – 45%. There will be several options for owners to chose from including fuel-fired multi-function residential heat pump, low-cost gas heat pump, natural gas heat pump and air conditioner.
High tech thermostats automatically adjust room temperatures based on the individual’s lifestyle. The owner simply enables the thermostat’s settings to accommodate their comfort level and schedule, and high-tech sensors and algorithms will automatically adjust temperatures per those settings. Smart thermostats can also integrate weather fluctuations to insure your space is kept at pre set temperatures. This saves owners on energy costs, and allows for hands-free heating and cooling operation.
Carbon Fighting Heat Dryers
The same technological advances for next generation heat pump systems are being to create energy efficient heat dryers that will reduce energy consumption up to 60%. The dryer is fueled by a heat pump cycle that generates hot air to dry your clothes.
Next Generation Insulation
Keep your home insulted to it’s maximum capacity can save residential owners big on energy costs. New environmentally friendly foam has been developed that is made from composited materials and insures heat or cool air will no escape during peak seasons. We guarantee the best service for solar installations, and our Solar Experts are here to help guide you through your transition to Solar. Additionally, Action Air is a Premier Certified Lennox Dealer and our team will help you find the best heating and cooling technology for your home or business. Call us today to get on your way to the best energy efficient technologies – and savings!
The federal government recently passed a spending package allowing solar tax incentives to be extended for another 5 years. The solar tax incentives allow taxpayers to receive a 30% Investment Tax Credit (ITC). This is great news for the renewable energy industry and the solar movement! The new legislation has created a boom in the solar industry by effectively encouraging residential and commercial property owners to use solar technology in their homes and businesses.
Now is a great time to transition to solar – not only does the current legislation makes it an affordable and economical option, photovoltaic panels will also increase the value of your home or commercial building. The solar usage in the US is expected to triple within the next 6 years – and has already nearly doubled since 2014. With solar panels steadily becoming mainstream, the economic value of properties with photovoltaic panels will increase substantially.
Since the Solar TAX INCENTIVE was implemented in 2006, solar installation has increased over 1,600 percent.* The extension for solar tax incentives insures the industry’s growth, and when the amount of solar installations increase, the price per solar pv panel decreases.
From an environmental perspective, the projected growth due to the solar ITC extension will offset 100 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions per year.
“There’s no way to overstate this — the extension of the solar ITC is the most important policy development for U.S. solar in almost a decade,” said MJ Shiao, Green Tech Media’s director of solar research.
The experts at Action Air are here to help you get the maximum return on your investment. Call us today for a free consultation. Our team will get you on your way to an environmentally friendly solar panel system, increased property value – and energy savings! *Resources
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!
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.