10 Tips to Save on Utility Costs This Summer

How to Reduce Your Heating & Cooling Costs With summer now in full swing, your HVAC system will be doing a lot of work to keep your home cool. Our team at Action Air has put together this simple guide to make sure you are saving on utility costs, without compromising your home’s comfort.
Energy Star found that nearly half of your home’s energy is used for heating ad cooling. Here are 10 tips to keep your home cool this summer without over-running your HVAC system:

Paint Your Roof

According to a study conducted by Heating Island Group at Berkley Lab, homes with black roofs require up to 40% more energy to cool a home. Although it may seem like a heavy-duty task, painting your roof can be simple, cheap, and has the additional benefits of increasing your roof’s life span and water resistance. You can purchase an inexpensive white elastomeric coating and heavy duty paint rollers at most hardware stores. Apply 2-3 coats on your roof for best results.

Upgrade Your AC System

Installing an energy efficient AC system in your home is the best long-term solution to keep energy costs low while adding value and efficiency to your home. The investment of a new AC system can save you big in the long run; an outdated HVAC system will lead to costly repairs, expensive utility bills, decreased home comfort, and poor indoor air quality. Request that your new AC system is installed in the shade – an AC unit in direct sunlight will use more energy. Action Air Buyer’s Guide for New AC System. will give you all the tools to make sure you are getting the best product for the best price.

Change Your Air Filter Regularly

Changing your HVAC’s air filter is the most important self-maintenance you can do to save on utility bills, keep your HVAC system running smoothly, extend the lifespan of your cooling/heating system, and keep your home’s air quality healthy.

Switch to Solar

You can cut your utility bills down as much as 50% by switching to solar PV panels. Not only does solar powered energy save you huge on utility costs, it enables homeowners to become independent from utility companies, adds value to your home, and is a renewable source of energy that helps save the environment. The benefits of switching to solar are endless. Now is the time to make the switch with all the current financing options, state rebates, and federal tax incentives available.

Clean Around Your AC Unit

Make sure your AC unit is not being suffocated by debris or leaves. Blockages to the AC compressor and restrict airflow and make your AC work twice as hard. It will also help keep your increase your indoor air quality and help keep those AC filters clean.

Install Ceiling Fans

Although ceiling fans won’t solely keep your home comfortable in the midst of the summer heat, they help circulate cool air throughout your home and also enables the homeowner to turn off the AC during the cooler parts of the day or at night. Installing a fan in your attic will help prevent the hot, stuffy air from leaking into the rest of your home and reduce cooling costs.

Control Your Thermostat

Being conscience of how often your AC is running is a key component in keeping your cooling costs low. Smart thermostats are the most convenient way to control the temperature in your home that is conducive to your lifestyle. All you need to do is enter settings based on the season, your schedule, and preferred temperature. The Smart Thermostat does the rest. With Smart Thermostats and an Energy Efficient AC unit, you can you keep your home comfortable at the lowest price.

Run Your Appliances While temperatures are Cool

Your dishwasher, clothes dryer and stove add extra heat to the house. If you run these appliances during the day when temperatures are cooler, in the morning or evening, it will prevent your AC from working harder.

Seal Air Duct Leaks

Air duct sealing will eliminate this air loss and the corresponding energy loss – lowering your energy consumption and your power bills. If you are upgrading your HVAC system, having your ducts sealed first may allow you to install a smaller system, increasing your savings.

Schedule a Routine Maintenance Appointment

How to Cut Down on Energy Costs with HVAC Maintenance Regular maintenance on your HVAC system will can significantly reduce your heating and cooling costs. When your AC unit is running at optimal performance, it will not have to work as hard – or long – to cool your home. Regular maintenance will also improve your home’s indoor air quality, and mitigate expensive repairs.

How to Compare Local Air Conditioning Companies?

Having a functional HVAC system is very important, especially during the hot summer months in San Diego. This means having your unit or units checked regularly and maintained accordingly. Choose only the best HVAC service provider to do the job so you can rest assured everything is in order. How to Compare Local Air Conditioning Companies? We have the answers.

If you are looking for the best air conditioning repair San Diego has to offer, there are some important things you need to consider. When searching through the local air conditioning companies, try to think about the following points before making the final decision.

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What Should I Ask AC Installation Companies in San Diego?

A large portion of the home budget goes to pay the mortgage and the utilities. The HVAC system accounts for a considerable part of those utilities. Since buying a new AC unit off-season is recommended, let’s discuss what you should ask AC installation companies in San Diego as you shop around for estimates.

It’s worth your time and money to make an informed shortlist of AC installation companies in San Diego. It’s important that you find a company that will evaluate your needs accurately, carry out the project as agreed and install the system properly, so that you can enjoy the system’s full potential.

Apart from asking your friends and relatives for recommendations and checking online reviews, you should also ask the prospective company the following questions.

What size AC do I need?

If you shop around for estimates, you’ll notice that different AC installation companies in San Diego will assess your needs differently. For this reason, you should also follow-up with: How did you determine that? Knowing the factors that a company considers to evaluate your needs will give you an idea of how thorough and serious they are. You could also ask why they take/don’t take certain factors into consideration. Remember that getting an oversized AC doesn’t translate into more efficiency or comfort.

What guarantees do you offer?

Do you offer any guarantee for the workmanship? Is there a service contract included? What’s the warranty period for the unit?

Do I have to replace the ductwork as well?

It’s generally advisable that you replace the ductwork with the new system, for several reasons. First, the capacity of the ductwork should match the capacity and specifications of the system. If you buy a more efficient unit, but leave the old ductwork, you will probably have problems with airflow. Secondly, the older the ductwork, the higher the likelihood of cracks and leaks.

Are you bonded and insured?

Ask the company to provide proof of this if possible.

Are there any new technologies that I should think about?

Should you give ductless units a thought? What about inverters or remote-operated thermostats?

Is the new unit energy-efficient?

We have explained different energy-efficiency ratings and what they mean for you. You will want to know the SEER rating of the unit the company is proposing and how that affects your comfort and home budget.

What brands do you work with?

Ask the company about their brand preferences and why they love those brands.

Are there any incentives or financing options available?

Ask the company if you qualify for any home energy efficiency programs, like the HERO program. Do they offer any financing options?

Who handles the administration and permits from the local authorities?

It would save you a lot of effort if the installation company does this part of work too.

What’s the installation timeline?

How long will the project take, start to finish? Will you remove the old unit? Do you do the clean-up after you complete the project?

Reach out to Action AC when browsing AC installation companies in San Diego

We hope we helped you with this list of questions. Action AC, Heating & Solar is always at your service, always aiming to provide you highest-quality workmanship and products at the most reasonable rates in the industry. We have been market leaders since 1975 and are committed to many more years of excellence. Check out our online reviews and industry awards. Call us!

Why Is Off-Season the Best Time to Buy Air Conditioner?

 

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!

Energy Efficient Technology Helps Environment and Owners

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.

 

Smart Thermostats

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!

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!

Your Complete Buyer’s Guide to a New AC System

Buying New AC System in San Diego Buying a new Air Conditioner is an investment for your home or commercial building – and one of the costliest. When shopping for a new Air Conditioner the purchaser should make sure to balance their priorities with price. AC installation can be a large investment, let us help you do it right.

To get the results you want from your new AC investment, you should put time and energy into scheduling an evaluation, researching available financing options (including HERO) and rebates, and comparing features, prices, and products. This guide from the experts at Action AC aims to help you through this process to get you on your way to lower energy bills, increased indoor comfort, and improved air quality!

Step 1: Have your home or building evaluated by a trusted NATE Certified HVAC contractor, like Action AC. The size of the living or working space, micro climate, and existing duct work determine what type of Air Conditioner is best for your needs. The HVAC contractor should use a duct-sizing method to determine if all the duct sections in the space are properly sized for efficient cooling.

If your home is not properly evaluated, an oversized AC unit could be installed. Oversized units are more expensive upfront, cycle on and off more frequently which will increase your energy bills, and make it difficult to maintain a comfortable temperature in your home.

The Air Conditioner Contractors of America (ACCA) website provides a guide in Manual J to properly evaluate a home or building’s cooling needs. Make sure to request a copy of the computer print out of the ‘cooling load calculations’.

Step 2: Once your space has been evaluated by a trusted HVAC contractor, it’s time to explore your options for the new AC system. First, prioritize your needs. There are several factors to consider:

Step 3: Research all rebate, financing options, tax incentives, and savings opportunities. Rebates and energy incentives are available through your utility company, state and federal government. Here are a few resources to research tax credits, incentives, and rebate options:

Step 4: After you have determined what your AC priorities are, and researched what savings are available to you, it’s time to start shopping.

Make sure you look at several different models and compare prices. The lowest bid that provides all the features you require does not necessarily mean it is best AC system for you.
Energy Star is an Environmental Protection Agency that helps businesses and homeowners protect the environment and save money through superior energy efficiency. An Energy Star endorsement on an AC model can give you peace of mind with your purchase.

Keep in mind that an energy-efficient system will cost more upfront, but it will eventually pay for itself and save you money in the long term on energy bills.

Reputable AC Installation Experts in San Diego Step 5: Hire a trusted HVAC contractor to perform the installation of your new AC system. Systems that have been installed incorrectly can lead to a malfunctioning system, expensive repairs, and decreased product life.

Our team at Action AC is here to guide you through purchasing a new AC. Our NATE-certified technicians are experienced and trusted HVAC contractors, and our services are guaranteed to get you on your way to the best energy savings and comfort for your living or working space!