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!

Should You Invest In Inverter Air Conditioning?

blank Inverter technology is another Japanese invention that made air conditioning friendlier to the environment and our budgets. Inverters are capable of reducing AC-related electricity consumption by 30 to 50%, which is a significant amount of money saved in Californian climate. If you are looking for ways to slash the bills, make sure you use inverter technology for your air conditioning La Jolla and San Diego in general.

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Which to Go for – Mini-splits, Multisplits or VRF?

Air conditioning Ramona - mini split, multisplit or vrf Energy efficiency is the in thing in this day and age, not only for the love of our planet, but also for the love of our hard-earned money. In San Diego, we are blessed with mild and sunny weather, but it can get hot. What solution should you go to for your air conditioning Ramona (or San Diego) while promoting environmental sustainability and pursuing lower utility bills?

Ductless mini-splits

Mini splits are made of an indoor and outdoor unit connected with some wiring and tubing. They are quite easy to install and make a perfect solution when there is no room for ductwork. They are also quite energy-efficient (of course, if designed and installed properly). The main advantage over ducted centralized systems is that there are no ducts, which minimizes the loss of energy through air leaks and heat exchange. If every room has a unit of its own, the temperature can be individually controlled and the ACs are only used when you need them. There is, however, an option with some models to turn them on remotely or on a preprogrammed schedule (before you come home or before you get up).

Ductless multisplits

These systems are very similar to the previously explained, with the difference that one outdoor units is connected to a number of indoor units, between 2 and 8 typically. The advantage is that less space is needed for the outdoor unit, when compared to having multiple mini-splits. There are also some savings in the energy bills – it’s more energy-efficient to have one outdoor unit supplying multiple indoor units than having an outdoor unit per each indoor air blower.

VRF

VRF or Variable Refrigerant Flow takes air con to wholly new heights. It’s an extremely sophisticated technology that basically operates on the same principle like the multisplit system. The crucial difference is that one outdoor unit can support as many as 48 indoor units. Also, unlike multisplits, it’s possible to heat one room and cool another with VRF technology.

Application is the key

Mini-splits are very cost-effective and quite energy-efficient when smaller applications are concerned. With a multisplit, you have to bear in mind that the failure of the outdoor unit will disable all the indoor units. On the other hand, having a multisplit could be better for your wallet, but only if it’s got inverter technology and the tubing is not too long (so as to avoid energy losses due to refrigerant flow).

VRF is a state-of-art system, but it could be that its sophistication is best harnessed in commercial spaces and multi-family housing. The installation costs can be more than twice the cost of other systems, plus the system itself is more expensive. In addition, VRF systems need a dedicated outdoor air system that confirms to certain ventilation codes, and they are also suited for buildings with operable windows and natural ventilation.

Call in the experts for all your questions about air conditioning Ramona and San Diego

Action AC has been in the HVAC industry for more than 4 decades. One of the reasons we have stayed in the business so long is that we are uncompromisingly committed to staying ahead of advancements. Over the years we have streamlined our procedures and services to be able to cater to all your air conditioning needs. Don’t hesitate to book your free project estimation and we will present you with all the options, so you can make an informed decision that will improve your everyday life today and in the future. Action AC is your reliable, trusted and experienced HVAC contractor for San Diego. We provide the best air conditioning service in Temecula CA. Reach out to us at 800-400-4152 today!

Efficient Air Conditioning: Increase Your Comfort and Save Money

Energy-efficient air conditioning in Poway

Air conditioning, at times, in Southern California can become a necessity. We need it to get through the day and sometimes, through the night. The summer has a way of hitting homeowners in the hip pocket because of the high usage of air conditioning. Here is how you can use your air conditioning in Poway or elsewhere in San Diego more efficiently, both for the sake of energy preservation and your wallet.

Regular maintenance

Prevention is better than cure. This is especially true for sophisticated devices that largely influence your comfort, productivity and overall well-being. As we’ve said, air conditioning in Poway and anywhere in California is an essential home device, so it pays to have it regularly inspected and serviced. While there are certain things that you can do yourself to ensure peak performance of your HVAC system, it’s best to schedule a yearly check-up with professionals. Action AC is a leading local provider of HVAC-related services throughout San Diego County. Don’t hesitate to contact us and book a thorough inspection and maintenance by our experienced and knowledgeable technicians.

Thermostat

You probably know that 78 degrees is the optimal temperature for your AC. What’s equally important is to set the thermostat a few degrees higher when you’re not at home or when you’re asleep. You can also use the sleep mode if your AC features that option. You can turn the AC off when you’re away too, as some advocate it’s more energy-efficient to turn the AC on full speed when you get home rather than leave the system work steadily the whole day.

What you shouldn’t do is turn down the thermostat to reach your desired temperature faster, i.e. knocking down the thermostat to 72 just to get to 78 faster. That will only prolong the time your AC will operate. We have already explained this in an article on mistakes that could cost you your comfort.

Lighting

Natural light raises the temperature in your home, straining your AC to work harder. A dark home sure doesn’t sound pleasant or inviting. However, pulling the drapes or blinds over your windows would help your AC against heat buildup when you’re not at home. Window films could also help for this purpose.

Insulation and air sealing

Air leaks can account for as much as 20% of energy loss in the household. You can sign up for an energy audit by a certified company and have your home assessed for energy loss. A smaller scale project would be to at least insulate the ducts of your HVAC in spaces like the attic. When cool air or heat loss is maximally prevented, there’s less pressure on your air conditioning system.

Landscaping

It helps to keep the outdoor unit out of direct sunlight, as it also reduces the strain on the device. Ideally, the unit should be on the north side of the house or building, but this is not always feasible. Luckily, there are other ways to put your unit in the shade. Planting some trees and shrubbery around the outdoor unit or in front of your home will provide natural protection from the sun. It’s also a nice sight, isn’t it? But, do be careful to clean the unit regularly to avoid a buildup of leaves, twigs, dust and particles.

Furniture

Avoid furniture arrangements that obstruct AC vents. Otherwise, you could be cooling your furniture instead of yourself. If permanent rearrangements are inconvenient, then you can do it temporarily, when the temperatures are boiling.

Fans

You can use a fan or two with your AC. That would boost the effect of your air conditioning, simultaneously alleviating the stress on it to chug more to achieve the temperature you desire.

Exhaust fans, on the other hand, are immensely helpful to get rid of the hot air and humidity in your kitchen and bathroom. You should, however, turn them off 20 minutes after you are done with cooking or bathing.