Buyer’s Guide for Furnaces: Why You Want the Best Heating Installers in San Diego

Buying a furnace, a heat pump or an HVAC system in general, requires due diligence on your part to ensure you make a good investment in your home comfort. You need to decide what kind of equipment you will get (e.g. electric furnace or a gas one, or a heat pump, etc.) and what brand (Lennox, Carrier, Trane, Mitsubishi, etc.). However, it is just as important that you find the best furnace installers you can find in your area. Why? With more than 40 years of experience, Action AC is the top trusted local HVAC contractor when it comes to heating installation and heating repair in Escondido and across San Diego. We’ll tell you why installation matters and what possible problems are.

Comfort, safety and long equipment life

Well installed systems live longer and need fewer repairs throughout their life. Furnace installation (or HVAC installation) is a complex procedure because it doesn’t accept cookie-cutter solutions. Your heating system needs to be installed according to manufacturer’s specifications and according to your specific needs.

Proper installation is not just about avoiding hot and cold spots, humidity issues, noisy operation, etc. It’s also about avoiding the likelihood of carbon monoxide leaks, which can happen with gas furnaces.

Get a properly sized system

Your heating system should be sized according to certain parameters. Your HVAC installer should be someone you can rely on to perform calculations to determine the size and capacity you need for your new furnace or HVAC system.

You may think that getting a system or furnace with the same capacity as your current system is enough. However, that may not be true. Your current system may have been incorrectly sized. If you’ve done any remodeling that affected the structure of the space (especially room additions), your system may need improvements. Finally, newer units are more energy-efficient, so a smaller system may fit your needs now.

It’s important to note that it’s not energy-efficient (nor comfort-enhancing) to get the biggest possible system. One of the problems with systems that exceed your needs is they short-cycle, which leads to temperature variance and ramped-up electricity bills.

Have good air distribution

The ductwork of the system is an important part of your HVAC system. Faulty ductwork can put strain on the system, which reduces system’s life. It can also reduce your energy efficiency, wasting your utility money and hindering your comfort.

The size of the ductwork needs to match system output. With ducts that are too narrow, air velocity is increased. This can lead to draft in your home and also result in noisy operation. If the ducts are too wide, air flow may be poor, forcing the system to work harder than actually necessary.

Ducts should also be well sealed and made with good-quality materials. Leaky ducts will waste the conditioned air, make hissing sounds and lead to excess dust, draft and possibly humidity issues.

Ensure proper drainage

Waste water that’s a by-product of your heating/HVAC system’s operation has to be properly drained away. Drain water that pools and accumulates is a safety hazard because of the electrical components of the system. Potential problems don’t stop there, though. There could also be impaired air quality and mold problems. This is quite dangerous in homes where there are sensitive occupants, such as small children, seniors or individuals with respiratory conditions.

Ensure correct exhaust

Carbon monoxide is a by-product of the combustion process that takes place in your gas furnace. It is colorless and odorless and highly toxic. It must be properly and safely vented outside of the building. When furnace flue and damper are improperly sized, carbon monoxide can accumulate.

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Buyer’s Guide for Furnaces: Most Energy-Efficient Heating Options

Energy-efficiency is an important factor today when it comes to buying major home appliances. Considering the fact that almost 50% of the home budget is expended on heating and cooling, the importance of energy-efficient heating becomes that more prominent. Energy-efficient appliances make a better use of the energy they consume, thus saving your money and saving the precious resources of our planet. In this post we will look into ways of making your home heating energy-efficient, but if you’d like personalized information and advice regarding your HVAC’s energy-efficiency, schedule your appointment with our team. Action AC is your trusted air conditioning & heating Valley Center expert. We are based in San Marcos, but we serve the entire greater area of San Diego.

How is energy efficiency measured when it comes to heating?

AFUE rating is used to measure furnace fuel efficiency. This is short for Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency. Consumers can see AFUE ratings on the yellow labels posted on new furnaces (electric, gas, oil, etc). These are Energy Guide labels. AFUE rating expresses an estimate of annual running costs for a furnace under certain conditions. Although these ratings cannot be taken as promises (they are estimates only), you can use them to compare different models of heating systems you are thinking of buying. AFUE ratings go from 80% (the required minimum today) to 98.5%. You can visualize it this way – with a furnace of 80% AFUE rating, 80 cents of every dollar you give for fuel is converted into heat, and 20 cents wasted.

If you are thinking of buying a heat pump, you can compare models using HSPF rating (Heating Seasonal Performance Factor). Heat pumps don’t use fuel, so they can’t use AFUE rating. HSPF is the heating equivalent of SEER rating which is used for air conditioning units. HSPF scale goes from 7.7 to 13.

Size affects energy efficiency of a system

Some homeowners are tempted to buy oversized heating systems because they think size translates to efficiency. That is not the case. The reality is that a vast majority of systems are most efficient when they run for longer periods of time.

If you get a heating system that is too big for your heating load, your system will achieve the desired temperature quicker, but it will run in short cycles, which will ramp up your utility bills. Heating (and air conditioning) systems spend most energy when they start operating. If the system short-cycles, it never reaches its peak efficiency.

In other words, an energy-efficient system which is too big for your needs will defeat its own purpose. It won’t save you money, nor will it improve your comfort (the temperature will constantly oscillate and there will be hot and cold spots).

Heat pumps may be the best choice for San Diego climate

Heat pumps are an extremely popular choice in Southern California. They don’t require any fuel, which makes them quite eco-friendly (admittedly, they do use electricity to operate). Given that there’s no fuel and no combustion, they are clean and don’t give off any hazardous gases (like gas furnaces). Finally, heat pumps can act as air conditioners in the summer, and heaters in winter. Our previous blog deals with heat pumps in detail.

If you are looking to install a new, energy-efficient heating system in the greater area of San Diego (which is the area Action AC serves), give serious thought to heat pumps. Winters in our corner of the world are mild and ideal for heat pumps. In some other regions heat pumps would require heat strips or furnace back-up because they can’t operate when the outside temperature falls below 30 degrees. This doesn’t make them very popular in Colorado, let’s say. But in Southern California, heat pumps are an excellent energy-efficient choice.

When you want to choose the most energy-efficient heat pump, compare the HSPF and SEER ratings. HSPF rating refers to their heating capacity, and SEER to cooling. The higher, the better.

Ways to improve energy efficiency of existing system

There are things you can do around your home that can improve the energy efficiency of your heating.

Get all the answers from heating Valley Center experts

Action AC is at your service, whether you live in Valley Center or anywhere else in San Diego metro area. If you are thinking of replacing an old heating system, looking to install one or simply to improve your comfort, call us and schedule an appointment with our team. We would love to come out and give you a fully personalized service and answers to all your questions. Our awards, positive reviews and repeat customers are a testament to our commitment to you. We offer you comprehensive heating and HVAC services, from installation and replacement to maintenance and servicing. Call us today!

Buyer’s Guide for Furnaces: Heat Pumps

Our buyer’s guide for furnaces includes heat pumps, as they are one of the most popular heater choices in Southern California. Even though they are not furnaces, they are worth every San Diego buyer’s consideration. Find out why California residents and your trusted heating Lakeside experts (and beyond) love them.

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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!

My Heat Pump Is Not Blowing Hot Air

Is your heat pump blowing cold air instead of warm? This is a common problem that can be caused by several different issues with your heat pump unit. 

The most common causes for your heat pump not blowing hot air are:

Heat Pump Compressor Not Operating

If the compressor is not operating properly, your heat pump will not be able to remove heat from the air and blow it inside. Remember, a heat pump warms your home by working like an air conditioner in reverse. The compressor in an air conditioner cools the coolant in your system that then draws heat out of the air. In the summer, the heat is removed from the interior of your home and cool air returned, but in the winter, the process is reversed. Heat is drawn from the air outside and blown into your home. If the compressor is not cooling the coolant, your system will not be able to produce warm air.

If your compressor is broken, you will need the assistance of a heating and cooling repair professional to get it working again.

Heat Pump Is Frozen

If temperatures outside are very cold, it is possible that the outdoor unit is frozen and covered in ice. This is rare, especially here in Southern California, but if temperatures are below freezing and moisture is present, it never hurts to look. If it is indeed frozen, try removing the ice from the system and see if that helps.

Defroster Is Running

Approximately every hour, your heat pumps defroster will turn on to prevent a buildup of ice. For a very short period of time, this will cause it to blow cold air into your home. If your system is running, but the fan is not blowing, your heat pump is defrosting. There is no need for concern here—it will begin blowing warm heat again.

There Is Nothing Wrong At All

Keep in mind, a heat pump is not a furnace. Heat pumps do not rely on short blasts of hot air to keep your home warm. Instead, they supply a steady stream of warm air to regulate your home’s temperature. If you are used to the heat of a furnace, there may be an adjustment period for you. It is common for air from a heat pump to feel lukewarm or even cool to the touch, but this air is, in fact, heated air that will allow you to keep your home warm and comfortable.

Heat Pump Repair in San Diego, CA

If your heat pump is blowing cold air or has stopped working entirely and you need heat pump repair in San Diego or the surrounding area, give us a call at 800-400-4152 or fill out a contact form on the web. Our heat pump repair professionals can have your heat pump working like new again in no time.

Don’t put off your comfort, contact us today!

3 Signs You Need To Have Your HVAC Serviced

Being proactive is the first step in getting the most out of your heating, ventilating and air conditioning unit (HVAC).

The number one reason for equipment failure is lack of maintenance and dirt accumulation in the system, in fact about 90% of all repairs are due to lack of proactive actions. Why spend all that money on a HVAC unit to have it fail when you and your family need it most? To help you stay on top of maintenance and repairs we’ve created a list of signs it’s time to get your system serviced.

Age of System

Age can tell a lot about a system, like humans systems have life cycles and it’s important to take your system on a “check up” when needed.

Unusual Behavior

This is the clearest sign you need to have things looked at if anything unusual is going on with your HVAC it’s time to be serviced. Even issues you may deem as small and unimportant can have an effect long term and lead to significant damage.

Utility Bill Rises

If the cost of your heating and electric bill skyrockets out of nowhere this is typically a sign something is not operating correctly and it needs to be looked at. To save money in the long run it’s best to check this out so your not paying for heating and cooling you’re not using.

Are you ready for El Nino? For ONLY $79 you can get your furnace tuned up by Action Air ($99 usually). This limited time offer also includes a filter charge and overall tune up. Act now and be proactive, contact us today!