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 The investment of a new AC system can save you big in the long run; an outdated HVAC system will lead to costly repairs, expensive utility bills, decreased home comfort, and poor indoor air quality.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.

The HVAC Software That Saves

Preventative maintenance for your building’s HVAC system is a smart investment for both your system equipment and for your building occupants. HVAC systems are the lifeblood of any building and without it, a building would be uninhabitable. Action Air Conditioning, Heating and Solar can set up a strong preventative and predictive HVAC maintenance program ensuring that your system will be properly maintained.

Cost Efficient

Expert HVAC Repair & Installation in San Diego Maintenance won’t be expensive compared to the costs that will occur if the system degrades or fails before the end of its life-cycle. In fact, proper maintenance can cost significantly less over the life of the equipment when compared to changing out the equipment at more frequent intervals. Predictive maintenance will assist you even more in avoiding unforeseen declines or failures in system performance. Installing up-to-date equipment will add a deeper level of controllability and prediction to prevent a system failure.

Convenient

Action Air can provide smart thermostats that are controlled from a computer, either onsite or remotely, with all of a building’s thermostats controlled by that one computer. Using smart thermostats can reduce operating and repair costs in several ways; programming the thermostats to varying heating and cooling per the building’s occupancy and the seasons can optimize the system’s performance without unnecessary expense. Smart thermostats can also inform the operator of any changes in the system’s performance that might indicate a need for preventative maintenance to avoid early decline of equipment. Additionally, having multiple thermostats controlled from one computer saves time and electricity in the management of the system. An operator can oversee the entire system and monitor the performance of each one individually.

Technology

Best HVAC Repair Professionals in San Diego Action Air also offers software that works with sensors tied to HVAC units that will indicate when a system will fail. Catching a failure before it happens allows for the required maintenance to be performed on a schedule that benefits the building owner as well as the occupants. Scheduled maintenance and repair will almost always cost less than an emergency repair, especially in terms of interrupted productivity of the workers utilizing the building.
Call Action Air Conditioning, Heating and Solar today to see how our NATE-Certified technicians can help you save time and money by utilizing the latest software and equipment for all your HVAC needs.

Troubleshoot Your HVAC

Troubleshooting your HVAC system can save you on maintenance and repair costs, but it’s important to know the ABC’s of HVAC systems to safely and efficiently evaluate it. Your home HVAC system typically includes both central heating and central cooling which are two separate systems that share ductwork.

Commonly, the central cooling system includes a cabinet outdoors that contains a condenser coil and compressor and an indoor evaporator coil that is usually installed with your furnace or air handler. The compressor is the piece of equipment that moves refrigerant through the system.

The cooling part of the HVAC systems works by moving warm air across the indoor evaporator coil which transfers heat from the air to the refrigerant to cool the air. The refrigerant is cycled back to the compressor to repeat the job and the cool air is blown inside your home. The heat transferred to the refrigerant is removed to outside the home.

The heating system has a primary heating appliance which is usually installed in your garage or basement. A furnace is one type of heating appliance and it can run on either gas or oil, or on a hybrid system, depending on your region and needs. The furnace generates combustion gases that are passed through a heat exchanger. Air from your home is blown across the heat exchanger, which warms the air to be transferred through the ductwork and distributed back into your home. You should be especially careful when troubleshooting old furnaces considering the outdated parts, and hazards of CO2 and fires.

Most often, HVAC issues are related to one specific part of the system, such as the duct system, heat pump, or vents, to name a few – which makes troubleshooting a relatively methodical task. Start by inspecting the visible equipment and work towards the less conspicuous parts.

The first step of your diagnosis should be to confirm that your system has power. The furnace and air-conditioner will have separate fuses or circuit breakers. The thermostat will also have its own power source, either electrical or battery powered.

If cold air is blowing from your heater, there are a couple things you can troubleshoot to identify the issue. First, check the thermostat to see that it is set to “auto” instead of “on.” If it is set to “on,” the fan will blow continuously even if the furnace isn’t heating the air, causing the air coming out of the vents to feel cool. Next, check your air filter and change it if it is dirty. A dirty filter can restrict airflow and cause other equipment to malfunction.

Other causes of HVAC failures can include an outdated HVAC system/parts, poor drainage, frozen coil, a pilot light or ignition problem, inadequate fuel supply, large leaks in your ductwork, or a clog in your condenser. These type of issues are best identified by calling your local certified HVAC professional.

If troubleshooting your HVAC system doesn’t solve the issue, call the fully Nate certified staff at Action Air Conditioning, Heating and Solar today to schedule a maintenance and repair appointment to get your system working at optimal performance!

How to Keep Your Home’s Air Conditioning Working at Peak Performance

Preventative maintenance can save you big during the months where your AC/Cooling system is running constantly. Summer is the busiest time of the year for HVAC contractors, and with the rebates currently offered for a quality maintenance appointment, now is the best time to schedule your system check-up.
When you schedule a Quality Maintenance appointment, our NATE Certified home comfort specialist will do a thorough check up of your entire system and all equipment including:

  • Cleaning condenser coils
  • Evaluate coolant levels and pressure
  • Adjust thermostats
  • Compressor amps at start up
  • Inspect and lubricate motor, blower belt, fan and blades
  • Change air filter
  • Check condensation drain
  • Examine outdoor disconnect and all ductwork
  • Tighten electrical components (wiring, contacts, capacitors, and relays)

Many homeowners do not realize their HVAC system needs repair until a total breakdown occurs. For the small cost of an AC tune up, it can be a huge return on investment.

Benefits you will receive from an AC tune up:

  • Enhanced system performance
  • Increased HVAC lifespan
  • Reduced energy costs
  • Prevention of costly repairs or breakdowns
  • Improved air quality
  • Safe home or work environment
  • Peace of mind!

Take advantage of Action Air’s NATE-certified technicians, professional and convenient services, and low prices today! Call the Experts 800-400-4152 or submit your appointment request online to schedule your AC tune up or Quality Maintenance appointment.

How Replacing Your HVAC’s Air Filter Can Help You Avoid Major Repairs

Performing regular maintenance, like changing your air filter, can keep your HVAC system work more efficiently, in turn saving you money on potential problems that can result in expensive repairs.

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Regularly replacing something as simple as your Air Filter can help you avoid major costly repairs down the line. Here’s everything you need to know about your HVAC Air Filter.

What’s the importance of a clean Air Filter?

The air filter in your HVAC system prevents large airborne particles from entering the system and jamming up the machinery. A dirty air filter can cause reduced airflow or a pressure drop in the system which can lead to a lack of any air filtration. These conditions can cause your system to work harder, whether in a heating or cooling season, which makes it run less efficiently giving your AC or Heating unite a shorter life span.

How does moisture effect your system’s air filter?

If moisture gets into a dirty filter, it can contribute to mold growing inside the filter which can then spread throughout your entire home through your HVAC system. Mold can cause serious health issues to your and your family, not to mention the costly repairs to the compromised system and source of the moisture problem.

What Type of Air Filter Do You Need?

There are several types of filters, including ones that are disposable, biodegradable or more advanced filters that are designed to maximize air filtration. You can purchase economy packs of filters for some cost savings through Action Air.

Our HVAC professionals will be able to help you determine the best filter for your needs and your air filtration system.

The HVAC filter should be replaced no less than every three months for optimal system performance, but often should be changed more frequently. It’s easy to check your filter to see if you need to change it more often. Typically you should change the filter every month if:

  • You have pets,
  • You typically run your unit 6-12 months out of the year
  • Someone in your home has allergies or a respiratory condition, if you live in a windy or wildfire prone area, or if you have a fireplace that you occasionally use.

Action Air Tip! It is critical you change the filter immediately if the filter is damaged, damp or shows signs of mold growth on the filter.

Contact Action Air Conditioning, Heating and Solar today to schedule a Nate-certified technician to help determine the best filter and maintenance plan your HVAC system.