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 The investment of a new AC system can save you big in the long run; an outdated HVAC system will lead to costly repairs, expensive utility bills, decreased home comfort, and poor indoor air quality.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

This Is Why You Should Have Your Ducts Sealed Professionally

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Why Change Your AC Air Filter?

blank At Action AC, Heating & Solar, we always strive to provide our customers with relevant HVAC information and advice that can help them run their home more efficiently and achieve greater comfort. Part of this mission is emphasizing how important maintenance is when it comes to your home air conditioning system. It’s impossible to talk about proper and effective maintenance of your AC without mentioning AC filter change. However, many are still unsure whether the guidelines on changing AC air filters are exaggerated or not. As your air conditioning Escondido specialist (also serving other San Diego areas), we are here to explain to you what can go wrong if you let regular AC maintenance slip through the cracks of everyday life.

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Your Pet(s) and Indoor Air Quality

Pets are often treated like loved members of the family and bring happiness and companionship into your home. Unfortunately pets also bring dander, dirt and hair – causing unwanted allergens to circulate through your house, in turn decreasing your indoor air quality.

It is estimated that over 70% of all American households are home to a pet. Here are some helpful tips on how to keep your home healthy while sharing it with your furry loved ones.

Pet Dander

Pet dander is composed of microscopic flakes of skin shed by cats, dogs, rodents, birds and other animals with fur or feathers, which can trigger allergic reactions in people. Humans can also be allergic to proteins found in pet urine, saliva, and feces. When these become airborne, it gets circulated through an HVAC system like dust and accumulates on surfaces throughout the home, resulting in symptoms such as sneezing, rashes, watery eyes, and other respiratory complaints.

Every time your HVAC system kicks in, pet dander blows through the system and redistributes in other areas of the home, causing your family and guests to breathe it in. It can settle in a person’s respiratory tract and can cause allergic reactions and medical problems such as asthma.

Pet Hair

In addition to the problem of pet dander, pet hair poses a unique challenge to any HVAC system. When your system blows conditioned air into a room, it also sucks up the stale air to re-condition for later use. Pet hairs end up being sucked in along with the stale air. Even if you have a pet with short hair, it doesn’t take long for pet hair to clog up your filter and hinder your system’s efficiency.

A clogged filter will not only decrease your indoor air quality, but it causes your HVAC system stress. A stressed HVAC system will have to work harder to keep your home comfortable – dwindling the HVAC’s lifespan, functionality, efficiency and increasing your energy bills.

What You Can Do About It

Fortunately, there are other safeguards against pet dander and hair. Here are some tips on how to protect your home and health from poor indoor air quality:

Tip #1: Invest in a Whole Home Air Purification System.

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 can direct you to the best Air Filtration product for your family and home’s unique needs.

Tip # 2: Get your ductwork cleaned.

No matter how efficient or clean your air filter is – hair, dander, dirt and debris will collect in your ductwork – especially households with pets. If your ductwork has not been cleaned or maintained regularly, your indoor air quality and health will suffer as a result.

Tip #3: Maintain your HVAC System Air Filters.

Your air filter is an essential component in keeping your HVAC system running efficiently and breathing clean air. During heating and cooling seasons, owners with pets should check their air filters at least once a month, and change out quarterly.

Tip #4: Keep your home and pet clean.

Brush and bathe your pet regularly to keep dirt out of circulation and prevent dander build-up. Vacuuming your home with a HEPA filtered model will also help prevent the circulation of pet dander and clogged HVAC air filters from pet hair.

We Can Help

As a homeowner, you want to ensure that all members of the family are safe and healthy, including pets. Contact Action Air Conditioning, Heating and Solar today at 1-800-400-4152 to learn more about our indoor air quality solutions. Our expert technicians will be happy to discuss a plan for improving your home’s air quality to make the indoor space as comfortable as possible.

How Your Heating System Impacts Indoor Air Quality

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

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  • 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

Furnace Filters

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.

Dirty Ductwork

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. heating installation

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.

Air Duct Cleaning is Essential to a Healthy Home

Clean indoor air in your home is vital to ensuring that your family and pets do not develop health issues related to poor air quality.

Several factors can affect indoor air quality (IAQ) including:

  • poor ventilation
  • temperature control issues
  • humidity control problems
  • excessive dust or dirt, especially from construction or remodeling

The good news is there are several ways to prevent IAQ from declining – and our team at Action Air is here to help keep you and your family protected from significant short and long term health problems.

Having a properly operating ventilation system in your home is essential in guaranteeing healthy IAQ. Your home’s ventilation system controls airflow and heating or cooling throughout the year. Normal home occupation produces a large amount of contaminants and air pollutants such as dust, dander, and chemicals. These contaminants are drawn into the HVAC system and re-circulated up to 7 times per day. This can lead to build-up of contaminants in the duct work that can cause health problems over time.

Checking or changing the air filters and having regular inspections are very important to keeping your ventilation system working properly. Clean air ducts can significantly reduce allergy and asthma symptoms as well as increase the amount of airflow to allow your system to operate more efficiently.

Thorough cleaning of your ventilation system can yield long-term energy-savings. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that 25 to 40 percent of energy used by home heating or cooling is wasted. The contaminants that build up in the duct work make the system work harder and thus can shorten the life of your entire HVAC system. By addressing every component of the system that air passes over and keeping all of these parts clean, the entire system will run at peak performance and use less energy which will lead to better cost-effectiveness.

The NATE certified professionals at Action Air Conditioning, Heating and Solar are qualified to help you address all of your home HVAC needs. Contact Action Air today for installation of a new HVAC system, inspection of existing systems and routine maintenance to keep your duct work clean and your family healthy.

When is it the Right Time to Replace or Upgrade Your Home’s HVAC System?

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Replacing your outdated, inefficient HVAC system with a new one can seem like an overwhelming project, but is well worth the money you will save on your utility bill and the increased comfort of your indoor space.

If your home’s HVAC system is more than 10 years old, or you are making frequent repairs to your equipment, now is the time to contact a professional who can assess the system’s performance and to determine what type of upgrade will provide a solution for your needs.

Before making a purchase decision, there are a few things to consider.

First, check your current system to make sure it has a correctly programmed thermostat, well-sealed ductwork, and sufficient insulation. If these items are missing from your HVAC system, they are most likely the source of your problems. Secondly, be prepared to replace all your HVAC equipment at the same time. Often, older parts won’t work properly with newer ones. It might seem like a good plan to save money by only replacing some of the equipment, but a mismatched system can severely decrease the energy efficiency and performance that you would expect with a complete new system. It is also a good idea to tune up your home or business by making energy improvements that will reduce operating costs and help your HVAC system operate at peak performance. Check these places in your home where air might be escaping to the outdoor environment:

  • Attic for vents
  • Places where electrical and plumbing lines move through the walls
  • Basement for gaps by the foundation

Covering these holes can increase your system’s efficiency and increase your comfort level.

Once you have contacted your HVAC contractor, they will come to your home or business to assess your current heating and air conditioning system and discuss any problems or discomfort you have in your building. There are a few guidelines that an expert HVAC contractor should follow to make sure that your upgraded system works at peak performance:

  • Ask your contractor to perform a detailed load calculation to ensure that your new HVAC system is the right size for your specific home or business. A system that is too small will not deliver adequate heating or cooling in extreme weather, and one that is too large will cost more and provide insufficient temperature and humidity control.
  • Your contractor should install ductwork that does not leak. According to Energy Star, an estimated 15% energy loss can be attributed to leaky ductwork. That is a big loss, especially when your new system should be more energy efficient than your old one.
  • Ask your contractor about correct airflow and refrigerant levels (if applicable) for your specific system. Incorrect airflow and refrigerant can both result in reduced cooling capability and higher energy costs.

Hiring a highly qualified contractor like Action Air might cost more upfront, but it will save you money in the long run. Poor installation can result in higher energy costs, shorter lifespan of equipment from inefficient performance, early system failure, and reduced personal comfort.

The NATE certified technicians at Action Air Conditioning, Heating and Solar are ready to answer your questions to help you install a new, energy efficient HVAC system. Call Action Air today to get a quote on installing a new HVAC system for your home.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row]

How Indoor Air Quality Can Effect Your Health

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”6244″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” onclick=”link_image” css_animation=”appear”][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]Indoor Air Quality, or IAQ, in your home and workplace can play an important role in your short-term and long-term health. Poor IAQ can be linked to many health symptoms including but not limited to, headaches, fatigue, concentration issues, nose, throat, eye or lung irritation. Specific diseases like asthma, viruses, and mesothelioma have also been linked to contaminants in the air in indoor environments. There are many factors that affect the IAQ in your indoor environments, including poor ventilation or lack of outside air, temperature control issues, humidity that is too high or too low, and recent remodeling or construction near the building. Dust from construction or renovation, mold, cleaning agents, pesticides and other airborne chemicals can all cause poor IAQ.

What Can You Do To Improve Your Homes IAQ?

Correct ventilation and care is essential for healthy IAQ and can prevent a decline in the long-term quality of the indoor air. Indoor environments are complex, that’s why it important to higher a professional, like Action Air, with knowledge of these systems is necessary to improve the air quality that will help minimize health concerns.

At home, there are a few general tips for maintaining good IAQ:

  • Minimize Chemical Pollutants: Avoid smoking indoors; choose low-emitting or low-VOC products; don’t use harsh cleaners; keep certain activities outside such as paint stripping, gluing, painting and sanding. Use carbon monoxide monitors to protect against carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Control Moisture: Keep your home dry; repair leaks immediately; repair flood or water damage immediately to reduce mold and rot; and consistently use the exhaust fans in the bathroom while showering.
  • Ensure Proper Ventilation: Ensure that mechanical filters are in place and fit well; use mechanical air systems to control dust levels; open doors and windows when temperatures and humidity levels permit, and make sure that fuel-burning appliances are vented to the outside of the home away from windows and heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) intakes.

There are additional air cleaning systems that can be used to improve Indoor Air Quality, including electrostatic systems, ion generators, humidifiers and dehumidifiers. The professionals at Action Air Conditioning, Heating and Solar can help assess your needs and provide the necessary services to improve your indoor air quality- and health! Contact us today on the web or by phone 800-400-4152, to learn more about our services.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row]