Complete Buyer’s Guide to a New Furnace

Buying a new furnace is a significant investment in your home or commercial building – and a big decision for owners. Furnace Replacement can be a big investment, so talk with our trusted professionals.

To get the results you want from your new furnace 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. If the purchase process is done correctly, your new heating system should lower your energy bills, increase indoor comfort, raise the value of your home, and improve indoor air quality!

This guide from the experts at Action Air Conditioning, Heating & Solar aims to help you through this process and get you the results you want from your new heating system investment.

Step 1: 

Get Your Home Evaluated by a Certified HVAC Contractor

Have your home or building evaluated by a trusted HVAC contractor. The size of the living or working space, energy bills, microclimate, and existing duct work determine what type of furnace is best for your needs.

The big question the HVAC contractor should help you answer is which type of furnace and fuel you should use: gas, electric, oil, or dual system.

Most homeowners stick to whatever their homes already had to minimize the labor and costs associated with extra installation of duct work or running electric lines. However, there are several reasons changing the type of fuel system could be more beneficial. This is why an evaluation performed by a trusted HVAC contractor is central to your final decision on which furnace type, model, and size is right for your home.

Installing an oversized furnace is another risk of not having an evaluation prior to purchasing a new heating system. Oversized units are more expensive upfront, cycle on and off more frequently (increasing your energy bills) and make it difficult to maintain a comfortable temperature in your home.

Make sure to request a copy of the evaluation, thoroughly analyze it, and have your HVAC contractor answer any questions you may have before accepting their recommendation.

Step 2:

Prioritize Your Home’s Heating Needs

Once a trusted HVAC contractor has evaluated your space, it’s time to explore your options for the new heating system. There are several factors to consider:

Step 3:

Compare Furnace Prices & Features

After you have determined what your furnace 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 furnace 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.

Step 4:

Research Furnace Financing Options

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 5: 

Furnace Installation

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!

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!

We Care! Action Air’s 24-7 Emergency Service

Your HVAC system can’t take a break during the season’s most intense temperatures – and neither do we!

At Action Air, we know our customers need a company they can count on, especially during the hot summer months or chilly winters when you rely on your HVAC system the most.

That’s why Action Air’s NATE-certified technicians are on call 24-7 to take care of any HVAC emergency. Our emergency services include immediate repair for furnaces, AC’s, heat pumps, solar devices, and more.

We guarantee convenient, fast, and quality repair at the first service visit.

Your comfort is our priority. That’s why Action Air offers only the best for it’s customers:

  • Available 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Residential and commercial emergency repair services
  • Guaranteed quality repairs
  • Licensed, NATE-certified, professional, and reliable HVAC technicians
  • Prompt, helpful, and live customer service
  • Quick and efficient maintenance/repair appointment scheduling

How to Prevent HVAC Emergencies

Preventative maintenance is the the best way to protect your home, family, or business from inconvenient HVAC breakdowns. 90% of all HVAC system failures are due to a lack of maintenance. Performing regular maintenance by a certified HVAC contractor will also save you from expensive repairs down the road, keep your home safe and hazard-free, improve your indoor air quality, and save you on energy bills.
Replacing an outdated HVAC system is worth the initial investment. Aging heating and cooling systems have to work harder to keep your home comfortable – resulting in system malfunction and increased energy bills.
Reliable, NATE certified technicians make the difference between quality repairs and improper service. Inexperienced technicians can misdiagnose or perform improper service that will result in more expensive repairs, or even worse, put your HVAC at risk for total system breakdown.

Gas or Electric Heating System? The Questions To Consider

When choosing a heating system for your home, you can’t put a price on comfort. But you can put a price on utility bills, repair costs, home insurance, and maintenance.

Deciding whether to use gas or electric depends largely on the individual’s budget and size of the home. While gas can save you a significant amount in energy costs, electric heating systems require less maintenance and lower upfront costs. When it’s time to upgrade your heating system you should be well informed on the differences between gas and electric to ensure you are adding value and efficiency to your home, while saving on utility bills.

Utility bills

To buy one unit of mains gas (measured in kWh) you pay about 4p / kWh. Conversely, 1 unit of electricity from the mains (also measure in kWh) will cost you about 15p / kWh. Meaning in most areas gas is up to 4 times cheaper than electricity per kWh. Using a gas heating system can save you a considerable amount on energy costs, especially during the winter months.

Impact on Environment

Coal represents one of the primary fuels used to produce electricity. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, natural gas production does release greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants, however this fuel burns much cleaner than coal and poses much less damage to the environment.

Safety

Electric systems do not produce byproducts during the heating process, unlike the potentially deadly CO2 produced during the combustion process of gas heating. Maintenance is emphasized when purchasing a gas heating system since a small problem in the ventilation system can easily cause a CO2 leak and put you and your family at risk for CO2 poisoning. Fire hazards are also associated with gas heating considering the point of ignition requires a flame.

Suitability and Efficiency

Gas heaters are known to be extremely efficient. They heat bigger areas faster, and use less energy than electric to maintain a set temperature. Gas heating also provides better humidity control. The lifespan is approximately 20 years for a new heating system, gas or electric. Gas heating requires storage, and for households with several members the storage tank capacity should be equivalent to usage. If the store tank capacity is not enough to support all the heat usage at a given time, then gas heating becomes problematic. A good example is running out of hot water during a shower because the dishwasher is running.

Installation

The upfront cost of installing an electric heating system is much cheaper than gas. Electric systems are typically smaller in size and don’t require ventilation systems.

When it’s time to replace your heating system, our team at Action Air is dedicated to your safety and comfort. Our Nate-Certified technicians will provide the best service and guarantees convenient and efficient installation. Call us today at 800-400-4152. Let us help you!

Get Your Home Ready and Stay Ahead of El Niño’s Impact This Winter

The strong winds, rain, and thunderstorms created by El Niño is causing an unseasonably cold winter for Southern California. More recent reports have revealed that El Niño’s impact is stronger than originally predicted, and expected to last through Spring 2016. Southern Californian’s appreciate our usually warm environment, here are a few tips on how to keep your home cozy this winter.

Replace Your Outdated Heating System

Over time, furnaces, even those that are well maintained, will eventually need to be replaced. Furnaces wear down and efficiency levels gradually reduce, decreasing the comfort of your home and increasing your energy bills. Since all of Southern California will be cranking the heat this winter, replacing your outdated heating system with a more efficient model will, without doubt, save you hundreds or thousands on your energy bills annually.

Our San Diego area furnace replacement technicians can assess your needs and recommend a new gas, electric or dual fuel furnace for your home today and have your new heating system installed in a timely and professional manner.

Keep Your Home and Family Safe

Not only will you be saving big bucks with a new heating system, but you will also create a safer environment for your home. Replacing your outdated heating system is the best way to safeguard your home against fires, expensive repairs, and carbon monoxide poisoning.

The flooding caused by excessive rain this winter creates a major concern for the many flood-prone areas in Southern California. Check the surrounding areas of your home for any issues such as potholes, rocks/mudslides, plugged storm drains, water flowing down your driveway, etc. These minor problems can quickly turn dangerous during a major flood without the proper precautionary action. Contact your County Department of Public Works Road Service to resolve any potential problems. Here are some useful resources about El Niño and Flood and Disaster preparedness:

http://www.ready.gov/floods

http://www.readysandiego.org/

http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/tao/elnino/faq.html

http://myhazards.caloes.ca.gov/

Eco-Friendly HVAC Systems: Why It’s Better for Your Home or Business

As a homeowner or business owner, you are continuously seeking new ways on how to maximize the efficiency of your home or businesses energy systems. By simply upgrading your current HVAC system, you have the potential to decrease overall energy costs while positively impacting the environment.

Equipment manufacturers, such as Lennox, continue to focus on higher efficiency units as the demand for energy efficient systems continue to grow. Additionally, hiring a contractor, like Action Air, with expertise in green HVAC systems and corresponding state regulations can increase your opportunities to build and maintain a cost effective, eco-friendly home or commercial building.

What makes an HVAC system eco-friendly?

Green HVAC systems are designed to encompass energy conservation, indoor air quality, and comfort. When the HVAC design takes into account the local climate and is built as an integral part of a sustainable building, the HVAC system can be smaller, less costly, and require less maintenance. Using Energy Star certified equipment will also contribute to an eco-friendly HVAC system.

Call our experts  today to get started on your eco-friendly HVAC installation or upgrade! Action Air’s NATE-certified technicians are trained to install, repair, and service all HVAC systems per the LEED and CALGreen guidelines.

LEED and CalGreen Can Guide the Design of a Green HVAC System

An eco-friendly HVAC contractor will be able to guide you through the process of achieving LEED certification for your building. LEED stands for “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design” and was created in 1998 by the U.S. Green Building Council. The LEED certification program promotes environmentally friendly buildings that can lower energy bills, improve indoor comfort, and provide a healthier work environment.

The CALGreen Building Code includes stringent codes that have mandatory and voluntary components for meeting certain sustainability and ecological standards for buildings and renovations in California. These codes pertain to everything from water efficiency and building materials to indoor air quality. CALGreen and LEED have several areas that overlap and your highly trained HVAC contractor will help you navigate the documentation requirements for both.

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]