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How To Change Your Furnace Filter

Posted on: January 31st, 2017 by Precision Temperature No Comments

Forced air furnaces require a filter to function properly and prevent pollutants from entering your home. This furnace filter needs to be checked every few months and changed when it is dirty; more frequently during the winter months when your furnace sees heavier usage. Here we provide a simple step-by-step guide to changing your furnace filter.

Step One

The first thing you should do before performing any sort of furnace maintenance is to turn off and unplug your furnace. Then you need to determine what type of filter you have. Your existing filter will be located inside the furnace or the air return vent and will have arrows on it showing airflow direction, which you will want to remember. It may help to write this down. The filter size will also be printed on the cardboard filter frame. If your filter has a plastic frame instead of cardboard, it’s reusable! You just need to clean it periodically with water and a vacuum, rather than replacing it.

Step Two

If you do need a replaceable filter, the next step is to get the right replacement. You’ll want to make sure to get the same size filter so it will fit your furnace correctly and allow it to function efficiently. Most hardware stores and home centers, as well as many online stores, sell replacement disposable filters. Your HVAC professional can recommend a correctly-sized filter that is effective at removing contaminants from your home’s air. For even more efficient removal of harmful air-borne particles, consider an air scrubber such as the Trane CleanEffects Air Cleaner, which removes up to 99.98% of pollutants and allergens from the air.

Step Three

Once you’ve located the correct replacement filter, all that’s left to do is install it. There will be markings on the filter that tell you which side should face the furnace. Slide your new furnace filter into place, keeping in mind the proper air flow direction, and replace any covers. You’re all set until it’s time to check it and change it again!

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Changing your furnace filter is usually something that you can do yourself. For most other aspects of furnace maintenance, you’ll want to contact an HVAC professional. Consider a maintenance agreement from Precision Temperature. With seasonal checkups and maintenance on schedule, you’ll get peace of mind and catch any potential problems early, before they become extremely expensive to repair. Call us today at 619.588.5321

How to Weatherize Your Home and Save on Heating Costs This Winter

Posted on: December 15th, 2016 by Precision Temperature No Comments

Are you wasting money heating your home without properly weatherizing it? Weatherization helps you save money by helping you save energy on both heating and cooling, making it good for both your wallet and the environment! Home weatherization includes air sealing, improving ventilation, and adding insulation.

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Air Sealing

Preventing outside air from leaking into and indoor air from leaking out of your home is an important, cost-effective way of lowering heating and cooling costs. After all, you don’t want the nice warm air you just spent precious dollars and cents to heat to the perfectly cozy temperature to leak out into the cold night air! And you especially don’t want that heated air to be replaced by cold outdoor air leaking into your home. Air sealing your home by caulking cracks and around door and window frames and weatherstripping doors can help reduce air leakage.

Ventilation

Of course, sealing all the air inside your home may not be the healthiest thing to do. Ventilation prevents pollutants and toxic contaminants from being sealed inside your home and helps maintain indoor air quality. Natural ventilation, spot ventilation, and whole-house ventilation are the main strategies you can use to achieve this.

Natural ventilation is usually the least useful strategy, due to its unpredictable and uncontrollable nature. A properly air sealed home will not be able to achieve sufficient air quality relying on natural ventilation alone because the usual cracks and holes it depends on will have been sealed to prevent the unpredictable and uncontrollable temperature changes that result from natural ventilation.

Spot ventilation helps make other forms of home ventilation more effective by removing air pollution and moisture at the source. Think of kitchen range hoods and bathroom exhaust fans. Spot ventilation is recommended for proper home ventilation and good air quality, but will not suffice as the only means of ventilating your home.

The most robust form of ventilation is whole-house ventilation. Whole-house ventilation systems use fans and duct systems to remove stale air from and bring fresh air into your home. This provides controlled ventilation throughout the house, with no unpredictable cold or hot air entering your home and raising your heating or cooling costs. Some whole-house ventilation systems can even help further reduce heating and cooling costs through changing the temperature of the air coming into the house by transferring heat to or from the air leaving the house.

Insulation

Properly insulating your home reduces heating and cooling costs and increases home comfort by reducing heat flow. Left unimpeded, heat flows from warmer areas to cooler areas. Insulation helps limit the transferring of heat into or out of your home, thus reducing the amount of energy required to maintain your desired interior temperature. A professional contractor can help you determine what type of insulation you need and where you need it, as well as help install it.

If your heating and cooling energy costs are still sky-rocketing after weatherizing your home, you may need a more efficient heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system. Precision Temperature, your local San Diego HVAC professionals, can help you find the right system for both your comfort and your wallet. Give us a call today at 619-588-5321.

3 Signs It Is Time to Replace Your HVAC System

Posted on: December 1st, 2016 by Precision Temperature 1 Comment

Your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system is a big investment and you have every right to expect it to do its work and last for decades, particularly with proper care and maintenance. Even so, your HVAC system will eventually reach the end of its productive lifetime and a replacement will be the right choice for your comfort and your wallet. These warning signs can signal that your HVAC system is failing and may need replacement:

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  1. Frequent Need for Repair

Regular maintenance is a must for the efficient and continued operation of your HVAC system and small occasional repairs should be expected over the course of your heating and cooling system’s life. An increased frequency in problems or repairs could indicate it is time to consider a replacement, however; even minor repairs add up when repeated over time, eventually making replacing your system the economical choice. If you’ve noticed an increase in the frequency of your system’s need for repair or are faced with a major problem requiring costly repairs that are more than half the cost of a new HVAC system, replacement may be the smarter long-term choice.

  1. Rising Energy Bills

Ordinary wear and tear throughout your heating and air conditioning system’s life eventually lower the equipment’s efficiency and effectiveness, even with regular maintenance. Older HVAC systems have to work harder for longer to provide the same level of comfort they once did, leading to higher energy bills. If you notice your energy costs are rising, it may be time for an upgrade to a newer, more efficient HVAC system.

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  1. Age of System

Sometimes the best indicator that you need a new heating and cooling system is simply the age of your system. Depending on use and maintenance, most HVAC systems only last about 10 to 20 years.  If yours is over 15 years old, it is probably time to start thinking about replacement to make sure you aren’t caught unaware and left without air conditioning on a hot San Diego day!

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The best way to keep your HVAC system going longer is keeping it properly maintained with regular maintenance performed by a trained professional. Consider an HVAC maintenance agreement from Precision Temperature. Maintenance on schedule means you get peace of mind that you’re doing the right thing to extend the longevity of your HVAC investment. If you notice any of the 3 above warning signs that your system is failing, our expert technicians can help you determine if repair or replacement is the right choice for you. If your heating and cooling system needs to be replaced, we will work with you to find the best system for your needs. Call us today at 619.588.5321

Cheaper Isn’t Always Better!

Posted on: October 12th, 2016 by Precision Temperature No Comments

When it comes to your home or office comfort, climate control is key. Finding the perfect heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) solution for your needs is a careful balance of performance, efficiency, and cost. While choosing the cheapest option is always tempting when making a big purchase like a new HVAC system, cheaper isn’t always better, and may not even be cheaper.

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Repair and Replacement Costs

Inexpensive, low quality HVAC equipment tends to break down more often than higher quality, slightly more expensive equipment. This leads to costly repair after costly repair or more frequent need for equipment replacement, adding up to you spending more money out of pocket over time than if you had chosen the higher quality model to begin with! And if you choose to replace your inexpensive, broken down unit with another inexpensive unit, the cycle continues.

Lower Efficiency

Cheaper HVAC systems are usually also less efficient in their operation than their higher-quality counterparts. A decrease in efficiency leads to an increase in energy costs, as the low-quality HVAC system works harder and requires more energy to achieve the same heating or cooling results as a higher-quality system.

Decreased Performance

Not paying very much for your HVAC system may seem like an attractive choice, but if your heating and cooling doesn’t perform as expected, you’ve wasted your money! There is a reason that HVAC unit doesn’t cost much, and it can usually be attributed to it not being built well. This low-quality equipment translates into lowered comfort for you and your family when your inexpensive HVAC system can’t cool your home down on a hot San Diego summer day.

 

At Precision Temperature, we take the long view on saving you money and we’re honest in our assessments of your needs. A quality HVAC unit may come with a large price tag, but will save you money over time. Plus, we offer a variety of financing options to help fit the HVAC unit of your dreams into your budget. Call us today at (619) 588-5321 and let us help find the perfect HVAC system for you.

Common Air Conditioner Problems in San Diego

Posted on: August 1st, 2016 by Precision Temperature No Comments

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The weather throughout San Diego county and the surrounding areas is heating up and the hottest days of summer still lie ahead. As the temperature climbs, you’ll rely on your air conditioner to keep you cool and comfortable. Your A/C system can’t do its job if it isn’t properly maintained, though. Below are a few common problems that can prevent air conditioning units operating efficiently, especially in San Diego, and what you can do to fix or prevent these problems from arising.

Condenser Coil Corrosion from Salt Water

Being near the beach is one of the great perks of living in San Diego. However, the ocean breeze could be carrying salt water that can damage the condenser coils of outdoor air conditioning units. As the salt in the air corrodes your condenser coils, your air conditioning unit’s effectiveness is destroyed and years are taken off the equipment’s life, leading to costly repairs or premature replacements down the line.

What You Can Do to Fix It

The easiest and most effective way of preventing condenser coil corrosion is regular maintenance and coil cleaning. Your condenser coils should be cleaned at least once a year, but that is the minimum recommended maintenance schedule. In humid areas with saltier air, such as San Diego, more frequent coil cleaning can only be good for your air conditioner.

Refrigerant Leaks

Another common problem for air conditioning units is a refrigerant leak. Without the right amount of refrigerant, your air conditioner loses its method of heat exchange and can’t do its job. In addition to preventing your A/C system from working properly, leaking air conditioning refrigerant is a safety and environmental hazard which should be addressed immediately if you notice your air conditioner is not performing properly.

What You Can Do to Fix It

A trained technician is needed to find the leak, repair it, and recharge your air conditioning system with the manufacturer’s specified amount of refrigerant. Highest performance and efficiency of your A/C system can only be achieved when the refrigerant charge exactly matches the manufacturer’s specification

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Dirty Filters and Coils

Over time, dirt and other particles will build up on your machinery. If this accumulation is allowed to continue, this build up will prevent your air conditioning system from functioning properly and lead to premature equipment breakdown.

What You Can Do to Fix It

Filters and air conditioning coils need to be cleaned regularly to remove the dirt and particles that come with normal operation of your HVAC system. Performing maintenance before summer arrives and your air conditioner is working overtime is the best time to take care of this common problem.

 

Precision Temperature’s technicians are your friendly, San Diego-area experts to help you fix any air conditioning problem you encounter. Call us today at (619) 588-5321 for service or advice!

Precision Temperature is a Trane Residential and Commercial Comfort Specialist

Posted on: May 10th, 2016 by Precision Temperature No Comments

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Precision Temperature is proud to be an authorized Trane residential and commercial Comfort Specialist for the San Diego area.  Trane has over 120 years of experience making quality products that are some of the most reliable and energy efficient in the business. A heating and air conditioning pioneer and innovator since its incorporation in 1913, Trane is a world leader in air conditioning systems, services, and solutions. In addition to heating and air conditioning systems, Trane improves customers’ health and comfort with products such as air scrubbers and purifiers that can help improve allergies by removing up to 99.98% of allergens from the air. These same Trane air scrubbers and purifiers you use to improve the air quality in your home are used on the Space Shuttle and in doctor’s offices. Reliability, energy-efficiency, high quality, and innovation are the hallmarks of the Trane brand.  As an industry standard and market leader, Trane enhances the quality and comfort of both residential homes and commercial buildings.

Trane is the most recognized, most preferred, and most highly rated brand of residential heating, cooling, and ventilation, with Trane residential systems being bought at a rate that averages out to one sale every minute of every day. As a San Diego residential and commercial Comfort Specialist, we can help you find the Trane heating and cooling system that is right for you. And with our special pricing packages, we’ll make sure the price is right, too. Whether you’re looking for an air conditioning system to help cool down and dehumidify the hot San Diego summer days, or a heater for the cool winter nights, trust the expert Trane Comfort Specialists at Precision Temperature to find the right Trane product to fit your needs! Visit us at http://precisiontemperature.net/ or call (619) 588-5321 to make an appointment today.