Most of us spend much of our time indoors. The air that we breathe in our homes, schools and offices can put us at risk for health problems. Some pollutants can be chemicals, gases and living organisms like mold and pests. As winter approaches and the weather slowly begins to drop, we must accept that it’s finally time to face the cold. Preparing your climate-control systems for this temperature change is vital to both saving money and preserving your system.
It costs money to maintain a comfortable temperature in your home or office. When your only defense against the cold is to crank up the heater, you’ll end up spending more than you need to. Here are a few helpful tips to implement in order to maintain a steady indoor room temperature this season.
The cheapest heat source on the market is the one that Mother Nature provided: the sun. Although it may have traveled south for the winter, the sun still has an impact, and you can tap into its energy simply by opening your curtains during daylight hours. Houses are insulated to maintain temperature, so if you don’t let the sun in during the day then it will retain its nightly chill. Conversely, when the sun goes down, shut the curtains. This keeps the heat captured throughout the day from escaping. The whole process costs nothing except for a minute of your time.
It is unlikely that your home is always occupied. Between work, school, and social events there are most likely multiple time periods in which your home is left vacant and doesn’t need to be temperate controlled. However, when you get home after a long day out in the cold, you’re going to want your house to already be warmed. This is why you need a programmable thermostat. These devices offer a number of convenient options including:
There’s a good chance that your ceiling fan takes a break during winter. What you may not have realized, however, is that they often have a winter setting. If your fan has the ability to turn clockwise rather than counter clockwise, then you can take advantage of one of its lesser known features. When the heat rises, its reversed motion will push the heat back down, thus helping you avoid having your precious heat trapped at ceiling-level where you can’t feel it. Repurposing your already existing cooling technology is a great way to avoid purchasing heaters and other seasonal equipment.
Your primary source of heat is a machine. Just as you maintain your car, you need to maintain your heater. There are a few rules of thumb to follow when it comes to your maintenance schedule:
Fortunately, the cold winter months make up a small percentage of the year. The bad news is that this can make it easy to put off proper winterization. Preparing your home for seasonal changes by learning how to get the most out of your equipment is a proactive measure to save money on your electricity bill during extreme temperatures. Now that you know how to maintain a comfortable indoor room temperature, contact us for a maintenance appointment to help you make it through the cold winter months comfortably and save money in the process.
Learning more about climate control systems and HVAC appliances helps to ensure that property owners are able to navigate their equipment options and make effective decisions with greater ease. Understanding basic information can often go a long way, especially for those who have little experience with their newest piece of equipment or technology. Home and property owners would do well to learn the basic differences between various climate-control equipment, home appliances, and heating and cooling systems.
The furnace is the most essential component of any heating system. While these appliances may be powered by either gas or electricity, they operate using the same basic principles. Furnaces generate heat which is then circulated throughout the home through a series of ducts and vents.
Space heaters are very similar to furnaces but operate on a much smaller scale. These devices are ideal for providing room and area-specific heating and may either work together with a larger furnace to produce a greater output or individually. While gas-powered radiators serve the same function and do exist, the added cost of installing gas-delivery pipes has made them a less economical option than their space heating counterpart in recent years.
Air conditioners function using a substance known as refrigerant which is compressed and circulated throughout the system in order to transfer and ultimately remove unwanted heat from the environment. It does so by using a series of coils and cooling fins. Central AC units are large enough to cool the entire home and several core components of its system, such as the compressor, fan and condenser coils, are typically located in a self-contained unit which is installed outside of the home.
Portable stand-alone and window-mounted AC units are very similar to space heaters in range, but their purpose is to cool the environment rather than provide a source of warmth. Ideal for smaller homes as well as specific rooms and areas where a larger AC system may be unable to fit or cool effectively, these units need to be installed in a window or attached to a vent in order to ventilate heat safely outside the home.
While full-featured climate-control systems utilize both an air conditioning unit for cooling as well as a separate furnace or heater, such systems often utilize the same peripheral components. The ducts and fans that are used to circulate air throughout the home are used by both heating and cooling systems. Other components, such as air filtration systems which can eliminate debris and foreign particles that may be circulating within the system or throughout the home, may also be incorporated into a climate control system.
Equipment that is outdated, inadequate for the needs of the household, or that may have begun to suffer from a variety of mechanical issues can make it all but impossible to maintain an ideal temperature. Possessing a better base-level understanding of your HVAC components, home appliances, and climate-control equipment ensures that you will be able to seek out and select the best options for your building’s needs when the time comes. From more dependable system performance to finding equipment and appliances that are able to provide more efficient home heating and cooling, understanding the difference between heating and cooling systems is a concern that no home or property owner can afford to ignore.
Precision Temperature is proud to be your trusted San Diego heating and air conditioning professionals, and we take your comfort and peace of mind very seriously. That’s why we offer Amana Heating and Air Conditioning products when it is time to replace your HVAC system. We recommend Amana products because they have a history of excellence; they are designed, engineered and assembled in the U.S.A.; and some products carry a Lifetime Limited Warranty.
Amana’s History of Excellence
Since 1934, Amana has improved the American household with innovative appliances and equipment held to an uncompromising standard of excellence and delivering premium performance. With a focus on innovative engineering, world-class manufacturing processes, and a relentless drive to create the premium products homeowners expect, Amana builds products that last. Your Amana HVAC system will provide the best in home comfort to combat San Diego’s hot summers and chilly winters for years to come.
HVAC Products Designed, Engineered, and Assembled in the U.S.A.
As other HVAC manufacturers move production outside the U.S., Amana’s heating and air conditioning products are designed, engineered, and assembled in the U.S.A., providing jobs for American workers. Keeping operations in the U.S. also allows Amana to take advantage of American productivity and innovation as they produce quality, reliable products.
Amana’s Lifetime Limited Warranty
The American craftsmanship of Amana’s HVAC equipment is of such high quality and held to such a high standard of excellence that some of their heating and air conditioning products carry a Lifetime Limited Warranty*. Amana stands by their products so you can be sure they will work.
That’s why Precision Temperature recommends Amana HVAC products to provide peace of mind and home comfort to our customers. Contact us today to discuss installing Amana products in your home by using our online contact form or give us a call at (619) 588-5321.
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On incredibly hot days, San Diego summers can turn deadly without a proper cooling system. Precision Temperature believes that you and your family shouldn’t have to suffer when it’s hot outside or struggle to keep your home climate controlled throughout summer or winter. That’s why we offer financing for your HVAC project with Ygrene Works™.
What It Is
Ygrene Works™ offers financing for home improvement projects such as renewable energy, energy efficiency, and water efficiency projects, including HVAC systems. Through this program, up to 100% of the costs for your new climate control system could be covered at no upfront cost to you. You also reap benefits of lower utility bills, improved comfort and indoor air quality, and increased property value.
How It Works
Ygrene provides you with 100% HVAC project financing, making it fast and affordable to upgrade your home today. There are no upfront payments, and the cost of your project can be spread out over terms of up to 30 years. The cost is incorporated into and repaid as part of your property taxes. If you sell your home, payments may transfer to the new owner – the costs stay with the property, so you’ll only pay for the project while you use it! Your eligibility is based on the equity in your property, among other factors, not your credit score. Best of all, you may qualify for tax benefits as part of the program!
Finance Your Home Comfort Project with Ygrene Works™ and Precision Temperature
Ready to begin your heating, ventilation, an air conditioning project for nothing down today? Give us a call at (619) 588-5321 to get started!
Summers in the San Diego area are known for being hot and humid, especially in inland areas such as El Cajon and Alpine. Leaving your home and heading to an indoor, heavily air conditioned public space such as a mall or movie theater are common suggestions to beat the heat. These tips don’t help you to enjoy the summer in the comfort of your own home, however. Here are three ways to keep your home cool this summer so you don’t have to flee the house.
The outdoor air cools off significantly during the night. You can take advantage of this to help keep your home cool during the day. Open all the windows in your house each night to allow the cool night air inside; in the morning, close all the windows and the shades to trap the cool air inside and prevent warming sunlight from entering and heating it up again. This has the added bonus of also keeping you comfortable while you sleep!
A ceiling room fan or table-top fan can provide great relief from the heat, albeit only in a small area of your home. Fans work by helping to speed the evaporation of perspiration and carrying heat away from your skin. It is therefore worth noting that a fan only cools people; it cannot alter the actual air temperature of the room. Turn off fans when no one is in the room to avoid wasting electricity.
Of course, the quickest and easiest way to chill down your home is to turn on the air conditioning. Your air conditioner will provide a more comfortable environment than either trapping cold air indoors or using a fan because it is the only home cooling method that also reduces humidity. You’ll also have more control over your home’s temperature when using your air conditioner. In order to reduce energy consumption and lower your cooling bill, the Department of Energy recommends setting your thermostat at 78°F when you are at home in the summer and even warmer when you are away.
Precision Temperature’s certified HVAC technicians can help prepare your air conditioning system to keep you comfortable all summer long. Give us a call today at (619) 588-5321 for any of your home cooling needs!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 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.