If you’ve lived in San Diego for any length of time, you know that air conditioners are a necessary evil. Nothing takes money out your wallet each summer more so than your energy bill. This causes many to consider what they can do to lower that bill, including considering a new air conditioning system that functions more efficiently.
But how much does an ac install cost?
I’m glad you asked!
Many local HVAC companies, like Precision Temperature, don’t list their prices online. (But don’t worry! Keep reading and we’ll tell you).
That’s not to deceive you or because it’s a hugely guarded secret. It’s not because we think you’ll run far away if you know the price beforehand.
But rather it’s because every house is different.
When it comes to air conditioning, one size does not fit all. That’s why we offer free in-home quotes. We want you to get the system that is right for you with the best materials at the lowest possible cost.
Shopping around for HVAC technicians is par for the course when you’re considering such a huge purchase.
We can help you with that!
Instead of wasting your valuable time meeting with and dealing with contractors just to get their sticker price, we’ve put together this case study just for you.
A recent Precision Temperature customer–we’ll call her Katie to protect her privacy–shared with us the quotes and experience she received from three other San Diego-based companies.
The numbers surprised us.
Before we jump into all the details, there’s a few bits of information you need to know upfront. This particular installation was on a small to medium two story home that didn’t previously have ductwork.
There was no possible way to install ducting based on the layout, and the only option for Katie was a ductless mini-split system.
If you already have centralized air and are looking at getting a system replacement, then these numbers will be significantly lower.
In addition to the type of system, Katie was looking to have three units installed. One in the living room where her family spent most of their time, and one in each of their two bedrooms.
Katie explored other options and ultimately decided to install just two units, one in her bedroom and one in the living room. But for the sake of this case study, we’ll look at the ac install cost of the full three units.
Katie’s first quote was from Airmaxx.
Katie told us that she almost stopped her search for air conditioning here, but was so glad she didn’t.
The Airmaxx technician came to her home and told her all about how and where they would install a full central air system in her home. A fact that each subsequent company, including our own, told her was an impossibility.
We have no idea how they planned to accomplish this feat, but Katie told us Airmaxx said they wouldn’t cover the cost of repairs to the drywall. Instead, leaving Katie and her family to deal with another contractor and spend yet more money.
Even so, Airmaxx also quoted her on a ductless mini-split system.
Katie told us that this price was a little high for what she was expecting, but she quickly discovered it was only the beginning.
Later that same day, Katie had a representative from Anderson Plumbing, Heating, and Air come giver her an AC install cost quote.
Katie said that the difference between the two companies was night and day.
Where the Airmaxx representative had been quiet and lacked confidence, the Anderson representative was authoritative and instilled confidence.
Once again, Katie felt her AC hunt was over…
…until she saw the numbers.
From Airmaxx’s $10,000 to Anderson’s $18,000.
That’s a huge difference!
Katie couldn’t understand why, but we noticed it immediately.
Scroll back up and take a look at Airmaxx’s breakdown. They wanted to give Katie a 26k BTU outdoor unit with one 12k BTU indoor air handler for her living room, and two 7k units for the bedrooms.
Those numbers might not mean anything to you. But you need to know, they were severely undercutting Katie, sacrificing her comfort to give Katie the lowest bill and hopefully win her business.
With the size and dimensions of Katie’s home, the absolute minimum power needed for her living room unit would be 18k BTUs. Something we at Precision Temperature, as well as Anderson, noticed.
Anderson’s quote is for a 36k BTU outdoor unit, one 18k air handler for the downstairs, and two 9ks for the upstairs.
Additionally, Anderson uses Daikin, one of the most expensive brands on the market. While you might be tempted to think it’s better equipment, they all function about the same.
Even with these differences, though, Anderson was still far too overpriced.
Katie’s search continued.
After a long weekend debating whether she could afford air conditioning, Katie decided to have another company in.
Perhaps they’d help bridge the disparaging price gap and solve her air conditioning dilemma.
Katie reports that the Mauzy representative was kind and courteous and his winsome personality almost sealed the deal…
…until once again her hopes, or rather her wallet, was dashed.
Mauzy was a little better than Anderson, coming in $1,000 cheaper, but $17,000 was still a hefty bill, and one she wasn’t sure she would be able to pay.
Wasn’t there someone out there who could provide confidence and reliability with great products all the while keeping her and her budget in mind?
That’s when we came on the scene.
Our quote came in at $11,495.
Had Katie stopped with Airmaxx, she would have been left with a system that couldn’t stand up under the brutal summer heat.
And had she gone with Anderson, she’d have paid 54% more money than was necessary.
That’s a $6,300 savings over Anderson, and $5,300 on Mauzy.
Yes, we’re $1,400 more expensive than Airmaxx, but take a look at what you’re getting for the extra money:
26k BTU Outdoor Unit
12k BTU Living room
7k BTU Bedroom 1
7k BTU Bedroom 2
Repairs not included
15 years in business
36k BTU Outdoor Unit
18k BTU Living room
9k BTU Bedroom 1
9k BTU Bedroom 2
32 years in business
When we asked Katie why she chose Precision Temperature, she told us she felt she could trust us to provide her with the best system at a reasonable rate.
She also called attention to the informational brochure we left with her. She said if companies she trusts like Sharp hospital and UCSD rely on Precision Temperature, then she could too.
Air conditioning installation costs in San Diego are not cheap. But here at Precision Temperature, we promise you that our prices aren’t any higher than they have to be.
We guarantee our workmanship for the lifetime of your unit. We also provide a 2-year warranty on all labor needed to make repairs, and a 10-year warranty on parts.
If you’re looking for a reliable and affordable AC installation service, Precision Temperature is here for you.
Since we partner with Trane, America’s #1 brand, you can have confidence that your comfort is just a phone call away.
Call us today to schedule your free personalized in-home quote.
Just about everyone in San Diego has an air conditioner, even if it’s of the window variety. In order to keep your energy bills low in the heat of the summer, you’ll want to avoid these air conditioning mistakes you didn’t know you were making.
Two weeks ago, a man walked into our offices in Lakeside and asked the following question:
“My wife says closing the air vents to unused rooms in our house is bad idea, but I think it’s okay and good way to save money. Can you tell me which one of us is correct?”
To which I proceeded to tell him that his wife was right. Many people, including myself in years gone by, have closed their air vents in unused rooms to attempt to lower their air conditioner bill.
Instead, what you’re doing is putting a strain on your system.
Your system was carefully chosen to manage your whole house. By closing off an air vent, you’re destabilizing your air conditioner.
I once heard it put this way:
Imagine you’re walking at a brisk pace, breathing through your mouth and out your nose. If you close one nostril, you either move less air (depriving yourself of needed oxygen) or you work harder to do it.
The same is true of your air conditioner. Air was meant to go out that duct. Closing it off doesn’t mean air no longer travels through the ducting, it just comes back on itself, forcing the air to flow at an imbalance and creating undue pressure on the system.
You’re not actually saving any money, and in fact you are ruining your system in the progress.
When I explained this to the gentleman, he left with his head down.
I’m sorry, sir, but your wife is right, and you’re not winning that argument. Closing air vents is one the air conditioning mistakes that nearly everyone makes.
This one seems to obvious, but yet so many people neglect to get it right.
Either they simply forget to turn off their air conditioner, fail to program the thermostat, or just don’t want to come home to a hot house.
The first reason is actually a no-no, the second is plain lazy, and the last one is wasteful.
Let me explain.
With today’s technology, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t have a thermostat that allows you to—at a minimum—set an hourly schedule.
If you know no one will be in the house from 7 AM to 4 PM every single day, then reprogram your thermostat accordingly.
Don’t turn your system completely off, that will waste a lot of electricity. It’s less expensive to keep a house cool than it is to cool a hot house.
But what you want to do is turn the temperature up about 5-8 degrees when you’re gone.
Normally keep the AC at 75? Turn it up to 82 while you’re gone. Then have it set to re-engage about 30 minutes before you get home. If all goes well, it’ll be ready for you without all that unnecessary energy loss.
This is one the air conditioning mistakes I especially struggle with.
You see, I love sunshine. It’s the reason I moved to San Diego in the first place.
But opening all the curtains and blinds in the home let’s in a crazy amount of heat from the summer sun, thereby raising the temperature of your home.
Increased temps means your air conditioner has to work harder to keep it cool.
As much as it pains me to say, it’s best if you keep your blinds closed, at least during the hottest parts of the day.
Are you home in the morning, but not in the afternoon? Considering opening those blinds and enjoying the sun while you’re home, but then closing them every time you leave. No sense in leaving them open if you aren’t there to enjoy them.
Or perhaps you can open them, but only slightly. Just enough to let some light in, but not enough to allow the sun’s rays direct entry.
Do as much as you can to eliminate sources of unwanted heat in the home and your air conditioner will thank you.
We talked about this one already, but it bears repeating.
Schedule that thermostat!
If you still have one of those old fossils that has the slider stick or the dial.
Yeah, you know what I mean.
Those imprecise “set it and hope you got it right” ones. Then when you realize it’s too hot or cold, you have to make little tiny adjustments over a couple of hours.
And once you find that ideal temp, when anyone goes near the thermostat you’re like:
But you know what? You don’t have to be that person anymore.
You don’t have to have an ancient, archaic thermostat from the 1950s.
Get yourself a nice Ecobee 4 or Nest Learning Thermostat.
Both of these give you precision temperature (har har, that’s the name of our company). Plus, they’re completely programmable to do whatever you want them to. Want to turn your AC on from your phone right before you leave work? You can do that.
Better yet, the learning thermostat will use GPS to learn your work habits and automatically make the switch for you.
This is another major blunder that unfortunately just about everyone falls into.
My stepfather routinely set our air conditioner to 60 degrees.
You read that right.
Yeah, it was like an icebox in our house.
The worst part was that he’d leave the heater on 60 as well during the winter, so it was basically an icebox all year around.
The problem is that your air conditioner wasn’t designed to run constantly, 100% of the time.
It was made to cool your house to a certain temperature and then turn off, allowing the house to warm a little before re-engaging.
This reduces strain on the system and saves you money.
When you set the temperature so low, the air conditioner will never be able to achieve that number.
Imagine being on a hamster wheel with a nice bowl of ice cream just outside, all you need to do is keep running and you’ll get there! But you never do.
You run and you run and you run, and you never make it, and eventually you get tired and worn out, but you never reach the prize.
It’s tiring and disheartening.
That’s what you’re doing to your AC. Not only are you spending more on your energy bill, but you’re wearing your system out faster.
Just don’t do it!
Set that temperature to a reasonable number, like 78.
But that’s hot!
It’s not when it’s 110 outside.
Can you tell I live in East County?
This is one the air conditioning mistakes you’re probably not thinking about. To be fair, it’s not a grievous mistake that will cost you thousands of dollars, but when you’re scrimping, every penny counts.
There’s nothing wrong with running your vent fans when they’re necessary. However, if you’re like me, you tend to leave them on for an hour or more after you’ve left the room.
The whole time vent fans are running, you’re sucking up your cold air and spitting it outside, forcing your AC to work more.
Most people are aware that air conditioners have air filters, but those same people don’t really think much about cleaning them.
Sure, if you’ve ever accidentally pulled it out and seen how dirty it is, you might stop what you’re doing and give it a rinse.
But if you’re pulling your AC out year to year and just sticking it in the window and running it, the continued dirt build up will make your unit inefficient and less effective.
For mini-splits or central air, regular cleanings are crucial. Mini-splits are notorious for being finicky. Treat them like you would a new car or a really old car you’re trying to squeeze a few more years out of.
Central air systems already demand costly energy bills. Failing to clean the air filter will only drive that price higher for the same result.
This isn’t so much a mistake as it is an informational bit. When it’s 80 degrees outside, you could reasonably run your AC and expect it to cool your house to 72.
Personally, I don’t run my AC unless it’s at least 90 degrees outside. In which case 72 degrees is at the very bottom rung of possibility with the air conditioner.
On those crazy hot days of 100-115 degrees, your air conditioner simply will not be able to achieve 72 degrees no matter how hard it runs.
Air conditioners, at best, can lower the temperature around 20-25 degrees. If you’re annoyed it’s 110 and your house is only 85 degrees despite the AC being set to 72, I have news for you. You might think your system needs replaced, but truthfully it’s operating at peak performance, and in fact it might be working overtime to get you that cool 85.
The mistake here is not in dollars, but in your expectations.
Understand the capabilities of your system and and plan accordingly.
Many people mistakenly believe that getting a larger unit than is necessary for your space means it will be cooler/faster/more efficient etc
The truth is, improperly sizing your air conditioner can result in shorter lifespan and more costly repairs to the unit.
If your house is 1,000 square feet and you purchase a system that treats 2,000 sqft, yes, it will be more powerful. And, yes, it will cool faster.
The problem is that your system will be starting and stopping so often it will wear itself out and grow unreliable over time. It may not be an immediate problem, but it is one that will come to bite you in the end.
Conversely, trying to save a buck by choosing a weaker system will do nothing but ensure your unit has to work harder resulting in the same effect.
Air conditioning systems need to be properly sized to run efficiently. It’s for this reason that AC installation should never be a DIY project. Call your local HVAC installer to help you make the right choice.
Unless the man in the photo is 10 feet tall, one should never have to stoop to set a thermostat. Because thermostat installation is often becomes a DIY project, this is one of those air conditioning mistakes that can be a real problem.
Thermostats aren’t only for setting the temperature, they’re also the thermometer/sensor.
Because hot air rises and cold air sinks, placing a thermostat too low may give an inaccurate reading of the air’s temperature. This results in you being either too hot or too cold, depending on the season.
Additionally, placing a thermostat near a door or in direct sunlight will also affect the reading and thus the functionality of your unit.
Ideal thermostat locations are in a central area of the house, away from external doors and sunlight, and placed at about 5 feet from the floor.
Your air conditioner may be your savior on those hot days, but it’s no Superman. It’s not indestructible.
It is just a piece of mechanical equipment after all. It’s a combination of thousands of tiny parts. It only takes one tiny broken part to throw off the whole system.
Sure, it may continue working, but not at peak performance, resulting in a less than consistent temperature for you and shorter lifespan of your system.
Regular, yearly maintenance is key to keeping your air conditioner in top shape.
Ideally, you’re calling your service technician about a month or two before your regular hot season. They’ll come inspect your unit and make recommendations if repairs are needed.
If you ignore this advice, you may find yourself without air when you need it most.
In tandem with the last item, sometimes your system just needs to be replaced.
No amount of servicing will bring it back from the dead. Sure, it might keep it running just one more year, but there is a point where enough is enough.
You might be trying to scrimp and save every last dollar and don’t want to drop several thousand to replace your system.
But, instead, you’re spending hundreds of dollars on a dying system and losing hundreds more in energy bills.
Sometimes it’s just time to say out with the old and in with the new. Not doing so might make this one of the most costly air conditioning mistakes you can make.
Precision Temperature is San Diego’s trusted heating and air conditioning specialists.
If you need any help with maintenance, installation, or just have questions, we’re here for you. Contact us today and one of our knowledgeable staff members will do their best to assist you.
While a central A/C system offers the most efficient and cost-effective cooling, the exterior unit and equipment can often be an unwelcome addition to a home’s exterior. From well-placed shrubs to an ornate trellis or eye-catching vertical garden, there are plenty of clever ways for homeowners to disguise their A/C unit. By concealing their HVAC system, homeowners will be able to create and maintain a more attractive exterior, one that can help to enhance the curb appeal of a property and may even boost the market value of a home without having to sacrifice their household comfort.
A line of bushes or a few low-hanging trees are one of the simplest ways to disguise any A/C unit or other types of climate control equipment that may be causing problems. Bushes, shrubs and trees can also help to improve the overall look and feel of an exterior environment, enhance the level of privacy homeowners will be able to enjoy or even to shade key areas of the home in order to reduce cooling costs. When using shrubs or trees in order to disguise an A/C unit, complete concealment may not always be necessary. Obscuring the unit from view along a single angle or even simply using plants and trees to break up its silhouette may be all that is needed in order to improve the exterior appearance of the home.
Shrubs and trees are not always the most viable option for disguising an A/C unit and issues like soil conditions, irrigation needs, and other concerns could make them a real liability. Vines and other climbing plants that may require very little top soil or that can thrive with minimal care and watering can be an ideal alternative for property owners who are still interested in using greenery to conceal their climate-control setup and equipment. A trellis, fence, or other barrier will be needed to provide support and all climbing plants should be positioned far enough away from the unit that debris or encroachment will not interfere with equipment operation.
Greenery is not the only option available to homeowners and fences and screens can do just as well without the vines or ivy. Extending a backyard privacy fence in order to create a full or partial enclosure for an outdoor A/C unit is a very effective way to ensure that climate-control equipment will not have a detrimental impact on the landscape as a whole. The addition of a privacy screen, especially one that has been designed to match or compliment other outdoor installations can provide an eye-catching highlight that will be a welcome addition to its surroundings.
Exterior A/C units are rugged enough to withstand the elements, but that does not mean that they are indestructible. Ensuring that drainage issues, fallen branches and leaves and other debris that may accumulate once the unit has been obscured from view is not a concern that should go overlooked. When fencing off an A/C unit with a privacy screen, trellis or similar installation, property owners may wish to create a protective enclosure, especially when it comes to outdoor areas that may be the site of rambunctious play or lively outdoor activities.
From selecting and installing the best A/C unit to finding strategic ways to disguise your new outdoor system, it is important that homeowners use due diligence with their HVAC system. Routine maintenance and continual care for your system will not only extend its longevity but save you time and money. Proper care and professional solutions mean that upgrading an A/C unit or disguising existing equipment can be done with far greater ease.
When you’re choosing a new HVAC system, one of the factors your San Diego HVAC technician will present you with is each potential unit’s SEER rating. But what does the SEER rating mean and how should it factor into your decision about what HVAC system to choose?
What is SEER?
An air conditioning unit’s efficiency is often measured by the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio or SEER. The air conditioner’s SEER is calculated by dividing the unit’s cooling output during a typical cooling season divided by the total electric energy input during the same period. In the U.S., the SEER is the ratio of cooling in British thermal units (BTU) to the energy consumed in watt-hours. The higher the HVAC unit’s SEER rating, the more energy efficient it is and the more money you could potentially save on your energy bills.
Factoring SEER into Your Purchase Decision
Since January 1, 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy has required that all new air conditioning systems installed in California must be a minimum of 14 SEER or higher, so you can’t choose one below that threshold. However, choosing the HVAC system with the absolute highest SEER rating may not be the correct decision either, even though a higher SEER rating can mean more efficiency. Your purchase decision must also be based on the square footage of the area you are trying to heat or cool. A unit that is too big for an area will not yield any efficiencies but will actually overcompensate, while a unit that is too small will have to work overtime, driving up utility bills and putting strain on the HVAC equipment that will cause it to wear out faster.
You’ll also need to consider other factors that influence the temperature in your home or business and how they can impact energy efficiency in order to fully realize the potential savings of your new HVAC system. Make sure your building is properly insulated and sealed against air leakage and radiant energy; you can check out our blog for tips on weatherization.
Your local San Diego HVAC professional can help you decide what size heating and air conditioning unit your home needs, recommending the SEER rating that will help you achieve maximum savings both short- and long-term. Call Precision Temperature today at (619) 588-5321 to upgrade your HVAC system and start saving on energy bills today!
Incidents of teens huffing HVAC refrigerant in order to get high are on the rise. This can cause health problems such as difficulty breathing, irregular heart rhythms, nerve and brain damage, and even death. If your air conditioning unit isn’t effectively cooling your home during the hot summer months and your HVAC technician discovers that your system’s refrigerant is low, but finds no leak in your equipment, it is possible that someone is tampering with your system to huff the refrigerant.
To prevent these incidents, the California Mechanical Code was changed, resulting in CMC 1106.3.1. CMC 1106.3.1 mandates that all outdoor refrigerant service ports be fitted with locking-type tamper-resistant caps or be otherwise protected from unauthorized access. Locking refrigerant caps and the tools to remove them are not sold to the public; only an HVAC professional can install and remove them, ensuring that the refrigerant in your system isn’t accessible to your teens or those who would harm themselves by huffing it and that your HVAC system will continue to function effectively.
Be proactive about ensuring the health and safety of yourself and those around you. If your outdoor HVAC unit’s refrigeration ports are not currently fitted with these locking, tamper-resistant caps, contact a local air conditioning professional such as Precision Temperature today.
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!
People are spending more time than ever indoors. The quality of the indoor air you breathe is therefore extremely important to your health. Poor air quality can contribute to health problems including asthma and other respiratory diseases, heart disease, and even some cancers. Just short-term exposure can lead to immediate effects such as eye, nose, and throat irritation, dizziness, headaches, and fatigue.
But what causes indoor air pollution, and how can you reduce it in your home or office? Below we discuss some common sources of indoor air pollution and three ways you can improve indoor air quality.
Indoor air pollution can come from a multitude of sources. These can include: outdoor air pollution that is brought indoors; radon; household cleaning and maintenance products; fuel-burning appliances; building materials; home furnishings; personal care products; moisture; tobacco products; and central heating and cooling systems.
Which of these indoor air pollution sources are most and least important to your health depend on how much pollution each source contributes and how harmful each pollutant is, as well as the frequency of pollutant emission.
There are three main strategies to help improve indoor air quality:
Preventing indoor air pollution in the first place or reducing the levels of pollutant emissions is often the most effective, cheapest way to improve indoor air quality. This can be done by eliminating the pollutant source, such as tobacco products; physically enclosing the source, such as those containing asbestos; or maintaining and adjusting the source to reduce emissions, such as in the case of gas stoves.
Pollutants can accumulate to unsafe levels if too little fresh air enters indoors from outside. While reducing the amount of air that leaks into and out of your home can help lower heating and cooling costs, a controlled means of ventilation is then needed to prevent high levels of indoor air pollution.
Most heating and cooling systems do not bring fresh air into the building. Natural ventilation via opening doors or windows or mechanical ventilation involving fans and outdoor air intakes helps remove indoor airborne pollutants, improving indoor air quality.
Air scrubbers are mechanical systems that remove particles from the air. They may use physical filters or UV lights, or even a combination of the two. How effective an air scrubber is at removing indoor air pollutants depends on how efficiently it removes pollutants from the air, how much air it draws in, and the strength of the pollutant source. While not all indoor air pollutants can be combated using an air scrubber, air scrubbers can help improve indoor air quality.
Without proper attention to indoor air quality, the air you likely spend much of your day breathing in might be creating serious health problems. Take action by controlling the source of indoor pollutants, increasing ventilation, and investing in an air scrubber. Precision Temperature’s knowledgeable technicians can answer any questions you have about improving indoor air quality in your San Diego home. Give us a call today at (619) 588-5321!
Spring is in full-swing in San Diego and it’s time to get your home ready for the year ahead. Think you’re done with your spring cleaning? Think again! Your air conditioning system probably needs some TLC before it is ready to help keep you cool all summer long. Follow these steps to get your AC system ready for summer:
Your central air conditioning system has two parts: an inside system that contains the evaporator coils and an outdoor unit that houses the compressor and condenser. Learn more about these parts and how they work here. Dirt and plant debris can impede the functioning of these outdoor parts, preventing your air conditioner from operating efficiently. You should keep plants near your outdoor unit trimmed back year-round and check periodically that nothing has become overgrown. Spring is a great time to give your outdoor unit a quick rinse with the garden hose to help clear any debris that may be stuck in it.
You should also clean or replace your HVAC system’s air filter in the spring to prepare your system for the heavy use of summer. Our easy three-step guide can walk you through this.
The hottest day of summer, with San Diego’s full heat in force, is a bad time to discover that your air conditioning isn’t working properly! Warm but not sweltering spring days offer a chance to test that your AC can do its job and keep you cool. Turn on your AC now, before you need it, and you may be glad you did come summer.
Insulation and air sealing are equally as useful in the summer as they are in winter. Prevent hot air from leaking in to your home and cool, air conditioned air from leaking out and both your AC system and your wallet will thank you. A professional contractor can help you with determining what type of insulation you need and where you need it, while you can probably air seal your home on your own.
One of the best ways to be sure your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system is functioning normally is to have it inspected by a professional. These inspections can help catch any issues before they become major expenses. In addition to looking for problems, the technician can perform any needed maintenance to help get your system ready for the summer months ahead. Preventative maintenance is key to improving your air conditioning system’s efficiency and longevity, saving you money in the long run.
If you need assistance readying your AC system for San Diego’s warm summer, give Precision Temperature a call at 619.588.5321. And for a limited time, take advantage of $250 in free program incentives from SDG&E for your HVAC system maintenance with the AC Quality Care program! Must be a San Diego Gas & Electric customer, call for details.
Air conditioning is key to many people’s comfort and health during hot San Diego summer months. Yet for all its popularity, do you know how your air conditioner works? Let’s take a look inside the ubiquitous machine.
A chemical that easily converts from a liquid to a gas and back again
The part of the air conditioning system located inside the house, often as part of the furnace. Where heat is extracted from indoor air and introduced to the air conditioning system, making the refrigerant into a gas
Usually located outside the house. Pressurizes the refrigerant in order to allow for more efficient transfer of heat
Usually located outside the house. Dissipates heat from the refrigerant to the outside environment, returning the refrigerant to a liquid
Air conditioning cools indoor air by taking advantage of the way in which liquid absorbs heat as it converts into gas. By forcing a refrigerant to evaporate into a gas and condense back into a liquid repeatedly in a closed system, the air conditioner regulates the temperature of your home. The process works like this:
Fans direct hot indoor air over evaporator coils filled with cool, liquid refrigerant. The liquid inside absorbs heat from the air and is converted into a gas.
Having absorbed some heat from the air, the refrigerant is now a fairly cool, low-pressure gas. This gas is directed into the compressor, where it is squeezed to raise the gas’s energy and temperature.
Now a hot, high-pressure gas, the refrigerant enters the condenser. Metal fins on the condenser dissipate the heat contained in the refrigerant into the environment outside the house. The refrigerant is returned to a cool liquid state and enters the evaporator to begin the process again until your desired indoor temperature is reached.
If your air conditioning system isn’t functioning properly, you could have an issue in any one of these areas. Give Precision Temperature a call at 619.588.5321 for quick and reliable diagnosis of any heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) problems today, or take advantage of our Maintenance Agreement to catch any potential problems before they start!