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Size Matters: What to Know about New AC Installation

June 1st, 2021
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So, you’re looking to have an air conditioner installed. At least, that’s probably why you’ve stumbled across this blog post. If you have the budget for it, you’re probably prepared to buy the biggest and best AC you can find. That’s great! As long as it’s not too big.

Yes, that’s right, an air conditioning system can actually be too large for the space it’s installed in. Homeowners often don’t consider this–they understand that an air conditioner can be too small, but don’t really think about it the other way around. An air conditioner that’s too big–referred to as overpowered–can be just as detrimental to efficiency and your home comfort as one that’s too small–called underpowered. Read on to learn more.

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Do Air Conditioners Have Cooling Limits?

May 17th, 2021
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The short answer to this question is “yes,” but don’t worry, we’re about to elaborate!

At some point or another, perhaps you’ve wondered just how cold a central air conditioner can actually get. You likely already know what the lowest setting is on the thermostat. For most models, it’s about 60–62°F, which is too cold for most people.

In the case of an extremely hot day, how much power can you actually get from your air conditioner? How cold can you get the air to ensure you’re as comfortable as possible when indoors?

We’re happy to answer these questions, regardless of whether if you’re reading this in the middle of a sweltering hot day and wondering if your air conditioner has something wrong with it, or even if you’re simply just curious. Helping you understand the limits of an air conditioner will also help you learn how to operate it more efficiently, give it a longer service life, and even potentially reduce the number of repairs it might need throughout that service life.

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What You Need to Know About Your Air Conditioner’s Air Filter

May 3rd, 2021
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Homeowners often think that the only reason they need to be concerned about the air filter in their HVAC system is for their indoor air quality needs: to keep out allergens and other particles. But this is only part of the story.

It’s easy to assume that a dirty air filter is an issue because it keeps the indoor air dirty. Maybe this is why technicians tell you to change yours every 1–3 months? Well, not quite. In fact, you may not even be suffering from allergies or poor indoor air quality, but you’ll still need to change this air filter.

The purpose of this air filter is to protect the air conditioner from particles that can get inside, not to protect your breathable air. AC air filters certainly don’t hurt your IAQ efforts, but they don’t do a whole lot to help.

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Boost AC Efficiency and Prevent Repairs This Summer

April 19th, 2021
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There’s no denying that when you live in our area, having a fully functional and efficiently operating air conditioner is an absolute necessity. Your cooling system gets quite the workout during this time of the year. And you want a sturdy one that can get the job done!

Of course, the only way to really ensure that yours will stay in excellent shape is if you take good care of it and use it as efficiently as possible. But how do you know if you are using it efficiently, and how do you know if your AC use is doing harm to the system or not?

First off, if you feel you’re paying more than you should on your energy bills each summer, chances are you could stand to boost AC efficiency. And by boosting AC efficiency you could also prevent unnecessary AC repairs. Read on to learn more.

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Solar Panel Installation: Ground-Mounted vs. Roof Mounted

April 5th, 2021
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More and more homeowners are discovering the eco-friendly power of solar panels that help them enjoy comfort at as low of a cost as possible. When a new homeowner decides to have solar panels installed, however, they might think their only option is to have them installed on the roof. This is a good choice in many cases, but it can be more difficult for some households to truly enjoy all the solar benefits if those rooftop-mounted solar panels aren’t angled correctly.

What if we told you there is another option? That’s right—you could opt for ground-mounted solar panels. These aren’t the right choice for all homes, but they’re the best choice for many homes. Keep reading to learn more.

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How Much Can Solar Energy Save?

March 22nd, 2021

This is a great question. While we can’t give you exact numbers on how much your solar energy system could potentially save as opposed to a conventional energy system, we can help quell some questions you might have.

The biggest worry that keeps homeowners away from talking to a solar company in Rocklin is the initial cost. People have tight budgets these days, and that means they’re less likely to go out on a limb and pay for something that might make return their investment down the line. Unfortunately, solar energy isn’t one of those exciting gambles that can get you savings quickly. It’s a long-term investment that is more likely to save you money over your lifetime.

Every home needs energy. A solar energy system switches things up so that you have easier access to abundant, free energy. Here’s how it can help your budget.

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Time for a Tune-Up! Prepping Your AC for Summer

March 8th, 2021
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We’ve been seeing some cooler temperatures for now, but you know as well as we do that when summer decides to grace us with its presence, it will arrive fast and hard. Therefore, it’s a good idea to make sure that your air conditioner is ready. That’s right, it’s time for a tune-up!

Scheduling your cooling system maintenance now, before the weather starts taking a turn, is the best way to make sure that your system remains as effective and efficient as possible for as long as possible, saving you money on your utility bills and in repair costs.

Wondering how maintenance can do all this? Read on to learn more!

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End-of-Season Furnace Needs Not to Ignore

February 22nd, 2021
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We may have just talked about air conditioners in our last post, but that doesn’t mean you should ignore your heater in these final weeks of winter. Sure, we are definitely not experiencing the severe winter conditions that other parts of the country have in recent days. But no matter how long or how frequently you need your heater, you need it to be in good shape when it operates! So, what kind of shape is yours in?

If you don’t know the answer to this question, then this blog post is definitely for you. Hopefully, you had professional maintenance done this past fall. That will ensure that your system works as efficiently and effectively as it’s meant to. Even if you did not, however, it’s not too late! Scheduling maintenance now will allow our technicians to check for the repair needs we’re about to mention.

If you aren’t sure of how to tell if your heater needs repair as we near the end of the season, read on! We’ve uncovered some of the top indicators.

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Choosing the Right AC Installer

February 8th, 2021
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Temperatures may be on the cooler side for now, but you know as well as we do that warmer days are right around the corner. If you’ve been considering having a new air conditioner installed, now’s the time to start doing your homework!

You may be thinking, “Why can’t I just wait until spring and see what’s in my budget to go from there?” You could do that, but what if we’re surprised by unseasonably warm temperatures? Then you may want to rush the decision, and that is where mistakes are made.

When you hire a professional to help you decide on an air conditioner and then install it, you can count on it being properly sized, the best system for your needs and your budget, and for it to operate as it should. Read on for our tips on choosing the right professional AC installer!

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3 Reasons to Schedule a Home Energy Audit

January 25th, 2021
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If you’re like many homeowners in our area, you may not even know what a home energy audit is, let alone why one might benefit you. Fortunately for you, you’ve found your way to the right blog post!

Energy audits consist of a series of tests, performed by our technicians in order to determine if and where your energy opportunities—or in other words, inefficiencies—exist. You might be losing energy from any number of places within your living space without ever knowing it. Damaged HVAC ductwork can be to blame, as can improper HVAC installation form the start. Drafty windows and doors are also common culprits, and poor insulation is another possibility.

Once we perform your energy audit, we can start helping you improve your efficiency, and in turn save considerable money on utility bills. Unsure if it will really be that much of a benefit? Read on as we uncover not 1, but 3 benefits to such a service, or 3 reasons you should schedule your home energy audit today.

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