Sierra Pacific Home & Comfort, Inc. Blog: Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

Size Matters: What to Know about New AC Installation

Tuesday, 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?

Monday, 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

Monday, 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

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

Monday, 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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How This Installation Can Help AC Efficiency

Tuesday, September 8th, 2020

attic-roof-ventWith the official start of fall just around the corner, homeowners like yourself are probably looking forward to shutting off air conditioners for the season. After all, with all the use our cooling systems get, our utility bills can get quite high. So it makes sense that you want to stop using your system soon.

Still though, we have plenty of warmer temperatures ahead–warm enough to warrant continued use of your air conditioner. So how can you use yours most efficiently, to keep from paying exorbitant energy bills? Well, one way is with the installation of a solar attic fan! This is a large fan installed in the attic that is efficiently powered by the sun. And that’s just the beginning! Read on to learn more.

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How You Can Help, Or Hurt, Your AC Performance

Monday, August 24th, 2020

vent-low-on-wallIf you’ve lived in our area for even just a year, then you know how rough our summers can be. Our air conditioners have been working hard so far. Fortunately, today’s cooling systems are durable and designed to handle the hottest of temperatures. Still, you may be tired by now of paying high utility costs just to keep comfortable in your home.

The good news is there are steps you can take to help your air conditioner’s efficiency and performance to bring those bills down. Alternatively, there are things you can do that will hurt your AC performance. Read on as we uncover more about this.

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A Professional’s Guide to AC Installation

Monday, July 27th, 2020

two-technicians-working-on-ac-outdoor-unitOkay, don’t get too excited! We aren’t providing a guide on how to install your air conditioner. The reason? Only a trained and experienced professional should ever do this kind of work. After all, AC systems are highly complex pieces of machinery, requiring specific knowledge and skills to service correctly.

Of course, we get your sense of urgency. If you’re reading a blog post about AC installation near the end of July, then you’re probably dealing with a broken-down system and a desperate situation. But no matter the severity of your air conditioning troubles, we really have to urge you to not do anything in haste. Doing so can lead to sacrifices in comfort and in energy savings—meaning you’ll be paying more for less comfort.

Read on as we uncover a guide as to how our pros install an air conditioner, and why professional installation is so vital.

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Beware These Sounds Coming from Your AC

Monday, July 13th, 2020

woman-covering-her-earsThere is no such thing as a completely silent air conditioner. AC systems make noise as they cycle on and off and as they run. You’ll even hear ductwork fluctuating with temperature changes throughout the day or night. And let’s face it, even though we may not get as scorching of temperatures as other parts of the state, our summers can be brutal and our air conditioners go through a lot, potentially requiring a number of repairs throughout their lifespan.

Fortunately, you can avoid the biggest and most sudden of repair needs by remembering to schedule routine air conditioning maintenance. During your system tune-ups, we’ll fully inspect, clean, and adjust your air conditioner and its components to ensure its effective and efficient functionality. With or without tune-ups, though, if your cooling system is making noise that you don’t recognize, it’s time to call in the pros! Read on to learn about some sounds you should beware of when it comes to your cooling system.

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Considering an AC Upgrade? Consider These Factors

Monday, June 15th, 2020

male-and-female-technicians-standing-over-air-conditioner-with-tool-bagSummer is just around the corner, and you know what that means!

It means you want to make sure your air conditioner is fully equipped to handle the heat. This might not have been the answer you expected. Nevertheless, it’s important to think about.

It may be time for you to invest in a new air conditioning system, and if this is the case, you want to ensure that your new system is the right match for your home. Of course, since we’re so close to the official start of summer, it’s likely tempting for you to go out and get the biggest, most powerful AC system for your budget, but rushing into this purchase isn’t a great idea.

When it comes to your air conditioner, there are some factors to consider that are important to the system’s performance, efficiency, and longevity in your home. One of these factors is the size of your air conditioner. Did you know that an overpowered, or oversized, unit can be just as detrimental to your home’s comfort as an undersized one? Read on as we explain.

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