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

Why You Should Only Hire a Pro for AC Installation

Monday, August 26th, 2019

two-professionals-looking-over-air-conditionerWe won’t deny it, the end of the year is a lousy time to require an air conditioner replacement. In an ideal world, you’d have a well-maintained and highly efficient air conditioner ready to get you through the last of the summer weather. If that’s not the case, however, and you’re shopping for an air conditioner right now, we urge you to only trust a pro.

But why is this so important?

To start off, you want to ensure that you get the right type of air conditioner and the right size AC—too large of an AC can be just as detrimental as too small of one, and will go through a process called short-cycling, which is hard on the system and will cause it to accumulate wear and tear faster than normal.

So you know sizing is important, but what are some other reasons you should only hire a pro?

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AC Noises to Never Ignore

Monday, July 29th, 2019

woman-covering-ears-on-white-backgroundIt would be nice if we had air conditioners that could self-diagnose malfunctions and report them back to the homeowners in detail, right? Honestly, that’s probably not too far-fetched of an idea when you really think about it.

In the meantime, though? This isn’t a reality and we need to rely on other methods for our air conditioner to send warning signs that something is amiss. This may be a drop in cooling power, or an unexpected and unexplained spike in energy bills. Or, it may be that your circuit breakers for the indoor and outdoor units keep tripping.

Or, it could be noise. “Wait,” you might be thinking, “my air conditioner always makes noise!” We aren’t talking about the hum of the fans or the faint clicking you might here when the system starts up and shuts down, though. Rather, we’re talking about sounds that are abnormal to what you normally hear, or seem louder than they should be. What could this include? Read on!

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Have You Considered These AC Upgrades This Year?

Monday, July 1st, 2019

wi-fi-thermostat-in-foreground-with-house-backgroundTypically as we get to this part of the year, you’ve had maintenance done for your air conditioner—hopefully—and we’re ready to start enjoying the season, even if it means running our air conditioners on almost a daily basis.

What if we told you that you could save money on your cooling needs this summer? There are many efficiency-boosting actions you can take, like using your ceiling fans to evenly distribute the cooled air from your air conditioner. But there are also some upgrades you may want to consider if you haven’t already. These upgrades can help your air conditioner perform better, last longer, and can help you feel more comfortable. Read on to learn more!

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5 Great Ways to Boost Your AC Efficiency This Summer

Monday, June 17th, 2019

man-changing-out-air-filter-to-boost-ac-efficiencyFact #1: Summer is hot.

Fact #2: Running your air conditioner costs a lot. The truth is, your HVAC system can account for as much as 50% of all the electrical energy use in your home. You want to find ways to use it less expensively and more efficiently. The good news is, there’s a few ways you can do this!

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4 Steps to Saving More on Cooling Costs

Monday, June 3rd, 2019

air-conditionerEveryone should be able to run an air conditioner without it costing them a fortune. And sometimes that means installing a few upgrades or paying for some services that can significantly boost the air conditioner’s efficiency.

In this post, you won’t find any gimmicky or “quick” methods for improving efficiency—those rarely work. Instead, we’ll tell you which AC services in Sacramento, CA can make a serious difference in your monthly cooling costs:

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Can Outdoor Temperatures Affect Your HVAC System?

Monday, May 20th, 2019

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Air conditioners are designed to perform at their highest efficiency even during the hottest summers—given that they’re properly maintained, that is. If not, it would be like if you were forced to go run a marathon while recovering from an injury!

If your air conditioner is suffering from a repair issue or hasn’t had maintenance in years, it could very well suffer performance issues from intense heat.

However, there are other times when the weather can affect the system, in both summer and in winter. Here are a few examples:

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Starting Up Your AC Again? Watch for These Signs

Monday, April 22nd, 2019

air-filter-changeYou can’t let a car sit in the garage for six months, start it back up again, and expect it to run without an issue.

It’s the same with your air conditioner. Every year we shut them off as fall rolls in, and we don’t even think about them again until we start getting into spring.

When you do start running that AC again, we highly suggest getting a maintenance tune up before summer starts. The last thing you want is for your AC to break down during the hottest part of the year.

Before summer comes, however, you’ll have some time to monitor the performance of your AC and to see if it needs any urgent service. Here are some of the things you can watch out for:

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Ductless or Not Ductless, That Is the Question

Monday, September 24th, 2018

ductless-heating-systemsIn the world of air conditioning, there are two major categories of air conditioners:

Those with a duct system, and those without.

The ducts are the series of tunnels and vents that blow air into your home. Some systems have them, and some don’t.

When it comes to installing a new HVAC system, it’s not really about choosing which one you like more, or which one has the best features. More than anything, it’s all about which system is going to work well for your home. This could vary for a number of reasons, like if you already have some kind of heating or cooling system. It’s a lot to cover, so read on to learn all about them.

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Don’t Wait to Have These AC Problems Fixed

Monday, August 13th, 2018

hvac-technician-making-ac-repairsWe highly recommend that any AC problem you have gets fixed immediately. We can list every reason from that it’ll cost you more money, to reducing the lifespan of your system, to the simple fact it won’t be able to cool your home anymore! At the same time, we understand you might find it hard to believe that every problem is an AC emergency.

For that reason, we’re compiling a list of a few problems that really, truly should be absolutely looked at (immediately!).

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Which Type of Cooling Is Right for You?

Monday, July 30th, 2018

outdoor-air-conditioning-unitsIf you’re reading this post, you may have just learned that there are different types of air conditioning available to you. And we aren’t just referring to different brands. Depending on your needs and the configuration of your current heating or cooling systems (if any), there are different options available for you. We’ll go over three cooling methods that can benefit anyone thinking of replacing or installing a new system.

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