Posts Tagged ‘A/C’

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Summer is synonymous with vacations, lazy afternoons by the pool and cookouts. It’s also a great time to tackle some home maintenance chores. Here are some maintenance tips you can use to get your home in shape and running smoothly. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Hide Your Air Conditioning Unit

While your outdoor air conditioning unit plays a significant role in enhancing your comfort on hot days in the East Bay Area, it probably takes away from the beauty of your backyard. You’ll need to get creative to prevent that large, boxy unit from being an eyesore. But don’t stress, we’ve got you covered. Use one of these creative tips to hide your outdoor AC unit.

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Signs You Need to Call an HVAC Specialist ASAP

east-bay-general-contractorWhether your air conditioning went out during a scorching weekend day, prompting your kids to whine to you incessantly; or you just noticed a musty, unpleasant smell coming from one of your vents, you may have HVAC issues. Is it time to call a general contractor to analyze what’s going wrong before your property suffers serious damage and/or you get sick? Read the rest of this entry »

Save Money and Energy with These Bay Area HVAC Tips

east-bay-hvacIt’s getting hot here in the Bay Area. If you’ve been cranking your AC, you might be concerned about your monthly energy bill. Even if you are not normally “energy conscious” most of the year, the brutal days of summer can highlight your HVAC problems. Here are some smart (but not necessarily intuitive) strategies for reducing air conditioning costs. Read the rest of this entry »

Summer is cooking, and our Castro Valley air conditioning professionals are busy ensuring the health and comfort of the East Bay population. During the dog days of July and August, it can get sweltering, even here in temperate Northern California. But if you approach HVAC maintenance correctly during the summer, you can cut back on the A/C bill, and enjoy enhanced peace of mind. Read the rest of this entry »

Castro Valley Air Conditioning Tips

It’s summer, and Bay Area air conditioning use is predictably spiking. If you’re tired of seeing your energy bills swell during the sweltering months of the California summer, consider adopting at least a few of these tips to keep your home or office chillier: Read the rest of this entry »

If you live or work in and around the East Bay area, odds are that you’re bombarded on a nearly daily basis about the importance of being “energy efficient” and “green.” But in addition to saving the planet, you can also keep your wallet nice and fat by making small changes to the way that you use home devices, like your air conditioning system. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Check Your Air Conditioner Before Calling for Service

 

The Bay Area fortunately does not get as hot and steamy as other, more scalding parts of California, such as Death Valley or the “Southland” of L.A. and San Diego. But it can get quite uncomfortable – particularly if your air-conditioner brakes or malfunctions during a heatwave.  If you are not technically inclined, your first instinct might be to grab a phone and call a pro to service your unit. But before you hop on that line and waste time (and money) getting professional help, ask yourself the following 5 questions: Read the rest of this entry »

When to Consider Buying a New AC Unit for Your Home

As spring heats up into summer, Americans all over the country over will take to their annual pilgrimage to utility supply stores to buy new air conditioning units. When it is appropriate to get a new A/C? Should you repair or clean your old one, instead? What will the investment cost, and will it be worth it? How can you calculate the best unit for your budget? And where can you find an authorized dealer who has excellent consumer ratings and good reviews from places like the Better Business Bureau?
It’s easy to get overwhelmed by all of these questions. So let’s start with the basics. Read the rest of this entry »

Spring Is In the Air:

Get Your A/C Serviced Soon!

Most homeowners take their HVAC and air conditioning equipment for granted. Truth be told, modern, sophisticated heating pumps and A/C unit can robustly withstand a lot and keep their efficiency. But even the best machines out there will degrade. An average A/C unit, for instance, might lose five percent of its capacity annually. Thus, say you built your home with a 14 SEER unit A/C several years ago. Today, that unit might only function at 10 SEER capacity.

The Cost of ComplacencyHuman beings have a strong tendency to react to events instead of to plan for them. Think back to when you were in school and you procrastinated writing a paper until the 11th hour. Homeowners also procrastinate. But this has real and tangible costs. For instance, if you fail to adjust and troubleshoot your A/C annually, your unit could catastrophically break down during a heat wave. Not only will you and your family be very uncomfortable, but you will also have to pay huge repair costs out of pocket. Read the rest of this entry »