Here’s What to Do.
Consumers, business owners, and even fairly technically skilled and adept people often are quite anxious over the prospect of HVAC servicing. After all, your heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning units typically hum along nicely in the background, where they can be safely ignored while you concentrate on running a business or living life.. But things can go wrong with your HVAC – a condenser coil malfunctions, or a fan breaks during a heat wave, or a compressor goes haywire, or a reversing valve wears out.
Every school child knows how important it is to “Go Green,” reduce your carbon footprint
and save money. After all, we live in difficult economic times. Alarm bells about ecological
catastrophes, like global warning, are constantly going off all around us. Nevertheless, A/C
technologies have lagged behind our expectations.
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:
Whether you run a restaurant, and you need clean air ducts to transport away dust-and-grease filled air and return clean air from an outside source; or you’re a homeowner or landlord who wants a deeper understanding of how to do building maintenance the right way, here are some tips on how to maintain clean and working air ducts – without busting your budget.
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?
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.