Command Comfort Blog : Archive for March, 2014

Benefits of Heat Pumps as Air Conditioning in Long Beach

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Long Beach enjoys one of the most pleasant winter seasons people can imagine in the U.S. Our combination of sun-filled Southern California temperatures with the cool coming off the ocean makes us the envy of many parts of the world. Yet a cool ocean breeze won’t solve all problems with keeping away the heat, and you’ll need air conditioning in Long Beach, CA to help you through many days of summer.

Or perhaps an air conditioner isn’t the best option. What about a heat pump? Despite the word “heat” in their name, heat pumps are dual function systems that act as both heaters and air conditioners. If you are planning in the near future (or now) to scrap your old heating system, you should consider replacing your heater and AC for a new heat pump.

Command A/C can help you find the right model and size of heat pump to make you comfortable all through the year. Call us to set up an appointment.

Advantages of a heat pump working as your air conditioner

Here is the critical thing to know about heat pumps: they are air conditioners. The only important difference is that a heat pump can change the direction it moves heat, but otherwise the process is exactly the same: refrigerant cycles through the indoor and outdoor unit, removing heat from the inside of your home to cool it down and then releasing the heat to the outdoors. In terms of performance, a heat pump has the same level of cooling power that an air conditioner of the same size has.

You won’t drain any extra power for a heat pump as an air conditioner, either. The only component required to create the heating mode is the reversing valve, which shifts the direction the refrigerant flows. The refrigerant will pass through the reversing valve no matter what mode it is in. You won’t have to worry about the heating mode at all during warm days.

Of course, the major benefit of a heat pump as an air conditioner is that you also have your needs for heat taken care of as well without needing requiring a separate system. Although the heating mode for a heat pump is less efficient than its cooling mode, it’s more than sufficient for a Southern California winter. A heat pump also uses less power than gas or electrical furnace, making it a bargain in our warmer climate.

Make sure a heat pump is right for you

You should always consult with HVAC experts before you decide on a new installation for a heat pump or air conditioning in Long Beach, CA. It requires the knowledge of skilled technicians to determine if your house is suited for a heat pump, and how large the heat pump should be. The technician will also need to do the installation work.

Command A/C has all the skills necessary to find and install the right heat pump for your comfort every month of the year.

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Should You Get Your Air Conditioner Tuned Up Before the Summer Strikes?

Friday, March 28th, 2014

In Southern California, air conditioners live tough lives… much like what furnaces experience in Minnesota. You can expect your AC to run during most of the summer and during many days throughout the rest of the year, December included. However, a tough life doesn’t have to mean a short life—provided you take good care of your air conditioner so that it doesn’t age prematurely and break down before it reaches its manufacturer’s estimated lifespan.

The most important step you can take to make sure your AC has a full service life is by scheduling regular air conditioning system maintenance in Cypress, CA. Because Southern California has warm weather around the year, almost any time is the right time for maintenance. But the best time is during the spring, as we’ll explain.

If you’re ready to start now, before reading further, then call Command A/C right away and ask about our Ultimate Service Club and its membership privileges.

Springtime is the right time for AC maintenance

We recommend this timetable for home comfort maintenance: an inspection for your heater in the fall, and one for your air conditioner in the summer.

Your AC will be one of the most important appliances in your home during the summer, so you don’t want it draining energy while it runs, or skirting close to a breakdown. It can be unpleasant waiting for repair work to reach you on the hottest day of the year… and if your AC breaks down, it’s almost guaranteed to happen on the hottest day, when you have to push it to its limits.

That brings up another good reason for scheduling AC repair in the spring: it’s one of the slower times of the year for HVAC repair technicians. Summer keeps them busy with emergency air conditioner repair calls, but during the milder spring heat, it’s easier to schedule a maintenance appointment with a technician that’s convenient for you.

Finally, having a maintenance check done in spring will give you enough time to arrange for any necessary repairs the technician might uncover. By the time Memorial Day arrives, you’ll be set to sail through the summer scorchers.

Sign up for the Ultimate Service Club today!

The Ultimate Service club from Command A/C does more than tune-up your air conditioner. It also tunes up your heater (best done in the fall), saves you 15% off all service repairs, and priority scheduling as a preferred member. When you want quality conditioning system maintenance in Cypress, CA, call Command A/C.

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Don’t Put Off Heating Repairs

Monday, March 17th, 2014

With the beautiful weather in Huntington Beach that often stretches through the winters, scheduling repairs for your home’s heating system often drifts far from your mind. How often to you really need that heater working, after all?

But when you stop and consider it, you’ll discover that your heater does a lot more work than you realize—in particular those times when you least expect cold weather. June can be a surprising month in Southern California, and winter often brings stormy weeks when a good heating system working for you, especially at night, is essential for your comfort.

So as we move toward the summer, our staff at Command A/C would like to remind you about scheduling heating repair in Huntington Beach, CA if you have any troubles gnawing at your furnace or heat pump. There are some good reasons not to delay these repairs, no matter how pleasant the weather.

Reason #1: You’ll save money

If you have a heating system running with a malfunction, whether a worn-down heat pump blower motor or a dirty furnace burner, it will drain extra power in order to reach its expected level of operation. To get the heat level you want, you’ll end up paying more. Every time you need to switch on the heater for a few hours during a June gloom night, you’ll waste money. Taking care of those heating repairs will start saving money immediately.

Reason #2: You’ll have less risk of an unpleasant breakdown

Any heating system breakdown is an unpleasant one. But the worst sort of breakdown is the one that happens on the first day of cold weather during the winter… the moment when you need the heater the most. Chances are high that many other homeowners will have the same problem that day, making scheduling a convenient appointment with repair technicians difficult. You can avoid this with a basic preventive repair long before you actually need to have your heater working for you.

Reason #3: You’ll avoid more expensive repairs later on

Malfunctions inside a heater tend to be insidious: they start to spread as they put more of the heating system under stress. As long as a repair need goes without attention, it will start to grow worse and cause other systems to malfunction. You can expect that when you finally get around to those repairs (maybe when the heater breaks down?) they will cost much than they would’ve if you had jumped on them earlier.

It’s a simple thing to schedule heating repair in Huntington Beach, CA now: call up Command A/C and talk to one of our friendly staff members. We can arrange a fast and effective repair for whatever ails your heater.

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Ways to Reduce the Risk of Heating Repairs

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

You will need to use your heater much less than your air conditioner if you live in Long Beach, so you want to make sure you get the most economical use out of it. Having to schedule heating repairs because of avoidable problems will make your bills much higher. Unfortunately, many people make simple errors that increase the risk of these malfunctions.

But simple errors have simple corrections: here are some tips from the professionals at Command A/C for how you can keep away unnecessary repairs on your heating system in Long Beach, CA:

  • Change the filter regularly: For furnaces and heat pumps, an air filter protects the internal components from debris such as dust. Should the filter become too clogged (which it will eventually if it is not changed), it will not only begin to restrict airflow into the unit, it will also begin to allow contaminants inside. This can cause many types of damage, from burnt out motors to bent fan blades to dirty coils. You should change the filter once a month during periods when the heater is working regularly.
  • Avoid overworking the system: It’s common for southern California residents to turn up their heat too high for the brief times they use it because they think this will cause the heat to rise faster. However, it only keeps the heat running longer until it reaches the target temperature, and this is stressful for the heater and will make it run down faster. Maintain a steady lower temperature during periods of cold—the low 70s is a good point—and also add an extra layer of clothing during modest low temperatures and keep the heater off.
  • Schedule yearly maintenance: Having your heater regularly maintained is the best way to keep it running with a minimum of repair needs. Quality heating contractors will offer a program that provides you with two maintenance visits a year—one for your heater and one for your AC—that will clean, adjust, and tune-up your system so that it will run without excess stress. Maintenance techs will catch potential repairs early and fix them. You will end up with a heater that lasts for many years with only a few repairs.

Command A/C can help!

You can start with maintenance right now with a call to Command A/C. If you sign up for our Ultimate Service Agreement, you’ll receive two precision tune-ups a year, a 15% discount on all service repairs, and priority service. You can also count on our staff at Command A/C to bring you quality repairs for your heating system in Long Beach, CA when necessary.

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