Command Comfort Blog : Archive for April, 2014

Things to Consider before Replacing Your Air Conditioning System

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

No air conditioner can last forever, no matter the durability of its construction or the regularity of its care. Eventually, mechanical stress will reduce the system’s efficiency to the level that it either breaks down permanently or becomes too expensive to maintain and run compared to its cooling output.

In Southern California, we put or ACs through an enormous amount of work. That means we need to pay particular attention to when they need replacement, because the time might arrive sooner than expected. If you are at the point where you think you should replace your current air conditioning, you have a few options to consider.

Command A/C can help you with making the important decisions regarding new air conditioning installation in Los Alamitos, CA. Put our extensive training and experience to work for you so you’ll have the right AC keeping you cool this summer.

Some Considerations for New Air Conditioning

  • Is it really time for a replacement? Check on the manufacturer’s lifetime estimate for your system. If it has already exceeded it, then you should have the AC replaced—especially if it has experienced any operating troubles. If you have spent more than $500 on repairs to keep the air conditioning running, then replacement is also the best choice. For a younger air conditioner, check with an HVAC expert to see if there are still repair options available to keep it running efficiently.
  • What about installing a new thermostat? If you decide on new installation, also look into replacing your old thermostat, especially if it is a manual model or an old non-programmable digital model. An accurate, programmable thermostat is a huge boost for any air conditioning system, and you will want to get the most from a new AC.
  • Maybe you should install a heat pump instead? Heat pumps are popular in Southern California. These comfort systems take care of both heating and cooling using the same action as an air conditioner. Make a heat pump your #1 pick if you have also considered replacing your old furnace along with the air conditioner.

There are many more questions to consider when it comes to choosing to install a new AC. Count on Command A/C and our professional staff to help make these decisions simpler. With our assistance, you will end up with the optimal air conditioning in Los Alamitos working for you this summer… even if it’s your old system.

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Is It Time to Upgrade Your Thermostat?

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Your home’s comfort system—air conditioner, heater—is truly a system: a set of components working together, even as they operate individually, toward a single goal. The thermostat, although far removed from the cabinets of your heater and air conditioner, is part of that system. It works under its own power and with its own controls, but if it malfunctions or breaks, it will severely affect or halt the operation of your comfort system.

It’s also important for the thermostat to remain up-to-date to match your air conditioner and heater… and homeowners often neglect to upgrade their thermostats even when they install new heating and cooling. It’s common to see a thirty-year-old manual thermostat operating a two-year-old high efficiency AC.

When it comes to air conditioning installation in Orange, CA, you can trust Command A/C and our experienced team.

Here are three indicators that you need to upgrade your home’s thermostat for better comfort and increased efficiency:

1. You have a manual thermostat

If your thermostat has manual sliders and dials and would look fine on the set of The Odd Couple, then it’s out-of-date. Manual thermostats lack the fine precision of digital models and have a large margin for error that means you won’t have the best comfort from your setting of choice. Lack of precision also means energy waste.

2. You have a digital thermostat without programming

If your thermostat has a digital screen and would look fine on the set of Seinfeld, then it’s out-of-date. Digital thermostats are superior when it comes to closely targeting temperatures and providing easy-to-read temperature information, but programmable thermostats provide you with a great tool for saving energy and always waking up/coming home to a house that’s the ideal temperature.

3. You have a digital programmable thermostat without “smart” technology

If your thermostat has a programmable digital screen, but doesn’t look like it should be on the set of 2001: A Space Odyssey, then it’s out-of-date. Smart thermostats take programmable to the next level of control: they learn your patterns and develop a heating and cooling program to match it. You can connect to them through Wi-Fi and see how much energy you’re saving each month, and you can also remotely shut them on and off through your smart phone or tablet.

In short, it’s probably time to upgrade your thermostat. It’s a small, quick job, but the benefits from it are immense. Your thermostat should match your air conditioner and heater in how it performs. Even if you have no immediate plans for new air conditioning installation in Orange, CA, look into a new thermostat.

Command A/C has a variety of thermostat models we can install. We’ll help you find the best one for you.

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3 Ways to Improve Your Air Conditioner’s Efficiency this Summer

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Air conditioning in Orange, CA isn’t a luxury. Despite our proximity to the coast, we get stifling hot summers all the time, and your air conditioner will likely see extended use every day. Most homeowners have accepted higher monthly cooling costs as the price for that. In the process, they often ignore ways that they can make their air conditioner more efficient and cut down on those high summer bills.

Here are 3 ways to improve your air conditioner’s efficiency this summer:

  • Set your thermostat carefully. With temperatures soaring, you may be tempted to set your thermostat as cool as possible. But if you set it just a little higher – say 78 degrees – you can still maintain comfortable temperatures in your home without using as much energy. The more insulated your home is, the better this technique will work. In addition, program your thermostat to turn off when you leave for work, then back on again 15 minutes before you arrive home.
  • Monitor your humidity levels. Humidity can contribute to a stifling and uncomfortable house as much as high temperatures can, and while we don’t’ see much rain in the summer, we definitely get our share of muggy days. A good dehumidifier can keep your air dry, forcing you to use the air conditioner less and improving your bottom line as a result.
  • Schedule a maintenance session from an HVAC expert. Air conditioning maintenance sessions clean off the dirt inside your air conditioner, as well as tightening loose fittings and recharging refrigerant levels. The result is a more smoothly running unit that doesn’t waste as much energy, helping you cut costs when the temperatures soar.

Besides finding new ways to improve your air conditioner’s efficiency this summer, you can consult with the experts at Command A/C. We handle all kinds of issues related to air conditioning in Orange, CA, and we’re ready to help homeowners cut down on their costs without skimping on the cool air so desperately needed when the weather turns hot. Pick up the phone and give us a call today to make an appointment!

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How Do I Get My Air Conditioner Ready for the Summer?

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Long Beach enjoys less harsh summer seasons than some other Southern Californian cities because of our ocean breeze. But that doesn’t mean we’ll escape from needing air conditioners working in our homes: the sun beating down on a home turns into heat no matter the cool breeze outside. During the spring, when you can expect your air conditioner to have occasional, but not constant, work, you can take a few steps to prepare the system for its biggest job of the year: making summer pleasant.

To assist you with your AC preparations, call Command A/C and talk to our cooling specialists. We offer excellent air conditioning repair in Long Beach, CA from highly trained technicians.

How you can prep your AC for the summer heat

  • Schedule regular maintenance: You should have a maintenance visit from a skilled HVAC technician once a year to inspect your air conditioning system. Spring is the best time to have this done, since it takes advantage of a slower period for technicians and makes sure you have the time to see to any larger issues. Maintenance will not only catch repairs you’ll need done for the AC, it will also ensure that the system runs at its most energy-efficient so your summer will be less expensive while being more comfortable.
  • Take care of any repairs: You have probably already turned your air conditioning on at least once this year. Did you notice anything amiss? Examples: strange noises from the cabinet, odd smells from the vents, lukewarm air, low airflow, ice on the indoor coils. Anything of this sort means your AC requires professional repairs. Ignoring these issues now will mean headaches later, when you really need the system running to keep you cool. You also risk a complete breakdown on a hot day when HVAC technicians will be busy on other emergency calls.
  • Change the air filter: This is a part of maintenance you can take care of on your own, and it’s particularly important if you have a forced-air heater for the winter that uses the same ventilation system as the air conditioner. The filter catches particles that enter the return vents to stop them from contaminating the inside of the heater/AC cabinet. Congestion of the filter will cut off airflow and lead to debris getting through. The filter should be changed once a month during the height of heating or cooling season. To make sure your air conditioner starts summer with a clean set of “lungs,” put in a fresh filter.

Call us today to schedule maintenance

Let Command A/C help your cooling system have a great summer: call us to sign up for our Ultimate Service Club. Membership means you receive two inspections and precision tune-ups a year, one for your heater and one for your air conditioner. In addition, you’ll save 15% on all service repairs and receive preferred scheduling. Remember Command A/C for your needs for maintenance and air conditioning repair in Long Beach, CA.

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