Command Comfort Blog : Archive for March, 2015

Why You Should Schedule Air Conditioning Maintenance This Spring

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

No one wants to deal with the hassle of air conditioning maintenance appointments. There is a common, if exaggerated, perception that they can be inconvenient, expensive, and generally unpleasant. That desire to avoid unnecessary discomfort has led many people to neglect their air conditioning maintenance until a problem presents itself. Unfortunately, that tactic does little in the way of actually saving time or money. In fact, it often ends up costing more money in the long run, when parts need to be replaced that could have been saved with maintenance. Let’s take a look at why air conditioning maintenance is so important, and why you should schedule it this spring.

Prevention vs. Cure

The old saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” applies to air conditioning maintenance just as well as anything else. Regular preventive maintenance allows your HVAC technician to identify and fix any developing problems before they have a chance to cause a complete breakdown. By waiting to have a professional examine your system until something breaks, you are ensuring that it will be more expensive to fix. Though you should not ignore any repair needs that crop up, you certainly should not eschew preventive maintenance until your system stops working.

Why Spring Maintenance Is Preferable

The best time to conduct preventive maintenance on any system is right before you plan on using it more often. With air conditioners, that ideal time is in spring. By scheduling your annual air conditioner maintenance appointment during the spring, you are ensuring that your system will be ready for the increased strain of summer. If you wait to conduct maintenance until some other time, you may end up having your air conditioner break down in the middle of summer. You don’t want to wait around for an HVAC technician to arrive in the middle of a hot summer day with no air conditioning, do you? Spring maintenance is the best way to make sure that doesn’t happen.

If you haven’t scheduled your spring AC maintenance yet, call Command A/C. We provide air conditioning maintenance services throughout Anaheim, CA.

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How Duct Sealing Can save You Money

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Ducts are often ignored by homeowners, and it’s not hard to understand why. Ducts fulfill a vital role, transporting warm and cool air throughout the house. However, they are also rather large and a bit of an eyesore. This is why they are largely installed out of sight, where they do not offend homeowners’ aesthetic sensibilities. Unfortunately, this kind of unobtrusive installation also makes them more likely to be neglected by homeowners when it comes to maintenance. Let’s find out what can happen to your ducts when they aren’t properly maintained, and how you can keep them operating properly.

Duct Leaks

Ductwork is not affected by a wide range of issues, primarily due to its simple construction. However, those problems that do affect ducts can be a big hindrance to their proper operation. Duct leaks are the worst of these problems. Duct leaks can form in many ways, whether from animal activity, human error, improper installation, or even regular use. For the most part, these leaks are fairly small. However, there are often a high number of them in each duct network, and their cumulative effect can be substantial. An average forced air system can lose as much as 30% of its output to leaks in the ductwork. That is why duct sealing is so important.

The Economic Benefits of Duct Sealing

Duct sealing is a process by which all leaks in your home’s ductwork are found and closed. It is meant to eliminate the loss of energy through those leaks during the operation of any forced air system. Losing that much energy from your heating or air conditioning system amounts to a significant waste of money. Duct sealing saves you money by eliminating that energy loss, shortening the time that your system needs to operate. Though any duct sealing is better than no duct sealing, remember that leaks can continue to form even after the procedure. For that reason, we recommend having your ducts sealed at least once every two years.

If you haven’t had your ducts sealed before, call Command A/C. We provide quality ductwork services throughout Cerritos, CA.

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Warning Signs It’s Time to Schedule Duct Repair

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Ducts may seem like one of those few HVAC parts that never need repair. After all, it’s not like they’re being put under a lot of stress during operation. All they do is sit there, passively directing air from one room to the next and back to the heating or air conditioning system. Barring physical damage from an outside source, like an earthquake, they never need any sort of repairs, right? Wrong. Ducts may seem like the stoic and sturdy backbone of your HVAC system, but in fact they’re a lot more vulnerable to damage than they seem. Let’s take a look at the signs that it’s time to schedule repairs for your ducts.

Higher Heating Bills

Your heating bills are naturally going to fluctuate from month to month, but that’s not what we’re talking about. The sign that you have a problem is when your heating bills start to show a consistent rise over multiple months. There are many possible causes for this, almost all of which are linked to problems with your heating system, including your ducts. This is often caused by leaks in the ductwork, either created by poor installation or natural expansion and contraction of the ducts. It can even be caused by animals that can occasionally be trapped in the ducts and damage them trying to get out. If you notice a steady rise in your heating bills, it’s time to schedule an appointment with an HVAC technician.

Uneven Heating

If you are having issues with getting enough heat in one of your rooms, but the rest of the house is fine, then you probably have a problem with your ductwork. This can be caused by some sort of blockage in the ducts, or by a large leak in that section of the ductwork. Regardless, central heating systems normally distribute the same amount of heat to all parts of the house. Uneven heating is a pretty obvious sign that something is wrong with the ducts.

If you aren’t sure what condition your ducts are in, call Command A/C to schedule an appointment. We provide quality duct repair services throughout Garden Grove, CA.

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How to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

The health and comfort of your family are two of the most important considerations when scheduling services for your home. Often, you seek the help of HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) technicians because you wish to upgrade or repair your home heating and AC system for your family’s comfort. But you may also decide to call on the help of technicians when you notice repeated issues with your family’s health.

Do frequent allergy or asthma symptoms affect your family? Does it seem that you’ve made far too many visits to your doctor’s office in the past year? Part of the problem may be that the air in your home isn’t as clean as you’d like. When you decide it’s time to take control over the quality of the air your family breathes, call Command A/C. We install indoor air quality systems and provide professional ductwork services in Long Beach, CA and Orange County, CA.

UV Lights

A UV light purifier is able to kill bacteria and viruses living in the ductwork of your home. These microorganisms thrive in moist and dark conditions, much like the conditions on your air conditioner’s condenser coil. The blower fan may blow bacteria directly into the home, leading to illness. UV lights kill small organisms instantly. These are recommended for people with compromised immune systems, small children, or the elderly.

Air Filters and Purifiers

You should already have an air filter in your home heating and AC system, but if you don’t regularly change it and look for a new filter with a high efficiency rating, you may not get quite the level of air filtration you need. Check the minimum efficiency reporting value (MERV) of your filter, and consider purchasing one with a higher MERV than your previous filter. You might also consider an electronic air purifier, which supplements your HVAC filter for advanced particle elimination.

Duct Sealing

Sealing the ducts can keep particles from entering and distributing into your home. For example, holes in the ducts may allow insulation from the attic to penetrate your home, a substance made of fibers which are usually not safe to inhale.

Call the experts at Command A/C today for ductwork repair or indoor air quality system installation in Long Beach, CA.

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