Command Comfort Blog : Archive for April, 2015

3 Reasons to Install a New Thermostat

Monday, April 27th, 2015

The weather in Cypress, CA gets hot early and stays that way well into fall, meaning that homeowners need to keep their HVAC systems well-maintained if they want to combat the high temperatures. In addition to the central unit and the ducts, you should take a close look at your thermostat, which needs to accurately read the temperature if your air conditioning system is going to work. You may also want to consider replacing an older or outdated thermostat with a new model. Here are 3 reasons to install a new thermostat that you should think about when getting your home ready for summer.

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Why Does My Heat Pump Need Bi-Annual Maintenance?

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Your heat pump is a pretty amazing device. It provides both heating and cooling for your home, and can do so for a pretty long time, as the average lifespan of a heat pump is 20-25 years. One of the best ways to make sure that your heat pump gives you years of the cooling and heating you need is to schedule it for bi-annual maintenance. Command A/C specializes in heat pumps services, so our experts can help you with all of your heat pump needs in Cypress, CA, including maintenance. All you have to do is give us a call!

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3 Reasons to Schedule Maintenance for Your Commercial AC

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Commercial air conditioners are large systems because they have a great deal of space to cool. While these systems are made for this kind of work, they can and will get worn down over time. As we get closer to the hottest months of the year, it’s important that your business’s air conditioner is ready for challenge, and the best way to ensure this is with an annual maintenance appointment. The commercial HVAC specialists at Command A/C can assist you with a thorough and in-depth maintenance appointment that will help you, your business and your HVAC system – just give us a call!

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What Can UV Lighting Do for My Home?

Monday, April 6th, 2015

UV lights, also known as UV germicidal lighting, are indoor air quality products that destroy and eradicate biological contaminants. UV lighting is unique from other IAQ products in that it specifically addresses biological contaminants, and removes these contaminants in a very different way than other air cleaners. Why consider UV lighting for your home in Cypress, CA? There are a number of reasons, as we’ll discuss below, but it’s important to remember that any upgrade to your HVAC system should always be handled by trained experts, like the ones at Command A/C.

How UV Lighting Works

UV lighting works by using UV-C rays to ruin the DNA of biological contaminants and also destroy their life-sustaining proteins. As such, UV lights don’t just destroy single contaminants; the lights also stop contaminants from reproducing, thereby eradicating them.

UV lights do not attract or draw contaminants to them as other indoor air quality products do. This is because UV lights are stationary, so to maximize their effect, they are placed in strategic locations, such as over the evaporator coils of your HVAC system and in ductwork. UV lights do not capture contaminants, and they won’t work on any contaminant that isn’t biological in nature. As such, it is often recommended that UV lights are paired with an electronic air cleaner or air filter to truly maximize your indoor air quality.

Benefits of UV Lights

The main benefit of UV lighting is how effectively they remove biological contaminants from your home’s air, but they have other benefits worth considering:

  • Helps with energy efficiency – UV lights prevent the growth of mold and mildew, which, when allowed to grow on your HVAC system’s coils, can affect the operation of your system.
  • Flexible placement – while the suggested areas for placement are over coils and in ductwork, UV lighting can be placed just about anywhere your system needs them.
  • Eliminates odors – UV lights help eliminate odors from your home, leaving the air smelling fresh.

UV lights offer a simple, integrated way to eliminate biological contaminants from your home, and the experts at Command A/C are here to help you with installation – call us today!

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How Clogged Air Filters Can Damage Heating Systems

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

Air filters are such small parts of forced air heating systems, and such simple ones. It’s just a simple woven mesh stretched across a frame, and inserted in the air return duct. Despite how trivial it seems, however, the air filter is actually one of the most important parts of any forced air combustion heater. If it is not taken care of properly, it can create all sorts of issues for your heater. This is especially true if you’re a furnace owner, like the majority of Americans. Let’s take a look at what can happen when you don’t clean or replace your air filter every few months.

Short-Cycling

An air filter that isn’t cleaned or changed every few months will become clogged with the very particulates that it is supposed to protect the furnace from. This will cause it to restrict the flow of air into the furnace, which will cause the temperature inside the furnace to rise. This activates the limit switch, a tiny part that measures the temperature inside the furnace. The limit switch will shut down the furnace when it reaches dangerous heat levels, but it won’t be able to address the source of the overheating. When the furnace restarts, it will overheat and start the entire process over again. This traps the furnace in a constant startup/shutoff cycle, which is extremely bad for it.

Effects of Short-Cycling

The startup cycle is the most stressful part of a furnace’s operation. It is during the startup cycle that the furnace runs constantly until it manages to reach the temperature the thermostat requires. After that point, the demand levels off and the furnace only needs to make occasional adjustments to keep the temperature constant. By trapping it in the startup cycle, however, short-cycling puts the furnace under an immense amount of strain. This substantially increases the risk that the furnace will break down, as well as shortening its lifespan. If the furnace is left to short-cycle for too long, the entire thing may have to be replaced.

If you notice your furnace short-cycling, turn it off immediately and call Command A/C. We clean and replace air filters throughout the Huntington Beach area.

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