Command Comfort Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Air Conditioning’

Problems with Centralized Air in Large Homes

Monday, May 16th, 2016

We’re proud advocates for ductless air conditioning systems here in Long Beach, CA, which we’ve found to be an effective and cost-saving means of keeping your home cool during the long summer months. But unless a home is incapable of supporting ducts, many homeowners are reluctant to switch away from the traditional centralized air conditioning system that most people are accustomed to. There’s nothing wrong with centralized air, and indeed we offer a full range of services for centralized systems. But we also think that some homes — particularly larger ones with a lot of square footage to cool — can benefit from an alternative form of air conditioning such as a ductless system. Centralized systems have problems with larger homes, which we detail below. If your household suffers from any of these issues, look into the advantages of a ductless system.

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How to Make the Most of Your Ductless AC

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

A ductless air conditioning system makes an ideal way to cool your hone here in Huntington Beach, CA. Instead of one centralized unit providing cool air to your entire household, multiple smaller units are spaced throughout your home, each charged with cooling one room or section. That provides an uncanny amount of control, allowing you to cool the room you’re occupying without having to cool down the whole house. It lets you save a great deal of money on monthly bills, as well as allowing you to set one temperature in one room and an entirely different temperature in another room. As far as making the most of your ductless AC system, you can take some specific steps to help your system perform at its best.

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Why Is Low Refrigerant a Problem in My Air Conditioner?

Monday, March 14th, 2016

Whether you have a centralized air conditioner or a ductless system, your AC depends on refrigerant to operate. Many people think that the air conditioner consumes refrigerant. In truth, it’s really the opposite: the refrigerant must remain in a set amount as it cycles through the system as part of the heating process. Leaks aren’t supposed to happen, but they do, and as a result, your system loses the balance of refrigerant that it needs to function. With high temperatures on their way here in Lakewood, CA, low refrigerant can lead to a breakdown just when you need your system the most. Why is low refrigerant a problem in your air conditioner? Read on for the answers.

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Why Is Size Important to my Air Conditioner?

Monday, February 29th, 2016

With the recent heat wave here in Southern California, we’re reminded that summer is just around the bend, and if you have an outdated air conditioner, now is the perfect time to replace it with a new one. Doing so now lets you plan the operation carefully and consider all your options, rather than making a snap decision in the middle of a La Mirada, CA heat wave. Among the things you need to keep in mind is the system’s size, by which we mean its cooling power rather than its physical size. Cooling power is very important because it determines in part how efficient a given model can be in your particular home, and how much money it could save as a result.

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Time to Get Your Air Conditioner Up to Speed

Monday, February 15th, 2016

We’re coming off of a February heat wave here in Cypress, CA and while spring is officially still weeks away, chances are you’ve been using your air conditioner for the last few days. That means it’s time to get your system back into fighting shape before the hot weather is here to stay and you need it to function every day. There are a few tips to help get your system up to speed, which we’d like to send along to all of our customers. Take a look and schedule some time in the next few weeks to get it done.

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Why Should I Get a New Air Conditioner Now?

Monday, January 18th, 2016

Winter has arrived in Cypress, CA, and while we enjoy warm temperatures year round here, most of us probably aren’t running our air conditioners. This makes it a perfect time to schedule a replacement session for your system: swapping out an older or outdated air conditioner  with a brand new one ready to go next spring. It sounds counter-intuitive to do so now, but it actually makes a lot of sense when you think about the benefits.

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What Does EER Stand for in Regard to My Air Conditioner?

Monday, September 28th, 2015

Energy efficiency is important to every homeowner. When you live in an area like Huntington Beach, CA, where summer lasts a lot longer than other places, you want to make sure you are stretching each dollar you spend on energy for your AC as far as it will go. One of the best ways to know how efficiently your ductless cooling system will expend energy is to check its EER rating, and the experts at Command A/C can help you find this rating, as well as to understand what it will mean to you and your home.

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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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How Does a Zone Control System Help with Energy Efficiency?

Friday, September 19th, 2014

*Command A/C no longer services zone control systems. For a full list of our air conditioning services, look here!

During a heat wave, many homeowners look for new ways to save money on their energy bills. You run your air conditioner throughout the day to cool your entire home even though you may not use many of these rooms for long periods of time. You can increase the efficiency of your air conditioner by taking advantage of a programmable thermostat, changing the air filter once a month, and scheduling maintenance every year. But one of the best ways to save money while staying comfortable in any room of the house is with a zone control system.

What Is Zone Control?

A zone control system, installed as an extension of your HVAC system, allows for more even cooling in homes with multiple stories or unique architectural designs, or you can vary the temperature in different rooms, or zones, of the home. When you call for zone control installation, a technician will install a set of dampers throughout the ductwork in various zones. Every damper is connected to its own thermostat, or you can control each zone with a master thermostat. When you raise or lower the temperature, the damper closes or opens to adjust the temperature in that area only. Not only does this help family members to be more comfortable, but it can also save you a lot of money every month.

How Zone Control Helps with Energy Efficiency

  • Unoccupied Rooms: Throughout the day, some of the rooms in your home are likely unoccupied. With a zone control system, you can shut off the air to these rooms only in the day time, which will have a significant impact on your bills.
  • Two-Story Home: Similarly, you can turn up the air on one floor of a multi-story home when only a single part is occupied. Besides, two-story homes are difficult to cool evenly, but with thermostats in multiple zones on both floors you can keep the first and second story comfortable and use less energy in the process.
  • Unique Architectural Features: It also takes more energy to cool some rooms with architectural features like vaulted ceilings or large windows. Zone control can help you target these areas so you won’t use energy cooling your entire home.

If you want to make your family more comfortable and save a lot of money in the process, call the experts at Command A/C. We install zone control and can give you tips for more efficient air conditioning in Cypress, CA. Give us a call!

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What Are Capacitors?

Friday, September 12th, 2014

There are some small components in your air conditioner that can have a big impact on how it operates. One such component is the capacitor. Capacitors are used in many appliances because they help store and regulate electrical voltage. Capacitors are used in your air conditioning to start the AC cycle and keep it running evenly. Due to their smaller nature, many people think it’s easy to switch out a capacitor should it start to malfunction, and it is – if you have expert knowledge of electrical systems. If you don’t, it’s best to call professionals, like the ones at Command A/C.

Why Does an Air Conditioner Need Capacitors?

Whole-home air conditioning systems run on an electrical circuit known as single phase. This means that your air conditioner operates from a power source (your electrical box) with singular distribution of alternating current electric power (AC power). With this type of power supply, the voltages vary in unison, meaning they come all at once and have various voltages. The varying nature of the power requires the use of components that can a) help your air conditioner motor start and; b) keep it running evenly even though the electrical current is uneven. This is where capacitors come in.

Two Types of Capacitors

There are two types of capacitors in your air conditioner:

  • Start capacitor
  • Run capacitor

Start Capacitor

There are three motors in your air conditioning system: the blower (fan) motor, the condenser fan motor and the compressor motor. Each needs a large load of electricity to start up. The start capacitor helps provide this burst of energy to the motor so that it has the power to start. The torque measures about double the amount of the system’s voltage.

Run Capacitor

The main job of the run capacitor is to keep the motor to which it’s attached running at full power. To do this, the capacitor helps smooth the “bumps” of the uneven voltage, and then conducts the power to the motor in an even way, as the motor needs it. Feeding your motor the right amount of power keeps it operating optimally and efficiently.

Capacitors are important components of your air conditioning system, but any repairs involving them should be handled by a trained professional. If you suspect you may have a capacitor issue, call Command A/C today and schedule your AC service in Cypress, CA with one of our experts.

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