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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If your thermostat has manual sliders and dials and would look fine on the set of The Odd Couple, then it’s out-of-date.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If your thermostat has a digital screen and would look fine on the set of Seinfeld, then it’s out-of-date.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has a programmable digital screen, but doesn’t look like it should be on the set of 2001: A Space Odyssey, then it’s out-of-date.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 to Maintain Energy Efficient Cooling

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

We all want to be able to keep our homes cool while using as little energy as possible. But what can homeowners do to make sure that their AC and their home operates as easily as possible? Here at Command A/C we are dedicated to the comfort of our customers and to the quality of work that we do. We wanted to help our customers keep their homes working as efficiently as possible so we put together a quick explanation of some of the things that you can do to increase the efficiency of your home. Give us a call if you need any kind of air conditioning services in Orange, CA, like installation, repair or maintenance.

Orange, CA Air Conditioning Tips: How to Increase Efficiency

Check out a few ways that you can increase the efficiency of your home.

  • Get regular maintenance – Probably the best and easiest way for you to increase the efficiency of your home is to get regular air conditioning maintenance. As your air conditioning system operates it will naturally start to deteriorate and develop problems that reduce its efficiency. During regular maintenance visits, your technicians will look for any of those developing issues and repair them which could return some of that lost efficiency to your system.
  • Duct sealing – Energy star estimates that in the average household, up to 20% of the air moving through the ducts can leak out. Not only is this incredibly wasteful, but it could also reduce the comfort of your home. Getting your ducts sealed is a great way to reduce those leaks so that you can keep more of the cooled air that you’ve paid for in your home.
  •  Duct repair – In addition to leaks, your ducts can also develop many other problems like collapses, and kinks. If your ducts weren’t installed properly, there might also be unnecessary bends and turns throughout your ducts which can restrict the flow of air through the system.
  • Evaporator coils – In order to cool your home, your air conditioner pulls in warm air from your home and passes it over a series of very cold evaporator coils. These coils can become clogged with dirt, dust and bacteria which could restrict the flow of air through the system. Sometimes they can also get clogged with ice which would keep air from freely flowing through the system.

When you need any air conditioning services in Orange, CA, call Command A/C. We have years of experience working with all different types and brands of systems. We can fix any issue that you might be having so give us a call today.

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Orange, CA Air Conditioning FAQ: How Does an AC Work?

Monday, June 10th, 2013

Most homeowners in California appreciate the importance of a high-quality air conditioning system. Fewer homeowners, though, have much of an understanding of how their air conditioning system actually works to keep them cool. At Command A/C we believe that, while you should never attempt to service your air conditioner yourself, it is important to have a basic understanding of how your air conditioner operates. Here is some information about what exactly your air conditioner is doing as it cools your home. If you have any further questions about your air conditioning system or are at all concerned about its performance, contact an Orange, CA air conditioning technician on our team.

When you run your air conditioner, warm air is pulled into the system. Refrigerant is pumped throughout the system, arriving at the compressor as a cool gas. At this stage, the pressure of the gas is fairly low. The compressor compresses the fluid, increasing its energy and temperature. Now the hot, high pressure gas is sent to the condenser. The condenser dissipates the heat from the gas, and when it leaves the condenser it is a highly pressurized liquid. At this point, the liquid is sent to the evaporator through a very small passage, and the pressure drops on the other side. This allows it to evaporate into a gaseous state.

During the evaporation process, heat is absorbed from the air around the gas. Upon leaving the evaporator, the refrigerant is once again a low pressure gas, and it is ready to return to the compressor in order to begin the cooling process again. There is a fan in the evaporator that blows air across the evaporator fins. Hot air is used to cool the gas in the evaporator, and as the heat is removed from the air to do so, the resulting cooled air is sent throughout your home.

To learn more about how your air conditioning system operates, contact the Orange, CA air conditioning professionals at Command A/C. We have the information you need to keep your AC working as efficiently and effectively as possible. Call now to schedule air conditioning service in Orange with a qualified member of our team.

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