4 Ways to Reduce AC Costs With Summer Coming Up in San Diego
Don’t rule out a ceiling fan to cool you down. A fan alone can generate windchill effects making it feel at least six degrees cooler. Although it doesn’t cool the room, it makes it more comfortable to be in. San Diego is known for its beautiful weather but there are days when the sun is scorching and you have no choice but to turn on your AC unit.
Crank up the temperature by a couple degrees. By adjusting the thermostat for a couple degrees higher than you wanted, you could reduce cooling costs up to 10%. Set it at a temperature that is most comfortable for you.
Maintain your AC system. Probably one of the most important things to consider is keeping your system in perfect condition. Make sure to have one of our technicians come out and run a diagnostic to assess any issues that may arise to insure your system is working before the heat hits.
Close your curtains, shades, and blinds. You’ll notice a drastic difference in heat and sunlight by simply closing the drapes on your windows and doors. Reflective blinds can reduce the heat inside by 45%. The lighter the shade, the more reflective it is to the suns rays and won’t absorb the heat as much as a dark colored shade.
Call Air Temperature Specialists to have a professional come and check on your unit before summer at 888-588-1602.
Using a Crane to Lift 2-Ton Package Units
We serviced a property in San Diego to replace 2-ton package units on top of the roof. We utilized a crane to get the job done quickly and efficiently!
4 Things You Should Do to Prepare Your Air Conditioner for Summer
Although the San Diego weather is nothing to complain about, we can experience some cold winters and lots of rainfall which can be tough on your Air conditioning unit. With this list of 4 things to do, you'll make sure your unit is in pristine condition before the heat hits.
1. Turn On the Circuit Breaker
You may skip this step if you did not power off your circuit breaker over the winter. If you did turn it off, you'll want to turn it back on at least 24 hours before you plan on powering up your AC unit.
First, open the circuit breaker in your home and carefully switch the AC unit to on. Outdoor units typically have an electrical disconnect outside mounted on a rainproof box. This allows technicians at Air Temperature Specialists to remove the fuses when repairing your unit. You typically will not have access to this box.
2. Wait until the Weather is Warmer Before You Use Your AC
Before powering up your AC, you should wait until you actually need to use it. Have a family member or friend stand next to your AC to listen for the right sounds. You will hear a humming for the first 30 seconds after starting it up and make sure that it begins running quickly and consistently. A unit that runs sporadically is uncommon and could lead to future problems. Hot air will be blowing out the top of the unit while cool air blows throughout your home.
3. Inspect the Refrigerant Lines
The outdoor unit is connected to the indoor air handler by two refrigerant lines while the suction line is the large copper pipe you see on the outdoor unit. It's function is to bring cool refrigerant back into the compressor in the outdoor unit. The suction pipe should be cool to the touch after a minute of running the system so touch your hand to it to make sure its working properly.
4. If You Experience Any Issues, Turn the Unit Off Immediately and Call Air Temperature Specialists
If something is wrong with the unit like blowing hot air, no air at all, refrigerant doesn't seem to be cold, something is wrong with the unit. If you leave the unit running while not working properly, you risk damaging the unit all together.
We offer AC diagnostic where we come out and inspect your unit for potential problems. Have peace of mind this summer knowing your AC will be working and in great condition.
Should You Get Your Air Conditioner Replaced?
With summer quickly approaching, many residents in Southern California are eager to get their air conditioners in tip-top condition before the heat wave hits. When the temperature reaches 100+ degrees over summer, you'll have peace of mind knowing that your air conditioner is in excellent condition after the professionals at Air Temperature Specialists run a check-up on it.
What Things Should You Consider About Your Air Conditioner?
Age and Energy Efficiency
With advancing technologies, air conditioners have become a lot more energy efficient compared to their older counterparts. The evolvement of energy conservation can mean the difference of hundreds of dollars more a month to run an older AC unit. Upgrading to a newer model would not only perform better, but would save you money in the long run.
Other Things to Consider
If repairs for your AC unit start to spiral out of control, you could be spending more money on repairs than paying for a brand new system. If your home is still too hot over summer, your AC unit may not be able to perform well for the size of your house, how long the AC is running, etc.
However, if your AC unit is not broken or leaking, you may not need to replace the whole unit. One of our experienced technicians can come out and diagnose any problems with your AC through a series of inspections and tests to determine the best route for repair or replacement. Call our office today at 888-588-1602 to schedule an appointment. Be stress-free and cool over summer!