A-Avis Home Services Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. Blog : Archive for July, 2013

Air Conditioning FAQ: What is a Ductless Mini Split?

Monday, July 29th, 2013

Sometimes, during the hottest days of the cooling season, keeping your home comfortable can seem like a big challenge. Of course, if you are in the market for a new air conditioning system, the process of choosing an air conditioning system for installation in your home can seem like an even bigger challenge. While there are a number of different air conditioning systems on the market, there is always one that is best suited for your home and personal cooling habits. Working with a Riverside, CA air conditioning installation technician from Avis Air can help ensure you choose the right AC for your home.

One option that has grown in popularity over the years is a ductless mini split air conditioning system. Ductless mini splits feature an outdoor compressor unit, much like traditional central air conditioning systems. However, the way in which they deliver cooled air throughout your home is starkly different.

The outdoor components of a ductless mini split air conditioning system are connected directly to individual, wall mounted blowers within the home. A simple conduit containing refrigerant and power lines is all that is necessary to connect the indoor and outdoor components. These individual blowers cool rooms in your home directly, which eliminates the need for a forced air distribution system and the air ducts one would require.

There are many reasons that you may choose a ductless mini split installation in your home. If your home cannot accommodate the installation of bulky ductwork, then a ductless mini split system may be just the solution you’ve been looking for. You may simply want to avoid the installation costs of ductwork, or the energy loss commonly associated with them. Because the wall mounted blowers cool rooms directly, no energy can be wasted en route to the destination. Plus, this style of conditioned air distribution makes zone controlled cooling simple, helping you to boost efficiency further.

For more information about ductless mini splits and how a ductless mini split air conditioning system may benefit you, contact Avis Air. Our Riverside, CA air conditioning technicians can answer any questions you may have. Contact us today to learn more.

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Plumbing Tip: How to Prevent Clogged Drains

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

You depend on your plumbing system for more than you may even realize. Every time you wash your hands, take a shower, do your laundry or flush the toilet, you rely on the effective performance of your plumbing. This is precisely why you should take any measures possible to minimize the risk of damaging your plumbing system. Any problem with your plumbing, no matter how minor it may seem, can have a negative impact on the system as a whole. One of the most common problems plumbers see are clogged drains. Here are a few tips from the Riverside, CA plumbing professionals at Avis Air about how to avoid clogged drains.

One of the simplest and most effective ways to prevent clogged drains in your home is to use drain guards whenever you are washing dishes. When food scraps make their way into your drains, they do not always make their way back out. It is equally important to use them in your bathtub to trap hair and other materials that may clog your drains.

Also, just be mindful of what you put down your drain. While you probably wouldn’t try to process a chicken carcass in your garbage disposal, there are a number of items that are less obviously problematic. Fibrous foods, such as corn husks or celery stalks, can damage your garbage disposal and trap other debris in your drains. Pouring hot grease or fats down a drain is another common way user error leads to clogged drains. While it may be a liquid when hot, that grease will congeal in your pipes as it cools. This allows it to trap other items on their way through, developing substantial clogs over time.

The best way for you to prevent clogged drains is to not only avoid them, but to deal with them properly should they develop. Do not reach for an over the counter chemical cleaner or attempt to clear you drain out yourself. While these approaches may seem like a quick fix, they will not last. A professional plumber from Avis Air, on the other hand, has the skills and tools, such as video camera pipe inspection equipment, to ensure that your clogged drain is cleared completely. When you have a clogged drain or need any plumbing service completed, in Riverside, CA, call Avis Air.

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Air Conditioning Tip: Common AC Problems

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

When you invest in a high-quality air conditioning system and schedule professional air conditioning installation service in Riverside, CA with a qualified professional, you can expect a great performance from your AC. Even so, every mechanical system is susceptible to occasional damages and operational problems. If you notice a problem with the performance of your air conditioning system, it is in your best interest to schedule professional air conditioning repair service immediately. The longer you wait, the more serious any problems with your air conditioner are likely to become. Contact Avis Air to schedule air conditioning repair service in Riverside, CA.

One of the most common air conditioning problems that homeowners may encounter is an air conditioner that simply will not turn on. As with pretty much any air conditioning problem, there are numerous possible causes of this issue. In the best case scenario, you may find that this is simply an issue of human error. Double check the settings at your thermostat. If everything is fine there, check all your power sources. It is possible that your system has simply been disconnected from its power supply. Finally, check your circuit breaker. If the circuit that your air conditioner is on has tripped a breaker, your problem may be resolved with the flip of a switch.

Of course, not every problem winds up being a best case scenario. There could be a problem with electrical contacts or the motor in your air conditioner. When the problem is not immediately obvious, contact a professional repair technician immediately, before further damage can be incurred.

If your air conditioner is powering on but simply will not cool your home down, there are again a number of possible problems. One is a refrigerant leak, which will often be indicated by a freezing over of your condenser coils on the outdoor unit. Your air conditioner does not consume refrigerant, but rather recycles it over and over. If you are low on refrigerant, there is most likely a leak.

The potential problems that you may encounter with your air conditioner, as well as the possible causes, are too numerous to count. The best thing you can do for your air conditioning system is to schedule professional air conditioning repair at the first sign of trouble with your system. Call Avis Air today to speak with one of our Riverside, CA air conditioning repair technicians. We are here to help whenever you need us.

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The Importance of Air Conditioning Maintenance

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Your air conditioning system plays an integral role in your day to day comfort throughout the long, hot cooling season. If you want to be able to enjoy yourself during the hottest time of the year, it really helps to be able to come home to a cool, comfortable environment at the end of the day. Contact Avis Air to schedule the services you need to ensure the proper operation of your air conditioning system. Our professional Riverside, CA air conditioning maintenance technicians will help you cool your home with the confidence and quality that you deserve.

One of the greatest benefits of professional air conditioning maintenance is that it helps to keep your air conditioning system as efficient as possible. Your air conditioning system is made up of a number of individual components. Each and every one of these components must be in good working condition if you hope to get the best performance possible from your air conditioner. If even one component of you AC does not work properly, the system as a whole will have to work harder to make up for it. This will lead to the use of more energy for, often, a weaker performance. By scheduling routine maintenance, you can enjoy greater comfort with the added benefit of a smaller price tag.

That is not the only way that routine maintenance can save you money and prevent disruptions to your comfort, though. Because many problems with your air conditioning system are not evident immediately, it is possible for some issues to do serious damage to the system by the time you even notice them. Routine maintenance service is a great opportunity for your Riverside, CA air conditioning technician to discover, diagnose and resolve any small or developing problems before they can negatively affect your system. Schedule service with Avis Air today.

If you have any further questions about the importance of routine AC maintenance, contact the Riverside, CA air conditioning professionals at Avis Air for the answers you need. You can trust us with your comfort this cooling season. Speak with a professional AC maintenance technician on our team for more information.

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