A-Avis Home Services Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. Blog : Archive for July, 2014

Why Is Sizing Important When It Comes to My Air Conditioning Installation?

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

You’ve picked out the perfect air conditioning system for your home—an energy-efficient, high-performance air conditioner that fits right within your budget. But after a few questions from your air conditioning technician, you find out that you may need a different size. Why does this matter? Don’t all air conditioners all work the same? In this guide, we’ve answered some of the most common questions about size and air conditioning installation.

Won’t a Smaller System Save Me Money?

The cooling capacity of air conditioners is measured in BTUs (British thermal units) per hour. Generally, fewer BTUs per hour means a less-expensive air conditioning system up front. However, an undersized system is simply unable to cool a larger home, and you’ll quickly run into problems. Undersized systems must run longer and harder in order to attempt to reach the proper temperature, which means it will wear out sooner than expected. The initial savings are simply not worth the cost of certain repair or premature replacement.

Should I Pick Out a Larger System, Just in Case?

To avoid the problems associated with an undersized system, you may try to compensate with a much larger air conditioner. However, an oversized system may run into many problems as well. Larger air conditioners have shorter run times, so your AC will frequently turn on and off. This causes a lot of wear and tear over time which may damage many components of the system, including the compressor.

Can I Determine the Proper Size of the System Myself?

When you need air conditioning installation, you may attempt to determine which size is right for your home on your own. While you can find charts that explain which cooling capacity matches the number of square feet in your home, there are many other factors to take into account as well when determining size, including the locations of windows, the number of people in the home, and any shading inside or outside of the home.

You can count on the professionals at Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air to determine the proper size of your system. For professional air conditioning installation in Riverside, give us a call today!

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Reasons Why AC Installation Is Not a DIY Job

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Do-it-yourself projects are often a great way to save a little money and learn a new skill. A new air conditioner can be costly, so when you need a new system you may look for any way possible to save a little extra money, including installing it yourself. While you may be able to find tutorials online or in guidebooks, these can hardly be accurate as your home has unique sizing and system needs, so air conditioning installation is one project that is definitely not a DIY job.

Air Conditioners Must Be Sized for Your Home

The cooling capacity of an air conditioner is measured in BTUs (British thermal units) per hour. Some guides will tell you what capacity is needed for the number of square feet in the rooms your home. But home measurements are only one factor used to determine capacity.

Other factors taken into account include:

  • How many people usually occupy a room.
  • The placement of windows.
  • The type of insulation installed.
  • Whether heat is produced in a room to be cooled, such as a kitchen.
  • Whether the home is shaded.

The size of your air conditioner is important because an improperly sized system can lead to many problems. If your air conditioner is too small, you won’t get enough cool air into your home. If your air conditioner is too large, it won’t run long enough to remove humidity from the air. Oversized systems also start and stop frequently, which may cause wear and tear to your system and could lead to costly repairs.

Improper Installation May Lead to Costly Repairs

Even properly installed air conditioners need repairs from time to time. But an air conditioning installation that is done incorrectly may cause major damage to your system, leading to costly repairs or even replacement. The wrong fan motor, for example, can affect your air conditioner’s ability to cool your home. A loose part can cause a lot of wear and tear to your system, and low refrigerant levels may cause compressor damage.

When you need professional air conditioning installation in Riverside, don’t let a DIY project turn into a costly repair need. Instead, call on the experts at Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air.

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When Should I Replace My Heat Pump?

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Heat pumps are durable comfort systems that can operate for many years at close to maximum efficiency (provided they have received regular maintenance and prompt repair work when necessary). But no mechanical device can last forever doing the kind of steady work that a heat pump does, and eventually your home’s heat pump will reach the point where you will need to retire it and install a new one.

Our team at Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air knows that this will be a big decision for you, and we want to help. Call us to talk to our specialists in heat pumps in Riverside, CA. They can help you make the choice about whether you should replace your heat pump, and they will provide you with replacement options. When it comes to the actual installation, our team is ready to perform the work fast and effectively so you won’t have to worry about replacing your heat pump again for many years.

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Heat pump replacement in Riverside. Before and after pictures.

Some Ways to Tell That You Should Replace Your Heat Pump

A heat pump nearing the close of its service life will give you warnings, some more obvious than others.

The most noticeable sign of a heat pump that is no longer worth repairing is when the bills for repairs exceed $500 per year. If it costs that much to keep a system running, it’s a money drain that far outweighs the price of installing a new system that will cost you close to nothing in repair bills for the next few years.

Another place where costs will tell you that you have a failing heat pump is on the utility bills. Heat pumps are efficient appliances, so when they start to lose their efficiency, it will make a noticeable rise on your bills. If the costs do not come down after repairs and maintenance, then the heat pump has gone beyond the point where it is worth keeping.

The heat pump’s general performance will also send warnings. Constant loud operation, with grinding and groaning noises from the cabinets, usually means that the excess wear and tear on the system is too far gone for repairs to do any good. And if the heat pump simply cannot keep you as warm or cool as it once did and you find that you need to keep it running longer and longer to maintain the desired temperature, than you should replace it before it has a full and inconvenient breakdown.

Get A Professional Second Opinion… And A Professional Installation

If you have any doubts about whether your heat pump should retire or not, call up Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air, where we’ve worked on heat pumps for many decades. Schedule your heat pump replacement in Riverside, CA, and one of our team members will discuss your options with you. If you do need a new heat pump, trust to our skilled technicians to select the right unit for you and deliver a great installation.

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What are the Benefits of Rooftop AC Units? Is it an Option for Me?

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

The natural thought about rooftop air conditioners is that they are strictly for commercial use. The fact is, there are rooftop air conditioning systems designed for residential properties, and they can bring some benefits other models may not. Just as with other types of air conditioners, it’s important to first understand how a rooftop air conditioner works before choosing to install it. This is where the qualified professionals of Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air can help you with all your air conditioning needs in Riverside, CA.

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AC rooftop installation in Riverside, CA, before and after

What Is a Rooftop AC?

As the name indicates, a rooftop air conditioner is a packaged system that resides on the roof of your home. It not split, and ties directly into your ductwork from its place on the roof. Like traditional split-system air conditioners, rooftop ACs come in different sizes to accommodate a range of properties.

What Are the Benefits of a Rooftop Air Conditioner?

There are several benefits to installing a rooftop air conditioning system:

  • Less dirt and debris – the outdoor unit of a split-system air conditioner can accumulate a great deal of dirt, dust and yard debris just from its placement on the ground. A rooftop air conditioner is not exposed to the same elements, and there is less dirt and dust, allowing for a rooftop unit to stay cleaner than a ground-based one.
  • Better security – sadly, it is not unusual for air conditioners to be vandalized for individual parts. Installing a rooftop air conditioner makes it virtually impossible for your AC to become a victim of vandalism.
  • Safer from damage – ground units can be more exposed to damage from a variety of sources: yard appliances, broken trees/limbs, children’s activities – the list can be long. Having your unit on top of your roof keeps it far away from ground activity that could be detrimental.
  • Quieter – while many outdoor units have made great strides in noise reduction, the fact is you will still hear a ground unit make some noise. Placing your air conditioner on the roof puts it out of earshot, giving you more peace and quiet.
  • Saves space – the average outdoor unit needs approximately 6 square feet of space for placement. For those with small back yard space, this can be a good chunk of real estate. Using a rooftop unit will keep that space free for you and your family.

Is a Rooftop Option for Me?

The best way to determine whether or not a rooftop air conditioner is a good fit for your home is to work with a trained professional. Your air conditioning has to last a long time, so you want to be sure you’re installing an AC system that will work for your home and family long-term. Call Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air today and schedule air conditioning service in Riverside with one of our experts to see if a rooftop air conditioner is the right option for you.

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Leading the Way with Independence Days!

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

The term “Fourth of July” is the popular name for the U.S. federal holiday officially known as Independence Day. It isn’t surprising that we would come up with a different name from the official one, since “Independence Day” is one of the most common holiday names across the globe. Most of the nations in existence today won their independence from another power, whether through wars, treaties, or long transitions.

What might surprise many people is how old U.S. Independence Day actually is compared to the similar holidays of other nations. Although the U.S. is still considered a young nation, it was one of the first to make a full break for its colonial master with a new constitution. Most countries that celebrate a national Independence Day are commemorating events that occurred in the second half of the 20th century, when many older empires at last relinquished control over their colonies.

How substantial is the difference in time for the U.S.A. and the rest of the world? U.S. Independence Day celebrates the signing of the Declaration of Independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain in 1776, making our country unusual in that almost no existing nations celebrate an independence event from the eighteenth century.

In terms of age, there is only a tiny handful current countries that celebrate an independence day that occurred earlier than the United States. Switzerland celebrates its independence from the Holy Roman Empire of the Germans in 1291 with “Swiss National Day,” held every August 1—although this only gained status as a national holiday in 1994. Sweden Celebrates “National Day of Sweden” to commemorate events in 1523 and the election of King Gustav I during the War of Liberation against Christian II of Denmark and Norway. Romania comes almost a hundred years after U.S. Independence, with its 1877 freedom from Turkish rule.

The most recent Independence Days to come into existence are for Montenegro, which gained independence from Serbia in 2006 and celebrates the day on May 21, and South Sudan, which gained independence from Sudan in 2011 and celebrates the day only a day after the U.S., on July 5.

Does anyone else celebrate a literal “Fourth of July,” an Independence Day that also falls on the fourth day of the seventh month? Yes: Abkhazia, a small Central Asian country that declared its independence from the Republic of Georgia in 1999 (although not all countries recognize it). Coming a day (like South Sudan) on July 5 is the independence of the small Atlantic island nation of Cape Verde, which became free from Portugal through signed agreement in 1975.

Everyone at Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air hopes you and your family enjoy a vibrant Independence Day/Fourth of July this year!

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