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What to Know Before Installing a New Air Conditioner

Monday, August 20th, 2018

ductless-air-conditioner-remote-controlSo you’ve been doing your research online, shopping around for how to find the best air conditioner. That explains why you’re reading this post right now. Some of the most practical advice before installing an air conditioner would be things like making sure the AC is the right size, how much is it expected to cost, and more.

In this post, we hope to dig just a bit deeper into some subjects that don’t always get asked but really should.

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Replace Your Air Conditioner This Spring

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

It’s still early spring, and yet the Inland Empire has already seen warm temperatures for days at a stretch. Soon enough, it will be blazing hot again, and when it is, you need your air conditioner to perform every day without fail. If your existing system is on its last legs, now is the time to have it replaced, when there’s still a few weeks of comparatively cool temperatures and you can plan the operation to suit your schedule. (Contrast that with suffering a fatal breakdown in the middle of July, forcing you to drop everything and install a new system immediately.) But when can you tell if you need a new system and what kind of features should you look for if you do?

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Is It Time for a New Air Conditioner?

Monday, September 14th, 2015

Summer is finally winding down here in Riverside, CA, and while we still have a few more weeks of hot weather, we can look forward to cooler temperatures before too much longer. And with your air conditioner finally getting a bit of a rest, it may be time to ask the question: is it time for a new one? It can be tricky to answer that question, since everyone’s circumstances are unique and the exact timing can depend on a number of factors. However, here are a few telltale signs that you may want to put your air conditioner out to pasture this winter in favor of a new one.

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What’s the Difference Between a Zone System and a Ductless Mini-Split System?

Monday, August 31st, 2015

Zone systems and ductless mini split systems are both designed to do the same thing: give you room-by-room control over your air conditioner and adjust the temperature in each individual part of your house separately from the others. Not only does this make a nice luxury for families with varying comfort preferences, but it can save you a great deal of money on air conditioning expenses, since you can simply turn off the air in parts of your house you aren’t using. Considering how hot the summers get here in Riverside, CA, that’s a significant consideration. But what’s the difference between a zone systems and a ductless mini-split system? That is, which one is right for you? It comes down to using different methods of achieving the same goals.

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What does the Energy Star Label Mean for my Air Conditioner?

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

We live in Riverside, CA, which means that our air conditioners are one of the most important parts of our households. Without them, we’re left at the mercy of triple digit temperatures every summer, turning comfortable homes and businesses into ovens. When you’re in the market for a new system, you want one that will do the job as efficiently as possible. That’s where the Energy Star label comes in: a fast and convenient way to point out particularly efficient air conditioners and help make your purchasing decision less stressful. What does the Energy Star label mean for your air conditioner? Here’s a quick breakdown.

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Is a Heat Pump Right for Me?

Monday, May 18th, 2015

We live in Riverside, CA, one of the hottest cities in Southern California, and air conditioning is an absolute necessity when the summer months hit. If your air conditioner is ready to be replaced, now is the perfect time to do it, when temperatures still haven’t hit their summertime peak. You might want to consider a heat pump instead of a traditional air conditioner. It operates according to the same principles as a traditional AC, but uses the same principles to warm your home in the winter as well as cooling it in the summer. “Is a heat pump right for me?” you ask. We’ve provided a few key details below to help you answer that question.

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How to Plan for Your Air Conditioning Installation

Monday, April 6th, 2015

Purchasing a new air conditioner can be stressful if you’re attempting the job on your own. Why not save some time and added stress by calling in a professional to help you throughout the process? If you need a new air conditioning unit, follow these steps to make sure that the installation process goes successfully and that your unit runs smoothly and efficiently for years following.

Get Familiar with Efficiency Ratings

The initial cost of an air conditioner is certainly a major concern to many, but the money you save over time should be just as important, if not more so. There are usually financing options available to homeowners when it comes to new air conditioning installation. And the monthly savings that come with an ENERGY STAR rated system may offset the initial cost. Choosing an air conditioning system with a high SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) can cut your energy bills significantly, so keep this in mind when discussing efficiency ratings with your contractor.

Set Aside Plenty of Time

One thing that is important to know about AC installation is that it should not wait for the last minute. The installation process can be time consuming, and you want to give yourself a while to decide which system is best for you. The technician will take time to determine the necessary capacity of your new unit according to your particular needs and the size of your home. Take time to plan, discuss, and find a reputable contractor.

Only Work with a Reputable Company

If you work with an amateur for your air conditioning installation, you may only call for repairs again within the span of a few months. A poorly installed air conditioner can use up too much energy, and the parts may weaken if everything is not installed as necessary. Save yourself this trouble by working with an experienced contractor only.

When you speak with the expert technicians at Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air, you can count on friendly service and quality air conditioning installation in Riverside, CA. Call us today!

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Why You Should Have Zone Control with Your New Air Conditioning Installation

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

Are you planning to have a new air conditioning system put in your home? Here’s something to consider scheduling as part of it: installation of a zone control system. Zone control consists of dampers fit into the HVAC system’s ductwork, each one connected to a local thermostat. The dampers can shut off air flow to specific vents in the house, allowing you to control which rooms receive cooling. You can control the dampers from the local thermostats or from a central control thermostat.

Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air handles air conditioning installation in Redlands, CA. We can make zone control installation part of your next AC installation: just give us a call to find out the details.

The Benefits of a Zone Control System

  • Save on energy bills: One of the hassles of a central heating and cooling system is that each time the AC or heater comes on, it sends conditioned air to every vent in the house. If you live in a large home, chances are good that only a few rooms will need comfort at any given time, and you’ll waste energy on the empty rooms. With zone control, you only need to cool or heat the rooms that need it. This will translate into tremendous energy savings each year.
  • Custom comfort for rooms: Not every room has the same requirements for comfort. During the summer, you will probably need to provide more cooling power to a kitchen or a room high in the house than to a spacious living room. A baby’s room should have more warmth than a home gym. Using zone control, you can set the temperature in each room to match its specific requirements.
  • Individual comfort for your household: Imagine doing away with arguments between family members about whether it’s too warm or too cold! People can use the local thermostats to adjust the temperature to their ideal comfort level wherever they are—without affecting the rest of the house.

Although you can have zone control retrofit into your HVAC system at any time, the job is much quicker and easier if it is arranged as part of a new heating and cooling system installation. If you want to enjoy individual comfort for your home, combined with immense energy savings in the Redlands area, call Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air today. We can talk about your options for zone control as part of our air conditioning installation service.

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When is a Good Time to Replace Your Air Conditioning System?

Monday, February 16th, 2015

Your air conditioning system has served you well for a number of years, but recently it’s been giving you some trouble. Maybe your unit has lost a little bit of cooling capability or maybe it’s been making some strange noises lately. Perhaps your AC system has even quit working entirely, in which case calling a technician is urgent. But how do you know whether your unit needs repairs or replacement?

If you seem to bring your air conditioner in for repairs too frequently, it may be about time for replacement. Of course, a few small repairs here and there shouldn’t sound any alarms. You should expect to repair or tune up your system every now and then, and a blown capacitor, dirty coil, or blown fuse once in a while shouldn’t worry you very much. However, very frequent repairs or parts replacements may mean that your AC system is approaching the end of its life. It’s much cheaper to replace your entire air conditioner now than it is to replace each part piece-by-piece.

The age of your heating system should also tell you that it’s time to replace. Traditional air conditioners have a lifespan of 10 to 15 years and heat pumps have a lifespan up to 20 years, though the average is lower. Keep in mind that the lifespan will be even lower if you haven’t scheduled regular maintenance with a professional. However, even maintenance doesn’t guarantee longevity. Sometimes, an air conditioner fails too soon because it is installed improperly or because of other unforeseen circumstances. But if it is approaching the end of its expected lifespan, then you should try to replace it soon, before it fails suddenly.

Another way to tell it’s time to upgrade your heating system is if you decide you want to upgrade your air conditioning system to a heat pump. A heat pump is an air conditioning and heating system in one that essentially runs in reverse in order to bring heat into the home. These are incredibly efficient, and can replace both your AC and furnace.

Call Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air for quality air conditioning installation in Riverside, CA from trained professionals who care about your home comfort.

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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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