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Fight the Summer Heat with a Dehumidifier

Monday, May 30th, 2016

Summers in Redlands, CA can get extremely hot, as most people who live here know. But we can also be caught off guard by those muggy summer days, then the humidity can be overwhelming. The Inland Empire is a dry part of the country, which is why high humidity levels can catch us by surprise so often. But you can be ready for the moisture with a whole-house dehumidifier installed into your HVAC system. How does it work? Let’s break down the basics.

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The Importance of Filters in Your Air Conditioner

Monday, April 18th, 2016

Summers in Redlands, CA are often unbearable, as they are in most other cities in the Inland Empire. Residents are accustomed to relying on their air conditioners to keep their homes cool, and with proper use, your air conditioning system should be no different. All AC systems require proper maintenance, however, and while some of that means scheduling annual servicing session from a trained technician, you can help your own cause by paying diligent attention to the air filters in your system. Their importance cannot be overestimated.

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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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How AC Repairs Can Lower Your Monthly Energy Costs

Monday, June 16th, 2014

It can be easy to ignore an “off” sound or slow start-up in your air conditioner, particularly if it appears to work ok. Sometimes things can work themselves out, but more often than not, they don’t, and you can wind up with a total breakdown. Contrary to popular belief, air conditioning repair in Redlands doesn’t have to mean a big dent in your wallet. In fact, it can help save you money by tackling those repairs before they have the chance to get bigger and potentially more costly.

Types of Repair Needs That Can Blossom

Not all repair needs have the potential to get worse, but there are some you can count on to do so. Here are some of the more common ones we’ve seen over our 60 years of service in the Redlands:

Refrigerant Leaks

Refrigerant leaks are one of those repairs that, if not addressed, can quickly lead to other problems with your air conditioner. Why? Every air conditioner needs an exact amount of refrigerant in order to work; this amount is in the manufacturer’s manual that comes with your system. When a leak develops, the level of the refrigerant lowers and no longer matches the exact amount needed. Low refrigerant can cause multiple problems with your air conditioner: warm air blowing, issues with the compressor, icing and a possible breakdown. Because the refrigerant level is so important to your system’s overall health, it is checked every time during regular maintenance. But leaks can still happen, so if you are seeing signs that you may have a refrigerant leak, have it repaired right away by an Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air specialist immediately.

Electrical Issues

Your air conditioner has multiple wires that connect it to the main power in your property as well as connections within the system itself, including in motors and the thermostat. Electrical problems can develop when wires become frayed, corroded, develop loose connections or disconnect entirely. Leaving wires frayed or a connection loose can cause the incorrect amount of electricity to flow into a component or connection, affecting its ability to work. If left unrepaired, this can lead to stress in other parts of your air conditioner’s system.

Problems with the Fans

The fans in your system are very important to air flow. Multiple malfunctions can happen with the fans in your system, including worn belts, issues with the motor, bent or loose fan blades and loose screws on the components. It is important to address these issues sooner rather than later as these items only get worse with wear and can lead to a total shut down of the fan.

Something Seem Off? Call Us

As you can see, letting repairs go can take a serious toll on your air conditioning system. For over 60 years, Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air has been doing air conditioning repairs in Redlands for every type of problem. Don’t let that ping or rattle go on – schedule an appointment with us today.

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Is a Heat Pump a Good Investment in Redlands, CA?

Monday, January 27th, 2014

The pleasant weather in Redlands, CA means that finding ways to effectively heat a home is often far from the minds of residents. And that’s one of the reasons we think you should consider a heat pump for your heating system. A heat pump isn’t only a heater—it’s also an air conditioner… and you know that there are long stretches of the year when an AC is essential for comfort. With a heat pump installed, you have your warmth for the occasional winter days taken care of at the same time that you plan for the long hot seasons.

Of course, heat pumps aren’t the only option for home heating available. What specifically makes them a good investment? We’ll look into that below. For more information about heat pumps, please contact the Redlands, CA heating installation technicians at Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air.

How a heat pump returns your investment

  • The two-in-one solution: Since heat pumps work as both air conditioners and heaters, you will take care of two problems with a single unit.
  • Improved heating energy efficiency: If you currently use a furnace for heating your home, you’ll find that a heat pump offers large energy savings. Heat pumps do not create heat the way a furnace does. Instead, they shift heat from one place to another. They only need a small amount of electricity to do this. U.S. government studies show that a family of four switching from a furnace to a heat pump can save up to 30% annually off their heating bills.
  • More available space: Heat pumps are smaller than most furnaces, and because they do the work of two separate units, they take up even less space.
  • Heating isn’t impaired in our climate: The only serious drawback of heat pumps—they lose efficiency at heating when the temperature drops below freezing—is rarely a problem in Redlands, CA. You won’t need to have a back-up system for when the heat pump cannot handle cold weather.

Heat pumps need professional installation, or else you’ll risk getting none of these above benefits. Call on our heat pump specialists at Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air to find out the right model for your home and the skilled technicians to install it correctly. You’ll find few better options for heating installation in Redlands, CA than Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air.

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Is My Heating as Efficient as it Could Be?

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Right now, while large parts of the country lay under a heavy blanket of snow, Southern California is enjoying a warm winter climate. But we will still need our heaters working for us during stretches in the winter, and you want to make sure that when your heater is on that it is doing the most efficient job that it can.

But it is likely that your heater isn’t working at peak efficiency. In this post we will look at some of the reasons you might be paying more on your heating bills than you should, and what you can do to remedy the situation. Contact Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air for more help improving your heating in Redlands, CA.

Why your heating might not be its most efficient

  • You aren’t scheduling regular maintenance: Having an annual inspection and tune-up done on your heater is the surest way to find out if it is running at maximum efficiency. A heater without regular maintenance will start to age faster, and this will make it work harder to reach the same level of heating. Maintenance will also help fend off repair needs that will damage your heater’s efficiency; industry studies have shown that maintenance prevents 85% of all repairs.
  • You have an outdated thermostat: The most technologically advanced thermostats on the market today give homeowners a level of precision control over heating that results in energy savings. If you have an old manual thermostat, you should consider making the transition to a digital programmable thermostat, so you can have control over the temperature in your home even when you are out of the house. You’ll no longer need to keep the heater running while you are gone just so you can have a warm home to return to.
  • You are pushing the heater too hard: If you have the habit of placing your thermostat at its highest setting in order to get the house warmer faster, you should know that the higher setting does not increase the speed the heater provides warmth—it only makes it stay on longer to reach the target temperature. Keeping the heater running for long stretches will drain energy and not provide you with any increase in comfort.

We can help your heating efficiency

Our staff at Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air can help you get the most energy-efficient performance possible from your heater. With membership in our Comfort Club, you will have prepaid maintenance for both your heating system and your air conditioning. We can also install a new thermostat and perform any repairs you need to upgrade your heating in Redlands, CA to its best.

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Burner Problems with Your Heating System

Friday, January 10th, 2014

Gas furnaces: chances are strong you’ve spent most of your life with gas furnaces keeping you warm. You probably grew up with one, and now you have one in your home keeping you and your family cozy during the cooler California winter season.

As a natural gas-powered heating system, a furnace uses a burner to heat up the air that it sends through your house. The burner houses the gas jets that the pilot light or electric ignition activates. The jets then send heated combustion air into the heat exchangers. Trouble with the burner can mean a threat to your heating. Here are some troubles you may experience with the burner in your heating system.

If you are looking for a heating and air conditioning contractor you can trust with your heating repair in Redlands, CA, then call Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air. We have served the Inland Empire for over 60 years and have the experience necessary to help you with whatever trouble you are having with your furnace.

Some common burner troubles

  • Corrosion: Many furnace owners imagine that their heater can’t suffer from rust because it doesn’t come into contact with water like a boiler does. However, the combination of metal and combustion gasses can cause corrosion over time, especially if the furnace has improper venting. If the burner begins to develop rust flakes, it will stop working. If your furnace is very old, this might be the time to replace it. Otherwise, have a repair technician get rid of the rust flakes and track down what caused the corrosion in the first place.
  • Dirt and grime: The furnace cabinet should remain clean and dust-free. However, sometimes dust can infiltrate the cabinet, usually if the air filter becomes too clogged. If too much dirt and debris coats the burner, the gas jets will not be able to draw enough oxygen to ignite. Have a professional remove the burner and clean it.
  • Low gas pressure: Reduction in the gas pressure sent to the burner will make it difficult for the jets to ignite. This might be blockage in the gas line or trouble with the municipal gas supply. Don’t try to find out which it is for yourself, since you don’t want to risk exposure to carbon monoxide, which is toxic and highly combustible. Call on experts to investigate.

If you are searching for heating repair service in Redlands, CA that will solve your furnace burner troubles, look to the dedicated staff at Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air. We are ready to help you, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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