If you use a gas furnace to heat your home, there is some potential for the furnace to become dangerous. Toxic gas and combustion dangers can occur if the furnace isn’t given proper regular care. It’s not difficult to avoid these hazards with a gas furnace, but it’s important to know about the possibilities.
What about air conditioning systems? Can an AC malfunction in a way that creates hazards for your home? The answer is yes, but they’re different from natural gas concerns. They occur with extremely old ACs, and the best way to avoid these problems is to make sure you don’t keep an air conditioner that’s long past its estimated service life, i.e. more than 15 years.
We’ll take a look at how an old air conditioning system can create health concerns.
You can look for many different signs that you have an over-the-hill air conditioner ready for a replacement. General age is a good measure: most ACs don’t last far beyond 15 years. You can also watch for declines in efficiency that create higher electric bills, or a run of expensive repairs that indicate a system approaching the end of the line.
One sign it’s time to repair your AC that is absolute is if it’s an R-22 unit. If you have an R-22 air conditioning system, arrange to have a replacement put in as soon as you can—otherwise, it will force you to replace it at some point when it’s much less convenient for you.
When the summer starts, you know to expect a rise in monthly electric bills. Air conditioning systems require large amounts of electricity to run, and as soon as you start to regularly turn on the AC, you’ll see an increase in electrical usage.
In this post, we’re going to look closer at the amount of electricity your AC consumes and the difference in electrical consumption compared to other appliances. If you’ve ever wondered what’s the difference between “cooling” and “fan only” mode on your AC, this is the post for you.
The AccuComfort Platinum 18 Variable Speed Heat Pump comes with variable-speed technology which consistently adjusts to run at a more efficient speed to maintain your personal level of comfort. It’s a heater when it’s cold outside and an air conditioner when things get hot. It’s also energy-efficient. That means you can enjoy a comfortable home without the carbon footprint of a gas furnace.
Durable, Quiet, and Long-Lasting Comfort
Quiet operation and customizable heating and humidity controls make heat pumps an ideal choice for any home.
Heat Pump FAQ
What does a heat pump do?
A heat pump uses the outside air to both heat and cool your home. In winter a heat pump absorbs heat from the outside air and distributes it throughout your house. In the summer, a heat pump operates just like a traditional air conditioner and includes the same efficiency features.
Is a heat pump right for me?
Every home and homeowner has unique needs, but generally, a heat pump is right for you if your winters are mild – rarely dipping below freezing. Los Angeles that has mild winters is perfect.
How energy efficient is a heat pump?
Heat pumps offer an energy-efficient alternative to furnace and air conditioner systems. Because they run on electricity heat pumps can be a less expensive option over time.
How much does a heat pump cost?
Heat pump pricing depends on several factors like the size of your house, model, installation requirements—and even the climate conditions in your area. Some heat pumps qualify for local rebates.
How long does a heat pump last?
A properly installed heat pump should last an average of 15 years. Several factors can reduce or extend the life expectancy including the type of heat pump you buy, usage, your location and how well the heat pump is maintained.
Do you want to bring your home life to a halt this summer because you need an emergency AC repair in Van Nuys, CA—or elsewhere in our service area? Of course you don’t, although you can always rely on our technicians to come through for you in case this happens.
But we’re here to talk about repair prevention today, and that’s only part of what you’ll get when you have your AC maintained before the summer heat arrives.
This is a question that occasionally crops up because people are used to hunting for bargains with used items. Often, buying “pre-owned” is great. Used books still have the same text, most used CDs and Blu-rays will run fine, and the used car is a classic.
But a used central air conditioner? Is that a possibility?
No. No it is not. No HVAC professional recommends purchasing used air conditioning systems. It won’t save money and will probably cost far more than getting a new system. It’s also simply not practical. Below we’ll go through the reasons why a “pre-owned” AC belongs in the recycling yard, not your house.
We’re a full-service air conditioning contractor for Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley. But we go beyond full service to specialize in areas other contractors don’t. One of our specializations is older homes. Vintage homes have specific requirements when it comes to comfort because they were constructed in times when central air conditioning was uncommon in Southern California. For decades, window AC units were the only effective way to deliver any type of electro-mechanical cooling to these houses.
But we can add air conditioning to older homes that are much better than window units. We would love to offer you the air conditioning service in Van Nuys, CA that allows you to get rid of those ugly and inefficient window ACs and enjoy quality cooling around the house. We know how to bring older homes up to modern air conditioning standards.
The heat has subsided in Southern California after an
intense heatwave. It’s still hot, but we’ve eased down to temperatures
that require less work from air conditioning systems.
(Friendly reminder: Your AC can lower the temperature indoors by a maximum of 20°F. You never want to push it to lower the temperature farther than this. So if it’s 95°F, don’t set the thermostat lower than 75°F. In fact, aim for 78°F for best energy savings.)
Now that we’re moving toward cooler temperatures, it’s a good time to look at your AC and consider if it’s ready to retire. Planning an AC installation in Van Nuys, CA during October or November is an ideal time for the job.
But is your AC ready to go? You don’t want to replace it if it still has a few years of solid and efficient performance left.
Wow, the heat here in Southern California has been rough
recently. We hope you and your family are managing well during the intense
weather and that you have a powerful, reliable air conditioning system to
provide vital cooling for these roasting times.
But if you have an air conditioner that’s struggling with the heat, now is not the time to delay calling us for air conditioning repair in Van Nuys, CA or elsewhere in our wide service area. It’s periods like this when we are needed the most, and our licensed and certified technicians are ready to rush to your assistance with 24/7 emergency support.
Regular air conditioning maintenance from HVAC professionals is not a “bonus” for a cooling system. It’s a necessity, the same way regular oil changes and maintenance for vehicles is. We encourage our customers to arrange for AC maintenance in Van Nuys, CA during the spring because it’s a great time to have it done: it prepares the system right before it will need to do the most work and have the system ready before the first major summer heat waves hit.
But if you didn’t have maintenance done in spring, that
doesn’t mean the time ran out, or the deadline is past. There isn’t an end date
for maintenance where it becomes useless to schedule—it’s an annual necessity,
even if it gets done late.