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- Poor Maintenance: Dirty condenser coils or air filters reduce the energy efficiency of your air conditioner, and they can cause the fans or compressor to fail.
- Electric Control Failure: When a system is oversized, it’s common for compressor and fan controls to fail. If wires and terminals are corroded, this can also result in failure of electric controls. However, while this is a common air conditioner problem, it should be addressed by a professional.
- Refrigerant Leaks: Low refrigerant levels are often caused by undercharging at installation or a leak in your system or unit. If your air conditioner is leaking refrigerant, have it repaired by a trained technician.
- Clogged Condensate Drain: This is s among the most common air conditioner problems, particularly when it's humid outside. By ensuring a trained technician conducts yearly maintenance on your HVAC system, you can prevent clogged condensate drains. If you have a room air conditioner, make sure the unit is level so the water drains properly.
- Scheduled service visits: Cleaning and inspecting your system for problems requires professional skill and knowledge. When you have a maintenance plan, you will have regular visits to stay on top of your system’s performance and find any issues before they cause you trouble.
- Discounted service: If a technician has to come out and fix your system or order special parts in case of an emergency, it will be expensive. Regular service prevents these emergencies from occurring, and when you compare what you pay for an HVAC maintenance plan, you come out way ahead.
- Sustained efficiency: When your HVAC system gets dirty or has small problems, one of the most common consequences is inefficient performance. Regular service will keep your system’s efficiency high, which saves you money on energy bills.
- Emergency help: Most HVAC service companies will go to great lengths to help clients on HVAC maintenance plans. If you do have an emergency, you will get faster and often cheaper service than if you had no existing relationship.
- Trusted help: The more a technician works with a system, the better he/she can service it and anticipate problem. Detailed knowledge of past performance, repairs and equipment changes can only be gained overtime. Having a trusted technician to service your system will not only give you peace of mind, but will also improve the quality of service you get.
Air Source Heat PumpA ductless mini-split system is an air-source heat pump, bringing cool air into your home and pushing warm air out. Its name comes from three features:
- No ductwork needs to run through your South Bay Peninsula home
- The outside unit has a very small footprint while the inside unit mounts on a convenient inside wall, not in a window or tucked away in a basement
- It has two components, an outdoor compressor/condenser and an indoor air handler
Advantages of a Ductless Mini-Split SystemAvoiding ductwork provides up-front cost savings and long-term energy savings. No ducts are needed through walls and floors, so no air conditioning efficiency is lost to leaky ducts. Other advantages:
- Lower cost than central air conditioning
- Better home security than window air conditioners
- Inconspicuous indoor unit mounts just about anywhere
- Perfectly suited for home expansion, remodeling, or single-room applications
- Simplified maintenance
- Very localized cooling capability
- Superb energy efficiency
DisadvantagesThe indoor air handler may not suit your interior design. Other concerns some homeowners have:
- Incorrectly sized air handlers lead to short cycling or insufficient humidity control
- Too many disreputable “installers” tack on sales and service of ductless mini-split systems to their existing businesses and install them badly
- Higher up-front costs than window or through-the-wall units
- Condensate drainage must be carefully located
- The attic
- The garage
- Outdoor water faucets
- Start with referrals --The first thing to do is ask people you know for any referrals to a reputable HVAC contractor.
- Check with references -- Obtain a list of references from the business and ask each of them about their experience with the technicians. Ask for a random sampling by choosing the first letter of the last name of those you receive.
- Ensure NATE certification -- To receive the best possible work every time, only consider technicians who have completed the certification process of NATE (North American Technician Excellence).
- Ask about their licensing -- Most areas require their contractors to be licensed, bonded, and insured. Ask the contractor to show proof that they meet the minimum requirements of each.
- Enlist the Internet for help -- Online reviews on websites such as Yelp, Google Places, and Angie's list can quickly help you identify bad contractors.
- Inquire about Energy Star -- A seasoned contractor will insist that you install heating and cooling equipment that has been certified by Energy Star. For the very best, concentrate on the new Most Efficient label.
- Check on special offers -- It never hurts to ask if the company has any discounts available for specific services. These can change throughout the year.
- Expect a home evaluation -- To get an idea of your heating and cooling needs, the contractor should initiate an evaluation of your home.
- Get it in writing -- Before you allow a contractor to do any work on a project, make sure that you have everything in writing.
- Tell your friends -- If you're happy with their work, tell your friends and family about the contractor.
- Aloe (Aloe vera) - Although more commonly used to treat burns, aloe is very effective at removing formaldehyde and benzene from paints, cleaners, furniture, etc. The plant needs sunny conditions but is otherwise easy to care for.
- Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema crispum 'Deborah') - This plant will remove a large range of VOC's even while in low light conditions. It will also bloom and produce attractive red berries.
- Heart leaf philodendron (Philodendron oxycardium) - While not for households with pets or children (due to its toxicity), this plant is excellent at reducing the overall level of VOC's in your home.
- Peace lily (Spathiphyllum) - In exchange for a shady spot, this plant will provide you with lovely white blooms and the ability to filter all three of the most common VOC's: formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene, as well as toluene and xylene.
- Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum) - This extremely hardy plant produces small white flowers while filtering a variety of VOC's and carbon monoxide.
- Open all accessible points to the system for cleaning and inspection.
- Inspect the system before cleaning to be sure that there are no asbestos-containing materials present
- Use HEPA filtering vacuums or vacuums that exhaust particles out of the home
- Protection of your carpet and household furnishings while cleaning.
- Use of controlled brushing while contact vacuuming of inner duct surfaces to dislodge dust
- Take care to protect the ductwork, including sealing and re-insulating any access points used
- Follow NADCA standards for air duct cleaning
- Entrance protector: Designed to moderate and control any incoming electricity to your home.
- Point-of-use surge protector: A standard unit that you can plug into your wall that protects any appliances plugged into it.
- Protection from surges
- Lower risk of expensive repairs
- Simple to install
- Saves you money (prevents turned off appliances from draining energy)
- Increased indoor air quality: Less germs in your air means you are less likely to get sick or have breathing issues.
- More efficient HVAC system: When coils get covered in mold or mildew, they can’t transfer heat as well, which leads to a less efficient system. A UV lighting system will keep them clean and your efficiency high.
- Reduced allergy symptoms: Particles like pollen that aggravate allergies can be eliminated by UV lights.
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