September 23 marked the first full day of fall: a time for changing leaves, pumpkin-flavored everything and getting your heating and air conditioning system checked! Fall is the perfect time to show some love to your HVAC system, because before you know it, winter will be here, and that is the last time you want your system to stop working efficiently! Your local HVAC experts at ARS® want you to be prepared this fall, so we have compiled a guide to the myths and facts surrounding HVAC's, to help you become a master before winter sets in.
Myth: You need to change your air filter once a year.
Fact: To save on your energy bill and keep your system running efficiently, your filter should be changed every two to three months. If you feel you’re running your system harder during those summer peak days, we recommend changing them even more often. Dust, dirt, pollen and pet hair are just a few of the culprits clogging up filters and reducing the airflow. Get on a maintenance plan with your ARS Heating & Air Conditioning services provider and keep your filters clean and possibly even save money in the long run.
Myth: To cool your home faster, turn the temperature a few degrees below the temperature you actually want.
Fact: Your AC unit takes hot air in your home and replaces it with cool air at a set rate of speed; you can’t make the unit work any faster by lowering the dial beyond your desired temperature.
Myth: There is no need to have your system checked unless there is a problem.
Fact: Just like you maintain a car with fuel, oil, air in your tires, etc., you have to maintain your home’s HVAC unit. Holding off or avoiding routine maintenance checks until there is a problem could lead to more than just an air conditioner tune-up, it could mean a repair or replacement. Talk to your local heating and air conditioning service provider about affordable maintenance plans to keep your system running efficiently, effectively and safely, all year long.
Now that you’re wise to those common HVAC myths, you’re ready to fight the late fall heat and early winter cold! If you have any questions, ARS serving San Diego is here to help. Just give us a call at (866) 509-2940 or visit us at ARSSanDiego.com.
There are a number of ways to cool your home, and sometimes it can be difficult to tell the difference between your options. Two popular systems are central air conditioners and swamp coolers, which are often confused. While by definition these two systems both condition the air by cooling it, the process by which they do this is very different. Here is a quick guide from your air conditioning experts at ARS® to help you decipher between the two:
Deciding between these two types of systems is all a matter of location and preference – contact your local heating and air conditioning experts at ARS® to help you decide what system would work best for your needs. If you have more questions on how these machines work, or would like to schedule a repair or installation, call your local experts at ARS in San Diego at (866) 509-2940 or visit ARSSanDiego.com.
As your world becomes increasingly mobile, it was only a matter of time that your thermostat got an upgrade as well. The newest and most advanced thermostats can now connect to your home's Wi-Fi network, allowing for you to control your home's temperature on any mobile device from anywhere in the world.
Whether you are at work or on an exotic vacation, simply pulling out your smart phone and visiting a mobile app allows you to remotely control your thermostat and adjust the temperature of your home. Some thermostats even send high or low temperature alerts through phone or email, allowing for the homeowner to know if temperatures spike when they are not home.
Other software programs that may come with a Wi-Fi enabled thermostat is a local weather update feature, remote fan control applications and even filter change reminders based on the run-time of your equipment, to keep it in tip-top shape.
By switching to a Wi-Fi enabled thermostat, a homeowner can both beat the heat and be smart with their HVAC system. If you have more questions about a Wi-Fi enabled thermostat or would like to schedule an installation, call your trusted local air conditioning professionals at ARS® at (866) 509-2940 or visit ARSSanDiego.com.
While searching for the right heat pump for your living space, you're likely to come across options like geothermal and standard heat pumps. If you are unsure as to how either of these options could benefit you more than the other, allow ARS® to help you better understand the advantages and disadvantages of both heat pumps.
If you have more questions about having a geothermal or standard heat pump installed in your home, talk to an expert at ARS in San Diego by calling (866) 509-2940 or visiting ARSSanDiego.com.
If you’ve been told closing air vents in unused rooms in your home will allow faster or more concentrated airflow into other rooms, or that leaving your ceiling fan on while you’re not home will help cool the house faster, then you’ve been duped! There are so many myths out there trying to convince homeowners what the best way to cool their homes is. Your local San Diego ARS® team of expert technicians are here to help you better understand common heating, ventilation and air conditioning myths so you can stop wasting energy and potentially start saving money without falling for those pesky HVAC rumors.
Myth: If you close air vents in certain rooms that are not being used, you will help push air into rooms you are using to reduce the load on your HVAC system and save money on your electricity bill.
Fact: If you have a modern forced air and heating system, the pressure load is balanced throughout the house. Blocking the vent can impact how the system inhales and exhales air; in other words, it can throw the system out of balance, causing it to work harder or possibly break down. Shutting off airflow in rooms can eventually ruin the compressor, resulting in potentially costly HVAC repairs or system replacement. Instead, leave all vents open so air can circulate throughout your home at a balanced rate.
Myth: Leaving your ceiling fan on will cool a room, especially while you’re not home.
Fact: Fans cool your skin, not the air. Fans do not lower room temperature. A fan works by circulating the air in a space; when the air moves across the skin, we feel cooler even though the air temperature in the room remains the same. If a fan runs in a room when no one is there, no one is feeling its benefits so it’s probably just raising your monthly electricity bill.
Myth: Residential heat pumps do not have a long life cycle because they operate 12 months of the year.
Fact: Dirt, improper application and service and lack of preventative maintenance top the list for heat pump failures. If you uphold the maintenance on your pumps, just like your air conditioning unit, your pump will last much longer than if it wasn’t properly maintained.
Be sure to check back with us next month for the second part of the Myths vs. Facts series. In the meantime, if you have any questions about your air conditioner maintenance or repair needs, the San Diego ARS experts can help. Just give us a call at (866) 509-2940 and visit us at www.arssandiego.com.
Here at ARS® , we are always looking to help you make the most educated and cost-effective decisions when it comes to your HVAC system. If you feel as though your system is not doing its job, then it may be time to check if your home's ductwork is to blame. If you find that your home has leaky, damaged, or unusable ductwork, your next decision could be whether to repair or replace your HVAC air ducts.
Your local HVAC experts at ARS are here to help. Here are some signs to help you recognize when it's time to consult your local air conditioning experts at ARS in San Diego on whether to repair or replace those ducts:
Deciding how to handle your HVAC ducts can be a tough decision, and your local ARS wants to help make it an easier one. If you have any more questions about your air ducts, or whether or not you're ready for an HVAC duct repair or replacement, contact us at (866) 509-2940 or visit ARSSanDiego.com for more information.
ARS® in San Diego is hiring!
If you live in the San Diego area and are interested in a career in heating and air conditioning, you’ve come to the right place! We are lucky enough to call San Diego home and are always looking for new talent to help our customers with heating and air conditioning replacement and installation needs. We are an established nationwide company that is continually growing. We look to hire and invest in the best because we encourage longevity in our company and offer many advancement opportunities within ARS. We are currently looking to fill the following positions. We encourage you to continue to check back on our Careers page at any time if the current openings don’t fit your qualifications – we’re always adding to it!
We may be a national company but we are managed locally. We aren’t just any HVAC company in San Diego. We’re involved in the community because they’re our friends, family and neighbors too! We offer medical, dental, vision and prescription plans, paid vacation time and holidays, 401K, a company vehicle, cell phone and advancement opportunities to our employees. Our ideal candidates are enthusiastic about their careers in the industry and are great communicators with positive attitudes.
“Our team members are the foundation of our business,” said Dan Traversi, division vice president of ARS. “As an HVAC company, we are continuously growing, training and improving to best serve our communities. We are looking for team members we can trust with our customers to adhere to ARS’ high standards of home heating and air conditioning services.“
If that sounds like a company you’d like to be a part of and you’re passionate about heating and air conditioning replacement and installation in San Diego, visit the ARS in San Diego Careers page and apply. Contact us at ARS for your San Diego HVAC needs, call (866) 509-2940 or visit us at www.arssandiego.com.
Summer in San Diego can mean the air conditioning bill goes up as the temperatures rise, but we’re here to question that “fact:” does it have to? Here are some tips from your local San Diego HVAC experts at ARS® (ARSSanDiego.com) on how to beat the heat and possibly save money on your utility bill with air conditioning maintenance in the process.
It's going to be hot this summer, but you shouldn't have to sweat it. Use these tips and contact your San Diego HVAC experts at (866) 509-2940 to make sure you're ready to take on the summer heat without emptying your wallet. Visit ARSSanDiego.com for more information.
As the summer heat begins to emerge, the rise in air pollution can prove problematic. Longer days, warmer weather and more sunshine can mean stagnant air and increased emissions from cars, planes and other common pollutants added to the air we breathe.
Unfortunately, the beautiful county of San Diego was recently under the attack of numerous fires, and the skies were filled with smoke. Ash and other debris associated with the fires can be taken in through the outside air conditioning unit, which could eventually enter our homes, especially if the home is in an area with less than moderate air quality.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that poor indoor air quality is one of the top five leading factors affecting respiratory health in the country. The professionals at ARS® would like to share how you can increase the quality of the air inside your homes with routine air conditioner maintenance. Here are just a few of the helpful tips:
The time to pay attention to your HVAC maintenance needs is now.
If you have any questions about your HVAC system and the quality of your indoor air, call the experts at ARS in San Diego at (866) 509-2940 or visit www.ARSSanDiego.com.
If you’re a student or you have a student in the Carlsbad Unified School District in North County San Diego, listen up! ARS® Air Conditioning & Heating and the Carlsbad Education Foundation have partnered to offer the region’s first-ever Think Green Contest! Kindergarten to 12th grade students are invited to enter their best energy-saving ideas and explain how their idea would best impact the community. Everything from essays and models to posters and drawings are welcome. Students are encouraged to submit to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to 9731 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, CA 92618 before Friday, May 23.
Categories will be divided based on grade level: elementary school (kindergarten through fifth grades), middle school (sixth through eighth grades) and high school (ninth through twelfth grades). The high school student with the winning idea will be awarded a $500 cash prize; the middle school and elementary school finalists will be awarded $300 and $200 cash prizes, respectively. In addition, ARS will match the total prize earnings with a $1,000 donation to the Carlsbad Educational Foundation. ARS will also offer $30 off every ARS Home Service Plan purchased by San Diego residents who mention the Think Green contest through June 3, 2014.
For a complete list of rules, visit here or reach out to (949) 436-3696 with any questions about the ARS and Carlsbad Education Foundation Think Green Contest.
If you have any questions about air conditioning or heating or you’d like to inquire about a Home Service Plan, call your HVAC experts at ARS in San Diego at (866) 509-2940 or visit www.ARSSanDiego.com.
Is that possible? Is that a new invention? It’s actually something homeowners in San Diego are learning – dual fuel systems.
A dual-fuel AC system is something every homeowner should consider because it’s good for a personal budget and global responsibility.
A dual-fuel heat pump is an electric heat pump and a gas furnace all in one. In areas of the country where temperatures are typically above freezing and that have low electric rates, a heat pump is one of the most efficient way to heat your home. In those few instances when the temperature drops below freezing, a gas furnace provides heat more economically. By combining the two, you can have the benefits of both systems.
Dual-fuel heat pump systems are a larger investment than a new conventional heating and cooling systems because you’re getting essentially two systems in one. However, you'll could save the extra money in the next two to three years from lower heating and cooling costs.
If you have any questions, think about calling ARS San Diego at (866) 509-2940 or visit us at www.ARSSanDiego.com.
Before we know it, spring will be gone and summer will be here, giving us all in San Diego some delightful weather. There is one important thing about the upcoming warmer months that homeowners often forget to consider – their HVAC unit.
Your HVAC unit is about to start working overtime as the temperatures begin to rise. To help it run at full strength, there are a few things homeowners in San Diego can do to ensure their systems are ready for the upcoming summer. Here are a couple of ideas for your check list.
Whatever you need to do to prepare your home and HVAC for the summer, ARS can help. Just give us a call at (866) 509-2940 or visit us at ARSSanDiego.com.
Can you believe that we are starting to use our air conditioners in San Diego in March? Since you may already be turning on the cool air in the home, when was the last time you thought about what helps that air – your air filter?
From a regular HVAC tune-up to inspecting the air quality in your home, our skilled technicians at ARS® understand the benefits of routine maintenance, but it all starts with your air filter and springing for a few dollars at your local home store. Here are three reasons why:
If you have any questions, call us at (866) 509-2940 or visit us as ARSSanDiego.com.
At ARS® San Diego, we want to ensure you don’t forget about something that can easily be overlooked during spring cleaning – your air conditioner.
There are many benefits to routine maintenance for your air conditioner. For example:
In San Diego, we’re lucky enough to frequently enjoy the amazing outside air. But you also want the best air quality you can get indoors. Don’t forget spring cleaning your HVAC system.
If you have any questions, contact us at 866-509-2940 or at ARSSanDiego.com.
In short, helping your heater means helping your wallet. Whenever homeowners use the furnace more than usual, the energy bills can skyrocket. There are ways to help lower that cost and still stay warm in your home. Here are a few ideas:
Hopefully, those easy tips will help you save money while helping your heater work easier. If you find that your furnace is still having troubles, we are happy to help you. Just give us a call at (866) 509-2940 or visit us online and drop us a line.
The Air Quality Index of San Diego is something very important to this city. Some days, our air quality is good in terms of ground-level ozone and levels of health concern. Most days, it’s not great in San Diego, largely because of smog.
According to the Air Pollution Control District for the County of San Diego, “smog season” lasts from May through October. Yet, because of the strange winter we have been having in our city, smog levels have been at irrational rates. Here are three things you can do as a homeowner to improve the air quality for your family.
Let us know how ARS San Diego can help today by calling us out for a quick inspection at 866-509-2940. You will be breathing easy once you do.
This is San Diego. The temperature remains in the 70s, almost year-round, so why worry about HVAC maintenance? We’re glad you asked.
At ARS®, we believe a well-informed home owner is the best home owner, which is why our skilled technicians put together this list of facts to share the importance of HVAC maintenance, despite the weather.
If you have any questions about your HVAC, please contact ARS today. We would be happy to come out, check out your HVAC and work on saving you money for many years to come.
In case you don’t remember, when you least need something to break down, that’s when it usually does. Your HVAC is no different. They can be expensive because there are many parts inside either your furnace or air conditioner that can break without proper care.
Your local San Diego ARS technicians have created a few New Year’s resolutions based on what they care about the most – your HVAC units. Consider these in 2014 so you can have more money for summer vacations, birthdays and that certain jolly man sliding down your chimney.
Any other questions about those resolutions? Call us today and we will help your 2014 be a great one.
In various climates – from arid to humid, brisk to warm – air quality is important for homeowners. San Diego has all of the above throughout the year. Of course, residents will experience those different temperatures while going for a bike ride or hiking a trail. However, at ARS San Diego, we mean inside the home.
That’s why it is a surprise that duct cleaning is one of the most overlooked aspects of home ownership, at least from what our skilled HVAC technicians have noticed this winter.
Our teams are called upon from all across the greater San Diego area for air conditioning and heating needs, and even the regular furnace tune-up, but general air quality in the home is something ARS would like to encourage more homeowners to consider. Why? Pet hair and dander, pollen and dust – they all accumulate in our homes. Without proper duct cleaning maintenance, all of that collection blows back into your home.
Our ARS San Diego technicians are ready to help you breathe easier with cleaner air. Check your ducts and give us a call. You will be glad you did.
It’s in the cold of winter. The temperature is dropping. You reach for the thermostat and then it happens – nothing. No power, which means no heat. Now what?
You need to call an HVAC technician fast, but who do you call? The company with the biggest ad online? The company that you find first on page one of Google?
You don’t have time to look for reviews, and you are not sure if you would even understand what they mean if you did. So, ARS of Orange County and San Diego has created this small list of items to look for when looking for the right HVAC technician for your home:
Ask friends or family. Consider real estate agents you know. What about interior designers or home improvement specialists? If you don’t know what to look for, ask people who have had to look in the past. Hopefully, some of them have tried ARS and our guarantee to fix the problem.
How long has the company been in business? How long has the technician been with the company? How long has the company been a member of any professional organization, such as North American Technician Excellence (NATE) or Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA)? The longevity of relationships in the industry and the community could be the very measurement you need to decide who you trust.