ARS San Diego Blog

Spring has officially sprung, San Diego! Going through closets, organizing kitchen cabinets, dusting and carpet cleaning are all commonly seen on cleaning to-do lists this time of year.  But don’t forget to look at one important part of your home: your HVAC system. It’s time to make sure your HVAC system is ready for the coming hot summer months.

ARS®, your local air conditioning, heating and indoor air quality experts, would like to provide you with a few special promotions this month to get you ready for Spring! 

  • Two HVAC Tune Ups for The Price of One: The well-being of your cooling and heating system is important all year long, but especially before a hot summer in Southern California. We recommend that you have your system inspected and serviced each season to ensure your system is working properly. 
  • Up to $300 off a New Installed HVAC System: Have you been considering investing in a new unit? Well, now may be the perfect time. We’re offering $300 off a new system installation all month long. 
  • $70 Off HVAC Repair: During the summer months, few things are worse than a broken AC. Waiting to fix the problem could potentially lead to more damage. With $70 off any completed repair, the ARS team is here to make sure your unit is running properly. 

Head to www.arssandiego.com or call 866-509-2940 to make an appointment and learn more about our services. We’re available 24/7 for all your air conditioning, heating and indoor air quality needs! 


Offers valid only at participating ARS® / Rescue Rooter® Network Locations. Not valid for third party, new construction customers, with any other offers or discounts, or prior sales. Coupon required at time of service. Void if copied or transferred and where prohibited. See service center for details. Any other use may constitute fraud. Cash value $.001. Offers expire 3/31/2015

Here at ARS® San Diego, our expert team of trained heating and air conditioning service technicians and customer service representatives are ready to serve you. To salute our amazing team members, we’ve started an “Employee Spotlight” to highlight who they are and what they love about working at ARS.

This month, we’d like to introduce you to Randy Issak! 

Randy IssakTitle: Sales Manager

Years with ARS: Three

Role: I assist the ARS service technicians and sales teams with their daily operations.

Work Prior to ARS: I worked for a small commercial heating and air conditioning company where I installed ductwork in buildings.

Why do you like about working for ARS?:  I enjoy working for ARS as it is challenging and allows me the opportunity to grow in my career. I also enjoy helping others out, whether it is a co-worker or a customer, which is something ARS prides itself on. I have never worked with a company that is so customer service driven. At ARS, we truly care about the customer and go above and beyond for them. One of the most rewarding things is the relationships we build with our customers and how much they appreciate our service.  

Interests: Snowboarding, poker, and shooting pool/billiards.

One Interesting Fact about You: I have never seen any of the Star Wars movies.

Thank you, Randy, for your hard work and dedication to ARS. If you’re interested in joining the ARS team or if you have any heating, air conditioning or indoor air quality questions, please call ARS® serving San Diego at (866) 509-2940 or visit www.ARSSanDiego.com

Before you know it, winter will be over, and Southern California will be back to its usual sunny spring days.  With the change in seasons, so comes the change in your thermostat, and perhaps, a change in how your system works. What if your HVAC system is no longer cooling you off? To stay ahead of the game and beat the heat, we at ARS San Diego want to make sure you know how to spot potential problems.  

  • Check your circuit breaker. Many times with the start of winter, homeowners will turn the AC completely off, to ensure the air isn’t turned on when it’s not needed. Flipping this switch back on can cause the circuits to trip if the system hasn’t been used. Before you think the worst, be sure you to check the switch! 
  • Make sure your filters and coils are clean. Even if you keep your home sparkly clean, filters and coils can still attract dust and debris. Make sure to replace these regularly. According to energy.gov, keeping filters clean can cut your energy consumption by up to 15 percent. 
  • Air conditioning units not blowing cool air. Your AC unit works to take the heat out of your home. If your unit is expelling warm or room temperature air, look to see if your thermostat’s fan setting is switched to “auto,” instead of “on,” as this will allow air to be blown out only when it’s being cooled by the AC. Some other reasons could be a dirty filter, or dust and debris covering your outside unit. Call a professional to check it out for you. ​
  • Realize that air conditioner units don’t last forever.  Even the nicest of air conditioning systems won’t last a lifetime. The normal lifespan is around 12 to 15 years, so keep your maintenance up-to-date to ensure your air conditioner won’t go out when the heat hits! 

If you have any questions or concerns about your air conditioner, or would like to schedule a check-up from a trusted professional, call ARS® serving San Diego at (866) 509 - 2940 or visit ARSSanDiego.com.

Even though San Diego has some of the best weather in the country, the winter season still has enough cold days where we have to crank up the heat. As temperatures begin to drop, it makes sense to look for all opportunities to cut back on your electricity use. This winter, you can be proactive about avoiding a higher heating bill by focusing on using your heating system more effectively. Here are few tips to help you stay efficient:

  • Make sure that there aren’t any small gaps between doors and windows that would allow the cool outside air to enter your home. If you find any, make sure to seal them with weather stripping, caulking or another sufficient sealant so that your heating system can effectively keep your home warm during the winter months.
  • Turn on your heating system only when you need it. This seems simple, but some may have their heater turned on even when they are not home.
  • Set your thermostat 10 degrees lower during the winter when you leave home and when you go to sleep. If you do that daily, you could save up to 15 percent per year on heating.
  • Check your outdated furnace or aging ventilation system regularly. Even if you have a relatively new system, it could be hindered by a poorly-executed installation. The addition of a modern furnace or properly sealing duct leaks could improve your heating system’s effectiveness dramatically!

If you have any questions about preparing your heating system for winter, or would like to schedule a check-up from a trusted professional, call ARS® serving San Diego at (866) 509 - 2940 or visit ARSSanDiego.com.

As we enter the middle of winter here in San Diego, we have our minds on the different options for how our customers can keep themselves warm in their homes. If a homeowner is looking at ways to warm up his or her home this winter, they could find themselves deciding between a furnace or a heat pump. Both heat up the home, but what makes them different from one another?  Local heating experts at ARS® serving San Diego County are here to help explain. 

Furnace: a basic furnace heats the air and pushes it through ducts and vents throughout the home using a fan. These systems can be powered by oil, natural gas or electricity depending on the unit installed in the home. While effective at heating in nearly all climates, furnaces alone can’t cool hot air without an additional air conditioning system. A furnace also needs to be properly sized to fit the home’s heating needs. 

Heat pumps: the heat pumps bring in outside air using an outdoor compressor and after heating, distributes it throughout the home for warmth. These pumps run on electricity, but the compressors located outdoors that bring in the air can cause more noise than a furnace. They can also be more cost-efficient in milder temperatures, but less efficient if the home is located in very cold climates. The initial costs associated with heat pumps are typically higher than those of the furnace, but a heat pump is also able to produce cooler air in warmer months since it can bring in the outside air to cool the home. 

For those homeowners weighing their options, consult a heating expert from ARS®. Our professionals can help determine what works best for the home, the owners’ preferences and budget. We’re also available to help our San Diego community with any additional heating, air conditioning and indoor air quality questions. Please call us at (866) 509-2940 or visit www.arssandiego.com and make an appointment here to get started.

The colder months are finally here! What are you expecting to come out of your heater vents when you turn your heater on for the first time this winter? The first time a homeowner turns their heater on in the winter, it can come with a number of question marks. 

With your heating and air conditioning system in mind, it's important to remember that your system needs attention before the temperatures drop. It’s been working overtime throughout the summer to keep you cool, so be sure to have a professional perform a tune-up on your system for the transition to the colder months ahead. Here are a few things you can do to make sure your system is ready:

  • Check the filters. Be sure to clean your HVAC system's filters on a monthly basis to help keep your air clean and your system running efficiently. 
  • Watch out for debris around your furnace. If it’s flammable, it should not be near your furnace. Avoid safety risks in your home by keeping your furnace’s surrounding areas clean. 
  • Get your system checked by a professional before major seasonal changes. Without regular cleaning and inspection, your heating and air conditioning system can wear down prematurely, and the last thing you want is for your system to break down when the temperature is dropping, or warming up. Schedule maintenance before these temperature changes happen. Call a certified heating and air conditioning technician to make sure that everything is in order and that the heating system within your home will be able to handle the cold. Sign up for a maintenance plan so you know you’re giving your system regular, preventative care and yourself peace of mind that your system will work when you need it most. 

If you have any questions about preparing your heating system for winter, or would like to schedule a check-up from a trusted professional, call ARS® serving San Diego at (866) 509 - 2940 or visit ARSSanDiego.com.

If you’re like most people, you see your dentist every six months, schedule a physical with your doctor once a year and take your car in for an oil change every 3,000 miles. What about the appliances inside of your home that you rely on every day for comfort and convenience? Do you know how often you need to change your air filters or have your thermostat calibrated? Here at ARS®, we know that sometimes these seemingly small check-ups can be forgotten about, and we’re here to help make sure that your HVAC system is running efficiently. 

We offer a maintenance plan to help keep your HVAC system on schedule for routine check-ups. When you sign up for the plan, effective for an entire calendar year, it includes: 

  • One seasonal air conditioner and one seasonal furnace tune-up
  • One year warranty on repair parts and labor
  • Priority emergency service within 24 hours of your call
  • Preferred pricing on service, repair, installation and after-hours charges
  • Flexible payment plans 
  • National flexibility- move anywhere within our service area and continue to utilize our home comfort
  • services for your new home

On our visits, we do thorough checks on the entire HVAC system, looking at everything from the refrigerant levels and pressure, examining the air filters, inspecting pilot lights and igniters, ductwork and wiring connections. It can help you avoid any potentially inconvenient and expensive repairs that HVAC systems may need at some point. This preventative maintenance helps improve the system’s performance, increase energy efficiency, reduce heating and cooling costs, extend the life of the equipment and improve system safety. 

For a complete list of the services included and additional benefits, please visit http://arssandiego.com/maintenance/

We’re here to help make life easier for you. Call us at (866) 509-2940 or visit us at http://arssandiego.com to find out if a maintenance plan is the right choice for you.

As we enter the season of giving thanks, we decided to kick the season off by thanking a group that truly impacts an important part of San Diego culture: the USO. The USO San Diego is an organization dedicated to supporting the troops and thanking those who serve in the military for their service and sacrifice. It has been in existence since 1941 and serves active duty military, Healing Heroes, military families and Families of the Fallen. It is a premier USO Chartered Center providing morale and support services, as well as a “home away from home” for all members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families.

For the month of October, the ARS office in San Diego held a candy drive to support the USO and donated more than $300 worth of Skittles® and M&M’s® to the organization’s 7th annual Harley-Ween event. On Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, over 400 military families enjoyed a barbeque celebration, trick-or-treating, carnival games and other family-friendly activities.

(Photo credit: USO San Diego)

The USO San Diego’s Harley-Ween event was hosted at San Diego Harley Davidson. Members of the ARS team also volunteered on the day of the event to help make it a success for children and parents alike.

 (Photo credit: USO San Diego)

“We are grateful for the sacrifices our nation’s military men and women have given to provide us with the freedoms we enjoy every day,” said Art Hagopian, general manager of ARS in San Diego. “We consider the San Diego community our family and a huge part of San Diego is our military. It’s important to us that we support our troops. At ARS, we pride ourselves on making sure our customers feel comfortable in their homes and we want to make the families of our service men and women feel comfortable and supported as well.”

For more information about ARS serving San Diego County and our heating, air conditioning and indoor air quality services, please visit www.arssandiego.com and call (866) 509-2940.

For more information about USO San Diego, please visit http://usosandiego.org and go to http://usosandiego.org/donation-page/ to make a donation.

Do you feel as though the second level of your property is always hotter than the first? Or perhaps one room in your home is just too cold for your liking? The type of system that you may want to take a look at is a zone heating and cooling system. 

A zone heating and cooling systems allows homeowners to set different areas of the home at different temperatures. You can set the second floor at a cool 68 degrees, while the first floor is at 72. It is accomplished by installing multiple comfort systems to heat and cool different parts of your house, or you can simply use a single furnace with mechanical zone dampers in your ductwork to direct airflow only where needed. If you’re interested in learning more about how to control varying temperatures throughout your home, call your local experts at ARS to evaluate your home’s capabilities and provide you with a recommendation. 

Zone heating and cooling systems can also be beneficial if you’re looking to save on your energy bills. Since they operate only where needed, it can help save on energy costs but to achieve maximum energy efficiency and comfort, be sure to hire a reputable company for proper installation and a professional system design. 

Are you interested in having a zone heating and cooling system installed in your own home? Contact your local air conditioning professionals at ARS® in San Diego to ask any questions or schedule an installation by calling (866) 509-2940 and visiting www.arssandiego.com.

This November, ARS® San Diego will be participating in the LUNG FORCE Walk, a charity walk organized to stand up against lung cancer and promote lung health. ARS understands the crucial importance of lung health, which is why we want to help you keep your lungs healthy with the help of air filtration systems. Air filtration systems remove a range of airborne contaminants that have been linked to lung diseases, including mold-causing moisture, dust particles, pet dander and second-hand smoke. Here is a quick guide from ARS to give you an understanding of your options for air filtration in your home:

  • HEPA Filtration. HEPA stands for High-Efficiency Particulate Air.  This air purification technology was originally developed during World War II to remove radioactive dust particles from the air to protect soldiers’ respiratory systems. Today, it is often used to filter household air with the capacity to trap 99.97% of all airborne particles. These systems remove pollen, mold spores, dust mites and other allergens. HEPA systems, however, do not remove chemical fumes, cigarette smoke or various odors.
  • Activated Carbon Filters. Activated Carbon filters have small absorbent pores that chemically react with pollutants as they pass through the filter. This causes the pollutants to bond with the carbon and become trapped. These purifiers are effective at clearing smoke, odors, chemicals and even some gases from the air. 
  • Ultraviolet Light Air Purifiers. UV air filters kill bacteria and other airborne microorganisms by using rays of ultraviolet light to eliminate them as they pass through. However, you will still need to rely on traditional filtration to remove dust, allergens or solids in the air.

If you have any more questions about air filtration systems, or are interested in having one installed in your home, call an expert at ARS San Diego at (866) 509-2940 or visit ARSSanDiego.com.

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.

MythTo cool your home faster, turn the temperature a few degrees below the temperature you actually want

FactYour 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

MythThere is no need to have your system checked unless there is a problem.

FactJust 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:

  • A central air conditioner passes air over a set of coils filled with a refrigerant called Freon, which heats and cools as it is compressed or expanded. After the air is cooled by the coils, it is pushed into the home and re-circulated numerous times through the machine, pushing hot air outside in the process. What allows for a central air conditioner to work best is for the home to be completely closed. By having all windows and doors shut, the air conditioner will not have to work harder to supply the cold air that is lost through the openings.
  • A swamp cooler is defined as an "open system." This essentially means that the system relies on the flow of air through the home to direct the cool air, and since the system always needs hot, dry air to evaporate water, the air already inside the house needs a way out. By opening windows and doors, one can control how the air flow is circulated throughout the house, thus making it an open system. Some other notable differences are that swamp coolers are typically ductless, and also act as humidifiers, as they work by putting water into the dry air.

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.

Geothermal Heat Pumps


  • Uses 25-50% less electricity than conventional heating or cooling systems.
  • Quieter than conventional systems.
  • Improves humidity control.
  • Can be installed in both new and retrofit situations.
  • Low environmental impact.
  • Allows for zone heating, where different areas of a building could be heated or cooled to different temperatures simultaneously.
  • Often lasts 20 years or more.


  • More expensive initial costs than conventional systems.

Standard Heat Pumps


  • Less expensive initial costs.
  • Less expensive installation due to less manpower necessary.
  • A lot less construction necessary.


  • Not quite as energy efficient as a geothermal system.
  • Lower life expectancy.

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:

  • Some rooms are particularly warmer or cooler than others. This can be caused by the location of the system, but oftentimes can be remedied by added installations.
  • An increase of the amount of dust in your home. This could be due to tears and leaks in your duct system, which brings in unwanted dust and bacteria particles. If the system is old, it may be worth it to consider a replacement.
  • If your home is relatively new, it may be more cost-effective to repair the system. Make sure you're working with a reputable company when it comes to replacements and repairs to get the best value for your investment.
  • Noticeable mold in your air ducts. This can be a health issue and mold can be difficult to remove with simple cleaning. If there is a lot of mold, the system may need to be replaced. Call your ARS San Diego HVAC experts right away to evaluate your options.
  • If a new heat pump or air conditioning system has recently been installed in your home,older duct systems may have difficulty handling the new level of efficiency and could break, tear and/or let out precious heat or cool air.
  • Your air ducts are noticeably old. In a home that is over 50 years old, your ducts may no longer be efficient and may need to be replaced.  You will certainly want to consult a professional to replace your HVAC system.

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!

  • Customer Service Representative 
  • Home Depot Lead Generator
  • HVAC Installation Mechanics
  • HVAC Residential Sales Representative
  • HVAC Service Technician
  • Telemarketing Representative 

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. 

  • Replace air filters regularly- By maintaining your air conditioner and changing air filters, you can increase the life span of you HVAC system, increase efficiency and cut energy costs.
  • Consider a programmable thermostat- Be proactive with your thermostat. A programmable thermostat, or a wi-fi thermostat, both empower you to make your own energy-saving decisions.
  • Adjust the thermostat when you're not around- By manually adjusting a thermostat to a few degrees warmer when you're not around, you could potentially save 1-3% on your bill per degree set over 72 degrees during the summer.
  • Close the shades during the day- Keep out the sun's rays with window shades for an inexpensive and simple way to keep a room cooler during the summer months.
  • Use fans to cool down a room- Be strategic with your fans by installing ceiling fans or placing portable fans higher up in the room. Heat rises, and by placing a fan up high you can create cooler air flow in any room. 
  • Protect your HVAC unit from sun or other debris- Be sure to sweep away debris and provide shade over your HVAC system to keep it operating efficiently during the summer months.
  • Seal holes and cracks in doors and windows- Eliminate air leaks that let out cool air with foam insulation or weather-stripping.
  • Replace old air conditioning units - Don't stay loyal to your old air conditioning unit. There’s a chance it’s taking much more money than it deserves. Contact ARS for a new, high-efficiency air conditioner replacement that can help save you from wasting money.

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:

  • Filter yourself: hotter weather requires more frequent filter replacing. Change your filter every three months.
  • Sun protection always recommended: ultra violet (UV) lights installed in the ductwork or air filtration system help capture and destroy harmful bacteria and viruses leaving you with cleaner air in your home. 
  • Keep it up: routine air conditioner maintenance means the unit that moves air throughout the home is completely clean so the build-up is greatly reduced.

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 arsthinkgreen@boltpr.com 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. 

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