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:
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:
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.
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:
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.
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 email@example.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.
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.