3 Ways to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

April 13th, 2015 by John Ortman

Take charge of the air that your family breathes everyday by making a few changes in your home. Improving your air quality and reducing allergens can be as easy as changing a filter, or it may require new installation and some extensive repairs. But in any case, it’s worth it to know that your family can breathe easy and that few contaminants remain in your home. Continue Reading

When Is a Ductless Mini-Split the Wrong Choice for AC Replacement?

April 6th, 2015 by John Ortman

One of the most unique cooling (and heating!) systems on the market is the ductless mini-split. As the name implies, ductless mini-splits don’t need any ducts to cool down the home. They work just as well as conventional split-system air conditioners, and most models are heat pumps, which means they double as efficient heating systems as well. Besides, if you have multiple units throughout a home, you can control any zone individually of the others, so you can adjust the temperature in a single area without affecting the comfort of those around the house. Despite all of these features, ductless installation isn’t always the right choice. Here are a few questions to ask yourself when making the decision.

Do You Have a Working Set of Ducts in the Home?

If you already have a complete, functional set of ducts in the house, ductless installation is not ideal. Putting in a ductless system means putting in an outdoor and indoor system, and your home is already set up for traditional air conditioning installation, which may be a more cost-effective arrangement. However, it is important to note that ducts frequently contain minor leaks that can add up to one big energy drain, so you might benefit from a duct inspection before your new air conditioning system is installed.

Are You Planning on Extending the Ducts to Your New Room Addition?

If there is only one room in the house without any ducts, such as a new room addition or an outdoor workshop, you can install a ductless mini-split for use in a single zone. However, ductless mini-splits are investments, so if you have plans to install ducts in the near future, a ductless unit is not the best choice for a temporary solution. Keep in mind, though, that choosing a ductless mini-split as a permanent cooling fixture in this room will be less of a hassle (since installers only drill one hole through the wall), and could potentially save you some money over time.

No Ducts? Ductless Installation is the Way to Go!

If you don’t have any ducts at all and you don’t plan on adding any ducts anytime soon, ductless mini-split installation is likely ideal. Ductless mini-splits are highly efficient, and you certainly won’t miss out on any of the cooling performance you’ve come to expect from a central air conditioner.

Call on the help of the friendly technicians at AAction Air for any and all of your AC needs, from central air conditioner installation, to ductless mini-split installation, to duct replacement. Financing is available!

Savannah Air Conditioning Repair Guide: What’s That Hissing Sound?

March 27th, 2015 by John Ortman

It won’t be long until we are turning on our air conditioners again, and one thing every homeowner should do, especially at the beginning of the season, is stay aware of signs of potential problems with your AC. One way your AC system will communicate problems is through strange sounds. As the homeowner, you are familiar with the normal operational sounds of your air conditioner, so when you hear something that doesn’t sound quite right, it’s usually an indication that a problem has developed. One such sound of which to be aware is a hissing noise. Hissing noises can indicate a couple of problems, and both require the help of a trained and certified expert. The AC professionals at AAction Air can assist you with all of your air conditioning repair needs in Savannah, so call us today!

Nope, It’s Not a Snake in Your AC

So why is your system making a hissing sound? The first potential reason is that a refrigerant leak has developed. The refrigerant in your system is under pressure, and when a refrigerant leak develops, the pressurized air can escape through the hole or crack along with the refrigerant; this creates a hissing noise. You may also hear a bubbling sound and see bubbling if the leak area is visible.

The second reason you may hear a hissing sound is that the compressor is operating at a pressurization level that is too high, and as such, air is escaping through any available space. This is a dangerous situation as the compressor can blow if allowed to continue operation, so if you hear the hissing sound coming from the compressor, turn your system off immediately and call for an expert.

Any time your air conditioner makes an unfamiliar sound, it’s always best to call for a professional.

The AC specialists at AAction Air are here to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so if you are experiencing issues with your air conditioner, call us today.

What Is a Water Source Heat Pump?

March 20th, 2015 by John Ortman

When people talk about heat pumps, they don’t often realize that there are 3 type of heat pumps: air source, which is the most common type, ground source, which is used with ground loop geothermal systems, and water-source, which is used with a water-based geothermal systems. Heat pumps work by transferring heat from one location to another, which is why the different elements of ground, air and water can be used: they all contain heat. So how does a water-source heat pump work? Let’s take a look.

When the sun heats the Earth, the ground and water bodies absorb this heat. While the heat disappears from the surface when the sun goes does, it doesn’t disappear from these elements when you go below the frost line. Water-source heat pumps are part of geothermal systems that harness this latent heat from bodies of water – but it isn’t the water itself that circulates through the water loop or heat pump, it’s environmentally-friendly, heat absorbing anti-freeze. This solution absorbs heat from the surrounding water and transfers it to the water-source heat pump. In the heat pump the heat is concentrated and then dispersed to your home’s living spaces.

The types of geothermal systems that use a water-source heat pump are:

  • Pond/lake (closed loop)
  • Well water/surface body water (open loop)

Benefits of Using a Water Source Heat Pump

There are a number of benefits homeowners can gain from using a heat pump. First, a heat pump system can provide both heating and cooling, so you can have all of your HVAC needs satisfied with one system instead of two separate ones. A second benefit is the energy efficiency: heat pumps do not use fossil fuels at all. Instead, a small amount of electricity is used to power the appliance. A third important benefit is the lifespan: heat pumps last an average of 20-25 years versus independent heating and cooling systems, which usually last 15-20 years.

Geothermal systems require specialized training and expertise, so if you are interested in utilizing a water-source geothermal system for your Hilton Head home, it’s important to hire professionals that have experience and expertise in all water source heat pump services.

The professionals at AAction Air bring years of geothermal experience to every job, that includes water source heat pumps, so call us today!

How Does a Solar Panel Work?

March 13th, 2015 by John Ortman

Energy efficiency has become both a local and global issue, and thanks to technological advancements in many areas, homeowners have more access than ever to some energy-saving products. One category of products that are making a big dent in reducing energy usage is solar. Solar panels are becoming a very popular option for many homeowners to significantly offset their electrical usage. The energy generated by solar panels can be used to power specific systems, like an HVAC system, or simply to add electricity to your electrical panel to reduce the amount of power drawn from the utility company. These attributes make solar energy very versatile, and either way you choose to use your solar energy, each helps reduce your overall energy usage. But unless you work with energy efficiency experts, you may not see all the benefits you want for your Hilton Head home. Correct installation, repair and maintenance are the key for any energy-saving system, so call the experts you can count on: AAction Air.

How Photovoltaics (PV) Work

Solar panels are powered by photovoltaics, also known as PV. PV works by converting direct sunlight into electrical energy at the atomic level. All PV energy begins with a single solar cell. The solar cell has a top and bottom that are oppositely charged, and these two polarities are connected by electrical conductors in order to create an electrical field. When direct sunlight hits a solar cell, electrons are knocked loose from each polarity and captured in the electrical conductors, creating a flow. Conductive metal plates collect the flow of electrons, then pushes the flow electrons, now electricity, to your home’s electrical panel for use.

Benefits of Solar Energy

Clearly you can offset your own personal energy usage when you choose to install solar panels at your home, but there are some other benefits to consider:

  • Ongoing, renewable source of energy – the sun isn’t going anywhere any time soon, and with solar energy, you can use this sustainable energy source to help power your home.
  • No greenhouse gases – solar energy doesn’t produce any greenhouse gases, so it is extremely environmentally-friendly.
  • Little maintenance is required – solar panels do not have any moving parts, and they are very durable, so very little maintenance is needed for them.

If you are ready to take advantage of the power of the sun with solar panels, call the experts at AAction Air today!

The Importance of Scheduling a Spring Tune-Up for Your AC

March 6th, 2015 by John Ortman

It’s been a tough winter this year but spring is almost here. One of the great things about living where we do is that spring comes quickly, allowing us to feel the warm sun before many other parts of the country. It isn’t unusual to get a few hot days during our early spring, but unfortunately what is also common is that many people turn on their ACs on the first hot day only to find that the system isn’t working, or isn’t working well. But the air conditioning experts at AAction Air have a great solution for that: schedule a spring air conditioning tune-up for your Savannah AC.

Spring Is AC Clean-Up Time

During the winter months, your air conditioner, particularly the outside unit, can accumulate a great deal of dirt, dust and debris, simply from just sitting. Additionally, if you didn’t schedule fall maintenance for your AC, last season’s wear and tear is still part of the system, and will affect how the system performs. Maintenance is really a full tune-up for your air conditioning system and when performed at least every 12 months, you can help your AC significantly.

What Happens During a Maintenance Appointment?

Here are some of the tasks that will be performed by your technician during a routine maintenance appointment:

  • Thorough inspection – the technician will thoroughly inspect your entire air conditioner unit to detect any existing or developing problems.
  • Cleaning – not only will debris be removed, but dust and dirt will also be removed from components, helping them to work better.
  • Small repair – things like frayed wiring and worn belts will be repaired to avoid more serious problems down the road.
  • Adjusting – sometimes components can shift in position, which will have an effect on their operation. During a maintenance appointment, any components that have shifted position will be adjusted.
  • Lubrication – all moving parts are lubricated.
  • System checks – your refrigerant level, electrical voltage and other important items will be checked during the appointment.
  • Performance testing – your AC system will be tested before the technician departs to ensure it is running optimally.

Get ahead of the coming hot weather this year by scheduling a spring air conditioning tune-up in Savannah with your AAction Air expert – call us today!

Why It’s Important to Replace Your HVAC Air Filter

February 27th, 2015 by John Ortman

As we come closer to another change of season, it’s important to remember that your air filter needs changing. A clogged and dirty air filter may seem somewhat harmless, but the truth is that an air filter full of dirt and dust can wreak havoc on your HVAC system. This is why air filter replacement in Savannah is so important. If you have trouble remembering to change your air filter, the experts at AAction Air can offer you some tips and tricks to help you remember. Are you experiencing problems that could be the result of a clogged air filter? Then call us today!

Problems Caused by a Dirty Air Filter

Your HVAC system was made to operate with a certain amount of air flow; if the system doesn’t have the needed air flow, multiple issues can develop:

Air Flow Problems

The job of your HVAC system’s air filter is to stop large amounts of dirt and dust from entering your system; it also helps stops debris from entering the system. But air still has to pass successfully through the filter for your HVAC to work. When the filter is too clogged and dirty, it acts as a stop-gag for the air rather than as a filter. One of the most immediate problems that develops from this is low air flow.

Icing

If you have an air conditioner, or use a heating and cooling system that uses refrigerant, such as a heat pump, you have an air filter for the system. One problem that can develop from low air flow caused by a dirty air filter is icing on some of the parts, particularly the evaporator coils. This is because the lack of proper air flow causes an imbalance between the warm parts and the cool parts of the system, and condensation develops that then quickly freezes.

High Energy Bills

Low air flow from a dirty air filter forces your HVAC system to work harder because the system doesn’t have the amount of air it needs to heat or cool your home. The result of any HVAC having to work harder is more energy usage, and you’ll see this reflected in your home’s monthly energy bills.

With regular air filter replacement for your HVAC in Savannah, you can stave off a number of potential problems. If you need any kind of assistance with your HVAC’s air filter, call AAction Air today!

Can I Use a Residential HVAC Technician for Commercial Repair?

February 21st, 2015 by John Ortman

Having a comfortable commercial space is critical to your business’s success; as such, when repairs are needed for your commercial HVAC system in Savannah, you don’t want to trust repairs to a technician who doesn’t have commercial experience. Why? While there are basic mechanical commonalities between residential and commercial HVAC systems, they are not the same. This is one of the reasons why it’s important to call a company that has trained and knowledgeable commercial specialists available 24/7 for any kind of commercial HVAC repair. AAction Air has the commercial HVAC specialists you need, so call us today!

Commercial vs. Residential

So what are some of the differences between commercial and residential HVAC systems? For one, complexity: commercial HVAC systems are bigger, have many more parts, and have long, complex drainage lines and ductwork. A technician who doesn’t have the knowledge and expertise that comes with working on commercial systems has a likely chance of being at a loss when knowing how to proceed with repairs. A second issue is size. Commercial HVAC systems can be over 20 tons in size; if your technician doesn’t have experience working on a unit this large, your commercial space may not have the heating or cooling it needs to be functional and operable. Another reason it’s important to use a commercial expert is that a number of commercial HVAC systems are modular. Modular systems can be more complex so they require expertise and skill to be repaired Lastly, commercial HVAC units are typically placed on rooftops to help prevent damage occurring from weather or vandals. Understanding that you’ll spend much of your day on a roof, rain or shine, is part of doing the job of commercial HVAC repair.

When it comes to repairing your commercial HVAC system, it isn’t worth trying to save a few dollars by hiring a professional who isn’t fully qualified to repair your system. Hiring a commercial expert helps ensure that your HVAC system works as it should for your business, your customers/clients and your employees.

If you are experiencing any problems with your commercial HVAC in Savannah and are in need of repair, contact AAction Air today!

Some of the Unusual Movies Released for Valentine’s Day

February 14th, 2015 by John Ortman

Hollywood has always tried to match movies up to the seasons to draw droves of viewers to the theaters: October is packed with fright-offerings, while the winter holidays skew toward warm and pleasing family films (as well as Oscar hopefuls). Valentine’s Day falls in an odd spot when it comes to the movie release calendar, however, since February tends to be a slower time for the film industry. The studios are as likely to slot strange movies that don’t fit anywhere else in their annual schedules into the Valentine’s Day weekend as they are films with powerful romantic appeal.

So, while the second weekend of February has featured hugely successful romantic comedies like Hitch, The Wedding Singer, and (of course) Valentine’s Day, some truly weird choices have debuted in this weekend as well. And a few have even gone on to tremendous success despite the bizarre match with the holiday. Here are a couple of the odder Valentine’s Day movie releases:

  • Dracula (1931): Yes, this Halloween perennial and the start of Universal Studio’s Classic Monsters actually came out on Valentine’s Day! But perhaps this makes some sense, as the Dracula legend has often received a “doomed lover” approach in the many years since Bela Lugosi made the aristocratic vampire a screen icon.
  • The Silence of the Lambs (1991): Does any film seem less appropriate for Valentine’s Day than this unnerving and sometimes very violent psychological thriller? What’s even more astonishing than the film’s release date is that The Silence of the Lambs eventually nabbed the Oscar for Best Picture, an almost unheard of occurrence for a movie released so early in the year.
  • Daredevil (2003): This Marvel comic adaptation featuring Ben Affleck as a blind superhero does contain a romantic subplot, but the stronger connection to Valentine’s Day may just be that Daredevil wears a bright red costume.
  • A Good Day to Die Hard (2013): The least successful of the Die Hard film franchise, this is an excellent example of a studio dropping a film into a weekend where it doesn’t fit in the hopes that it works as counter-programming. (It didn’t.)
  • Wayne’s World (1992): Now here is an example of counter-programming that clicked with audiences. This comedy based on a Saturday Night Live sketch turned into one of that year’s biggest hits and spawned a sequel.

Whether you celebrate Valentine’s Day with a trip to the movie theater, or you have your own special plans, everyone here at AAction Air hopes you and your loved ones have a wonderful weekend.

How Does an Energy Recovery Ventilator Work?

February 5th, 2015 by John Ortman

In effort to keep houses energy efficient, some households have run into a new kind of problem: having proper ventilation during the cold winter months and hot summer months. Good ventilation is important to having healthy indoor air quality, but opening a window isn’t really an option. So how can you improve your home ventilation without compromising, and even improving, your energy efficiency? Consider the installation of an energy recovery ventilator (ERV) in your Hilton Head home.

What Is an Energy Recovery Ventilator?

An ERV is a ventilation device that installs directly onto your HVAC system – but it doesn’t just blow out old air and bring in new air: it uses the latent energy of your outgoing air to pre-treat the incoming air.

How Does It Work?

An ERV is a medium-sized, rectangular-shaped device that has two openings on each side; these openings allow the outgoing stale air to exit your home while a small fan draws fresh, outdoor air inside. It’s what happens inside the ERV that makes it so worthwhile: inside the ERV is a heat exchanger. When the two air streams meet in the heat exchanger, the energy from the outgoing stale air is used to treat the incoming fresh air. What does this mean? During the winter, latent heat energy and moisture from your warm, outgoing air is applied to the cool, fresh incoming air; this makes it warmer and moister, taking some of the load off your heating system. In the summer, the outgoing cool, dry air cools and dehumidifies the incoming warm fresh air for your air conditioning system. The result in either season is fresh, pre-treated air for your home.

Benefits

The first major benefit to gain from the installation of an ERV is energy efficiency. This is because the pre-treatment of the air can take a significant load of work off your HVAC system, which allows it to run more efficiently. A second benefit comfort: not only does your indoor air quality improve, but it’s easier for your system to reach the set temperature with the pre-treated air. Lastly, the reduction in stress on your system can help extend the life of your equipment.

If you’ve been looking for a way to improve your indoor air quality, it may be time to take a look at an energy recovery ventilator for your Hilton Head home.