December 9th, 2013
It can be a real problem: one room constantly being warmer than the others in your house. Why is one room always too hot? There are a number of reasons, not all of which can be attributed to a faulty heating system. If you are having any problems with your heating in Savannah, call AAction Air Conditioning & Heating today.
Before you call in a service technician, take a look at the surroundings of the room in question. Heat naturally tends to rise, so if the room is on the second floor, it might be quite a bit warmer than the rooms on the first floor. In addition, the room might be exposed to more sunlight than the rest of the house. Finally, you might just check the vents in all your rooms to make sure they none of them are blocked, which could be forcing more heat into one room over another.
All of those are easily correctable issues that don’t require a technician. Other possible causes may require a professional approach. For example, there could be some blockage in the duct system restricting the flow of air to other parts of the house. In these cases, the warmer room may actually point to the section of the duct causing the problem, helping the technician pinpoint it and correct it.
It might also be problem with your thermostat or its placement. If your thermostat is reading the temperature inaccurately, it can be calling for heat when you don’t need it. A technician can examine your thermostat to make sure it is properly calibrated. Another cause of the issue might be an oversized heating system, which again will need a professional to properly diagnose.
Whatever the cause, the professionals at AAction Air can help you out. We handle Savannah heating issues of all varieties and can help track down the reasons why one room is always too hot. If the issue needs professional correction, you can count on us to do the job right. Pick up the phone and give us a call today!
December 2nd, 2013
Contemporary manufacturers of natural gas-powered furnaces have the safety of consumers in mind during every step of the design process. They want to make sure that your family stays both warm and safe through the winter months, without any danger from toxic gas leaks. At AAction air, comfort combined with safety is also a priority with us when it comes to home heating in Savannah, GA. We’ll take all the necessary steps during installation, repair, and maintenance of your gas-powered furnace to see that it lives up to its manufacturer’s safety precautions.
One of the main safety mechanisms inside a natural gas furnace is a fail-safe device that monitors if the pilot light is lit. Why is it important to have this kind of sensor? It’s because the pilot light is responsible for igniting the jets that burn the flow of natural gas; if the pilot light goes out, the gas will continue to flow, and possibly flood the combustion chamber. This can lead to an explosive hazard when the pilot light comes back on, or it may even allow the gas to enter your living space. A device that senses if the flame is lit will automatically shut off the flow from the gas line should the pilot go out, preventing any safety hazards.
The mercury sensor
Some furnaces use a thermocouple to detect if the pilot is burning: two pieces of different metals that produce higher voltage between them as the heat around them increases. More common now, however, is the mercury sensor. It works in a very similar fashion, except that it doesn’t use an electric current to determine if there is sufficient heat coming from the pilot light to show that it is burning. Instead, is uses mercury levels, much like in a thermometer. If the mercury levels drop too low, the mercury sensory deactivates the flame igniter, and then energizes a circuit to the gas valve. This circuit will cause the gas valve to shut, and prevent any more gas from flowing to the burners.
Another similarity to thermocouples is that mercury sensors come in a variety of models and sizes to match the numerous furnaces available. Even though they are small objects, mercury sensors aren’t something you want to attempt to replace yourself with a model purchased online; trust this work to professionals. This is an issue of safety, so don’t leave it to guesswork.
The technicians at AAction Air are all NATE-certified, so they can provide you with the expert skill and knowledge necessary to make certain that your gas-powered furnace is working safely. When you need professional work for your home heating in Savannah, GA, look to AAction Air.
November 25th, 2013
Thanksgiving is upon us: a time to get together with relatives, eat some great food, watch a little football and/or parades, and stop to appreciate the good things we have in life. Beyond all that, however, there’s a fascinating history to the holiday and its traditions.
The first Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621 in the Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts. Records are spotty at the time, but indicate that the harvest was particularly good that year due to help from the local Native Americans. The meal was probably much different than the one we’re used to, with venison and fish more likely than turkey, but the general principle was unchanged. (Critics have pointed out that the popular image glosses over the suffering endured by Native Americans, but we prefer to see it as a symbol of brotherhood and a call to rise above our differences to find common ground.)
It wasn’t a few centuries later, however, that Thanksgiving became an annual tradition. George Washington called for a “national day of Thanksgiving” in 1789, and again in 1795, but they were both “one shot” declarations, rather than a call for an annual tradition. Individual cities and states picked up the ball, but it wasn’t until 1863 that Thanksgiving became a national once-a-year event. President Lincoln declared the last Thursday in November to be a Thanksgiving “to heal the wounds of the nation and restore it.”
From there, it remained a tradition until Franklin Roosevelt signed a law in December of 1941 making it a federal holiday. The law also changed the date from the last Thursday in November to the fourth Thursday in November, making it a little earlier in some cases (which Roosevelt hoped would give the country an economic boost).
Wherever you celebrate the holiday and whoever you choose to celebrate it with, we wish you nothing but happiness and joy this Thanksgiving.
November 18th, 2013
The humidity levels in Georgia mean that each year we can expect warm to hot summer weather and mild winters with occasional snowfalls. We need sturdy air conditioners to work for many months at a steady rate, and heaters dependable enough to handle the cold days that can show up and hang around longer than we might wish.
These conditions make installing a heat pump in Rincon, GA an excellent option. Heat pumps have the ability to cool down your house or heat it up, depending on what you need. In basic operation, a heat pump works exactly like an air conditioner, moving heat from one location and placing it in another. Unlike the standalone AC unit, a heat pump can reverse the direction of the heat exchange: in hot weather, it removes heat from your home; in cold weather, it moves heat into your home.
Here are three major benefits of a heat pump. If you’re interested in having one installed, contact AAction Air for expert advice and high-quality installation.
- Air conditioner and heater in one: Because a heat pump takes care of both heating and air conditioning in a single unit, you have two problems solved in one package. Heat pumps can struggle with extreme cold, but for a Rincon, GA winter, they work ideally.
- Fantastic energy efficiency: The heating mode of a heat pump consumes less energy than many other heating systems because it uses electricity to transfer heat, instead of burning fuel to create heat. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that a heat pump can save a household 30%-40% off its annual heating bills (compared to using electric heat). Those are immense savings!
- Humidity relief: This is an important factor for Georgia living. During the summer, a heat pump removes indoor moisture along with the heat. During the winter, a heat pump raises the indoor temperature above the dew point, creating lower relative humidity. For less humid climates, this can create problems—but for Georgia, it’s another advantage.
A heat pump won’t work for every home—there’s no “one size fits all” choice when it comes to home heating. However, if you have HVAC specialists come to your house and perform a heat load calculation (a special algorithm that takes account of numerous factors about your living space), you will find out what heating option will work best for you.
AAction Air has NATE-certified technicians ready to assist if you think you want an installation of a heat pump in Rincon, GA. Get us involved from the start to help you pick a model, and we’ll complete a top-of-the-line installation to keep you comfortable all year long.
November 11th, 2013
For heating in Savannah, GA during our mild but unpredictable weather, furnaces and heat pumps are two of the most popular options. Furnaces have a long history, and chances are good that you’ve spent much of your life, from childhood through adulthood, with a furnace keeping you warm. Heat pumps are newer devices (although they also have a good bit of history behind them) that have moved from the world of commercial use and into homes during the last fifty years. For this upcoming Savannah heating season, which one will provide you the most effective and efficient performance?
There is no standard answer to that question, because excellent home heating requires balancing many factors, starting with a home’s size and its insulation. What we can do for you here is provide the basic pros and cons of both systems to give you a start in thinking about the direction you want to go for warming your house this winter.
When you need expert guidance—and you will when you see how many options you have—contact AAction Air.
Furnaces have run on the principle of burning fuel to heat air since their creation. Modern home furnaces rely on electricity, natural gas, or propane, with natural gas being the most popular option because of its relatively lower cost than other fuels. Furnaces are flexible; you can find one to fit most homes. If you already have a furnace in your house that you want to replace, a second furnace can be installed with few problems. Older furnace models often had poor energy efficiency, but newer ones score high AFUE (annual fuel utilization efficiency) ratings that make them competitive for energy savings.
As a general concept, “heat pump” means any device that removes heat from one location and releases it to another. When used in the modern HVAC world, the term refers to a comfort system that combines a heater and air conditioner: it can reverse the flow of heat exchange to keep you cool in summer and warm in winter. This is the heat pump’s biggest advantage, a two-in-one comfort deal. Heat pumps don’t have to rely on burning fuel and they run entirely on electricity. But they have the drawback of working less effectively as heaters than as air conditioners. Considering the mild winter climate in Savannah, this is rarely a problem.
Getting a new heating system installed should start with a trained technician performing a heat load calculation on your home to arrive at specific idea of what type and size of heating system will do the best job for you. Whether a heat pump or a furnace ends up as your No. 1 choice, you can count on superb installation from AAction Air. Call us today!
November 4th, 2013
In terms of heating, Hilton Head, SC has a number of different options. We’re used to traditional centralized furnace systems that run hot air through a network or ducts to warm your home. But that’s only one of the possible options available to you. South Carolina’s comparatively mild climate opens up multiple forms of alternative technology, many of which can save you money in monthly bills. Here are some alternate heating systems to consider.
- Heat pumps. Heat pumps work on a system similar to air conditioning units: cycling refrigerant through a closed system that transfers heat from one area to another. This can be used to cool your home in the summer and heat it in the winter. This system uses less energy than many other heating systems, since it’s transferring heat instead of burning a fuel, and they work well in areas with mild winters like South Carolina.
- Geothermal systems. Geothermal systems, like air source heat pumps, transfer heat instead of creating it by burning a fuel. However, geothermal systems use the ambient temperature of the ground as a heat exchange, which means they work efficiently no matter the air temperature outside. Since they require a series of pipes to be installed underneath your yard, the installation cost can be higher than other systems, but they can last a very long time and have low maintenance requirements.
- Ductless split air conditioning systems. Ductless split systems use small, indoor air handlers instead of ductwork to heat and cool your home. Each indoor unit can be set to a specific temperature, along you to tailor different areas of your house to fit individual needs, or shut off the heat in parts of your house that aren’t being used. The level of control makes it particularly attractive, as does the lowered heating bills that arise from such “fine tuning.”
With so many heating systems to consider, it pays to have an expert on your side. AAction Air has experience with numerous forms of heating systems in Hilton Head, SC, and can install, repair and maintain all of them with courtesy and professionalism. Call us today to set up a consultation.
October 28th, 2013
The winter season in Savannah, GA is a short one—only a fraction of the long summer—but it still counts as “winter” when the temperatures drop down into the 40s. You need a heater in your home that can give you effective warmth to get you over to the safer days of May.
Getting effective heating is also about getting efficient heating: heat that keeps you warm without draining too much energy. Because heating in Savannah, GA isn’t given as much priority as cooling, people tend to fall into poor habits that cost them on their bills and in their comfort. Here are some tips to help you get out of those habits.
AAction Air wants you to have as pleasant a winter as you do summer. Call us if you need help keeping the cold months cozy and economical.
Set your thermostat to 68°: You don’t need to set the temperature in the house to feel like a summer day in Savannah to feel comfortable. Most people will find that 68°F during the day is a perfect temperature—and they can always add an extra layer of clothes if it feels a bit chilly. During sleeping hours, the thermostat can go lower. The U.S. Department of Energy has estimated that making such reductions in temperature for at least 8 hours a day can lower annual energy bills by at least 18%.
Upgrade to a programmable thermostat: Speaking of thermostats, if you haven’t yet gotten a state-of-the-art programmable thermostat (or even a basic digital one), now is the time to make the investment. Digital and programmable models give you a level of precision control you don’t have with older models; you can heat your home better and save money at the same time.
Schedule regular maintenance: An efficient heater is one where all the components work at peak levels. The best way to ensure this is to have a professional give your heating system a yearly tune-up, preferably in the fall before your system starts doing its heaviest work. A maintenance technician will tighten loose connections, clean the unit, check for leaks, and replace worn parts. You’ll also get an inspection to see that your heater is efficiently using energy and returning sufficient heat to warm your whole home.
The NATE-certified experts at AAction Air install and repair a variety of heating systems, so we are ready to offer you the help you need for heating a Savannah, GA home. Our maintenance program will get your heater ready for effective comfort all during the winter.
October 21st, 2013
The long tropical summer in Savannah, GA stretches into October, but the heavy heat and humidity won’t last forever. During the coming winter we can expect average lows around the mid-40s. If you haven’t thought much about your home’s heater during the summer—and no one could really blame you—now is the time to think about how to get ready for winter.
Here are some tips for the upcoming heating season so you’ll get off to as problem-free a start as you can. If you need professional assistance for heating in Savannah, look to AAction Air and our team of NATE-certified technicians to keep you warm.
- Change the air filter: If you have a furnace or heat pump—any heating system that uses forced air—you’ll need to change its air filter before you start regularly using your system. A clogged filter can lead to reduced air flow, dust build-up, and possible damage to the internal components. During the heating season, change the filter once a month.
- Update your thermostat: If you are still using a manual thermostat, get a digital model installed. If you have an older digital thermostat, get a programmable model installed. The precision of a programmable digital thermostat will give you better control over the heat inside your home, and you’ll save money with the automated functions that will only use energy when necessary.
- Schedule preventive maintenance: Before the cold arrives, and while HVAC companies have more open appointment calendars, schedule a maintenance visit for your heating system. You should have a check-up on your heater done at least once a year, and right before winter is the best time. A maintenance technician will see that the components of your heater are in good working order and not suffering from extra stress; make fine-tuning adjustments; check air flow and heating performance; and spot anything that might need repairs. After a maintenance visit, you’ll have extra assurances for a trouble-free season.
- Don’t ignore your AC: The heating season in Georgia can still contain some warm surprises, with average highs during November and December of 65°F—so make sure that you also change the filter on your air conditioner and that you don’t let any malfunctions go without repairs. You may end up needing your air conditioner cooling you off sooner than you think.
If you want to get started right now with your heating season preparations, then call AAction Air and enroll in our maintenance program. Our 34-point checklist will have your heater ready for nearly anything. Make heating in Savannah easy instead of a chore: contact AAction Air today!
October 14th, 2013
Air conditioning in Savannah is as much a necessity as running water and electricity. When Georgia hits us with high temperatures and veritable walls of humidity, we can easily retreat to a cool, comfortable environment in our own homes. But while everyone appreciates the benefits of an air conditioning system, comparatively few people know how it actually cools your home. The fundamentals of the process are simple to understand.
Air conditioning systems use refrigerant for the the cooling cycle, though the exact type depends on the brand and model. The refrigerant starts the process as a cool gas before entering a compressor, which places it under a great deal of pressure, which increases the temperature. From there, it moves to a set of condenser coils, where it cools into a liquid form.The heat from this process dissipates out into the surrounding air, where it is then blown out of the unit via a fan. This is why the condenser coils are located in the outside portion of the air conditioning system.
The liquid is still under a great deal of pressure when it moves to the expansion valve, which acts like an aerosol can. It releases a set amount of the refrigerant into the evaporator coils wherethe liquid evaporates. That process pulls heat from the surrounding air, until it is quite cold. Another fan then blows across the evaporator coils, pushing the cooled air into a series of ducts that travel throughout your home. The process leaves the refrigerant right back where it started: as gas. It can then move into the compressor and start the entire process all over again.
It’s a marvel of technology, but like all technological marvels, it depends on a lot to operate properly. When wear and tear grind down the equipment, when leaks develop in the refrigerant lines, when dirt and dust build up on the coils, or when electricity can’t reach the unit for whatever reason, it can no longer cool our homes the way it needs to. When that happens, you can call on the trained experts at AAction Air to help. We proudly serve the greater Savannah area and can get your air conditioner up and running again.
October 7th, 2013
It can be a disconcerting feeling: turning you air conditioner on and expecting cool air to blow in, only to get a nose full of strange, odd or downright unpleasant odors. Air conditioning systems in Savannah homes are particularly vulnerable to odors thanks to our moist, humid climate. Odors can come from a wide variety of causes, but most of the time, they need a professional serviceman to hunt down and remove. Here’s a list of some of the potential causes of air conditioning odors.
- Mildew. A musty or mildew smell can come from bacterial growth anywhere within the system. Unfortunately, in Savannah, our humid weather makes such growth difficult to prevent. You could also be getting a mildew smell if the AC unit’s drain line has become clogged, leading to standing water in the condensate pan.
- Burning. A burning smell when you’re running the air conditioner usually means that an electrical component such as the motor is overheating. You need to shut off the AC unit immediately and call in a service technician. Otherwise, you’ll simply cause more damage to the unit.
- Something in the filter. The air conditioner’s filter is designed to strain dust and other particles out of the air so that they don’t interfere with the internal components. In some cases, it’s possible for mold or some other element to be trapped in the filter, in which case the smell is being blown through the system. Clean or replace the air filter to eliminate the smell.
Regardless of the source of the smell, it’s bound to interfere with your overall quality of life. No one likes an unpleasant odor in the air and your air conditioning system is likely to just keep circulating it until you remove the source of the smell. A Savannah air conditioning repair company like AAction Air can hunt down the potential causes of air conditioning odor and return your unit to its former stat of clean-smelling air. Contact us today to make an appointment; we’re available 24 hours a day in the event of emergencies and we won’t rest until you’re completely satisfied.