Zone Control and Your Air Conditioning System

May 25th, 2015 by John Ortman

Have you ever had an argument with the members of your family over the temperature in the home? This is a conversation that happens time and time again: one family member wants the house cooler while another would prefer to turn up the temperature a few degrees. But a zone control system allows you complete control over the temperature in each room or zone with multiple thermostats in different rooms. Here’s how you can get it in your home. Continue Reading

Could Your Home Benefit from an Energy Audit?

May 18th, 2015 by John Ortman

You do everything you can to save energy around the home. You turn of lights when you leave a room, keep the AC at an efficient temperature, make sure that any electronics are shut off before you go on vacation, and you may have even switched to energy efficient lighting and LED bulbs. But did you know that your home may have areas that contribute to major energy losses, especially when it comes to your heating and cooling? Nearly any home can benefit from an energy audit, which helps you find more ways to save. Continue Reading

Why Is There Frost on the Coil of My AC System?

May 11th, 2015 by John Ortman

An air conditioning system may run into a lot of problems that keep it from cooling down, but there’s one thing you may not expect to reduce cooling power: ice. After all, air conditioners use refrigeration to cool down the home, so wouldn’t ice be of benefit? But your air conditioning should never freeze up, as this inhibits its ability to absorb heat. Let’s go over the heating process a bit to see why ice is a problem, and look at how to solve it. Continue Reading

3 Reasons to Replace Your Air Conditioner

May 4th, 2015 by John Ortman

Summers in Georgia mean stifling heat and humidity, and the best way to combat it is with a reliably functioning air conditioner. If you’re experiencing problems with your existing unit, now may be the perfect time to have it replaced, when the weather is still mild and you can schedule an installation without having to sweat out a Savannah, GA heat wave. But how do you know if your old air conditioner is ready to go? Properly maintained, a good AC unit can last years past its expiration date, and homeowners are reluctant to invest in a new system if their old one isn’t quite finished yet. Here are 3 reasons to replace your air conditioner that can help you make that decision when the time comes. Continue Reading

4 Ways to Improve the Performance of Your Air Conditioner

April 27th, 2015 by John Ortman

Chances are that your air conditioning system has slowed down in performance somewhat over the years. We get a lot of use out of our systems during the summers in Georgia, so it’s no surprise that your air conditioning system may have worn down somewhat last summer and in years previous. And when parts wear or become dirty, the air conditioning system cannot run as well as it once did. While it may never run exactly like new, the following tips can help your AC to retain 95% efficiency through the end of its lifespan. Continue Reading

Consider Enrolling in an Air Conditioning Maintenance Program

April 20th, 2015 by John Ortman

Air conditioning maintenance is an important service which, unfortunately, many homeowners neglect to schedule each year. If you’ve missed out on a few years of maintenance, don’t worry: it’s not too late to get on a maintenance program today. Signing up for a maintenance program usually means agreeing to allow a technician into your home twice a year to look over your system twice a year, check for any major problems, and perform a tune-up which could save you a lot of money over the years. Find out more about maintenance and maintenance programs in this guide and call your local technician to learn more about plans in your area. Continue Reading

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!