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As the Weather Cools, Don’t Neglect Your AC

Monday, October 15th, 2018

High efficiency modern AC-heater unit, energy save solutionOkay, so the weather hasn’t quite started cooling down yet. With temperatures in the last couple weeks still hovering in the mid-80’s, you may still be using your air conditioner quite a bit. And if it does have operational problems, they’re probably hard to ignore.

Still though, as the weather does cool down in coming weeks, it can be tempting to set aside your AC problems for now and “just deal with them next spring.” This can end up being a big mistake, costing you in comfort, and potentially leading to a premature replacement for your air conditioning in Rincon, GA.

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Are Ductless Heating and Cooling Systems Noisy?

Monday, February 20th, 2017

ductless-living-room-air-handlerHave you heard about the whole-house capabilities of ductless heating and cooling systems? Ductless systems are a great way to bring air conditioning and heating into a home that wasn’t designed for a central air unit.

Of course, there are several heating and AC systems you can use instead of a central unit, many of which you can find in retail stores. Window units and room air conditioners are common in our area, but there are many complaints to be made about these units.

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When Is Air Conditioning Replacement the Best Option?

Monday, August 25th, 2014

Replacing your air conditioner is a big decision, and it can be an even tougher decision if your current AC is still operational. To decide whether or not it’s time for air conditioning replacement in Rincon, you’ll need to take a look at certain factors. AAction Air has helped many customers with new AC installations from start to finish, so we’ve compiled some factors for you to consider.

Age

How old is your current air conditioner? Today’s air conditioning systems can be up to 60% more efficient than models from just ten years ago. Two important factors contribute to this: advances in technology and the required minimum SEER number. In 2006, the minimum SEER required by law changed from 10 to 13. If your air conditioner is 8 years old or older, there is a likely chance it has a lower SEER number. Energy.gov estimates that for every higher SEER number, you can save up to 10% annually on your energy costs. As such, owning an AC that is more than 8 years old could be costing you extra money each month in the form of higher energy bills.

Frequent Repairs

Have you needed multiple repairs recently? Have some of them been quite costly? Frequent repairs add up quickly, and they may even add up to the cost of a new system. Keeping a failing unit running can cost you money that may be better spent on a reliable and efficient new system.

Your Indoors Aren’t Comfortable

Are you experiencing uneven cooling and hot spots? Is your AC struggling to achieve the temperature you set on your thermostat? Aging air conditioners can have a hard time keeping up with the cooling you need, which can compromise your indoor comfort. The point of having an air conditioner is to be comfortable inside your home. Is it worth hanging on to an air conditioning system that can’t achieve the comfort you want?

The average lifespan of an air conditioner is 10-12 years; it can stretch to 15 years if the system has been well-maintained. However, if you are seeing signs that your AC is on its last legs, it may be time to start exploring your options for air conditioning replacement in Rincon.

Call the team at AAction Air today and schedule an appointment with one of our air conditioning installation experts.

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How Can Zone Control Systems Be Installed in a Central System?

Friday, June 6th, 2014

If you’ve heard of “zone control” for home comfort systems, then you know about the basics of what they do: permit control of the temperature settings in individual sections of a home (the zones), instead of cooling or heating the whole home down at the same time whenever the HVAC system turns on. The number of zones can range from one for each room to only two that divide the upstairs and the downstairs. Ductless mini split heat pumps are zone control systems by design, since they use separate blowers mounted in different rooms to send air directly into a zone.

But what about central forced-air heating and cooling systems? Once you have one of those installed in your home, or one was already installed in it, how can you have zone control put in so you can enjoy the benefits of superior comfort and energy savings?

It’s not as difficult as it sounds. At AAction Air, we often retro-fit central ACs and heaters for zone control systems in Rincon, GA and other towns. Call us today and talk to our specialists about how we can help you with the benefits of zone control.

How zone control fits into a central system

When installers come to a home to retro-fit an HVAC system for zone control, they access the ductwork and determine spots to place dampers inside them. The number of dampers they select depends on how many zones the homeowner wants to divide the house into. The installers place these dampers, which can reduce and cut off the flow of air to the vents, inside the ducts.

Each of these dampers then connects to a local thermostat which can be used to adjust the temperature in that zone, permitting people in a home to set the comfort level for their own needs, or to fit the temperature to match the room’s function. All of these thermostats then link to one central control panel that gives the homeowner control over all the zones and the ability to program them.

The whole process can be done speedily and with minimum disruption to your life. Before you know it, you’ll be enjoying a new level of comfort in your home combined with a reduction in heating and cooling costs since you won’t be wasting power for rooms that no one is using.

The installation procedure is still a complex one, so make sure you call up experts with years of experience doing the work.

AAction Air can handle your installation of zone control systems in Rincon, GA and take care of the necessary maintenance and any repairs you may need to keep enjoying your new system.

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How to Make Your Air Conditioner More Efficient

Monday, May 12th, 2014

During the summer season, the worry most homeowners have about the AC cooling down their house is whether the unit will make it through to the fall without a major repair need or a breakdown. They rarely think as much about the cost to run the AC and simply accept the higher bills as an inevitable part of the summer.

However, there are ways to make an air conditioner run with less energy drain: you don’t have to accept higher bills! Through a number of simple steps, you can reduce the strain on the air conditioner and reduce your utility costs for summer.

AAction Air can help you achieve the best performance with your air conditioning in Rincon, GA. Whether you require repairs, maintenance, new installation, or advice, contact our AC specialists today.

Tips for more efficient air conditioner performance

  • Change the air filter regularly: A mistake that far too many homeowners make with their air conditioning systems is neglecting to change the filter once a month during the summer. The air filter traps particles that enter the return vents to block them the inside of the evaporator unit. After only a month, enough debris accumulation will have built up to start throttling the airflow into the AC, making the system work harder. If you change the filter for a clean one every month, your air conditioner will have easier “breathing.”
  • Avoid low thermostat settings: Contrary to popular belief, setting your thermostat to the lowest temperature will not speed up how fast the air conditioner cools a home. It will make the air conditioner remain on longer, thus draining power and money to reach a temperature that isn’t even comfortable. (You don’t really want the house cooled to 50°F, do you?) Keep the thermostat set at a relaxing and energy-saving setting in the lower 70s.
  • Schedule regular maintenance pre-summer: Unless you have HVAC training and tools, there are many efficiency issues with an AC you won’t be able to handle yourself. For this, you’ll need a maintenance technician to give your air conditioner a tune-up and inspection. Maintenance needs to be a yearly routine, since it will not only keep your air conditioning system at its most efficient, but it will also prevent it from premature aging and warn of impending repair needs. Enrolling in a regular maintenance program will ensure that you receive reminders each year to have the work done.

Emphasis on maintenance

You can handle air filter changes and economic thermostat operation on your own, but let AAction Air take care of the necessary maintenance.

Our technicians use a comprehensive 34-point checklist to ensure prime performance and energy-friendly operation. Call today to sign up and give your AC a fresh start to the summer.

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Causes of Cracked Heat Exchangers

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Gas furnaces are old standbys of the heating world for good reasons: they supply affordable warmth and can last for many years. However, as with any system that runs on natural gas, they have potential safety issues. One of these is a cracked heat exchanger.

Modern natural gas furnaces are built with safety as the main concern; malfunctions that can cause safety problems are very rare. With proper maintenance and the help of professionals, like those at AAction Air, your gas furnace in Rincon, GA should provide you many years of efficient heating.

The heat exchanger

The heat exchanger resembles a metal clamshell. It does the vital job in a furnace of transferring heat from the combustion gas to the air that then circulates through your home. After the heat transfer, the combustion gas inside the exchanger is safely vented through an exhaust flue to the outside. Should the heat exchanger develop any cracks, the high heat from the combustion gas will cause these small gaps to spread open and allow combustion gas to escape into the cabinet instead of through the flue.

The main reason for cracks appearing in heat exchangers is corrosion. People often think that their furnace can’t develop corrosion or rust because the furnace doesn’t use water. However, corrosion can occur because of the reaction between the combustion gases and the metal of the furnace—especially if the furnace isn’t venting properly. Moisture from the ducts can also enter the furnace, and if (as is often the case) the air conditioner unit is mounted above the furnace, leaks in the AC will quickly promote rust inside the furnace.

Corrosion weakens metal, and because the high heat inside the heat exchangers causes them to expand and contract, the weakening with soon lead to cracks and the escape of combustion gas. Combustion gas is dangerous: it is carbon monoxide, which is colorless and odorless—as well as toxic and highly combustible. Cracked heat exchangers need to be replaced as soon as possible.

Call for professional repairs

Carbon monoxide leaks are difficult to detect, which is why we advise homes with gas appliances have CO detectors installed. Another warning sign of a cracked heat exchanger is unusual sounds from the furnace, such as rattling or clicking. You should never try to fix a gas furnace on your own because of the potential risk of further CO exposure. This is a job for licensed and trained professionals only.

AAction Air has 24/7 emergency service for when you’re worried that cracks in heat exchangers, or any other issue with your gas furnace. Call us any time you need help with your furnace in Rincon, GA.

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3 Benefits of Using a Heat Pump

Monday, 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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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.

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Air Conditioning Basics: What is an Evaporator Coil?

Monday, May 6th, 2013

Enrolling in a routine maintenance program, or taking care of that strange noise before it becomes a major problem, are both important things you can do for your air conditioning system. But it’s also important to know a little bit about your AC: how it works, what it’s made of, and what are its different components. We enjoy informing our clients about the air conditioning basics. In this post, we’d like to explain what an evaporator coil is, and what it does in your cooling system. For more information, or to schedule a Savannah air conditioning service, call AAction Air today!

An evaporator coil is typically a pyramid-shaped unit that is made up of copper coils and aluminum fins or grilles. It is located indoors in your air handler. It facilitates an important aspect of the refrigerant cycle. As the refrigerant condenses in the outdoor unit back into a liquid, it is pumped by the compressor through the expansion valve, which controls the rate of refrigerant entering the evaporator coils. The evaporator coil works by evaporating refrigerant, which causes it to absorb heat as it cools your indoor air. This heat is then sent to the outdoor unit, and the cycle continues.

Your evaporator coil is just one part of the refrigerant cycle, but it’s incredibly important. However, it can develop problems, as with any mechanical component. For example, if you neglect to change your air filter regularly, or if your ductwork becomes blocked with debris, then your evaporator coil can actually frost over. Because the cooled air has nowhere to go, it sits in your air handler and disrupts the cycle of evaporation and condensation.

For more information about your evaporator coil and how its operation impacts your comfort, get in touch with your local Savannah air conditioning technician at AAction Air today!

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Air Conditioning Installation: Choosing the Right System

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

When you purchase a high-quality air conditioning system from a trusted, established manufacturer you are taking the first step towards ensuring your comfort throughout the long, hot summer months. Choosing the right air conditioning system for installation in your home, however, can be a challenge in and of itself. If you are unsure about what you should be looking for in your new AC, call the Savannah, GA air conditioning installation experts at AAction Air. We are here to answer any questions you may have. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule service.

One of the first decisions that must be made about your new air conditioning system is what size that system must be. Even the best air conditioners will fail to keep your home comfortable if it is not properly sized for your home. Only a qualified air conditioning installation professional can determine what size your air conditioning system must be to maximize efficiency and performance. If it is too small it will struggle to maintain comfortable temperatures. If it is oversized it will short cycle frequently, increasing the risk of damage.

You must also consider the pros and cons of different systems and decide what your air conditioning priorities are. Traditional central air conditioning systems are a very popular home cooling option. They are extremely effective and can be quite efficient. However, they depend on a ducted forced air system to distribute conditioned air throughout your home. If you do not have an existing ductwork system you may want to consider a ductless mini split system instead. This type of system does not require the installation of bulky ductwork.

Many homeowners these days are concerned about the impact that their air conditioning system may have on the environment. A heat pump or geothermal air conditioning system is a great way to reduce the amount of energy that you use to cool your home. This also helps cut down on energy costs.

Whatever decision you make about the type of air conditioning system you purchase, the advice of a qualified professional is very valuable. Before scheduling your Savannah, GA air conditioning installation, call the technicians at AAction Air. We’ll make sure that you make the right decision for your home.

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Air Conditioning Guide: Air Conditioning Sounds That Could Mean You Need Maintenance

Monday, April 15th, 2013

If your air conditioner has begun to make strange sounds, especially banging, popping, and rumbling, then that may be a sign you need to schedule maintenance or repair service. Call AAction Air for AC maintenance in Savannah, GA today. An AC technician will perform a full inspection and cleaning of the various parts of your air conditioner, and will also advise on component replacement options, if necessary. For air conditioning service in Savannah, GA, call AAction Air.

As the cooling season rapidly approaches, make sure your air conditioner is working correctly. In order to get the best cooling performance from your AC system, whether it’s central forced air, ductless mini split, geothermal, or solar, taking heed of the warning signs is an essential part of maintaining your system. If you notice any of the following sounds, call AAction Air in Savannah, GA to schedule an inspection.

  • Increased AC volume. If your outdoor AC unit has become significantly louder over the years, this may be part of its general wear and tear. Excessive noise, though might indicate a problem with the condenser, which can grow to be very loud, even when fenced in. If you know that your unit is new, then it is possibly the compressor, which pressurizes the refrigerant. In either case, call a professional air conditioning technician to get it looked at.
  • Whistling. That irritating high-pitched whistling emitting from your ductwork often indicates air escaping from somewhere within the cooling system. Have your ducts checked by an air conditioning specialist. Problems with your ductwork can reduce the efficiency with which your air conditioner operates.
  • Humming. If there is a persistent humming sound emitting from your unit, combined with starting problems, then this could indicate a bad capacitor. This mechanical issue needs to be taken care of promptly, before it can take a significant toll on your entire cooling system.

If you hear strange and unusual sounds such as these, or any others, you may need to schedule repair for your Savannah, GA air conditioning system. For more information, or to schedule service, call AAction today.

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