Tips & FAQ
We charge a $99 diagnostic fee. This fee covers many quick fixes that do not require additional parts, refrigerant, etc. If your technician needs to order a part or conduct a more major repair, he/she will provide you with a detailed estimate for you to review and approve before work begins.
Yes! We understand that heating and cooling purchases are not always convenient, so we have teamed up with KwikComfort to provide special terms with approved credit. To learn more about our CA HVAC financing programs, call 1-888-COLD-AIR today! Rest assured: your Conditioned Air investment will improve your home’s value and bring years of trouble-free indoor comfort!
The best way to ensure long-term performance of your HVAC system is to schedule regular inspections.
Conditioned Air recommends servicing your HVAC equipment twice per year to ensure that systems are performing safely and efficiently. Neglected systems require more repairs, and airflow may be restricted due to dirt and debris buildup. Proper HVAC maintenance improves the lifespan and energy efficiency of your equipment.
During your heating and cooling inspection, Conditioned Air’s technicians perform the following comprehensive services:
- Check thermostat operation
- Clear condensation drains
- Clean condensing coils
- Examine electrical components
- Change or clean filters
- Check motors & compressor amperage
- Lubricate moving parts
- Ensure overall system operation
- Check for proper refrigerant charge
Regular filter replacement ensures that your system operates at peak efficiency, allowing residents to enjoy clean, circulating air that is free of dust, dirt and allergens. If your filter is not disposable, it should be carefully cleaned every one to two months. Cheap disposable filters should be changed every one to two months, and premium filters should be changed every two to four months. As a helpful reminder, mark all required filter changes on your calendar.
Besides scheduling routine, semi-annual service and changing your filter regularly, there are many things you can do to improve system efficiency and reduce the risk of costly repairs:
- Use blackout blinds and curtains to prevent your home from heating up during daylight hours, especially if you’re at work during the day.
- Seal all windows and cracks to prevent cool and warm air loss.
- Trim back plants and shrubs growing around your exterior AC unit. Adequate clearance improves airflow and prevents grass clippings and other debris from clogging the unit.
Many home and business owners don’t realize that their old AC or heating system is up to 60 percent less efficient than today’s HVAC equipment. In addition, wear and tear or neglected maintenance can also contribute to reduced efficiency. Your Conditioned Air technician may recommend replacement of your HVAC system if:
- You are facing a big repair that may not be worth the cost.
- Your utility bills are continually increasing while your system is becoming less efficient.
- You are building on to your home or facility, and require a larger AC unit.
There is no cut-and-dried answer to this question. It depends upon your home’s age, square footage, construction type, and insulation type, as well as the performance rating of the system you choose. Conditioned Air’s indoor comfort experts will evaluate your cooling and heating needs and conduct a whole-house energy analysis to determine which system will improve your comfort for years to come.
You may have noticed the ENERGY STAR symbol on some of your appliances, including your furnace and AC unit. HVAC systems that have the ENERGY STAR symbol meet stringent energy efficiency guidelines set forth by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy, and are designed to be more eco-friendly than comparable products. Many ENERGY STAR-rated products may also qualify for tax rebates and incentives, so check with your tax specialist to find out more.
When you install a new, energy-efficient HVAC system, you’ll not only reduce monthly energy bills, but you could also receive manufacturer rebates and federal tax credits. The Conditioned Air team knows which products come with these valuable incentives, and we will help you gather the manufacturer certifications required to file for rebates and tax credits. At Conditioned Air, we make it easy to save money while enjoying high-performance home comfort!
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor air may be two to five times and up to 100 times more polluted than outdoor air. Newer homes may suffer from high levels of indoor air pollution because they are tightly sealed and insulated. While this helps with heating and cooling costs, it does not allow your home to "breathe," so it traps contaminants inside. Children, elderly residents and people suffering from allergies and asthma may be at a higher risk for respiratory symptoms when indoor air quality is poor.