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Air-Conditioning Efficiency Tips from Airquest Heating & Air, Inc.
August 16, 2010
When choosing between units with similar prices, capacities and features, energy efficiency should be the deciding factor. Even though an energy efficient unit may be higher priced, it may the be best buy. High efficiency appliances cost less to operate and can pay back the extra initial cost many times over during their lifetimes.

All room air conditioners bear bright yellow EnergyGuide labels which provide information on energy efficiency. EnergyGuide labels are mandated by Congress as part of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975. The label displays an energy efficiency rating (EER) in large black numbers.

The higher the rating, the more efficient the appliance. Units with an EER of 9.0 or above are considered very efficient. To help You compare units, a range for competing air room conditioners of the same cooling capacity is printed on the EnergyGuide label below the EER. The label also provides a cost/use chart to calculate the cost of operating the appliance based on local electricity rates and expected hours of use.

Airquest Heating & Air's Programmable Thermostats in Your Home
August 16, 2010
Did you know that properly using a programmable thermostat in your home is one of the easiest ways you can save energy, money, and help fight global warming? A programmable thermostat helps make it easy for you to save by offering four pre-programmed settings to regulate your home's temperature in both summer and winter - when you are asleep or away.

The pre-programmed settings that come with programmable thermostats are intended to deliver savings without sacrificing comfort. Depending on your family's schedule, you can see significant savings by sticking with those settings or adjust them as appropriate for your family. The key is to establish a program that automatically reduces heating and cooling in your home when you don't need as much.

Your Air Conditioning Unit Needs Tune-ups too! - July 22nd, 2010
We all know that we can pay our auto mechanics a little now for routine service, or pay them a lot later for a major repair. The same idea holds true for your air conditioner. If you don't service your air conditioner regularly, you'll find yourself uncomfortable and facing the possibility of a much larger bill.

An air conditioner is a very tough piece of equipment. It is engineered to withstand all sorts of abuse and keep on running. This is great in most respects, but it can lead to complacency about maintenance. Like a car, air conditioners need regular tune-ups to run properly.

Without regular maintenance an air conditioner loses about 5% of it's original efficiency for each year of operation. The good news is that you can recover most of that lost efficiency through regular maintenance. Studies show that with regular tune-ups a unit will maintain up to 95% of it's original efficiency. This means that the cost of an annual tune-up is recovered very quickly in savings on your monthly electric bill and reduced repair costs.

Tune-up your air-conditioner and Airquest Heating and Air will guarantee you a 100% profit in energy savings - or your money back!

Trained Airquest Heating and Air technicians will perform a 60-90 minute precision tune-up and professional cleaning to have your system functioning at peak efficiency.

Call us today for an appointment! (925) 820-0866

2009/2010 HVAC Tax Credits - July 17th, 2010
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (the Stimulus Bill) increased tax credits available to homeowners who make qualified energy efficient improvements to their existing primary residences. Homeowners thinking about installing new HVAC or hot water equipment should consider the benefits qualifying equipment would provide at tax time. Not only can these credits lower your tax liability, they can also reduce your energy costs by up to 40% and provide for a cleaner environment.

Homeowners who install qualified furnaces, boilers, heat pumps, central air conditioners, and hot water heaters in 2009 or 2010 may qualify for a tax credit equal to 30% of the installed costs, up to $1500.

This credit is only good through December 31, 2010 and applies to qualifying equipment installed and labor.

Check with us at Airquest Heating and Air for qualifying equipment.

The Facts About Mold and Your Home - June 22nd, 2010
Mold spores are literally as old as dirt, itself. References can even be found in the Book of Leviticus in the Old Testament!

In recent years more people have become sensitive to mold. To some mold can be toxic. Yet some people aren't sensitive to mold at all. Today's homes are better insulated and tighter. There's more potential to trap the moisture that can promote biological growth.

At what point can mold become a threat?

Mold has been called 'Mother Nature's reclaiming process." Mold spores are literally everywhere. A typical healthy house is host to tens of thousands of mold spores. The problem begins when mold spores find an environment where they can reproduce exponentially. Mold needs moisture to grow. Control the moisture and you can control mold growth. If good housekeeping keeps it in check, the problem is often easily cleaned up.

Avoid mold and its consequences by having your Airquest Air technician perform regular maintenance on your ventilation system!

How To Choose An Air Cleaner - June 15th, 2010
Many products claim to effectively clean your indoor air, but which ones really work? Comparing the clean air delivery rate (CADR) is a great place to start. This standard has been recognized by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a fair and objective comparison of various air cleaning technologies.

The clean air delivery rate is the volume of clean air a system will deliver into your home. Two factors affect this rating-the efficiency of the filter material and the amount of air that passes through the device. The more effective the air cleaning system, the higher the clean air delivery rate. Ask Your Airquest service pros and they will help you make the best choice!

Air Conditioning Maintenance - June 1st, 2010
Temps haven't climbed into the 90's just yet but business is already heating up for air conditioning repair companies. Your a/c is the most expensive appliance in your home and people want to make sure their unit will run properly this summer.

As the heat cranks up so does the air conditioner. But running the unit in bad shape may cause it to stop working making a busy time for your service technician. You should have your system checked twice a year by a professional and change the filter often. We recommend doing it once a month. For a dollar for the filter that actually is there to protect the unit.

To make sure your ac is as efficient as possible you should keep bushes and weeds away from it to allow some air flow. Also take a water hose and spray the coils to remove any dirt or leaves that may have collected in the winter. Be sure to disconnect power to the unit.

These are the coils we're talking about cleaning out. Taking a power hose and washing them out from top to bottom. You're not going to hurt it to do that. Doing these few simple things can keep you from having to sweat it out while on a service technicians waiting list.