5 Steps to Get Your Air Conditioner Ready for Summer

Infinity Air ConditionerSummer is here which means one thing, warm weather. Is your air conditioner prepared for the hot summer months? We sure hope so! If you are unsure or think that your HVAC system may be in need of maintenance now is the perfect time to do it. Here at Cal Air we have worked hard to provide you with some air conditioning maintenance tips so that your air conditioner will be up and running good for the hot summer months.

Clean The Outside Condenser Unit

Before you ever turn your air conditioner unit on it is important that you make sure your air conditioner unit is free of any debris for they can easily clog up your unit. We recommend that you leave at least 2 feet of clear space open around your unit. If your unit is placed under trees or around any bushes it is important that you trim any low-hanging branches or trim back any bushes that may obstruct the air flow through your air conditioner unit. If your air-conditioning unit has gone through the winter without being covered up it probably needs to be cleaned up. We recommend that you hose your unit off with a garden hose to remove any dust or debris, but never use a pressure washer because it can easily damage the fins inside your unit.

Check the Ductwork

Most of the time the majority of your air duct system is going to be hidden behind a wall, however there are usually some areas where the ductwork will be exposed for inspection purposes. For example if you have an unfinished basement or an attic you should examine your ductwork in these areas. It is not uncommon for rodents to take shelter in your ductwork for the winter months and they can do some serious damage to your ductwork. You also need to look for any signs of rust or damaged insulation while inspecting your duct system. You should always do a test run of your air conditioning unit to check for any odd smells that may be coming from your vents. It’s not completely impossible for a rodent or some type of animal to get in your duct system and die. If this were to happen it is important that you have a professional come out and clean your ductwork. Our professionals at Cal Air would be more than happy to help you find the problem and clean your ducts if necessary.

Change The Air Filters

The number one thing that we recommend that you do is changing your air filter. The whole purpose for a filter to be in your HVAC system is to remove the dust and debris from the air flow so that they don’t get inside your home and if your air filter is not changed properly the filter will become clogged allowing dust to get into your air system. Depending on what type of filters your HVAC system uses we recommend that you change your filter once a month to once every three months.

Tune Up Your HVAC Equipment

Over time your HVAC system will begin to require maintenance. Some of the things you can check yourself while others may be a little more difficult so it’s best to leave it up to us. It is important to keep your HVAC maintenance up to date because your system could develop a loose connection, the belts may begin slipping, or the lubricants can even evaporate.

Install A Programmable Thermostat

The last step that you should take in order to prepare your air conditioner unit for the summer is to install a programmable thermostat if you haven’t already. A programmable thermostat will be very beneficial to you because it will save you money on your utility bills.

Overall HVAC Care

Your overall home comfort is easily cared for when you request service from our top rated company. We can provide you with residential and commercial options including indoor air quality, air duct sealing, repair service, maintenance, installation and more. Our team can provide you with every service needed to have a healthy and comfortable home year round. With over 30 years in the industry, Cal Air is ready to provide you with excellent support for your HVAC systems. Let us care for your household or business with our long list of service options. Contact our company today to learn more about the many services we provide or to schedule an appointment.

We are ready to serve you in Las Vegas! Contact us today!

3 Tips for Managing Heating Bills

Winter is when you find yourself reaching for the thermostat for your heater to try and stay warm during the cold weather. Although turning up the heater can come with a higher cost. We are here to make your winter a little less stressful with a few helpful tips on how to manage your heating bill. Just by doing simple things such as adjusting your heater’s thermostat, repairing air duct leaks, or calling a professional when needed, you will see a decrease in your winter heating bill.

(1) Adjust Your Thermostat

You may not think something as simple as adjusting your thermostat can help save you money on your heating bill, but it surprisingly can! Just by setting your thermostat back by one degree you can save as much as one percent for every eight hours. Another way to save money each month is to turn your thermostat down five degrees while you sleep at night. A cooler temperature at night can be offset with an additional blanket while you sleep.

You should also adjust your thermostat if you plan to travel for the holidays, or if you plan to be gone for a long period of time during the day. Believe it or not adjusting your thermostat while you are gone to work, school, or even town can save you a good amount of money on your heating bill. However the trick is how far back you set your thermostat. You should set it back at least ten to fifteen degrees to ensure that you save the most money as possible on your heating bill.

(2) Reduce Air Leaks

Air leaks are one of the largest causes of high-energy bills because they waste your homes energy efficiency. Just by examining and properly sealing air leaks in your home can save you up to ten percent each month on your heating bill. You should examine your air ducts regularly to make sure that there are not any places where air is escaping.

If you were to find a place that seems to be leaking don’t worry because air duct sealing your home is actually quite simple. All you need is time, elbow grease, and caulk. If your existing material however is ripped, damaged, or worn you may also need some weather stripping for the air duct sealing process. If you however are not comfortable with sealing your home and its air ducts alone you can always call a professional to help.

(3) Call the Experts

If you want to ensure that your heater is working efficiently during the cold winter months you may want to consider hiring a professional to work on your heating system. Cal Air can help you out with all your heating system needs. Our professionals here at Cal Air can easily evaluate your system and identify any inefficiency within your heating system. By adjusting gas pressure, replacing air filters, and having routine maintenance completed on your heating system, you can save a lot of money on your heating bill, and with the help of our professionals here at Cal Air we can make that happen.

With years of experience the professionals here at Cal Air can show you just how low-cost improvements to your heater can increase its efficiency this winter and save you some money. The people here at Cal Air are always striving to find ways to help save you money while providing you with a comfortable living environment in the process. We look forward to talking to you soon!

Benefits of Programmable Thermostats

Programmable ThermostatHeating and cooling systems need to be managed and controlled. They have to made to maintain a specific temperature at home as well as other factors such as humidity. If saving your hard earned money each month sounds better to you than spending it on monthly energy bills then a programmable thermostat might be a good investment to consider. A programmable thermostat is a very smart device that allows you to set the temperature in your home for each hour of every day.

You can enjoy the perfect level of comfort when you are at home and save a lot of money by automatically adjusting the temperature in your home when you are away or sleeping. Just by switching to a programmable thermostat you can save as much as $180 per year.

Choosing the Thermostat That’s Right for You

The majority of programmable thermostats come with user-friendly displays that make it easy for you to set the temperatures you want for different times of the day. You might think that this would take a lot of time but the newest advanced models are an engaging, interactive experience with colorful touchscreen displays, so spending a lot of time playing with your programmable thermostat is not a bad thing at all. Separate programs are offered for each day of the week allowing you to choose what temperatures you would like for your house to be on certain days. Some of the programmable thermostats are even Wi-Fi enabled so you can change your settings from your computer, smart phone, or tablet.

Most of the thermostats come with alerts that will tell you when its time for your filter to be changed. Some people think that the thermostats resemble a mini computer. Not only will the programmable thermostats allow you to keep track of your indoor temperatures but it will allow you to keep track of the weather outside as well. Most of the thermostats have a graphical user interface that can display the outside conditions and humidity levels with the help of an add-on sensor.

Energy Savings

To make sure that you save the most energy you should aim for a “setback” period of at least eight hours. For each degree that you cut your thermostat back you can expect to see one percent savings per degree on your monthly bill. During the wintertime, while you are away at work or home asleep for the night, try cutting your heat down ten degrees. This will help you save up to twenty percent off your heating bill during the winter months. With a programmable thermostat you can use these strategies not only in the winter but also in the summertime as well, saving you money all year long.

Controlling the Thermostat from Long Distances

Say you’re on vacation with your family and friends and you suddenly remember that you forgot to turn down your thermostat at home, no problem! If your home’s thermostat is equipped with a smart thermostat option, you can tap into the system through a personalized web portal anywhere that there is Internet access. You can also log in to your system and check its efficiency while you are away and make any adjustments necessary.

How Do I Get a Programmable Thermostat Installed?

You can get your programmable thermostat installed by contacting us at Cal Air. Our team of trained professionals can have your programmable thermostat up and running in no time. It is a very easy installation process and will allow you to start saving money immediately. Stop wasting all of your money on monthly heating and cooling bills because you have to use a manual thermostat when all that can be changed with just one phone call. Call Cal Air today to ask any questions or to get more information on programmable thermostats.

How Are We Different?

Fall HVAC NeedsWhen you are in need of air conditioning and heating service in your Southern Nevada home, we want you to rely on the options available at our full service HVAC Company, Cal Air Cooling and Heating. Our company offers you only the best in repair service, maintenance and installations for your home. You may be wondering why you should choose us for your home HVAC needs. Why should you choose us for service? How are we different? We want you to understand exactly how much we care for your home and family members. Your home comfort will be cared for by top rated technicians and specialists so that you can rest easy in your home during the summer and winter months. Below are a few examples as to how we can be beneficial to your Las Vegas area home.

Quality You Can Count On

When you request service from our team, we will provide you with the quality service you expect from a top rated HVAC company. We offer nothing but the best in maintenance, repair service and installation. We want to provide you the essential service you need to have a comfortable home no matter what the season. We use only quality products by Carrier so you can expect your system to operate at maximum capacity year round.

Reliable Technicians

Each of our technicians has vast experience in the HVAC industry and the knowledge needed to provide you and your home with first-rate service. If your unit breaks down, we can help. We arrive on time and make sure that we repair your unit right the first time so that you can count on the system to provide heat in the winter and cool air in the summer. Our reliable technicians care about you and your home and will provide only quality customer service every time we enter your home.

Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer

As a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer, we are equipped to handle installations, replacements, repairs and more. We can provide you with the top-rated products your home deserves. Let us provide you with the best energy efficient home heating and cooling systems so you can enjoy better comfort in the home. With these top rated products, you will be able to experience lower heating and cooling bills so you can spend your hard earned money elsewhere besides on home comfort.

Savings and Coupons

At Cal Air Cooling and Heating, we want to help you save money. We understand that service such as repairs and installations can be expensive. Our team works hard to provide you with essential savings so you can spend less on the services your home needs. Free installations on certain products and other offers can be found on our Special Offers web page so you can save money when you need to stick to a budget. Let us help you with affordable service options and savings.

Overall HVAC Care

Your overall home comfort is easily cared for when you request service from our top rated company. We can provide you with residential and commercial options including indoor air quality, air duct sealing, repair service, maintenance, installation and more. Our team can provide you with every service needed to have a healthy and comfortable home year round. With over 30 years in the industry, Cal Air is ready to provide you with excellent support for your HVAC systems. Let us care for your household or business with our long list of service options. Contact our company today to learn more about the many services we provide or to schedule an appointment.

We are ready to serve you in Las Vegas! Contact us today!