Econo Air Named Best of HomeGuide for 2017

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After looking at dozens of other HVAC companies in Southern California, the folks at Home Guide have hand picked Econo Air to be named Best of HomeGuide for 2017.

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This is no small feat, the award is based on factoring over ten variables and Best of HomeGuide pros make up less than four percent of all HomeGuide professionals.

We are excited to receive this award and we will continue to strive to be the best in every service job and every installation.

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Using the HERO Program to Upgrade to a New, Energy-Efficient Heating and Cooling System

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Top Ten Reasons You Should Consider Using the HERO Program to Upgrade to a New, Energy-Efficient Heating and Cooling System.

  1. Through the HERO Program, you can finance 100% of a new, energy-efficient Lennox heating & cooling system, including all equipment and installation costs.
  2. Approval is fast – in five minutes or less!
  3. Payments are easy through your property tax and the interest is tax deductible.
  4. Older, less efficient heating and cooling systems can account for as much as 56% of your electric bill. If your current system is over 12 years old, the money you save by switching to a new, energy-efficient Lennox system could pay for the unit itself!
  5. By adding the solar modules included with a SunSource® Home Energy System, you can offset even more of your electricity costs and because the solar modules use renewable energy, it’s also covered by the HERO program.
  6. With the HERO program, you have the final say! Your registered contractor is only paid after you sign off that the project is completed to your satisfaction.
  7. Have the peace of mind in knowing that with the HERO program, all products installed are required to meet local, state or federal efficiency performance standards.
  8. Every contractor registered with HERO has agreed to follow the strictest guidelines, which includes industry-leading consumer safeguards.
  9. You can qualify to receive up to $3,359 in rebates and incentives for energy-efficient and renewable-energy upgrades.
  10. Because with your new Econo Air HVAC system, you’ll find that a cozy home is a happy home.

How to Prep Your Home for Cooler Fall Temperatures

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Prepping for cooler weather

It’s time to say goodbye to the summer months. Some of you may begrudgingly grab your sweatshirts out of storage, while others have spent their time trying to determine which hoodie will go best with your first pumpkin spice latte of the season. Regardless of how you feel about fall, it’s on its way—and winter is just around the corner. Econo Air has several tips for you that will allow you to enjoy the fall and keep your home cozy until next spring. Along with scheduling your regular air conditioner service from Econo Air, use this checklist to prepare for the change in season.

Take Care of Your Air Filter.
Your AC worked hard for you through the hot Southern California months. Before you give your AC a vacation for the cooler season, check your air filter and replace it if it’s dirty. This will help your air conditioner operate more efficiently and keep dust and pollutants from moving through your home as the seasons change.

Let Some Fresh Air In.
Now that the temps are decreasing, take the opportunity to open the windows and improve your indoor air quality. The air in your home can be several times more polluted than outdoor air, so take this chance to let in some fresh air before winter’s chill begins.

Be Sure Vents and Registers are Clear.
Sometimes furniture gets shifted around as you switch from outdoor living in the warmer months to being inside more as the days get cooler and shorter. Be sure that none of your vents or registers are blocked as you rearrange. This will make it a challenge for your HVAC system to perform effectively and could cause an unwelcome increase in your energy costs.

Check for Air Leaks.
The heat of summer can put wear on weather-stripping. Examine your windows and doors for leaks that could end up allowing heated air out of your home this winter. Air leaks are responsible for reducing heating efficiency and adding costs your heating bills. Halt leaks by replacing caulking and weather-stripping where needed.

Schedule a Furnace Checkup.
Once your AC is ready to step aside for the winter, it’s time to focus on your winter workhorse: your furnace. Call Econo Air to do a preventive maintenance checkup. We’ll be sure your furnace is clean and operating smoothly before winter rolls in. During your preventive maintenance, we’ll also pinpoint and let you know what needs to be done to fix any potential problems that may come up when your furnace is working full-time.

Test Your Carbon Monoxide Detector.
Before heating season kicks off, test your carbon monoxide detector. It is beneficial to make sure your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors are operating properly and have a brand new set of batteries installed.

Once this simple checklist is done, you can rest and take in all the beauty and fun that fall offers. Contact Econo Air and we’ll handle some of this checklist for you. Together, we’ll ensure you head into winter with no concerns about staying warm and cozy. You can reach us at 714-408-2202 or you can conveniently schedule an appointment with us online.

What Options Do You Have for Solar Air Conditioning in Southern California?

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Solar panels on a house

Summer in Southern California tends to bring with it some really hot days and the possibility for some unkind cooling bills. What if we told you there’s a way to get around that costly energy spike in the summer? A solar air conditioner can keep you cool through summer without costing you a lot in utility bills. In fact, it could save so much that it’ll pay for itself in a quick few years. After that, all that savings goes back in to your wallet.

So, what is solar-ready air conditioning? A solar-ready air conditioner is essentially a traditional air conditioner that uses solar power. Solar panels, like those in the Lennox® SunSource® Home Energy System, collect the sun’s radiant energy and routes it to the air conditioner after it’s been converted to electrical current. The solar energy that’s generated is first used to heat and cool your home. Energy that’s captured but not needed by your air conditioner can be taken advantage of to power electronics and small appliances, and if energy still remains, it can potentially be sold back to your utility company.

So, how can you know if solar-ready air conditioning is a great choice for you? Consider these questions and, if your answers are mostly “yes,” give Econo Air a call and we’ll help you get started with solar power:

  • Do you have an area to install solar panels that has unobstructed sunlight?
  • Is this area large enough to handle solar panels?
  • Are there any local laws that would prevent you from benefitting from solar panels?

If you’re unsure of your answer to any of these questions, Econo Air can help.

Most people are concerned with the monetary investment involved with solar-ready air conditioning. Over time, your lower utility bills will pay you back, plus years of additional savings. Take a look at this solar calculator to get a good idea of the money you’ll save plus how much better it will be for the planet. What’s even better is that you might receive federal rebates on your investment and you could even be eligible for state incentives.

The U.S. government provides a Solar Tax Credit, 25D, for homeowners who get and install equipment that uses solar energy to produce electricity. It covers:

  • Up to 9% of the total retail cost* of the solar-ready air conditioner, when solar modules are applied.
  • 30% of the cost with no upper limit on solar module installation.**

Having a solar system could also boost the value of your home. Surveys conducted by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development have stated that home values increase by an average of $20 for every $1 reduction in annual utility costs.

As you can see, there are quite a number of reasons to love solar-ready air conditioning. Call Econo Air today at 714-408-2202 to talk about your solar air conditioning possibilities. Or, simply request an appointment with us online.

How Severe Weather Can Lead to an AC Repair

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AC Repair from storm damage

While your air conditioner was built to endure all types of weather in Southern California, occasionally severe weather can lead to an AC repair. For example, bad weather oftentimes corresponds with power surges. Because your AC is electronic, and power surges and electronics are not compatible, you’ll want to try to protect your AC. It’s most appropriate to turn your system off using your thermostat and turn off the circuit breaker to increase protection during stormy weather.

Many people worry about too much water getting on their air conditioner and decide to cover it with a tarp or cover. This is unnecessary, and could actually damage your AC if you don’t remember to remove the covering before operating it again. Your AC was designed to handle rain and snow, so keep your money and avoid a potential AC repair by not covering your unit. However, if you see that your unit is in standing water after a storm, be sure to call Econo Air before you turn it back on.

Another threat to your AC in severe weather is falling (or flying) objects. This is a little difficult to prevent, but keeping loose outdoor items restrained can help reduce your risk. Once the storm passes, make sure to clean up any debris that may have accumulated around your unit. If debris did hit and damage your unit, Econo Air can check it and perform an AC repair if it’s needed.

In addition to storms, summer is known for its sweltering heat. Just like it was made to tolerate water, your AC was made to handle large amounts of heat from the sun. But, the hotter the sun, the harder your AC has to run to cool your indoor space. You can help monitor some wear and tear by keeping your home’s temperature setting a little bit higher on these days. The closer your indoor temperature is to the outdoor temperature, the less strenuous the work is for your AC. Many people are still comfortable with their thermostats set to roughly 78 degrees Fahrenheit on exceptionally hot days. Remember that the older your AC is, the more it may struggle in hotter weather.

If you have any questions about the threat of severe weather on your air conditioner, or believe you are in need of an AC repair, call Econo Air. We can be contacted at 714-408-2202 or through our useful contact form.

How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies

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woman with allergies

While many people connect allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants out of your home, your interior air quality can have a large impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last couple of years, a rising body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air in homes and other buildings can be more dangerously polluted than the external air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Thus, for a lot of people, the threats to health may be larger due to more contact with air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Southern California homes are contaminated with outdoor allergens like pollen that find their way inside, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from average household cleansers and more. So, what can you do about it? The key is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system.

You should understand that your HVAC can be your ally or your worst enemy when it comes to handling your allergies. A dirty system can harbor and spread allergens all over your home, so the solution is to keep your system functioning properly. Primarily, you have to keep your air filters clean. Place a reminder or set it on your calendar to look at them monthly and exchange them out when you see that they’re fairly dirty. They’ll usually need to be replaced every two or three months, but this can differ significantly from home to household. You can find filters that vary from the most basic level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The specialists at Econo Air can help you decide which form of filter will keep your home nourishing and keep your HVAC running properly.

It’s also crucial to have your system routinely serviced by a pro to keep your indoor air quality where it should be. In addition to examining that essential filter, your service specialist will clean the internal workings of your system and guarantee that everything is operating as it should. You can also ask your professional if a duct cleaning would be helpful.

When it comes to your internal air quality, you can rely on the professionals at Econo Air to take good care of you. In addition to helping you keep your HVAC system maintained, we can help you ensure you have the tools you need to fight poor indoor air quality and allergens—like humidifiers and whole home air purifiers. Just give us a call at 714-408-2202 or arrange an appointment with us online to ensure your home’s air is healthy and clean.

What Size Should My Bathroom Ventilation Fan Be?

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professional checking a bathroom ventilation fan

Ordinary tasks like showering, bathing and shaving can put home-harming humidity into the air in your Southern California home. There’s good news however—a straightforward bathroom ventilation fan can protect you from distorted wood, mold growth, broken drywall and other problems connected with a humid bathroom.

Even if you have ventilation fans in your bathrooms, do you know if they’re the proper size? Are they as soft and energy efficient as they could be? Econo Air is here to answer your questions.

Today’s bathroom ventilation fans are small and sleek and they run more quietly and efficiently than ever before. You’ll find a large range of choices, from classic fans that will get the job done to fans with fitted heat lamps, motion sensors and heat-exchanger ventilation that helps block warmed air from leaking through your ventilation. While there are a lot of bells and whistles to select from, the most important characteristic of your fan is whether or not it’s full-sized enough to do its job.

Assessed by the cubic feet per minute (CFM) of air they transfer, a bathroom ventilation fan should be able to swap out the air in a bathroom at least eight times an hour. With a standard 8-foot ceiling, your ventilation fan should have a CFM rating about the number of square feet in your bathroom. So, if your bathroom is 5 feet by 8 feet, a CFM rating of 40 would be satisfactory.

If you have a taller ceiling, the equation gets a little more difficult. You’ll want to multiply the width of the room by its height and length, divide it by 60 and multiply by 8. Or, to keep it straightforward, you can use HGTV’s guidance for bathrooms larger than 100 square feet – establish your CFM requirements by toting 50 CFM for every toilet; 50 CFM for each shower, bath and combo; and 100 CFM for each whirlpool.

If you’re not sure if your bathroom ventilation fan is the correct size, or you know it’s come to the point for a new one, give the experts at Econo Air at call at 714-408-2202. We’re here to help you guarantee you have a ventilation fan that will run hard to guard your home and keep it cozy. You can also contact us to schedule an appointment if that’s easiest for you.