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Do air conditioners bring in fresh air from outside?

Despite our love of its many benefits, the operation of a heating and cooling unit typically remains a mystery, even to its greatest fans. For various reasons, not the least of which are comfort, indoor air quality and ventilation, homeowners are often left to ponder how their system works at bringing cool air into their…

AC Performance In Extreme Heat

Central air conditioning systems are designed to suit the size of your home and the amount of air it needs to cool or heat. The size of the specific AC unit, the condenser, is chosen to be efficient for 98% of the typical high temperatures in your area (climate). So for that 2% extreme, like…

Is Your Landlord Responsible for Your AC?

During sweltering summer days air conditioning can seem like it is a necessity. While a good air conditioner can make your rental unit a much more comfortable place to be during the summer is it legally required in California?   Rental houses and apartments in California must comply with habitability requirements. This includes having plumbing,…

Daikin: The Best Ductless AC Unit

Mini splits are a relative newcomer to the North American HVAC market, however they are quickly rising to the top as consumers realize what can be offered with these units. In particular Daikin is causing a lot of the buzz and for good reason.   SEER Rating In what has become a cutthroat competition for…

How cool should my house be if it’s over 100 outside?

The summer temperatures in Palm Desert, California are here and it’s HOT outside. Many people have received their second or third summer electric bills – and they’re literally breaking out in a sweat over the amount due!     When it’s about 110 degrees in Palm Desert, Palm Springs, or Indio, California, it’s hot enough…

Should You Install a Furnace or Heat Pump in Your Palm Springs Home?

A furnace only heats the home. A heat pump heats or cools according to the thermostat setting. Which is the better option?  It depends on several factors and in the end only you can decide. But here’s what you should know before making a choice.   What’s the Difference Between a Heat Pump and a…

Indoor Air Quality Testing Los Angeles

Most home heating and cooling systems, including forced air heating systems, do not mechanically bring fresh air into the house. Opening windows and doors, operating window or attic fans, when the weather permits, or running a window air conditioner with the vent control open increases the outdoor ventilation rate. Local bathroom or kitchen fans that…

HVAC not working? How to troubleshoot HVAC problems

When warm weather hits and the heat is on, the last thing you want is for your air conditioning to be off. It’s essential to maintain steady comfort in your building to keep your residents content. Here are some of the most prevalent problems that you can avoid by following common sense operational procedures and…

How to cool a room with heat radiating from the wall?

On a sweltering summer day, is your home unbearably hot? Do you find it virtually impossible to sleep? Do you settle for band-aid solutions like letting your air-conditioner run non-stop while saying that you’ll “just deal with” the energy bills when they come?     Make your home a cool haven with these 5 tips…

5 Advantages of Ductless AC Systems

Most people have heard of ductless cooling and heating systems, and they have probably seen the small, indoor devices installed high on walls in homes, restaurants or office buildings. But what do you really know about these systems?   1. They Offer Highly Flexible Solutions Whereas traditional heat pumps and central air conditioning systems force…

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