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Here at ARS® serving Orange County, we’re proud of the team we’ve built.  It’s made up of some of the best heating, air conditioning and indoor air quality experts in the area. Quality technicians and employees are what help our company grow and better serve our community. In honor of our awesome team, we are turning the spotlight on one special team member this month. 

Drum roll please… meet Teressa Wickham!

Teressa, share with us a little bit more about yourself!

Title: Operations & Service Manager

Years with Company: Closing in on 3 delightful years!

Role: At ARS Air Conditioning & Heating, I’m responsible for managing the installers, technicians and sales reps, and all of the day-to-day operations that go along with it. It’s a hard job, but somebody’s gotta’ do it!

Work Prior to ARS: Prior to working at ARS, I was the Operations Manager for a major department store’s home improvement category and the Learn & Training Manager for a window and doors company. 

Why do you like working for ARS? ARS provides our customers with a level of service and security that is among the leaders in our industry today. The opportunities for training and advancement are fantastic and, more importantly, I feel like I am able to personally make a difference in our customers’ lives through the services that we offer. The people who work for ARS are some of the best that I have ever had the pleasure of working with.   

Interests: Padres™ baseball, Chargers™ football, improv comedy and all things Xbox® One.

One Interesting Fact About You: I’ve been known to earn a few laughs in my stand-up routine.

Thank you for being a part of our team, Teressa! If you’re interested in joining the ARS team, or if you have any heating, air conditioning or indoor air quality questions, contact ARS serving Orange County and Los Angeles at (866) 518 – 6480 or visit ARSOrangeCounty.com.

We at ARS®, serving the Orange County community, are passionate about the health and safety of our customers. We offer numerous services to ensure indoor air quality. Why? Because we take lung health very seriously. In fact, according to the EPA, indoor levels of air pollutants may be two to five times higher than outdoor pollutant levels. Keeping your air ducts clean can go a long way to making your home’s air cleaner. 

In the spirit of supporting lung health, on November 8, 2014, the ARS team came together in support of The American Lung Association® and participated in the LUNG FORCE Walk, a 5K organized to bring awareness to the number one cancer killer of women. 

ARS team members walked for the cause to raise funds towards research, advocacy, education and awareness for lung cancer. 

We hope you will join us for the LUNG FORCE Walk in November 2015!

For more information on the American Lung Association® LUNG FORCE Walk and other events, please visit http://www.lungforce.org. With any heating, air conditioning, and indoor air quality questions, contact ARS® serving the Inland Empire at (866) 586-8175 or visit ARSCalifornia.com

Fall is here and it is time to face the facts: it is time to say goodbye to warm, sunny weather and hello to chillier temperatures. Now is a perfect time to make sure that the furnace in your home is working at its best to fit your home's needs when the temperatures drop. If you are disappointed in your furnace's heating performance, it's time to contact your local experts at ARS® to have a new, more efficient furnace installed. Here are a few telltale signs to know when it's time to check on a new furnace installation:

  • The rooms in your home are heating unevenly.
  • You notice that your home’s humidity is unusually high or low.
  • Your furnace is making uncomfortably loud rattling, buzzing or humming noises.
  • You notice a recent build-up in dust, soot or dirt particles throughout your home.
  • You see visible signs of rust in and around your furnace.
  • You see cracks or corrosion in and around your furnace.
  • Your furnace is cycling on and off more frequently than in the past.
  • Your heating bills are rising significantly despite your usage staying the same.
  • Your furnace requires frequent repairs.

If any of these signs are noticeable within your own home, give ARS Orange County a call at (866) 518-6480 or visit ARSOrangeCounty.com to schedule a new furnace estimate.

Please tell us a little bit about your company and the services you offer.

ARS is a leading brand of American Residential Services LLC, which provides heating, air conditioning and indoor air quality services to residential and light commercial customers nationwide. The knowledgeable team of ARS technicians delivers the highest quality professional HVAC services. In Southern California, ARS has three locations that serve San Diego, Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.

What are some of the most common signs that your HVAC system needs to be repaired?

Here are a few of the most common signs that indicate your air conditioning needs to be repaired (this info is also available on our blog at http://www.arscalifornia.com/blog/ac-blog/signs-you-need-air-conditioning-repair/):

  • Not enough cooling: If your air conditioning system isn't producing enough cool air, and you're noticing that some rooms in your home are cooler than others, there could be something wrong with your system's ducts or equipment. Call an air conditioning repair specialist to identify and repair the problem.
  • Humidity problems: Your air conditioning system naturally acts as a dehumidifier. If you start to notice that your home is muggy or stuffy, you could be experiencing a leak in your ductwork. We recommend that you call your local HVAC company to check it out.
  • Strange noises: If your air conditioning system is squealing, gurgling or hissing, it is likely that something has gone wrong inside the system.
  • The air filter: By far, the most common cause of air conditioning issues is a clogged air filter. Your air conditioning system has an air filter that protects the inside from dust, dirt and other debris. If it isn't changed regularly, it could restrict the flow of air into the system.

When would you suggest that homeowners consider replacing an AC system instead of repairing?

Here are a few signs that it might be time to repair or replace your central air conditioner (this info is also available on our blog at http://www.arscalifornia.com/blog/services/):

  • Certain rooms are hotter or cooler than others in your home. Duct problems, inadequate insulation or improper equipment operation could be to blame. If you are experiencing these problems, we'd recommend contacting a skilled HVAC technician to discuss replacement or repair options.
  • Your home is humid during the summer months. Leaky ductwork can cause the air to be uncomfortably dry in the winter and humid in the summer. This could also cause costly damage in your home. We recommend evaluating repair options or installing a more efficient model to help control the humidity in your home.
  • Excessive noise is coming from the central air conditioner. This could be a problem with an undersized duct system or the indoor coil of your cooling equipment. By repairing or replacing with a more efficient, updated air conditioner model, you could save money . . . and your ears.
  • Is there a time frame (or age) when you would usually recommend replacing heating and/or cooling equipment?

If your system has been in your home for over a decade, it may be time for a replacement. According to HouseLogic.com, a central air conditioner that is eight to 10 years old could use up to twice the electricity necessary versus a new, more-efficient air conditioning unit. By repairing it, you ultimately extend the lifespan depending upon what the issue is. However, be sure to connect with your HVAC expert, as some problems are indicative of needing a replacement, which in the long run could save you more than by simply repairing.

Can you briefly talk about some of the benefits of getting a new heating, ventilation and air conditioning, or HVAC, system?

Getting a new HVAC system is simply investing in your future. Your old system could be working overtime, costing you more money in repairs and putting additional burden on the environment. A new, high-efficiency air conditioner, combined with the recommended upgrades and frequent maintenance, may reduce your heating and cooling bills by up to 30 percent. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, central air conditioners are rated according to their seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) that shows the "relative amount of energy needed to provide a specific cooling output." With the push to develop better, energy-efficient products, the minimum SEER rating today is more than 40 percent higher than former standards required by the rating agencies. HVAC systems with higher SEER ratings create greater savings depending on usage.

Spending more on a high-efficiency air conditioning system now can pay off in the long run, not only with lower heating and cooling costs, but with less maintenance, a higher level of comfort and the reassurance that you are doing your part to protect the environment.

Do you have tips for people who have a noisy HVAC system?

Call your local HVAC specialist. Excessive noise could be a sign of a major problem and if left unattended, can cause costly damage to the system.

What's the best way for people to contact your company?

Visit ARSOrangeCounty.com or call (866) 518-6480, serving Orange County, Long Beach and the South Bay areas.

To view the original interview on SouthernCaliforniaHomes.com, please visit http://www.southerncaliforniahomes.com/articles/hvac-should-you-repair-or-replace-an-interview-with-dan-traversi-of-ars-california.

Your local heating and air conditioning experts at ARS® want to make sure that you are aware of all your options when it comes to heating and cooling your home. One option that you may not be aware of is a dual fuel heat pump. While the system’s name may be a bit difficult to say, it is easy to see how one can truly benefit your home. If you do not know what a dual fuel heat pump is or whether or not your home is equipped with one, your local Orange County experts at ARS are here to help.

  • So, what is it? A dual fuel heat pump is the combination of an electric heat pump and a full-sized furnace. This type of system primarily uses the heat pump when the weather would be considered mild, or even a little bit cold. Once the weather starts venturing towards freezing, the heat pump takes a breather and your furnace takes over, heating your home on its own. Both systems work together, allowing your home to benefit from each, but never at the same time.
  • How do I know if I have a dual fuel heat pump? Check to see if you have both a furnace and an electronic heat pump in your home. If you do, and you notice that your home only has one thermostat, then you most likely have a dual fuel system. 
  • Will a dual fuel heat pump save me money? A dual-fuel heat pump will initially cost you $600 to $1,000 more than a conventional heating and cooling system because you are essentially getting two systems in one. After this initial cost, you will notice lower overall heating costs that will pay for the system itself, potentially within the next two to three years depending on usage and other factors.
  • Why should I have a dual fuel heat pump installed? If you are in the market for an HVAC system that can save you both energy and money, than there is little reason not to check it out!

If you are interested in having a dual fuel heat pump installed in your home, give ARS Orange County a call at (866) 518-6480 or visit ARSOrangeCounty.com for more information.

Pet dander, dust mites, smoke, bacteria, pollen and miscellaneous air pollutants- just thinking about these things in our homes makes it hard to breathe!  More homeowners are looking to find the best way to keep these pollutants out of their lungs and out of their homes. The American Lung Association® has proven that indoor air pollution can cause serious damage to respiratory health, so it is no wonder why home air filtration systems have grown immensely in popularity (4.8% growth in sales in 2014). But consumers are faced with an option, buy cheaper, portable units that do not fully protect their home, or spend a little extra cash for a more effective whole house air filtering system. 

Whole house air filtering systems have been repeatedly proven to be more effective at removing harmful air pollutants that threaten lung health, along with these amazing benefits, over portable filtering systems:

  • Reduces the amount of noise a portable unit would create in each room.
  • Extremely cost effective; has the efficiency that would normally require five or more portable filtering systems.
  • Effective with larger rooms, unlike portable systems.
  • Can be incorporated into almost any HVAC system.

No one in your home deserves to breathe in pollutants or tolerate noisy, ineffective air purification systems. Contact ARS Air Conditioning & Heating to get started with the installation of a new whole house air filtration unit in your home. ARS is here to answer any questions about air purification units, call your local Orange County HVAC experts at (866) 518-6480 or visit ARSOrangeCounty.com.

If you've noticed a rise in airborne contaminants in your home, like dust, pollen or pet dander, or feel as though there's just not as much airflow throughout the house, it may be time to have your home's ductwork checked. Even if you don’t notice the buildup, ductwork runs throughout your home and is an important factor in how your heating and air conditioning functions on a daily basis, so regular maintenance is important. Here is a small guide on the benefits of having your ducts regularly cleaned for your health, your home and your wallet. 

  • Indoor Air Quality. In a typical six-room home, up to 40 pounds of dust is created annually just through daily living. In addition to this, we as humans generate numerous air contaminants like dander and chemicals that greatly affect our home's air quality. Since an HVAC system can re-circulate air anywhere from 5-7 times a day in your home, you would be greatly diminishing the likeliness of serious health issues. Having a professional clean the ducts also reduces the containments that enter into your home.
  • Saving Some Green (Money and Energy). If you bypass a routine duct cleaning within your home, you could be contributing to 25 to 40 percent of your HVAC’s wasted energy. If your ductwork is clean, your system will not have to work as hard, thereby saving money and energy while lengthening its lifespan.

Wondering if it's time to have your ducts checked? Contact a professional at ARS© to get more information or to schedule a cleaning. Call ARS Orange County at (866) 518-6480 or visit ARSOrangeCounty.com.

Contrary to popular belief, indoor air can often be more polluted than outdoor air. Studies have shown that 87 percent of American homeowners are completely unaware of the pollution inside of their own homes. So what steps can homeowners take to eliminate the possibility of air pollutants entering the home? Your local air conditioning and purifying experts at ARS® compiled a quick list of things you can do to help fight pollution in your your home:

  • Fix leaks. When rain and humidity comes around, mold and mildew along with it. Have leaks assessed by a professional to have them fixed for good to avoid the higher risks of wheezing, coughing and asthma. 
  • Have your air conditioner cleaned regularly by a certified professional. Leaks and drips can lead to high humidity and standing water, which encourages the growth of dust mites, mold and mildew. 
  • Make sure all of your rooms are properly ventilated.  Be sure to open windows and ceiling vents when cooking or showering to allow for healthy air flow.
  • Have an air purifier installed by a certified professional. Air purifiers remove contaminants from the air ranging from tobacco smoke to pollen and pet dander. Be sure to complete your research on the right air purifier for your home and seek a trusted professional for installation.

If you have more questions about the levels of pollution within your home and ways to stop it, contact a local professional at ARS to discuss your options or schedule a consultation. Visit ARSOrangeCounty.com for more information or call (866) 518-6480.

Even here in beautiful Orange County, we experience rising temperatures and a need to blast the air conditioner, resulting in higher electricity bills. We’re here to question: do our bills have to get higher? Here are some tips from your local Orange County heating and air conditioning experts at ARS® on how to beat the heat and possibly save money on your utility bill!

  • Replace air filters regularly- By maintaining your air conditioner and changing air filters year round, you could increase the life span of the HVAC system, increase efficiency and cut energy costs.
  • Install a programmable thermostat- Be proactive with your thermostat. A programmable thermostat or a Wi-Fi thermostat allows you to make your own energy-saving decisions.
  • Adjust the thermostat if you’re not going to be home- Manually adjusting a thermostat a few degrees warmer when you're not around could potentially save 1-3% on your bill per degree set over 72 degrees during the summer.
  • Close the shades - Keeping out the sun with window shades is an inexpensive and simple way to keep a room cooler during the summer months.
  • Use fans to cool down a room- Install ceiling fans or place portable fans higher up in the room since heat rises. By placing a fan up high, you can create cooler airflow in any room.  Be sure to turn off the fan when you leave the room to save on energy. 
  • Protect your HVAC unit from sun or other debris- Be sure to sweep away debris and provide shade over your HVAC system to keep it operating efficiently during the summer months.
  • Seal holes and cracks in doors and windows- Eliminate air leaks that let out cool air with foam insulation or weather-stripping.
  • Replace old air conditioning units – Older air conditioning systems can sometimes cost more money than it deserves. Contact ARS for a ideas on a new, high-efficiency air conditioner replacement that can help save you from wasting money. See our post on the SEER rating which may help you understand the benefits of a new system. 

It's going to be hot this summer, but you shouldn't have to sweat it. Use these tips and contact your Orange County heating and air conditioning experts at (866) 518-6480 to make sure you're ready to continue in this summer heat without emptying your wallet. Visit ARSOrangeCounty.com for more information.

If you have ever been on the market for a new HVAC, heat pump or ductless unit, it is very likely that you've come across SEER ratings. All systems have them and are considered important by many, but what exactly are they and how can one decipher what these ratings mean?

ARS® is always out to make the HVAC repair or replacement process easy and understanding a SEER rating can help make it that much easier. Here is a guide from your local HVAC experts at ARS in Orange County to help you get closer to understanding the meaning of a SEER rating.

SEER, which stands for Seasonal Energy Efficient Ratio, is a metric used to measure how much cooling a system puts out for each unit of energy it consumes. To put it in the simplest of terms, the higher the SEER rating, the more efficiently your system will operate, or the higher the rating of the system, the less energy it will consume. This means that with a high rating comes lower utility bills and less of an impact on the environment. A good comparison to help understand the rating is that a SEER rating is to HVAC systems what an MPG rating is to an automobile--it's all about efficiency. 

According to Energy.gov, all air conditioners that have been produced since January 26, 2006 must have received a SEER rating of 13 or higher. All newly produced systems are required to have a higher rating. Systems with an SEER rating of 13 can save approximately $4,000 on repairs and 60,000 life cycle pounds of CO2 emitted on average if upgraded from a system that had a SEER rating of 8. A good rating can have an enormous impact on the environment and your wallet. 

If you have any more questions about deciphering SEER ratings or would like to schedule a repair or replacement of your HVAC to ensure that your system has the best SEER rating possible, give your local ARS a call at (866) 518-6480 and visit us at ARSOrangeCounty.com.

Here at ARS® in Orange County, our community of clients is incredibly important to us. You are our family and our friends- we are grateful that you continuously welcome us into your home for your air conditioning maintenance, repair and installation needs. We offer ongoing training for our expert air conditioning and heating technicians in order for them to offer you the most up-to-date knowledge about the systems in your home as well as interactive skills so you are receiving the quality service that ARS is known for. 

We are excited to let you know that our community is growing! The Orange County branch location of ARS has expanded to include a portion of Los Angeles County, including Long Beach, the South Bay and East Los Angeles. For a detailed map of the service areas, please visit the ARS Orange County website. If you’re located in any of the listed areas and are in need of local experts to troubleshoot any heating and air conditioning issues, schedule a routine maintenance tune-up and air filter cleaning, or are looking to install a new air conditioning system, give us a call or schedule an appointment online

Due to the expansion, the team is looking to hire experienced management trainees, customer service representatives, dispatchers, HVAC service technicians, installation mechanics and sales representatives. Orange County is also seeking store support associates to promote the HVAC program at home improvement stores in the area. To apply, visit the ARS Orange County Careers page. 

 From our family to yours, all the way from San Clemente to Whittier, Torrance and Anaheim Hills, whether you need an air duct cleaning, a wi-fi thermostat, air conditioning installation, repair or replacement – we’re here for you. Call us at (866) 518-6480 and visit us at www.arsorangecounty.com to get in touch with a heating and air conditioning expert at ARS. 

Is your central air conditioning unit just not what it used to be? Does it feel like your home isn’t getting as cool in the summer as it should? It may be time to repair or replace your central air conditioner unit. But the question stands: when is the right time? There are some conditions to consider before making your decision, and your local ARS® in Orange County is here to help.

Here are a few signs to let you know that it might be time to repair or replace your central air conditioner:

  1. Your system is over 10 years old.
    According to HouseLogic.com, a central air conditioner that is eight to ten years old could use up twice the electricity necessary versus a new air conditioning unit. Repairs could extend its lifespan but an air conditioner replacement may be recommended to get the best return on your dollar.
  2. Some rooms in your home are significantly hotter or cooler than others.
    Duct problems, inadequate insulation or improper equipment operation could be to blame, and are a reasonable cause to call a skilled HVAC technician to discuss replacement or repair options.
  3. Your home has humidity problems.
    ​Leaky ductwork can cause the air to be uncomfortably dry in the winter and humid in the summer. This could also cause costly damage in your home. ARS recommends evaluating repair options or installing a more efficient model to be more cost-effective and eliminate the humidity in your home.
  4. Your central air conditioner is excessively noisy.
    ​This could be a problem with an undersized duct system or the indoor coil of your cooling equipment. By repairing or replacing with a quieter, more efficient air conditioner model, you could save money and unnecessary headaches. 

There are many telltale signs that it's time for an air conditioner repair or replacement. Call your Orange County HVAC experts at ARS to help you make the best decision for your home: (866) 518-6480 or visit ARSOrangeCounty.com.

It’s almost officially summer and in Orange County, that means hot days, busy beaches, sunscreen, BBQs and lots of sunshine.  It can, however, take a toll on the quality of the air we breathe. That’s why now is the time to think about your air conditioning maintenance. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that poor indoor air quality is one of the top five leading factors affecting respiratory health in the country.  The rise in air pollution can prove problematic since the additional sun and heat can mean stagnant air and summer vacations equal increased emissions from cars and planes. Any debris in the air can be taken in through the outside air conditioning unit, which could eventually enter our homes, especially if the home is in an area with less than moderate air quality.

The professionals at ARS® in Orange County would like help you increase the quality of the air inside your homes with routine air conditioner maintenance. Here are just a few tips:

  • Filter yourself: hotter weather requires more frequent air filter replacement. Change your filter every three months for the best results.
  • Install UV: ultra violet (UV) lights installed in the ductwork or air filtration system help capture and destroy bacteria and viruses, leaving you with cleaner air in your home. 
  • Keep it up: routine air conditioner maintenance means the unit that moves air throughout the home is completely clean so the build-up is greatly reduced.

If your air conditioner is in need of a tune up or repair or if you’re considering an air conditioner installation to improve the comfort and quality of the air inside your home, call the experts at ARS in Orange County at (866) 518-6480 and visit www.arsorangecounty.com.

Summer is just around the corner, but as you probably know, even the wonderful ocean breeze can’t stop the sun from shining and turning up the heat in Orange County. Why not get a jumpstart on keeping yourself (and your home) cool? 

Our HVAC systems are about to start working overtime, especially for our friends in the more inland cities. To help your system run at full strength, here are a few things that our experts at ARS® would like to share that you can do to ensure your air conditioning system is well maintained and ready to take on the heat:

  • Change Your Filters Regularly – You could save energy (both yours and the system’s) and money by replacing your filters at least once every three months. A new filter helps the entire system work better and more effectively, while also keeping your indoor air cleaner for your family.
  • Calibrate your Thermostat – Consider purchasing a digital thermostat, if you haven’t already. Older thermostats could be misreading the temperature in your home and causing your air conditioner to run unnecessarily.  You can adjust the settings on a digital thermostat, which could help you to save money on your energy bill.
  • Check your Freon – Low levels of refrigerant could indicate a leak, which is potentially both an environmental and operational hazard.  Contact the professionals at ARS to check the Freon for you. It’s a necessity to keep your system running on cold!

ARS is here to help you keep cool in your Orange County home. If you have any questions, give us a call at (866) 518-6480 or visit us at www.ARSOrangeCounty.com.

The size of your home determines how big (or small) your HVAC unit should be. It seems simple enough, right?  The larger the home, the larger the HVAC system should be, and vice versa. Having a system that’s not the correct size for your home can be wasteful, and environmentally unfriendly. By keeping a small system in a large home, the system is putting in extra work and could be increasing your energy bills. A system too large for your home can waste money unnecessarily and make your residence feel like you’re stuck in a blizzard.

Before installing a new HVAC system, have your home sized by a professional technician from ARS®. Our HVAC experts can make recommendations based on a number of factors including the amount of sunlight the residence receives, where the unit will be installed, how many people live in the home and so on.  From there, your HVAC technician will be able to determine the best and most energy efficient unit for your home to help start saving you money.

ARS is here to help you determine the correct size unit for your Orange County residence. If you have any questions, give us a call at (866) 518-6480 or visit us at www.ARSOrangeCounty.com.

One thing we realize most homeowners in Orange County do not consider about their homes is the importance of the ducts in the house. Yes, those little things that can control how much money you spend during the summer cooling your house, for example.

When you have an ARS® technician come to your home to perform regular maintenance on your HVAC system, we guarantee that we look at everything in your system. Why? We don’t want you spending any more money than you have to. Our technicians in the Orange County area have provided a couple of ways you can help “seal the deal” to save money in your home:

  • Sealant. Did you know the U.S. Department of Energy says that air leaking from ducts can reduce heating and cooling efficiency by up to 20 percent? Leaky ducts also allow your allergies to go crazy by letting pollen into your home. If you need better air quality in your home, your faulty sealant on your air ducts could be the reason.
  • Replacement. If you have an older home, you may want to consider this part of home ownership. There is a considerable amount of wear-and-tear on air ducts that often go unchecked or unnoticed.

At ARS, we’re here for you. If you have any more questions about making your home more eco-friendly, contact us. Either give us a call at (866) 518-6480 or visit us at www.ARSOrangeCounty.com.

We are very excited to share with you that ARS was featured on the blog WelcometoOC.com. You can read the original article here.

In honor of this year’s Earth Day on Tuesday, April 22, take action to make your home a hub of energy-efficient practices. “Going green” is no longer just the catch phrase of environmental advocates, celebrities and politicians.  Now you can easily make environmentally friendly changes to your home while addressing the growing concerns of a shaky economy, increasing energy costs, and our ever-dwindling natural resources.

With these simple steps for making your home more energy-efficient, you could significantly reduce your monthly utility bills and your home’s carbon footprint, while keeping our planet in mind on Earth Day 2014.

Tune up your system. It’s important to routinely service your air conditioning system;  a tuned-up system will run more efficiently, lower your energy costs and last longer. Have an HVAC professional tune up your system at least twice a year to ensure that it continues to run smoothly.

Keep your filters clean. Dirty filters restrict airflow and can cause your HVAC system to work overtime, increasing unnecessary energy use.  By replacing your filters at least four times per year, you could save money on energy bills and help avoid costly system repairs or replacement. Where a dirty, overloaded filter can become a source of air contamination in your home, a clean filter improves your home’s indoor air quality.

Turn up your thermostat. While it might sound contradictory to increase your home’s indoor temperature as we approach the summer heat, a simple turn of your thermostat up 5°–10° while you’re away from home can save around 10 percent a year on your cooling bill.

Seal and insulate your ducts. Poorly planned or carelessly installed ducts can negate the energy savings and cost reductions you are counting on. Joints that aren’t sealed properly can let a lot of that precious cooled air escape. By sealing and insulating all ducts to block any air leaks or tears, you can improve the overall efficiency of your system and make sure you feel the comfort of your investment. 

Use ceiling fans to keep cool. Using fans to circulate the cooled air inside your home is an easy energy-saving tip. You can continue to feel comfortable while cutting back on the air conditioning. Be sure to check your fans to ensure it’s going in the correct direction – your fan should be set on “forward” to feel cool, which means the blades are rotating counter-clockwise. Whole house fans can be installed to maximize cool air flow through the home, keeping your family comfortable through the summer.

Invest in your future. One important home improvement project for going green and saving money is to install a new air conditioning system. Your old system could be working overtime, causing you more money and more waste into the environment. A new, high-efficiency air conditioner may reduce your energy use by up to 50 percent.  Spending a little more on a high-efficiency air conditioning system can now pay off big in the long run, not only with lower energy costs, but with less upkeep, a higher level of comfort and the reassurance that you are doing your part to protect the environment.  According to the U.S. Department of Energy, central air conditioners are rated according to their seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) which shows the “relative amount of energy needed to provide a specific cooling output.” With the push to develop better energy efficient products, the minimum SEER rating today is more than 40% higher than former standards required by the rating agencies.  HVAC systems with higher SEER ratings create greater savings.

Energy-efficient practices not only benefit our planet, but help conserve our natural resources, in turn conserving your budget. When maintaining your home’s systems, be sure to choose an HVAC contractor who is knowledgeable about air conditioner efficiency options. You can also schedule a no-cost analysis of the benefits and savings of replacing your system with a new, high efficiency model.

By: Landon Brewer, regional manager of ARS, a leading residential heating and air conditioning company in he Orange County area. For more tips or to make an appointment for your HVAC maintenance or service needs, visitwww.arsorangecounty.com.

Here’s something that you may not know about your home comfort system:  similar to how your car’s fuel usage can be measured in mpg (miles per gallon), your heating and air conditioning system has a rating. For our skilled technicians at ARS® in Orange County, that’s an important number to know. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, central air conditioners are rated according to their seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) which shows the “relative amount of energy needed to provide a specific cooling output.”

Also like your car’s gas mileage, depending on age, usage and maintenance schedule, the comfort system’s efficiency can be reduced.   For the record, older homes often have effective SEER ratings of half their original rating. With the push to develop better energy efficient products, the minimum SEER rating today is more than 40% higher than former standards required by the rating agencies.  HVAC units with higher SEER ratings create greater savings. During regular maintenance or unexpected repairs, this is one thing our technicians can look for at your home. We’re passionate about getting Orange County homeowners the most energy efficient air conditioning and heating systems possible, because an investment now means savings that will last for years and a greener environment for us all.

As we have shared before from the U.S. Department of Energy, the average lifespan of a central air conditioner is often less than 15 years. When is your HVAC up for renewal? Do you know? If not, let us know and we would be happy to help you figure that out and possibly help you save hundreds of dollars a year with a higher SEER rating.

If you have any questions, contact us at (866) 518-6480 or visit us at www.ARSOrangeCounty.com.

Naturally, as an Orange County homeowner, you may be interested in the life of your house and its sustainability. At ARS®, we‘d like to help you learn how to achieve an environmentally-friendly home in Orange County.

  1. What does Green HVAC mean? Anything from programmable thermostats to the proper size of a unit can affect the ecological footprint your HVAC unit makes. Size does matter when it comes to HVAC units.  If your system is not sized properly to the requirements of your home, it is working twice as hard and that costs money.
  2. High Efficiency. Whether you have central heat and air, or an older furnace in your home, you may want to consider investing a more energy efficient HVAC system. These systems can last twice as long for working half as much.
  3. Wireless Technology. HVAC has gone Wi-Fi. Homeowners can access their HVAC anywhere in the world by use of a smartphone. From fine tuning temperature and humidity levels to completely adjusting your air conditioner or heating, anything can be done if you have a Wi-Fi signal.

Any questions about greening up your HVAC? Call us (866) 518-6480 or visit ARS at ARSOrangeCounty.com.

While spring in Orange County conjures up notions of beautiful temperatures, singing birds and blossoming flowers, for many of us it also means preparing for allergies. While we can’t escape it, there are preventative measures we can take to lessen the impact.

For instance, when was the last time you considered the air quality in your home? We do all the time at ARS®, and we have a few tips for you to think about in the next few weeks as you prepare for spring.

  1. Air Filters – Ever wonder why hospitals and museums have great air quality? They use high efficiency air cleaners. This type of filter helps trap and remove larger particles (e.g., dander, dust, pollen) from the air through air filtration and can also help minimize odors in your home. The electronic air cleaner’s ability to trap airborne allergen triggers makes this type of filter a great addition to any home, especially for those suffering from seasonal allergies.
  2. Cleaning – We don’t mean dusting around the home, although that wouldn’t be a bad idea for someone suffering from allergies. With routine maintenance on your HVAC system, it’s easier to contain allergens so they don’t flow freely in your home. Our technicians can also install an air purifier that simulates the sun’s natural cleaning power to disinfect and destroy mold, fungi and smoke odors. It helps minimize pollutants and reduce germs, bacteria, and viruses on household surfaces. The advanced technology of the air purifiers at ARS help ensure that air is clean throughout the entire home.
  3. UV Lighting – UV germicidal lights use ultraviolet technology to kill bacteria, viruses, and toxic mold spores that can live in an HVAC system. These microorganisms are known to cause sickness and breathing problems.

If you have any other questions about allergy season and how you can best prepare, we are happy to talk to you. Just call us at 866-518-6480 or visit us online at ARSOrangeCounty.com.

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