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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.

Last month, we visited the home of a great local mom we know, Shelby Barone. When one of our ARS skilled technicians approached her home, she shared that it has been 10 years since she had her HVAC system inspected. In fact, she wasn't aware that her furnace or air conditioner needed to be routinely serviced. You would be surprised how many times we hear that.

An HVAC unit is like anything else you want to keep for a long period of time -- it needs routine maintenance to last. That said, we began to inspect Shelby's furnace and discovered that the unit was using too much natural gas, which means a higher utility bill. After the technician completed a standard tune-up and inspected her thermostat, ducts, and furnace for the usual suspects, we were able to save Shelby and her husband much more money.

Shelby founded the very popular OC Mom Blog and she wrote about ARS (we are still blushing!).

We appreciate serving Orange County Moms and Dads alike. Thank you for your trust in ARS. If you’re thinking about having your HVAC unit serviced, please visit www.arsorangecounty.com and call (866) 508-4370.

Google is into everything. Glasses to maps, analytics to search engines. And now, it’s into thermostats. Yes, thermostats. According to Forbes, Google bought the smart thermostat for $3.2 billion.

“Google will help us fully realize our vision of the conscious home and allow us to change the world faster than we ever could if we continued to go it alone. We’ve had great momentum, but this is a rocket ship,” said CEO and cofounder Tony Fadell in a blog post.

The Internet giant is committed to knowing the environment in every way possible. This acquisition of Nest® allows them to help merge their technology with Nest®’s smart metering of your indoor heating and air conditioning. And ARS® skilled technicians are fully trained to install, maintain and help you operate all digital and wireless thermostats.

We have been serving home owners in the Orange County area with their smart thermostat needs for years, and we continue to maintain that training to stay on the cutting-edge of technology. These thermostats certainly are that, and we can help you learn to manage it so you can begin to see your HVAC bills lower as the need for it rises.

If your family is purchasing a smart thermostat, we encourage you to have it professionally installed to ensure it’s operating correctly and efficiently to maximize your investment. Call our trained technicians today 866.518.6480 or visit us online at www.arsorangecounty.com.

This time of year, the weather in Orange County is ever changing. Some homeowners switch from using their heating unit to their air conditioner almost weekly. With all these weather changes occurring, seasonal allergies are flaring up.

At ARS Orange County, we want to help keep your HVAC unit running properly and efficiently to reduce allergy symptoms. Below are three key areas we focus on when tuning up your unit:

  1. Cleaning – When turning on your HVAC unit after even a few weeks of no use, dust mites could become airborne throughout your household. These microscopic bugs make homes in pipes or bedding, and when you turn on the air flow in your home, dust and dirt get in the air, in your nose and in your system. Cleaning dirty air ducts can reduce the amount of allergy-causing bacteria in your home’s air.  At ARS, one call will take care of your ducts and have them blowing fresh air every time.
  2. Air Quality – Speaking of airborne particles flying around in your home, when was the last time your filters were checked and changed? Do you know what kind of filter your system uses? If not, our skilled technicians at ARS can help. We can make recommendations if your home could use a HEPA filter, ionizer or even a UV light to kill bacteria and mold spores that you may not even realize are present in your home.
  3. Maintenance – It goes without saying, but you should consider regular maintenance on one of your home’s largest expenses. Your house is your single most-important investment, and the air you breathe is the single most-important thing you put in your body. Make them both safe for you and your family.

One call or click is all it takes to get ARS out to your home and help you take care of those seasonal allergy symptoms. Our service is guaranteed, so what do you have to lose, besides a few extra sneezes?

It’s cooler than usual, and in Orange County, we understand the weather is tolerable for many, but others are going to be using their heater or furnace more often than usual. That’s why your ARS Orange County technicians want to remind all homeowners about the impact of dirty filters.

Maintenance is vital for any homeowner. HVAC units need to be inspected and cared for, like anything else in the home. And something as simple as changing a filter could save you more than you realize. Here’s how:

  • Air Quality – We have all noticed when it is easier to breathe inside or outside the home. Air quality has much to do with that, and in Orange County, we need all the quality we can get, right? Air filtration, cleaning or even UV germicidal lights can all be hampered by not checking your HVAC filter on a regular basis.
  • Waste of Money – It’s not a scare tactic from other HVAC technicians. By not changing your filter, you could be costing yourself more money because your air conditioning or heating unit has to work harder to get through all the collected dirt that is blocking the air flow.
  • Damage to your HVAC – Ultimately, not changing or checking a dirty filter can lead to costly damage to your equipment. Items such as a heat exchanger, oil or gas furnace, or even an entire air conditioner, can slow, crack or even break without proper air flow.

So, how do you know when to change your filter?

  • Change filters whenever they look black and clogged, preferably every three months
  • Households with smokers, dogs or cat lovers, asthma or allergy sufferers should change air filters once a month

We encourage you to print and keep this post in a place where you can read it again. Or, give us a call and one of our skilled and licensed ARS technicians would be happy to talk to you today.

Earlier this month, ARS Orange County teamed up with the Capistrano Unified School District (CUSD) Foundation to announce the winners of its “Think Green” energy conservation contest.

“Community involvement is important to the ARS team and giving back to our local schools and students is of the highest priority,” said Landon Brewer, General Manager of American Residential Services’ Southwest Division. “This green initiative aligns with ARS’ focus on energy-efficient practices and technologies, and will help bring awareness to the younger generation. Our hope is that we can encourage our youth to think about the impact they can make on our environment and share those ideas with the community as a whole so we can start making changes right here in Orange County.”

The contest winners included:

  • First place high school winner with a $150 cash reward is Laura Hirst from Dana Hills High School with her expertly-written essay on energy conservation ideas in the home.
  • First place middle school winner with a $150 cash reward is Rachel Leong from Niguel Hills Middle School with her project titled, “Energy Ideas that will Change the World.”
  • Second place high school winner with a $100 cash reward is Troy Chimenti from Dana Hills High School with his insight on how to save trees by using less paper.
  • Second place middle school winner with a $100 cash reward is Kyle Leong from Niguel Hills Middle School with his home-related energy saving tips including LED light bulbs, solar panel roofs, and renewable water heaters.

Congratulations to all the students in CUSD who are thinking green and thinking about our future. For more information about ARS Orange County, we’d love to hear from you today.

This article is a reposting of an article that appeared in the Orange County Register.

By Lindsey Ruta

Two Dana Hills High School students were named the winners of a district-wide contest encouraging conservation.

Junior Laura Hirst and senior Troy Chimenti were named the first- and second-place winners, respectively, of a contest sponsored by American Residential Services – an Orange County air quality company – that encouraged students to think of sustainable “green”-living initiatives.

Landon Brewer (center), the general manager for American Residential Services, presents prize money to Laura Hirst and Troy Chimenti on Dec. 19 at Dana Hills High School. Hirst and Chimenti won first and second place in a contest sponsored by ARS that encouraged students to brainstorm ways to live environmentally friendly lives.Students were asked to submit an essay, drawing or model proposing ways people could live more environmentally friendly lives. ARS wanted to partner with Capistrano Unified School District because the company believes it's important to encourage young people to think about the environment, said General Manager Landon Brewer.

Brewer presented Hirst and Chimenti with their prize money on Dec. 18. Hirst won $150 for first place and Chimenti received $100 for second place. Both are interested in pursuing careers that relate to the environment and renewable energy.

Brewer said dozens of students participated in the contest at the middle- and high-school level. He was happy with the participation and said the contest was the first of many to come.

This article originally appeared in the Dana Point Times. Read the article.

By Andrea Papagianis

Two students in Rick Stinson’s intro to renewable energy class at Dana Hills High School received recognition and prizes last week for their ideas on local energy conservation.

Pictured (L to R) Dana Hills Principal Jason Allemann, Laura Hirst, Troy Chimenti, Rick Stinson and Landon Brewer. Hirst and Chimenti were recognized for their essays on energy conservation last Wednesday. Photo by Andrea Papagianis

Senior Laura Hirst and junior Troy Chimenti were awarded $150 and $100, respectively, by ARS, a residential heating and air conditioning company, for their conservation ideas surrounding nano-technology, eco-industrial parks, LED lighting and recycling.

“My essay focused on innovation and implementing ideas now,” Hirst said. “We should be implementing ideas now, because if we wait for them to be perfect, they will never be implemented.”

ARS partnered with the Capistrano Unified School District Foundation earlier this fall for the first “Think Green” contest, encouraging students in seventh- through 12th-grades to think about energy conservation. Two middle school students from Niguel Hills were also awarded prizes.

“The students impressed us with the level of creativity and enthusiasm they brought to the project, and we hope this will be the first of more green community initiatives,” said Colin Martodam, ARS regional manager.

A $500 donation was also made to the CUSD Foundation. For more information on the foundation, visit www.cusdfoundation.org.

Despite this struggling economy, U.S. home values have gained 10 percent. According to USA Today, that is the fastest pace for the national housing market since 1977. While that is nice to see, the team at ARS here in Orange County is still finding that people are nervous about what comes with the new house – like the furnace or the HVAC unit.

Statistics show that a majority of Americans are buying a used house that is at least 15 years old. If that is the case, most people consider the shag carpet, wood paneling or even the popcorn ceiling. However, what about the air conditioner or even the ducts for the air in the house?

Are you considering central AC repair? Duct sealing? HVAC installation?  If not, perhaps you should? Spend a few days in the house and see how the humidity level feels. Do you see excessive dust on your bookshelves, ceiling fans or even the TVs? Is your heating or cooling system noisy? Then, make your new home feel like new with some HVAC maintenance.

That one small investment could pay off big dividends. Summer in Orange County is no picnic. Call ARS to make it a breeze.

Southern California is notorious for many things – bad traffic, great beaches and awful air to breathe. According to the South Coast Air Quality Management District, air quality is still a concern in Orange County, which is why we believe it is important for air quality in the home to be as good as it can.

At ARS Orange County, we are proud providers of top quality air conditioning, heating, and indoor air quality services throughout all of Southern California. We realize we cannot affect the outdoor air quality in Orange County, but with routine HVAC maintenance, air conditioning inspections and guaranteeing air quality in the home is as good as it can be, ARS can help make residents in Southern California breathe easier.

We are a one–stop–shop for all things heating and air conditioning. From furnace repair to HVAC inspection, duct cleaning to UV germicidal lights, ARS understands what it takes to improve air quality in the home. Our friendly HVAC technicians can help make your air quality better! Call us today at 866.518.6480.

IRVINE, Calif. – Dec. 9, 2013 – ARS, a leading residential heating and air conditioning service company in Orange County, in partnership with the Capistrano Unified School District Foundation, today announced the student winners of its “Think Green” energy conservation contest.  The contest invited students in grades 6 through 12 to develop projects, models and essays demonstrating ideas to conserve energy in their local communities.

Students in the Capistrano Unified School District submitted their projects between Oct. 15 and Nov. 14, and winning selections were made by ARS Regional Manager Colin Martodam based on creativity, sustainability, topic-specificity, impact and functionality.  

“Our partnership with the CUSD Foundation was a great way for ARS to give back to our local schools while inspiring Orange County students to expand their critical-thinking skills about energy conservation,” said Martodam. “The students impressed us with the level of creativity and enthusiasm they brought to the project, and we hope this will be the first of more green community initiatives.”

The contest winners include:

  • First place high school winner with a $150 cash reward is Laura Hirst from Dana Hills High School with her expertly-written essay on energy conservation ideas in the home. 
  • First place middle school winner with a $150 cash reward is Rachel Leong from Niguel Hills Middle School with her project titled, “Energy Ideas that will Change the World.”
  • Second place high school winner with a $100 cash reward is Troy Chimenti from Dana Hills High School with his insight on how to save trees by using less paper.
  • Second place middle school winner with a $100 cash reward is Kyle Leong from Niguel Hills Middle School with his home-related energy saving tips including LED light bulbs, solar panel roofs, and renewable water heaters.

In addition to cash prizes for the winners, ARS is matching the total prize earnings with a $500 donation to the CUSD Foundation.

For more information about ARS’ award-winning heating, air conditioning and indoor air quality services and to make a Home Service Plan appointment, visit www.arsorangecounty.com. For more information about the CUSD Foundation, visit  www.cusdfoundation.org.

About ARS Air Conditioning & Heating

Founded in 1997, ARS is a leading brand of American Residential Services L.L.C., which provides heating, air conditioning, and indoor air quality services to residential and commercial customers nationwide.   The knowledgeable team of ARS technicians delivers the highest quality professional HVAC services. ARS is committed to exceptional customer service, with its Exceptional Service Guarantee that assures ARS will always make it right for customers. For more information, visit www.arsorangecounty.com and www.ars.com or call (714) 464-6211.

About CUSD Foundation

The CUSD Foundation is committed to innovative learning and education excellence for every student in the Capistrano Unified School District. The Capistrano Unified School District serves more than 51,000 students with 55 schools encompassing 195 square miles in south Orange County. CUSD currently boasts 41 schools recognized as "California Distinguished Schools" and 12 schools recognized as "National Blue Ribbon Schools." The non-profit Foundation is the only organization that raises funds for all schools and students to bridge the gap created by budget cuts through partnerships with businesses and the community.

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During the months of October and November, ARS Orange County partnered with the Capistrano Unified School District (CUSD) to host a “Think Green” contest. Initiated by the leading Orange County heating and air conditioning repair and maintenance company, the contest was designed to encourage local students to learn about energy conservation and enhance their critical thinking skills. 

Dozens of CUSD students, grades six through 12, shared ideas on how to conserve energy in Orange County. Contest entries consisted of drawings, models and essays. Participants were required to submit entries with a thorough written explanation of the idea, the potential impact of the idea on the economy and/or community, and how the idea could be implemented throughout their community. The winners will be announced the first week of December in local newspapers.

ARS will reward students for their ideas with cash prizes. One high school student and one middle school student will each be rewarded with a $150 cash prize and second place winners will each receive a $100 cash prize. Additionally, ARS will match the total prize earnings with a $500 donation to the schools in the district that garner the most student participation.

As a leading Orange County heating and air conditioning repair and maintenance company, ARS has initiated a number of programs to give back to the community. To hold a “Think Green” contest at your school, email arsthinkgreen@boltpr.com. To learn about all of ARS’ community initiatives, visit www.arsorangecounty.com

October 2013, The Orange County Register, Students: Think green, win cash for you and your school

October 2013, San Clemente Times, "Think Green" Contest Ongoing for CUSD Students

Call for Entries: Capistrano Valley Students Invited to Participate in Energy Conservation Project for a Chance to Win $150 Grand Prize

Orange County, Calif. – Oct. 14, 2013 – ARS, a residential heating and air conditioning company, announced today it has partnered with the Capistrano Unified School District Foundation (CUSDF) in the annual “ARS Think Green Contest.”  The “ARS Think Green Contest” encourages 6th through 12th graders to think about and raise awareness of energy conservation. Energy-saving ideas can be submitted in the form of a written essay, drawing or model, from October 15 through November 14, for a chance to win $150.00.

“We love the idea of our students participating in the “ARS Think Green Contest” because it is a way to expand our students’ critical thinking skills,” said Steph Ramsey, President of the Capistrano Unified School District Foundation. “We look forward to seeing the creative ideas students come up with to reduce the load on our energy grid.”

“Our hope is that we can spark an interest in our youth to think about the impact they can make on our environment and share those ideas with the community as a whole so we can start making changes right here in Orange County,” said Colin Martodam, regional manager, ARS Air Conditioning & Heating Orange County.

All CUSDF 6th through 12th graders are encouraged to enter the “ARS Think Green Contest.” The contest is open to all “green” ideas, including essays, models and drawings. It will be divided into two categories based on grade level. One high school student and one middle school student will each be rewarded with a $150 cash prize; second place winners will each receive a $100 cash prize. Additionally, ARS will match the total prize earnings with a $500 donation to the schools in the district that garners the most student participation.

All entries must include a thorough explanation of the idea, the potential impact of the idea on the economy and/or community, and how the idea can be implemented throughout their community. Projects must be submitted to arsthinkgreen@boltpr.com no later than November 14, 2013.

For more information about the “ARS Think Green Contest,” please email arsthinkgreen@boltpr.com or call (714) 464-6211.

For more information about the Capistrano Unified School District Foundation, visit www.capousd.ca.schoolloop.com.

For more information about ARS’ award-winning heating, air conditioning and indoor air quality services, visit www.arsorangecounty.com.

About ARS Air Conditioning & Heating

Founded in 1997, ARS is a leading brand of American Residential Services L.L.C., which provides heating, air conditioning, and indoor air quality services to residential and commercial customers nationwide.   The knowledgeable team of ARS technicians delivers the highest quality professional HVAC services. ARS is committed to exceptional customer service, with its Exceptional Service Guarantee that assures ARS will always make it right for customers. For more information, visit www.arsorangecounty.com and www.ars.com or call (714) 464-6211.

About Capistrano Unified School District (CUSD)

All staff in Capistrano Unified School District are committed to the belief that children will learn, that children will learn more today than yesterday, and that they will learn more tomorrow than today. The District’s commitment to the more than 53,000 students entrusted to its care remains steadfast. Our commitment to instructional excellence drives the mission of our nearly 4,000 employees. Founded in 1965, Capistrano Unified encompasses 195 square miles in seven cities and a portion of the unincorporated area of Orange County. With 55 campuses, it is the largest employer in south Orange County. The District includes all or part of the cities of San Clemente, Dana Point, San Juan Capistrano, Laguna Niguel, Aliso Viejo, Mission Viejo and Rancho Santa Margarita, and the communities of Las Flores, Coto de Caza, Dove Canyon, Ladera Ranch, and Wagon Wheel. CUSD’s mission, in partnership with the home and our richly diverse community, is to educate students and to assist them in realizing their full potential as responsible, productive, and contributing members of society by providing an educational environment in which students are challenged, excellence is expected, and differences are valued.

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Of the various things that can go wrong with your AC, low refrigerant level is one of the most critical. They don’t call it the refrigerant cycle for nothing. The refrigerant in your air conditioning system is a chemical designed to produce radical fluctuations of temperature under various pressure conditions. The cool air that flows throughout your home is impossible without it. In today’s post, we’d like to examine in greater detail why low refrigerant level is a problem, so that you can keep an eye out for it. And be sure to call ARS® Orange County today for all of your air conditioning repair needs in Orange, CA. We can make sure that your AC is recharged to its correct level.

Extend the Life of Your AC System with Professional Air Conditioning Repair in Orange, CA

As you probably know, the refrigerant that flows throughout your AC should ideally stay at the same level throughout its life span. But in practice, refrigerant can become low for two main reasons: improper installation and a leak. The leak can arise from a physical hole in one of the coils or lineset, or from corrosion. Let’s take a look at few of the unwelcome potential outcomes of having low refrigerant:

  • Inadequate cooling. Simply put, your AC cannot function well without an adequate level of refrigerant. This can lead to all sorts of problems, but inadequate cooling is probably the most frequent. The reason for this is because low refrigerant means that that the absorption of thermal energy from your indoor air cannot be as effective.
  • Frozen evaporator coil. Low refrigerant can also cause your coil to frost over. Because it interrupts the refrigerant cycle, it can lead to an insufficient amount of dehumidification and cooling in the air handler.
  • Overheated compressor. Your compressor is the engine of your air conditioning system. It’s responsible for pressurizing the refrigerant and also heating it up so that it can be cooled by the outside air. But when it has to work harder and harder to pump less and less refrigerant throughout the cycle, it is at risk of overheating.

Call ARS® Orange County today for your entire air conditioning repair needs in the greater Orange, CA area.

We wish our present and future customers a pleasant Labor Day this September. We know how hard you work to ensure that you and your loved ones have a good life, and we feel the same way about the work that we do throughout the year. Home comfort is our business, so you can rely on our technicians to take care of any issues that you may have. To us, Labor Day means BBQ, the start of the football season, and spending quality time with our friends and family.

Like many US holidays, the origins of Labor Day are somewhat disputed. While many cite Peter J. McGuire’s (of the American Federation of Labor) suggestion of a demonstration and picnic as the inaugural Monday, others cite Matthew Maguire, then secretary of the Central Labor Union of New York. In the wake of the massive and violent Pullman Strike of 1894, which pitted George Pullman and US Marshals and Military against workers of the Pullman Palace Car Company outside Chicago. Designated as a federal holiday by Congress and President Grover Cleveland in 1894, a mere six days after the strike ended, Labor Day has since become a way of recognizing the contribution that hard working Americans have made to this country.

We wish you all the best this Labor Day. Make sure that you take the time to relax, eat some good food, and take a load off.

Considering how much use and abuse our air conditioners endure on a daily basis during the summer months, it’s hardly surprising that it may eventually require professional repair services. It’s simply an inevitability that you will have to deal with at some point. While you can stave off many problems with routine maintenance (not to mention professional installation), some issues will arise no matter how well maintained your AC is. But not to worry, there are some ways of detecting problems so that you can get in touch with an HVAC professional early to avoid major repairs later.

Call ARS® Orange County today for your Anaheim air conditioning repair needs.

Here are some warning signs that you should call a professional Anaheim air conditioning repair expert:

  • Intermittent operation. If you find that your AC only operates intermittently—that it turns on only sometimes—then you should not hesitate to get in touch with a professional. This could be a sign of an electrical problem. Your capacitor may be faulty or, alternatively, your thermostat may be malfunctioning. Whatever the problem may be, such unreliable operation is not only frustrating but could be an indication of a much deeper problem.
  • AC won’t turn off. During the summer, it may seem as though you never turn your AC off. After all, with temperatures high around the clock, you need to stay comfortable whether it’s breakfast or time to go to bed. But your AC should not run continuously. It should operate in cycles, and it should shut off once it has reached its target temperature. If it won’t, then you may have a problem.
  • Grinding noise. Expect your AC to make some noise during cooling; it’s simply a part of its mechanical operation. But if you begin to hear strange or excessively loud sounds, then you may want to consider getting in touch with a local HVAC professional. For example, a grinding noise may indicate dried-out bearings in the blower motor that need to be taken care of right away as not to cause damage to your system.

Call ARS® Orange County today for professional air conditioning repair services in Anaheim.

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