Air Conditioning Problems that You Need to Watch Out for

April 20th, 2015

The days are warming up, and soon you’ll be using your air conditioning system on a regular basis. In order to make sure that your air conditioner can stand up to that level of strain, it’s a good idea to get it checked out before the summer starts. It would also be wise to keep an eye out for any problems that might afflict the system and cause it to malfunction. Have a look at some of the common air conditioning problems that you need to watch out for. Continue Reading

When Is It Time for a New Air Conditioner?

April 13th, 2015

As the weather starts to warm up across the country, people are starting to check up on their air conditioners. No one wants to have their air conditioning system fail on them during the hot summer months. While preventive maintenance and thorough repairs will take a system far, there will eventually come a point when it will simply not be up to the task of cooling the home any more. When that happens, it’s time to start looking for a new air conditioner. What are the signs that your air conditioner is reaching the end of its life, though? Read on to find out. Continue Reading

Why You Should Consider Installing a Zone Control System

April 6th, 2015

Central heating and air conditioning systems are great for a number of reasons. They condition the entire house, which is convenient. They’re effective at reaching the target temperature in short order, and there are many different options available.

While they do have benefits, however, they also have a number of disadvantages. Central systems often rely on a single thermostat to control them, which isn’t ideal if you want to condition an entire house. They also can’t really compensate for the differences in insulation that can make some rooms cool or heat up faster than others. If you want to have the benefits of a central air system, but none of the disadvantages, you should consider installing a zone control system.

What Is a Zone Control System?

A zone control system is a series of dampers, essentially large valves, which are installed in the ductwork of a home. One damper is installed in the ducts leading to each room, and a thermostat controlling the damper is installed in the room itself. The system divides your house into different zones, with each room having a self-contained climate. When the temperature for a room requires action from the heater or air conditioner, the thermostat will activate the relevant system and open the damper. If the other rooms do not require heating or cooling, their dampers remain closed. This makes it possible to heat or cool only the rooms in your house that need it, rather than conditioning the entire house at once.

Advantages of Zone Control

Zone control offers a level of control and convenience that is not available in standard central heating and air conditioning systems. A normal central system can either serve the entire house or none of it, which wastes a lot of energy on rooms that are either empty or already at a comfortable temperature. By installing a zone control system, you are giving yourself and your family the ability to set your own comfortable climate.

If you would like to know more about zone control systems, call Shaw’s Air Conditioning & Heating. We install and service zone control systems throughout Lemoore, CA.  

Prevent Problems with Commercial Ice Machine Maintenance

March 27th, 2015

Whether you manage a high-end bar or nightclub, or you own a cozy cafe that serves up cold coffee drinks on hot summer days, your commercial ice machine is of vital importance. While ice makers are pretty far from the most complex pieces of machinery out there today, they still have many different components which must work well together in order to ensure that you have all of the ice that you need to run your business effectively. It may be something of an unsung hero, but when you encounter problems with your commercial ice machine, it will become quite clear, quite quickly, just how crucial a role it plays. That is why proper commercial ice machine maintenance in Fresno County, CA is so necessary. Work with Shaw’s Air Conditioning, and know that your commercial ice machine will satisfy your needs entirely.

While any problems with your commercial ice machine should be left to trained professionals to resolve, and you should have your system inspected from time to time to ensure that everything is in proper working order, there are many steps which you can take on your own to maintain your commercial ice machine. Chief among these is replacing your water filter on a regular basis. Generally, this should happen every six months. Refer to your specific product to determine precisely what the frequency ought to be in your situation, though. Water filters not only maintain a high level of quality in your ice, but also help to inhibit the development of scale within the system, and to reduce any risk of serious sediment buildup.

Another way in which to maintain your commercial ice machine is with the application of antimicrobial protection. Mold growth and other unpleasant issues are not uncommon with such systems, which is why many have antimicrobial plastics to begin with. Make sure that you know precisely what your ice machine is made of. If it is not pretreated with any such protection, you are wise to consider putting some to use.

Perhaps most important in maintaining your commercial ice machine on your own is to ensure that it is cleaned and sanitized regularly. Again, this is something that ought to be done around every six months. Air filters also must be cleaned or replaced as well. By scheduling your commercial ice machine maintenance in Fresno County, CA with our staff, of course, you can have all of the necessary precautions made for you, and by skilled professionals at that. Plus, we will thoroughly inspect your entire system to not only ensure that your ice is of a high quality, but that your equipment itself is in fine working condition.

Call Shaw’s Air Conditioning today to guarantee that you get the  best performance possible from your commercial ice machine.

Can Duct Replacement Services Make a Difference?

March 20th, 2015

Forced air distribution based heating and cooling systems are among the most popular among homeowners throughout the region. By heating and cooling air, and then distributing that conditioned air throughout one’s home, the homeowner is able to enjoy prompt and effective heating and cooling. This is simply not the case, though, if the air ducts in that HVAC system are in poor working condition.

If you use a furnace, heat pumps, central air conditioner, or any other HVAC system that relies upon ductwork in order to heat and/or cool your home, then schedule your ductwork services with the professional technicians here at Shaw’s Air Conditioning. We can design, seal, and repair your ductwork to ensure its proper function. However, there are instances in which your ductwork may be beyond repair, or simply not worth repairing. If this is the case, count on our staff to provide you with outstanding HVAC duct replacement services in Lemoore, CA.

Should you find yourself wondering if duct replacement services can really make a difference in your home, then let us tell you that the answer is, unequivocally, yes. Not everyone will need their ductwork replaced. If you do, though, nothing will compare to the results of professionally replaced ductwork. There are a few situations in which duct replacement may be justified or completely necessary, and in these situations replacing your ductwork can help you to live more comfortably and to heat and cool your home more efficiently.

While many problems with ductwork can be resolved with sealing or repair services, there are instances in which replacing the ductwork altogether makes more sense. Seriously rusted or corroded air ducts, for example, may not lend themselves to effective repairs. In this case, it is better to take the  time to replace damaged sections of ductwork, rather than ineffectively sealing or repairing them. Sometimes the job calls for surgery, not the simple application of a bandage.

It may also be the case that your ductwork is underperforming due to the fact that it was not installed properly in the first place. No one wants to replace ductwork that is not seriously damaged, of course. However, by allowing a professional ductwork technician to replace poorly designed, installed, and connected ductwork, you can cut down on energy waste substantially.

That way, we can inspect your system thoroughly to determine what action is necessary. Should you need HVAC duct replacement in Lemoore, CA, we’ll ensure that the job is completed properly every step of the way.

If you suspect that the ductwork in your home is problematic, the best thing to do is to call the professionals on the Shaw’s Air Conditioning team. 

How to Tell if You Need Zone Cooling System Repair

March 13th, 2015

By using a zone control system when cooling your home, you can maintain comfortable temperatures confidently without sacrificing energy efficiency while doing so. This is thanks to the fact that a zone control system allows you to cool only those areas of your home that you wish, and to do so independently of one another. However, like any other system with moving parts and electrical components, it is possible that you will encounter problems with your zone control system at some point. When you do, we suggest that you contact the professionals at Shaw’s Air Conditioning immediately. This will help to minimize damage to your system and disruption to your comfort. Here are some warning signs that you may need zone cooling system repairs in Kettleman City.

Because one of the major selling points of a zone cooling system is that it can help you to cool your home more efficiently without putting your comfort on the chopping block, your cooling costs can be a very good indicator that something has gone wrong with your system. More specifically, an unexplained spike in your cooling costs can indicate the need for professional zone cooling system repair. The longer you wait to schedule such services, the more you are likely to pay in order to cool your home, and the less successful you will likely be in doing so effectively.

Another sign that there is a problem with your zone cooling system is the development of hot spots throughout your home. A zone control system works by utilizing electronic dampers in your forced air distribution system’s ductwork in order to direct conditioned air to those areas in which you want it. This is accomplished on the user end by simply setting different temperatures in different temperature zones. However, if you enter a zone in which you expect nice, cool conditions, and are instead met with uncomfortable heat, you may have a problem with your zoning system. This works both ways; if you find that an area you haven’t called for much cooling in is actually cooler than those in which you have requested cooler temperatures, then you have a malfunction in your system somewhere.

No matter what sort of problems you have with your zone cooling system, you need to schedule your zone cooling system repairs in Kettleman city with a trained professional. Contact Shaw’s Air Conditioning to do so.

When you work with us, the problem with your system will be diagnosed accurately and resolved entirely. Schedule service today.

When and Why You Should Consider Loose Fill Insulation Services

March 6th, 2015

Heating and cooling our homes is a top priority for homeowners everywhere. We are used to a certain level of comfort in this day and age, and our comfort is largely contingent upon the performance of our HVAC systems. However, it is impossible to enjoy a great heating and cooling performance, regardless of the quality of one’s system, if one’s home is not sufficiently insulated. Shaw’s Air Conditioning offers comprehensive insulation services to ensure that your home has what it takes to prevent the unwanted transfer of heat into or out of your home. Contact us today to learn more, and remember that there are a number of different insulation types and options available. One which may benefit you is the use of loose fill insulation in your Visalia, CA home. 

As important as having the right amount of insulation in a home is, as well as ensuring that your insulation is of the right efficiency level, noted with an R-value, using the right sort of insulation for the task as hand is also of the utmost importance. For many situations, loose fill insulation is the perfect method and uses the right materials. The versatility of loose fill insulation is one of its major selling points, as well as the environmentally friendly and safe nature of its components.

Loose fill insulation is generally used to add insulation to areas in the home which are already finished, as opposed to insulating areas being built up from scratch. It is an excellent option for irregularly shaped areas in a home, which don’t lend themselves to rigid insulating methods, and to those areas with obstructions around which one must navigate. This is due to the fact that blown in or loose fill insulation is blown into place using specialized equipment.

Any hard to reach area of the home can benefit greatly from the installation of loose fill insulation, which is generally made up of recycled materials such as cellulose, fiberglass, and mineral wool. This includes enclosed, existing walls, or new walls with open cavities, as well as unfinished floors. Just remember that the successful installation of loose fill insulation necessitates a level of service expertise that only professional technicians can offer.

We have the tools and experience we need to get the job done right. Our goal is to ensure that you are able to heat and cool your home with the efficiency and effectiveness that you deserve. 

We suggest that you schedule your loose fill insulation services in Visalia, CA with the trained professionals here at Shaw’s Air Conditioning. 

Why the Efficiency of Your Air Filtration System Matters

February 27th, 2015

Cleansing the air that you breathe in your home is an admirable goal. However, too many homeowners fail to realize the fact that it is often more of a challenge than they first realize. If you are serious about improving indoor air quality in your residence, then you are wise to consider the installation of an air filtration system. You are wiser still to contact the indoor air quality specialists that you can count on to install your air filtration system in Lemoore, CA properly, as well as to ensure that the appropriate equipment is installed. To do so, just call the pros here at Shaw’s Air Conditioning. Not only will we help you to determine how best to combat issue with your indoor air quality, but we’ll also make sure that your air filtration system is of the right efficiency for your needs.

As you likely – and hopefully – realize, as you should be replacing or cleaning it regularly, there is an air filter built into your HVAC system. If you think that this is enough to improve upon the quality of the air throughout your home, though, think again. This air filter is likely of a fairly low efficiency, designed primarily to protect your HVAC equipment itself, rather than to clean up the air that you breathe in your home. If you hope to effectively trap airborne pollutants which can wreak havoc on your indoor air quality, then you are wise to invest in more efficient air filters designed for that purpose.

It is important to keep in mind the fact, though, that overly efficient air filters are really no better than air filters which are not efficient enough. If your air filters are rated to low in their MERV (minimum efficiency reporting value), then they will allow a number of pollutants to pass through. However, those filters with MERV ratings beyond what you need and what your system can handle can have a number of negative impacts on your system and your heating and cooling budget. They may create too much airflow resistance in your system, making it difficult for your HVAC system to distribute conditioned air effectively. Plus, your system will have to fight harder than it should to force air through the filtration system, which can increase energy usage, running costs, and lead to unnecessary strain on your equipment.

That way, your system will surely be of the right efficiency and in prime working condition. Call now for more details.

To ensure that you get the quality performance that you deserve from any air filtration system in Lemoore, CA, contact Shaw’s Air Conditioning.

What Kinds of Ductless Cooling Repairs Require Service?

February 20th, 2015

Ductless cooling may look very different from other systems, and the way a ductless system delivers air is certainly different from ducted systems, but when it comes to repairs, there are a lot of similarities between ducted and ductless systems. Some people may worry that a ductless system is more complicated to repair, but it isn’t any more complicated than a traditional split-system AC. Here are some of the common cooling repairs our Shaw’s Air Conditioning technicians see with ductless cooling systems:

Refrigerant Leaks

Whole-home air conditioning systems need refrigerant in order to operate. Refrigerant leaks are common repairs, but locating them can be challenging, and only certified experts can physically handle refrigerant. It is important to repair a refrigerant leak as soon as it is detected as these kinds of leaks can lead to serious operational issues with your system.

Condensate Drain Clogs

Each indoor blower has its own condensate drain line that drains the excess water from the blower to the outdoors. Condensate drain lines need to be cleaned at least once a year or they can clog from stuck debris and/or mold development.

Compressor Issues

The compressor resides in the outdoor unit. Several common problems that can develop with a compressor are issues with the capacitors, frayed or corroded wiring, refrigerant leaks, and motor issues. The compressor is responsible for pressurizing the refrigerant in the system, so if something is wrong with your compressor, your air conditioner will most likely develop issues with cooling.

Problems with the Indoor Blowers

The each indoor blower contains a set of evaporator coils, an air filter and a fan. Each of these components can develop issues that require the help of a trained professional.

As you can see, ductless cooling repair in Riverdale isn’t that different from traditional AC repair, but this doesn’t mean you should attempt repairs yourself.

If you are having problems with your ductless AC, call Shaw’s Air Conditioning today!

Lupercalia: The Origin of St. Valentine’s Day

February 14th, 2015

Many people may think of Valentine’s Day as a holiday essentially created by card and gift companies, but the truth is that the holiday has long-standing roots going back to the Roman Empire. The name “Lupercalia” has its origins in the word “lupus”, which means wolf, and the reason for this is that according to Roman pagan religion, the she-wolf Lupa nursed the two orphaned infants Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome.

 

The Festival

The Festival of Lupercalia spanned two days each February, from February 13th to 15th. The festival was about fertility and was led by Luperci priests, known as “brothers of the wolf”. The festival was serious with intention (fertility) but was executed as quite a romp for both the priests and citizens of Rome. The process was this: two male goats and a dog were sacrificed at the beginning of the festival by the priests; two young Luperci were then anointed with the blood from the animals, and the hides of the animals were cut into straps. As food and drink flowed, the male priests would run around the city wearing nothing but thongs made from the animal skins, and they also carried a strap from one of the sacrificed animals. The strap was used to strike the palms of Roman women waiting for the priests in the city, as it was believed that being hit with the strap could help with infertility issues and a safe, healthy labor for women who were pregnant.

 

The Transition to St. Valentine’s Day

The Christian influence of the holiday came around the 5th century. The Roman Empire was still strong, but Christianity was rapidly taking hold throughout the world. It is believed that to try and remove the paganism from the holiday, the deaths of two men, supposedly both named Valentine, were added into the mix. During the 3rd and 4th centuries, a law created by Claudius II forbade young men eligible for military service to marry, because Rome wanted a strong army. The two men named Valentine were priests, and married young couples in secret. Both were found out and executed on February 14th, although in separate years. The Church made Valentine a saint (they chose one), and Lupercalia became St. Valentine’s Day.

 

Here’s wishing you and your loved one a Happy Valentine’s Day!