Shaw's Air Conditioning & Heating Blog: Archive for July, 2013

Common Air Conditioning Repairs During Summertime

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

As we endure the dog days of summer, it’s important to make certain that you take care of any necessary air conditioning repairs, especially if they are adversely affecting your cooling performance and energy efficiency. The higher the temperature rises, the more your air conditioner has to work to keep your indoor air at or below a certain temperature, and this only increases the wear and tear. Any debris that has accumulated on sensitive system components can eventually lead to problems, and it’s important to keep your system as clean as possible in order to achieve the comfort you deserve. That said, at times there is simply no avoiding problems with the operation of your AC. For professional air conditioning services in Visalia, including extensive repair and maintenance services, call Shaw’s Air Conditioning. We’d be happy to help restore your cooling.

Let’s take a look at some common air conditioning repair needs that you may come across this summer. The development of frost on your indoor evaporator coil is not as unusual as it may seem. It’s not dissimilar to the way your freezer or refrigerator ices up. There are several different reasons why it could happen to you, but it could simply be an airflow issue. When that cold air has nowhere to go, it blends with the warm indoor air brought in for cooling by the blower motor , and this imbalance creates a humidity problem in the air handler that leads to moisture on the coils that quickly freezes. The pattern recurs and the result is a lack of cooling capacity. Your system may shut down for defrosting, but you need to hire a professional to discover the root of the problem.

Another common problem during the summer months is dirty condenser coils. Because of their outdoor location, they tend to accumulate debris. This can lead to coil corrosion as well as blocked thermal dissipation. In order to get the most out of your system, you need to make sure that all of its parts are kept clean at all times. Your condenser coils need to be cleaned by a professional because of nearby electrical controls, as well as the compressor.

Call the Visalia air conditioning technicians at Shaw’s Air Conditioning today. We can make sure that all of your air conditioning needs are well taken care of.


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The Importance of the Thermostat to Your Air Conditioning System

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

You probably pass them every day and don’t give them much thought but your thermostats are one of the most important components of your AC system. They control when your air conditioning system turns on, how long it runs and how cool your home gets. If you need any air conditioning repair or thermostat installation services in Fresno, just give us a call here at Shaw’s Air Conditioning. We wanted to raise awareness of why thermostats are so important so read on below to find out more.

Fresno Air Conditioning Tip: Why Thermostats are Important

Here is a quick explanation of why your thermostats are so important to your home’s air conditioning system.

The job of your thermostat is pretty simple: it detects the temperature in its area and then determines if it needs to turn on your air conditioning system. If the temperature in your home is too high then it will activate the AC and run it until your home’s temperature cools to the desired level. At that point it shuts off the AC and continues to monitor your home’s temperature.

If your thermostat starts to break down it could cause huge issues for your home. If your thermostats aren’t calibrated correctly then it could lead to your home being too warm because the thermostat is detecting the wrong temperature. Your air conditioner might not even come on at all if the wiring inside your thermostats isn’t working properly.

Types of Thermostats

There are a few different thermostat options that are available that give homeowners varying levels of control over their home’s temperature and air conditioning system.

  • Digital – These types of thermostats are the digital version of the circular manual thermostats that are still found in older homes. But they do feature bright, easy-to-read buttons and display screens.
  • Programmable – If you’re looking to take more control over your home’s AC and energy usage then a programmable thermostat is a great option. You can set your thermostat to turn on and off at certain times throughout the day. This allows you to not have to worry about having to remember to turn off your AC when you leave for work in the morning.

For all your Fresno air conditioning services, including thermostat repairs and installation, just call the experts at Shaw’s Air Conditioning.

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Are You Ready For A Ductless Mini Split Air Conditioning System?

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

If you’re like most homeowners then you likely have a central air conditioning system in your home that uses a series of ductwork to push cool air throughout your home. But did you know that there are AC systems that don’t use ducts? We wanted to raise awareness of ductless mini split air conditioning systems by putting together a quick explanation of how they work and the potential benefits to homeowners. Call the Fresno air conditioning technicians at Shaw’s Air Conditioning if you need any kind of services.

Ductless Mini Split Air Conditioning in Fresno

Ductless mini split air conditioning systems are a great option for many homeowners and offer some pretty terrific advantages. Here’s a quick explanation of how they work.

Unlike traditional central AC systems that use a series of ductwork to move air through your home, ductless mini splits use wall-mounted units in each zone or room of the house. These wall-mounted units circulate the air in each room or zone and provide cooling or heating. All of the wall-mounted units are connected to a central condensing unit by a series of refrigerant tubes and electrical wires.

Benefits of Ductless Mini Split Air Conditioning

There are a couple benefits to using a ductless system.

  • Decreased energy usage – With traditional air conditioning systems, they have to push air through a long series of ducts that lead to each room of the house. Along the way, heat from the outside can penetrate into the ducts and increases its temperature. This causes your AC system to have to work harder to cool which reduces the efficiency of your home.
  • Zone control – Another advantage of ductless mini split air conditioning systems is that they provide homeowners with zone control. This allows you to adjust the temperature in different areas of the house independently of each other. So if you know that you’re only going to be using a particular section of your home for several hours, you can just cool that area of your home instead of having to cool your entire home.

Whenever you need an air conditioning repair, installation or maintenance service in Fresno, just call the experts at Shaw’s Air Conditioning. We can help you figure out which type of air conditioning system is right for your home.

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How Insulation Affects Air Conditioning

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Are you completely satisfied with the way your air conditioning performs? Homeowners throughout the Fresno area are always looking for ways to improve their cooling experience, whether by upgrading, repairing, or replacing your existing equipment. But your air conditioner is not the only part of your home that plays a role in keeping you cool during the summer months. Properly installed insulation can go a long way towards keeping your cool air in and the hot air out. Unfortunately, many homeowners associate insulation with cold weather. In today’s post, we’d like to address this issue in more detail. Call Shaw’s Air Conditioning today for comprehensive air conditioning and insulation services in Fresno.

Insulation functions as a thermal barrier. The movement of conditioned air throughout your home is guided by a fundamental natural principle, which is that higher levels of thermal energy (hot) always moves towards lower levels of thermal energy (cold). That is why your heat attempts to escape into the cool air during the winter, and the hot outdoor air tries to infiltrate your home during the summer. A thermal barrier such as insulation seeks to control this natural flow in order to maximize heating and cooling performance as well as energy efficiency.

Is your home properly insulated? That includes not only your exterior walls and floors, but also the areas around your ductwork, door frames, windows, and plumbing. The most important area for the purposes of cooling, however, may be your attic. The attic reaches temperatures much higher than the rest of the house due to its proximity to the roof. Insulating your attic properly is relatively straightforward but needs to be completed by a professional who can use the right materials and techniques to make the most of your insulation project.

The benefits of attic insulation are numerous. Not only will you protect the integrity of the cool air in your living space, which will improve performance, you may also thereby cut down on the amount of energy that your home uses to cool you and your family during the summer. At Shaw’s Air Conditioning, we offer a wide range of air conditioning services throughout Fresno, including insulation. Call us today to learn more about what we can do for you.

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Happy 4th of July!

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

There are few things more “American” than baseball, apple pie and Independence Day. On this day over 200 years ago the second Continental Congress voted to approve the Declaration of Independence. The document, which was primarily authored by Thomas Jefferson, was a written explanation of why America wanted to be free from Great Britain. This bold move by the American colonies would start the Revolutionary War where many brave women and men would give their lives for the freedom that we now hold dear.

Over the years, our celebration of Independence Day has remained largely unchanged. John Adams, the 2nd president of the United States, said this about celebrating Independence Day: “It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.” We all remember going to family barbecues, watching fireworks, attending parades, picnics and fairs, building bonfires, and playing baseball.

However you celebrate this 4th of July, make sure that you take a moment to remember why we’re celebrating.

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