Shaw's Air Conditioning & Heating Blog: Archive for July, 2014

How a New Thermostat Can Make Your Air Conditioner More Energy Efficient

Friday, July 25th, 2014

At the height of summer, being able to lower your energy bills may seem like a tough goal to achieve with your air conditioning system, but one way to maximize on energy savings is with a new thermostat. With advanced technology and programmable features, today’s thermostats can be important tools in lowering your monthly energy bills. Shaw’s Air Conditioning specializes in the installation, replacement, repair and calibration of a wide array of thermostats, and we can help you select and install the right thermostat for you.

What Types of Thermostats Are There?

There are a number of thermostats available on the market these days, but the most energy efficient ones are:

  • Digital manual
  • Digital programmable
  • Wi-Fi/learning

How Are These Thermostats More Energy Efficient?

Digital manual thermostats are precise, which is what makes them more energy efficient than sliding or turning mechanical thermostats. They are also easy to use and easy to install.

Digital programmable thermostats take energy efficiency a step further by allowing you to program how your home cools (or heats) at any given time throughout a day. Being able to turn your cooling up during times of low or no occupancy goes a long way toward saving energy. There are usually several options on how you can program your thermostats, but all are for 7 day cycles: 

  • 7-Day – this program allows you to program a unique setting for each day. You can set up to four periods per day, every day of the week. 
  • 5-1-1 Day – this program allows you to set one program for the weekdays and a separate program/programs for Saturday and Sunday. This type of thermostat can be programmed for up to four periods per programmable session. 
  • 5-2 Day – this program option allows up to four programmable sessions with separate settings for the weekdays and weekends. 
  • 1 Week – this option allows you to set one program for the entire week with up to four sessions.

A Wi-Fi thermostat is the “gold” standard of thermostats. Not only are they fully programmable, they are accessible from your smart phone, tablet and/or computer, and give you the ability to monitor, manage and program your cooling from just about anywhere at any time. This kind of control helps you save energy while maintaining comfort in your home.

Don’t Miss Out on Energy Efficiency with an Old Thermostat

A new thermostat can make a big difference in how much energy your air conditioning uses this summer. Call Shaw’s Air Conditioning today and schedule expert air conditioning service in Lemoore and see how a new thermostat might help you lower your energy bills.

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How Fan Motor Problems Affect Your Air Conditioner

Friday, July 18th, 2014

You’ve certainly noticed the fan in the outside condenser unit of your air conditioner, the largest part of your AC system. It’s certainly an important part of your air conditioner, but the motor that makes it turn may be of greater importance. The fan motor is an electrical component that often needs occasional maintenance in order to work properly. If something interferes with this component, it can mean big trouble for your air conditioner that requires professional air conditioning repair.

There are many indicators that your fan motor may be working incorrectly. If the outdoor fan is moving too slowly, not moving at all, or if you hear strange noises in your outdoor unit, your fan motor may be experiencing some major issues. If you don’t receive any cool air in your home, there may be a problem with the indoor fan that blows cool air through the ducts.

The fan motor must keep the outdoor fan running whenever your AC is running. If the fan slows down at all, you may receive reduced cooling in your home because the heat from inside your home cannot vent to the outdoors. If the fan stops turning entirely, you may receive no airflow whatsoever.

There may be a number of different problems with your fan motor. There may be a wiring issue that requires an expert to repair. Often, the fan motor is simply worn out and needs replacement. You should call a professional if your fan motor gives out, so that the technician can choose a motor that is compatible with the rest of your AC system.

Loud grinding noises may indicate that debris is lodged in your fan motor, or that the motor needs lubrication. If this is the case, a technician can usually repair the problem, but these issues can also be prevented with annual maintenance. During a maintenance visit, a technician will check your entire system for dirt and debris and lubricate moving parts when necessary.

Your fan motor is an important component of your air conditioning system. If you notice problems in your outside condenser unit, don’t wait to call for repairs. Call Shaw’s Air Conditioning today for quick air conditioning repairs in Lemoore.

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What are the Benefits of Ductless Mini Split Systems?

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Although the phrase “ductless mini split system” may seem like a confusing term, it’s actually a fairly painless alternative to other air conditioning options. Ductless mini splits are air conditioning systems that don’t need ducts in order to cool your home. This may be a great solution for those who have had issues with their ductwork or want to save on their energy bills every month. Read on to find out whether ductless mini splits are the best option for your new air conditioning installation this summer.

No Ducts

Of course, the main distinction of a ductless system is that it does not use ducts. This may mean that you’ll have to make fewer service calls, especially if you’ve experienced a lot of issues with the ductwork in your home in the past. Sometimes, the ducts inside of a house have been installed improperly, causing airflow issues that may decrease performance and efficiency or repair issues with other parts of your AC. Ductless systems eliminate this possibility, which could mean fewer future repairs.

Zone Control

Ductless mini-split systems allow you to install multiple air handlers throughout your home, each of which can be controlled with its own individual thermostat. This is good news for your family members; they can adjust the temperature in their own rooms according to their own unique preferences. This keeps everybody happy, while also allowing you to heat or cool only the rooms in use. If no one is downstairs on a warm night, for example, you can always turn off the AC to prevent unnecessary energy loss.

Energy Savings

When you cool an entire home although only one or two rooms are occupied, you end up spending more on cooling costs than is necessary. The multiple thermostats involved in ductless systems can help you save energy, as can the lack of ductwork. With most central AC units, there is a high risk of air leaking through the ducts, which results in a lot of unnecessary energy loss. Ductless systems could significantly reduce the amount of money often spent on this type of issue.

Shaw’s Air Conditioning provides many heating and cooling options for your home, including ductless systems. For air conditioning services in Fresno, call us now!

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Leading the Way with Independence Days!

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

The term “Fourth of July” is the popular name for the U.S. federal holiday officially known as Independence Day. It isn’t surprising that we would come up with a different name from the official one, since “Independence Day” is one of the most common holiday names across the globe. Most of the nations in existence today won their independence from another power, whether through wars, treaties, or long transitions.

What might surprise many people is how old U.S. Independence Day actually is compared to the similar holidays of other nations. Although the U.S. is still considered a young nation, it was one of the first to make a full break for its colonial master with a new constitution. Most countries that celebrate a national Independence Day are commemorating events that occurred in the second half of the 20th century, when many older empires at last relinquished control over their colonies.

How substantial is the difference in time for the U.S.A. and the rest of the world? U.S. Independence Day celebrates the signing of the Declaration of Independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain in 1776, making our country unusual in that almost no existing nations celebrate an independence event from the eighteenth century.

In terms of age, there is only a tiny handful current countries that celebrate an independence day that occurred earlier than the United States. Switzerland celebrates its independence from the Holy Roman Empire of the Germans in 1291 with “Swiss National Day,” held every August 1—although this only gained status as a national holiday in 1994. Sweden Celebrates “National Day of Sweden” to commemorate events in 1523 and the election of King Gustav I during the War of Liberation against Christian II of Denmark and Norway. Romania comes almost a hundred years after U.S. Independence, with its 1877 freedom from Turkish rule.

The most recent Independence Days to come into existence are for Montenegro, which gained independence from Serbia in 2006 and celebrates the day on May 21, and South Sudan, which gained independence from Sudan in 2011 and celebrates the day only a day after the U.S., on July 5.

Does anyone else celebrate a literal “Fourth of July,” an Independence Day that also falls on the fourth day of the seventh month? Yes: Abkhazia, a small Central Asian country that declared its independence from the Republic of Georgia in 1999 (although not all countries recognize it). Coming a day (like South Sudan) on July 5 is the independence of the small Atlantic island nation of Cape Verde, which became free from Portugal through signed agreement in 1975.

Everyone at Shaw’s Air Conditioning hopes you and your family enjoy a vibrant Independence Day/Fourth of July this year!

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