Shaw's Air Conditioning & Heating Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Armona’

Listen for These Air Conditioner Noises

Monday, June 13th, 2016

As you use your air conditioner more and more to keep cool this summer, you’re going to want to listen for any particularly strange noises coming from it during operation. Strange noises often indicate that the system is experiencing difficulties of some kind, which could get quite serious if ignored. Let’s take a look at some of the common air conditioner noises that indicate a problem.

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Common AC Problems to Look for This Summer

Monday, May 9th, 2016

As the summer wears on, you’re going to start relying on your air conditioner more and more often to keep your home cool. That means that the strain on the system is going to keep increasing, which means there are greater chances for problems to crop up. If you want to keep your air conditioner in the best possible shape, you’re going to need to keep an eye out for signs that the system needs repairs. Read on for some of the common air conditioning problems that you might face this summer.

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How to Determine What Type of Heater Is Best for You

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Heating installation in Armona, CA is serious business. Despite our mild California winters, cold nights are still the norm in December and January, and without a reliable heater, your house could get very chilly indeed. A new heater needs to perform reliably for many years, but even more importantly it needs to fit the specifics of your home in order to best suit your heating needs. Here’s a few general tips on how to determine what type of heater is best for you.

  • Sizing. By heater size, we means its energy production in BTUs (British thermal Units), not its physical size. Generally speaking, a heater should generate about 50 BTUs for every square foot of space you need heated, though that number can vary depending on things like insulation in your home and sunlight exposure. It it’s too small, it won’t heat the home and if it’s too large, it will cycle on and off, which costs you a great deal in wasted energy.
  • Type. Most people think of traditional gas furnaces when they think of heaters: the kind that use ducts snaking out from a centralized system. Gas furnaces work well, but depending on your circumstances, you might want to consider an alternative form of heating, such as a heat pump. You might also consider upgrades to your existing system, such as zone controls that let you turn the heat on and off to individual rooms in your house instead of the house as a whole.
  • Efficiency. Heater efficiency is measured in its AUFE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) rating, which is listed as a percentage. The higher the percentage, the more effectively the heater is doing its job. You should look for a heater with a higher AFUE than the one you currently possess; the EnergyStar sticker is a handy shortcut, since it denotes heaters that are particularly efficient.

For more information on how to determine what type of heater is best for you, schedule a consultation with Shaw’s Air Conditioning & Heating. We have years of experience with heating installation in Armona, CA and can find an ideal heater to suit your home. Call us today!

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How Taking Care of Heating Repair Today Might Save You Money

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Heating repair service in Armona, CA has to deal with all kinds of problems. Despite our mild California winters, heaters are still very important; nighttime temperatures can get quite chilly and cold fronts can still make your house feel like a meat locker without a good heater. Furthermore, the longer you wait to address a given problem with your heater, the more it might cost you in repairs. Here’s how taking care of heating repair today might save you money.

It boils down to the old saying that an ounce of prevention beats a pound of cure. When a problem arises with your heater, it renders it completely inoperable only infrequently. More often, the heater continues to function, only now it much work harder to do its job (either by taking longer to heat your home, subjecting a given component to more strain, or some combination of the two). If it’s not addressed, that increased strain will eventual result in a larger breakdown, necessitating a larger repair.

For instance, assume that a screw holding the fan motor down has worn out, causing the motor to rattle in its housing. That rattling means that the fan can’t work quite as well, taking more energy to turn as fast as it used to. The motor itself undergoes extra strain from the loose screw as well. Two weeks later, the increased load causes the motor to short out, necessitating its replacement. In retrospect, which is going to cost you more: replacing the screw at the beginning of the issue or replacing the whole motor later on?

It’s not hard to see how taking care of heating repair today might save you money. The earlier you can detect a problem, the less it’s apt to cost you in the long run. For heating repair service in Armona, CA, call upon the experts at Shaw’s Air Conditioning. We handle heating repair issues for the entire area, and we won’t rest until you are completely satisfied. Give us a call to set up an appointment today; you’ll be glad you did!

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How Your Heater’s Efficiency Is Measured

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Getting the best quality heating for your home requires balancing out a number of factors. One of the most important to consider is how efficiently a heater coverts its energy source into the heat that enters your home. Understanding the measurements used to gauge a heater’s efficiency is key to knowing what kind of savings on your bills to expect from a particular model. You can also use this knowledge to achieve a better understanding of how efficiently your current heater operates.

There is a large amount of technical information involved in measuring heating efficiency, but in this post we will simplify it to the basics that will mean the most to you as a homeowner. If you want more information, or if you require professional heating service in Armona, CA, contact Shaw’s Air Conditioning. We are about to enter our tenth year providing quality heating installation, repair, and maintenance.

AFUE

The majority of heating systems, such as furnaces and boilers, use a percentage rating to measure efficiency: “annual fuel utilization efficiency” or AFUE. This represents the amount of fuel energy—oil, natural gas, propane, electricity—the heating system converts into heat, measured over a year. For example, a furnace with an AFUE rating of 90% generates 90 units of heat (measured in BTUs, “British Thermal units) for every 100 units of fuel that it burns. Conventional firewood has an AFUE of 45%-55%, but almost all modern heaters score above 78%. Some of the top-of-the-line gas furnaces score in the 90s, and technology continues to advance every year to manufacture heaters with less energy waste.

HSPF

Heat pumps use a different rating system than furnaces and other heaters. Because they operate as both heaters and air conditioners, they have two different ratings: HSPF and SEER. The rating for heat efficiency is HSPF, which stands for “heating seasonal performance factor.” This is the ratio of the total amount of heat required over a single season to the energy consumed in watt-hours. The ratio is expressed as a whole number; the higher the number, the more efficiently the heat pump uses electricity. The best heat pumps will have an HSPF of around 10.

Knowing the AFUE or HSPF of a heating system will help guide you in picking a new model for your home, or deciding if you want to replace an older, less efficient model. Keep in mind that just because your heater has a high AFUE (or HSPF) doesn’t mean it actually lives up to it: without repairs or regular maintenance, a heater will start to work inefficiently.

When you are interested in getting a new heater installed, or if you want to see if your current heater is doing the best job for you, bring in professionals like those at Shaw’s Air Conditioning to guide you. Efficiency is a major part of choosing a heater, but it isn’t the only part, and with the help of experts, you will get much better heating services in Armona, CA this winter.

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