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Are Dirt & Debris Hurting Your AC & Your Air Quality?

Having good quality air in your home is undoubtedly important to you. Whether you live in a household with fun-loving, messy kids or a more laid back house cat, dirt and debris can easily build up in any home. If you are concerned about preventing your air conditioner from impacting your health, your home air quality is probably on your mind. Ensuring you have good indoor air quality doesn’t have to be complicated. One of the simplest things you can do is making sure you regularly have your air conditioner’s filter replaced.

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How Regularly Changing Your Air Filter Helps:

  • Ensuring you are breathing good quality air
  • Protecting the performance of your AC unit
  • Promoting your AC’s long-term efficiency
  • Preventing build-up and circulation of unwanted particles

The Purpose of an Air Filter

Although an air filter’s primary job is to protect your heating and cooling system, it also serves the important role of filtering the air you breathe within your home. Some of those particles you don’t want floating around your home continually include mold, pet dander, dirt tracked in from the outside, dust, pollen, and harmful pollutants. These irritants can aggravate asthma, cause other breathing problems to develop, and other respiratory issues.

When an air filter is clogged, it can not only hinder AC efficiency and strain on your system, but also prevent proper air flow throughout your household. If dirt and debris collect on your AC’s blower motor, fan, or evaporator, it can dramatically hurt the unit’s performance, causing utility costs to spike.

How Often Should My Filter Be Changed?

The frequency in which you change out your air conditioner filter could fluctuate depending on the type of AC system you have. Generally speaking, however, an air filter should likely be replaced every three months or so. If you continually notice dirt, dust, and other buildup around your vents, you may have to change the filter more often.

Almost just as important as changing the filter itself is ensuring you are replacing it with a high-quality filter. You should avoid cheap filters that won’t hold up well. Instead, consider baffled filters, HEPA filters, or other higher quality options, especially if there are allergies or asthma in the family.

Overall, you need to make sure that you are both changing your air filter regularly and using the right quality so that both your air conditioning system and your household thank you. Air filters are truly a simple way to protect the health of your AC system and your family.

 

Interested in doing more to combat dirt and debris in your home? Let Southland Heating and Air Conditioning help you take your indoor air quality to the next level. Feel free to contact us at any time to learn more.

What You Need to Know About SEER Ratings

You’ve probably seen SEER ratings on AC and heating units before. Always wondered what exactly those ratings mean? SEER, or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, indicates how efficiently an air conditioner or heat pump is able to provide home comfort. This is determined by the cooling output per season (when cooling is needed) divided by the amount of electric energy needed during that time.

SEER ratings can range greatly, with the minimum SEER being 13 for an AC unit. Older units may not meet these current standards. Typically, a newer (within the last few years) air conditioner will range in SEER from 13 to 21.

 

 

 

Breaking Down SEER: What Is the Right Rating?

There are plenty of articles that talk about good SEER ratings. Southland Heating and Air Conditioning knows that there is more to the picture than most people realize. California has a minimum SEER of 14 with 21 to 25 being the maximum. While most people would assume that minimum is the bare bones, least preferable option, that isn’t the case at all. More dated units tend to be at 8 SEER or so, which means that new unit with an SEER of 14 would be impressively more efficient – even being the minimum efficiency rating. Lower SEER units are also typically much more affordable and practical for moderate temperature areas.

It is also important to remember that the SEER is simply the maximum efficiency rating, which means a unit with a 21 SEER won’t always operate at the efficiency. The SEER is considered the optimal efficiency of a unit. It doesn’t mean the unit will always perform that efficiently, such as if the temperature is extremely hot outside.

What to consider when selecting a unit based on SEER:

  • The weather can impact the efficiency output
  • The higher the SEER, the more expensive the unit (21 SEER units may range from $2,000 to $4,000 more in total cost)
  • Electricity bills can actually change once a high SEER unit is installed (14+)
  • Higher SEER units can cut back on electricity usage
  • SEER rating doesn’t indicate quality of a unit
  • Replacement parts and repairs for higher SEER units can be more costly

In order to decide what SEER rating is best for your home cooling needs, you’ll need to provide your contractor with information about your home size, where you live (seasonal weather), what type of roof you have, how much shade you get, and more. In general, an average household in California with more moderate temperatures would benefit most from a reliable 14 SEER to 16 SEER unit. Of course, for those looking for the optimal efficiency, going up to a higher SEER is always an option, it may just mean investing more money for that efficiency.

Here at Southland Heating and Air Conditioning, we like to keep our customers informed. If you are interested in knowing more about how SEER ratings should impact your decision about a new AC unit, call our team today.

Why You Should Make Sure You Get a Free HVAC Service Estimate

There are plenty of expenses you have to calculate every month. Why be in the dark about how much your new HVAC installation or service will be? Southland Heating and Air Conditioning knows how overwhelming it can be to face uncertain expenses throughout your year, which is why we make sure to always offer our customers a free installation estimate. We’ve mapped out a few reasons why we think it is essential for everyone to get a complimentary estimate before they agree to any heating or cooling service.

 

  1. No One Likes to Overpay for Installation

If you don’t request estimates from a few companies, you may not realize that you could be paying $6,000 for a brand new installation rather than $8,500. Whatever the cost, making sure you get estimates from your potential service providers can help you make a clear decision about your next project. While cost sometimes fluctuates based on service quality and type of AC unit being installed, it is important to have a clear range of cost for your new installation. Some companies may not even be sure how much to bid for a job, making costs fluctuate even more. Getting a free estimate from us ensures you have a breakdown of the cost and a clear explanation of what you are paying or. While some HVAC companies revert to simply bidding high in hopes that you won’t “shop around,” we make sure to always keep our prices fair and accurate to the job needed.

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  1. Research Sometimes Just Doesn’t Cut It

While we all like to do our own research, sometimes a classic “Google” search just doesn’t provide the accurate information you need. Even if you think you’ve found a “fair price for new AC installation” through your online research and asking friends and family, prices and expenses can change quickly. Not only that, but every installation is a little different. The costs can fluctuate based on the type of unit, where it needs to be installed, and if any other updates need to be made, such as if you need new ductwork or some major repairs to ensure your new AC runs efficiently. Even more so, prices can range when it comes to brands, such as RUUD, Trane, and Fujitsu. When we provide an estimate, we do our best to get all these details from you so that you can get a better idea of pricing for your specific project.

 

  1. Keep Contractors Honest

Let’s be honest, contractors aren’t always known for being the most reliable when it comes to pricing. Again, costs can always fluctuate when circumstances change, such as a difficult installation location that wasn’t initially disclosed. You may not realize all the details you need to provide to your contractor before they get started or may decide to go with a better brand and product, causing the price to rise a little bit. In general though, you deserve to know what to expect at the end of the day. By getting an estimate from several contractors, you can make sure to keep them honest. Our experts always provide you with updated estimates as necessary. If we think costs will change for any reason, we want you to know. We believe in providing free estimates because we want you to know what to expect through every step of the project.

Don’t wait any longer to get informed on your heating and cooling service needs. Get started by requesting your free HVAC installation estimate from our team today!

Is a Central Air Unit or Window AC Right for Me?

When it comes to your home comfort, you likely want the best of the best. When it comes to cooling, upgrading to a central air system is the dream for most homeowners. However, your budget and household structure may not lend itself to this option. You may be wondering if you should consider investing in a central air unit or stick to the tried and true window air conditioning unit. When it comes down to it, climate, home insulation, and general personal preference (such as budget and comfort needs) are the biggest factors that will influence a home cooling decision.

We are going to take a look at some of the benefits and challenges that both options pose.

 

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A Closer Look at Central Air Systems

A central air conditioning system uses ductwork throughout the home (used for forced air heating systems typically) to provide cool air across the house. They are made up of an outdoor unit, indoor unit, and ductwork that allows the air to be sent all across a home.

Pros:

  • Central air units use less energy
  • System will cool home more efficiently
  • Consistent temperatures year-round and throughout home
  • Filter air for better home air quality
  • Complete cooling solution for a whole home

Cons:

  • More costly upfront (ductwork may need to be installed too)
  • Air filters need to be regularly changed and other maintenance
  • Home needs to have good insulation or else efficiency will drop
  • Requires duct maintenance and cleaning

 

 

The Window AC Unit Argument

Some people would say that opting for a classic window AC unit is the way to go. These units are typically used to cool an individual room or space. Just like central air systems, there are many perks, as well as some downsides that should factor into your decision.

Pros:

  • More affordable costs upfront
  • Maximum temperature control room to room
  • Often high efficiency
  • Some flexibility in placement (windows or wall holes)

Cons:

  • Not able to control from a central thermostat
  • Can block natural light by taking up window space
  • May require new window installation to hold unit
  • Some panels that come with units can allow in hot air
  • Pose some security risk

Once you’ve weighed both the pros and the cons for either cooling system option, you can determine which is best for your home size, budget, efficiency preferences, and overall cooling needs. While window AC units do provide some quick convenience and affordability, most would agree that a central AC unit provides the most efficient temperature control and total home comfort in the long run.

Still have questions about new AC installation? Southland Heating and Air Conditioning is always available to help. Reach out to our Newbury Park AC company for more insight.

Determining How Long an AC System Installation Takes

Determining How Long an AC System Installation Takes

Is your home air conditioning system failing to get the job done? Tired of throwing away money every month due to your inefficient AC unit? Sounds like it is time for an upgrade.

 

For many people, the thought of getting a new AC system installed can be a little intimidating. While the prospect of having a modern, upgraded cooling unit sounds appealing, the timeline is always a question mark. How long will it actually take to install a new air conditioner unit? What else should you expect during the process? Southland Heating & Air Conditioning is your go-to source for HVAC tips and information.

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What You Can Expect When it Comes to Upgrading Your Cooling

There are numerous factors that can impact an AC upgrade. While it can be challenging to give an exact timeframe, we try to answer three main questions to determine how long an AC installation will take for a client.

 

How Big Is Your Home?

The size of a house can play a major factor in the time it takes to install a new cooling system. Why? When it comes to your whole-home HVAC system, the number of units needed is typically dependent on the square footage of the property. A smaller home, such as 2,000 sq/ft. will be a quicker installation than an 8,000 sq/ft. home because it will likely need less AC units. When we plan out your new AC system installation, we’ll go over how many units you’d like to have throughout your home, giving you a clear estimate of the time it will take to complete the process.

 

What Type of Installation Needs to Be Done?

The work that needs to be done to add new AC units can also impact the timeframe. What does this mean? Well, you will either need a simple “changeout” (just a swapping out of units) or a more comprehensive equipment upgrade that includes ductwork replacement, new thermostats and more. If all you need is several new units, the estimated labor would probably be about one day. The full system replacement could range from three to five days, depending on how big the house is.

 

 

Where Is the Unit Being Installed?

One thing that is out of your control is the location of your current AC unit – whether it is a rooftop unit on a condo or a multi-unit system in your house, the location can add extra time to the removal and new installation process. Additionally, if you want to remove an older unit and install an upgraded unit in a different location, this could be extra time for the project.

 

Of course, there are several other factors that can shape the timeline if your whole-home AC upgrade. While you can expect anywhere from one to five days in general, it is always best to find the right contractor you can trust to get the job done correctly and efficiently.

 

Have questions about a potential HVAC installation project? Want more details? Give Southland Heating and Air Conditioning a call today!

Transitioning Your Home HVAC System to Spring

Transitioning Your Home HVAC System to Spring

The change of seasons is evident here in Southern California. The weather is sunnier and the brief rains have brought a jolt of life to the hills, with plenty of green to please the eye. That also means a change of season for your HVAC system. While California enjoys rather moderate winters, the chillier nights do call for more heating. Now that the nights and days are getting a little warmer, ensuring your heating and cooling system can smoothly make the transition is important. Whether you have an older AC unit or a brand new system, getting regular seasonal care can help ensure a long lifespan. Southland Heating and Air Conditioning is your local source for quality heating and cooling in Ventura County. Our team provides all the spring HVAC insights you need!

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Here are some basic steps you can take to prepare your system for spring:

 

  • Check and replace your air filter – This is definitely important after your heating system has been used more recently due to the chillier winter days. Make sure you inspect your filter regularly and replace it as necessary (typically on a 3-month basis). You may even want to have a spare air filter stored away, making it easy to stay on track with your air filter replacement.
  • Give your ventilation system a look – Also referred to as your home’s ductwork, the ventilation system is a crucial component of indoor air quality and air flow. If not cleaned regularly or properly, it can circulate dust and pollutants throughout your home. Make sure dusting the ductwork is on your spring cleaning list! You can also check for holes, cracks, and other issues that may allow for loss of air.
  • Tidy up outside around your unit – As flowers, grass, and other plants get a boost of life, it becomes all the more important to make sure your outdoor HVAC unit isn’t obstructed in any way. From nature to your own gardening tools and other debris, there are many things to look out for. Make cleaning up your outdoor space around the unit and regularly checking for leaves and other debris a part of your spring cleaning as well.
  • Don’t forget to call on the professionals – Remember, right after spring is summer, which means you should take care of any tune-ups, maintenance, and replacements now while the weather is still relatively moderate. If you wait until the summer heat wave hits, you could be stuck without any AC or face more costly repairs for problems left unrepaired.

 

Let Southland Heating and Air Conditioning take care of your spring HVAC cleaning and tune-up today so you can have peace of mind and optimal comfort all summer long.

 

Basic HVAC Changes, Major Savings

Basic HVAC Changes, Major Savings

Saving money is great — especially when it comes to your monthly energy expenses. Who wouldn’t want to cut back on heating and cooling expenses in Southern California? Southland Heating and Cooling knows that every dollar counts, so we’ve taken to our blog to provide you with some steps you can take to put more green back in your pocket.

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  1. Locate Your Insulation Issues  

Feel like no matter how much cool air your blast through your home it never gets chilly enough? Think you may be losing air due to leaks, cracks, and poor insulation? Before you throw up your hands and invest in brand new insulation, duct sealing, and weather stripping, consider doing a little investigating yourself. You’ve like spotted a fear tiny cracks and holes that could be sealed up; however, it’s the ones you don’t see that are likely causing the most trouble. Check out your attic and basement to look for dirty insulation. This typically indicates there is some type of leak in the area. Find spots where you can seal up holes or other damage and replace just a small amount of insulation. Other areas to look out for are plumbing ducts, wires, and other pipes have entry / exit points to the outside.

  1. Seal Up Your Ducts Before Replacing Your System

Sometimes a home’s ductwork is the root of the problem. If your home is plagued by faulty or damaged ductwork, you could be wasting energy month to month. Poor ductwork can result in 20 or more percent conditioned air loss, whether warm or cool, in a home. Similar to insulation, most of the problems aren’t visible in a quick search. You may need to do a more in depth investigation, checking out your crawl space, your attic, your basement, and maybe even your garage space.

  1. Upgrade Your Temperature Controls

With modern advancements, most homeowners are able to control their heating and cooling preferences to a “T” throughout their home. A smart thermostat can work wonders when it comes to maximizing energy efficiency. By upgrading your thermostat, you can ensure you have optimal control over the temperature in your house, whether you want to it to be cooling down just as you return from work or stay at home throughout the day, the right thermostat will equip you to get the most out of your energy usage and cut back on unnecessary energy spending. In addition to your thermostat, making sure your HVAC system is up to date is also important. By scheduling regular maintenance, such as an AC tune-up, you can ensure your system is running at peak performance and not costing you extra money.

 

Want more insight on how to cut back on your HVAC usage or spending? Southland Heating and Air Conditioning is here to provide the answers! Reach out to our Ventura County HVAC technicians today.

Keeping Pesky Allergens at Bay in Your Home

Keeping Pesky Allergens at Bay in Your Home

While springtime in Southern California lends itself to beautiful blooms and sunnier days, it also means allergy season is revving up. It is estimated that around 30 percent of adults and as much as 40 perfect of children are plagued by seasonal allergies in the U.S. Are you tired of dealing with allergy problems — even inside of your own home? We know the struggle is real, which is why Southland Heating and Air Conditioning is providing some go-to insights for keeping your home allergen-free. You deserve to breathe freely in your own home, especially since most Americans spend around 90% of their time indoors!

When Your Ready to Say Goodbye to Those Allergies…

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  1. Invest in Indoor Air Filtration. Improving air filtration can include installing UV lights, replacing damaged air ducts, and even adding an indoor air cleaning units throughout your home. You can’t underestimate the value of improving indoor air quality, as the percentage of indoor pollutants found in an average U.S. household can be anywhere from two to five times higher than the pollutants found outdoors.
  2. Step Up Your Cleaning Game. Keeping your home clean can help prevent a buildup of harmful pollutants and allergens, from dust mites and pet dander to cockroach droppings. Of course, most people would say their home is clean overall, but how you clean your home can have an impact on air quality. First, make sure you don’t have any debris around your outdoor or indoor HVAC units. When dusting, start by taking care of dust registers and your home’s return vents. Once those have been dusted, you can take care of other dusting around the house. If you forget to clean these areas, it will only circulate more dust throughout your home, canceling out your other work. Try using a damp rag to prevent dust particles from simply being spread from one area to another. This can also agitate breathing problems. When cleaning, also keep an eye out for any areas that may be developing mold, such as humid, moist areas.
  3. Schedule Regular HVAC Maintenance. You may be surprised how far an AC or furnace tune-up can go. Sure, you want to schedule regular maintenance simply so your system keeps your home comfortable; however, a professional eye can catch other problems that may impact your indoor air quality as well. A technician can check for dust buildup, blockages, and other issues. By clearing up these problems, they can help you cut back on indoor allergens your system is circulating throughout your home, allowing you to breathe more freely again.

 

Your home should be a safe haven from difficulty breathing, sneezing, itchy, red eyes, and other springtime allergens. Let Southland Heating and Air Conditioning get your home ready for allergy season! Give us a call today to schedule indoor air quality services.

Sleep Easier with Better HVAC Control

Sleep Easier with Better HVAC Control

Having a solid night of sleep is probably more crucial to your health than you even realize. According to a poll taken by the National Sleep Foundation, only 46 percent of Americans who have poor sleep health feel like they are effective at completing daily tasks. In comparison, 90% those who maintain a healthy sleep schedule feel effective at getting tasks done each done. Since around only 10 percent of Americans prioritize sleep over everything else on their plates, many people are seeing the negative impact of a poor night of sleep.

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From humidifiers, noise machines, essential oils, medications, the perfect bed, and everything in between, there are plenty of ways you can improve your sleep patterns. At Southland Heating and Air Conditioning, we know that the comfort level of your home and bedroom plays a major role in how soundly you sleep. We’ve outlined some helpful steps you can take to ensure your HVAC system improves your sleep instead of hinders it.

Keep Your Room Comfortable

What is a practical way you can do this?Adjust your smart thermostat to the ideal temperature when you are sleeping. As a person falls asleep, their body temperature will automatically begin to drop. This is a natural process the body uses to encourage relaxation. A perfectly chilled bedroom only further enhancing that relaxation process.

 

Not only that, but temperature can have an impact on a person’s ability to remain asleep – if a room’s temperature fluctuates throughout the night, so may a person’s quality of sleep and rest. Generally speaking, the ideal temperature for a room at night is between 60 and 67 degrees. This means that in the summer, being able to specifically modify bedroom temperature is crucial. While you may not want to spend a big bill on keeping your whole home that temperature, having a smart thermostat you can use to program specific areas of the house at specific times of day or night (zoning) can go a long way in savings and sleep.

Improve Your Air Flow

If you want to simply add a little better airflow in your room, don’t jump straight to the duct repair and replacement. While there may be a time for that, adding a fan may do the trick on is own. If you don’t have a ceiling fan, you may need to invest in a fan you can set up in your room to help drop the temperature and keep you cool throughout the night. It can also help circulate the air, maintaining air freshness and improving your ability to breathe while you sleep.

 

You also can’t overlook the perk of having a little white noise to drown out other distracting sounds when you are trying to fall asleep. Having something to help drown out that dripping faucet, barking dog, or creaking window can be a huge help.

Whether you just need to make some minor changes to your sleep routine or want to invest in optimal home zoning and an innovative thermostat, Southland Heating and Cooling has your back. Learn more about our HVAC services in Ventura County today!

Air Filters & Air Purification Systems: Keeping Your Indoor Air Breathable

Air Filters and Air Purification Systems: Keeping Your Indoor Air Breathable

The importance of indoor air quality and proper air filters can’t be underestimated – especially in your own home. As most people spend around 90% of their lives indoors, ensuring this air is free of pollutants, dust, and other potentially harmful debris is critical to healthier living.

 

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Some people may think that by simply changing their air filters on a regular basis they are staying ahead of the game. This isn’t the same as keeping the air in your home clean, however.

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We take a closer look at the differences between your basic air filter, which is used to essentially “catch” debris and impurities, and whole house air purification systems, which are used to eradicate these hazards from your home.

 

The Importance & Role of Air Filters

An air filter can help reduce any particulates that may go through your home’s HVAC system, capturing and preventing unwanted particles from being re-circulated throughout your household.

 

More than just filtering out pollen and dust, air filters offer defense against larger debris as well, such as insulation. If you fail to regularly change your air filter, it can hinder the efficiency and effectiveness of your HVAC system. That is why it is important to stay on top of regularly cleaning or replacing your air filter.

 

While they are very important to your heating and air conditioning system, air filters don’t actively eliminate these particulates and clean the air you breathe. If you want a system that goes the extra mile by eliminating smaller, finer airborne particulates, you will need an air purification system.

 

Why Consider Investing in an Air Purification System?

According to the EPA, some of the effects of poor indoor air quality include headaches, dizziness, difficulty breathing, irritation around the eyes and nose, respiratory viruses or diseases, and other symptoms. Our indoor air can be as much as 10 times more polluted than the air we breathe outside our homes.

 

When you want to eliminate impurities like smoke, mold, dust, pollen, pet dander, VOCs, dust mites, and more, you need an air cleaner. For example, some air cleaners work by using an electronic component to send a negative or positive charge to the particulates. With a wide range of air purifiers and cleaners to select from, it is important to understand what you are looking for and what you want to protect your home from.

 

Types of Air Purifiers

Whole House Air Purifiers:

When compared to portable room air purifiers, whole house air purifiers may seem like the perfect solution for those who want to purify the air in their entire home. Whole house air purifying systems have become an extremely popular option and can be installed into almost any HVAC system. Whole house air purification filters out bacteria, allergens, smoke, and dust about 100 times more effectively than a standard HVAC system.

 

HEPA Air Purifiers:

The best HEPA Air Purifiers are the ones that have been tested by the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM). HEPA filters (High Efficiency Particulate Air Filters) can filter our allergens that are one-millionth of a meter in size – that’s small!

 

Room Air Purifiers:

Room Air Purifiers are an economical and portable solution in comparison to whole house air purifier costs. The EPA highly recommends having at least one portable air purifier in your house, ideally in the room you utilize most. Check out the EPA guide to  air purifiers in your home.

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Curious as to what is the best air purifier what option will work best for your home? Start by talking to an our comfort specialists at Southland Heating and Air Conditioning. They can help you assess your potential indoor air impurities and recommend an indoor air cleaner or purifier that works best for your budget and health needs.

 

Start the New Year Fresh Today

What better way to start the New Year than with better quality air in your home! We are proud to offer top-quality air purifiers and indoor air quality systems from trusted brands like Trane and RUUD, we are also an authorized dealer of the Space Certified Technology Approved Air Scrubber Plus

 

Interested in learning more? Feel free to reach out today to learn more about Indoor Air Quality and our air purification systems.

 

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