PREPPING YOUR HOME FOR SPRING BREAK VACATION

PREPPING YOUR HOME FOR SPRING BREAK VACATION

Spring is in the air here in La Puente and that means vacation plans are on the horizon. While you’re planning what you need to pack and take with you, don’t forget what you’re leaving behind, your home. The Temp Air System Inc team has some recommendations that will work to keep your home safe and help save some money on your utility bills while you enjoy a well-deserved vacation.

  • Install Timers – Timers are an inexpensive way to make your home appear as though you’re still home by turning off and on the lights as if you never left. It’s a good idea to program your lights to correspond with your typical schedule.
  • Enlist the help of a house-sitter – If you have a trusted friend or family member, ask them if they’d mind stopping by and [[checking in on|check up on|look over]18 the house while you’re away. There’s no greater comfort than a text while you’re out of town letting you know that everything at home is perfect.
  • Wait to share – We aren’t going to tell you not to share photos of your amazing vacation on social media, but try to hold off until after you are back to post anything about your trip. Family and friends most likely already know you’re leaving so there’s no need in letting potential criminals know your plans. Everyone will be just as enchanted by the wonderful things you saw after you safely return home.
  • Hold the Mail – The USPS has made it as simple as ever to put a hold on your mail you can do it online right now.
  • Unplugged – If an electrical device is plugged in, even if it’s not on, it’s using energy. An easy way to save some energy while you’re away is to unplug some of your electronics. Something that you may not have thought of unplugging is your garage door. It will save you energy and it will also be another safeguard for your home.
  • Adjust the thermostat – If you’re on vacation there’s no reason to keep your home heated and cooled to your comfort level. If you have a digital thermostat you can set the thermostat back to your ideal level so you arrive back to a safe, cozy home.

These are some painless tips to add to your spring break prep checklist, right after finding the perfect bathing suit. If you have any questions about protecting your home this season or want to review additional energy saving tips, give Temp Air System Inc in La Puente a call at 800-630-0082.

DECIPHERING DUCT CLEANING

DECIPHERING DUCT CLEANING

If you’ve been suffering from respiratory discomfort you’ve probably made appointments with your doctor, but the appointment you may not have thought to make that could really make a difference is for a duct cleaning.

A lot of people don’t understand all of the benefits a qualified duct cleaning can offer. If you’ve recently undergone a remodeling project or perhaps you moved into an older home, a duct cleaning is something you’ll want to add to that ever-growing to-do list to ensure the air throughout your home is fresh and healthy.

There are some signals you can look out for to prove that it is time to schedule a duct cleaning. If you note any of the subsequent signs, call the professionals at Temp Air System Inc in La Puente about booking an appointment for a professional duct cleaning.

  • Detectable mold growth within your ductwork or any of your HVAC components
  • Extra dirt or dust around the house, caused by a recent remodel or the age of the home
  • If you note any evidence of insects or rodents in your ducts

There are numerous benefits to having a professional duct cleaning such as, the peace of mind that the air in your home is clean and won’t be adversely impacting your health, but another advantage is that it could help improve the efficiency of your HVAC system. Pollutants in your ductwork and HVAC unit cause it to work harder, which negatively impacts the efficiency and life of your system. The more improved the efficiency, the lower your utility bills.

Staying healthy and cozy in your home is as important to us as it is to you. We want to help you boost your indoor air quality and your energy efficiency in the process. If you have noticed any of the signs we mentioned above give Temp Air System Inc in La Puente a call at 800-630-0082 or set up an appointment with us online.

THINGS TO LOOK FOR WHEN FACING AIR CONDITIONER REPLACEMENT

THINGS TO LOOK FOR WHEN FACING AIR CONDITIONER REPLACEMENT

Understanding what different air conditioners can offer is quite critical before deciding on an air conditioner replacement. Plus, every homeowner has their own comfort checklist and ever-changing personal preferences. All of these are central factors in determining the perfect air conditioner for your home, including these considerations that all homeowners should remember next time they are searching for a new system:

1. Efficiency

Efficiency ratings have been regarded at a new level of importance recently, when saving money and being environmentally friendly are more important than ever before. When properly sized and installed, air conditioners work more effectively and can save you loads of money on your monthly energy bills. Temp Air System Inc in La Puente will deliver quality service and make sure that your system is operating as best as it can.

2. Quiet operation

Air conditioners can be disruptive, especially if your system is old with outdated technology. The more modern the system, the softer it’s operation. Decibel ratings can give information about the noisiness of each system, so be on the lookout for that information when looking at different air conditioners.

3. Reliability

Searching for the best tested and most dependable air conditioners is critical to locating the top system, especially when your air conditioner is one of the greatest and most vital pieces of equipment you will get for your home. Select a reliable company in La Puente like Temp Air System Inc to rely on for all your air conditioner needs.

4. Airflow

Air is continuously flowing through your home with any air conditioner system; make sure that your usual comfort levels are encountered with constant, healthy airflow. Systems that use a variable speed motor are the on the right track in improving this home comfort.

5. Consistency

1.Air conditioners that use a programmable thermostat can increase constant comfort to your home without you even having to consider it. Not only that, but programmable thermostats can also expand your energy savings, too.

If you are thinking about an air conditioner replacement, ask yourself how your current system is working on each of these factors: efficiency, noise levels, reliability, and consistency? If you realize that your requirements are not being hit, the specialists at Temp Air System Inc in La Puente can help. Give them a call at 800-630-0082 and keep your home cozy!

GETTING RID OF HOT AND COLD SPOTS WITH AIR CONDITIONER SERVICE

GETTING RID OF HOT AND COLD SPOTS WITH AIR CONDITIONER SERVICE

Hot and cold spots in your home can be bothersome to say the least. They can be uncomfortable, but what’s worse is that they could point to problems with your heating and cooling system. You may want air conditioner service and Temp Air System Inc is ready to help you, but we’ve got some things you can try before we come out.

Hot and cold spots could mean you have an inadequate number of cold air return vents or it could mean something as straightforward as unblocking a blocked air vent. The only thing you have to do is walk through your home and see if anything is blocking any of your vents. If you find that you have a vent or two obscured by furniture or your child has dropped clothes in front of one, you’re not getting the most from your heating and cooling system.

If the concern is something more significant like needing more cold air return vents, you should talk with an expert—whether during a scheduled air conditioner service appointment or if you call about this issue specifically. It’s amazing how many homes have only a single cold air return. This may not be sufficient to keep your home evenly heated or cooled.

What can you do?

  • Examine the layouts of the rooms that have hot and cold spots. Even if vents aren’t directly blocked, the arrangement of furniture in each room could be preventing continual airflow throughout that room.
  • Call Temp Air System Inc to have a professional duct system analysis, so we can find the cause of your hot and cold spots. We can give you recommendations and help you resolve any potential problems we find.
  • Have an expert clean your ducts to make a positive change to your home’s comfort. This may not solve all of your problems with hot and cold spots, but you may notice a big improvement once your vents are cleared out.

Stop hot and cold spots from making your home uncomfortable and your HVAC system inefficient. If you’ve located hot and cold spots in your home, call Temp Air System Inc in La Puente to schedule air conditioner service. Call 800-630-0082 or set up an appointment today.*

* The above tips are based on opinion and should not merely be relied upon without consideration of your particular situation or any additional unique facts and circumstances. Temp Air System Inc MAKES NO WARRANTY OR GUARANTEE OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, REGARDING THE INFORMATION SET FORTH HEREIN, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION ANY WARRANTY REGARDING ITS CURRENCY, ACCURACY OR COMPLETENESS OR ANY WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.

3 THINGS HOMEOWNERS DONT DO THAT LEADS TO AC REPAIR

3 THINGS HOMEOWNERS DONT DO THAT LEADS TO AC REPAIR

Homeownership is a lot of work. Sometimes too much. Projects seem to multiply and sometimes simple tasks, like changing your air filter, fall to the wayside. That shouldn’t be a huge deal, right? Wrong. Something that simple could lead to your needing an AC repair. There are a few things you should always remember to do when it comes to your air conditioner that could save you from potentially pricey repairs:

  • Notice unusual sounds from your air conditioner
    You get used to all the sounds that ordinarily occur in your house, but always be sure to take notice if your air conditioner starts making unusual sounds. It may be an odd hum or rattling, or another sound, but if it’s not a sound you’re accustomed to hearing, have it checked out. If you neglect it, you’ll have a greater chance of an emergency AC repair. The professionals at Temp Air System Inc can help you get in front of a small problem before it turns into a massive problem.
  • Keep your air filter clean
    It’s really easy to forget to clean or change your air filter, but it’s detrimental for your air conditioner. A clogged air filter blocks air flow and makes your air conditioner work harder than it needs to. That makes it less effective and could lead to an increase in your utility bills. Make note of how quickly your filter becomes dirty and set a reminder to switch it regularly.
  • Schedule regular maintenance
    To ensure it is operating at its best, your air conditioner depends upon routine maintenance just like your car does. If you delay this preventive maintenance, it could cost you a lot of problems that could’ve easily been discovered during a maintenance appointment turn into larger issues that lead to an AC repair.

No matter if your air conditioner is new or if you’ve had it for years, you can do these things to escape AC repairs. If you want to learn more ways to help prevent AC repairs, call Temp Air System Inc in La Puente at 800-630-0082.

WHAT CAN I DO TO LOWER MY ENERGY BILLS IN LA PUENTE?

WHAT CAN I DO TO LOWER MY ENERGY BILLS IN LA PUENTE?

The best place to start saving money is right inside your home. The Department of Energy estimates the money spent heating and cooling your home to make up 48% of your utility bill. You’ll be happy to hear that saving money on your energy bills doesn’t require a lot of time or money. The first place you’ll want to start on your money saving journey is scheduling your routine furnace service. The team at Temp Air System Inc in La Puente has put together a couple tips that will help you keep down the cost of heating and cooling your home.

Program Your Programmable Thermostat

Technology is advancing faster than ever and the technology inside your thermostat is no exception. Our iComfort S30 utilizes the GPS from your smartphone and observes when you have left and adjusts itself to not waste energy while you are out which can potentially save money. It can not only detect when you’ve left, it also knows when you will return and learns your routine and adjusts itself accordingly.

Studies done by the Department of Energy have concluded that having a well programmed, or smart thermostat, can save you on cooling costs. While still maintaining your comfort, set the thermostat as low as you can during the winter months and as high as you can during the summer. It’s not hard for your body to make those adjustments if you change the temperature a degree a day. We offer several different thermostat options and we can help you pick out the one that will work best with your schedule.

If your schedule changes often, a 7-day model is the best choice. The 7-day model allows you to set different temperature periods on the weekends and keep a regular schedule on weekdays.

Selecting and Maintaining Your System

If you think you may be reaching the point where your system will need to be replaced, look into your options so you’re able to make an educated decision when that day arrives. Some things you’ll want to look into are the SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating of air conditioners and the AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) of furnaces. The higher the rating, the greater the chance to save money.

If you’re in the market for a new system or just looking to maximize the efficiency of your existing system, the team at Temp Air System Inc in La Puente can help you out every step of the way. If you need to schedule service or have any questions give us a call at 800-630-0082.

THE PROBLEM WITH DRY AIR

THE PROBLEM WITH DRY AIR

Adults take about 23,000 breaths a day. Can you tell if the quality of the air your family is breathing is enough? As spring approaches, it’s a great time to evaluate your home’s indoor air quality. We still have a lot of cool days in the future and colder air holds a decreased amount of moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can take a toll on your health and your home.

Low Humidity Ups Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you attain a cold because of the colder weather outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is a little truth to it. As we said, cold air is drier and dry air can result in some health challenges. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is lower, so they are unable to do their function of sifting out germs. This increases the chances of your family getting sick with the flu, cold or a similar illness.

Dry Air Harms Your Skin

In the La Puente winter, you might find your skin seems dry and itchy. Absence of humidity is the issue. Lotion can be a solution to treat the symptoms, but investing in a whole-home humidifier could solve the actual problem.

Damages to Your Home

The lower amounts of moisture in your home’s air can also damage the wood throughout your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air pulls moisture from these items. You might even end up with cracks in the walls and floors.

Evaluating for Dry Air

Even though itchy skin and a perpetual cold are signs that your indoor air is lacking moisture, there are a few other symptoms to keep an eye out for as well:

  • An increase in static electricity
  • Cracks in your home’s flooring
  • Openings in your trim and molding
  • Loosening wallpaper

Each of these issues signify that it’s likely time to assess your indoor air quality. We are here to help! Contact our indoor air professionals at Temp Air System Inc.

3 THINGS IMPACTING YOUR INDOOR AIR QUALITY

3 THINGS IMPACTING YOUR INDOOR AIR QUALITY

The term “air pollution” usually makes you think of the air outside your home. Actually, indoor air quality can be just as bad as outdoor air. It makes sense. People are spending more time indoors and our homes are becoming more energy-efficient, which means homes are air tight and trapping contaminants inside. You ought to know what’s negatively influencing your indoor air quality in order to make it better. Here are three typical problems with your indoor air quality.

1. Humidity Levels

Managing humidity levels can be difficult. Higher amounts of humidity can assist with the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. Small amounts of humidity can harm your mucous membranes and increase the likelihood of contracting a cold or flu and heighten other respiratory problems. Plus, the furniture and woodwork can be damaged by both low and high humidity levels. Lucky for you, you can balance your home’s humidity levels with humidifiers and dehumidifiers.

2. Allergens

The most frequent indoor allergen is dust mites. In fact, their droppings are one of the most frequent causes of asthma and allergy symptoms. Since dust mites like pillows and bedding, your bedroom is a sanctuary for allergens. Another big culprit is pet dander. So, if your pets are in your bedroom, even more allergens are building up. You can decrease the number of allergens in your bedroom by washing your bedding frequently and using a vacuum with a HEPA filter. You can take getting rid of allergens to a new level with a whole-home air filtration system. A professional from Temp Air System Inc can walk through all your options and help you select the perfect system for your needs.

3. Household Chemicals and Odors

While people may think it’s logical to conceal bad household smells with air fresheners, they can actually cause health issues—like eye, throat and lung irritation—from the chemicals used. This can also hold true for lots of household cleaners. Plus, these dangers can be even more threatening to children and elderly people with respiratory issues. These health risks are even more reason to consider a Lennox® whole-home filtration system.

The air in your home should contribute to your health, not hurt it. We want to offer our expertise to ensure you have the best indoor air quality you can. To schedule an in-home air assessment or inquire about indoor air quality, call us at 800-630-0082.

FIGURING OUT IF ITS TIME FOR AC REPAIR OR REPLACEMENT

FIGURING OUT IF ITS TIME FOR AC REPAIR OR REPLACEMENT

It can be a tough decision, deciding if your air conditioner needs repair or if it’s time to change your full system. The expenses from continuous repairs can really add up, but buying a new air conditioner system can also be a large investment. So, before you pick either choice, there are a few things to remember to be sure that it’s time to stop restoring and start replacing:

  • How often does your system break down?

If your air conditioner is between 10-15 years old, it’s probably time to start contemplating a replacement system. An AC made today will be extremely energy efficient, which will save you money in the long run and you won’t have to fear about being left to sweat it out during those hot summer temperatures.

  • Does your home feel uncomfortable?

This is something that you should be able to detect immediately. If your house cannot stay at a steady and comfortable temperature, your air conditioner is either the wrong size for your home, in need of repair, or up for a replacement.

  • How old if your system?

If you’ve seen your bills getting higher and higher without running your system more often, this could be a flag your AC is on its last lap. Look at your bill and analyze your energy usage this year to last year. A large increase in your consumption could be a sign that it’s time for a current system. As system’s age they have to work harder and that requires more energy.

  • How high are your energy bills?

A good indicator that your air conditioner is on its last leg can be checking your energy bills and noting they are getting pricier and pricier. Assess your energy usage this year to last year and if you find a huge increase, know that a fresh system can work less hard for a boost in comfort and that it will conserve your home energy.

We are just as committed in the comfort of your home as you are. To ensure that you are making the most out of your air conditioning investments, we want you to know right when it’s time to mend your system or when it’s time to replace it. Whether it’s either of these two options, or you are just set to set up your annual air conditioner servicing, we’ll help you keep comfortable this summer. Shoot us a call at 800-630-0082 with any questions you have about deciding repair or replacement.

MAKE YOUR HOME EVEN MORE COZY THIS WINTER WITH PROPER HUMIDIFICATION

MAKE YOUR HOME EVEN MORE COZY THIS WINTER WITH PROPER HUMIDIFICATION

You’ve probably heard the saying, “it’s not the heat, it’s the humidity”, well during the winter months it’s not the heat, it’s your home’s absence of humidity. Humidity is regularly to blame for our discomfort during the summer, but a lack of humidity during the colder months in La Puente will not only make you uncomfortable it can also negatively affect your indoor air quality. The cold weather means you’ll be spending more time indoors, a whole-home humidifier could be the answer you’ve been looking for to improve both your comfort and your health.

Keeping Healthy

By maintaining the proper humidity levels within your home you can also stop the spread of infection. Without any moisture in the air, the mucous membranes inside your sinuses will dry out and will have trouble filtering out bacteria. Bacteria and viruses that cause the cold and flu have an easier time traveling through dry air, which is why they are so rampant during the winter months. By maintaining the humidity levels in your home at the optimal levels you can expect to feel a lot better throughout the winter.

Combating Static Electricity

If your touches have been zapping your friends and family, you have humidity troubles on your hands. One thing water does is conducts electricity, having moisture in the air gives static charges a path to leave an object. If there’s no moisture in the air, that charge will have no way to escape except out your fingertips onto the next thing you touch.

More Comfort

A whole-home humidifier can make your La Puente home feel warmer and more enjoyable this season. Humidity during the winter has the same effect it does during the summer; it makes you feel warmer than it really is. Additional moisture in the house will mean that you won’t have to set the thermostat so high to stay comfortable, which could save you money.

This is just a few of the benefits of having an appropriately humidified home. Both your comfort, and your indoor air quality can be improved with the installation of one of our whole-home humidity products. If you have any questions about your home’s indoor air quality, humidity or any other home comfort question, give the team at Temp Air System Inc in La Puente a call at 800-630-0082.