HOW CAN I MANAGE MY ENERGY COSTS?

HOW CAN I MANAGE MY ENERGY COSTS?

During the coldest and hottest weeks in La Puente, your heating and cooling system is a critical ally in keeping your home comfortable. Unfortunately, it’s also your worst enemy when trying to reduce your energy consumption. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, your HVAC system could account for nearly half of your energy usage.

That hefty draw of energy makes your HVAC unit a perfect place to start improving your energy habits. Whether you’re looking to shrink your carbon footprint or want to lower your utility bill, there are several ways—big and small—to adapt how your heating and cooling system expends energy.

Replace Your Air Filters

The air filters in your HVAC system are critical to upholding your home’s air quality. They help catch a variety of debris—including dust, dirt and other small particles—and stop them from polluting your house. However, more than just your air quality suffers when your filters are full of debris. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a dirty filter can decrease air conditioner efficiency by up to 15 percent.

Switching out your air filter regularly keeps your system from using an unwarranted amount of energy. Replace one-inch pleated filters every month. Remember, filters could need more frequent attention if your HVAC system is in constant use, is subject to dusty conditions, or you have pets at your home. Contact Temp Air System Inc to find out what frequency of filter change is appropriate for your system.

Schedule Regular HVAC Service

If you depend on your HVAC system to work as efficiently as possible, routine maintenance is a must. During spring, have an HVAC professional inspect your air conditioner and clean its coils, check refrigerant levels, adjust system controls and more. In the fall, have them come to your house again to check up on your furnace and make adjustments before the cold weather sets in later. Regular maintenance confirms your equipment is ready to work exactly as it was supposed to—with peak efficiency. Temp Air System Inc professionals are trained to help your system get back on track.

Switch Out Your Thermostat

Reducing those energy costs can be as easy as adjusting the temperature in your home while you’re asleep or gone. The closer your home’s temperature is to the conditions outside, the lower your energy bill can be. However, this doesn’t mean you’ll need to take extreme measures each day. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends lowering or raising (depending on the season) your temperature by just resetting your thermostat when you are asleep or gone.

You could make these adjustments yourself each day, but a programmable thermostat automates the process. These thermostats allow you to select a schedule for your HVAC system and automatically regulates the temperature in your home to meet that temp. A smart thermostat takes your control a step further, typically allowing you to monitor the temperature wirelessly from almost anywhere. Talk with Temp Air System Inc to see if either of these options would be beneficial for your home.

Review Your Equipment

Out-of-date HVAC equipment can be an issue on your energy bill during the year. Whether they’re no longer operating efficiently, are the inappropriate size for your home or lack the energy efficiency new systems have, there’s a good chance your system is costing you extra money if it’s more than 10 years old.

When you’ve determined it’s time to look for a replacement system, Temp Air System Inc can help you out. We’ll help you get to know different efficiency ratings and pick a system that will work for your needs.

If you have more questions about managing your energy costs, need to arrange maintenance or want to discuss new system choices, the team at Temp Air System Inc in La Puente is prepared to guide you. Reach us at 800-630-0082 or schedule an appointment online.

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MY LIGHTS FLICKER WHEN I USE MY HVAC. SHOULD I BE CONCERNED?

Most things in your home run on electricity—from charging your electronics to keeping the temperature inside where you want it. That’s why it’s annoying when electricity in our homes doesn’t work the way we expect. For many homeowners, this stress can come to a head when lights flicker after their HVAC system starts to run.

The question remains: Do dimming or flickering lights at the beginning of HVAC cycles indicate a serious electrical problem? It differs depending on the situation.

When are dimming or flickering lights considered normal?

If you’re seeing dimming that lasts for a fraction of a second when your HVAC begins, it probably isn’t something to be stressed about.

While it might not feel like it, your home has a certain amount of electricity it can use at any given time. Large appliances—like your HVAC system—need a major amount of electricity to start up. When those appliances turn on, they consume a larger amount of the available electricity. This means the other appliances in your home, like your lights, don’t have as much power available to them.

If this is the lone issue you are facing, your lights should dim for less than a second and quickly return to full brightness. If you’re tired of the flickering, schedule an appointment with Temp Air System Inc. We’ll assess the situation and see if an equipment upgrade or circuit changes can help the problem.

When should I be concerned about flickering lights?

Flickering lights can also indicate a more serious matter. Don’t assess the situation yourself. The problem could be dangerous for you or your home. Reach out to a professional if you experience:

  • Lights that continue to flicker. The normal flickering that takes place when there isn’t enough power to support all appliances in your home should last a fraction of a second. If your lights continue to flicker on and off when you start your HVAC system—or consistently at any other time—you could have a problem with your wiring.
  • Lights that dim significantly. When you experience normal dimming, the effect is enough that you notice a small, brief change. If the intensity of your lights abruptly drops considerably, you might have something wrong with the outdoor compressor on your air conditioner.
  • A circuit breaker trip when you turn on your HVAC. Circuit breakers are a key part of your home’s electrical system. When they trip and shut off power to a part of your space (powered by a specific circuit), they are attempting to protect you from a concern with your circuit. While it may be that you have too many appliances on the same circuit, it’s wise to bring a professional in to confirm there isn’t a more serious problem.

Any time your HVAC system and lights don’t work together, it’s not a bad idea to call a professional in to take a look. The team at Temp Air System Inc is here to offer you the help you need. When you need us, you can give us a call at 800-630-0082 or make an appointment online. We’ll make sure everything is in order so you can feel safe in your home.

HOW CAN I DETERMINE THE AGE OF MY FURNACE?

HOW CAN I DETERMINE THE AGE OF MY FURNACE?

When you move into a new residence, there is a lot to take in and think about as you get settled in. You’re figuring out all of the new appliances and different spaces. For some homeowners, it also means considering what upgrades or updates need to be made down the road. It may not always be top of mind, but your heating and cooling system needs to be on the list of potential to-dos. It plays a key role in home comfort, so knowing a little bit more about your system is very useful.

As long as they are operating without issues, we don’t pay a lot of care to our furnaces. But as soon as it goes out, or causes problems, we absolutely notice. That’s why it’s a worthy idea to find out how old your furnace is. Then you have an understanding of what you might deal with down the road. And this doesn’t just affect homeowners moving into a new space. Anyone who isn’t certain how old their furnace is should take time and figure it out.

How can you establish how old your furnace is?

Your furnace should have a sticker located someplace on the exterior or interior paneling. If you don’t see a sticker with the model and serial number on the outside, find where the paneling opens up and check if it’s located inside that door.

Write down—or take a photo of—the serial number to keep for your records. Then head to the manufacturer’s website or search for instructions on how to figure out the manufacturing date. You could try searching for “find manufacturing date of YOUR BRAND furnace.” The serial number usually provides insight into the age of your system, but it does change among brands. For example, for some brands, the first four numbers represent the year and month it was manufactured. In the photo below, the serial number indicates this particular system was made in July 2015.

HOW CAN I DETERMINE THE AGE OF MY FURNACE?

If you are still having challenges, you can communicate with the manufacturer directly, or contact Temp Air System Inc for assistance.

Why is the age of your furnace significant?

Usually, when you’ve had a furnace about 15 years, it’s time to start searching for a replacement system to help enhance efficiency and overall operations. Newer models often have higher energy efficiency ratings and you’ll definitely benefit from the advancements in technology over the last years.

You don’t have to rely on how old your equipment is, there are other indications that it might be time to search for a new furnace. Some of these signs include:

  • Surge in energy costs without major adjustments to the thermostat.
  • More frequent and costly repairs to fix the furnace.
  • Decrease in home comfort levels—you never seem to feel warm enough.

If you have conflicting thoughts about whether it’s time for a furnace replacement, or if you want one of the most experienced technicians in La Puente to give you some guidance, we’re here for you. You can reach us at 800-630-0082 or book an appointment with us online.

WHAT YOU SHOULD THINK ABOUT WHEN REPLACING YOUR HEAT PUMP?

WHAT YOU SHOULD THINK ABOUT WHEN REPLACING YOUR HEAT PUMP?

When it’s time to replace your heat pump, there are a number of things you should consider before making a judgement on a particular replacement heat pump. With your space and your family’s needs in mind, Temp Air System Inc can help you find the heat pump that will keep your home comfortable season after season.

Compressor Speed

Your heat pump may have a standard compressor or a two-speed compressor. With a standard compressor, the heat pump will work continuously to keep your home’s air comfortable. A two-speed compressor can be a more efficient solution; it will run only as needed to sustain your pre-set temperature. Because it’s not running as often, a two-speed compressor will usually last longer and need fewer repairs than its standard compressor counterpart.

Zoning

Whether you want to incorporate a zoning system with your replacement heat pump is another thing to consider. You could save costs by more efficiently using your heat pump to condition the air in the areas you commonly use, rather than trying to keep the whole house at the same temperature. If you want additional information about zoning options for your home, Temp Air System Inc can help.

Size

Another critical part of picking the best heat pump for your home is ensuring it’s the right size. If your heat pump is too large for your home’s comfort needs, it will waste a lot of energy continuously cycling on and off. If your heat pump is too small, it won’t have the capacity to sustain comfortable temps on the coldest or warmest La Puente days.

Efficiency

Last, but certainly not least, you need to know your heat pump’s energy efficiency rating. Heat pump efficiency is determined by the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) and the Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF). According to Consumer Reports, a higher SEER is more important in warmer climates, but a higher HSPF is better in colder climates. According to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, you should consider buying a heat pump that is at least 15 SEER and 8.5 HSPF. When reviewing heat pumps, you’ll find that the most efficient systems have ratings of 18 to 27.5 SEER and 8.5 to 12.5 HSPF.

As you can see, there’s a lot to consider when shopping for a replacement heat pump. But, we can help. Temp Air System Inc is happy to answer all of your questions and help you choose a furnace that meets your home and heating needs. Contact our experts at 800-630-0082 or arrange an appointment with us online.

WHAT SIZE HEAT PUMP DO I NEED?

WHAT SIZE HEAT PUMP DO I NEED?

When it’s time to replace your heat pump, it’s important to realize one size does not fit all. A system that is not sized appropriately for your space, will not only impact your comfort, but can lead to shortened life of your heat pump, and leave you stuck with higher energy bills each month.

How can you be sure you know the correct heat pump size for your home? Get started with a load calculation from the experts at Temp Air System Inc. A load calculation takes specifics from your home into the assessment and gauges the Btu (a number that indicates the capacity of a heat pump) required to heat your home. The most common and generally accepted method is a calculation of the total heat loss and heat gain of the structure using ACCA Manual J.

Some Elements that Influence Heat Pump Size

  • Square Footage—How large is the home your heat pump will be required to heat? The expert will be sure to carefully measure the square footage of your house. Not every inch of your home needs to be accounted for during this process. Typically, it is more beneficial to account only for the space that needs heating.
  • Home Insulation—Insulation helps keep warm air from leaving your home through the cold winter months. It also heavily influences energy efficiency and how large of a heating system you’ll need. Let the experts from Temp Air System Inc examine the insulation in your walls and attic. They’ll help you find the best heat pump for your house.
  • Type of Window— Just like your walls, the particular type of windows in your home, frame type, glaze type, gas fills/spaces, etc. will have an impact on the heating and cooling needs of your home.
  • Outdoor Climate—Think about the range of weather you experience in La Puente. Your household will need a heat pump that can handle the conditions of your environment every year, without straining itself or needing back up heat.

Don’t settle for ‘close enough’ when picking your new heat pump. Let the team at Temp Air System Inc help you find a solution that will fit your space properly. When you’re ready to begin, call us at 800-630-0082 or book an appointment online. Whether you have a few more questions about heat pump size or want to discuss options for your space, we’re happy to help you out.

THE EMERGENCY HEAT SWITCH ON HEAT PUMPS - WHAT IS IT AND HOW DOES IT WORK

THE EMERGENCY HEAT SWITCH ON HEAT PUMPS – WHAT IS IT AND HOW DOES IT WORK

All heat pumps are outfitted with emergency heat switches. This switch is meant to be used as its name implies—in an emergency. The emergency heat switch will turn on a strip, or strips, of electric heat and turn off your heat pump. When the temperature outside drops below 40 degrees, many La Puente residents will flip the switch in order to make it warmer. While this will do the job, we don’t recommend it. When your system operates in this emergency mode, it can use a lot of energy and send your utility bill skyrocketing.

Temp Air System Inc suggests only flipping on your emergency heat switch if your heat pump has stopped heating your home. When it’s colder outside and it appears that your heat pump is constantly running, let it do its job. It’s actually much more efficient to let your heat pump run that it would be if your heat pump is working in its emergency mode.

If you’ve found that your heat pump isn’t keeping up with the cooler weather in La Puente, it’s wise to give Temp Air System Inc a call. Investing in a backup heating system could save you some expense in the long run. We can install your backup system to work effortlessly with your heat pump. So, when it’s so cold that your heat pump can’t pull warmer air into your home, your thermostat can mechanically switch on your backup heating system. This method will keep your home warm and cozy on chilly days—and you can save your emergency heat switch for actual heating emergencies.

If you want to find out more about ways you can supplement your heat pump’s heat supply or find out more about how your heat pump operates, call our experts at 800-630-0082. Our team is happy to help. If it’s more convenient for you, you can also book an appointment with us online using our handy scheduler.

WHY YOU NEED A PROFESSIONAL TO CONDUCT AC MAINTENANCE?

WHY YOU NEED A PROFESSIONAL TO CONDUCT AC MAINTENANCE?

If the thought of servicing your air conditioner by yourself has come up, it’s not as uncommon as you might think. While it’s tempting, trying to tune up your own air conditioner could end up costing more money if you make a mistake. Your machine is more complicated than you might think. Even if you aren’t a handyman, you might be thinking about skipping your annual appointment to save some cash. That isn’t a great idea either. Maybe you haven’t had any challenges with your system recently, but that doesn’t mean it will continue that way forever.

Whether you’re contemplating doing maintenance yourself or skipping it altogether, take a look at some of the benefits with selecting a qualified technician to take a look at your system:

  • Technicians have the appropriate training: As the internet has given us access to a lot of information and guidance, it’s not going to have the same impact as the education a technician gets from certified institutions. Following their education, our technicians at Temp Air System Inc are experts in everything related to heating and air conditioning. It’s much easier to trust their work now than having to make costly repairs after.
  • Technician tune ups are more in-depth: During a maintenance appointment, a HVAC technician checks to make sure everything about your system is in working order. They’ll review your thermostat settings, refrigerant level, electrical and moving components and your system controls. While they’re checking your system, they’ll be on the look out for indications of more serious issues.
  • You can see cost-savings after a professional tune up: It’s not always easy for homeowners to understand indications of a potential problem. Continuing to run your air conditioner could cause serious damage that means you’ll need a costly repair or replacement down the road. One of the experts from Temp Air System Inc can identify issues before they become too serious—eliminating extra costs to you. In addition, maintenance on your system helps it run more efficiently, saving you even more.

It’s not too late to schedule your routine maintenance. Temp Air System Inc is here to help ensure your air conditioner is running as it should. Contact us at 800-630-0082 to arrange an appointment with us. You can rest easy knowing it’s been professionally maintained and ready to keep you cool.

WHAT DO HVAC RATINGS MEAN?

When you’re searching for a new HVAC system, you have to consider a lot of factors. Is it the appropriate size for your home? Will it be energy efficient? Is the price point one you’re comfortable with? Will the unit be quiet enough for your home? What kind of air quality can you expect? It can be overwhelming. On top of all the factors you want to learn more about, some HVAC knowledge seems just out of reach. The acronyms and shorthand that industry professionals already know can create questions for the average homeowner. Luckily, the team at Temp Air System Inc are breaking down the system ratings to provide more education as you head into the purchasing process:

Annualized Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE): This efficiency rating is a ratio that links how much of the fuel you use in your furnace to the amount turned into useable heat. A better system will have a higher percentage of heat used.

If your system has an AFUE rating of 85, that means the system turns 85 percent of the fuel used into useable heat. If you are looking for a highly efficient system, you’ll want one that has an AFUE of 90 or higher. Lennox offers residential furnaces with ratings up to 98.7—the highest in the industry.

Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER): Both heat pumps and air conditioners use this rating. A lot like AFUE, this ratio measures how much of the fuel used to power an HVAC system is converted to cooling output. A more efficient system will have a higher SEER rating.

Minimum SEER ratings vary between regions. Choosing a high efficiency model may be more expensive on the front end, but you’ll see greater energy savings throughout the years. Lennox makes air conditioners with SEER ratings up to 26—another industry leading rating.

Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF): Looking into heat pumps? This is the rating to keep in mind. A higher rating indicates a more efficient heat pump. If you want a model that’s ENERGY STAR® efficient, you’ll need a rating above an 8.2—as well as a SEER rating above 12.

Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV): Air filters have holes that let air and particles to circulate through your home. MERV assesses the size of the holes. The higher the rating, the smaller the holes in the filter—and a decrease in the number of particles that get into your home. If you’re wanting a more efficient filter, find one with a MERV rating of 10 or higher.

Air filters are critical to the quality of air in your home. Make sure to find the rating that works with your home, with your system and change the filter frequently.

Keeping these ratings in mind as you begin looking for a new system will help ensure you find one that meets your needs and will work with your home. If you’re ready to find the answer for your home comfort, or you have more questions about system ratings, call the experts at Temp Air System Inc. You can reach us at 800-630-0082 We’re happy to answer any questions you have and show you options that can work for your home.

WHAT A SMART THERMOSTAT CAN DO FOR YOUR HOME?

WHAT A SMART THERMOSTAT CAN DO FOR YOUR HOME?

For the last few years, smart technology has helped us do everything from track our personal workouts to vacuum our living rooms without lifting a finger. With all the advancements in technology, it is only fitting for smart technology to help us make our home comfort systems more efficient. If you’re looking for a way to reduce your energy bills and have more control over your comfort at home, smart thermostats are the perfect place to start.

Smart thermostats operate much like a programmable thermostat. Standard programmable models allow you to adjust temperatures to use less energy when you are away from your house. Most of these thermostats let you set schedules for every day during the week, divide it between weekday and weekend programming or make everyday the same. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, you can save up to 10 percent on your annual heating and cooling bill by utilizing a programmable thermostat.

Smart thermostats give you even more control over your heating and cooling system. Using your smart phone and a compatible app, you can change your home’s temperature wirelessly, regardless of where you are. That means you can adjust it if anything unforeseen happens—whether you’re away from home longer than you thought or there is a change in the weather. That control, along with the energy usage reports your smart model makes, can help you increase your home’s energy efficiency.

If you are looking for additional benefits, there are smart thermostats that are even more advanced. Depending on what you want your thermostat to be able to do, there are some different options:

  • Should it hold the temperature in your home as close as possible to your requested setting? iComfort® systems maintain the temperature in your space within a half degree of what you set the thermostat to.
  • Should it spot your location to automatically adjust temperatures when you’re away? iComfort’s Smart Away™ mode detects your location using your phone and adjusts the temperature when you leave. When you’re driving home, the system adjusts again to make sure you’re comfortable when you get home.
  • Should your device adjust to meet the climate? The iComfort Feels Like™ feature takes weather conditions like temperature and humidity into account while altering the comfort level in your home. That way, 72 degrees always feels like 72 degrees—regardless of what it’s like outside.
  • Should it operate with your other smart devices? Some smart thermostats connect with Amazon Alexa and Apple Homekit. With voice commands, you can adjust your settings without moving from your spot.

Ready to find a smart thermostat model that meets your needs? The team at Temp Air System Inc can help you get started. Contact us at 800-630-0082 to an appointment with us. We can answer any questions you have and show you the options for your home comfort system.

WHAT DO NEW HOMEOWNERS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THEIR AIR CONDITIONER?

WHAT DO NEW HOMEOWNERS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THEIR AIR CONDITIONER?

As a first-time homebuyer, you’re starting to get settled in your new house. There an abundance of items on your to-do list, from purchasing furniture to tackling the landscape.

Owning your first home is exciting! Don’t let that excitement distract you from understanding how different components in your home works—including your HVAC system. If it’s summer when you are moving into your new home, you’ll want to pay even more attention to your air conditioner. This will help ensure you keep comfortable in your new home during the warmer temps.

So, what should you be aware of?

  • Identify Your System—Make sure you know the make and model of your system. This should be located on the equipment itself. It will be helpful if you need to get in touch with a professional for repair, routine maintenance or general questions.
  • Get to Know the Thermostat—When it comes to keeping indoor comfort and managing energy costs, your thermostat can be one of your best friends. Take the time to review your thermostat to understand where you can earn efficiencies—such as programmable thermostats that allow you to adjust the temperature even if you aren’t at home.
  • Find a Reputable HVAC Company—Routine maintenance is vital to making sure your air conditioner continues to work properly and pinpoint any issues before they become costlier to fix. Temp Air System Inc in La Puente can offer the service that you need, and offer some tips on efficiency and how to improve indoor air quality and home comfort.
  • Don’t Forget Your Filter—Outside of routine maintenance, one of the best ways to keep your air conditioner working efficiently is to replace the air filter. Air filters are usually located in the blower compartment of your furnace, in an attached filter case or in a wall-mounted return air grille.

If you have any questions about your AC or concerns about the air quality or comfort levels in your home, give Temp Air System Inc a call at 800-630-0082. If the air conditioner in your space is older and not keeping up, we can show you the wide choices of air conditioners available and find one that meets your needs and budget. And if all you want is routine maintenance, our experts are here for you, too.