HVAC System and Services

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According to some studies, more than half of the energy used in the typical home goes to heating and cooling. That’s why, as a homeowner, it’s imperative to make smart decisions about your home’s heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system. It can make all the difference in your utility bills —and your comfort.

The average household spends more than $2,200 a year on energy bills, with nearly half of this going to heating and cooling services costs. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can help you make smart decisions about your home’s heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system that can help save on energy costs, improve your overall comfort at home, and help fight global warming.

Thermostat:

This is the most obvious portion of your HVAC system, and the piece you’ll interact with most. Usually installed on an easily accessed walls, it can be set manually and programmed to keep your home at your ideal temperature. When the ambient temperature gets too hot or cold, the thermostat triggers your HVAC system to start circulating air as needed.

Furnace:

Your furnace is the star of your HVAC system, and it can be huge—it’ll require the most space out of all of the different components. The furnace is designed to heat air, which is then distributed to different portions of your home via ductwork or piping. Furnaces use varied heat sources, including solar energy, heat pumps, electric resistance, and combustion.

Evaporator coil:

The evaporator coil is used to cool down the air when your thermostat is set to a lower temperature. This cold air is then funneled throughout your home.

Condensing unit:

This unit is found on the outside of your home and filled with what is called refrigerant gas. When the refrigerant is cooled, the condensing unit pumps this liquid to the evaporator coil to be transformed into gas again.

Vents:

These are the outlets that help distribute heated and cooled air from the duct system into the various rooms of your home. They’re generally found near the ceiling with angle slats, designed to send the air downward. It’s important to ensure these vents don’t become blocked.

Refrigerant lines:

These lines carry refrigerant to the condensing unit in the form of gas. This gas is transformed to liquid form, then transferred back to the evaporator coil.

When You Should Replace Your HVAC System

HVAC replacement is the obvious answer in certain situations. If you’re currently in any of the following predicaments, the benefits of replacement generally outweigh those of repair.

Your system is 10 – 15 years old:

Follow this simple rule of thumb from Energy Star—if your current system is over 10 years old, it’s time to start looking into an HVAC replacement. Most HVAC systems last for about 15 years, so there’s no immediate need to replace yours if it’s still functioning properly. But by doing your research now, you’ll know just what you want to do should your HVAC system suddenly stop working properly.



Keep in mind that with an older system, you are likely spending more on utility bills than you would be if you were to upgrade to a newer model. New technology has made modern systems more efficient, and switching to one of these energy-efficient systems could see you saving big on your utility bills.

Safety hazards:

As always, safety comes first. If you think the problem with your HVAC presents a safety hazard for your family, replacement is the answer. Malfunctions in your cooling and heating system can have scary consequences, including carbon monoxide poisoning and fire hazards.

You’re constantly repairing your HVAC:

If your heating and cooling system has needed repairs more than once or twice in the past few years, it may be time to take the leap with a replacement system. The money you spend repairing older equipment can often be better used towards the purchase of newer, energy-efficient HVAC systems. Here’s a simple guide: If your labor and parts cost upwards of $1,000, look toward replacement. 

Some benefits include:

  • Comfort control
  • Longer Operating life
  • Environmental impact
  • Programmable thermostats
  • Peace and quiet
  • Increased resale value
  • Superior air flow
  • Extended warranties
Contact us today at 800-930-4799 or fill out the contact form below, to get help with HVAC system service and replacement in Los Angeles.
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