AAction Air Conditioning & Heating Co. Blog: Archive for the ‘Home Improvement’ Category

The Perks of Joining a Local HVAC Maintenance Program

Monday, November 30th, 2015

Year after year the parts of your heating and cooling systems deteriorate and become less effective and efficient. It’s a part of homeownership we all have to accept—but you can slow down this process and keep your air conditioner and heater working in better condition for longer with an HVAC maintenance program.

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When Is a Ductless Mini-Split the Wrong Choice for AC Replacement?

Monday, April 6th, 2015

One of the most unique cooling (and heating!) systems on the market is the ductless mini-split. As the name implies, ductless mini-splits don’t need any ducts to cool down the home. They work just as well as conventional split-system air conditioners, and most models are heat pumps, which means they double as efficient heating systems as well. Besides, if you have multiple units throughout a home, you can control any zone individually of the others, so you can adjust the temperature in a single area without affecting the comfort of those around the house. Despite all of these features, ductless installation isn’t always the right choice. Here are a few questions to ask yourself when making the decision.

Do You Have a Working Set of Ducts in the Home?

If you already have a complete, functional set of ducts in the house, ductless installation is not ideal. Putting in a ductless system means putting in an outdoor and indoor system, and your home is already set up for traditional air conditioning installation, which may be a more cost-effective arrangement. However, it is important to note that ducts frequently contain minor leaks that can add up to one big energy drain, so you might benefit from a duct inspection before your new air conditioning system is installed.

Are You Planning on Extending the Ducts to Your New Room Addition?

If there is only one room in the house without any ducts, such as a new room addition or an outdoor workshop, you can install a ductless mini-split for use in a single zone. However, ductless mini-splits are investments, so if you have plans to install ducts in the near future, a ductless unit is not the best choice for a temporary solution. Keep in mind, though, that choosing a ductless mini-split as a permanent cooling fixture in this room will be less of a hassle (since installers only drill one hole through the wall), and could potentially save you some money over time.

No Ducts? Ductless Installation is the Way to Go!

If you don’t have any ducts at all and you don’t plan on adding any ducts anytime soon, ductless mini-split installation is likely ideal. Ductless mini-splits are highly efficient, and you certainly won’t miss out on any of the cooling performance you’ve come to expect from a central air conditioner.

Call on the help of the friendly technicians at AAction Air for any and all of your AC needs, from central air conditioner installation, to ductless mini-split installation, to duct replacement. Financing is available!

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Some of the Unusual Movies Released for Valentine’s Day

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

Hollywood has always tried to match movies up to the seasons to draw droves of viewers to the theaters: October is packed with fright-offerings, while the winter holidays skew toward warm and pleasing family films (as well as Oscar hopefuls). Valentine’s Day falls in an odd spot when it comes to the movie release calendar, however, since February tends to be a slower time for the film industry. The studios are as likely to slot strange movies that don’t fit anywhere else in their annual schedules into the Valentine’s Day weekend as they are films with powerful romantic appeal.

So, while the second weekend of February has featured hugely successful romantic comedies like Hitch, The Wedding Singer, and (of course) Valentine’s Day, some truly weird choices have debuted in this weekend as well. And a few have even gone on to tremendous success despite the bizarre match with the holiday. Here are a couple of the odder Valentine’s Day movie releases:

  • Dracula (1931): Yes, this Halloween perennial and the start of Universal Studio’s Classic Monsters actually came out on Valentine’s Day! But perhaps this makes some sense, as the Dracula legend has often received a “doomed lover” approach in the many years since Bela Lugosi made the aristocratic vampire a screen icon.
  • The Silence of the Lambs (1991): Does any film seem less appropriate for Valentine’s Day than this unnerving and sometimes very violent psychological thriller? What’s even more astonishing than the film’s release date is that The Silence of the Lambs eventually nabbed the Oscar for Best Picture, an almost unheard of occurrence for a movie released so early in the year.
  • Daredevil (2003): This Marvel comic adaptation featuring Ben Affleck as a blind superhero does contain a romantic subplot, but the stronger connection to Valentine’s Day may just be that Daredevil wears a bright red costume.
  • A Good Day to Die Hard (2013): The least successful of the Die Hard film franchise, this is an excellent example of a studio dropping a film into a weekend where it doesn’t fit in the hopes that it works as counter-programming. (It didn’t.)
  • Wayne’s World (1992): Now here is an example of counter-programming that clicked with audiences. This comedy based on a Saturday Night Live sketch turned into one of that year’s biggest hits and spawned a sequel.

Whether you celebrate Valentine’s Day with a trip to the movie theater, or you have your own special plans, everyone here at AAction Air hopes you and your loved ones have a wonderful weekend.

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A Few Common Furnace Repairs

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

Furnaces are the most common type of home heating system in the country. This means that furnace problems also happen to be the most common type of home heating problem. Since it is likely that you either own or will own a furnace at some point during your life, it pays to know a bit about the kind of repair needs furnaces can run into. Let’s examine some of them.

Broken Fan Belt

The fan belt is a rubber loop that connects the air handler motor to the fan. When the motor turns on, it uses the fan belt to actually turn the fan and circulate the air. Over time, the fan belt stretches and cracks from the stress of regular usage. Eventually, it can snap and render the fan unable to turn. You can tell that the fan belt is failing by the squealing sound that happens when the furnace turns on. If your furnace is on, but air doesn’t seem to be circulating, it is possible that the fan belt has already broken.

Faulty Pilot Light

The pilot light is a small, continuous flame responsible for lighting the burners and starting the furnace. Every once in a while, the pilot light may blow out and have to be relit. If the pilot light is refusing to stay lit, however, you may have a more serious problem. In older furnaces, the likely culprit is the thermocouple. The thermocouple is the part that senses when the pilot light is lit, and allows fuel to be supplied to it to keep it burning. A faulty thermocouple is one that has lost the ability to sense the pilot light, and so never opens the gas line to supply fuel to it.

Overheating

Furnaces can overheat for any number of reasons, but the most common cause is actually the one most homeowners never expect. When the furnace’s air filter is not replaced often enough, it can become clogged with dust and debris, blocking air flow into the furnace. This traps heat inside the furnace itself, causing it to overheat and shut down as a safety measure. You can tell that your furnace is overheating when it starts turning itself on and off rapidly throughout the day, which is called “short-cycling.”

If you are experiencing furnace problems, contact AAction Air. We provide heating repair throughout Bluffton.

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Always Choose Professionals for Furnace Installation

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

No two ways about it, furnace installation can get expensive. It’s a complicated procedure, it requires a lot of expert knowledge, and there can be some nasty consequences if everything isn’t done just right. Because of this, there are always some homeowners who are tempted to do it themselves. Maybe they or a friend or relative have a bit of experience dealing with furnaces. Maybe they just have complete confidence in their ability to learn from the internet or a book. Whatever the reason, every year people attempt to install furnaces without professionals. It never ends well. The following are some of the reasons that you should always choose professionals for furnace installation.

Sizing

The first problem that a lot of homeowners run into when shopping for a new system is choosing a properly sized furnace. Each furnace is sized to fit a specific range of homes, and choosing one that is too big or too small can each lead to a host of problems. Furnaces that are too big for your home can provoke a behavior called short-cycling, where the furnace malfunctions because the limit switch thinks it’s overheating due to the increased heat output. Furnaces that are too small tend to run for longer and longer periods of time, in an attempt to heat a home that they just don’t have the power to heat properly. Both issues waste money, and contribute to the early death of your furnace.

Health Issues

Furnaces, like all combustion systems, produce a number of combustion byproducts that are toxic to humans. These include carbon monoxide, which can be fatal if one is exposed to large concentrations of it. These combustion byproducts are normally vented out of the house by the exhaust flue, which is part of the furnace. When you’re dealing with the safe disposal of these toxic pollutants, you really want to have a professional installing the system. If you want to look at it from a cost/benefit analysis standpoint, your safety and that of your family is worth far more than the money you’d save having an amateur install your furnace.

If you’re looking to install a new furnace, call AAction Air. We provide furnace installation throughout the Hilton Head area.

 

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Why Should I Consider an Energy Audit?

Monday, October 6th, 2014

Your home is more than a shelter and living place for your family. It is also a complete energy system that contains numerous heat-producing and power-consuming appliances. Just as a single appliance, such as a heater, can perform inefficiently and lose energy while it runs, so can your house lose energy efficiency and cost you more money each year than it should.

Home performance testing, also known as an energy audit, is a method to find out the energy efficiency of an entire home. This is a complex, multi-stage process that requires special equipment such as infrared cameras, surface thermometers, smoke pencils, and blower doors; you must rely on experienced professional auditors to handle it. But it is a much easier to schedule than you might think: for an excellent energy audit in Savannah, GA, contact AAction Air and we will arrange to provide you with this service.

The benefits of an energy audit

The principle reason you should consider having home performance testing is to locate spots in your house where you are losing and gaining more heat than you should, such as cracks in the insulation and gaps in the ventilation shafts. Energy audits pinpoint air leaks in a home that allow hot air to escape during cold weather and enter during warm weather, placing extra strain on the HVAC system. A leaky home will cost more to heat and cool each year, wasting money and also reducing the lifespan of heating systems and air conditioners. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 46% of the energy used to run a home goes toward heating or cooling it—the largest percentage of any home system—so keeping your home as air-leak free as possible is crucial for keeping utility bill under control.

Comfort is another benefit of an energy audit. Those same air leaks will result in rises and drops in temperature. They also allow excess humidity indoors, which is a major problem for a humid city like Savannah.

Energy auditors do more than tell you where you have energy loss issues; your auditors will provide you with a detailed breakdown of the house’s performance and offer you advice on how to best deal with these issues, such as furnace repairs or increased insulation. You will know all the home improvements necessary to make your home efficient and energy-saving.

Call us to arrange for an energy audit today

Energy audits are extensive tasks, but professionals can usually perform them during a few hours with only small disruptions to your daily routines.

Call AAction Air today and speak to our Savannah, GA energy audit experts to arrange for this vital service for your home budget and comfort.

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Heating Systems to Consider

Monday, November 4th, 2013

In terms of heating, Hilton Head, SC has a number of different options. We’re used to traditional centralized furnace systems that run hot air through a network or ducts to warm your home. But that’s only one of the possible options available to you. South Carolina’s comparatively mild climate opens up multiple forms of alternative technology, many of which can save you money in monthly bills. Here are some alternate heating systems to consider.

  • Heat pumps. Heat pumps work on a system similar to air conditioning units: cycling refrigerant through a closed system that transfers heat from one area to another. This can be used to cool your home in the summer and heat it in the winter. This system uses less energy than many other heating systems, since it’s transferring heat instead of burning a fuel, and they work well in areas with mild winters like South Carolina.
  • Geothermal systems. Geothermal systems, like air source heat pumps, transfer heat instead of creating it by burning a fuel. However, geothermal systems use the ambient temperature of the ground as a heat exchange, which means they work efficiently no matter the air temperature outside. Since they require a series of pipes to be installed underneath your yard, the installation cost can be higher than other systems, but they can last a very long time and have low maintenance requirements.
  • Ductless split air conditioning systems. Ductless split systems  use small, indoor air handlers instead of ductwork to heat and cool your home. Each indoor unit can be set to a specific temperature, along you to tailor different areas of your house to fit individual needs, or shut off the heat in parts of your house that aren’t being used. The level of control makes it particularly attractive, as does the lowered heating bills that arise from such “fine tuning.”

With so many heating systems to consider, it pays to have an expert on your side. AAction Air has experience with numerous forms of heating systems in Hilton Head, SC, and can install, repair and maintain all of them with courtesy and professionalism. Call us today to set up a consultation.

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Repair vs Replacement of your Home HVAC System

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

As a homeowner it can be very difficult deciding between repairing a faulty or broken HVAC system for your home or investing in a new system. In this video we discuss repair vs replacement of that old HVAC system for all of the homeowners out there faced with that very question. There are many factors to consider when you are making that decision, here at A Action Air Conditioning & Heating we want to help our Savannah & Hilton Head/Bluffton customers make that decision a little easier.

Check out our video and give us a call with any questions, or to schedule service, repair or an estimate on a new HVAC system!

 

 

 

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Why Do You Need a HVAC Maintenance Agreement?

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

You might ask yourself why you would need a maintenance agreement for the home comfort system in your Savannah area home. What about the old adage “If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it”? Well, HVAC maintenance can actually save you money and extend the life of your system. AAction Air of Savannah services Rincon, Pooler and the surrounding Georgia areas. We also provide services in South Carolina. Call us today to find out how we can help you save money and improve the efficiency of your home comforts systems.

FREE 2 Year Maintenance Plan with System Installation

2 year free maintenance plan with system installation.

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Financing available no down payment required!

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Purchase a Two (2) year Maintenance Agreement and receive the third year free

Here are a couple of the benefits of regular air conditioning and heating maintenance:

1. Extended Equipment Life

2. Fewer Repairs and Nuisance Calls

3. Improved Capacity

4. Discount on Repairs

5. Repair Minor Problems Before They Result in Major Breakdowns

6. Lower Utility Bills

7. Improved Safety

8. Priority Customer

9. Inflation Protection

10. Agreement is Transferable

11. 24-Hr. Emergency Service

12.  Discounted Primary and Overtime Rates

13.  We Call You to Schedule

14.  Maintain Complete History of Equipment

Purchase a Two (2) year Maintenance Agreement and receive the third year free! A substantial saving of 33.3%!

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