Posted by: advancedcomfortsolutions | July 30, 2015

Energy Saving Tips

Summer and fall can be very expensive seasons for your electric bill. Using your air-condition system to keep cool during the hot days of summer and fall can make your electric bill rise. But don’t worry there are ways that you can reduce your electric bill and still keep your family and house cool during the hot days of summer and fall. We are going to provide you some tips that would help you reduce your electric bill.

For starters, installing a QuietCool Whole House Fan System will allow you to slash your A/C cooling system costs by 50 – 90%, while you experience a 10-degree cooling. QuietCool Whole House Fans saves money by reducing the utility costs; it cools the house while increasing energy savings. Installing a QuietCool Whole House Fan System could be an excellent option to reduce your electric bill for many summers while keeping your house and family cool during hot days.

Here are additional tips (that were previously provided in other blog entries) that can help you reduce your electric bill:

  • AC Tune Up – This might be the most important tip on the list. A properly maintained AC ensures that your system is running efficiently and can prevent your system from breaking down in the middle of a heat wave.
  • Change air filters – here is another maintenance tip that is often overlooked and is probably crucial in ensuring your systems proper performance. It’s also the easiest thing that you can do without the help of HVAC technician.
  • Open your windows – Makes sense right? Crack open the windows at night to help cool your home by releasing the heat that can build up during the day. Easy, simple tip.
  • Use Fans – Don’t just rely on the energy hungry A/C! According to Southern California Edison (SCE), using fans can save you up to $200 in 6 months. Consider installing a ceiling fan in rooms with ceilings at least 8 feet high to circulate cool air around the room. Portable fan are also a good idea. They are energy efficient and can be moved around your home to where they are needed.

Using fans can help you keep you thermostat higher, you might find yourself using your A/C much less or not at all. Just remember to turn off fans when you leave the room, because keeping them on will not cool down the room.As summer begins, which is one of the season’s air conditioning (A/C) is most often used to keep the house cool during hot days. Summer is also the season where your electric bill goes up because of the heavy use your A/C gets. However, in our website we provide some tips that would help reduce your electric bill during the hot summer days. Here are some of the tips that we provided:

  • Perform regular maintenance on your central air conditioner and change out your A/C filters.
  • When leaving your home make sure to turn off your system.
  • Schedule a Checkup with one of our technicians to ensure your system is running at peak efficiency.
  • Set the thermostat to 78 degrees or as high as comfortably possible.
  • Using ceiling or room fans instead of central air conditioning can save you up to 90% on your cooling cost.

Click here to read more. Also for offers and promotions for installing a new air conditioning system or maintenance for your current system click here.

On our website we also provides tips to help you reduced your electric bill during the not as hot days of fall. When summer ends it doesn’t mean that hot days are over, here in California hot days can last longer than in other areas of the country. That’s why you need to be preparing so that the electric bill does not surprise you. Here are some good tips to follow so that you don’t get a surprise in your electric bill during fall:

  • Clean or replace furnace filters 2 – 3 times a year. Ignoring to replace filters is the #1 cause systems breakdown resulting in expensive repairs.
  • Have your attic checked for proper insulation.
  • Don’t block vents, registers or ducts.
  • Keep windows and doors closed to improve heat loss.
  • Keep fallen leaves, grass clippings, foliage and other dirt and debris away from outdoor unit.
  • Have an Advanced Comfort Solutions technician perform a tune up on your system to keep it running efficiently and save you money over the long run.

Another way to save money this summer is by installing a new air-conditioning system, and Southern California Edison (SCE) Quality installation program can help you – eligible installations qualify for $750 in rebate amounts (http://www.ac-quality.com/). More efficiency means more savings, by installing a new A/C you won’t only save money by having a more energy efficiency system, you can also save money with the SCE Quality Installation Program. With the Quality Installation Program, you can lower your electric bill, improve the air quality in your home, and make sure your A/C is in top working order. Did you know that 70% of air-conditioned homes have A/C units that exceed the home’s cooling needs? A unit too large for your home costs more to run and uses more electricity. Plus, incorrect sizing or installation puts undue stress on components and shortens equipment life.

Simply replacing your old system may not save as much energy as you expected. That’s why SCE offers the Quality Installation Program. When it’s time for a new A/C system, this program makes sure your new air conditioner is sized properly for your home, and ensures its installation follows guidelines set by ENERGY STAR®—saving you the most energy and money. Southern California Edison (SCE) knows that summer and winter can be very expensive seasons for your electric bill and that’s why they offer the Quality Installation Program. The QI as they call it, helps homeowners to install a new AC or HP that will also help reduce your electric bill by not just installing a new AC or HP but by also installing a energy efficient AC or HP system that would help you reduce your electric bill.

Posted by: advancedcomfortsolutions | April 9, 2015

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

As mentioned on the video we spend most of the time in our houses. If you were going to spend a lot of time in one place, wouldn’t you like to have clean air there? To make sure that the air inside your house is clean enough for your family to breathe you have to have a good air purifier system install. According to the American Lung Association (ALA), there are two steps to keep the Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) in your house clean, “first, keep pollution out. Second, ventilate to clean the air.” For the first step they provided some good tips to keep your house free of pollutants. Here are the tips:

  • Never let anyone smoke indoors
  • Test your home for radon which is a gas that causes lung cancer
  • Keep humidity levels under 50%
  • Fix all leaks and drips in your house
  • Keep good control of food since they attract pests
  • Don’t use scented candles or fragrances to hide odors
  • Use cleaning products that are less toxic.

Here are some tips that the ALA provided on how to ventilate clean dirty air indoors:

  • Use exhaust fans in bathrooms to remove moisture and gases from the house.
  • Fit your kitchen with an exhaust fan that moves the air to the outside, and not to use vent less stoves.
  • Have gas or oil stoves, dryers or water heaters inspect by qualifying technicians once a year.
  • If you paint or use hobby supplies or chemicals in your home, add extra ventilation. Open the windows and use a portable window fan to pull the air out of the room.
  • Never idle your car in an attached garage.

To read more click here!

These tips provided by the ALA can help you increase the Indoor Air Quality in your house. In addition to those tips, installing a Carrier® InfinityTM Air Purifier system will also help keep the Indoor Air Quality clean. Besides providing tips to improve Indoor Air Quality in your house the ALA gives you some steps to follow to know if the quality of air in your house needs to be improve. First, check out the tell-tale signs of unhealthy air. Second, learn more about air cleaning devices before you buy one. And third, find out what makes indoor air unhealthy and how pollution can hurt your body.

Another side effect that bad indoor air brings is allergies. According to Pollen, “An allergy is a heightened sensitivity to a foreign substance (called an allergen) that causes the body’s defense system (the immune system) to overreact when defending itself.” And according to Healthy Child, “Asthma and allergies are the most common chronic illnesses for kids in the U.S. and attacks are often triggered by indoor air allergens, such as mold, dust, animal dander, and chemicals in everyday products.” If you want to prevent your family from getting these allergies, Healthy Child has some steps that you should follow to reduce indoor air pollution in your house. These steps are as follows:

  • Ventilation is crucial. You want to make sure that your house is well ventilated.
  • Don’t harbor dust mites. One of the best ways to limit the amount of dust mites in your homes are to encase mattresses with impermeable covers
  • Eradicate cockroaches and keep clutter to a minimum.
  • Maintain humidity below 50 percent.
  • Minimize Pet dander.
  • Keep asthmatics away from gas stoves
  • Buy safer products
  • Try air cleaning and purifying machines

To read more click here!

Some of these steps follow under the tips previously provided by the video about Indoor Air Quality and the American Lung Association. We can agree that those steps are important to follow if you want to reduce indoor air pollution in your house. As mentioned before, the important things to do to prevent indoor air pollution are keeping humidity levels under 50%, ventilation of clear air from the outside is very important, kill pests that spread these pollutants around your house, minimize pet dander, don’t let any smokers in your house, and finally install an air cleaning and purifying machine like the Carrier® InfinityTM Air Purifier.

With spring and summer weather coming, there are many products that can help improve your comfort indoors and also eliminate dust, dander, pollen and viruses in your home.  There are different types of filtration to explore based on your individual needs.  A good place to start is to contact your Heating and Air Conditioning contractor for your spring tune-up and ask about options for your home.

  • Air purifiers and cleaners
  • Fresh air ventilators
  • UV germicidal lamps
  • Humidifiers
  • The Infinity® System
  • Carbon monoxide alarm

Remember to keep your heating and air conditioning units working at peak performance by changing the filters with each season.

  • Dirty filters restrict airflow through your heating and air conditioning system, causing the system to work harder and be less efficient in maintaining your indoor temperature settings.
  • Clean filters help your system operate at its peak performance and efficiency levels, helping you keep your utility costs down.

These tips will help you keep the air inside your house much cleaner and safer for the whole family to breathe. For more information on Carrier® InfinityTM Air Purifier Click here! There you can learn about the different models of Air Purifiers, also the benefits that each would bring to your house, and see which would be the best to keep the Indoor Air Quality in your house better for your family to breathe.

For more information on how to keep good house Indoor Air Quality visit our website:

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Posted by: advancedcomfortsolutions | March 26, 2015

QuietCool a Good Way to Keep Your House Cool and Save Energy!

QuietCool Whole House Fans SystemsWant to stay cool this summer? Consider installing a fan system from QuietCool Whole House Fan System, they would be a great option to implement in your house to keep it cool. They offer the “QuietCool Experience,” which besides keeping your house cool, it also “safely remove pet dander and odors; quickly remove cooking odors and heat; quickly remove odors & steam and humidity; Expels odors, germs, smoke, & VOC gases.” Besides those benefits, there are other benefits which makes QuietCool the best choice for your house during hot days, “QuietCool lowers A/C run time by up to 90%, remove unsightly box fans and air blowers, helps prevent mold & mildew, removes heat.”

QuietCool Whole House Fan System will also allow you to slash your A/C cooling system costs by 50 – 90%, while you experience a 10-degree cooling. QuietCool Whole House Fans saves money by reducing the utility costs; it cools the house while increasing energy savings. Better health and energy saving are some other benefits of owning QuietCool Systems as well as cleaner and more pristine air. Here is an info graphic of how QuietCool works:

QuietCool house infographicHere is also an introduction video to QuietCool Whole House Fans Systems:

If you are looking for a more energy efficient and cost effective way of stay cool during hot days, QuietCool fans system would be a good option for you. They offer a variety of options for your house, which depends on what type of benefit are you looking for in addition to a cooler house. For instance they offer the Stealth Pro and Trident Pro, which they stated, “Stealth Pro fans feature American made AC/DC brushless motor technology which allow these fans to be the highest rated for energy efficiency.” While for the Trident Pro, “The TRI PRO-1.5 (U.S. Patent #7497774) will help you slash your A/C related electricity costs by up to 90% and pays for itself faster than any other “green energy” product on the market today.” These house fans systems would help to keep your house cool during hot days, as well helping you same energy which will save you money.

QuietCool Whole House Fans Systems is a good way to replace old air conditioning systems that are outdated. Old air condition systems are not energy efficient which means they are costing you more money. While a QuietCool system would be an improvement to your air condition, while also helping you save money and energy. If you are looking for a more energy efficient way to keep your house cool, installing a QuietCool Whole House Fans Systems like the Stealth Pro would be a good option for you.  If you looking to considerably improve the energy efficient of the cooling system Stealth Pro would be a good option.

For more information on how to keep your house cool with QuietCool Whole House Fan System visit our website: Advanced Comfort Solutions

In case the hot weather isn’t a big of enough clue, it is now officially summer! And like every year, many Southern Californians decide to cool off by heading down to the beach or pool and enjoy the sun. But there might be days when you want to escape the heat all together and just relax in the comfort of your air conditioned home. But as you may already know, running the AC system during these hot summer days can cost you. We at Advanced Comfort Solutions want to help you keep your home comfortable while still managing to save you money this summer. Here are some summer home maintenance tips:

AC Tune Up– This might be the most important tip on the list. A properly maintained AC ensures that your system is running efficiently and can prevent your system from breaking down in the middle of a heat wave.

Having a tune up done on your AC system could also save you money! The tune up ensures the system is running at its peak efficiency so the system is not working harder than it needs to cool your home. The harder it works the more energy it uses, the more energy it uses, the higher your electricity bill will be. Just because the heat is rising outside doesn’t mean your utility bills need to as well.  

Change air filters-Here is another maintenance tip that is often overlooked and is probably crucial in ensuring your systems proper performance. It’s also the easiest thing that you can do without the help of a HVAC technician.

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So how often should you change the filter? We recommend checking what the manufacture of your system recommends. Typically air filters should be replaced once every 3 to 5 months. If you’re a daily user of AC its recommend you change that filter out every month to ensure cleaner air quality.

Whole House Fans–  The best way to reduce your air conditioning bill by up to 90% it to have us tell you about whole house fan systems. This is a great way to bring in cool, fresh outdoor air to your home. To read more about Whole House Fans click here.

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Inspect your roof- Check your roof for any problems that can cause a bigger problem such as leaks.

Check your windows- Make sure to check the window sealants to ensure the summer heat stays outside and keep the cool air inside. Caulk any open areas.

Check your ducts for leaks– What is the point of having an AC system is the air can’t reach your home to cool it? Ducts are what transfer the conditioned air to your home. Leaks in the ducts prevent some of this air from reaching your home, which results in higher utility bills and comfort issues.

Check your detectors– For obvious safety reasons, make sure to check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

Posted by: advancedcomfortsolutions | February 11, 2014

Hero Program

If you had any new years resolutions to make your home more energy efficient and to do your part in helping California go green, it might be a good idea to check out the HERO program before beginning any home improvement projects. HERO is a local government sponsored financing program that makes qualified home improvement projects quick and affordable. Since its introduction in Riverside County in 2011, the HERO program has helped residents easily achieve their home renovation dreams with no out of pocket cost! And now the program is expanding across California to help others in search of making their homes more energy efficient.

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So how does the HERO program work? Here is an example; lets say you want to reduce the amount of AC usage in your home to save on energy cost without sacrificing comfort.  You’ve probably been in that situation before. It’s a hot summer day, you turn on the air conditioner to provide some relief and cool your home but the thought of how high the next utility bill will be makes you cringe. You do some research and find out that with the installation of whole house fans, such as the QuietCool fan lineup(learn more about QuietCool here) have been proven to reduce A/C cost by 50%-90%!

“That’s great! I want a QuietCool fan for my house!” you tell yourself. But you don’t necessarily have the money to pay for one upfront. That’s when the HERO program comes to the rescue.

The best way to get started is by setting up an appointment with us and we will guide you through the quick, easy   sign up process and answer any questions. We’ll install your whole house fans and you enjoy the extra money you save when you see your utility bill cut by installing the QuietCool fans. We do more than just whole house fan installs  such as central air conditioning installs, furnaces, heat pumps and energy audits. All of which are covered in the HERO program.

The HERO program finances your home improvement projects; you make the payments on your projects with your property taxes. And if you decide to sell your home any remaining balance is passed on to the buyers of your house.

This amazing program was limited to just a few California counties but now it is available across the state. Check to see if your city qualifies.

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For more information on the HERO program fill out the contact form or call us at (855) 238-2663.

Posted by: advancedcomfortsolutions | December 12, 2013

To clean or not to clean…your air ducts?

Air duct cleaning is one of the most listed tasks on any homeowner’s maintenance to-do list. Countless websites and air duct cleaning companies state that there are health benefits to having them clean and help improve your HVAC systems performance. But is that necessarily true? Is cleaning your air ducts a good investment? Isn’t there any preventative measures you can take to keep your ducts and overall air quality in your home clean?

The most common listed benefit to having this cleaning service done is improving the air quality in your home, which would be an ideal selling point for those who suffer from airborne allergies. According to the Environmental Protection Agency there is no scientific evidence that that air duct cleaning improves air quality in your home. According to Laureen Burton, senior scientist in the EPA Indoor Environments Division, basic maintenance such as checking and changing filters, regular inspections and preventing moisture from entering your system are more important.  Changing your filter regularly on your system is the best way to prevent air duct build up as well as preventing any future, more expensive system repairs.

But if air ducts get dirty by the dirt and debris that are in the air in the rooms of your home, wouldn’t it make sense to just have clean, healthy air to begin with? This is dirty air that you and your family are breathing in! Air Purifiers, such as Carrier’s Infinity Series Air Purifier, clean the air inside your home by trapping and killing bacteria, mold spores, viruses, other pollutants and allergens. If you or anyone in your family suffers from airborne allergies it might be time to consider adding a air purifier to your home.

If you do go ahead and choose to have your air ducts cleaned its important to hire a qualified company that knows what they are doing. Be skeptical about low priced air duct cleaning services. It is a very sensitive operation; often times the rotating brush used to clean the ducts can actually permanently damage your ducts and create air leaks. Some professionals agree that with a well-maintained HVAC system, air duct cleaning isn’t necessary.

We want to hear from you! Does your home have an air purifier? Have you had your air ducts cleaned? What are your experiences with either?

Posted by: advancedcomfortsolutions | October 21, 2013

6 Ways to Get Your Home Ready for Fall

Another summer has come and gone. Gone are the summer vacations with the family, the backyard BBQ’s, and the sun soaking at the beach along with those hot summer days! Now as we head into autumn, we can look forward to the fall foliage and the colder weather. Our goal at Advanced Comfort Solutions is to make sure your home stays comfortable year-round no matter how the weather outside is. That being said, here are some fall maintenance tips to help you prepare your home for the seasonal changes.

  • Tune up your furnace- Have one of qualified technicians tune up your furnace. (Check out our fall tune-up special!)
  • Change your air filters- air filters keep debris and pollution out of your system. A dirty filter slows air flow causing your furnace to work harder which means its wasting more energy!

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  • Clean your gutters- Watching the leaves fall is one of the best things about autumn but many of those leaves can be clogging up your gutters! Clogged gutters can lead to serious problems like damaging your roof and leaks.

If there are trees near your house its very important to make sure the falling leafs don’t build up in your gutters.

  • Caulk around windows and doorframes to prevent heat from escaping.
  • Safety First- Test smoke and CO monitors.
  • If you have a chimney make sure it is properly cleaned and maintained

These simple tips can help keep your home comfortable leading into the cooler months of the year and can prevent other more serious problems from occurring. If you have any questions or comments please visit us at www.advcomfort.com.

Posted by: advancedcomfortsolutions | August 15, 2013

Summer Energy Saving Tips

Our ultimate goal at Advanced Comfort Solutions is to save you as much money as possible while still keeping your home comfortable. We all know that the summer heat usually means an increase in AC usage, which means higher energy bills and less money for you! We have complied some energy saving tips and the most common home upgrades you can do with your home to keep it cool and comfortable this summer.

Open your windows:

Makes sense right? Crack open the windows at night to help cool your home by releasing the heat that can build up during the day. Easy, simple tip.

Use Fans:

  • Don’t just rely on the energy hungry A/C! According to Southern California Edison, using  fans can save you up to $200 in 6 months. Consider installing a ceiling fan in rooms with ceilings at least 8 feet high to circulate cool air around the room.
  • Portable fans are also a good idea. They are energy efficient and can be moved around your home to where they are needed.
  • Using fans can help you keep you thermostat higher, you might find yourself using you’re A/C much less or not at all. Just remember to turn off fans when you leave the room. Keeping them on will not cool down the room.

Limit the opening and reopening of refrigerators

Avoid warming up your home

  • Lights and other appliances such as ovens, dishwashers and even TV’s can add unwanted heat. Make sure to turn off anything that is not being used.

Avoid using appliances during peak hours: 

  • Use your dishwasher, clothes washer & dryer, and other appliances after 6 p.m.

Keep the sunlight and heat out by closing shades and drapes

Running you’re A/C:

Sometimes it’s just too hot and the only way to completely keep your house comfortable is to use the air conditioner. But are you wasting more energy to run it than you should be? Having your A/C system running at peak efficiency is crucial if you want to avoid your electric bill to skyrocket.

  • Make sure you have check and change you’re A/C systems air filter. clean the permanent filters on your AC unit on a monthly basis.
  • Ensure you have your AC ducts tested and sealed by ACS technicians. Properly sealed air ducts can save you money.
  • Raise your thermostat up or turn it off when you are not home and save 5-15% off your energy bill.
  • Good insulation can help you keep the cool air in allowing you to raise the temperature setting without sacrificing comfort
Posted by: advancedcomfortsolutions | July 19, 2013

Nest-The Thermostat of the Future

In this blogpost we just wanted to share with you the cool high-tech “Nest” thermostat

Have you ever left your home only to realize you left the AC or heater running? This may happen a lot more than you want but what can you do? Turn back home and turn it off? Or do you just let it run for while your away, using up more unnecessary  energy and wasting money away on high utility bills. What if you’re away on vacation for a week?

That’s where the Nest Thermostat would come in handy. This high tech thermostat allows you to control your system straight from your smartphone, laptop and tablet, whether you are running errands or out of town on vacation.

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But the Nest does much more than the ability to control your thermostat while you are away. One of the most impressive features from this device is the ability to  learn and adjust to how you use your AC and heater. It learns when you lower or raise the temperature and has the ability to sense when the house is empty and automatically adjusts the temperature to avoid cooling and or heating an empty home. If you program the Nest well during the first week after installation and it could cut up to 20% off your utility bill.

This easy to install Nest has some other cool features including reminders to change air filters according to how often you use your AC or heater. The Auto-Tune feature finds ways to lower your energy bill while still keeping you comfortable. It also has the capability to track how much money and energy the nest has helped you save.

 

What do you think? Would you install the Nest in your home?

Posted by: advancedcomfortsolutions | July 2, 2013

Summer Energy Saving Tips

Summer has officially kicked off here in Southern California. If you haven’t noticed, just step outside and feel the heat. Along with the rising temperature come the pool parties, barbecues and trips to the beach to relax and take in the sun. But sometimes the heat can become unbearable and all you want to do is escape it by staying home with the air conditioner on all day. No doubt that doing so will increase the amount of electricity you use, increasing your bills, reducing the amount of money in your pocket.  Here are some useful tips that will help you save energy and money this summer.

  • Perform regular maintenance on your central air conditioner and change out you’re A/C filters.
  • When leaving your home, make sure to turn off your system.
  • Schedule a check up with one of our technicians to ensure your system is running at peak efficiency.
  • Set the thermostat to 78 degrees or as high as comfortably possible.
  • Using ceiling or room fans instead of central air conditioning can save you up to 90% on your cooling cost.
  • Check your windows Keep cool air in with weather stripping on windows.

Your pool will be a popular place to relax this summer. But it can also add to your utility bills during the summer months.  Here are some extra tips energy saving tips for pool owners.

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