How to Clean Your Filter

September 20, 2021

When unwanted particles enter your home, your filter’s job is to trap them and let clean air through. However, over time those particles will build up, causing less air to come through and disrupting the energy efficiency of your air conditioning system. There are four steps to clean your filter and avoid loss of efficiency. 1. Removing the Filter Before removing your filter, you’ll want to make sure your system is off to avoid letting particles into your home unfiltered. Then, with a screwdriver, remove the filter and inspect it for any damage or unusual spotting.

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How Efficient Is Your AC?

August 16, 2021

During the intense heat in Lakeside, CA, this summer is the perfect time to check if your air conditioner is energy-efficient. There are several ways to tell if your AC wastes energy, and luckily, the signs that indicate decent efficiency are easy to recognize. To help you avoid seeing your money go down the drain, here are four signs of great efficiency. Indoor Air Quality Part of your air conditioner’s function is to circulate air through your home as cleanly as possible. Therefore, dirty filters and clogs will reduce your air quality and introduce problems with

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Thermostat Settings You Should Know

July 28, 2021

Modern thermostats are guaranteed to make your home more comfortable and energy-efficient, but that means mastering the settings. Using the wrong setting can lead to your system running 24 hours a day, which will drive up your bills and cause wear and tear on your equipment. Before you change your thermostat settings, it’s important to know what each one does and its impact on your overall comfort and efficiency. Keep reading to learn more about the most important thermostat settings. 1. Heat vs. Cool These are probably the main settings that come to mind when

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How To Reset Air Conditioning Unit

June 28, 2021

A home air conditioning system can be a great way to keep your family nice and cool during the hot summer months. While your home air conditioning system may work great throughout many days of the summer, there may be a day where it malfunctions. This malfunction could be brought on by something as simple as a power outage. Knowing how to properly reset your air conditioning system can help save you from paying a professional to do it for you. Start by Turning Your Thermostat Off For you to properly reset your home air conditioning

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Does Humidity Affect My Air Conditioner?

May 5, 2021

Homeowners want their air conditioner to work for them during the peak season. This requires some vigilance because there are threats to your system in your own home. One of these is the humidity level in the air. Humidity Increases the Strain on Your Air Conditioner Humidity is practically an unseen enemy for your air conditioner. It is the thing that your system always fights against in the summer. The way that your air conditioner works is by removing humidity from the air and exchanging it with cool and dry air. Excess humidity keeps raising the

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Should I Upgrade My Thermostat?

April 5, 2021

Most homeowners in Lakeside know the importance of a functional HVAC system to their quality of life. The system maintains comfortable temperatures indoors all year round. However, few people understand that their thermostats could actually be the cause of uncomfortable temperatures in their homes. That’s all the more reason you should upgrade your thermostat. A programmable and modern thermostat has several perks. If you are considering upgrading your old thermostat, here are several reasons to help you make a decision. Movement Sensors One of the main reasons why you should upgrade your thermostat is to enjoy

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How to Clean an Air Conditioner Filter

March 16, 2021

Air conditioners can be a lifesaver during the spring and summer seasons as long as they function effectively. However, air filters in your air conditioner can get dirty without regular cleanings. Unfortunately, dirty air filters don’t work effectively. The good news is that cleaning air filters isn’t complicated as long as you know what to do. Check out these steps to understand how to clean your air filter. Determine the Air Filter Location The first step should be to locate your air conditioner filter. You can find it near the cold air return of a central

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How Often Should You Get HVAC Maintenance

February 18, 2021

San Diego, CA, has some extreme weather, and you’ll need a heating and cooling system that’s effective and efficient. One of the best ways to keep your heating and cooling system working well is to schedule regular professional maintenance visits. Use these tips to plan the frequency and timing of your heating and cooling system tune-ups. Schedule Springtime Air Conditioning Maintenance Summers are long and hot in San Diego, so your air conditioning system will get a lot of use. We recommend a maintenance visit for your cooling system in the springtime. During this visit, our

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How Does A Water Source Heat Pump Work?

January 10, 2021

A water source heat pump is like other types of heat pumps except it uses a source of water to generate and release heat. Many homes can’t make use of this type of heat pump, but for those that can, it’s an option well worth considering. How It Works Like other heat pumps, a water source heat pump uses electricity and refrigerant to heat and cool a home. It transfers heat into a home during the winter and out of it during the summer. They’re highly energy-efficient, so you’ll save a great deal of money on

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Is There a Need to Put a Cover on My Outdoor HVAC Unit When the Weather Is Cold?

December 11, 2020

When the warmer months are over, it’s time to begin preparations for the upcoming winter. As a Lakeside homeowner, this means protecting items that you don’t want to be exposed to the elements all winter. When it comes to one outdoor item, though, there is a fair amount of debate as to whether it needs protection at all. This item is your outdoor HVAC unit. To help provide clarity, the pros at Hi-Tech Air Heating & Cooling would like to offer their thoughts on this debate. Moisture Is Not a Problem First off, it’s important that you hear from the

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