4 Things to Look for before Calling for AC Repair

May 25th, 2015

Calling for air conditioning repair can be a stressful experience, even when you locate a friendly technician, like the people at Ace Air Conditioning in Merced, CA. Before you call for air conditioning repair, look out for these 4 things that may be at fault for a lack of cooling or a full system breakdown. Continue Reading

7 Tips for Maintaining Your Air Conditioner

May 18th, 2015

An air conditioning system is certainly vital here in one of the hottest areas of California, but running the AC comes with a cost. You’ve certainly noticed how much your bills skyrocket in the summer, especially as the utility company raises costs at peak hours. If you’d like to keep costs low and potentially keep your air conditioner around for longer, try following these tips for maintaining your system. Continue Reading

It’s HOT, So Why Is My Air Conditioner Frozen?

May 11th, 2015

The warmer weather is here to stay in Merced, and we have certainly started running our air conditioners more and more. This means you are likely to notice if your air conditioner has run into trouble. Sometimes, homeowners take a look at their air conditioning systems to try to figure out if something is noticeably wrong. If your air conditioner is not cooling your home as you’d like, you may end up finding that parts of the indoor air handler have actually frozen! Shouldn’t this help you stay cool? Continue Reading

The Quality of Your Thermostat Affects Your Air Conditioning

May 4th, 2015

Often, homeowners upgrade their air conditioning systems without upgrading the part they are most used to dealing with, the thermostat. And while even a very old thermostat may get an accurate reading of the temperature in the room, if you are still operating a manual thermostat or even an outdated digital model, you may miss out on the opportunity to take advantage of advanced features and programming options that can help you save money and stay more comfortable. Here are some questions to ask yourself when deciding whether to upgrade. Continue Reading

Is It Time to Replace Your Air Conditioner?

April 27th, 2015

It’s no secret that air conditioning systems are costly, and you would never replace an air conditioning system without just cause. But when your air conditioner begins to run into trouble, you may begin to wonder whether AC replacement is necessary. Although repairing the AC would be preferable, you do not want to pay for large-scale repairs only to have your system break down again within a couple of months. So how do you decide? Continue Reading

What Are UV Germicidal Lights?

April 20th, 2015

If your family members suffer from allergies and other respiratory or immune system issues, maintaining the quality of your indoor air is key. You may be able to purchase home filtration devices that plug into the wall and change your air conditioning filter regularly, but is this really enough to rid your entire home of the problems that cause the most trouble for your family members? Continue Reading

4 Reasons to Schedule Air Conditioning Maintenance in the Spring

April 13th, 2015

Imagine this scenario: it’s the middle of summer and your air conditioning system begins to make a strange noise. The fan is still running, but all of a sudden, your air conditioning system no longer puts out any cold air. This is an issue that happens all too often with air conditioning systems that don’t receive any attention over the year. But you can help to prevent sudden breakdowns from occurring by scheduling air conditioning maintenance, which involves a thorough inspection of your system. Here are four more reasons to make the call this spring.

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Could You Benefit from Zone Control Installation?

April 6th, 2015

Have you ever argued with a family member about the temperature in the home? Do you wish that you could lower the temperature in one room without affecting the temperature in the others? Scheduling zone control is a great way to help everyone in the home feel more comfortable—and maybe even get along a little better. Additionally, zone control can save you money, and allow for more even temperatures throughout the home.

What Is Zone Control?

Zone control installation involves accessing and disassembling the ducts to put in a set of dampers. When you adjust the temperature in any given zone of the house (usually one zone per room or for each open area), the damper opens or closes to let more air in or out. Each zone has its own thermostat for sensing and controlling the temperature, but each thermostat is also controlled by a master thermostat.

How Can You Save?

Zone control helps homeowners to save money in a couple of different ways. In homes with multiple levels or unique architectural layouts, conditioning the entire home to a relatively stable temperature is difficult. You end up using a lot of energy in an attempt to cool your entire home, lowering the temperature past what is necessary to feel comfortable upstairs or in a room with a lot of space. With zone control, the air conditioning can adjust in the areas that are difficult to cool without paying extra to lower the temperature throughout the home.

You’ll also save money by turning off the air to any areas of the home without any occupants. When someone is not using a room, simply shut off the air to that area or raise the temperature on the thermostat. With the advanced features of today’s digital thermostats, you can always set the thermostat to turn back on again before family members arrive.

Call the professionals at Ace Air Conditioning for zone control installation and quality air conditioning service in Merced, CA.

Why You Should Have a Humidifier Installed in Your Home

March 30th, 2015

Humidity is often vilified as a source of discomfort by a great many people. If it’s a hot day out, you probably won’t be able to make it all the way through it without someone remarking “but at least it’s a dry heat!” While it is true that high humidity can be uncomfortable, maintaining a proper humidity level is actually very important to your health. It can even help keep your home in better condition.

Read on to find out why you should have a humidifier installed in your home.

Humidity Levels and Health

If the humidity level in your home’s air is too high, it can feel like you’re living in the middle of a swamp. High humidity can promote mold growth, make it more difficult for your body to regulate its temperature, and generally cause everything to feel uncomfortably sticky. However, low humidity is just as bad. If the humidity level is too low, it saps the moisture from everything in the vicinity. Wood furniture becomes brittle and cracks, books degrade and, most importantly, your body’s defenses against disease begin to weaken.

Most of your body is made up of water, and the mucus membranes that protect you from infection by germs are reliant on a certain level of moisture in the air to stay effective. When the humidity level drops too low, the membranes in your throat and sinuses begin to dry out and crack. This makes it much easier for germs to infect and sicken you.

How Humidifiers Help

A humidifier is designed to adjust the humidity level in your air by releasing moisture into it. Often, it is best to install a whole house humidifier in the ductwork of your home. That way, it can treat all air that is circulated throughout the house. Making use of a humidifier in dry climates will ensure that a proper humidity level is maintained, so that you can remain comfortable and healthy.

If you’d like to know more about how humidifiers can help you, call Ace Air Conditioning. We provide humidifiers throughout the Atwater area.

Why You Should Have Your Furnace Checked Annually

March 23rd, 2015

Furnaces are among the most popular home heating systems in the country. Despite their popularity, however, there are still many homeowners whom are unaware of how to help their furnaces live long and healthy lifespans. Most furnace owners seem to be of the belief that as long as they call for repairs when their furnaces break down, that they will live up to their potential.

While prompt repair is a key part of keeping your furnace healthy, it is not enough on its own. Read on to discover why you should have your furnace checked annually.

Wear and Tear

As a furnace gets older, it will start to accumulate wear and tear on the various parts that make up the system. This is true of all systems, really, not just furnaces. There is nothing you can do to prevent this wear and tear from happening, but you can mitigate it before it has a chance to cause any serious harm.

Wear and tear will eventually cause parts to degrade enough to fail completely. When this happens, it can cause the furnace to stop operating properly. This can cause problems elsewhere in the system, which can lead to a complete breakdown. For example, the air handler motor in your furnace is equipped with lubricated bearings to decrease the friction on it during operation. Once the bearings get worn out, they start to increase the friction on the motor. Eventually, the motor will overheat and burn out without the help of the bearings.

The Benefits of Annual Furnace Maintenance

Having your furnace checked out every year gives your HVAC technician a chance to find and fix any parts that are starting to wear out, or develop issues. The sooner these issues are found and corrected, the less damage is inflicted on the system as a whole. This both makes your furnace more effective and longer-lived. If you want your furnace to live as long and healthy a life as possible, you’re going to need to schedule an annual preventive maintenance appointment.

If you haven’t scheduled your annual furnace maintenance yet, call Ace Air Conditioning. We provide furnaces throughout the Turlock area.