EXPERIENCED HVAC SERVICES IN SAN JOSE, CA

 
 
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HVAC, more commonly known as heating and air-conditioning has been the foundation of our business for over 60 years. We offer all major brands and efficiencies to accommodate your household needs and family budget including Bryant, Carrier, Trane, Goodman, Rheem, York, Day & Night, Payne and Tempstar with efficiencies ranging from 80% to 98%. Our friendly staff is well versed on the current utility rebate programs. They are always here to assist you with the process and answer any questions you might have. Big or small each and every job is treated with the greatest importance. Our jobs range from small apartments to new construction custom home. Custom designed built systems can be configured to satisfy any client's needs. For more information on which unit best suits your needs, give us a call today (408) 264-5717.
 
 

Purchasing Furnaces

 
 
Gas is currently the most common heating fuel and most new central-heating systems use gas. How efficiently a furnace convert's gas into heating energy is reflected in its annual fuel-utilization-efficiency (AFUE) rating, which is measured as a percentage. The higher the number, the more heat the furnace can bring from each therm of gas. Since, higher efficient furnaces generate fewer emissions, environmental considerations might also influence your decision.

Furnaces have become more energy-efficient over the years. A gas furnace made in the early 1970s typically has an AFUE of about 65 percent. The lowest efficiency allowed by law for new gas furnaces is 80 percent, and some new models achieve 98 percent--near-total efficiency.

The price of a furnace generally rises in step with its fuel efficiency. A furnace with a 90 percent AFUE might cost $1,000 more than a similar size unit with an 80 percent AFUE. But you can often recoup that additional cost through lower fuel bills over the life of the furnace. How quickly you recover the investment depends on more than just AFUE. The electricity to run furnaces with different AFUEs can vary significantly. The climate where you live, how well your home is insulated, and your local gas and electricity rates also affect payback times.
 
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Furnace Maintenance

Furnace filters should be replaced or cleaned at the beginning of the fall season and about once a month during periods of continuous use. To check if the filter needs to be replaced or cleaned, take it out and hold it up to the light. If it looks clogged, replace it with a new filter of the same type. Remember dirty filters reduce efficiency and costly repairs.

Always make an appointment for your furnace's annual checkup. If you have A/C unit it can be inspected at the same time. A well maintained system in the long run will save you money and prolong the life of your furnace. Think of it like vehicle maintenance. You wouldn't want to wait till you have 100,000 miles on your vehicle to have your oil changed. Without a yearly cleaning and inspection, a system can wear itself out more quickly, pump deadly carbon monoxide into your home, or just stop working.

Annual inspections should include safety check, filer replacement, cleaning debris from blower, checking belts, visual inspection for air duct leaks and an operational furnace test.
 
Purchasing Central Air Unit
When considering central air conditioning features, think about the size, design and efficiency of the unit.

Design

In a "split system," the typical design, refrigerant circulates between an indoor fan-and-coil and a matching outdoor condenser with compressor. The refrigerant cools the air, dehumidifying it in the process; a blower circulates air through ducts throughout the house.

Efficiency

This describes how much cooling the unit delivers for each watt of electricity. Efficiency is expressed as the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating, or SEER. The minimum SEER for a split system central air conditioner is 13. Typically, for California Bay Area weather a 13 or14 seer unit is used to cool a home. If you live in a very warm climate such as Arizona, 16 seer would be appropriate.
 

Size

 
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A synonym for the air conditioner's cooling capacity, size is measured in British thermal units per hour (Btu/hr.) or in "tons." One ton of cooling equals 12,000 Btu/hr. One ton of cooling units would typically power 400- 600 square feet efficiently. There are other factors that come into play when estimating your needs, such as ceiling height, shade and the number of window and people in the household.. So, of course size matters when purchasing a central air conditioning unit. Underestimating your cooling needs and you could be sweating. Buying more power than you need and your living space may become too cold and clammy. If you already have ductwork for your heating, adding a central system may cost less. But keep in mind that ducts used for heating might not be the right size or in the right location for optimal cooling.
 
 
A/C unit Maintenance
Always have a licensed contractor perform an annual maintenance check up on your air conditioning unit. Maintenance tasks should include changing all filters, cleaning and flushing the coils, draining the pan and drainage system, and vacuuming the blower compartments. The contractor should also check that the system is properly charged with refrigerant, that there are no leaks, and that all mechanical components are working properly. As with a room air conditioner, replace disposable filters regularly. Check your filters monthly and replace if dust and debris have covered the filter. You may do this by holding the filter up to the light. Just remember clean filters equal a more efficient running unit!

Perform seasonal checks

During the season, make sure you keep vegetation at least two feet away from the condensing unit. Clean the grills and filters monthly and replace the filters as needed. Clear debris and dirt from condenser coils and check for blockages in the pipe that drains condensed water from the indoor unit.