What are BTUs & Why Do They Matter?

November 27, 2017

BTU is a common term that you may have come across when shopping for a portable AC unit.  The British Thermal Unit (BTU) appears in many product descriptions and names. The BTU is a standard unit that is used to measure heat energy. Precisely, it measures the quantity of heat energy required to raise 1 pound of water 1ºF at sea level. In AC installation, the measurement is usually expressed in terms of how many BTUs per hour a given AC unit product can add or remove from the air. However, in heat pump installation and furnace installation, the specific BTU number usually represents the heat output of a particular unit. The number is directly related to the amount of heat the unit can produce. This means that the higher the number, the more heat the heat pump system or furnace can produce. The size of the product does not dictate the number on it. Even on smaller heat pump systems or AC units in Lumpkin, GA, the BTU number can be higher. Again, the bigger your home, the higher the number of BTU you will want since it implies that the heating or cooling unit will be able to...

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Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

November 21, 2017

Today, Californians are looking for ways to conserve energy. Everyone is doing everything they can to encourage energy efficiency, not only because it is better for the environment but because it also saves them money. Energy efficient homes reduce unnecessary energy consumption and thus create significant savings for homeowners.  If you too are looking for ways to make your home more energy efficient, check out the following ideas: Adjust the Thermostat If you are not home during the day, there is no reason to have your furnace or air conditioner continually running. Before you leave, adjust the setting on your thermostat so that your HVAC units don’t have to work hard to maintain the temperature. Or better yet, install a smart thermostat that is programmable and automatically adjusts the temperature settings for you. This simple change will save on your energy consumption and potentially save you 5 to 15% on your utility bills. Close Your Blinds All uncovered windows, both new and old significantly impact the inside temperature. You can save energy by simply taking advantage of the blinds you currently have hanging on your windows. In the summer months, close your curtains before it heats up outside and keep...

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What is a Split AC System?

October 19, 2017

In years past a packaged air conditioner was the number one selling home AC system. As homeowners look to save on major purchases, more people are turning to a split system AC. What exactly is a split AC system and what are its pros and cons? How It Works A split air conditioner consists of two main parts: the compressor and the evaporator. While these parts are in all AC systems, in a split system they are in two units. Generally, the outdoor unit contains the compressor while the indoor contains the fan and evaporator. These often are called ductless AC systems as electrical tubing and wiring perform the work of traditional ductwork. The internal thermostat starts the outside compressor working which then sends refrigerant gas or freon to the condenser where it is cooled. Inside, the unit’s evaporator passes warm air over the cooled gas and the fan then blows the cooled air through vents into the home. This cycle continues until the thermostat’s set temp is reached. Pros For those looking for a new ac system, this might be a great option. There are  several other benefits to a split system: Easy ac installation. With no ductwork, this type of AC unit is easier to...

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Importance of Annual Heating/Cooling Unit Check-Ups in Anaheim

September 28, 2017

Have you ever experienced a breakdown with your heating or cooling system just when you needed it the most? It can be very frustrating, and the last thing you want to deal with when the weather is in extreme temperatures. When needing service for AC repair Anaheim residents trust us with their systems. We will work quickly and meticulously to ensure that your system is up and running as soon as possible, and you are not left in the cold. When we perform a service for your home, we will cover all of the necessary functions: Check for blockage and/or leaks in the vent system.   Check the blower access door for a tight seal    Inspect the fresh air intake grills for blockage.   Inspect the heat exchanger for rust and corrosion.   Check the burners for proper ignition, burner flame, and flame sense.   Inspect the drainage system for blockage and/or leakage.   Inspect the blower wheel for debris and clean it if necessary.   Perform an amp-draw test on the blower motor.   Check the wiring for corrosion and damage.   Check the filter, which needs to be changed more frequently than annually Get in contact with us...

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How to Save on Heating Costs in Lake Forest, CA

September 22, 2017

There are some easy and inexpensive ways that you can save in your home as temperatures start to fall this season:     Decrease the temperature on your thermostat by two degrees. It doesn’t sound like much, but just a small drop can make a significant increase in annual savings.       Have your heating system maintained and inspected regularly. This service ensures that your system will continue to work efficiently, and helps save on costly repair bills in the long run.       Run all ceiling fans in your home counterclockwise, and on the lowest setting. As the heat rises in your home the ceiling fan will move it back down into the space, and maintain a more consistent temperature.       Seal up all leaks and drafts throughout your home. This will block unwanted cold air from coming in. Call a professional at Complete Comfort to locate and correct any loss of heat in your home.       Install a programmable thermostat. You can set it to maintain a lower temperature during the times when you are not home, and then warm up when you return. If you are need of heater replacement in Lake Forest, we are here help. At Complete Comfort, we always strive for...

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Upgrade Your Lake Forest AC Unit and Save!

September 19, 2017

You may be wondering how you can save money by purchasing a new air conditioning system – this is a question that is often asked by our consumers! There are many benefits you stand to gain with a new cooling system in Lake Forest, all of which will be more cost-effective: New air conditioning systems are highly energy efficient, which means they use energy more efficiently to cool your home. This means you won’t spend as much to cool your home during months when it is necessary. When you start from scratch with a new cooling system, ideally as long as it’s maintained regularly by a professional, that will be the only service it requires. Newer systems that are properly cared for will require less or no AC repair than an older, poorly-maintained system. When you get a new system, are the first owner and take care of it from the start, you can ensure you get as many years as possible out of it to maximize your investment. When having your home evaluated for the best system for your needs, you may want to have your ductwork checked at all. If you maximize the layout and design of your ductwork,...

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The Benefits of an AC Replacement

August 20, 2017

If your air conditioner is more than 10 -15 years old, it’s likely time for a new system. The thought of installing a brand new air conditioner may be stressful – however, it’s best to keep in mind that a newer, more efficient model can cost less than a few major repairs on an old system. Also, you will likely see a reduction in utility bills with a new install as more modern air conditioning systems are a lot more efficient than older models. Newer systems means newer technologies, including energy efficiency improvements and eco-friendly capabilities. Take a look at these benefits of choosing an AC replacement: Fewer Repairs If your older AC system needs routine repairs to keep it going, your unit is not performing at optimal efficiency. A newer model generally needs fewer repairs and today’s air conditioning systems are known to be more reliable than ever. Money Savings Air conditioners are assigned a “Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio,” or SEER. The higher the SEER, the more efficient the AC unit is. All air conditioners must have a SEER rating of 13 or higher, and when we say higher numbers equals higher efficiency, we mean that the unit will...

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The Importance of AC Maintenance

July 18, 2017

Maintaining your AC unit can go a long way for your energy efficiency and system performance. In this day and age, 9 out of 10 cooling system failures are caused by dirt and dust. A light layer of dust on cooling coils can reduce your energy efficiency by 20%. This can be easily prevented with regular AC maintenance. Protect Your Investment The installation of your air conditioning and heating system is an investment, therefore you should do everything possible to minimize equipment breakdown. Planned maintenance not only assists in preventing unit breakdown to business-critical environments but also helps to improve energy efficiency. You will be rewarded with lower running costs, potentially a much longer lifespan for your unit, plus fewer carbon emissions. Two Maintenance Visits Annually AC unit, heat pump, and furnace equipment is not inexpensive and we always recommend that, following installation, that you enter into a maintenance agreement with your installer. This normally involves two annual visits to your cooling and heating equipment by trained, certified technicians. A cooling system routinely maintained, provides a much higher performance and is much more energy efficient. Inspections During each technician visit, all functions of the systems are inspected, filters cleaned, and...

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Are Expensive Air Filters Worth It?

June 11, 2017

A clogged, gunky air filter can cut your air flow down to a dribble. An air filter is a small thing, and decidedly not an exciting part of home improvement, but it keeps your entire HVAC system humming right along. A filthy filter can restrict airflow, preventing the system from working like it’s supposed to and that can eventually lead to a breakdown. Your air filter traps small air particles (dust, pollen, pet particles) smoke from the air. You may not suffer from allergies, but perhaps you have an in indoor Because of this, there’ll be an accumulation dust and dirt in your living quarters. Should you splurge for the more expensive air filter? Are they worth it? To improve indoor air quality with a new air filter, it’s wise to do your research or contact your local, professional AC maintenance and repair company directly. in is a great resource. Also, get to know MERV! This is the Minimum Efficiency Reporting Values which scales AC filter efficiency on a scale of 1-20. Below are some typical choices: Fiberglass 1” spun fiberglass. It keeps big particles of debris out but does little to clean the air. MERV 2-3, $1-5 Pleated Polyester...

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Reasons to Get an AC Check Up

May 3, 2017

You got your AC unit, all gleaming and new. You think that it will stay this way forever and leave it alone for too long. Then, suddenly, that air conditioning unit isn’t working as well as it did the first time. Leaving your AC unit uncared for is never a great idea so the ideal solution is to get regular AC unit check-ups. Visits from the professionals at for AC unit check-ups will help keep that air conditioning unit of yours in tip top shape. Here are some of the many reasons why AC unit check-ups are a great idea: Nothing gold can stay; even the best of AC units have minor breakdowns. That’s just a fact of life. What if you could stave off those inevitable breakdowns for a time far off in the future? That’s why it’s important to get regular AC unit check-ups! Maintaining your air conditioning unit through AC maintenance by will lift up your AC unit’s quality dramatically. By having routine air conditioning service performed, you can prevent breakdowns by spotting problems before they become huge hassles. Checked out your energy bill lately? If it’s getting higher, it might be because of your air conditioning...

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