Buying a New HVAC System in 2017? Check Out These Financing Options

We at Amber Air Conditioning, Inc. recognize the importance of keeping your home comfortable and livable. We also understand that HVAC systems can be quite costly for many homeowners. Since you shouldn’t have to worry about money coming in between you and your home’s comfort, we’re happy to offer many financing options that are flexible and fit within your needs. You can count on us to not only provide you with the most efficient Carrier products on the market, but we’ll make sure that your new HVAC system fits in your budget as well.

Financing is a smart way to improve your home’s HVAC efficiency without tapping into savings or running up existing lines of credit.

Financing Options from Wells Fargo Financial National Bank

Amber Air Conditioning, Inc. has partnered with Wells Fargo Financial National Bank to help homeowners with financial difficulties get needed HVAC repairs or purchase entire new systems. Through this partnership, we are able to offer a range of financing options so that our customers can purchase a new Carrier brand product or HVAC system for their homes. If you are in need of a new heating system or cooling system, we can secure the most suitable financing option for your needs.

Here are some of the benefits you can reap if you take advantage of the financing opportunities available through Wells Fargo: simple and fast application process, convenient monthly payments, fast credit decisions, competitive interest rates, online payment options, flexible terms, and convenient online statements!

HERO Program

We also offer WRCOG HERO financing, which is available for new heating and air conditioning installations. This program will enable you to get low interest HVAC financing, as the program’s mission is to offer low interest rates to homeowners, which will both reduce utility cost by helping you purchase energy efficient products and help the local economy by providing the savings to you, the consumer.

The HERO program also has many benefits, such as: over 150,000 eligible products to choose from, low (fixed) payments, no credit score requirements, the ability to make payments with your property taxes, and more. And, since the HERO program finances products that consume less energy, less water, and/or produce clean renewable energy, you’re doing the environment a huge favor as well!

Rebates

We also offer rebates, which can help you afford that energy efficient HVAC system upgrade you always dreamed of. We have an incredible team of people who are very familiar with Carrier products, and we’re here to help you make the best purchasing decision when it comes to a new heating and cooling system. Even though we typically offer these types of rebates during the fall and spring, we’re always here to help you figure out the best purchasing options for your home. We can advise you on which Carrier products will best suit your needs and determine whether or not you would be eligible for rebates.

Give us a call today to learn more about your upgrade options with Amber Air Conditioning, Inc. We’re here to answer any questions that you may have about affordable financing that will help you enjoy an energy efficient HVAC system in your home. We look forward to hearing from you: (951) 579-4523

The Benefits of Buying from a Family-Owned Business

If you have ever hired or bought products from a family-owned company then you may already be aware that these types of businesses can offer special benefits to consumers. Family-owned businesses have a reputation for providing quality customer service and remaining dedicated to offering quality products and services.

At Amber Air Conditioning, we like to think that being a family-owned business makes us special. We have worked to build a positive reputation in the Lake Elsinore area by treating our customers like family and offering only the best HVAC products and services in the area. Below, we would like to share a little bit more about how consumers can benefit from working with a family-owned business.

Top Benefits of Buying from a Family-Owned Business

Here are just some of the perks that buying from a family-owned business can provide:

  • Enhanced Customer Service – For most family-owned small businesses, reputation is everything, and in order to earn a positive reputation in the community, these companies must work to provide excellent customer service. In fact, many businesses owned and run by families tend to treat their customers much like family, providing friendly, courteous, and prompt service.
  • Questions and Concerns Addressed Quickly – Have you ever worked with a company that took more than a week just to return an email? How about those brands that have to put you on hold for 20 minutes or longer before they can get to your concerns? Typically, small family-owned businesses provide more flexibility and accessibility due to their small nature and open business structure. This means that if you need to speak with a manager, you probably won’t find yourself waiting 2 weeks to hear back about your questions or concerns.
  • Quality Products – Again, most small, family-owned businesses have earned a positive community reputation through years of dedication to quality products. You may find that not only do family-owned companies provide the best quality products on the market, but their team is also knowledgeable about these products and able to provide guidance to customers.

Family-Owned Lake Elsinore HVAC Company

Want to see the difference that a family-owned business can make? Amber Air Conditioning Inc. is a family-owned and operated HVAC company that prides itself on providing the very best heating and air conditioning services in the Lake Elsinore area and beyond. We have worked hard to establish a reputation of excellence within the Lake Elsinore community by emphasizing excellent customer service and quality repair and maintenance services. Our team of trained and qualified HVAC technicians are NATE certified, and they all have between 15 and 30 years of experience in the industry.

At Amber Air Conditioning, we treat our customers like family, and we would love to welcome you to ours. Call us today at (951) 579-4523 to schedule an appointment or speak to someone about your HVAC needs.

What do you think is the best part of buying from a family-owned business? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

The Most Common HVAC Myths: Debunked

Everyone wants to get the most out of their HVAC system. In order to do this, you need to properly run and regularly maintain the unit. However, there are many misconceptions out there that can keep you from prolonging the life of your air conditioning or heating system.

Common HVAC Myths: Debunked

Below, we bust some of the most common HVAC myths so that you can educate yourself on the best ways to prolong the life of your HVAC unit.

Myth: Closing air vents will help you use save energy and lower your electric bills.

Debunked: Many people think that if they just close the air vents in rooms where the AC is not being used, it will help save energy, and thus lower their electricity costs. The truth is that closing your air vents does not reduce the amount of air being pushed throughout the room. Instead, the pressure load will be balanced throughout the remaining rooms. Closing vents can actually throw the HVAC system out of balance, causing it to work harder and actually use more energy.

Myth: Setting the thermostat all the way up or all the way down will help heat or cool down your home faster.

Debunked: Your HVAC system will work at the same power level no matter what temperature you set the thermostat to. Many people think that if they set the thermostat to a temperature a few degrees warmer or cooler than they actually want it, this will speed the process up. It does not, and it can in fact waste energy.

Myth: Maintenance is only necessary if your HVAC unit is broken or malfunctioning.

Debunked: You may have heard the phrase, “if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.” Though this may apply to some things in life, your HVAC unit is not one of them. Just like your car requires regular oil changes and maintenance to perform its best, so does your HVAC system. Scheduling an appointment with an experienced HVAC technician can help you find issues before they occur, which can save you time and money in the long run.

Myth: Buying an energy-efficient HVAC unit will lower your electric bills instantly.

Debunked: Though it is true that energy-efficient HVAC units can help you significantly decrease your energy use and lower your electricity bills, this is only the case if you purchase the right size model for your home. Additionally, you need to continue practicing other energy saving tactics like adjusting the thermostat when you are not home and making sure that your home is well-insulated for optimal savings.

Myth: A fan works just as well as your AC to cool down a room.

Debunked: The AC works to cool down the temperature of the room, while a fan just circulates the air. Many people think that fans and air conditioners work the same because they can both help you cool off. However, a fan cools you off by increasing air circulation and allowing the sweat to evaporate off the skin faster. This means that a fan will not make the room cooler on its own. In fact, if you are leaving fans on when no one is in the room, you are actually wasting energy.

Do you have any other questions about your HVAC system and how to keep it running efficiently? We would be happy to confirm or debunk any information you’ve heard about your heating or cooling system. Contact us today.

What Is An Air Handler?

An Air Handler is a vital part of any split system HVAC system.

Also known as an Air Handling Unit, (AHC) an Air Handler is the device within an HVAC or heat pump air conditioning system that “handles” the air that is brought in through the intake to be prepared for either heating or cooling. It prepares the air, by either removing or adding heat, depending on the season and the system in use. It actually changes the air that is being brought in. The Air Handler then circulates the air through the HVAC system for disbursement through the space to be heated or cooled. Smaller units are called “coils” and are used in split systems, those that act as both an air conditioning and heating system.

In larger systems, typically known as MAUs, for makeup air unit, the system actually does not handle re-circulated air. All air is brought in from the outside. These systems typically tend to be built more robustly than your average handler, as they must deal with larger volumes of air to condition a larger space. These outdoor units are also known as package units, or rooftop units. Schools, hospitals, and other large facilities employee these units for their use. They are built simply, with the design facilitating space utilization, durability, and cost effectiveness. A split system, air handling system will not be ideal for every climate. As every climate is different, thought should be given to the type of system you invest in.

Depending on the regular climate where you live, you can easily decide which type of unit you may need. In areas of high heat and humidity, you will want a solid condenser unit built into your HVAC system in order to maximize the air handling process. This will work to deliver maximum air cooling more economically than a singular unit. For those living in cooler or less humid climes, a heat pump/air handler system should be adequate to provide what you need in cooling and/or heating your house.

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Should I Be Concerned About Carbon Monoxide In My Home?

Carbon monoxide is a tasteless, odorless and colorless gas. One of the biggest carbon monoxide dangers is that it is impossible to detect the gas in the air without a CO detector. Symptoms of a CO poisoning are not always obvious but they can be lethal.

 

Typical Symptoms of CO Poisoning

Typical symptoms include nausea, sleepiness, dizziness, headache, weakness, shortness of breath, a feeling of tightness in the chest, redness in the skin and difficulties in seeing. If you experience symptoms and especially if more than one person experiences the same symptoms, it is important to leave the house. If possible, leave the doors and the windows open. CO poisoning can also cause unconsciousness, so it is essential that you leave the premises first and call for emergency services once you are outside in fresh air.

 

How To Prevent Carbon Monoxide Dangers

Make sure all your combustible appliances are in good working condition and comply with current safety regulations. Only use those appliances indoors that are meant for indoor use. Appliances that are designed for the outdoors should never be used indoors. Do not bring an outdoor barbecue inside or into a closed space. Do not use gas ovens to heat up your house.

Unfortunately it has been found that CO gases pass easily through drywall, which is a commonly used material in walls and ceilings. This means that carbon monoxide can spread through residential buildings from one apartment to another. Even if your own appliances are safe, the risk of CO poisoning exists if someone in the same building is using an outdoor grill indoors, for instance.

CO poisoning can be prevented by installing a CO alarm in your home. CO alarms are not the same as smoke alarms, and smoke alarms are not able to detect carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide alarms can be placed anywhere in a room, including near the floor, unlike smoke alarms that have to be placed near the ceiling. Make sure the alarm functions, test it regularly and replace batteries when needed.
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State-led Energy Efficiency Initiatives

The rising cost of energy has profound implications for everyone from homeowners to businesses. One of the best ways to counter this is to increase energy efficiency so that more can be done while consuming less. The government has been doing its share in promoting efficiency through various programs and policies. State governors are at the forefront of this movement and their efforts over the past few decades have resulted in substantial gains for their constituents.

It all starts with energy planning. The complexity of the issues involved makes it necessary to plan steps carefully, looking into the possible implications of each proposed policy change with an objective lens. Experts have been tapped to study possible sources of energy savings and make quantitative analysis so that projects can be prioritized. They also try to learn from what others are already doing to adopt best practices.

A big part of energy consumption comes from homes and commercial buildings. Therefore, any drive to advance energy efficiency must tackle their excesses. States have revised their building codes to ensure that the designs and materials used are going to promote decreased consumption. Many have also approved policies that are aimed to encourage people to purchase the most efficient appliances on the market. Improving energy efficiency rules and standards have led to profound and lasting changes.

Another tactic is to persuade utility companies to invest more on measures that would lead to greater efficiency in their daily operations, with the effects cascading to their customers. Initial investments on these upgrades are often costly so governments offer incentives that would make them feasible from a business perspective. A number of these are performance-based with state support dependent on achieving certain targets.

Governors have also pushed for other policies that push for greater private sector participation. Those who wish to make improvements on their homes or buildings may apply for aid from a few states. Repayment and financing schemes have been tweaked to make it easier than ever before to go green and help consumers lower their energy costs.

Universities have been asked to join the effort as well. The achievements gained thus far have been encouraging but more needs to be done and continuous research is essential in steering the programs to the right direction for the future.

AC Duct Work: Will Cleaning Really Benefit My System?

There are many components that contribute to the operation of an air conditioning system. Each of these components must work properly to ensure the air conditioning unit is ready to provide cool air during the summer season. While most components are cleaned and maintained on a regular basis by home owners, one is sometimes neglected. The duct work of a forced air distribution system such as a central unit is critical to the coolness of the home. This part of the unit must be maintained and cleaned to ensure that your home remains comfortable during the hot summer months.

If you do not have a functioning duct work system, then you do not have a functioning air conditioning system. To get the cool air to every room of your home, you need duct work. One of the best ways to ensure that your duct work is performing up to code is to have this area cleaned on a regular basis. There are many benefits to duct cleaning service, including:

Increased Performance
One of the best aspects of duct cleaning is the fact that it removes dust, pet dander, pollen and other particles from the duct work. This will improve the air flow as well as the quality of air in the home. The air flow quality must be at top performance for your home to remain as cool as can be. Even the smallest layer of dust can affect the cool airflow throughout your home. Dust and particle layers can also affect the performance rate of the warm indoor air being extracted from the unit.

Efficiency
An air conditioning system must also remain energy efficient to work at optimum performance. With regular duct cleaning, your air conditioning unit will be able to use less energy, thus reducing your energy usage as well as cost for using your air conditioning unit. When dust and grime builds up inside your duct work, the unit will have to use more energy to push the air flow throughout the home. With a proper cleaning, the duct work will be clear, allowing for maximum air flow and less energy usage.

Extended Lifespan
Because the duct work system is a vital part of your air conditioning unit, it can determine the lifespan of your unit. If the duct work is not cared for, the condition as well as quality of your unit can suffer. Without cleaning, the dust and particles can build up and then travel to other parts of your unit which can create massive issues for your unit. Components can break down and need to be repaired or even replaced. If you keep your duct work clean and cared for, you will be able to have an air conditioning unit that will last for a longer period of time.

Take the time to care for your unit so that it can continue to function properly. This includes duct work cleaning. Contact your local provider today to find out how you can begin the duct work cleaning process.

Chris Ford lives in Columbia, WA, and helps people and companies with their AC issues. With over 25 years of experience dealing with HVAC, Chris puts his considerable knowledge to work.

3 tips to keep your electric bills under control

Electric bills seem to increase each and every month and this can be hard on a home owner’s pocketbook. It is important for home owners to try and keep their electric bills down so they can afford other bills in the home. There are several options that home owners can take to keep their utility bills down. Simple steps can be taken to cut down on costs but keep your home cool or warm, depending on the season. Consider the tips below to help keep your electric bills under control.

HVAC Inspection
One option is to have your HVAC inspected. It is important to make sure that your heating and cooling system is working properly. If your unit is working improperly, this can cause your unit to work overtime, which can increase your utility bill. Have a technician inspect your unit to ensure that the unit is working well so your bills will continue to run on the low end.

Size
It is also important to consider the size of your home as well as the size of your heating or cooling unit. You can cut down on electric bills by using small units to cool or heat the & living areas of your home. You can cut off your main unit and use these small systems to save money on your utility bill throughout the year.

Cleaning
Another way to lower your electric bill is to clean your unit on a regular basis. The unit should have the filters changed on a regular basis. The unit should also have a full cleaning at least once a year so dirt, debris, dust and other items are removed, which will increase the energy efficiency of your unit. Home owners can choose to clean the unit themselves or hire a professional to handle the cleaning process.

Programmable Thermostat
Another option to save money is to use a programmable thermostat. This option will allow you to set the temperature in the home, even when you are away. You can set the temperature to a lower setting while you are away and the unit can then be set to turn on right before you arrive home. This will give you a comfortable environment when you arrive home but keep your cooling and heating cost down. If you do not already have a programmable thermostat, a new one can be installed easily.
Any of these steps will allow you to lower your electric bill. Home owners can choose to try just one step to lower their utility bill or choose to try all of the steps to save money with heating and cooling of the home. A few changes can save you a great deal of money each and every month!

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