Bronco Plumbing Heating and Air Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Air Conditioning’

Looking for Some Tips to Save on Your Cooling This Summer?

Monday, June 29th, 2015

It’s officially summer, which means the weather is just going to keep getting hotter. Odds are, you’ve already turned on your AC in Sacramento, CA, and may have already gotten your first utility bill with your air conditioning usage on it. If you’ve been looking for simple ways to help save on your home’s cooling costs, the experts at Bronco Plumbing Heating and Air have a few simple suggestions for you: (more…)

2 Alternatives to Traditional Air Conditioning

Monday, April 27th, 2015

When most people think of air conditioning systems, they usually envision a centralized system: a single unit producing cool air which is then distributed throughout your home via a series of ducts. It benefits from a single main unit and relatively straightforward operating procedure, but it’s not the only AC system out there. Nor is it the only system you should consider for your home. In Sacramento, CA, our summers can be quite brutal. Here are 2 alternatives to traditional air conditioning that you may want to think about now, before the summer starts in earnest. (more…)

Is Your Air Conditioning System Ready for the Summer?

Friday, March 20th, 2015

The days are growing longer, and before we know it another hot California summer will arrive. Your air conditioning system will get another extensive workout during the summer, and will probably run during most days of July and August. You need to ask yourself now, during the cooler beginning of spring, if your home’s AC is prepared for the stresses of another summer. Even an air conditioner that is only a few years into its service life might run into problems during hot weather if it doesn’t receive the proper preparation.

Bronco Plumbing Heating and Air is here to help provide you with quality air conditioning services in Davis, CA and prepare your home for any heat the summer might throw at it. We have an experienced team of residential cooling specialists who can provide whatever service you may require to enjoy the summer to the fullest with a working air conditioner.

What you can do to prepare an AC for the summer

An easy step you can take to see that your air conditioner will work well when it needs to come on is to change or clean the air filter. If the air filter is clogged up with dust, lint, and other debris, it will force the AC strain harder to do its job, and it may even lead to contamination entering the cabinet and causing damage. It’s a simple job to either replace the filter or clean it if the AC uses a permanent filter.

You should also turn on the air conditioning during a day when you don’t need it and check for any malfunctions. Pay close attention to any strange sounds the system may make, which are often an early warning that something is wrong with the AC. Check on airflow from the vents, make sure that cooling is being distributed evenly through the rooms, and take note of any odd smells coming from the vents. If anything seems amiss, call for repair technicians.

Finally, the most important step to take is to schedule a preventive maintenance visit from an HVAC professional. Annual maintenance is key to making sure that your AC doesn’t have impending repair issues and that it isn’t suffering from too much wear and tear. Approximately 85% of repairs that air conditioners may need could be avoided with regular maintenance. You will also reduce the chance of the system experiencing a sudden breakdown on one of the hottest days of the year.

To get started with preparing for the season of air conditioning in Davis, CA, give Bronco Plumbing Heating and Air a call and sign up for our Energy Savings Agreement. This agreement provides the annual maintenance necessary for your AC to work its best, and includes annual heating maintenance as well. You can also depend on us for air conditioning repairs whenever you need them.

How Air Conditioning Works: A User’s Guide

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

For many of us, our domestic comfort during the summer comes by way of a large, complex central air unit, heat pump or ductless mini split, which afford us unprecedented control over the temperature inside our homes, no matter how hot and humid it is outside. But despite the fact that you know your way around a thermostat, you may find the concept of air conditioning to be a bit obscure, mysterious or otherwise unknown. Where does that cool air come from? Does it work just like a refrigerator? What do the various components do?

Like any system that comprises multiple components, materials and mechanisms, your air conditioning system is only as good as the sum of its parts. If one aspect of your system is faulty, then the rest will not work effectively, efficiently, or perhaps even at all. The basic principle of air conditioning is that changing the pressure of a substance also changes its temperature. Refrigerant, a chemical compound designed to undergo radical shifts in temperature under varying pressures, circulates through several stages of pressurization and depressurization in order to absorb thermal energy from one area and dissipate it to another.

The indoor unit of a standard central air conditioner contains the air handler, which pulls your indoor air supply through the ductwork, where it is cooled according to your temperature requirements by the cold liquid refrigerant passing through the evaporator coil. During this thermal exchange, the temperature of your indoor air causes the refrigerant to evaporate into a low pressure gas, at which point it travels outdoors to the compressor unit for another round.

The compressor creates a high pressure, high temperature gas that then must be brought down again rapidly by means of blowing outdoor air through the condenser coils. As its name suggests, the condenser coil allows your refrigerant to condense into a relatively hot liquid. Not yet ready to be used as cooling, your refrigerant must be depressurized by means of an expansion valve before it reaches the evaporator coil. This is a continuous circuit that operates when you call for cooling. For further information about our air conditioning services in Sacramento, call Bronco Plumbing Heating and Air today.

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Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

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