Heating and Air Conditioning

Get Your Home Ready for Football Season

It’s Football Season which means hosting a lot of game day parties to root for your favorite team!  

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Having your guests in a comfortable environment is a must! Here are a few tips:

-Schedule your seasonal maintenance so that there are no problems for those unexpected chilly evenings during Monday Night Football and Thursday Night Football or sunny days during Football Sunday

-A professional HVAC technician can inspect your AC and Heating system and make the necessary adjustments as well as offer suggestions for a more efficient use.

-Take charge of your AC/ Heating system. Have a professional HVAC technician check all insulation, condensers and furnace to make sure you are energy efficient and the air quality in the home meets expectations. 

Your family, guest and your wallet will thank you for it!

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Make Sure Your AC Can Handle Every Season

Every season is the season to prepare your Air Conditioning and Heating system. With the unpredictable Southern California weather, it is easy to forget that the cooling system and air quality in the home will need attention all year around,

Make sure your systems are ready for that unpredictable SoCal weather

Air Filter

Air filters are the main component to keeping the air in your home clean. Air filters capture all dust particles, bacteria, viruses, animal dander, pollen, and etc. Consider replacing the home air filters approximately every 30 to 90 days. We recommend to inspect the filters at least monthly; remember, if the filter is dirty, so is the air in your home. When the filters are blocked (dirty), it is harder for your air conditioner work at its full potential resulting in poor airflow, more wear and tear, and higher energy costs.

Indoor and Outside Unit Clearance

The outdoor unit is exposed to all types of weather and, therefore, debris. Every once in a while, it is good to take a look at the outside unit and make sure nothing is blocking the air flow; for example, over grown bushes, trash, debris, etc. There should be a minimum 2-foot clearance around the entire unit for it is essential for maintaining high efficiency levels and reliability. 

Just like the outside unit, the indoors components such as the vents, registers and/or indoor air equipment should be kept clear of furniture or anything preventing an even air flow throughout the house for comfortability. 

Thermostat 

A programmable thermostat provides a great way to lower your energy use when running your HVAC unit; it can save you up to 30% on energy costs throughout the year and make your home more comfortable by automatically adjusting the temperature when sleeping, on vacation, on weekends and/or workdays. Rather than setting the temperature manually, you can program your thermostat in advance to adjust the temperature at different times of the day which will provide you with better control of your home comfort as well as help increase the life span of your AC/Heating unit. 

It is important to keep the overall air quality of your home clean each season for your comfort. By taking a few small precautions and inspecting your AC/Heating unit constantly, you avoid high cost maintenance and air pollution in your home. 

Click here to schedule a maintenance service or repair! 

If you have any questions regarding you AC unit, feel free to give Go Air Heating and Air Conditioning a call at (818)308-8388 or send us an email at service@goairinc.com to help you answer all your questions.

What You Need To Know About Wall Heaters

WALL HEATERS 101 | The Benefits

  • Starts Working Quickly:
    When operated with the proper safety precautions, wall-mounted heaters provide a variety of benefits for home and apartment dwellers. Many of these units will heat up within 60-120 seconds, providing fast and efficient heat when you need it the most.
  • Perfect for Supplemental Heating:
    Wall heaters are also a great tool to use for supplemental heating. This strategy consists of using a low-cost heating device that uses minimal electricity to warm up the area you’re currently residing in, instead of heating up your entire home. Not only will this make your home more energy efficient, you’ll ultimately pay less when you receive your heating bill. We can’t stress it enough, supplemental heating is one of the best ways to lower your energy bills in the winter months.
  • Features Temperature Control:
    Electric wall-mounted heaters typically have a feature that allows for complete temperature control. This is a recommended feature that you should look for when buying a heater for yourself. Without having complete control of the temperature, you run the risk of having a temperature that is never quite right.
  • Keeps You Warm For Hours:
    Another great benefit, is that the heat from wall heater typically lasts for hours, even after the unit has been turned off. If it doesn’t, then you may want to check out how much insulation your home has or if there’s any drafty windows or doors.
  • Save Space:
    In addition to being cost-effective and convenient, wall-mounted heaters are great space savers. Because they are directly attached to a wall, they leave you with more floor space. This is the main reason why this type of heater is an optimal choice for individuals living in smaller spaces.
  • Easy to Install & Maintain:
    Wall heaters are easy to install and replace, and repairs are typically minimal. Installation is typically very easy. Just remember to attach it to a stud in the wall, and not just the sheet-rock. If something needs to be repaired, you can easily take it down and make the necessary repairs.

Central air systems are the most common heating and cooling systems in found in homes. However, there are a different options when it comes to keeping comfortable temperatures in the home if it does not have a central unit. One of those systems being the wall heater, which is commonly found in older style homes, studios or small apartments. So, what is a wall heater and what can you do to make sure it functions to its full potential? Here are some things to consider:

1. What is a wall heater and how does it work?

Wall heaters are units installed in or attached directly to the wall and most of the time controlled by a thermostat. They are most commonly used in studio apartments, compact living spaces and smaller offices, because they generate a good amount of heat suitable for keeping small areas warm, yet don’t take up any valuable floor space. There are two types of wall heaters. The single-wall heater is designed to heat one room at a time. The double wall heater is perfectly designed to heat up 2 rooms at a time, generating more heat at once. 

2. How Do I Maintenance my wall heater?

Right before fall season starts, we recommend to have the wall heater maintenance so that it functions at its highest efficiency on those cold days and nights. If you plan on doing it yourself, make sure the unit is off before doing anything. Once on “OFF” you must dust the pilot light and/or any part of the coils and vents so that no dust particles obstruct the heat flow. You can always call your local HVAC technician and request a maintenance call.

3. My wall heater is not working. 

Depending on how old you wall heater unit is, you may still encounter some small issues. 

  •  The Pilot turning off is one of the simple fixes. The heater won’t operate properly if the pilot flickers, or is too weak. Sometimes dust blocks the pilot from igniting, and all you have to do is clean it and turn it back on. Another cause of a weak pilot is a faulty thermocouple. The thermocouple is a heat sensor next to the pilot flame that signals the gas valve to stay open when the flame is burning.
  •  Gas Valve. A gas valve is a component of your wall heaters gas system. The gas valve opens and closes, which allows the flow of gas to the pilot light and burner. When the gas valve is defective or needs replacement, the unit will not turn on. The communication between the thermostat and the pilot light get cut off if the main component to distribute the gas is nonfunctional.
  •  Heat Exchangers. The heat exchanger is the component that heats air. It is a set of metal tubes or coils that connects to the burner assembly and ends at the vent or flue pipe. Air and gas are separated within the heat exchanger to prevent mixing and exposure to harmful combustion byproducts, such as carbon monoxide. If there is not enough heat coming out of your heater, and the setting on the thermostat is at its highest, then the heat exchanger may have to be replaced. Cracked heat exchangers pose a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning – carbon monoxide is produced by combustion but is typically vented safely from the vent out of the home, but if the heat exchanger is cracked, carbon monoxide can leak into the home.

-Signs your heat exchanger may be cracked or damaged include:

-Rust on the heat exchanger

-Visible cracks

-Flickering or moving burner flames

-Odors resembling formaldehyde

-Symptoms of carbon monoxide exposure, including disorientation, nausea, and irritation of the nose or eyes.

These are just some of the many issues that come about not having regular service on your wall heater. Your local HVAC technician can diagnose any of these issues on time before the repair becomes too costly. For more information, or to set up an appointment with one of our professionals, give us a call at (818)308-8388 or email us at service@goairinc.com

Is My Furnace Causing A Circuit Break?

 Gas furnaces are a major appliance now found in many homes: it plays a major role when one needs to keep the house warm in dire temperatures. Unlike wall heaters, which need a pilot ignition, furnaces work with natural gas combustion; however, most of its major components still distribute electrical power (for higher efficiency). This being said, why would a furnace trigger the circuit breaker? Here are a few reasons:

  • The filters – Usually when the filters have not been cleaned or changed out within a 6 month period, dust starts to accumulate and  prevents air to flow evenly, making the blower work twice as hard to distribute the heat. In result of an over worked blower, the electronic components use twice as much power, resulting in a tripped circuit breaker. One can prevent this from happening by checking and changes the filter at least once to twice a year.
  • Blocked/Closed off air vents – Air vents help in the air distribution throughout the house. Any blockage of the air vent, or closed off air vents, will have the unit accumulating more heat; hence, triggering the safety switch or the circuit breaker. You can prevent this by making sure all vents are not obscured and are open or slightly open to prevent built up heat.
  • Circuit Breaker Box – Finally if all basic furnace components have been checked and nothing seems out of the ordinary, it is recommended to have your circuit breaker box checked by an electrician to prevent any kind of shortages (DO NOT DO IT YOURSELF). We recommend you seek a professional electrician to seek the problem.

Furthermore, the furnace tripping the circuit breaker is common. Best way to make sure that all components and possible problems have been checked is by calling your local HVAC professional technician and making sure they do a full diagnostic of your unit. If you have any further questions, or would like to schedule an appointment for one of our professional service tech to come out, please feel free to give us a call to (818)962-3404 or sending us an email to service@goairinc.com

What is a Mini Split?

A mini split, also known as a ductless unit, is exactly what the name entails; it is the small version of a central AC/Heating unit without the air ducts that a large system requires. Unlike the split system (central air which requires a furnace, a condenser and coil) the mini split heat pump condenser (which produces heat and cool air) and an air handler(s) (the indoor unit that distributes the air throughout the room and/or house). The mini split is perfectly design to control temperature in individual rooms and controlled by a remote or through a phone app, if you have chosen the WIFI feature.   

How Can a Mini Split be convenient for me?

The ductless/ mini split system is convenient for homes which only want to cool/heat a certain area of the house, do not have the space for ducts running through the house, or just want a simple, hassle free and economical AC/Heating unit in the home. Aside from comfort, going the ductless way will also benefit your wallet. According to Energy Star rated systems, the “ENERGY STAR certified ductless mini-split heat pumps use 60% less energy than standard home electric resistance-based heating systems” and is “Cutting cooling costs by 30% compared to conventional room air conditioners. ENERGY STAR certified ductless min-split heat pumps use more sophisticated compressors and fans that can adjust speeds to save energy.” 

The mini split system is one of many options you can choose to provide comfort for you and your family. Schedule your free estimate today to see how Go-Air heating and air conditioning can help you reach your home temperature comfort goals.

Why Choose a Mini Split ductless ?

It is sometimes difficult to decide, or even know, what can be the perfect climate control system in your home. How do you establish the size of the unit needed? When it comes to a mini split, the answers are much simpler. One main point to focus on is the square footage of the room that you are trying to cool/heat. Because being informed is the best way to approach this dilemma, the following chart will help you get an idea of what size you will need:

Room Size (in Square Ft.) Size of Mini Split (in BTU’s)

300 sq. ft 6,000 BTU 

500 sq. ft 9,000 BTU

650 sq. ft. 12,000 BTU 

800 sq. ft 15,000 BTU 

1,000 sq. ft. 18,000 BTU 

1,300 sq. ft 24,000 BTU 

1,650 sq. ft 30,000 BTU 

2,000 sq. ft 36,000 BTU

2,300 sq. ft 42,000 BTU 

2,650 sq. ft 48,000 BTU 

3,100 sq. ft 56,000 BTU 

The mini split is also very convenient when it comes to room temperature control; each room in the house can have an air handler controlled by a remote to have your own personalized comfort. Its multi-zone unit is suitable if you are trying to cool more than one room (multi zone consist of one outside condenser connecting to 2 or more indoor units). Furthermore, you can also choose to upgrade to the WIFI feature, which allows you to control the AC/Heating system through an app on your phone. So whether you are away or at home, you have the power to control your temperature comfort through a click of a button. 

For more information, or if you have questions, feel free to give us a call to 1-800-600-0222 or email us at service@goairinc.com

How to Prevent Expensive AC Repairs

Maintenance is Key !

There are things you can do anytime of the year to save money and make sure your home is operating as efficiently as possible. Here are some tips by Go Air Heating & Air Conditioning.

1. Insulation 

It is the best money you will ever spend. Insulation starts working from day one and never stops. According to U.S. Department of Energy, proper insulation in the home will save money on the cost of heating and cooling. If wood is exposed on the horizontal trusses or roof members in the attic, chances are it needs insulation added. Insulation goes hand-in-hand with a good air quality system. While tight homes conserve energy, all homes require controlled ventilation to eliminate odors and maintain proper oxygen levels.

2. Energy

Investigate all of your energy thieves. Understand where your energy is going. When plugged in, electronics and chargers use electricity whether they are being used or not. A quick fix — use a power strip, but turn off the strip when it’s not being used. Or, plug it in where the strip is controlled by the light switch and turns off when you leave the room.

3. Cleanliness

Maintain your appliances and mechanical systems. Have you ever vacuumed your refrigerator coils? Most people don’t; but a dirty coil won’t transfer heat because the dirt acts as an insulator. Cleaning coils and changing filters on your HVAC system are two things any homeowner can do to make their home run more efficiently. It’s also recommended to hire professionals to inspect and clean mechanical systems, such as the furnace, and to clean air ducts annually.

4. Humidity

Make sure your home’s humidity is in the proper range. According to the EPA, if your humidity is too high or low it can cause damage to the home and its contents. Humidity control is also important for controlling indoor allergens and bacteria.  In some climates that may mean the use of both a humidifier and dehumidifier, depending on the season, to keep your home between 30 and 50 percent relative humidity. Newer smart thermostats can help regulate the humidity in a home year-round.

5. The Right Way

Keep it clean and dry. In addition to checking the filters in your heating and air conditioning systems to make sure they are clean and unobstructed, homeowners should pay careful attention to keeping their house clean, and not just to keep on your mother-in-law’s good side. According to the National Association of Home Builders, “dust and dirt, if allowed to accumulate, can harm the finishes on blinds, cabinets, counter tops, floors, sinks, tubs, toilets, walls, tiles and other items. If dirt does accumulate, make sure to clean it with a substance that does not scratch or damage the finishes. The outside of your house should be checked on a regular basis to make sure that gutters and downspouts aren’t clogged, window sills are caulked and the errant sprinkler isn’t showering your home.

Funny Story:

Amanda didn’t replace her A/C filter…
The AC had no good air flow, the inside froze, the ice melted, the metal and coil rusted, the moisture turned into mold.
Now Amanda needs a new A/C unit.
Don’t be Amanda.
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