How is a Smart Thermostat Beneficial?

September 26, 2018

You may have been hearing about “smart” thermostats for a while now, but unless you were already on the lookout for something to replace your old manual thermostat, you also may not have made much of an effort to find out what a smart thermostat actually does – and more importantly, what it can do for you. Here are just a few of the benefits of adding a smart thermostat to the heating and cooling system in your own home. Smart Thermostats Learn From You After your smart thermostat is installed, you can go about your normal routine when it comes to setting the temperature in your home – your smart thermostat will take notice. Over time, this will allow it to predict and automate your heating or cooling routines for you, making it a cinch to maintain the comfort level you want in your home with little to no effort. Convenient Features Many smart thermostats come with an array of useful features that are not only convenient but helpful and informative for you as well. These include simple things, such as reminding or alerting you of maintenance related details – like letting you know when it’s time to change...

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How to Increase Your Home’s Energy Efficiency

August 30, 2018

Your heating and cooling equipment use a significant amount of energy to keep your Burbank home comfortable. Depending on how much energy your HVAC system uses, you can end up with utility bills that skyrocket, especially during summer and winter. Thankfully, you can make your home more energy-efficient with the following HVAC tips. Switch to a More Energy-Efficient HVAC System One of the biggest ways to use less energy in your home is to have a more energy-efficient HVAC system installed. Older heating and cooling system tend to use more energy than newer ones, partly due to wear and tear. These older systems also aren’t made to be as energy-efficient as newer ones. In some cases, switching to a different type of heating and cooling system can be a more energy-efficient option, such as replacing a furnace and central air conditioning unit with a heat pump that heats and cools your home using less energy. Have Routine HVAC Maintenance Done Ensuring that your HVAC system is in optimal condition with routine maintenance also helps make your home more energy-efficient. A well-maintained heating and cooling system operates more efficiently and uses less energy overall. Having routine maintenance done annually can reduce...

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What to Look for in an AC Company

July 9, 2018

Having an air conditioning or HVAC system is a priority during the warmer months, especially in the summer. When looking for an air conditioning company, you don’t just want to settle for the first one you find. There are certain things you want to look for when choosing an AC company. Below are some guidelines to get a great AC unit and have a positive experience with the company you choose to buy from. How Experienced the Company Is You want to work with an air conditioning company who has experience in their field. You want the experience getting your AC installed and maintained to be a positive one, so make sure the company you choose has years of experience. The installation will go quicker and smoother, and when an issue arises they will know what to do. The Cost You want to know the cost of the job as soon as you choose the air conditioning company you want to work with. Be wary of a company who gives you a quote in the beginning, only to add more costs later on. You can trust Certified Service to give you the right cost for the job. Reputation A company...

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Why Product Warranties are Important

June 11, 2018

New air conditioning and heating equipment typically come with a limited warranty. Beyond this, consumers have the option of purchasing an extended warranty from the contractor. A warranty is a product guarantee provided by the manufacturer. It’s a statement of promise or other representation of the ability, performance, and quality of the product. It gives the consumer a right to ask the manufacturer to deal with any defects arising according to their terms and conditions. Conditional Service While having a warranty for your air conditioner is a great way to protect yourself from manufacturing defects, the length of the warranty shouldn’t be the sole basis for choosing a brand as it does not guarantee quality or better service. At Certified Service, we have our warranties clearly state the manufactures conditions. We also clearly state who to contact for any repairs or replacements, whether commercial or from our full range of residential products. For instance, any consumers within the regions listed on our website can contact us directly for any AC repairs, Installation, Heat Pump Service, and Furnace Installation. Extended Protection An extension of up to five years of our limited warranty on the majority of our product can also be obtained if they...

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Which AC Unit is best for Your Business?

May 25, 2018

Different retailers have various air conditioner brands that one can purchase. However, other commodities might end up disappointing you. All one has to do is look out for an air conditioner with the best properties for your individual needs. Here are some of the qualities of air conditioners that will best suit you: Should Be Energy Efficient Based on the current state of rising electricity tariffs and the mercury levels, everyone ought to buy an energy efficient commodity. Best air conditioners always come with good star rated energy efficient ratings (SEER). What you should look out for is an air conditioner with a higher star rating. That means that the commodity will consume lesser electricity. Minimum to No Noise Highly rated air conditioners are the best since they are quiet or have minimum noise produced compared to the lower rated ACs. Manufacturers have to take the air conditioners on a noise test. Ensure your air conditioners are tested before you purchase them. This is to avoid any distracting noise in future. Air Conditioner Capacity This is always based on the size of the room floor. The larger the room, the more the cooling capacity needed. The Intelligent Cooling Ability Best...

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How Are Ducts Sealed and Inspected?

April 17, 2018

Your HVAC system works hard all year long to keep your home comfortable. The more it runs, the more wear and tear your ducts will endure, and when ducts get loose or develop gaps and holes, the more will go wrong with your air treatment system. This coming summer is expected to be one of the hottest on record here in Burbank, California. Compromised ducts will lower the efficiency of your HVAC system and allow dust, dirt, and pests to spoil the air quality in your home. To remedy this, your ducts must be inspected and sealed by a professional. Certified Service can ensure your AC, Heat Pump, Furnace, Thermostat, Coils, Fan Coil, and other air treatment systems are in good condition. Here’s how duct inspection and repair are done. Duct Inspection HVAC professionals will check to see whether debris is flowing in or out of your air vents. Using a probing flash camera, they will open your vents and check for signs of vermin, debris, and dust that’s come from somewhere down the duct system. There will inevitably be some dust near the register. But the amount and type of debris will be used to determine whether or not...

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What Is AC Maintenance and Why Do I Need It?

March 23, 2018

Your air conditioner’s coils, filters, and fins need regular maintenance for your system to function efficiently and effectively throughout the year. If you don’t conduct the necessary maintenance procedures, there will be a decline in the performance of your air conditioning system and more energy will be used to run the system. Regular maintenance also helps your system to last longer. There are critical things you need to do to make sure your air conditioner runs well all year long. Read on for more tips from our air conditioning experts at Certified Service! Schedule annual professional inspection Annual maintenance checkup is an essential part of maintaining your air conditioner. This should ideally be done before the beginning of the cooling season so that the system will work efficiently when you need it most. Certified Service experts ensure that your AC is in tip-top working condition and that it offers you quality service for several years to come. Additionally, our professional technicians at Certified Service can address all the minor problems that could turn into larger issues and cost more if not handled immediately. Be aware of what you have Air conditioning systems come in numerous forms, and the way maintenance...

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Should I Buy a Heat Pump or Furnace?

February 27, 2018

A heating solution is necessary in the winter. Many homes will need some type of centralized heating system. There are two common systems that would meet this requirement: a heat pump or a furnace. Understanding the differences between the two will allow anyone to decide which is best for them. Heat Pumps vs. Furnaces Heat pumps and furnaces both heat homes. However, they are not the same. Some things to consider are: • Heat pumps double as an air conditioner in the summer. • Furnaces are generally better once temperatures go below freezing. • Heat pumps are considered the “green” option due to using natural warm air. • Furnaces operate mostly in the winter, which can prolong their lifespan. These facets are a great starting point when considering which is a better option. Heat Pumps Because a heat pump provides both coolness and warmth, there is only one system to maintain. The lack of a furnace will give the homeowner extra space in the home. Heat pumps are located outside. Therefore, they use the warmth found in the outdoor air. Furnaces A furnace is focused only on heating. Therefore, they can be more efficient during freezing temperatures by circulating heat throughout...

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Benefits of Packaged Heating & Cooling Systems

January 22, 2018

One of the most overlooked aspects of a truly comfortable home is your HVAC system.  At Certified Service, it’s our job to make sure that these important heating and cooling appliances are installed properly and run seamlessly in your home or business.  That’s why we are quick to adopt technological advancements that support your long-term HVAC needs.  Some of the most impactful innovations in our industry at the moment are packaged HVAC systems that house both heating and cooling elements in one cabinet instead of in separate containers.  Here are some specific benefits of packaged HVAC systems. Advantages of Packaged Heating and Cooling Systems #1 Space Saving Traditional HVAC systems have an indoor air handler and an outdoor compressor.  By combining these two systems into one unit, you gain 50% more space. #2 Easier to Maintain Technicians can easily service a packaged heating and cooling unit without having to check two different areas. #3 More Energy Efficient Depending on the packaged HVAC model chosen, you can experience significant energy savings.  Look for brands that have the Energy Star logo for the most efficient heating and cooling systems. #4 Simpler Initial Installation Packaged HVAC systems often come pre-assembled from the manufacturer, which...

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How an Air Conditioner Compressor Works

December 6, 2017

An air conditioning system performs a vital role either in your home or your car. The system has three key mechanical parts – the condenser, evaporator, and compressor. A compressor could better be termed as the heart of the air conditioner. It removes vapor from the evaporator, an action that draws the humidity from the air before it enters your home or car. An air condition compressor is a bridge between the evaporator and the condenser in the outdoors. For the heat absorbed from inside your home to be released, the refrigerant needs to be of higher temperature and pressure compared to the air outside. And that’s where the air conditioner compressor comes in handy. Essentially, the cycle begins when the refrigerant gets into the compressor through the suction line. Housed inside the compressor motor are pistons which move up and down drawing the refrigerant in. The down strokes draw the air the gas from the indoors while the upstrokes compress the refrigerant. Upon squeezing the gaseous refrigerant, the molecules pack tightly together raising the temperature and pressure. A pressure difference is essential, so the for the refrigerant to flow. Naturally, high-pressure fluids flow toward the low-pressure fluids. The air...

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