As the holidays approach, thankfulness and gratitude are easier for most of us since we hear how thankful we should be. Being thankful and having gratitude is more than receiving or giving gifts, saying Thank You to someone, or giving compliments. Being thankful and having gratitude goes so much deeper than that. It is a true awareness and an acceptance of the world, accepting people for their goodness and their shortcomings, accepting change and how the world changes. Most of all, being thankful for belonging and being in the world.
It doesn’t always come naturally with our busy lives and the many stresses we all have so we might have to work very hard at being thankful by practicing and training our hearts and minds. Through the worst times in our lives, when we think we cannot see any positive outcome or light at the end of the tunnel – that is when we need to be thankful and have gratitude. As difficult as that might seem, gratitude and being thankful can bring sunshine back into our lives.
Decreasing cortisol levels and perhaps increasing oxytocin, the bonding hormone involved in relationships that make us feel so good
We all have things to be grateful for and thankful
Sometimes we get caught up in our busy lifestyles, and we don’t take the time to practice gratitude or be thankful. We forget about the many blessings we have and the good in our world. It is so easy to take things for granted without even realizing how blessed our lives are in a world where so many people suffer every day through the pain of war, hunger, and disease and do not have proper clothing to wear or a home to live in!
Let your heart be filled with gratitude and love so we can pass it on to others and start healing our world. Whether it is the holidays or any day of the year, take the time to practice gratitude and appreciation for all our many blessings and gifts. We should cherish every day that we are alive and loved.
At AC Dave Heating & Air, we want our customers and customers who are our friends to know how grateful we are for your loyalty and support over the past 16 years. Should you need HVAC service, please call 661 270-1961 to schedule a visit from one of our technicians. Happy Thanksgiving from the AC Dave & Heating & Air family.
HVAC maintenance is essential to keep both your system and your air quality in good condition while your furry best friend is shedding. Here are a few practical maintenance tips to take care of your HVAC, your pet, and your air quality all at once by:
Making Sure That Your Pets Are Well Groomed
Maintaining HVAC Air Filters.
Building A Barrier Around Your Outdoor Condenser
Seek Help From The HVAC Professionals.
1. Know your animal’s unique needs
Cats, puppies, and short-coated dogs are particularly vulnerable to cold temperatures. Some dogs, especially short-coated breeds, puppies, and elderly dogs, may benefit from a dog sweater or coat as an extra layer of warmth.
Brushing your pet regularly is definitely the most enjoyable HVAC maintenance activity. Brushing your dog, cat, rabbit, or other furry companion picks hair up into the brush and drops it on the ground, meaning less fur can float into the air and clog up the filter. Weather-permitting, it’s even better to brush them outside because loose fur can fly away in the wind instead of becoming part of your home air system.
Your indoor air intake is also a suction for hair and dander. You want it to be because it pulls all the dust and allergens into the filter so that home air quality is improved by the HVAC cycle. You can make each filter last longer by picking up as much pet hair as possible with the vacuum instead. In addition to brushing your pet regularly, be sure to vacuum twice or more a week to pick up all the shedding that has settled into the carpet and furniture.
2. Change Air Filters More Frequently
Pet hair and dander can clog your filter faster than in a standard fur-free home. Pet dander is one of the most well-known allergens in the world. While there are hundreds of pollen varieties, a pet in the house is a sure source of allergens for about 20% of the population who are allergic. This is a good reason to increase the quality of the filters you buy.
which stands for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. It measures the efficiency of a filter. Lower MERV ratings filter less, while higher MERV ratings enter the clean-room levels of filtration. MERV 5-8 filters are standard for modern homes. If you’d like to reduce allergies, look for filters with a MERV of 10-12. These trap smaller particles – like pet dander 3– and prevent the allergens from filling your HVAC unit as dust or coming back into your home air through the vents.
If your filters or HVAC are rated for one new filter every three months, try every two months or two and a half, and keep an eye on your filters for signs that they are topped up with pet hair, and it’s time for a change.
3. Outdoor activities
Some dogs want to be outside regardless of the weather. Even if your dog has a thick coat, keep an eye on them when they are outside playing to watch for early signs that they’re cold, such as holding up paws or shivering. Remember to knock on the hood of your car or sound the horn before starting the engine. Cats hiding under hoods can be injured or killed by the fan belt.
Keep an eye out for antifreeze, or other automotive leaks in your driveway. Antifreeze has a sweet taste that can be attractive to animals and can be fatal if ingested.
Use a damp towel to wipe your pet’s paws and underside if they’ve walked along salted sidewalks or roads. Salt and other chemicals used to melt snow and ice on roads and sidewalks can irritate and burn your pet’s sensitive paws and can cause illness if ingested.
4.Build a Fence Around Your Outdoor Air Conditioner
If your pets spend time in the backyard, be sure to protect your outdoor air conditioner unit. The condenser is a giant suction unit. Its vents actually pull outdoor air in as part of cycling the air indoors. If your pet rubs on the condenser as dogs and cats sometimes do, they send their fur and dander directly into the unit. This can clog your outdoor unit and can send dander into your HVAC system from outdoors.
If you have an animal that pees on upright objects like trees, then the condenser is also at risk. Urine is acidic, and in yards where a dog has regularly peed on the condenser, you will find the fins completely etched away by the acid.
5.Twice Annual HVAC Maintenance
Finally, keep up with your HVAC maintenance. A house with pets is full of love, but it’s also full of fur, which puts extra stress on your HVAC system. An HVAC maintenance schedule includes an inspection and tune-up once to twice a year. On the first inspection, mention that you have a pet (or pets) and want to ensure pet fur isn’t choking the system.
Your technician will take a close look at the indoor and outdoor units, provide maintenance services and make suggestions on how to best take care of your unit and protect it from excessive pet hair issues.
With the temperatures getting hotter, AC Dave Heating & Air would like you to know that heat exhaustion and heat stroke are preventable. Do You Know the Symptoms of Heat Stroke? Read on for some do’s and don’ts.
According to the CDC, signs of heat stroke, also known as hyperthermia, include:
Body temperature of 104 degrees Fahrenheit or more (40 degrees Celsius)
Fast and strong pulse
Skin that is hot to the touch. The skin may also be red, dry, or damp.
Upset stomach, nausea, or vomiting
Call 911 immediately if someone is showing heat stroke symptoms
Heat stroke is a medical emergency. In the U.S., dial 911.
While you wait for help, the CDC recommends that you provide first-aid treatment:
Move the person to a cooler place out of the sun.
Cool the person by applying cold, wet clothes or by placing the person in a cool-water bath.
Do not delay care, even if you are worried that the person may contract COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. Hospitals are working to protect patients during the pandemic, for example, by limiting visitors and separating COVID-19 patients from others.
If a person shows heat stroke symptoms, do not force them to drink water or other fluids.
Know the symptoms of heat exhaustion
Heat exhaustion is a less serious condition than heat stroke. But without treatment, it can progress to heat stroke, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine. The CDC lists the following symptoms of heat exhaustion:
Cold, pale, and clammy skin
Fast, weak pulse
Nausea or vomiting
Tiredness or weakness
The CDC advises you to treat heat exhaustion by taking these steps:
Move to a cooler place out of the sun.
Remove or loosen your clothes.
Cool yourself by applying cold, wet clothes or by bathing in cool water.
Take sips of water.
Seek immediate medical help if you experience any of these problems:
Your symptoms worsen
Your symptoms do not go away within one hour
To reduce the risk of heat exhaustion and heat stroke, watch the forecast
Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are more likely to occur when the weather is hot, so monitoring the weather forecast is an important prevention step. Keep in mind that asphalt and concrete absorb heat, so if you live in an urban area with many parking lots, buildings, and other structures, your block may be significantly warmer than other areas of your city. High humidity is also dangerous. On hot days, you cool down as sweat evaporates from your skin. But when the air is very humid, sweat evaporates from your body only slowly, which prevents it from cooling itself effectively. When you check the weather forecast, look for the heat index, a number that includes the effects of both temperature and humidity levels. If the heat index is 91 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, you should take steps to stay cool, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Make sure to drink plenty of water. Avoid caffeine.
Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
Avoid exercising outdoors during the hottest times of the day.
If you are playing, exercising, or working outdoors, take breaks to cool down under shade.
If you supervise people who are playing or working in hot weather, offer them plenty of chances to take breaks and drink water.
Seek shelter during heat waves. To stay healthy, your body needs a break from high heat and humidity. If you do not have air conditioning, seek shelter in air-conditioned buildings. Many communities offer cooling centers in libraries and other public spaces. But those buildings may be closed or have limited capacity because of the COVID-19 pandemic, so also consider these options:
Do you have friends or family members living in an air-conditioned building who would allow you to shelter with them?
Do you know someone who would allow you to borrow a window AC unit?
Is your local government offering window AC units or temporary shelter in spaces where self-isolation is possible, such as in hotel rooms?
Know who is most at risk for heat-related illnesses
Anyone may fall ill because of overheating, but some people are at special risk:
People who lack access to air conditioning
People aged 65 or older
People who take certain drugs. According to the Mayo Clinic, some drugs may reduce your body’s ability to maintain its temperature or hydration levels. Such drugs include beta-blockers, diuretics, antihistamines, tranquilizers, antipsychotics, and others.
Understand that global warming is making heat waves more frequent
Carbon pollution from vehicles, factories, and power plants is trapping extra heat in the Earth’s atmosphere, much like an overly thick blanket can trap too much heat around you at night. That extra heat is making heat waves more frequent.
Please stay safe. Remember to CALL 911 if you or an elderly friend or family member is experiencing symptoms of heat-related illness.
Is a ductless heating and cooling system right for you and your ductless mini-split system vs a standard heating and cooling system?
Depending on the application, a ductless heating and cooling system could be a great addition to your home and improve its overall value.
Pros of a Ductless Heating & Cooling System
Very Energy Efficient
Ductless heating and cooling systems are extremely energy efficient compared to a standard HVAC system.
Energy usage for these units is measured using a SEER rating (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio).
Many of these units have a variable speed motor that can be adjusted based on need.
Also, the ductless system has an advanced inverter-driven compressor that operates in a cruise control style setting. It ramps up only when needed and then slows back down to conserve energy.
With a ductless heating and cooling system, you are generally looking at a 40% increase in energy efficiency compared to a standard ac unit! Options include more than 30 energy-star certified systems making it right for your home.
Flexibility in Usage
One great benefit of a ductless system is its ability to “spot treat” certain areas of your home that are hard to heat and cool with your normal HVAC system.
If a room is located far away from your central HVAC system, the room may become hot in the summer and cold in the winter due to reduced airflow to that area of the home.
Without the hassle of ductwork needing to be run or air returns installed, these systems can be installed in almost any room you can imagine with room-by-room temperature control now at your fingertips.
Popular areas in a home for a ductless unit include:
Rooms located over garages
Options for ductless systems include single rooms, multiple rooms, or even your entire home. Adding a ductless system is also a great way to increase your home’s value and right for your home.
Better Air Quality
Unless you have a HEPA filter or an advanced air cleaning system installed on your central heating and cooling system, the air from your ductless unit will generally be cleaner.
A large factor contributing to this is the absence of ductwork.
Over time, ducts become lined with dust and other debris that slip past your furnace filter.
No matter how many times you change your furnace filter, if your air ducts are dirty, the air you breathe will be dirty as well.
By not having to worry about dirty ductwork, a ductless system can provide cleaner air consistently.
The ductless system also uses a sophisticated multi-part filtration system to reduce contaminants such as allergens, viruses, and bacteria from the air.
Compared to a standard central air system, a ductless heating and cooling system is generally much quieter during operation. Unless you are standing right next to the unit, you generally won’t even hear it operating.
As the ductless unit needs to only cool and heat one room, it does not have a loud blower motor that needs to force large amounts of air into your home.
During operation, you can generally expect noise to not exceed 19 DB in the indoor unit. Compare this to the average dB level of 40 at your local library.
Can Both Heat and Cool
One of the greatest benefits of a ductless system vs a standard air conditioner is its ability to both heat and cool making it a year-round system and right for your home.
Call AC Dave Heating & Air to schedule an appointment to discuss the pros of a ductless HVAC system and find out if it’s right for your home. 661-270-1961
Now that summer is heating up, you’ll want to begin your seasonal preparations for your HVAC if you haven’t already. Specifically, you’ll want to get your air conditioner – whether it’s a central, portable, or window A/C unit – ready with our useful tips for summer ready HVAC.
The following tips will not only keep you from overheating this summer, but they’ll also keep your bank account from overheating from high energy bills.
It’s important to make sure that your air conditioner will be up to the task when you need to crank it up to full blast on those sweltering summer days. Schedule an annual tune-up for your air conditioner and have a professional perform preventative maintenance, check the refrigerant levels, and take care of any mechanical problems your unit might have. Even if your air conditioner seems to be in perfect working order, it might have small problems that can lead to large utility bills, not to mention even larger repair bills should those small problems turn into big ones.
Replace the air filter
At the start of the cooling season, check the air filter in the furnace and replace it if it’s dirty. Then check it every month that you run the air conditioner (and the furnace, for that matter) and if it is dirty replace it with a new filter. A dirty air filter blocks airflow, making your HVAC system work harder.
Clean the condenser coils
Cleaning the condenser coils makes it easier for the air conditioner to remove heat from the air, which also helps the condenser use less energy. Ideally, taking care of this job before the air-conditioning season starts.
First, turn off the AC inside the thermostat. Then shut off the condenser—look for a metal box attached to the outside of the house near the AC’s condenser unit and switch it to the off position. Some models have a block to remove instead of a switch. Then remove dried leaves, overgrown vegetation, and other clutter on and near the condenser unit.
Next, use a garden hose without a spray attachment to gently rinse the condenser coils with water. Avoid the electrical connections on the back. Flush the space between the coils too. Keep the water pressure low, or you could bend the fins. Turn the condenser on. Allow ample time for the coils to dry before turning on the AC inside the thermostat completely.
Check the insulation on the freon line
A freon line connects the evaporator on the air handler to the condenser outside. If the foam insulation that covers the line is torn, contact AC Dave Heating & Air to replace the insulation.
Shut off the furnace humidifier
If your furnace is equipped with a humidifier, turn off the humidifier. Your air conditioner helps keep you cool by removing humidity from your house—so you don’t want the humidifier attached to your furnace to be pumping moisture into the air If your humidifier doesn’t have an on/off switch, move the damper door lever to the Cool position, which reroutes the cool air, so it doesn’t go through it.
You don’t want the first time you use the unit to be when it’s already sweltering hot outside. While the weather is still somewhat cool, do a few test runs with your unit. That way, you’ll be able to diagnose any issues before you really need the extra cooling power.
If you’re not comfortable doing any of the above steps or something not working, right? Need help getting your AC ready for warm weather? Keep your cool and let our experts handle it, call AC Dave Heating & Air at 661-270-1961 to schedule your appointment today.
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We often don’t think about heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems – at least until they break. It then becomes clear how vital these systems are for keeping indoor spaces comfortable. Your HVAC system is probably the most expensive system in your home, so if you need a new one, it’s important to choose the right company.
AC Dave Heating & Air is a full-service HVAC company offering professional heating and cooling solutions to customers since 2006 throughout the San Fernando Valley, Antelope Valley, W. Los Angeles, Lakes, and Valleys communities. What’s more, we are proud to be referred by many of our customers, time and time again.
Is your HVAC system in need of a tune-up or pre-paid maintenance plan? Or perhaps you are in the market for a new commercial unit? Rely on AC Dave Heating & Air for expert recommendations and installation services.
Below is a partial list of our HVAC services with an emphasis on meeting your needs:
Charging HVAC systems
Duct installation, replacement, sealing, and repair
Furthermore, we will care for your family’s heating and cooling system like it is our own. Lastly, whether you’re looking for routine maintenance or the system has failed, and you need a replacement, AC Dave Heating & Air can help. Call 661-270-1961 to schedule one of our Nate certified technicians.
iWave’s technology generates the same ions that nature creates with lightning, waterfalls, ocean waves, etc. Nature uses energy and shear to break apart molecules, naturally cleaning the air and producing a healthy environment. The only difference between the iWave’s technology and nature is that the iWave does it without developing harmful ozone.
When the ions come in contact with viruses, bacteria or mold, they remove the hydrogen molecules – without them, the pathogens have no source of energy.
We’re all looking for ways to protect our homes and businesses from COVID-19 has changed our lives dramatically and in order to limit the spread of the coronavirus, The iWave Air Purifier had been proven to fight many types of coronavirus long before our lives were disrupted by COVID-19. Now, an independent lab has reported that the iWave may inactivate the virus which causes COVID-19: SARS-CoV-2.
While there are some important spring HVAC maintenance tasks you can take on yourself, many others can only be safely performed by a professional. Call AC Dave heating & Air to schedule your Spring check.
Airflow within your home:
Replace the filter. If you do not know where your system’s air filter is, or how to replace it, ask your HVAC pro to show you.
(Here at AC Dave Heating & Air, we replace your filters as part of our maintenance agreement.) Then, change your filters regularly. How often depends on your system and the type of filters your use. When in doubt, change them out every 6 months.
NOTE: A dirty filter can reduce efficiency, increase operating costs and damage your system.
To schedule your AC’s Spring check-up, please call us at: 661 270 1961
This two-week informational topic will discuss the most common 8 reasons why your thermostat is not working, whether that be that it’s not turning on or that the screen is blank.
Incorrect thermostat setting: If the thermostat has been turned off, its display will be blank. Thermostats should be left on throughout the year rather than being turned off, but accidental adjustments are possible. Verify this setting and ensure the thermostat itself is on.
Dead Batteries: Check your batteries often to ensure this is not the issue. Without batteries, the thermostat cannot turn on or control the heating unit.
No electrical Power: Some thermostats are hardwired and powered by the home’s electrical system. A tripped breaker or blown fuse in the electrical panel may prevent the thermostat from receiving power. Resetting the power or replacing the blown fuse will correct this issue.
Loose Wiring: If thermostat wiring becomes loose, its operation may be disrupted. An HVAC technician here at AC Daves Heating and Air is able to identify issues with wiring and electrical connections within the thermostat/ Sometimes these issues are repairable, while other times it may be necessary to replace the thermostat.
Please make sure you always put your HVAC system in the hands of a licensed Technician. Call us if you need assistance. TEL: 661 270 1961. LIC # 877683