IAQ: Here’s what you should know about improving your indoor air quality

Indoor air quality is a major concern here in the United States—especially as more of us start spending a majority of our time indoors at home. Poor IAQ can have a significant impact on our health and happiness in the home or office. In this article, we’ll review what indoor air quality is, why it’s such an issue here in Fresno, and what you can do to clear the air in your home and start breathing easier.

At Allbritten, we’re Fresno’s indoor air quality experts. Our team is standing by and ready to help improve the air in your home. To get started, call us today.

Is IAQ really that big of a problem?

What do you picture when you hear the words “air quality?” Maybe a smoggy Central Valley, or a congested freeway? A TV weatherman warning you about high levels of airborne particulate matter, ozone, or haze? Either way, chances are that you think of outdoor air first. Most people associate air quality with the outside world, and view the air they breathe inside as being clean or pure.

Unfortunately, this is actually a major misconception. While it’s true that outdoor air quality issues do plague Fresno and the Central Valley—in 2019, we were ranked as the nation’s worst city for air pollution—the inside of your home or office is no refuge. In fact, there’s a good chance that the air you breathe inside is just as polluted as the air you breathe outside. Considering the amount of time we all spend inside (especially lately!), that means your exposure to poor indoor air quality (or “IAQ”) could have a pronounced effect on your health and happiness.

Why is our indoor air quality so poor?

One of the reasons our indoor air quality is so poor is because today’s homes are built to better retain cooling and heating, which reduces airflow and drafts. While this is great news for your home’s efficiency and a key part of efficiency upgrades, it also means that pollutants and allergens can become trapped in your home without adequate ventilation to bring in fresh air or filtration to remove particulate matter.

In the warmer months of the year, we open our doors and windows  less, which exacerbates ventilation and IAQ problems.

In the warmer months of the year, we open our doors and windows less, which exacerbates ventilation and IAQ problems.

One way to deal with some IAQ problems is through adequate ventilation: allowing outdoor air inside your home to refresh the air supply. Of course, this is nothing new: when someone says “it feels stuffy in here,” they reach for the window or door. Unfortunately, this strategy is often a seasonal one: during the hot summer months, no one wants outdoor air getting into their home. So, we close up our windows and doors, rarely allowing outdoor and indoor air to circulate.

Here’s what could be in your home’s air

Here are some of the potential pollutants that might be found in your home’s air:

  • Allergens: Whether produced by trees and plants (pollen), caused by dust mites, or a byproduct of your home’s companions (dog and cat hair and dander), the impact of allergens can be more pronounced in an enclosed space.
  • VOCs: Volatile organic compounds are a significant contributor to poor indoor air quality. These are produced by household cleaning products, pesticides, and wood paint. In sufficient quantities, VOCs can have negative health impacts for most people.
  • Viruses & Bacteria: Airborne viruses and bacteria could be present in your home’s air, endlessly recirculating every time you turn on the air conditioner.
  • Mold Particles: Mold can grow anywhere there is sufficient moisture and humidity. Airborne mold particles can make members of your household sick.
  • Other: There are many other potential pollutants, including asbestos (found in older homes or furniture), carbon monoxide (make sure you have a CO sensor in your home), secondhand smoke, radon, lead, and more.

How does this impact me?

Honestly, this depends. Different people have different levels of sensitivity to different indoor air pollutants. Generally speaking, young children and the elderly are more susceptible to the negative health effects of degraded indoor air quality. However, a large enough air quality problem will eventually impact everyone in the health to some degree.

The experts at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency divide the health effects of poor indoor air quality into two categories: immediate effects and long-term effects. Immediate effects include allergic reactions and symptoms like eye irritation, a runny or stuffy nose, headaches, fatigue, or a scratchy throat. Again, these symptoms are generally going to be more prevalent and pronounced in those with pre-existing health or breathing conditions, such as asthma. There’s even science to support the idea that poor air quality impacts our sleep!

It’s more difficult to draw a clear connection between poor indoor air quality and long-term health conditions, but scientists have identified some IAQ pollutants as a contributor to forms of cancer, respiratory disease, or heart disease. Context is important here: while common allergens are unlikely to contribute to severe long-term effects, prolonged and repeated exposure to VOCs, asbestos, or secondhand smoke almost certainly will. You need to know what you’re dealing with. This is why an indoor air quality test is so important.

What can I do about poor indoor air?

The first step is scheduling an indoor air quality test with an IAQ expert or trusted HVAC company in your area. A professional IAQ test captures samples of your home’s air in different rooms and spaces, and then has those samples lab-tested to determine what pollutants or contaminants are present in what quantities. This helps determine what needs to be done first to improve the air quality in the home.

Next, an IAQ expert will want to deal with the source of any critical issues. After all, before we worry about filtering out mold particles from your home’s air, we’re going to want to help you find the source of the mold in your home and clean it. The same thing goes for radon, carbon monoxide, and VOCs.

What is the difference between air filters and air purifiers?

Air filters work like this: they use a fan to draw in air, which is then forced through a physical filter. Particulates in the air get caught in this filter, and the air that is forced out the other side of the air filter is generally free of physical contaminants. This is the same principle that your HVAC air filter operates on: capturing physical particulate matter. You then clean or replace the filter at a later point.

However, this approach has an important limitation: anything too small to be caught in the filter—which includes most viruses, bacteria, and mold particles—will generally not be caught in an air filter. An air purifier is a better approach for this class of air contaminants. UV filters, for instance, use ultraviolet light to kill or deactivate viruses, bacteria, and mold, rendering them harmless.

An Allbritten technician drives one of our iconic service vehicles out to an IAQ services call here in Fresno, CA.Is there a better way forward?

For a best-of-both-worlds approach, we recommend a system that can handle both air purification and air filtration. Here at Allbritten, we install the APCO Whole-House Purifier. It uses UVC light with activated carbon cells to kill airborne contaminants while also filtering out particulate matter from your home’s air. Installed inside of your air ducts, it runs silently, protecting your home while staying out-of-sight and out-of-mind. The great thing about the APCO Whole-House Purifier is that it doesn’t create ozone as a byproduct of air purification. Considering that ozone itself is an IAQ contaminant, it’s a device with the right approach to air quality improvement.

What should I do next?

If you live in Fresno or the Central Valley, you need to call our team here at Allbritten. We offer a number of indoor air quality improvement services, including:

  • Humidifier / Dehumidifier Installation
  • Whole-Home Air Purification
  • Air Filter Replacement

Our friendly team of experts can put your home or commercial building on the path to better air quality, better breathing, and a happier life indoors.

Here are the signs your home needs a new water heater

With the recent COVID-19 outbreak and the stay-at-home recommendations in place, Fresno residents are spending more time at home than ever before. This means more dishes, more laundry, and more wear-and-tear on your aging water heater. In this article, we’ll review some of the potential signs your water heater might need to be replaced—and when you should call us for 24/7 emergency service here in Fresno and the Central Valley.

If you're noticing any of the signs you need a new water heater, call Allbritten for emergency service here in Fresno and the Central Valley.What are the signs you need a new water heater?

Here are three of the most common signs you need to have an Allbritten plumber replace your home’s water heater:

Leaks

Under ideal conditions, your water heater is a closed-loop system: cold water comes into the tank, is heated and stored, and then gets distributed out where needed at the tap. There are only two circumstances that explain water pooling around the tank:

  • High tank pressure: As the water is heated and steam is created, pressure builds inside of the tank. Water heaters are built to withstand about 150 PSI—well above normal operating pressures. However, high temperatures can lead to pressure buildup. To avoid the tank from turning into a pressure cooker, your water heater’s pressure-relief valve opens up and releases air and water when the pressure gets too high. If there’s water underneath the valve, this could be the reason why.
  • Tank leaks: That same water pressure could be problematic if there are fractures in the tank shell. Throughout your water heater’s life, the shell is subjected to a near-constant cooling-heating cycle. The metal bends, warps, expands, and contracts with this change in temperature. Late in its life, this may lead to tiny cracks in the tank that allow water to leak out. This is an issue, as it could mean the tank is close to failing and bursting open.

If you’re noticing water on the outside of the tank or on the floor, call us right away for 24/7 plumbing repair.

Insufficient hot water

As water heaters get older, they begin to have a layer of sediment build up at the bottom of the tank. With enough time, this reduces the tank’s total water capacity—and the amount of hot water your home can use in a concentrated period of time. The recent shakeup to your family’s schedule caused by the COVID-19 outbreak is leading many local homeowners to realize that their water heater isn’t able to keep up with demand in the mornings.

If this is the case in your home, you should really call us and have one of our plumbers out to make sure your water heater is operating properly.

Rusty water

At some point in your time owning your home, you might notice that rusty water is coming out of the tap. Generally, this is due to a corroding water heater, and not issues with your pipes more generally. However, testing this hypothesis is easy: turn the tap to hot and run the equivalent of several gallons into a bucket or tub. if the rusty water is only present when running hot water, the water heater is the most likely source.

Rust and corrosion builds up inside of the water heater tank as it gets older and the sacrificial anode rod—which attracts corrosion—has been eaten away. It’s as sure a sign as any that your aging water heater needs to be replaced.

Call Allbritten for emergency plumbing repair in Fresno

If you’ve noticed any of these warning signs of impending water heater failure in your home—or need any other plumbing help—call our team. We’re here for you and your home when you need us.

Here are the steps we’re taking to protect you during the COVID-19 outbreak

Updated May 28, 2020

The COVID-19 outbreak has already had a profound human and economic impact on Fresno and the Central Valley, and our state has put emergency orders in place to help prevent and slow its spread. As an essential business, our team at Allbritten is standing by and ready to help with all your cooling, heating, and plumbing needs. However, we want you to know that we’re taking several precautionary measures to protect your home. In this article, we’ll review the COVID-19 outbreak, what we’re doing, and how you can help other Fresno businesses and people during this tough time.

Our team is taking necessary precautions

For both the protection of our team and your home, we want you to know that we’re taking all necessary precautions, in line with the up-to-the-minute recommendations from our city, state, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC).

Our team is:

  • Undergoing a daily health screening to make sure our employees are ready to work.
  • Following up with our customers to make sure you and your family are healthy and ready for us to arrive.
  • Wearing protective masks while working around and inside your home.
  • Regularly using hand sanitizer and sanitizing our tools and equipment.
  • Practicing social distancing and maintaining a six-foot distance from others.
  • Preventing the spread of germs by doing away with tablet signatures.

If you have any questions about the precautionary measures we’re taking in your home, please call us.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we are taking extra precautions and offering 24/7 emergency service here in Fresno, CA.COVID-19 Basics

You’ve no doubt heard about COVID-19—also commonly known as “novel coronavirus”—by now. The virus has quickly spread in a number of U.S. communities, including here in Fresno. Having only recently jumped from animals to humans, COVID-19 is a “novel” disease. This means that no one has pre-existing immunity to it, making it incredibly easy to transmit to others.

There’s another reason for COVID-19’s incredible virality. Those infected often can have a asymptomatic incubation period of several days. In fact, some of those infected never develop symptoms at all! In total, around 80% of those who catch COVID-19 only have light-to-no symptoms. However, without social distancing and other precautionary measures, these asymptomatic carriers could quickly spread the disease to vulnerable people, including older people and those with compromised immune systems. It’s also worth noting that COVID-19 can be life-threatening and require hospitalization even in relatively healthy young people.

So, how can we all slow the spread of COVID-19 and help out our front-line first responders and medical personnel? First, we should all be following the latest guidelines from the CDC. Preventative measures include:

  • Washing your hands: The best way to kill the virus is to wash your hands in warm, soapy water for 20 seconds.
  • Sanitizing surfaces: The virus can survive on surfaces for hours, so sanitize anything you touch after coming home from the grocery store. You should especially wipe down your phone.
  • Wearing face protection: While a mask may not block out the virus from entering your system, it can prevent you from spreading it to others in the event you are a asymptomatic carrier. It also helps discourage you from touching your mouth, nose, or eyes while out in public.

Second, stay home if possible. Even if you still need to go to work, avoid other interactions in public spaces whenever possible. The virus is most often spread in groups of people within close proximity to one another.

As a final note, the guidelines and recommendations from our state and the CDC are subject to change. For the latest updates, please see the CDC’s website.

We’re here for you and your home

Here in the state of California, plumbers and HVAC technicians have been designated as essential services. Unfortunately, there’s no fixing a leaking pipe or repairing an air conditioner over a video call. This means that our techs and plumbers are still here for you and your home when you need us most.

During this crisis, our team is continuing to offer service throughout Fresno and the Central Valley. If your air conditioner stops working or your water heater fails, you can count on us to be there. To schedule fast, reliable service from Fresno’s trusted team, call us today.

During this crisis, think (and thank) local

Experts are not yet sure how long the COVID-19 crisis and social distancing measures will continue. Already, the outbreak has had a significant impact on local and small businesses of all kinds here in Fresno and the Central Valley. Please consider doing the following to support our local businesses through this tough time:

  • Order takeout or delivery from local restaurants here in Fresno. If you are uncomfortable with ordering food at this time, consider buying gift cards to use at those restaurants after the crisis is over.
  • When you shop online for essentials, gifts for care packages, and other products, please give some thought to shopping local. More than ever, our local businesses need your support.
  • Be compassionate and embody being #FresnoStrong. A “thank you” to those working in grocery stores, restaurants, and in other essential businesses can really make someone’s day.

The entire team here at Allbritten would like to thank our local first responders, medical personnel, and everyone else working on the front lines of this outbreak. You are Fresno’s heroes!

On a final note, thank you for your business and support during this difficult time. We wish you and your family well moving forward, and continue to look forward to serving you and helping your home with its HVAC and plumbing needs.

Why our Guardian Maintenance Club works for you

If you’re like most homeowners, it’s probably been a while since you’ve had your air conditioner, furnace, or air filters checked. With a busy schedule and fast-paced life, you sometimes don’t have time to remember to check up on the little things. And with Allbritten’s Guardian Maintenance Club, that’s OK! As a club member, you can rest easy knowing that our team is keeping track of your home maintenance calendar for you.

Our Guardian Maintenance Club works for so many homeowners here in Fresno!Joining an HVAC maintenance club is a smart move any homeowner should make—you receive scheduled maintenance, save money on your energy bills, and have a go-to team to call for any emergencies or problems! Read on to learn about our club’s perks, our excellent service, and why being a Guardian Maintenance Club member just makes sense.

Top 5 perks of joining our service club

Thinking about joining the Guardian Maintenance Club? Here are some reasons you should:

  1. WE call you to schedule service: Your life is already so busy—how can you remember to check in on your AC unit? As a Club member, you won’t need to keep track of calendar dates or remember to call us and book your tune-up. Our team will call you to schedule an appointment when it’s time for your seasonal maintenance.
  2. You receive priority service and discounts: If we have a long list of customers to serve, and you call for emergency service, we move you straight to the top of our list! You’ll be our first priority, no matter what. Whether you need HVAC repairs or an unrelated service such as plumbing work, Guardian members receive a discount off Allbritten repair services. That discount can really add up over the years.
  3. We work on both AC and heating systems: This club is not limited to a certain season, time of year, or make or model. We work with both cooling and heating systems. Other competitors have limited club options or service-club upgrades you can pay for, but Allbritten’s Guardian Club is one-cost for all our work. We cover it all!
  4. You save money and prevent breakdowns: This may be one of the best perks of joining our club—you can prevent future breakdowns and save money along the way! Your home’s units will run more efficiently with maintenance from Allbritten. Our multi-point tune-up will ensure your system is ready for the season ahead. We know how to make the most of your AC system, so you can open your energy bill with a smile instead of a scowl.
  5. Rest easy knowing someone is taking care of you: You’ll be a better homeowner when you join our service club, because you’ll be putting your home maintenance high on your priority list! You won’t have to lift a finger or call anyone—we take care of you! Avoid the headache and cost of HVAC repair by joining Allbritten’s Guardian Maintenance Club.

Why professional work matters

You don’t want just anyone walking into your home and working with your complex, expensive HVAC units. You want a friendly, trustworthy technician with experience. Our Allbritten technicians are focused on providing superior service and bringing you the utmost comfort in your home. With a non-professional or less-experienced technician, you risk damage to your home, future breakdowns, and more money spent out-of-pocket.

Some homeowners prefer the DIY route when it comes to home maintenance. For some smaller home fixes, that’s great! Unclogging a drain or painting the office usually can be completed with ease. But, for those larger, more complex repairs—including those on your air conditioner, water heater, or thermostat—you’ll want to trust a professional instead of pulling out your own toolbox.

Join today!

Some misconceptions about a home maintenance club include expensive pricing, constant upgrades, or too many reminder calls or emails. With Allbritten, that simply isn’t true! Our affordable maintenance club was created with you in mind and doesn’t involve hidden fees or high costs. We will call only when service is needed, and we work around your schedule, staying flexible and friendly. Join our Guardian Maintenance Club and see better results within a few months.

There’s no better time than today to get started. Call Allbritten or click here to learn more about our services!

5 qualities to look for in a great air conditioning technician

As we roll into summer here in the Central Valley, it’s important to have an AC company you trust who you can call if you need AC repairs. At Allbritten, one of the things that sets us apart from other Fresno cooling service providers is our incredible team. Every air conditioning technician on our team is a friendly expert who is ready to help you with your cooling needs.

When you need a trustworthy air conditioning technician in Fresno, call Allbritten!In this article, we’ll review some of the qualities that set our technicians—and all great air conditioning techs—apart, and what you should look for in an air conditioning technician and the company they work for. Let’s dive in.

What are the qualities of a great air conditioning technician?

1. Trustworthiness

Reputation is everything in our industry. That’s why Allbritten strives to do right by you and your home on every job. We get it: you need an air conditioning team you can trust to do the job right, not give false promises or information, and to treat your home and property the way it should be treated.

Allbritten has served the people of Fresno since 1932. Yet, we’re not resting or relying on our decades of excellent service—we’re living it, every single day. To make sure that Allbritten continues to be the company that Fresno residents trust with their cooling, heating, and plumbing needs, we believe in hiring background-checked technicians who are true HVAC professionals.

There are several ways to check a company’s reputation:

  • Online reviews
  • Customer references
  • Opinions of friends and family members

Give us a call to learn more about our services here in Fresno and what makes our technicians special.

2. Friendliness and helpfulness

It’s one thing to know your stuff. It’s another thing entirely to be the type of professional who goes above-and-beyond to provide our customers with excellent service. That’s our technicians. Our friendly professionals will greet you at the door with a handshake and a smile. They’ll communicate with you throughout the air conditioning repair process, keeping you in the loop about what they’re doing. At any time, ask them questions: they’re happy to explain more or get you connected with the information you need.

3. Experience

Besides a nice personality, look for professional qualifications. The longer a company has been in business, the better the chances they do amazing work that clients love. Allbritten has been in business since 1932. Here are other essentials that make a great air conditioning technician that our techs have:

  • Appropriate certification
  • Work and liability insurance
  • Specific experience with air conditioning repairs

4. Punctuality

When technicians show up on time to their first appointment with you, it’s a good sign. Punctuality is important because it guarantees your repairs or the new unit installation will be finished on time. That way, you’re not left hanging in the middle of a heat wave. At Allbritten, we believe in punctuality and sticking to our word about when we’ll be there.

5. Flexibility

The best air conditioning technicians have the tools and experience to take care of problems right the first time. They’re also flexible, and often have the tools to perform repairs and maintenance on the spot, even if the problem is different from what they originally expected.

For great service from true professionals, call Allbritten here in Fresno

At Allbritten, what sets us apart from other companies here in Fresno is our awesome service. From the minute we arrive at your home until the point we finish the repair and say goodbye, our technicians are focused on providing superior, friendly service. Have us take care of your air conditioner this summer. For a great air conditioning technician here in Fresno and the Central Valley, call us.

Here are the 5 signs you need a new heating system installed

Winter weather is on the way. Is your furnace ready? Cranking up the heat only to find that the system isn’t working is inconvenient when the weather outside is cold. Here’s the good news: by being proactive and keeping an eye out for these 5 signs you need a new heating system, you can avoid any heating problems this winter, and have a more comfortable home.

If you live here in Fresno and the Central Valley, be sure to call Allbritten for all your heating needs. We offer free in-home estimates on new heating and furnace systems.

furnace-tuneup-air-quality5 signs you need a new heating system installed in your home

1. Your energy bills are higher

The older your furnace system is, the more energy it will need to use to heat your home. Even then, an older furnace won’t heat your home quite as well as it used to. When the system works harder to keep your house warm, it shows up on your energy bill. If your bill seems significantly higher this winter compared to last season, it may be one of the signs you need a new heating system.

2. The system makes strange sounds

While it’s normal to hear some noise as your system kicks on, a sound you aren’t accustomed to could indicate that there are significant problems with your furnace. Signs of age include banging, rattling, and squealing noises. In such situations, it’s best to turn the system off and have a professional look at it.

3. Your furnace starts and stops more than it used to

When your furnace is properly installed, it should run consistently without constantly starting and stopping. As the system ages and becomes less efficient, it will turn itself off-and-on more often as it struggles to keep the room at the temperature you prefer.

By the way, this is a good reason to have a professional install your new furnace or air conditioner. An improperly sized HVAC unit—that is, one that is too small or too large for your home and your comfort needs—is going to either over-run or constantly start-and-stop.

4. There is visible damage to your system

Your furnace is made of metal components that expand and contract as the system works. Over time, the repeated expansion and contraction can cause the metal to crack. In a worst-case scenario, cracked metal can cause the release carbon monoxide into your home.

If you notice physical damage to your furnace, turn the system off and call the pros at Allbritten in for a system inspection. We’ll be able to tell you whether or not your system is safe to continue using.

5. Your system frequently needs repairs

Maintenance and repairs for your furnace are expected and necessary on occasion, but a system that has you calling Allbritten frequently for heating repairs is probably one that needs to be replaced. Consider this: the money that you’re putting into repairs could go into a new furnace—one that is more energy-efficient and less likely to breakdown.

If you’ve been doing 2-3 repairs per-winter for the past two winters, it’s probably a good idea to get a free in-home estimate from us on a new furnace.

Call Allbritten to learn more about new heating systems

Allbritten is a proud Carrier Factory-Authorized Dealer serving Fresno and the Central Valley. Since 1932, we’ve brought winter (and summer) comfort to local homeowners. If you need a new heating system this fall, the time to call us is now. Contact us for a free in-home estimate.

Here’s what you should know about ductless AC systems

Too many homeowners here in Fresno, think that their cooling and heating options are limited to a traditional air conditioner, with the usual ductwork. That’s just not true anymore: with a ductless AC system professionally installed by Allbritten, you can get great indoor comfort without the need for a major home renovation.

Pictured: A ductless AC system requires no existing ductwork, making it an ideal choice for homes without this network of ducts.

A ductless AC system requires no existing ductwork, making it an ideal choice for homes without this network of ducts.

Here’s the best part: Allbritten offers free in-home estimates on new systems here in Fresno. Call us to get started, or to run your questions past our team of friendly experts.

What is a ductless AC system?

A ductless heating and cooling system does not use ductwork to deliver hot or cold air into the home through vents in the floor or ceiling. Rather, a unit is installed in a room (typically, wall-mounted) and then connected to a compressor outside.

Here are just some of the reasons a ductless AC might be right for your home:

  • You have a historic home with no existing ductwork for a traditional air conditioning system.
  • You’re adding a room to your home and don’t want to run ductwork to it.
  • You want to turn a garage, sunroom, or workspace into a useable space in the summer.
  • You have multiple family members feuding over temperatures in the home.

If any of these are true, call Allbritten for a free in-home estimate.

Installation

In each room selected for ductless HVAC, a unit is installed on the wall, in the floor, or recessed in the ceiling. It is connected to an outdoor compressor through a small, unobtrusive hole.

Refrigerant is pumped from the compressor to that room. If a heat pump and an inverter are installed in the outdoor unit, then heat can be delivered to the room as well.

Energy-efficiency

Much of the energy lost by traditional HVAC systems is from poorly insulated ductwork and the compressor constantly turning on and off. In contrast, ductless systems slow down and speed up without ever fully stopping, and there’s no ducts for heated or cooled air to travel through on the way to the living spaces in your home.

Due to this efficient operation, homeowners can save anywhere from 25 to 50 percent in heating and cooling costs. Plus, the installation of the unit may qualify you for federal tax credits and local rebates. For more about this, contact us here at Allbritten.

Other considerations

Ductless systems will save you money in the long run. The units do require maintenance, typically removing the filters and cleaning them on a regular basis. However, that’s true for all AC systems: ideally, you should schedule an annual tune-up to keep the unit running right.

If properly maintained by certified HVAC technicians, your ductless system should last. That’s especially true for the Carrier systems we install here at Allbritten.

Your next steps

Once you’ve made the decision to go with ductless AC system, your next step is to get in touch with us here at Allbritten. We’re air conditioning installation experts here in Fresno and the Central Valley, and our team has the experience to match your home to the best system for you and your family.

To learn more about ductless AC units, or to get your free in-home estimate, call us today!

Common commercial AC problems and what to do about them

As a business owner, you already have enough on your plate, and you don’t need to add a malfunctioning air conditioner to the mix. However, such problems can arise. In this blog, we review 5 common commercial AC problems, the signs that you’re dealing with a problem, and what to do.

For expert commercial HVAC services here in Fresno and the Central Valley, contact the team at Allbritten today!

Here are 5 common commercial AC problems

#1. Poor air quality

Everything from a gas leak to a dirty air filter can compromise the quality of the air blowing out your vents. That poor air can irritate allergies and potentially make your employees and customers sick. That’s lost revenue and productivity for your business.

Make sure your air filters are either cleaned or exchanged frequently. Learn more about indoor air quality, and the services offered by Allbritten.

Pictured: If your building is facing commercial AC problems here in Fresno, it's time to call Allbritten!#2. Lack of maintenance

A commercial AC unit that seems to be working just fine might have minor issues that can slowly build up to major problems.

By scheduling a regular tune-up for your building’s AC systems, you can help ensure that your employees and customers stay comfortable throughout the hot Fresno summer.

#3. Inconsistent airflow

Maybe it’s burning hot in one area of your building and freezing cold in another. In such instances, it might be that your building’s ductwork has cracks or leaks in it. Have a professional from Allbritten come out and take a look to see what the issue might be and what you can do to resolve the issue.

#4. Refrigerant leaks

Refrigerant is supposed to be inside the coils of your air conditioner. If you see that refrigerant has started to leak, or if it’s not as cool as it usually is even though you’ve got the thermostat at the same setting, you might have a coolant leak.

Have the issue taken care of by a pro before it leads to more problems. Contact us immediately for emergency service here in Fresno.

#5. Malfunctioning thermostat

Rather than blaming your air conditioning unit, the issue could be with your thermostat. While you might adjust the temperature to a specific setting, a malfunctioning thermostat might not be able to properly regulate the temperature in your building. This means that it can give your AC unit bad instructions.

If you suspect that your thermostat isn’t working, have one of the experts of Allbritten come out and inspect it.

Call Allbritten for help with your commercial AC problems

No matter what commercial AC problems you’re facing, help is well within your reach. Contact the team here at Allbritten and allow us to lend a hand! Also, be sure to ask about our plumbing services.

Here are 5 ways to decrease cooling costs this summer

The heat of summer is finally upon us. If you haven’t already switched on your air conditioner, you will need to soon. Keeping your home cool and comfortable doesn’t have to cost a fortune in cooling costs.

In this blog, the Allbritten team lists some of the top ways to lower your home’s cooling costs when the weather is hot. For HVAC service here in Fresno, contact our team!

1. Clear away debris

Spring foliage sprouts up quickly. Coupled with leaves and tree limbs that may have fallen during the winter, this growth can hinder the operation of your HVAC unit. Debris in the unit can cause permanent damage or costly repairs, so its important to check the area around it before you flip the air on.

2. Change your filter

Mold and dust mites can flourish in your home during the winter months. A lot of these allergens are caught by the hardworking air filter. Save energy by changing air filters every 6090 days. Not only will a new filter give you cleaner air, it allows your air conditioner to work at peak performance.

3. Get an AC tuneup

Another way to increase home energy savings is to schedule AC maintenance. Allbritten has a quality team of well-trained technicians who will make sure your system is working as it should.

Our technicians will check for problems that might be causing your unit to not function properly. Some issues we look for including: leaking or low refrigerant, problems in the ductwork restricting airflow, and thermostats that are malfunctioning.

4. Join our club!

Take HVAC maintenance off your to-do list by joining our Guardian Maintenance Club to ensure home energy-efficiency. When you become a club member, we take control of routine maintenance and contact you when it is time for your system to be serviced.

In addition, Guardian Maintenance Club members qualify for discounts on future repairs. They also receive priority service if troubles arise.

5. Have us replace your old system

Air conditioners continue to improve in both quality and efficiency. If your HVAC unit is more than 10 years old, it may be time to consider replacing it. While there is an expense involved in upgrading, newer systems are far more energy-efficient, which means they’ll help you reduce your cooling costs for many summers to come.

Call Allbritten for more tips for decreasing your summer cooling costs

Hot weather is a fundamental part of summer, but high cooling costs don’t have to be. Visit our website to learn more about Allbritten’s tune-up service. Let us help you lower your energy bills this summer!

Here are the 3 signs you need a new air conditioner this spring

Spring is here in Fresno, and summer is on its way. If you haven’t scheduled your AC tune-up yet, now’s the time. However, if your air conditioner is getting up there in age (15 years plus), it might also be time to consider whether or not you need a new air conditioner this spring.

In this blog, we’ll run through some of the things you should take into consideration when thinking about new air conditioning installation. Basically: how do you know when it’s time to have Allbritten switch out your old system for a new one?

Energy Efficient Furnace ConcordStill not sure after reading our blog? Contact us today to schedule your free in-home estimate on a new system.

Here are 3 signs you need to upgrade to a new air conditioner this spring

If you’ve been on-the-fence about switching out your old air conditioner, here are just a few signs that it might be time to make the change to a new unit:

#1. Your old air conditioner is struggling to keep up with demand

You’ve turned the AC on and set the thermostat, but the cooling that actually comes out of the system is minimal. The thermostat barely budges, and you can’t feel that much cold air coming out of the system.

This is the point where you should call Allbritten for AC repair. It’s also the point where—if your system is more than 15 years old—you should start to consider replacing it.

#2. Your air conditioner breaks down regularly

If your air conditioner continues to break down, summer-after-summer, it might be a good idea to consider replacing it with a new unit. After all, what you’ve been spending in AC repair is probably better spent on a more comfortable and energy-efficient air conditioner.

Still not sure? Talk to your friendly Allbritten technician during your next repair to get a sense of the long-term health of the system. Especially if your air conditioner is more than 15 years old, it may eventually make more sense to replace, instead of repair, the system.

#3. Your current AC is energy-inefficient

As air conditioners age, they become less efficient than currently manufactured systems in two ways:

The wearing down of parts and systems means that older air conditioners “slow down” as they get older.
Today’s air conditioners are more energy-efficient than ever, and are built to get you the most for your energy dollar.

When you take both of these factors into consideration, it’s easy to see how a new air conditioner can help improve your energy-efficiency significantly. In turn, that means you’re saving money on your energy bills for years to come.

Call Allbritten to get started!

Allbritten is Fresno’s premier air conditioning installation team. We’ve been serving the Central Valley since 1932. In that time, a lot has changed. Here’s what hasn’t: great people, great services, at a fair price.

If it’s time to upgrade to a new air conditioner this summer, contact Allbritten. We’re a Carrier Factory-Authorized Dealer, which means we install some of the most advanced, energy-efficient air conditioners around.

To learn more about our financing with approved credit, or to schedule your free in-home estimate, give us a call at (559) 292-4919.