Finishing Your Basement? Keep These HVAC Facts in Mind

A basement finishing project represents a unique opportunity to expand your home’s living space by remodeling an unused area. Keep in mind several heating and air conditioning considerations, however, before starting this project. Make sure your system is the proper size for your new living space, secure HVAC code and permits, and ensure that all heating and air conditioning components are accessible. Read on to learn more.Finishing Your Basement? Keep These HVAC Facts in Mind

Handling Emergency HVAC Repairs

Air conditioning units can only function at peak performance levels for so long before wear and tear finally catch up with them. That’s why it’s essential to have qualified HVAC technicians check them routinely during routine maintenance checkups. Even then, there may be cases when emergency repairs are needed. If so, you’ll need to stay calm to fix whatever issue may be affecting your air conditioning unit. Read more

The Ultimate List of HVAC Videos

It’s no secret that there is a ton of informative videos available online—but did you know that many of them have to do with HVAC? This is great news for homeowners! We’ve gathered together some of the best of the best in HVAC videos and brought them together to make The Ultimate List of HVAC Videos.

Top HVAC Videos

These videos offer more than just simple tips; this comprehensive list will tell you all you need to know to be an informed homeowner in regards to your home’s HVAC system.

Introducing the Carrier Côr Thermostat:

If you’ve been thinking about upgrading your thermostat to a programmable version, consider a “smart” thermostat. This video describes the benefits of a smart thermostat and how it can help to make your home more comfortable and more energy efficient.

Save Money and Energy Running Your HVAC System:

Everyone could use a few tips on how to run an HVAC system in an energy efficient way. Many homeowners will find this green tip on how to minimize costs while running your HVAC system quite useful.

How Does a Geothermal System Work?

Geothermal systems are one of the most energy efficient heating and cooling options available for your home. If you’ve ever wondered how this type of system works, and how a geothermal system could benefit your home, check this video out.

How to Improve Indoor Air Quality:

Indoor Air Quality is central to a healthy home, yet many people hardly ever consider the quality of their home’s air. Here’s an informative video that explains just how significant Indoor Air Quality is to you and your loved ones’ health.

Bill Nye on Making His House Energy-Efficient

Want to know how to save energy in your home? Find out from the Science Guy himself in this video. Bill Nye explains how he keeps his own home in Southern California energy efficient.

5 EPA Indoor Air Quality Categories of Concern:

This is an interesting video that outlines the core common concerns of Indoor Air Quality according to the EPA. This list may surprise you.

How to Change a Furnace Filter:

Finally, this is an important piece of advice that all homeowners should fully understand. It may seem like an easy task, but many people simply don’t change their furnace filters enough, which can cause big problems in the long-run. Check out how simple it is (and be sure to change yours regularly!).

If you’ve appreciated these videos and still have more HVAC related questions, give us a call. We can help you with all HVAC related concerns, from simple maintenance checks to complete system replacements. At Allison Air Conditioning, we have been dedicated to our clients for over 30 years. We strive to ensure that our customers have a comfortable home each and every day of the year, no matter what the weather.

We are proud to be a Carrier Brand HVAC Factory Authorized Dealer and we offer Carrier Brand Air Conditioning Units, Heating Systems, Furnace, and Indoor Air Quality Products and Replacement Parts. Call us today to find out more: (951) 356-4224

Why You Need an HVAC Tune-Up in the Fall

Fall is here, which means that it is time for an HVAC tune-up. Keeping up with heater and air conditioning maintenance is important for maximizing home comfort and prolonging the life of your unit. You may be wondering, why is fall the time for HVAC maintenance? Below, we will discuss why fall is the best time to take care of any maintenance issues with your heater.

Why Fall is the Season for Heater Maintenance

In order to keep your heater working properly throughout the year, it is important to get a heating system tune-up annually. During a heater tune-up, an HVAC professional will inspect your furnace to make sure that it is clean and working properly. If your technician notices any issues that need repair, he or she can often fix the problem on the spot, ensuring that your family can enjoy a comfortable home environment with a safe and efficient heating system.

So why is fall the best time for a heater tune-up and maintenance services? Well, fall typically offers more moderate weather where homeowners may not find themselves using their heater as often. This season is also between two high HVAC usage seasons – summer and winter – when your home comfort system has to work harder to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. That is why it is the ideal time to check for any maintenance issues and have your system serviced before you start using it in the winter. By identifying issues and making repairs sooner rather than later, homeowners can help prolong the life of their HVAC unit while also promoting energy efficiency, which can lower heating costs over time.

Take Advantage of Savings from Allison Air Conditioning

The team at Allison Air Conditioning knows how important it is to make sure that your heater is running smoothly this winter. That is why we are offering special fall promotions, so that Corona homeowners can save on their annual heater tune-up and other maintenance services. Whether you just need a tune-up or you are finally getting around to fixing your furnace, these deals can help you save money this fall.

Here are some of the special savings you can take advantage of this season:

  • $10 off furnace/heater maintenance or service (Regularly $89, heater maintenance is now just $79.)
  • $10 off furnace/heater tune-up (Regularly $111, a heater tune-up is now just $101.)
  • $50 off duct testing (This does not include HERS verification.)

Make sure that your heater is ready for the winter and the new year by scheduling a tune-up or maintenance services today. These special promotions from Allison Air Conditioning expire on December 30, 2016, so make sure that you act fast to take advantage of the opportunity to save.

If you would like more information on the fall promotions we are offering or would like to schedule a heater tune-up, furnace maintenance, or duct testing, contact us today. The expert team at Allison Air Conditioning is ready to help you get ready for the winter.

Do These 5 Things Before Putting Your Home On the Market

Are you planning on selling your home soon? If you want to maximize your home value, it is important to make a few fixes before putting your home on the market.

Home Repair Checklist for Sellers

When selling your home it is important to get it ready for potential buyers. You need to consider doing these 5 things before putting your home on the market:

  1. Home Repairs

    These include the little fixes that you have been able to “live around” like hammering nails to secure them on the stair case, replacing a jiggly door knob; and could extend to heavy-duty repairs like fixing leaking roofs and pipes in the wall, installing or upgrading to a New HVAC System. None should be seen as less important or urgent than the other since the first impression matters a lot. However, the more expensive a potential repair might be, the more a potential buyer would cut off of their offer to buy.

  2. Painting

    Painting your home before putting it on the market is one of the least expensive ways to improve the appearance. Over the years your home’s paint job may be outdated or have chipped in certain corners. During a viewing session you would not want a piece of furniture to be moved only to reveal an untidy wall. A fresh coat of paint does wonders to a room by enhancing and brightening a room making it appealing and attractive to a potential buyer. It is advisable to pick neutral colors since these would be appealing to a majority of people.

  3. Outdoor Improvements and Landscaping

    Before a buyer even steps into your home, the first thing prospective buyers will see is the exterior of the house and the landscape. By then, they would have already formed an opinion about the house or visualize themselves living there… or not. This includes the general arrangement of your lawn, front porch, the dog’s kennel etc. A simple way to improve the external appearance of your home is to do some weeding, pruning and planting some green, leafy, mature plants that you can buy from your local gardening store.

  4. De-cluttering

    If you are selling your house before you move usually means that you have a lot of personal items. This could be a good thing or a bad thing. Good because you wouldn’t have to incur the extra cost of staging the house and bad because the house could be cluttered. Clutter is a disadvantage because it gives an impression of a small space with very little lighting which also means that the good features of the house will not be clearly displayed to potential buyers. You also need to ensure that everything in the home is clean, dust-free and have the windows cleaned and opened for more air circulation and lighting a few hours before a potential buyer arrives.

  5. Upgrade or Install a New HVAC System

    Heating during winter and Air Conditioning during summer are on the top of every potential home buyer’s list. A well ventilated home promotes good health, keeps unwanted smells out that tend to linger in the air especially when cooking, and also keeps your floors, walls and ceilings dry hence keeping out moisture and parlaying damage. Home owners are also always concerned about every additional cost that comes with buying a house. Installing or upgrading your HVAC System will go a long way in having an offer (or several offers) from potential buyers – especially the kind of numbers you’ll be willing to sell for. With the New HVAC System, the new owner would be able to manage their heating and cooling bills and generally manage their expenses in those areas instead of spending much more on repairs.

It is important to make fixes to your home before you put it on the market in order to maximize your home value. Sometimes this includes installing a new HVAC system. For any assistance on any of these products and services or for more information on HVAC System upgrades, please contact us at Allison today!

Air Quality Report: Corona, California

We are well aware of the air pollution outside of our homes, but often overlook the quality of the air inside of our own homes. This misconception that the air inside of our homes is healthier than the outside air can be costly. While we are free of toxins emitted from factories and vehicles, dust and allergens can be just as lethal. Between surface dust, dust and allergens hidden in fabrics such as mattresses and carpets, our safe haven in which we spend the majority of our time becomes less and less safe. As we analyze local air quality reports in Corona, CA, don’t forget to address the air quality within your home as well.

Lead is also a severely hazardous substance that is found in paint in older homes. While lead is becoming less and less common in the Corona area, Radon can be a silent killer. Both colorless and odorless, Radon detectors are a must in all homes to maintain healthy indoor air quality.

Corona Air Quality Report

The latest report of Corona, CA on the 14th of September, 2016, identifies the air quality index to be 38 (lower the better) representing air quality that is satisfactory with no risk outside. This is based on ground-level ozone and number of pollutants in air as reported by the Environmental Protection Agency.

The above results identify the outdoor environment in Corona, CA . But the question that arises is “Is the indoor environment safer without pollution than outdoor environment in Corona, CA.” The answer, of course, depends on the habits of the individual household. So it is essential for us to maintain best cleaning practices in order to promote a good environment.

Tips for Maintaining Indoor Air Quality

There are many ways to maintain good healthy indoor environment:

  1. Clean the floor: Clean up harmful chemicals and allergens by using a vacuum with strong suction, rotating brushes and HEPA filter which decreases the lead concentration in the environment. Mop the floor with microfiber mops that capture more dust than traditional fibers. Put a large mat at the every door to catch the dust from shoes of visitors.
  1. Maintain a healthy level of humidity: Use a dehumidifier to decrease the amount of moisture indoors. Using an air conditioner reduces indoor pollen count. Use an exhaust fan while cooking. Repair any cracks or leaks in exterior walls or your roof.
  1. Be careful when performing certain activities: Paint stripping, gluing, painting, sanding and rock polishing create a high level of pollution. Create as much airflow by opening windows or utilizing a filter while performing these activities and clean up thoroughly to prevent lasting dust.
  1. Avoid smoking inside: Smoking is the most hazardous habit which is a risk factor for many cardiovascular and respiratory problems.
  1. Avoid strong fragrances: Minimize the use of harsh cleaners, solvent based cleaners or cleaners with strong fragrances.
  1. Test for Radon: Radon is one of the risk factors for lung cancer. This colorless, odorless gas requires a specialized device in order to be detected in the house.
  1. Maintain good ventilation: Open doors and windows when the weather permits or running an air conditioner increases good ventilation. Ventilation helps to dilute any indoor pollutants.
  1. Take advantage of natural filters : Decorate your home with ferns and other indoor plants. A study by NASA institute states, “Plants which are grown indoors absorb the synthetic fragrances produced by deodorants, hair sprays, cosmetics and all petroleum products and bring fresh oxygen indoors.”

For more air quality tips or for HVAC systems that are designed to optimize your home’s air quality, contact Allison Air Conditioning today.

Why Should You go Ductless?

Having ductwork snake throughout your home can have several drawbacks. First is the forced-air system itself, providing uneven cooling, expensive operation and higher inefficiencies than other methods. Next is the ductwork itself, providing a large surface area for dust and allergens to collect inside and by its nature adding to the inefficiency problem.

Going Ductless

The uneven nature of heating and cooling with a traditional forced-air system can raise the monthly electric bill quite a bit. And with about half of energy consumption coming from heating and cooling costs, any reduction in that consumption can reap large savings.

Instead of having one large, central, unit to handle the air within a home, splitting the work among several smaller heat pumps to cool or heat only the areas of the home that need it reduces overall energy consumption. From an efficiency standpoint it doesn’t make a lot of sense to run a unit for the entire home to cool one or two rooms.

Ductless heat pumps in the right configuration can have extraordinarily high efficiency ratings. It is not uncommon to have up to 300% efficiency ratings. That kind of powerful cooling at a low energy consumption is one of the reasons they are so attractive to home owners.

Normally a home will have one or two thermostats, depending mainly on the number of floors within the home. As you can imagine this setup won’t take into account the uneven nature of the way a house warms or cools from the environment it is in. With a ductless system there is a thermostat for eat heat pump or for the different zones the home is divided into. This allows for more individual control over the varying temperatures within a home and for individual heating or cooling levels, because not everyone likes the same temperature.

A ductless system isn’t always beneficial for every situation. Depending on the layout of the home, existing infrastructure, and budget considerations, a different solution could be appropriate for you. If you would like to discuss your heating and cooling options, give us at Allison Air Conditioning a call today!

How Will I Know When it’s Time to Replace My Air Conditioner?

They say all good things must come to an end, and that certainly applies to air conditioners.

But how, exactly, will you know when your air conditioner is ready to be removed and replaced? Here are four indicators that will let you know …

#1 Your air conditioner is nearing the end of its expected lifespan

Some HVAC technicians believe air conditioners should be replaced when they reach the age of 15. Others prefer to make their evaluations based on the so-called “5,000 rule.” According to this standard, when the price of a quoted repair multiplied by an AC’s age in years surpasses the number 5,000, it is time to get a new unit (for example, if $400 of repairs are needed on a 14-year old air conditioner, 400 X 14 = 5,600 so it’s time to say goodbye).

At Alison Air Conditioning we’re not sure you should decide when to get rid of your air conditioner based on age alone. But we can tell you this: if your air conditioner was installed more than 10 years ago, a modern, energy-efficient unit from Carrier (like those we are proud to sell and install) could reduce your annual heating and cooling bills by as much as 20 percent annually.

#2 Multiple repairs have been required to keep your air conditioner functioning

As a rule of thumb, the first time your air conditioner breaks down you should probably have it repaired, regardless of its age. But if it breaks down a second time, and you are forced to summon a technician to fix it again, you should start shopping for a replacement.

This is especially true if the cost of the second repair is higher than the first; this a sure sign that an air conditioner has begun its long march to the HVAC graveyard.

# 3 Refrigerant is leaking and needs to be replenished

If your AC runs but stops cooling it may have developed a refrigerant leak. You may be able to get it working again by having a technician replenish its supply of refrigerant. But that is only a temporary—and costly—solution, since refrigerants can cost $100 per pound or more.

Once refrigerant starts to leak compressor failure may not be far behind, which is why many HVAC contractors believe air conditioners that spring refrigerant leaks are just about ready for the scrap heap.

#4 Gradual but steady decline in performance has been observed

Have you noticed your summertime energy costs rising over the past couple of years? Does your house feel warmer in July and August than it used to, even when you run your AC all the time?

If you answer either of these questions in the affirmative there is a good chance your air conditioner is wearing out and will not be long for this world. To make sure this diagnosis is correct, you should hire a skilled technician to check your cooling unit first just to be sure signs of systemic failure are imminent.

Alison Air Conditioning Will Keep You Cool

If you live in Corona or the surrounding region and have any questions about your air conditioner’s performance, contact Alison Air Conditioning immediately and we will send a technician to your home to assess your HVAC equipment and make a recommendation. Should you decide to purchase a new unit, we can set you up with a state-of-the-art, energy-saving unit from the fine folks at Carrier, the most respected name in the HVAC industry.

Follow us here as we answer all of your heating, cooling and indoor air quality management questions before you even ask them.

Indoor Air Quality and Home Pollution Facts

The air you breathe in your home or office is more important then the air outside, the average person is indoors 70% of the day. That means we should be more worried about what we are breathing indoors then we do! Call us today so we can check your HVAC system ASAP

5 Pitfalls to Avoid When You Buy a New AC or Furnace

When you have to buy a new air conditioner or furnace, you may feel pressured to make a quick purchase in order to get a working system again. Whether you’re replacing a broken system or just want an upgrade, making an informed decision can help you make the most of your investment. Avoiding the following pitfalls can help you choose wisely.

1. Getting Only One Estimate

Any quality HVAC company should offer free estimates for their potential customers. Getting more than one estimate can greatly increase your chance of making a wise purchase, as all HVAC companies differ in their prices for service, permits, installation costs and contracts.

2. Not Looking for Rebates

Especially if you purchase a high efficiency system, there is a good chance that you’ll qualify for a rebate. A number of states and manufacturers help buyers offset costs for certain HVAC systems by offering substantial rebates. In fact, in some states, the rebates can be as high as $1500. In order to take advantage of these potential savings, contact your contractor or visit

3. Choosing the Lowest Price

If you choose the lowest priced system simply for the savings, you might actually end up paying more in the long run. Lower efficiency HVAC systems are generally cheaper upfront, but they cost more in monthly energy costs, which can significantly impact your wallet long term. If you can afford to do so, buying a higher efficiency model can improve your energy bill as it will use energy more wisely.

4. Not Considering SEER

The SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio rating) is used to determine how energy efficient an HVAC system is. Systems with higher SEER can decrease your energy bill by up to half. While a 13 SEER rating is the lowest you’ll want to go, 15 is even better, and above 16 is considered high efficiency. A higher system will not only help you save money but will also improve your home’s comfort level.

5. Not Getting a Maintenance Contract

When you get your system installed, you won’t want to simply walk away. In order to make sure your HVAC system continues to work properly, you’ll want to make sure a company performs schedule maintenance on it. This maintenance will include clearing the system of debris, dirt and other foreign substances that can build up in the system and cause damage. This buildup also impacts the efficiency of the unit and increases energy costs. By investing in a maintenance contract, you can get a company you trust to come in annually and perform routine service. This will help extend the life of your system.

By avoiding these pitfalls, you can invest in a quality system that will not only save you from hidden expenses, but will also heat and cool your home comfortably.

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