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San Diego’s Trusted Heating Solutions: Preventative Steps for Reliable Warmth

How To Prevent Heating Breakdowns & Costly Repairs

As the San Diego sun dips below the horizon and the evenings usher in a chill, the thoughts of many homeowners turn to the cozy confines of their homes. Whether you’re returning from a day of surfing at La Jolla Cove or a hike through the Torrey Pines State Reserve, a reliably warm home is a welcome retreat. Yet, amid the holiday preparations and the dropping temperatures, the last thing anyone needs is a heating breakdown. Staying ahead with savvy heating maintenance is not just a convenience—it’s a necessity. 

Securing Serenity With Seasonal Heating Strategies

Heating maintenance is not merely a task to be checked off but a cornerstone of tranquil living and robust system performance. At Bob Jenson Heating and Air Conditioning, we consider every nuance of San Diego’s unique climate, customizing our approach to safeguard your home against unexpected chills and efficiency dips. 

Our service is a tapestry of technical expertise and preventative strategy, extending the lifespan of your heating equipment and preserving the cozy ambiance of your home. By embracing the latest in heating technology and proactive care, we not only maintain your system’s reliability but also enhance the air quality within your home, ensuring that every breath you take is a testament to the purity and precision of our work. 

With us, your peace of mind is guaranteed; we’re dedicated to providing a warmth that’s not just felt but also trusted, making Bob Jenson synonymous with unwavering comfort in San Diego, CA, and beyond.

Safeguard Your Sanctuary: Proactive Steps to Heating Maintenance

Taking the initiative for heating maintenance can be as rejuvenating as a walk on the sunny shores of Coronado Beach. But it’s not just about feeling good—it’s about being smart with your home heating solutions. Let’s walk through the proactive measures you can take to avert the inconvenience of repairs, with a call to action for San Diego residents: Engage with Bob Jenson for impeccable heating maintenance services.

  • Regular Inspections 
  • Change Air Filters
  • Thermostat Management
  • Ductwork Diligence 
  • Professional Tune-ups 


Regular Inspections: Your Shield Against the Unexpected

Commitment to regular inspections is a cornerstone of heating maintenance in San Diego, CA. At Bob Jenson, we liken our routine check-ups to a seasoned captain inspecting their vessel before setting sail; it’s our way of ensuring your heating system is seaworthy for the cooler months ahead. When we scrutinize your heating unit, we’re not only ticking boxes but analyzing performance, anticipating needs, and strategizing the best course to avoid heating hiccups. With our experienced eyes on your system, you can rest easy knowing that potential issues are identified and addressed long before they become costly ordeals, keeping your home’s comfort as constant as the Pacific tides.

Air Filters: The Unsung Heroes in Your HVAC System

Air filters may seem like a small part of your home heating system, but they play a pivotal role in maintaining the air quality and efficiency of your heat oasis in San Diego. At Bob Jenson, we ensure your filters are in prime condition, capturing dust and allergens, optimizing airflow, and safeguarding your indoor air. 

Think of them as the gatekeepers to your comfort castle, quietly working round the clock. By having us regularly replace these silent protectors, you’re not only preserving the purity of your home’s air but also enhancing your system’s longevity and reducing the strain on your wallet from energy overuse. Let us maintain a vigilant watch over your air filters so the only thing you’re breathing in is peace of mind.

Thermostat Management: The Conductor of Your Comfort Symphony

Navigating the nuances of thermostat management can be the difference between a harmonious home climate and a series of temperature tantrums. Here at Bob Jenson, we take the baton to fine-tune your home’s heating melody. Our experts in heating maintenance in San Diego can help you program your thermostat for optimal performance—adapting to your lifestyle and seasonal changes with precision. 

We’re not just setting temperatures but orchestrating an energy-efficient performance that harmonizes with your daily rhythm. By leveraging advanced thermostat settings, we can help you save on energy bills and extend the life of your heating system, allowing you to step back and enjoy the symphony of a perfectly heated home.

Ductwork Diligence: Pathways to Peak Performance

Your home’s ductwork is the hidden highway for warmth, and diligent care of these pathways is essential for an efficient heating system in San Diego, CA. At Bob Jenson, we inspect your ducts and ensure they are free of debris and obstructions that can restrict airflow and strain your heating system. 

Our thorough ductwork diligence means we meticulously seal any leaks and insulate where necessary, which translates to consistent temperatures, reduced energy costs, and a quieter operation. You can expect nothing less than the smooth and efficient delivery of heat to every corner of your sanctuary, ensuring comfort is evenly distributed throughout your living space.

Professional Tune-Ups: The Heartbeat of Home Comfort

A professional tune-up by Bob Jenson is like a wellness check for your heating system, keeping the heartbeat of your home comfort strong and steady. Our team, well-versed in the specific needs of heating maintenance for San Diego homes, goes beyond the basics. We meticulously calibrate, lubricate, and test all components to ensure they’re in top-notch condition. These tune-ups are not just preventative measures—they’re performance enhancers that reduce the risk of breakdowns during those cool Pacific evenings and save you money by improving energy efficiency. Regular professional tune-ups by our seasoned experts ensure that when you need warmth the most, your heating system performs like a champion, year after year.

Take the Leap to Long-Lasting Warmth

As the city’s twinkling lights mirror the starry skies, ensure that your San Diego home remains a bastion of warmth and reliability throughout the cooler months. Steer clear of the disruptions of heating breakdowns with Bob Jenson’s professional heating maintenance services. Ready to fortify your home against the chill? Reach out to us today, and let’s keep your living space as inviting as San Diego’s endless summer.

2023 Best of Houzz Service Award!

We are very thankful to our customers who take the time to share their great experiences which lead to awards like the 2023 Best of Houzz Service Award!

At Bob Jenson Air Conditioning, people will always be at the center of our business. It baffles us that in the comfort industry, San Diegans have so many “uncomfortable” experiences in buying, repairing, and maintaining their home HVAC systems. If you focus on what’s right for the customer and make that the most important thing while maintaining a high standard of work, it’s easy to make people happy. Thanks again for your continued loyalty and praise of our team, we are proud to receive the 2023 Best of Houzz Service Award!

Air Ducts and Registers; Why They are Important

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What Are Air Ducts and Registers?

Air Ducts and Registers

Air ducts are the intricate system of tubes and related parts that distributes the airflow of your air conditioner (and HVAC system at large) throughout your home or commercial building.

Registers at the end of each air duct direct the airflow within a room or space. Supply air registers are not returns; they do not bring air back into an HVAC system. A return will have a permanent, unmovable grille. In addition, supply air registers and returns are also called “vents”.

Where Are Air Ducts & Registers Located?

Air ducts are located behind walls and floors and are visible in crawlspaces, attics, and basements or cellars. Some split-system air conditioners do not use conventional ducting, though ductless air conditioning may not be right for all homes or businesses.

Registers are installed on metal cans in the opening of a wall. For example, either up high toward the ceiling or near the base of a wall. Also registers are found in floors in older homes .

How Do They Each Work?

Apart from the air ducts themselves, ducting includes other crucial components:

  • Vibration isolators, which minimize an operating HVAC system’s vibration
  • Metal cans allow the flow of air to move from the ducts to the registers
  • Dampers, which adjust the volume of air
  • Vanes, which smooth out air flow around turns

in order to have a balanced, comfortable home, careful sizing and placement of return and supply air ducts and registers is important.

Registers have bars that you can control with an adjustable damper (a lever, knob, or another movable part on one side of the register) to reduce or direct airflow.

What Makes Them Important?

Ducting acts as the arteries and veins of your air conditioning system. They deliver the right amount of cool air to each room in your home or commercial space.

Registers help control the comfort level of a space by providing a way to direct airflow at the point it enters a room.

Different Types of Air Ducts and Registers

Flexible Ducting

Ducts come in many, many styles and shapes, including oval, round, and rectangular, and they are formed from materials as varied as fiberglass, galvanized steel, aluminum, polyurethane panels, and plastic. Don’t be confused by pipes that transfer refrigerant or other vapors and liquids; air only moves thru ducts.

Registers come in various materials, including aluminum, steel, and even wood. Many people buy registers and returns with custom-designed slats or decorative covers.

(Note: for a list of outdated ductwork in the Southern California, check out this blog post.)

Maintenance and Repairs

Do you smell a faint, musty scent of dirty laundry? That could indicate mold is growing in your ducting. You may want to call a professional technician to inspect your ductwork. They can detect the presence of mold and accumulated dust, which can make you sick.

Despite the name, duct tape is not suitable for sealing up ducts. Instead, to ensure ducts don’t leak, heat and uv resistant tape is used .

Though vents are not the typical cause of an HVAC malfunction, they can contribute to one. Check registers for any debris that builds up. Or for loose, cracked, or broken vent covers. When switching out vent covers, be sure to take accurate measurements to purchase the correct replacements. Occasionally wipe your registers with a damp cloth to remove any accumulated dust and debris.

How the Indoor Coil and TXV Work

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What Are the Indoor Coil and TXV?

Indoor Coil and TXV

The indoor coil is the portion of the air conditioner that absorbs the hot air from inside your home and transfers it to the refrigerant. It pairs with the condenser coil to create a continuous loop of heat transfer.

The TXV, which stands for thermostatic expansion valve, acts as a metering device for air conditioning systems. It regulates the rate at which liquid refrigerant flows into the indoor coil.

Where Are They Located?

An indoor coil will be located inside your home or business. The installation of the indoor coil is in line with the furnace, in a closet or in the attic.

You will likely find the TXV mounted near the indoor coil on the liquid line. Also the sensing bulb is mounted to the outside of the larger suction line.

How Do The Indoor Coil and TXV Work?

The radiator-like device mounted in the airstream is the indoor coil. As warm indoor air passes over the evaporator coil, heat from the home is absorbed into the refrigerant. Likewise moisture is naturally removed from the air . The combination of cooling and dehumidification provides the total cooling effect for the home. In contrast, a heat pump reverses this process. In the winter, heat transfers from the refrigerant into the home or business thru the indoor coil.

Through the liquid line, refrigerant enters the TXV valve at a high pressure. The TXV limits the amount of refrigerant entering the evaporator thus reducing it’s pressure. Along with this pressure drop, the saturation temperature, or “boiling point” of the refrigerant drops as well. This allows a change of state from liquid to gas which is the most efficient time to transfer large amounts of heat from the surrounding air into the refrigerant.

What Makes Them Important?

A well-maintained indoor coil is, along with the outdoor coil, essential to an efficient air conditioning system. Indoor coils that have fallen into disrepair will not be able to transfer heat effectively, causing your home or business to feel less cool. Restricted airflow to the coil can cause the coil to start icing up and even freeze over.

After regulation changes in 2006, most air conditioning systems now require a TXV. It controls the refrigerant flow to create maximum efficiency for the indoor coil. It also prevents excess refrigerant from returning to the compressor and flooding it.

Different Types of Indoor Coils and TXVs

The most common indoor coils in air conditioning systems are divided into three types:

“A” coils, which get their name from the shape they take, are common for vertically aligned air conditioners.

Indoor Coil Uncased

“N” or “W” coils, also named for their shape, work for vertical or horizontally aligned systems. They are smaller than other options.

Slab coils are less common and used for horizontally aligned air conditioning systems.

Similarly, uncased coils are uncommon as well. They easier to build as custom coils for unusual air conditioner designs. A third indoor coil design is the vertical coil, which is suitable for upward and downward air flow.

TXVs come in two major types, internally equalized and externally equalized, which refer to how the TXV senses pressure. Indoor coils with multiple refrigerant circuits typically use an externally equalized TXV.

Maintenance and Repairs

Dirty indoor coils are less efficient, sapping your air conditioner of its efficiency and leading to energy usage up to 30% above average. You can save money and keep cool by checking your air conditioner’s air filter monthly and replacing it as necessary. If you notice that the air filter looks “domed,” this is a sign that the air conditioner is not receiving enough airflow. Replace the filter immediately.

Do not attempt to clean the fins on the indoor coil as they are quite delicate and can bend easily. Instead, call a professional technician who has the right tools and expertise.

A faulty TXV forces an air conditioning system to work harder than necessary, putting stress on other components. Also improper installation of the TXV bulb, such as mounting it to the underside of the indoor coil’s output line, might provide false readings and cause malfunctions.

Refrigerant, Copper Lines and Filter Driers

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What Are Refrigerants, Copper Pipes, and Filter Driers?

Refrigerants, copper pipes and filter driers

Refrigerant is the liquid chemical blend that soaks up heat and releases it as part of the air conditioning process; it is the lifeblood of the air conditioner. Copper pipes act as refrigerant lines to transport this vital fluid throughout the air conditioning system. The filter drier provides physical filtration and absorbs water and other contaminants that can be found in the refrigerant.

Where Is the Refrigerant & Filter Dryer?

Refrigerant runs throughout the air conditioner, from the evaporator coil to the condenser and back again, creating the basic flow necessary for cooling to occur. A technician can maintain refrigerant levels by access ports found on the outdoor unit.

The two main lines of copper piping run from the condenser to the evaporator coil and back. The larger is called the suction (or return, or vapor) line and the smaller one is the liquid line.

You will find the filter drier on the liquid line outside near the condenser or inside near the evaporator coil. It looks like a blue or grey soda can.

The Science Behind Refrigerant

Refrigerant Gauge Up Close

Refrigerant is contained within copper coils inside an air conditioner. As the hot liquid refrigerant is pumped into your home to the indoor coil it is metered by the TXV which only allows a small amount to enter the coil. This creates a drop in temperature of the refrigerant allowing the heat from your home to soak up like a sponge and transfers into the refrigerant to be taken outside as a gas back to the compressor. Finally, once your thermostat senses that enough heat has been removed, it shuts off the system at just the right temperature.

Larger refrigerant lines that carry cold gas need to be insulated. For example; on a warm summer day condensation would form, like the outside of a glass of ice water. In contrast, the liquid line needs no insulation because it contains warm refrigerant.

Filter driers remove moisture from refrigerants. To acheive this, dryers use desiccants, such as activated alumina or silica. Some use molecular sieves, which trap moisture on a molecular level. Also, to keep out common contaminants, filter driers use screens and depth filters, such as bonded desiccant cores or fiberglass pad filters.

What Makes Them Important?

Refrigerants need to have low freezing and boiling points, a low condensing pressure, a high vaporization heat, high vapor density, and a high critical temperature. Moreover, they should be non-corrosive, non-flammable, and non-toxic. For those reasons, refrigerants are carefully synthesized chemicals.

The filter drier’s essential role is to remove water from the system. Water can cause freeze-ups and corrosion from organic acid compounds, so moisture must be eliminated.

As far as materials go, copper tubing is economical and eco-friendly since it is strong, light-weight, and relatively inexpensive. In addition, refrigerants are contained in copper tubing because the copper is efficient at transferring heat.

Different Types of Refrigerants, Copper Pipes, and Filter Driers

R410A Refrigerant Jug

Refrigerants come in two types: the older version, R-22, commonly known as Freon; and R410A, known by its brand name, Puron. For many years the main refrigerant in air conditioning systems was R-22, but due to its effect on the ozone, it was severely restricted from production and will be banned entirely by 2020. R410A is the industry standard now. This is because it is efficient and less harmful for the environment, while providing the same cooling as R-22.

The two main types of copper pipes are hard-drawn copper and soft copper. Hard-drawn copper is very rigid and straight. Soft copper is flexible and comes in 25- or 50-foot rolls. There are markings that indicate that the pipes have been cleaned and dehydrated for use in air conditioning and refrigeration systems.

Filter driers come in various forms, including spun copper, steel liquid-line, steel suction-line, and steel bi-flow. Steel driers provide added filtration and water capacity over copper driers.

Maintenance and Repairs

Be aware that R-22 and R410A are not interchangeable. Your air conditioning system will use only one of these refrigerants. Newer air conditioners will use R410A as its refrigerant. A trained technician should handle refrigerant replacement because these coolants can be dangerous to handle and must be disposed in specific ways.

If you notice oil stains around your air conditioner, you might have a leak, potentially caused by damaged copper pipes. Harsh weather, internal contaminants, or installation in high traffic areas can damage copper pipes. Therefore never reuse old copper refrigerant lines when repairing or upgrading your air conditioner.

And finally, filter cores and drier shells may need to be replaced over time, but thankfully, the market provides a wide range of replacements. Often, these replacement cores and shells are a simple installation for a professional technician.

Outdoor Condenser Coil and Fan

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Outdoor Condenser Coil

What Are the Outdoor Condenser Coil and Fan?

The outdoor condenser coil, is very much like the radiator in your car. That is to say, copper tubes that run thru aluminum fins hold the refrigerant. This design allows air pass over them and efficiently release heat. The condenser fan is its sidekick in this endeavor, providing the necessary cool air for heat transfer.

Where Are the Outdoor Condenser Coil and Fan Located?

As the name suggests, in a traditional split air conditioning system, the outdoor coil is found outside. The condenser fan is also outdoors in the same unit. The outdoor coil is the silver or sometimes black looking wall that wraps around your entire outdoor unit. Also a metal grid or panels surrounds the coil is designed to protect the delicate fins. The outdoor condenser fan motor is attached under the top of your air conditioner to be able to pull air in thru the coil and out thru the top of the unit.

How Do They Work Together?

Refrigerant coming out of the compressor is in vapor form and very hot when it reaches the outdoor coil. The outdoor coil must cool the vapor back to a liquid form in order for the cooling cycle to continue. This is where the condenser fan becomes essential.

By blowing outdoor air, which is cooler than the hot refrigerant vapor, across the outdoor coil, heat transfers from the refrigerant to the outdoors. With enough heat transferred, the refrigerant starts to condense back into a liquid form halfway thru the coil and is fully liquid before it leaves the coil.

What Makes Them Important?

The better the outdoor coil releases its heat, the more efficient the air conditioner is. That is why higher efficient A/C units are larger in overall size, they have more coil surface area! A properly functioning outdoor fan keeps the right amount of air moving across the coils which causes that change from vapor to liquid. In addition, modern fan motors can run at various speeds depending on the cooling needs, saving energy. If your old fan motor goes out the compressor will overheat and shut off to protect it.

Outdoor Condenser Fan

Maintenance and Repairs

Regularly clean outdoor coils to maximize cooling performance and ensure that your air conditioning system has a long and efficient life. For example, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, a dirty outdoor coil can increase a home’s energy consumption by up to 30 percent! Especially near the ocean, the salt air can destroy coils very quickly and need to be cleaned more often.

You can help by removing leaves, sticks, debris and cutting back any landscaping from around the your outdoor unit. However, opening up and cleaning a condenser coil is one of those projects that you should not attempt to do yourself. Leave it to a technician and schedule an annual maintenance call.

Condenser fans have a set temperature at which they will safely operate, often around 150 degrees Fahrenheit. However, sometimes they can overheat, often due to an incorrectly sized motor, poor airflow, lack of lubrication, or over-ramping.

You can quickly check if your condenser fan motor is working by placing your hand over the top of the outdoor unit; you should feel hot air blowing pretty strongly and see the fan spinning. If you hear your a/c running but don’t see or feel the fan working, you should call one of Bob Jenson’s professional technicians to diagnose the problem.

In the next article we will talk about the copper lines that connect the two parts of your split system and the interesting science behind how refrigerants remove heat from your home!

How an Air Conditioning Compressor Works

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What is an Air Conditioning Compressor?

The air conditioning compressor is at the core of how an air conditioning system functions. It’s basically a large electric motor that turns a compressing mechanism which pumps refrigerant thru the entire air conditioning system. It draws in cooler, low-pressure refrigerant gas and compresses it into a high-pressure gas. This allows the cooling cycle to move in a continuous fashion.

Air Conditioning Compressor

Where is the Air Conditioning Compressor Located?

The compressor is located in your outdoor unit. It’s in the center of the condenser and is the heaviest part of your outdoor unit. Look down thru the top of your outdoor condenser and you will see it sitting at the bottom.

How Does a Compressor Work?

Since most air conditioning compressors today are scroll compressors, we’ll explain how they work. When you turn down the temperature on your thermostat it allows electricity to run to the compressor. The motor inside the compressor requires a lot of power to start up. Because of this, a capacitor which stores electricity helps kickstart the motor. A scroll compressor has the ability to start up “unloaded”, then gradually begins to fully compress the refrigerant. To illustrate; If you try and push your car without power you would strain yourself. But if a few people helped you push until you got up momentum then you could easily do it.

The motor shaft turns a scroll within another scroll to compress the gas at several points along the way. Once the gas is compressed it is discharged thru the top of the compressor as a very hot gas. It now travels thru the outdoor coil to continue the next step of the process.

What makes the Compressor Important?

Without a properly functioning compressor, you won’t have a cool home. Like a pumping heart, a compressor moves refrigerant thru copper lines to complete the cycle of the air conditioning process. The only difference of an air conditioning system from your circulatory system is we are exchanging heat instead of oxygen!

Different Types of Compressors

Most newer air conditioners use scroll compressors, which use a single fixed scroll, with another scroll rotating within it. Scroll compressors have increased in popularity because they have fewer parts than conventional compressors and therefore require less maintenance. They also have many safety features built in to protect them from failure. They can handle small amounts of liquid refrigerant which would break most other compressors.

A common type of compressor used in older units is the reciprocating compressor. It uses pistons and cylinders much like the motor inside your car. These are less efficient compressors than the scroll and have more moving parts.

3D view inside an air conditioning compressor

Rotary compressors are extremely quiet and small. They use a cylinder within a cylinder design to simultaneously push and compress refrigerant. A rotary compressor can only compress refrigerant gas at one point along the walls of the cylinders. They sometimes use external components that can vary the incoming electricity and refrigerant flow, to help them to become very efficient. A version of rotary compressors know as inverter compressors can vary their compressor speed based on the cooling needed. These are popular in small ductless mini-split systems.

Extra-large and industrial HVAC systems might use a centrifugal compressor. This type of compressor uses centrifugal force to rapidly spin refrigerant gas with an impeller. Centrifugal compressors have no valves, pistons, or cylinders, so they wear down less.

Maintenance and Repairs

You cannot directly maintain an air conditioning compressor because they are hermetically sealed. Most of the care of a compressor comes from basic system maintenance. Things like changing dirty air filters and cleaning coils debris will reduce stress on the compressor.

The most critical part of compressor care is the initial installation of the condensing unit. Air conditioner compressor parts should not come in contact with moisture; which turns into acid. Acid that enters the compressor, will result in reduced efficiency and will lead to damage of internal components. Using a vacuum pump and a micron gauge during will remove all traces of moisture before startup!

A system that loses its refrigerant charge due to a small leak will cause the compressor to overheat and shutoff. If you suspect a compressor issue, because your system won’t cool your home, call Bob Jenson’s helpful technicians immediately.

Around the Web: What We’re Talking about at Bob Jenson

Although we make sure to keep our blog up to date with all the latest news and tips for heating and cooling your home, we also love to share our expertise across different external publications. Not only is it a great way to keep people informed, but connecting with new audiences is something we always enjoy doing. If we can help educate a new demographic of homeowners, then it’s a good day in our book.

In the spirit of keeping our readership in the know, we’ve put together a little round-up of some of our recent articles published on different websites. No matter where you read them, if an article comes from Bob Jenson, you know the home advice is worth following!

The Push Toward Gender Diversity In The HVAC Industry

Discussions of gender parity and inclusion in the workplace are prevalent across many industries — and for good reason. There are still lingering stigmas against certain jobs as being more traditionally done by men rather than women, and that goes for the HVAC industry as well – in fact, barely 1% of people working in heating, cooling, and refrigeration are women. It’s time to change that statistic.

In this piece for Facility Executive, we discussed how gender diversity is working its way into the HVAC industry, as well as some of the bonuses and unexpected benefits that come with being a woman working in HVAC. We also highlighted the good work of Women in HVACR, which provides scholarships and mentorships to young women looking to break into the industry.

There’s definitely a role for women within the HVAC industry, and we’re proud to help demonstrate how both minds and demographics are changing in this regard.

What EPA Budget Cuts Mean for Indoor Air Quality

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) may be more closely associated with outdoor air quality, but they also have input over the health of indoor air as well. Unfortunately, the EPA is looking at a 23 percent reduction in funding for 2019, along with the elimination of its indoor air quality programs.

If you’re not sure what that means, hopefully our article for Buildings on how these budget cuts will affect indoor air quality will provide some clarity. For example, air pollutants can build up in your home, and prolonged exposure over many years can lead to health problems — especially if you’re not getting advice from the EPA on how to improve the quality of your indoor air. Plus, there’s “sick building syndrome,” which can be easily remedied by the EPA doing workplace inspections to ensure that there are no sources of hazardous fumes.

The effects of the EPA budget cuts may not be immediate, but there could potentially be much more sickness in the long run.

HVAC Considerations When Renovating or Flipping a Home

Lots of people love those home renovation shows on TV, but if you’re looking into taking on a renovation project yourself, you should be aware that HVAC is a vital piece of the puzzle – and one that shouldn’t be ignored. You’re going to want to go in with a game plan based on what you’ll need to implement a HVAC system within regulation.

If you need help in this department, we’ve got you covered in this piece from Realty Times. Whether it’s deciding on layout modifications or simply remembering that you’ll need to consider dust and dirt from the renovation itself, our list has the advice you need before you embark on that big home project.

3-D Printing Has the Ability to Drastically Improve HVAC Design

Being able to print things in 3-D may seem like a fun arts and crafts project, but it can also be incredibly beneficial to the HVAC industry. Think about how much more efficient heating and cooling design could be if we could simply print the parts we need!

For ACHR News, we discussed how 3-D printing may bring about a new future for HVAC design by providing quicker modeling capabilities, less of an environmental impact, and much more. Plus, by utilizing some of the most modern technology out there, the HVAC industry can demonstrate how progressive and exciting it can be to a new generation of job-seeking talent.

Why Big Data and Building Analytics Aren’t Going Anywhere

These days, designing a building isn’t just about physical construction. It’s also about using analytics and big data to create better residential and commercial buildings. Not only that, but the data that can be gathered by an HVAC system can play a huge role in ensuring that a building’s heating and cooling system runs more efficiently than ever.

Our piece for the IoT Global Network about the rise of building analytics shows how HVAC systems can provide far more accurate numbers than traditional meter data, as well as the different ways that machine learning can account for shifting conditions in building design.

HVAC Knowledge is Power

Those are just a few of our favorite Bob Jenson pieces from around the web — and we always have more coming down the pipeline. In the meantime, check out our blog to read up on heating and cooling, air quality, and how to save energy in your home — and contact us if you have questions about our services or would like a consultation.

5 Ways to Teach Kids How to Keep Energy Costs Down

Energy efficiency has become a huge priority in household management, and for good reason — not only does it keep heating and cooling costs low, but it’s a green way of living that can help the planet as well. While the adults of the house may take energy conservation to heart without needing to be convinced, it can sometimes be a little trickier to get kids to consider the costs — both financial and environmental — of blasting the air conditioning or leaving lights on in empty rooms.

As the HVAC world strives to become more energy-efficient in order to contribute to a greener home, it’s important that you teach energy conservation lessons to your children as well. Here are five ways you can teach your kids to save energy at home and hopefully impart environmentally-friendly lessons that they’ll take with them for the rest of their lives.

Make Learning Simple

Kids benefit from simple, concrete examples and explanations to help them understand how energy powers their home and why it’s important to save energy as much as possible. Have a sit-down with your children to describe where energy comes from and how it helps your family.

HomeSelfe recommends using easy, fun websites like Physics4Kids or Energy Star Kids to make the information accessible to kids of all ages, or even checking books out of the library (which is its own lesson in saving energy and resources!). Once kids understand how energy is made and where it comes from, they’ll be able to better understand the importance of conserving it throughout the house.

Play “Spot the Outlets”

Now that your kids know a bit more about energy, take them around the house and get them to point out all the places where there’s a power outlet. (This is also a great time to teach them about the dangers of electricity and how to use caution around outlets.)

Take a look at what devices and appliances are plugged into the outlets, and see if they can identify how necessary these devices are. If it’s the fridge, then of course it should be using energy. If it’s a lamp, then it should only be turned on when it’s needed. Reward your kids with a sticker every time they correctly identify a non-vital device that can be turned off to save energy.

Find Creative Ways to Keep Warm

Growing up, did your parents tell you to put a sweater on when you were cold? Annoyingly enough, your parents were right all along. Now that you’re a parent, you can even go one step further with your own kids in the winter months and make a game out of finding ways to warm up after turning down the thermostat.

Lemon Lime Adventures suggests making cozy forts out of blankets, cuddling up as a family for a movie night, or simply bundling up (just like your parents told you to do). You could even have a “winter fashion show” with your kids to see what kind of fun, layered outfits they can come up with from their closets.

Have a Night Off the Grid

Here’s a challenge for the warmer months: Have a night where your family doesn’t use any power whatsoever. Use candles to light your home, get your kids to help make dinner without using the stove (think big salads, sandwiches, or cheese and meat boards), read books together with flashlights, or take turns telling stories. As an added bonus, Toms of Maine notes that a power-free night can really demonstrate to your kids how much they rely on household energy, as well as how easy it can be to use less of it.

Put Kids in Charge

Whether it’s heating in the winter or air conditioning in the summer, having windows open or closed can make a huge difference. Your heating and cooling systems will be working extra hard to make up for the air escaping, so appoint your kids as the household “window guardians” and get them to ensure that windows are keeping heat (and air conditioning) inside, without any cracks or leaks.

If they do happen to find drafty leaks, you can engage kids with a fun craft: Make a “Draft Snake” out of old socks to stop up the cracks in windows or doors. (However, if you consistently have cold or hot spots in your home, that is a different issue.)

Save Energy, Save Money, Help the Planet

Teaching your kids to save energy isn’t just about turning out the lights after leaving the room. It’s also about showing them how their small actions can add up to a big difference. Not only are you going to be saving money on your heating and cooling bills, but you’ll also be teaching your kids lifelong lessons in how helping the environment can truly start at home. Keep things simple and fun, and you’ll be amazed at how quickly kids will be willing to help out.

If you’ve got bigger energy concerns as it relates to your heating or cooling system, contact Bob Jenson to discuss potential solutions. Since the late 1970s, we’ve been a trusted San Diego HVAC provider.

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