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- Make better decisions about your Los Angeles air conditioning needs.

HVAC products available from our recommended CA Air Conditioning Contractors

There is no way around the fact that air conditioners, furnaces...all of this HVAC stuff for your home is EXPENSIVE. They also cost more to run than your other appliances. In fact, they comprise around half of your monthly utilities....if not more.

If you are purchasing a new component or replacing a part on your current HVAC system, understand the options available to you. Bad decisions can cost you big time in high energy bills, while good decisions can save just as much.

The more you understand heating, cooling and indoor air quality, the better decisions you will make . Your local HVAC Contractor can of course help you factor in things like number of rooms, size of the cooling areas, insulation type, windows, etc. But you never want to leave everything up to someone else. Even if they are an expert, when you are equipped with the knowledge you need, you can have better input and feel more comfortable about your decisions!

Los Angeles Air Conditioning
Air Conditioner
An air conditioner is responsible for chilling refrigerant that in turn cools and dehumidifies your indoor air. Your AC doesn't work alone however. Did you know it relies on your furnace or air handler? This is why efficiency isn't achieved by one product alone. Find out more about air conditioning:
Los Angeles Heat Pump
Electric Heat Pump
A heat pump is an all electric device responsible for both heating and cooling. Sometimes they are combined with a furnace for hybrid heating, but only in cold climates.

In Los Angeles heat pumps are not used that much because fuel prices are cheaper than running electric. So a heat pump can actually be more expensive than running a furnace.
Los Angeles Heating
Gas Furnace
A gas furnace is the most common heating source for typical, split system residential HVAC setups. Natural gas is used to fuel them typically, unless you are in a remote area and use propane.

For the Los Angeles area, you'll use a furnace more if you live in the valley than easy going Santa Monica. Currently fuel prices make a furnace better than a heat pump as far as energy costs go.
Los Angeles Evaporator Coil
Evaporator Coil
An evaporator coil is a little box of copper tubing that works with your furnace, and is used by your air conditioner to cool and dehumidify your home. If you do not have a furnace, then you probably do not have an evaporator coil, but instead, a fan coil.

UV Lamps are used to keep the inside of a coil system clean of mold. Mold can contaminate your air and reduce the efficiency of the coil.
Los Angeles Packaged Air Conditioning
Packaged HVAC System
When you don't have much extra space in your home, a packaged system can be the ticket. Packaged system house anything from a furnace, air conditioner and heat pump, all in one big, you guessed it, package.

They are not as efficient (for residential) as a normal split system, so the primary reason for getting one is due to constraints with a home.
Los Angeles Thermostat
Modern thermostats are much more than a switch to control the temperature in your home. They now offer advanced features such as switching between heating sources depending on fuel cost, remote dial in access, 7-day programming and more.
Los Angeles Air Handler
Air Handlers / Fan Coils
These are devices used in homes that do not have a furnace. An air conditioner uses the fan in your furnace to push cooled air into your home via ductwork. When you do not have a furnace and evaporator coil, you use a fan coil.
Los Angeles Zoning
Zoning Systems
If your home has areas exposed to direct sunlight, rooms that you don't use very often or different temperature requirements for different areas, a zoning system could cut your energy use way down.

Indoor Air Quality

To read about indoor air quality products, and how they fit into your HVAC system, visit our Indoor Air Quality page.

Conserving Energy Really Is Important
Modern products make life much easier for us all, but some of them are hurting our environment at alarming rates. Fortunately, manufacturers are taking strides to product energy efficient products and alternative energy solutions that are paving the way for a much better tomorrow.
HVAC & Energy Consumption
Your home heating and cooling system will typically eat up half of your monthly utility bill. All of your computers, blenders, lights and gadgets still will not equal the cost of staying comfortable.
What You Can Do
As mentioned above, technology is coming around with better solutions that are more affordable than ever. Even the most expensive green options, like geothermal and solar energy, are become more affordable every day. Homeowners who cannot afford a new, more efficient HVAC system can still take steps to save energy, like regular system maintenance, enhanced air filtration and more.
Pursue Efficient Solutions
When a Los Angeles AC contractor comes to your home for service work on your heating and cooling system, what is the goal? To save money with the lowest cost fix for a problem? Not the best plan.

Homeowners need to enable their CA HVAC dealer to provide efficient, energy saving products. Often, a dealer is hammered with customers who just want the lowest price. This forces them to put in cheap product to satisfy customer demand. This in turn just prolongs poor environmental practice nation wide.

If you are in search of a local dealer you can trust, check our list of recommended contractors: CA AC
Geothermal Energy
The greenest way to keep your home comfortable is definitely via either solar energy or a geothermal heat pump (GHP). A GHP uses the constant temperature of the earth as a renewable energy source, exchanging energy during the different seasons to keep your home comfortable the same way a normal electric heat pump would. Renewable Energy
Who We Are
Get More Comfortable is a free information resource dedicated to educating homeowners about the products and best practice behind heating and cooling. We can clarify concepts and give you the latest advice. How? Because we are owned by the largest privately held HVAC distributer in the United States.

Since we are owned by industry experts, we know heating and cooling. Plus, Get More Comfortable isn't pushing a brand at you. There are many manufacturers out there making great product. At Get More Comfortable we'll teach you about important concepts, help you learn about things you didn't know were possible.

Our goal is to enable you as a homeowner, to be more confident in HVAC decisions while also moving you to new products and solutions that save energy and give you much more control over the comfort levels in your home. We are confident that when you learn about the many possibilities of residential HVAC, you might actually get excited to try some of them out!

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