Heat Pump vs Furnace

Heat Pump vs Furnace

Which is better: a heat pump or a furnace? Here at Associated Heating & Air, we are frequently asked that question. So, how do we respond? Well, we think the best way to look at it is that they are two different ways to achieve the same goal: heating your home. Before we discuss the pros/cons of both systems, let’s identify just how a heat pump works. HEAT PUMP Simply speaking, heat pumps are machines that move heat from one location to another. It differs from a furnace in that it does not generate heat, it only moves it. When it heats your home, it takes warm air from the outside cool air and moves it into your home, where the air handler circulates it. Refrigerators and air conditioners are…
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Indoor Air Pollution from Cooking

Indoor Air Pollution from Cooking

The importance of indoor air quality (IAQ) in your home cannot be overstated. According to various studies, Americans spend about 90 percent of their time indoors, with 70 percent of that time coming from inside our homes. Studies also estimate that indoor air quality in our homes can be anywhere from 2 to 5 times worse than it is outdoors. Primarily, this stems from airborne pollutants and allergens that invade homes and are circulated by your home’s HVAC system. Poor indoor air quality is especially harmful to people who experience asthma, allergies or other respiratory issues and can also promote the spread of flu and illness-causing germs. INDOOR AIR QUALITY One of the most important services your friends at Associated Heating & Air provides is helping our customers make their…
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Common HVAC Problems & Repairs

Common HVAC Problems & Repairs

HVAC system maintenance is a year-round endeavor and can become especially important during the winter months. Orange County does not experience the bitterly cold weather that some of the country is dealing with right now, but it still cools off enough that we require an efficient and properly operating furnace. The good news is that HVAC equipment is built to take the workload and keep your home comfortable.  HEATING SYSTEM REPAIRS Associated Heating & Air has served Anaheim and Orange County, CA since 1990 and we remain committed to handling all of our customer’s HVAC needs. So, if you think your furnace is not functioning properly and needs some attention, here are some common issues and how to fix them: Lack of maintenance. Your system needs regular maintenance to keep…
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Why Winter Makes Indoor Air Quality Worse

Why Winter Makes Indoor Air Quality Worse

Part of our job at Associated Heating & Air is to dispel myths. One of them is that allergies are a spring and summer problem. That’s not the case when we’re talking about allergies caused by indoor air quality (IAQ) problems which can be worse in the winter. Enjoying the great indoors This may not be quite as true in Southern California but even here winter means spending more time in our Anaheim, CA homes than we do during other times of the year. Outdoor hobbies like gardening, walking, and golf becomes indoor hobbies like reading, binge-watching your favorite streaming service, and doing crafts and puzzles. Additionally, it’s the time of year when the windows are closed tightly trapping unhealthy air. Winter IAQ tips Try to keep your pets outside.…
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Is it Time to Replace or Repair My HVAC?

Is it Time to Replace or Repair My HVAC?

It’s the old R & R question and no we are not talking about rest and relaxation. Instead, it’s the question our experts at Associated Heating & Air has to try and answer for countless Anaheim, CA homeowners, “Should I repair my old HVAC system(s) or replace with new?” The decision must be yours Let’s be very clear upfront, Associated can give you all the information in the world about heating repairs, how much they will cost, and how long they can be expected to last, but only YOU can decide if it makes more sense to replace the old equipment. You need to take a close look at many factors. Can my old system be repaired? The technical answer is almost always yes. The practical answer is yes, but…
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Easy Ways You Can Improve Indoor Air Quality

Easy Ways You Can Improve Indoor Air Quality

Feeling like you have to just put up with unhealthy indoor air quality (IAQ) in your Orange County, CA home is a thing of the past. Associated Heating & Air can offer multiple accessories to help. We’ll get into those a bit later. First, let’s make sure you are doing the easy things to improve your IAQ: Ventilation: Airflow is necessary to remove stagnant air and bring in fresh air. The easy way is to open doors and windows but it’s not always practical because of weather conditions. Additionally, when our outside air quality is poor, that solution really isn’t an option. Heating & A/C system clean Your HVAC systems can help improve indoor air quality, but you must do your part by replacing or cleaning your filters. The filter…
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Regular Maintenance Can Prevent Holiday Disaster

Regular Maintenance Can Prevent Holiday Disaster

As the countdown to Thanksgiving moves forward, have you stopped to think about what the holiday gathering might be like if your HVAC system shuts down just when the company starts arriving? No one likes to think about that happening in your Orange County, CA home and the best way to prevent it is regular HVAC maintenance from the professionals at Associated Heating & Air. Identifying problems early This is what seasonal tune-ups are designed to do. A trained HVAC technician can often identify and fix potential problems before a breakdown occurs. Think of it as an ounce of prevention. Would you rather spend a few bucks on a scheduled maintenance visit? Or call for emergency service on Thanksgiving morning and hope the problem can be fixed before dinner? HVAC…
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