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If you have questions about the performance of your air conditioner, reach out to Pacific Coast Home Services about our AC services to see how we can help. Our professionals have also answered some of the more frequent questions they get from our San Jose friends and neighbors. You can trust our 30+ years of experience in the industry to get the answers you need when deciding if you should call us or not. Our team works with you every step of the way as well to ensure you are kept up-to-date on any changes we need to make or enhancements to guarantee cold air in your home. Our AC services include repair, replacements, and even regularly scheduled maintenance to give your air conditioner the best chance at survival and to help you breathe easier all year long. Beat the heat and keep your system running with the help of our NATE (North American Technician Excellence) certified experts.

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Why should I care about BTU, Tons and SEER Ratings?

These are all measurements used in the HVAC industry to help quantify cooling capacity. One ton of air conditioning can remove 12,000 BTUs (or British Thermal Units) of heat per hour. Larger homes will require an air conditioning system with more tonnage to properly cool the space.

SEER is the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating, and it has to do with efficiency. The higher the SEER rating, the more efficient your new air conditioner will be. This doesn’t mean that you necessarily need the AC unit with the highest SEER rating — there are lots of other variables to consider when choosing a new AC unit, and the SEER rating is just one of them.

If  terms likeSEER rating, BTUs and AC tonnage are keeping you up at night, it may be time to talk to an expert. The NATE Certified HVAC techs at Pacific Coast Home Services can help you find the perfect AC unit for your home and needs. Give us a call today.

What is a SEER Rating?

Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, (or SEER), is a measurement of how much energy and money your new air conditioner will use over the course a the year. The higher the SEER rating, the more efficient and economical your cooling system will be.

SEER Rating Categories

  • Entry level efficiency: 13-16 SEER
  • Mid-efficiency: 16-18 SEER
  • High efficiency: 20+ SEER

If you have questions about SEER ratings, or which AC unit will be best for your home, give the expert HVAC techs at Pacific Coast Home Services a call.

When Should I Call Pacific Coast Home Services for AC Services?  

Thankfully, your air conditioner will be vocal about when you should call our expert team for repairs, replacement, and general maintenance. We also offer 24/7 emergency AC services, so feel free to call us whenever there is an issue. Weeknight, weekends, holidays, no matter the time of day or night, we are here for you to deliver cool air quickly. We understand how miserable it can be in California when you don’t have even, cool air blowing throughout your home. Below are some of the signs you will notice:

  • Loud noises
  • Strange smells
  • More than average condensation
  • Condensation around vents
  • Leaking or pooling water around the unit
  • Warm air blowing
  • Weak or no airflow
  • Overactive allergies
  • Uneven temperatures in the home
  • And more
How Long Will My New AC Last?

A brand-new air conditioner has the potential to last as long as 15 years if you have it serviced with regularly scheduled maintenance visits. If you don’t, it will last only half the time. Our inspections and maintenance services reduce the chance of an emergency or full break down. We can set up a regular maintenance schedule as well to help you stay on top of its performance and efficiency.

Is My Air Conditioner Responsible for My Allergies?

Have you been sneezing more than usual lately? Suffered more severe asthma attacks? Your AC unit and ductwork may be to blame. Mold and mildew can grow inside of the ducts and get pushed out when you turn on your HVAC system. If you are noticing these health issues, it’s time to call us for an AC inspection. We find the issue quickly and get it properly cleaned so you can breathe a sigh of relief without reaching for the inhaler. We aim to give you and your family the best indoor air quality possible.

When Should I Consider AC Replacement?  

The average unit also only lasts 12 to 15 years, so once your system reaches 10 years old, it’s time to start thinking about replacement. Call on the experts at Pacific Coast Home Services, though, to have us inspect your unit before purchasing a new one. We can suggest repairs to help extend the life while you begin to save for the AC installation. You can also count on our expertise when it does come time to replace. You may have had a unit too big for the home or worse, too small. Our team finds the perfect fit and helps meet you and your home’s cooling needs.

How Often Should I Have My Air Conditioning System Serviced?  

We suggest scheduling our professionals to come out at least twice a year. Your AC is getting used more than most because the San Jose Area stays warm throughout most of the year. Depending on the current state of your unit, we may suggest more or less, but two visits a year keep most air conditioners running at optimal efficiency.

Why is AC Maintenance So Important?  

Just as you would schedule an oil change or tire rotation for your vehicle, you should schedule regular AC maintenance visits from the professionals at Pacific Coast Home Services to ensure everything is running smoothly. We do an entire system inspection in an attempt to catch small issues before they become significant and costly.

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