The Difference Between HVAC and Air Conditioning



If your home has central air, it can be one of the most important items in your house during the summer. In the event that your air conditioner needs service, you may call an HVAC company to help. However, there is a difference between your HVAC system and your air conditioner. Let’s take a look at what that difference is.

Your Air Conditioner Is a Standalone Component in the Home

When a problem occurs with your air conditioner, it generally doesn’t interfere with your ability to heat your home or push air through ducts inside of it. An air conditioner simply cools your home but doesn’t do anything beyond that.

Therefore, if your home is having trouble getting cold, an HVAC professional from Gilmore Heating Air and Plumbing⁣ in Placerville will generally only spend time looking at this one component. At Gilmore Heating Air and Plumbing⁣, we can repair, install or maintain air conditioners as well as maintain your home’s furnace in a convenient and affordable manner.

The HVAC Refers to the Entire System

Your HVAC system includes your furnace, geothermal pump or other product used to keep your home warm. It also includes your air conditioner and the assorted parts needed to keep the home cold.

The ducts that carry air to and from your home are part of its HVAC system as well. It may be necessary to have them inspected or cleaned by a professional on a regular basis to ensure that they function properly.

In some cases, issues with an air conditioner may actually be caused by improperly installed or dirty ducts. This is why it is important to have a professional diagnose the issue as it can save you both time and money.

If you need to have an HVAC component repaired, maintained or replaced, contact our Placerville, CA, office today! In addition to standard HVAC service, we can also help with leaky faucets, broken toilets or other plumbing needs that your home may have.

When Should You Schedule AC Maintenance?



Knowing that air conditioners need regular maintenance is one thing; actually setting up an appointment is another. Most experts recommend that air conditioners be checked out each spring. Annual maintenance is an important factor in keeping things running efficiently. These appointments can potentially save you money in the long run by extending the lifespan of your various components.

Why You Shouldn’t Wait Until Summer

With many things, people often have a tendency to wait to address something until it’s too late. In terms of air conditioner maintenance, it’s a better idea to set up a tune-up in the early spring rather than in the summer. This allows plenty of time to examine all of your parts and make sure the whole system is functioning properly before you start depending on your AC. In the hot summer, it can be difficult to go even a day without a working air conditioner.

Removing Build-Up

During the winter, things can get blown around, and you may accumulate dust, dirt, and grime on and around your air conditioner. In the spring, we’ll be able to clean everything out so that nothing gets in the way of performance. Plus, your indoor air quality will be better.

Staying Flexible

At Gilmore Heating Air and Plumbing⁣ in Placerville, many of our maintenance appointments are routine, but occasionally we do find a bigger concern. In this case, we’ll need time to figure out what’s going on and resolve it. Our schedule is more open in early spring, and we’ll likely be able to handle things right away if you call during that time of year. Remember, the sooner you call about an issue, the more likely it is that you can catch it while it is still small.

Count on Us

Turn to Gilmore Heating Air and Plumbing⁣ if you live in the Greater Placerville region. We’ve been serving customers since 1979, and our services include those related to heating, cooling, and plumbing. Our skilled technicians are also trained in the roofing and insulation fields. We’d be happy to help in any way whether you require an installation, repair, or service. Give us a call to arrange a convenient time for us to visit you.

Why It’s Important to Change the Air Filters



Air filters trap dirt and other particles before they enter the ductwork of a central AC unit. In a pet-free, smoke-free household, the filter should be replaced every three months. Many homeowners find this easy to do themselves while others rely on an HVAC company to do it as a part of preventative maintenance. Those who neglect the filter may want to consider the following points.

Dirty Filters Can Raise Your Energy Bills

When the filters get clogged with dirt, they will obstruct air circulation. As a result, the AC unit will have to work harder to cool the home, and this burden will be felt by homeowners as their electricity bills go up.

The Link to AC Breakdowns

These clogs will also wear out certain components sooner, including the blower unit, which is responsible for circulating the air. The compressor may also overheat. AC breakdowns are costly and may leave homeowners without cool air for several days.

When covered with dirt that passes through the filters, the compressor coils will render the refrigerant inside them unable to absorb any more heat (since the dirt provides extra heat). The result of this is that the AC will blow out lukewarm air. These are just some of the serious issues that old filters can be linked to.

The Connection With Bad Indoor Air

Filters can only trap so many particles, beyond which the pollutants that are in the home will circulate freely. Particles in the home can include dander, pet hair and germs while those that come from outside include pollen and smoke. This impacts indoor air quality and worsens allergies. Restricted airflow slows circulation, which means that particles will tend to settle in the vents, too, making a more extensive cleaning necessary.

Have a Licensed Technician Change the Filter

At Gilmore Heating Air and Plumbing⁣ in Placerville, CA, we’re proud to have a team of technicians who are highly trained and committed to customer satisfaction. Our maintenance plans cover air filter replacement, so call us today to ask about these plans. We offer heating and plumbing services, too.