Culver City AC Contractor Announces Tips to Consider When Installing a High Efficiency Air Conditioner

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California Comfort Builders Shares Experience and Knowledge as HVAC Contractor and Certified Air Balancer to Help Consumers Make Informed Decisions.

Homeowners purchasing a high-efficiency HVAC system shouldn’t assume they’ll automatically achieve maximum savings. In fact, the US Department of Energy estimates that three-quarters of American homes may be losing hundreds of dollars a year to inefficient air duct design and faulty installation.

“Most consumers have no idea when they install a high efficiency heating and air conditioning system, a few things must be considered first,” explains Mike Hightower, President of California Comfort Builders.

Mike spent 13 years in the wholesale/manufacturing industry selling HVAC equipment to contractors. Time and time again, he witnessed contractors purchase high efficiency equipment without purchasing new duct work, Freon lines, or electrical supplies to match the system and guarantee that the designed efficiency would be met.

The following three items should be considered in order to achieve maximum efficiency:

The Air Distribution System

The ducts should be sized and designed to distribute the amount of airflow the HVAC system produces. If a homeowner upgrades their equipment, but the house has old ducts, the duct system will not allow the equipment to meet its designed efficiency. The Freon charge will never be correct without proper airflow.

Refrigerant Lines

Many dealers sell HVAC systems rated 13 SEER and higher but do not replace refrigerant lines. Without replacing undersized Freon lines, a high efficiency unit will operate at a lower efficiency level.


Efficiency is only achieved through proper installation. Design manuals must be carefully followed to deliver its operating capacity; however, most technicians or installers don’t read the manuals as they perform an installation. An installer must also understand system design, airflow design, how to achieve maximum capacity, and how to achieve maximum airflow delivery. This requires more than a state license. Installers need to further their education and purchase special tools that guarantee results.

California Comfort Builders, Inc. meets all of the above requirements. As a HVAC contractor, a certified air balancer, and with experience in the manufacturing industry, President Mike Hightower, has a diverse and well-rounded education and expertise rarely found in the HVAC industry. To find out more about this special company, please call (310) 617-5810.

About California Comfort Builders, Inc.

California Comfort Builders, Inc. services include custom homes, remodels, additions, heating and air conditioning system design and installation, air balancing, system diagnostics, and residential and commercial maintenance. Licensed as a general builder contractor, HVAC contractor, and certified air balancer, this company specializes in system design and air flow design to ensure that HVAC equipment meets its designed efficiency. They serve Los Angeles and Orange Counties.

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