Call now: (877) 247-6426 | | your home for discount heating-air conditioning-indoor air quality
  • Central air conditioning for upstairs and central heating for downstairs
  • Central air conditioning repair and central heating repair
  • Central furnace and central heating staying comfortable
  • Your source for quality heating repair, quality air conditioning repair and top quality clean indoor allergy free air.

How are you staying warm downstairs and cool and comfortable upstairs?

Are you freezing downstairs in the winter while roasting upstairs?

Are you spending the entire summer downstairs because your upstairs won't cool down?


It is your home, your castle, shouldn't it be comfortable all year round?

Ever Wonder Why the Downstairs is Cold and the Upstairs is Hot?

Furnace warm air rises like a ballonOkay, it’s a fairly easy question to answer. The upstairs is hotter because warm air is lighter than cold air so cold air falls to the lowest level of the home and the hot air rises to highest level of the home. The real question concerning this is “What can you do about the upstairs being too hot and the downstairs being too cold?”

We cannot change the physics of air movement so we have to work within the confines of those physics. In the winter when you are running your furnace, we need to take more cold air from the downstairs and move it to the warmer upstairs and push the hot air from the upstairs to the downstairs.

In the summer cooling season when you are working your air conditioner, we need to take the cold air from the downstairs and move it to the upstairs while taking the hot air upstairs and pushing it into the cooler downstairs.

Is central air conditioning and central heating the same thing?Isn’t that exactly the same thing?

You would think so on the surface, but in reality moving cold air upstairs in summer cooling season is very different from moving warm air in the heating season downstairs. These seem like the same problem, but in reality they are two different problems because of the supply air patterns and the return air patterns.

Let’s take the winter time first and discover how to warm your entire home rather than just heating up the upstairs.

Step #1:

Remove the cold air downstairs and pull it into the heating process in your furnace. This means having a return register drawing air at the lowest part of the home. If you don’t have a return air pulling air from the lowest part of the home that air at ground level will be stagnant and cold. Cold air is heavier than warm air and it will not jump up and go upstairs all by itself. A large return air register and duct from the downstairs to the furnace blower compartment will suck that cold air up for the furnace to warm.


You have to have more airflow downstairs and it should be as low as possible. Registers down at floor level are best, but registers in the wall closer to the ceiling will work if the return air register is pulling that cold floor air into your forced air furnace.


Move the warm air downstairs in your central heating systemDamper down the upstairs registers to lower the airflow upstairs. You won’t need very much airflow upstairs because the heat from the downstairs will heat the upstairs through the floor and through the stairwell. Install dampeners in the ducting as far away from the registers as possible. The farther away from the register those dampeners are, the quieter the airflow restriction will be. Moving those dampeners at least 10 feet away will most likely render the air noise to mute.

(This is a manual air damper that is usually located in the attic)


Varible speed forced air furnace motors even the home's airflow and temperatureInstall a forced air furnace or air handler with a variable speed motor drive and 2 or 3 stage heating. Since warm air isn’t going to stop rising just because you turn off your heater you will need the blower motor continually moving air from the downstairs to the upstairs to maintain an even temperature in the home. Turn off the blower motor and the problem reoccurs. We cannot stop the physics of heat rise, we can only do battle with it.

Why a variable speed blower motor drive?

The reason for a variable speed motor is that when it is operating in circulating mode (not controllable by an ordinary thermostat) the motor will only be drawing about 40 to 50 watts of electricity. That means that you will be paying about $5 a month in electricity to operate that blower. Very easy on the wallet for the benefits of both air cleaning and air balancing in your home. A regular blower motor drawing about 6 amps of electricity at 120volts will cost you about $60.00 a month to operate. Why not have the forced air furnace or air handler pay for itself in electricity savings each month?

Central heating and air conditioning with a whole house air cleanerThe reason why you need, or should have, a two or three stage central heating system  is because we don’t want your home heating really fast. Sounds a little crazy doesn’t it? We don’t want the heater to heat your home, or rather, heat it fast. The vast majority of homes here in Southern California have way too much heat in them and that is normal for this area of the country. The reason is that we have more of an air conditioning climate than a heating climate. The furnaces are sized by their blower assemblies for cooling and therefore are oversized for heating. If the home heats up quickly what happens is that the air heats up and the furniture, the walls, the tile and carpet all stay cold. Once the furnace kicks off the heat races upstairs and the cooler wall, floors and furniture and more cool the air back done quickly and the furnace cycles on and off again and again and again. It isn’t unusual to have this on-off cycling go on for more than hour before the temperature in the home stabilizes.

(American Standard 3 stage variable speed 95.5% AFUE furnace with a whole house air cleaner, Accuclean, installed)

No one wants a cold home, especially me. That is why a minimum of two stage heating and preferably three stage heating, is better. If you have a large temperature swing on the thermostat, say 3 degrees or more, the furnace will turn on in full btu heating more (requires a special thermostat). This will heat the home up quickly when it is called for. Then the furnace will kick down to stage one heat which is roughly about ½ the number of btus (British thermal units. 1 btu is the amount of energy required to raise 1 pound of water one degree and one Ton, 12,000 btus is amount of energy required to melt one ton of ice). This lower output will allow the warm and cool air to circulate throughout the home enabling a more even temperature without the wild temperature swings and wild gas bills caused by a furnace cycling between full on and full off. Think of the gas you would use if every time you drove your car the throttle was required to wide open and then you had to turn it off and restart it at every stop light. That is what your normal minimum efficiency furnace, most likely the one you have in your home right now, is doing and doing up to 10 thousand times a year.

We solved the winter cold downstairs problem so let see if we can solve the summer hot upstairs problem. You know the “so hot and sticky at night even with the air conditioning running weather that you can’t sleep”


Central air conditioning only removes the heat it can draw inRemove the hot air upstairs and pull it into the cooling process in your air conditioning system. This means having a return air register drawing air, not at the highest part, but at the highest inhabitable part of the home. We really do not care how hot the air is 3 feet or more above your head upstairs as nobody is in that area to be uncomfortable and need air conditioning.  If you do not have a return air register pulling air from the highest habitable area of your home that air will become stagnant and remain uncomfortably warm if not downright hot. Hot air is heavier than cold air and it will not voluntarily walk down the stairs by itself. A large return air register and duct from the upstairs to the furnace blower compartment will draw the hot air into the air conditioning system to cool off.

(Filter registers or grills are often installed when switching from a floor or wall furnace to a forced air heating and air conditioning system.)

Air conditioning your home is not difficult. It take Comfort Certification trainingStep#2:

You have to have more airflow upstairs and it should be just above head level, no more than is necessary to distribute the cool air evenly. Registers down above the door level are best, but registers in the ceiling will work if they are the correct type for that application. There are many types and configurations of air register and not all of them work in every situation.

(Supply and return temperature for air conditioning should be about 20 degrees apart.)

20 SEER new air conditioning makes for small electrical billsStep#3:  

Damper down the downstairs registers to lower the airflow downstairs and help to force the cooler, heavier air upstairs. You won’t need very much airflow downstairs because the cool air from the upstairs will cool the downstairs through the floors and through the stairwell. Install airflow dampeners in the ductwork as far away from the registers as possible. The farther away from the register those dampeners are located, the less noise the registers will make. If the registers are still making too much noise it is a sure sign that your registers and ductwork upstairs are not large enough to handle the proper airflow. Moving those air dampeners at least 10 feet away will most likely remove any appreciable noise from the registers. We are after comfort, not a rock and roll concert.

(American Standard 20 SEER 2 stage air conditioner)

High Efficiency air conditioners and high efficiency air handlers are installed everydayStep#4:

Install a forced air furnace or air handler with a variable speed motor drive and a multi-stage air conditioning condenser. Since cold air isn’t going to stop falling just because you turn off your central air conditioning system you will need the blower motor continually moving air from the upstairs to the central air conditioning unit to maintain an even temperature in the home. Turn off the blower motor and the problem reoccurs. We cannot stop the physics of heat rise, we can only do battle with it.

(American Standard high efficiency air handler with a whole house Accuclean air cleaner installed underneath)

So we have quandary don’t we. It seems impossible to both be comfortable downstairs and upstairs in the summer cooling season and by comfortable downstairs and upstairs in winter heating season. That really isn’t true. If there is problem, there is an engineer waiting by to solve that problem. There are two ways to solve this problem. The first and best method is also the most expensive method (you were waiting for that weren’t you). This involves splitting the system up and placing the downstairs and upstairs on two completely different and unattached central heating and central air conditioning systems. That is great for homes in excess of about 3,000 square feet, but what about the rest of us.

New heating and air conditioning zone controls help with home comfortThe solution for most people is to install a zoning system.

In a modern central heating system and central air conditioning system, we can install zone controls. Zone system thermostats are placed throughout the home. We can use 2, 3, 4 or more thermostats depending upon what areas are experiencing temperature and air flow problems. Each thermostat is considered a master thermostat as it can turn the central heating system on or it can turn on the central air conditioning system. The system is connected to the home’s furnace or air handler via a circuit board. The thermostats control the heating and cooling and control what automatic dampers turn and off and when. Installing a return air upstairs and a return air downstairs and then having the thermostats turn one on and other partially off during the heating season and just the opposite during the cooling season can really make a very significant difference in the comfort level of your home.

(The picture is a Honeywell automatic air damper that is usually installed in the attic and control by a single room thermostat)

A zoning system can allow you to have one temperature in one room and another temperature in another room.

New central air conditioning makes Southern California nights very comfortableSo that is your 9 step process to as close to perfect heating and cooling as is possible.

If you live here in Southern California you can give us a call and we can perform this work for you. If we cannot solve the heating and air conditioning problems that you are having, we will give you back your investment in full. We will even give you an entire year to think it over. This way you can test your new home comfort system through every season of the year. You can trust us, but you do not need to. Every single guarantee that I have been mentioning in this website is in writing in plain English on every agreement we enter. If we should change our mind and not give you back your money, it has never happened, we have a bond that you can apply for to receive back and avoid us altogether. We are that sure that you will pleased with our work. You are in charge. Give us a call at (877) 247-6426 and experience for yourself the level of comfort in your own home that you have been missing. Call now.

We work on all furnaces and heaters including Rheem furnace, Ruud furnace, Carrier furnace, Day and Night furnace, Bryant furnace, Lennox furnace, Ducane furnace, Premier furnace, York furnace, Heil furnace, Tempstar furnace, Coleman furnace, Red t furnace, Cozy furnace, Empire furnace, Williams furnace, Interthem furnace, Trane furnace, American Standard furnace and more.

Some of the cities that we work in are: Aliso Viejo, Anaheim, Brea, Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Cypress, Dana Point, El Toro, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Irvine, La Habra, La Palma, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest, Los Alamitos, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Orange, Placentia, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana, Seal Beach, Stanton, Tustin, Trabuco Canyon, Villa Park, Westminster, Yorba Linda, Sunset Beach, Bell Gardens, Bellflower, Carson, Cerritos, Commerce, Diamond Bar, Downey, Gardena, Hawaiian Gardens, Industry, La Habra Heights, Lakewood, La Mirada, Long Beach, Lynwood, Montebello, Norwalk, Palos Verdes, Paramount, Pico Rivera, Rancho Palos Verdes, Santa Fe Springs, Signal Hill, South Gate, Whittier

We specialize in heating repair, furnace repair, air conditioning repair, a/c repair, a c repair, duct repair, duct cleaning. We also install new air conditioning, new a/c systems, new furnaces, new heaters and new heating systems. We work on heat pumps, split air conditioning systems, water furnaces, hydronic heaters, package air conditioners and mini split ductless systems.

Print this A/C checklist before you have a service technician come to your home


You will be 100% Satisfied and I am betting my paycheck on it!Central heating and air conditioning experts


We guarantee everything we do.Your new air conditioning and new central heating system is guarnteed to work perfectly

Long term member in great standing. You can trust us with your home comfort needs.Honored with awards more than any other HVAC company in Southern California

Recognized and approved as a member providing excellent services.Excellent air conditioning service is recognized by all


"Because these young men did such a good job and I might say were very gentlemanly, I would recommend Empire to others for their heating and air conditioning needs."


Nancy Henrick

"Just a note to let you know how much we appreciate Brian, Neil and Keith for their friendly, courteous, professional and informative manner. We look forward in the future to call on Empire for our needs."


Robert Pearson


"You demonstrated good character, very polite and informative. You also had good work habits (kept the place clean) with the ability to work with us as individuals and got it completed to our satisfaction."


Hazel La Vigne


The only thing between you and a safe heater is a phone call. Call now @ (877) 247-6426

It isn't too late to have your furnace safety checked. Call (877) 247-6426 today.

Do you want a free American Standard furnace?















If you have been told that you need a new air conditioner by any other contractor give us a call and we will give you a FREE 2nd OPINION. We'll go over your entire system step by step and give you a comprehensive report so that you can make and educated decision as to repair or replace your air conditioning system and we'll do this for FREE. Coupon 2nd Opinion

You must be your own advocate when it comes to new heating, free heaters and air conditioners. Learn all you can, save even more every day.

Furnace safety and heating system maintenance starts with your phone call to us. We won't let you down. Call now (877) 247-6426

Learn more about duct cleaning and indoor air quality by clicking here.


When We Help You With your Home Improvement Needs Our Quality Craftsmanship Comes with These Strong Guarantees

Heating and Air Conditioning Guarantees ensure that you only pay once for any home improvement or repair


No Lemon Heating Guarantee

If any part that we’ve installed in your heating system fails to perform the way the manufacturer states it should, within the first year, we will replace that part with a new one and you won’t be paying us one dime.
Call now (877) 247-6426

You home will be comfort and furnace problem freeHome Comfort Guarantee

What our guarantee says is that on a minus 10 degree day, your home will maintain, plus or minus 3 degrees of 70 degrees at the Comfort Controller when we replace your furnace. That’s right, we put it right here in writing. On a 95 degree day, your home is going to maintain, plus or minus 3 degrees of 75 degrees at the Comfort Controller when we replace your air conditioner. If it doesn’t we will do anything up to and including replacing the equipment, insulating your attic, resizing ducting or refunding your money, all of your money. The additional work will be at no charge to you whatsoever.
Call now (877) 247-6426

Free heating and a free furnace test drive for a complete yearYour 365 Day Free Test Drive

Our Company is going to give you 365 days to think about it if we replace your furnace or your air conditioner. We call this our ‘You can’t be making a mistake – I want to think it over guarantee”. This is a 365 day test drive. We want you to test drive your New Home Comfort System through all four seasons to make sure that it meets and exceeds all of your expectations. You’ll be using your new Home Comfort System throughout the cold and clammy winter season, you’ll get to drive through the sneezing, sniffling asthma season, spring, you’ll get to cruise through the hot and muggy I can’t sleep at night summer season and finally your going to be able to triumph through the cold and flue season, fall. After you’ve passed through all of these seasons only then do have to make a decision. If you’re not satisfied with the performance of the system, if for any reason or if for no reason whatsoever you are not satisfied with this system, give us call and we will refund 100% of your investment and we’ll give you interest. You don’t get to keep the system and we must be allowed to remove every part of it within 7 days of the written request (email or letter) and within the 365 day time period and you must sign a damage waiver, but you just received a year’s worth of heating and cooling absolutely for free. We don’t believe you can possibly be making a mistake by having us perform this installation for you.
Call now (877) 247-6426

Your home will be safe when we instlal your new forced air furnaceYour No Lemon Firebox Guarantee

What our no lemon firebox guarantee says is: If you experience a firebox failure within the first tens of ownership of any furnace that we install, if that firebox cracks, we will not replace the firebox. We will replace the entire furnace with a brand new furnace and you won't pay a dime. You won't pay for labor. You won't pay for supplies. you won't pat for permits. You won't pay for shipping and you won't pay for handling. As far as we are concerned over here at the Empire Family of Services there is no way that we will let you get stuck with a lemon firebox and no one ever should.
Call now (877) 247-6426

free estimate 10 year parts and labor heating and air conditioning guarnatee





Never again pay a single penny for any repair for 10 years. This guarantee like all of our guarantees is in plain writing on each and every agreement.

Free estimates for a/c repair and new a/c systems It's your choice
When shopping for a new air conditioning and heating system most people don't use their heads  


A home heating and air conditioning system that breaks down is no comfort at all.


Guarantees and warranties protect you to the limits of what is written. For a better understanding of the benefits and limitations of guarantees click here.


A home heating and air conditioning system that breaks down is no comfort at all.

(877) 247-6426 Toll Free

The Empire Difference

  • Experienced, factory-trained,  and Comfort Certified technicians specializing in installation and service.
  • A dedicated fleet of more than 50 service vehicles pre-loaded with the necessary supplies.
  • A large inventory of materials and parts.
  • Up-front honest pricing guarantees.
  • Removal of old equipment at no additional cost.
  • Drop cloths and carpet protectors that leave work areas neat and clean upon each job’s completion.
  • Quality time tested heating and cooling products at the best dollar value.



This combination of services, combined with our Low-Low prices, is why most of our customers choose Empire over the competition for air conditioning repairs and air conditioning tune ups. We are your HVAC company.

- Jim Eichman, President Empire Family of Services


Click here for a printer friendly coupon

Why not take advantage of these savings coupons right now by giving us a call at (877) 247-6426. with our guarantees and warranties there is simply no possible way you could be making a mistake by having us help you with your home improvement challenges including an air conditioner tune up..

Free duct cleaning with a new furnace installation

Click here for a printer friendly coupon

Learn about the differences in Freon and what is in store in the future for your new air conditioning and new heating systems.

Contact us via email at for all your air conditioning problems and all your heating and furnace problems or you call us now at (877) 247-6426 and we can get started today in making all your air conditioning problems, heating problems and indoor air problems a thing of the past.

Licensed, Bonded, Insured since 1992

Call Now toll free...........(877) 247-6426

duct cleaning should be performed when the ducts are dirty

Spring cleaning is a misnomer. If you furnace needs to be cleaned, if your air conditioner needs to be cleaned it should be serviced now. Waiting until a certain time of year is foolish because........

- Jim Eichman, President Empire Family of Services

duct cleaning should not be performed by carpet cleaners

Be careful when you have your ducts cleaned. There are many companies that end up causing more problems than they solve. Some of these problems are......

- Jim Eichman, President Empire Family of Services