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How is Your Home Performing? Call the General to Find Out

Posted on June 1, 2017

Are you tossing and turning all night because the house is too hot? Even the dog is lying in the corner panting and looking miserable? The General says, don’t put up with it any longer. General Air Conditioning & Plumbing is your expert for air conditioning service in La Quinta and all of the Coachella Valley.

A hot house doesn’t necessarily mean an air conditioner problem. Solving the problem the right way starts with a whole-house approach. The General is an expert in the field of home performance contracting (HPC).

HPC is a relatively new specialty on the cutting edge of modern home maintenance. All part of the effort to use less power and reduce your carbon footprint.

Think of cooling your home as a team effort. You can have the most efficient Lennox Air Conditioner the General sells, but if the conditioned air is escaping from your home it won’t cool the house the way it should and you’re still wasting energy. The General’s professionals will conduct a home energy audit to make sure your house is performing well.

Here is what that means for you:


  • Thermal imaging: It shows where the conditioned air is getting out. You clearly see the leaks around doors and windows or any location where home insulation  is lacking.
  • Blower door test: This test will figuratively “blow your doors” off. It creates negative pressure within the home to measure the air leakage. Our experts can then locate where the hot outside air is getting into the home.


  • Duct Inspection: Central systems can lose as much as 30% efficiency before the conditioned air even reaches the living areas in your home.

The goal is to assure clients their homes meet the most stringent standards for energy efficiency and comfort. The General is different than many HVAC companies by adhering to the Building Performance Institute (BPI) standards. General  Air Conditioning and Plumbing is a Gold Star Certified contractor by BPI.

In many situations, the best solution to your cooling problems will be replacing your old air conditioner. Especially if your AC unit is 10 years old or older and uses R-22 (refrigerant) refrigerant. It is being phased out because of environmental damage.

Starting in 2020, it will no longer be manufactured or imported in the U.S. Already the R-22 price is skyrocketing, and is expected to keep going up. You, as a homeowner, have a tough decision to make. Is it wise to continue repairing and maintaining your old AC unit that uses R-22?

The General also wants to make sure you factor in the money you can save with a new, energy efficient, Lennox air conditioner. It can save you as much as 30% on your monthly utility bills.

In addition, Lennox is in the final days of a special offer. You can save up to $1,700 dollars on the purchase of a qualifying system or 0% financing for up to 72 months.

Put it all together. There’s no reason for you (and the family dog) to suffer in a hot home. The experts from General Air Conditioning and Plumbing will fix the problem for you. It’s why people call us “The Best Little Air Conditioning and Plumbing Company in the Desert.”