Kilowatt Heating, Air Conditioning and Electrical Blog

Do I Need HVAC Professionals for Balancing My Home’s Humidity?

February 12th, 2018

portable-humidifierLos Angeles and most of Southern California don’t suffer from the same type of high humidity issues that you’ll find in other hot parts of the country, like Florida. But humidity can still be an issue in our homes, and it isn’t always the fault of the weather. Our homes produce a large amount of moisture that can make them stuffy and unpleasant. Air conditioning systems do have some dehumidifying abilities, but they aren’t designed specifically to handle this job (unless they have a dehumidifier integrated into them) and may even make the air too dry.

So how to balance the humidity in your house? Can you handle doing the job on your own? Well, maybe if humidity is only a minor issue and you’re okay throwing open the windows on hot days. Otherwise, we recommend you call on a professional HVAC company in Los Angeles, CA to find the best way to keep the humidity under control.

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Electrical Repairs for a Safer Home

January 29th, 2018

Not all homes use natural gas, but all homes use electricity. The electrical system is essential to daily life in a house, and keeping the circuits, wires, panels, connections, and appliances in good repair protects homes from suffering inconvenient power losses.

But electrical repair serves an even more important job—it keeps homes safe. Electricity poses potential health and fire risks. Modern home electrical systems are designed with safeguards to prevent trouble, but repairs further reduce the potential for something to go wrong.

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Dean Gilford We Love You

January 23rd, 2018

Dean was 21 when he earned his Contractors License. He already had 6 years of electrical experience under his belt! Here’s Dean with his very first helper Hugo. Thirty years later still waking up early and working hard everyday.

Check out that pager!

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Kilowatt Earns Esteemed 2017 Angie’s List Super Service Award

January 18th, 2018

Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service

 

ShermanOaks, CA January 17th 2018 – Kilowatt is proud to announce that it has earned the home service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award (SSA). This award honors service professionals who have maintained exceptional service ratings and reviews on Angie’s List in 2017

“The service providers that receive our Angie’s List Super Service Award demonstrate the level of excellence that members have come to expect,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “These pros are top-notch and absolutely deserve recognition for the trustworthy and exemplary customer service they exhibited in the past year and overall.

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2017 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include maintaining an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade and review period grade. The SSA winners must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check, record a current trade license attestation and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

“It’s always an honor to receive the Angieslist Super Service Award. Independently verified Customer Satisfaction surveys are a main component of the selection process and making our customers happy is our top priority. So this is a real confirmation that our efforts are successful. Thank you,” says Dean Gilford the Kilowatt company president.

Kilowatt Heating, Air Conditioning & Electrical has been listed on Angie’s List since 2009. This is the 7th year Kilowatt has received this honor.

Service company ratings are updated continually on Angie’s List as new, verified consumer reviews are submitted. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in multiple fields ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.

For 30 years Kilowatt has provided A+ Rated 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed Heating, Air Conditioning & Electrical services to homeowners in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley.

Congratulations to our amazing team Kilowatt. From our friendly customer care representatives, to our professional service technicians, to the installers who do the heavy lifting. Thank you. Because of your hard work Kilowatt has been recognized again, by our wonderful customers, with the Angieslist Super Service Award. Only 5% of home service providers are honored with this award. It is a testament to the team I am so proud of and grateful for.

 

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How Do Ductless Systems Help Save Money?

January 15th, 2018

We often recommend ductless air conditioning and heating systems to our customers, especially customers who either have older homes that lack the space for duct work or who are designing/building a new home and want more flexible comfort options.

But ductless cooling and heating systems (i.e. ductless mini split heat pumps) come with many other advantages along with their usefulness for older homes and new home construction. One of these advantages is that ductless mini splits can help a home save money over the year for both heating and cooling.

But why do ductless systems have this higher energy efficiency? There are a number of reasons.

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Start 2018 with a Better Heating System

January 1st, 2018

house-carboard-against-skySouthern California has gone through a bizarre and sometimes unfortunate hot-cold winter season this year. The heat has come from unfortunate wildfires in many areas of the state. The cold has been a nippier December than usual, and we can still anticipate more days ahead when heating systems will need to do their jobs. It’s true we don’t tax our heaters as much as homes do in Minnesota, but they still have to function to help us enjoy our lives to the fullest.

Now that it’s 2018, you may want to consider making a major upgrade to your home’s heater. Maybe this means continuing with heating repair in Los Angeles, CA. In many cases, professional repairs are exactly what the HVAC doctor ordered. However, if you have an old furnace, heat pump, or other type of central heater (a system more than 15 years old), we recommend starting the new year with a superior heating system.

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Reminder: Make Your Ceiling Fans Spin Backwards in Winter

December 18th, 2017

ceiling-fan-woodenLong, long before there was electrical air conditioning, there were fans. The action of a fan doesn’t by itself make the air cooler. What it does is remove the heat envelope from around people and evaporates perspiration, which allows the human body to release more heat. People feel cooler, even though the air itself hasn’t changed temperature.

Ceiling fans are the best way to enjoy the power of fans in a home. Ceiling fans don’t take up space the way desk fans and standing fans do, and they create an attractive look in a room that adds to the ambiance. A well-installed and placed set of ceiling fans creates an even flow of air around a room so as many people as possible can enjoy their comfort effects.

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Will Ash and Soot Damage HVAC Systems?

December 11th, 2017

Last week we had customers send shocking photos and video to us of their homes surrounded by flames.  It was scary. The Skirball Fire was one freeway stop away from Kilowatt! Thankfully most of our customers are back in their homes. Saved from the devastating wildfires by tireless firefighting heroes. We love you guys. (Station 88 are our next door neighbors. )

Unfortunately following an excessive smoke incident to your residential property the interior surfaces of your HVAC system can collect particulates including smoke residue, ash, soot and other contaminants. This can even occur if your system is not even in use.

Performance, corrosion resistance, and health of your HVAC system may be at risk after exposure to fire and smoke. A comprehensive inspection and evaluation of your HVAC system following fire and smoke damage by Kilowatt’s experts can determine the extent of the HVAC system restoration and the services most ideal for your system to be operating at peak performance.

We are finding that some of our customers need a Coil Cleaning to remove the soot and ash.

To give you some idea about how important clean coils are: If 1/100th of an inch of dirt and grime accumulates on your air conditioner’s condenser coil, efficiency will decline by 5-percent.

The condenser coil is the component of an air conditioning unit responsible for releasing the excess heat from your home or building to the outdoors. It is particularly susceptible to the adverse effects of weather, dirt, soot and other outside detriments because the condenser coil is normally part of an outdoor unit. The chances of dirty coils is ratcheted up if you live in the city and your outdoor unit is at street level.

But there is something you can do right now to help your HVAC system stay healthy during this difficult time. You probably already thought of it… CHANGE YOUR FILTER 🙂

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Ellie Nagler We Love You!

December 4th, 2017

If you walk into Kilowatt headquarters chances are you will hear Ellie on the phone walking a neighbor through an over-the-phone troubleshooting conversation. “Is the circuit breaker tripped?” “Check to make sure the filter is clean…” Ellie is a professional problem solver and she faces every challenge in the most patient & caring way possible.
Ellie is like a mom to everyone who works at Kilowatt and all of our customers too.

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Reminder: Still Not Too Late for Heating Maintenance!

December 4th, 2017

service-blue-markerA bit of a chill goes through the air, and then a few days later, it’s warm again. That’s what life is like here in Southern California during the winters. In fact, it’s why most of us love it down here! But when you experience winters this mild, it makes it easy to forget that heating systems do have a part to play and it’s vital to keep a heating system in a home in the best shape.

And the way to do that is to have annual maintenance during the fall for the heater, whether it’s a furnace, heat pump, or ductless mini split system. Winter hasn’t officially begun, so there is definitely still time to arrange for your yearly heating maintenance.

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