Kilowatt Heating, Air Conditioning and Electrical Blog

Considerations for Installing a Whole-House Generator

April 9th, 2018

natural-gas-generatorWith all the storms that have struck the East Coast and the Southeastern U.S. over the past few years, whole-house generators have become more vital than ever for keeping houses powered and families comfortable and safe.

In California, whole-house generators are less common—but that doesn’t mean there’s no use for them. Some of you may remember the rolling blackouts we experienced here in the mid-2000s. Those can happen again in the future, and most likely during intense heat waves when the stress from the operation of air conditioners can cause the electrical grid to fail. This jeopardizes comfort, which can be life-threatening for homes with elderly people or infants in them. Power failures also endanger residents of homes who rely on powered medical equipment.

Have you been thinking about installing a whole-house generator? If so, you probably aren’t sure where to start. The best place is to call us: we’re local experts in generator installation.

Here are a few considerations, things to think about, when you start out looking for a generator.

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Spring Reminder: AC Maintenance Is Vital!

March 26th, 2018

checkmark-greenWe’ve had an unusually cold and rainy end of winter and start of spring. True, our idea of “cold” is mild compared to most other places in the U.S., but you probably got more use out of your heater in the last three weeks than in all of the winter season.

But the hot days are coming—and in Southern California the hot weather means serious business. Having your air conditioner properly maintained in early spring is essential for getting the best from your AC through the middle of the year and into our often hot fall season.

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Why Does My Circuit Breaker Keep Tripping?

March 12th, 2018

electrical-panel-repairsThe circuit breaker panel (a.k.a. the electrical panel) is the central “switching station” for electricity in your house. Its breakers are designed to trip and cut off electrical flow to individual circuits in situations where there is excessive voltage. This protects the electrical system from damage, and in turn helps keep your home safer.

An occasional tripped circuit breaker is a minor inconvenience. But when you find yourself making regular trips outside to reset tripped breakers, you have a more serious issue. In most cases, you’ll need to have a licensed, professional electrician in Brentwood, CA discover the source of the electrical trouble so it can be fixed correctly and safely.

So why is this happening? Here are the three most common reasons:

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Kilowatt’s “Stay Cool” Scholarship Winner for 2018

March 12th, 2018

Congratulations Andrew Johnson – University of Miami class of 2021! Andrew, who is studying Economics as well as Ecosystem Science and Policy, wrote the winning Stay Cool Scholarship essay in answer to our question: “What can homeowners do to help their home stay cool and use less energy?” For this he is being awarded a scholarship of $750!

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Shriners Run Walk at Woodley Park

March 7th, 2018

Please join our team!!! Sunday, April 29th at 7am – Kilowatt is one of the sponsors of the Shriners Run Walk 2 Heal Kids at Woodley Park. It’s a terrific family event for a great cause.

“Registration is open” Sign up early save $10 with code: CHANGELIVES10 http://www.active.com/…/walk-and-run-2-heal-kids-5k-10k-2018 Give Hope:Heal Kids:Change Lives

World-class specialty care

Shriners for Children Medical Center, previously known as Shriners Hospitals for Children — Los Angeles, is a specialty medical center providing comprehensive medical, surgical and rehabilitative care to children up to age 18 with orthopaedic conditions, burn scars, and cleft lip and palate. Patients receive all services in a family-centered environment, regardless of the families’ ability to pay.

In 2017, Shriners Hospitals for Children — Los Angeles transitioned to Shriners for Children Medical Center, where we operate as an ambulatory surgery center. Although we have moved, our mission is still dedicated to meeting the needs of as many patients and families as possible who can benefit from the specialized services we provide. While our facility operates on an outpatient basis to serve more patients, we still offer surgeries and procedures requiring an overnight admission, at our partner hospital. Our partner facility is Huntington Hospital in Pasadena, California. Our Shriners for Children Medical Center physicians perform these procedures and provide all pre-surgical and follow-up care.

Our history

Founded in 1952, we treat children from all over the country and around the world, and have unique relationships with top hospitals and universities. In 2017 Shriners Hospitals for Children — Los Angeles moved to our new home in Pasadena.

Our mission

The mission of Shriners for Children Medical Center is to:

  • Provide the highest quality care to children with orthopaedic conditions, burn scars, cleft lip and palate, and other special health care needs within a compassionate, family-centered and collaborative environment
  • Provide for the education of physicians and other health care professionals
  • Conduct research to discover new knowledge that improves the quality of care and quality of life of children and families

This mission is carried out without regard to race, color, creed, sex or sect, disability, national origin, or ability of a patient or family to pay.

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Kilowatt Recognized with Customer Care Leadership Award

February 27th, 2018

Year after year American Standard heating and air conditioning equipment is rated #1 by the most respected consumer reporting magazine in the world. Kilowatt is committed to providing the very best for our customers. It’s easy to see why Kilowatt and American Standard are a match made in happy-homeowner-heaven 😊 Last night our suppliers surprised us by recognizing Kilowatt with a Customer Care Leadership Award from American Standard. Thanks guys, we are truly honored.

But what does this Customer Care Leadership award mean to YOU?  Quite simply it means lower prices on better equipment and an excellent installation by factory trained installers. It means a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee from trustworthy companies that put your needs first.

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Ways an HVAC Company Can Prep Your House for Hot Weather

February 26th, 2018

sun-symbolWe just went through a genuine cold spell here in Southern California. Saying that to somebody from the Midwest would probably get laughter or anger. “It was in the 40s at night!” But it’s cold for us, and our homes often don’t have heating systems meant to deal with these conditions for long stretches. (We’re always happy to help boost your home heating if you need it!)

Now, however, we’re heading toward spring and the major heat of summer. The hot weather arrives fast in So. Cal. In fact, it could strike at any moment. Here’s how a Burbank, CA, HVAC contractor can help your home get ready for the big heat during the early spring.

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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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