Kilowatt Heating, Air Conditioning and Electrical Blog

We’re Older Home Specialists: Here’s What to Know About Rewiring an Older Home

July 26th, 2021

Although Southern California doesn’t have homes of the same age as you’ll find in, say, New England, there are many houses more than 50 years old here that families happily call home-sweet-home. Older homes can continue to be great places to live, but they have special requirements for their care. This is where having an older home specialist for HVAC and electrical needs is extremely helpful.

Not every electrician in Sherman Oaks, CA or serving Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley specializes in older homes. We do. If your home was built pre-1970, you may have thought about its rewiring needs. We’ll go through several things you need to know about older home rewiring.

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Can an Air Conditioner Ever Become Dangerous?

July 12th, 2021

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If you use a gas furnace to heat your home, there is some potential for the furnace to become dangerous. Toxic gas and combustion dangers can occur if the furnace isn’t given proper regular care. It’s not difficult to avoid these hazards with a gas furnace, but it’s important to know about the possibilities.

What about air conditioning systems? Can an AC malfunction in a way that creates hazards for your home? The answer is yes, but they’re different from natural gas concerns. They occur with extremely old ACs, and the best way to avoid these problems is to make sure you don’t keep an air conditioner that’s long past its estimated service life, i.e. more than 15 years. 

We’ll take a look at how an old air conditioning system can create health concerns.

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Still Have an R-22 Air Conditioner? It’s Time to Replace It

June 28th, 2021

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You can look for many different signs that you have an over-the-hill air conditioner ready for a replacement. General age is a good measure: most ACs don’t last far beyond 15 years. You can also watch for declines in efficiency that create higher electric bills, or a run of expensive repairs that indicate a system approaching the end of the line. 

One sign it’s time to repair your AC that is absolute is if it’s an R-22 unit. If you have an R-22 air conditioning system, arrange to have a replacement put in as soon as you can—otherwise, it will force you to replace it at some point when it’s much less convenient for you.

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Let’s Talk Generators—They’re a Big Topic Now

June 1st, 2021

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Southern California hasn’t traditionally been a location where generators for homes are common. People often think of generators as useful for places that experience extreme winters and unpredictable storm seasons. 

But that’s changing, and generators are now a big topic for So. Cal homeowners. We work with generators and we’d like to recommend that 1) you install a generator for your house, and 2) you have a whole-house generator installed rather than rely on a portable one.

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Understanding How Much Electricity an Air Conditioner Uses

May 17th, 2021

When the summer starts, you know to expect a rise in monthly electric bills. Air conditioning systems require large amounts of electricity to run, and as soon as you start to regularly turn on the AC, you’ll see an increase in electrical usage.

In this post, we’re going to look closer at the amount of electricity your AC consumes and the difference in electrical consumption compared to other appliances. If you’ve ever wondered what’s the difference between “cooling” and “fan only” mode on your AC, this is the post for you.

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Is A Heat Pump Right For My Home?

May 10th, 2021

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Heat Pumps are right for every home!

The AccuComfort Platinum 18 Variable Speed Heat Pump comes with variable-speed technology which consistently adjusts to run at a more efficient speed to maintain your personal level of comfort. It’s a heater when it’s cold outside and an air conditioner when things get hot. It’s also energy-efficient. That means you can enjoy a comfortable home without the carbon footprint of a gas furnace.

Durable, Quiet, and Long-Lasting Comfort

Quiet operation and customizable heating and humidity controls make heat pumps an ideal choice for any home.

Heat Pump FAQ

What does a heat pump do?

A heat pump uses the outside air to both heat and cool your home. In winter a heat pump absorbs heat from the outside air and distributes it throughout your house. In the summer, a heat pump operates just like a traditional air conditioner and includes the same efficiency features.

Is a heat pump right for me?

Every home and homeowner has unique needs, but generally, a heat pump is right for you if your winters are mild – rarely dipping below freezing. Los Angeles that has mild winters is perfect.

How energy efficient is a heat pump?

Heat pumps offer an energy-efficient alternative to furnace and air conditioner systems. Because they run on electricity heat pumps can be a less expensive option over time.

How much does a heat pump cost?

Heat pump pricing depends on several factors like the size of your house, model, installation requirements—and even the climate conditions in your area. Some heat pumps qualify for local rebates.

How long does a heat pump last?

A properly installed heat pump should last an average of 15 years. Several factors can reduce or extend the life expectancy including the type of heat pump you buy, usage, your location and how well the heat pump is maintained.

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Rebates Available Now

May 10th, 2021

South Coast Air Quality Management – SCAQMD

$1,500 Full Electric Heat Pump System with Ducted Air Handler
(up to 5.5 tons)***

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power – DWP

$75 Smart Thermostat

AC Optimization – Keep your eye on this space 🙂

Burbank Water and Power

Up to $1,500 to help you replace your old, costly central AC unit before it breaks down. Older heat pumps may also be eligible.

Rebates available now 🙂

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Get Ready for Summer Weather With AC Maintenance

May 3rd, 2021

Do you want to bring your home life to a halt this summer because you need an emergency AC repair in Van Nuys, CA—or elsewhere in our service area? Of course you don’t, although you can always rely on our technicians to come through for you in case this happens. 

But we’re here to talk about repair prevention today, and that’s only part of what you’ll get when you have your AC maintained before the summer heat arrives. 

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What Does an Attic Fan Actually Do?

April 19th, 2021

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The term attic fan might be confusing to people at first, especially anyone who lives in Southern California, where attics are narrow spaces rarely used for anything more than storage. Why have a fan placed up there?

But attic fans are installations that can help create better energy efficiency and comfort for an entire house. If your home doesn’t have an attic fan, we recommend taking some time to look into the possibilities of having one installed. 

First, we need to get into more detail about what an attic fan is.

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Signs You Need Electrical Wiring Repairs

April 5th, 2021

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Some home repairs you can delay for a while, but electrical wiring repairs are not one of them. When you have a warning of electrical issues with the wiring in the house, call for a licensed electrician to look into the problem and find a solution. Do not attempt to do a DIY inspection or repair: the safety hazards are simply too high, and it will cause your house to violate the local electrical code. Stay safe and have the job done right: call our electricians for the work.

To help you know when it’s time to call for a West Hollywood, CA electrician, we’ve put together a list of a few of the biggest warning signs of wiring problems in your house.

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