Kilowatt Heating, Air Conditioning and Electrical Blog

Spring’s Almost Here, Is It Time to Retire Your HVAC System?

March 11th, 2019

ac-coilsIt’s hard to say goodbye to old friends. You probably don’t think of the HVAC system in your house as an “old friend,” even though it has provided your house with years of comfort. It’s not a flashy piece of equipment, and most of it is hidden. But saying goodbye to it does mean paying for a new one—and you don’t want to do that until it’s necessary.

Since spring is a good time to have a new HVAC system put in (take advantage of the mild weather and technicians’ less busy schedules), it’s also a good time to start considering if this is when you’ll retire your current one.

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Ductless Heating and the Vintage Home: A Good Combo

February 25th, 2019

ductless-ac-unitThe vintage homes of Southern California are often beautiful, styled in classic Spanish and Art Deco designs. If you live in one of these homes, you want to preserve as much of the beauty as possible…

…but having a central air conditioning system—that’d be great too. Unfortunately, these vintage homes were built before central ventilation was common in residential buildings. There isn’t much space to put in ductwork unless you are okay with major renovations that can harm the original integrity of the home. You can rely on window ACs, but those look ugly when put into the windows of a beautiful vintage home.

Is there a solution? We wouldn’t bring the topic up if we didn’t have one!

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My Electrical Bills Seem Way Too High—What’s Up?

February 11th, 2019

electrical-repairmanWe’ve had a longer cold spell here in Southern California than we often get. Of course, it’s nothing compared to the awful deep freeze that recently struck the Midwest. But it’s still cold to us, and if you use an electric-powered heating system like a heat pump or an electric furnace, you can expect to see an uptick on your electrical bills. That’s normal: just check electrical usage with previous bills to see that the rise in costs corresponds to more use.

This post is about dealing with abnormally and inexplicably high electric bills. What might be causing these spikes? We can help you investigate this, although for real repair work and other jobs, always call on a professional electrician in Burbank, CA.

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Don’t Let Your Gas Furnace Get Too Old!

January 28th, 2019

furnace_repair_for_homesOne of the odd troubles we face in Southern California when it comes to home heating is that it’s easy to let a heater stay around for far too long in a house. When people don’t rely too often on a system like a gas furnace, they often don’t consider when it’s old enough that it needs to be replaced.

It’s true that heating systems don’t wear down as fast in our warm climate because they do less work. But age still affects them, and it’s important to know when it’s best to have an older heater replaced. This is especially important for natural gas furnaces. At what point do you have a gas furnace that’s too old for furnace repair in Los Angeles, CA to continue to be worth it?

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What Makes for a Good HVAC Installation?

January 14th, 2019

FamilyHVAC3When we talk about installation of a new heating, air conditioning, and ventilation system for a house, we often say things like, “If you have a good installation, the new system will save money on energy costs.” Or, “If you have a good installation, you won’t have to worry about hot and cold spots around your home.”

But what do we mean by a good installation? “Good” is tricky to pin down, and HVAC systems are supposed to be precise. What counts as a good installation? How do you make sure you have one?

We’ll break down what goes into a good HVAC system installation.

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Heat Pumps and Southern California Weather: A Great Match

December 31st, 2018

As each new year begins, we like to focus on helping our customers make big changes to their home’s HVAC and electrical systems. With the holiday bustle over and plans for the year ahead being put into motion, now is an excellent time to make those household upgrades.

If you have a subpar, older HVAC system, we have a recommendation: install a heat pump!

Okay, don’t run out right now and buy one—you do want to consult with professionals about this. For your new HVAC installation in Studio City, CA, you can work with our experts to find the best new system.

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Holiday Lights and Your Home’s Electrical System

December 17th, 2018

outdoor-string-of-lightsWe don’t have snow for December in California, and we imagine most locals are a-okay with that. But homeowners still want some holiday cheer, and one of the best ways to pretend they’re in a winter wonderland while still only needing a windbreaker when outside is to put up a festive light show on the outside of the house. And a generous amount on the inside as well.

But there’s a potential downside to decorating with lights during the season. The amount of electrical demand a light display puts on the house can cause tripped circuit breakers. And it can even lead to house fires! We have some advice about electrical safety when it comes to lighting the street up and giving the living room a seasonal glow with your dazzling displays.

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Unhealthy Air Quality Concerns in Southern California

December 3rd, 2018

We’ve written about indoor air quality for homes before, since making IAQ (indoor air quality) improvements is part of what we do. But it’s urgent to talk with customers and potential customers in Southern California because of the recent destructive fires that blazed through the region during November. By the time the fires ended, more than 20 cities in California had unhealthy air. The Woolsey fire in Malibu was the most destructive for us in Southern California, and it released into the air many harmful particles that can lead to respiratory issues and worsening of previous medical conditions.

Even though the fires are vanquished and we’ve had rain, air quality doesn’t automatically switch back to “healthy.” The short-term concerns about being outside may be gone, but your home may be suffering from poor air quality for the near future. Sadly when homes burn the smoke is much more toxic than the smoke from a wood campfire. But you can do something about the air quality inside your home!

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Saving Energy in These Mild California Winters

November 19th, 2018

If you go searching around the internet, you can easily find tips for how to conserve energy during winter weather. But in Southern California, the situation is different. We have some of the mildest winters in the Continental US. Heating systems sometimes need to come on, but they don’t run every day for hours at a time.

Deb is always ready with a warm smile and some good advice about saving energy.

When it comes to saving energy, you need different strategies than “put in storm windows” (we don’t have storm windows). Deb has some tips for cutting down on your energy use in our climate.

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Our Thanksgiving Tradition

November 16th, 2018

Hi, I’m just now delivering the most beautiful letters to the troops from Lennox Cox Community School, St. Mark’s School, and the lovely Daughters of the Revolution of Antelope Valley. Being a drop of location for “A Million Thanks” and helping to deliver heartfelt letters of gratitude to the brave active duty Soldiers and wounded Veterans has been an honor.

I wanted to share with you a little Thanksgiving tradition we have at our home that seems to make everyone feel grateful and reminds us we are ALL one big family:

We put out a bowl of crafty stuff, blank cards, and some pens. Everyone is invited to write a personal “thank you” note to someone serving in our military.

No pressure. What’s nice is that the letters will be delivered for Christmas and it really means so much to the soldiers to know that they are cared about when they are away during the holidays.

If you want to try it at your Thanksgiving, great! Please drop off your letters at Kilowatt or give them to your service tech, and I will make sure they are delivered.

Happy Thanksgiving friends,
Lisa Gilford

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