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Archive for July, 2014

How to Pick a Water Heater

Monday, July 21st, 2014

If you’re in the market for a new water heater, do you know what you’re looking for? There is a staggering array of systems available in the residential and commercial markets these days and navigating the field can be difficult even for seasoned homeowners. It’s important to consult with a professional right from the start. We’ll be able to save you some time and effort by narrowing down your options to those systems that would work well for your home as well as your budget.

Here Are Some Factors to Consider When Choosing a New Water Heater

  • Tank or tankless? While the tank water heater remains the most popular type of system throughout this land, the tankless water heater continues to grow in popularity because of its energy efficiency and its ability to be located in a greater range of places than large tanks. A tank water heater is the budget model, although their energy efficiency has improved substantially in recent years. A tankless only heats water that you need so it remains an excellent choice for environmentally-conscious homeowners as well as those looking to cut costs.
  • Appropriate size. You need to make certain that your new water heater’s capacity matches what your home needs. If your new equipment is over or undersized, then the results will be mediocre, and you may find that your system suffers undue wear and tear as a result. A professional can assess your hot water needs and help you make an informed decision.
  • Alternative energy sources. Because of all the radiant sunshine that we get here in the LA area, you may find that solar energy is a viable choice for your home. The solar water heater is a great way to let the sun work for you. There are several different types of solar water heaters, including passive and active systems.
  • High efficiency water heaters. There are other options beyond the conventional gas or electric water heater. For example, the hybrid water heater combines the technology of tank and tankless systems, while the heat pump water heater draws on the popular HVAC technology to draw in thermal energy from the surrounding air.

Call Kilowatt today to schedule professional water heater installation in Los Angeles.

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How to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

While most homeowners think primarily of temperature, it’s important to realize that indoor air quality is just as important to the comfort of your home. You need to make certain that the air your breathe while inside your home is clean and properly humidified. However, the modern presents a number of challenges to those seeking to improve their indoor air quality. Because it is tightly sealed against the elements, it often recycles and recirculates the same air throughout the house over and over. Opening a window is possible, but not without a substantial rise in your energy bill. So what do you do?

There are a number of whole house indoor air quality devices available to you. These systems integrate directly within your ductwork so that your entire indoor air supply is covered. Unlike portable units, they require very little to no maintenance and they are highly efficient. Let’s take a look at some of your options.

  • Air filtration system. If your air quality is suffering because of the presence of airborne contaminants, then you may want to begin by thinking about an air filtration system. Unlike portable units that have to be shifted from room to room, a whole-house air filter does all the work for you. It removes noxious particles that can aggravate your allergies and cause other issues for those with respiratory conditions.
  • UV air purifier. If you’re looking for a supplement to conventional air filtration, then a UV air purifier might be best. This device uses ultraviolet light to destroy biological contaminants such as mold, mildew and bacteria, though it does not affect the presence of dust, dander and other debris.
  • Energy recovery ventilator. If you’re concerns are more about the proper ventilation of your home, then an energy recovery ventilator may be more your style. These devices allow you to ventilate your home without worrying about the attendant costs of doing so.

It’s important that the indoor air quality device that you choose be properly installed and serviced (as need be). We can make that happen. Call Kilowatt today to learn more about our indoor air quality products & services in Los Angeles.

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“What is the best brand of air conditioning or heating equipment?”

Friday, July 11th, 2014

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“What is the best brand of air conditioning or heating equipment?” We get asked that question a lot.

In July 2014, readers of a national product testing and research magazine rated American Standard Heating and Air Conditioning’s air conditioners and heat pumps as the most reliable brand among leading manufacturers.

Kilowatt happens to be a Customer Care Dealer for American Standard which means that we have passed American Standards rigorous standards for service. The Customer Care designation also gives us access to better financing for our customers and special savings on equipment, not available to other dealers.

We are thrilled to share with you this exciting research report. But it only supports what we already know after installing thousands of HVAC systems throughout Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley. American Standard really does have the highest level of reliability and customer satisfaction.

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Energy Efficient Cooling Tips

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Residents and visitors of the LA area alike know how hot and humid it can get here, so it’s not surprising that we crank up the AC as soon as the long cooling season shows itself. But the cost of cooling can be overwhelming at times. It’s just as important that your air conditioner be energy efficient as it is powerful. As a leading HVAC provider in the Los Angeles area, our customers are always interested in saving money on their monthly electric bills, no matter what type of air conditioner they have.

Here Are Some Energy Efficient Cooling Tips to Keep In Mind as You Stay Cool This Summer

  • Know when to replace your AC. If you find that your system struggles to keep you cool during the summer months or that it fails to be energy efficient at all, then it may be time to opt for a new system. There’s little sense in having an old and obsolete system, particularly if you’ll have to get rid of it soon and it’s costing you a fortune to operate. Sometimes the best way to improve energy efficiency is to swap out the system entirely.
  • Preventive maintenance. The only way you can expect your cooling system to operate just as it should is with routine maintenance. We’re not just talking about changing the air filters. Your entire system needs to be routinely cleaned and adjusted for maximum efficiency and performance. Dust and debris only lead to higher energy bills. This is ideally done before the beginning of the cooling season.
  • Take care of problems ASAP. If you notice that your air conditioner no longer functions like it should, then make sure to have it repaired as soon as possible. Letting problems linger only leads to further damage and high energy bills. Find a quality contractor who can service your system.

If your AC is struggling or it needs to be routinely maintained, just let us know. We offer a number of air conditioning services in Encino that can keep you cool. Call us today.

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Leading the Way with Independence Days!

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

The term “Fourth of July” is the popular name for the U.S. federal holiday officially known as Independence Day. It isn’t surprising that we would come up with a different name from the official one, since “Independence Day” is one of the most common holiday names across the globe. Most of the nations in existence today won their independence from another power, whether through wars, treaties, or long transitions.

What might surprise many people is how old U.S. Independence Day actually is compared to the similar holidays of other nations. Although the U.S. is still considered a young nation, it was one of the first to make a full break for its colonial master with a new constitution. Most countries that celebrate a national Independence Day are commemorating events that occurred in the second half of the 20th century, when many older empires at last relinquished control over their colonies.

How substantial is the difference in time for the U.S.A. and the rest of the world? U.S. Independence Day celebrates the signing of the Declaration of Independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain in 1776, making our country unusual in that almost no existing nations celebrate an independence event from the eighteenth century.

In terms of age, there is only a tiny handful current countries that celebrate an independence day that occurred earlier than the United States. Switzerland celebrates its independence from the Holy Roman Empire of the Germans in 1291 with “Swiss National Day,” held every August 1—although this only gained status as a national holiday in 1994. Sweden Celebrates “National Day of Sweden” to commemorate events in 1523 and the election of King Gustav I during the War of Liberation against Christian II of Denmark and Norway. Romania comes almost a hundred years after U.S. Independence, with its 1877 freedom from Turkish rule.

The most recent Independence Days to come into existence are for Montenegro, which gained independence from Serbia in 2006 and celebrates the day on May 21, and South Sudan, which gained independence from Sudan in 2011 and celebrates the day only a day after the U.S., on July 5.

Does anyone else celebrate a literal “Fourth of July,” an Independence Day that also falls on the fourth day of the seventh month? Yes: Abkhazia, a small Central Asian country that declared its independence from the Republic of Georgia in 1999 (although not all countries recognize it). Coming a day (like South Sudan) on July 5 is the independence of the small Atlantic island nation of Cape Verde, which became free from Portugal through signed agreement in 1975.

Everyone at Kilowatt hopes you and your family enjoy a vibrant Independence Day/Fourth of July this year!

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