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Archive for January, 2015

AccuClean™ Whole House Air Cleaner by American Standard®

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Are you concerned about the air quality in your home?

Most Los Angeles homeowners think that their existing heating and cooling system is cleaning the air of these pollutants and allergens. The typical 1-inch throwaway filter that comes with most heating and air conditioning systems is designed only to prevent large particles from damaging the equipment. It is not there to make the air cleaner for YOU and your family.

You see, the average person takes 20,000 breaths per day of air that can contain particles and allergens. For children this number doubles, making them especially sensitive to air quality problems. Today’s homes are better insulated and more tightly sealed. This is great from an energy standpoint, but it also means that humidity, dust and indoor air pollutants are being sealed inside your home. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 50 percent of all illnesses are either caused or aggravated by poor indoor air quality.

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In one year, more than 40 pounds of dirt and dust can accumulate in a typical Los Angeles home. With American Standard’s AccuClean, the majority (99.8%) of irritating particles like dust, pollen, pet hair and dander, lint, cooking smoke and even bacteria are removed from the air as it is heated or cooled.

AccuClean is eight times more effective than even the best HEPA room appliance and 100 times more effective than a standard filter or ionic-type room appliance. There is nothing on the market that cleans indoor air better. In fact when AccuClean was being tested, the independent testing facility thought the testing equipment was broken because the readings came back with a zero particulate count three times!

American Standard AccuClean filters the air in a three-step process:

  • The air in your home circulates through your heating and cooling system, carrying millions of airborne particles through the ductwork. As the air goes through the pre-filter, it traps the majority of the large particles.
  • Then, the air is passed through many small electrical fields, where each particle receives an electric charge.
  • Then, the charged particles are sent through a filter that traps particles down to 0.3 microns in size. This is the size at which allergens can get deep into your lungs because they aren’t being filtered by your nose and throat.

American Standard AccuClean is eight times more effective than even the best HEPA room appliance and 100 times more effective than a standard 1” throwaway filter or ionic-type room appliance.

Find out more about how to create a clean and comfortable home environment for your family by scheduling an appointment with Kilowatt Air Conditioning & Heating in Sherman Oaks and surrounding areas either on the web or by calling us at 818-780-0701. We will do a Complimentary In-Home Consultation.

A letter from Lisa Gilford:

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Condensate Drain Recommendations: Line Flush / Pan Treatment

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Moldy Water Damage – Don’t let this happen to you!

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“There is water leaking ..from my attic …into my hallway …coming out of the utility closet.” Panicked homeowners call us all summer long with the same preventable story: Their air conditioner is leaking and destroying the ceiling, rugs, floors and walls… Don’t let this happen to you!

Any Los Angeles air conditioning contractor will tell you that our air is brimming with water, 65% average humidity. All that water is processed by your air conditioner and becomes condensation.

Just like a cold drink on a hot day creates condensation on the outside of the glass, so it is when warm air from your home comes in contact with your evaporator coil. Sometimes buckets of condensation are created. A properly installed heating and cooling system is carefully designed to deal with all the excess water produced. Proper systems are equipped with a drain pan and pipe running either to the ground outside your house or maybe into a rain gutter on the roof. If this drain line is clogged, you can be facing some potentially serious issues.Condensate-Drain-Line-Plugged

What’s in a clog?

The usual culprits clog a drain; dust, dirt, rust, pet fur. Sometimes there are interesting surprises, like snails or plants that have crawled into the drain line from the outside. The wet environment can be a host for algae or fungus. Sometimes a slimy growth builds up in the drain pan or condensate line and clogs things up.

Drain Pan Treatments
We have a couple of different long lasting drain pan treatments we recommend which become activated by moisture and kill any mold, bacteria, or yeast growing in the condensate system. The Drain Pan Treatments we recommend are safe and biodegradable, prevent buildup & growths and keep drain pans clean, free flowing, and odor free.

Flushing the Condensate Drain
Kilowatt’s Safety-Sealed service technicians provide a high pressure nitrogen flush to completely clear the drain line.

The condensate drain needs to be flushed out periodically to properly maintain the system. Typically every 2-3 years, but if you have been doing construction on your property, have pets, or if your AC technician recommends the service, it’s a good idea to do it as needed.

A Warning Sign
A good air conditioning contractor will place the secondary drain outlet over a window or in a similarly noticeable place. When you see water dripping call for service. The problem can be remedied BEFORE it causes damage to your home.

To schedule air conditioning service in Los Angeles, contact Kilowatt today!

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When New Year’s Day Was Not on January 1st

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

Some holidays fall on shifting calendar days for every year, such as Thanksgiving (fourth Thursday in November) and Easter (the first Sunday after the first full moon to occur on or after March 21). Other holidays, such as Valentine’s Day and Halloween, are fixed. No holiday has a more solid calendar date attached to it than New Year’s Day. It has to fall on January 1st because it celebrates the first day of a new year. That only makes sense…

…except that, like most things that at first appear obvious, there is a bit more to the story. The beginning of the year was not always on the first of January. As with an enormous numbers of traditions in the Western World, the establishment of January 1st as the inaugural day of a new year goes back to the ancient Romans.

The modern solar calendar is derived from the Roman model, but the earliest Roman calendars did not have 365 days in a year spread over 12 months. Instead, there were 304 days spread over 10 months. The Romans believed this calendar originated with the mythical founder of the city, Romulus. If Romulus were a real person, we can credit him with a poor understanding of the seasons, as this abbreviated calendar soon got out of sync with Earth’s orbit around the Sun. Numa, one of the Kings of Rome (probably also fictional) receives credit for creating a longer year with two added months, Ianuarius and Februarius, bringing the number of days in the year to 355. The new month of Ianuarius, named after Ianus (Janus in contemporary spelling), the god of beginnings, would eventually be known in English as January. But when this new calendar was instituted, January was not the first month. March, named after the god of war, remained the first month, and March 1st was New Year’s Day.

This extended calendar still did not keep in synch with the seasons. In 45 BCE, Julius Caesar instituted reforms to align the calendar correctly according to calculations of astronomers, with an additional 10 days distributed across the year. January also became set as the first month, and offerings to the god Janus on this day started the tradition we now know as New Year’s. The date still fluctuated during the ensuing centuries, with a number of Western European holy days treated as the beginning of the year instead. It wasn’t until the next calendar reform in 1582, the Gregorian Calendar, that the date of the New Year was fixed at January 1st.

However you choose to celebrate the beginning of the current calendar, everyone here at Kilowatt hopes you have a wonderful 2015!

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