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Archive for July, 2015

How Does Solar Air Conditioning Work?

Monday, July 27th, 2015

Many homeowners are switching to solar energy to help save money and protect the environment. We get plenty of sun here, and the best way to benefit from the abundant sunlight is by installing a solar air conditioner. Solar air conditioning works by converting the power of the sun into a source of energy, using either a hybrid system or a solar-powered absorption chiller. Solar air conditioning can be installed in almost any home to alleviate the high cost of running a conventional air conditioning system.sprint phone 072

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Boxer Rescue Los Angeles

Friday, July 24th, 2015

This may have been one of the hardest jobs we’ve ever done. It wasn’t the electrical wiring or the air conditioning installation that was hard. It was leaving without a dog. Every Kilowatt installer who worked at Boxer Rescue fell in love with a dog there. If you are looking for a new family member, please check out the sweet boxers waiting for their fur-ever home at Boxer Rescue LA.

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To view the follow-up story from this blog, please click here.

 

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The Advantages of a Ductless Air Conditioning System

Monday, July 20th, 2015

IMG_6445You have more options for central air conditioning than you may think. You no longer need to rely on a standard “split” air conditioner, which blows cooled air through a network of ducts into the room. You can instead choose to have a ductless mini split system installed, which uses multiple air handlers placed on the walls throughout the house to blow air directly into the rooms.

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Replace Your Old, Inefficient Air Conditioning System This Summer

Monday, July 13th, 2015

Answer this question as best you can without looking up the information: How long have you had the same air conditioning system in your home? Is your immediate response, “A long time”? Can you even remember when it was installed? Was it already in place when you moved in, and you have no idea how long it was working before then? All right, go look up the information (if you have it) on the age of the system. Is it over 10 years? Over 15? Then we should probably have a talk.

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Is Fiber Glass Insulation Safe for My Ductwork?

Monday, July 6th, 2015

Fiber glass insulation has been used as thermal insulation inside ventilation systems for homes (as well as other buildings) since the widespread use of forced-air heating and cooling systems after World War II. This insulation is important for preventing heat loss during warm weather and heat infiltration during cold weather. Without proper ductwork insulation, a home’s HVAC system would be highly energy inefficient—and probably much less effective at providing comfort.

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Summer Safe Pets

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Justdog summer because it’s hotter than a stolen tamale outside doesn’t mean that our dog, Poppy, wants to stay in the house and loaf around all day! We’ve been getting up extra early for her daily hike. We don’t want her getting Heat Stroke! or your dog either. Most of our customers have four legged family members too, so here is a little safe summer guidance for healthy pets:

  • Exercise your dog earlier in the morning or later in the evening on hot summer days.
  • Keep your pet indoors during the heat of the day, and have plenty of fresh clean water available.
  • If it is not possible to keep your pet indoors, make sure to have access to plenty of complete shade, and fresh water.
  • Beware of hot concrete or asphalt – the heat can burn your pet’s feet, while rising heat can contribute to heat stroke in small animals.
  • Never leave your pet in a locked car, not even for a few minutes, not even with the windows down a bit!!

Signs of Heat Stroke

The first signs of being overheated include heavy panting and difficulty breathing. The tongue and gums will start to appear bright red, the eyes will glaze over.

  • The dog becomes unsteady on its feet.
  • There is excessive drooling.
  • Vomiting or bloody diarrhea.
  • Seizures or loss of consciousness.
  • Cats can pant, have sweaty paws, groom excessively in an attempt to cool down Their tongue and gums can also become red, vomiting and staggering can be noticed, and ultimately seizures or coma and death.

First Aid

  • Getting your pet’s temperature down quickly is crucial.
  • Move your pet out of the heat into a cooler area, either into the shade – or ideally into air conditioning.
  • Spray your pet with cool (not icy cold) water.
  • Place wet towels or cool packs in the armpits and the groin area.
  • Putting a fan on it will help further cooling.

Risk factors

Never give large bowls of water at once in case vomiting makes things worse. If your pet is not very alert, don’t give anything by mouth but go to a vet immediately.

These risk factors are:

  • Being a dog with a short nose and flat face – such as Pugs, Pekineses, Boxers, Bulldogs, Shih Tzus and Boston Terriers
  • Being a very young pup or elderly pet, or obese
  • Being left in a car on a hot day – this can be fatal in a relatively short time!
  • Suffering from heart or lung disease (interferes with efficient breathing)
  • Being confined without access to shade or water on a hot day
  • Over exercising your dog or allowing it to over-exercise in hot weather.

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