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Archive for October, 2015

Time for a Tune-Up for Your Furnace!

Monday, October 26th, 2015

IMG_5890Los Angeles enjoys some of the finest weather in the world. Right now, even though it’s late in October, we’re experiencing warm temperatures and clear days. However, this pleasant weather won’t last forever, and we may be due for some intense rainy periods in the coming months. If you have a furnace in your home, you need to make sure that all of its components are fine-tuned to handle the work it may need to do to keep your home comfortable.

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FAQ: “Can I Pay Your Employees Directly to Do a Side Job for Me?”

Monday, October 19th, 2015

IMG_7741This a question that our technicians often hear, and we want to address it in this post because the answer will help you understand how working with a professional company like Kilowatt not only ensures you receive the best job possible, but also financially protects you.

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Install a High-Efficiency Furnace and Receive a $200 Rebate!

Monday, October 12th, 2015

furnace-installed-by-kilowatt‘Tis the season (fall, that is) when homeowners start to consider whether they should replace their old, inefficient heating equipment with something that runs better and wastes far less energy. This is an important issue in Southern California: since we don’t run our heating systems that often, we want to make sure that they aren’t energy guzzlers during the periods when we do have to use them.

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Vent Grills Matter for Your Home Comfort!

Monday, October 5th, 2015

IMG_1282If you have a home that uses a ventilation system to distribute cooled and heated air through the rooms, then you’re familiar with air vents and the grills that cover them. You probably think that there isn’t much else you really need to know about grills. How much of an effect can something like a grill have on home comfort?

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Why Old Air Conditioners Pose Health and Safety Risks

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Upgrade Your HVAC System For Better Safety & Health

We rely on our air conditioners to escape the heat, which, in Southern California can be year-round. Unfortunately, older units may not provide much relief, tend to need more repairs, and can sap electricity. But did you know they could also put your family at risk? Replacing a damaged or outdated A/C system could not only keep your loved ones cool but also safe and healthy.

Safety Risks

Old air conditioning units rely on outdated parts and power sources, including old electrical wiring, which can be a fire hazard. In fact, the National Fire Protection Association reports that old wiring in HVAC equipment, including A/C units, space heaters, and fans, caused 14% of all electrical house fires between 2007 and 2011. Since electrical wiring is often hidden within the equipment, problems can go unnoticed. One added benefit of hiring an HVAC company to professionally install or upgrade a system, notes The Refrigeration School, is that technicians gain access to all the wires that powered the original unit. Before they install your new equipment, they thoroughly check these wires and identify any red flags to prevent hazardous electrical damage.

Health Risks

A good air conditioner can improve indoor air quality, but old units may sometimes cause or intensify allergies and asthma, states the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Common problems that can leave your family sniffling and sneezing include inadequate draining pans, contaminated ducts or filters, poor ventilation power, or other flaws that affect air quality and filtration. Older units can also have problems with mold—which we definitely don’t want in our homes!

If you have seasonal allergies, you’re probably well aware of the pollen, dander, and other allergens that fill the outdoor air every spring. Most modern, well-maintained A/C units will filter out these contaminants before they reach your indoor spaces. Outdated systems, unfortunately, just aren’t up to the task—another good reason to upgrade to a cleaner, more efficient and safer HVAC system.

Cooler Homes, Cleaner Air, Lower Utility Bills

Like our other appliances, our air conditioners only live so long. The U.S. Department of Energy reports that the majority of central A/C units will last an average of 20 years. Updating your system sooner, however, could cut electricity usage by to 40%. The DOE recommends replacing old units after 10 years to reap these savings. Of course, the health and safety of your family is the best benefit of installing a new air conditioner—cutting costs on your utility bills is just an added bonus!

written by Monica Gomez

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Is My Furnace Filter Protecting My Family’s Lungs?

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

IMG_4470Can we talk about air quality? Los Angeles is famous for its smog and it’s come to our attention that some of our customers think the purpose of the air filter in their furnace is to keep the air in their home clean for their family’s lungs. It’s NOT! Air in your home is about 30% dirtier than the air outside. Dust, dirt, pollen, dander, pet fur and cooking oils are all floating around the air in your home. You can see the particulates in a ray of light coming through the window. But you won’t be able to tell by changes in air quality whether the air filter needs to be changed. Trust us, it does. Even if the air doesn’t seem any dirtier than it was 3 months ago.

The filter is there to protect the furnace, not you. Your HVAC system will process zillions of cubic feet of air during it’s lifetime and just as eating right and exercising keeps your body healthy and strong, feeding filtered air to your furnace will keep it working well for years to come. There are tons of delicate complex parts inside of the furnace that need to remain clean to work effectively. The thinnest layer of dirt on an evaporative coil dramatically reduces the energy-efficiency of your home comfort system. There are also moving parts inside your furnace that are lubricated. Dirt build-up in the lubricant causes unnecessary strain on the equipment.

There are special air purifiers that can be installed as part of your heating and cooling system that do an amazing job of cleaning the air for your family. We’ve had really exciting experiences of improved  health with those products. If you want to find out more about how we can improve the air quality for your family give us a call 818-780-0701.

In the meantime keep changing that filter. Your furnace will show it’s appreciation with lower electric bills and a longer life.

 

 

 

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