Kilowatt Heating, Air Conditioning and Electrical Blog: Archive for August, 2016

Your AC Worked Hard This Summer—Time to Change the Air Filter for the Fall

Monday, August 29th, 2016

bef84efb42ac8b13fbe71a808778146979c91857e607829a58db5f843114799bThis summer was a hot one! One of the hottest on record, in fact. The air conditioning system that keeps your family cooled down has probably done its largest workload yet this year. We hope that it has managed this stress well—and if it hasn’t, we hope you called us for the repair service that got it back in shape.

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It’s Not Too Late to Upgrade to an Energy Efficient AC!

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

APlatinumVariableSpeedHeatPump_010515132514The late summer has arrived, and September is peeking over the edge of the calendar. That means cooler temperatures are coming soon. But that doesn’t mean you can simply forget about your air conditioning system. You’ll still need it for the last month of the season, not mention those occasional Southern California heat waves that can spring out of nowhere during the rest of the year.

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Meet Our President and Find Out How We Give Back to the Community!

Monday, August 15th, 2016

IMG_2326Dean Gilford, president of Kilowatt Electric, Heating & Air Conditioning, was born and raised right here in the San Fernando Valley. Besides providing homeowners with A+ Rated, 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed home services over the past 28 years, Dean has been passionate about giving back to our local community. As Dean says, “It’s no accident that I am in the service business. The greatest joy I’ve found in this world is to be of service.”

Below are some of the ways that Dean and Kilowatt give back to the community:

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Adding Central Air Conditioning to an Older Home

Monday, August 8th, 2016

Montecito-landscape-design-spanish-mediterranean-styleCentral air conditioning has become the standard for current homes, or at least homes in places that get as warm as Southern California. If you live in an older home that doesn’t have central air conditioning and instead relies on window units to provide cooling, you may believe that it’s either impossible or too expensive to have a central air conditioning system put in.

However, this type of installation isn’t as difficult, or as costly, as it may seem at first. Much of it depends on your home and the options you choose for air conditioning it.

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August Employee of the Month: Hector Basurto

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

Hector Basurto is our August Employee of the Month. We all love him and rely heavily on his skills here at Kilowatt. Here are a few things you might now know about Hector:

What are your favorite hobbies?

Hector: Building stuff around my house. 

What is your favorite food?


Dean Gilford and Hector Basurto

Hector: Chinese food!

What is your favorite TV show?

Hector: “Friends”

If you could travel anywhere where would you go?

Hector: Costa Rica

What would your first purchase be if you won the lottery?

Hector: A house for my mom.

What do you enjoy doing on your days off?

Hector: Watching football.

What is your favorite part of the job?

Hector: I like figuring out how to best approach a home re-wire.

What should your customers know about you?

Hector: That I treat your home as carefully as I would my own.

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What You Need to Know about the R-22 Freon Phaseout

Monday, August 1st, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-08-04 at 9.46.19 PMChemical refrigerant (also known by the brand name Freon) is the lifeblood of your air conditioning system: it’s the fluid that allows for the transfers of heat from the inside of your home to the outside. But refrigerant isn’t a single type of chemical blend. Over the more than a century that electro-mechanical air conditioners have been around, many different chemical blends have served as refrigerant. A blend called R-22 was the most common refrigerant in residential ACs for many decades. However, R-22 will not be around much longer, and this may have an effect on your home’s air conditioning.

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