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

December Employee of the Month

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

Kilowatt Employee of the Month December 2016Congratulations Bob Porter, Kilowatt’s December 2016 Employee of the Month. Bob is like a brother to Dean. They have been friends since high school so Bob had to really prove himself to the rest of the guys in the field. Clearly he has! Bob’s earned the respect of the whole team

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Maintenance Helps Avoid Expensive Problems

Monday, November 28th, 2016
It was the Filter, in the drawing room, with the dust particles!

It was the Filter, in the drawing room, with the dust particles!

Regular maintenance for your heating system and air conditioner are necessary during the year. We recommend air conditioning maintenance in the spring, so right now we’re going to specifically address heating maintenance. After all, it’s the season for doing it! And since Southern California doesn’t exactly experience bracing cold winter (some rain, some cool nights) it’s not too late to arrange for maintenance in early December. Just contact us to get started!

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What NOT to Feed Your Dog at Thanksgiving

Monday, November 21st, 2016

We’re going to step out of our usual advice about heating, air conditioning, ventilation, and electrical services and instead focus on some good holiday safety tips. Thanksgiving is coming up shortly, a time of feasting and family. But it’s also a time when people need to take special caution with their pets. Dogs in particular have a great craving for much of the food served during Thanksgiving dinner and the various other treat items that surround it. But not all of this food is healthy for a canine digestive system, which is different from the human digestive system.

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Celebrating a Year of Rooney

Friday, November 18th, 2016

Rooney the rescue dogA year ago we were working at Boxer Rescue putting in furnaces to keep those cute doggies warm. This big-hearted bull dog had been languishing for a year, losing hope of ever finding a home. He had been found tied to a post in San Bernardino starved and dehydrated. Scars all over his body and a pancreas problem scared people off.

Here is our facebook post wondering if we should adopt him. Of course we got a resounding “YES!”screen-shot-2016-10-01-at-3-01-52-pm

But the guys fell in love with him and when we finished the job Rooney jumped in the truck and came home to his forever family.

IMG_9220Now his life is filled with wags and kisses. Rooney spends his days at Kilowatt hanging out with Ellie, Deb & Jessica and greeting the service techs as they come and go. Nights are spent playing with Poppy and Sally, his two dog sisters.

Poppy and RooneyHappy Home-Day Rooney!  A little poem (author unknown) in your honor:

My sunshine doesn’t come from skies,
It comes from love in my dog’s eyes.

So true about Rooney.img_0734

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What Does an “Older Home Specialist” Mean?

Monday, November 14th, 2016

IMG_2423At Kilowatt Heating, Air Conditioning and Electrical, we’re proud to be an older home specialist. You might have seen this displayed on the banner of our website and wondered exactly what it meant. If you took a guess, you might assume it meant a contractor with special knowledge of working with the HVAC systems of older homes with peculiar needs. And your guess would be close!

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Help Us Again with the Food Drive for San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission!

Friday, November 11th, 2016

It’s that time of year to be thankful for all we have. Kilowatt is again collecting food for the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission. But we need your help!

Those extra cans of  soup, cranberries, peaches, or that box of macaroni and cheese that is taking up space in your cupboards. We will gladly take whatever canned or boxed food you don’t want anymore.  We need your help to stock the pantry of the San Fernando valley rescue mission.

How can YOU help?

It’s easy, next time a service or maintenance tech comes by your home simply give them the food you want to contribute. Or you can stop by Kilowatt headquarters at 4925 Sepulveda Blvd. in Sherman Oaks, and drop off your food donations.😉 san-fernado-valley-rescue-mission-food-drive-jpg

An estimated 254,000 men, women, and children experience homelessness in Los Angeles County during some part of the year and approximately 82,000 people are homeless on any given night. Unaccompanied youth, especially in the Hollywood area, are estimated to make up from 4,800 to 10,000 of these. A high percentage – as high as 20 percent – are veterans, about 25% are mentally ill, and 23% are children.

Other Facts About the Homeless Population in Los Angeles:

The average age is 40 – women tend to be younger.

  • 33% to 50% are female. Men make up about 75% of the single population.
  • About 42% to 77% do not receive public benefits to which they are entitled.
  • 20% to 43% are in families, typically headed by a single mother.
  • An estimated 20% are physically disabled.
  • 41% of adults were employed within last year.
  • 16% to 20% of adults are employed.
  • As children, 27% lived in foster care or group homes; 25% were physically or sexually abused.
  • 33%-66% of single individuals have substance abuse issues.
  • 48% graduated from high school; 32% had a bachelor degree or higher (as compared to 45% and 25%, for the population overall respectively).
    Update January 27, 2016

The San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission is so grateful to receive all the food donations! We will continue to accept donations thru Friday, December 9 at noon.

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What Are Heat Pumps?

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

heat-pump-los-angelesFor many decades, the standard heating and cooling set-up for homes was a combination of an air conditioner and a furnace in the same cabinet, sharing a blower fan to send conditioned air into a network of ducts and to the various vents around the home. This is still the method that most homes use for comfort. But another option has come along that many homes have adopted: the heat pump.

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