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

January 2017 Employee of the Month

Friday, December 30th, 2016

If you call to schedule a free estimate for a new furnace, air conditioning system or home rewire, chances are you will be talking with Ellie. She is the backbone of our operation and Dean’s right hand person. He doesn’t make a move or schedule anything without her. Ellie orders all the materials and keeps the accounting straight. Kilowatt would be grounded without her!

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Ellie’s dad owned a sheet metal fabricating business. So she came with full knowledge of the HVAC business. Oftentimes she can be heard coaching a customer through a quick fix of their own system over the phone.

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Tips on Running Your Heater to Save Money

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

img_3816We’re dealing with a colder December than usual here in Southern California. True, it’s still mild compared to what many parts of the country are experiencing currently, but for us it’s enough to put our home heating systems to good use.

But we advise caution when using your home heating system, because it’s easy to waste money with thermostat settings and the times you choose to have the heater running. You probably don’t have enough experience handling the proper settings for a heater in this warm climate, and that’s why energy waste is an easy trap to fall into. But that’s why we’re here! We have some tips for keeping costs down.

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Reason Why Ductless Heating (And Cooling) Is Beneficial

Monday, December 19th, 2016

img_3361It wasn’t long ago that the idea of providing central heating and cooling to a home without using ductwork was unthinkable. Even if you didn’t have a heating system that used ducts, there was still the AC. Unless you wanted to use window units—not an attractive or effective alternative—your home needed extensive ductwork for central comfort.

But the increasing popularity of ductless mini split systems has changed this. If you are looking for a way to heat and cool your home without needing and inch of ductwork, this is the choice for you. Plus, ductless mini splits offer a number of terrific advantages:

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Attic Insulation Delivers Great Value!

Monday, December 12th, 2016

img_0827If you notice that you’re paying higher heating bills than you think you should, the problem might not be the heating system—it might be the insulation, or lack of it, in your home.

Insulation for Better Heating Efficiency

The key place where a home needs an effective insulation layer is in the attic. During cold weather, the heat in a home rises toward the top of the house where it easily escapes through the attic. But an insulating layer between the attic and the rest of the house slows down the escape of heat and keeps the rest of the house warmer. It’s like putting a wool cap on your head, except it’s a wool cap for the house. Thanks to this “wool cap,” you’ll spend less money running your heater.

But it’s hot most of the year where I live!

You live in Southern California, so the most common temperature problem you run into is the heat. With mild winters and scorching summers, is insulation in the attic really that worthwhile?

Yes, absolutely! People often don’t realize that insulation is a two-way barrier against the movement of heat. During cold weather, it keeps heat trapped in a house so it won’t rise right out the top. And during hot weather, it keeps heat trapped in the attic so it doesn’t get down to the rest of the house. An attic can attain temperatures around 130°F during sunny summer days, which is enough to raise the temperature of the rest of the house by 10°F. That means wasting more power to run the air conditioner. Good attic insulation is a money-saver all through the year, and one of the best values for improving home performance.

You can trust to our insulation experts to find the best way to replace your old insulation and put in an effective new layer in your attic.

Kilowatt Heating, Air Conditioning and Electrical serves Lake Balboa, CA and throughout Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley. Call our friendly technicians 24/7 for exceptional customer service!

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Should You Be Worried about Cloth Wiring?

Monday, December 5th, 2016

We’re an “Older Home Specialist,” something we discussed before on our blog. An important part of working as an older home specialist is identifying electrical problems in aging houses. The electrical systems in older buildings are often not anywhere near as safe as that on contemporary homes, and it can rarely handle the electrical load that modern equipment places on it.

One issue in particular often worries homeowners with aging electrical system: cloth wiring. These wires are found in many older buildings. Are they a safety hazard? Should you arrange for extensive rewiring? (Spoilers: yes to both.)

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