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Archive for December, 2017

Reminder: Make Your Ceiling Fans Spin Backwards in Winter

Monday, December 18th, 2017

ceiling-fan-woodenLong, long before there was electrical air conditioning, there were fans. The action of a fan doesn’t by itself make the air cooler. What it does is remove the heat envelope from around people and evaporates perspiration, which allows the human body to release more heat. People feel cooler, even though the air itself hasn’t changed temperature.

Ceiling fans are the best way to enjoy the power of fans in a home. Ceiling fans don’t take up space the way desk fans and standing fans do, and they create an attractive look in a room that adds to the ambiance. A well-installed and placed set of ceiling fans creates an even flow of air around a room so as many people as possible can enjoy their comfort effects.

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Will Ash and Soot Damage HVAC Systems?

Monday, December 11th, 2017

Last week we had customers send shocking photos and video to us of their homes surrounded by flames.  It was scary. The Skirball Fire was one freeway stop away from Kilowatt! Thankfully most of our customers are back in their homes. Saved from the devastating wildfires by tireless firefighting heroes. We love you guys. (Station 88 are our next door neighbors. )

Unfortunately following an excessive smoke incident to your residential property the interior surfaces of your HVAC system can collect particulates including smoke residue, ash, soot and other contaminants. This can even occur if your system is not even in use.

Performance, corrosion resistance, and health of your HVAC system may be at risk after exposure to fire and smoke. A comprehensive inspection and evaluation of your HVAC system following fire and smoke damage by Kilowatt’s experts can determine the extent of the HVAC system restoration and the services most ideal for your system to be operating at peak performance.

We are finding that some of our customers need a Coil Cleaning to remove the soot and ash.

To give you some idea about how important clean coils are: If 1/100th of an inch of dirt and grime accumulates on your air conditioner’s condenser coil, efficiency will decline by 5-percent.

The condenser coil is the component of an air conditioning unit responsible for releasing the excess heat from your home or building to the outdoors. It is particularly susceptible to the adverse effects of weather, dirt, soot and other outside detriments because the condenser coil is normally part of an outdoor unit. The chances of dirty coils is ratcheted up if you live in the city and your outdoor unit is at street level.

But there is something you can do right now to help your HVAC system stay healthy during this difficult time. You probably already thought of it… CHANGE YOUR FILTER 🙂

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Ellie Nagler We Love You!

Monday, December 4th, 2017

If you walk into Kilowatt headquarters chances are you will hear Ellie on the phone walking a neighbor through an over-the-phone troubleshooting conversation. “Is the circuit breaker tripped?” “Check to make sure the filter is clean…” Ellie is a professional problem solver and she faces every challenge in the most patient & caring way possible.
Ellie is like a mom to everyone who works at Kilowatt and all of our customers too.

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Reminder: Still Not Too Late for Heating Maintenance!

Monday, December 4th, 2017

service-blue-markerA bit of a chill goes through the air, and then a few days later, it’s warm again. That’s what life is like here in Southern California during the winters. In fact, it’s why most of us love it down here! But when you experience winters this mild, it makes it easy to forget that heating systems do have a part to play and it’s vital to keep a heating system in a home in the best shape.

And the way to do that is to have annual maintenance during the fall for the heater, whether it’s a furnace, heat pump, or ductless mini split system. Winter hasn’t officially begun, so there is definitely still time to arrange for your yearly heating maintenance.

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