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Is A Heat Pump Right For My Home?

Monday, May 10th, 2021

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Heat Pumps are right for every home!

The AccuComfort Platinum 18 Variable Speed Heat Pump comes with variable-speed technology which consistently adjusts to run at a more efficient speed to maintain your personal level of comfort. It’s a heater when it’s cold outside and an air conditioner when things get hot. It’s also energy-efficient. That means you can enjoy a comfortable home without the carbon footprint of a gas furnace.

Durable, Quiet, and Long-Lasting Comfort

Quiet operation and customizable heating and humidity controls make heat pumps an ideal choice for any home.

Heat Pump FAQ

What does a heat pump do?

A heat pump uses the outside air to both heat and cool your home. In winter a heat pump absorbs heat from the outside air and distributes it throughout your house. In the summer, a heat pump operates just like a traditional air conditioner and includes the same efficiency features.

Is a heat pump right for me?

Every home and homeowner has unique needs, but generally, a heat pump is right for you if your winters are mild – rarely dipping below freezing. Los Angeles that has mild winters is perfect.

How energy efficient is a heat pump?

Heat pumps offer an energy-efficient alternative to furnace and air conditioner systems. Because they run on electricity heat pumps can be a less expensive option over time.

How much does a heat pump cost?

Heat pump pricing depends on several factors like the size of your house, model, installation requirements—and even the climate conditions in your area. Some heat pumps qualify for local rebates.

How long does a heat pump last?

A properly installed heat pump should last an average of 15 years. Several factors can reduce or extend the life expectancy including the type of heat pump you buy, usage, your location and how well the heat pump is maintained.

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BURBANK – Heat Pump Rebate

Wednesday, January 6th, 2021

Up to $1,500 Rebate for the Replacement of Your Older, Less-Efficient Central AC!

Older air conditioning (AC) units are expensive to operate, maintain, and fix when they break down. 

Don’t get stuck in the heat! We’re offering a rebate up to $1,500 to help you replace your old, costly central AC unit before it breaks down. Older heat pumps may also be eligible.

This is BIG! Rebates like this don’t come along often. If your system is older or has not been consistently maintained over the years this offer is perfect for you. But remember rebate money is allocated on a first come basis. Call now to get your application in quickly!

Find out more about the rebate program here

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Why the big push to replace?

Three-quarters of all homes in the United States have air conditioners. Air conditioners use about 6% of all the electricity produced in the United States, at an annual cost of about $29 billion to homeowners. As a result, roughly 117 million metric tons of carbon dioxide are released into the air each year. 

Air conditioners employ the same operating principles and basic components as your home refrigerator. Refrigerators use energy (usually electricity) to transfer heat from the cool interior of the refrigerator to the relatively warm surroundings of your home; likewise, an air conditioner uses energy to transfer heat from the interior of your home to the relatively warm outside environment.

An air conditioner cools your home with a cold indoor coil called the evaporator. The condenser, a hot outdoor coil, releases the collected heat outside. The evaporator and condenser coils are serpentine tubing surrounded by aluminum fins. This tubing is usually made of copper.

A pump, called the compressor, moves a heat transfer fluid (or refrigerant) between the evaporator and the condenser. The pump forces the refrigerant through the circuit of tubing and fins in the coils.

The liquid refrigerant evaporates in the indoor evaporator coil, pulling heat out of indoor air and cooling your home. The hot refrigerant gas is pumped outdoors into the condenser where it reverts back to a liquid, giving up its heat to the outside air flowing over the condenser’s metal tubing and fins.

Throughout the second half of the 20th century, nearly all air conditioners used chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) as their refrigerant, but because these chemicals are damaging to Earth’s ozone layer, CFC production stopped in the United States in 1995. Nearly all air conditioning systems now employ halogenated chlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) as a refrigerant, but these are also being gradually phased out, with most production and importing stopped by 2020 and all production and importing stopped by 2030.

Production and importing of today’s main refrigerant for home air conditioners, HCFC-22 (also called R-22), began to be phased out in 2010 and will stop entirely by 2020. However, HCFC-22 is expected to be available for many years as it is recovered from old systems that are taken out of service. As these refrigerants are phased out, ozone-safe hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) are expected to dominate the market, as well as alternative refrigerants such as ammonia.


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Some Typical Heat Pump Troubles That Call for Repair Work

Monday, December 30th, 2019

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We’re having an unusually cold early winter in Southern California, with mornings and evenings that can dip into the 40s and hover in the 50s. Yes, we can hear people in Minnesota and New York laughing at our definition of “cold,” but it’s still cold enough to make it necessary to switch heat pumps into their heating mode. This is one of the great reasons to have a heat pump—it mostly does the job of an AC, but when you need heat for the mild winters, the heat pump has you covered with relatively inexpensive warmth. It’s much cheaper and more effective (not to mention safer) to run a heat pump than to use a space heater.

But if you’re reading this, it’s because your heat pump isn’t working right and you think you need heater repair in West Hollywood, CA. There are a few simple checks you can make before calling our technicians, such as examining the thermostat settings and changing a clogged HVAC filter. But the problems below usually require the help of trained techs like ours.

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Heat Pumps and Southern California Weather: A Great Match

Monday, December 31st, 2018

As each new year begins, we like to focus on helping our customers make big changes to their home’s HVAC and electrical systems. With the holiday bustle over and plans for the year ahead being put into motion, now is an excellent time to make those household upgrades.

If you have a subpar, older HVAC system, we have a recommendation: install a heat pump!

Okay, don’t run out right now and buy one—you do want to consult with professionals about this. For your new HVAC installation in Studio City, CA, you can work with our experts to find the best new system.

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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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What Does SEER Stand For?

Monday, January 18th, 2016

SEEROne of the most common questions we hear from customers when they’re looking into installing a new HVAC system is the meaning of the acronym SEER. It’s displayed on heat pumps and air conditioners, and most people know that the higher the SEER number, the better. So a heat pump with 16 SEER is apparently better than a 14 SEER heat pump.

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“What is the best brand of air conditioning or heating equipment?”

Friday, July 11th, 2014

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“What is the best brand of air conditioning or heating equipment?” We get asked that question a lot.

In July 2014, readers of a national product testing and research magazine rated American Standard Heating and Air Conditioning’s air conditioners and heat pumps as the most reliable brand among leading manufacturers.

Kilowatt happens to be a Customer Care Dealer for American Standard which means that we have passed American Standards rigorous standards for service. The Customer Care designation also gives us access to better financing for our customers and special savings on equipment, not available to other dealers.

We are thrilled to share with you this exciting research report. But it only supports what we already know after installing thousands of HVAC systems throughout Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley. American Standard really does have the highest level of reliability and customer satisfaction.

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