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Efficiency With Gas and Electric Furnaces—It Can Be Tricky

Monday, December 2nd, 2019

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The hunt for your next high-quality heating system will probably involve looking for the best efficiency you can find. Efficiency is an important word with most home appliances today—the more efficient the appliance rating, the less power it will consume when it runs. At least, ideally. (Poor installation or poor unit selection can negate those benefits, making information about efficiency essential for any consumer.) If the type of heating system you’re looking at is a furnace, either gas or electric, you may run into a dilemma about their efficiency ratings, one that might lead you to the wrong unit.

We’re going to analyze the big trick with gas and electric furnace efficiencies to help you out. But to ensure you have the best unit that does what you need with the ideal efficiency, always call on our professionals. We’ll ensure you don’t end up with the wrong type of heating system.

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Saving Secrets From Heating Experts

Friday, November 15th, 2019

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Finding ways to save energy with your HVAC system doesn’t mean shaving off a few pennies from your bills. You can save hundreds, even thousands of dollars with only a few basic fixes. You don’t have to let your heating and cooling costs get out of control when the savings are so simple.

Below is a list of energy-saving secrets straight from our president, Dean Gilford, who has a long history helping customers get the best from their HVAC systems. Call our team for assistance with your air conditioning and heating in Van Nuys, CA and throughout our service area.

Best Tip: Change the HVAC Filter

The filter in an HVAC system affects the heating, AC, and blower fan. If it becomes clogged, it will make all three work harder than they should. Aim to swap out the filter for a clean one every month, and you’ll see a significant difference in your bills.

Annual Tune-Ups

An HVAC system is similar to a vehicle in that it needs professional maintenance each year to keep it running in peak condition. Lubricating motors, cleaning components, checking refrigerant pressure and gas lines—all these contribute not only to an energy-saving HVAC system, but a long-lived one too.

Install a Programmable Thermostat

This is one of the most cost-effective upgrades you can make to your HVAC system. Because you can program the HVAC system to automatically adjust temperatures while you’re away, you can cut down on unnecessary heating and cooling costs. A good programmable thermostat can save up to 12% on heating and cooling costs per year.

Insulate

A house with poor insulation can cost 20% more to keep comfortable around the year, either from heat escaping or heat entering. There are many options for loose-fill insulation using cellulose, fiberglass, or even recycled denim, and blown-in insulation can reach between walls and other places that are otherwise hard to reach.

Blocking Air Leaks

Gaps around windows and doors contribute to plenty of energy waste. In fact, add up most of these “minor” leaks, and it could be the equivalent of a nine-foot hole in the wall. Plug up these leaks and you can see 10% savings.

Seal the Ducts

Your home probably uses ductwork for the HVAC system, and that ductwork may have many holes in it. We see this so often in homes that it’s honestly a bit depressing. Leaky air ducts can allow up to 30% of the air moving through the ducts to escape to closed off parts of the house, like the attic. Do you want to pay money to air condition or heat the attic? Of course not, and having professionals seal the ducts will give you back that 30% of the air you’ve already paid to heat or cool.

Know When It’s Time to Replace

In the last two years of a furnace’s life, it can turn costly to keep in repair. You can get around those costs and start saving money with a replacement furnace. If your current furnace is over 20 years old, you’re likely paying far more to run it than to replace it. Replacing that ancient furnace with an ENERGY STAR-certified system can mean a 15% efficiency boost.

Rebates, Tax Credits, & Utility Incentives

There are many great rebates, credits, and incentives for installing ENERGY STAR equipment. Talk to us and we’ll help you navigate these programs to make upgrading to energy-saving new systems more affordable than ever.

Call on Kilowatt Heating, Air Conditioning and Electrical for great HVAC services throughout Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley.

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Safe & Reliably Tested Furnaces Available Here! Rule 1111 Variance accepted!

Monday, October 28th, 2019

GREAT NEWS! Your family does NOT have to be test subjects for the nation after all. American Standard, the #1 most reliable brand of furnaces, has received a Variance from the government’s South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) ultra-low-Nox Furnace Rule 1111.

If you need a new Furnace but are worried about the high-temperature flame technology in the newly released ultra-low-Nox furnaces we’ve got you covered with the most reliably tested energy-efficient furnaces available in the San Fernando Valley. That’s correct! The #1 brand of heating equipment has received a variance from the South Coast Air Quality Management District Rule 1111 and we are able to sell and install the excellent American Standard equipment we have been installing for years without issues or problems.

Let us give you some background information regarding the new furnace regulations passed in Los Angeles County and a few surrounding areas:
In order to improve air quality in our communities SCAQMD mandated that furnaces sold in our community needed to reduce Nox Gas emissions from 40 ng/j to 14 ng/j. You don’t have to understand the technology to see that reducing anything by more than 2/3 is a tall order. You may be ready for a flying car, but mandating that one be built by a certain date doesn’t mean the technology will be ready for you 🙂

For the past 10 years world-wide HVAC equipment manufacturers have toiled with inventing new technology for our relatively small community. Keep in mind this regulation, known as Rule 1111, doesn’t apply to any other State in the nation, it doesn’t even apply to San Diego or Ventura County. It is strictly a regulation on furnaces sold in Los Angeles County and some surrounding areas.

In order to comply with Rule 1111 manufacturers vastly increased the flame temperature in the furnace to burn up more Nox gas faster. To keep customers safe from the new furnaces over heating manufacturers changed the installation requirements to require more empty space around the furnace.

Frankly, this whole Rule 1111 makes us nervous. We remember in 2000, when a catastrophe hit the heating and air conditioning industry; Reports of 50 house fires caused the Consumer Product Safety Commission to recall 110,000 technologically flawed furnaces. The flawed technology was made by a company named Premier Consolidated. Many flawed furnaces were already installed in people’s homes. People were forced to be without heat while emergency services attempted to solve the problem

Premier Consolidated has long since gone bankrupt but the flawed technology and subsequent furnace recall hurt people.

We are cautious by nature and SAFETY has always been our number one priority. Our fear is that Rule 1111 is forcing manufacturers to release furnaces containing inadequately tested technology into the market place. We would not install one of these new furnaces in our home and we don’t want our customers to be test subjects for the rest of the nation.

We are big environmentalists and are proud to be on the front lines in the fight to save our planet! In fact, we install many heat pump heating systems, which are completely electric and an excellent choice for reducing the carbon footprint of your home.

We don’t know how long the Rule 1111 Variance will last but this is something we fought for and we are thrilled to offer as a reliably safe gas furnace option to our customers!

If you are interested in learning more and discovering the best system for your home please call 818-780-0701 to set up a FREE in home estimate.

Kindest regards,

Dean and Lisa Gilford

Kilowatt Heating, Air Conditioning and Electrical chooses to sell American Standard brand heating and air-conditioning, the #1 most reliable manufacturer year after year. Although we have installed every other brand we find American Standard to be the most dependable.

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Don’t Let Your Gas Furnace Get Too Old!

Monday, January 28th, 2019

furnace_repair_for_homesOne of the odd troubles we face in Southern California when it comes to home heating is that it’s easy to let a heater stay around for far too long in a house. When people don’t rely too often on a system like a gas furnace, they often don’t consider when it’s old enough that it needs to be replaced.

It’s true that heating systems don’t wear down as fast in our warm climate because they do less work. But age still affects them, and it’s important to know when it’s best to have an older heater replaced. This is especially important for natural gas furnaces. At what point do you have a gas furnace that’s too old for furnace repair in Los Angeles, CA to continue to be worth it?

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What Makes for a Good HVAC Installation?

Monday, January 14th, 2019

FamilyHVAC3When we talk about installation of a new heating, air conditioning, and ventilation system for a house, we often say things like, “If you have a good installation, the new system will save money on energy costs.” Or, “If you have a good installation, you won’t have to worry about hot and cold spots around your home.”

But what do we mean by a good installation? “Good” is tricky to pin down, and HVAC systems are supposed to be precise. What counts as a good installation? How do you make sure you have one?

We’ll break down what goes into a good HVAC system installation.

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Saving Energy in These Mild California Winters

Monday, November 19th, 2018

If you go searching around the internet, you can easily find tips for how to conserve energy during winter weather. But in Southern California, the situation is different. We have some of the mildest winters in the Continental US. Heating systems sometimes need to come on, but they don’t run every day for hours at a time.

Deb is always ready with a warm smile and some good advice about saving energy.

When it comes to saving energy, you need different strategies than “put in storm windows” (we don’t have storm windows). Deb has some tips for cutting down on your energy use in our climate.

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What Is Included in Fall HVAC Maintenance?

Monday, November 5th, 2018

American-Standard-UnitBecause the winter season is short and mild in Southern California, it usually isn’t until now (i.e. November) that homeowners start to consider special home maintenance needs for the season. That’s fine—if you haven’t arranged yet for fall HVAC maintenance with our team, it’s certainly not too late for it. Call us to schedule heating maintenance in Beverly Hills, CA or elsewhere in our wide service area.

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Kilowatt Earns Esteemed 2017 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service

 

ShermanOaks, CA January 17th 2018 – Kilowatt is proud to announce that it has earned the home service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award (SSA). This award honors service professionals who have maintained exceptional service ratings and reviews on Angie’s List in 2017

“The service providers that receive our Angie’s List Super Service Award demonstrate the level of excellence that members have come to expect,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “These pros are top-notch and absolutely deserve recognition for the trustworthy and exemplary customer service they exhibited in the past year and overall.

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2017 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include maintaining an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade and review period grade. The SSA winners must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check, record a current trade license attestation and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

“It’s always an honor to receive the Angieslist Super Service Award. Independently verified Customer Satisfaction surveys are a main component of the selection process and making our customers happy is our top priority. So this is a real confirmation that our efforts are successful. Thank you,” says Dean Gilford the Kilowatt company president.

Kilowatt Heating, Air Conditioning & Electrical has been listed on Angie’s List since 2009. This is the 7th year Kilowatt has received this honor.

Service company ratings are updated continually on Angie’s List as new, verified consumer reviews are submitted. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in multiple fields ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.

For 30 years Kilowatt has provided A+ Rated 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed Heating, Air Conditioning & Electrical services to homeowners in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley.

Congratulations to our amazing team Kilowatt. From our friendly customer care representatives, to our professional service technicians, to the installers who do the heavy lifting. Thank you. Because of your hard work Kilowatt has been recognized again, by our wonderful customers, with the Angieslist Super Service Award. Only 5% of home service providers are honored with this award. It is a testament to the team I am so proud of and grateful for.

 

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Start 2018 with a Better Heating System

Monday, January 1st, 2018

house-carboard-against-skySouthern California has gone through a bizarre and sometimes unfortunate hot-cold winter season this year. The heat has come from unfortunate wildfires in many areas of the state. The cold has been a nippier December than usual, and we can still anticipate more days ahead when heating systems will need to do their jobs. It’s true we don’t tax our heaters as much as homes do in Minnesota, but they still have to function to help us enjoy our lives to the fullest.

Now that it’s 2018, you may want to consider making a major upgrade to your home’s heater. Maybe this means continuing with heating repair in Los Angeles, CA. In many cases, professional repairs are exactly what the HVAC doctor ordered. However, if you have an old furnace, heat pump, or other type of central heater (a system more than 15 years old), we recommend starting the new year with a superior heating system.

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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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