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Is A Heat Pump Right For My Home?

Monday, May 10th, 2021

Kilowatt installation of an 18 SEER variable-speed heat pump in Sherman Oaks, CA

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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Rebates Available Now

Monday, May 10th, 2021

South Coast Air Quality Management – SCAQMD

$1,500 Full Electric Heat Pump System with Ducted Air Handler
(up to 5.5 tons)***

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power – DWP

$75 Smart Thermostat

AC Optimization – Keep your eye on this space 🙂

Burbank Water and Power

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.

Rebates available now 🙂

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Whole-House Generator vs. Portable Generator

Monday, April 6th, 2020

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Maintaining power to homes is a priority for everyone right now. It’s made more people consider the importance of having a generator on-hand to supply back-up power to a house in case of a loss of power. You can call on our experts for generator installation in Los Angeles, CA and the San Fernando Valley—we’re professional electricians as well as HVAC technicians, and keeping your house running and comfortable is what we do best.

If you haven’t given much thought to a back-up generator before now, you may first think the best route is to purchase a portable generator. It’s less expensive than a permanent whole-house generator installation, and it sounds like it can get the job done.

But this isn’t accurate. There are big reasons to prefer a whole-house generator to a portable one.

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SUSPENDED: LADWP Optimization program

Thursday, March 19th, 2020

LADWP AC Optimization Program has been SUSPENDED, and as a result, all program appointments are being canceled. Once the spread of the virus is under control, we will resume providing all services offered under the program.
If you would like to be notified once we resume program services, please send an email to acopt@ladwp.com and DWP will notify you at that time.

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DWP is Giving Away $100,000,000 for Energy Efficiency Upgrades

Monday, September 24th, 2018

LADWP offers the Consumer Rebate Program (CRP) to their residential customers to promote the use of energy-efficient products.

DWP Customers who install attic insulation can see energy reduction and savings of $200 to $374 in a year, depending upon the size of the home and its location.

Installing attic insulation might seem daunting and expensive, but the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) can help pay for insulating your attic. Qualifying customers can receive rebates up to 80% of the total insulation installation costs or $1.00 per square foot of attic floor insulation (whichever is less).

Insulation Materials

Insulation materials are defined as material/product used to slow down heat flow, which is measured in terms of thermal resistance or R-Value. Qualified attic insulation types include blanket (batts and rolls), loose-fill, blown-in, attic-applied rigid foam, sprayed foam, and foamed-in-place insulation systems.

Installed insulation materials must achieve a minimum thermal resistance of R-30 (or R-19 if less than 24 inches of attic clearance is available and R-30 cannot be achieved) to qualify for the program.

Insulation Costs

Installation costs are defined as the cost of the insulation materials plus the labor associated with the installation of insulation materials, including labor undertaken to comply with codes and regulations, such as sealing attic air leaks, weather-stripping attic hatch or door, attic ventilation modifications, and installation of rafter vent/insulation baffles. Complete attic insulation coverage is required above all air conditioned spaces. New construction or non-living building, such as a detached garage, do not qualify for the insulation rebate.

Customers interested in the program should:

  1. Decide on hiring a licensed contractor or installing the insulation materials themselves; LADWP strongly recommends working with a licensed contractor.
  2. Take pictures of the attic BEFORE installation to submit with application package.
  3. Install insulation materials in accordance with the program requirements.
  4. Take pictures of the attic AFTER installation.
  5. Submit Consumer Rebate Program (CRP) application by mail to LADWP with required documentation.

If you are interested in attic insulation call Kilowatt now to schedule a FREE estimate 818-780-0701. The rebate money is given out on a first come first served basis.

 

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How Do Ductless Systems Help Save Money?

Monday, January 15th, 2018

We often recommend ductless air conditioning and heating systems to our customers, especially customers who either have older homes that lack the space for duct work or who are designing/building a new home and want more flexible comfort options.

But ductless cooling and heating systems (i.e. ductless mini split heat pumps) come with many other advantages along with their usefulness for older homes and new home construction. One of these advantages is that ductless mini splits can help a home save money over the year for both heating and cooling.

But why do ductless systems have this higher energy efficiency? There are a number of reasons.

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June 2017 Employee of the Month – Joe Valle

Saturday, June 3rd, 2017

Congratulations Joe for being voted Kilowatt’s June 2017 Employee of the Month. Joe has been part of our team for almost 15 years. He is skilled in heating and air conditioning installations & repairs, electrical rewiring, electrical panel upgrades and so many other important services. One of Joe’s most outstanding talents is ORGANIZATION. From the jobsite, to the truck, to the warehouse Joe is the master of finding the right spot for tools and supplies so that they are out of the way, but instantly available when you need them.

You know back in elementary school in PE when kids had to pick teams? There was always that kid who gets picked first because he delivers, works hard, and is fun to be around? That’s Joe. We love you Joe. Thanks for choosing Kilowatt.

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Dean Gilford Elected To IHACI Board of Directors

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian with Dean Gilford

The Institute of Heating and Air Conditioning Industries (IHACI) is the premier Southern California organization dedicated to educating and training HVAC professionals. Kilowatt’s president, Dean Gilford has been elected to serve on the Board of Directors.

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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.

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November 2016 Employee of the Month: Armando DeLara

Monday, October 31st, 2016

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If you ask our November Employee of the Month what he does. He’ll answer you quite simply, “Whatever it takes.” Our lead HVAC installer Armando DeLara is easily the strongest man at Kilowatt. “Stronger than the strongest excuse,” is how Dean describes him.

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