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Ductless Heating and the Vintage Home: A Good Combo

Monday, February 25th, 2019

ductless-ac-unitThe vintage homes of Southern California are often beautiful, styled in classic Spanish and Art Deco designs. If you live in one of these homes, you want to preserve as much of the beauty as possible…

…but having a central air conditioning system—that’d be great too. Unfortunately, these vintage homes were built before central ventilation was common in residential buildings. There isn’t much space to put in ductwork unless you are okay with major renovations that can harm the original integrity of the home. You can rely on window ACs, but those look ugly when put into the windows of a beautiful vintage home.

Is there a solution? We wouldn’t bring the topic up if we didn’t have one!

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Why We Recommend Getting Rid of Window AC Units

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

ductless-mini-splitAlthough Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley are known for hot weather, many homes built here were not designed with central air conditioning in mind. Because these homes didn’t need much in the way of heating, and opening up doors and windows was thought to be “adequate” when it came to cooling down, these homes often lack the ventilation networks that make it easy to upgrade to central air conditioning.

But then the window AC unit came along, and these homes could enjoy cooling—in some rooms, at least—without trying to find a way to put in ducts.

Today, however, you don’t need window air conditioning units to have central cooling for your older home. We recommend you get rid of those old window ACs.

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Will a High SEER Air Conditioner Save Me Money?

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

air-conditioner-money-saverIf you’re asking this question, it’s probably because you’ve decided you need to get rid of your old air conditioning system before the heat waves of late spring arrive. This is a good plan: if you think you have a rickety AC that won’t make it through the coming summer, or if it’s draining money, or it simply can’t keep the house cool the way you like, it’s time for a new one. Call our team, because we can help see that you end up with the great new air conditioning installation and cooling system that will work for you for years to come.

If you’re already thinking about what type of AC to get, one of the options is to have a high-efficiency air conditioner with a high SEER rating. High efficiency often means money savings—but does it always?

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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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Beware the Mismatched Thermostat and Air Conditioner!

Monday, August 28th, 2017

hand-setting-thermostatHaving a working thermostat in your home is critical. After all, you can’t run your air conditioner or heater unless you have a way to communicate with it—and that’s the job of the thermostat. It’s also beneficial to have an up-to-date thermostat that can effectively run your HVAC system, even when you’re away from home. A manual thermostat can still do a decent job, but digital programmable models are helpful for managing air conditioner and heater operation even when you aren’t home. You can come back to a cool house without having the run the air conditioner all day—all it takes is a programmable thermostat.

However, we want to caution you and all other homeowners about a trap that’s easy to fall into when it comes to looking into the most cutting-edge of climate control technology. New “smart” home control systems are all the rage now, and they do offer some amazing benefits for energy savings and comfort. But… well, we’ll get into that below.

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Installing Air Conditioning and Figuring Out Tonnage

Monday, July 10th, 2017

outdoor-condenser-units-fenceWe always recommend our customers arrange for a new air conditioning installation in Van Nuys, CA or elsewhere in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley during early spring. That way they can get a head start on the heat of summer and have the work done in a period when they can stand to be without cooling for a few hours.

However, we understand that sometimes planning doesn’t work out the way it should, or that an air conditioner that seemed to be in good shape in spring might break down abruptly during the intense summer heat. If you need an air conditioning replacement right now, you can count on our trained team to do the job right. We stand behind all our work with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

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The Ductless Mini Split and the Older Home

Monday, June 26th, 2017

At Kilowatt, we’re proud to be Older Home Specialists. This means we’re skilled at figuring out how to provide great heating and cooling for homes built in a time before central comfort systems were common. People who live in these types of houses often imagine that there isn’t any effective way to have quality comfort, and they instead depend on window air conditioning units during the summer and space heaters during the winter.

It doesn’t have to be this way! As Older Home Specialists, we can help you enjoy better comfort around the year without wasting energy or making extensive—and damaging—changes to your house. One of the best tools we have when it comes to helping older homes with year-round comfort is the ductless mini split heat pump.

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The Importance of Working with Professionals for HVAC Service

Monday, June 12th, 2017

Air-conditioner-repairmanYou can’t enjoy a comfortable lifestyle in Southern California unless you have a working air conditioning system. And to have the most reliable air conditioning system, you must turn to trained professionals for all air conditioning services and HVAC services in general. This includes installations, replacements, repairs, and maintenance.

We understand homeowners are looking for places where they can save money on their annual budget. But attempting to shave off costs by going with amateurs for HVAC services can backfire—and probably will. Be cautious of amateurs who make big promises about what they can do for only a small amount of money.

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Why Spring Is the Season for a New Air Conditioning Installation

Monday, May 29th, 2017

ac-unit-from-topThe simple answer to the question, “When is the best time to have a new air conditioning system installed?” is “The moment you believe you need one!” You can have a new AC put in during any season, and considering how hot it can get around the year here in Southern California, you should never hesitate to schedule new air conditioning installation when your current one appears to be close to the end of its service life.

But when it comes to more general planning, we recommend spring as the ideal time for having a new cooling system put in. To arrange for a spring air conditioning installation in Studio City, CA or elsewhere in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, get in touch with our team today.

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Why You Should Work with Our Professionals for AC Installation

Monday, May 15th, 2017

air-conditioning-condensers-near-plantsTime to replace your old air conditioning system! Yes, you finally decided the ancient, clattering, and unreliable AC in your house needs to be put out to pasture so you can find a new, high efficiency unit to put in its place. You don’t want to handle a hot Southern California summer without a cooling system that you can trust to do its job without heavily hurting your bank account—or abruptly breaking down.

However, we recommend you never attempt to cut any corners when it comes to a new AC installation. We know those “savings” from hiring non-professionals who make big promises for suspiciously low prices are tempting. But amateur work will cost you enormously in the future. Only experienced and certified professionals can do the job right.

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