Kilowatt Heating, Air Conditioning and Electrical Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Air Conditioning Installation’

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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Customer Question: “What’s the Difference between SEER and EER?”

Monday, May 1st, 2017

question-markWhen you start the quest to have a new air conditioning system installed in your home (and right now is a good time to have it done; we’re coming up on the hot days of summer) you’ll encounter numerous numbers and stats. It can all be a bit confusing. You probably already know that BTUs has something to do with how much cooling an air conditioner can put out. The higher the BTUs, the more cooling power the AC has. Technically, BTUs are a measure of how much heat the AC can remove from the air—but the effect is the same as far your comfort is concerned.

But what about the two efficiency ratings you find on the list of an air conditioner’s stats, SEER and EER? You might know that the higher these numbers, the more energy efficient the air conditioner is. But what’s the difference between the two numbers? Why the extra “S” on SEER? What does it mean, and is it important?

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A Few Things to Consider when It’s Time to Replace Your Air Conditioner

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

Spring and summer both arrive early here in Southern California. Or perhaps it’s better to say that winter never really arrives, only a short period of cooling off with some scattering of rain showers. (Admittedly, one of those “scatterings” of rainfall this time was a massive downpour that caused flooding. That’s going to happen every once in a great while.) Because of how fast our weather warms up toward the high heat of summer, there isn’t a bad time to make the choice to install a new air conditioning system in Beverly Hills, CA or elsewhere in Los Angeles or the San Fernando Valley. But spring is still arguably the best season for the job, since it puts an AC into place in time for the biggest part of its workload.

If you think your home is ready for a new AC this spring, we have some advice and a few things to think about. Making the process easier is as simple as contacting our team: the sooner you have us involved, the better your air conditioning replacement will go.

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What Does an “Older Home Specialist” Mean?

Monday, November 14th, 2016

IMG_2423At Kilowatt Heating, Air Conditioning and Electrical, we’re proud to be an older home specialist. You might have seen this displayed on the banner of our website and wondered exactly what it meant. If you took a guess, you might assume it meant a contractor with special knowledge of working with the HVAC systems of older homes with peculiar needs. And your guess would be close!

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Adding Central Air Conditioning to an Older Home

Monday, August 8th, 2016

Montecito-landscape-design-spanish-mediterranean-styleCentral air conditioning has become the standard for current homes, or at least homes in places that get as warm as Southern California. If you live in an older home that doesn’t have central air conditioning and instead relies on window units to provide cooling, you may believe that it’s either impossible or too expensive to have a central air conditioning system put in.

However, this type of installation isn’t as difficult, or as costly, as it may seem at first. Much of it depends on your home and the options you choose for air conditioning it.

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