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

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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“Should I Keep My AC on During the Day When I’m Not Home?”

Monday, April 11th, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-04-11 at 11.47.28 AMThis is one of the most common questions we get from our customers. Naturally, homeowners want to save as much money they can, and energy costs suck up a pretty significant portion of our income. So it is better to turn off the AC while away, or should you keep in on all day?

This is tough, as we know some of our summer days can reach the 90’s or higher, subjecting you and your family to a stifling hot house when you get home at the end of the day. Many people believe that leaving the air conditioner on at all times is the best way to save money. So what’s the answer?

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