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Is a Heat Pump System Right For My Home?

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019

If you live in Los Angeles or the San Fernando Valley the answer to this frequently asked question is likely to be a resounding YES! Heat pump heating and air conditioning technology is safe, effective and an excellent way to reduce the carbon footprint of your home.

Kilowatt install of heat pump systems in Studio City, CA

HOW DOES A HEAT PUMP WORK?

Think of a heat pump as a heat courier constantly moving hot air from one place to another. From where it’s not needed to where it is needed.

“But what if it’s cold outside?” You may ask, “How does a heat pump work in the winter?” Even when air seems uncomfortably cold, heat energy is still present. When it’s cold outside a heat pump is able to extract outside heat and transfer it inside. In the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles there is enough heat hanging around outside of your house to heat your whole home! A heat pump is the perfect energy efficient technology to heat indoor air in our climate.

Conversely, when it’s hot outside, a heat pump reverses direction and acts as an air conditioner, removing heat from your home and dumping it outside.

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A HEAT PUMP AND A FURNACE?

The main difference between the two is how they create heat. A heat pump uses electricity to move heat from one place to another. A furnace burns fuel to create heat.

Los Angeles is moving away from natural gas appliances including furnaces. Not only will you feel good knowing that you are using the most environmentally friendly HVAC option, but a heat pump will put you ahead as gas prices ramp up in expectation of the phase out.


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Is Your AC Ready for Warm Weather or Should You Get a New One?

Monday, March 20th, 2017

Warm weather has arrived in Southern California, even as parts of the East Coast are still recovering from a blizzard. (A good example of how unpredictable March is… although it’s much less unpredictable for us.) Our rising temperatures mean air conditioning systems are going put in a good amount of work in the coming weeks, so we strongly recommend you have your air conditioning maintenance in Studio City, CA or the surrounding areas scheduled as soon as possible with our team. We offer an excellent regular maintenance program that not only tunes up your AC each spring but also provides the same for your heating system in fall.

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What Are Heat Pumps?

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

heat-pump-los-angelesFor many decades, the standard heating and cooling set-up for homes was a combination of an air conditioner and a furnace in the same cabinet, sharing a blower fan to send conditioned air into a network of ducts and to the various vents around the home. This is still the method that most homes use for comfort. But another option has come along that many homes have adopted: the heat pump.

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Why You Need Proper Clearance around Your Outdoor Condenser

Monday, January 25th, 2016

In Southern California, heat pumps are a fantastic way to provide comfort during the mild winters. A heat pump is an excellent system for summer air conditioning, and when the mild cool arrive
during the witner, it switches into energy-efficient heating mode that won’t struggle to draw sufficient heat from the outdoors in order to warm the indoors.

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What Does SEER Stand For?

Monday, January 18th, 2016

SEEROne of the most common questions we hear from customers when they’re looking into installing a new HVAC system is the meaning of the acronym SEER. It’s displayed on heat pumps and air conditioners, and most people know that the higher the SEER number, the better. So a heat pump with 16 SEER is apparently better than a 14 SEER heat pump.

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The Problem with Coil Leaks in ACs and Heat Pumps

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

One of the most common repair issues that an air conditioner or heat pump might encounter during its lifetime is a leak in the refrigerant coils. The indoor coil of your AC/heat pump is one of the most important components of the system: it’s the location where an air conditioner removes heat from the air by evaporating the refrigerant within the coil. The coil does the same function in heat pumps when in cooling mode, and when in heating mode the coil releases heat by condensing the refrigerant inside it.

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“What is the best brand of air conditioning or heating equipment?”

Friday, July 11th, 2014

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“What is the best brand of air conditioning or heating equipment?” We get asked that question a lot.

In July 2014, readers of a national product testing and research magazine rated American Standard Heating and Air Conditioning’s air conditioners and heat pumps as the most reliable brand among leading manufacturers.

Kilowatt happens to be a Customer Care Dealer for American Standard which means that we have passed American Standards rigorous standards for service. The Customer Care designation also gives us access to better financing for our customers and special savings on equipment, not available to other dealers.

We are thrilled to share with you this exciting research report. But it only supports what we already know after installing thousands of HVAC systems throughout Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley. American Standard really does have the highest level of reliability and customer satisfaction.

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