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

Signs Your Thermostat Is Making Your Home Heating Worse

Monday, January 23rd, 2023
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We’ve experienced an extremely wet winter here in Southern California. That’s great news when it comes to alleviating the drought, but it’s not so great when it comes to home comfort. You’ve probably run your heating system much more often than in previous years—and maybe you’ve noticed a few oddities about it.

Heating systems can malfunction in a variety of ways, but often the malfunction comes from outside the heater, such as from a faulty thermostat. The thermostat is essential for a heating system to operate at all, so even minor issues with one can throw off the heating in your home. 

We’re going to look at signs you have a thermostat problem. You’ll still need professional assistance to correct this, and our team is the one to turn to for service for thermostats and home heating in Los Angeles, CA.

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Top 4 Mistakes You May Make With Your Heater This Season

Monday, November 28th, 2022
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We’ve had our first brush with colder weather these last few weeks, and you’re probably one of the many homeowners in Southern California who turned their heating system on for the first time in many months during the past few weeks. Although you won’t require the level of heating power through the year as many other parts of the country, you’ll still need to rely on that heating system in the coming winter.

Before the full winter weather arrives, we want to give you some help. We’ve provided heating assistance to Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley homeowners for many years, and we know many of the mistakes people make with their heating systems that make them unnecessarily more expensive to run and may cause them to wear down too early. Below are the top four mistakes most people make with their heaters—so you can make sure you don’t make them.

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Why We Often Recommend Heat Pumps for Local Heating Needs

Monday, October 17th, 2022
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Cool weather does arrive in Southern California during the fall and winter, even if it’s never a deep freeze and warm weather can return at any time. Our climate makes it necessary for our homes to have central heating, especially larger homes with high ceilings where heat will rapidly rise and leave the living area cold. But we don’t need the type of central heaters that homes in Milwaukie or Minneapolis have. Our heaters run for shorter periods and require a special balance of energy efficiency.

This heating challenge makes the heat pump an excellent option for local homes. Many of our customers haven’t considered a heat pump when they’re looking for heater service in Los Angeles, CA, and we are glad to tell them about the great benefits of installing one. We want more people to know about heat pumps because they’re not only excellent matches for Southern California homes, they can help significantly with energy savings.

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Think You Need a Bigger AC? You Might … Or You Might Not

Monday, August 9th, 2021
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A common misconception about air conditioning systems we often encounter is that if an AC isn’t providing enough cooling for a home, the best solution is to upgrade to a bigger air conditioner. On the surface, this seems like a rational basic choice. Sometimes it is the best step: an air conditioning system that’s too small for the house it’s supposed to cool is the wrong AC for the house.

However, if you’ve had the same AC working in your home for several years and have only recently encountered the problem with poor cooling, going to a bigger air conditioner is a mistake. The air conditioner is the correct size to meet your cooling needs, but something else has gone wrong. You might need repairs for the system, or perhaps a new air conditioning installation in Los Angeles, CA—but not necessarily a bigger new air conditioner.

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Understanding How Much Electricity an Air Conditioner Uses

Monday, May 17th, 2021

When the summer starts, you know to expect a rise in monthly electric bills. Air conditioning systems require large amounts of electricity to run, and as soon as you start to regularly turn on the AC, you’ll see an increase in electrical usage.

In this post, we’re going to look closer at the amount of electricity your AC consumes and the difference in electrical consumption compared to other appliances. If you’ve ever wondered what’s the difference between “cooling” and “fan only” mode on your AC, this is the post for you.

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We Can Help With Spring Allergy Season!

Monday, March 22nd, 2021
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Spring brings along warmer weather, but it brings something else along as well: a flare-up of allergy and asthma symptoms. As plants bloom, more pollen enters the air and raises the pollen count, causing hay fever in many adults and children and worsening asthma problems. This can irritate people with minor allergies and make life utterly miserable for people with severe respiratory conditions.

What can you do about it? There are medical solutions, of course, and you can ask your physician about the best steps to take for you and your family to combat the problems of allergy season. But you can make improvements to your home’s indoor air quality so that pollen and other allergens remain mostly outdoors. We have the IAQ services that can help make your spring filled with more joy and fewer sneezes and sniffles.

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You Need Heating Maintenance This Year More Than Ever

Monday, November 2nd, 2020
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We aren’t looking at a colder winter than normal here in Southern California. We can expect a few chilly nights that drop down into the 50s, as well as rain—and rain is something we’ll welcome! But we want to emphasize with our customers how important it is to schedule heating maintenance this year, especially if it’s something you tend to let slide off your calendar of “to-dos.”

You want to avoid heating repair in Los Angeles, CA if at all possible this season. It’s going to be a difficult and stressful winter, and the last thing you want dropped onto your list of issues is a failed heating system. Getting ahead of the problem with professional heating maintenance is a way to make for an easier season in general. Just give us a short bit of your time to inspect, tune-up, clean, and adjust your heater and it will reward you this season.

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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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Does a Furnace Keep You Warmer Than a Heat Pump?

Monday, March 9th, 2020
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Colder weather than usual for an L.A. winter has caused homeowners to re-consider their old heating systems. An inferior heater would have shown what it was (not) made of during the season. It may be time to make that heating upgrade.

A heat pump is one of the ideal heating upgrades for Southern California homes because it’s also an air conditioning system. People are more willing to pay for a new heating system in a warm climate if they know they are also getting a new air conditioning system.

Yes, we are bigger supporters of heat pumps in Los Angeles, CA and the San Fernando Valley. But heat pumps prompt many questions from potential buyers, and one of them is the concern that they can’t compete with a furnace for heat. It’s almost treated like a settled fact that a furnace keeps people warmer than a heat pump. But is it a fact?

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Change Your Air Conditioning System’s Air Filter!

Monday, April 8th, 2019
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Spring is the season when we recommend our customers arrange for their annual air conditioning maintenance. Scheduling this air conditioning service in Los Angeles, CA is the best way to enjoy dependable, energy-efficient cooling during the summer and to extend the AC’s service life.

We want to address a specific step in AC maintenance—one you’ll have to do on your own. It’s regularly changing the air filter. Our technicians will change this filter during maintenance, but you’ll need to follow up and change it regularly during the rest of the year, usually every 1 to 3 months.

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