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What Does NATE Certification Mean for an HVAC Contractor?

Monday, October 8th, 2018

nate-logoWe care about our customers. We not only want to provide the best service for them on every job, we want to make sure they feel safe having our experts in their home. This is why we are fully licensed and insured (100% insured for both Liability and Workers Compensation) and do full background checks and drug-testing on all our employees so they earn the Technician Seal of Safety.

One of the most important certifications of quality we have as an HVAC contractor is NATE certification. You might have heard of this before but weren’t certain what it meant. We’ll explain what NATE means and why you only want to work with Los Angeles, CA, HVAC contractors who are NATE-certified.

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Strange Smells from the AC? Here Are Some of the Possibilities

Monday, September 10th, 2018

HVACkidNobody wants a smelly appliance in their house. But a smelly air conditioner… that’s not something people expect to happen. But it does! You may notice odd smells wafting from the room vents in your house when you have your air conditioning system running. These smells can indicate simple, innocuous problems. Or they could indicate a need for Los Angeles, CA air conditioning repair on the double. We’ll go over some of the more common bad AC odors, what they may mean, and what to do about them.

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What Does It Mean to Be “Up to Code” for a House?

Monday, August 13th, 2018

proper-electrical-panel-wiringIf you are shopping for a new home or are planning to sell your current one, you may have heard about how important it is for the house to be “up to code” or “code compliant.” What does this actually mean, and how do you find out if the house meets the code?

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Let Us Wire Up Your Home Theater System

Monday, June 18th, 2018

living-room-flat-screen-tvOnce upon a time, not so very long ago, the idea of a “home theater system” meant a nice television set in a room without too much light to distract from the screen. Anything more “theatrical” needed to have an expensive projection system and screen installed. Then along came stereo sound equipment. Then big screen TVs. Then surround-sound audio systems. Then flat-screen TVs. Then digital sound. Then HD TVs. Then 4K TVs. And who knows what else may be around the corner?

Today’s home theater systems have the potential to create an experience that’s better than an actual theater. The parking’s easy and you won’t have to deal with people sitting in front of you who keep turning on their smartphones.

Since a completely wireless home theater system hasn’t come along yet, if you want to enjoy the best in a distraction-free, attractive, and save home theater experience, you’re going to need to have some complicated wiring work done. And this is where a professional electrician can help you out.

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Time to Upgrade Your Circuit Breaker Panel

Monday, May 21st, 2018

killowatt-wired-panelThe electrical panel of your home, a.k.a. the circuit breaker panel, is the hub of your electrical system. It’s where the incoming electricity is routed to the different circuits. The breakers are designed to shut off circuits in case of a voltage overload. If you have an old circuit breaker panel, you should make sure you aren’t overdue for having it upgraded.

Basic Questions About Replacing a Circuit Breaker Panel

When is it time to upgrade an older panel? Modern circuit breaker panels can usually last from 25 to 40 years. Answer some of the questions below to get a better idea of when you’re ready for a new panel.

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Do I Need HVAC Professionals for Balancing My Home’s Humidity?

Monday, February 12th, 2018

portable-humidifierLos Angeles and most of Southern California don’t suffer from the same type of high humidity issues that you’ll find in other hot parts of the country, like Florida. But humidity can still be an issue in our homes, and it isn’t always the fault of the weather. Our homes produce a large amount of moisture that can make them stuffy and unpleasant. Air conditioning systems do have some dehumidifying abilities, but they aren’t designed specifically to handle this job (unless they have a dehumidifier integrated into them) and may even make the air too dry.

So how to balance the humidity in your house? Can you handle doing the job on your own? Well, maybe if humidity is only a minor issue and you’re okay throwing open the windows on hot days. Otherwise, we recommend you call on a professional HVAC company in Los Angeles, CA to find the best way to keep the humidity under control.

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Start 2018 with a Better Heating System

Monday, January 1st, 2018

house-carboard-against-skySouthern California has gone through a bizarre and sometimes unfortunate hot-cold winter season this year. The heat has come from unfortunate wildfires in many areas of the state. The cold has been a nippier December than usual, and we can still anticipate more days ahead when heating systems will need to do their jobs. It’s true we don’t tax our heaters as much as homes do in Minnesota, but they still have to function to help us enjoy our lives to the fullest.

Now that it’s 2018, you may want to consider making a major upgrade to your home’s heater. Maybe this means continuing with heating repair in Los Angeles, CA. In many cases, professional repairs are exactly what the HVAC doctor ordered. However, if you have an old furnace, heat pump, or other type of central heater (a system more than 15 years old), we recommend starting the new year with a superior heating system.

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Reminder: Still Not Too Late for Heating Maintenance!

Monday, December 4th, 2017

service-blue-markerA bit of a chill goes through the air, and then a few days later, it’s warm again. That’s what life is like here in Southern California during the winters. In fact, it’s why most of us love it down here! But when you experience winters this mild, it makes it easy to forget that heating systems do have a part to play and it’s vital to keep a heating system in a home in the best shape.

And the way to do that is to have annual maintenance during the fall for the heater, whether it’s a furnace, heat pump, or ductless mini split system. Winter hasn’t officially begun, so there is definitely still time to arrange for your yearly heating maintenance.

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Advice about Safe Outdoor Seasonal Lighting

Monday, November 20th, 2017

christmas-decorations-on-treePutting up holiday lighting in December is a time-honored tradition that can range from a few strings of white lights to brighten up the house front from the street, to complex, professional designs aimed to win contests and which are often visible from low-earth orbit.

Here in Los Angeles, light decorations have a special function: we don’t get snow here during December, and taking trips to the beach on Christmas Day isn’t unheard of. Without the natural decoration of snow, putting up outdoor holiday lights is a way to make our streets look more festive and more like a place that does have snow. It’s a great bargain: that holiday touch without all that cold and having to shovel the driveway each morning.

However, no matter how much lighting you plan on putting up for your house to brighten the season, we urge you to take safety precautions to avoid problems like shorting out your electrical system, creating tripping hazards, or triggering an electrical fire. The movie Christmas Vacation may be comic exaggeration—but not by that much.

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Do Electric Furnaces Need Regular Maintenance As Well?

Monday, October 9th, 2017

stripping-electrical-wiresHeating homes in Southern California is a special type of challenge. With our warm climate that rarely goes lower than the 60s during the day in winter, and down into the 50s during the evenings, the powerful heating systems found in other parts of the country aren’t necessary. This is the reason the electric furnace is one of the more common types of heaters found in homes around here. In a place with deep cold winters, an electric furnace would be too expensive to run compared to a gas furnace. With our weather, electric furnaces don’t need to put in as much work, and the cost to run them can be just about right.

If you use an electric furnace for your winter comfort, you may think it requires little regular attention. But this is incorrect. Any central heating system for a house must have regular maintenance each year. Right now, when the weather still feels like summer, is a good time to schedule your electric furnace maintenance in Los Angeles, CA or the surrounding areas.

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