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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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Already Time for Heating Maintenance? Yes!

Monday, September 25th, 2017

open-gas-furnaceThe weather has cooled down significantly over the last week here in Southern California. We can’t take for granted that it remain stay this way, of course, since heat waves can strike at any time. Nonetheless, the fall has officially arrived, cooler weather (for So. Cal) is here with more is on the way, and that means that it’s time to arrange for your annual heating maintenance.

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Here’s Why You Might Want to Consider a Generator Installation

Monday, August 14th, 2017

natural-gas-generatorHave you ever given consideration to a home generator installation in Los Angeles, CA? If you haven’t, that’s not much of a surprise. Homeowners in Southern California don’t often consider the usefulness of a backup generator because this area doesn’t sustain the weather disasters usually associated with power outages, such as snowstorms, hurricanes, and tornadoes. Backup generators are something we tend to think the unfortunate folks on the East Coast and the frigid Midwest need to worry about, and they aren’t a major necessity here in Sunny So Cal.

We’re glad that we don’t have to deal with blizzards and massive storms. But we aren’t trouble-free, either, and there are situations where having a generator in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley is an incredible help.

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Meet Our President and Find Out How We Give Back to the Community!

Monday, August 15th, 2016

IMG_2326Dean Gilford, president of Kilowatt Electric, Heating & Air Conditioning, was born and raised right here in the San Fernando Valley. Besides providing homeowners with A+ Rated, 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed home services over the past 28 years, Dean has been passionate about giving back to our local community. As Dean says, “It’s no accident that I am in the service business. The greatest joy I’ve found in this world is to be of service.”

Below are some of the ways that Dean and Kilowatt give back to the community:

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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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Customer Question: Is All Cloth Wiring Made from Asbestos?

Monday, December 14th, 2015

IMG_9346We recently received a question from a customer regarding electrical wiring: “Is all cloth wiring made from asbestos?” It’s a good question and the answer is definitely worth knowing for homeowners who want to understand more about the electrical system in their house as well as any possible dangers to their families’ health.

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The Advantages of a Ductless Air Conditioning System

Monday, July 20th, 2015

IMG_6445You have more options for central air conditioning than you may think. You no longer need to rely on a standard “split” air conditioner, which blows cooled air through a network of ducts into the room. You can instead choose to have a ductless mini split system installed, which uses multiple air handlers placed on the walls throughout the house to blow air directly into the rooms.

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Summer Safe Pets

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Justdog summer because it’s hotter than a stolen tamale outside doesn’t mean that our dog, Poppy, wants to stay in the house and loaf around all day! We’ve been getting up extra early for her daily hike. We don’t want her getting Heat Stroke! or your dog either. Most of our customers have four legged family members too, so here is a little safe summer guidance for healthy pets:

  • Exercise your dog earlier in the morning or later in the evening on hot summer days.
  • Keep your pet indoors during the heat of the day, and have plenty of fresh clean water available.
  • If it is not possible to keep your pet indoors, make sure to have access to plenty of complete shade, and fresh water.
  • Beware of hot concrete or asphalt – the heat can burn your pet’s feet, while rising heat can contribute to heat stroke in small animals.
  • Never leave your pet in a locked car, not even for a few minutes, not even with the windows down a bit!!

Signs of Heat Stroke

The first signs of being overheated include heavy panting and difficulty breathing. The tongue and gums will start to appear bright red, the eyes will glaze over.

  • The dog becomes unsteady on its feet.
  • There is excessive drooling.
  • Vomiting or bloody diarrhea.
  • Seizures or loss of consciousness.
  • Cats can pant, have sweaty paws, groom excessively in an attempt to cool down Their tongue and gums can also become red, vomiting and staggering can be noticed, and ultimately seizures or coma and death.

First Aid

  • Getting your pet’s temperature down quickly is crucial.
  • Move your pet out of the heat into a cooler area, either into the shade – or ideally into air conditioning.
  • Spray your pet with cool (not icy cold) water.
  • Place wet towels or cool packs in the armpits and the groin area.
  • Putting a fan on it will help further cooling.

Risk factors

Never give large bowls of water at once in case vomiting makes things worse. If your pet is not very alert, don’t give anything by mouth but go to a vet immediately.

These risk factors are:

  • Being a dog with a short nose and flat face – such as Pugs, Pekineses, Boxers, Bulldogs, Shih Tzus and Boston Terriers
  • Being a very young pup or elderly pet, or obese
  • Being left in a car on a hot day – this can be fatal in a relatively short time!
  • Suffering from heart or lung disease (interferes with efficient breathing)
  • Being confined without access to shade or water on a hot day
  • Over exercising your dog or allowing it to over-exercise in hot weather.

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