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

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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When Should I Schedule Duct Testing for My Home?

Monday, June 29th, 2015

Duct testing is a process where professionals check on the integrity of the ductwork that makes up a home’s ventilation system. Ductwork can suffer from holes, gaps at connection points, and other air leaks that will cause them to lose the conditioned air moving through them. These leaks, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, can account for up to a 30% loss of heated and cooled air from the HVAC system. That’s a great deal of air that you pay to heat or cool from which you won’t receive any benefit. Duct testing will discover if your ducts are leaking and what work needs to be done to fix them.

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Help! My Air Conditioner Is On But No Air Comes Out

Monday, June 22nd, 2015


When ever the weather heats up we get a lot of air conditioning service calls. The common complaint is, “I can hear the air conditioner turn on but no air is coming out.” That’s because coil inside the AC unit is frozen. One reason for AC freeze-up is that the air flow coming into or out of your system is blocked at some point. You see the air conditioner operates when free flowing air passes through the inner components of your air handler, is cooled by the refrigerant filled coils, and then blown out into your living space.

When air is cooled condensation occurs.

Just like air produces condensation when it comes in contact with the outside of a cold glass, central AC units can generate around 20 gallons of water per day. If the air doesn’t move through the system properly, water can build up on the coil and freeze. More and more condensation will build up and freeze until your coil becomes a solid block of ice.

Here is what to do:

1. Turn the AC off

Nothing can be done until the ice melts, usually around 24 hours. Call and let us know that you need a service call at 818-780-0701. Once your AC defrosts we will be able to repair the problems and get you on a regular maintenance plan to make sure that problems like this never happen again.

2. Change or clean your air filter

Changing your air filter keeps the air in your home safer and cleaner, but it also saves energy, improves cooling performance and lengthens the life of your HVAC system. Filters should be cleaned or replaced at least every three months (or more often, depending on your system requirements). High-quality HEPA filters will yield the best results.

3. Keep A/C unit clear of weeds, vines and other debris

These materials can clog the unit and cause efficiency problems. This is a maintenance job you can do yourself in between professional routine maintenance for your HVAC system. It’s important every year to get a complete tune-up and clean out any dirt or grime that may be slowing things down.

4. Keep all vents clear and unblocked

Blocked vents will increase the pressure on your air conditioner and prevent the house from cooling consistently or evenly, so make sure vents aren’t blocked by furniture and remove any dust or debris that might be clogging them up.

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Why Is My Air Conditioner Making So Much Noise?

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

It’s impossible to create an air conditioner that runs in complete silence. The workings of the fans, compressor and motors will generate some level of noise. However, modern air conditioners make far less noise than older models. If you had professionals install your home’s AC, it shouldn’t create a distracting level of sound during most of its service life.

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SAFE Thermostat Disposal

Friday, June 19th, 2015

 

One of the services Kilowatt provides is the removal of old thermostats and the installation of new programmable thermostats. There are a wide variety of energy-saving and Wi-Fi thermostats to choose from. We can help you make a decision about the thermostat that will work best with your lifestyle.

Los Angeles Thermostat Service

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When upgrading to a new thermostat in Los Angeles , the proper disposal of the old thermostat is always a concern. Most old thermostats contain mercury. In the United States improper disposal of mercury thermostats results in about 9.6 tons or mercury released into the environment. Kilowatt is committed to properly dispose of mercury and keep it out of our landfills.

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In its elemental form, mercury exposure can cause symptoms such as tremors, insomnia, weakness, muscle atrophy, and migraine headaches. When released into the environment, this elemental mercury can be transformed into a much more dangerous form called methyl mercury. Methyl mercury exposure is extremely harmful to fetuses, infants and children and has been linked to birth defects as well as impaired brain and nervous system development (source U.S. EPA).

Presently, there are several collection sites known as S.A.F.E. CENTERS in the Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley where mercury thermostats can be properly disposed at no cost to residents.

These S.A.F.E. CENTERS were established by the Bureau of Sanitation and are open every weekend and provide a timely and convenient way to dispose of your residential, household e-waste including your old mercury thermostat.

Here are the SAFE drop-off locations in Los Angeles:

  • Northridge: Nicole Bernson SAFE Collection Center

    10241 N. Balboa Blvd.
    Northridge, CA 91325
    Hours of Operation:
    Saturdays, and Sundays
    9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m

  • Los Angeles: LOS ANGELES-GLENDALE TREATMENT PLANT

    4600 Colorado Blvd.
    Los Angeles, CA 90039
    Hours of Operation:
    Saturdays and Sundays
    9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

  • Playa del Rey: HYPERION TREATMENT PLANT

    7660 West Imperial Highway, Gate B
    Playa Del Rey, CA 90293
    Hours of Operation:
    Saturdays and Sundays
    9:00 am – 3:00 pm

  • Sun Valley: RANDALL STREET

    11025 Randall St.
    Sun Valley, CA 91352
    Hours of Operation:
    Saturdays and Sundays
    9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

  • West Los Angeles: UCLA

    550 Charles E. Young Dr. West
    Los Angeles, CA 90095
    Hours of Operation:
    Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays
    8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    * This site accepts electronic waste on Saturdays only.

  • Los Angeles: WASHINGTON BLVD.

    2649 E. Washington Boulevard
    Los Angeles, CA 90021
    Hours of Operation:
    Saturdays and Sundays
    9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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