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We’re Older Home Specialists: Here’s What to Know About Rewiring an Older Home

Monday, July 26th, 2021

Although Southern California doesn’t have homes of the same age as you’ll find in, say, New England, there are many houses more than 50 years old here that families happily call home-sweet-home. Older homes can continue to be great places to live, but they have special requirements for their care. This is where having an older home specialist for HVAC and electrical needs is extremely helpful.

Not every electrician in Sherman Oaks, CA or serving Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley specializes in older homes. We do. If your home was built pre-1970, you may have thought about its rewiring needs. We’ll go through several things you need to know about older home rewiring.

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What Does an Attic Fan Actually Do?

Monday, April 19th, 2021

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The term attic fan might be confusing to people at first, especially anyone who lives in Southern California, where attics are narrow spaces rarely used for anything more than storage. Why have a fan placed up there?

But attic fans are installations that can help create better energy efficiency and comfort for an entire house. If your home doesn’t have an attic fan, we recommend taking some time to look into the possibilities of having one installed. 

First, we need to get into more detail about what an attic fan is.

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Always Fiddling With the Thermostat? Something May Be Wrong

Monday, February 22nd, 2021

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Although there are many high-end thermostats available on the market today, including energy-saving smart thermostats that come up with their own programming, at their core thermostats operate on a basic principle: they signal to the parts of the HVAC system when to turn on and turn off. If your thermostat and HVAC system are operating correctly, then all you need to do for comfort during a season is to find a single setting for the day when people are home and a different one for night and when people are away. For example, during cold weather, 68°F is the recommended daytime setting.

You shouldn’t need to continually adjust the thermostat throughout the day to be comfortable. If you find that you are—because the house always seems a bit too warm or a bit too cold—it’s a reason to be concerned about the HVAC system. The thermostat may be malfunctioning, or the heater could be. Either way, we recommend you call us for heater repair Sherman Oaks, CA.

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For an All-Electric Home, Is a Furnace or Heat Pump Better?

Monday, January 11th, 2021

We help you decide the perfect system for your home.

Many homes in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley don’t have connections to gas mains, so they have to rely on electricity to power appliances like the heating systems. Although this does narrow down the options available for central heating, these houses still have several choices. Usually, it comes down to an electric furnace or a heat pump. The choice isn’t a simple one, because there are additional considerations to make that will also affect the cooling for the home.

Is there a clear choice between the two? No, because heating is never the same between two different homes and several factors must go into consideration. Both electric furnaces and heat pumps have advantages and disadvantages, and ironically the decision may come down to the … air conditioning system.

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Is My Air Conditioning System Leaking?

Monday, May 18th, 2020

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You know when you see water dripping out of the water heater in your home, it means trouble. But what does it mean when you see liquid dripping out of the air conditioner? Is that normal? Do you have an emergency repair situation?

We’re going to look closer at the idea of the “leaking air conditioner” (spoiler: it may not be what you think it is) and what it might mean. You may need to have air conditioning repair in Sherman Oaks, CA to deal with the problem, so when in doubt, call our expert technicians to diagnose what’s wrong and have it fixed.

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Holiday Lights and Your Home’s Electrical System

Monday, December 17th, 2018

outdoor-string-of-lightsWe don’t have snow for December in California, and we imagine most locals are a-okay with that. But homeowners still want some holiday cheer, and one of the best ways to pretend they’re in a winter wonderland while still only needing a windbreaker when outside is to put up a festive light show on the outside of the house. And a generous amount on the inside as well.

But there’s a potential downside to decorating with lights during the season. The amount of electrical demand a light display puts on the house can cause tripped circuit breakers. And it can even lead to house fires! We have some advice about electrical safety when it comes to lighting the street up and giving the living room a seasonal glow with your dazzling displays.

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Our Thanksgiving Tradition

Friday, November 16th, 2018

Hi, I’m just now delivering the most beautiful letters to the troops from Lennox Cox Community School, St. Mark’s School, and the lovely Daughters of the Revolution of Antelope Valley. Being a drop of location for “A Million Thanks” and helping to deliver heartfelt letters of gratitude to the brave active duty Soldiers and wounded Veterans has been an honor.

I wanted to share with you a little Thanksgiving tradition we have at our home that seems to make everyone feel grateful and reminds us we are ALL one big family:

We put out a bowl of crafty stuff, blank cards, and some pens. Everyone is invited to write a personal “thank you” note to someone serving in our military.

No pressure. What’s nice is that the letters will be delivered for Christmas and it really means so much to the soldiers to know that they are cared about when they are away during the holidays.

If you want to try it at your Thanksgiving, great! Please drop off your letters at Kilowatt or give them to your service tech, and I will make sure they are delivered.

Happy Thanksgiving friends,
Lisa Gilford

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Shriners Run Walk at Woodley Park

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

Please join our team!!! Sunday, April 29th at 7am – Kilowatt is one of the sponsors of the Shriners Run Walk 2 Heal Kids at Woodley Park. It’s a terrific family event for a great cause.

“Registration is open” Sign up early save $10 with code: CHANGELIVES10 Give Hope:Heal Kids:Change Lives

World-class specialty care

Shriners for Children Medical Center, previously known as Shriners Hospitals for Children — Los Angeles, is a specialty medical center providing comprehensive medical, surgical and rehabilitative care to children up to age 18 with orthopaedic conditions, burn scars, and cleft lip and palate. Patients receive all services in a family-centered environment, regardless of the families’ ability to pay.

In 2017, Shriners Hospitals for Children — Los Angeles transitioned to Shriners for Children Medical Center, where we operate as an ambulatory surgery center. Although we have moved, our mission is still dedicated to meeting the needs of as many patients and families as possible who can benefit from the specialized services we provide. While our facility operates on an outpatient basis to serve more patients, we still offer surgeries and procedures requiring an overnight admission, at our partner hospital. Our partner facility is Huntington Hospital in Pasadena, California. Our Shriners for Children Medical Center physicians perform these procedures and provide all pre-surgical and follow-up care.

Our history

Founded in 1952, we treat children from all over the country and around the world, and have unique relationships with top hospitals and universities. In 2017 Shriners Hospitals for Children — Los Angeles moved to our new home in Pasadena.

Our mission

The mission of Shriners for Children Medical Center is to:

    • Provide the highest quality care to children with orthopaedic conditions, burn scars, cleft lip and palate, and other special health care needs within a compassionate, family-centered and collaborative environment
    • Provide for the education of physicians and other health care professionals
  • Conduct research to discover new knowledge that improves the quality of care and quality of life of children and families

This mission is carried out without regard to race, color, creed, sex or sect, disability, national origin, or ability of a patient or family to pay.

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AC Troubles: Could It Be Damaged Ductwork?

Monday, July 24th, 2017

ducts-in-atticOne of the reasons it’s essential that you rely on HVAC professionals when it comes to repairs for your air conditioning system in Sherman Oaks, CA is that there are many possible causes behind each symptom of an AC malfunction. It’s similar to when a person develops a fever: there are different illnesses that can trigger the body’s temperature to rise—and if it’s a serious problem, you only want a medical professional to diagnose it. So when your AC has a serious problem, you only want an HVAC professional technician with the right certification to diagnose it, and then fix it.

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Why You Should Work with Our Professionals for AC Installation

Monday, May 15th, 2017

air-conditioning-condensers-near-plantsTime to replace your old air conditioning system! Yes, you finally decided the ancient, clattering, and unreliable AC in your house needs to be put out to pasture so you can find a new, high efficiency unit to put in its place. You don’t want to handle a hot Southern California summer without a cooling system that you can trust to do its job without heavily hurting your bank account—or abruptly breaking down.

However, we recommend you never attempt to cut any corners when it comes to a new AC installation. We know those “savings” from hiring non-professionals who make big promises for suspiciously low prices are tempting. But amateur work will cost you enormously in the future. Only experienced and certified professionals can do the job right.

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